SHERIFF’S OFFICE DRUG TASK FORCE SEIZES ECSTASY
On June 11, detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force were conducting operations in the Mt. Hermon area when they observed a vehicle traveling north on Highway 10555 at a high rate of speed. The detectives made a traffic stop and arrested Cardell Barnes, 24, a resident of Dickerson Road in Kentwood.
When arrested, Barnes had a plastic bag containing 213 Ecstasy pills. Ecstasy is popular with drug abusers and produces euphoria and heightened sensations. It has no approved medical uses and long-term use can leave users severely impaired. Ecstasy is also known as MDMA which is short for its actual name of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
Barnes was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 drugs and speeding. Bond was set at $5,000. Barnes met the conditions of his bond and was released on June 12.
“One more drug dealer arrested,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “and more drugs taken out of circulation. Our Drug Task Force and all of our deputies are always on the alert for illegal drugs in Washington Parish. Great job, Drug Task Force!”
PATROL DEPUTY SEIZES DRUGS AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey arrested a Sandy Hook man on May 25 for speeding, possession of drugs and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present.
While patrolling on Spring Valley Road south of Bogalusa, Deputy Lindsey used radar to clock a speeding vehicle. He pursued the vehicle which entered the parking lot of an apartment complex. While the driver was producing his driver’s license and other documentation, he was asked if any weapons were in the vehicle. He appeared to be very nervous and admitted a rifle was in the trunk.
A Stag Arms semi-automatic weapon was retrieved from the trunk of the vehicle, along with two magazines which were inside the vehicle. In addition, illegal pills were seized from the glove compartment.
Marcus Anton Mark, 23, a resident of Highway 48 in Sandy Hook, Mississippi, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with speeding, possession of Schedule 4 drugs, and possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present. He spent three days in jail before being released on a $5,000 bond.
“Another weapon and more illegal drugs removed from our parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It is always gratifying for this Sheriff when that happens. Thank you, Deputy Lindsey, for your good work.”
JAIL STAFF INTERCEPTS CONTRABAND AND MAKES ARRESTS
Alert Washington Parish Jail officers foiled a plot to introduce meth and tobacco into the Washington Parish Jail. While searching items which had been brought to the jail for an inmate, officers discovered a significant quantity of meth, along with smoking tobacco. Using a combination of investigative techniques, officers were able to identify both the person who brought the drugs as well as the inmate for whom it was intended.
The drugs and tobacco were concealed inside the sole of a pair of slippers. Stitching on the slippers had been carefully removed, the contraband inserted, and the slippers stitched back together. The slippers were particularly suspicious since they are not a type of footwear that is allowed in the jail.
Kristie Omega Lewis, 34, a resident of Parker Street in Franklinton, was arrested on June 11 and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 drugs and introduction of contraband into a penal institute. She remains in jail with her bond set at $5,000.
Lewis is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail. Since 2007, she has been in the jail six times on charges including forgery, issuing worthless checks and driving while intoxicated, in addition to the current charges.
Also arrested was current inmate Tremale Deonta Jenkins, 26, a resident of Williams Street in Franklinton. Jenkins has been in the jail since May 26 with a $501,000 bond, charged with 1st degree aggravated rape and failure to appear in court. He now faces additional charges of conspiracy to possess a narcotic and introduction of contraband into a penal institute.
This also is his sixth time to be in the Washington Parish Jail since 2010 on charges including criminal damage to property, theft, aggravated robbery, possession of a stolen firearm and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to his current charges.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Congratulations to our outstanding jail staff for another job well done. Attempts to introduce contraband are a constant problem, but our jail staff is always on the alert for contraband and any other form of deception. Jail officers are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system. They must constantly manage the most dysfunctional persons in our parish, persons who don’t follow rules and have little or no respect for authority. I am so pleased to have each member of our jail staff working for the Sheriff’s Office.”
PATROL DEPUTY APPREHENDS SPEEDER AND CONFISCATES MARIJUANA
Late in the night of May 25, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Justin Blackwell was patrolling on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa when he encountered a vehicle traveling north at a high rate of speed. He intercepted and stopped the vehicle near the Bogalusa city limits, at which time he detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle and observed what appeared to be marijuana inside the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a brown paper bag containing marijuana and a search of the driver revealed additional packaged marijuana in his pocket. Digital scales and a marijuana grinder were later discovered inside the vehicle.
The driver, Jewell Plummer, 42, a resident of Hickory Avenue in Bogalusa, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He was booked into the jail charged with speeding, possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 drugs, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000. Plummer met the conditions of his bond and was released on May 26.
