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March 31, 2015
Missing Female Boater from Folsom Still Not Found
Search crews with the St.Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office resumed the search for the missing female boater at 6 am today but as of press time, she still has not been found.
This will be the third full day of searching since the accident Saturday evening.  (See yesterday's story)


March 31, 2015
Richard “Duane” Crawford (Wanted for Possession of Child Pornography) in Custody
Within hours, Crawford was in custody.  
Yesterday afternoon, Chief Tim Lentz announced that the Covington Police Department, in cooperation with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, was seeking Richard “Duane” Crawford on a warrant for  possession of child pornography.  The offenses consisted of 27 counts of possession of child pornography, stemming from a March 10th incident in which a cellular telephone was recovered containing images suspected to be child pornography.
The CPD press release advised that Crawford may be in the Bogalusa, LA or Poplarville, MS areas.  


March 31, 2015
Callie is Looking for a Home
Callie is part of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Big House dog adoption program. She is looking for a good home. She loves people and will be very loyal to a loving family. If you are interested in adopting Callie please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.

 
March 31, 2015
Numerous Violations During Opening Weekend of Turkey Season
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited numerous people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2015 turkey hunting season.
Violators were cited in the nearby parishes of Washington, Tangipahoa, and Livingston as well as across the State.  
Violations and their penalties include the following:
  • Hunting turkeys over a baited area brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  
  • Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  
  • Not possessing a turkey stamp brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

 
March 31, 2015
Start Caring for Crape Myrtles Now
By Allen Owings LSU AgCenter horticulturist 
Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season. One of favorite landscape plants for late spring and summer is the popular and loved crape myrtle.  In order for blooming to be best this summer, spring management practices are important. 
For the best summer blooms,
  • make sure your crape myrtle trees receive maximum sunlight – at least eight hours of direct sun a day.
  • Fertilize in the late winter or early spring – mid-March to mid-April is ideal. 
  • Prune correctly.  The image on the right is referred to as “Crape Murder”
  • Be aware of pests that can affect these beauties.
For more information, click here.


March 31, 2015
Did You Know?  Louisiana is a Safe Haven State
If you find yourself with no other alternative and are considering abandoning your baby, Louisiana's Safe Haven Law provides a safe place for your child. If you are unable to care for your baby and the baby's well-being is in danger, you can bring the newborn up to 60
 days old to an emergency designated facility or Safe Haven site. By leaving the baby in the care of an employee at a Safe Haven facility, parents can give up custody of the newborn with no questions asked.
---It's Safe
---It's Legal
---It's Simple
---It's Anonymous
Designated Safe Haven Locations includes any of the following:  Licensed Hospitals, Public Health Units, Emergency Medical Service Providers, Medical Clinics, Fire Stations, Police Stations, Pregnancy Crisis Centers, and Child Advocacy Centers.


March 31, 2015
Adopt-A-Child Profile
Ten-year-old Devonte has a dimpled smile made for the camera! Although Devonte is not shy around others, he often prefers activities that require his complete attention. Devonte takes his leisure activities very seriously and is not easily distracted by others while watching his favorite cartoons on the Disney Channel or playing with his toy trucks.
On a sunny day, Devonte can be found spending his time on the basketball court, as basketball is one of his favorite outdoor activities. He enjoys shooting hoops or playing a one-on-one game. Devonte takes pleasure in receiving treats for a job well done. Whether it's for completing a task or doing well in school, his face lights up when appreciation for his efforts to improve is expressed. Devonte has a healthy appetite and rarely resists home-cooked meals and treats.
Devonte would benefit from a family with a lot of love and patience where he is the youngest in the family. He is most empowered when he is given the spotlight. If your family is interested in learning more about Devonte, please inquire today.
For more information about Devonte or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.la.gov.


March 31, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Markus Mark was booked 03/30 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Failure to Appear
Shaun Hobgood was booked 03/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Clinton Lee was booked 03/30 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (3 counts) and Failure to Appear
Anthony Magee was booked 03/30 In From Court
Jackie Redmond was booked 03/30 In From Court


March 30, 2015
Folsom Woman Still Missing After Boat Capsizes on Pearl River
(See Related Story Below)
Search and rescue crews are still looking for a missing Folsom woman following a fatal single boat incident in the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish.
Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call Saturday on the Pearl River.  The capsized boat included a male operator named Terry J. O’Keefe Jr., 41, and female passenger named Jonie R. Morgan, 31, with her three children, which are eight and six year old boys and a four year old girl all from Folsom.
LDWF agents believe at this time that the 14 foot aluminum vessel capsized after going over the lock after the operator was unable to start the boat.  A 16 year old boy came upon the scene and saw the eight year and six year old boys and mother in the water.  On his way to help, the 16 year old boy’s vessel also capsized.  While in the water the 16 year old boy was able to grab onto the two boys and mother, however the mother’s shirt he was holding onto ripped off of her body and she didn’t resurface.  Another fisherman on the bank then went into the water and was able to get the three boys safely to shore.
While the search and rescue crews arrived on scene shortly thereafter the four year old girl popped up from under the boat and officials were able to safely retrieve her.  It appears at this time that she was stuck under the vessel for about 30 minutes, but was able to breathe.
Search and rescue crews found the body of O’Keefe Jr. victim at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.  They will continue searching for Morgan.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  All children were found wearing their personal flotation devices.  Investigators don’t believe O’Keefe Jr. and Morgan were wearing personal flotation devices upon entering the water.


March 30, 2015
Pine Teenager Rescues Children
Source:  James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   
(See Related Story Above)
Like most Louisiana boys, 16-year-old Leyton Page of Bogalusa loves the outdoors.  Unlike most anyone, Page is a genuine hero.
Page lived with his father until two weeks ago when the Pine High School student came home to find his father dead of natural causes. His grandfather also died in February, and Page was understandably blue after losing what another relative called "the two most important men in his life." Following their deaths, the grieving sportsman bought a 12-gauge shotgun for hunting.
Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Page took his boat out on to the usually placid, dark water of the Pearl River Navigational Canal that runs along the western edge of the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge. In the course of just a few minutes, the teenager who has coped with more death than a teenager should have to wound up saving the lives of two boys aged 6 and 8.
"Leyton Page is the reason those kids survived, period," said St. Tammany Fire District 9 Chief Scott Brewer.
For more of the story, click here.


March 30, 2015
Franklinton Man Gets Two Consecutive Life Sentences in 2008 Murder of Couple
FRANKLINTON----A 27-year-old Franklinton man was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences Wednesday (March 25) in the 2008 murder of two people who were shot to death inside a home that was then set on fire. 
Judge William J. Knight sentenced the defendant, Jeremy Wilson (top right), after a Washington Parish jury on March 20 found Wilson guilty of two counts of second degree murder. Assistant District Attorneys Ken Dohre and Lewis Murray prosecuted the case, which had been investigated by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began in the early morning hours of March 8, 2008, when Wilson and another man, Eric Townsend bottom right), went to a home just outside Franklinton with the intention of robbing Kimberly Sims and Demille Williams, who both lived at the house. Wearing masks, Wilson and Townsend entered the home, but the robbery went bad, and Sims and Williams were shot. Autopsy results showed the victims were shot with two different weapons.
Wilson later set the house on fire to cover up the crime. The men also dumped their weapons in a nearby creek. The house and the victims’ bodies were burned so badly that the crime went unsolved for more than a year. Then, in June 2009, Townsend was arrested on an unrelated charge, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and he ultimately confessed to his involvement in the double murder. Townsend also directed officers to the guns, which were recovered from the creek.
In December 2013, Townsend agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter in exchange for his testimony against Wilson, and he received a 30-year prison sentence. But during the trial, which began March 16, Townsend refused to testify against Wilson, violating the plea agreement. Prosecutors, who had reserved the right to charge Townsend as an habitual offender, have filed a multiple offender bill, which under state law would allow the judge to increase Townsend’s sentence. A hearing on that matter has been set for May 8.
Nevertheless, Assistant District Attorneys Ken Dohre and Lewis Murray were able to get a conviction, assisted in part by the testimonies of a woman who admitted to being the driver and another who said Wilson had confessed to her about his involvement in the murder.


March 30, 2015
Give Your Garden a Tropical Look (Video)



March 30, 2015
What's Happening at STPH This Week



Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of March 30-April 4
***BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT - Lactation consultant answers questions related to breastfeeding your baby 
***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS - Expecting families are invited to tour the St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center and learn all about the private birthing suites, rooming in, skin-to-skin program and more
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and meditation classes 
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips 
For more information, click here.


March 30, 2015
Chevron Honored For Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation presented Chevron with the  Business Conservationist of the Year Award at Saturday’s banquet honoring recipients of the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards for 2014.
Chevron was recognized for support provided to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for stewardship, public education and awareness specific to the department’s whooping crane reintroduction project.
“The success of this species recovery project is largely dependent on raising public awareness and appreciation of the whooping cranes’ presence once again in our state, and educating our citizens and landowners about the significance of the project,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the ceremony in Baton Rouge. “Chevron grant funding to this end is vital in that phase of the project.”
The whooping crane, a very vulnerable species, was found in south Louisiana until their demise during the late 1800s and early 1900s when little conservation ethic was in existence and conversion of prairies and marsh lands to agriculture acreage became a trend. Since 2011, LDWF has soft released 64 isolation-reared, juvenile cranes provided by the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Md., into rural southwest Louisiana, and 40 survive today.  Nesting pairs within that experimental population have produced the first eggs in the wild in over 70 years, but no fledglings have resulted as yet.
The recovery plan goal is for Louisiana to reach a subpopulation of 25-30 productive pairs, which translates to about 130 cranes in Louisiana
For more on this story, click here.


March 30, 2015
Attract Butterflies/Hummingbirds With This Ornamental Plant of the Week
The Fluttterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, which was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant in 2014, and is the Ornamental Plant of the Week!  This butterfly bush was named a Louisiana Super Plant because Tutti Fruitti is non-invasive, stays small (24-30 inches tall at maturity in the landscape), is continuously in flower during the warm seasons of the year and has been a proven perennial in south Louisiana landscapes for three years. In addition, Tutti Fruitti plants attract large numbers of butterflies and hummingbirds compared with other butterfly bush varieties.
When you’re ready to plant a buddleia, select a well-drained location in full or partial sun. Soil pH should be in the 6.5-7.0 range. Fertilize at planting with a slow-release fertilizer. Buddleia plants are very drought-tolerant once established.
Most people plant butterfly bushes too close together. The Tutti Fruitti variety needs 3 feet between plants. Tip-pruning terminal shoots during the season encourages a cleaner-looking plant, but regardless of deadheading, blooms are non-stop in the warm season on this variety.


Obituary
BOBBY ESTLEY BARBER, AGE 77 and a resident of Thomas died early Saturday morning March 28, 2015 at his home. He was a former golf course maintenance engineer at the Baker golf course for BREC, the parks and recreation department of East Baton Rouge parish. Bobby enjoyed playing golf and the outdoors especially fishing and hunting. He loved watching old Western movies. 


Obituary
Muriel Sticker Spencer was born in Bush, LA on March 3, 1927 and departed this life for her heavenly home at 88 years old on March 29, 2015.  
She married Elton Spencer on December 23, 1944. They were faithful members of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher for many years. 


Obituary
Dewitt Stewart age 63 passed away March 29, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a resident of Bogalusa La. Dewitt graduated from Enon High School in 1969. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was retired from Temple-Inland. He was a charter member of Chapter 31 International Harvester Collection Club. Dewitt was also a member of Zona Lodge #337. He loved farming, restoring and collecting tractors and spending time with his family.


