Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1002 Main Street, Franklinton, 70438 LA
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Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is located at 1002 Main Street, Franklinton, 70438 LA. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office phone number is 985-839-3434.

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office News

Join us as we celebrate and wish our boss a very Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday Sheriff Randy Seal

A VETERANS DAY MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF RANDY SEAL The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office proudly stands in humble tribute to the bravery and courage of all veterans in Washington Parish and throughout our great nation. Every year when we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, we are reminded to thank our family, friends, community members and our own officers and staff who have served, or are serving, in all branches of our military. Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, to guarantee our freedom to stand in honor and memory of them, our beautiful flag and our nation. As your Sheriff, I strongly encourage each and every person to honor our veterans and to thank them for their service, not only on Veterans Day, but each day throughout the year. To our men and women in uniform, past, present and future, God bless you, and thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom. America must never forget your sacrifices to keep our country safe. Randy Seal Sheriff

Happy Birthday to the United States Marines

BOGALUSA RESIDENCE SEARCHED DRUGS AND WEAPONS DISCOVERED RESIDENT ARRESTED On November 1, detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested Jonathan M. Brown, 29, a resident of Warren Street in Bogalusa. The arrest came after information of illegal drugs at the residence and the issuance of a search warrant. When detectives arrived at the house along with a Louisiana Probation and Parole agent, they encountered a female in possession of a small amount of marijuana sitting on the front porch. The woman, identified as Deshontaire Foster, was later issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of the marijuana. Jonathan Brown came out of the residence and joined Foster on the porch. Soon after, Foster ran inside the residence, closing and locking the door behind her. Brown then attempted to block the officers from the door. He was unsuccessful as detectives forced their way into the house and began to search, discovering heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, a .380 semi-automatic pistol and a .9mm semi-automatic pistol. Brown admitted the drugs and weapons were his. Brown was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance present, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice. He remains in jail with bond set at $146,000. Brown has been in the Washington Parish Jail four previous times beginning with a 2007 arrest for possession of illegal drugs. Subsequent arrests in 2007 and 2012 included possession with intent to distribute drugs, failure to appear in court and resisting a police officer with force or violence. There is no record of a previous Washington Parish arrest for Deshontaire Foster. Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “A combination of illegal drugs and illegal weapons are a recipe for potential disaster. We will never know what might have been prevented by this search, seizure and arrest. Our drug task force is to be commended for removing illegal drugs and one more drug dealer from our community.” Randy Seal Sheriff

Washington Parish leaders took a strong step forward in the fight against drug addiction. Operation Angel is a program designed for drug or alcohol addicts to request assistance through a local law enforcement agency, without the fear of being arrested, so they can get professional help. Randy Seal Sheriff

Be Aware

PROPERTY TAX SEASON WPSO personnel began preparing to mail 21,950 notices starting today, November 7, 2018 for delivery by November 15, 2018. Here are FIVE things to know about the annual property tax assessment: 1. When is payment due? Taxes must be paid by December 31, 2018. Payments postmarked December 31, 2018 won’t incur interest charges. 2. Where may I pay my bill? Online: www.wpso.la.gov, click the Divisions tab and select Pay Taxes Online. or go to http://snstaxpayments.com/washington WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO PAY ONLINE IF POSSIBLE. In person: Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office 1002 Main Street, Franklinton, LA 70438 Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office 302 Mississippi Avenue, Bogalusa, LA 70427 Regular Mail: Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Post Office Box 544 Franklinton, LA 70438 Make Checks payable to Washington Parish Tax Collector Include the Assessment # on your check Overnight mail: Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Attention Property Tax Division 1002 Main Street Franklinton, LA 70438 3. What if I don’t receive a tax notice? If you don’t receive a tax notice by December 15, 2018, call the Sheriff’s Office Property Tax Division at 985-839-3434. 4. How was my property assessed? While the Sheriff’s Office sends the tax assessment, the Assessor’s Office is responsible for determining the value of your property. If you have questions about your assessment, call the Assessor’s Office at 985-839-7815. 5. What if I need to change my mailing address? Contact the Assessor’s Office at 985-839-7815. Randy Seal Sheriff

