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Lawsuit claiming discrimination, sexual harassment while employed at Southeastern University allowed to go forward, U.S. magistrate rules

Two black former employees of the Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department will be allowed to move forward with their federal discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment claims against the university system and some of their former supervisors and coworkers. Angela Jones, a former SLU police officer, alleges several members of the Police Department used racial epithets to… Continue reading →

Loranger man booked after apple used to smoke marijuana, crystal meth, found in car with him at Amite courthouse, police report

Matthew Richard Bensemon

A Loranger man was arrested Thursday after police found drugs, needles and an apple pipe used to smoke marijuana in his car while it was parked in the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse lot, the Amite Police Department reported. To Chief Jerry Trabona, the most curious item was the apple, which he said had been bitten and hollowed… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Council to take up proposed raises for justices of the peace, constables

Livingston Parish justices of the peace and constables will receive their first salary bump in a decade if an ordinance introduced Thursday receives Parish Council approval next month. The council unanimously supported introducing the measure, which would increase each official’s pay from $325 to $500 per month, effective June 1. The officials… Continue reading →

Dozens of stolen guns recovered during search of Tangipahoa Parish home, Sheriff’s Office reported

Patrick Heyer

Six people were arrested after an investigation into dozens of stolen guns also turned up multiple drug offenses, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday. Deputies were called to a home on La. 445 in Robert on Tuesday where burglars made off with 25 firearms, lawn equipment, tools and other property, the Sheriff’s Office reported in… Continue reading →

Traffic stop ends with seizure of $800,000 in cash, couple taken into custody, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports

Tangipahoa deputies seized approximately $800,000 during a Tuesday night traffic stop on Interstate 12, the Sheriff’s Office has announced. Sgt. Tommy Ferrand was using a radar gun on the side of the highway near Robert about 11 p.m. when he clocked a speeding Ford F-150 truck and pulled over the driver, 41-year-old Frederick Brown, of Houston,… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa School Board says it won’t oppose charter school, as long as it doesn’t affect desegregation goals or take local tax funds

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board said Wednesday it would not stand in the way of a charter school planning to open in Hammond this fall, as long as the school does not affect the district’s desegregation goals or take local tax funds from the district. The Tangipahoa Charter School Association received… Continue reading →

Man dies when his truck leaves road in Livingston Parish Wednesday, hits ditch and culvert, State Police report

A Holden man was killed early Wednesday morning in what is suspected to be a single-vehicle crash in Livingston Parish, State Police have reported. Troopers were called to La. 42 west of La. 63 about 3:30 a.m., where they discovered the body of 29-year-old Mark C. Lineske, according to a State Police news release. Authorities… Continue reading →

Denham Springs city officials tackle technology: agreeing to install GPS in city vehicles, purchasing new meeting room recording device

Denham Springs city officials will begin using GPS equipment to keep closer tabs on municipal workers. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract to install the equipment in 100 vehicles for all departments at a cost of $1,500 per month. The program has already shown… Continue reading →

Soldiers honored by Denham Springs VFW

Advocate photo by Claire Salinas  -- Al Grimmer, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Denham Springs, memorializes fallen soldiers from the Denham Springs area who have passed on over the past year during a ceremony Monday at Evergreen Memorials Park Mausoleum in Denham Springs.

The Denham Springs branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered community leaders and the families of fallen soldiers for a memorial service Monday that included reading names of fallen soldiers, a volley of gunfire and playing taps. VFW Quartermaster Vance Sutton said groups like his should honor soldiers who died in action because, “If we don’t who… Continue reading →

Student artwork to fill gallery

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Talented Art program teacher Jill Rabalais prepares art for the Arts Council of Livingston Parish art show starting June 1.