March 30, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicole Gerbitz was booked 03/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Hit and Run, and Careless Operation
Jonathon Talley was booked 03/27 on the charge of Probation Violation
Joshua "Fat Boy" Foster was booked 03/27 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Mary Diaz was booked 03/27 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Juan Reyez was booked 03/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Obstructing Public Passage(s), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Open Container in Vehicle
Richard Martin was booked 03/28 on the charges of Criminal Mischief, Public Intimidation, and Battery on a Police Officer
Victoria Dahlem was booked 03/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Rhonda Goings was booked 03/29 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, No License Plate, and Failure to Appear


March 27, 2015
Annual Trappers Convention - Sounds Like Fun
The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold their annual convention on Saturday, April 11 at the Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, south of Alexandria at 661 Robinson Bridge Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
Association members will demonstrate trapping techniques and educate the members and general public on trapping regulations and related trapping activities. An inflatable obstacle course will be available for youngsters. A youth education program at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will provide hands-on activities for youngsters to instruct them on how to use trapping equipment and provide tips on trapping. Additionally, a lever action .22-caliber Henry rifle and a Yeti ice chest will be raffled off.
The Association is working closely with the Louisiana Fur Advisory Council on behalf of LDWF to provide this educational experience. For more information about the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association, go to http://www.louisianatrappers.com or contact Tony Howard at 318-423-7860 or mahoward@centurytel.net.


March 27, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelly Barnes was booked 03/26 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Alvin Crumedy was booked 03/26 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Kenneth Cassard was booked 03/26 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Robert Abron was booked 03/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)


March 27, 2015
It’s Time for Homegrown Tomatoes
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in south Louisiana.  Early planted tomatoes produce more and higher-quality tomatoes and benefit from lower pest populations.
Choose varieties with the fruit size, shape, color and flavor you want when deciding on which types to grow. Disease resistance is a real advantage in our climate. Plant growth habit is also an important characteristic to consider. Determinant or bush types stay short, while indeterminate or vine types grow tall.
Start off with high-quality transplants.
Select a spot to plant your tomato plants that receives full sun – direct sun for eight hours or more.
Plant tomatoes on raised rows in the garden or in raised beds. Tomatoes grow best when spaced at least 18 to 24 inches apart.
Each tomato transplant should receive about 1 cup of soluble fertilizer or fish emulsion at planting to get it off to a good start. 
Be sure to plant earlier rather than later for best results. Tomato planting should finish up by mid- to late April unless you plant the heat-tolerant varieties. 
Boy, I can almost taste those vine-ripened tomatoes now.
For more details and advice on varieties, click here.


March 27, 2015
Adopt-A-Child Profile
Say hello to sweet, peaceful and well-mannered teen, Autumn. This 13 year old enjoys being outside and her favorite activities include visiting the park, swinging and jumping on the trampoline. Autumn also enjoys pizza, puzzles and playing on her iPod. 
Like most teens, she likes school for the social scene and academics. She says that math is her favorite subject and likes working on school challenges head on. Autumn's favorite color is purple, so any caregiver who buys Autumn an outfit with purple in it is sure to gain points with her! When speaking with Autumn about career choices, she maintained that her dream of becoming a Veterinarian is still alive and well. She enjoys animals and making them better when they are hurt.
Autumn embraces the idea of having a family to call her own. She wants the parents who consider being part of her life to understand that she expects unconditional commitment. She is looking for a family who will be there through thick and thin and even throughout her adulthood. Autumn requires one-on-one attention and would love a family that would allow her to be the only child or the youngest child.
For additional information about Autumn or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.


March 27, 2015
Federal Judge Blocks Redefinition of "Spouse" by Federal Government
This is an update on our March 26 story
A federal judge has granted Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s request to block implementation of a new federal regulation that would redefine the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Conner of the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing the new rule in Louisiana and the three other states that sued the federal government. The rule was to take effect Friday. In his order, O’Conner said that Louisiana and the other states were correct in their assertion that the proposal directly conflicts with federal law. 
“The preliminary injunction is a victory for Louisiana voters who have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman,” Caldwell said. “The Court recognized that a federal regulatory directive cannot undermine our state constitution. I am confident that the Court will permanently strike down this proposal. I am proud of the fact that, once again, Louisiana is one of the first to fight federal intrusion into states’ rights.”
O’Conner said he would set a hearing for April 13, if requested by the parties, on the lawsuit filed by the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Nebraska. In his order granting the preliminary injunction, O’Conner said the states had a substantial likelihood of success on the merits.
Under the new definition of “spouse” in FMLA, employers would be required to recognize same-sex unions that are legal in other states, no matter whether such unions are legal in the employers’ state. 


March 26, 2015
Free Ride Was Costly For Parish Man 
 










A Washington Parish man received more than he bargained for after accepting a ride from three men this past Friday night, March 20,  in the Franklinton area.  The man suspected something was wrong when the driver steered the car to a remote area and stopped on the pretense of having engine problems.  The rider’s suspicions quickly became reality. 
Once the vehicle stopped, the victim was assaulted and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and left on the side of the road with significant injuries, including broken bones.   
The assault and robbery was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.  Three suspects have been arrested in the case:  Tremale Deonte Jenkins (age 23), Tyran Ormond Williams (age 21), and Jouquan Dennis (age 23), all residents of the Franklinton area. 
Each man is charged with Aggravated Robbery.  Bond for Jenkins is set at $32,425.  Bonds for Williams and Dennis are set at $30,000 each.. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrests.  “Detective Corbett Hunt and Deputy Anthony Jones did an excellent job in identifying these men.  They are to be commended.” 

March 26, 2015
Three Arrested for Shoplifting Large Amount of Ammo
   
Employees from the Covington Academy Sports and Outdoors store reported on March 3, 2015 an unknown white male shoplifted several boxes of ammunition from their store.  The suspect exited the business and fled in a green Volkswagen with packing tape over the rear passenger window.
While investigating that theft, detectives learned that a large amount of ammunition had also been taken from the Slidell Academy Sports and Outdoors store.
The stolen ammunition was located at area pawn shops, and the following suspects were identified and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Eric David Burton (DOB 3/5/1986, 302 Rumsie Drive, Hammond) was arrested for 5 violations of Louisiana R.S. 14:67.10, misdemeanor theft of goods.
Carleigh K. Polk (DOB 11/18/1991, 35302 Fleetwood Drive, Slidell) was arrested for 14 violations of Louisiana R.S. 14:67.10, misdemeanor theft of goods.
Catalina Karma Douglas (DOB 7/19/1992, 1939 Beth Drive, Slidell) was arrested for 3 violations of Louisiana R.S. 14:67.10 misdemeanor theft of goods.
All three confessed to shoplifting the ammunition to support a heroin addiction.
This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. The information was also shared with surrounding agencies regarding ammunition thefts in their jurisdictions.
 
 
March 26, 2015
Attorney General Caldwell Sues to Block Redefinition of "Spouse"
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has asked a federal court to block implementation of a new U.S. Department of Labor rule that would redefine the word “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The rule would undermine the will of Louisiana voters and force employers to recognize same-sex unions for the purposes of FMLA.
Caldwell joined a lawsuit filed last week by the Texas Attorney General in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas. The suit contends that the U.S. Department of Labor, through its rulemaking, contradicts the full faith and credit statute, infringes on Louisiana’s sovereign immunity and illegally tries to preempt state law.
Under the proposed change to FMLA, employers would be required to recognize same-sex unions that are legal in other states, no matter whether such unions are legal in the employers’ state. The redefinition of “spouse” under FMLA would be effective Friday.
“The people of Louisiana have made it very clear that we believe in the traditional definition of marriage, and our law protecting that definition has been upheld in court,” Caldwell said.
 
 
March 26, 2015
Two of Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Most Wanted
 
 

March 26, 2015
Class on Creating Engaging Facebook Ads

The Southeast Louisiana Business Center is offering a FREE TO ATTEND class Wednesday, April 15 where participants will discover the value of Facebook advertising.  You will learn the basic methodology of boosting posts, promoting events, and running ads to increase engagement, website traffic, and page likes.  
The class is offered at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex, 21454 Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana and the class will be from 9am to 11am.
The class will leave you in awe of what can be done with Facebook ads.  


Obituary
Michael Lee "Cowboy" Williams, age 68, born on May 8, 1946 in Bogalusa, LA, departed this world on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. 
Cowboy was a colorful character and led a colorful life. He had a variety of interests. He was a United States Veteran and served in Vietnam. He was a chef, truck driver, avid horseman and die hard Saints fan. Up to his death, he still could not believe the Saints traded Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles! 
Cowboy never met a stranger and was a friend to most everyone he met. He will be sadly missed by many friends and relatives. He will be remembered for his everlasting and memorable personality as he was often considered the "Life of the Party". 


Obituary
Edith Rosell Mizell Jarrell born June 18, 1944 passed away March 24, 2015 at her residence at the age of 70. Edith was a longtime resident of Sun, and was of the Baptist Faith. 


March 26, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tyran Williams was booked 03/25 on the charge of Aggravated Robbery
Jouquan Dennis was booked 03/25 on the charge of Aggravated Robbery
Stephanie Thurman was booked 03/25 on the charge of Simple Battery With Injury
Jasmine Perry was booked 03/25 In For Court
Kelly Barnes was booked 03/26 on the charges of Resisting An Officer (Flight on Foot), Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm


March 25, 2015
Washington Parish Council – Taking Care of Business
The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening at 6:00 pm.  Highlights of the meeting included
  • Receiving the first quarter of 2015 report from LSU Ag Center Agent Henry Harrison.  The detailed report revealed extensive service provided to parish students and other residents
  • Heard from Ruth Brown, a resident of the the North Folsom Hills Subdivision which is located in Washington Parish near the St. Tammany Parish line.  Brown stated that a trailer had been moved into the subdivision even though a “covenant” containing subdivision rules and regulations prohibited   trailers in the subdivision.  Brown touched on previous problems in the subdivision, stated she has been unable to get the subdivision owner's assistance, and requested the Council's assistance in enforcing the “covenant”.  Some members of the Council expressed their sympathy with her problem but, as expressed by Council Attorney Wayne Kuhn, the Council is not in a position to intervene in a civil matter.  Brown has filed suit to remedy the problem but the Sheriff's Office has been unable to effect service.  
  • Danny Stogner commended the Council and Administration “on the fine job” they are doing.
  • Washington Parish Librarian Al Barron introduced Peggy Caruthers, who recently passed her State Certification and is now one of two State Certified Librarian in the Parish.
Following President Richard Thomas report, the Council went into Executive Session.


 
 
March 25, 2015
Chihuahua Distracts Big-Rig Driver/Truck Overturns 
Source:  Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   


Distracted by his Chihuahua, the driver of an 18-wheeler ran off Interstate 12 and overturned early Wednesday north of Lacombe, authorities said.  The driver, Gary Edmond Bessant of Rutledge, Tenn., was not inured and was not cited  but the dog died in the accident..  Firefighter Jim McQuilkin and Bessant tried unsuccessfully to revive the dog.
The rig ran onto the shoulder of the highway, the driver overcorrected and the tractor-trailer overturned
The  truck was hauling coffee for Folgers who has a distribution center on Louisiana 434, north of I-12.
Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies and Fire District 3 personnel responded to the scene.


March 25, 2015
Revamped Ag Programs Prepare High School Students
As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields — science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades — agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future.
High school agriculture programs consist of courses in ag sciences, basic mechanics and leadership as well as FFA chapters. The wide-ranging curriculum prepares students for a variety of technical or college programs, said Joey Blackburn, assistant professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s newly-created Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation.
The exact coursework is often tailored to the needs of local economies, Blackburn said. For example, schools in farming communities may focus on ag sciences and economics, while those in towns with industrial plants may emphasize mechanics and welding.
To read more about today's "Agriculture Education", click here.  It's not all "plows and cows" these days!


