Message from the Sheriff
We will begin deploying double shifts for the duration of this event including adding detectives and other special units to patrol duties.
Please do not go sightseeing. This impairs law enforcement and other emergency services' ability to work safely clearing roads and repairing power lines.
It is an honor to serve this Parish! We are ready. Call if you need us.
Praying for God's protection to you and your family.
God bless Washington Parish!
Randy "Country" Seal
Washington Parish Sheriff
BATON ROUGE MAN ARRESTED FOR AUTO THEFT
On June 23, a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office patrol deputy responded to Highway 21 south of Angie to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle being in the area. The deputy located Malachi K. Campbell, 30, who gave his address as Cable Street in Baton Rouge, in possession of the stolen vehicle. Inside the vehicle was a 9mm semi-automatic pistol belonging to Campbell.
Campbell, a convicted felon, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling and simple battery with injury.
"Once again our officer made a good arrest and was able to get the vehicle back to the rightful owner," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "An arrest without incident is always a good arrest."
BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT
While patrolling on Spring Valley Road south of Bogalusa on June 23, a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputy encountered Terry Vonsha Buckhanan, 23, a resident of Avenue E. Buckhanan was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for a domestic abuse with strangulation charge. Buckhanan was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
He has previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail beginning in 2017 when he faced multiple charges including carjacking, robbery, battery and eight counts of vehicle burglary. This was followed by a 2018 arrest for probation violation and second degree battery. Later in 2018, he was remanded to jail by a 22nd Judicial District Court Judge. He was arrested in 2019 for parole violation. In 2020, he faced charges of domestic abuse with strangulation, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace. In March 2021 he was arrested for possession of illegal drugs, resisting an officer, obstruction of justice and disturbing the peace in a violent manner.
"Mr. Buckhanan seems determined to continue his pattern of being arrested," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "I'm not certain what issues he has, but anger management seems to be one of them. Good job, deputy!"
SPRING VALLEY ROAD RESIDENT ARRESTED
On June 23, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force detectives arrested Toby Allen Mizell, 39, a resident of Spring Valley Road. Mizell was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on two counts of possession of illegal drugs and a traffic offense. Mizell has several previous arrests in Washington Parish.
After a felony failure to appear in court charge in 2007, he was arrested again in 2008 for issuing worthless checks. His next arrest was eight years later when he was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, possession of illegal drugs, contempt of court, two counts of failure to appear in court and driving while under suspension. The following year he was arrested on three counts of failure to appear in court. Later the same year he was arrested for two counts of contempt of court and two counts of failure to appear in court. In 2019, he was arrested for domestic abuse battery and failure to appear in court. His final previous arrest in 2020 was for felony failure to appear in court.
"It seems Mr. Mizell has problems meeting his court appearance obligations," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "Not appearing in court when scheduled to do so only compounds whatever other legal problems one may have. I appreciate the good work of our detectives in this matter."
An Oklahoma fugitive who removed his ankle monitor and fled the state following charges of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault was arrested on June 22 at a residence on Jerry Moses Road in northeast Washington Parish.
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office detectives accompanied the United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force to the residence where June Aquuarius Crumedy, 18, was taken into custody without incident. Crumedy was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he will remain until extradited to Oklahoma.
"We are always willing to assist our federal law enforcement partners when called upon," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "At the same time, they are always willing to assist us. That's the way law enforcement agencies work, even across jurisdictional boundaries and state lines."
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies made two arrests while serving search warrants at two locations in the parish.
On June 16, detectives with the Drug Task Force entered a residence on Highway 436 and encountered Clinton Daniel Crain, 32. Crain was found to be in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and marijuana, and firearms. Two minor children were also present.
Crain was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of two counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, illegal use of illegal drugs in the presence of minors, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crain was previously arrested in 2016 on an outstanding warrant from Bogalusa and a fugitive warrant from Walthall County, Mississippi.
In a separate incident on June 18, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force detectives executed a search warrant at two residences in Bogalusa, one on Ann Street and the other on Lucious Pittman Road. Various quantities of illegal drugs were discovered, including heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, Oxycodone, Ecstasy and THC edibles. Newson Carson, Jr., 42, a resident of Ann Street, was arrested. Carson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of six counts of distribution of illegal drugs and eight counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute.
