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Do you know this person? - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is asking for your support in identifying the two suspects pictured in these photos. These suspects are preying on unsuspecting shoppers in the Tangipahoa and potentially New Orleans areas. They are primarily targeting the elderly. The two suspects are wanted on multiple counts of felony theft by fraud.

CRIME STOPPERS is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of these two suspects. Anyone knowing information regarding these crimes is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985.345.6150 attn. Detectives Dayle Athmann or Raymond Mauterer.

TPSO Investigates Pipe Bomb Explosion

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a case involving a small pipe bomb that exploded near a Loranger home. Deputy Travis Graham was dispatched to 56341 Straughan Nursery Road in reference to this reported explosion.
On Friday 9.26.08 at approximately 1:20 in the morning, Deputy Graham met with the complainant who stated that he heard a loud noise which he believed to be was an explosion. The complainant contacted the TPSO then proceeded outside to take a look around. He observed debris, smoke and a small piece of pipe on the roadway in front of his neighbors home. It was discovered that the neighbor’s mailbox exploded as a result of what appeared to be a small pipe bomb. TPSO Deputy Graham collected all fragments and debris as evidence from the scene. This is one of several cases of his nature reported in the Loranger area.

The manufacturing of bombs, however large or small is illegal. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will aggressively pursue this investigation and take action.

TPSO Investigates a Ponchatoula Home Invasion

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Deputy David Copeland was called to a home at 40055 North Thibodeaux Rd in Ponchatoula around 4:45 this morning regarding a home invasion. The homeowner advised Deputy Copeland that he was awakened by two males armed with a handgun demanding money. The suspects proceeded to burglarize the home, leaving the homeowners unharmed. The suspects eventually left the home firing several shots in the air as they left. The homeowner then contacted the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

TPSO Deputy David Copeland was the first to arrive on the scene. Deputy Copeland secured the crime scene and interviewed the homeowners. TPSO Criminal Investigations Detective Mike Barron arrived on the scene to continue the investigation.

Anyone knowing information regarding this burglary is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.345.6150. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this crime. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Deadly Car Crash

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that a Loranger man was killed as a result of a crash that took place early Sunday morning. The crash occurred when the driver, Kenneth Millet, drove his 2001 Toyota pickup truck off the road.

On 9.28.08 at roughly 5:30 AM, Millet was traveling north bound on S. Range Road when his truck continued straight while entering a curve on the roadway. The vehicle ran off the road, entered a deep ditch, struck a culvert and went airborne for several feet before landing on all 4 tires. Millet suffered major head injuries and was transported to North Oaks Hospital. Regretfully, Millet passed away at around 11:25 PM that evening at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. TPSO investigators believe that neither speed nor alcohol were the cause of this fatal crash. It is suspected that Millet fell asleep at the wheel.

TPSO Criminal Investigations Division

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a case involving a small pipe bomb that exploded near a Loranger home. Deputy Travis Graham was dispatched to 56341 Straughan Nursery Road in reference to this reported explosion.
On Friday 9.26.08 at approximately 1:20 in the morning, Deputy Graham met with the complainant who stated that he heard a loud noise which he believed to be was an explosion. The complainant contacted the TPSO then proceeded outside to take a look around. He observed debris, smoke and a small piece of pipe on the roadway in front of his neighbors home. It was discovered that the neighbor’s mailbox exploded as a result of what appeared to be a small pipe bomb. TPSO Deputy Graham collected all fragments and debris as evidence from the scene. This is one of several cases of his nature reported in the Loranger area.

The manufacturing of bombs, however large or small is illegal. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will aggressively pursue this investigation and take action.

TPSO Recover Stolen Equiptment

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On September 20, 2008, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was alerted by the Denham Springs Police Department that they located the Caterpillar Track Hoe that was reported stolen on 9.17.08 from the corner of Old Baton Rouge Hwy and Bankston Road.

A Denham Springs citizen was traveling down Carolyn Road in Denham Springs when he noticed the CAT Track Hoe fitting the description of the reported stolen equipment. The subject contacted the Denham Springs PD and they initiated an investigation. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer was quickly notified and visited the job site in Denham Springs where the equipment was found. During his on site investigation, Detective Schliegelmeyer discovered an additional piece of heavy equipment that was reported stolen from the Baton Rouge area. Both pieces of equipment were recovered and are being returned to the proper owners.

On 9.22.08, the Denham Springs Police Department formally arrested Jeffery David Scott on 2 counts of possession of stolen property.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is still looking for information regarding a Bulldozer that was reported stolen on 5.7.08 from the same location as the CAT Track Hoe - the corner of Old Baton Rouge Hwy and Bankston Road. Anyone knowing information regarding this theft is asked to please contact Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer @ 985.345.1650.