Obituary
JO ANN WATSON GILL, AGE 47 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:30 pm Tuesday March 24, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed working with her plants and flowers. Jo Ann also loved listening to different books on tape, her favorite TV programs and music. She was an animal lover and had a special place in her heart for her pet dog and longtime friend Baby Girl. 


Obituary
JOSEPH MICHAEL HARTFIELD, AGE 27 and a resident of Franklinton died early Monday March 23, 2015 at his home. He was born February 1, 1988 in Bogalusa and was a welder for Brock Bit services. 


March 25, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Janis Allen was booked 03/24 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business
Kalinda Magee was booked 03/24 In For Court
Amanda Woodward was booked 03/24 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Identity Theft
Agnes Moran was booked 03/24 on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Reginald Peters was booked 03/24 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I


March 24, 2015
Theater Club Joins Rendezvous on the Road Friday Night



We are excited to have Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre Club- Alfa Psi Omega joining the events at the Rendezvous on the Road Friday night. SLU will present a skit, Peter and Tink, at 7:15 in the pocket park and will mingle amongst the crowd in order to get ready for their big performance at Cassidy Park May 22nd. Bring the kiddos it will be fun!
This and every fourth Friday from 6-9 pm, Rendezvous on the Road will offer food and drink, shopping (look for merchant specials,discounts,raffles) and live music in Bogalusa's downtown Historical District.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Robin Day at 985-750-4054.


March 24, 2015
Washington Parish Woman Arrested for False Report on Her Husband 
Leslie Woodward, 43, a resident of Lon Miley Road in Bogalusa, was arrested March 20 and charged with Injuring Public Records, a felony, and Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor.  Woodward’s bond was set at $5,000.  She met the conditions of her bond and was released from custody on March 23.   
Woodward’s problems began in December 2014 when she reported that her husband had abused her.  Her husband was arrested and placed in jail where he remained until he was able to bond out on February 4. 
After the husband’s release from jail, he contacted Sheriff’s Office investigators and provided additional details about his wife’s allegations against him and produced a  witness who supported his story.  Further investigation revealed that the saga began after Woodward learned that her husband had received a cash settlement in a civil matter.  She then concocted a scheme to set up her husband and send him to prison.   
The investigation revealed many inconsistencies in Woodward’s story and even the 911 calls leading up to her husband’s arrest were deemed to be rehearsed.  The investigation revealed that she intentionally falsified a written statement to law enforcement and orchestrated a false 911 call to entrap her husband on a false allegation of domestic aggravated assault.  Warrants were obtained for Woodward and she was arrested at her house without incident. 
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the investigative division on their work in this matter.  “The husband was lawfully arrested on probable cause to believe he had committed a crime.  Unfortunately, the information provided to our office was false.  The husband turned out to be the victim in this matter and I am pleased our investigators were able to sort out the details and arrest Mrs. Woodward.  This is a good lesson to anyone that filing a false complaint is a violation of the law that may result in a trip to the parish jail.” 


March 24, 2015
Meth Lab Discovered on Lee Road Outside Covington



The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force has arrested two Covington men after finding 16 one-pot meth labs at a Covington-area residence last week.
Matthew Perry (DOB2/11/1978; 85009 Perry Road, Covington) and Roy Bell (DOB 4/25/1979; 18454 Nelson Road) have both been arrested for one count of manufacturing schedule II CDS (methamphetamine). They were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
The Narcotics Task Force began its investigation in January after receiving several complaints that Bell and Perry were manufacturing methamphetamine at Perry’s residence on Perry Road in the Lee Road community.
On March 18, 2015, members of the Narcotics task Force observed Bell and Perry purchasing the ingredients needed to manufacture the drug. Agents then followed the two men to the residence, where they were found to be in possession of the ingredients as well as a small amount of methamphetamine. 
While searching the home, agents located 16 one-pot meth labs and an excessive amount of precursors, including approximately 200 pounds of fertilizer, 12 containers of Coleman fuel, 11 empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, drain cleaners and coffee filters.
The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force is comprised of members from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, the Mandeville Police Department, the Covington Police Department and the Slidell Police Department.


Obituary
Donald Edwin Bond born June 20, 1957 passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 57. He was a resident of Bogalusa and a member of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa. 


Obituary
Donis B. Fornea age 89 passed away March 23, 2015 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington La. She was a resident of Angie La and life long member of Angie Baptist Church. 


March 24, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lateisha Adams was booked 03/23 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jimmy Martin was booked 03/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Maybrie Magee was booked 03/23 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Failure to Appear, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Byron Barletto was booked 03/23 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Useage, and Failure to Appear
Janis Allen was booked 03/24 on the charge of Theft Under 500


March 23, 2015
Town Hall Meetings at Parish Library Branches                                          
Town hall meetings will be held in April at all the branches of the Washington Parish Library System “to remind the public of all the services offered at those libraries and to discuss the upcoming millage tax renewal that will be on the May 2 ballot,” announced Executive Director Al Barron.  Two meetings will be held for the Bogalusa and Franklinton branches with one each for the Enon and Thomas branches.  
  • Monday, April 6 at 6pm   Franklinton Branch
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 6pm   Bogalusa Branch
  • Thursday, April 9 at 6pm   Enon Branch
  • Thursday, April 16 at 6pm   Thomas Branch
  • Monday, April 20 at 6pm   Franklinton Branch
  • Tuesday, April 21 at 6pm   Bogalusa Branch


March 23, 2015
Take a Look at Raised-Bed Gardens
By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
March is a month when many gardeners begin to plant their spring vegetables. Raised beds can be the solution to a number of challenges when it comes to home vegetable gardens. 
Raised beds drain faster during periods of heavy rain. Overall, raised beds are easier to maintain than traditional in-ground beds. And with careful management, they can be even more productive than typical garden beds.
As a result, the use of raised beds is becoming increasingly popular in home vegetable gardening. It’s also a great way to garden with kids.
For more advantages and construction tips, click here.

 

March 23, 2015
What's Happening at St. Tammany Parish Hospital This Week



Here's a glimpse of what's going at STPH and its off-site locations for the week of March 23-28
***CO-PARENTING CLASSES - A two-part series for divorcing parents who want to keep their children from becoming children in the middle. There’s also a children’s version for ages 6-12 years, held at the same times, to provide children help with issues they may confront as their parents go through a divorce. 
***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime.
***BALLET - Do you have an aspiring dancer in your family?
***BRINGING UP BABY Learn helpful hints and what to expect when caring for a new baby.
***CUDDLE BUDDIES - The monthly group Cuddle Buddies, which meets from 10:30-11 a.m. March 26, is a learning and support opportunity for parents and a social playtime for babies.
***EASTER EGG HUNT - The hunt is on from 10-11 a.m. March 31! Join other families for an Easter Egg Hunt and party.
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and meditation classes.
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips.


March 23, 2015
Caladium – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 23, 2015
Many Louisiana gardeners enjoy a summer landscape planting of caladiums. These are one of the most popular plants to fill shady gardens because they thrive in the heat and humidity common in Louisiana summers. 
Caladiums are great, low-maintenance bedding plants. Start planting in early April. Recommended varieties for Louisiana include:
Fire Chief – fancy-leaf red
Carolyn Whorton, Elise, Florida Sweetheart – fancy-leaf pink 
Moonlight, Garden White – fancy-leaf white 
Mount Everest, White Delight, White Dynasty, White Ruffles – lance-leaf white 
Bombshell, Hearts Delight, Cherry Tart, Red Ruffles – lance-leaf red 
Celebration, Tapestry, Candyland, Raspberry Moon – fancy-leaf multicolor
Highlighter – lance-leaf chartreuse


March 23, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tremale Jenkins was booked 03/20 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Contempt of Court
Leslie Woodward was booked 03/20 on the charges of Injuring Public Records and Criminal Mischief
James Harris was booked 03/22 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Simple Battery


Obituary
EVELYN MAXINE WARD ERWIN, AGE 66 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:30 pm Friday March 20, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Maxine was a member of Canaan Baptist Church and a former beautician. She enjoyed traveling and tending to her roses and flower garden. Maxine adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with her family. 


Obituary
Gerald Patrick “Pat” Lawrence, Sr., 73, passed away at his home in Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday, March 19, 2015, after complications from long-term illness. 
Born March 27, 1941, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, he graduated with honors from Bogalusa High School in 1959. After earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1966, he moved his family to Bastrop, Louisiana, where he began a long and notable career with International Paper Company. After 30 years of faithful service, he retired from International Paper’s Design Engineering Division in Mobile, Alabama, in 1996. 


Obituary
Vernon J. Rachel passed away Saturday March 21, 2015, at the age of 91, he was a resident of Bogalusa, LA.  Mr. Rachel was also a veteran of WWII. 


Obituary
Shirley B. Alford born April 5, 1932, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the age of 82. She was a resident of Bogalusa, LA. 


Obituary
Charlie Gavin passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a member of Elizabeth Sullivan Methodist Church. He was a watchmaker for 25 years and later retired from Rayburn Correctional Center. He was a graduate of Jones County Junior College and served in the United States Army. 


March 23, 2015
USDA Designates Natural Disaster Areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared these parishes contiguous natural disaster areas: East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa. Washington Parish was also declared a disaster area in three unrelated events. Under these designations, qualified producers in this area are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.
East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa were declared a natural disaster area effective July 28, 2014 as the result of physical damage and losses caused by high winds and tornadoes that occurred on June 10, 2014. Farmers and ranchers who have suffered severe losses have until March 28, 2015 to apply for emergency assistance with their local FSA Office.
In Washington Parish, these three weather events have resulted in a disaster declaration:
Effective Jan. 12, 2015 and as the result of  damage and losses caused by a tornado that occurred on Dec. 16, 2014, emergency loan applications will be received until Sept. 12, 2015 for qualified ranchers and farmers who suffered severe physical losses only.
Effective Jan. 13, 2015 due to production and physical losses caused by severe storms and a tornado beginning and ending on Dec. 23, 2014, emergency loan applications will be received until Sept. 13, 2015 for qualified ranchers and farmers who suffered severe physical losses only.
Effective Jan. 31, 2015 and as the result of damage and losses caused by a tornado on Dec. 23, 2014, emergency loan applications will be received until Oct. 1, 2015 for qualified ranchers and farmers who suffered severe physical losses only.
“Unpredictable weather conditions can wreak havoc on the farming community. This assistance is necessary to help sustain the businesses of our agricultural producers,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses following a drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine. As a general rule, a farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production to be eligible for an FSA emergency loan.
Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to contact their local FSA Office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.


March 20, 2015
Ya Gotta Be There Tomorrow For The Cook-Off/BBQ
The 9th Annual Cassidy Park Cook-Off/BBQ will be held in the old stage area of the park on Saturday, March 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Amateur chefs will compete as four-member teams for first, second and third-place awards in each of four categories: Fowl, Seafood, Beef, Pork and Wild Game. Any participating professional chefs will not be part of the competition.
Hosted by Senator Ben Nevers, the event is a first-class competition that offers outdoor family-friendly entertainment, including live music, in the beautiful wooded park, as well as the opportunity to taste a wide variety of delectable food. Importantly, it’s also a fundraiser for the Museums of Cassidy Park, which are open to the public free of charge.
For a $15 entry fee, with children 12 and under allowed in free, visitors will get to sample the variety of succulent dishes, which in the past have included deer meat and even grilled snake! 
They’ll also be able to enjoy the music of The Dynamic Duo of Keenan Knight and Cristen Schroeder with special guests, to see Jeff Harrison demonstrate flint knapping and Native American weaponry, and to take part in a variety of children’s and adult activities.
The Cook-Off runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the food served at approximately 4 p.m. We invite everyone to bring a lawn chair and join us for a fun day outdoors eating scrumptious food, enjoying good music, taking part in wholesome activities and relaxing under the trees along the winding Bogue Lusa Creek.



