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Walker man booked in Sunday night rape at laundromat

Lionel James Myles

A Walker man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint Sunday night at a laundromat has been arrested. A woman told officers she was doing her laundry at a laundromat on Walker North Road around 11:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man who asked for spare change, Walker police said in a news release.… Continue reading →

Attorney argues the state had no authority to investigate Corey delaHoussaye in Livingston Parish Hurricane Gustav fraud case

Corey delaHoussaye

A state court judge said she will decide next week whether to throw out the criminal charges or suppress evidence against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye. DelaHoussaye faces 59 counts of falsifying public records and theft for allegedly overbilling Livingston Parish for wetlands mitigation work after… Continue reading →

Man robbed of truck and cash in Hammond Friday morning

A man was robbed at gunpoint in Hammond early Friday morning, and police are on the hunt for the robber who made off with the victim’s cash and truck. The incident happened about 7:15 a.m. outside the victim’s business near South Morrison and Demarco boulevards, said Hammond police Lt. Vince Giannobile. A man approached… Continue reading →

Former Livingston contractor agrees to settlement offer from parish, but there could be a catch

Corey delaHoussaye

Embattled former contractor Corey delaHoussaye has agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits against Livingston Parish for the council’s offered amount of $325,000, but lawyers for the two sides disagree on what steps are required before the parish can cut the check. Parish legal adviser Christopher Moody advised delaHoussaye’s attorney that, under Continue reading →

Livingston School Board says it could lose $1.1 million a year if the state eliminates the inventory tax

The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday took a symbolic stand against proposals to reduce or eliminate the Louisiana inventory tax. The school system stands to lose $1.1 million in revenue if the tax is repealed, according to a resolution the board passed unanimously Thursday urging state politicians to maintain… Continue reading →

Suspicious fires at Denham Springs house under investigation

A Denham Springs home burned down Tuesday morning and fire investigators consider the fire suspicious because the same house was also damaged by fire last week. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating and is calling both fires suspicious, said Deputy Chief Brant Thompson. “We do certainly have some concerns. ... We just find it… Continue reading →

Riveting USO-style show honors vets

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Michelle Morgan as 'Rosie' sings in the band Rosie and the Swingin' Riveters during rehearsal at the Old South Jamboree on April 8 in Walker.

The Old South Jamboree in Walker looked every bit the part of a World War II-era USO show April 8, complete with bandstand, a 10-piece band dressed in period costumes and a cast of 10 wearing victory rolls in their hair. “We’re rehearsing for the show Friday (April 10),” said Charlotte Reynolds, wearing matte red lipstick… Continue reading →

Missionaries given Red Carpet treatment

Advocate photo by Claire Salinas -- James Clayton, from left, Ed Kaiser and Darrell Taylor enjoy a Friday afternoon barbecue behind the LSU AgCenter to kick off Red Carpet Weekend hosted by Life Church in Walker. Church volunteers hosted a delegation of missionaries, including Kaiser, during a three-day visit in the Baton Rouge area.

Being a missionary often requires living in less than ideal conditions for extended periods of time and going unrecognized for the many sacrifices necessary to serve people in need. The Rev. Val Taylor, lead pastor of Life Church in Walker, decided to create an event to honor missionaries for all their hard work.… Continue reading →

‘Accalia and the Swamp Monster’ on exhibit

The Hammond Regional Arts Center’s “Accalia and the Swamp Monster Drawings” art exhibition by Kelli Scott Kelley is on display through April 30 at the center, 217 East Thomas St., Hammond. Kelley’s exhibition takes viewers on a journey through a haunted southern landscape, one populated by surreal swamp monsters, which can only be found during our nightmares… Continue reading →

Students get lessons on personal grooming

Photo provided by Joyce Cunnigen -- Gathering for a lesson in personal grooming are Timothy Newman, seated, and, from left, Arthur Shields, Jacob Young, barber Travis Wesby, Malik Pikes and Labrandon Golman.

