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MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF RANDY SEAL MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR

MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF RANDY SEAL

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Two significant holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Day are rapidly approaching.  As we enter this holiday season, we are reminded of the many blessings we have as residents of these United States. 

The most significant holiday experience is our celebration of the Christmas season.  This is a time not only for giving and receiving gifts, but also for deep reflection on the meaning of Christmas as it pertains to us as individuals and to our families and our nation. 

Christmas is a time of gifts under the tree, lights in the windows, cards in the mail, stockings hanging in the family room, dinners with family and friends, and greetings of “Merry Christmas” to those whom we see in our daily lives.  Such things bring joy to many.  Another great source of joy is the privilege and ability to give to those whose life circumstances mean not being able to afford presents under the tree or a sumptuous Christmas meal.  We can also give by reaching out to those who will not see loved ones because they are unable to travel home for Christmas. 

There are many opportunities for giving beyond gifts to family and friends.  Giving opportunities in Washington Parish are available through our churches, local food banks and other organizations designed to assist those who are less fortunate.  Additionally, there are numerous regional and national organizations that are dedicated to providing help to those in need. 

During this Christmas season, I encourage all to reach out to others through giving, whether the giving is through gifts, through service to others, or simply through an encouraging word.  Those who give always receive a blessing. 

Coming quickly after Christmas is our celebration of the New Year.  This is a time for parties and fellowship with acquaintances and I encourage all to practice safety and responsibility.  Please remember not to drink and drive and to be very cautious with fireworks or firearms. 

Our Administrative Office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26 and Monday and Tuesday, January 1 and January 2.  However, during both of these holiday seasons, our officers will be on duty and working to protect the citizens of our parish.  If you need us during the holidays, call (985) 839-3434. 

I wish for each of you a very blessed Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! 

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING

A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

On December 11, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Demontrey Lavon Mingo, 22, a resident of 626 Avenue E, Bogalusa, for impersonating a law enforcement officer.  

A Franklinton area resident called the Sheriff’s Office reporting that an unknown male had come to the door of the residence and wanted to come inside.  Although he was not dressed in a uniform and did not provide any law enforcement identification, he insisted that he was a law enforcement officer and needed to enter the residence.  After being refused entry into the residence, the man then attempted to persuade the homeowner to step outside.  The homeowner again refused and stated that a call was being made to the Sheriff’s Office.  At that point, the unknown male fled on foot. 

Two hours later, the impersonator returned to the area and was confronted by a neighbor who was aware of the ongoing issue.  The neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office with a description of the man who once again fled.  Responding Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to locate the impersonator, identified as Mingo, on Highway 10 outside of Bogalusa.  He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.  He was released later that day after posting a $3,550 bond. 

“The alert homeowner and the neighbor did the right thing,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “It appears that Mingo had criminal intentions and was using the scam of being an officer to gain entry into the residence.   This is a good lesson for all homeowners.  Never admit a stranger into your house and always keep a safe distance behind a closed and locked door.  Call the Sheriff’s Office if the person seems suspicious and you have concerns.  Our deputies wear clearly recognizable uniforms.  Our detectives may be in plain clothes, but they have adequate picture identification.  Always err on the side of caution.”

 

 

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DRUG INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN EIGHT ARRESTS

DRUG INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN EIGHT ARRESTS

 A lengthy drug investigation in the Bogalusa area has resulted in the arrest of eight men who have been identified as key players in heroin trafficking.  The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police Narcotics Division conducted the investigation with assistance from the Bogalusa Police Department and the Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole. 

The heroin epidemic has impacted Washington Parish in a very large way, including an unusually large amount of heroin overdoses and deaths.  As of August 6, 2017, Louisiana drug overdose deaths increased by 14% from the previous year, for a total of 1,015 drug overdose deaths in Louisiana.  The leading number of those deaths resulted from heroin overdose.  The lengthy investigation was aided by information provided by concerned citizens and required the team effort of several law enforcement agencies. 

The following eight men were arrested over the past several months on state charges and federal charges are being considered. 

Brandon M. Brister, 35, a resident of 505 Bankston Drive, Bogalusa.  Brister was arrested November 2, 2017, and is charged with conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $350,000.  This is Brister’s tenth time in the Washington Parish Jail since 2007 on charges including battery, false imprisonment, carjacking, theft of a firearm and various narcotics charges. 

Fernando Brister, 28, a resident of 1119 Davis Street, Apartment B, Bogalusa.  He was arrested May 25, 2017, and is charged with distribution of Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, eleven counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs and possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $375,000.  Brister’s previous arrest in 2010 was for distribution of Schedule II drugs. 

