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September 2, 2015

BBHF 5K Race Set for Saturday, September 26

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival expanded to include a 5k race last year that went through Cassidy Park and the surrounding neighborhood. It attracted runners from miles around, who competed for medals in various categories. And the fact that the $25 race registration fee also includes admission to the festival didn’t hurt a bit. Runners apparently like to have fun.

Now registration is open for the second annual BBHF 5k which will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. The fee also includes a goody bag and a T-shirt, but participants must register by September 12 to guarantee a shirt.

Register online at

September 2, 2015

Characteristic Bogalusa Council Meeting Held Tuesday Evening

In a characteristic rowdy but productive and well-attended meeting, the Bogalusa City Council met Tuesday evening.  One resident was and another nearly expelled from the meeting.   The last meeting heard one resident who called for the Council to more rigorously enforce the 3-minute time limit during Public Participation and during this meeting another stated she was “sick and fed up” with criticism leveled against the City week after week, with “shouting matches”, and suggested they “get off their (administrative, council, employees) back, leave them alone, let them do their job and the best thing you can do is sit in that seat and be quiet.”  Calls were made to adhere to the Agenda and respect one another.  The mayor said that “despite good or bad remarks, I encourage you to continue coming to our Bogalusa City Council meetings because it shows that you care about your city.”

Click here to read more about the meeting and watch the video.

September 2, 2015

St. Tammany Plans to Expand Mental Health Services

Sheriff Jack Strain was part of a press conference Monday with Parish President Pat Brister, Sen. Jack Donahue, U.S. Senator David Vitter and other parish leaders as they announced future plans for the expansion of mental health services at the site of the former Southeast Hospital. 

Seeing a need, St. Tammany Parish purchased the property from the state in March of this year and immediately began talks to create “Safe Haven,” a behavioral health campus with expanded mental health services at the site. Future plans include selling the current hospital facility and bringing other services in to enhance what is already in place.

“Every day our deputies deal with men and women with mental health issues, and with a lack of mental health services currently in the parish, many of these individuals are landing in our jail and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has become, by default, the largest mental health provider in the parish”, said Strain.

For more on the story and background on the property in question, click here.

September 2, 2015

Mt. Hermon Baptist Hosts Outreach Program

A Family Crusade with 2TALK42 Ministries is being hosted by the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.  The event was scheduled from Sunday, August 30 through Wednesday September 2 and uses ventriloquism, puppetry, and drama as the presenters teach about Jesus.

September 2, 2015

Murder-For-Hire Fugitive Arrested in Tangipahoa

Trina Annette Tyler, 39, was arrested Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) with assistance from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Tyler, who also goes by the aliases Trina Marshall and Trina Binford, was wanted by the TPSO for two counts of Solicitation for Murder. Additionally, she was wanted by the Texas Pardon and Parole Board for a 2012 parole violation stemming from a conviction for possession of cocaine and money laundering. 

She was located at 12488 Silo Road in the Village of Tangipahoa and arrested  as she attempted to escape out of the rear window of a mobile home.  Tyler was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the murder-for-hire charges. She will ultimately be extradited to Texas where she will serve the remainder of her Texas sentence.

September 2, 2015

Free Prostrate Cancer Screening at Mary Bird Cancer Center at STPH

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana, but if caught early the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent. African-American men have a two-thirds higher incidence of prostate cancer than Caucasian men and a mortality rate twice as high.

During September, the month designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening.

Free prostate screenings are for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider being screened beginning at age 45. The prostate cancer screening includes a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and DRE (digital rectal exam) performed by a doctor.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers free cancer screenings throughout the year. The following free prostate cancer screening is offered Saturday, Sept. 26 at the 

Community Wellness Center, 1501 N. Florida St. in Covington from 9 - 11 a.m.


Vaughn Lee Boyd born may 14, 1933 passed away August 30, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels at the age of 82. She was born in Eastern Shore Maryland and was a long time resident of Bogalusa. She was of the Protestant Faith.


Sammie C. Harriel, a resident of Bogalusa, LA age 87, born on April 13, 1928 in Poplarville, MS, died on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.  Sammie was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. Member of Masonic Lodge #244 F & AM. Member of the Magic City American Legion Post #24.

September 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Edwin East was booked 09/01 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Simple Battery

Shaun Distefano was booked 09/01 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Justin Clements was booked 09/01 on the charge of Theft of Utilities

Valentino Brown was booked 09/01 on the charge of Theft of Utilities

Haley Harris was booked 09/01 on the charge of Child Desertion

Sidney Cotton was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Probation Violation

Brian Taylor was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

September 1, 2015

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunity at Wilmer 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 5 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.  The only one in our area is a 152 acre native grass pasture in Wilmer in Tangipahoa Parish.  Call 985-543-4777 for more information.

These leased fields have been made available through the cooperation of the landowners.  Future access to these fields and other private property is dependent on the conduct of the hunters using these fields.

Click here for the rules that apply, shooting hours, and directions.

September 1, 2015

Foul play Not Suspected in Death of Man Found in Burned Car

Foul play in not suspected in the death of a Bogalusa man whose body was found inside his burned car last week.

Travis Adair, 33, was involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, August 27.

He was on a small dirt road off Louisiana Highway 21 near Sun where he apparently lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway. 

The vehicle caught fire following the crash, and Adair became trapped inside.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Officer has listed the cause of death as asphyxia due to smoke inhalation.

September 1, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kelly Hobgood was booked 08/31 In From Court

John Lamparski was booked 08/31 In From Court

Victor Green was booked 08/31 In From Court

Jamie Hardin was booked 08/31 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

September 1, 2015

STPH Earms ACR Accreditation 

Covington — St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.   “The entire nuclear medicine department, led by Whitney Perrin, worked tirelessly to ensure STPH met the high quality standards of the American College of Radiology,” said Bryan Burleson, Radiology Manager. 


Evelyn Addie Duncan born January 23, 1930 went home to be with The Lord September 1, 2015 at the age of 85. Evelyn was a long time resident of Bogalusa and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Bogalusa.


Brayden Reid Harris, age 2, born on May 17, 2013 in Covington, LA, died on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his residence in Angie, LA.


Tiffany Rachelle Redditt passed away at the age of 34 on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Kenner, LA.


Devon Lee departed his life at Franklin County Memorial Hospital at the age of 68. 


Lillie Dean Burton, originally from the Clifton community, died August 24, 2015.  She was a product of the Washington Parish School System and earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. 

Lillie served in many capacities,  including Sunday School Teacher, Choir President, Deaconess, Hospitality, Children’s Ministry, and Young Women’s Christian Council, at ministries in Franklinton, La., Upland, Ca., and McKinney, Tx.

September 1, 2015

Unidentified Cyclist Killed In Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Last night LSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on the US 190 Tangipahoa River Bridge in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of a yet to be identified female cyclist.

The cyclist was westbound and her bicycle was not equipped with lamps or rear facing reflectors and she was wearing dark clothing. A Ford Escape driven by 24 year old Kateria Edmon of Hammond was also westbound and crashed into the rear of the bicycle. The cyclist was ejected from her bike, suffered severe injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.

Troopers do not suspect Edmon was impaired at the time of the crash. Troopers are working on identifying the operator of the bicycle. She is described as a white female who appears to be in her mid to late 20’s with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a red Egyptian Ankh tattoo on her left ankle. Anyone with information as to her identity is encouraged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6235.

September 1, 2015

Slidell Woman Killed in Hancock County Crash


Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said a 76-year-old Slidell woman died Monday night after her vehicle collided with another.

Authorities say Assunta Young was attempting to cross Highway 90 from Lakeshore Road when a car headed westbound on Highway 90 struck her car. The accident happened around 8 p.m. Young was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital. At this time, the driver's condition is unknown.

August 31, 2015


Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Supervisor Shannon Lyons reports that the man shot near Franklinton Friday was Bobby Smith, Jr. Smith was treated and released Friday.  The investigation continues and anyone having information on the perpetrators are urged to contact Lt. Tom Anderson at (985)839-3434.

Scroll down to read the initial Press Release August 28, 2015.


Mack Knight passed away into eternal peace on Saturday, August 29, 2015, after a long battle of COPD and heart disease.

Mack honorably served his country in the United States Air Force.  He was a retired business man and had been a resident of Slidell, LA for many years.

August 31, 2015

Slidell Man Killed in Crash Saturday Evening 

Fifty-year-old Edwin Dammann of Slidell was headed northbound on Crown Z Road off Louisiana Highway 36 in Hickory shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday when his vehicle ran off the roadway and flipped when it struck a cement culvert.  Dammann, who is not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time, was partially ejected from the vehicle.   His passenger sustained unknown, but not life-threatening, injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Lacombe Heart Hospital. 

Speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in this crash. 

August 31, 2015

New Episodes on our MHTV Outdoor Channel

New this week on our MHTV Outdoor Channel include antique farm equipment on Across the Fence, fishing Lake Texoma on Texas Team Trail, deer and hog hunting on FISHINGHUNTINGTEXAS, hunting and fishing on Americana Outdoors, start of training of 10 yr. old wild stallion on Down Under Horsemanship, big game hunting on Fieldsports Britain, hunting tips on Growing Deer TV, Cowboys Days on Michigan Magazine, and blacksmithing on Texas Country Reporter. 

Plus, new episodes of AGPHD, Fox Sports Outdoors Southeast, Kentucky Afield, Paradise Louisiana with Don Dubuc, Oklahoma's SUNUP farm show, Small Town Big Deal, Real Virginia, and Mississippi's FAMWEEK farm show. 

Click on our Washington Parish TV  page above to watch.

August 31, 2015

Major Findings in Legislative Auditor Report of Independence

Officials in the Tangipahoa Parish town of Independence consistently failed to enroll eligible employees in two state retirement systems, charged the Mayor's son reduced utility rates, and failed to report $4,400 of the Mayor's vehicle allowances as income to the IRS.  The findings were contained in an investigative audit released  today by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

Former town employees told auditors the mayor instructed them to charge his son the reduced rate but Ragusa denied the charge and claimed the town’s former utility clerk changed it “to make him look bad before the next election.” 

While state law mandates all full-time municipal employees (unless specifically excluded) be enrolled in one of the two state retirement systems, there were 45 eligible town employees who were not. As a result, $298,402 in contributions were not paid by the town.

August 31, 2015

Tecoma – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

Esperanza, also known by its scientific name Tecoma, typically comes with yellow flowers, but apricot, oranges and reds are now becoming available. A common name for this plant is yellow bells.

Bloom time is midsummer until first killing frost.  The plant has a woody growth habit and is slightly taller than wide. Heights of 5-6 feet are common with widths of 4 feet.

Planted in full sun, Tecomas love dry, hot weather. Mulch them well going into winter, and they normally will return in following years in south Louisiana and portions of central Louisiana.

August 31, 2015

Bicyclist From Mandeville Killed in Crash 

Anita Louise Froeba, 60 years old of Colbert Street Mandeville. died Sunday afternoon when the bicycle she was riding was struck by a car.  The victim was attempting to Cross Highway 190 but was struck by a vehicle driven by 52 year old Laura Delatte of Mandeville  The bike rider, who was ejected and thrown several feet, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Saint Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Delatte was not injured.

No charges have been filed. Impairment is not suspected. However, toxicology results are pending on both parties involved. This matter is still under investigation.


MARY ANN MILLER MAGEE, AGE 74 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 10:35 am Saturday August 29, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church but enjoyed attending revivals at numerous churches throughout our area. Ann loved cooking for her family and church pastors. She had recently been a personal caretaker for people in need.


Yong Jie Dong, age 62 and resident of Franklinton, died August 29, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He was a native of China but had lived in the United States and Washington Parish for many years. Yong, alongside his family, was the owner/operator of the Grand Buffett restaurant in Franklinton.


Donald E. Mann age 91 passed away August 28, 2015 at Our Lady of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa La. He was a resident of Bogalusa La for the last 62 years. He was born July 10, 1924 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Mr. Mann was a graduate of Iowa State University. He retired form Crown Zellerbach after 30 years as a Forester and Pilot. Mr. Mann retired from the U.S. Air force after 30 years active duty and reserve service. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owner Pilots Association.


Paul David Stewart, 56, resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa. Paul was a member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Bogalusa.

August 31, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Malcolm Butts was booked 08/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court

Miranda Carter was booked 08/29 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language)

Louis Tate was booked 08/30 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle

Nicholis Kephart was booked 08/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Brian Hennick was booked 08/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Improper Lane Useage

August 28, 2015

Franklinton Man Assaulted and Shot This Afternoon

Around 2 pm today, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call that a parish homeowner had been shot.  

The homeowner, whose wife was at work and children in school, resides in the 43000 block of Tod Wilson Road north of Franklinton.  He was working in the yard when he was approached by two unknown males, one armed with a pistol and the other armed with a large knife.  They forced the homeowner into his residence, assaulted him and ransacked the house.  Seeing an opportunity to flee, the homeowner ran out of the back door and across the yard in the direction of the road.  One of the intruders shot him once in the lower right back.  It appears to have been a “through and through” shot, with the bullet exiting the lower right front portion of the body.  The two intruders then fled on foot.

The homeowner was transported by Northshore EMS to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.  From there he was airlifted to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.   No further information on the status of the victim is available at this time.

Any person with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.


August 28, 2015

Bogalusan Identified As Burned Body in Sun

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune 

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office has used dental records to identify a body found burned in a car in the community of Sun on Thursday (Aug. 27).

The deceased was Travis Adair, 33, of 10470 Hunt Jenkins Cemetery Road in Bogalusa, the coroner's office said.

Adair died from asphyxia due to smoke inhalation, the coroner's office said, but the manner of death remains undetermined.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, which had released no information about the body being found, is investigating the case, according to the coroner's office.


