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Denham Springs police release name of officer in Monday fatal shooting

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs Police investigate the scene where a man brandishing a pistol was shot once by a Denham Springs Police officer Monday afternoon. Police Chief Scott Jones said the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon and was shot when the man did not comply.

Denham Springs police have named the officer involved in a fatal shooting Monday afternoon. The officer, Michael Brien LeBlanc, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident remains under investigation, city Detective Glenn Lemoine said Friday evening. Police were called to a grassy area near the Bass Pro Shops on Monday afternoon… Continue reading →

Prank calls about phony robberies result in terrorizing counts against Denham Springs man, deputies said

Brandon Kirkland

A 27-year-old from Denham Springs told deputies he was “rained out” from work and “just playing around” when he placed two prank 911 calls reporting phony armed robberies, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Dispatchers received the calls on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both times, they were told masked men were entering a business, once on… Continue reading →

Livingston deputies disarm man, arrest him on drug, weapons counts

Joseph

A Greensburg man was arrested this week after allegedly pulling a gun on deputies while dropping thousands of dollars in methamphetamine. Deputies went to Livingston Street in Albany on Tuesday for a narcotics investigation and found Joseph “John” Wascom, 36, according to a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office news release. When Wascom spotted law enforcement, he… Continue reading →

Plea deal offered to Springfield mayor, police chief: Resign or face multiple charges

Charles Martin, left, and James Jones

The mayor and police chief of Springfield have been given a choice — they can avoid going to trial in a few months on multiple charges if they resign their positions and plead guilty to malfeasance in office. In March 2011, a then-town police officer reported feeling pressured by the men to drop a drunken driving… Continue reading →

Request for information breathes new life into contractors lawsuit against Livingston Parish

A contractor’s lawsuit against Livingston Parish for $52 million in unpaid bills for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work was revived from a nearly three-year slumber this week, as the contractor’s bank searches for assets to seize on a defaulted loan. International Equipment Distributors, the parish’s primary debris removal contractor following the 2008 storm, had allowed its case… Continue reading →

Fire Marshal’s Office: Apartment complex blaze in Hammond is aggravated arson

A Tuesday morning fire at a Hammond apartment complex is being investigated as an aggravated arson, the state Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed Wednesday. Crews were called to 46037 Rufus Bankston Road around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning where they encountered the blaze in one of the building’s four units, Deputy Chief Brant Thompson said. All four units were… Continue reading →

Authorities: Truck driver ‘was seeing things that weren’t there’ the day before fatal standoff with police

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones, right, and Detective Glenn Lemoine, left, address media at the scene  where a man brandishing a pistol was shot once by a Denham Springs Police officer Monday afternoon. Lemoine said the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon and was shot when the man did not comply.

The truck driver who was shot and killed by Denham Springs police on Monday had called state troopers the night before and told them he was being followed, State Police said Tuesday. An officer shot 47-year-old Robert Kohl, of Fort Worth, Texas, near the Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs after the truck driver… Continue reading →

DA Perrilloux to appeal judge’s ruling in case involving Hurricane Gustav cleanup contractor

Corey Delahoussaye

The Livingston Parish district attorney plans to appeal a state court judge’s finding of no probable cause in the prosecution of former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye on allegations of overbilling on a parish contract. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, of the 21st Judicial District Court, said Tuesday that his office will file an appeal of Judge Brenda… Continue reading →

Satsuma incorporation election in Livingston Parish halted by judge who says there's one main reason why

— Annexations into the town of Livingston may prove to be the death knell for a proposal to incorporate the neighboring community of Satsuma. Judge Brenda Ricks, of the 21st Judicial District Court, ruled late Monday that the incorporation election previously set for March 28 cannot be held until disputes over… Continue reading →

Benefit helps center aid others

Advocate photo by Kate Stevens -- Cecil Street sells plates of jambalaya, pastalaya andspaghetti Saturday to raise money for maintenance at theFriendship Community Benefit Center's facility inWalker.

Sometimes even a place known for helping others requires a little assistance, too. That’s why the Friendship Community Benefit Center, operated by a nonprofit organization created to raise money for those in need through the sale of jambalaya, pastalaya and spaghetti meals, hosted a benefit for itself Saturday. The annual fundraiser… Continue reading →

Program started to curb pet population

Several animal organizations are getting together to address the overpopulation of pets in Livingston Parish. The Denham Springs Animal Shelter, Pet Aid, Petco and the Feral Cat Coalition have joined forces to promote Fix It Denham Springs, a campaign to spay and neuter both pet and stray cats, said program head… Continue reading →

Longtime Livingston deputy dies from ALS

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Former, longtime Livingston Sheriff Willie Graves and his wife, Elaine, watch Denham Springs officials take the ALS ice bucket challenge in September at the Denham Springs Fire Station.  Elaine, who had ALS, died Monday.

