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15475 Club Deluxe Road
Hammond, Louisiana 70403
(985) 345-6150 Hammond
(985) 748-8147 Amite


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Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Sheriff Daniel Edwards - The TPSO is proud to announce that Sheriff Daniel Edwards has formally been invited to serve as a Member of the Committees for Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention / Private Security by the National Sheriff’ Association for a second year . The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is a non -profit entity that has spent the past sixty years supporting and serving the law enforcement community along with many other criminal justice professionals.

By serving on these committees, Sheriff Daniel Edwards will continue to work side by side with state and national domestic violence prevention organizations and associations. He will remain actively involved with the promotion of uniformity in laws, education and the intervention of domestic law enforcement. By accepting this appointment, he will continue to build relationships between Sheriffs nation wide, the private security industry and the general business community. Together they will advocate for crime prevention programs that will serve the greater needs of our communities.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards will accept this responsibility and remain involved on a higher level of leadership. He will continue to lead the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on its course of preserving human life and property, aiding to those in danger or distress and helping to make Tangipahoa Parish a safe place for all to live, work and play.

Deputy Redmond with K9 Bart

Deputy Redmond with K9 Bart - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to formally acknowledge Deputy Steven Redmond and his K 9 companion Bart for being presented with the Criminalistic Excellence Award by the United States Police Canine Association. Deputy Redmond and K 9 Bart were recognized with this award because of their outstanding performance in the detection and prevention of crime. This is the second consecutive quarter that Deputy Redmond and K 9 Bart have been honored with this award.

In September, the TPSO will be sending Deputy Redmond, and K 9 Bart to compete in the 2008 National Police Dog in Field Trials. Sheriff Daniel Edwards will also be sending Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and K 9 Kazon along with Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and K 9 Emir to the competition representing our Parish. The USCPS dog trials is where the best trained dogs in the world come together and with the opportunity to perform and be acknowledged for their duty.
“These are the unsung heroes” states Captain Don Alexander of the TPSO’s K 9 Division. There are countless stories of courage regarding these officers and their K 9 companions.

Captain Don Alexander, along with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is honored to work side by side with these Officers and their K 9 companions.

TPSO Investigate Armed Robbery

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatched Dy. David Copeland on Sunday August 24, 2008, to the Best Western Hotel located at 46053 North Puma Drive in reference an armed robbery. Upon Dy. Copeland's arrival, he spoke with the complainant who was working as the cashier at the hotel.

The complainant advised that at approx 2100 hrs two black males entered the hotel. One is described as being tall, approx 6`1, thin build, wearing an orange baseball hat, white shirt and red shorts with dread locks. The other, a black male, approx 5`6, medium build and wearing a red Polo striped shirt and blue jeans. The complainant stated that one of the suspects pointed a black handgun at her and demanded all of the money from the register. After the altercation, the suspects fled the scene. The complainant advised that she then called 911.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with knowledge surrounding the above stated incident to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO Respond to 911 Call

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched on 8.18.08 at approximately 1143hrs to the Klein Rd mobile home park Lot #43 in reference to a 911 open line.

TPSO Deputy Brian Martin arrived at the scene and was met at the front door by the complainant, who advised that everything was fine but kept crying and pointing to the rear of the mobile home. Deputy Martin advised her that he needed to enter the residence and requested for her cooperation.

Deputy Martin and Deputy John Suter entered the residence and called for everyone to come from the master bedroom. A black male exited the bedroom holding the complainant's two children. Deputy Martin placed the suspect in handcuffs and advised him of his Constitutional rights pertaining to Miranda and also advised that he was being detained until further. Deputy Martin asked if there was anyone else in the residence and the complainant advised no. Deputy Martin asked for the complainant's identification and she went to her car to retrieve it. Deputy Martin followed her and she then advised Deputies that the offender, Robert Travis, was still in the residence. Deputy Martin immediately went back into the residence to find the offender hiding in the master bedroom closet. The offender was ordered out at gunpoint by Deputy Martin and Deputy Suter and then placed in handcuffs and advised of his Constitutional rights pertaining to Miranda and also advised that he was being detained until further.

