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April 29, 2017

More About New Power Plant Near Bogalusa
See our story yesterday, April 28, 2017

Sources of this story include Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, LPSC , wdsu.com (Heath Allen, reporter), and the advocate.com


A new power plant slated for Bogalusa could generate millions in economic development, tax revenue and jobs. Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta announced Friday what he called "the first steps" toward making a new power plant near Bogalusa a reality.
The partially built Calpine power plant near Bogalusa that has been mothballed for nearly 15 years will be demolished and a 360-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking plant owned by Entergy will be built on the site. 
Skrmetta said the transaction could mean as much as $40 million in tax revenue to Washington Parish over the lifetime of the unit. The potential overall economic impact for Washington and northern St. Tammany parishes, Skrmetta said, could be over a billion dollars.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and other parish officials have worked for years to have this dream become reality. “I am excited about this development for the people of Washington Parish,” said Thomas.
"We get excited when a new stop sign is put up. You have to look for it," Sen. Beth Mizell, (R) District 12, said. "So something this big will be meaningful to all the parish."
"It's going to be like hitting the lottery, a small Powerball for Washington Parish," Assessor Jimbo Stevenson said. "It's going to fund our schools. It's going to fund our sheriff's department. It's going to fund our clerk of court," Stevenson said.
Click here to read a related 2015 article in The Advocate

Click here to read Heath Allen's article today in wdsu.com

 

April 29, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lyndrick Anders was booked 04/28 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Henry Morris was booked 04/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Drew Breeland was booked 04/28 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Latoya Jackson was booked 04/28 on the charges of Battery of  School Teacher, Obstruction of Highway, Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespass

 

 

Obituary

RAYMOND HAMILTON SMITH, AGE 53 and a resident of Franklinton died Thursday April 27, 2017. He was a 1983 graduate of Franklinton High School and later in life, a big supporter of Demon athletics. After graduation, Raymond obtained an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Design and Golf Course Management in Lake City, FL. He then began his career in Vero Beach, FL before returning to Franklinton. Raymond was the Superintendent of Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville for many years before becoming Superintendent of the Franklinton Country Club. Raymond was currently the owner of My 3 Sons Lawn Care. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball and other sports. He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf. Raymond liked to grill outdoors and loved camping, where he could relax with his family and friends. He was always a loving husband, father, brother and friend that will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

 

 

Obituary

Julie Jefferson Harry died April 23, 2017 at the age of 96. She graduated at the top of her class from Wesley Ray High School and was a faithful employee at Washington Parish Health Unit for many years. 

 

 

April 28, 2017

Harsh Words Heard at Franklinton Council Meeting
The Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, April 25, 2017 was largely devoted to hearing and answering charges by businessman Doug Williams that he was not being treated fairly by the town in his effort to purchase a business property from the town. The exchange of words became heated at times.
Williams approached Mayor Richard Dillon in January, 2017 with a desire to purchase property in the Industrial Park, where he would construct a manufacturing facility. Williams advised he has the necessary bank financing arranged and owns the needed equipment. Williams expressed that he has been disappointed with the tenor of the initial meeting, what he considers unnecessary delays, and the town's request for personal financial statements.
Mayor Dillon said that, at the initial meeting, he advised Williams that the process of selling the town's property is a lengthy process and governed by state statute. Apparently factors slowing down the process are obtaining an appraisal of the property, the need to publish Public Notices to the public, the prudent process of vetting Williams, failure and delays of Williams to provide a business plan and other requested documents, and the cancellation of a scheduled April 24th meeting by Williams.
Weighing in on the controversy were Town Attorney Ellen Creel, the town's financial advisor Bruce Harrell, and WIDF Director Ryan Seal.
View video of the meeting below. Discussion of the Williams' issue begins at 2:24 into video of the meeting.

 

 

April 28, 2017

New Power Plant Near Bogalusa Will Mean Millions
Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta has announced a major energy agreement and economic development between Energy, Calpine, and the Parish of Washington. The result is expected to be a more reliable energy source and the addition of millions of dollars in economic development to Washington Parish and surrounding parishes.
The abandoned, partially built Calpine power plant near Bogalusa will be demolished and a 360-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking plant will be built on the site, with Entergy being the owner.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas said, “I am excited about this development for the people of Washington Parish.
Details from a 11 am news conference today in Metairie will be provided when they are made available.

 

 

April 28, 2017

Franklinton Resident Killed in Amite Crash
Shortly after 1:00 PM on Thursday April 27, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a pedestrian fatality crash on LA 16 near LA 445 in Amite that claimed the life of Franklinton resident Raymond H. Smith (53).
Troopers determined that Smith was working with a lawn maintenance crew at a private residence on the shoulder of the roadway near the fog line. Smith was struck by a 2010 Ford Escape westbound on LA 16. The vehicle was driven by Hammond resident Marcela Irene Miller (26).  Smith sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing and any criminal charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the completion of the investigation.

 

 

April 28, 2017

Reward Increases for Mt. Hermon Shooters

See two related articles dated April 11, 2017
The reward has been increased to $4,200 for information leading to the arrest of the shooters who terrorized the Mt. Hermon community on April 11, 2017.
Agencies which have contributed reward money are:

  • Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Mt. Hermon Baptist Church
  • Mt. Hermon United Pentecostal Church
  • Mt. Hermon Ruritan Club

 

April 28, 2017

WP Parish Man Jailed for Forcible Rape of 14-Year Old
After being notified about the sexual abuse of a minor female on March 16, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated and identified LaQuincy Donshae Stewart (20), a resident of Vernon School Road north of Franklinton, as the suspect in the forcible rape of the fourteen year old.


A warrant was obtained for Stewart’s arrest and Stewart, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 26, 2017. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “I can’t say enough about the good work of our patrol deputies and detectives. They work hard to solve crimes in our parish and put criminals in jail. While we go about our daily activities of work, school, shopping and whatever else we do, our officers are diligently working to protect us and to solve crimes. This includes the fine jail staff that have to manage the worst segment of our population twenty-four hours per day. Our Sheriff’s Office staff is top-notch.”

 

 

April 28, 2017

Franklinton Career Criminal in Jail for Tenth Time
Antonio Dillon (33), a resident of Old Columbia Road north of Franklinton, is back in the Washington Parish Jail for the tenth time after being arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives for the early April burglary of a residence on Old Lake Road in the Richardson area north of Franklinton. The residents there returned home April 5, 2017 to discover that a burglar had stolen numerous household goods, including a safe which contained cash and numerous personal items such as birth certificates, social security cards, vehicle titles, insurance papers and tax documents.


Fingerprints collected by detectives matched those of Dillon and he was arrested April 27, 2017 and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, theft of firearms and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.
“This career criminal has been plaguing Washington Parish far too long,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Now is the time for him to be vigorously prosecuted and sent to prison for a very long sentence. Every law-abiding citizen in our parish will be safer with Dillon behind bars. I congratulate our fine detectives for vigorously pursuing this matter and making the arrest.”

 

 

April 28, 2017

Houston Man Gets 35 Years for Rape of Abita Springs Girl
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry W. Robinson, Jr. (46), of Houston, pleaded guilty Monday (April 24, 2017) to the forcible rape of a 5-year-old girl three years ago. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the benefit of parole and required to register as a sex offender for the rest his life, if he is ever released.


Robinson raped the girl in an Abita Springs home while she was left in his care. The crime came to light when the child described to a teacher one day at school what Robinson did to her on multiple occasions. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and ADA Blair Alford prosecuted the case with the assistance of ADA Blake Peters.

The parents of the victim supported the terms of the plea agreement.

 

 

April 28, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Colin Edwards was booked 04/27 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Ravon Brumfield was booked 04/27 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Antonio Dillon was booked 04/27 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Matthew Hall was booked 04/27 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jene Martin was booked 04/27 on the charges of Forgery and Theft 750-5000

 

 

April 28, 2017

Kentwood Resident Arrested by AG For Fraud
Chantay Carter (44) of Kentwood was one of three persons that Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today have been arrested on Medicaid fraud charges. Carter is charged on six counts of Medicaid Fraud for allegedly overlapping her billing for payment. Carter was employed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) and submitted timesheets for her work as a provider at the same time she was working at the TPSO Jail. Carter was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Also arrested were Louis Boyd (30) of Woodville, Ms. on one count of Simple Battery of Persons with Infirmities for allegedly striking a disabled patient multiple times and Torin Mishey (24) of Alexandria on  one count of Simple Battery of Persons with Infirmities for placing a client in emergency protective restraints, without following protocol, which resulted in the victim being scratched and bruised.
“My office, using the resources we have, is working tirelessly to combat Medicaid fraud and arrest those who commit it,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “It is frustrating to me and my staff that people defraud programs created to help our State’s most vulnerable; and I will continue to fight against this type of criminal activity.”

 

 

April 27, 2017

FCC's Administrative Professional's Event a Success
The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce hosted a celebration of Administrative Professionals' Day Wednesday, April 26th at the Hillcrest Baptist Church and it was a success. Those in attendance were treated to a good meal, door prizes, and a fashion show.
A big "Thank You" shout-out to the Chamber.

