Bel Services on Friday

Funeral services are schedule Friday morning for former Amite Mayor Buddy Bel who died Sunday. The 74-year-old Amite native had just started the final year of his second term in office as Mayor at the time of his death. Visitation is scheduled Friday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at First United Methodist…

Abita Man Found Guilty of Rape

DA Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found 57 YO Craig Anthony Marquez, of Abita Springs, guilty of Aggravated Rape. He faces a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension when he is sentenced March 10, 2020 before District Judge Zaunbrecher. On July 12, 2016, police encountered a…

Ponchatoula Man Scammed Elderly Citizen of Thousands of Dollars

In August 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial and Cyber Crimes received a report of an elderly man in Amite being scammed for thousands of dollars in a home improvement scheme. Financial Crimes Detective Michael D’Amato and Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs Investigator Christina Delgado began a joint investigation into several people cashing…

HPD Seeking Info on Suspect

The Hammond Police Department, working together with citizens in the community, was made aware of a suspect with several outstanding warrants. 19 YO Terrance Johnson, of Hammond, currently has a Possession of Stolen Property warrant through HPD, as well as two outstanding warrants through the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear, one of…

Inauguration of Cooper and New Parish Council

Yesterday, Michael B. Cooper was sworn in for his first term as St. Tammany Parish President, along with 14 St. Tammany Parish Council members, at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. DA Warren Montgomery served as Master of Ceremonies. The event was moved from its planned outdoor location because of inclement weather. Following his swearing in…

Flags Lowered in Memory of Bel

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller requested that all flags be lowered this week in memory of longtime Amite Mayor Buddy Bel, who died Sunday. Bel was serving in the final year of his second term as Mayor at the time of his death. He previously served on the Amite Town Council and the Tangipahoa Parish…

Park Development Opponents Contest Feasibility Study

Opponents of the proposal for a hotel/conference center at Fontainebleau State Park by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser are sending around their summary of the feasibility study of the project. Among the points they make, is that the park is already profitable, bringing in $1.3 million a year against expenses of $1.2 million. They say if…

Fatal Crash Claims Bogalusa Man

On Monday at about 1:30 AM, Troopers from State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a single vehicle on LA 16 eastbound approximately 2 miles east of LA 1073 in Washington Parish.  The crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Nathan E. Polk of Bogalusa. Troopers think the crash occurred as Polk was…

Possible Homicide in Washington Parish

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office says that on Sunday morning, January 12, a deputy responded to a complaint in the Varnado area from a mother who stated she discovered her son was missing when she woke up. A little over an hour later, deputies responded to an area off of Military Road to investigate a…

Mayor Buddy Bel Dies

Amite Mayor Buddy Bel died Sunday afternoon following a fall last week. The longtime civil servant was beginning the final year of his second term in office at the time of his death. A longtime Amite businessman, Bel owned and operated the Amite landmark “Cabby’s Restaurant” with his wife Claire. Bel became a Tangipahoa Parish…