Substitute Teacher Arrested at Slidell High

Joshua Brewer, a 28-year-old Slidell man who had been working as a long-term substitute teacher at Slidell High School, was booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail last week on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. A St. Tammany public schools spokesperson said that Brewer is no longer employed by the system and that…

River Closed Near Destrehan; Boaters Missing

The Mississippi River had to be closed near Destrehan after a towboat, pushing a pair of barges loaded with sulfuric acid, collided with an upbound towboat. The collision caused the loaded towboat to sink and its barges to break free. One of the barges sustained damage and caused the release of sulfuric acid vapor into…

HPD Arrests Burglary Suspect

Late last week the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by the HPD Street Crimes Unit and the Amite Police Department, arrested Leroy Johnson III in connection to burglaries that occurred at Wendy’s on Southwest Railroad Avenue. Johnson was located at his residence on Dogwood Drive in Amite hiding from officers inside an air…

Hammond Police Apprehend Franklinton Murder Suspect

Earlier this week members of the Hammond Police Department Street Crimes unit, along with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Fugitive Task Force apprehended 36 YO Finney A Riley, of Mount Hermon, on a charge of Attempted First Degree Murder. Franklinton Police Department issued the warrant on Riley on January 20, and through hard work and diligent…

Stennis To Test Rockets for Artemis

Stennis Space Center is at the center of the space exploration world with this month’s delivery and installation of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket’s first core stage to Stennis Space Center for a milestone Green Run test series prior to its Artemis I flight. The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing…

Mandeville Man Charged for Selling Illegally Imported Drugs

Federal authorities say 29 YO Luccas Eastman, of Mandeville, illegally imported drugs designed for men with performance issues and sold them to bodybuilders on the Northshore. According to authorities, Eastman imported mislabeled generic versions of drugs from Chinese companies which he sold to members of the bodybuilding community in the Slidell/Mandeville area. Eastman pleaded guilty…

NASA Talks New Rocket and Artemis

Below is a letter from NASA Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech. It highlights progress in NASA’s development of the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the agency’s Artemis to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, setting the stage for an eventual journey to Mars. Gilbrech notes the…

Drug Arrests in Washington Parish

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, assisted by Louisiana State Police narcotics officers, recently concluded an investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics in Washington Parish. Six persons were arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail. 45 YO Dayon Deleco Dyson, of Franklinton, remains in jail charged with battery, failure to appear…

Lawsuit Filed to Block Medline Facility

Some St. Tammany residents have filed a lawsuit to block the rezoning of 70 acres south of Covington, between Ochsner Boulevard and I-12, where the medical supply company Medline plans to build an 800,000-square-foot distribution center. Medline currently operates a 200,000-square-foot distribution center just across I-12 from the proposed site. The suit in the 22nd…

Gulf Coast Amtrak Return Snagged in Mobile

Government leaders in Mobile, Alabama, are slowing down chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast, which has been dormant since Hurricane Katrina. Members of the Mobile’s City Council finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city. The full council could vote on the issue next week. Louisiana and…