VEHICLE STOLEN, PARISH MAN ARRESTED A 26 year old resident of Johnny Martin Road near Franklinton was arrested November 2 for the theft of a vehicle on Lawrence Creek Road. Using a combination of witness statements and investigative work, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to locate both the stolen vehicle and the thief at a residence in Bogalusa. The vehicle was hidden behind the residence and the license plate had been switched. Detectives arrested Joseph Carter and charged him with theft of the vehicle. Carter was charged also with possession of crystal meth and narcotic pills which were in his possession when the arrest was made. Carter remains in the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $7,500. This is Carter’s fifth visit to the Washington Parish Jail. Beginning with a 2015 arrest, his previous arrests were for traffic offenses, drug possession and failure to appear in court. “Another thief in jail,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Congratulations to Captain Tom Anderson and his fine team of detectives for this successful capture.” Randy Seal Sheriff

Dense Fog Advisory until 08:00AM Monday Areas of dense fog are expected to develop overnight into Monday morning. Overnight cooling should allow for temperatures to drop close to the dewpoint and allow fog to form over the next 8 hours. Fog should slowly dissipate after sunrise Monday morning. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 8 AM CST Monday. * VISIBILITY...1/4 mile or less * DURATION...Tonight through Monday morning. * IMPACTS...Driving conditions will become very hazardous in areas of dense fog. * AFFECTED AREAS: WALTHALL ... AMITE ... WEST FELICIANA ... ST. TAMMANY ... EAST FELICIANA ... NORTHERN TANGIPAHOA ... ST. HELENA ... LIVINGSTON ... WASHINGTON ... ASCENSION ... POINTE COUPEE ... IBERVILLE ... WEST BATON ROUGE ... SOUTHERN TANGIPAHOA ... EAST BATON ROUGE ... PIKE ... WILKINSON Instructions: A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving...slow down... use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Randy Seal Sheriff

Smoke alarms more than double your chances of getting out of a burning house on time. Merely owning one isn't enough. Now is a good time to swap out batteries. Randy Seal Sheriff

Remarks by Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal at the groundbreaking ceremony for Calpine Energy in Washington Parish. Sheriff Seal was introduced by our good friend Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, LPSC Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

Franklinton Primary School Trunk or Treat!!

AMITE MAN JAILED ON HIS BIRTHDAY An Amite man celebrated his birthday with a trip to the Washington Parish Jail. On October 28, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Phillip Varnado observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner westbound on Highway 10. Deputy Varnado activated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle which was driven by Terry Wayne Stevens, 42, a resident of Highway 1061 near Amite. At this time, Washington Parish Patrol Lieutenant Michele Clayton arrived on the scene and observed a methamphetamine pipe in plain view in the cup holder of the vehicle. Deputy Varnado then placed Stevens under arrest and a wrecker was called to tow the vehicle. While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, the officers discovered a small bag of marijuana, a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, a revolver, digital scales used to weigh narcotics for distribution, a marijuana grinder and rolling papers. In addition, there was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Stevens was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, having an open container in his vehicle, driving left of center and having no proof of insurance. Stevens remains in jail with his bond set at $25,000. “I’m certain Mr. Stevens didn’t intend to go to jail on his birthday,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “but that is exactly where he landed. Congratulations to Deputy Varnado on a good traffic stop and the confiscation of illegal drugs. Once again, drugs were removed from our community. This is a good reminder to anyone in our parish that chooses to violate the law. When we catch you, we will put you in jail. Thanks, Deputy Varnado and Lieutenant Clayton, for a job well done.” Randy Seal Sheriff

TRAFFIC FATALITY ON SOUTH CHOCTAW ROAD During the rain on the morning of October 25, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle which had left the roadway of South Choctaw Road and overturned in a creek, possibly trapping the driver inside. The Sheriff’s Office responded along with District 7 and 8 Fire Districts, Franklinton Fire Department and Northshore EMS. Upon arriving at the scene, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Terry Harris removed his outer uniform shirt and equipment and entered the creek along with a bystander and firefighter. The front section of the vehicle was totally submerged in the cold creek water which was higher than usual due to heavy rain. The men were able to turn the vehicle upright at which time two firefighters removed the female driver through the window of the vehicle and carried her to a waiting ambulance. No other persons were in the vehicle. Ambulance personnel provided medical assistance to the driver and were able to obtain a pulse before transferring her to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton. She then was transferred from Riverside to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond where she expired. The cause of the accident has not been determined. Road conditions were not good and it is speculated that the driver perhaps hydroplaned or otherwise lost control of her vehicle in the curve before it plunged off of the roadway and into the creek. Speed is not suspected as a factor. Sheriff Randy Seal praised the work of all first responders who were on the scene. “Although a cold rain was falling and the water level of the creek was elevated due to rain in the area, the first responders did not hesitate to enter the icy cold water to rescue the driver. I applaud them for their heroic efforts in the midst of very trying circumstances. Unfortunately, the driver did not survive. I ask all of our citizens to join with me in prayer and support for the victim’s family.” Randy Seal Sheriff

SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN SAFETY Cries of “trick or treat” will soon be heard throughout Washington Parish. With Halloween only days away, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal offers safety tips for adults and children. First and foremost, parents should check the internet to determine if any sex offenders are in the neighborhood where children will be asking for treats. Go to the Sheriff’s Office website at www.wpso.la.gov. Click on the SEX OFFENDERS tab on the upper portion of the screen and follow the directions. Parents, know where sex offenders reside and make certain your children stay away from those houses. Advise your children not to enter the homes of strangers. Instruct your child to leave immediately if a stranger invites them to come inside a residence and to never get in a car with a stranger. If a stranger approaches them, instruct the child to scream loudly and run away to a safe place. It is a good idea to write your name, address and phone number on a slip of paper and pin it to the inside of the child’s costume. Feed your children before trick or treating so they won’t be tempted to eat candy which is given to them. Instruct your children that you must inspect all candy before they can eat it. Ideally, parents or other responsible adults should accompany children. Watch them carefully, be aware of traffic and do all you can to make certain children are safe. It is never a good idea for any person of any age to trick or treat alone. If older children or teen-agers trick or treat without adult supervision, they should always be in a group. Make certain at least one person in the group has a cell phone and contacts a designated adult at least once each hour. Know where your children will be trick or treating. Set boundaries as to where they can and cannot go. Advise children to stop, look and listen before crossing any street and to never cross a street or road between parked cars. Oncoming drivers may not see them. Costumes and treat bags should be reflective. Costumes and footwear should properly fit so the child will not stumble and fall. Face paint is better than masks since a mask can slip and impair visibility. Costumes should be fire retardant. Children should always walk, not run, from house to house. Running increases the chance of falling or stumbling on an unseen object. If children are going to a Halloween party or other function, know where the activity will take place and which adults will provide supervision. Confirm the information. If a child wants to stay overnight with another child, confirm the overnight stay with the other child’s parent. Never hesitate to check and double check on your child. If your child is carrying a knife, ax or other instrument as part of the costume, make certain the object is either cardboard or soft plastic. If children trick or treat alone, they should have a curfew. Be firm with the curfew time and enforce it. Make certain all children, and especially teen-agers know that vandalism of any form is not acceptable. Throwing eggs at cars or houses, or any other kind of vandalism, may result in a juvenile arrest and punishment. Always instruct your children carefully before they go trick or treating. Make certain they understand your instructions before you allow them to leave home. If you drive your children to trick or treat, do not consume any amount of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medications which may make you drowsy. Always wear your seatbelt and make certain everyone else in the vehicle does the same. These are only a few suggestions to help make Halloween a fun and safe experience for children. They are no guarantee of safety, but they do involve common sense tactics to help protect our children. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be patrolling throughout the parish, but we can’t be everywhere at all times. Parents must step in the gap and protect their children. Anyone can always call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434 to report any unusual activity. Be certain to have as much information as possible, such as address, license plate number, physical descriptions, etc. Randy Seal Sheriff

EMAIL SCAM IN WASHINGTON PARISH A prominent business person in Washington Parish received a threatening email on October 19. The email is an obvious scam and an attempt to extort money. The sender’s identity was revealed as, “My nickname in darknet is timotheus34.” The sender went on to say, “I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time. I have access to all of your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history. Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos. I was struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit. I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.” The sender then went to the heart of the email stating, “I think you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $832 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.” The sender then provides a bitcoin wallet number and says, “As soon as the amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted. I do not need it. Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I’ll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!” The email is obviously a scam. The sender, whose sentence structure indicates is likely from another country, is phishing for vulnerable persons who might have visited inappropriate sites. Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is a scam! If you receive such an email, delete it immediately. Email scammers are no different from telephone scammers. They are unscrupulous persons who use threats and intimidation to steal your money. Don’t fall for these scams. If you do receive an email scam and wish to report it, you may do so through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Go to the website and follow the link to file a complaint about an email scam.” Randy Seal Sheriff

******ADDITIONAL INFORMATION***** Below is another picture that BPD believes is the suspect involved in the multiple business burglaries. Please view the photograph and contact BPD if you can assist identifying this subject. You may remain anonymous and will be eligible for a CASH REWARD!!!

