District Attorney Warren Montgomery attended the Memorial Day service at the Justice Center in Covington. He is pictured here with Hailey Ogden, who is “Miss Poppy,” and Madelyn Ogden, “Little Miss Poppy” for Unit 16 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Hailey did a beautiful job singing the National Anthem, and both girls led the crowd in the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
District Attorney Warren Montgomery presented an outstanding achievement award to Franklinton Jr. High School student Jordan McKenzie. Each year, Mr. Montgomery recognizes students at junior high and high schools in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes for their excellence. The students are selected by school administrators for outstanding academic achievement, good citizenship, and leadership.
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May 26, 2017
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Dwayne Callahan, 55, of Mandeville, guilty Wednesday (May 24) of sexual battery of a victim under 13 and two counts of molestation of a juvenile for incidents that occurred 10 to 20 years ago. Callahan faces from 25 years in prison to life when he is sentenced by District Judge William J. Burris on July 21.
The sexual battery charge and one of the molestation charges stem from crimes that took place between 2001 and 2007. In one incident, Callahan entered a room where two girls were sleeping in bunk beds. He began touching one of the girls in a sexual manner, and when she said “no,” the other girl looked up and saw Callahan’s hand in the victim’s pants. The girls told family members, who contacted police. When the girl who witnessed the incident disclosed at the Children’s Advocacy Center what she had seen, she also revealed that Callahan had touched her the same way when she was 4 years old.
The other crime dates back to between 1997 and 1999, when Callahan was accused of molesting another girl in a similar way. The girl revealed the abuse during counseling.
Callahan also has a prior conviction for illegal discharge of a firearm. Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and William Macke prosecuted the case.
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May 22, 2017
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lanier D. Lively, 74, of Slidell, pleaded guilty last Tuesday (May 16) to 500 counts of child pornography involving juveniles under 13 years old. District Judge Raymond Childress scheduled Lively’s sentencing for July 3.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the State Police were investigating Lively last year when police were notified that a computer that was tracked to Lively was downloading child pornography. When officers served the search warrant, Lively was in the process of downloading a series of child pornography videos. The videos included images of infant and toddler girls being raped by adult men. Lively admitted to collecting child pornography for years.
He faces 10 to 40 years in prison on each count.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2017
COVINGTON—Timothy P. Duncan, 53, of Angie, a former member of the Board of Commissioners for Washington Parish Fire District #6, has pleaded guilty to 32 counts of forgery, theft, and other charges for steering thousands of dollars in public funds to himself and family members. A restitution hearing has been set for July 6.
Duncan’s guilty plea on April 24 included the following charges: one count of theft over $25,000, 10 counts of forgery, six counts of theft over $500, and 15 counts of prohibited splitting of profits, fees, or commissions.
District Judge William J. Knight sentenced Duncan to seven years in prison, all suspended, plus five years of supervised probation on the theft over $25,000 and forgery charges. Duncan also received a suspended sentence of five years in prison with five years of supervised probation on the theft over $500 charges. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Fire District #6 board members called the state legislator’s office to investigate after learning in September 2015 that Duncan had misappropriated Fire District funds. State auditors ultimately found that Duncan had used his position as board member between March 2012 and August 2015 to direct funds, totaling $128,083, to himself and family members. According to the auditor’s report, the majority of the funds were made as payments for maintenance and improvements at district properties with little or no verification of necessity, competitive pricing, and/or authorization.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the case.
May 3, 2017
COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Jami D. Cooper, 33, of Bogalusa, with second degree murder Tuesday (May 2) in the death of a teenager found unresponsive in a Covington ditch after smoking synthetic marijuana.
Cooper is accused of distributing the drug through a middle man to the 17-year-old, who died after using it on March 13, 2016. Cooper has been arrested and is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Also on Tuesday, Jarbari Pea, 23, of Covington, who was indicted last year on a second degree murder charge in the same case, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and Distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids (Schedule 1) for his role as the middle man. District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Pea to five years in prison on the negligent homicide charge and 10 years with five of them suspended on the distribution charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
- Victor Galan, 37, of Folsom, with the aggravated rape of a 10-year-old girl, who had been left in his care; and
- Shane Christian Pagano, 41, of Slidell, with the aggravated/first degree rape of a 13-year-old girl, beginning when she was three to five years old and lasting for several years.
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