Elaine Edwards Graves, a longtime Livingston Parish deputy and wife of former Sheriff Willie Graves, died Monday. She was 52. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in April 2013. Leaders around the parish united to spread awareness of ALS following Elaine Graves’ diagnosis. In September, current Sheriff Jason Ard… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Feb. 26, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Gala and Casino Night from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs. For reservations, call the chamber at (225) 665-8155. The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m.… Continue reading →

Better Business Bureau sets annual luncheon

The Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana will host its annual Parish-to-Parish Luncheon on April 9 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs. The BBB is partnering with the Livingston Economic Development Council, and hopes members will attend the event to explore and learn why business owners and families are visiting Livingston Parish, a… Continue reading →

Radiothon to raise funds for TARC

Tangipahoa ARC of Hammond is hosting its longtime Radiothon fundraiser live March 4-5 on TANGI 96.5 in Hammond. With the help of more than 30 local dignitaries serving as celebrities, TARC’s goal is to raise $70,000 through pledges and donations during the two-day event, a news release from the organization said. “The energy generated during this… Continue reading →

Attorney listed among ‘Rising Stars’ in magazine

Photo provided -- Parker Layrisson

For the fourth time, Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine has named local lawyer Parker Layrisson to its “Rising Stars” list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state, according to a news release from Layrisson. Less than 3 percent of Louisiana lawyers make the list, the release said. Layrisson was recognized for excellence in personal injury law, the release… Continue reading →

Grant to help animal shelter purchase van

The Denham Springs Animal Shelter received a $24,000 grant this month from the Petco Foundation to purchase a new van. The shelter’s vehicle has about 200,000 miles on it, a news release from the city said. The Petco Foundation investment will give shelter workers the opportunity to continue to reply to emergency animal calls, transport… Continue reading →

About 300 students to compete in chemistry challenge

An estimated 300 middle school students from 18 Tangipahoa Parish public schools will compete at the annual You Be the Chemist Challenge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center. The program allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness, Southeastern officials said in a… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for Feb. 26, 2015

Photo provided by CINDY WAGNER -- Poetry winners honored -- Third-grade B-Quest students at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond accept certificates in February for placing in a national poetry contest.  Winners in the 'Creative Communications' publication, first row from left, are Benjamin Wade, Joseph DiGiovanni, Justin Domiano, Katelyn Hemel, Audrey Pham, Drew Schillage, Therese Adams and Kayla Nash; and second row, Tate Silbernagel, Reese Fitzhugh, Manuella Ribando, Emily Jimenez, Brynn Rodrigue, Alexis Pecoraro, Claire Chauvin and Julia Bouffard.

The Livingston-Tangipahoa Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets available for Feb. 26, 2015

Photo provided -- Hugs is a young female heeler.

Pets are available at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter, 600 Bowman St., Denham Springs. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The shelter accepts donations of newspapers, food and animal supplies. Call (225) 664-4472 or (225) 788-3101. Visit www.facebook.com/denhamspringsanimalshelter. Pets also are available at Tangipahoa Parish… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish prison bookings from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17. BERTHELOT, KAREN DENISE: 45, 9937 Ponder Lane, Denham Springs, possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substances, prohibited acts/drug paraphernalia. BRAUD, LISA D.: 34, 42647 Pleasant Ridge Road, Ponchatoula, aggravated flight from an officer, intentional refusal… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menus for Feb. 26-March 5, 2014

Sliced roasted turkey with gravy, smothered potatoes, green peas, whole-wheat bread, pineapple tidbits. Tuna salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread, apple confetti, coleslaw, tossed salad with dressing, almond cookie. Beef patty with brown gravy, green beans, white dinner roll, orange.… Continue reading →

North Oaks CEO tells Tangipahoa Council about new program that saves hospital money and helps discharged patients

'Greedy,' 'Bubba,' 'Slop' booked in Tangipahoa Parish after police dog finds 7 kilograms of cocaine in car

Three men known as “Greedy,” “Bubba” and “Slop” were picked up in Tangipahoa Parish this month after law enforcement found roughly 7 kilograms of cocaine in one of their cars, a criminal complaint filed in the federal court in New Orleans says. A state trooper pulled over a truck with a Louisiana license plate on Feb. 11… Continue reading →

Denham Springs officer shoots, kills man near Bass Pro Shops after weapon brandished, police say

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs Police investigate the scene where a man brandishing a pistol was shot once by a Denham Springs Police officer Monday afternoon. Police Chief Scott Jones said the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon and was shot when the man did not comply.