VICKIE SUE ALFORD CRAIN, AGE 69 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 7:00 am Friday August 28, 2015 at her home. She was a member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church that enjoyed traveling and sewing. Vickie Sue was a junior high and high school science teacher at Mt. Hermon School for many years. She loved to grow beautiful flowers in her garden and worked at a florist for several years making floral arrangements. 

August 28. 2015

Artists Ann Warner and Enotris Johnson Added to Heritage Trail

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is proud to announce the two new additions to its Heritage Trail, which honors people with local connections who have earned widespread acclaim in any branch of the creative arts.

This year we will celebrate our first two women inductees: Ann Warner, a still-active visual artist and Enotris O. Johnson, a recently deceased song writer who kept her exceptional accomplishments “under cover.”

To read more of these two accomplished artists, click here.


August 28, 2015

John Seal Announces Candidacy for La. Senate District 12

John Seal announced today his candidacy for Louisiana State Senate Seat, District 12, which will be vacated with the retirement of Sen. Ben Nevers.

Seal, a lifelong resident of Washington Parish, is currently the Human Resources Director and Assistant Administrator at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.

Seal describes his candidacy as a straightforward campaign—he will not accept any campaign donations, so there are no political favors owed. Seal is running as an Independent.  Other announced candidates for the seat are Beth Mizell (Republican), Brett Duncan (Republican), and Mickey Murphy (Democrat).  Seal encourages people to contact him via email, via telephone 985-515-1627 or follow him on Facebook at

To read more of John's qualifications and what he stands for, click here.

August 28, 2015

Strain Unveils Mobile Pet Shelter

Yesterday, a mobile pet shelter to assist in transporting and sheltering household pets during declared emergencies was unveiled by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  Its purpose is to provide safe transport of pets and have the ability to relocate and quickly co-locate them with their owners.

The total cost of the project was $80,000, with LDAF funding the balance after a $40,000 donation made by the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation and Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA).  

The mobile pet shelter is a tractor trailer that has a 55 pet capacity. It is equipped with metal cages, generator, battery power and a wash down system. It has an air ventilation system to provide proper air circulation and temperature for the pets.   It will be available, upon request, to other states during a disaster.

The LDAF’s current pet sheltering plan can accommodate thousands of pets at mega pet shelters. 

August 28, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Latoya Watson was booked 08/27 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100 and Aggravated Battery

Jessica Miller was booked 08/27 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery Child Endangerment, Battery on a Police Officer, and Public Intimidation

Judy Gros was booked 08/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Improper Lane Useage, and Child Restraint Violation

Deina Woods was booked 08/27 on the charge of Contempt of Court

August 28, 2015

AG Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit Makes Arrest in Slidell

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced today that Timothy Kooney, 50, of 218 Lake Tahoe Drive, Slidell, was arrested Wednesday on 100 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles. Kooney was booked into the Slidell City Jail. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Slidell Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. 

If convicted, Kooney faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

August 27, 2015

UPDATE ON MINI-MALL IN FRANKLINTON STORY.  Scroll down to yesterday's story if you missed it.

Below is a picture of what the mini-mall is expected to resemble, viewing from Washington Street.

Below is a diagram of the project.  Taco Bell is planned to be at the extreme  right in this picture and Pizza Hut at the extreme left.  Other occupants will be in between the two.

Click here to see enlarged view.

August 27, 2015

WPSO Co-Hosting Legal Based Jail Training Event

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association are co-hosting the third annual legal based jail training seminar August 31-September 2.  The training event will be held in New Orleans at the Marriott on Convention Center Boulevard and will be conducted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).

Faced with continued scrutiny from the federal courts, sheriffs and jail administrators face a daily challenge of operating local jails in a constitutional manner.  The task has become even more complicated in 2015 with new decisions from the United States Supreme Court on such issues as religious rights of inmates and use of force standards for inmates who are awaiting trial.

Click here to read more on this Press Release.

August 27, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

John Adams was booked 08/26 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Lonnie Davis was booked 08/26 on the charge of Parole Violation

Annie Crain was booked 08/26 on the charges of No Headlights, Switched License Plates, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Johnson Hamilton was booked 08/26 on the charge of Probation Violation

Victoria Dahlem was booked 08/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear

Latoya Watson was booked 08/27 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100 and Aggravated Battery

Jessica Miller was booked 08/27 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault Child Endangerment, Battery on a Police Officer, and Public Intimidation

August 27, 2015

Prices of Chicken and Eggs Up Due to Avian Flu Virus 

Avian flu virus has led to a number of poultry flocks being destroyed says  LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne.  Because the disease cannot be treated and cured, all infected operations must be destroyed with the carcasses disposed of.  Almost 50 million birds that have had to be depopulated.  This has caused a decrease in supply and drastic increase in prices.

There is nothing wrong with eating eggs from an exposed hen because heat kills the virus.  Even the meat can be eaten, as long as it is cooked properly to 165 degrees.

Louisiana producers have been spared in this round of the disease. The closest case to Louisiana was in northwest Arkansas, where there was one isolated case, which was depopulated.  


ADA JANE STOGNER, AGE 68 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:25 pm Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church and a former seamstress at Rutter Rex for many years. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Ada was a loving sister and aunt to her family and she had a special place in her heart for her pet dog Sadie.

August 27, 2015

Covington Man Takes Deputies on High Speed Pursuit

A Covington man was arrested on several narcotics charges and other traffic violations after a vehicle pursuit that ended in downtown Covington.  STPSO detectives were attempting to arrest Marlone Brumfield (DOB 11/13/1987; 15323 Elaine Lane, Covington) Wednesday night when he fled south on Louisiana Highway 21 at a high rate of speed, turned onto I-12 east, then north onto 190 north toward Covington. After crashing the vehicle just off Boston Street he fled on foot but was quickly taken into custody. He was found to be in possession of several narcotics.

Brumfield was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:  Aggravated Obstruction of Highway of Commerce, Criminal damage to property over $500, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (two counts), Possession of Marijuana - Third Offense, and Driving Under Suspension.

August 27, 2015

Pearl River Man Gets 40 Yrs. For Child Molestation

Loren Wright, 35, of Pearl River, pled guilty Wednesday to molestation of a juvenile under 13 in an incident last year. District Judge August J. Hand sentenced Wright to 40 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, suspension of sentence, or reduced time for good conduct.

Wright molested a then 12-year-old girl, who was visiting her friend. The girl was alone in her friend’s room in October 2014, when Wright entered the room, made inappropriate advances, lay on top of the girl and began simulating sex. When he heard someone coming down the hallway, he stopped abruptly.

The girl sent a text message telling her friend she would not return to the house because of what happened. When the victim returned to her own home, she also told her sister and mother, who called police.

Wright had pled guilty in two previous cases to indecent behavior with juveniles.

August 27, 2015

Detectives Looking for Suspects and Victim After Armed Robbery 

Robbing a Homeless Man?  What is the World Coming To?

A homeless man reported being robbed by two men at gunpoint Sunday evening while on the Tammany Trace near Covington.  Detectives are now looking for the two men who robbed him as well as the victim who reported the robbery.  It happened on the Tammany Trace between Abita Springs and Covington at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

Now deputies are unable to locate the victim, who has neither a permanent address nor a telephone.  The man told detectives he has lived in the Covington area for the past six months, spending his days walking the streets and his nights sleeping on benches along the Tammany Trace.

Anyone who has information about this crime or can provide detectives with more information about the perpetrators or the victim, is asked to call Detective Timothy Crabtree at 985-726-7839.

August 27, 2015

STPSO Conducting Police Motorcycle Training School

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division is conducting a police motorcycle training school this week and next at Fontainebleau State Park.

During the 10-day course, instructors Cpl. Matt Cleland and Cpl. Joseph Fourtunia are educating the men, STPSO Deputy Robert Ardeneaux, Mandeville Police Officer John Workman and Pearl River Police Officer Gregory Perkins, on how to operate the motorcycles in a law enforcement capacity.

To complete the course and receive their certifications, the men must successfully execute nine specific maneuvers and obstacles commonly utilized by motorcycle officers, including emergency braking, tight maneuvering in crowds, traffic control and escorts.

August 27, 2015

STPSO Officer Credited With Saving Life of 14-Yr. Old

Sgt. Matt Roth with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is being credited with saving the life of 14-year-old Cameron O’Brien.

While riding dirt bikes with Sgt. Roth’s son, Cameron crashed the dirt bike he was riding. The foot peg from the bike stabbed Cameron in the knee.

Using the training he received as an employee of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Roth was able to tie a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and keep Cameron calm. 

Doctors at the hospital credited Sgt. Roth and his training with saving Cameron’s life. Had he not acted so quickly and known what to do, doctors said Cameron could have bled to death.

Sgt. Roth is an instructor at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, teaching other deputies the same life saving techniques he used to save Cameron’s life.

August 27, 2015

Court Unseals Kacie Breen's 2012 Protective Order 

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune 

Kacie Breen's 2012 request for a protective order against her late husband, Dr. Wayne Breen, is now public. At her behest, the court this week unsealed the record of an incident that year involving the couple's young son, Aiden.

The fact something occurred while the family was vacationing that year at Orange Beach, Ala., has been known for some time, as has the fact Dr. Breen was arrested in connection with the incident. The court sealed the details, however, because they involved a juvenile. Kacie Breen filed a motion in June to lift the seal to aid her defense against various civil actions the children of Dr. Breen's first marriage have mounted against her since she shot and killed Dr. Breen on March 1.

Click here to read the full story.

August 27, 2015

Mandeville Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Stealing U. S. Mail

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHNNY BAHAM, age 53, of Mandeville, entered a plea of guilty Wednesday to stealing the United States mail.

According to the court documents, BAHAM was employed as a contract letter carrier in Mandeville.  A federal investigation revealed that in December 2014, BAHAM stole first class mail containing two $75.00 Master Card gift cards from his mail route.

BAHAM faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.  U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan set sentencing for December 2, 2015.

August 27, 2015

Slidell Woman Charged with Lying to Federal Agents

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced that TRACY C. HARTMAN, 49, of Slidell, was charged Wednesday in a Bill of Information with one count of making false statements.

According to the Bill of Information, around January 4, 2006, HARTMAN and her husband were approved for a SBA disaster loan in the amount of $182,700.  After defaulting on the loan, the SBA began garnishment proceedings for Mr. Hartman’s payroll checks from St. Bernard Parish.  When the SBA stopped receiving garnishment payments from St. Bernard Parish, it was determined that St Bernard Parish had received a letter (purported to be from the SBA) that the debt had been paid and to stop the garnishment. The letter was a forgery and was not prepared by the SBA.  

TRACY HARTMAN made a false statement to federal authorities that she did not know the origin of the fraudulent letter which was hand delivered to the St. Bernard Parish government by her husband.  It was determined that TRACY HARTMAN composed the letter.

If convicted, HARTMAN faces a possible maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

August 26, 2015

New Look Coming to Franklinton With New Mini Mall

The part of town shown above will soon be changed!  At Tuesday evening's Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Wayne Fleming announced that Kimble Development from Baton Rouge will build a mini mall in the block next to CVS Pharmacy, between Washington and Pearl Streets, in Franklinton.  

The development will include a Taco Bell, a Pizza Hut, Hibbitts Sports, a Dollar Tree and perhaps Stage.  The area currently has a snowball stand, Waylon Crowe's Barber Shop, Fussell's Barber Shop, a beauty shop, and Sugar Shack.  The development will be a major change in the look of the area and offer to the public businesses that are expected to be well received by residents.

Kimble Project Manager Kelly Morgan advised the Aldermen that that construction should begin within a couple of months.

August 26, 2015

Bloodhound Pup is Newest STPSO "Officer in Training"

Jep is an 8-week-old bloodhound, and is pictured here with his trainer/handler DFC Clint Kiley.

Once Jep completes his training, which is expected to take three to four months, he will be used for search and rescue operations.

He was donated to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.

August 26, 2015

Recognizing Franklinton as Home of Miss Teen USA

Mayor Wayne Fleming has plans to show the pride that the Franklinton community has in Katherine Haik who was recently selected as Miss Teen USA 2015.  At the Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Fleming briefed the Council on signage that will be placed at the entrances to the town and a celebration of her achievement at a date and location to be announced.

The Mayor, Aldermen, and others expressed their pride in Miss Haik and their excitement for her selection.

August 26, 2015

Mickey Murphy Promotes Candidacy at Council Meeting

Mickey Murphy came to the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday evening, gave a brief resume of his qualifications, and asked the Aldermen and those in attendance for their vote.  Murphy, a Democrat and candidate for Louisiana Senate District 12, seeks the seat also sought by Republicans Beth Mizell and Brett Duncan.  

Murphy said his focus is on education and job creation.  He is a veteran and most of his career consisted of work with Sullivan Vo-Tech, now Northshore Community College, where he retired as Dean after 22 years.  

Watch the video to learn more about Mickey Murphy.

August 26, 2015

Bogalusa Man Found Guilty – Faces Life in Prison

A Washington Parish jury found James Spikes, 58, of Bogalusa, guilty Tuesday of distribution of oxycodone during a 2013 undercover operation in his hometown. 

Spikes was arrested Jan. 28, 2013, after selling one Roxycontin pill for $30 to a confidential informant as part of the Washington Parish Drug Task Force operation. Spikes has 17 prior felony convictions and a pending first degree murder charge. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea tried him before Judge Martin E. Coady.

Spikes’ sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

August 26, 2015

Slidell Police to Host 7th Annual Citizens Academy

Chief Randy Smith is proud to announce that the Slidell Police Department will be hosting the 7th annual Citizens Academy, and is currently seeking applications.

The Citizens Academy will give students an in-depth and behind the scenes look at the operations and functions of the Slidell Police Department.  Starting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., with graduation taking place on October 28, 2015.

Applicants must be 19 or older, no felony convictions, and the class is limited to 40.  Students will be allowed to ride along with a patrol officer to see, first hand, what it’s like to be Slidell Police officer. 

