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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


Never give up!  No matter how hopeless life may feel at times, there is always hope, and you are never alone.  You never know what tomorrow holds or what you are capable of achieving.

One of District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s driving forces is a hunger for justice, tempered by mercy.  The District Attorney has discretion on how a case should be handled after an arrest has been made.  Violent criminals should be off of the streets.  Other defendants are candidates for Specialty Courts.  For others, Diversion is the answer.

Diversion offers consequences for an alleged action.  It also provides accountability, education, and an opportunity to serve in order to avoid a conviction.  Ultimately, Diversion should provide the opportunity for individuals to better themselves, discover their full potential, and learn how to avoid the behaviors that landed them in the legal system.

This link (Diversion Letter) brings you to one of the many letters that we have received over the last 5 ½ years.  We hope it serves as an inspiration to anyone who is going through a difficult time.  The author has been inspirational to us and is a reminder of why a District Attorney with good discretion and an Administration that feels called to serve, matters to our community.

Big Reveal of New Victim Rooms

Today, we did the big reveal! We welcomed some of our community partners in St. Tammany to tour two rooms that have been transformed into comfortable spaces for crime victims who visit our Covington office to meet with prosecutors or wait during court proceedings. Our office’s plans to redo the rooms and unveil them in April during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week were delayed by the pandemic. As part of the “open house,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery presented a Citizenship Award to Designer Stephanie Lloyd, who voluntarily decorated the rooms and created two pieces of original artwork on display on the walls. Also joining us in individual or small groups throughout the morning were: Julie Agan of the Council On Aging St. Tammany (COAST); Thomas Mitchell and Jessica Fuselier of the Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House; Kim Kirby of Safe Harbor; and Paul Charles of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. District Judge Dawn Amacker also attended.

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Former Bogalusa Chamber Director on Theft Charge

 

 

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Marilyn G. Bateman, 77, of Bogalusa, Tuesday (July 21) on a charge of theft over $25,000.

Bateman, former director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, is accused of stealing at least $100,000 from the organization.

Assistant District Attorney Blair B. Alford presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Indicts Franklinton Man of Second Degree Murder

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury indicted Jo’Andre Dawson, 21, of Franklinton Tuesday (July 21) of second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Dawson is accused of fatally shooting Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, several times in the head near a large pond in the Angie area on Jan. 12 this year. Dawson also is accused of tampering with several items of evidence, following the shooting.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Corbet Hunt was the lead investigator. Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher presented the case to the grand jury. The defendant is currently being held at the Washington Parish jail on an $800,000 bond.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man On Second Degree Murder Charge

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Reuben Patrick Cousin, 23, of Slidell, Thursday (July 16) with second degree murder in the death of a Slidell man in April.

Cousin, also known as “Rambo,” is accused of stabbing to death Emanuel “Manny” Cousin (no relation), 22, of Slidell, during an incident in a Slidell home on April 23 at about 11 a.m.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Mandeville Man In Death Of Infant

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Brian Joel Young, 21, of Mandeville, Thursday (July 16) on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his infant son.

Young is accused of killing his son, Kaisen Young, who was six months old at the time of his death in April.

The grand jury also indicted Young on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorney William T. Macke presented the case to the grand jury.

 

St. Tammany Grand Jury Indicts Lacombe Man In Murder of Live-In Girlfriend

 

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Fernando Randolph Cortez, 26, of Lacombe, Thursday (July 3) on a charge of second degree murder.

Cortez is accused of stabbing to death Sandra Aldridge, his live-in girlfriend, on April 17, 2020. The case has been assigned to District Judge William J. Knight.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke presented the case to the grand jury.