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October 23, 2017
Two Mt. Hermon Teens Arrested After Gun Incident
On October 19, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michelle Brumfield and Deputy Justin Blackwell responded to a report of numerous gun shots being fired on Thomas Cryer Road in Mt. Hermon. They discovered many spent shell casings in the roadway and, following an investigation, arrested two teens. Two weapons were recovered, one of which had been stolen previously in Denham Springs.
The younger teen was referred to juvenile authorities. The older teen, Johnell Kavon Matthews (17) was placed in jail on the charges of possession of a stolen firearm, illegal discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Lt. Brumfield and Deputy Blackwell did a great job. I appreciate all that these fine officers did and am grateful to the cooperative parents of these two teens. It is always disheartening to see young men like this involved in criminal activity. I hope this will serve as a wake-up call to them and help them to get on the right track to become productive citizens.”



Obituary
Nadine Lambert Bridges, age 89 and a resident of Kentwood, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at her home.


October 23, 2017
Owl's Well That Ends Well! - A Happy Ending
This is not a play by Shakespeare, but it is a story with a happy ending.
During the recent Washington Parish Fair, concerned citizens found an injured owl in a parking lot at the fairgrounds and brought it to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office command post. Detective Demmie Rice took custody of the owl and made contact with the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana which in turn referred her to the Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary in Livingston Parish.
Detective Rice talked with Leslie Lattimore of Wings of Hope who agreed to take the owl and provide necessary care and treatment. Detective Rice then transported the injured owl and turned it over to Ms. Lattimore.
“This was our first owl rescue,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I am so grateful to the good folks who found it and brought it to us so we could locate a good rescue habitat. The Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana has always been a good partner in dealing with animal issues and we are now pleased to welcome a new partner, Wings of Hope. I am delighted this ended well.”



October 23, 2017
WPSO Solves Burglary Cases: Mt. Hermon Area Man Charged
Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Release
On October 17, 2017, Brady Lee Caughlin (25), a resident of Jim Edwards Road in Mt. Hermon, earned his fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail and is charged with possession of stolen property (2 counts), burglary, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of heroin.
A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Caughlin was involved in two residential burglaries, one on Tob Wilson Road and the other on Lee Road. A search warrant executed at Caughlin's residence resulted in the discovery of several items which had been stolen from the two residences. Those items included firearms, a four wheeler, dirt bikes, a generator, cameras, a large amount of ammunition and other property belonging to the victims.
Detectives learned that Caughlin had sold other stolen firearms to unknown individuals. Anyone who might have purchased a firearm or any other items from Brady Lee Caughlin is asked to contact Detective Corbet Hunt at (985) 661-2021 or (985) 839-3434. It is believed that Caughlin may have been involved in other thefts and the investigation continues.



October 23, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lee Brandon was booked 10/20 on the charge of Simple Battery
Robert Warren was booked 10/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Mufflers: Excessive Noise, Fumes and Smoke
Elliot Bickham was booked 10/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear
Derlon Crain was booked 10/21 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Arlandus Owens was booked 10/21 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher Tate was booked 10/21 on the charges of Hit and Run, Careless Operation, No Insurance, and No Drivers License
Destin Kelly was booked 10/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), No Seat Belt, and Open Container in Vehicle
Grant Davidson was booked 10/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Attachment
Eron Williams was booked 10/22 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)



Obituary
Will Joseph McElveen, age 25 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2107 at home.


Obituary
TERI TERESA LYLES O’BRIEN, AGE 62 and a resident of Franklinton, died Friday night October 20, 2017 at her home.


Obituary
Lillie Ladner Cummings, age 92, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. 


October 20, 2017
Tylertown and Osyka Men Among Four Booked for Burglary
Source: The Daily Leader by Donna Campbell

Alex Rivero (30) of Tylertown, Courtney Barron (age not available) of Osyka, Ira King (27) of Brookhaven, Ms., Heather Wacker of Oakvale, Ms., and Kevin Rutland (26) of Ruth, Ms. were arrested after a homeowner reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that he was receiving alerts on his phone that something was amiss at his vacation house that should have been unoccupied.
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said when deputies arrived, “There were three on scene, one down the road and and, about an hour later, one came out of the woods,” he said. “They scattered when they (the deputies) got there.”
Several of the five will be charged with two counts of burglary since it appears some were also involved in the earlier burglary at that address, Rushing said.



October 20, 2017
Lots of Options for Your Fall Garden
Fall has started and it’s time to plant your vegetable garden. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the different vegetables you can grow and guidelines for choosing the best plants.



October 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Russell Blackwell was booked 10/19 on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Mark Falgoust was booked 10/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Lewis Lang was booked 10/19 on the charges of Attempted Possession of Heroin and Possession of an Alleged Substance
Brandon Wise was booked 10/19 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Lisa Dunaway was booked 10/19 on the charge of Parole Violation
Garrett Hicks was booked 10/19 on the charges of Alcohol Possession by Person Under 21 and Possession of Fraudulent ID Documents



Obituary
Kenneth “Ken” Earle Collins, Sr., age 81, went to meet our Lord and Savior on October 19, 2017. Ken served in the Navy for 4 years, retired from the Army after 20 years, and worked 25 years at Double D Meat Market. He was a lifelong member at Monroe Street Baptist Church.


Obituary
Jodi Ann Herrington, age 38 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.


Obituary
Jacob Paul Zeringue, age 37 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.


October 19, 2017
Only One Minor Incident Reported on First Day of Fair
On October 18, 2017, the Franklinton Police Department responded to an incident at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds that began with an argument and led to a fight. During the altercation, witnesses told Officers one individual fired a BB gun at another individual, who sustained a minor injury to his back. Officers from the Franklinton Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center quickly responded, after a foot pursuit, 2 individuals were taken into custody. Neither had a weapon on them at the time and a search of the area did not reveal any weapons. Another individual was located and taken into custody and later charged with Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.
The investigation continues and with more arrests to follow. Chief Olander Smith said, "We will not tolerate anyone fighting or causing a disturbance which would interrupt the Fair”. He commended officers for their quick response to the situation and apprehending the persons involved.