Jashma Lavar  Crumedy, 28, a resident of 1625 Columbia Station, Bogalusa.  Crumedy was arrested June 6, 2017, and is charged with distribution of Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $102,000.  This is Crumedy’s seventh stay in the Washington Parish Jail.  Previous arrests were on charges including manufacture of Schedule II drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, possession of stolen property and failure to appear in court. 

Darius J. Dobson, 23, a resident of 1911 Blueberry Drive, Bogalusa.  Dobson was arrested October 2, 2017, and is charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III and Schedule IV drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and possession of Schedule V drugs.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $500,000.  Dobson’s previous arrest was in February 2017 on narcotics charges, failure to appear in court and contempt of court. 

Markus Kortez Mark, 62439 Jones Creek Road, Angie.  Mark was arrested October 2, 2017 and transferred to another facility on November 27, 2017 where he awaits trial with his bond set at $500,000.  His charges are distribution of Schedule I drugs, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear in court, two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs and possession with intent to distribute Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV and Schedule V drugs.  Mark has a previous 2015 jail stay for domestic violence.

 Alex Jerrob Miller, 36, also a resident of 1911 Blueberry Drive, Bogalusa.  Alex Miller was arrested November 20, 2017, charged with distribution of Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs,  possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present.  In addition he had four arrest warrants.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $673,659.  His three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail were for charges including cruelty to animals and distribution of Schedule I drugs.

David Bernard Miller, 33, a resident of 1021 Davis Street, Bogalusa.  David Miller was arrested October 10, 2017, charged with distribution of Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule V drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $200,000.  Miller has two previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail for charges including aggravated robbery, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. 

Michael Miller, 30, a resident of 1007 North Roosevelt, Bogalusa.  Michael Miller was arrested October 5, 2017, charged with three counts of distribution of Schedule I drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule II drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs, possession of marijuana, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of failure to appear in court.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $610,500.    Michael Miller’s three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail were for charges including possession of marijuana, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and attempted second degree murder. 

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commended all officers involved in the investigation which led to the arrests of the eight men.  “Drug investigations like this are complicated and take time.  Our officers, along with DEA and State Police Narcotics Agents, spent countless hours putting together evidence for each of these arrests.  Their hard work paid off, resulting in the arrests of primary drug dealers in the Bogalusa area.  I commend each of them and extend my gratitude to each agency which provided manpower and support for this successful anti-drug operation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOGALUSA MAN JAILED FOR SIXTH TIME

BOGALUSA MAN JAILED FOR SIXTH TIME 

Tyrell Davon McGowan, 30, a resident of 1520 Adams Street in Bogalusa, is in the Washington Parish Jail for the sixth time. On November 22, 2017, he was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey on numerous charges. 

On that date, Deputy Lindsey was patrolling in the Angie area when he observed a vehicle which had no license plate or inspection sticker.  Deputy Lindsey pursued the vehicle which was headed east on Highway 438 and made a traffic stop. 

As Deputy Lindsey approached the suspect vehicle on foot, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.  Two persons were in the vehicle.  The driver was McGowan and his passenger was Trevor D. Smith, 25, a resident of 63562 Foster Town Road in Angie.  Both men were very nervous as they exited their vehicle.  For safety reasons, Deputy Lindsey searched each man for weapons as he detained them. 

McGowan gave permission for Deputy Lindsey to search the vehicle.  The search revealed several packages of narcotics and a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol which turned out to be stolen. Although McGowan took responsibility for sole possession of all narcotics, both men were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. 

McGowan was booked into the jail charged with four counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, three counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV drugs, three counts of distribution of Schedule I drugs, possession of legend drugs without a prescription, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, no license plate and no inspection sticker.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $700,000.  

McGowan has been jailed in Washington Parish on five previous occasions dating from 2011.  He was arrested those five times for a variety of offenses, including carnal knowledge of a juvenile, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and attempted second degree murder. 

Trevor D. Smith was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  He remains in jail with his bond set at $50,000.   Smith’s one previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail was for a 2015 arrest when he was charged with distribution of Schedule II drugs. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Deputy Lindsey’s alertness led to two felons being relocated from our community to our jail.  Great job, Deputy Lindsey!  It is obvious that these two fellows were not on a good will mission.  With that many drugs and a loaded pistol, they were looking for anything but a church service.  One can only imagine what Deputy Lindsey may have prevented by arresting these men.”

 

 

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS FIVE, SEEKS ANOTHER

SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS FIVE,  SEEKS ANOTHER

 

On November 20, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested four area residents in connection with a residential burglary that occurred on Highway 60 in Bogalusa.  A fifth person was arrested a week later. 