“Driving 75 in a posted 55 mph zone is never good,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Deputy Blackwell did a great job in stopping the driver and then discovering drugs and drug paraphernalia. The almost fourteen grams of marijuana were likely headed for the streets of Bogalusa. Thanks, Deputy Blackwell, for taking those drugs out of our community.”
PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH JUVENILE
On June 12, a Washington Parish man was arrested and jailed for indecent behavior with a juvenile and false imprisonment. Following up on a complaint from the juvenile victim’s Mother, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Raymond Myers conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Frank E. Schwegmann, 78, a resident of Seal Road in Varnado. Schwegmann remains in jail with no bond set at this time.
Due to the very sensitive nature of this crime involving a juvenile, no more information will be released.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “It is always distressing and disturbing to learn of such behavior with a juvenile. I am pleased Detective Myers was able to sort out the details of this matter and make the arrest.”
THIEF STRIKES FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Washington Parish Fire District located in Angie was recently burglarized by a thief who stole a large amount of diesel fuel. Although the fire station had outside cameras, it was discovered that someone had removed the memory cards, resulting in no video evidence.
This was the second theft from this Fire District. Within the past few months, batteries were stolen from one of the fire trucks.
The Fire District is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thief or thieves. Any person with information about either of these thefts is asked to contact Detective Lt. Tom Anderson at (985) 839-3434, extension 2059. The tipster may remain anonymous if he or she prefers to do so.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Help us solve these thefts. Our Fire Districts throughout the parish provide a valuable service to all citizens and it is inconceivable that anyone would steal resources that might hamper their ability to respond to a fire or other tragedy. The thief needs to be identified and brought to justice.”
ALERT PATROL DEPUTY MAKES DRUG ARREST
Late in the afternoon of May 23, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre made a traffic stop on Holmesville Road in the northwest quadrant of the parish that developed into a drug arrest.
The driver of the vehicle, Miketillies R. Williams, 35, a resident of Tanglewood Drive in Franklinton, was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and illegal prescription medication. Williams was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and driving under suspension. Williams remains in jail with his bond set at $50,000.
Items seized from Williams included a .22 caliber rifle, 4.3 grams of methamphetamine, 15.3 grams of marijuana and twenty-one Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Our outstanding patrol deputies are constantly working throughout our parish protecting us from those who would do us harm. In this case, Deputy Dupre not only took illegal drugs off of our streets but also removed a firearm from a convicted felon. Good job!”
THE DAY A HERO FELL IN WASHINGTON PARISH
Fifty-three years ago, June 2, 1965, is a day that should forever be etched in the memory and conscience of Washington Parish. On that day, a hero fell. Military veteran and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputy O’Neal Moore was assassinated as he patrolled the highways of northeast Washington Parish. A resident of Varnado, Moore was survived by his wife, Maevella Moore, and four young daughters.
Each day, as I walk into the Sheriff’s Office lobby in Franklinton, I see our Fallen Heroes Memorial wall and the bronze likeness of Deputy Moore which is prominently displayed as the centerpiece of the wall. I am daily reminded of the ultimate sacrifice he gave for me and all other citizens of our fine parish.
Deputy Moore was only thirty-four years old at the time of his death. He was a young man, a dedicated man and a loyal man whose goal in life was to be the best husband and father he could be while he faithfully served as the first African-American deputy in the history of our parish.
Soon after I took office as your Sheriff, I presided over the dedication of the Fallen Heroes wall. This was a special day for all of Washington Parish as we honored the memories of Deputy Moore and others who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
May we never forget our hero, Deputy Sheriff O’Neal Moore, and may our memory of that tragic day serve as a constant reminder of our obligation to love, honor and protect each other.
FALLEN HEROES HONORED
As citizens from throughout Washington Parish gathered under the flagpole in front of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on May 18, Sheriff Randy Seal spoke words of remembrance and gratitude to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag, Sheriff Seal placed a wreath at the memorial to Fallen Heroes of Washington Parish who are memorialized in the tribute to Fallen Heroes located inside the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. Drew LeBlanc, representing Buglers Across America, played taps as the ceremony concluded. Attendees then had the privilege of viewing the memorial.
“Remembrance of our fallen heroes is always a solemn time for all of us,” stated Sheriff Seal. “These fine officers made the ultimate sacrifice as they worked to protect the residents of our parish. We are forever indebted to them.”
SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO OBSERVE
NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY
Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States in honor of law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. According to the organization Concerns of Police Survivors, about 140-160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. Thus far in 2018, there have been 53 line of duty deaths, including one in Louisiana.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal and his staff will pay tribute to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who have given their lives in service to the citizens of our parish. A special observance will be held at the Sheriff’s Office in Franklinton on Friday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. At that time, a wreath will be placed at the Fallen Heroes memorial located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and join Sheriff Seal in honoring the fallen heroes of Washington Parish.