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.”
TEEN-AGER ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
On October 8, an observant Mt. Hermon neighbor saw a suspicious person walking around a nearby residence and then heard the sound of glass breaking. The neighbor called the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Justin Blackwell responded to the scene. It was discovered that the residence had been burglarized and various items and firearms were missing.
Deputy Blackwell was able to learn the identity of the person who had been seen by the neighbor and began a search in the area. While patrolling, he observed the suspect riding in a vehicle being driven by another person. He made a traffic stop, arrested the suspect and recovered the stolen property.
The suspect, Colby Stokes, 17, a resident of Elon Duncan Road in Mt. Hermon, was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited residence. He remains in jail with no bond set at this time.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commended Deputy Blackwell for “a job well done.” The Sheriff went on to say, “The observant eye of a good neighbor was a key to solving this crime quickly. This is a great example of the importance of neighbors looking out for each other. Not only did the neighbor observe suspicious behavior, but also he took the important step of notifying the Sheriff’s Office.”
MURRY DUNCAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL BATTERY
Earlier this month, Murry “Joey” Duncan, Jr., 49, a resident of Lonnie Duncan Road in Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, was convicted in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge of sexual battery of a child under the age of thirteen. The sexual offense occurred while Duncan was supervising children on a trip to Baton Rouge. Immediately upon conviction, Duncan was remanded to the custody of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he will remain until he is sentenced in January 2019. State law requires that Duncan’s sentencing range will be from a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of 99 years.
Duncan still must stand trial in Washington Parish for crimes committed here. He was initially arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in April 2014 and charged with aggravated incest and pornography involving juveniles. His second Washington Parish arrest was in May 2014 for two counts of video voyeurism, molestation of a juvenile and pornography involving juveniles. As the investigation continued, Duncan was arrested for a third time in June 2014 for an additional charge of molestation of a juvenile. Overall, Duncan is alleged to have committed sexual offenses against seven juveniles.
Duncan had been released on bond and required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet which would identify his location at all times. After his conviction in East Baton Rouge Parish, he was placed immediately in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison to await sentencing.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Justice may sometimes seem slow, but in this case it finally happened. For his sexual battery on a juvenile in East Baton Rouge Parish, Duncan will receive a significant prison sentence which is certain to be lengthened once he is tried and convicted in Washington Parish. This was a traumatic case for the Mt. Hermon community and I am happy for all victims and others affected by Duncan’s actions that he is finally receiving the justice he deserves. I congratulate our detectives as well as officials in East Baton Rouge Parish for their hard work in bringing Murry Duncan to justice. Our office looks forward to continuing to work with the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s office in Franklinton to prepare for Duncan’s trial here.”
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.”
TEN ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON PARISH DRUG ROUNDUP
On October 1, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force went throughout the parish with warrants in hand to arrest persons actively involved in the drug trade. The roundup was conducted after several months of undercover work and resulted in ten arrests for various drug charges, Those arrested were:
Bryan LeBlanc, 28, a resident of Highway 1074 near Bogalusa, was arrested for distribution of Schedule III drugs and two counts of contempt of court. He remains in jail with his bond set at $77,250. LeBlanc was in the Washington Parish Jail on two previous occasions. In 2011 he was jailed for two counts of simple battery. He was jailed again in 2013 for aggravated battery, simple battery and driving under suspension.
Rondalyn Rogers, 27, a resident of Highway 10 near Franklinton, was arrested for four counts of possession of drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond. She has no previous record of incarceration in Washington Parish.
Andrew Lawrence, 46, a resident of Highway 10 near Franklinton, was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was released after posting a $1,000 bond. Lawrence was in the Washington Parish Jail on previous occasions. In 2009, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving under suspension. In 2010, he was arrested for possession of illegal drugs, possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer.
Aimee Magee Stafford Clasen, 41, a resident of N. Daniels Road near Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. She was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond. This was her first incarceration in Washington Parish.
Ryan Wood Fulcher, 36, a resident of Smith Road near Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He remains in jail with his bond set at $75,000. Fulcher was arrested previously in 2011 for burglary and in 2012 for possession of drugs, burglary and a probation and parole violation.