March 20, 2015
Bogalusa Main Street Program Earns Second Award in a Week


The U. S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism Stewardship Council has recently recognized the Bogalusa Main Street program for their contribution to their program.  The award also recognized Bogalusa Main Street for their support in sustaining and enhancing the unique geographical character through their committment to the environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents.
Earlier this week, it was announced that they were selected (out of 37 other such programs) for the Main Street Award by the Office of Lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne. The award will be presented at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards on April 14 in Baton Rouge.
The Bogalusa Main Street program, headed up by Robin Day, is accomplishing great things on Columbia Street.  Businessess are starting up and relocating there.  Flight from the area has occurred over the last two or three decades but now residents and visitors are returning to find unique places to shop.  
Downtown is also the site of the Harvest Festival and other events such as Rendezvous on the Road.  (See poster below)



Notice the event schedule.  The next Rendezvous On The Road is March 27


March 20, 2015
Pat Lambert Reported to be New Bogalusa Assistant Football Coach
Source:  NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Pat Lambert has resigned as coach of Hannan to work with Bogalusa Head Coach David Roberts, who accepted the head coaching job in January after a season as offensive coordinator at Pearl River. 
During his nearly 40 years in coaching, Lambert has been a head coach or an assistant at places such as Covington, Brother Martin, Slidell, Northshore and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.


March 20, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Park was booked 03/19 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, and Improper Display of License Plate
Brandon Forbes was booked 03/19 on the charge of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Martha Davis was booked 03/19 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Ryan Harry was booked 03/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Justin Slater was booked 03/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jason Sanders was booked 03/19 In From Court
Wesley Ockman was booked 03/19 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Quantrell Porter was booked 03/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kimberly Buckley was booked 03/19 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Wade Rigdon was booked 03/19 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Disturbing the Peace (Fight)
Carlton Thomas was booked 03/19 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Aggravaated Assault With a Firearm and Disturbing the Peace (Fight)


March 20, 2015
2015 Named ‘Year of the Gaillardia’
The National Garden Bureau has named 2015 the “Year of the Gaillardia.” Native to the U.S., about 23 species of gaillardia are scattered across the Americas with the heaviest concentration in the southwestern United States. Closely related to the sunflower family, gaillardias also are called blanket flowers.
The gaillardias were first collected in Louisiana and described in 1788 by Dennis Fougerous de Bondaroy and also collected in 1806 in Montana by Lewis and Clark
The 3-inch daisy-like flowers are rich in nectar and attract butterflies and bees.
To learn more about the varieties and benefits of putting Gaillardias in your garden, click here.


Obituary
Daniel E. Fournet, born on June 29, 1934, died Thursday, March 19, 2015.


Obituary
Sarah Ann Applewhite Jenkins, a resident of Pearl River, LA, age 76, born on July 30, 1938 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore in Slidell, LA. 


March 20, 2015
Multiple Drug Offender Faces Life Sentence
A 39-year-old Slidell man who is a multiple drug offender faces a sentence of up to life imprisonment after his conviction this week of heroin possession. A St. Tammany Parish jury on Wednesday (March 18) found Jabari Smith guilty of possession of heroin—his sixth conviction on drug charges.
Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea prosecuted the case. The St. Tammany Narcotics Task Force investigated information that led to the execution of a search warrant at Smith’s Slidell residence on Oct. 24, 2014. During the search, police officers found about 3.5 grams of heroin hidden in a shoe.
Jury deliberations in the case lasted about an hour. 
Smith’s record includes three prior marijuana convictions and two prior cocaine convictions, including one for which he was sentenced in 2008 to five years in prison. That sentence ran concurrently with a sentence that also was issued in 2008 after Smith was convicted of aggravated battery with a gun. 


March 19, 2015
Public Participation at Bogalusa Council Meetings Remains Strong
The Bogalusa Council met Tuesday evening at 5:30 and numerous residents were not only in attendance but addressed the Council with their concerns.


  • “Foots” Quin spoke on the adjustment of penalties regarding DUI for adults and those underage.
  • Floyd Burdeaux spoke eloquently and in detail encouraging support for Highway 3241.  His remarks pointed out the growth experienced by towns and cities in surrounding parishes made possible by interstate highways.
  • Fate Ferrell wanted to know, among other concerns, how allegations of malfeasance in office should be reported.  Councilman Ritchie suggested he contact the District Attorney's Office and/or the Attorney General's Office.
Washington Parish Library Director addressed the Council advising them and residents in attendance of activities available at the Libraries.
Mayor Perrette reminded everyone of up-coming events including the Wild Game/BBQ Cook-off and the Gospel Music Festival, advised that efforts were being made to get Highway 3241, complimented Robin Day on receiving the Main Street Award out of 37 other cities, and expressed her appreciation for residents' attendance and participants.
(To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on the meeting on the Government Meetings channel.)


March 19, 2015
Riverside Medical Center Announces Job Openings / New Staff


We are tardy in reporting announcements from Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.
  • Current job openings at Riverside: Medical Lab Tech, Community Outreach Director, Medical Coder, and Environmental Services Aide. Visit www.rmchospital.com for more information.
  • We are happy to announce the addition of Janice Penton, Family Nurse Practitioner, to the Riverside Family Care Clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 839-3555.
  • We welcome Mica Sood, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Tara Jerez, Family Nurse Practitioner to the Riverside Pediatric and Internal Medicine Clinic. This clinic is now open 5 days a week and is accepting new patients. For more information, call 795-4294.


March 19, 2015
“Consequences of Impact” Mock Crash in St. Tammany Today
Today Louisiana State Police Troop L, in conjunction with numerous local emergency response agencies, will be participating in “Consequences of Impact”, a mock fatality crash program involving impaired driving. The proactive educational program, scheduled before the school’s prom, will include a vehicular homicide mock crash conducted at Archbishop Hannan High School in St. Tammany Parish. 
Students involved will act out a fatal crash scene scenario in front of their peers, allowing the student body to see first-hand the devastating consequences of impaired and distracted driving. The parents of the student actors will also be playing parts in these scenarios. The mock crash is meant to emphasize the dangers and consequences associated with impaired and distracted driving, the importance of proper seatbelt use, and the emotional suffering families endure when a fatal crash occurs in reality.
The program has been provided in other areas, including in Mt. Hermon a year or two ago.  Watch the video.



March 19, 2015
Sweet Corn Can Thrive in Home Gardens
As warmer weather approaches, we conjure up images associated with the upcoming season – longer days, swimming, snow cones, barbecues. . . and sweet corn. 
Sweet corn is a warm-season garden staple along with tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s not difficult to grow, says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. But following these basic tips will aid in your success. 
  • Plant early
While sweet corn can be grown throughout the summer, the typical planting dates in Louisiana are February 15 through May 15. 
  • Use fertilizer
“Corn loves fertilizer as much as a pig loves to eat corn,” said AgCenter program assistant Bobby Williams. 
  • Make a “patch”
Plant at least three rows of corn side by side for optimum pollination, Fontenot said. Corn is wind pollinated, so having a wider grouping of corn is much better than one long row. 
  • Leave the tillers
“Corn, like many other grasses, will produce tillers as it grows,” Fontenot said. “A tiller is a new shoot that grows from the base of the corn plant.”  Tillers do not need to be removed. In some cases, the tiller may help support the corn plant in high wind and reduce the chance of it falling over. 
Enjoy your garden and try growing something new!


March 19, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tara Jones was booked 03/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Quinton Balderas was booked 03/18 on the charge of Simple Battery
Kevin Penton was booked 03/18 on the charge of Sexual Battery of the Infirm
William Kennedy was booked 03/18 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jane Johnson was booked 03/18 on the charge of Exploitation of Infirm and Forgery
Richard Martin was booked 03/18 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
James Park was booked 03/19 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Improper License Plate Display


March 18, 2015
Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Washington Parish Narcotics Seizure and Arrests
Bogalusa, LA- Two Mississippi residents are in custody this week on a variety of narcotics and weapons charges following a multi-agency investigation into narcotics activity throughout the Washington Parish area. The investigation included law enforcement representatives from Louisiana State Police Troop L, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Orleans and Gulfport Division, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Marion County, MS Sheriff’s Department. 
While conducting ongoing narcotics investigations in Washington Parish, LSP Narcotics Investigators working alongside the DEA were able to identify 42 year old Stuart Decuire of Foxworth, MS as being a supplier of cocaine in the Washington Parish area. Covert operations resulted in the purchase of multiple ounces of cocaine from Decuire. A subsequent traffic stop was conducted on Decuire’s vehicle at which time he and the driver, 50 year old Alex Fairly of Columbia, MS, were taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, Decuire was found to be in possession of approximately 4.0 ounces of powder cocaine, approximately 3.0 grams of "high grade" marijuana, and one Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun. 


March 18, 2015
Pearl River Child Molester Gets 60 Year Sentence
Source:  James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   
Claiming "she was just a pretty little girl," a Pearl River man pleaded guilty Tuesday (March 17) to sexual battery of a child under 13. As a second felony offender, Darryl Solomon, 38, was immediately sentenced to 60 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence, north shore District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office said.
In September 2013, a family friend looking from a front porch window saw Solomon removing his hands from the pants of a then 5-year-old girl. Infuriated, the friend confronted Solomon, removed the child from the situation and then told the girl's parents, prosecutors said.
The parents, in turn, questioned the girl and she told them that Solomon's inappropriate touching had happened several times in the past, too, which prompted the family to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
By that time, however, Solomon had bolted to Virginia. Detectives tracked him there where he was arrested and then extradited back to St. Tammany when he confessed his repeated inappropriate acts with the child, remarking "she was just a pretty little girl."


March 18, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Christopher McLain was booked 03/17 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sharon Snelgrove was booked 03/17 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Julian Alford was booked 03/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Justin Owens was booked 03/17 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Dustin Hughes was booked 03/17 on the charge of Theft 500-1500 and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dequantus Conerly was booked 03/17 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Firearm


March 18, 2015
New Hostage Scam Reported by STPSO
We have received several reports of individuals calling residents claiming to be holding a family member captive.
In most instances, we were able to intervene and halt the attempts from these suspects in obtaining money from our citizens.
In all cases, these scams have been conducted by suspects outside St Tammany Parish, and in most cases by people from outside of the United States.
Sheriff Jack Strain advises citizens who receive any type phone call or correspondence regarding the safety of one of their family members, to reach out to other family members and attempt to verify, through all available means the safety of the family member in question and to not send any money even after they do so.
You may contact the Sheriff's Office at 985-898-2338 or 911 if you receive a phone call or other correspondence from someone and you are unsure if it is a scam.
Please share this information with your friends and family to help us get the word out about this scam.


Obituary
Dr. Allen R. "Chick" Singleton Jr. age 88 passed away March 17, 2015 at Regency Hospital in Covington La. He was a resident of Bogalusa La. He was a member of Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Methodist Church, graduate of L.S.U. Medical School, and served in the US Navy during WW II.


