CASH TAKEN, SHOT FIRED DURING ARMED ROBBERY
The evening of February 9, the Dollar General store on Highway 25 in the Clifton community of Washington Parish was robbed by a male who entered the business with a pistol drawn. The robber demanded cash, then fired a round from his pistol into a wall of the store when he felt the cashier was taking too long to produce money. He did escape with an undetermined amount of cash.
The robber appeared to be a male who had covered his face. He wore a long sleeve pullover shirt, possibly Adidas brand, which had a light colored stripe on the sleeves. In addition, he wore mis-matched gloves, one fluorescent yellow and the other black.
Store surveillance cameras captured images of the robber. Any person who may be able to identify him is asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division at (985) 661-2024.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This senseless robbery could have had a tragic ending. Anytime a weapon is produced and discharged during the commission of a crime, there is the possibility of someone being seriously injured. Thankfully, in this situation, the store employee escaped injury. I strongly encourage anyone with possible knowledge about this crime to contact our detective division so that we can track down and capture this individual.”
On January 16, 2019, Anthony Ricardo “Spud” Lee, 31, a resident of Lee Road near Franklinton was arrested once again by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives. While investigating the theft of 4-wheelers and farm equipment from a rural location in the State Line area, detectives collected physical evidence from the crime scene and forwarded the evidence to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. The processed evidence identified Lee as the suspect.
At the time, Lee was incarcerated in the Walthall County, Mississippi, Jail for possession of a stolen firearm. He was returned to Washington Parish and booked into the jail charged with theft and violation of his probation. He remains in the jail on the probation violation and a bond of $3,500 for the theft.
Lee is well known to law enforcement in Washington Parish. His lengthy arrest record began in 2008 when he was arrested for attempted second degree murder and possession of stolen property. The following year he was arrested for possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics and possession of illegal narcotics with a weapon present. Subsequent arrests were for possession of illegal drugs, obstruction of justice, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer with force or violence and burglary. Lee’s current arrest is his first since December 2016 when he was charged with fourteen different offenses.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Our detectives did an excellent job investigating Lee’s latest crime and identifying him quickly. If anyone has purchased anything at all from Anthony Ricardo “Spud” Lee, I request they contact our detective division at (985) 661-6024.”
FRANKLINTON MAN ARRESTED, RELEASED THE FOLLOWING DAY
Mark Anthony Braud, 23, resident of Ruby Taylor Road, Franklinton, was arrested February 4 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on a theft charge. He was released the following day after posting at $3,500 bond.
Braud’s arrest was the result of an investigation by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives after several complaints were filed reporting that Braud would advertise for sale vehicles that he did not own. After receiving payment for a vehicle, he then would fail to deliver the vehicle to the purchaser.
The investigation into Braud’s illegal activities continues. Any person who has been a victim of Mark Anthony Braud is asked to contact Washington Parish detectives at (985) 661-6024.
“Always know the person with whom you are doing business,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Never give another person your hard-earned money until you are satisfied that the transaction is legitimate. Honest citizens of Washington Parish never deserve to be defrauded by a crook. Always be alert when conducting a monetary transaction”
A public meeting will be held as follows:
DATE: February 6, 2019
TIME: 9:00 A.M.
PLACE OF MEETING: UPSTAIRS AT THE WASHINGTON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1002 MAIN ST. FRANKLINTON, LA 70438
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes from last meeting, April 24, 2018
1. Public Comment
1. Public Comment
3. Public Comment
1. Public Comment
2. Adopt the millage rate for the tax year 2019
3. Public Comment
Randy Seal Sheriff
Law Enforcement District
1002 Main St, Franklinton, La 70438
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS TWO ON MULTIPLE CHARGES
An investigation by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol officers resulted in the January 17th arrests of two Bogalusa residents on multiple charges of forgery, identity theft, bank fraud and theft.
David Hill, 32, a resident of Sabine Street, and Lisa Ann Davis-Jefferson 43, a resident of Madison Street, were arrested for 23 counts of forgery, 23 counts of identity theft, 23 counts of bank fraud, and theft. In addition, Hill, who is being held on a $15,500 bond, is charged with contempt of court. Davis-Jefferson also remains in jail with her bond set at $15,000.
The investigation began after a parish man reported that his business banking check book had been stolen from his work vehicle. Once the suspects had been identified, Detective Kody Glenn, along with Patrol Sergeant Charlie Easterling and Deputy John Tullos, were able to locate and arrest Hill and Davis-Jefferson.