The Bogalusa Police Department is seeking the publics assistance in identifying the subject in the photographs attached below... Between the dates of September 8th and October 20th, an area of Bogalusa has been hit with a rash of business burglaries. Investigators believe that the subject in the attached photographs is responsible for the break-ins. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this subject is asked to contact the Bogalusa Police Department at 985-732-3611, or the Detective Division at 985-732-6238. You may remain anonymous!! Anyone with information leading to the arrest of this subject will be eligible for a cash reward!!!

Two of our Detectives enjoying the Senior Ladies Promenade at Mile Branch yesterday!

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal with 2018 Washington Parish Fair Queen Claire Ingram. We are so proud of you! Randy Seal Sheriff

Washington Parish Deputies ready for the Senior Ladies Promenade in historic Mile Branch Settlement. Sheriff Seal serving as Master of Ceremonies. This is a wonderful event that our senior ladies always look forward to each year. Randy Seal Sheriff

Congratulations to the 2018 Washington Parish Fair Queen Claire Ingram. Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal and the men and women of the Washington Parish Sheriffs Office are proud of you! Randy Seal Sheriff

PARISH MAN FLEES AT HIGH SPEED, COMMITS BATTERY ON OFFICER Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Jay Dupre was operating radar on Highway 10 between Bogalusa and Franklinton late in the evening of October 11. He clocked an approaching vehicle at 89 miles per hour in the 55 mile per hour zone. Very loud noise was coming from the vehicle as Deputy Dupre began his pursuit. With lights flashing and siren wailing, Deputy Dupre was unable to get the vehicle to stop and continued his pursuit at up to 120 miles per hour. The speeding vehicle entered the City of Bogalusa, continuing eastbound on Sunset Drive, then Union Avenue, then running several stop signs before turning onto Sabine Street. At that time, Bogalusa Police Department officer Anthony Jones joined in the pursuit. Deputy Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver, forcing the fleeing vehicle to spin around in the road, at which time Officer Jones blocked the vehicle with his patrol unit. The officers were removing the driver from the vehicle when the driver intentionally struck Officer Jones in the head with his elbow. Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones were able to subdue the driver, identified as Kelvin Jewel Thomas, 19, a resident of Highway 424. When asked why he was fleeing, Thomas told the officers he had marijuana in his vehicle and did not want to be caught with it. He reported that he threw the marijuana out of the car while fleeing from Deputy Dupre. Thomas was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with the following offenses: • Excessive noise • Speeding 31-40 over the speed limit • Aggravated flight from an officer • Resisting and officer with force or violence • Simple battery on a police officer • Obstruction of justice • Four counts of running a stop sign Thomas remained in jail only a few hours before posting a $10,000 bond for his release. A teen-age female who was in the vehicle with Thomas was not charged and was released to the custody of her mother. Sheriff Randy Seal is grateful the chase ended without serious injury to any person. “Such excessive speed is a formula for disaster. I congratulate Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones for being able to end the chase and take him into custody. Night-time chases like this are frightening. There is no way the officer can know who is fleeing, whether it is possibly a fugitive or someone who has just committed a serious crime. I am so pleased everyone went home safe.”

Chief of Corrections Jim Miller recently spoke Boy Scouts at Methodist Church Franklinton. He showed the Troop how fingerprints are collected and processed by law enforcement.

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR FORCIBLE RAPE A Washington Parish man was arrested October 11 and charged with forcible rape. Adam Bush, 20, a resident of Robin Lane near Highway 440 northwest of Franklinton, was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives on an arrest warrant signed by a 22nd District Court Judge. Bush remains in the Washington Parish Jail on the rape charge. No bond has been set at this time. Due to the sensitive nature of the crime and to protect the identity of the victim, additional information will not be released. Sheriff Randy Seal was forthcoming in his response to the arrest. “The details of this crime are beyond comprehension of the decent citizens of our parish. It is inconceivable that anyone could violate the rights, privacy and sanctity of another person in such a despicable manner. I applaud both the forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center and our detectives for making this arrest happen. Bush is now in jail where he belongs.” Randy Seal Sheriff