March 18, 2015
AG Buddy Caldwell Fires Off Letter to ATF to Protect Popular AR-15 Ammo 
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined a bipartisan group of 22 state Attorneys General to encourage the federal government to permanently shelve a proposal to ban the sale of M855 5.56 x 45 mm cartridges commonly used in the AR-15 rifle. 
“I am alarmed by this attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of Louisianans by prohibiting the sale of ammunition widely used by target shooters." Caldwell said.  Caldwell and other attorneys general said that a ban, if followed to its logical end, could result in a prohibition of the sale of a wide range of other types of rifle ammunition.
Joining Caldwell in signing the letter were Attorneys General from: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.


March 18, 2015
La. AG Recovers More Than $450,000 from Pharmaceutical Manufacturer  
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that Louisiana, other states and the federal government reached a settlement with New Jersey-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo Inc., over allegations that the company illegally provided lavish meals and used other incentives as kickbacks for healthcare providers who prescribed the drugs Azor, Benicar, Tribenzor and Welchol. 
As a result, Daiichi Sankyo will pay back $452,344.43 to Louisiana. In total, Daiichi Sankyo will pay back the states and federal government $39 million in civil damages and penalties.
“These types of practices often result in medications being prescribed unnecessarily, with taxpayers footing the bill,” Caldwell said. “Our in-house civil Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has worked diligently with the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units and the federal government to curtail this reckless behavior and I am proud of their success.”
An investigation found that Daiichi Sankyo allegedly provided kickbacks in the form of honoraria payments, meals and other remuneration to certain healthcare providers between 2004 and 2011. 
Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia are participating in the settlement. 


March 18, 2015
Governor Jindal's Plan to Get Common Core Out of Louisiana
Today, Governor Jindal released a plan to remove Common Core from Louisiana and replace it with high-quality Louisiana standards while ensuring that Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and Cooperative Endeavor Agreements (CEAs) do not hand control of Louisiana schools to third-party entities or the federal government.
The plan will also replace the PARCC test, prohibit the collection of biometric information from students, and ensure that BESE, like all state agencies, is subject to the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
Governor Jindal emphasized that this package of legislation will help to address the growing concern and frustration surrounding Common Core and the PARCC assessment, as more and more parents opt out of these tests and seek clarity for their children’s academic future.
If you are interested in details of his plan, click here.


March 17, 2015
Bogalusa Main Street Program Earns Award
Congratulations to the Bogalusa Main Street Program for being selected for the Main Street Award by the Office of Lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne. The award will be presented at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards on April 14 in Baton Rouge! Bogalusa is one of 37 Main Street Programs in Louisiana. Kudo's to business owners, building owners, volunteers, Program Manager, Robin Day and the City of Bogalusa for this honor!
Click on the following link to follow the great things being done to revitalize Bogalusa's historic downtown area:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bogalusa-Main-Street-Program/154109811402191?sk=timeline


March 17, 2015
Buying the Best Tomato for Your Garden Video
It’s a great idea to get tomatoes into your garden during this time. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the many types of tomatoes you can choose for your early planting. 



March 17, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Troy Nicholson was booked 03/16 on the charge of Aggravated Incest
Homer Pittman was booked 03/16 on the charges of Attachment, Simple Battery, and Simple Battery With Injury


March 17, 2015
Doggone Express from Mt. Hermon & STPSO: Another Canine Adoption Success Story 
We are happy to announce that Bella, one of the dogs in our "The Big House" program, has been adopted!!! Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in her!!! 
For those not familiar with The Big House Program, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office has partnered with Doggone Express, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Mt. Hermon, LA. Doggone Express helps Louisiana prisons and jails establish training programs called “From the Big House to Your House.” Inmates work with dogs brought to the jail from local shelters to teach them basic skills such as sitting, staying, name recognition and other abilities that will make them more adoptable. The dogs also emerge from the training kennel trained. The program is designed to help inmates gain marketable skills in canine training and to provide them an opportunity to emotionally bond with other living creatures. 
All canines will be available for adoption immediately following their training. The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter adoption fee is $65. 
If you’re interested in meeting or adopting one of the dogs in The Big House Program, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.


Obituary
DENISE GALE MILLER, AGE 57 and a resident of Franklinton died Saturday night March 14, 2015 at her home. Denise was born on June 28, 1957 in Bogalusa to the late Ocie and Bernice Miller. She lived at Riverview Apartments in Franklinton where she had many friends and supporters and also attended the nearby Trinity Baptist Church. Denise was an active member of the Franklinton Association for Challenged Citizens and the family wishes to express a sincere thank you to the wonderful staff for the care and support they gave Denise through the years. She loved being with her friends and enjoyed her time working with the FACC. 


March 17, 2015
Franklinton Police Department Press Release Re:  Scam
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Franklinton Police Department received a complaint regarding a scam.  Specifically, the victim advised they had received a text message which indicated there was a warrant for their arrest.  A telephone number was provided in the text along with an officers name and warrant numbers.  The victim, fearing a warrant had actually been issued, contacted the number complied by sending the money and subsequently received a call the following day advising the payment was being returned. The victim was then instructed to Western Union a different amount as the first payment was not processed; the victim again complied and completed the transaction.  For more on this story, click here.



March 16, 2015

Homeless High School Students in St. Tammany

Source:  By  Suzie Hunt, Contributing writer - nola.com

While most high school students go home each night thinking only of homework or a weekend date, there are students in St. Tammany Parish whose primary concern when they walk out the classroom doors will be where they will sleep that night; they are homeless.

According to Willie Paretti, most of these kids are without a home not due to some teenage angst or a slight disagreement with a parent; they are out on their own for reasons beyond their control and have to grow up fast.

Paretti is one of the founders of HOYST, or Homeless Outreach for Youth in St. Tammany. The support group started in 2010 in an effort to help these young people through difficult circumstances and to help them finish high school

To read more on this story and learn about HOYST, click here.



March 16, 2015

Relative Arrested on Hit and Run of 21-Month Old in Slidell

A 21-month-old boy was air-lifted to Children's Hospital in New Orleans after he was struck by a vehicle while playing in the driveway of his Slidell home Friday evening.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday, the child's 44-year-old cousin arrived at the families' residence.  He notified family members that the child had been struck by a vehicle and was lying injured in the driveway.  He did not tell them he was the one who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck the child outside the home on Malter Lane.

After notifying family that the child had been injured, the cousin, Derrick Populus (DOB 2/6/1971; 33230 Jolly Drive, Slidell) left the residence.  Family members brought the child to Slidell Memorial Hospital. He was later airlifted to Children's Hospital, where he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit and listed in critical condition.

After speaking with family members at the scene, the responding deputy relocated to Populus' home to question him.  Populus reported that the child was already lying in the driveway when he arrived at the Malter Lane residence.

Populus was questioned again Saturday, and this time admitted that he was the one who struck the child.  He was arrested for felony hit and run and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S. 14:100 – hit and run (felony).  His bond has not yet been set.

The child's condition has since improved and he was moved from ICU to a regular room on Sunday.



March 16, 2015

WP Sheriff's Office Recovers Stolen Scrap Metal 

On Saturday, March 14, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Raymond Myers responded to a report by a property owner on Highway 1074 that a significant amount of scrap metal had been stolen from his property.  Stolen property included I-beams, stainless steel decking and other items. 

The property owner was able to provide a license plate number on a white pickup truck. The truck was registered to Joshua Z. May, 22, a resident of Otzenberger Road in Bogalusa. 

While attempting to locate May, Deputy Myers discovered that May had sold a significant amount of scrap metal to Rome’s Recycling in Bogalusa. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $10,000 and the owner was able to identify the items as his. 

While searching for May, the deputy observed a white pickup making a U-turn on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.  He recognized May as the driver, stopped him, and arrested him.  May was processed, charged with two counts of theft and  transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  Bond has not been set at this time. 

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Deputy Myers on the quick arrest.  “Within twenty-four hours of the initial report, Deputy Myers located the stolen property, arrested the thief, and placed him in jail.  I congratulate him on a job well done.” 



March 16, 2015

What's Happening at STPH This Week




Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of March 16-21

***GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - A support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child 

***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime 

***INFANT/CHILD CPR - Learn the skills you need to know for choking and breathing emergencies among children 

***PREPARED CHILDBIRTH - Learn the physical and emotional changes that occur and how your baby develops throughout pregnancy 

***BALLET - Do you have an aspiring dancer in your family? 

***BRINGING UP BABY - Learn helpful hints and what to expect when caring for a new baby

***LIVING TOBACCO FREE - We’ll provide you with the tools and resources you need to quit smoking for good 

***SURVIVE DAT! - Breast cancer support group for young survivors 

***CUDDLE BUDDIES - A learning and support opportunity for parents and a social playtime for babies 

***USING LAMAZE - All aspects of the birthing process and methods of delivery are discussed. Relaxation and pain control techniques will be practiced to help you through the childbirth experience. 

For more information on these and more activities, click here.



March 16, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brian Hall was booked 03/13 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Dustin Bailey was booked 03/13 on the charge of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden

Stephanie LeBlanc was booked 03/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

Codi Parsons was booked 03/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Expired Drivers License, and Failure to Appear

Michael Penton was booked 03/14 on the charge of Criminal Trespass

Salvadore Burregi was booked 03/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Theft Under 500

Chad Guy was booked 03/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine

Ashton Spencer was booked 03/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

Joshua May was booked 03/15 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Theft Over 1500

Jackie Loper was booked 03/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Proper Equipment Required, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Failure to Appear



March 16, 2015

Missing Hammond Man Found 

Update on March 13 Story

Sheriff Edwards is please to report that Scot Riddick has been located and his family has been made aware of his whereabouts.  



Obituary

Patty Williams Brignac was welcomed into the heavenly kingdom on March 12, 2015 at the age of 63. She was surrounded by family and friends in the home of her sister, Brenda Williams, when she was peacefully taken from this world as a result of her battle with cancer and scleroderma. Patty demonstrated great strength in her illness and was an inspiration to those around her. 

In 1969, Patty graduated from Varnado High School and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern Louisiana University. She spent almost 40 years in the classroom teaching math and inspiring the students that she instructed. Patty laughed often, loved much and could always find the best in others. She leaves this world a better place for all who had the joy of knowing her. Patty was a member of the Varnado United Methodist Church. 



March 14, 2015

Making a Difference by Catching and Prosecuting Child Predators 

The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit investigates computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age.  Frequent news releases from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office report cases, similar to the one below, that reflect the danger to our children and that something is being done about it.

In a statement yesterday, Attorney General Caldwell said, “As a result of our partnerships with law enforcement affiliates across North America, we were able to put a parent’s worst nightmare behind bars. We will continue to work tirelessly to protect children throughout Louisiana and across the country from abuse and exploitation at the hands of dangerous pedophiles.”

Matthew Chaney Walker, 24, of 5126 Claycut Road, was arrested today after investigators received information regarding the sexual exploitation of three juvenile victims. 

Upon the execution of a search warrant at Walker’s residence, agents charged the suspect with three counts each of extortion and indecent behavior with a juvenile, two counts each of producing and distributing pornography involving juveniles, 50 counts of possessing child pornography, and a single count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. A forensic preview of items seized from Walker’s residence revealed that he was in possession of dozens of images and videos of children under the age of 13-years-old engaging in sexual activities or posed in a sexual manner. 

To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.



March 13, 2015

Franklinton Bicyclist Killed in St. Tammany Crash

Last night at approximately 10:55 pm, Troopers from Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a bicycle on La. 1077 southbound at mile post 5.7 (Gayle Road) in Covington. The crash claimed the life of Colby Garrett of Franklinton. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a bicycle, operated by Garrett (B/M 31), was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of La. 1077 near US 190 and a 2007 Jeep Wrangler, operated by Beau Turner (W/M 17) of Mandeville, was traveling southbound on La. 1077. Garrett traveled into the path of Turner and the front of the bicycle struck the right front of the Jeep. Garrett was ejected, struck the Jeep's windshield, and came to rest off of the roadway to the right. 