The investigation continues and it is anticipated that other arrests will be made.
“There is no doubt,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “that the quick arrests of Hill and Davis-Jefferson prevented additional crimes against other Washington Parish residents. I congratulate our officers for their excellent work in this matter.”
FRANKLINTON WOMAN BOOKED ON DRUG CHARGES
A trip to jail resulted in more charges being lodged against Summer Simmons, 39, a resident of John D. Woods Road in Franklinton. On December 23, 2018, Simmons was arrested by the Franklinton Police Department on an outstanding warrant. The arresting Franklinton police officer transported Simmons to the Washington Parish Jail and turned her over to the jail staff.
While processing Simmons into the jail, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail Deputy Sonnie Warren searched Simmons’ purse and discovered hypodermic needles loaded with what appeared to be heroin, a burnt spoon which likely had been used to process heroin for injection, a metal container containing what appeared to be heroin and a clear plastic bag also containing what appeared to be heroin. When questioned about the suspected drugs, Simmons admitted that it was heroin.
Simmons then was charged by the Sheriff’s Office with introduction of contraband into the jail, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in jail with her bond set at $4,500.
Simmons has a history of incarceration in Washington Parish dating back to 2007. Her six previous arrests were for offenses including resisting an officer, issuing worthless checks, probation violation, domestic violence and possession of illegal drugs.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Thanks to an alert jail deputy, a significant amount of heroin was discovered and seized. I congratulate Deputy Warren for her outstanding work in this matter. Our jail staff does an outstanding job processing every person who is arrested and brought to the jail. It is a tough job, but they handle it well. I appreciate all of the hard work and diligence of our jail deputies.”
SHERIFF HONORS CORRECTIONS DEPUTY OF THE QUARTER
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is pictured presenting a plaque to Corrections Deputy Josh McMorris recognizing him as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter. McMorris was selected for the honor by his fellow employees.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Josh has been a faithful employee for almost six years. He does an excellent job overseeing jail security issues and is always being called on for special projects. An humble man, he completes all of his tasks with a smile. I am so pleased that he is a part of our WPSO family.”
PARISH TRIO ARRESTED FOR VIOLENT CRIMES
Three Washington Parish residents remain in the parish jail charged with attempted robbery with a gun and aggravated assault. Bonds of $150,000 are set for each of the suspects. Those arrested are Jeramie Stephen Young, 27, a resident of Cutrer Lane in Bogalusa, Diane Tramontana, 21, a resident of Pigott’s Crossing north of Bogalusa, and Waymon Eric Singley 34, also a resident of Pigott’s Crossing.
The attempted robbery and assault occurred on November 16 at a rural residence on Highway 1075. The resident responded to a knock on his door and encountered Diane Tramontana who asked him to step outside and talk. When he walked outside with Tramontana, the resident encountered a male, later identified as Jeramie Young, wearing a mask. As the resident attempted to use his cell phone to call someone still inside the residence, Young struck the victim in the head with the shotgun, and then ran away. Both Young and Tramontana ran a short distance before getting into a pickup truck being driven by a third person, later identified as Singley.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant David Cupp responded to the residence and learned that the resident had recognized Young’s voice during the encounter. Sgt. Cupp then relocated to the last known address for Young along with Deputy James Gregorio, Deputy Brad Williams and Detective Captain Tom Anderson. Both Young and Tramontana were located at the residence. A truck matching the description of the getaway vehicle was in the driveway and the hood was warm to the touch. Young and Tramontana were arrested.
It was learned that Singley, who had left on foot, was the getaway driver. He was located at another location and taken into custody. All three suspects were then transported to the Washington Parish Jail where they remain.
The weapon used in the attempted robbery was located underneath the residence and was wrapped in a black sweat shirt. The shotgun was a realistic looking replica of a 12 gauge shotgun.
This is the first arrest noted for Tramontana and Singley. Young has five previous arrests on various charges, including carnal knowledge of a juvenile and cyberstalking.
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the officers who made the arrests. “A quick response to the scene of the attempted robbery and to the residence of the suspects solved this case quickly. Our officers did an outstanding job in wrapping this one up within a matter of hours. I thank them for their good work. The three who were arrested are now where they belong. That is why we have a jail, to provide safekeeping for those persons who pose a threat to the honest residents of our parish.”
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.”
BOGALUSA RESIDENCE SEARCHED
DRUGS AND WEAPONS DISCOVERED
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.”