October 19, 2017
Organized Crime Snuffed Out Over A $7 Waffle House Tab
In the early morning hours of Saturday, October 14, 2017, Pearl River Police Officers responded to a call at Waffle House of two subjects that had left without paying their $7.00 bill and had fled in a U-Haul van. The van was located and Richard A. Brown, a resident of Indiana, fled on foot.  Stayshawn D. Stephens, driver of the van and a resident of California, was apprehended. With the assistance of K-9 Scout, Brown was located in a wooded area near I-59 and apprehended.
Officers found and seized several fake identification cards, counterfeit credit cards and credit card skimming devices, as well as a Waffle House receipt for $7.41.
The investigation uncovered an interstate criminal organization involved in a highly sophisticated identity theft scheme operating out of Los Angeles, California. Stephens and Brown had flown into New Orleans and are alleged to have driven to various gas stations and illicitly installed credit card skimming devices in the gas pumps.
Brown and Stephens were booked on numerous charges. This is still an ongoing investigation, and the Pearl River Police Department is currently working with the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Taskforce and other local agencies.
Pearl River Police Chief “JJ” Jennings said, “Let this be a lesson on etiquette as well; pay your bill and tip your waitress.”



October 19, 2017
Goodbee Man Stabbed by His Girlfriend
A Goodbee couple is facing charges after two separate domestic violence incidents, one of which resulted in the man being stabbed multiple times.
Early Tuesday morning (October 17, 2017), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Jones Road off Tantella Ranch Road in Goodbee after neighbors called to report a disturbance.
Responding deputies found Patrick Day (31) of Goodbee suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was located in the woods across from a residence and airlifted to a local hospital. His wounds are not believed to life threatening.
His girlfriend, Kristin Copeland (28) was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery.
Upon release from the hospital, Day will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on warrants for domestic abuse battery/strangulation, criminal damage and aggravated assault with a firearm. These charges stem from an October 7, 2017 domestic violence incident between the couple.



October 19, 2017
Tickfaw Resident Booked on Child Pornography
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit conducted a joint undercover online investigation with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office that led to the arrest of 52-year-old Vernon E. Sweeney Jr., (52) of Tickfaw.
During the execution of a search warrant on October 17, 2017, Troopers found evidence that Sweeney, a registered sex offender, was in Possession of Child Pornography. The investigation is ongoing. Sweeney was booked on one count of Distribution of Child Pornography (Under Age of 13), and Fifty Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.



October 19, 2017
Two Killed in Crash on I-55 High-Rise
Early Wednesday morning (October 18, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle crash on the elevated section of I-55 that claimed the lives of nterstate 55 northbound near milepost 21. The crash has claimed the lives of Earl J. Daigle (78) and his passenger Anna Nimon (73), both from Schriever.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Daigle's vehicle was struck from behind by a truck driven by Brian D. Gregoire of Ponchatoula. Daigle’s vehicle crashed into the right bridge rail, overturned, and then struck the left bridge rail. Nimon, the front seat passenger, was pronounced deceased on-scene and Daigle died after being transported to North Oaks Health Systems. Gregoire was not injured in the crash. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor. The investigation is ongoing. Any criminal findings will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the investigation.



Obituary
Stella McDaniel Heth, age 71 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 


Obituary
Johnnystein Brock departed this life on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 72 at Lakeview Medical Center, Covington, LA. She was born in Columbia, Mississippi and attended Washington Parish Elementary and High Schools. She was a person with special needs but she never wanted to be treated differently than other people.


October 19, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Cardareus Carter was booked 10/18 on the charge of Attempted Arson
Emelda Matthews was booked 10/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Attempted Arson, Theft Under 750, and Failure to Appear








October 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Voltolina was booked 10/17 on the charges of Contempt of Court (6 counts)
Brady Caughlin was booked 10/17 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Heroin
Travis Singley was booked 10/17 In From Court
Brandon Ishee was booked 10/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Shanita Weary was booked 10/17 In From Court
Kent Magee was booked 10/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)



October 17, 2017
Three Jailed for Attempted Arson
Source: Picayune Item

Two Slidell Men and one from Pearl River County, Ms. Have been jailed after the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, in combination with the state fire marshal’s office, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Lamar County Swat Team, averted an alleged attempt to intentionally set a home on fire.
The case began with a tip that Don Osbourn (54), a Pearl River County resident, enlisted the help of two men to burn the unidentified home down on Oct. 11, 2017. A team of investigators set up surveillance on the residence on October 11th and, just before 8 pm, they observed a suspect, later identified of Mikell Milling (43) of Slidell emerge from a shed near the home. Milling, who was wearing a gorilla mask, climbed onto the roof and poured flammable liquids through a vent pipe into the attic.  At that point, Milling was taken into custody.
The investigation determined that Osbourn hired Milling to burn the home and Joseph Gilley (43) of Slidell was also involved in the plot. Osbourn was arrested later on the night of October 11th and Gilley was picked up October 12th in St. Tammany Parish on a warrant.



Obituary
Leon C. Sampere, age 83 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. He served in the National Guard, was a Past President of Bogalusa Rotary Club, and a longtime member of MCCA.


Obituary
Earl Dyson, age 63 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at his residence.


Obituary
Brother Tom Warren, age 83 of Franklinton, died October 13, 2017. Tom was a skilled, hardworking business man and a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.


October 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Keith Smith was booked 10/16 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Baham was booked 10/16 In From Court
Derion Clark was booked 10/16 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Selena Quave was booked 10/16 In For Court



October 16, 2017
Franklinton Police Arrest Convicted Felon
On October 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, Franklinton Police Department Officers were dispatched to a complaint of illegal discharge of firearms in the 1000 block of T.W. Barker Drive. Witnesses told Franklinton Police Department Dispatch a black male was seen running down Mason Street, following the shots. As Officers arrived in the area they observed a black male standing in the area. Officers spoke with the male who was identified as Lamarius Lowe of Franklinton.
During the course of the investigation and for Officer safety, a pat-down was conducted of Lowe where Officers discovered a firearm concealed on Lowe's person. Officers arrested Lamarius Lowe for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
The initial complaint of illegal discharge of a firearm is still under investigation and may produce additional charges at a later date for Lowe.




October 16, 2017
Man Enters Bar With Samurai Sword – He's Arrested!
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
Chief Layrisson reports that Shawn Verret was arrested after walking into a local bar holding a samurai sword around 2:00 am on October 15, 2017.
It was determined that earlier in the night, Verret was involved in a verbal altercation with another male inside of the Stray Cats bar and was asked to leave. Verret walked to his vehicle and a short time later he re-entered the bar with a mask on top of his head while holding a samurai sword. Verret was once again asked to leave the premises.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and located the mask and sword. Luckily, there were no injuries. Verret was taken into custody and charged through the state with Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Wearing a Mask in a Public Place, Terrorizing, and also Failure to Appear warrants through the city of Ponchatoula.
Shawn Verret is a convicted felon with a long criminal history that dates back to 1994. He has been arrested for numerous burglaries, numerous charges involving possession of illegal drugs, domestic abuse battery, and 4 armed robberies just to name a few.