Garrett, who was not wearing an approved bicycle helmet, received life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Turner was properly restrained, not injured, and voluntarily submitted a breath sample indicating no alcohol was in his system. Impairment is not suspected on Garrett's part; however, toxicological samples were collected for analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.



Obituary

Flora Mae Woodward Thompson, age 57, passed away March 12, 2015 at her home in Bogalusa, LA.  Flora was born on July 21, 1956. She enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours on the river with her husband Jimmy.  Jimmy and Flora were the business owners of "Jimmy's" Fish Market and Seafood located in Bogalusa, LA. 



March 13, 2015

Ever Consider Adopting a Child or Being a Foster Parent?

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services - Adoption Services works to provide children who are legally free for adoption with a forever family. Services include the assessment of families who apply to adopt, matching available children with available homes, preparing children for placement, and providing services to our adoptive children and families before, during, and after placement is made to include provisions of adoption subsidy services to eligible families.

For more information about adoption, click here.

Foster Care is a protective service provided to children in custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. It provides substitute, temporary care (e.g., foster family home, residential care facility, etc.) for a planned period of time when a child must be separated from his or her own parents or relatives. Foster parents play a special role in the life of a child who, because of abuse, neglect or sexual victimization, has had to leave their family.

For more information about foster parenting, click here.



March 13, 2015

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term "problem gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "pathological", "disordered" or "compulsive" gambling -- an addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.

Are you or a loved one experiencing problem gambling?

1.Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money? or 

2.Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled? 

If someone answers YES  to either one of these questions, that person should seek the advice of an experienced problem gambling counselor.

For more information, click here.



March 13, 2015

Missing Person in Hammond Area

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating missing person,  46 year old Scot Riddick. 

Scot was last seen on March 2, 2015, at a convenience store on the corner of Happywoods Rd. and Club Deluxe.  Scot was last seen wearing carpenter style blue jeans and royal blue tennis shoes.  He is reported to have a beard and a mustache at present. 

Scot does not have a vehicle and he does not drive.  He is also reported to be schizophrenic at times, however does not have a history of going missing.  

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Scot Riddick is asked to call Detective Dale Athmann directly at 985-634-9181



March 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Marty Palmer was booked 03/12 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Tina Rowell was booked 03/12 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

Kristina Cleland was booked 03/12 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)

Logan Crain was booked 03/12 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Angela Forrest was booked 03/12 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Return Rental Property

Wallace Stogner was booked 03/12 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Tiffany Knight was booked 03/12 In From Court

Jeramie Young was booked 03/12 on the charge of Cyberstalking

Marcus Morris was booked 03/12 on the charge of Probation Violation



March 13, 2015

N. O. Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Police Officers

A 20-year-old man who intentionally rammed the stolen vehicle he was driving into two police cars while trying to flee in Slidell has pled guilty to 14 felony charges in the incident, including two counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.   

Jevon T. Mitchell, of New Orleans, entered his plea Wednesday afternoon (March 11) before Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight. The case was handled by Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea. Mitchell was sentenced to 25 years in prison under the state’s multiple offender statute. He had been convicted of a prior felony, simple burglary of a vehicle, on April 2, 2014, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. 

After eluding police the day before, on April 24, 2014, Slidell Police and STPSO Detectives were attempting to stop Mitchell when he plowed intentionally into the rear driver’s side of a car driven by a Sheriff’s Office detective. Mitchell then repeatedly put the Jeep in reverse and sped forward, striking the detective’s car multiple times.  



March 12, 2015

Two Hammond Guardsmen Confirmed Killed in Crash

Today, The Louisiana National Guard has confirmed two Soldiers involved in the UH-60M Black Hawk training accident crash are dead and have been recovered  What was a search and rescue operation, has moved into recovery operations for the remaining two Guardsmen.  “At this point, we’re not hopeful for survivors, and we are transitioning our Search and Rescue to a recovery effort,” said Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice-commander.  The remaining Soldiers are believed to be located in the wreckage in the Santa Rosa Sound in Florida. 

The Guardsmen were assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana.

The Louisiana Army National Guard was supporting in a routine night-time training exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps. The Black Hawk carrying the four aircrew and seven Marines crashed near Eglin range site A-17, east of the Navarre Bridge in Florida, March 10.

Names of the aircrew on board are being withheld in accordance with Secretary of Defense guidelines. Additional details will be provided as they become available.  The accident is under investigation.



March 12, 2015

Asian Influenza Advisory for Poultry Owners

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain has issued an advisory and information to both commercial and backyard poultry enthusiasts following the detection by USDA of avian influenza elsewhere in the U. S.. (Read Strain's Advisory)

The CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks, and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with these viruses have been detected at this time.  As a reminder, poultry should be handled properly and the cooking of poultry and eggs should be at a temperature of at least 165 ˚F which kills bacteria and viruses.  

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard poultry enthusiasts, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through your state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. 




Obituary

Bernard Alvin “Bernie” Brennan, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at his home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was 92 years old. 

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a resident of Bogalusa, Bernie was a much loved member of the community. He was very dedicated to his family, church, community and most importantly, God. 

Bernie graduated from Warren Easton High School in 1941. After completion of high school, he worked on building the Higgins Boat during World War II. Follow his marriage to Orleana “Olie” Walters in 1944, the couple moved to Bogalusa in 1950 to run a Tom’s Toasted Peanut Distribution route. In 1973, Bernie opened his own business, Brennan’s Wholesale Candy, which remains a family business to this day. 

Bernie was a lifelong member of Annunciation Catholic Church and served the church in many capacities. A few of his many accomplishments include construction of Annunciation Church Rectory, Dobyns Center and Bordenave Hall, Annuncation Catholic School’s cafeteria. He was awarded the Order of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Medallion, through the Archdioscese of New Orleans. In addition, Bernie was very involved in Knights of Columbus, Council 1819, in which he was a Fourth Degree Knight. 

Bernie was an active member of MCCA Mardi Gras association. He was a charter member of the RooGaRoo Krewe and he helped to construct both their current float and den. ` 



Obituary

NELLIE CLAIRE SPEARS BOUNDS, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:50 pm Wednesday March 11, 2015 at her daughters home. She was a longtime active member of Stateline United Pentecostal Church that loved her church family and donated her time to the betterment of the church. Nellie enjoyed cooking for her family and those in need. She was very highly thought of amongst her community because of her concern for others and her willingness to help. Nellie was always a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother to her adoring family and she cherished the time spent with all the young ones. 



March 12, 2015

Attorney General Caldwell Supports Lawsuit Against President Obama

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined five state attorneys general supporting U.S. House of Representatives’ lawsuit against President Obama for his illegal implementation of “Obamacare.”

The friend of the court brief supports the House’s assertion that the Obama administration has engaged in a pattern of blatant violations of duly enacted laws by granting a series of exemptions, payments, work permits and suspending or delaying certain requirements specifically laid out in the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress. 

Attorney General Caldwell said, “I’ve been fighting for our citizens’ rights over this ill-advised health care law since suing President Obama in 2012, and this bad policy just keeps on getting worse.  . . .As we’ve seen in his recent unconstitutional immigration mandates, the President is disregarding the separation of powers and trampling states’ rights with callous indifference.” 

Louisiana joined the states of West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, and Texas in filing the brief.



March 12, 2015

Apparent Murder - Suicide in Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office major crimes unit is investigating the discovery of a husband and wife found deceased in their home near Slidell yesterday afternoon.

Deputies and investigators responded to the residence, on Meadow Lake Drive, after a neighbor reported finding the couple in the home.  The man and woman were both pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's office.

The investigation is still in its very early stages, as detectives await results from scientific analysis of physical evidence collected at the scene and the results of the Coroner's autopsies.  Preliminary indications suggest that the couple's death was the result of a murder-suicide.

During the initial investigation at the residence, detectives observed no signs of forced entry into the home, nor did they uncover any evidence pointing to other parties being involved in the incident.  The bodies appeared to have been in the home for a day or more.

Additional information related to the investigation will be released as the case progresses.



Obituary

Lois Faye Erwin Crain resident of Bogalusa born December 4, 1934 passed away March 11, 2015 at her residence here in Bogalusa La surrounded by her family. She was a member of Superior Ave Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School class that she so cherished with her sisters in Christ.



Obituary

Harold Louis Pounds, Jr. age 68, born on February 8, 1947 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. 



March 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jeremy Forbes was booked 03/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)

Clifton Gorney was booked 03/11 on the charge of Obstruction of a Court Order

Stuart Decuire was booked 03/11 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics with Intent, Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Alex Fairley was booked 03/11 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics with Intent



March 12, 2015

9th Annual Cassidy Park Cook-Off/BBQ

The 9th Annual Cassidy Park Cook-Off/BBQ is gearing up to be another mouth-watering, family friendly day in the beautiful wooded park that has been called Bogalusa’s greatest asset. The cooking teams are keeping mum about the dishes they plan to prepare, but anyone who has ever attended knows the menu will include a delightful, delectable variety of Seafood, Fowl, Beef, Pork and Wild Game.

The Cook-Off will take place at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, with food being served at approximately 4 p.m.

This year, in order to assure that there will be plenty of food for everyone, only 400 tickets will be sold, so don’t be late! Tickets are already available at Wild Blu and McMillan’s Nursery in Bogalusa, and out-of-towners can call the Museums of Cassidy Park at 985-735-9188 to ensure admittance.

For more on this story, click here.



March 12, 2015

Donald Murphy of Pearl River Found Guilty of Pornography and Related Charges

A St. Tammany Parish jury on Wednesday (March 11) unanimously found Donald Murphy, 44, of Pearl River, guilty of four counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under 13, one count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor under 17, and one count of unlawful use of a social networking website by a person who is required to register as a sex offender and who was convicted of a sex offense.  He faces a sentence of 49.5 years to 198 years in prison. 

For more on this story, click here.



March 12, 2015

Meth Lab Located in Slidell Area Home

Earlier this week, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force located and dismantled three methamphetamine labs at a home in Slidell.

Seven arrests were made in the process.

In February, the Narcotics Task Force began an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 39435 Dean Road in Slidell.  

On Monday March 9, 2015, the Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home.

That search resulted in the recovery of three one-pot meth labs, assorted ingredients used to manufacture the drug, drug paraphernalia, a small amount of finished product and a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun.  

    
    

For more on this story, click here.



March 11, 2015

Washington Parish Council Highlights Litter / Road Sign Theft Problems

Parish President Richard Thomas advised the Council Monday night that 201 bags of trash had been picked up in the last two weeks and that vandals and thieves have made it necessary to replace over 40 road signs.  The problems have been addressed in previous meetings for over seven years but no real solution has been found. 

President Thomas emphasized that when road signs are absent, the ability of emergency vehicles reaching a person with an emergency medical problem is impaired.  He encouraged the public to report violators and also to report missing signs.  

Council President Mike Fussell advised that he had counted 75 empty “deer corn” bags littering just a six mile stretch on Highway 16.

The Council discussed enforcing the litter laws using both the parish's Code Enforcement Officer and the assistance of the Constables and Justices of the Peace.