Applications can be picked up in Chief Randy Smith’s Office located at 2112 Sgt. Alfred Drive, or can be downloaded by visiting the following link:  

For more information contact Toni Gebbia – Training Coordinator at 985-646-4200 or

August 26, 2015

Mandeville Police Seeking to Identify Car Thieves

On August 23, 2015 at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 2010 dark gray Infiniti M35 Platinum (NO PLATE) was stolen from Auto Direct which is located at 729 North Causeway Approach in Mandeville. The suspects (2 black males) had visited the lot on the day prior and looked at the car as potential purchasers. The suspects arrived in a white 2010 body style Chevrolet Impala with 20 inch factory wheels and a sun roof. Anyone having any information is asked to contact the Mandeville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 985-624-3119 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspects pictured below.


August 26, 2015

Covington Man Turns Down 10 Yr Plea – Now Faces Life

A Jury found Shawnathan Fabre, 25, of Covington, guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon, a second offense possession of marijuana, and attempted aggravated assault with a firearm. 

Fabre was arrested April 16, 2014, after threatening his girlfriend and her mother with a gun.  He was found to be in possession of Marijuana.  Fabre has two prior convictions and also faces the following pending charges: simple criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, and domestic abuse aggravated assault.

As repeat offenders, Fabre faces life in prison.  Before trial, Fabre turned down a plea offer of 10 years and also rejected a later offer of 15 years. His sentencing is set for Sept. 22.

August 26, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Voltolina was booked 08/25 In From Court

Victoria Williams was booked 08/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, No Drivers License, No Insurance, and Resisting an Officer

October 25, 2015

Good News Revealed at WP Council Meeting

Monday evening's Washington Parish Council meeting was one filled with good news for parish residents regarding finances, parish youth achievements, road work progress, and more.

  • Washington Parish Government will be debt-free by the end of the year.  Parish President Richard Thomas announced that the remaining balance on the one outstanding bond issue will be paid off eighteen months early.  Being debt-free is a unique situation for a parish to be in.
  • Director of Finance Donna Graham reported improving and healthy fund balances across the board.
  • Poole's Bluff improvements have been made and additional parking is planned.  Councilman Wheat reported high praise from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the project when they visited.
  • Youth of Washington Parish are being recognized for excelling in their respective endeavors.  Recently, Katherine Haik was selected as Miss Teen USA, Josh Robinson from Franklinton is playing for the Colts, Terrance Magee is playing for the Ravens, and Megan Tanner is with the Saintsations.
  • The road program plan for 2015 is 70% complete.

In other business, the Council heard from Perry Talley announcing his candidacy for Council District 1, adopted two routine ordinances, learned from Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi that planning for a new cell at the Landfill is underway, accepted the resignation of Bob Bateman from the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission, invited residents interested in serving on the Parkway Commission to volunteer their service, accepted the resignation of Barry Coco from the WP Fire Protection District 1, approved the appointments of Sammy Sylvest and Ginger Panvill to the WP Fire Protection District 1, and President Thomas announced flags were being flown at half-staff to remember the recent loss of State Trooper Vincent.

August 25, 2015

Perry Talley Announces Candidacy for WP Council 

Perry Talley appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday evening and announced his candidacy for Washington Parish Council, District 1.

Talley, a lifelong resident of Washington Parish, is a graduate of LSU and the owner/operator of The RIO Company.  He ran for the position in 1999 and in 2007.  

Watch the video of Talley's announcement.

August 25, 2015

Kacie Breen's Mother and Sons to be Deposed

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune 

In yet another move to advance their wrongful death lawsuits, attorneys for the first-marriage children of Dr. Wayne Breen plan to depose Kacie Breen's two sons from her prior marriage and her mother. The depositions are scheduled for Sept. 21.

In addition to Kacie Breen's mother, Cheryl Magee, the attorneys have subpoenaed Christopher and Ryan Hickman, court records indicate.

Click here for the rest of the story.

August 25, 2015

Do You Recognize This Suspect?

On August 14, the man pictured here utilized stolen bank information to make approximately $2,200 worth of purchases to load prepaid telephone cards at a local business. 

If you recognize this man, please call St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Detective Jason Mire at (985)-276-1322.


Nathan “Speedball” Daniels, the son of Helen Hart-Daniels and the late Nathaniel Daniels was born July 1, 1941 in Columbia, MS and departed this life August 18, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in New Orleans, LA. 


Ruth Alee Wells born April 11, 1934 passed away August 23, 2015 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg Ms. She was a native of Washington Parish and a current resident of Poplarville Ms. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many who will be dearly missed. Ruth was a member of Derby Place Missionary Baptist Church. 

October 25, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

William Gerald was booked 08/24 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass

Monica Truax was booked 08/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy

Steven Cotton was booked 08/24 In From Court

Melvin Lowe was booked 08/24 In From Court

Rachel Gerald was booked 08/24 on the charges of Simple Battery and Theft Under 500

Bobby Spears was booked 08/24 on the charge of Contempt of Court

October 24, 2015

Parish Preacher Continues to Generate News Stories


The Rev. Jerry Wayne Cox cuts an imposing figure on the Washington Parish landscape — bigger, even, than the gorilla and other huge statues that dot the landscape of his $2 million estate.

The Pentecostal preacher is folksy and charismatic, and he has a devoted flock at his Franklinton church, Faith Tabernacle.

But he’s also someone whom people can be afraid to cross, according to some former parishioners and friends of those who have left the tightly knit congregation of about 300.

“You think of him as a great friend, a great guy to be around, very charismatic, musically talented,” said Chad Thomas, who used to belong to Faith Tabernacle but is now assistant pastor at another church.

But Cox holds a powerful sway over his congregation. “It’s all Old Testament and the judgment of the Old Testament,” Thomas said. “He uses control and fear over his people.”

Click here for more on the Jerry Wayne Cox story.

October 24, 2015

Franklinton's Katherine Haik Crowned Miss Teen USA

Source: | The Times-Picayune  

Katherine Haik, a 15-year-old from Franklinton, was crowned Miss Teen USA Saturday night (Aug. 22) at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

The pageant could be considered the little sister to the Miss USA pageant. Both pageants are produced by NBC Universal and the Trump organization.

According to Haik's biography on the Miss Teen USA website, the Washington Parish resident plays softball and basketball, and has been studying dance for 12 years and piano for five. She has modeled for Sherri Hill and for New Orleans Fashion Week for four seasons. She has a 4.0 GPA and works with organizations supporting children who have special needs.


SILAS KENNEDY, AGE 88 and a resident of Hattiesburg, MS died Monday morning August 24, 2015 at his home. He was a longtime resident of the Stateline Community and a charter member of Briarwood Baptist Church. He had currently been attending Heritage United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. Silas was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II that enjoyed gardening. He was principal of Pine High School for 12 years while also being the owner/operator of Kennedy’s Decorating for 8 years.

October 24, 2015

Burglar in Angie Captured Saturday Morning

A citizen interrupted a burglary in progress early Saturday morning at his residence on Harry Kennedy Road in Angie.  The burglar sped away but the homeowner followed until the burglar’s vehicle suddenly stopped on a bridge on Highway 438. The driver jumped out of his vehicle and ran into the swampy area underneath the bridge before disappearing into the thick woods.

WPSO deputies and detectives and canine officers from Rayburn Correctional Center  followed the suspect’s trail through the woods and tracked him to Cleve Kennedy Road where he was located hiding in a shed behind a residence. Matthew Anthony Stevens, 28, who lives at 52184 Highway 438, Franklinton, was quickly taken into custody and all of the stolen items were recovered.

“Within two hours of the burglary, the suspect was in our custody,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  “Our officers did an outstanding job.  Along with officers from Rayburn Correctional Center, they make a formidable team.” 


KISHA ANN TAYLOR DAVIS, AGE 40 and a resident of Pine died Thursday August 20, 2015 at her home. She enjoyed taking pictures and listening to all types of music. Kisha adored her young daughter and cared deeply for all her family. She loved life and loved it to the fullest.


Katie Mary Ready McNabb, age 75, born on October 22, 1939 in Darbin, MS, died on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

August 24, 2015

Purple Flash – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

A great ornamental pepper for fall is Purple Flash.

Leaves are purplish black with splashes of white. Plants produce small fruit that are considered secondary to the foliage. This is an annual that many garden centers offer in late summer and early fall.

Ornamental peppers like full sun to part sun for best foliage color expression. Purple Flash plants are smaller than other ornamental peppers – 12 to 15 inches tall.

Plants prefer well drained soil and do well in containers and in landscape beds. Ornamental peppers are very heat tolerant and will last until first killing frost. Fruit is edible but very hot to the taste.


MARY JANE ALLEN KING, AGE 81 and a resident of Franklinton went to be with her Lord and Savior at 10 am Saturday August 22, 2015 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Amite and was a nurse’s aide at the Hammond State School and Lallie Kemp Hospital in Independence for many years. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that loved spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite thing to say to others was “I love you bunches!” She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.


Hilda Louise Creel Bennett Jordan born March 15, 1953 passed away August 22, 2015 at the age of 62. She was a native and resident of Bogalusa and was of the Pentecostal Faith.

August 24, 2015

LDWF Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in December of 2015 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field.  Training will be at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge, consist of six months of intensive physical and academic training, and applications will be accepted from Aug. 24 to Sept. 9.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.  Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy.

For more information, go to and and contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or


PAULINE ROGERS COSSE, AGE 65 and a resident of Franklinton died Saturday evening August 22, 2015 at her home. She enjoyed reading and cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and family. Pauline worked for many years as a sitter and caregiver for those with medical needs and she loved every opportunity to get to know them and help the people she worked with.


Elsie Mae Penton Fricke MILLER, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:00 am Saturday August 22, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church that enjoyed painting and making crafts. Elsie was a very talented seamstress and a former employee of Rutter Rex for many years. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Elsie loved fishing and was an accomplished gardener.

August 24, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Donna Whitmer was booked 08/22 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Matthew Stevens was booked 08/22 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

Jill Magee was booked 08/23 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

William Gerald was booked 08/24 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass

Monica Truax was booked 08/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Driving Left of Center (Wrong Side of Hwy)

August 21, 2015

Internal Medicine Physician Joins Family Care Clinic
Riverside Medical Center, a community critical access hospital, today announced the arrival of Eric Payne, M.D. to its Family Care Clinic beginning September 1st. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Payne to our Riverside family. His clinical expertise and commitment to the health of Washington Parish are truly an asset to Riverside”, said Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.
Dr. Payne is a long time Washington Parish resident with many years of clinical experience. His interests include boating, fishing and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Payne’s clinic is located in the Family Care Clinic at 806-A Riverside Dr., located to the right of Ideal Pharmacy. He will welcome welcoming new patients 16 yrs and older to his practice starting September 1st. To make an appointment, call (985) 795-4166.



August 21, 2015

Sheriff Seal Reports Significant Improvement in WPSO Finances

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal received a positive financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The financial statements indicate that the Sheriff’s Office had excess revenues over expenses of $618.925.67 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015. The financials will now be audited for submission to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office. 

Sheriff Seal stated, “My first obligation to the citizens of this parish is to put the Office back on a strong financial footing by paying off the debt I inherited from the previous administration.  In spite of financial difficulties, we have placed a major emphasis on fighting drugs and other crimes and we will continue to do so.”

Sheriff Seal continued, “I inherited a Sheriff’s Office that was financially destitute, but we rolled up our sleeves, went to work, made budget adjustments where necessary and turned the finances around.”

Click here  to read more on the report.  

August 21, 2015

Arrest Made in Overdose of Covington High Students

(Update on Previous Story)
Yesterday afternoon, three juvenile students were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for what is believed to be a drug overdose.  An investigation by the St. Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force resulted in the arrest of Caleb Badeaux, who is suspected of supplying “mojo”, a synthetic cannabinoid that is smoked to mimic the effects of marijuana. The task force investigation is still ongoing, and may result in additional arrests as the investigation progresses.



August 21, 2015

Three Covington High Students Transported to Hospital

Chief Tim Lentz announces that three Covington High School students were transported by ambulance to an area hospital Thursday afternoon. 

Just before 1:00pm, a school resource officer was notified of an unresponsive student and medical personnel were called to the scene.  Prior to the arrival of medical personnel, the school resource officer was notified of a second unresponsive student and additional medical personnel were summoned.  At approximately 2:00pm, the school resource officer was notified of a third student having a medical emergency and medical personnel were again summoned to the school.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing but early information suggests a possible drug overdose.

Due to patient confidentiality and all parties being juveniles, further will not be released at this time.  

August 21, 2015

Lacombe Man Faces Additional Sex Charges
Chad O’Farrell, 28, of 30193 Lazy K Drive, Lacombe, was arrested Wednesday on five counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles, and a single count of racketeering, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and solicitation of a juvenile. O’Farrell was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

O’Farrell was previously arrested by the Attorney General’s Office on May 14 as part of Operation Broken Heart II. At that time, he was charged with 400 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. This week’s additional charges result from information obtained during O’Farrell’s initial arrest.

If convicted, O’Farrell faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of pornography involving juveniles, 50 years in prison for racketeering, 10 years in prison for computer aided solicitation of juveniles and seven years in prison for indecent behavior with a juvenile.


August 21, 2015

Hammond Man Arrested on Sex Crimes
Robert Stewart, 21, of 48274 Alack Lane, Apartment 22, Hammond, was arrested Thursday on 40 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles, and a single count of producing pornography involving juveniles, computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

If convicted, Stewart faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of pornography involving juveniles, 20 years in prison for production of pornography involving juveniles, 10 years in prison for computer aided solicitation of juveniles and seven years in prison for indecent behavior with a juvenile.