October 16, 2017
Slidell Man Fires “Warning Shots” at his Friends
Samuel Sollberger (24) of Slidell is in jail after he fired “warning shots” at his friends during an argument. Slidell Police responded Saturday night (October 14, 2017) to the report of gunshots near the intersection of West Hall Avenue and Weilwood Drive. When officers arrived, they located several people fleeing.  Sollberger’s friends claim that a verbal argument led to Sollberger kicking them out of his house. As the friends were leaving, they allegedly heard someone inside of residence screaming for help. When they attempted to go back inside of the residence, Sollberger started firing his shotgun and pistol “over their heads as warning shots”. No one was hurt during the altercation.
Sollberger claimed that his friends were aggressive, and refused to leave his residence after he repeatedly asked them to leave. Sollberger then fired several rounds towards his friends as “warning shots”. Investigators located a Mossberg Maverick 12-gauge shotgun and a Raven Arms MP-25 pistol inside of the residence, which are believed to be the guns used during the altercation.
Sollberger was booked into the Slidell City Jail for Illegal Discharge of a Weapon. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.



October 16, 2017
Slidell Man Dies in Early Morning Crash
The Slidell Police Department is investigating an early morning (October 16, 2017) crash which claimed the life of John Parker (20) of Slidell. The crash occurred on Gause Boulevard West in front of the Grande Theater.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Parker, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a pickup truck, driven by Ronald Cittandino (56) of Slidell, hauling a trailer full of sand.
Parker sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Both Cittandino and his 10-year-old passenger were uninjured.



Obituary
Debra Jean Richardson passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her home near Enon. She was born in New York, raised in Florida, and lived in Atlanta and New Orleans before moving to Washington Parish nearly 40 years ago.


Obituary
TerryLee P. Airhart, Sr., age 67, passed away on Oct. 14, 2017 at his residence in Bogalusa. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.


Obituary
Leon Thomas, Sr., age 88, went home to be with The Lord October 15, 2017. Mr. Thomas worked many years at the Bogalusa Coca-Cola Company then was self-employed as a Vendor in the Bogalusa area. He was a Veteran in the U.S. Army and a member of Ben's Ford Missionary Baptist Church.


October 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Allen Matherne was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or other
Jason Seal was booked 10/14 In From Court
Chad Carden was booked 10/14 In From Court
Jeanne Bowers was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear
Zachary Davis was booked 10/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Regina Canoy was booked 10/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jennifer Smith was booked 10/15 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Richard Myers was booked 10/15 on the charges of Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, Insurance Fraud, and Failure to Appear
Walter Hopkins was booked 10/15 In From Court and on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Lamarius Lowe was booked 10/15 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon



Obituary
Judith Carol Brown resident of Crossroads Community passed away Friday Oct. 13, 2017 at her residence at the age of 71.


Obituary
Merrel Flynn, age 88 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2017 at his residence. He was a Supervisor in the Printing Dept. at the Crown Zellerbach Multi-Wall bag division until he retired. Merrel loved the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish with his family and he also was of the Baptist Faith.


October 14, 2017
Election Results for Washington, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa
WASHINGTON AND ST. TAMMANY PARISHES: Alan Zaunbrecher won over Reginald Laurent 62% to 38% in a race for District Judge, Division H. The race for District Judge, Division E was much closer with each getting a statistical 50%. However, with 100% precincts reporting, Billy Burris received 16277 votes and Jay Adair received 15985.
WASHINGTON PARISH: The Washington Parish Fire District 2 millage renewal has been approved with 57% and the Washington Parish Fire District 8 millage renewal has been approved with 66%.
ST. TAMMANY PARISH: In the State Representative District 77 race, Rob Maness (REP) with 37% appears to be in a runoff with Mark Wright (REP) with 25%. Lisa Ward received 21% and Casey Revere received 18%. The runoff election will be held November 18, 2017.
Also in St. Tammany Parish, Council Member, District 2: Dave Fitzgerald (REP) with 70% of the vote has won the seat. Joe Freeman (DEM.) received 18%, Marvin Lawson (NOPTY) received 3%, and Clark Taylor (IND) received 9%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.75 mil renewal was approved 62% to 38%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.80 mil renewal was approved 61% to 39%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 14.63 mil renewal was approved 59% to 41%. St. Tammany Fire District 12, Proposition 1: The 10 mil renewal was approved 67% to 37%.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH: For Clerk of Court, Gary Stanga has won over Arden Wells 79% to 21%.In the race for Justice of the Peace, Ward 2: Vickie Blades has won with 69% of the vote. Juandalynn Brumfield received 20% and Margie Simmons received 11%.
 


October 14, 2017
Statewide Election Results
In a statewide election for Treasurer, John Schroder (REP) with 24% and Derrick Edwards (DEM) with 31% are headed for a runoff on November 18, 2017. Other candidates for Treasurer received the following vote percentages:  Angele Davis (REP) 22%, Terry Hughes (REP) 3%, Joseph Little (LBT) 2%, Neil Riser (REP) 18%. John Schroder garnered 40% of the vote in Washington Parish, 35% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 52% in St. Tammany Parish. Derrick Edward received 20% of the vote in Washington Parish, 21% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 17% in St. Tammany.
Also in a statewide referendum, all three Constitutional Amendments have been approved by the voters. Constitutional Amendment 1: Exemption of property taxes for construction sites passed with 66%, Constitutional Amendment 2: Homestead exemption for unmarried surviving spouse passed with 67%, and Constitutional Amendment 3: Dedicate any new taxes (gas) into the Construction Subfund with 53%.



October 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court
Timothy Graves was booked 10/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Simple Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment (2 counts), and False Imprisonment
Scottie Route was booked 10/13 In For Court
George Diggs was booked 10/13 In For Court
Jumarcus Palmer was booked 10/13 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine



October 13, 2017
Franklinton: Water - Sewer - Gas Rates to Increase
Residents of Franklinton may soon see their water, sewage and gas bills jump. Three ordinances were introduced at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (October 10, 2017) to increase water, sewer and gas rates. The Board will hear comments and vote on the ordinances at their 6:30 pm meeting October 24, 2017.
Water: While the flat rates will increase minimally (From $18 to $19 for residential and $21 to $22 for commercial), residents will see a 25% increase (from $2.00/1000 gallons used to $2.50/1000 gallons used); commercial users will see a 23.8% increase (from $2.10/1000 gallons to $2.60/1000 gallons).
Sewage: Sewage rates will see a bigger jump. The flat rates will increase from $19 to $22 for residential and $25 to $35 for commercial. Residential usage rates will jump $41.67%, from $3.00/1000 gallons used to $4.25/1000 gallons used. Commercial usage rates will jump 28.57%, from $3.50 /1000 gallons used to $4.50/1000 gallons used.
Gas: Residential users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 58.62% (from $7.25 to $11.50). Commercial users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 75.61% (from $10.25 to $18). Usage rates will apparently remain unchanged.
To hear the new rates proposed in the ordinances, click here - the proposed ordinances begin at 2:00 minutes into the video.
To view the current rate structures, click here and then go to Chapters 20 and 11.