In other business, 

  • the Council heard from Jalon Pittman Beech who encouraged Council members to be diligent in submitting names to the Governor of persons recommended to serve on the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission.  She also reiterated her stand that a reservoir was unneeded, a waste of money, and destructive to the Oak Grove community.
  • heard from Attorney Wayne Kuhn who gave his opinion that reservoir commission members whose terms had expired could continue to serve until they are replaced.
  • heard from residents Robert Watson and Phillip Bedwell with questions regarding the recommendations of persons to serve on the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission.
  • the Council invited any persons interested in serving on the commission to contact their Council member and submit a short resume.
  • President Thomas read and presented a proclamation to Melissa O' Donnell, with the Metropolitan Association of Realtors, proclaming March 16, 2015 as Realtor Appreciation Day.
(To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page and look for the meeting on our "Government Meetings" channel.)

 


March 11, 2015

LHSC Urges Safety Over St. Patrick Day Holiday Period

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)  has become a popular holiday in Louisiana and nationwide, with communities holding parades and events as a nod to all things Irish. 

It is recognized that alcohol is a major contributing factor to highway fatalities in Louisiana. Last year, according to preliminary figures, about 44 percent of Louisiana highway deaths were alcohol-related. “In other words, these are deaths that might very well have been prevented. You hear a lot about the “luck of the Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, but it certainly doesn’t extend to those who throw caution to the wind by driving impaired,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “Make sure you have safe, sober transportation before you leave your house. Also, remember to buckle your seat belt properly -- in the front and back seats. You’re really pushing your luck any time you travel without it.”



March 11, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Andrew Pierce was booked 03/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Appear

Willie Youngblood was booked 03/10 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

Janish Allen was booked 03/10 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile(s) and Contempt of Court

Jeffery Wilkes was booked 03/10 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Disturbing the Peace

Jeremy Forbes was booked 03/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)


 

Obituary

VERNA BENNETT GIBBS, AGE 99 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday morning March 10, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Bogalusa on December 21, 1915 and was the oldest surviving member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she taught G.A.s many years ago. Earlier in life, she was a beautician and while she and her husband were stationed in the military she fixed the hair of actress Gene Tierny while she too was stationed there. Mrs. Verna enjoyed gardening, cooking and crocheting. She loved to read and liked playing the Bingo games during her time in the nursing home. She had a saying of “my mission in life has been doing for others” 



March 11, 2015

Starting/Financing a Business Event on March 31

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center invites all who are thinking about starting or who have recently started a business to attend a free class titled "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" to be held in Bogalusa on March 31.

Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. 

Consultants from the SBDC at Southeastern will be available for one on one appointments on the afternoon of March 31st (at NTCC Sullivan). Contact Bogalusa Chamber to schedule a meeting time, 985-735-5731 or bogalusachamber@bellsouth.net.


 

March 11, 2015

Folsom Art Notes, St. Joseph's Alter, Library Events

For what's going in and around Folsom, go to Folsom Town Talk and let Amy Althans catch you up.


 

Obituary

Bertha Jenkins Corkern Parker was born September 14, 1925 to Willie and Miranda Sharp Jenkins in the Blond community near Covington. She graduated from Lyon High School in 1942 and went to work as a secretary in New Orleans, where she met Vernon Corkern of Enon after World War II. They were married in 1947 and raised their family in Franklinton, where Bertha was the secretary for Heyward and Johnny Green at Green Brothers Gravel Company for over 20 years. 
After Vernon’s death, Bertha relocated to Covington to be near her family. At her 50-year high school reunion, she became reacquainted with Dumart Parker. They were married in 1992 and lived in Covington until his death in 2008. Bertha was active in the senior choir and other activities at First Baptist Church in Covington. While she was still in good health, she enjoyed making pies and taking them to those who were unable to leave their homes because of illness. 


 

March 10, 2015

Richard Reed Indicted by Grand Jury on Sexual Assault

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

Today, a state grand jury in Covington indicted Richard Reed, the brother of former District Attorney Walter Reed, with sexual battery.   Richard Reed was arrested in August 2014 and booked with sexual battery in connection with an incident at The Chimes in Covington. At the time, Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz said that surveillance video from the restaurant showed Reed made sexual advances toward "an incapacitated female that rose to the level of a criminal act."

The grand jury also indicted two assistants of disgraced former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan, Mark Lombard and Kim Kelly, on theft charges.

For more on the story, click here


 

March 10, 2015

Three-Legged Hero Dog Rescued From River

A dog that was proclaimed a hero just two months ago after she saved her owner from drowning was rescued out of the same river this weekend by deputies.

In January, Bounce, an 11-year-old German short-haired pointer with three legs, helped to rescue his owner after the elderly man fell down a steep incline and into the Bogue Falaya River.

Bounce helped pull the man, who had broken his leg in the fall, onto a sandbar and then barked until his wife found him. (He is pictured with his owner when the two were reunited in the hospital after this event)

On Sunday, the same elderly couple called 911, in tears, to report that Bounce herself had fallen down the steep incline behind their home on River Road and she was now in the Bogue Falaya River.

Deputy Justin Nail and Sgt. Emile Lubrano responded to the call.

Deputy Nail jumped into the river and pulled Bounce from the frigid water while Sgt. Lubrano retrieved a rope and used it to help them back up the steep embankment.


 

March 10, 2015

The District Attorney's Elder Abuse Protection Unit

The District Attorney's Elder Abuse Protection Unit is dedicated to assisting victims of crime who are 60 years of age or older.

The unit assists elderly victims in all sections of court in both St. Tammany and Washington parishes.  

Elderly victims, or their caretakers, with questions about the criminal justice system, cases being prosecuted by our office, restitution, transportation to and from court, or any other matter affecting an elderly victim may contact either our Franklinton office or our Covington office.  Ask for the Elder Abuse Protection Unit.

Many crimes against the elderly involve financial fraud, theft by deception, identity theft, abuse of a power of attorney, neglect or physical abuse.  Financial abuse often involves a family member. The District Attorney’s Office we are sensitive to the difficulties associated with reporting this kind of abuse.

Remember:  All persons in Louisiana are “mandatory reporters” of Elder Abuse. 

For more information, click here.


 

March 10, 2015

Slidell Woman Among Several Arrested for Insurance Fraud 

Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit brought five separate criminal cases to conclusion over the last several weeks resulting in numerous arrests. 

On February 23, 2015, LSP Investigators arrested 26 year old Dominique Prater of Slidell, LA following an investigation into the filing of fraudulent medical bills. Troopers’ investigation revealed that Prater submitted an injury claim with Progressive Insurance Company alleging she sustained injuries when her vehicle ran over debris from a crash involving a Progressive insured vehicle. To support the injury claim, Prater submitted medical bills from Crane Rehab Center in Jefferson, LA for treatment received from May and June of 2014. Through the course of the investigation, the supporting medical bills were found to be fraudulently created by Prater’s mother, who was employed by Crane Rehab Center as a billing clerk.

For more on this and other arrests, 


 

March 10, 2015

Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Death of Woman Stabbed and Burned
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Andrew J. Sumner, 22, of Slidell, pled guilty Monday (March 9) to manslaughter, aggravated arson, and obstruction of justice in the death of Ashley King, who was stabbed 13 times and set on fire in her home.
Katelyn Lusich, another defendant in the case, pled guilty in November 2014 to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Devin Baham, a third defendant, is awaiting trial, which is scheduled for April 6.


(Pictured left to right, Andrew Sumner, Katelyn Lusich, Devin Baham - Picture source:  NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune )

For more details on the case, click here.

 

 


March 10, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile

Brian is a 13-year-old middle schooler. While school is not Brian's favorite hang out, he does enjoy computer class above all the other subjects. Brian is not yet sure about what he wants to be when he grows up, but it could have something to do with animals. Brian loves dogs and would love a pet-loving family that will take time to help Brian decide what he likes to do most. Brian is a picky eater, but like most pre-teens his age, he loves to eat pizza and hotdogs.

Brian loves to play with toys and watch movies. While playing outside, Brian loves to put everything he finds in his pockets. He is quite the collector and explorer! Brian would like to be placed with his brother who is also in care, but if that is not possible maintaining contact is a definite must.

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


 

March 10, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chris Johnson was booked 03/09 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Don Brown was booked 03/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Donald Williams was booked 03/09 on the charge of Theft Over 1500

 

 



 

March 9, 2015

Folsom Man Dies in Hwy. 25 Crash
Early Friday morning, Troopers from Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on La. 25 northbound at mile post 1.2 in Covington. The crash claimed the life of Lloyd Giddens of Folsom.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Infiniti M37, operated by Giddens (B/M 27), was traveling northbound on La. 25 approximately a mile north of US 190. Giddens, for reasons under investigation, was traveling at a very high rate of speed, veered to the left, traveled off of the roadway, over-corrected to the right, and lost control. The Infiniti re-entered the roadway, began to roll to the left, exited the roadway to the right and struck two large trees.
Giddens was properly restrained; however, he received life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Impairment is suspected and toxicological samples were collected for analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

March 9, 2015

Plant Paperwhites for Easy-to-Grow Spring Flowers
Not all flowering bulbs re-bloom again and again. But, easy-to-grow paperwhites do exactly that. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select and care for paperwhites. 

 

 

Obituary

James Ray Boyd, a resident of Gretna, LA, age 81, born on June 27, 1933 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center-Westbank in Belle Chasse, LA.  He was a United States Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.


 

March 9, 2015

Calibrachoa – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 9, 2015
Calibrachoas are great plants for adding to the late winter, early spring landscape. And they last through early summer. You can expect short-term performance of 4-6 months.
Known by some gardeners as “mini petunias” or “million bells,” the plant form is smaller than petunias – more compact growth with finer-, smaller-textured foliage and smaller flowers.
Calibrachoas prefer mostly sun and dry conditions and do best in containers. They come in solid and bicolored flower forms.

 

  

Obituary

ANNIE MAE LUPER CREEL, AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton died early Friday morning March 6, 2015 at her home. She was a member of Poplarhead Missionary Baptist Church that worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at many locations in the area. Annie Mae enjoyed the great outdoors and loved fishing and hunting, especially her favorite squirrel hunting. She always had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making people laugh. Annie Mae liked having fun in all she did.

 

 

Obituary

Mr. Waldo AC Stewart, age 95, passed away March 7, 2015, at Our Lady Of The Angels in Bogalusa, LA. Mr. Stewart was a resident of Bogalusa, LA. He was a Master Mason for over 65 years, and was Past Master of Zona Lodge #337 and he was a Veteran of WWII.

 

 

March 9, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Robert Morris was booked 03/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Glen Guyn was booked 03/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, and Driving Left of Center
Jason Mullins was booked 03/05 In For Court
Lucian Brown was booked 03/05 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Talmus Wilson was booked 03/05 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Adreana Sampson was booked 03/05 In For Court
Danny Chain was booked 03/05 on the charge of Theft by Fraud
Roy Bunyon was booked 03/05 on the charges of Expires MVI, Possession of Stolen Property and Switched License Plates
Michael Weldon was booked 03/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Nekeilya Pack was booked 03/05 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Terry Melancon was booked 03/05 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Deta McGowan was booked 03/05 on the charges of Simple Robbery and Simple Battery
Matthew Oakman was booked 03/06 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Jennifer Smith was booked 03/06 In From Court
Barry McClain was booked 03/07 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
James Wise was booked 03/07 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Michael Gill was booked 03/08 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
John Burkhalter was booked 03/08 on the charges of Simple Assault and Prohibited Acts
Diane Walker was booked 03/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Parked Off Road
Christopher Holmes was booked 03/08 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

 

 

March 5, 2015

James Earl of Franklinton Found Guilty of Murder
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found James Earl, 45, of Franklinton, guilty of manslaughter after a three-day trial that ended at noon Wednesday (March 4). Earl, who has had at least 10 prior felony convictions, faces a minimum of 40 years to life in prison.
The jury deliberated 40 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to Judge Martin Coady of the 22nd Judicial District. The case was handled by Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. 
Earl was one of three defendants charged in the death of Raymond Terry Lyons, age 45. The other two defendants pled guilty to manslaughter. They are: Donald Dawson, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Ricky Magee, who received 22 years. 
On Jan. 6, 2011, Dawson and a woman named Tess Starnes went to Magee’s house to buy drugs.  Magee instructed them to follow him in their car.  Dawson and Starnes then followed a car, driven by Magee with Earl as the passenger, to Old Jenkins Road.  There, Earl pulled headlight-to-headlight to a car waiting on the side of the road.
Starnes testified that, while following Earl, she and Dawson had missed a turn. By the time they caught up to Earl, he was standing outside of the other car and beating the passenger, Lyons, in the head with a two-by-four.  Earl then stepped back, pulled out a gun, and fired into the windshield.  The bullet struck Lyons in the chest, puncturing his heart and immediately killing him.