Members of Amite’s community recently volunteered and donated money to Joyce Cunnigen’s male students. The money was used to teach personal grooming practices to students, a news release said. Travis Wesby Sr. and Carl Morris, of The Shoppe/Elite Styles, gave the young men free haircuts and demonstrated personal grooming practices. God’s Storehouse manager Charlotte James… Continue reading →

Student behavior earns accolades, treat bags

Amite Elementary Magnet School named on April 2 its Warrior Winners of the week. Gloria Steptoe created special Warrior Winner treat bags. One girl and one boy from each grade were chosen April 2 as a Warrior Winner for the week for their exemplary behavior, a news release said. Honored were Bryce Santiago and Alana… Continue reading →

Community college scholarship applications are being accepted

The Covington-Mandeville Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting scholarship applications from women in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes who are attending or planning to attend local community colleges. The scholarship will cover up to $1,500 worth of books and supplies for use at Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, Delta… Continue reading →

Seminar to focus on starting a business

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, Northshore SCORE and the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host a free seminar designed to help residents interested in starting a business. The seminar, titled “Starting and Financing Your Business Idea,” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 28, at the Southeast Louisiana… Continue reading →

Walker students to compete in statewide auto skills contest

Two students from Livingston Parish Technology Center in Walker are teaming up to test their automotive knowledge and technical skills against other top students statewide in a contest with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with a shot to represent the state in a national contest. Devan Bennett and Brandon House will be… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menu for April 16-23, 2015

Livingston Parish and Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging meal site menus. For meal site locations, call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish. Sliced roasted turkey with brown gravy, mixed vegetables, sour cream and chive potatoes, whole-wheat bread, Joy’s applesauce and a cookie… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison Bookings for April 1-7, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from April 1- 7. ALLEN, NICHOLAS M.: 34, 10880 La. 961, Clinton, theft, simple battery, two counts driver must be licensed, evidence of compulsory motor vehicle liability security contained in vehicle. ANDERSON, KORY BLAINE: 24, 13879 Friendship Road, Walker, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or… Continue reading →

After variance granted for Landings Reserve subdivision, Tangipahoa Council to look at revising its subdivision regulations

The Tangipahoa Parish Council will be looking at the parish’s subdivision regulations with an eye toward revisions that could take effects on schools and availability of water supplies into consideration. Council President David Vial said he will appoint a committee of council members to review existing regulations —… Continue reading →

Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite working to correct audit findings, hires chief financial officer

Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite continued to struggle in 2014 with organizing its finance staff to properly segregate duties and handle its financial statements internally, rather than relying on external auditors, according to a report the Legislative Auditor’s Office released Monday. But the public hospital, which was founded in 1964 as Tangipahoa Parish Hospital Service District… Continue reading →

Report: So many bullets flew in Livingston shootout that investigators lost count — they estimate 60 before the intruder shot himself

Sidney Averett

So many bullets tore through the house on Country Club Lane north of Denham Springs during the afternoon of Feb. 3 that State Police investigators never determined exactly how many were fired. The estimate is 60, fired from four guns, including the service weapon of the off-duty Livingston Parish deputy who lived there.… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Council makes ‘take it or leave it offer’ to former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye

Corey Delahoussaye

The Livingston Parish Council on Thursday proposed a new settlement offer for a pair of civil court cases involving a former parish contractor. After convening in executive session, the council agreed to pay Corey delaHoussaye’s company C-Del Inc. $325,000, which council Chairman Chance Parent called a “take it… Continue reading →

Jury convicts man in fatal shooting on Spur Road in 2014

Jason Holcombe

A Livingston Parish jury on Thursday convicted a Denham Springs man of second-degree murder in a 2014 shooting on Spur Road. Jason Holcomb, 25, was convicted of shooting and killing his 29-year-old roommate Joshua Thomasson at their Spur Road home on May 10. Witnesses said Holcomb was angry after being told to move out and… Continue reading →

Construction of Northshore Technical Community College’s new campus in Walker could be a year away