Zackery Rogers, a resident of River Road in Mt. Hermon, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He remains in jail with his bond set at $75,000. Rogers was previously arrested in January 2018 for failure to honor a written promise and three counts of failure to appear in court. In August 2018 he was arrested again for two counts of failure to appear in court.
Bradford Forrest, 27, a resident of Magee Street in Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of contempt of court. He remains in jail with his bond set at $102,000. Forrest was arrested also in 2009 for two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession of Schedule III drugs and failure to appear in court. He was arrested again in 2017 for failure to appear in court, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.
LeBrandon Crosby, 32, a resident of Larry Jenkins Road near Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of counterfeit money. He has four previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2005, he was arrested for armed robbery, aggravated battery, second degree battery, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, and unauthorized use of a moveable. His next arrest in 2013 was for aggravated burglary, theft, criminal trespass, possession of marijuana, introduction of contraband into a penal institute and indecent exposure.
In 2013 he was arrested for possession of Schedule I drugs, resisting an officer, failure to appear in court and public intimidation. His fourth arrest in 2014 was for violation of probation and parole.
Kiefer Dedon, 28, a resident of North Dutch Road near Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Dedon was already in the Washington Parish Jail for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. He remains in jail with his bond set at $93,500.
Previously, Dedon was arrested in 2011, 2012 and 2017. His 2011 arrest was for distribution of Schedule I drugs. In 2012 he was arrested again for distribution of Schedule I drugs and resisting arrest by flight. His 2017 arrest was for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, obstructing a public passage, and two counts of failure to appear in court.
Carla Simmons, 50, a resident of Old Columbia Road near Franklinton, was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. She remains in jail with her bond set at $50,000. Simmons has five previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2006, she was arrested for burglary, theft, shoplifting and criminal damage to property. A 2007 arrest was for possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2008, she was charged with probation and parole violation, failure to appear in court, contempt of court, two counts of shoplifting and introduction of contraband into a penal institute. Her 2009 arrest was for two counts of failure to appear in court and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction. In 2013, she was arrested for distribution of Schedule II drugs.
During the drug roundup, not all suspects were located. Drug Task Force officers have additional arrest warrants and will make more arrests when the wanted persons are located.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Our officers are constantly working throughout the parish to identify drug dealers. Sometimes it takes months to make connections in the drug trade and put all pieces of the puzzle together. When that happens, arrest warrants are issued. That is what happened in this drug roundup. More arrests will follow and I advise all drug dealers to keep their toothbrush handy, because sooner or later they are going to jail.”
BOGALUSA RESIDENT JAILED FOR BURGLARY
Aaron Blackwell, 25, a resident of Bogalusa’s Charlevoix Street, is in the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $11,500. He is charged with the following offenses:Failure to appear in court Failure to pay fine Simple escape Burglary of an inhabited dwelling Simple burglary
When homeowners living south of Bogalusa returned home, they discovered their home had been burglarized. A television and other electronic equipment were missing. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the home and were able to lift fingerprints from the scene. The fingerprints matched those of Blackwell who was located and arrested on September 26.
During the process of being arrested, Blackwell ran from detectives. He was chased and caught, then transported to jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Chased, caught, cuffed. That says it all. Congratulations to our officers for another job well done.”
On September 20, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Scott Anthony Shubert, 35, a resident of Avenue L in Bogalusa. Shubert was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of a business, burglary of a vehicle, theft and criminal damage to property. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond has been set at this time.
The arrest came within twelve hours of the crime being reported to the Sheriff’s Office. A review of surveillance video at an area business revealed Shubert selling some of the stolen property. Shubert was quickly located and most of the stolen property was recovered.
Records indicate Shubert has been in the Washington Parish Jail on one previous occasion. He was arrested on November 2, 2017, charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer. He stayed in jail for two days before being released on a $5,750 bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Great work by our detectives. Another thief behind bars is always a good thing for the honest citizens of Washington Parish. If any citizen has purchased property from Scott Schubert, they are asked to contact Detective Kody Glenn at (985) 839-3434, extension 2054.”