August 21, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Daniel Kreamer was booked 08/20 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)

Cornell Lucas was booked 08/20 In From Court

Chadwick Sandifer was booked 08/20 on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Demile Kagler was booked 08/20 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

Cody Ansley was booked 08/21 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment)

August 20, 2015

Family Crusade Event at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church

Make plans to attend a special event at the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Wednesday, August 30 through September 2.  A Family Crusade with 2Talk42 Ministries is an evangelistic event that goes from Sunday evening  to Wednesday evening.  Each service is approximately one hour long.  Puppetry, ventriloquism, songs and drama are used to share the Gospel.  Each service ends with an invitation and altar time for everyone.  Children and adults will be entertained and challenged each night.  

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church is located at 36126 Highway 38 in Mt. Hermon (across from Mt. Hermon School).  The Sunday service begins at 6pm and services Monday-Wednesday begin at 6:30pm.  

For more information, call (985) 877-4751.

August 20, 2015

Roger Magee's Federal Lawsuit Against Reed and Cox Dismissed

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune 

A federal judge today dismissed a 2014 lawsuit against former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed and a Franklinton pastor that accused the pair of orchestrating reprisals against Roger Magee, a man who claimed they were involved in an insurance scheme and retaliiated against him for talking to the FBI.

When he came to visit Louisiana relatives in in March 2014 a bevy of cops descended on the house, guns drawn, according to the suit.  In the ensuing scuffle, Magee said he was hurt, injuries that were compounded during a stay without bail at the Washington Parish Jail, according to his suit.  Magee sued Reed and Cox, claiming false arrest, excessive force, procedural due process, false imprisonment and free speech retaliation.

The lawsuit also named Washington Parish Sheriff Randy "Country'' Seal and several deputies as defendants.

U.S. District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle dismissed the suit.

August 20, 2015

St. Tammany Hospital Guild Donates to Food Bank

The St. Tammany Hospital Guild recently donated 98 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from its summer food drive.

“Our Guild volunteers understand that we have a need in our community and we enjoy assisting the Covington Food Bank with their mission,” said Guild President Ron Rome. “It gives us the opportunity to serve more of the community through St. Tammany Parish Hospital.”

The St. Tammany Hospital Guild is an organization of about 100 members who donate 25,000 hours each year in 20 of the hospital’s departments. The Guild also raises money through sales in the hospital gift shop to provide nursing and allied health scholarships for fall and spring semesters. The scholarships are awarded to deserving hospital staff members who are furthering their education in medical fields.

For more information about volunteering with the Guild, contact Shirley Primes at 985-898-4008.

Pictured from left: St. Tammany Hospital Guild President, Ron Rome; Guild Volunteers, Patricia Hebert, Jewell Lorio and Dianne Bissel.

August 20, 2015

Gov. Jindal to Planned Parenthood Protestors: Watch The Videos

Statement from Governor Jindal's Office

This afternoon, during the scheduled Planned Parenthood protest outside the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge, Governor Jindal’s office will set up a movie screen and speakers and play on loop the videos of Planned Parenthood employees talking about the harvesting of unborn babies to sell on the open market.

Many Planned Parenthood supporters, including President Obama and members of the White House, said they have not or will not view the horrific Planned Parenthood videos.  Planned Parenthood has a right to protest today, but Governor Jindal’s office will ensure that anyone who shows up will have to witness first-hand the offensive actions of the organization they are supporting.

August 20, 2015

State Farm Auto Insurance Lawsuit to be Heard in La.

A federal judge has ruled that Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell’s lawsuit against State Farm Auto Insurance will be heard in Louisiana state court, where it was originally filed one year ago, Attorney General Caldwell announced today.

The suit, filed in Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court, alleges State Farm violated Louisiana’s Unfair Trade Practices Act and Monopolies Law by using scare tactics to steer Louisiana consumers to State Farm’s preferred repair shops and forcing shops to perform vehicle repairs cheaply and quickly, rather than in accordance with consumer safety and vehicle manufacturer performance standards.

State Farm had the case removed to federal court and then transferred to multi-district litigation.  The case now will be heard in louisiana.  

State Farm currently holds the largest share of auto insurance policies in Louisiana. In 2012, State Farm wrote one third of all auto insurance policies in the state, totaling over $1 billion in premiums.

August 20, 2015

Slidell Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud Re:  BP Oil Spill

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONALD BACKES, age 48, of Slidell, was sentenced today to one year of home detention to be followed by four years’ probation and pay $192,000 in restitution.after previously pleading guilty to wire fraud relating to an application for financial assistance in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BACKES falsely represented to the GCCF that he earned $156,000 annually from a shrimping business and that another individual earned $36,000 annually as BACKES’s employee. To support these claims,BACKES created and submitted to the GCCF false receipts of shrimp sales. 


Aeschylus “Slack” Delondon Harry was born to Sylvester “Moses” L. Harry, Sr. and Mamie Sheridan Harry on April 3, 1960 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He departed this life on Saturday, August 15, 2015. 

Slack joined the United Methodist Church at an early age and remained a member until his death. 


Joycelyn Mary Ann Wilson Carnesi passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Tuesday evening, August 18, 2015.  She retired from K&B Drugs after over 20 years of dedicated service, and spent the latter part of her years in Folsom with her husband. 

August 20, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Rondy Vernon was booked 08/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine

Christopher Lloyd was booked 08/19 on the charges of Forgery (3 counts) and Attachment

Kendall Kennedy was booked 08/19 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500

August 19, 2015

RMC Announces Arrival of Dr. Whit Gallaspy

Obstetrics and Gynecology physician arrives September 1st.

Riverside Medical Center, a community critical access hospital, today announced the arrival of Dr. Whit Gallaspy to its Family Care Clinic beginning September 1st. “We are excited to provide women of Washington Parish and surrounding areas with Obstetrics and Gynecology services. Riverside is always striving to provide new specialty services for our community”, said Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.

Dr. Gallaspy grew up in Bogalusa and received his M.D degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his Ob/Gyn Residency at the LSU hospital in Shreveport, LA. He has served his country with a deployment to Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan. He is a current member of the Louisiana National Guard.

Dr. Gallaspy’s clinical interests include women’s wellness, weight loss counseling, menopause care and breast health. He also provides care for obstetric patients who are having their first visit or who plan to deliver in Bogalusa.

Dr. Gallaspy is located in the Family Care Clinic, 806-A Riverside Dr., next to Ideal Pharmacy. He will be accepting patients starting September 1st. To make an appointment, call (985) 795-4166.

August 19, 2015

Woman Continues Sexual Activity With Juveniles

Rachel Marie Carrier (34), a resident of Pigott's Crossing Road, has been arrested on charges involving illegal and illicit sexual and drug activities with multiple juveniles, including her previous victim.  

On June 28, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Carrier on charges of Carnal Knowledge and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. She was released on bond.  After an investigation of continued illegal behavior, she is now back behind bars with a bond of $75,000.  Her new charges are three felony counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and five felony counts of Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. 

Sheriff Randy Seal was not at a loss of words concerning Carrier’s arrest. “I’m outraged and sickened by the actions of this woman who is an obvious danger to any juvenile. She is in jail where she belongs and is an excellent candidate for the penitentiary. It is difficult to comprehend any adult who is fixated with sexual and drug activity with juveniles. I appreciate our investigator and the assistance of the Department of Children and Family Services to get this woman out of society and behind bars where she needs to stay for a very long time.”

August 19, 2015

Bogalusa Council Meeting - Both Contentious and Productive

In a sometimes contentious meeting Tuesday evening, the Bogalusa City Council introduced three Ordinances, held public hearings on three Ordinances, heard from residents, received reports from Department Heads, approved the appointment of Virginia Dunn to the Zoning Board, and heard from Mayor Wendy Perrette.  

During the almost 1 and ½ hour meeting, the Council and Mayor were both criticized and praised, the Council and Mayor responded to issues brought before them, and persons were recognized for their work for the City.

To read more details of the meeting, click here.  And watch the video below.

August 19, 2015

"Jimbo" Stevenson Announces Re-election Bid for Assessor

James A. “Jimbo” Stevenson, Jr. is formally announcing his re-election campaign for Washington Parish Assessor. Jimbo has served as your Assessor for the past three years. Prior to being elected as a certified Assessor he served three years as the Chief Deputy and two years as Chief property appraiser.

Jimbo has spent his entire life preparing for this job. He has been a licensed real estate salesman for thirty-three years and a state licensed real estate appraiser for twenty-three years. He has been certified by the 22nd Judicial Court as an expert appraisal witness. He is also a proud member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and the National Rifle Association.

Jimbo graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1975 and attended Southeastern Louisiana University earning a B.A. degree, majoring in marketing. In addition to his formal education he has completed hundreds of hours of real estate, appraisal and assessor courses with over 30 years of continuing education.

Jimbo is a lifelong resident of Washington Parish. He is the son of Patty Sue Planche Stevenson and the Late James A. Stevenson. He is married to Joy Leslie Stevenson and the father of James A. Stevenson,III and Chase Kinley.

Jimbo believes that his years of determining the value of property and experience within the assessor’s office uniquely qualify him to serve as assessor. He would like to humbly ask for your vote and support to continue serving our parish for four more years.


Cynthia Marie Housley Lee from Kentwood died August 13.  She attended O.W. Dillon Elementary High and Kentwood High School graduating in 1971. She was employed with Kentwood Spring Water and The Building Block’s Day Care for many years. She was also employed at Croft Metal in McComb, Mississippi. 

She enjoyed life and will be best remembered as a loving, friendly and giving person. Her priority was always making sure that the needs of her children and grandchildren came first. 

August 19, 2015

Sheriff Jack Strain Announces Candidacy for Re-election

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune  

As expected, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain  formally announced his candidacy for another term in office. 

"I'm asking for your trust and your vote," Strain said in a campaign announcement yesterday. "With your help, we will continue what we started and keep St. Tammany a safe and proud place to call home."

Strain, who was first elected in 1995 and ran unopposed in 2011, faces  three challengers:  Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, former federal agent Scott Illing, and retired Navy officer Jennifer "Hap" Werther.   

In his announcement, Strain said "St. Tammany's low crime rates and his record of integrity and transparency while in office" are reasons for voters to re-elect him.  From 2013-2014, St. Tammany saw a 16-percent decrease in total crime, while crime overall has decreased 40 percent while Strain has been sheriff, according to his campaign.


Brady Henry Monroe, Jr., a resident of Baton Rouge, LA and a native of Bogalusa, LA passed away at his residence on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. 

He was educated at Bogalusa High School where he was very popular in the chorus, football and baseball. He graduated in 1986, moved to Baton Rouge, attended Southern University, and joined Star Hill Baptist Church. 

He loved being around family and friends. It was never a dull moment. He enjoyed outdoor cooking and would perfect skills he borrowed from great cooks and declare "I'm the best in the world!" 

He loved being an umpire. His love of baseball started as a child in Bogalusa, from playing in the little league and throughout high school. As an adult, his passion for baseball carried over to umpiring, you knew when Brady Mon was calling a game. 

August 19, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kennis Roberts was booked 08/18 In For Court

Daniel McCann was booked 08/18 on the charge of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment

Joshua Fortenberry was booked 08/18 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper Lane Useage, No Proof of Insurance, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Sharon Vanek was booked 08/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Harold Bunch was booked 08/18 on the charges of Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Terrorizing, and Aggravated Assault (2 counts)

Cleotha Martin was booked 08/18 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Expired License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (4 counts)

Harley Atkinson was booked 08/18 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary (13 counts)

Jana Denning was booked 08/18 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300

Joseph Denning was booked 08/18 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Attachment, and Probation and Parole Hold

August 19, 2015

AG Announces Announces Settlement With Drugmaker

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced today a settlement 

with drugmaker Amgen Inc. to resolve claims that the company violated Louisiana consumer protection laws in its marketing of the drugs Enbrel and Aranesp.

Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.

Amgen is accused of illegally promoting Aranesp and Enbrel for uses not approved by the FDA.

Amgen will pay a total of $71 million to the 49 settling states, including $1,132,210 to Louisiana.  

August 18, 2015

Problems with Amadillos?

Armadillos in their quest for subterranean food, can uproot bedding plants, lawns, perennials and small shrubs. Although armadillos typically tend to move on, control may sometimes be necessary.  Characteristic armadillo activity consists of shallow holes that are 1 to 3 inches deep and 3 to 5 inches wide.  Some 90 percent of their diet consists of insects and larvae, while they also consume earthworms, fruits, berries, snails, slugs, ants, amphibians and reptiles in small quantities.

Control measures

  • Armadillos are classified as outlaw quadrupeds, which makes it legal to kill them year-round. 
  • Trapping with either leg-hold or wire-type box traps is often successful 
  • Wire-type box traps can be set in areas where armadillo activity is ongoing. Baits are often not necessary in these traps; instead, use a set of boards to funnel armadillos directly into the trap.

No repellents, toxicants or fumigants are registered for control of armadillos.

August 18, 2015

Amite Man Killed in Clinton Crash -  Nine More Injured

Shortly after 8:00 am on today, Troopers began investigating a three vehicle fatality crash that occurred on LA 67 in East Feliciana Parish. The crash took the life of 51 year old James McFadden III of Amite.  

Michael Davidson (18) of Slaughter crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 42 year old Shaletha Loyd of Clinton.  Davidson’s vehicle then struck McFadden’s 2000 Ford Ranger head-on  

Although McFadden was properly restrained, he received fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office. McFadden’s passenger was properly restrained and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with moderate to severe injuries. Loyd and the five occupants in her vehicle, ranging from age 5-35, were all properly restrained and transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with moderate injuries. Davidson and his passenger were properly restrained and transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.


Calvin Jerry Rominger, age 59, born in Banner Elk, NC on October 24, 1955, died on Monday, August 17, 2015 at his residence in Varnado, LA.

He was a veteran and served in the United States Navy.


Mrs. Doris Pearson age 90, a resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 in Baton Rouge, LA. 