Jeffery Davis Scott
DOB – 2.20.73
12424 Brown Rd.
Denham Springs, LA


Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Hammond, LA – On 9.24.08 Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division made a routine traffic stop on the corner of SW Railroad Ave. and Coleman St in Hammond, LA. The driver of the vehicle was pulled over by Agents for improper lane usage. Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver identified as Herbert Gibson III was recognized by Agents as being a subject who previously purchased heroin from an informant. With Gibson’s consent, Agents performed a routine search of his vehicle. TPSO Narcotics Agents discovered that Gibson had heroin, crack, suboxne and other unidentified pills hidden in his vehicle.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents placed Herbert Gibson III under arrest on 3 counts of possession with the intent to distribute schedule II drugs and possession of Heroine (28 – 200 grams).

Herbert Gibson III
DOB – 2.15.78
42285 South Range Rd.
Hammond, LA

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Hit and Run

Hit and Run - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at approx. 0548 hours, Dy. John Suter was dispatched to Wardline Rd. in reference to a hit and run accident. Upon his arrival, Acadian Ambulance and the Hammond Fire Department were already on scene. Dy. Suter spoke with the victim who stated she was traveling eastbound on Wardline Rd. when she noticed a white pickup truck heading westbound, swerve into her lane of traffic. She then swerved to avoid him; however the truck side swiped her vehicle causing damage. The victim stopped her vehicle in the middle of the road, while the white pick up truck continued traveling westbound.

Dy. Suter examined the victim’s car and observed damage to the vehicle. Dy. Suter spoke with two subjects who both stated that they witnessed the accident. Shortly into Deputy Suter’s roadside investigation, he received a call from LPSO Dy. Justin Davis stating that he had the suspect and the vehicle detained at a gas station on the corner of Hwy 190 and Hwy 43. Deputy Suter traveled to the stated location and observed the white full sized pickup truck having major damage to the driver’s side front panel, light and rim (the front tie was missing). LPSO Dy. Davis stated that he noticed the vehicle had been driving on its rim for a good distance, due to the scrape marks in the road coming from Hwy 190 westbound into the gas station.

After giving several false statements, the suspect, Wade Scott Taylor, finally admitted to the hit and run. He stated the he denied the claims at first because he was afraid. Taylor was driving with a suspended license, an expired inspection sticker, and did not have insurance on the vehicle. Deputy Suter also observed in plain view an unmarked prescription bottle which contained several Soma’s and Hydrocodone pills.

Wade Taylor was formally charged for possession of schedule II in Livingston Parish and later transported to the TPSO Jail and booked for R.S. 14:100 (hit and run), 32:79 (improper lane usage), 32:398 (leaving the scene of an accident), 32:415 (suspended driver's license), 32:863.1 (no insurance on the vehicle), and 32:1304 (expired M.V.I.).

Wade Scott Taylor
DOB- 6.14.73
17899 Fallor Rd.
Tickfaw, LA



Vernon is Sentenced to 15 YRS

Vernon is Sentenced to 15 YRS - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 9.11.08 Jimyu “Jimmy” Vernon, DOB 6.15.79 of 415 Olive St, Amite, LA was sentenced by US District Judge Lance Africk to one hundred and twenty months in prison for possession with the intent to distribute more than fifty grams of crack cocaine. Vernon was additionally sentenced by Judge Africk to sixty months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm while in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence. These sentences are to run consecutively resulting in Vernon serving a total of fifteen years in prison for his crimes. Vernon was arrested on 2.15.08 as a result of a collaborative investigation between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Crime Stoppers

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding the theft of a “Front End Loader” that took place on evening of 9.22.08. The equipment was stolen from a supply yard on Hwy. 445, just north of Hwy. 190.

Anyone knowing information that could lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this theft is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150.

Thank you in advance for your support.

TPSO Worthless Checks Division

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for Raymond Russell Mahavier II – DOB – 4.18.69. Mahavier’s last known addresses are, 18006 Davie Dr. Mandeville, LA and 41 Savoie Dr. in Ponchatoula LA. Mahavier is wanted on one count of issuing worthless checks on a closed account.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of this individual is asked to please contact Detective Vic Ferrara at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6150.

TPSO Prayer Breakfast

TPSO Prayer Breakfast - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to invite you to the TPSO’s monthly Prayer Breakfast on September 24, 2008 beginning at 7:30 AM. Chief Eddie Myers and Agent Wayne Stewart will be hosting this months Prayer Breakfast at the Kentwood Community / Civic Center, 302 Avenue F Kentwood, LA.