When asked, the offender gave a false name and dob. . When asked his date of birth again, he started to say "10/9". He was then advised that if we ran that name he gave his picture would not match. The suspect then he gave his real name as Robert Travis. Deputy Martin took the complainant aside and asked her what happened and she advised that she returned home at 0430am and found the offender sleeping in her children’s' bedroom. She advised that she has a restraining order against him and woke him up and told him to leave.

When the offender woke up he told her that he wasn't leaving and took the phone so that she could not make any phone calls. She advised that later that morning the offender and her children entered her bedroom and then he began to choke her. During the altercation, the complainant states that she was choked slammed against the wall in the bathroom and against the bedroom dresser all of which caused injuries to her back and head. He then grabbed her by the throat again threw her on her back in the bath tub, placed her head under the faucet and turned the water on. The complainant stated to Deputy Martin that she actually believed he was going to kill her.

TPSO Deputy Martin advised Sgt. Mark Apperson and Det. Jill Hutchinson of the incident. Deputy Martin then advised the offender that he was being charged with violating the restraining order (R.S. 14:79), resisting an officer (R.S. 14:108), aggravated battery domestic (R.S. 14:34D), and attempted murder (R.S. 14:27-30) and advised him of his Constitutional rights pertaining to Miranda again. The offender was also advised that a hold was being placed on him without bond for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Deputy Darrell Michael arrived on scene and transported the offender to CLU to be booked on said charges.

TPSO Deputies arrested:
Travis, Robert Scropio
Dob 10.9.84
309 Reed St.
Hammond, LA

Narcotics Arrest

Amite, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 08-23-08 Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Division and Tri Parish Narcotics task force placed L J Welch Jr. under arrest for operation, creation, possession of clandestine methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On 08-23-08 Agents received information that L J Welch Jr. was in the process of gathering precursor materials for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Agents observed Welch purchasing these items at Wal-Mart in Amite. Agents made contact with Welch and located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on his person. Mr. Welch has a long history of methamphetamine violations and has been arrested for the same in several states.

Arrested was:

L. J Welch
DOB- 10.10.61
509 13th Street
Kentwood, LA

TPSO Assist Neighboring Agency in Arrest

Ponchatoula, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at approximately 2134hrs, dispatched Deputy Stephen Jenkins to Hwy 190 in reference to the Covington Police Department (CPD) needing assistance in pursuit of a vehicle that entered Tangipahoa Parish.

Deputy Jenkins traveled east bound on Hwy 190 when he observed warning lights from the CPD police unit east of Booker Rd II. Deputy Jenkins pulled his police unit on the south side of the roadway in front of Omni Storage, and waited until the CPD unit and suspects got closer. Dy Jenkins turned on his warning lights, as the vehicles approached. The suspect vehicle then attempted to turn onto Booker Rd II, but was unable to effectively navigate the turn because of the wet road conditions. The vehicle left the west side of the road way, and collided with a tree. As Deputy Jenkins pulled next to the CPD unit, he observed 2 black male subjects exit the passenger side of the vehicle and began to run south along side Booker Rd II. Deputy Jenkins drove past the CPD unit and ahead of the fleeing suspects. Jenkins exited his vehicle to observe one suspect cross the roadway, as Officer Jordan Hollendeck of Covington Police Department gave chase. TPSO Deputy Jenkins turned and gave chase on the second suspect which was still running south. Deputy Jenkins caught up with the suspect then identified as Cariwon Finley, as Officer Hollendeck apprehended the other suspect identified as Allen Carson.

Both subjects were placed in handcuffs (without further incident), and advised of their rights per Miranda. Upon a body search of Finley, Deputy Jenkins recovered a roll of money. Deputy Jenkins turned the money over to Officer Hollendeck. Deputy Jenkins searched the vehicle while awaiting Gene's Wrecker, and located two bags of what appeared to be Crack Cocaine on the ground just outside the passenger side door. Dy Jenkins also turned the bags over to Hollendeck. Both subjects were taken into custody on the charge of fugitive for another jurisdiction. Both subjects were turned over to CPD on scene.

