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  • Arrest made after school mojo overdoses

    August 21, 2015 3:55 PM

    COVINGTON - Police said Friday they've arrested a high school student in connection with three students overdosing on "mojo," or synthetic marijuana, at Covington High School. Police said 18-year-old Caleb Badeaux supplied the drug, which is smoked to simulate the effects of marijuana, to the juvenile students. A... more »
  • Police investigate three mojo overdoses at high school

    August 20, 2015 4:35 PM

    COVINGTON – Covington Police said they are investigating possible drug overdoses by three students at Covington High School Thursday afternoon. According to WWL's Ashley Rodrigue the Covington Fire Department was called to Covington High School after lunch over a report of an unresponsive student. When firefighters arrived on... more »
  • Police: Lacombe woman faces charges for child killed with hairbrush

    May 23, 2015 3:03 PM

    COVINGTON - A 40-year-old Lacombe woman faces charges in connection with the death of a 22-month-old foster child who had been placed in her care. Meanwhile, the state family services department says it has launched an investigation and placed staff on leave. Authorities said Trenique Faciane had already been booked... more »
  • Teacher accused of passing pot brownies to students

    May 22, 2015 5:28 AM

    COVINGTON - A former Archbishop Hannan High School teacher turned herself in after being accused of passing out brownies laced with marijuana to two girls. Multiple news outlets report 29-year-old Camille Brennan turned herself in Thursday, one day after the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for her... more »
  • 1 dead, 1 rescued at construction site trench collapse

    May 21, 2015 3:53 PM

    COVINGTON - One person was killed when a trench collapsed at a construction site in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, north of New Orleans. Another victim was rescued after being trapped in dirt up to his shoulders. The accident happened early Thursday afternoon in the Covington area. Crews from area fire... more »
  • Young couple killed in I-49 crash caused by lightning

    May 16, 2015 4:43 PM

    BUNKIE, La.- State police say lightning struck a car driving through Evangeline Parish and that led to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 that killed a young Covington couple. Police say a 1-year-old child in the couple's car survived. Master Trooper Brooks E. David says Austin Jones, 22, and Destinee... more »
  • Pregnant mother with serious injuries in St. Tammany crash

    May 10, 2015 2:39 PM

    COVINGTON, La. - A pregnant mother is being treated for serious injuries after a sedan and a garbage truck collided Sunday morning on the Northshore. The sedan had two young children inside along with their mother and father. The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. near Hwy. 435... more »
  • 14-year-old killed in high speed crash in St. Tammany

    May 9, 2015 4:56 PM

    COVINGTON - State Police say a teenage passenger was the victim of a high speed crash in St. Tammany Parish early Saturday morning. Troopers say the driver, 21-year-old Brandon Bigner of Franklinton, was fleeing from authorities when he crossed over onto US 190 East and crashed into an 18-wheeler... more »
  • 2 men arrested for accepting package with marijuana

    May 6, 2015 10:29 AM

    ABITA SPRINGS- Two men have been accused of accepting a FedEx package stuffed with 60 pounds of marijuana in Abita Springs and taking it to Covington. State police said in a news release U.S. Customs and Border protection agents detected the package passing through FedEx's Memphis hub on April 25.... more »
  • Made in Louisiana: Decoy carvings check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 4, 2015 9:09 AM

    COVINGTON- Decoy carving was one of the first American art forms and Louisiana has always been at the forefront of the timeless tradition. Richard Reeves, who was born and raised in Louisiana, has always had an interest in wildlife. He wanted a hobby to relieve the stress of his... more »
  • Doctor killed by wife

    March 1, 2015 6:36 PM

    FOLSOM - A Covington area physician was shot and killed by his wife in their Folsom-area home early Sunday morning. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says it received a call from Kacie Breen, the wife of Dr. Wayne Breen, at about 3 a.m. She said an altercation between the... more »
  • Area of ATM skimmer investigation widens

    January 29, 2015 2:20 PM

    COVINGTON - The swath of customers possibly affected by hackers recent attempts at "skimming" credit card data from several ATMs has been expanded on Thursday afternoon to include Covington and Slidell, according to an announcement by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Louisiana State Police confirmed with local, state... more »
  • Man killed while riding motorized skateboard

    January 26, 2015 10:18 AM

    COVINGTON - Covington police say a 31-year-old man died when he fell off his motorized skateboard. Chief Tim Lentz said in a news release that Jerry Siles Jr. was riding his gas powered skateboard Sunday afternoon when he lost control and was thrown to the ground. Lentz says Siles was... more »
  • Man accused of robbing pharmacies

    July 2, 2014 3:54 PM

    COVINGTON - A man wanted for robbing two Walgreens stores in St. Tammany Parish over the weekend was arrested due to the combined efforts of detectives from the parish sheriff's office and Covington Police Department. Authorities arrested 43-year-old Michael Williams of Covington Tuesday night and booked him into the... more »
  • One man arrested in Covington meth lab raid

    June 18, 2014 4:40 PM

    COVINGTON - A Tuesday morning search of a home north of Covington by narcotics agents led to the discovery of a recently active meth lab and one arrest, according to the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force. Agents said they received an anonymous tip that narcotics were being made... more »
  • STPSO: Missing woman found safe

