CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST
On April 16, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office joined the Bogalusa Police Department, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sun Police Department and Angie Police Department pursuing a truck which had been stolen in Slidell. The pursuit exited St. Tammany Parish headed north on Highway 21. With officers in pursuit, the driver went through Bogalusa and then to Varnado, at which time the driver turned around and headed back in the direction of Bogalusa. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Highway 21, just inside the Bogalusa city limits.
The vehicle, a Dodge Mega Cab truck, was being driven at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, even though two tires were flat and one was completely off the rim. The driver, Harold J. Allen, 36, a resident of Makinley Loop in Amite was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He remains in jail with his bond set at $50,000.
Allen is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle on an office, aggravated flight from an officer, five counts of criminal damage to property, driving under suspension, aggravated obstruction of a roadway and being a fugitive from another parish.
“This was an extremely dangerous situation for law enforcement and civilians,” stated Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “Allen was a menace to everyone on the roads in both parishes and I am so pleased with the efforts of all officers involved to capture him without injuries to any person. When pursuing him, the officers had no idea who was behind the wheel, whether it was a thief, an escapee, or someone wanted for a heinous crime in another jurisdiction. I’m grateful all turned out okay and the bad guy is in jail where he belongs.”
SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVE RECOGNIZED
AS DEPUTY OF THE YEAR
On April 9, Bogalusa’s American Legion “Magic City” Post 24 recognized Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Corbet Hunt as their Deputy of the Year. After being presented a plaque honoring his selection, Detective Hunt thanked the Legion for honoring him and Sheriff Randy Seal for his leadership of the Sheriff’s Office before closing with a scripture reference. In honor of the military men and women and law enforcement officers who answered the call to duty, Detective Hunt quoted Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Corbet Hunt epitomizes the best in law enforcement. His devotion to duty and the citizens of Washington Parish is reflected in his work. Thank you, Detective Hunt, for representing our parish in such a professional manner.”
On April 7, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies Jay Dupre and Michael Thomas
arrested two parish men wanted as suspects for a murder which occurred in Harrison County, Mississippi, earlier that same day. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and several weapons were seized during an inventory of the suspects’ vehicle. In addition, a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol was seized and identified as the possible murder weapon.
The two men, both of whom were apprehended at a residence on Tob Wilson Road north of Franklinton, are Dannie Wayne Bergeron, Jr., 19, and Jacob Tyler Scaife, 22. Both men are being held in the Washington Parish Jail without bond pending extradition to Harrison County.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “I am so pleased Deputies Dupre and Thomas were able to successfully apprehend these two murder suspects. Once we were notified by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, our deputies took quick action to make the arrests before the suspects could leave the area. We are pleased to assist our law enforcement colleagues in Harrison County.”
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
A public meeting will be held as follows:
DATE: April 24, 2018
TIME: 10:00 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 25, 2017
Old BusinessNone Public Comment
1. Adopt the millage rate for the tax year 2018
2. Public Comment
Randy Seal, Sheriff
Law Enforcement District
1002 Main ST, Franklinton, LA 70438
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Ann Estave at 985-839-3434 describing the assistance that is necessary
CURRENT TELEPHONE SCAM IN WASHINGTON PARISH
Several Washington Parish residents have reported receiving telephone calls from a person identifying himself as a detective with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and demanding that money be paid to avoid arrest. The number displayed on the caller ID is the actual number for the Sheriff’s Office, but it is not the Sheriff’s Office calling.
This is a scam. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office does not call anyone to demand that money be paid to avoid arrest. The Sheriff’s Office never calls any person on the telephone to collect money.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is a scam! If you get a telephone call demanding or asking for money, hang up. It is not your Sheriff’s Office calling. The person placing the call does not work for the Sheriff’s Office and does not represent the Sheriff’s Office. Just hang up the telephone. If you have any questions about a suspicious call you receive, you can call us at (985) 839-3434.”
SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS SEXUAL PREDATOR
On March 29, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested David Lang, 58, a resident of Oak Drive, south of Bogalusa, for four counts of inappropriate sexual behavior with juveniles. Lang was arrested after detectives and Patrol Lieutenant Chris Hickman executed a search warrant at Lang’s residence. Seized from the residence were several computers, computer hard drives, flash drives, storage disks and cell phones belonging to Lang. The investigation into Lang’s activities began after two juveniles came forward to report forceful sexual battery committed on them by Lang.
Once Lang was in custody, he made a full confession, admitting to having committed sexual battery on young boys in addition to showing them pornographic images and videos. He also admitted to searching the internet for images of young boys. The investigation into Lang’s activities continues and more charges are possible after the crime lab processes the seized evidence.
Lang is currently in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. No bond has been set at this time. According to Washington Parish Jail records, this is Lang’s first time to be in the jail.
Lang has worked at a disc jockey at a skating rink, possibly putting him into contact with other juveniles. Any parent or other adult who has knowledge or suspicion of inappropriate behavior with juveniles is asked to contact Detective Demmie Rice at (985) 839-3434, extension 2004.
Sheriff Randy Seal expressed shock and sorrow when he learned of the investigation and arrest. “I am always shocked and sorrowed to learn that an adult sexual predator has abused young juveniles. As a father and grandfather, I am deeply distressed that anyone would target youngsters for such deviant activity. My sympathy goes out to the young boys and their families as they deal with this tragic situation which could have lifetime ramifications. I am so appreciative of the good work of our detectives and patrol deputies.”
SUNDAY MORNING CHASE LANDS
FLEEING MAN IN JAIL
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Officer Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre was sitting stationary in his patrol vehicle and running radar on Section Line Road near Franklinton High School after midnight the morning of Sunday, March 25, when a vehicle passed him traveling at 70 miles per hour on the 35 mile per hour stretch of road. Deputy Dupre attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield.