Great work Deputy Stephen Jenkins!!

Arrested were:

Finley, Cariwon Cortez
DOB 6.16.82
340 Forrest Lane
Ponchatoula, LA

Carlson, Allen Mychel – Picture not available. Carlson was sent to St. Tammany hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
DOB – 5.24.90
44449 Booker Rd. II
Ponchatoula, LA

TPSO Prayer Breakfast

Hammond, LA –

Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to personally thank Pastor Richard Baker and the members of the Albany Missionary Baptist Church for hosting the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office monthly Prayer Breakfast on 8.27.08. Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Pastor Baker and all who gathered had the opportunity to offer thanksgiving and pray for our community and its leaders. The monthly TPSO Prayer Breakfast has become an appreciated tradition over the past few years under the leadership of Sheriff Daniel Edwards. We take this opportunity to thank Pastor Richard Baker and all who have hosted our gatherings in the past. It is a privilege for the TPSO to be invited into your homes for fellowship.

Pictured are Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Pastor Richard Baker of the Albany Missionary Baptist Church, 45430 Durbin Road. Hammond LA.

Are you aware of sex offenders in your neighborhood?


Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office highly encourages all families in the community to visit the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office website for pertinent information regarding the Offender Watch Program. The Offender Watch Program is an electronic database for citizen notification and awareness of sexual predators and offenders in your area.

Protecting your children can an easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Visit the TPSO’s website at www.tpso.org.
2. Click on the “Sex Offender” link.
3. Register to receive ALERTS about sex offenders in your area.

Education is the most powerful tool we have when it comes to protecting ourselves and as well as our children. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office website will provide you the tools necessary to gain the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and to educate your children by providing the following information.

O Real-time Maps of registered sex offenders in your area
O Automatic Email Alerts when registered sex offenders move to your area
O Tips for talking with your children
O Safety advice for parents and children

Did you know that sexual predators/offenders move an average of 4 times a year? Did you know that 80 - 90% of our citizens have a registered sex offender living within a one mile radius of their home, children's school, or place of work? One citizen may have up to 5 physical addresses that are important to them to receive email alerts and updates. To stay informed visit www.tpso.org, search for sexual offenders in your area, register for automatic email alerts and most importantly, look for safety tips and learn to recognize the warning signs.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states, “I am committed to going above and beyond the minimum to assure the safety of your families. That is why we provide the Offender Watch Program – a necessary tool that can be used to protect your children and to stay informed about sex offenders in your area. With Offender Watch, you make the difference.”


TPSO K9 BART SUPPORTS DEPUTIES IN ARREST - Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven Redmond was dispatched to 46157 Randall Road in Hammond, Louisiana in reference to a female calling 911. Deputy Redmond was advised by dispatch that the female asked for help, and then could hear the female ask some one not to hit her, and the phone disconnected.

Deputy Redmond and Deputy Marshall Hayes arrived on scene where an elderly female and a white male where standing in the yard, the male bleeding from the head. Deputy Redmond was advised that the suspect was not on scene so Deputy Redmond dispatched Acadian. Deputy Redmond discovered that the man had been struck several times with a rod type weapon on his arms, chest, and head. The victim was bleeding heavily from his left ear and that ear was severely dismembered. Deputy Redmond gathered from the victim that he and his brother, later identified as Randy King, had a verbal argument over a personal matter and that King retrieved a weapon and began to strike him.

The elderly Female on scene advised in a written statement that the male victim was at her home on the couch eating a salad when King called the victim on the phone several times. She could tell that the two where arguing. The male victim hung up the phone and King soon entered the residence through the kitchen area with a large rode that looked like a plant hanger that sticks in the ground, and began hitting him with it as the victim sat there defenseless. Caught of guard, he was unable to defend himself. The elderly woman then called 911, and the suspect left the scene with the weapon.