 
October 13, 2017
The Two Candidates for District Judge, Division "H" in the 22nd JDC
Websites: https://reginaldlaurent.com/ and http://www.azforjudge.com/ 
 
 




October 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nicole Castilow was booked 10/12 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Luther O'Neal was booked 10/12 on the charge of Aggravated Arson
Steven Seals was booked 10/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dale Williams was booked 10/12 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lacristin Wells was booked 10/12 on the charge of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court



Obituary
Lamar Friend Brewer, age 91 and a longtime resident of the Bush communty, went home to be with The Lord on October 10, 2017. She was a retired employee of the St. Tammany Parish School Board System and of the Baptist faith.


Obituary
Jessica Caine Travis, age 28 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Amite.


Obituary
Stephanie "Stevie" Hoppen, age 67 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington.


Obituary
Johnnye Mae Sibley Butler went to Glory to join her Lord and Jesus Christ on October 12, 2017 at the age of 103. She completed Grambling High, received her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from Southern University, and did further study at Southeastern University. She taught at Washington Parish Elementary School and Franklinton Elementary School.



October 12, 2017
Covington Man Booked on Child Pornography
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has arrested Victor Loraso (36) of Covington on charges of child pornography, and he is asking the public for their assistance and information on the alleged perpetrator.
“Today’s arrest is another step forward in making our communities safer,” said General Landry. “However, our work is not done. I am asking anyone with information or concerns about Victor Loraso to please contact my Cyber Crime Unit.”
The arrest followed a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security investigations, the Louisiana State Police, and the Covington Police Department.
If anyone has information relative to Loraso, please call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit at 800-256-4506.



October 12, 2017
Infant Left in Car All Day is Found Dead
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation Wednesday (October 11, 2017) into the death of an 8-month-old baby boy after he had been left in a car from about 8:00 am until about 4:30 pm Wednesday.
The child's guardian thought she had dropped the child off at a daycare on her way to work Wednesday morning but she had not. She returned to the daycare to pick up the child but the baby was not there. Returning to her vehicle, the guardian found the infant unresponsive in the back seat, still in his car seat. Subsequently, the child was pounced dead at the scene.
It is believed the baby was inside the vehicle all day at the female guardian's place of employment in Hammond. “The guardian has been very cooperative and working with detectives. She’s obviously distraught. This is a tragic situation and that’s why we remind parents all the time that tragedies like this aren’t supposed to happen but they do," Sheriff Edwards said.
Sheriff Edwards would like to report that the ABC Academy, a daycare center in Natalbany, has no involvement with the case or with the child’s death.
Upon completion of this investigation, all evidence and findings will be sent to the DA’s office for review.



October 12, 2017
Washington Parish Fair Parade Route Information
The lineup for all parade entries (except for marching bands and dance groups) will be at the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 9:30 am. All streets on the parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street. This change will also mean there will be new and additional street closures.
At 9:00 am, all Westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road) and  traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd.
The parade will still start at 10:00 am and travel its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. (First Finance). Once the route is closed, there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be contacted.



Obituary
Doris Taylor died October 7, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


October 12, 2017
Stop by the Tourism Commission Booth at the Fair!
The Washington Parish Tourism Commission will again provide an informational display during the Washington Parish Free Fair. It will be located in the front of the Old Armory building, with Junior Fine Arts and the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
The Fair provides a great opportunity to inform our many visitors of all the attractions the parish has to offer and the Tourism Commission also provides local residents with information on attractions and activities in our surrounding area. The tourism office maintains brochures throughout the year, and local information is sent in packets in response to visitor queries.



October 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joe Mcanally was booked 10/11 In From Court
Hans Wagner was booked 10/11 In For Court
Christopher Holmes was booked 10/11 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Legend Drug
Eugene Austin, Jr. was booked 10/11 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Andre Johnson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Lamariel Lewis was booked 10/11 on the charges of Reckess Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, Aggravated Resisting by Flight, No Drivers License, and No Proof of Insurance
Dona Mixon was booked 10/11 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Distribution of Legend Drug



October 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Toby Mizell was booked 10/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joseph Jarrell was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Ryad Syouf was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Violence Simple Assault
David Miller was booked 10/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



October 11, 2017
Sheriff Seal Offers Advice for Fair Safety
With the 2017 Washington Parish Free Fair rapidly approaching, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal reminds parish residents and visitors to be cautious as they enjoy the fair. This is great advice based on years of experience.



Obituary
Captain Russell Paul Magee, 49, departed this life on October 2, 2017 at his Mt. Hermon residence at the age of 49. He worked as a Crew Boat Captain for 28 years with Seatran Marine. He enjoyed listening to music, working on his vehicles, and spending time with family and friends.


October 11, 2017
TPSO: Help us get this guy off our streets!
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your help in locating 22-year-old Marquanvius Jones of Hammond. Jones is accused of committing sexual battery during an incident that occurred on August 23, 2017, at a residence in the Hammond area. After a thorough investigation conducted by the TPSO, a warrant has been issued for Jones’ arrest.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245. Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000!
Jones is also welcome to visit the  TPSO and turn himself in! Jones can contact Juvenile Detective Suanne Guaraggi at 985-345-6150 or 985-902-2011.



October 11, 2017
Shoplifters Flee But Caught in Ponchatoula
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
Chief Layrisson reports the arrest Sunday (October 9, 2017) of Megan Butler (26) and Joshua Lacoste (28) who were stealing from Walmart and then fled in a stolen vehicle. Walmart called PPD about the shoplifting and Officers located the vehicle as it was leaving Walmart. The suspects attempted to outrun the Officers but abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Butler was quickly apprehended and Lacoste was apprehended a short time later.
Megan Butler was charged with Theft by Shoplifting, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Vehicle, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Foot, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Joshua Lacoste was charged with Resisting an Officer by Flight- Vehicle, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Foot, and Possession of Stolen Property. He is also on probation out of St. Tammany Parish.