Groundbreaking on a new 20,000-square-foot Northshore Technical Community College in Walker could take place next spring, with the first students welcomed in summer or fall 2017, the school’s chancellor said Thursday. Chancellor William Wainwright announced the tentative plans at a meeting of the Livingston Economic Development Council. Afterward, he… Continue reading →

Three teens arrested in Wednesday morning drive-by shooting in Holden, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports

Christian Traylor, left, Breanna Hendry

Three teenagers, one of whom is a juvenile, were arrested on multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder after an early Wednesday morning drive-by shooting in Holden, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported. The three drove by a mobile home on Weston Hano Road at least three times, firing into the residence where seven people were inside,… Continue reading →

Police investigate death on Bloss Avenue in Livingston

One man has been arrested in connection with a suspicious death being investigated Wednesday in the town of Livingston. Town police were called to 29773 Bloss Ave. on Tuesday where they found the body of resident Stacey Warren Smith, 55, the Livingston Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Wednesday news release. He is believed to have died… Continue reading →

State Police expect huge crowds for Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

State Police are gearing up for a flood of traffic headed to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this weekend, and troopers are calling in backup from elsewhere in Louisiana and the LSP Air Support Unit to manage the crowds. The festival, the state’s second largest, is expected to lure 300,000 attendees, State Police wrote in their 11-page… Continue reading →

Survivor finds symbolism in Relay

Cancer survivor Julie Roark will be walking the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Denham Springs High School on April 17, in part for her family, including her son and daughter, 15 and 16, who both celebrated a birthday April 4. Roark was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, and started a Relay for Life… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for April 9, 2015

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 2015 scholarships. Recipients will be honored during an April 22 luncheon at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Receiving the academic awards will be Kaycie Bennett, Live Oak High School; Jacob Pettigrew, Albany High School; Joshua Stafford, Live Oak High School; Tyler McMorris, French… Continue reading →

Holy Ghost Mother Seton Award goes to Jodee Hoover

Jodee Hoover

The Holy Ghost Catholic School Home and School Association has selected Jodee Hoover as its 2015 Mother Seton Award recipient. This award, created to honor exemplary volunteer service and dedication to home, school and church, is given annually. The recipient must also have strong Catholic values as well as a selfless dedication to Catholic education, a news… Continue reading →

Hammond Westside Montessori Magnet School honors Students of the Month

Photo provided by Linda Joiner -- School names Students of the Month -- Hammond Westside Montessori Magnet School March Students of the Month, first row from left, are Anah Davis, Kai Fleenor, Ariel Berteau, Abigail Cote, Peyton Williams, Maya Joseph, Kiersten Bordelon and Briana Brister; and second row,  Shedrick Pierre, Skyla Degrasse and Amya Taylor.

Hammond Westside Montessori Magnet School celebrated its Students of the Month during a March 24 ceremony attended by teachers, parents and administrators. Students were presented a certificate from Santa Fe Steakhouse. Students chosen included Rosie Lara and Kai Fleenor, prekindergarten; Anah Davis and Ariel Berteau, kindergarten; Eli Pham and Abigail Cote, first grade; Maya Joseph… Continue reading →

Audit of Independence finances finds a number of problems

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office is investigating the Town of Independence after an accounting firm found numerous instances of missing money, possible violations of state law and other accounting irregularities. Auditors with Faulk & Winkler, LLC, found several causes for concern which span seven pages in their report released last week. Their audit lists a… Continue reading →

Military group representative addresses volunteers’ meeting

Photo provided by Sandra Madere -- Lt. George Will, retired U. S. Navy, retired, was a recent guest speaker at the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community quarterly meeting.

Retired Navy Lt. George Will was a recent guest speaker at the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community meeting. The group is an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service that meets quarterly. Will represented South East Louisiana Military Organization, a local nonprofit organization of veterans of all military services. SELMO’s purpose is the coordination… Continue reading →

Southeastern offers career program

Junior high and high school students can experience a variety of career fields from automotive technology to environmental science at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops. New to this year’s lineup of programs are Zoom Into Computer Science and Zoom Into Environmental Sciences, a news release said. Favorite Zoom programs from… Continue reading →