The male victim was transported to North Oaks via Acadian Ambulance for sever wounds. Deputy Redmond and Deputy Hayes went to King’s trailer which is approximately fifty yards from where the Battery occurred. Due to the severity of the crime Deputy Redmond enlisted the use of his K-9 Partner Bart. Deputy Redmond, K-9 Bart, and Deputy Hayes approached the residence, where Deputy Redmond knocked on the back door, and announced "Sheriff's Office". Deputy Redmond could hear a male say he was coming out and then the door opened. A white male was standing in the door when it opened and Deputy Redmond asked him if he was Randy King at which time he advised he was. Deputy Redmond provided cover with K-9 Bart while Deputy Redmond gave Randy King verbal commands to exit the residence, put his hands in the air, and turn around. Randy King complied and when it was safe Deputy Hayes closed in and cuffed the suspect, behind the back, checked the cuffs for tightness, then double locked them. Deputy Redmond gave Randy King his Miranda warnings at that time, and advised Randy King that he was under arrest for Aggravated 2nd degree Battery, in which Randy King advised he under stood his rights and charges. Deputy Redmond and Hayes completed the booking paperwork on Randy King and when complete Deputy Hayes transported the accused Randy King to Tangipahoa Parish Prison where he was turned over to their custody.

On 8.17.08, TPSO Deputies Arrested Randy King, DOB 9.8.55 of 46187 Randall Rd, Hammond, LA. on the above stated charges.

TPSO Investigate an Attempted Robbery

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that on 8.24.08 the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatched TPSO Deputy Gregory Hensarling at approximately 10:00 PM to the corner of South Range and East Minnesota Park Rd in reference to a stabbing and attempted robbery.

Upon arrival, Deputy Hensarling met with a white male who stated that when he was closing his business located at 17702 Hwy 190 East; he was approached by an unidentified black male wearing dark glasses with his face covered. The victim stated the Black Male came from behind a dumpster and demanded his wallet. When he refused to give over his wallet, a short scuffle occurred and the subject stabbed him in the left leg above his knee. The suspect then fled the scene traveling down West Pleasant Ridge Rd. Deputy Hensarling followed the victim to the hospital while Deputy Kevin Stimage patrolled the area of West Pleasant Ridge in an attempt to locate the assailant to no avail.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to the above incident to please contact the TPSO at 985.345.6150. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Crime Stoppers

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding Cattle Shootings that have taken place in the Chesbrough Community between Hwy 1054 and 1058. Approximately 27 head of cattle have been shot over the past several months, each ranging in value from $500 and 2k.

Anyone knowing information regarding these shootings is asked to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office @ 985.345.6150 or Crime Stoppers @ 800.554.5245.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to an arrest for this crime. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO Deputies Solve Burglary!

Amite, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday,
8-15-08 TPSO Deputy Dunn was dispatched to Rutland Rd, just off of Puleston Rd., to investigate a burglary.

On Saturday, 8-16-08, TPSO Deputy Jenkins returned to the Rutland address to further investigate the crime. While on the scene the complainant gave Deputies the name of a suspect that he believed committed the act.

On Sunday, 8.17.08, Deputy Jenkins and Deputy Foster were dispatched to Puleston Rd. in reference to a disturbance. Upon arriving, the TPSO Deputies discovered two suspects, Wade Ratliff and his brother David Withrow, fighting over Withrow stealing stolen stereo equipment that was originally stolen by Ratliff. Through the investigation, the stereo equipment was recovered and returned to the owner identified as the above victim. The two suspects were transported to Amite at which time Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Detective Sharkey was called in and the two were questioned in regards to the burglary. Following the interrogation, the two admitted to the burglary and later led Dy’s. Dunn, Jenkins and Detective Sharkey to the remainder of the stolen property for recovery. All items were recovered and returned back to the owner except for Cash and one Shotgun.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge Deputy’s Dunn, Jenkins and Detective Sharkey for diligently working together to solve this case.