August 18, 2015

Bogalusa Chiropractor Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAVID LEE KILLEN, age 44, a resident of Covington and a former chiropractor, was sentenced August 12 after previously pleading guilty to health care fraud.  

KILLEN owned and operated Back on Track Clinic, LLC, a chiropractic clinic in Bogalusa and billed insurers for chiropractic services and tests that he did not provide. 

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced KILLEN to 44 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  KILLEN is presently in state custody serving 60 months on charges of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.  The Court ordered restitution in the amount of $183,674.14 to five different insurance companies.

August 18, 2015

Washingon Parish Jail Booking Information

Kelly Hobgood was booked 08/17 In From Court

Jennifer Smith was booked 08/17 In From Court

Herbert Warren was booked 08/17 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment

Mandi Gill was booked 08/17 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment

Britt Miley was booked 08/17 In From Court

August 18, 2015

Slidell Multiple Offender May Get Life in Prison

Cornelius Kirsh, 24, of Slidell, faces up to life in prison as a three-time multiple felony offender when he is sentenced Sept. 28 for aggravated flight from an officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted aggravated obstruction of a roadway.   Kirsh was the driver of a sports utility vehicle that fled through a residential neighborhood at a high rate of speed on the afternoon of July 30, 2014, after a rear seat passenger shot a firearm from the vehicle. 

A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted him Friday afternoon and due to his two prior robbery convictions, now faces up to life in prison without the benefit of parole.

Kirsh was tried by Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea before Judge Allison Penzato.

August 17, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Estelle Ard was booked 08/14 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

Warren Gonzales was booked 08/14 In From Court

Brandon Cole was booked 08/14 on the charges of Pandering and Prohibited Acts

Daryl Smith was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Leslie Starnes was booked 08/14 on the charge of Probation Violation

Russell Holden was booked 08/14 In From Court

Victor Green was booked 08/14 In From Court

Antonio Morris was booked 08/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Larry Taylor was booked 08/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana

John Pierre was booked 08/16 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense) and Failure to Appear

Christin Hanson was booked 08/16 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle

Debra Lawrence was booked 08/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Improper Equipment

August 17, 2015

La. Legislative Auditor Cites Veteran Homes for Deficiencies

Oversight of the quality of care in Louisiana’s five veteran homes is lacking, according to an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

Auditors evaluated the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (LDVA) oversight in all five of its veteran homes, which are located in Bossier City, Jackson, Jennings, Monroe and Reserve. The report from the state auditor cited them for

  • not always examining high-risk areas on quality assurance reviews
  • not resolving grievances timely
  • not updating care plans when incidents occurred
  • not monitoring contract providers

Additionally, all five homes were cited for deficiencies by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ranging from failure to dispose of garbage properly to resident injuries due to failure to update care plans. For example, a deficiency reported at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home (Reserve) was the result of the facility failing to follow the care plan for a resident with a risk of wandering. The resident fell into a pond and drowned.

To read the complete report, click here.


William T. Ingram Jr. age 85 , resident of Sun La. Passed away August 15, 2015 at his residence in Sun La. He was a US Airforce veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He also served as a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Sun La. 

August 17, 2015

Slidell Man Gets 70 Years for 2012 Stabbing Death 

Devin Baham, 24, of Slidell was sentenced late Friday to serve 70 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death and setting her Slidell apartment on fire to cover up the crime in 2012.

Judge Allison H. Penzato sentenced Baham, a multiple offender, in the death of Ashley King, who was stabbed 13 times and set on fire in her home in the early morning hours of Feb. 23, 2012. Two other defendants pled guilty for their roles in the crime. Andrew J. Sumner, 22, of Slidell, who pled guilty March 9 to manslaughter, aggravated arson, and obstruction of justice, is set for sentencing Aug. 29. Sumner’s wife, Katelyn Lusich, 21, who pled guilty in November 2014 to obstruction of justice, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

August 14, 2015

Franklinton Clerk Admits Stealing Thousands in Water Bill Payments 

A longtime clerk for the town of Franklinton pled guilty Monday (Aug. 10) to five charges related to the embezzlement of water bill payments totaling nearly $23,000, which was estimated by a one-year audit. As part of the plea agreement, imposed by Judge Richard Swartz, Carmen Freeman, 39, will spend three years in prison. 

Swartz ordered Freeman to pay restitution as a term of probation, but the amount will be set at a future hearing. Her co-worker is scheduled to go to trial in September.

To read the charges and sentences and other details of the case, click here.

August 14, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff Candidates Debate September 14

All four announced candidates for St. Tammany Parish sheriff have indicated they plan to participate in a planned debate Sept. 14. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the John Davis Center in Lacombe.

The only potential roadblock would be for incumbent Sheriff Jack Strain. Strain's campaign said he has a grandchild due to be born in Oklahoma on Sept. 18. If that baby comes early he would likely miss the debate; otherwise he will attend, according to the campaign.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, retired Navy woman Jennifer "Hap" Werther and retired federal agent Scott Illing all gave word they plan to participate. Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany will host the debate.

August 14, 2015

Check Your Horses for Summer Respiratory Problems

Horse owners need to watch out for signs of respiratory diseases that occur during the summer, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.

Recurrent airway obstruction, formerly known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heaves, results from inhaled mold or dust from feed or bedding. A similar respiratory disease called summer pasture-associated obstructive pulmonary disease is caused by inhaling summer allergens, such as pollens, Walker said. 

Symptoms include coughing, exercise intolerance, increased respiratory rate, nasal discharge, wheezing, weight loss and flaring of the nostrils.  There is no permanent cure for this disease, but complete or near complete recovery from the clinical symptoms can be achieved. 

  • Move horses to pasture
  • Feed pelletized feed
  • Soak hay in water prior to feeding
  • Contact a veterinarian 

August 14, 2015

Slidell Man Cited for Shrimping During Closed Season

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Michael J Daigle Jr, 28, of Slidell, on August 12 for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 23 pounds shrimp.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

August 14, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile:  Meet Aaron

Aaron is a playful, free spirited 12-year-old who loves being a social butterfly. He enjoys being on the go! Whether its playing outdoors, riding his bike, or playing basketball, this preteen is always active. Like most boys his age, Aaron enjoys playing on his tablet and video games. 

Aaron enjoys school for the social fulfillment and sometimes need a little extra help in completing school and homework assignments. However, his eagerness to learn is sure to encourage his new family to want to help him succeed academically. 

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


J.W. Weary passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, August 10, 2015 at his residence.   He was a laborer and was instrumental in building the Pearl River Bridge in Columbia, Mississippi. He loved life. He attended Mt. Olive M. B. Church in Dexter, Mississippi.   He loved fishing and spending quality time with his son, father, mother, sisters, and brothers. He looked forward to all his visits with his grandsons. He was full of laughter and enjoyed family gatherings. 


Jackie Richardson, age 87, born on April 4, 1928 in Franklinton, LA, a former resident of Bogalusa, LA, died on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at her resident in Covington, LA. 

Jackie graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1945. She attended LSU and received her Masters from Southeastern Louisiana College. She taught in Bogalusa City Schools 31 years and retired in 1986. She was president and a active member of many Educational and Church Organizations. 


Mary Elizabeth Crain Borde, age 77, born on April 21, 1938 in Washington Parish, LA, died on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

August 14, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Amanda Woodward was booked 08/13 on the charge of Probation Violation

Brenzel Warren was booked 08/13 on the charges of No Seat Belt, No Drivers License, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Theft Over 1500

Kenneth Wheat was booked 08/13 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Criminal Trespass

Malik Magee was bpooked 08/13 In From Court


Wanda Faye Hodge born February 19, 1941 went home to be with The Lord August 10, 2015. She was a long time resident of Bogalusa. She was of the Baptist Faith 


Roy Andrew Miley born August 30, 1944 passed away August 13, 2015 at Our Lady Of Angels Hospital at the age of 69. He was of the Baptist Faith. 

August 13, 2015

General Dynamics in Bogalusa is Hiring

General Dynamics is hiring Seasonal Customer Service Representatives at a starting salary of $11.35 per hour and are paying a 10% pay differential for those who are bilingual (Spanish) and those working night shifts.  

Job requirements are:  6 months customer service experience, intermediate computer navigation skills, ability to type 20 wpm, able to pass background investigation, and have proof of high school diploma, GED, or above.

August 13, 2015

Ms. Men Charged in Washington Parish for Shocking Fish

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in a joint investigation cited three Mississippi men for illegally shocking fish on the Pearl River on August 11.

Investigators cited Lance O. Davis, 41, of Poplarville, Miss., James A. Howard, 51, of Poplarville, Miss., and Howard D. Restor, 40, of Lumberton, Miss., for taking fish using illegal methods and a federal Lacey Act violation for transporting illegally taken fish from Mississippi to Louisiana.

After an anonymous tip, agents set up surveillance and observed the three men assemble a shocking device and shock the water.  The men were in Washington Parish and collected fish that came to the surface.  They then went to Mississippi waters and did the same.  

Agents made contact with the men at their camp on the western side of the Pearl River and seized the fish, a 14-foot boat, a shocking device and a 25 horsepower motor.  Charges in Mississippi are still pending.

August 13, 2015

LDAF Launches Homegrown by Heroes Program

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain unveiled the Homegrown by Heroes program a nationally branded farmer-veteran initiative that highlights military service while also promoting agriculture. Louisiana is the sixth state to adopt the program and is partnering with the Farmer Vet Coalition.

“There are more than 300,000 veterans who call Louisiana home. The Louisiana Homegrown by Heroes program is an excellent way to provide military veterans an opportunity to engage in agriculture as well as aquaculture production.  Whether they are gardening as a hobby or farming as a career, we will do what we can to help our veterans increase their ability to be successful as well as provide them tools for sustainability.” said Strain. 

August 13, 2015

"Cowboy" Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping and Battery

David S.  “Cowboy” Temple drank too much, got angry for some reason and took out his rage on his girlfriend. Temple gashed her head with a flashlight and hit her kneecap repeatedly with a candlestick holder, breaking a bone in her knee. He also put a dog collar around her neck and hooked her to the back of his truck. When he released her from the collar and told her to run, he tried to run over her with his truck. Eventually, he cut off her bloody clothes, forced her to shower in scalding water, and made her clean up the blood. Throughout the ordeal, Temple repeatedly threatened to kill the victim and her then 7-year-old daughter. 

In the middle of his trial Wednesday, Temple abruptly pled guilty and apologized to his victim, who in September 2014 began living with Temple in a secluded guest house off Highway 1082 near Covington, where the crime occurred.  “I drink. I pass out. Didn’t know nothing,” Temple said through heaving sobs. “Didn’t mean to hurt you… Didn’t mean to hurt none of y’all…I love all of y’all. I’m sorry for my ways.” 

For more on the story, click here.

August 13, 2015

Bayou Clean Up - Live Music & Food  

The Honey Island Conservation is teaming with New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours to host the 4th annual Bayou Clean Up in the waterways of the Pearl River.  The event will be on Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9-1 pm.  Participants will meet at the boat launch behind Pit Stop Bar, 65583 Pump Slough Rd., in Pearl River.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kayak, canoe, or boat.  If you would like to participate, but do not have a boat, one can be provided. You must call to reserve your boat ASAP as there is a limited amount available. 

This is an all ages event.  There will be live music and food for all volunteers.  Last year's Clean Up brought in over 40 bags of litter from the water! 

They are asking that everyone call to register before the event.  Also, please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and receive your participation wristband.

All cleaning supplies will be provided including ice cold water.  They will also have extra lifejackets and paddles for those who need them. 

Please call or email Jessica Gauley to register today.  985-290-0002

If you would like to follow this event on facebook, please visit

August 13, 2015

Sheriff Seal Encourages Safety 

The new school year has started in Washington Parish and Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal encourages all adults and children to be mindful of safety at all times. 

When school is in session, traffic increases on our roads.  Sheriff Seal reminds all drivers to obey all traffic laws and to be especially mindful of speed limits in school zones.  Children are not always careful when crossing a road, so drivers must take responsibility to be very cautious in and around school zones and any other location where children may be present. 

Teen drivers are a special concern.  The National Safety Council says half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school.  Make certain to caution all teens about the responsibility of driving and the necessity to be a careful driver.  Remind them that they should never use a cell phone for any reason while driving and that all passengers must wear restraints at any time the vehicle is moving.  Until all restraints are completely fastened, the vehicle doesn’t move. 

Parents and other adults should take nothing for granted and always make an extra effort to protect children.  Make certain they are on the right school bus and know the rules of behavior while they are on the bus.  Remind them to look both ways before crossing any roadway.  Caution them about speaking to strangers and make certain they know to never get into any vehicle with a stranger. 

Adults should always set a good example for children and teens when driving.  Obey speed laws, buckle up and do not use a cell phone for conversation or texting. 

“There is no more precious resource than the children of our parish,” said Sheriff Seal. “Let’s join together and do all we can to protect them from all harm.  Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child should notify the Sheriff’s Office at 839-3434.  The telephone is answered twenty-four hours per day and a deputy will be on the way if you need one.” 


Tyna “Tonya” Caprice Roberts, daughter of Thomas Joe Roberts and Mae Rose Roberts of Bogalusa, LA, departed this life on August 9, 2015 at Ochner Hospital in Kenner, LA. 

She attended Apostolic Faith at an early age, later she resumed attended Apostolic Faith U.P.C. and was baptized in Jesus name. 

August 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Rachel Carrier was booked 08/12 on the charges of Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile (3 counts)


REGINALD JESSE BOURNE, AGE 81 and a resident of Pine died at 4:00 am Wednesday August 12, 2015 at his home. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era and a member of Bethel Baptist Church near Poplarville. Reggie, alongside his family, was a restauranteur throughout the area for 45 years. He was the owner/operator of House of Seafood, the House of Seafood Market and Express and also Bourne’s Restaurant in Sheridan. He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather.