The burglary was interrupted by the homeowner when he arrived at his residence and observed a vehicle backed up to his front door.  The suspects quickly drove away and the homeowner followed them for a short distance but then lost sight.  He returned home to discover that numerous firearms, jewelry and a large sum of money were missing. 

Detectives investigating the burglary observed Dustin Stanley Bailey driving in the area and made a traffic stop on him.  Bailey, who recently had been released from prison, was in possession of some of the stolen cash and made a voluntary admission to the burglary. 

The continued investigation led to the identification of five other persons involved in the burglary and events following the burglary.  Four of them have been arrested and the fifth is being sought.  Numerous stolen items were recovered, including $14,000 cash. 

Dustin Stanley Bailey, 35, a resident of 55070 Highway 60 in Bogalusa, remains in the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $175,000.  He is charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling, theft of six firearms, theft of more than $25,000, and criminal conspiracy to burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  Bailey has a long criminal history and has been in the Washington Parish Jail twelve times since 2006 on charges including drug offenses, theft, and failure to appear in court. 

Chelsie Lynn Bourne, 25, a resident of 80314 Sticker Road in Bush, Louisiana, remains in jail with her bond set at $10,000.  She is charged with being an accessory after the fact.  Bourne was previously jailed for three months earlier in 2017 for second offense driving while intoxicated. 

Joshua C. Grimes, 32, a resident of 310 Bankston Drive in Bogalusa, remains in jail with his bond set at $16,500.  He is charged with possession of Schedule III drugs, two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and two counts of contempt of court. 

Stacey Todd Grimes, 48, also a resident of 310 Bankston Drive in Bogalusa, remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.  He is charged with obstruction of justice and being an accessory after the fact.  Knowing that his son was involved in the burglary, Stacey Todd Grimes drove his son, identified as Jason Todd Grimes, 24, to Mississippi to avoid arrest. 

Jason Todd Grimes is being sought as a fugitive.  Any person who knows his location is asked to call Detective Kody Glenn as (985) 839-3434.  A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of Jason Todd Grimes. 

The fifth arrest occurred on November 27.  Brandon Michael Miller, 27, a resident of 82484 Jenkins Cemetery Road, Bogalusa, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling, eight counts of theft of firearms, theft of more than $25,000, criminal conspiracy to burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and eight counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  At this time, no bond has been set for Miller. 

Miller also is a frequent resident of the Washington Parish Jail, with twelve arrests since January 2009.  His arrests were for offenses including drug possession,  failure to appear and traffic offenses. 

“Our detectives are to be commended,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “for solving this burglary so quickly and making the five arrests.  This gang of criminals is no match for the tenacity and professionalism of our detectives.  The thieves are now in jail where they belong and Jason Todd Grimes will join them sooner or later when he is located and arrested.   A thief can run and hide for only so long.  Eventually, Jason Todd Grimes will be an inmate in the Washington Parish Jail.  Someone reading this today knows where he is hiding.  If you are that person, contact Detective Glenn and let him know where to find Grimes.”

 

 

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BURGLAR ARRESTED

BURGLAR ARRESTED

 Alex Keith Magee, 30, a resident of 43650 Wilson Road in Franklinton, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with the October burglary of a residence on Jamieson Creek Road.  The homeowner had a home security camera system that captured the burglary as it occurred and the burglar caught on video was identified as Alex Magee. 

On November 22, Magee was located and arrested.  He remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary, theft of a dirt bike and attempted theft of a motorcycle.  No bond has been set for Magee who has been in the jail three previous times, including a 2007 burglary.  Magee is a suspect in other related offenses. 

Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Another burglar off of our streets and into our jail.  That is good.  I compliment the homeowner for having a video security system.  That is a great tool for any homeowner and helps to quickly identify thieves and others who would are up to no good.”

 

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR ESCAPEE

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR ESCAPEE

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate who escaped from a work assignment Friday night. The inmate, Timothy John Williams, 30, is a white male who is six feet one inch tall and bald. He sometimes goes by his street name of Kojak. The last known address for Williams is 430 Huron Avenue in Bogalusa.

Williams was being held on a $3,500 bond for a theft charge and was assigned to clean and perform other chores in and around the jail. Sometime during the night he was able to escape detection and walk away from the jail.

Although Williams was jailed on a non-violent offense, anyone who encounters him should use caution. Any person who knows a possible location for Williams is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. It is not necessary to reveal your identity.

Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “All of the details of this escape are not known at this time, but we are reviewing the entire time frame beginning with just prior to noticing that he was missing. Our search for him extends throughout Washington Parish and beyond. He is listed on the national criminal justice database, so any arrest anywhere in the United States will alert arresting officers that he is wanted for escape. At this time, our efforts are focused on locating Williams and we will not cease searching for him until he is found. If anyone has contact with Williams, please encourage him to call and turn himself in. That certainly would be the easiest route for him to take at this time.”