Persons Arrested:

Wade Joshua Ratliff
Charges – Simple Burglary
DOB – 10.24.84
59386 Puleston, Rd
Amite, LA

David Withrow
Charges – Possession of Stolen Property
Principle to Burglary Inhibited Dwelling
DOB = 6.28.90
59153 Puleston Rd
Amite, LA

TPSO Investigate A Hit and Run

TPSO Deputy Arrests Hit and Run Driver:

Hammond - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that on 08/12/08 at approximately 0048 hours, Deputy Michael Hill was patrolling on Pumpkin Center Road, when notified of a hit and run in which a red truck crashed into Jem Works Store, located at 43165 Pumpkin Center Road, and was spotted fleeing the scene.

While en-route, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Hill witnessed a red, Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck leaving the scene and traveling Northbound on Pumpkin Center Road. Deputy Hill followed the above mentioned vehicle to 44087 South Baptist Road (in Hammond) where contact was made with driver, Lavell Bernard. Dy. Hill advised Lavell that he was investigating a hit and run that took place at Jem Works Store in which a red truck crashed into the store and left. Lavell stated, through excited utterance, that he accidentally ran into the store and he left to retrieve his wallet in order to pay for the damages.

Lavell Bernard of 44264 Parker Blvd, Hammond LA, dob 12/9/85, was arrested and placed in the rear of a patrol unit.

Dispatch advised Deputy Hill that Lavell Bernard had four outstanding FTA's, one for criminal damage to property, two for possession of schedule II, and one for possession of schedule I (drug related offenses).

During Deputy Hill’s investigation, a clear baggy containing yellow and white pills (Xanbar 2 mg) was observed on the seat of Lavell's vehicle in plain view. After further investigation it was discovered that the baggy contained thirty-seven whole yellow pills, thirteen whole white pills, three 3/4 yellow pills, one 1/2 yellow pill, one 1/4 yellow pill, two 3/4 white pills, two 1/2 white pills The baggy of pills was taken into evidence to be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. TPSO Deputies observed what appeared to be shattered plate glass on the hood of the Lavell's vehicle. Sgt. Moore advised that the glass appeared to be consistent with the broken glass at the store; this glass was removed and taken into evidence as well.

The vehicle was inventoried and towed by Gene's Towing.

Lavell Bernard was transported to TPSO Jail and booked on one count of Hit and Run, one count of Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, outstanding warrant# 31283, and for no driver license on person.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Deputy Michael Hill on a job well done.

TPSO Investigate A Drive By Shooting

TPSO Investigates Drive By Shooting:

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that on August 13, 2008 at approximately 3:00 AM, Dy. Darrell Michael, of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to the scene of a drive by shooting that had just occurred at 44412 Booker Rd II. Upon arrival, Deputy Michael met with the victim and witnesses that were standing near the road when the incident occurred. The victim stated that a female drove up to where they were standing, started shouting obscenities and then began shooting at them. The victim also stated that some time later, a male driving a white Chevrolet Avalanche with 26" rims, drove up and began shooting. It is suspected that a minimum of 3 shots and a maximum of 10-12 shots were heard by the several witnesses.

Once TPSO Dy. Michael confirmed that there were no injuries and the area was secure, he began to search the immediate area for evidence. He located 4 spent shell casings (Federal nickel plated .380 caliber) lying on the roadway approximately 20 feet south of the intersection at Brumfield Ln. in the southbound lane. This location was consistent with the description of the reported incidents that had just occurred. It was stated that the driver of the white Chevy Avalanche drove north of their location and was leaning out the driver's window of his white Chevy Avalanche shooting in their direction.

This account is also consistent with the direction from which a stray bullet hit the windshield of a near by vehicle traveling northbound on Booker Rd. II. The driver of the vehicle stated that while traveling home form work, she noticed a blue Chevrolet Blazer heading southbound that veered into her lane yelling "they're shooting". At about the same time she heard one shot, then another, and heard something (later identified as a bullet) hit her windshield low and in the center.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division is actively working to identify these suspects. Once positive identification of these suspects are made, the TPSO plans to make the arrests.