October 11, 2017
Pearl River Man Accused of Child Molestation
Source: Pearl River Police Department
The Pearl River Police Department reported today (October 11, 2017) that Michael Pippins was arrested last month on the charge of Aggravated Crimes Against Nature (victim under 13 years old) following a lengthy investigation. Pearl River Detectives Steven Gaudet Jr. and Tommy Benasco worked with the Child Advocacy Center to obtain a forensic interview of the child victim.
Pearl River Police Chief Jennings said, "Betrayal is too kind a word to describe any situation in which a trusted adult puts a small child through a living nightmare for years, and yet this is what has happened . . . there isn't a sympathetic soul here in Saint Tammany for this kind of evil".



October 11, 2017
AK-47 Lands Two in Jail
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
On October 9, 2017, Chief Layrisson reports that a routine traffic stop Monday (October 9, 2017) led to the arrest of Earl Pines (25) and Julian Alexander (28).
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no visible license plate. Pines was the driver and notified the officers that there was a weapon in the vehicle and cooperated with the officers’ commands to secure the weapon for officer safety. The weapon was a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle.
However, Pines could not be in possession of a weapon due to an ongoing protective order and Alexander, the passenger, is currently on parole.
Earl Pines was charged with a Violation of a Protective Order and Julian Alexander was charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.



October 11, 2017
Slidell Police: Man Wanted in Multiple Jurisdictions
According to a report by the Slidell Police Department, James Ratliff (30) is wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for Simple Escape, by the Hammond Police Department for Forgery, and by the Rockwell County (MS) Sheriff's Office for Larceny.
Ratliff came to the attention of SPD when a complaint was made about a person who was using yellow and white caution lights and driving an white Crown Victoria in order to get through traffic. Ratliff was identified as that person.
Anyone with information about James Ratliff’s whereabouts is asked to call your local law enforcement agency or 911.



October 10, 2017
Nate Was Only a Close Call – But Washington Parish Was Ready
Hurricane Nate may have only been a “close call” but Washington Parish was ready had Nate seriously impacted the area. Parish President Thomas describes the necessary  communications, preparations, and coordination that occurred.



October 10, 2017
Bogalusa Squirrel Hunter Rescued from Swamp
A Bogalusa squirrel hunter was rescued from the Pearl River canal swamp late Monday night (October 9, 2017) after becoming lost in the woods. The elderly hunter launched his boat at Poole’s Bluff, traveled south down the canal and went into the woods to hunt. As dark settled, he became disoriented and was unable to find his way back to the canal and his boat.
When the hunter failed to arrive back home after dark, his wife drove to Poole’s Bluff, saw her husband’s truck and trailer still in the parking lot and notified the WPSO who responded along with a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent. While searching, two gunshots were heard and the search was directed in that direction.
The hunter was located, he was safe, and the hunter followed the Wildlife and Fisheries boat back to the landing.
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the work of his detectives and the Wildlife and Fisheries agent and advises hunters to hunt with a companion, keep a cell phone on their person, and let someone know exactly where they will be hunting.



October 10, 2017
Another WPSO / DEA Drug Bust in Bogalusa
The Washington Parish Drug Task Force and the DEA have once again combined their resources to make more drug arrests in Bogalusa. On October 5, 2017, officers from both agencies served search warrants at a residence on North Roosevelt Street and a barbershop on Austin Street.
Michael Miller (30), a resident on North Roosevelt, was arrested on the charges of four counts of heroin distribution, two counts of cocaine distribution, possession of marijuana and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, $3,096 cash, one vehicle, two semi-automatic pistols and various illegal drugs were seized at the residence. This is Miller’s fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail, having previously been booked in May 2007, February 2009, and August 2011 on multiple drug charges and other offenses. 
Also arrested on October 5, was La’Damion Keys (23), a resident of Union Avenue. Keys was arrested at the barber shop and jailed for two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 drugs, possession with intent to distribute schedule 2 drugs, possession with intent to distribute schedule 3 drugs, and obstruction of justice.




Obituary
The sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on October 7, 2017, and bore spirit of James Ray Keys at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington.


October 9, 2017
Two Robberies in Slidell Over the Weekend
One suspect is in custody and another is at large after two separate robberies at Slidell area gas stations over the weekend.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office deputies responded early Sunday morning (October 8, 2017) to the report of an armed robbery at a service station on Brownswitch Road. The cashier advised a female entered the store, implied she had a firearm, demanded money and fled in a silver Acura with an undisclosed amount of cash. Deputies soon located the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop, recovered the stolen cash and arrested Angelica Mims (26) of Slidell on the charge of Armed Robbery and Resisting an Officer.
Deputies responded Sunday night to a second armed robbery, this one at a gas station on Highway 11. The cashier reported she was robbed at gunpoint by a man in a ski mask. The black male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and is still at large. Anyone with information related to this incident, please contact Detective Jason Dammon at 985-726-7833.



October 9, 2017
Quilts Presented to WPSO for Crime Victims
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal thanks Sandy Miller and her quilting group for quilts donated to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. “These quilts will be used by our deputies as comfort items for victims of crime,” stated Sheriff Seal. “Victims, especially children, gain great comfort from having a soft quilt to warm them, or in the event of a house fire, to use as a replacement item. I appreciate Sandy Miller and the other lovely ladies who make the effort to fashion these quilts and then donate them to us for victims of crime.”


October 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Robert Goldman was booked 10/07 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated, and Open Container in Vehicle
Chad Carden was booked 10/07 In From Court
Qwandarious Rowe was booked 10/07 In From Court
Darrell LaSalle was booked 10/07 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Glenn Ammons was booked 10/07 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)



October 7, 2017
Washington Place Shelters Opening
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. advises that two shelters will be open today (October 7, 2017) at 5:00 P.M. for citizens who do not feel safe in their home. Please make plans to be in the shelter before dark.
The locations are 1) Franklinton High School gymnasium, 1 Demon Circle in Franklinton and 2) ESM Methodist Church -   Family Life Center, 510 Ave B in Bogalusa.
No pets allowed. Please bring necessities



October 7, 2017
Plea in Sex Case of Franklinton Boy and Texas Woman
Martha Ojeda (41) of Pflugerville, Texas, pled guilty as charged Thursday (October 6, 2017) to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 15-year-old from Franklinton.
According to the court documents, in late February 2017, Ojeda met the 15-year-old, who resided in Franklinton, Louisiana, on a social networking website. From February until early April, they exchanged sexually explicit correspondence  on numerous occasions that included images and videos. 
On about April 8, 2017, Ojeda traveled by commercial bus and then by taxi from Texas to the minor’s Franklinton home.  Ojeda and the minor then traveled to New Orleans, where they stayed in a hotel room together and engaged in sexual intercourse.  On about April 9, 2017, Ojeda and the minor traveled to Texas, eventually living together in Pflugerville until the minor was recovered by Special Agents with the FBI on May 12, 2017.
Ojeda faces up to 30 years in prison followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for December 14, 2017.