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    COVINGTON - Sheriff's deputies said a missing Covington woman has been found and is in good health. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies reported that Yvone Morel, 83, was missing Friday morning. Deputies said she was later located in Ball, and was in the custody of law enforcement there. ... more »
  • Search underway for work program escapee

    March 13, 2014 12:13 PM

    COVINGTON - Law enforcement in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes are looking for a man they say escaped from a workforce program and abducted his girlfriend from a Covington convenience store. Investigators say Christopher Ricker left the workforce facility around 4:00 a.m. Thursday and abducted his girlfriend soon after.... more »
  • Covington cop who arrested football refs demoted

    December 31, 2013 2:51 PM

    COVINGTON, La. - Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz says a lieutenant who arrested two high-school football referees in October has been suspended without pay and demoted to sergeant. Lentz says Stephen Short must also pass an evaluation before he can return to work after the 10-day suspension, and cannot apply... more »
  • NOPD officer in trouble for speeding

    December 20, 2013 6:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended after fleeing from police on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Authorities say Sgt. Gary Calico, a 22-year veteran of the police force, refused to pull over for a Causeway police officer and led the officer on a high speed chase... more »
  • 14 in the running for Covington police chief

    August 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    COVINGTON - Fourteen candidates passed a written civil service test, and now move to the interview stage with the mayor to be considered for Covington's next police chief. The names of the candidates were released Thursday at a Covington Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board meeting. Timothy... more »
  • Covington-based Guard unit heading to Kuwait

    August 15, 2013 8:12 AM

    HAMMOND - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 160 soldiers in a Covington-based engineer company are heading to Kuwait, where they'll spend a year working in construction. A deployment ceremony will be held Friday in Hammond for the 1021st Engineer Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, which also has detachment... more »
  • Man kills self after firing gun at law office

    July 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    COVINGTON - Police say a man is believed to have shot himself to death after firing numerous shots inside and outside of a law office in Covington. The man's identity hasn't been released. Acting Covington Police Chief Jack West says police began receiving numerous emergency calls about 1:15 Tuesday afternoon... more »
  • Two teens arrested for school vandalism

    May 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    COVINGTON - Police arrested two teens in connection with vandalism at St. Paul's School. Covington Police Capt. Jack West tells The Times-Picayune a 17-year-old from Folsom and 18-year-old Carter Norman Hall of Covington were booked with felony criminal damage to property over $500. They were booked into the St. Tammany... more »
  • Covington contractor pleads guilty in loan case

    April 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 40-year-old Covington contractor pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false records with a bank to obtain a $3.45 million loan. Raymond Grow III pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement in his loan application to First American Bank and Trust... more »
  • Man accused by LSP, FBI of child porn

    April 23, 2013 6:45 PM

    COVINGTON - State and federal agents arrested a Covington man after they said they found child porn at his home. Detectives with the Louisiana State Police accused Paul Beebe III, 32, of 21 counts of pornography involving juveniles. An LSP spokesperson said with help from the FBI, investigators... more »
  • Woman dies in I-12 crash

    April 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    ROBERT - State police say a multivehicle crash on Interstate 12 took the life of a 71-year-old Covington woman. Trooper Nick Manale says the four vehicle crash took place shortly after 6 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of the interstate at the Robert exit in Tangipahoa Parish. Manale said... more »
  • 2 officers with Covington PD face charges

    March 25, 2013 5:20 PM

    COVINGTON - Two Covington Police officers have been arrested on charges of simple battery and malfeasance in office. Monday's arrest of former Officer Anthony Adams and Officer Nicholas Harper came in connection with the alleged use of excessive force on someone being arrested at the police department. The alleged incident... more »
  • Delgado to close Covington campus next year

    March 20, 2013 8:57 AM

    COVINGTON- Delgado Community College will close its Covington campus at the end of the spring 2014 semester. School officials say classes will slowly be phased out in the months ahead. The Times-Picayune reports students will be directed to growing course offerings from Delgado's sister institution, Northshore Technical Community College, and... more »
  • St. Tammany school board sets bond issue election

    February 22, 2013 9:05 AM

    COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish School Board has called a May 4 election seeking voter approval for a $135 million bond issue and expanding use of some tax money to include employee salaries and benefits. School leaders said the measures are necessary to support teachers in the classroom and meet... more »
  • State lawmaker starts new fight against red light cameras check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Paul Hollis (R-Covington) says if you live in an area that does not use red light cameras, you should not have to pay fines. He has filed a bill for the upcoming session to make it law. Hollis says drivers with a car registered... more »
  • Covington man arrested for second DWI

    February 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    GARDEN CITY, La. - Authorities in St. Mary Parish say a Covington man faces second offense DWI charges, after a deputy found him intoxicated in his vehicle. Sheriff Mark Hebert says the deputy spotted 56-year-old James Bourgeois sitting in a parking lot along Hwy. 182 just after midnight Friday.... more »
  • Man accused of burning woman with scalding water