TPSO Deputies Arrest Albany Man On Several Charges Including Battery of a Police Officer:

Tickfaw - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that on August 15, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputy John Eady was dispatched to 16067 Hwy. 442 to investigate a domestic violence incident that was reported at approximately 3:25 AM. At 3:30 AM, TPSO Deputy Eady arrived to witness the suspect and his girlfriend fighting in the driveway. Deputy Eady immediately began to apprehend the suspect. They struggled as Deputy Eady called for backup. Shortly after, Deputy Albert Sharp arrived to assist Deputy Eady. Deputy Eady and Deputy Albert worked together to successfully apprehend and arrest Christopher Marshall of 30875 Café Line Road, Albany, LA dob 12/9/81 on:

o 2 FTA’s
o 2 counts of second degree battery of a police officer
o 2 counts of resisting arrest
o 1 count of resisting arrest by flight
o 1 count of domestic battery.

Bond is set on Marshall at $155k.

Both Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to North Oaks Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

Labor Day Weekend

As Labor Day weekend approaches, Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you that this is one of the deadliest holidays for motor vehicle fatalities of the year. Drunk driving is not an accident, nor is it a victimless crime. According the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, roughly 1,000 Louisiana citizens are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year. 49% of these fatal accidents involve alcohol. Our message here is simple – plan ahead, don’t risk it. If you plan to drink, don't drive.

In conjunction with the Labor Day weekend, our parish and surrounding parishes will be planning for weather possibilities that may come our way. Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to remind us that traffic in our area may be dense due to evacuations and contra-flow activities. He also requests that all drivers remain cautious and considerate during this time to make our roadways as safe as possible for all who are traveling. Our Sheriff’s main goal at this time is to keep Tangipahoa Parish safe and well informed through this Labor Day weekend.

If you are interested in gathering additional information regarding Hurricane Planning, please visit the Louisiana’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’s website @ www.getagameplan.org.

In addition to this information, the TPSO is also asking any senior citizen or persons with special needs needing information or assistance during this time to please contact the Council on Aging.

Please note the following phone numbers for the Council on Aging.

* Hammond Area – 985.345.5000 or 985.345.7730
* Ponchatoula Area – 985.386.6061
* Tickfaw Area – 985.345.1172
* Independence Area – 985.878.4385
* Amite Area – 985.748.7617
* Kentwood Area – 985.229.5089


Ponchatoula, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like your assistance in locating Dale Patrick Pecoraro Jr. DOB 5.24.82 of 41379 Rue Madison Ponchatoula, LA. Pecoraro is a white male, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 175lbs.

Pecoraro is wanted on two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm or concealed weapon by a person convicted of a felony.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Dale Patrick Pecoraro is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150, Det. Dayle Athmann. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO - Narcotics Arrest

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that August 12, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Narcotic Agents arrested Shirley Patterson and Tomekia for Obstruction of Justice. Agents went to the residence located at 48137 Brownsville Road Natalbany, Louisiana to try and arrest Lomario Patterson on several outstanding warrants. TPSO Agents went to the address on August 11, 2008 to try and arrest Lomario Patterson on these outstanding warrants. TPSO Agents spoke with both Tomekia Pierre and Shirley Patterson about Lomario's outstanding warrants. TPSO Agents informed both Patterson and Pierre that if Lomario was found at the residence that they both could be arrested for Obstruction of Justice. On August 12, 2008 Agents received information that Lomario Patterson was at the address located at 48137 Brownsville Road Natalbany, Louisiana. TPSO Agents went to the address at which time Lomario ran into the woods and the TPSO Agents gave chase. Agents were unable to catch Lomario. Both Shirley Patterson and Tomekia Pierre stated that they would not call the sheriff's office on Lomario. Lomario Patterson is still being sought by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office for outstanding warrants. If anyone has information regarding the above suspects, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish’s Office at 985.345.6150.