The driver ran the stop sign at the intersection of Section Line Road and Highway 10, heading east on Highway 10. With lights flashing and his siren activated, Deputy Dupre pursued the fleeing driver at a high rate of speed until the driver lost control, spun 180 degrees and landed in the opposite ditch.
As Deputy Dupre exited the patrol vehicle, the driver also exited his vehicle and attempted to flee. Deputy Dupre was able to subdue the driver at which time Lt. Terry Harris arrived on the scene and assisted in placing the driver in handcuffs. While conducting a lawful search of the driver and his vehicle, the deputies discovered marijuana, ecstasy pills and digital scales which are used to weigh drugs. A .380 pistol was discovered where the driver either dropped or tossed it as he exited the vehicle.
The handcuffed driver was placed in the rear seat of Deputy Dupre’s patrol vehicle, at which time the driver manipulated the handcuffs from the rear to the front of his body and attempted to escape from the vehicle. Lt. Harris and Sgt. Jimmy Seals, who had arrived at the scene, were able to prevent the driver’s attempted escape and secure him back in the vehicle.
The driver, Harry Pharmasteen Scott, 21, a resident of 1015 Union Avenue in Bogalusa, was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with eleven offenses:
speeding 31-40 miles per hour above the speed limitrunning a stop sign aggravated flight from an officer resisting an officer possession with intent to distribute schedule one drugs possession of drug paraphernalia possession of schedule one drugs attempted escape no driver’s license convicted felon in possession of a firearm possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present
Scott’s bond was set by a court magistrate at $125,000. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail.
Scott has one previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail. He was arrested in October 2014 and spent two days in jail before posting a $25,000 bond for his release. He was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony.
“When anyone flees a deputy in a manner as Mr. Scott did, it is obvious he was not on his way to church for a Sunday morning men’s breakfast,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “In such situations, deputies have no idea who is fleeing or whether they are wanted for a previous crime or a fugitive from another jurisdiction. There is no way to tell how many persons are in the vehicle or whether or not a weapon is present. Our officers are always at risk when making night-time stops and I commend Deputy Dupre, Lt. Harris and Sgt. Seals for professionally managing this situation and relocating Mr. Scott to the parish jail. Great job, men!”
WASHINGTON PARISH MAN ARRESTED AS
FUGITIVE FROM WALTHALL COUNTY
On March 22, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to locate and arrest a Washington Parish man who is wanted by Walthall County, Mississippi, for a drive-by shooting in that county. Detectives arrested Shaun Dale Warren, 37, a resident of Sundance Lane in Franklinton. Warren was placed in the Washington Parish Jail as a fugitive from Walthall County and will remain in the jail with no bond until extradited by Walthall County.
Warren has been in the Washington Parish Jail on two previous occasions. In August, 2014, he spent six days in the jail for simple battery before posting a $500 bond for his release. In July, 2017, he was arrested on charges of home invasion, domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse child endangerment and aggravated battery. He remained in the Washington Parish Jail for over four months before being released on $153,500 bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal spoke of the partnership with Walthall County law enforcement. “We work closely with Walthall County and other surrounding counties to solve crimes and apprehend criminals. It is a good working relationship which enables our agencies to pool resources as we work to make our communities safer for law abiding citizens. We appreciate the hard work of Sheriff Breland and his officers in Walthall County and are pleased to assist them whenever we can, knowing that they always stand ready to assist us.”
BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED
LARGE QUANTITY OF METH SEIZED
Armed with a search warrant, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, accompanied by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, searched a Bogalusa residence at 802 Avenue C on March 20. Slightly less than one kilo of methamphetamine was seized, along with a smaller amount of marijuana. The resident, Aaron Bertram Johnson, 42, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Johnson was placed in jail charged with one count of distribution of Schedule One drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule Two drugs, criminal neglect of family (non-support) and failure to honor a written promise. He was released on March 23 after posting a $111,000 bond.
This is Johnson’s third Washington Parish arrest. The first arrest was in February, 2008, when he was charged with criminal damage to property. He was released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond. In July, 2015, he was arrested for resisting arrest by fleeing from officers, having an open container in his vehicle and failure to honor a written promise. He stayed in jail three days before posting a $1,000 bond for his release.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Once again we combined with our Drug Enforcement Administration partners to remove a drug dealer from the streets of our parish. Good investigative work developed enough evidence to obtain the search warrant and to shut down Mr. Johnson’s illegal drug operation. Good job, Drug Task Force and DEA. I am so pleased with all you are doing for our parish.”
WASHINGTON PARISH MAN IN JAIL FOURTEEN TIMES
Acting on numerous complaints from concerned citizens, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives and agents from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole arrested Terry Lane Watson, 37, on March 15. Watson is a resident of Highway 1072 near Franklinton.
The officers arrested Watson at his residence and recovered several used and unused syringes with needles attached and a digital scale. Watson was transported to the Washington Parish Jail. While dressing Watson out in jail clothing, officers discovered a zip-lock baggie containing methamphetamine in one of his pockets. He was booked into the jail charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watson is currently on probation and no bond has been set at this time.
Watson’s first arrest was in February, 2011, when he was thirty years old. His other jail stays were in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. His multiple arrests were for drug offenses, driving while intoxicated, burglary, theft, contempt of court and probation violation.
“Fourteen jail stays in seven years is not good,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Sooner or later, Mr. Watson must take personal responsibility for his behavior and make some serious lifestyle decisions. Otherwise, the future does not bode well for him.”