 

 

Obituary

Stephen Stone Brister, age 68, a resident of Lafayette, LA, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Denham Springs, LA. He was a Sheriff’s Deputy for Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department, and also worked with the Causeway Patrol. He was born on April 5, 1949 in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

April 27, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michael Brock was booked 04/26 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Attachment (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Smith Warren was booked 04/26 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Autumn Bonnet was booked 04/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Joseph Freeman was booked 04/26 In For Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Laquincy Stewart was booked 04/26 on the charge of Second Degree Rape
Carey Gendron was booked 04/26 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shemeckia Taylor was booked 04/26 In For Court
Jonwesley Vernon was booked 04/26 In From Court

 

 

April 26, 2017

WP Sheriff Seeks Assistance in Solving Burglaries
Burglars have been active in Washington Parish during April, burglarizing residences on Old Lake Road, Silver Ridge Road, Harry Kennedy Road, Highway 436, Dogwood Drive and other locations throughout the parish. Sheriff’s Office detectives are working to solve these crimes and anyone who has information about these or other crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434, or email information through the “contact us” link on the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office website,
www.wpso.la.gov. All information reported to the Sheriff’s Office will remain confidential.
In addition to reporting crime information, all citizens are encouraged to photograph and record serial numbers on all electronic equipment, firearms, power tools and any other valuables. Another excellent crime prevention tool is the installation of security cameras at businesses and residences.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “The partnership between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and law-abiding citizens in the parish has been effective in solving many crimes. I am so pleased that our residents constantly assist us in providing information which leads to arrests. It is important also that you help us in solving this latest rash of burglaries. I thank you so much as we continue to work together to identify thieves and put them in jail. Every thief deserves to be in jail. No thief deserves to be in your community.”

 

 

April 26, 2017

Residents Address the WP Council With Issues & Questions
The Washington Parish Council Monday (April 24, 2017) evening introduced two ordinances enabling two Louisiana Community Development Block Grant applications to progress. They also approved two resolutions approving Fire Protection Districts #2 and #8 to hold elections for renewals of taxes  on October 14, 2017.
In addition, the Council

  • heard the quarterly report from the LSU Ag Center. (beginning 3:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from two residents regarding permitting, road maintenance and safety issues in Green Valley subdivision. The subdivision is a private subdivision with their own covenant rules. (beginning 13:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from resident Peggy Harris as to how she can obtain financial records of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, commented on issues at a trailer park near Riverside Medical Center, and reported on the good job done by DOTD after a tornado struck her home. (beginning 26:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from Washington Parish Librarian Al Barron with an update on efforts to secure a location for a branch in the Angie community. He also gave a reminder of a community event featuring folk singer Bobby Horton. (beginning 31:30 into video of the meeting)

The Council also heard reports from Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff. (beginning 31:50 into video of the meeting)
The meeting concluded with comments from Council members.

 

April 26, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Peoples was booked 04/25 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Terri D'Gerolamo was booked 04/25 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Charles Murry was booked 04/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Shawn Marlow was booked 04/25 on the charge of Terrorizing

 

 

April 26, 2017

Bogalusa Smoke-Free Event is Saturday Night

 

 

April 26, 2017

Another Mandeville Officer Terminated for Cause
Press Release from Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker
On February 20, 2017 Officer Johnny Sanders (who was then employed by MPD but off duty) was issued a criminal summons by the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor theft of goods. The charge was pursuant to a shoplifting complaint at The Home Depot in Covington. Sanders’ was accused of stealing 2 batteries totaling $168.00. Sanders police commission was immediately revoked by the Mandeville Police Department and he was placed on administrative leave.
After we conducted our own internal affairs investigation, I personally terminated Sanders’ from the police department on March 17, 2017. Last night (April 23rd) the Mandeville Municipal Police Employees’ Civil Service Board heard Sanders’ termination appeal. The board ultimately upheld Sander’s termination. (Sanders criminal case has yet to be adjudicated at the 22nd JDC.)
“This now former officer’s action has discredited himself and has brought this department under disrepute. Those who break the very laws that they are sworn to enforce will not be tolerated and I will root them out unapologetically. This department and this city deserves better.” 

 

 

Obituary

Jerry Robert Gorum Sr. age 69 passed away on April 26, 2017 at his residence in Bogalusa La. He was a US Navy veteran serving in Vietnam.

 

 

Obituary

Melissa Jenkins “Missy” Rodgers, 48, a resident of Angie, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the home of her mother in Angie.

 

 

Obituary

Willie Elliott Newsom, Jr., a resident of Kentwood passed away at 4:35 PM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home. He was born March 2, 1966 in Raceland and was 51 years of age.

 

 

Obituary

Pearlean Washington passed away April 17, 2017 at Lakeview Medical Center in Covington, LA. She was born in Tylertown, Mississippi.

 

 

April 25, 2017

Angie Man Faces 30 Years For Selling 4 Pills
A Washington Parish jury found Henry James McMillan (66) of Angie guilty Thursday (April 20, 2017) of distribution of oxycodone during an undercover operation two years ago. He faces up to 30 years when sentenced on May 8 by Pro Temp Judge Donald Fendlason.


McMillan was arrested after selling four Oxycontin pills at his home to a confidential informant for the Washington Parish Drug Task Force, which videotaped the transaction on July 29, 2015.
The informant also gave $10 to McMillan’s co-defendant, William Kennedy, for arranging the meeting. Kennedy previously had pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of oxycodone on October 10, 2016, and received a suspended sentence of 10 years in prison and five years of probation with drug treatment. He testified against McMillan at trial.

 

 

April 25, 2017

Pike County Seeing a Spike in Burglaries

From the Pike County Mississippi Sheriff's Office
The Pike County Sheriff's Office has received numerous Burglary calls in the last week. Residences have been burglarized on Cole Thomas Rd., Brooks Rd., J.J. Carter Rd., Franks Rd., Statham Simmons Rd., Moak Rd. and Hwy 48 Ext.
If anyone has information on these crimes or any other crimes please call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-6767 or Crime Stoppers 601-684-0033.
The Investigations Division would like to remind the public to photograph and record serial numbers for all electronics, firearms, power tools, etc. A cheap, but effective home surveillance option is to install Wildlife Trail Cameras around the perimeter of residences and buildings. Cameras should be placed high enough to avoid detection by criminals and at an angle to avoid white light backwash at night. 

 

 

April 25, 2017

Walthall County Officers Struggle With Suspect and Victim
Last Night (April 24, 2017) a Walthall County Deputy, while trying to arrest a suspect for a domestic violence assault, was forcefully attacked and bitten. The deputy called for assistance and Tylertown Police Officer J. Hill and WCSO Deputy J. Dyer responded.
The suspect was handcuffed but, due to his fiancé trying to assist the suspect, he was able to get his hands in front of himself and began fighting with officers again. Another deputy was kicked in the face by the suspect while trying to restrain him.
Both the suspect and his fiancé were arrested. The suspect has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and Mississippi Department of Corrections has placed a hold on him.
"The initial responding deputy did an excellent job in handling the situation until back up arrived. And a special thanks to Officer Hill and Deputy Dyar for their quick response. This is one of many reasons why we are working everyday to get more funds to put extra deputies on the road. Extra deputies not only helps keep the citizens of Walthall County safe but officers as well. No one should have to answer a call like this by themselves and it shows how quickly a normal everyday call can turn into what could possibly be a fight for an officers life. Thankfully the deputies weren't seriously injured." Sheriff K. Breland

 

 

April 25, 2017

Reminder: Folk Singer Bobby Horton in Franklinton Tomorrow
 
 
 
Obituary
Willie Fae Hodges, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his residence in Angie, LA. He was born on January 5, 1943 in Varnado, LA.
 
 
Obituary
Rebecca "Becky" Peters Day, age 57 and a resident of Tangipahoa, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.
 
 
April 25, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tammy Drott was booked 04/24 In From Court
Eric Causey was booked 04/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Marijuana
Jonathon Barrington was booked 04/24 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
William Phelps was booked 04/24 on the charge of Letting a Disorderly Place
Jennifer Daughdrill was booked 04/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lena McElveen was booked 04/24 on the charges of Letting a Disorderly Place, Possession of Marijuana, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Contempt of Court, Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Norman Thomas was booked 04/24 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Matthew Ventura was booked 04/24 In For Court
Dane Morgan was booked 04/24 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rumeal Morris was booked 04/24 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Wayne Jenkins was booked 04/24 In From Court
David Easley was booked 04/24 on the charges of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles (5 counts)
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/24 In From Court
Dudley Sullivan was booked 04/24 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Terrorizing, Public Intimidation, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
 
 
April 24, 2017
Bogalusa Fugitive Murder Suspect Apprehended
Brandon Lotts (30), of Bogalusa has been apprehended in Yuba County, California on a warrant for First Degree Murder.
On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 the Bogalusa Police Department investigated a homicide near E. 5th St and Sullivan Dr. in Bogalusa. Brandon Lotts was identified as the shooter that claimed the life of Trevante Toney (21) of Lumberton, MS. 
Lotts will be extradited back to Washington Parish to face trial for the charge.
 
 
April 24, 2017
Letter to the Editor
Re: Racism Displayed at Council Meetings)
Bogalusa resident Lorraine Bourn expressed her thoughts about displays of racism at Bogalusa Council meetings in a Letter to the Editor dated April 22, 2017.