Artwork from elementary and high school students will hang in a Denham Springs art gallery in June, thanks to a partnership between the Arts Council of Livingston Parish and Livingston Parish School Board’s Talented Arts program. The works of talented art students in fourth through 12th grades will be displayed for a monthlong exhibit of student artwork… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 28, 2015

Livingston Parish residents are invited to attend the Livingston Parish Council on Aging’s annual meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Livingston Council on Aging office, 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. The annual meeting will include voting for three board members from Livingston Parish. There also will be a celebration for COA’s 42nd anniversary… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa students give 4-H talks at LSU

Garrett Sanders

Tangipahoa Parish 4-H members competed April 28 in the 4-H Commodity Ambassador Talk event on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In division I, John Newman, Loranger Middle School, took fifth place in the egg contest. Garrett Sanders, Eastside Elementary Magnet School, who competed in division II, won a blue ribbon in the eggs talk contest,… Continue reading →

Area LSMSA students honored for leadership

The Department of Student Services at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts hosted its annual leadership awards ceremony on May 12. Marcos Cecchini, a sophomore from Denham Springs, was recognized as a member of the Student Government Organization. Hayden Scott, a junior from Denham Springs; Nick Lipscomb, a… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula school announces annual Awards Day winners

Photo provided by Margaret Hawkins -- Major award winners from Ponchatoula Junior High School Awards Day on May 18 were, from left, Alexandra Crovetto, Alayna Hawkins, Austin Granier and Zachary Larkin.

Recognition and Awards Day for eighth-grade students at Ponchatoula Junior High was held May 18 for the class of 370 students in the gymnasium at the Ponchatoula Area Recreation District park. Major awards were won by Alexandra Crovetto, Alayna Hawkins, Austin Granier and Zachary Larkin. Hawkins, PJHS Student of the Year and Tangipahoa Parish… Continue reading →

LSMSA mixed ensemble excels at state assessment

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- The mixed ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts includes, front row from left, Alese Jones, Emma Jochim, Maram Azmi, Marika Buchholz, Hanna Li, Marissa Scott, Shona McCullough, Bethany Jenkins, Carrie Thomas and Al Benner; and second row, Josh Poche, Jamin Kidd, Ian Sager, Marcos Cecchini, Bryce Cason, Brock Kappel and Mitchell Metzger.

Members of the mixed ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches received all 1s in both performance and sight reading at the LMEA state assessment held in Lake Charles in April. The ensemble includes juniors Maram Azmi, Bryce Cason and Emma Jochim, and sophomores Marcos Cecchini and Carrie Thomas,… Continue reading →

DSHS class learns of grad’s sacrifice

Photo provided by William Bradford -- Former Denham Springs High School teacher and coach Robbie Spangler recently returned to campus to talk about how her late husband, a DSHS graduate, died during the Vietnam War.

Former Denham Springs High School teacher and coach Robbie Spangler recently returned to campus to talk about how her husband, a DSHS graduate, died during the Vietnam War. She told students in William Bradford’s U.S. history classes that her husband, Specialist 4th Class Carl Cain, was killed in action on March 6, 1969, during a search-and-destroy… Continue reading →

Albany student wins $100 in poetry contest

Focusing on the theme “Louisiana’s Coast: Our Unique Culture,” more than 250 students from across the state competed in the second annual Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest. Livingston Parish student Jordan Mazzeno, of Albany, took second place among middle schoolers. Mazzeno received a $100 cash award.… Continue reading →

‘Girl on the Train’ leads popular adult fiction

The most popular book and DVD titles at the Livingston Parish Library in May were as follows: ADULT FICTION TITLES: “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee; “Crash and Burn,” by Lisa Gardner; “Gray Mountain,” by John Grisham; and “The Stranger,” by Harlan Coben.… Continue reading →

French Settlement High School

The French Settlement High School Class of 2015 hosted its commencement exercise at 6 p.m. May 22 in the school gymnasium. Summa cum laude: Brenna Nicole Schmidt, Joshua Paul Mcalister, Trevor Matthew West, Jacob Bradley Barber, Katelynne Amanda McClelland, Matthew Joseph Wheat, Courtney Ann McMorris, Tyler Gage McMorris, Alex Ross McMorris, Jacob Allen… Continue reading →

Watson native serves aboard USS Texas submarine

Seaman Jesse Cotton, a Watson native and 2012 Live Oak High School graduate, is serving as a fire control technician aboard the USS Texas, a Virginia-class submarine based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The submarine, commissioned in Newport News, Virginia, in 2006, is longer than a football field at 377 feet and can move underwater at… Continue reading →