 

 

March 5, 2015

Governor Jindal Announces Higher Education Legislation For Veterans
Today, Governor Jindal announced two proposed pieces of legislation for veterans that will help veterans and military students complete their college education in Louisiana and also recognize colleges that have gone above and beyond to create a supportive environment for members of America’s armed forces.
Governor Jindal said, “In the face of great peril, and asking for nothing in return, these courageous men and women put their lives on the line in the name of freedom. With these two bills, we continue to express our appreciation to our country’s service men and women by showing our commitment to their educational needs and preparing them to enter the state’s ever-growing workforce.”
One of the bills is The Military Articulation Matrix Bill by Senator Ben Nevers.  Read more about both bills, by clicking here.

 

 

Obituary

Frank Montalbano, 93, resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Thursday March 5, 2015 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA.
Frank was the owner of Berenson's Sales in Bogalusa, a member of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Parish Economic Development Foundation, a member of Nellie Byers School, Magic City Carnival Association and the Krewe of Roogaroo, member of the Italian American Cultural Society, a 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, member of Annunciation Catholic Church serving on the Finance committee, and usher society, and a member of the Annunciation School Board.

 

 

March 5, 2015

Picayune Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Personal Watercraft
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Mississippi man for alleged possession of stolen property on March 3.
Agents arrested Donald Juan, 36, of Picayune, Miss., after finding him in possession of two stolen personal watercrafts and a trailer that belonged to a New Orleans man.
The personal watercrafts and trailer were reported stolen in the summer of 2013.  LDWF agents received an anonymous tip that the stolen watercrafts were located in Slidell in St. Tammany Parish in February of 2015.
After further investigation, agents were able to trace the personal watercrafts back to Juan.  Agents booked him into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and seized the personal watercrafts and trailer.
It is unknown at this time who was responsible for stealing the personal watercrafts and trailer in 2013.  Agents believe that Juan fully knew they were stolen when he acquired the stolen property.
Possession of stolen property brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

 

 

March 5, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Kayla enjoys all things related to arts and crafts. Given the right tools, she will draw pictures or paint items that would amaze anyone, young or old. The adults in Kayla's life say that her artistic talents could go a long way for her should she place attention and care into improving her school work.
Kayla is in the fourth grade and likes assistance when completing assignments and studying subjects like math and reading/comprehension so that she knows she is doing her work correctly. Of course, when it comes to art, she is most at home! Kayla needs parents that will be patient with her and give her the love, affection, and structure she needs.
For additional information about Kayla or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

March 5, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Haley Wheat was booked 03/04 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Randy King was booked 03/04 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
David Mingo was booked 03/04 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle (2 counts) and Attachment (2 counts)
Steven Darce was booked 03/04 In For Court
Dustin Bailey was booked 03/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Robert Morris was booked 03/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Glen Guyn was booked 03/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Inent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Driving Left of Center

 

 

March 4, 2015

Bogalusa Author Speaking at Franklinton Branch Library
Sharon Ball the author of “Apollo 2 the Magnificent” will be speaking at the Franklinton branch library on Thursday March 5,  2015 at 6 o'clock. She will do a book talk and discuss the writing process. The book will be available for sale and Mrs.Ball will be glad to sign copies. For more details on the book see “Apollo 2 the Magnificent” on Facebook.
“Apollo 2 the Magnificent” is the story of a young rooster that ends up dumped into the yard of a retired couple. The pair is not happy to be awakened by the crows of the rooster every morning. They also feel that the rooster can be dangerous and harmful. The story charts the funny up and down relationship that the couple shares with the young fowl. In one instant, the relationship between bird and brethren changes…
Mrs. Ball is a retired elementary school teacher from the Bogalusa City School System, teaching for over 33 years. Her book will be available for sale at the book talk/signing and is also available on amazon.com for $3.99 (Kindle) and $14.42 (paperback).

 

 

March 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Melvin Bridges was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tacarra Warren was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Anthony Leco was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Benjamin Roberts was booked 03/03 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

March 3, 2015

Spring Brings Family Fishing Action at LDWF's Family Fish Fests
With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state.
The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Competitive categories are available for nearly all legal fish species, and every participant is automatically entered into a raffle for outdoors prizes courtesy of event sponsors.
For information on costs, activities, locations, and other details, click here.

 

 

March 3, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Devin is a handsome 15-year-old New Orleans Saints fanatic! You can find him rooting his team on to victory each Sunday during football season. When not watching a Saints' game, Devin enjoys looking at bright, shiny sport cars. You will see this car lover light up if taken to a car show or a race.
Devin is very athletic. He enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and track and field. He aspires to run track professionally one day. Devin can be quite shy around adults but when it comes to his peers, there are no strangers. He is engaging and always ready to involve his peers in games of physical competition such as racing, or football. Devin is not a picky eater. He enjoys good southern dishes such as gumbo, fried chicken and shrimp.
If your family would like to nurture and mold a future athlete into a young man full of purpose, please do not hesitate to inquire about Devin today.
For additional information about Devin or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

March 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chelsie Pounds was booked 03/02 In For Court
Jessica Creel was booked 03/02 for Drug Court
Donald Dawson was booked 03/02 In For Court
Daniel Martin was booked 03/02 for Drug Court
Ike Roberts was booked 03/02 In From Court
Geremie Middleton was booked 03/02 In From Court
Monica Simmons was booked 03/02 In For Court
Elissa Smith was booked 03/02 In From Court

 

 

March 3, 2015

AG Buddy Caldwell’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Ranked #1
According to a state-by-state breakdown released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) recovered more than $118,815,109 in criminal case recoveries during 2014, earning a #1 ranking nationally as compared with all other states. Additionally, the Attorney General’s MFCU achieved a #2 national ranking for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries during 2014 totaling $126,489,951. The state of New York is ranked #1 for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries during 2014 with $375,982,304. The state of Texas is ranked #3 for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries totaling $23,316,669.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Two From the "Big House" Need a Furever Home
Both Callie and Bella are in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office The Big House Program and is in search of a "furever" home! 

  
If you’re interested in obtaining more information about The Big House Program or meeting or adopting one of the dogs in the program, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at

danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.
Click here to read their appeal in their own words.

 

 

March 2, 2015

STPSO Issues Statement on Breen Shooting and Investigation
Just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s office received a call from a woman who reported she had just shot her husband during an altercation in their home.
Deputies responded to the home on Hwy 437 near Folsom and discovered the husband, Dr. Wayne Breen, in the home with apparent gunshot wounds to his body.  Breen’s wife was still at the scene.
Breen was pronounced dead at the scene.  Sheriff’s investigators brought Mrs. Breen to the Sheriff’s office for questioning.
Initial findings of the investigation indicate that, early Sunday morning, the couple had an argument over personal issues in their relationship.  That argument escalated into a violent physical altercation and ultimately ended with Mrs. Breen shooting her husband.
The couple had a history of domestic issues, including reported physical violence committed by Mr. Breen.  In 2012, Mrs. Breen obtained a restraining order against him; that order has since expired.
The investigation into this matter continues as detectives work to determine whether or not any criminal action was committed by Mrs. Breen.
“An autopsy is being performed this morning by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office, and the Sheriff’s office Crime Lab is conducting scientific analysis of evidence collected from the scene.  Once our investigators are able to compare these results with their own findings, a determination will be made whether this shooting was justified,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.
“As the investigation continues, we will continue to provide as much information as possible.  Our most important concern right now is to allow our investigators the time to carefully and methodically work through the process of determining the facts surrounding this case,” Strain said.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Justices of the Peace/Constables Training This Week
More than 650 Louisiana justices of the peace and constables are expected to attend the Attorney General’s 45th Annual Training Conference, the largest training conference of Louisiana elected officials held each year. The training course, slated for March 3-6 at the Paragon Resort in Marksville, will provide the officials with information about their duties, jurisdiction, and other responsibilities associated with serving as a justice of the peace or constable.
“Beyond their ability to perform marriages, many people aren’t quite sure what a justice of the peace does,” says Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “The important work they do includes handling a variety of small claims cases, usually for little or no cost. Without justices of the peace and constables, our legal system would literally be overwhelmed.”

 

 

Obituary

Frederick Lee Boone, age 58, born on January 14, 1957, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Oneal Wheat, age 68, born on November 9, 1946, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his residence in Crossroads, MS.
Oneal was a veteran and served in the United States Army. He was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Doctor Killed by Wife Near Folsom
Source:  Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Dr. Wayne Breen, a Covington area physician, was shot and killed by his wife in their Folsom-area home early Sunday morning, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office received a call from Kacie Breen, the victim's wife, at about 3 a.m. She said an altercation between the two had resulted in her shooting her husband.
"The wife called and said there had been an altercation and she had shot him,'' said Capt. George Bonnett, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Bonnett said there have been no arrests in connection with the deadly shooting. He said the Sheriff's Office's investigation continues.
Breen, an obstetrician/gynecologist, was affiliated with Doctors for Women Medical Center on Louisiana 21 in Covington.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Coral Bells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 2, 2015
Coral bells (Heuchera) is a plant for shady containers and landscape beds. They get their name from the nodding flower stems that are produced in spring. Foliage colors include green, burgundy, purple, red, gold, orange and brown. Some have variegated patterns.
Coral bells make a nice filler plant in a short-term combination planting. They provide colorful foliage and nodding flower stems. Blooms appear late spring and continue through summer. Deadhead dead flowers to encourage repeat blooming through summer.
Fall, late winter or early spring is the time to plant coral bells. Well-drained soil is important. Irrigate lightly and only when needed.

 

 

Obituary

Michael David Gerald born June 16, 1958 passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital February 25, 2015 at the age of 56. He was a native and long time resident of Bogalusa and a member of I.B.E.W. Electrical Union.

 

 

Obituary

Georgia Elaine Mizell age 91 passed away Feb 27, 2015 at St Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa La and a member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jennifer Nelson was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Kasey Stafford was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Tynes was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Donald Vice was booked 021/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Kerry Forrest was booked 02/27 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III With Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Bobby Brock was booked 02/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear
Michael Spikes was booked 02/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Bobby Brumfield was booked 02/27 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bobby Ramsey was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Michael Butler was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Jermaine Williams was booked 02/27 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs
Logan Thompson was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Roger Breau was booked 02/27 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Brandon Magee was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Cheri Grayson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Kyle Gornor was booked 02/28 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Ryshon Donaldson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Injuring Public Records, Driving Under Suspension and Improper Lane Useage
Richard Holmes was booked 02/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Dana Wilkerson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Criminal Mischief, Driving Under Suspension, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Careless Operation
Chelsie Pounds was booked 03/02 In for Court 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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