"For a year or so I faithfully attended City Council meetings in the hope that participating would help our city move in a positive direction. I stopped attending due to the racial strife presented at just about every meeting. The racism I witnessed was not from the Mayor or City Council members. It was from the few speakers that repeatedly accused the City of making decisions based on color. They could not accepted that the City did not have the money to blacktop a street in front of a black church which badly needed repair. It was not accepted that other streets that received a great deal of traffic were given priority. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with many black men and women of our parish on various civic endeavors and have never experienced the racial venom displayed at City Council meetings. It amazes me that a speaker who accuses the City of racism states a black should hold the position of Public Works Director. Why not a person of whatever color who can do a good job? I do not believe they speak for the majority of our black community. Peace, my brothers and sisters, peace. Let’s work together in peace!"
 
 
April 24, 2017
Narcotics Overdose Leads to 4 Arrests in Bogalusa
Reported by Bogalusa Police Department
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at approximately 12:32 PM a female was dropped off and abandoned at the entrance of Our Lady of Angles Hospital in Bogalusa.  She was unconscious and not breathing.  Medical staff immediately recognized her condition as a narcotics overdose. After being treated by the medical staff, the female regained consciousness and told officers with the Bogalusa Police Department that she had consumed heroin at a residence in Bogalusa.
Officers went to the residence to conduct an investigation and it resulting in the following arrests.
  • Dane Bee Morgan (33) of Bush on the charges of  Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone, Possession of Heroin and possession drug paraphernalia.
  • Norman Thomas (52) of Bogalusa on the charges of Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone and possession of schedule II narcotics.
  • Lena Whitney (33) of Bogalusa on the charges of Letting a disorderly place (1st offense), possession of marijuana,  and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone.
  • William Edward Phelps (50) of Bogalusa on the charge of Letting a disorderly place.
 
April 24, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Terrell Dyson was booked 04/23 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Pay Fine, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Thomas Bennett was booked 04/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jairo Arboleda was booked 04/23 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Amber Newman was booked 04/22 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Ricky Holloway was booked 04/22 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit and Driving While Intoxicated
Lanika Warren was booked 04/22 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Over 100, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Resisting an Officer, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Martika Lucas was booked 04/22 on the charges of Forgery, Theft 750-5000, and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Jerry Galloway was booked 04/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Thaddeus Baham was booked 04/21 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Marijuana
Crystal Oliver was booked 04/21 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
William McCrory was booked 04/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brennon Smith was booked 04/21 on the charge of Attachment
 
 
Obituary
Joyce M. Taylor age 87, passed away on April 21, 2017 at her residence in Bogalusa La. She was a nurse for 22 years working at the Bogalusa Community Medical Center. She was also a member of The Bogalusa Congregation Of Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
 
Obituary
ROBERT EARL “ROBBIE” GERALD, AGE 34 and a resident of Bogalusa died early Friday morning April 21, 2017 at his home. He was a 2001 graduate of Pine High School that enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Robbie also enjoyed playing baseball and video games. He liked to work on his computer after completing computer-related courses at Sullivan Vocational School. Robbie really liked to joke around with his friends and family. He always adored his little sister and cherished the opportunity to be a father figure to her.
 
 
Obituary
Brother Christopher Bernard Harris was born September 18, 1967 and died April 8, 2017. Christopher attended Bogalusa High School and was the quarterback for the football team. "I was the fastest on the team". In 1998 Bernard was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and fought with this disease for many years with his wife by his side. In his past time, Bernard loved playing dominos, watching his favorite football team; the New Orleans Saints, eating his cookies and honey buns, going to church to listen to the gospel choirs, and when stricken to his BMW (wheelchair), he would rock all the babies to sleep.
 
April 24, 2017
Mandeville Police Officer Dies in Off-duty Incident
Mandeville Police Detective, Lieutenant Minton “Vaughn” Whitehead died Sunday (April 23, 2017) just before noon after he fell approximately 20 feet from an extension ladder while he trimming trees at a residence off of Tantela Ranch Road near Folsom. Whitehead was airlifted to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond where he was pronounced dead.

The 64-year old Whitehead had been with the Mandeville Police Department for nearly 28 years, starting in 1989. He worked various assignments in patrol, investigations and fleet management. For the last several years he supervised the department’s investigations division.
MPD Chief of Police Gerald Sticker said, “Vaughn was more than an employee, he was family. We are a relatively small, close-knit department. Vaughn was respected and well-liked by all the men and women of this department and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vaughn’s family during this tragic time.” 
 
 
April 24, 2017
Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Abita Springs
Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to and investigated a two vehicle crash Friday (April 21, 2017) that claimed the life of 28-year-old Covington resident Dwight Donnell Johnson.
Troopers determined that Johnson was riding a 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle at a high rate of speed on LA 435 and passed several other vehicles prior to the crash. A 2000 Ford F-350 driven by Earl Gregory (60) of Abita Springs, entered LA 435 from a private drive. The truck was towing a tandem axle gooseneck trailer loaded with pine logs. Johnson’s motorcycle crashed into the rear axle of the trailer and Johnson was ejected from the motorcycle. Gregory was not injured.
 
 
April 21, 2017
TPSO Arrests 7 on Drugs, Currency, and Firearms Charges
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today (April 21, 2017 that a total of seven people have been arrested on drug charges following two separate narcotics related search warrants executed by TPSO's Narcotics Agents and Street Crimes Unit. Both search warrants were served at residences on Blanch Lane in Hammond.
Arrested were Nadia McKinney (27) of Hammond, Brandon Perrin (31) of Ponchatoula, Montrey Collins (39) of Hammond, Clarence Hoyt (30) of Hammond, Mary Oneal (25) of Hammond., Jeffery Pierre (41) of Hammond, and Kerry Landry (41) of Hammond.
Perrin, McKinney, and Oneal were on active probation and Landry was on parole.
Numerous items of suspected contraband were seized, specifically methamphetamine, several digital weighing scales, drug paraphernalia, prescription narcotics, counterfeit currency and firearms.
 
 
April 21, 2017
3 From Slidell Busted in Nicholson, Ms. On Drug Charges
Source:
http://www.picayuneitem.com
Picayune Mississippi Narcotics detectives conducted an undercover operation April 13, 2017 at a gas station in Picayune that resulted in three arrests and seizure of a 2005 Cadillac.
Arrested were Sandra Gonzales (40), Kesha Lemoine (40), and Mario Baughman (42), all of Slidell. Undercover officers reportedly purchased 10 Suboxone pills.  A search subsequent to the arrests resulted in the discovery of a clear bag containing 34 pills of Suboxone, a cut straw commonly used to ingest narcotics and another clear bag containing a single Suboxone pill in Lemoine’s purse.
Gonzales was arrested for the sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Baughman was arrested for conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. Lemoine was arrested for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
 
 
Obituary
BETTY JANE SMITH, AGE 83 and a native and resident of the Hays Creek Community died at 12:29 am Thursday April 20, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. She was a longtime resident of Yazoo City, MS where she worked for the Southern Bag Corporation for 34 years before retiring as the Vice President of Human Resources. Betty was a member of the Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church that enjoyed completing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She loved to read all different types of books and also enjoyed tending to her yard and pet dogs.
 
 
April 21, 2017
Stolen Vehicle Investigation Results in 5 Arrests by TPSO
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that five are now  in custody and deputies confiscated drugs, stolen property and weapons after patrol deputies followed up on a lead related to a stolen vehicle.
Arrested yesterday (April 20, 2017) on Baptist Road in Hammond on multiple charges were James Roundtree (24) of Hammond, Shawn Landry (24) of Hammond, Bailey Johnson (23) of Tickfaw, Randon Williams (20) of Hammond, and Garrett Reid (26) of Hammond.  and all behind bars after an investigation began last night regarding a stolen vehicle. 
Randon Williams reportedly fled on foot but was quickly detained. As deputies continued their investigation they located multiple knives throughout the residence and in Randon William’s possession - along with suspected illegal narcotics.
A search also located needles and syringes with suspected methamphetamine, a small rolled cigarette butt believed to be marijuana, numerous small clear plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, 2 firearms in a small ceiling cubby hole located in the laundry are, and the stolen vehicle.
 
 
April 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Donald Duncan was booked 04/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Failure to Appear
Laura Stelly was booked 04/20 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Wendell Dyson was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, and Open Container in Vehicle
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/20 In From Court
David Easley was booked 04/20 on the charges of Indecent behavior With Juveniles (5 counts)
Benjamin Newcomb was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Open Container in Vehicle
Derlon Crain was booked 04/20 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Henry McMillan was booked 04/20 In From Court
Jasmine Magee was booked 04/20 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Simple Assault, and Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language
 
 
April 20, 2017
Franklinton Woman Arrested in Folsom Homicide
St. Tammany Parish deputies responded last Friday (April 14, 2017) to a 911 call of a man shot in the Folsom community. The victim, identified as Cody Crouch (27), was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Margaret Stockstill (32) of Franklinton was arrested late Wednesday (April 19, 2017) afternoon and charged with Manslaughter.

A STPSO report reveals that an argument began Friday evening between Couch, Stockstill, and Couch's fiancé. The argument became physical and Stockstill armed herself with a .22 caliber revolver and shot Couch once in the lower abdomen. Stockstill admitted to shooting Couch but claimed self-defense. The investigation and evidence concluded that shooting Couch was not justified.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, "If you are going to take the life of another human being, it needs to be justified. That was not the case in this particular instance. It is very unfortunate that this happened, and it all could have easily been prevented. Tempers flared and someone lost their life because of it."
 