Live Oak High senior receives scholarship

Vic Rushing

Vic Rushing, a senior at Live Oak High School in Watson, received a scholarship from The Good South, a Southern lifestyle clothing company based in Greenville, South Carolina. Rushing, the son of Dana and Jodi Rushing, is an advanced placement scholar who served as Student Council and senior class president at Live Oak. He is… Continue reading →

LSMSA holds end of year awards ceremony

The Department of Creative and Performing Arts at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts presented its end of year awards during a ceremony May 11 in the recital hall located in the Center for Performance and Technology in Natchitoches. Audra Allen, director of the dance program, presented awards to students that were voted on… Continue reading →

DSHS Class of 1965 celebrates 50 years

Photo provided by Bobbye M. Corbitt -- In attendance at the Denham Springs High School Class of 1965 reunion on April 25 were, front row from left, Roger White, Mervin Fontenot, Rodney Underwood, Wylie Pope, Terry Sullivan and Danny Langrasse; second row, Wayne Eisworth, Keith Lamm, John Harris, Louis Aiken, Ronnie D’Armond and W.T. Gill; third row, Warren Curtis, Butch Crawford, David Wall, Kenny Fogg and Claude Villar; fourth row, Kenny Carrier, Boyd Hood, Larry Daigle, Leo Ware, Morris Perkins and Jack Jackson; and fifth row, Mack Graham, Jack Sanders, Richard Sanders, Carl Barnum, Royce Bassett, Gary Corbitt and Steve Jones.

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1965 celebrated its 50th anniversary class reunion on April 25 at North Park Recreational Center. Seventy-five classmates attended the celebration; 43 were part of the class from first through 12th grade and are known as charter members. The Class of 1965 had 156 members, with 30 of those… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for May 28-June 4, 2015

COA VOTING AND CELEBRATION: 8 a.m., Livingston Council on Aging, 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. Annual meeting and voting for three board members from Livingston Parish. There will also be a celebration for COA’s 42nd anniversary. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes. (225) 664-9344. SOCK HOP: 2 p.m., LaPlantation, 26635 La.… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets for May 28, 2015

Photos provided -- Calvin is a friendly, calm neutered male Lab mix. He's about 5 years old and came to the shelter missing an eye and with a bad case of demodex.  His hair is growing back, and his sweet temperament more than makes up for his physical flaws.

Pets are available at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter, 600 Bowman St., Denham Springs. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The shelter’s campaign is underway to raise money to replace its broken microscope. The microscope is needed to properly identify and treat many common, treatable conditions in the dogs and cats who… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menu for May 28-June 4, 2015

Livingston Parish and Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging meal site menus. For locations, call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish. Ham with white beans, brown rice, coleslaw, mustard greens, cornbread and apple juice Chicken salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread, pickled beets, potato… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison Bookings for May 13-19, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from May 13-19. ADKINS, DANNY: 26, 30848 Mashon Denver, Independence, theft, simple criminal damage to property, littering prohibited, improper use of dealer inventory plates, evidence of compulsory motor vehicle liability security contained in vehicle, speeding, safety belt use, tags indicating exemption. ANSLEY, KEVIN:… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish Council to send term-limit proposal to the voters

Whistleblower case at Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center leads to one arrest and one lawsuit

A secretary at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center who thought her bosses had pegged her as a whistleblower and planned to fire her now faces prosecution for recording her supervisor’s conversations without his consent. Meanwhile, the actual whistleblower has sued the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission, which oversees the detention center, claiming management forced her to… Continue reading →

Drug busts in Livingston Parish result in seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine; three arrested

L.C. Brooks

Two separate drug busts led Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies to 70 pounds of marijuana and almost three ounces of crack cocaine this week. The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $84,000, was found during a search Thursday at 7450 Vincent Road in Denham Springs, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said in a news release… Continue reading →

Deputy involved in April shooting in French Settlement was returned to active duty on Friday

Matthew Peyronnin

The deputy, whose name has not been released by authorities, involved in the April shooting of a French Settlement man was returned to regular duty Friday as State Police continue an investigation into the incident, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports. Meanwhile, the man he shot has been given an arraignment… Continue reading →

Appeals court allows 2013 case against Livingston sheriff, six deputies to move forward

A Livingston Parish man accused of violating a criminal defamation statute declared unconstitutional 50 years ago will be allowed to amend his federal complaint against the Sheriff’s Office to keep alive his claim for illegal search and seizure. Royce McLin’s Fourth Amendment claim is all that remains of the civil rights lawsuit he filed against Sheriff… Continue reading →

Denham Springs High School: So long, seniors

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG --  Denham Springs High School graduating seniors arrive early for their last day, May 14, in various forms of transportation including scooters, lawn mowers, minibikes, go karts, motorcycles, jeeps, golf carts, ATVs, pickup trucks and trailer floats. The students tossed powder and squirted canned string at on-lookers and each other.