We look forward to seeing you there.

TPSO Makes Roadside Arrest

TPSO Makes Roadside Arrest - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Hammond, LA - On Sunday, 09/14/08, at approximately 1634 hours, while patrolling on I-55, Deputy Keith Womack observed a brown Ford Expedition change lanes without the use of a turn signal. Deputy Womack activated his emergency lights as the Expedition continued south. The Expedition continued south for approximately 3/10 of a mile before finally pulling onto the shoulder and stopping. Deputy Womack proceeded to the vehicle and asked the driver for his driver’s license. The driver stated that he did not have one and handed Deputy Womack a Louisiana ID card identifying him as Cedric Darel McClain. McClain was also traveling with a passenger. Deputy Womack soon discovered that McClain's Louisiana driver’s license expired in 2005 and that he had outstanding warrants. Deputy Womack was also advised that McClain has a criminal history including several prior arrests for cocaine distribution. Deputy Womack proceeded to issue McClain a citation for failure to use a turn signal while changing lanes and for driving with an expired driver’s license.

Based upon Deputy Womack’s roadside investigation, he requested and received written consent to search McClain’s vehicle. During the search, Deputy Womack observed a large plastic bag. The plastic bag held two additional baggies containing a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. The suspected marijuana substance later weighed in at approximately 3 lbs. Deputy Womack also discovered cash totaling $1,442.00 in the vehicle and on the person of McClain.

Deputy Womack took both McClain and his passenger into custody. Both were transported to the TPSO Jail. McClain was also booked for LARS 40:966A, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, schedule I cds.
Bond is set on McClain at 150k.

After further investigation, McClain’s passenger was released without being charged.

Cedric Darel McClain
DOB – 3.25.74
46440 Drake Rd.
Tickfaw, LA

TPSO Arrest 3 in Bar Fight

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Amite, LA - On Saturday, September 13, 2008 at approximately 2300hrs, Deputy Stephen Jenkins was dispatched to Mr. J's #1 located on McCoy Ln, Amite, LA in reference to a fight at the night club.

Upon arrival TPSO Deputy Stephen Jenkins, accompanied by Lt. Blane Sanders and Trp. Durr (LSP), observed a large crowd outside the night club. Deputy Jenkins located and spoke with the complainant regarding the incident. The complainant advised that her aunt was talking to a subject in the club when she was approached by her son. The son allegedly pushed the subject that was speaking to his mother. A short time later, a black male later identified as Eric James entered the club with a sawed off shotgun and engaged in an altercation with the male who pushed the above stated subject. A few seconds later, several other black male suspects surrounded the victim and began to beat him. These suspects were identified by witnesses to be Eric James, Derrick Pope, and Willis Woods. Deputy Jenkins observed several knots along with a scrap on the forehead of victim.

Deputy Jenkins soon made contact with the suspects and advised them of the accusations placed on them. TPSO Deputy Jenkins took into custody Eric James, Derrick Pope, and Willis Woods on the charge of simple battery. Eric James also possessed 2 failures to appear warrants through TPSO and Willis Woods possessed 4 Failure to appear warrants through TPSO. These subjects were also arrested on these warrants.

Eric James
DOB – 9.11.83
310 Crossover Rd.
Independence, LA

Derrick Pope
DOB – 4.19.78
Palms Trailer Park
Independence, LA

Willis Woods
DOB – 4.14.76
13282 Story Rd.
Amite, LA

Senior Safety Class

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Chief Anthony Maurer of the Independence Police Department would like to invite all professionals working with Senior Citizens and members of the community to spend the day learning with us. On Saturday Sept 27th, we are offering a Senior Safety Workshop. This worship will provide valuable information regarding safety, wellness, and improving the quality of lives and community. Classes will be informative and FUN!

Class will be held at the Independence KC Hall, 290 Dileo Lane Independence, LA. from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided by Southeast Mental Health.

For more information please call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150 attention Deputy Susie.

TPSO Arrest Man for Stabbing a 16 YR Boy

TPSO Arrest Man for Stabbing a 16 YR Boy - Loranger, LA - On September 21, 2008, Deputy Dennis Braziel of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Clayton D. Ard, DOB – 11.26.64 of 17334 Chapman Rd. Loranger, LA, on charges of aggravated battery by cutting.

On September 20, 2008 at approximately 11:30 PM, Deputy Braziel was dispatched to 57297 Hano Road in reference to aggravated battery by cutting. Upon arrival, Deputy Braziel met with the complainant who stated that her 16 year old son was stabbed on Hano Road near their residence as the result of an altercation. During Deputy Braziel’s investigation, he was advised that the suspect, Clayton D. Ard, called the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in. Ard stated that he was waiting at a near by address for the TPSO to arrive. Deputy Braziel along with Deputy Trey Toups proceeded to 57521 Hano Rd. where they found Ard and took him into custody.

