Drug Arrests by Ponchatoula Police

In Ponchatoula Chief Bry Layrisson reports that at 11:00pm on Monday, Street Crimes Agents initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for improper display of a license plate. The agents approached could smell a strong odor of Marijuana. They detained 3 of the passengers, but the fourth attempted to flee the scene and was quickly…

Walk-On’s Fires Franchise Holder in Covington

Walk-On’s in Covington has fired a franchise holder after a racially-charged post on Facebook about some Halloween trick-or-treaters. Scott Taylor, president and COO of Walk-On’s said as result of recent events surrounding an offensive social media post by Walk-On’s franchisee Brandon Hargrave, Walk-On’s Enterprises was terminating its franchise relationship with Mr. Hargrave, effective immediately. The…

Indictment in Death of Child

DA Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury has indicted 20 YO Tyrease Brumfield, of Bogalusa, of first degree murder in the death of an eight-month-old girl in August. The child had been left in Brumfield’s care for a couple of hours on Aug. 19, but was found non-responsive when the mother returned.…

Early Voting This Week

Early voting on the Northshore for the Nov. 16 general election will continue this week through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Registered voters can cast an early ballot at the Covington office of the Registrar of Voters, at 601 N. Jefferson Ave.; The Towers Building, at 520 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell;…

Work Continues on LA 25

Officials say the daily intermittent lane closures of northbound or southbound lanes on La. 25 between Folsom village limits to Hay Hollow Road, will continue through Nov. 18th. The contractor plans to continue constructing the sidewalks, curbs and shoulder embankments, weather permitting. One lane will be open at all times. There will be nightly lane…

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…