La. AG mulls whether state can pay attorneys for Denham Springs police officers after case dropped

Scott Jones; Steve Kistler

The investigation of the Denham Springs police chief and captain may wind up costing the city more money as the state attorney general mulls whether the government can pay for the officers’ lawyers. Chief Scott Jones and Capt. Steve Kistler were accused of covering up drug abuse… Continue reading →

Judge finds no probable cause for charges against Corey delaHoussaye, but DA says he's going to pursue case anyway.

Corey Delahoussaye

A state court judge found no probable cause Monday for the prosecution of former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye on allegations of overbilling, but prosecutors said they will move the case forward to trial anyway. “Just because they wear black robes doesn’t mean they’re always right,” District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, of the 21st… Continue reading →

Livingston DA pares down charges against delaHoussaye, ready to move forward in Gustav cleanup case

Corey Delahoussaye

The district attorney has dropped a quarter of the charges against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye in advance of a hearing Monday to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, of the 21st Judicial District, said Friday his office dropped 19 of the 73 counts of falsifying… Continue reading →

Man in Feb. 3 gunfight with Livingston Parish deputy fired first, police say

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Sidney Averett kicked in the door and fired the first shot in the Feb. 3 gunfight with an off-duty Livingston Parish deputy on Country Club Lane in Denham Springs, State Police said Friday. He was armed with multiple weapons but apparently ran out of ammunition during the shootout and went back to his vehicle… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish deputy details shootout, escape with girlfriend during 911 call

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Crime scene investigators work next to cars near the end of Country Club Lane, after a shooting-related incident on that street,  just outside the Denham Springs city limits Tuesday afternoon.

Before the Feb. 3 gunfight, before the flight through the house and escape out the window, before Sidney Averett died from what has been described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, off-duty Livingston Parish Deputy David Johnson placed a call to a 911 dispatcher.… Continue reading →

Lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges ballot proposal to incorporate Satsuma

The effort to incorporate the Livingston Parish community of Satsuma has drawn a legal challenge that could keep the issue from going to voters next month. A businessman and some residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning seeking a restraining order to keep the issue off the March 28 ballot, claiming the incorporation organizers fraudulently coerced people… Continue reading →

Arts Council showcases local talent

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- A woman looks at artwork by Gray's Creek students Saturday during their art show at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish.

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting the “Welcome to My World” art exhibit by Marita Gentry through Feb. 26 at the Arts Council, 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs. Gentry is a painter, illustrator, designer, children’s book author and art instructor. She teaches art classes in Livingston Parish elementary schools for the Arts Council… Continue reading →

Groups help students make good choices

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN -- Cecilia McMaster, 7, colors during Parents Night Out Friday at Denham Springs High School. The night out gave parents a chance to spend time alone and raised money for the high school's Jackets Against Destructive Decisions Club. The cliub, one of the largest on campus with about 250 members, promotes making good choices.

Parents enjoyed a night alone while their children crafted Valentine’s Day cards and played games Friday during Jackets Against Destructive Decisions’ Parents Night Out. The annual event raises money for the club, which promotes making good decisions, such as avoiding alcohol and drugs, not texting and driving, and not bullying others.… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Feb. 19, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

Rep. Garret Graves will be the guest speaker at the Livingston Parish Rotary Club meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs. The Rotary Club meets on Fridays. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Leesha Gleber at (225) 907-7270. Livingston Parish… Continue reading →

Volunteer group elects new officers for 2015

Photo provided by SANDRA MADERE -- New officers for the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, from left, are Reporter Sandra Madere, President Donna Bouterie, International and Environment Chairwoman Terry Voight, Treasurer Jean Hebert, Vice President for Program and Public Policy Maureen Felder and Secretary and Parliamentarian Sue Nelson. Not pictured is Margaret Dettwiller, Family Life and Literacy chairwoman.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently elected new officers for 2015. TVFC’s members focus on literacy, family life, environment and international issues as they impact residents of Tangipahoa Parish. Each year, members spend more than 6,000 hours visiting nursing and veterans’ homes, reading to children in schools,… Continue reading →

Starlettes shine on national stage

Photo provided by MICHELLE CHAUVIN -- The St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Starlettes, of Hammond, place 10th in the nation earlier this month National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Fla. Team members, first row from left, are Sydney St. Pierre, Isabella Perrilloux and Skylar Compton; second row, Cailin Sampey, Emily Owens, Haileigh Bolton and Chloe Chauvin; and third row, Maddy Bouterie, Londyn Daniel, Nancy Donnes and Rachel Pistorius.

The Starlettes Dance Team from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School competed in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship earlier this month in Orlando, Florida. The Starlettes competed against more than 120 small varsity teams from across the country who qualified to compete at the NDTC. They advanced to the finals in the hip-hop… Continue reading →