Carson had a previous arrest in 2010 for manufacture of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, distribution of illegal drugs and obstruction of justice.
"Two good arrests and a large quantity of illegal drugs removed from our community," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "These arrests were the result of ongoing investigations into the illegal drug trade in our parish. I appreciate the hard work of our officers and assure everyone that investigations will continue. While most of us are sleeping in our homes, our officers are working to help keep us safe."
CAR ABANDONED ON BRIDGE
IMPAIRED DRIVER ARRESTED
On June 16, a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a report of a car abandoned on the Pearl River Bridge east of Bogalusa and a male running eastbound across the bridge.
When the deputy arrived on the scene, he discovered the abandoned car, then proceeded eastbound where he located the driver lying in the westbound lane of the portion of the highway located in Washington Parish as oncoming drivers swerved to avoid him. Seals was in possession of heroin at the time and the deputy took Seals into custody.
Seals was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of heroin, obstructing a public highway, contempt of court for possession of heroin and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole. He has previous arrests in Washington Parish. In 2016, he was charged with possession of illegal drugs and contempt of court. In 2018, he faced a heroin possession charge. In 2020, he was charged with failure to appear in court.
"Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive opioid drug," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "A heroin overdose can cause coma and even death. Unfortunately, there is far too much of this terrible drug in Washington Parish. Those who ingest heroin and drive while impaired are a threat to every motorist they encounter. I am so pleased our deputy was able to locate Mr. Seals and transport him safely to jail."
MADISONVILLE MAN JAILED AFTER FIGHTING WITH DEPUTIES
A Madisonville man was jailed on June 17 after fighting with deputies at a Franklinton hospital. James K. Johnston, 59, a resident of Stone Bridge Curve in Madisonville, was combative and creating a disturbance in the hospital emergency room. Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded and were assaulted by Johnston as they attempted to calm him.
Johnston was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace and interference with medical treatment. He has no previous record of incarceration in Washington Parish.
"Johnston obviously was a threat to the medical staff as well as to our deputies," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "The only way to remedy the situation was to arrest him, and that is what they did. Johnson's continued aggressive behavior left our deputies no choice in the matter except to escort him to jail."
NARCOTICS DETECTIVES ARREST FRANKLINTON WOMAN
Franklinton resident Kimberly Nichols Tarvin, 51, was arrested June 15, by detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force on Highway 10 east of Franklinton. Tarvin was in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia,
Tarvin was booked into the Washington Parish jail on possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense.
"Drugs, drugs, drugs," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "It seems almost daily someone is arrested on charges involving illegal drugs. Why is our jail full? It is because our officers are constantly working on our behalf and making arrests of those who flagrantly violate the laws of the State of Louisiana. We are so fortunate to have men and women of integrity who work hard to uphold our laws."
SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES TWO ARRESTS
On June 15, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies, along with officers from the Franklinton Police Department, were dispatched to a Franklinton residence to check on the welfare of a female who reportedly had been involved in a disturbance. Arriving at the Delta Lane residence, officers initially encountered Dayon Deleco Dyson, 46, who had been in an argument with his girlfriend.
When officers entered the residence to check on the well-being of the female, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana plus a rifle. Deputies also encountered Jaylen J. Magee, 23, in an adjacent room, who was in possession of 234 grams of marijuana. In the same room, officers discovered a loaded 9mm pistol. Both Dyson and Magee were arrested.
Dyson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of domestic abuse battery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He has a history of arrests in Washington Parish beginning with a 2014 arrest on outstanding warrants. In 2018, he was arrested again on four counts of failure to appear in court. Later in 2018 he faced another arrest for failure to appear in court and four counts of failure to honor a written promise. He was arrested for DWI in 2019 and also charged with possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and several traffic offenses. In 2020, he was arrested again for possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute as well as battery of a dating partner and four counts of failure to appear in court.
Magee was booked into the jail on charges of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, contempt of court and two counts of failure to appear in court. He had a previous arrest in 2017 on charges of criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court.
"Officers never know what they will encounter when they respond to a call," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "In this case, a check on the safety of a female resulted in the arrest of two felons and confiscation of illegal drugs. I am so pleased with the work of our deputies and the Franklinton officers in this matter. Good work, men!"