 
 
April 20, 2017
Be On Lookout for Prisoner Who Escaped Near Summit
The Mississippi Department of Correction is looking for inmate Antonio Henderson (23) who escaped today (April 20, 2017) during a work detail in Summit. He was last seen at 12:45 p.m. and is traveling in a white 2005 GMC truck with the words "Town of Summit Water Dept." written on a door. The license plate is G57924.
Henderson is serving two years for grand larceny in Leflore County.
If you have seen Henderson or know of his whereabouts, please contact MDOC at (662) 745-6611.
 
 
April 20, 2017
Prominent Hammond Attorney Sentenced to 2.5 Years
Source: Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
Michael Thiel (66), a prominent criminal defense lawyer, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison Wednesday (April 19, 2017) for evading about $1 million in federal taxes over a 10-year period. Thiel resides in Baton Rouge and has a law practice in Hammond. Thiel must also pay $998,352 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
From 2003 through 2013, Thiel did not timely file income or employment tax returns and did not make timely payments of the taxes he owed. Though he had the ability to make the payments, he concealed his income and assets using trusts and nominees, acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart Goldberg said.
"As a result of today's sentence, criminal defense attorney Michael Thiel's decade-long effort to evade paying his income and employment taxes is over, and he will begin serving time in prison," Goldberg said. "Each April, the vast majority of Americans follow the tax law and pay their fair share. They have the right to expect that taxpayers who spurn these obligations will be held fully to account -- no matter their profession, wealth or position in the community."
 
April 20, 2017
Can You ID The Person in STPSO's BOLO?
 
 
April 20, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID These Suspects
The suspects pictured here are wanted for questioning regarding a theft that took place March 4, 2017 at Kohl's in Slidell. They fled in a Ford Mustang.
If you can help Detective Seymour identify the suspects, please contact him at 985-646-4363.
 
 
April 20, 2017
Two Illegal Drug Retailers Behind Bars on Federal Charges
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that as the result of a joint investigation between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Roger David Hammond Jr. (43) of Hammond  and Charlotte White (50) of Holden are behind bars on federal drug charges.

An investigation revealed that Hammond was traveling to the Baton Rouge area obtaining methamphetamine that he would later sell in Tangipahoa Parish. With assistance from Hammond Police Department, surveillance began that revealed Hammond driving to the Baton Rouge area, obtaining methamphetamine, and returning to Tangipahoa Parish. Hammond then met White on I-12 at the “weigh-station area” east of Pumpkin Center.  Still under surveillance, Hammond and White openly proceeded in an illegal drug transaction.
Search warrants were obtained and executed, resulting in the arrests of Hammond and White by the DEA. Hammond was also charged by the TPSO with multiple traffic violations and on an outstanding Domestic Violence warrant.  
 
 
April 20, 2017
LDWF Agents Arrest 2 For Meth Possession
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested Roseland residents Willie I. Rhodus Jr. (42) and Shelia R. Hutchins (46),  for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while  possession of illegal narcotics, and violating wildlife management area (WMA) regulations.
Agents were on patrol when they found the subjects in a vehicle riding in a restricted area on the Sandy Hollow WMA. Agents' investigation resulted in the charges and bookings into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
Rhodus Jr. was also cited for driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and with a cancelled license plate.  Hutchins also has six outstanding arrest warrants for writing bad checks.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis.
 
 
Obituary
Emma Louise Darden Busby, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Born November 21, 1923 in Blocton, AL. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, and a long-time employee of Cases Shoe Store. A loving mother and grandmother, with a kind and generous heart. Her love for cooking will be remembered by family and friends.
 
 
Obituary
Janie F. Ashmore, age 73 and a resident of Greensburg passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.
 
 
Obituary
Glenn Dennis Adams, born on March 23, 1936 in Washington Parish passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 81. He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post #24 in Bogalusa, LA. He loved going to Ben’s Ford Baptist Church. He also loved listening to Blue Grass music.
 
 
Obituary
April Franchesca DiFabrizio, age 48, born on December 15, 1968 in Charleston, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at her residence in Covington. She was a surgical tech and worked in several hospitals. She worked aboard the “The SS Monterrey”, worked at Fisherman's Wharf until the earthquake in 1989, and, returning to New Orleans, worked on the Mississippi Queen Cruise lines traveling on the Mississippi River to Minnesota. 
 
April 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lee Banjavaich was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Haylee Parker was booked 04/19 In From Court
Orrin Thomas was booked 04/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sherry Penton was booked 04/19 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Natasha Jackson was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Open Container in Vehicle, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Resisting an Officer
Brandon Short was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Tampering With Sign Identifying a Firearm Free Zone, and Obstruction of Justice
Steven Seals was booked 04/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Nikko Pittman was booked 04/19 on the charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts)
 
 
April 19, 2017
Alive 2017 Christian Music Festival This Weekend
 
 
April 19, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ngoc Pham was booked 04/18 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Randy Miller was booked 04/18 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile and Attempted First Degree Murder
Kenneth Wheat was booked 04/18 on the Charge of Theft 750 or Less
Kristopher White was booked 04/18 In For Court and on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (6 counts) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Lafayette Brown was booked 04/18 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Bernadette Smith was booked 04/18 In From Court
 
 
Obituary
ROGER DELTON HUNT, SR., AGE 63 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 7:15 pm Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a farrier for 38 years, shoeing horses for about 100 clients throughout southeast Louisiana and nearby Mississippi counties. Roger loved trail riding with his covered wagon and horses, his favorite of which was Chic, that passed on a few years before. He was known as Roger Buck to many of his friends and he enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at the campfire. He loved to visit Tennessee regularly and visit the Amish country there. He adored his grandchildren and family. Roger and his wife had a special saying to each other…“I Love You a whole bunch, and more every day.”
 
 
Obituary
Jewel Jeremiah Smith, Jr., age 85 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 3:35 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was born September 13, 1931 in Spring Creek.
 
 
Obituary
Lovell Johnson was born June 22, 1959 in Bogalusa and departed this life on April 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM at the Our Lady of The Angel Hospital.
 
April 19, 2017
STPH Scores Third Patient Safety Award in 2017
St. Tammany Parish Hospital earned national recognition for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades and Women’s Choice so far this year, in addition to recognition for quality and patient experience.
“Safety first and foremost is central to our core standards at St. Tammany Parish Hospital,” said Patti Ellish, president/CEO. “We are proud to be recognized nationally for safety because it affirms our commitment to create the highest quality, safest experience for our patients.”
STPH was one of 823 hospitals to receive an A for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients from The Leapfrog Group. Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognized STPH for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. The Women’s Choice Award® signified that STPH is in the top 15 percent of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety. Women’s Choice has also awarded recognition to STPH for America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Obstetrics, Heart Care, Cancer Care, Orthopedics and Patient Experience.
 
 
April 18, 2017
Ponchatoula Burglar Caught After Foot Chase
Early Monday morning (April 17, 2017), Ponchatoula Police Lieutenant Jeremy Ballard heard a burglar alarm coming from the business of Greenwave Carwash. Checking it out, Lt. Ballard saw a man later identified as (Ronnie Lumbley, age 52) walking from the rear of the business which had a broken window. When Lt. Ballard attempted to detain Lumbley, he fled on a bicycle. A chase began lasting several blocks and involving additional assisting officers. When caught, Lumbley chose to fight but was taken into custody and charged with Simple Burglary and Resisting an Officer (2 counts). 

Lumbley was currently on Parole for a previous burglary charge. 
"I'm proud of the fast response and teamwork displayed by my Officers," said Chief Layrisson. "By using investigative skill and good judgment, another criminal is behind bars. We are here to send a message that crime will not be tolerated in Ponchatoula."
 
 
April 18, 2017
Administrative Professionals Day is April 26, 2017 in Franklinton
 
 
April 18, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID These Shoplifting Suspects
 
 
April 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Aaron Magee was booked 04/17 In From Court
Jana Denning was booked 04/17 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Amanda Freeman was booked 04/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Adam Lott was booked 04/17 on the charges of Careless Operation, Expired Drivers License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Hugh Jones was booked 04/17 In From Court
Lawrence Walls was booked 04/17 In From Court
Dantin Sartin was booked 04/17 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
 
 
April 17, 2017
Career Criminal Gets Life for Cruelty to a Juvenile
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry Bickham (60) of Slidell was sentenced Monday (April 17) to life in prison. Bickham, who had more than 10 prior felony convictions and four misdemeanor convictions, was on probation in 2014, when he exposed his 17-month-old daughter to cocaine, which landed her in a hospital emergency room.

Bickham was found guilty last November of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and simple cruelty to a juvenile for allowing the victim to be present during the manufacturing, distribution, or purchasing of cocaine. District Judge William J. Burris sentenced Bickham under the state’s habitual offender law, which increases penalties, to life in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on the second-degree cruelty charge and 30 years on the simple cruelty charge. The sentences are to be served at the same time.
The toddler was rushed to the emergency room at Oschsner Hospital in Slidell on May 1, 2014 and tested positive for cocaine. Witnesses testified during the trial that Bickham used his home to cook and sell crack cocaine, while the child lived with him.
 
 
April 17, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID These Two Persons
The female is wanted for questioning regarding the theft and unauthorized use of a credit card on March 21, 2017 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Pontchartrain Drive. Reference item 1703-1613
The male is wanted for questioning regarding the theft of a wallet at Slidell Memorial Hospital on March 28, 2017. Reference item 1703-2133.
If you can help identify these suspects, call Detective Seymour at 985-646-4363.
 
