Judge Garcia Dies

Judge Peter Garcia died Tuesday afternoon after a brief illness. Garcia, who was elected to the Division D judgeship of the 22nd Judicial District Court in 1996, helped launch specialty courts in the area, including a drug court that allows non-violent offenders to receive support while on probation. NAMI, and other local organizations, had recognized…

LA Dept of Health Reports Case of Coronavirus in St Tammany

Late last light officials from the Louisiana Department of Health reported a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in St. Tammany Parish. The release said, “The Louisiana Department of Health reported on Tuesday evening three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. All three are residents of Orleans Parish. Two are hospitalized…

Hammond Drug Bust

Earlier this month the Hammond Police Narcotics Division was contacted by the Ponchatoula Police Department that they had information of a suspect dealing narcotics from his hotel room at the Super 8 Motel, located at 200 Westin Drive. The HPD Narcotics and PPD Narcotics Divisions contacted the occupant of the room, Joel Fuller, 47 years…

First Louisiana Coronavirus Case

Louisiana has its first presumptive case of COVID-19, the coronavirus. The case was reported in a Jefferson Parish resident who was hospitalized in Orleans Parish. The patient is being treated at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. Residents are reminded to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, stay home if they are…

Arrest in Washington Murder Case

Yesterday the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 20 YO Joandre Dawson, a resident of 32509 Highway 21, in Angie, and charged him with the January 12 murder of Ja’Quarrius Taylor. The arrest was the result of several weeks of intensive investigation by the detective division of the Sheriff’s Office. Joandre Dawson is a cousin of…

Feds Say Wait on Cruises

Federal officials are advising Americans not to cruise, with that announcement coming just weeks after New Orleans port officials announced a record number of cruise passengers and expectations for a great year. The federal government notes that in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied…

Louisiana Legislature in Session

The work of the Louisiana 2020 Regular Legislative Session was in full swing as of, Monday, March 9. This is a “general” session, which means that specific revenue raising and tax measures cannot be considered. These issues can only be considered in odd numbered years. However, this session, legislators have pre-filed over 1,100 measures for…

Fatal Wreck in Washington Parish

On Sunday, March 8, shortly after 1:00 AM, Troopers from State Police Troop L responded to a single-vehicle, fatal crash on LA 440 west of LA 10 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the lives of 31-year-old Gary P. Brumfield of Kentwood and 25-year-old Anthony M. Coleman of Kentwood. The initial investigation led Troopers to…

AT&T Thefts Being Investigated

The Hammond Police Department is investigating two cases of cell phone theft from the AT&T stores located on Southwest Railroad Avenue and West Thomas Street. In both cases, an unknown white male walked into each store and used wire cutters to remove the wires from demonstration phones. The suspect took two iPhone 11 Pro Max…