August 12, 2015

WPSO Deputies to Wear Body Cameras

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal is in the process of purchasing body cameras to be worn by all patrol deputies and detectives.  The Sheriff commented, “The use of these cameras should have a positive impact on each encounter between an officer and a member of the public and will help to resolve any questions that might arise about the encounter.  This is one more step we have taken to improve transparency and professionalism in all that we do. We have some cameras already in use and others are on the way.”   

Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre, one of the first officers to wear one of the new cameras, is pleased.  “I think this is a great officer tool that will benefit officers and the public.  The video will not lie and will record each encounter exactly as it happened.  This is good for everyone involved.” 

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation feel that body cameras are the wave of the future.   Sheriff Seal agrees.  “We are excited to be on the cutting edge for the use of these cameras and I am very pleased with the positive response from our officers.” 

August 12, 2015

Alert Deputy Interrupts Burglary in Progress 

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Williams spoiled a burglary in progress late in the evening of August 10.  Williams, a Bogalusa businessman who serves as a Reserve Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, was returning home after attending a training event at the law enforcement academy in Slidell.  He observed lights coming from behind a closed business, radioed for the assistance, and then went to the rear of the building where he discovered Harley David Atkinson, 30, a resident of Plum Nearly Road, in the process of taking items out of the building and placing them in his vehicle. Williams took Atkinson into custody.  

Atkinson confessed that he had taken items from the closed business on two other occasions and had sold them at a local recycling business. 

“Thanks to an alert officer, this burglar is now behind bars,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  

August 12, 2015

Mutilated Cat Found on Covington Area Golf Course

Source:  Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune  and Staff 

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who mutilated a Covington family’s pet cat and left it on display on a nearby golf course, according to Jeff Dorson with the Louisiana Humane Society.

The $800 reward is being offered by the Southern Animal Foundation and donors to its website.

"Charley" was a 2-year-old pet who was adopted a year ago from the St. Tammany Humane Society.  Owner Becky Worthington said she last saw him Aug. 4 around 10 p.m., when she let him outside. His remains were found the next morning by golfers. The cat had been cut in half.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-6-humane or visit


CAROLYN RODGERS HARLAND, AGE 65 and a resident of the Oak Grove Community died Tuesday evening August 11, 2015 at Regency Hospital. She was a native of Carthage, Texas but had lived in Washington Parish since the early 1970’s. Gloria was retired after a career as a sales representative for AT&T.


Timothy Stephen Leslie, age 70, born on June 21, 1945 in Bogalusa, LA, died on August 11, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. He was a United States Army Veteran. 


Peter Cardaro, Jr. was born on August 11, 1926 and passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015.  Peter was a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana at the time of his passing.

August 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Harley Atkinson was booked 08/11 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary

Kennis Roberts was booked 08/11 In For Court

James Spikes was booked 08/11 In For Court

August 11, 2015

Sheriff Randy Seal Announces Candidacy for Re-election

My life priorities have always been easy to rank: God, family, America and Washington Parish. My earliest memories are of our piney woods and beautiful rivers. We live in a special place. I’m blessed that this is the place where my roots run deep. The truth is they couldn’t run deeper. Out of devotion to our community, I became your Sheriff because I knew we needed to do more to keep Washington Parish safe. 

After I first took office, I told my loved ones that I would seek a second term only after reflecting back and honestly asking myself if I had been successful in defending our people. I’m writing to tell you that the answer is yes. 

My time as Sheriff of Washington Parish has made our community safer and stronger.  Here is some concrete evidence. 

Click here to read the full announcement.

August 11, 2015

2015 Farm Bureau Fair Queen Introduced to Parish Council 

Washington Parish Farm Bureau Agent Reed Riley introduced 18 year-old Bailey Fournier, who is from the Franklinton area of Washington Parish.  After winning the title as Washington Parish Farm Bureau Queen, Miss Fournier contended and won the crown as Louisiana Farm Bureau Queen in a tight contest between 28 beautiful young women.  She is a daughter of Sheryl Sicard and Philip Fournier. 

She praised Farm Bureau for being the voice of Louisiana agriculture, for advocating for the future of agriculture, and promoting the well-being of farmers and ranchers.  She went on to say that she plans to pursue a career in agriculture.  

Council members and President Thomas congratulated Miss Fournier on her achievement and for being a representative of both Washington Parish and the State of Louisiana.

August 11, 2015

Washington Parish Council Takes Care of Business Monday!

In addition to taking care of routine matters, the Washington Parish Council Monday evening 

  • heard from Merlin Duke, candidate for Washington Parish Council District 3.
  • was introduced to parish resident and 2015 Louisiana Farm Bureau Queen Bailey Fournet.
  • heard from Willie Peters who thanked the Council, President Thomas, and Donna Graham for being of service to him.
  • received a report from Parish President Richard Thomas.

Parish President Richard Thomas remarked on the extensive work being done by parish government workers during extremely hot conditions, commended Lavel Gerald and his crew on accomplishing 70% of this year's planned road paving, reported on lighting and sign improvements at the Poole's Bluff facilities, and recognized the hiring of two female truck drivers who are doing a good job.

Council President Fussell commented on the parish's continuing trash problem as evidenced by presence of trash at the newly constructed Poole's Bluff facilities.

Councilman Nassauer reported he had attended a meeting regarding the long-delayed Highway 3241.  He reported progress on the project that would be of benefit to both Washington Parish as well as St. Tammany parish by relieving congestion during emergency evacuations.

The Council adjourned into Executive Session to discuss a pending litigation matter.

To view the meeting in its entirety, watch the video below or go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on the WP Council 08102015 video.


GLORIA FAYE MITCHELL WILLIAMS, AGE 75 and a resident of Angie died at 6:15 pm Monday August 10, 2015 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital. She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church that enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson. Throughout her life, she was a loving and compassionate caregiver to her family. 

Augusts 11, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jacqueline Daniels was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), No License Plate, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

John Lamparski was booked 08/10 In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (5 counts)

Dedrick Cooper was booked 08/10 In From Court

Rachel Gerald was booked 08/10 In From Court

Charles Andres was booked 08/10 on the charge of Probation Violation

Victoria Dahlem was booked 08/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear

Travis Payne was booked 08/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Carmen Freeman was booked 08/10 In From Court

Michelle Gray was booked 08/10 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Resisting an Officer, Issuing Worthless Checks and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Roy Forbes was booked 08/10 In For Court

Shaun Hobgood was booked 08/10 In From Court

Deshaun Scott was booked 08/10 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property

Cathy Knight was booked 08/10 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

George Miller was booked 08/10 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (3 counts)

Amanda Fenley was booked 08/10 on the charges of Theft 500-1500, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Failure to Appear

Harley Atkinson was booked 08/11 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary

August 11, 2015

A Miracle He Lived!  Motorcycle vs. 18-Wheeler

A horrific accident with an 18-wheeler versus motorcycle leaves one to believe that miracles really do exist. 

On Friday, August 7, 2015, Slidell Police responded to a report of an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a motorcycle.  Apparently,  the driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as 56-year-old Timothy Duimstra of Hudsonville, Michigan, was driving under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.  He ran over the motorcycle driven by a 50-year old male from Slidell.  He was hospitalized with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.    “There is no doubt in my mind that his guardian angel was with him during the accident,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.  His motorcycle was pinned underneath the 18-wheeler.

Mr. Duimstra was placed under arrest and charged with: first degree negligent injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated.  The only thing Mr. Duimstra told officers was, “I messed up.”

August 11, 2015

AG Caldwell:  More Obamacare Infringement on Religious Liberty

“For five years now, we’ve seen example after example of how Obamacare is bad for our country, with its shocking price tag and its bureaucratic burdens,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “That this law now infringes on the religious liberty of our church-affiliated universities and other nonprofits is disappointing, if not surprising. The federal government tried the same thing with religious businesses like Hobby Lobby and failed; it will fail here too. Employers with sincerely held religious beliefs should never be forced to choose between their faith and providing health insurance for their employees.”

Click here to see how Louisiana Attorney General Caldwell and other attorneys general are helping fight back.

August 10, 2015

Franklinton Woman Arrested for Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile (5 counts)  

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell’s Cyber Crime Unit arrested a Franklinton woman Friday for five felony counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. 

Kimberly Cooke, 40, of 17580 Highway 450, was arrested after a joint-investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed that Cooke had engaged in sexual acts with juveniles. 

Cooke was booked into the Washington Parish Prison. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5000 on each count.  

August 10, 2015

You Can Plant Late-Summer Vegetables Now

Source:  Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

Here’s a list of the vegetables that can be planted into the garden this month: 

– Plant transplants of tomato, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage. 

– Plant seeds of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, turnips, squash, bush lima beans, bush snap beans and Swiss chard. 

– Plant sets – small bulbs – of shallots and bunching onions. 

– Plant small whole Irish potatoes saved from the spring crop.

Clear your site of all weeds, prepare your beds, fertilize, and plant!  Watch for insects and diseases and apply appropriate control measures.

Pepper plants and eggplants should continue to produce when weather begins to cool.  Just keep them well fertilized and protected from insects and diseases.

August 10, 2015

Two Jump From Causeway:  One Rescued, One Deceased

Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune   

A man was rescued from Lake Pontchartrain early Monday (Aug. 10) after he jumped off the Causeway in an apparent suicide attempt, authorities said. It was the second incident in five days in which a man jumped off the bridge.

An officer checking on a parked car at a crossover saw a man treading water in the lake.  He was rescued and appeared to be uninjured.  His name was not released.  

On Thursday night (Aug. 6), an Alabama man driving a stolen truck jumped off the bridge after being chased by police. The body of Darryl Clinton Davis Jr., 28, was found Sunday near Lacombe. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. 

August 10, 2015

Sweet Pea is Up for Adoption through The Big House Program

Sweet Pea is a Tree Walker hound mix between 5 and 7 years old and weighs approximately 60 pounds.  She can be on the shy side, but warms up rather quickly.   Sweet Pea deserves a home that will give her the finer things in life – watching a football game, a soft bed to sleep on, endless supply of treats, and a quiet place just to hang out. Sweet Pea does not require a lot of play and is not high energy. She’s got the “laid back kind of style” mentality. She’s comfortable just lying beside you while you watch TV. 

Sweet Pea is up to date on all vaccines, spayed, negative for heartworms, and is micro-chipped. She is good with other dogs, has shown no aggressive tendencies and displayed no concerning behaviors while in The Big House Program. The adoption fee is $65.

If you’re interested in meeting or adopting Sweet Pea, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at for the necessary paperwork.


Johnnie Thurman Hernandez, age 84, born on November 8, 1930 in Lacombe, LA, died on Monday, August 10, 2015 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. 

August 10, 2015

Washington Prish Jail Booking Information

Adolfo Wilson was booked 08/07 In For Court

Johnny Cardwell was booked 08/07 In For Court

Reginald Peters was booked 08/07 In For Court

John Arrington was booked 08/07 In For Court

Lawrence Rodgigue was booked 08/07 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

Justin Owens was booked 08/07 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Burglary, and Theft of Firearm

Benjamin Caldwell was booked 08/07 In For Court

Steven Taylor was booked 08/07 for Drug Court

Kimberly Cooke was booked 08/07 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (5 counts)

Lee Steele was booked 08/07 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Dewey Sumrall was booked 08/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Open Container in Vehicle

Christopher Warren was booked 08/08 on the charge of Second Degree Battery

James Cotton was booked 08/09 In From Court

Adam Bascle was booked 08/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 1-10 Over Limit

Malcolm Haley was booked 08/09 on the charge of Forgery

Jacqueline Daniels was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), No License Plate, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

August 7, 2015

Jerry Wayne Cox of Franklinton Charged by U.S.Attorney

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERRY COX, age 72, of Franklinton, was charged in a one-count Bill of Information with structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

According to the Bill of Information, in September 2011, COX made, and caused to be made, a series of cash withdrawals from Citizens Savings Bank and Resource Bank that were designed to evade certain reporting requirements under federal law.  COX did so as part of a pattern of activity involving more than $100,000 in a twelve-month period.  Specifically, COX caused a series of seven withdrawals between September 20, 2011 and October 11, 2011, in amounts between $7,650 and $9,500.

If convicted, COX faces a maximum term of not more than ten years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.

Click here to read the Bill of Information and Notice of Forfeiture

August 7, 2015

DA and St. Tammany Parish Council Clash

Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune   

North shore District Attorney Warren Montgomery called members of the St. Tammany Parish Council "unprofessional" Thursday night (Aug. 6) during a clash over a proposed charter change that would remove the DA as the legal representative for parish government.

Montgomery appeared before the council and asked that it not put the item on the November ballot along with other proposed charter changes. He said he did not receive a copy of the proposal until Thursday and had not had a chance to analyze it. He said a member of his staff received a copy over the weekend.

"I never received a copy of this proposal, until today," he said. "I find it unacceptable and unprofessional."

For the rest of the story, click here.

August 7, 2015

LDWF Announces Youth Lottery Hunts for Deer 

Kids get first crack at deer on many of Louisiana's wildlife management areas!

Seven wildlife management areas across the state are participating in the deer youth lottery hunt program through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the 2015-16 season.  These special hunts are restricted to youth hunters only, to be selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, high-quality experience on these WMAs.

Details on the qualifications, application requirements, and dates of the hunts are available now on the LDWF website by clicking

August 7, 2015

Bayou Cleanup Event - Have Fun and Do a Good Deed

The Honey Island Conservation Program is teaming up with New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours to host the 4th annual Bayou Clean Up in the waterways of the Pearl River. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kayak, canoe, or boat. If you do not have a boat and would like to participate, several kayaks will be provided along with life jackets and paddles. 

Last years clean up brought in over 40 bags of litter! 

All materials needed will be provided: garbage bags, trash grabbers, and gloves. 