October 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Doretha Williams was booked 10/06 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) and Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Hatcher was booked 10/06 In For Court
Jeffery Ingram was booked 10/06 In For Court
Jeffery Jarrell was booked 10/06 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Shelton Ard was booked 10/06 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Theft 750-5000
Randal Turner was booked 10/06 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Amber Thomas was booked 10/06 In From Court



Obituary
ROBERT LOUIS BENNETT, SR., age 65 and a resident of Stateline Community, died early Friday morning October 6, 2017 at his home.


October 6, 2017
State of Emergency Declared by WP President Thomas
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. today advised that he has declared a State of Emergency. Click here to read his statement


October 6, 2017
Big Drug Bust Made in Bogalusa
Agents with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and the DEA executed a search warrant in Bogalusa Monday (October 2, 2017) that yielded heroin, promethazine, hydrocodone, suboxone, xanax, marijuana, four handguns, a large amount of ammunition, body armor, digital scales and $1,086 in United States currency.
Arrested on multiple charges were Darius J. Dobson (23) of Bogalusa and Markus Kortez Mark (22) of Angie. 
“Neither one of these fellows deserves to roam free in society,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Judging by the cache of drugs, weapons and ammunition they possessed, it seems obvious they had devious plans in mind. They certainly were not on their way to Sunday School. Our officers and the DEA agents did a great job in arresting them and preventing future crimes. I am so pleased with the excellent working relationship our narcotics officers have with DEA. They are a valuable resource to us and we appreciate all that they do.”



October 6, 2017
WP Sheriff Randy Seal Files Lawsuit Against Drug Companies
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announced today that he has joined several other Louisiana Sheriffs in filing a lawsuit against drug companies which manufacture, distribute and fraudulently market opioids, leading to increased crime and delinquency throughout Washington Parish. At no cost to the taxpayers of Washington Parish, he has engaged the services of Laborde Earles, a leading Louisiana accident and personal injury law firm, and Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading law firms which has spearheaded similar lawsuits in other states across the country.
Sheriff Seal’s lawsuit was filed October 5, 2017 in the 22nd Judicial Court. Sheriff Seal and his fellow Sheriffs seek compensatory and punitive damages for the millions of dollars they spend each year to combat drug-related crimes and the societal economic burden of opioid abuse created by the drug companies’ deceptive marketing campaign that fabricates the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid use.
The lawsuits allege the defendants aggressively sought to create a false perception in the minds of physicians, patients, health care providers and clients that using opioids to treat chronic pain was safe for most patients and that the drugs’ benefits outweighed the risks.
Click here dto read the full press release



Obituary
BUFORD MIZELL, age 89 and a resident of the Springhill/Enon Community, died Thursday morning October 5, 2017 at his home. He was a United States Army veteran, served 35 years with the Louisiana National Guard, was a business teacher at Sullivan Vocational School for over 30 years, and was a longtime member and deacon of Enon Baptist Church. Buford enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed camping with his family all along the Gulf Coast and liked to visit with his neighbors, friends and family.


Obituary
Kody Ryan Kundler, age 19 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Magnolia, MS.


Obituary
Carolyn Sibley (known also as “Jackie”) passed on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her residence at the age of 62.


October 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jonathan Barber was booked 10/05 on the charge of Parole Violation
Michael Turnage was booked 10/05 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Davis was booked 10/05 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Cody Ansley was booked 10/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Probation Violation
Hunter Palmer was booked 10/05 on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Contempt of Court and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Megan Cowan was booked 10/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
LaDamion Keys was booked 10/05 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs
Michael Miller was booked 10/05 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs (3 counts)
Darren Tezeno was booked 10/05 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 5, 2017
WP President Thomas' Letter on TS Nate
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. today (October 5, 2017) issued a statement to all citizens of Washington Parish regarding Tropical Storm Nate.


October 5, 2017
Sheriff Seal Cautions About New Scam
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions elderly residents about a new scam which has been reported in Washington Parish.


October 5, 2017
We Have Two New Pages for the WP Fair Season
Two pages have been added to our website to keep everyone abreast of schedules of events at the Washington Parish Fair.
Our "WP Fair 2017 Program" page has the Official Stage Program, as well as the schedule of "Special Events" and of the Mile Branch Settlement's Daily Schedule of Events. The direct link to this page is https://mthermonwebtv.sharepoint.com/Pages/WPFair2017Program.aspx
Our "Down by the Branch" page has the schedule and biographies of the entertainers. The direct link to this page is https://mthermonwebtv.sharepoint.com/Pages/DownbytheBranchEntertainment.aspx
Visit as often as you need and share this with your friends. SEE YA AT THE FAIR!



October 5, 2017
Get Free Wristbands From Franklinton PD
Source: Franklinton Police Department Release
It's Fair time again!!!! And the Franklinton Police Department will once again be offering free wristbands for children and special needs individuals. These bands are neon green and made from Tyvek, so they cannot be easily removed. Individuals are asked to write the child's name, emergency contact person and phone number on the underside of the band for each person. These bands are available at the Police Department from today until the start of the Fair, then they will be at our Command Post at the Fairgrounds.



October 5, 2017
STPSO Employee Arrested for Malfeasance
Source: STPSO Release
Jordan Hollenbeck, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force was booked Thursday (October 5, 2017) on one count of malfeasance in office following a joint investigation by the STPSO and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office that he had released confidential information to possible suspects related to ongoing narcotics investigations. These actions jeopardized cases and other officers’ safety.
“I hold all of our employees to a higher standard. When a public servant betrays the trust of the people he or she serves, that individual must face the consequences,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.
Hollenbeck has been employed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office since November of 2008.



October 5, 2017
Help Tylertown PD ID This Person of Interest
Can you help Tylertown Police identify the lady in this picture ? She is a person of interest in a shoplifting case.
All people are innocent until proven guilty.