 
April 17, 2017
STPSO Investigating Domestic-Related Homicide in Folsom
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic-related homicide, which occurred late Friday (April 14, 2017) night. In Folsom. Deputies responded a report of a male who had been shot while fighting with his fiancé. The victim is identified as Cody Couch (27) of Folsom.
All involved parties have been identified and are cooperating with authorities. No charges have been filed at this time, but the investigation is still on going. More details are expected to follow.
 
 
Obituary
Oneida Stringer Thomas, age 96 died Sunday, April 16, 2017 in her home. She was a resident of Bogalusa and a member of Pine Grove Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. She worked in the Garment Factory, Dexter School cafeteria, and Travis’ Grocery and Market.
 
 
Obituary
Jim Iverson Watson passed from this life on April 15, 2017 at his home at age 64. A loving family man and friend, Jim was a master carpenter, a man of the land and a hard worker. His biggest joy was spending time with his granddaughter Noah Claire or as he liked to call her Peanut. He will be dearly missed by many and thought of often for his one-of-a-kind personality.
 
 
April 17, 2017
Tip Leads to Seizure of Stolen Beer in Hammond
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit received information on Wednesday (April 12, 2017) of an individual enroute to Quicks Red & White store in Hammond selling cases of stolen beer. When detectives approached the business, they saw two male subjects near the rear of a parked vehicle. Detectives observed one of the subjects removing cases of beer from the vehicle and sell them to the other subject who was later identified as the store manager.
The driver of the parked vehicle was identified as Roger Granger (54) of Ponchatoula. His passengers in the vehicle were identified as Denise Granger (58) and Sheilia Sanderford (47). The store manager, Emad Zayed (52) of Kenner admitted to purchasing several cases of beer from Roger Granger. 
The Street Crimes Unit contacted the State of Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control whose agents conducted an inspection of the business and discovered 34 cases of beer not accounted for with proof of purchase. They seized 77 packs of beer and the Street Crimes Unit seized 10 more cases of beer from the trunk of Roger Granger’s vehicle. The three also admitted the 32 cases of beer seized from a search warrant on Herman Johnson Lane last week were in fact stolen by them and traded for narcotics.
Roger Granger, Denise Granger and Sheilia Sanderford were charged with felony theft and Emad Zayed was charged with felony possession of stolen property.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to thank Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and the public for their continued support in assisting law enforcement in solving crimes.  Together we remain united in keeping Tangipahoa safe!
 
 
April 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Mark Manheim was booked 04/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
John McGowan was booked 04/16 In For Court
Smith Warren was booked 04/16 In For Court
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/16 In For Court
 
 
Obituary
JOHN DEWEY THOMAS, AGE 86 and a lifelong resident of the Thomas Community died Saturday evening April 15, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a longtime member of Thomas First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for over 50 years. Dewey was the owner/operator of Thomas Tractor Sales. He served for many years on the Washington Parish Police Jury and also on the Washington Parish School Board. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War era.
 
 
April 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dodecanese Alexander was booked 04/14 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Darrell Jarrell was booked 04/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Caprice Nicholes was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, No Seat Belt, No Drivers License, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Dena Talley was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Driving Under Suspension, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Jeremy Meyn was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Theft of Goods
Kenneth Newman was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Jamarcus Robinson was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Violation of and Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Skylaar Moore was booked 04/14 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Simple Escape
Duffley James was booked 04/14 on the charges of Obscenity and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
James Miley was booked 04/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
 
 
April 14, 2017
WPSO Sheriff Seal's Message on Mt. Hermon Shootings
Today, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal released a statement concerning the April 11, 2017 early morning shootings in the Mt. Hermon area. Responding officers discovered that numerous houses and outbuildings and vehicles were struck. It was reported that the suspect(s) were in a pickup truck firing a small caliber weapon. Also, one homeowner was reported to have returned fire at the suspect vehicle but it was unknown if the vehicle or any occupant was struck.
 
 
April 14, 2017
Mt. Hermon Native Named Troop L Commander
Source: Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
Lt. John Riles, a native of Mount Hermon, has been named commander of Louisiana State Police Troop L that is based in Mandeville and covers St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena parishes.

Riles obtained a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master's in public administration from Louisiana State University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Riles began his career with State Police in 1990, and was assigned to Troop L after graduating from the Louisiana State Police Academy. He rose through the ranks at Troop L and was selected to serve as the interim commander of Troop N, the New Orleans detail, before returning to his role as Troop L executive officer prior to his promotion.
"I am humbled by Colonel Reeve's selection for this position," Riles said. "To be selected to lead what in my opinion are some of the best troopers Louisiana has to offer is a high honor. I look forward to our continued commitment to excellence in our service to the people of Southeast Louisiana."
 
 
April 14, 2017
20 Arrested in Multi-Agency Operation in Hammond
On April 11, 2017, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit,  Narcotics Unit, Investigation Unit, and K-9 Unit,  assistance by the Hammond Police Department Narcotics Unit, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), conducted two search warrants which netted the arrest of 20 individuals.  These arrests come with the seizure of a large quantity of illegal narcotics, several firearms, and stolen property.
 
 
April 14, 2017
Folk Singer Bobby Horton in Franklinton April 26
 
 
April 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelvin Tate was booked 04/13 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Vehicle Burglary, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Failure to Appear
Latisha Weary was booked 04/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Michael Crosby was booked 04/13 on the charge of Simple Burglary
William Etzold was booked 04/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court
John Seals was booked 04/13 In For Court
Union Grantham was booked 04/13 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Tanya Voth was booked 04/13 In From Court
Tonious Clark was booked 04/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Possession of Marijuana, and Attachment
Johnnie Magee was booked 04/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Cherri Simmons was booked 04/13 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
David Dolese was booked 04/13 on the charge of Attachment
 
 
April 14, 2017
Community Health Fair April 22 in Franklinton
 
 
April 13, 2017
WP Council Hears Concerns - a Vision - Coming Events From Residents
Following Public Hearings on three ordinances (regarding the Choctaw Road Landfill contract, revision of WPG employees handbook, and revision of the “no thru truck routes” ordinance), the Washington Parish Council addressed a full agenda Tuesday (April 10, 2017).
  • Residents Philip Bedwell and Fate Ferrell spoke in opposition to approval of the Choctaw Road Landfill contract. Gloria Kates asked questions related to the contract.
  • The Council approved all three ordinances previously the subjects of Public Hearings. The Council voted unanimously, with the exception of Councilman Talley's vote of “No” on the Choctaw Landfill contract.
  • Ben Clayton with Clayton Law Firm presented his vision for a Ford truck factory in Bogalusa.
  • Washington Parish Librarian Al Barron advised the public and Council on upcoming programs at the libraries. (Beginning at 42:00 into video of the meeting). In addition, folk singer Bobby Horton will perform “under the oak tree” at the Franklinton Branch on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm.
  • Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff presented the President's Report (beginning at 45:50 into video of the meeting). Donnell Merritt provided report of work performed by crews of the WPG.


 
April 13, 2017
Vision of a Ford Truck Factory in Bogalusa
Ben Clayton, with the Clayton Law Firm in Bogalusa, presented the Washington Parish Council and the public Monday (April 10, 2017) evening with a vision for a Ford truck factory in Bogalusa. His presentation was met with encouraging comments from Council members and the Parish President.
 
 
April 13, 2017
Arrest Made in Murder of 89-Year-Old Ponchatoula Woman
Update on April 11, 2017 Story
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today (April 13, 2017) that Timothy Rouchon (26) will be charged with second degree murder and several other charges related to the murder of Dorothy Poche (89) of Ponchatoula Sunday night.
Rouchon turned himself into the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office this past Tuesday after learning he was wanted as a person interest in an active investigation by the TPSO. Rouchon was then transported to the Livingston Parish where he was wanted on outstanding warrants on unrelated charges.   

Upon Rouchon’s return to Tangipahoa Parish, he will be charged with second degree murder, obstruction of justice, theft of a vehicle, and aggravated arson. 
Sheriff Edwards would like to thank the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s, Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ponchatoula Fire Department, State Fire Marshal and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for their partnership and cooperation in this case.
 
Obituary
ELLEN VARNADO JAMES, AGE 100 and a resident of Franklinton, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 surrounded by family members. She and her husband Clyde Walter James moved to Covington, raised their family and moved back to Franklinton in the 1960's. Ellen was a member of Franklinton First Baptist Church and the A.W. Robbins Sunday School class. For many years she was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 113 and NARFE. She loved to read, sew and cook. She and Clyde enjoyed the many camping trips they made with brother and sister in law, LeRoy and Cathy James. She loved her family and the time she spent with them – the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her favorite. 
 
 
April 13, 2017
Council Votes on Choctaw Road Landfill Renewal
A Public Hearing was held by the Washington Parish Council Monday (April 10, 2017) evening regarding renewal of the Choctaw Road Landfill contract. Before a vote on the renewal, residents Philip Bedwell, Fate Ferrell, and Gloria Kates spoke, as well as Councilmen Levi Lewis and Perry Talley. 
 