If you would like to participate or need more info please contact Jessica Gauley 985-290-0002 or

August 7, 2015

Slidell Police Trying to Identify Brazen Armed Robber 

Slidell Police are on the hunt for a brazen armed robber who robbed a Boost Mobile store in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.  

The unknown suspect entered the store, made a purchase, but when the salesman opened the cash drawer, the suspect pulled out a pistol and demanded the salesman hand over the money. The suspect was able to elude police after fleeing from the store.

The suspect is described to be a dark skinned, African-American man, approximately 6’00” tall and thin wearing a red hat (with unique white lettering), dark sunglasses, and a red bandanna around his neck. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Deckelman at 985-290-3255 or If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.  Information leading to an arrest of the suspect could result in a cash reward.


Gwendolyn Rene Harris, 38, a resident of Mt. Hermon, LA, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015. She was a member of Plainview Church and did what she could without calling attention to herself.  She would do things and give donations to the Church but did not want anyone to know it. She was a giver from the heart. 

Gwen (as she preferred to be called) attended Bogalusa City schools in the elementary grades. She completed junior high and high school at Mt. Hermon School. She graduated with the class of 1996. 

Gwen worked in numerous fast food places, nursing homes and a car wash. She loved people. Gwen was always trying to say things to make them smile or feel better; even when she was not feeling well herself. She loved her family unconditionally. 


Bernice Bickham Brown, age 68, a resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. 

August 7, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Grant Blitch was booked 08/06 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Theft Under 500

Jason Fazekas was booked 08/06 on the charge of Parole Violation

August 6, 2015

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Fest Sponsorship Opportunities 

Anybody who wants to support the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival on September 25-26 and be treated like a VIP in the process can become a sponsor. The levels range from $150 for an individual or $300 per couple for a Bogalusa Boogie Blues sponsorship to the Professor Longhair Blues sponsorship of $10,000 for 18 two-day tickets and lots of extras.

Other levels include the Rhythm Aces Blues sponsorship of $1,000 for 6 two-day passes, the Snoozer Quinn Blues sponsorship of $2,500 for 10 passes, and the Gatemouth Brown Blues sponsorship of $5,000 for 14 passes.

The extras at all levels include entry into the gated hospitality tent, the Friday night patron dinner, VIP parking passes, festival bags with goodies and beverage tickets. All above-basic level sponsorships additionally include on-site recognition and stage side viewing tables.

Even after more than five inches of rain fell during its inaugural event, the BBHF was named the state’s Best New Festival in 2012. It has attracted increasing numbers of attendees every year since.

Its economic impact has proven tremendous for the city. Businesses, clubs, organizations, and community-minded or music-loving individuals are urged to demonstrate their support for Bogalusa, while also proving just how cool they are, by helping sponsor the BBHF.

To do so, contact Executive Chair Malinda White at 985-294-3895 or, or Executive Vice-Chair Bill Ritchie at 985-750-4560 or


Enotris Johnson was born on October 3, 1935 and passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2015.  Enotris was a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana at the time of her passing.

August 6, 2015

Entergy Contributes to Health Education in Washington Parish

Entergy’s Northshore Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris recently presented ADAPT, Inc.’s Executive Director Charlette Fornea with a $500 check for their Health Ahead/Heart Smart program.  

Pictured left to right are Charlette Fornea (Executive Director of ADAPT, Inc.), 

Anita Wood (Coordinator, Health Ahead/Heart Smart), Eunice Harris (Entergy Customer Service Representative) and Terri McMillon (Co-Coordinator, Health Ahead/Heart Smart).

Health Ahead/Heart Smart is a health education intervention program that promotes self-esteem and encourages the learning and maintenance of health-enhancing behaviors which include: 1) nutritious eating habits; 2) physical fitness and exercise; 3) saying “no” to cigarette smoking, alcohol, and drugs; and 4) stress control.  

The program will be implemented in health and physical education classes to 2,000 students in Washington Parish.  The message will be “eat sensibly, be physically active, practice healthy behaviors, and achieve good attitudes and human values”, says Charlette.

“Entergy is well aware of the health issues facing the youth in the areas it serves.  Therefore, it is honored to be a part of educating the ‘young-at-heart’ AND their parents”, says Eunice Harris.


Patricia Ann Stewart Fussell, age 67, born on April 8, 1948 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. 

August 6, 2015

Covington Police Needs Help Locating Missing Woman

Chief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department is requesting the public’s help locating Maria Huck, described as a white female in her mid 50’s with brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5’5” tall and 170 lbs. Ms. Huck may also go by the alias Maria Foss or Maria Temperato.  She has been missing since July.  

Family members report a history of mental illness and officers are attempting to locate Ms. Huck to ensure her safety, so that she may be evaluated by medical personnel. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ms. Huck is asked to contact the Covington Police Department at (985)892-8500 or their local law enforcement agency.

August 5, 2015

Bogalusa City Employes Receive Kudos At Council Meeting

At Bogalusa's City Council meeting Tuesday evening, employees of the City were complimented for their work by several.

  • Teresa Keller spoke of the Bogalusa Fire Department as "one of the finest departments, second to none."  Her comments received applause from the audience.
  • Mayor Perrette echoed Mrs. Keller's remarks and recognized public works employees, as well as employees in other department.  She characterized employees as "good-hearted people who love Bogalusa."
  • Councilman Drummond also spoke of the good job being done by public works employees.
  • Councilwoman Smith complimented public works employees who came out to round up some wild goats that had gotten loose.
  • Councilwoman Fortenberry related how quickly the police, sheriff's office, and public works responded to a weather event that caused damage at her residence.

Also at the meeting, three residents encouraged the Council and Administration to do more to clean up the city.

In a surprise announcement, Councilman McCree indicated that he plans to resign from the Council in January.  Councilwoman Kates said she was "stunned" by the announcement and encouraged him to "hang in there".

The Bogalusa Council meeting of August 4 can be viewed at  Look for the link to Council meeting videos on the home page.

August 5, 2015

In Dr. Breen case, Judge Keeps Lawsuits, Attorneys Intact and Rejects Sanctions

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune   

Following some of the most explosive courtroom comments to date on the case, a St. Tammany judge declined Wednesday (Aug. 5) to disqualify attorneys in the wrongful death lawsuits the children of the late Dr. Wayne Breen have filed against Kacie Breen, the widow who shot and killed him. District Court Judge August Hand also declined to impose sanctions against those same attorneys.

Click here for the full story.

August 5, 2015

Mandeville Police Set Trap and Catch a Thief

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune  

A Mandeville man previously arrested for impersonating a cop was booked with burglary and theft charges this week, police said Wednesday.  Police accuse Paul Gerone, 56, of stealing a number of delivered mail packages there that were left outside apartments.

After Mandeville Police had received three separate theft complaints from the complex over the summer, they arranged for a dummy package to be delivered.  As police officers watched, a man they identified as Gerone took the package, according to authorities. 

August 5, 2015

2015 Book Fest September 19 - Plan to be there! 

Submitted By Melinda Rawls Howell  

The Washington Parish Library 2015 Book Festival will be held Sept. 19, 2015 in Franklinton, LA at the library at 825 Free Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

More than 20 authors will be present out on the lawn under tents where festival goers can meet and talk with them, buy their books and get autographs. Lectures will also be held indoors.   

Erica Spindler, New York Times and international best-selling author, will be featured this year and will speak from 12-12:45 in the library reading room. 

Local and regional authors of children’s book, science fiction, romance, history and Christian works will also be present.  

This second annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington Parish Library. Concessions will be available. 

August 5, 2015

Fontainebleau State Park Cabins Reopened

Sheriff Jack Strain joined Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and other local elected officials today as they announced the reopening of the cabins at Fontainebleau State Park.

The 12 cabins underwent $1.5 million in renovations after they were damaged during Hurricane Isaac in 2012. 

Built on Lake Pontchartrain, the Fontainebleau cabins are a treasure to St. Tammany Parish and are historically the most profitable asset in the Louisiana State Parks system.

August 5, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Andrew Pierce was booked 08/04 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Anthony Voltolina was booked 08/04 In From Court

Joseph Billings was booked 08/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)

Brandon Ellis was booked 08/04 on the charge of Second Degree Battery


LUCIA “LUCY” SCHOFFEN ERWIN, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 6:00 pm Tuesday August 4, 2015 at her home. She was a native of Brazil but was proud to have lived in the United States for 50 years and had been an American citizen since 1968. Lucy was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church that enjoyed gardening in her earlier years at her home near the Richardson Community. Lucy was a member of the Washington Parish Homemakers Club and liked to volunteer during the Fair each year at the gate house of Mile Branch Settlement. She enjoyed dancing and was always a fun loving person. 

August 5, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile:  Meet Tobius

Eleven-year-old Tobius can listen to country music all day and is infatuated with sports cars. He loves eating at McDonald's for the total restaurant feel, but his favorite item on the menu is their fries. He is active and enjoys participating in fun outdoor activities. Tobius has a fascination with Legos, as he can be found playing quietly with Legos for hours on end. 

Tobius loves being read to and enjoys one-on-one time with his caregiver. However, when it comes to the classroom, Tobius enjoys having a little extra help to stay on task. He is very friendly and welcomes new friends. He would like if his new family had other children just as long as it does not interfere with his one-on-one time. Tobius would thrive in a two parent family, but would also do well in a single parent family.

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

August 4, 2015

Fourth Candidate in St. Tammany Sheriff's Race

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune   

Last Friday, Scott Illing, 54, retired from his job as a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. That same day, he declared his candidacy for sheriff in St. Tammany Parish.

Illing said his 35 years as a local, state and federal law enforcement official gives him the police background the sheriff job requires, while his 16 years or so guiding offices at Homeland Security gives him the management experience necessary for running what amounts to a mid-size company.

"I think a lot of people are looking for high ethics to come in and bring back integrity in the parish," he said.

Illing's announcement brings to three the number of challengers taking on longtime incumbent Sheriff Jack Strain. Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith and longtime Navy veteran Jennifer "Hap" Werther had previously announced their candidacies.

August 4, 2015

STPH Earns Grant for Healthy Mothers and Children 

St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Community Wellness Center was awarded a National WIC Grant to participate in the “Community Partnership for Healthy Mothers and Children,” a new initiative to increase access to healthy food options in the local community. Eat Fit Northshore, community gardens and grocery store tours are three programs that will be made possible by this grant funding.

  • Eat Fit Northshore - chefs at local restaurants will work with dieticians, nutritionists, and nurses to create healthier options
  • Community Gardens - families and local gardeners will work with the Community Wellness Center to create three community gardens in Mandeville and Covington
  • Grocery Store Tours - Local grocery store tours will teach parents how to identify truly nutritious food throughout the grocery store 

Each of these programs will give the members of our community information and better access to healthy food options. For more information about these programs please contact the Community Wellness Center at 985-871-6078 or visit 


Jerrvonne W. Penton, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015.


Johnny Kouzes Boudreaux age 50 passed away July 30, 2015 at his residence in Franklinton. 


Horace “Zip” Adna Hayden, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2, 2015, surrounded by his family. 

He was a prominent local business man, founder of Delta Printing Company, Inc. and Hay-Wal Farms, and other business interest. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge #244, Jerusalem Shriners, founding member and director of Magic City Carnival Association, 1947 Bogalusa High School State Championship Football Team, Gaylord Baseball Team. He was a retired Captain of the National Guard. 

August 4, 2015

Planned Parenthood Medicaid Contract Terminated in La.

Today, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals informed Planned Parenthood it is exercising its right to terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement. In recent weeks, multiple videos have surfaced showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America senior personnel and other employees describing how they actively engage in illegal partial birth abortion procedures and conduct these abortions in a manner that leaves body parts intact so that they can later be sold on the open market. 

"Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life", said Governor Jindal. 

August 4, 2015

Covington Receives Community Achievement Award

Statement by Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz

This past Saturday at the Louisiana Municipal Association banquet in Lafayette, the City of Covington was presented with the Community Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Improvement in Basic Services. This award surrounded the efforts of the Police Department over the last 18 months to rebuild our relationships with the community. The submission for the award included our ice cream give away for wearing your seatbelt, our kids camp and our secret Santa campaign this past Christmas. 

A special thanks goes to Pam Keller, in Mayor Cooper's office, for collecting the information and submitting the application to the Association. 

I am so proud of the men and women of the Covington Police Department for what they have accomplished in the last 18 months. Not only are we rebuilding our reputation, and improving our relationships in the community, we are being recognized by our peers for our "Outstanding Improvement". I couldn't be more proud to be the Chief of this wonderful department. 

Also, thanks to the Louisiana Municipal Association for recognizing our efforts. 

August 4, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile:  Meet Shasta

Shasta is a happy go lucky 16-year-old who loves the color red. No one is a stranger for long as Shasta is very friendly and trusting with just about anyone she meets. She enjoys playing with dolls and is very nurturing when she pretends to be the mother or teacher. 

One of Shasta's favorite things to do is paint. She will easily remain seated with a paintbrush and paper for hours at a time. Shasta is not hard to please when it comes to food, as she enjoys pizza, soda and fast foods! 

Shasta has a determined personality that keeps her motivated and working to improve her social skills and daily chores. She will need a family who is willing and able to advocate for services that meet her unique needs. She is currently in the 10th grade and her determination to learn shows in her school work.

Shasta would thrive in a single parent home of a mother who is able to share all the love and attention she deserves. Shasta has a beautiful spirit and brings joy to everyone she meets.

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


Emile Joseph "Joe" Mayor, Jr., a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 57, born on June 19, 1958 in Bogalusa, LA, died on August 3, 2015 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA. 


Jean Marie Welcelean Singleton age 85 passed away August 3, 2015 at her residence here in Bogalusa. She was a member of ESM Methodist Church. Jean was a retired RN and graduated from Leesburg School of Nursing. She worked at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Bogalusa Medical Center and the Bogalusa Heart Study for 12 Years.