Golf carts, four-wheelers, go carts, scooters, motorcycles, lawn mowers and one miniature toy horse were part of a parade May 14 celebrating the last day of school for Denham Springs High School seniors. Students used various forms of transportation, many decorated in school colors, to parade from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to the… Continue reading →

Beautification efforts creating new landscape

Donna Jennings is obsessed with litter. “It seems like I’m picking up trash wherever I go,” the vice chairwoman of Keep Livingston Beautiful said. In fact, Jennings said, when the new Centerville Park opened just last month, she looked around at the beautifully landscaped park that a year ago was an empty triangle of… Continue reading →

Last parts of tanker return ‘home’

Advocate photo by Vic Couvillion -- John Hearn, treasurer of the Ponchatoula Shipmates Association and the moving force behind the establishment of the monument to the U.S.S. Ponchatoula, stands next to a picture of the ship in the Collinswood Museum in downtown Ponchatoula Saturday. Hearn presented a lengthy presentation on the history of the fuel replenishment ship in ceremonies dedicating the monument. He was an electricians mate on the ship.

Bits and pieces of a ship that saw action during the Vietnam War and was involved in the recovery of the Apollo and Gemini capsules as part of the nation’s space program are on display in the town that gave the vessel its name. Several dozen sailors who once served on her decks,… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 21, 2015

Lauren R. O'Neal

The Denham Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7017 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum on South Range Avenue in Denham Springs. For information, call Vance Sutton (225) 665-2930. Walker residents can take part in a community cleanup Saturday. Residents can dispose… Continue reading →

Roseland students celebrate Earth Day

Photo provided by Kay Saragusa -- Roseland Montessori School student Allye Deblanc helps move corn plants to the garden during an April Eart Day event.

Roseland Montessori School celebrated Earth Day in April as students weeded, mulched and replanted the vegetable garden, butterfly garden and wildflower gardens and flower beds around the school. The students also learned about recycling and how to care for the Earth through various projects around the school. Respect for the environment is one of the… Continue reading →

Dr. April Sandifer joins North Oaks physicians

April A. Sandifer

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. April A. Sandifer has joined North Oaks Physician Group in practice with Magnolia Obstetrics and Gynecology. Sandifer is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to specializing in routine exams, family planning, contraception and pregnancy… Continue reading →

Planned natural gas facility breaks ground in Walker

Photo provided by Morgan Wampold -- Attending a ground-breaking ceremony May 13 at Waste Management's new compressed natural gas fleet facility in Walker, from left, are Waste Management’s David Mason; Louisiana Clean Fuels President Matt Sutherland and Executive Director Ann Shanyfelt; Walker City Councilman Paul Roberts Jr.; Waste Management’s Warren Guedry and Rene Faucheux; Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks, Walker CNG Superintendent Larry Williams; Walker City Councilwomen Scarlett Major; Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey; Waste Management’s Kenny Abboud; Livingston Parish Chamber President April Wehrs; and Livingston Parish Economic Development President Larry Collins.

Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks and other area officials joined Waste Management of Louisiana on May 13 at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Waste Management’s new compressed natural gas fleet facility in Walker. The new CNG facility, which will service routes in Livingston Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area, is a major… Continue reading →

Champions crowned at skeet shoot

Photo provided by Samuel C. Hyde Jr. --  Junior Division Champ Christy Cornwell competes in the 12th annual Sam Hyde Sr. Youth Skeet Shoot held April 25 at the Skeet Club in Amite.

The rain held off just long enough and Tangipahoa Parish young female shooters emerged on the winning side in two of three divisions at the 12th annual Sam Hyde Sr. Youth Skeet Shoot held April 25 at the Skeet Club in Amite. In the novice division, shooters age 6 to 20 with little or no previous shooting… Continue reading →