 
April 13, 2017
Mandeville Police Officer Terminated 
Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker reported today (April 13, 2017) that Mandeville Police Officer and Public Information Officer Becky White has been terminated from the Mandeville Police Department following an internal affairs investigation of an off-duty incident in Ponchatoula on March 27, 2017. White had previously been on administrative leave after allegations surfaced that she had driven her marked Mandeville police unit while intoxicated.
Chief Sticker stated, “Overall, the men and women of the Mandeville Police Department do a great job for our citizens. However, any behavior that impeaches their credibility or which can potentially erode public trust will not be tolerated.”
 
 
April 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brandon Painter was booked 04/12 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Emmanuel Hatcher was booked 04/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
 
 
April 12, 2017
Wanted Fugitive Leads STMSO Deputies on Chase
Yesterday (April 11, 2017) evening St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Hwy. 59 in Mandeville attempted to stop a vehicle which had a stolen license plate. The driver, Curtis Savoie (37) of Loranger was wanted out of Tangipahoa Parish for domestic violence by strangulation. Savoie fled, leading deputies on a chase through Mandeville where he attempted to crash head-on with several police vehicles throughout the chase.
Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit, which resulted in Savoie crashing the Honda Civic he was driving and him fleeing into a wooded area. He was later tracked and apprehended in the woods by K-9 Lex.. Savoie's passenger, Nancy Barnes (33) of Tickfaw, was taken into custody.

It was learned that Savoie fled due to the fact that he had the outstanding warrant, two stolen firearms, methamphetamine, and marijuana inside of the vehicle. Both Savoie and Barnes were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on several charges. During the booking process, deputies located additional methamphetamine, which was hidden inside of Barnes’ bra.
 
 
April 12, 2017
Six Troopers Added to Our Area (Troop L)
Post By Louisiana State Police
Louisiana State Police Troop L is proud to welcome six Troopers from Class 95 to the Troop L family. The sacrifices that these Troopers and their families have made over the last 22 weeks has earned them the honor and privilege to serve the people of Louisiana. We look forward to their continued success. Congratulations!
Pictured Left to Right: Tpr. David Levy, Tpr. William Craig, Tpr. Carlius Lemon. Troop L Executive Officer John Riles, Lt. Todd Wood, Tpr. Lawrence Reiff, Tpr. Michael Sanders, Sgt. Russell Mayfield, and Sgt. Louis Calato.
 
 
Obituary
Josie Mae Williams, born March 8, 1948, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at age 69 at her residence. 
 
 
Obituary
Evelyn Harris Dyson passed away on April 8, 2017 at the age of 87 in Baton Rouge. Evelyn, or “Freck” as she was affectionately known, was a longtime resident of New Orleans, relocated to Garland, TX after Katrina, and finally settled into her own home in Baton Rouge LA. She was born and raised in Bogalusa, attended Central Memorial High School, and attended Grambling State University on a scholarship. Evelyn retired from 30 years of dedicated service as a school teacher with the New Orleans Parish School System and was entrepreneur.
 
Obituary
Sadly on Friday, April 7, 2017, Jessie M. Miller fell asleep in death at her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren and brother. She was affectionately none as Mo-Mo Jessie’, “Mo-Mo”, ‘Grandma Jessie’, ‘Granny’, ‘Mee-Mama’, Sister Miller, or Sister Jessie and was the glue that kept the family happy, stable, and content. Jessie was born February 14, 1931 in Franklinton and was a lifelong resident. She attended Washington Parish School. 
 
April 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelly Perret was booked 04/11 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Denise Carroll was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III drugs and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
John Fornea was booked 04/11 on the charge of Attachment
Christopher Williams was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jacob Jones was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Melanie Jenkins was booked 04/11 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Simple Escape, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Gary McIntyre was booked 04/11 on the charge of Unlawful Use of Social Network by Sex Offender
Christopher Rachal was booked 04/11 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
 
 
April 11, 2017
Vehicle of Tangipahoa Homicide Victim Found in Bogalusa
Tangipahoa's fifth homicide of 2017 is Dorothy Poche (89) of Ponchatoula. She died as a result of a structure fire that occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday April, 10, 2017.   
Deputies responded to her residence after neighbors reported hearing a loud noise and seeing lights from a vehicle exiting a near-by roadway and the victim’s house on fire. The home was already engulfed by flames when the TPSO, Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Services arrived on scene. Poche's body was located inside of the residence. Louisiana State Fire Marshalls Office determined an accelerant was used to fuel the fire.
TPSO has identified Timothy Rouchon (26) of Abbeville as a person of interest in this case.  
Additionally, Ms. Poche's vehicle, a green Mercury Marquis, was not located at her residence but was found abandoned by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office on April 10th around 11:30 pm in Bogalusa.
At this time, Sheriff Edwards is requesting your assistance in locating Mr. Rouchon.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Timothy Rouchon is asked to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
 
 
April 11, 2017
Update on Early Morning Gunfire in Mt. Hermon
Between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. the morning of April 11, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of gunfire in the Mt. Hermon area with several structures and vehicles being hit.

Responding officers have discovered thirteen houses and outbuildings, as well as nine vehicles, with bullet holes. It is possible that the numbers may rise as more residents inspect their property. The suspect or suspects were in a pickup truck firing a small caliber weapon. One homeowner was able to return fire at the suspect vehicle and it is unknown if the vehicle or any occupant was struck.
WPSO, along with Wildlife and Fisheries agents, continue to scour the area for information.
Meanwhile, the public is asked to call Lt. Tom Anderson at (985) 661-2024 if they have information which might lead to identification of the vehicle or shooters.
“It is inconceivable that anyone would be so callous as to fire a weapon into houses and vehicles in this otherwise peaceful rural community while homeowners are asleep in their own beds,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our officers will continue to work this case and we hope to eventually identify the shooters and put them in jail where they belong.”

 
 
April 11, 2017
Reports of Shots Fired in the Mt. Hermon Community
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of shots fired in the Mt. Hermon. Around 4:00 am, shots were fired into cars and houses from the Pleasant Hill Road area to the Vernon community.

WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley reported at 8:48 am that at “Approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning, several residences and vehicles were shot at/into in the Mt. Hermon area.  Our officers and supervisors are on the scene now trying to interview victims and gain information as to exactly what occurred.  From what we know now, no persons were injured. This investigation is going to take a while and likely no release will be made until later this afternoon.”
 
 
April 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lonny Toups was booked 04/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No License Plate, No Drivers License, and No Insurance
Richard Jenkins was booked 04/10 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Glenn Wells was booked 04/10 In From Court
Casey Morgan was booked 04/10 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/10 In From Court
 
 
April 11, 2017
Local Animal Shelters Getting Share of $100,00 Grant
Source: Littice Bacon-Blood, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
The Louisiana Humane Society, the CATNIP Foundation in Folsom and Tangi Humane Society are among seven animal shelters and rescue groups that will get a share of a $100,000 grant from the American Humane Society this week.
Humane Society of Louisiana will receive $23,000 to create a "Disaster Response Staging Ground" at their 47-acre property in Washington parish. A portion of the large property will be made "incident ready" for short-term relief in large-scale cruelty investigations and disasters. When not in use for such purposes, the area will be used for temporary volunteer housing, special events, adoption days, and dog exercise yards.

CATNIP Foundation at Big Sky Ranch will receive $18,000 toward the purchase of a Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) trailer.
Tangi Humane Society: $3,000 for use at its Hammond facility.
Other recipients include Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension (CARA)'s House ($7,000), City of Walker Animal Control ($16,000), Dog People of Livingston ($13,000), and St. Landry Parish Animal Control ($20,000).
 
 
April 11, 2017
Bake Sale to Benefit St. Jude in Memory of Madison Peco
 
 
Obituary
JACKSON LOUIS BRUMFIELD, AGE 85 and a resident of Franklinton died Monday morning April 10, 2017 at his home. He was born in the Hayes Creek Community and married his high school sweetheart. He became the first athlete from Franklinton to play for a professional sports team. “Stonewall Jackson” played for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL until an injury cut short his professional career. He served in the U.S. Army, taught school and coached for 10 years in Terrebonne Parish. Jackson returned to Franklinton where he became a successful dairy farmer and football coach at Bowling Green School and was co-owner of S&M Fertilizer Company. He was a longtime member and deacon of Clifton Baptist Church, enjoyed gardening and golf, and following his grandchildren in whichever pursuits they participated in.
 
 
Obituary
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, and friend Lana Jo Cantrell Todd. Lana passed, at age 66, early in the morning hours of April 8th after a long battle with COPD.
Lana was born in Bogalusa and grew up in Franklinton where she graduated from Franklinton High School in 1968. She then attended L.S.U., P.R.C. and S.L.U. Lana lived and worked in Baton Rouge. Lana worked for decades for the State of Louisiana Housing and Finance Agency and retired from the Louisiana School Retirement System. Lana was extremely artistic and loved creating something out of little to nothing. Her love and wit went into everything she crafted. She was most renowned for her cloths pin dolls. Many will remember her 20 plus years at the Broadmoor Arts and Crafts Festival. However, her favorite hobby was spending time with her granddaughter, Camryn. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.
 
 
Obituary
Ouita F. Jourdan, age 83, went home to be with The Lord on April 8, 2017. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church of Bush.
 