October 5, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christopher Borchers was booked 10/04 In For Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Fredrick Warren was booked 10/04 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brittney Harrell was booked 10/04 In For Court
Breona Harrell was booked 10/04 In For Court



Obituary
Gladys Shareca Myres was called home to our Lord at the age of 36 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA.


October 4, 2017
Bogalusa Mayor's Report Full of Good News 

The Bogalusa Council heard a report Tuesday (October 3, 2017) evening from Mayor Wendy Perrette that was full of positives for the City. The Mayor reported on the success of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, reported on the New Life United Pentecostal Church 12th Annual Back the Badge service, praised the work performed by the Garden Club and volunteers at Cassidy Park, advised the deli in the park has opened, encouraged participation in the United Way campaign, reported that one condemned house (on Avenue B) demolition and cleanup has completed and others are planned, gave information on the upcoming meeting designed for the public to learn how to purchase adjudicated properties, reported that RCC has been and will continue helping with cleanup in the City, announced "Girls Night Up" will be October 5th, announced the Fair Flag Raising Ceremony will be held October 6th, announced that the Varnado High School football team will be honoring police and firefighters October 6th, reminded everyone that Business on the Block activities will be October 27th at Cassidy Park, and encouraged all to attend the Farmers Market.
Additionally, the Council heard remarks from Reginald Laurent (candidate for 22nd JDC Division H judgeship), approved two resolutions, introduced five ordinances (to be discussed and voted on at the October 24th meeting), held a Public Hearing and approved one ordinance, heard reports from the police and fire departments, and heard comments and suggestions from residents during the public participation segment of the meeting.
Click on our Government Meetings page above to view video of the meeting. (Suggestion: fast forward to segments you want to watch)


October 4, 2017
Reports by Bogalusa Police and Fire Departments



October 4, 2017
Alert WPSO Patrol Sergeant Makes Drug Arrest
While on patrol, September 30, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant Randy Reviere made a traffic stop on a suspicious truck carrying a red 4-wheeler that was unsecured. The tailgate of the truck was not locked in place to secure the 4-wheeler and other items in the bed of the truck.

The driver, Anthony Scardina, III (41) of Loranger did not have a driver’s license on his person. A criminal check indicated Scardina had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Scardina was advised he was under arrest and a subsequent search revealed Scardina had methamphetamine, a firearm, cash, and other drug related items in his possession. All items were seized and placed into evidence.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Good arrest, Sgt. Reviere! I appreciate your being alert to this situation and making certain Scardina transitioned out of our community and into our jail. I am grateful for the excellent work you and all of our officers do on a daily basis.”



Obituary
Clyde Wayne Spears, age 67 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.


Obituary
John Wyatt Daniel, age 17 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017.


October 4, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
On October 2, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael James Hortman (51) of Bogalusa on the charges of aggravated domestic violence battery and second degree attempted murder.
Responding to a 911 call from a woman in obvious distress, patrol deputies responded to the residence but could not locate anyone there. As it turned out, the victim had fled the residence and drove to the Bogalusa Police Department. Deputies learned that Hortman had used a pistol to strike the victim in the head and made threats of death and violence towards the victim. Hortman aimed the pistol at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. When the weapon didn’t discharge, he reloaded the pistol and fired several rounds inside the residence.
Hortman fled to McComb, Mississippi where he was located and arrested by the McComb Police Department. He was returned to Washington Parish and placed in the  Parish Jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal bluntly stated his disdain at what had occurred. “This was a totally inexcusable event. No man is ever justified in abusing his wife, or anyone else, in such a manner. There is only one place for a man who would do such a despicable thing, and that place is jail. I am so pleased that the victim is safe and that our officers responded and handled this situation so quickly.”



Obituary
Darrence Toddrell Roberts, Sr. AKA “Mr. Say Dat Dinn” transitioned from his temporary life on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.


Obituary
The sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on September 28, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa and bore the spirit of Patricia Ann Peters at the age of 59.


October 4, 2017
Sheriff Seal Honors Corrections Deputy of the Quarter
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is pictured with Shaniquial Warren who was recently recognized as the Corrections Deputy of the quarter.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Shaniquial Warren is an outstanding lady and an outstanding employee. It is an honor for me to recognize her as the Corrections Deputy of the quarter. While working in the jail, she performed her duties in an exemplary manner, gaining the respect of her fellow employees who recommended her for this honor.
I am pleased to announce that Shaniquial has recently transferred to the position of dispatcher where she will be responsible for receiving calls from the public and relaying those calls to deputies. This new position carries tremendous responsibilities and I am confident Shaniquial will excel in her new duties.”



October 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shelly Turnage was booked 10/03 on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Arlene Butler was booked 10/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
James Butler was booked 10/03 In For Court



Obituary
Richard Earl Rester, age 71 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away October 2, 2017 at his home. He was a U. S. Army Veteran .


Obituary
Stephen Barney Sims, born in Tylertown, Ms. and a resident of Grand Isle, passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Cut Off. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also an avid fisherman.


Obituary
Leonard McCant, Jr. passed away September 28, 2017 at the age of 69. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Houston Walter Wheat passed away September 28, 2017 at the age of 72. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Bubba Strahan, age 62 and a resident of Crossroads, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis. He was born on December 31, 1954 in Bogalusa.


October 3, 2017
Ms. Man Crashes Going to See a Voodoo Doctor
Source: Slidell Police Department Release
A man, heading to Slidell to see a “voodoo doctor”, rammed through a fence at the Slidell Municipal Airport and then crashed into a utility pole Monday (October 3, 2017) morning. The man claimed he was running from the police…the only problem was, there were no police chasing him. The story only gets more bizarre. 
Kevin Bolton (43) of Hattiesburg, fled into a nearby patch of woods after the crash. Prior to crashing, several people reported seeing Bolton driving erratically through the Town of Pearl River and on I-12.
Police later located Bolton in the Belair Subdivision wearing nothing but his underwear. Bolton alleges that he had to strip off his clothes because snakes were crawling up his pants. Bolton, who authorities believe was under the influence of some type of narcotic, was booked into the Slidell City Jail on charges of careless operation of a motor vehicle and hit and run. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation is still on going.



