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…

Inauguration Day Across Louisiana

Today is Inauguration Day as the Governor, lawmakers, and area parish government officials take their oaths. In Tangipahoa, Parish President Robby Miller and the 10-member Tangipahoa Parish Council will be sworn in during ceremonies scheduled at 3 p.m. at the Florida Parishes Arena Event Center in Amite.  Mike Cooper will take his oath of office…

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Closed

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area after the Pearl River flood gauge reached 16.5 feet over the weekend. The closure is an automatic benchmark set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range. The Pearl River…

Arrest Made in Covington Area Murder

A 28-year-old man was arrested Friday after he stabbed and killed his father in a Covington-area neighborhood. Shortly before 6:15 a.m., St. Tammany Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Memphis Trace, located in the Natchez Trace Subdivision, in reference to a domestic disturbance between a father and his son. Responding deputies located…