 
April 10, 2017
More Bad News for Former DA Walter Reed
Source: Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed was paid $52,000 over six years by a law firm representing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission even though Reed did no work for the agency, according to a report released Monday (April 10) by the Louisiana inspector general's office. The Becknell Law Firm of Metairie reportedly paid 30% and later 20% of  what they billed the Causeway. The arrangement reportedly grew out of a lunch meeting during which Becknell was told, "If you want this job, you need to talk to Walter," the report said.
Reed's attorney said the billings were reviewed by the FBI, disclosed on Reed's ethics forms, and taxes were paid on the money. The Causeway Commission fired the Becknell Law Firm in 2014 after Becknell admitted paying Reed. Becknell told bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou and then-Commission Chairman Michael Lorino, "This is the way it was always done," the report said.
The report has been forwarded to the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office, U.S. attorney's office and the Louisiana attorney general's office criminal division.
 
 
April 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Fredrick Warren was booked 04/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Obstruction of Highway
Lavelle Crain was booked 04/09 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Thomas Bickham was booked 04/09 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
 
 
Obituary
SKYLER DANIEL BURCH, the infant son of Lindsey Ann Fleming and Kevin Don Burch of Bay St. Louis, MS was delivered into the arms of God at 5:30 am Saturday April 8, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center.
Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
 
 
Obituary
TOMMY C. ODOM, AGE 73 and a resident of Pine died Thursday evening April 6, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born in Bogalusa but spent his younger years in Arizona before becoming a longtime resident of Southern California. Tommy retired after a career with Sunkist as an equipment operator and later returned to Washington Parish. He enjoyed watching the Fair parade and attending the Washington Parish Free Fair every year. He loved to go to O’Bryant’s merchandise auctions and dirt-track car races. Tommy was the very first member of Grace Apostolic Church in Pine.
 
 
April 9, 2017
Video Features Bogalusa Farmers Market
 
 
April 9, 2017
13 Year Old Killed in Crash at Clifton
Troops from Louisiana Troop L responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of La. highways 25 and 38 Saturday morning that claimed the life of Madison Nicholson (13) of McComb.
Troopers determined that a vehicle driven by Melinda Felker Collette (47) of Kentwood was eastbound on La. 38 and failed to stop at the intersection of 25. Collette's vehicle crashed into a vehicle southbound on La. 25 driven by Reagan Ballard Magee of McComb. The intersection of La. 25 and La. 38 is controlled by flashing red stop signals and a stop sign for traffic on La. 38. Traffic on La. 25 is controlled by a flashing yellow signal.
Madison Nicholson was seated in the front passenger seat of Magee's vehicle and, despite being properly restrained, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Collette, a juvenile passenger in Collette's vehicle, and Magee were transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadia Ambulance, where they were treated for moderate injuries.
Collette was cited for failure to stop at the intersection. The investigation is ongoing. Any additional charges will be referred to the 22nd Judicial District Court.
 
 
April 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeremy Jones was booked 04/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Savanna Smith was booked 04/07 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine) and Possession of Marijuana
Yancy Crain was booked 04/07 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Hunter Stein was booked 04/08 on the charge of Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile
Kain Gonzales was booked 04/08 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving Scene of Accident, No Insurance, and Obstruction of Justice
Jacob Sampey was booked 04/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Driving Under Suspension
Cody Meiners was booked 04/08 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Open Container in Vehicle
 
 
Obituary
Shanda Cherie Cothern, 25, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Angie, LA. She was born in Bogalusa, LA on December 10, 1991.
 
 
Obituary
Quincy Adams, 80, resident of Angie, LA passed away on April 7, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was born in Washington Parish, LA on September 7, 1936.
 
 
Obituary
Nadine Joiner Anderson, 62 and a resident of Amite, died April 7, 2017.
 
 
Obituary
Gertrude Hughes died April 5, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
April 7, 2017
Angie Woman Dies in Head-On Crash
A head on crash on Alton Williams Road Thursday (April 6, 2017) at 8:42 a.m. near Angie claimed the life of Shanda Cherie Cothern (25), a resident of Alton Williams Road.
The 1991 Oldsmobile 88 being driven southbound by Ms. Cothern crashed head on with a northbound 2011 Toyota Camry. Ms. Cothern was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. A rear seat juvenile passenger in her vehicle was airlifted to a medical center for injuries. The thirty-three year old female driver of the Toyota also suffered injuries and was transported by ambulance to North Oaks Hospital. The condition of the injured persons is unknown at this time. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor and all occupants appear to have been properly restrained.
 
 
April 7, 2017
67-Year Old man Dies in Tragic Accident
What started out as two friends going to a Covington Wal-Mart Grocery turned tragic yesterday (April 26, 2016) in Covington. Donald Wilburn Leavelle of Ponchatoula was recently discharged from the hospital and somewhat weak so his friend was going to drop him off at the front door of the store so he didn’t have to walk far.
As Leavelle got out of the truck, he took a couple of steps towards the entrance of the store but unbeknownst to the 60 year old driver, Leavelle turned around and walked back to the truck as if he was reaching for something in the bed of the truck. As he neared the side of the truck, one of the dually wheels struck Mr. Leavelle, knocking him to the ground and under the rear wheels of the truck. As the driver was driving off he saw through his rear view mirror Mr. Leavelle laying on the ground.
Emergency personnel transported Mr. Donald Leavelle to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Impairment is not suspected in this case, and no charges will be filed.
 
 
April 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Charles Johnson was booked 04/06 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Floyd Pace was booked 04/06 on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Meagan Petrolia was booked 04/06 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Vagrancy
Craig Painter was booked 04/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Reckless Operation of a Moto Vehicle
Delisha McGowan was booked 04/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
 
 
Obituary
Athelee Gerald Schilling, born January 26, 1920, departed this world for heaven at her residence in Pine La, on April 5, 2017. She was affectionately known as "Grandma" by many, she enjoyed caring for her family, making the best homemade biscuits around, gardening and just being outdoors.
 
Obituary
Wayne “Sonny” Corkern. age 77, a resident of Poplarville “Crossroads”, MS, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Highland Community Hospital in Picayune, MS. Sonny was well known as a local law enforcement officer with the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries. He was owner and operator of Washington Parish Ambulance Service for many years with his wife Mattie Fay Corkern. Also, owner and operator of St. Tammany Speedway in Lacombe, LA.
 
 
April 7, 2017
Tangipahoa Men Indicted for Burglaries and Gun Charges
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today the return of a single-count Indictment charging ANTWON SEYMORE (19) of Ponchatoula, with the April 8, 2016 burglary of The Tickfaw Auction Company, owned by a federal firearms licensee. This burglary resulted in the theft of 25 handguns. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
The Grand Jury also handed down a three-count Indictment, charging DEMARCO JONES (22) of Tickfaw, and WILLIE WALKER (21) of Hammond, for the January 31, 2017 burglary of the same Tickfaw Auction Company. This burglary resulted in the theft of 57 firearms, including assault rifles and handguns. JONES and WALKER each face a maximum 5 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
JONES is also charged with possession of firearms as a convicted felon. If convicted, JONES faces a maximum 10 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
WALKER is also charged with receiving three weapons that he should have known were stolen during the burglary. If convicted, WALKER faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives in investigating these cases, along with the Hammond Police Department and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.
 
 
April 5, 2017
Former D. A. Walter Reed Sentenced to 4 Years
Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Former District Attorney Walter Reed was sentenced today (April 5, 2017) to four years in prison for political corruption, much less than the sentence recommended in the pre-sentence report, which called for a sentence of nine to 11 1/2 years. He was also ordered to pay more than $615,000 in restitution and fines. Reed showed no reaction when U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon handed down the sentence.
Reed will not have to report to prison anytime soon, however. Fallon previously ruled that he may remain free on bond while appealing his May of 2016 convictions to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. That could take a year or so.
His son, Steven Reed, was tried at the same time and convicted on one count each of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. Fallon sentenced him to five years of probation and 50 hours of community service.
Read the full nola.com story
 
 
Obituary
Rebecca Ranee Athey Fontana passed away April 2, 2017 at home in Franklinton.
 
 
Obituary
Julie Mae Nichols died April 1, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
Obituary
Joseph Foreman died March 30, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
April 5, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michael Weaver was booked 04/04 In From Court
Shannon Brock was booked 04/04 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/04 In From Court
 
 
April 5, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID This Suspect
 
 
April 4, 2017
8th Subject Caught by TPSO Following Burglary Investigation
Update on April 3rd Story
A burglary investigation that began March 27, 2017 into three Ponchatoula burglaries resulted in the arrests of seven as reported April 3, 2017. Today, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes and Narcotics Unit announced the arrest of Devin L Powell (26) of Robert.
As a result of the initial of the press release, detectives began to receive numerous calls on the location of Powell. Information they received caused them to return to Powell's residence in Robert where he was suspected to be staying in a camper. No contact was made with Powell but persons in the area advised he had left just prior to officers' arrival and that he was armed with a machete and had stated he would use it to kill a police K-9 if he had to.
Several hours later detectives again began to receive calls that Powell was back at the residence.  Detectives as well as Sgt. Corey Michelli and TPSO K-9 Vhari returned to the residence. Powell was located in a shed, he fled while attempting to remove a machete from its sheath, and K-9 Vhari successfully apprehended Powell before he could remove the machete.

Powell was in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. He was charged with three counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Theft of Firearms, three counts Convicted Felon in Possession, Resisting arrest, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule I, Possession with the intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substance schedule II, and Attempted Murder of a Police Dog.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to  thank the public for their overwhelming support and assistance in locating Powell.  
 
