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Trapped construction worker wanted to live to see his baby born

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY FAIMON ROBERTS -- One man is trapped and another person is dead after a trench collapsed in Covington on Thursday, according to St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 4.

Mandeville firefighter Barrett Pittman, an experienced paramedic, could see fear in the eyes of the man at the bottom of a caved-in utility trench near Covington. As Pittman and his partner, Jason Frosch, took turns tending to the construction worker and digging him out of the heavy soil that surrounded him Thursday afternoon, the man kept… Continue reading →

Foster mother booked in beating death of 2-year-old girl

Trenique Faciane

A 40-year-old Lacombe woman was arrested Friday after authorities said she beat to death a 2-year-old foster child who had been placed in her care. Trenique Faciane, 40, was booked on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after she told detectives she used a hairbrush to beat the little girl, who was two months… Continue reading →

Former Tammany DA Walter Reed asks federal prosecutors to provide specifics, citing vagueness of charges against him

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former St. Tammany/Washington parish District Attorney Walter Reed leaves federal court in New Orleans after being arraigned on an 18 count indictment Monday, May 4, 2015.

Continuing to assert that the prosecution’s case is weak and vague, lawyers for Walter and Steven Reed are asking for more details about the federal government’s corruption case against their clients than were provided in last month’s 18-count indictment of the former longtime district attorney of St. Tammany and Washington parishes and his 42-year-old son.… Continue reading →

Jury unanimously finds man guilty of manslaughter in 2012 Slidell stabbing

Devin Baham

. A St. Tammany Parish jury Friday night found 24-year-old Devin Baham guilty of manslaughter, aggravated arson and obstruction of justice in the stabbing death of Ashley King in 2012. The verdict was unanimous on all counts. The jury returned the verdict at 10:35 p.m., according to Lisa Page, spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District… Continue reading →

Slidell police charge two men with more than 500 counts of child pornography

Thomas Fleming

Two men, who between them face more than 500 child pornography counts, were arrested Thursday by the Slidell Police Department following separate investigations. Chad OFarrell, 28, of Lacombe, faces 400 counts of possession of child pornography and a single count of distribution of child pornography, according to a news release from the Louisiana Attorney General… Continue reading →

Trial opens in 2012 slaying of Slidell woman

Devin Baham, on trial for second-degree murder, arson and obstruction of justice in the 2012 stabbing death of Ashley King, was the driving force behind robbing and killing the Slidell woman and burning her apartment, the prosecution said Tuesday as the trial opened. Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight laid out the state’s case, in which Andrew… Continue reading →

Mandeville City Councilman Rick Danielson to run for Mandeville mayor in 2016

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (chamber) 'Member of the Year' Mark Benfatti, Maryellen Kanode, John Reynolds and Councilman Rick Danielson.

Confirming what has long been suspected, Mandeville Councilman Rick Danielson said Tuesday that he will challenge incumbent Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere for his job in the March 2016 election. Danielson made the announcement Tuesday night before several dozen supporters at a fundraiser at the Lake House restaurant on Mandeville’s lakefront. In an interview earlier… Continue reading →

Upscale rehab center planned for Abita Springs

Rendering provided by Longbranch Retreat & Recovery Center -- Longbranch Retreat & Recovery Center

A site with ties to Abita Springs’ history as a place where New Orleanians of earlier generations went for recreation and healthful water may soon become a different kind of retreat — for people seeking recovery from substance addiction. That’s the plan being pursued by Daniel Harlin, an interventional radiologist, and Chris McMahon, owner and chief… Continue reading →

14-year-old killed in high-speed crash in St. Tammany

A 14-year-old Folsom boy was killed early Saturday in St. Tammany Parish when a car fleeing from State Police hit an 18-wheeler. The victim was a passenger in the car. Shortly after midnight, a state trooper stopped a Chevrolet Cobalt for speeding in excess of 100 mph on U.S. 190 near La. 1077 in Covington. The… Continue reading →

Covington councilman calls for chief of pension system to resign

Covington Councilman Mark Wright wasted no time Thursday in reacting to reports that the director of a major public retirement system had used public money for hotels, dining and alcohol. Municipal Employees Retirement System Executive Director Bob Rust should resign immediately, Wright said in a statement. Covington’s municipal employees are among the many city employees… Continue reading →

Former Tammany deputy complains political pressure was applied to him to support Sheriff Jack Strain

Jeremiah Abbot

A former St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s reserve deputy says he was pressured by his supervisors to throw his support behind Sheriff Jack Strain and told that if he didn’t, he should leave the Sheriff’s Office. Jeremiah Abbott, an eight-year veteran of the department, said Wednesday that he was summoned to a meeting with his supervisor, Maj. Brad… Continue reading →