    February 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    COVINGTON - Covington police say a 48-year-old man is accused of choking his girlfriend and severely burning her by holding her under scalding water during an argument over a set of keys, then fighting police. Terrance Silas Fritz, of Covington, is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on... more »
  • Ga. authorities investigating KKK fliers

    January 23, 2013 5:56 AM

    COVINGTON, Ga. - Sheriff's officials in the Atlanta area are investigating whether any laws were broken when fliers inviting residents to join the Ku Klux Klan were placed outside homes. Newton County sheriff's Deputy Courtney Morrison says the fliers are being reviewed to make sure they don't contain any... more »
  • Man accused of flashing holiday shoppers

    January 4, 2013 4:21 PM

    COVINGTON - Deputies in St. Tammany Parish arrested a Covington man after they said he exposed himself twice to holiday shoppers. Deputies arrested Brian Harris, 26, in suspicion of obscenity on Dec. 28 after witness descriptions led them to his vehicle. Investigators said they were told on Dec.... more »
  • Covington firefighter pleads guilty to rape charge

    December 11, 2012 10:06 AM

    COVINGTON - A 29-year-old Covington firefighter accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to forcible rape. The St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office says Theodore George Williams could face up to 40 years in prison when he returns to court on Jan. 22 for sentencing. ... more »
  • 2 children burned in Covington house fire

    December 6, 2012 12:29 PM

    COVINGTON - Two children pulled from a burning home in Covington have been taken to a burn center in Galveston, Texas. Authorities say three other people, including two other children made it out of the house uninjured. The Times-Picayune reports the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Thursday. State Fire... more »
  • Smoothie King HQ to stay, expand in La.

    November 20, 2012 4:06 PM

    METAIRIE - Louisiana-based Smoothie King, which was sold in July to a South Korea-based corporation, will move its headquarters from Covington to Jefferson Parish and expand its 45-person headquarters staff with 60 new jobs. The announcement was made Tuesday by state officials and Greater New Orleans Inc., the economic development... more »
  • Pearl River man booked in father's death

    October 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    COVINGTON- A 39-year-old Pearl River man who was arrested earlier this week in Mississippi after being accused of stabbing his father to death has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on a second-degree murder charge. Billie Glenn Rawson Jr. was arrested Tuesday in Long Beach, Miss. and was... more »
  • Curfew declared as water rises in St. Tammany

    August 29, 2012 6:42 PM

    COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish officials have proclaimed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Parish President Pat Brister says up to a foot of water had been forced out of Lake Pontchartrain and was flooding streets along the Mandeville lakefront. Some flooding also was... more »
  • Body of Mandeville man found in lake

    August 20, 2012 3:37 PM

    COVINGTON - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain. Capt. George Bonnett, the sheriff's spokesman, says the coroner's office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Ellis. Deputies pulled the man's body from the lake Saturday afternoon. Bonnett says Ellis is... more »
  • Man shot when he confronts invaders in Covington

    June 29, 2012 2:38 PM

    COVINGTON - Police say a man was shot as he confronted two intruders trying to break into a Covington home. A Covington news release says the attempted home invasion happened early Thursday at a residence occupied by Kim Dilworth, his girlfriend and her 3-year-old child. The two were attempting to... more »
  • Covington man killed in crash

    May 27, 2012 1:53 PM

    SLIDELL - A Covington man has died in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 190 in St. Tammany Parish. State police say the victim of Saturday's accident has been identified as 28-year-old Paul Becnel Jr. State police say Becnel was traveling east on U.S. 190 when his car ran off... more »
  • Body of unidentified female found near Covington

    May 7, 2012 6:34 AM

    COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish authorities are working to identify a woman's body found along Interstate 12. The body was discovered Sunday afternoon near Covington. The identity of the body is unknown, but officials with the St. Tammany coroner's office said the body is that of a female.... more »
  • Teen arrested for alleged Facebook threats

    March 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    MANDEVILLE- A 14-year-old student at a school in St. Tammany Parish has been arrested on suspicion of posting threats against teachers and other students on the Facebook social networking website. Sheriff Jack Strain's office said the boy wrote that students were "going to die" Monday at Monteleone Junior High School... more »
  • Space heater blamed in deadly house fire

    December 27, 2011 8:44 AM

    COVINGTON- An early-morning fire at a home in St. Tammany Parish claimed the life of a man living there, according to the state fire marshal's office. Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning said firefighters in St. Tammany were called out at 1:32 a. m. to a home on Goldfinch Road... more »
  • Covington policeman pleads guilty, resigns

    December 21, 2011 8:47 AM

    COVINGTON- A Covington police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to simple battery for choking a man during a traffic stop and leaving him handcuffed a long time in the back of a patrol cruiser. The Times-Picayune reports that 32-year-old Sgt. Eric Driscoll pleaded guilty minutes after he was charged... more »
  • Deputies arrest six men for dog fighting

    March 28, 2011 4:42 PM

    COVINGTON - Five St. Tammany Parish men and a Mississippi man have been arrested for dog fighting. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Monday that deputies responding to a call March 20 found six men standing in front of a Slidell house, one of whom had blood on... more »

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