 
April 4, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt April 15 in Cassidy Park
 
 
Obituary
Betty Flynn born August 12, 1939 went home to be with The Lord on April 3, 2017 at the age of 78. She was a nurse at the Rest Haven Nursing Home for 24 years of service and was also a member of Main Street Baptist Church.
 
 
Obituary
R.C. Magee, age 83, passed away April 2, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton. He was self-employed as a house painter.
 
 
April 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
William Sampson was booked 04/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Gloria Freeman was booked 04/03 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500 (2 counts)
Joseph Stogner was booked 04/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Shawn Thomas was booked 04/03 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
 
 
April 3, 2017
Massage Therapists Charged With Giving Erotic Massages
Two massage therapists have been arrested following an undercover investigation at the Chinese Health Spa in Covington. The investigation determined that Cuiling Wang (51) and Xiaohong Miao (55) were giving erotic massages to some of their customers.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating the Chinese Health Spa after receiving several complaints of illegal activities taking place at the establishment. Members of St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force and Homeland Security investigators conducted the undercover investigation.
The two women are from China, but have been legally living in the United States. They listed their home address as that of the business.
 
 
Obituary
RICHARD ALAN “RICK” WOOD, AGE 64 and a resident of Madisonville died Sunday afternoon April 2, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a native of Washington Parish and a 1971 graduate of Franklinton High School where he played in the marching band. Rick graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University before also graduating from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He worked for many years as the Chief Civil Deputy for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and later as an investigator and the public information officer for the Washington-St. Tammany District Attorney’s office before retiring. Rick enjoyed playing tennis and golf and liked to travel. He always cherished the time spent with his grandchildren and family.
 
 
Obituary
TYLER BROCK PHELPS, AGE 22 and a resident of Bogalusa died Sunday evening April 2, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Medical Center. He was an avid fisherman and loved being on the Bogue Chitto River. Tyler also loved mid-80’s old Chevy trucks, riding his 4-wheeler and hunting. He enjoyed making Bar-B-Que and building camp fires. Tyler was a devoted father to his little girls and always loved taking them to play at the park.
 
 
April 3, 2017
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
 
 
April 3, 2017
Stolen Firearms Recovered in TPSO/STHSO Joint Effort
On March 28, 2017, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and St Helena Parish Sheriff's Office joined forces in a collaborative effort to locate stolen Firearms. Detectives were able to recover two stolen firearms one being an AK-47, as well as drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine.
Detectives went to the residence of Ryan Hickey (29) at Edy Road Amite, Louisiana in St. Helena Parish. There they located Hickey, Donnie Clint “CJ” Johnson (26) of Holden, William Joseph Maher (36) of Madisonville, and Garrett Hopwood (22) of Pine Grove.
Hickey was charged with Possession of Schedule II methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm. Johnson, Maher, and Hopwood were each charged with Possession of Schedule II methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
 
 
April 3, 2017
Burglaries and Gun Thefts Land 7 in TPSO Jail
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes and Narcotics Unit arrested 7 individuals, recovered numerous stolen firearms, and seized a large quantity of illegal narcotics. It all began when the Unit began investigating three burglaries in Ponchatoula on March 27, 2017. Numerous firearms were reported stolen.
Eva Schubert (38) of Hammond was identified as a possible suspect. She was located and was found to have an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear and was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine. She was arrested on those charges and, after being interviewed, identified other persons involved in the burglaries.
Subsequently arrested on various charges were Christ Maggert (34) of Madisonville, Steven Pierre (31) of Folsom, Joseph Lucas (34) of Ponchatoula,  Amanda Thompson (32 of Amite, Kaitlan Martin (20) of McComb, and Kristina Sharp (30) of Hammond.  Nine stolen firearms and a stolen Stihl blower were recovered and quantities of illegal narcotics were seized.

Street Crimes Detectives are currently requesting the help in locating Devin L. Powell and Donald Devall, Jr.. Powell's last known address is 23249 Powell Lane in Robert and was last seen with Christopher Cody Threeton from Covington. Devalle's last known address is 12254 Patrina Drive in Hammond and is known to have ties in the Baton Rouge area.
 
 
Obituary
Eric E. "Bull" Strickland, age 85 and a resident of Kentwood, died at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. He was retired from the Louisiana DOTD after working for 35 years as a Highway Engineer.
 
 
Obituary
Chris Anthony Caves, age 45 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at his residence.
 
 
April 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jaris Warren was booked 04/01 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Failure to Appear
Terry Wilson was booked 04/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/01 In From Court
William Sampson was booked 04/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Renisha Lucas was booked 04/2 on the charges of Theft of Goods, Open Container in Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, Distribution of Legend Drug, Violation of Uniform Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Randolph Slocum was booked 04/02 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts)
Alexander Atkinson was booked 04/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
 
 
Obituary
Ann Little Hutchinson died peacefully April 1, 2017, at the age of 84. She was born in Purvis, Ms. and graduated Bogalusa High School in 1951 and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1955 and received her Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
She taught in the Bogalusa City School System for 27 years and, in retirement, continued to contribute to her community by teaching GED requirements, helping many young women earn their independence. She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church and a tireless volunteer with Camp Fire Girls and Camp Te Ca Towazi.
 
 
Obituary
Josephine Perez Currier, age 94 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at  on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Kentwood Manor.
 
 
Obituary
Jimmie Lathan Pittman, age 64 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at North Oaks Hospital on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was an active member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and was employed with Bayou Steel Corporation for 35 years. Jimmie was a graduate of Hammond High School and a part of the football state championship team 1970. He also graduated from Auburn University in 1976, where he played college football for four years. Some of his favorite pastimes and fondest memories were enjoying breakfast and visiting with the other early birds in town, raising beef cattle and tending to his farm, camping with his family, building celebratory bon-fires, and riding in his truck with his ferocious fur-buddy, Jake. Activities that he enjoyed with his family were snow skiing, water skiing,  “frogging” on the river, and attending Auburn football games, including the recent Sugar Bowl Championship game. 
 
 
Obituary
Billy Gene Sylvest, age 88, was received by His Lord and Savior on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was born on September 15, 1928 in Alva, FL and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #101 in Franklinton. Billy was a lifetime devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. After time in the National Guard, he later retired from AT&T in 1986 after 31 years of service. He spent his retirement years as a volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Campers on Mission, the North American Mission Board, and the Red Cross—traveling the US and Canada rebuilding churches, helping people after disasters, and making friends across the nation.
 
 
Obituary
Janet Suzette Thomas died March 31, 2017. Brown-McGehee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
Obituary
Deborah Sue Holloway Blackburn, born October 24, 1954 passed away March 30, 2017 at Our Lady Of The lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge La. She was a native of Bogalusa La and a resident of Ponchatoula La.
 
 
April 3, 2017
Slidell Resident Killed in I-10 Crash
A two vehicle crash on the westbound I-10 Sunday (April 2, 2017) claimed the life of 35-year-old Slidell resident Joseph Landon Brooks II.
Troopers from Troop L determined that Brooks was in the left lane westbound when he traveled off the left side, overcorrected, and crashed into the vehicle driven by Douglas J Thibodeaux (48) of Cumming, Georgia. The two vehicles collided and traveled off the right side of the roadway into the tree line on the north side of Interstate 10.
Brooks was not restrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. Thibodeaux, his wife Muriel, and a juvenile passenger were all transported to University Medical Center New Orleans by Acadian Ambulance, where they were treated for moderate injuries.
 
 
April 1, 2017
FPD Makes Attempted Murder Arrest
On March 26, 2017, officers with the Franklinton Police Department were alerted to a shooting at the intersection of Howard and Solomon Streets. One individual had self-reported to Riverside Medical Center, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Investigators began interviewing witnesses and  identified Jaris "Buck" Warren as a potential suspect in the shooting. Warren was also the subject who was treated for the aforementioned gunshot wound. Investigators determined that Warren drove to the residence of his ex-girlfriend where he got into a verbal altercation with her and a male subject. Warren returned to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun and fired a single shot. An individual at the residence produced his own handgun, returned fire at Warren, striking him in the leg. Warren then drove himself to the hospital. 
Jaris "Buck" Warren was arrested March 31, 2017 on a warrant charging him with one count of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. 

Warren was employed by the Town of Franklinton in the maintenance department at the time of the shooting. 
Major Justin Brown commended the work of the patrol division as well as that of lead investigator Brian Davidson, Detective William Brumfield, Captain Randall Penton and Officer Thomas Mitchell. Major Brown also commended ATF Special Agent Kathy Barton Scanlan and K-9 "Ting" for their assistance.
 
 
April 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Justin Williams was booked 03/31 In For Court
Antwain Poston was booked 03/31 on the charges of Failure to Dim Headlights, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Eugene Allen was booked 03/31 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Michelle Polatscher was booked 03/31 on the charges of License Plate Improper Lighting and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Larry Roberts was booked 03/31 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, and Open Container in Vehicle
Leroy Fernandez was booked 03/31 on the charge of Theft Under 750
Charles Jones was booked 03/31 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) and Obstructing Public Passage
Joseph Denning was booked 03/31 In For Court
Chad LaFrance was booked 03/31 In For Court
Joshua White was booked 03/31 In For Court
Dana Denning was booked 03/31 In For Court
 
 

 


 



 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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