October 3, 2017
Early Voting Ends Saturday October 7



Obituary
JAMIE LEE “RED” ADCOX, age 19 and a resident of Pine, went to his Heavenly home in the early morning hours of Saturday September 30, 2017. He was a 2016 graduate of Pine High School where he was a five year member of the Pine Raider baseball team and he was voted Mr. P.H.S. during his senior year. Jamie worked with the bridge construction crew of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and attended Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Jamie loved hunting, fishing, playing softball and spending time with his family and friends. He will always be known and remembered for his kind loving nature, outgoing personality and infectious sense of humor. Jamie would tell ya’ll “I Got This”


October 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Devin Schilling was booked 10/02 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Lavelle Bickham was booked 10/02 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Harrison Turner was booked 10/02 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Michael Hortman was booked 10/02 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault
Adrionne Peters was booked 10/02 In From Court
Marcus Mark was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Darius Dobson was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Michael Levens was booked 10/02 on the charge of Probation Violation



October 2, 2017
FPD Hosting Open Range Day (Sight in Your Rifle)
The Franklinton Police Department will be hosting an open range day beginning at noon Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Hunters will be offered the opportunity to sight in their hunting rifles at 100 yards. Louisiana P.O.S.T Firearms Instructors will be on hand as well as NRA and Hunter Safety Instructors.
Participants are required to wear safety glasses and hearing protection. You will need to provide your own firearm, ammunition and targets.Youth participants under the age of 17 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
ALL firearms will be checked by the range safety officer prior to firing. Weapons found to be a safety hazard will not be allowed to fire. Please limit one (1) rifle per shooter.
The Franklinton Police Department Shooting Range is located on Boat Ramp Rd. near the softball and soccer fields.



October 2, 2017
BPD Finds Man Asleep and in Possession of  Meth
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
On Saturday. (September 30, 2017), the Bogalusa Police Department received a call about a driver being asleep in a vehicle on the shoulder of Louisiana Avenue. Officers Cody Wilson-Hunt and Quinton Spears responded.
The officers located the the driver, Dennis E. Bates (51) of Bogalusa, who was still asleep in his vehicle. Bates told the officers that he was having mechanical issues with his vehicle. Officers observed a travel bag sitting on the passenger seat of the vehicle and asked Bates if he had any illegal narcotics in the bag. Bates stated that he did not.  Bates unzipped the bag and the officers observed in plan view a cylindrical glass pipe with with white residue on it protruding from the bag. Officers searched the travel bag and located two small plastic bags that contained a clear crystal substance, suspected to be Methamphetamine, two glass smoking pipes, two straws and a digital scale. 
Bates was arrested on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts) and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.



Obituary
BILLY RAY GOINGS, age 56 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, died at 12:50 am Monday morning October 2, 2107 at his home. He was a longtime iron worker and an employee of South Steele for well over 30 years. He was a member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church. Billy Ray enjoyed fishing and loved to coon hunt. He also loved to work in his vegetable garden and enjoyed watching his sons or grandsons play baseball.


October 2, 2017
Sen. Mizell Supports Amendments on Oct. 14 Ballot
Senator Beth Mizell is encouraging voters to vote YES on all three of the Constitutional Amendments on the October 14, 2017 ballot.
CA No. 1 provides for protection for homeowners and businesses from paying property taxes while their new home or business is under construction.
CA No. 2 provides tax relief for the surviving spouse of an emergency medical responder, technician, paramedic, volunteer firefighter, or a law enforcement or fire protection officer.
CA No. 3 dedicates any new fuel tax to be used for cost of public construction projects and not for more government employee wages and benefits.
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October 2, 2017
USDA: Area Parishes Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Ten parishes are eligible for disaster assistance as a result of extreme and continuous rainfall in 2017 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. The parishes, which are contiguous to primary natural disaster areas in Mississippi include: Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana.
“The USDA determined there was significant crop loss from excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred starting in April,” said Strain. Strain said farmers located in these parishes are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the disaster declaration date to apply for emergency loans to help cover losses.
The parishes listed were designated natural disaster areas on September 29, 2017.



October 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tonious Clark was booked 10/01 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Resisting Arrest (2 counts)
William Vizer was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Ddrug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Possession of Heroin
Michael McBeth was booked 10/01 on the chargs of Resisting an Officer and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Clyde Terrell was booked 10/01 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit and Possession of Heroin
Twanna Meiners was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (3 counts), Attempted Theft by Shoplifting, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Dennis Bates was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Timothy Williams was booked 10/01 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 2, 2017
Troubling Legislative Auditor Report on St. Tammany Government Entities
An effort to rebuild the accountability infrastructure of St. Tammany government was initiated by Act 774 that was passed in 2014. So how is that working out?
In a report released today (October 2, 2017) by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, many of the entities are failing to address identified deficiencies. Purpera states, ““It does no good if these governments fail to make the needed changes.”
Who are the culprits? Well, they include the City of Slidell, the Town of Abita Springs, the Town of Madisonville, the Town of Pearl River, the Village of Folsom, and many others. Overall, LLA auditors and independent CPAs issued 66 reports for these entities that examined such areas as payroll and personnel, board oversight, ethics, capital assets, travel and expense reimbursement, and several other aspects of their internal financial operations.
Read the report here.



Obituary
PATRICIA ANN RESTER GRAVES, age 70 and a resident of Franklinton, died Saturday afternoon September 30, 2017 at Tulane Medical Center. She was a 1965 graduate of Franklinton High School and later worked as a seamstress at Rutter Rex for over 20 years. Pat was a member of Oral Missionary Baptist Church who loved to read and do word search puzzles. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and different card games. When she was more able, Pat always loved cooking for and spending quality time with her family.


October 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Scardina was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Harvey Darden was booked 09/30 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
George Bennett was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Expired License Plate, and Expired MVI
Mandy Cerigny was booked 09/30 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Nicole Grant was booked 09/30 on the charges of Theft 750-5000, Vehicle Burglary, Theft Under 750, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Crystal Thomas was booked 09/30 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Chad Carden was booked 09/30 In From Court
Frederick Cambas was booked 09/30 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 1, 2017
Mississippi Woman Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run
Early Sunday (October 1, 2017) morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle hit and run fatal crash on I-12 near the Tangipahoa/St. Tammany Parish line. The crash claimed the life of Albert J. Watson 59) of Denham Springs.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred when Watson's vehicle was hit from behind by the vehicle driven Deana Marie Collier (52) of Sandersville, MS. The impact caused Watson’s vehicle to exit the right side of the roadway, strike a tree and overturn. He was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance in critical Condition but succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival.
After the impact, Collier drove approximately a quarter mile beyond the crash scene, turned off her lights, and called her son. She made no other calls or attempts to render aid to Watson. Collier was speaking to her son when Troopers first discovered her. Collier performed poorly on a standardized field sobriety test. She was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance, where she was treated for minor injuries. After her release, Collier was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit-and-Run.

 



 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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