Shirley Patterson b/f, dob 05/16/1949 48137 Brownsville Road Natalbany, Louisiana
Charge: Obstruction of Justice

Tomekia Pierre b/f, dob 07/19/1985 116 Mallard Drive Apt. #14 Hammond, Louisiana
Charge: Obstruction of Justice

TPSO Young Marine Program

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the following:

On Saturday August 22, 2008 the members of the TPSO Young Marines Program assembled for their monthly training at Amite High School. The Young Marine program was adopted by the TPSO to focus on the well-being of the youth in our community. Detective Nick Vinterella along with his two instructors, Carl Foster and Marvin Vernon are committed to leading and teaching our Young Marines in ways of, leadership, team work, conflict resolution, the importance of community involvement and primarily, to adopt the attitude of “anything is possible”.

During the August 22nd training, our Young Marines focused on their marksmanship skills (by use of an air rifle), marching drills and physical training. Sheriff Daniel Edwards has a belief that incorporating physical exercise into the daily lives of our youth will aid in a healthier and more confident individual. Each training agenda designed by the TPSO is equipped with the tools needed to strengthen the life skills of our young adults. Participating in this program can pave the way for our youth to seize opportunities as they present themselves and learn how to have the courage to step up and meet challenges head on.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states, “We have an outstanding group of youth who are participating in this program. We anticipate embracing many more youth into the Young Marine’s Program in the months to come.”

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking any parent who may be interested in learning more about the Young Marines Program to contact Detective Nick Vinterella at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985.902.2046.

Crime Stoppers

The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office is offering a Crime Stopper reward to anyone that will lead to the arrest of individuals responsible for two recent burglaries at local machine shops. In both cases, articles of bronze and aluminum metals were stolen. TPSO investigators suspect that these items will be sold for recycling. Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of these perpetrators is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s office at 985.345.6150 or Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088. The TPSO would like to thank you for your support in the arrest of these individuals.

Great Job Detective R. Foster

Independence, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to
acknowledge Detective Raymond Foster Jr. for the arrest of Shane Crawford, 140 Garon Lane, Independence, LA DOB-12.1.89. Crawford was arrested 8.27.08 for having outstanding warrants on two counts of simple burglary and one count of aggravated burglary. Crawford was previously arrested 6.5.08 on charges of simple robbery, unauthorized use of an access card, unauthorized entry of a place of business and one count of felony theft. Crawford was out on bond for the 6.5.08 arrest.

Bond is currently set on Crawford for 150k.

Great work TPSO Detective Raymond Foster!

TPSO Arrest a Fugitive of Pike County

Kentwood, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 8.20.08, TPSO Deputy Edgar Dunn came in contact with a Derrick Smith on Klutchville Rd, at approximately 1690 hours. Deputy Dunn soon discovered that Smith is a fugitive of Pike County, Mississippi and also has outstanding warrants. Smith was arrested and will be extradited. Smith is wanted in Pike County for Possession of Stolen Property and Grand Larceny.

The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge Deputy Dunn for a job well done.

Derrick Smith
DOB 3.27.73
21186 Stateline Rd.
Kentwood, LA

TPSO Investigate Arson

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatched Deputy Willie Brooks on 8.20.08 to 17618 Avalon Terrace in reference to a fire. Upon arriving, the Hammond Fire Department was on scene and had the blaze under control. Hammond Fire Investigators believe this fire was the result of arson. Through further investigation, it was discovered that several articles were stolen from the above residence which were later recovered by the HPD.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking that if anyone has information regarding this incident to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO - Domestic Violence

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 08/13/08 at approximately 4:06 AM, TPSO Deputy was dispatched to Sibley Road in Hammond in reference to a possible crash.

