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.”
CARNEGIE FUND HERO COMMISSION HONORS WPSO DEPUTY
The Carnegie Fund Hero Commission issued the attached media release today. See also attached media release this office sent out in July 2017.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased that one of our deputies, Ronald (Ronnie) W. Manning, is recognized as a Carnegie Hero for his heroism in rescuing two parish women from a burning car in July 2017.
Ronnie is a retired firefighter who has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since July 1, 2008. Ronnie effectively serves as a process server, making certain that all legal documents from the courts and the Clerk of Court office are delivered to the intended recipients.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “What a tremendous honor to have one of our own nationally recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for his heroic life-saving action on July 14, 2017. Deputy Manning is an humble man who seeks no recognition on his own. It was our pleasure to nominate him for this prestigious award. Congratulations, Ronnie, for a job well done!”
CORRECTIONS DEPUTY RECOGNIZED
In a recent ceremony, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recognized Corrections Deputy Corporal Duane McNeese as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter.
McNeese was selected for this award by vote of his colleagues in the jail. As a shift commander, Corporal McNeese has demonstrated leadership and loyalty to the mission of the jail.
Sheriff Seal commented, “I am pleased to award this token of our appreciation to Corporal McNeese. He has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for almost six years and has served faithfully in a variety of positions.”
GUN SAFETY IN THE HOME
A Message from Sheriff Randy Seal
The recent firearm death of a two year old child inside a Livingston Parish residence is a stark reminder about the importance of gun safety in the home. The Baton Rouge newspaper article concerning this tragedy goes on to state that at least 829 children in the United States got their hands on irresponsibly stored guns and shot themselves or other people between 2015 and 2017.
Each year in the United States, children are killed in accidental shootings and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 65% of there were in the family home or car. Additionally, the CDC estimates that more than 600 children are hospitalized each year with non-fatal unintentional shooting injuries.
There are many guides and resources concerning this issue and I have reviewed several of them. One website, www.asecurelife.com offers practical advice for gun safety to help keep a family safe in their own home.
A key first step is discussing guns and gun safety with children. Help children to understand the difference between guns in real life and guns in movies or video games. Stress the difference between real damage and pretend damage. Teach children to have a healthy respect for guns and develop specific safety rules about when or if older children are allowed to handle firearms.
Make certain children understand what to do if they find a gun either inside or outside the home. Help them understand they should stop what they are doing, do not touch the gun, leave the area where the gun is located and tell an adult right away.
The website offers several tips which should be followed in order to keep children protected from accidental shooting inside the home, including:
Never leave a gun unattended where a child might find it.
Always keep guns locked in a secure storage location such as a gun safe or lock box.
Keep the combination or the location of the key to your storage location a secret from children.
Leave guns unloaded when not in use and never leave a loaded gun out so it can be touched or handled by a child.
Never conceal a gun under a mattress, in the sock drawer, at the top of a closet or so forth as a replacement for a locked, secure storage location.
In addition to these tips, I offer one of my own. Treat ammunition the same as you would a weapon and do not allow children to have access to it.
These are only a few tips for gun safety. Use common sense when storing or handling firearms and always err on the side of caution. We can’t be too careful when it comes to children and firearms.
STOLEN BOAT RECOVERED
On September 15, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Owens, 29, a resident of Whitetail Road in Angie. The arrest was the result of a reported boat theft from a private boat launch off the Pearl River. The owner of the boat had been fishing in the area and left the boat tied up for a short period of time. Upon returning to the boat, it was discovered that it was missing.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant David Cupp and Deputy Tyler Lindsey responded to the theft report and began an immediate investigation which led to Owens at his residence in Angie. After being confronted by the officers, Owens cooperated and directed the officers to an address in Bogalusa where the boat was recovered.
Owens was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with theft of more than $5,000 but less than $25,000. He remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.
Owens has been in the jail at least five times previously, dating from a May 2008 arrest, with other arrests following in 2011 and 2013. Previous charges included domestic abuse, theft of a vehicle and burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
“Good work, Sergeant Cupp and Deputy Lindsey,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It’s always good to solve a crime and be able to put the thief in jail. Owens has chosen a path in life where jail or prison is the destination. I’m so pleased we were able to recover this stolen property and return it to its owner.”