 

 

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Timothy John Williams

Timothy John Williams

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking Timothy John Williams, 30 year old white male, last known address 430 Huron Avenue in Bogalusa.  He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.  He sometimes goes by the street name of Kojak. 

Williams is serving time in the Washington Parish Jail on a charge of theft.  He was a trusty who walked away from the jail during the night. 

Any person who has knowledge of the location of Timothy John Williams is asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

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A Message of Thanksgiving from Sheriff Randy Seal

A Message of Thanksgiving from Sheriff Randy Seal 

As the holiday season approaches, I want to take this time to acknowledge our staff and to thank them for their important contribution to this office and our community. I want to thank each and every one of our deputies for their hard work and to encourage you to do the same when you see them. 

I would also like to acknowledge our community for their tremendous support and efforts in helping to make Washington Parish a safer place to live and raise a family. We appreciate your input and assistance.  It is our honor to be of service to you. 

The holiday season is a time when we gather with family and friends to thank God for our many blessings.  In America, we have much to be thankful for because we live in freedom in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America. As we enjoy the freedom to fellowship with our family and friends let us not forget the men and women in our Armed Forces both home and abroad who will be away from their families during the holidays, allowing us to celebrate in peace. 

We look forward to the holiday season, and we hope you do as well. My commitment to the citizens of this Parish has never been stronger. I will continue to work with you to improve the quality of life for each resident we serve. The support you’ve shown to me and the entire Sheriff’s Office during this past year has been overwhelming. 

Most of all, thank God the father for his blessings for in Thessalonians 5:18 we read, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

Happy Thanksgiving from Sheriff Randy and Sheila Seal and the men and women of your Sheriff’s Office.

 

Randy “Country” Seal

Sheriff

INMATE’S GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED

INMATE’S GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED 

Acting on information provided by jail personnel from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents from the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted surveillance in the Sheriff’s Office parking lot the evening of November 8, 2017, to intercept contraband which was intended to be smuggled into the jail. 

Information provided to the drug agents indicated that Shirae Gabrelle Brister, 26, a resident of 1631 Azalea Court in Bogalusa, would attempt to introduce contraband into the jail during visitation hours on November 8.  The contraband was intended for her boyfriend, inmate Michael Miller, 30, a Bogalusa resident who was last arrested on October 5, 2017, for a variety of drug related charges.  The plan to introduce contraband into the jail was discovered by jail personnel 

Agents surveilled Brister as she drove around Franklinton and then entered the Sheriff’s Office parking lot with the contraband items concealed in a fast food restaurant bag as Michael Miller had directed her to do.  She exited with the bag in hand and entered the jail lobby.  She then exited quickly with the bag and placed it back in her car.  Agents approached her vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.  A subsequent search of Brister’s car revealed the fast food bag which contained both tobacco and marijuana.  Brister was then arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of marijuana and attempted introduction of contraband.  She remains in jail with her bond set at $10,000. 

This was not Brister’s first stay in the jail.   On November 2, 2017, she was arrested for possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present.  She was in and out of  jail the same day after posting a $20,000 bond. 

Brister’s boyfriend, Michael Miller, was arrested again inside the jail and charged with attempted introduction of contraband.  This is another charge Miller must face including his current charges of possession of marijuana, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of failure to appear, three counts of distribution of Schedule I drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule II drugs and possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs.  Miller remains in jail on those charges with his bond set at $860,500. 

This is Miller’s fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail.  His first arrest in May 2007 was for possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer.  He spent three days in jail before posting a $12,750 bond for his release.

 Miller’s second arrest was February 2009 when he spent another few days in jail for failure to appear, no seat belt, no driver’s license and resisting an officer.  He posted a $10,850 bond and was released.

 His third arrest was in August 2011 on charges of attempted 2nd degree murder, illegal discharge of a weapon, aggravated criminal damage to property, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and no seat belt.  He remained in jail approximately six weeks before posting a $100,000 bond for his release. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Persons who possess a criminal mindset never stop trying, even while they are in jail.  Miller is a career criminal and it seems that Brister is doing her best to be the same.   Three great groups of people combined their efforts to prevent this contraband from entering the jail.  Our fine jail personnel, our Drug Task Force agents and our partner Drug Enforcement Agency officers did an outstanding job.   Even while our good citizens are enjoying the comforts of home, our officers are on duty and working hard to protect and serve everyone in Washington Parish.”

 

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