August 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kelly Hobgood was booked 08/03 for Drug Court

Ryan Hunt was booked 08/03 for Drug Court

Allie Lewis was booked 08/03 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Failure to Appear

Lawrence Navarre was booked 08/03 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300

Michelle Jenkins was booked 08/03 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts) and Resisting Arrest

August 3, 2015

Bogalusa Resident Killed in Mt. Hermon Crash

Damien Miller, 17, a resident of Bogalusa, was killed in a one car crash Sunday, August 2.  Miller was traveling east on Dock Butler Road in a Nissan Maxima when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  It is suspected that speed may have been a factor in the crash and that Miller was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “I extend my condolences to the family of this young man and ask all parish residents to join me in prayer for them during this very difficult time in their lives.” 

August 3, 2015

Upcoming Events at Silver Creek Campground 

Silver Creek Campground in Mt. Hermon announces their Anniversary and the Woman-less Beauty Pageant will be held August 14-16.  The winner will receive a $300 gift card to Bass Pro and a dove hunt valued $150. Runner-up will receive dove hunt valued $150.

A Labor Day Dove Hunt will be held September 4-7. Cost is $150 per gun for a two-day hunt. Doves have been seen and Brown top millet was planted. There are a limited number of spots available. Call 985-877-4256 for reservations. 

August 3, 2015

Have You Seen These Suspects in a Mt. Hermon Theft

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying suspects that were observed by camera at a residence on North Wesley Alford Road in Mt. Hermon.  The persons in the photo are suspected of stealing a yellow 2012 Hustler Fast Trac 54 Inch zero turn mower from this residence. Anyone who can identify either suspect or who has information about this theft are asked to notify the Sheriff’s Office at 839-3434.

August 3, 2015

Be Aware of School Zone Traffic 

As schools welcome kids back for another school year, the public is reminded to be aware of school zones, school buses, and the presence of school children. Expect slowdowns and traffic and obey the speed limits.  Typically, special attention should be given from 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays.

All vehicles must stop upon meeting a school bus that is stopped for loading or unloading children and displays flashing lights and the stop signal arm. This rule does not apply if the bus is on the opposite roadway of a divided highway or if a sign is posted that indicates that a stop is not necessary.

Concentrating on the road and avoiding distractions is the most important advice.  Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.  Put down your phone and make yourself a safer driver.  

Plan ahead. Leave early for your destination and build in extra time for congestion. Modify your route to avoid school zones and traffic.

August 3, 2015

Switchgrass – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

An ornamental grass worthy of increased use in Louisiana is switchgrass, also known as panicum. 

This native tall-growing perennial is a great alternative to other ornamental grasses. The more common varieties reach heights of 5-6 feet in the landscape. They are very site-adaptable, being able to grow in several soil types. 

Plant switchgrass in full to mostly sunny locations. It will tolerate wet soil. Plants begin growth in March with flower plumes appearing in summer and seedheads in late summer or early fall. 

August 3, 2015

Causeway Advisory:  Expect Delays Now to November

Statement from Mandeville Police Department

The Causeway Police Department asked that we share the following information from Causeway Director Carlton Dufrechou:

"Beginning on Monday, August 3, work will begin to expand Cross Over #5 to relocate utility vaults from lower, more storm vulnerable sections of the Bridge. To avoid impacts to our commuters, major structural work will be underway each night except Fridays and Saturdays.

If traveling the Causeway between 9 PM and 4:30 AM, please expect a detour and brief delay for construction. Night work should be completed by early November.

If you would like more information, please call the Causeway office at (504) 835-3118

Thank you for helping bring the Causeway into the 21st century and please always remember to stay focused on safety when driving on the Bridge."

August 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christen Williamson was booked 08/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Lauren Conerly was booked 08/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

Vernel Sartin was booked 08/01 on the charge of Simple Burglary

Terena Ward was booked 08/01 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Oshay Fisher was booked 08/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Attachment (2 counts)

Howard Hanson was booked 08/02 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Jonathan Barber was booked 08/02 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, Resistsing an Officer, and Public Intimidation

Malik Warren was booked 08/02 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Simple Burglary


Dorothy M. Sieger, 89, resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Saturday August 1, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Sieger was a member of Lee's Creek Baptist Church. 


Charles Kerrison Mullings, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully Saturday August 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA. Mr. Charles was a faithful member of ESM United Methodist Church, he retired as Assistant Chief of the Bogalusa Fire Department, he was a member of American Legion Post #24, and a U.S. Army veteran. 


Denver Young, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

August 3, 2015

Life-Saving Dispatcher Receives Award from Covington PD

Statement from Covington Police Department

In an emergency situation, dispatchers are the people you talk to when you dial 911. They are the men and women that get you the help you need and take care of you until that help arrives. Friday morning we had the pleasure of honoring one of those dispatchers, Chelsea Feerick, of Acadian Ambulance. On April 12th, Chelsea received a call for a heroin overdose from a distraught young woman. Chelsea went above and beyond on this call to keep the woman calm and provide life support to her husband until help arrived. One of the things that stood out the most was that Chelsea heard a young child crying in the background and had the foresight to have the mother make sure the baby was in a safe place and away from any heroin needles.

In honor of her heroic efforts, Mayor Cooper proclaimed Friday as Chelsea Feerick day and presented her with a framed copy of the proclamation. Please join us in congratulating Chelsea, and all of the other dispatchers that work so hard to keep us safe, on a job well done!

August 3, 2015

Da's Office Provides Training to Slidell Police

For five straight Wednesdays in July, attorneys from the District Attorney’s Office in Covington provided training for the Slidell Police Department to help officers strengthen the materials they present for prosecution and improve their court appearances as witnesses.

Chief of Trials Bruce Dearing and several other Assistant District Attorneys conducted the seminars at Camp Villere in Slidell on report writing, appearing as a trial witness, understanding information disclosure obligations according to Brady case law, and more. Dearing said the training is beneficial to the District Attorney’s Office, as well as the police officers.  “I tell them, ‘I’m here to benefit y’all,’” Dearing said. “’But I have an ulterior motive. If y’all deliver a better report to our office, we’re more likely to achieve the correct result.’ It definitely benefits both sides.”

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Brewster suggested the training, which has included about 25 to 30 officers per two-hour session. The sessions have gotten such good reviews that at least two other agencies have expressed an interest in participating.

In addition to Dearing and Brewster, the other Assistant District Attorneys who have participated include Nick Noriea, William Macke, and Harold Bartholomew.

“It’s also a good opportunity for us to interact with new officers and put faces to names,” Dearing said of the training.

August 3, 2015

Two Pedestrians Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Fatal Crash

Two female pedestrians have been killed and the driver of the vehicle that struck them has been booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on two counts of Vehicular Homicide. The fatal crash took place shortly before 4:00 AM Saturday August 1st, 2015 on LA 1062 west of LA 445 in Husser, Louisiana. 

Charlotte Woods Ross (32) of Loranger and Angel Simmons Gill (28) of Husser were struck by a vehicle driven by Katy Robertson (26) of Walker.  After the collision, Robertson left the scene and called a friend for help. Robertson told her friend that she had been involved in a crash with a deer.   Robertson’s friend then returned to the crash scene and discovered the bodies of Ross and Gill.

Charlotte Woods Ross and Angel Simmons Gill were both pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Troopers placed Katy Robertson under arrest for suspicion of DWI. She provided a voluntary breath sample which resulted in a BAC of .135g% alcohol. 


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Talley to run for parish council
Published 8:46 am Monday, August 24, 2015
Jacob Perron “Perry” Talley is announcing his campaign for Washington Parish Council for District 1.

Law compiles book about Varnado’s history
Published 9:12 pm Sunday, August 23, 2015
When Sally Thigpen Law served on Varnado’s Board of Aldermen for five years starting in 1999, the service got her to thinking about the village’s past.

Sabiston to receive top citizen award
Published 10:15 am Friday, August 21, 2015
The 2014 Outstanding Franklinton Citizen of the Year will be officially honored Sunday during an awards reception at 3 p.m. at Cententary United Methodist Church in Franklinton.

Veterans event Aug. 27 in Angie
Published 10:16 am Friday, August 21, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is holding a day-long Veterans Summit on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Assessor seeking 2nd term
Published 8:55 am Monday, August 17, 2015
James A. “Jimbo” Stevenson Jr. has formally announced his re-election campaign for Washington Parish assessor.

Parish School Board honors Future Farmers members
Published 8:44 am Monday, August 17, 2015
The Washington Parish School Board recognized four members of Varnado High School’s state champion team who will compete in the 88th FFA National Convention beginning Oct. 26 in Louisville, Ky.

Lengthy cable outage frustrates BogalusaManor residents
Published 9:05 am Friday, August 14, 2015
Residents of Bogalusa Manor Apartments were left to entertaining themselves any way they could after cable service was out for six days, according to residents.

Fire destroys Bogalusa home
Published 8:57 am Friday, August 14, 2015
A Monday afternoon fire all but destroyed a home at 1012 W. Sixth St.  Bogalusa Fire Chief Richard Moody said the home was fully involved when personnel arrived on scene at 4:11 p.m. He said officials had reports of people trapped inside, but that proved to be false.

Daily News gains new publisher
Published 10:17 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Justin M. Schuver, 32, has been named president and publisher of The Daily News and its affiliated print and digital products. He replaces David Vitrano, who resigned from the company to relocate back to the New Orleans area and pursue other interests.
Raffle aims to raise funds for 
playground for younger se
Published 9:31 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
In order to help get the smallest of children their own safe and fun playground at Cassidy Park, Children’s International Medical Group has donated two tickets to the LSU/Auburn football game on Sept. 19 so the city can raffle them off to fund the project. 

City councilman announcesresignatio
Published 9:13 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
Near the end of Tuesday’s Bogalusa City Council meeting, District C Councilman Brian McCree caught everybody off guard when he delivered a bombshell during council remarks. “I just want to thank everybody for coming tonight,” McCree said, “but come January, I’m resigning as councilman. I’ve just had enough.“ 

Republican women hear from gubernatorial candidat
Published 9:28 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, said he believes he is up for the challenges should he be elected the next governor. The primary election is Oct. 24.  Dardenne touted his experience speaking at Maria’s Restaurant as special guest of Washington Parish Republican Women. 

Republican women’s group welcomescandidate
Published 11:39 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
Washington Parish Republican Women held their July meeting with two special guest speakers, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, both on the ballot for the upcoming fall elections. 

Mayor talks city finances with RotaryClu
Published 9:59 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette presented an update of the city’s financial health during Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.

Changes effected regarding Bogalusa principals 
Published 11:10 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Toni Breaux said some changes made at the high school for the 2015-2016 school year are hers and hers alone. Breaux said the district will no longer have lead principals at any of the schools. 

Former police juror seeking council  
Published 11:31 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Melvin Keith has announced his candidacy for 
election to Washington Parish Council District 1.

For some, start of school year a time ofworr
Published 11:22 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Back to school time brings a vision of children and young people dressed in new school clothes, scrubbed clean, and donning happy smiles as they pose for their mother’s first-day-of-school annual photo. Unfortunately, this is far from the picture that some families face as they prepare for what should be an exciting time

Local children learn art of sewing 
Published 11:19 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
A group of youngsters honed their sewing skills this week taking lessons at The Polka Dot Tree under the direction of owner Charlotte Hughes.

Body found Sunday in 
Published 8:47 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
An elderly Bogalusa man was apparently overcome by the heat while working in his yard and died. The body of David George Barnard, 70, of 724 Tampa St., was discovered sometime Sunday in his yard.
Resolution honors former councilman 
Published 8:45 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
On April 27, 2015, the Louisiana Senate passed a posthumous resolution honoring and recognizing the contributions made by former Bogalusa Councilman McClurie Sampson Sr. to Washington Parish and the state of Louisiana.
Rotary Club tree replaced 
Published 8:45 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
Four days after the Centennial live oak tree was mysteriously cut down in Cassidy Park, another tree was planted in its place on Monday. Teddy Drummond donated a live oak tree. It was planted at the park Monday morning. He dug up the roots of the old tree and put the new one in its place.  Drummond termed the new one the “Lazarus Tree” because it was basically raised from the dead.
Parish Council hears about road repairs, stolen sign
Published 8:25 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Discussions on improving parish roads and stolen or missing road signs dominated Monday night’s Washington Parish Council meeting. Washington Parish Director of Public Works Leo Lucchesi said 64 parish roads are scheduled to be paved in 2015. The parish has completed paving 34 roads.
Melons delicious despite difficultiy 
Published 8:31 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Rotary Club of Bogalusa members were recently treated to a local delicacy, and one a bit more rare these days than in years past — namely watermelons grown by John Gallaspy
Hollywood South providesdinosaur-sized excitemen
Published 9:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 
Although they are not exactly Hollywood movie stars earning millions, Washington Parish residents cast as extras in the Universal Studio futuristic blockbuster “Jurassic World” said the experience is thrilling nonetheless. Franklinton’s Ken Knight, Tyfanni Cassidy and Kasey Hartzog and her children Brooke and Aden, appeared in the movie as park visitors.. 
Centennial Tree cut down byvandals 
Published 8:50 am Monday, July 27, 2015 
The live oak tree the Bogalusa Rotary Club planted in Cassidy Park on March 10 was destroyed sometime Thursday. The tree was cut at the base. The top of the tree was found a few feet away, still adorned with the small American flag that lay on the ground. 
Rotary Club installs officers for
Published 9:20 am Friday, July 24, 2015
The Rotary Club of Bogalusa recently installed new officers for 2015-16. Among them are President Merlin Duke, Vice President Bill Moon, Secretary R.L. Palmer, Treasurer Larry Miller, Sergeant-at-arms Ellis Sampson and At-Large Director Chyrll McCrary. 
Bogalusa surplus exceeds projections
Published 9:07 am Friday, July 24, 2015

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