Falconer Files Lawsuit

State Rep. Reid Falconer has filed a lawsuit seeking to identify an anonymous online poster who he said made false claims against him. Falconer said he has asked St. Tammany DA Warren Montgomery’s office to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the postings and text messages on charges of stalking and cyber-harassment. The online poster…

Tangi Tourism Teaming Up With Lafourche

Two parishes in southeast Louisiana are launching a joint promotion to draw tourists from one another. In Tangipahoa Parish, north of New Orleans, and Lafourche Parish, southwest of the city, tourism officials that have joined forces, encouraging visits from the other. Each has posted suggested itineraries for day-trips or overnight getaways. Suggested itineraries for Lafourche…

Ponchatoula Police Chief Endorses Zabbia’s Challenger

Early voting began Saturday and continues daily through Nov. 9th. Election Day is Saturday, Nov. 16. In a statement issued to the press, Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson endorsed Steve Pugh for mayor. He said every year, safeguarding Ponchatoula gets tougher. School shootings, reckless driving, and crimes against seniors are just a few of many…

Despenza Guilty of Murder

DA Warren Montgomery says a St. Tammany jury found 40 YO Kenya A. Despenza, of Slidell, guilty as charged of second-degree murder for stabbing her aunt to death in the home they shared. The victim, Dianne Bercy, who opened her home in Slidell to Despenza when her troubled niece had nowhere else to go, was…

Additional Testimony Against Strain Allowed

A judge ruled yesterday that three more people who say they were abused by former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain will be allowed to testify against him at his trial, which could begin this April. The judge also ruled that prosecutors can introduce testimony about other alleged sexual conduct involving Strain and the four alleged…

Hammond PD Make Vehicle Burglary Arrests

Hammond PD has been investigating a series of vehicle burglaries in the area of Old Covington Highway. Earlier this week the Patrol Division arrested two juvenile suspects. After an investigation by the HPD Juvenile Criminal Investigations Division, another juvenile suspect was identified. The two juveniles in custody have been charged with trespassing, criminal mischief, and…

Halloween Safety From LSP

Halloween is here and Louisiana State Police want safety to be a top priority. To ensure that trick-or-treating is a safe and memorable event for everyone, have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wears reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location.  Remember that masks can restrict vision, including…

Upcoming Meetings About Unified St Tammany Chamber

There will be a St. Tammany Chamber Town Hall Meeting involving the launch of the new parish-wide St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. The agenda will include information on planned membership benefits, planned events, & more. Most importantly, chamber officials say your input, questions, ideas or concerns will be heard. This parish wide Chamber meeting will…

Would Be Killer Confronts Wrong Man

A Covington-area man was arrested for Attempted Second Degree Murder after he confronted the wrong man with a firearm at a gas station in Bush. At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, St. Tammany Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gas station on Highway 21 in Bush after a male subject followed another motorist to the…

DA Seeks Additional Witnesses Against Strain

Prosecutors will find out today if three more people who allege they were sexually abused by former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain will be allowed to testify against him at his trial on eight counts of sex crimes. Strain will appear in 22nd Judicial District Court before an ad hoc judge who is scheduled to…