Upon arrival, Deputy came in contact with Shanna Sibley and Emmett Moran, III in the roadway arguing. A truck belonging to Moran was in the ditch on the side of the roadway. Shanna Sibley and Emmett Moran, III both approached deputies advising that the other had struck them. Moran advised that Sibley had struck him first and kicked the dash of his truck in causing him to run in the ditch. Sibley advised that Moran had spent his whole check on crack and they had been arguing as a result.

The TPSO Deputy observed bruises on the arms of Sibley and observed that Moran's shirt was only being held together by one button. Deputy observed cuts on the back of Sibley's legs and ankles that she obtained by kicking the dash of Moran's truck. TPSO Deputies ran a warrant check on both subjects and found that they had outstanding warrants for their arrest. Both subjects were placed under arrest by means of double-locked handcuffs and placed in separate police units.

Moran requested Cooper's Wrecker Service to remove his vehicle from the ditch. Deputy observed no damage to Moran's vehicle due to running in the ditch. Deputy did observe the dash to be kicked in and in pieces as Moran advised had been caused by Sibley.

Sibley was transported to TPSO Jail by Deputy L. Foman and Moran was transported by Deputy M. Schliegelmeyer. Upon arrival, both were read their rights per Miranda and booked accordingly for Simple Battery (Domestic Violence) and their outstanding warrants. Both advised that they did not wish to pursue charges against the other for any crimes committed.

TPSO Takes D. Howard Off the Streets

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives on 8.21.08 arrested David Jermaine Howard on string of charges including attempted 2nd Degree Murder. Through an extensive investigation, TPSO Detectives were able to positively identify David Jermaine Howard as the main suspect in a shooting that occurred at 12285 Old Baton Rouge Hwy. in Hammond, LA.

Howard was arrested and booked for attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, 1 FTA and violating his probation/parole. Howard is being held at the TPSO jail. Bond is set at 300k.

David Jermaine Howard
DOB – 4/30/81
110 White St.
Hammond, LA

TPSO Makes Arrest with the Help of a Citizen

Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, Deputy Matthew Schliegelmeyer was dispatched to Highway 190East in reference to a black male wearing a blue shirt walking in the middle of the roadway. Deputy Schliegelmeyer was advised that several concerned citizens called the sheriff's office and they advised TPSO dispatch they had to swerve to avoid a collision with the unknown subject. Deputy observed the unknown black male wearing a blue shirt walking east in the westbound lane on Highway 190 at Pleasant Ridge Road. Deputy Schliegelmeyer pulled behind the subject and he began walking on the shoulder of the roadway. Deputy Schliegelmeyer observed that the subject was swaying as he walked. As deputy approached the unknown subject, Deputy Schliegelmeyer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Deputy Schliegelmeyer had to ask the subject where he was going several times due to his extremely slurred speech. Deputy then asked the unknown male for identification and he mumbled that he didn't have any. Deputy Schliegelmeyer advised the subject to place his hands behind his back. The subject did so and deputy approached the subject, grabbed his hands, and began to pat down his outer clothing. At this time, the subject began attempting to pull away from deputy. Deputy Schliegelmeyer advised the subject to stop resisting, but he continued to pull away. A brief struggle ensued; deputy and the subject fell to the ground. The subject continued to pull away from deputy and tried to stand up. Deputy told the subject to stop resisting again and the deputy managed to get his left hand behind his back and place one handcuff on his wrist, but he continued to pull his right hand away from deputy as he continued to try to get up off the ground. At this time, an unknown citizen approached and assisted deputy in physically placing the subject's right hand behind his back and handcuffing him. Deputy Schliegelmeyer then checked the handcuffs for tightness, double locked them, and transported the subject to the TPSO Jail. The subject was identified as George Washington Taylor and he was read his Miranda Rights. George was charged with La. R.S. 14:100.1, Obstruction of a Public Passage; 14:108, Resisting an Officer; 14:103, Disturbing the Peace- Simple Drunk; and a FTA for Disturbing the Peace and Pedestrian on Interstate (warrant # 5095).

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office is always grateful for the citizens of our parish and their relentless efforts in supporting our Deputies and our community.

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