Clayton David Ard was booked on charges of aggravated battery and disturbing the peace.

TPSO Investigates Fatal Crash

TPSO Investigates Fatal Crash - On Saturday Sept. 20, 2008 at approximately 3:30 PM, a fatal crash occurred in the Village of Tangipahoa. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darrell Michael was dispatched to the intersection of Babb Street and Canadian National Railroad where the crash occurred. A 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Percy Wilson Jr., a 21 year old from Center Street in Tangipahoa, turned off of U.S. Hwy. 51 on to Babb Street, heading East. According to witnesses, the Ford Taurus did not stop at the crossing and proceeded to cross the tracks. In doing so, he failed to yield the right of way to a South bound freight train owned by Canadian National Railroad. The train impacted with the vehicle on the driver’s side. This impact caused the Taurus to be pushed off the crossing and tossed upside down into a ditch on the East side of the tracks. The driver, Percy Wilson Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.

TPSO Sergeant Jimmy Hyde is the lead detective in this case. Upon his arrival, he stated that you could still hear loud music coming from the Wilson’s vehicle.

This is the second fatal crash that has occurred at this crossing in the past few months and about 6th over the past five or so years.

TPSO K9 Apprehension

On 09-20-08, TPSO Sgt. Thomas Ferrand, along with K9 companion Kazon, was requested to assist neighboring parishes in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. St. Charles and St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office’s were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle traveling north bound on I-55 that was approaching the Tangipahoa Parish Line. The stolen vehicle intentionally struck a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office marked vehicle after a routine traffic stop.

TPSO Sgt. Ferrand immediately drove to the north end of I-55 and Hwy 51 waiting for the vehicle to arrive. Moments later, Sgt. Ferrand was advised that the vehicle crashed on I-55 just south of the St. John's/Tangipahoa Parish line. Sgt. Ferrand was also made aware that the suspect exited the vehicle, jumped off of the bridge into the water, and then entered a wooded area between I-55 and Hwy 51. TPSO Sgt. Ferrand proceeded toward the parish line to assist the other agencies. Upon arrival, Sgt. Ferrand was advised that the suspect was a black male wearing a black shirt and black pants. At this time, it was unknown if the suspect had any weapons on his person. TPSO Sgt .Ferrand along with K-9 Kazon, Sgt. M. Folse of the St. Charles SO and Dy. J.C. Navarro of the St. John SO, entered the wooded area in search of the suspect. Sgt. Ferrand and K9 Kazon made their way to the last area where the suspect was seen. Upon arrival, Sgt. Ferrand started a track with TPSO K-9 Kazon. Kazon began tracking in a south east direction. K-9 Kazon tracked approx. thirty feet when he gave the alert that someone was near by. Soon after the alert, Sgt. Folse advised that he located the suspect approx. fifteen feet from TPSO K-9 Kazon.

Sgt. Folse began ordering the suspect to show his hands. The suspect failed to comply. TPSO Sgt. Ferrand and K-9 Kazon made their way to Sgt. Folse and observed the suspect lying on the ground with one hand under his body. Sgt. Folse again gave commands to the suspect to "show your hands or the dog will be released to apprehend you". The suspect continued to ignore these requests and was notified that TPSO K9 Kazon was being commanded to assist in his apprehension. Sgt. Ferrand then gave Kazon order to apprehend the suspect. Baham resisted in the apprehension with Kazon resulting in a brief struggle. Moments later, the suspect was detained, escorted out of the wooded area and taken into custody by the St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office. TPSO K9 Kazon successfully assisted in the apprehension of the suspect later identified as Charles Baham Jr. Charles Baham Jr. later admitted to smoking crack cocaine, marijuana and taking ecstasy prior to the pursuit.

The TPSO proudly acknowledges Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and K9 Kazon for their assistance in the apprehension of Baham. This was K9 Kazon’s first day back on the job after spending several weeks recovering from a previous injury.
Great Work!!

Arrested was Charles Baham Jr.
DOB – 5.24.90
341 E. 29th Street
Reserve, LA

Baham was arrested on the following charges:

3 counts of attempted murder on police officers
2 counts of battery on police officer
1 count of attempt harming or killing of a police dog
5 counts of resisting arrest: Resisting by flight by one sought to be arrested before arresting officer can restrain suspect
  • Resisting by flight by leaving roadway and forcing others off of roadway
  • Resisting by flight by colliding with other vehicles
  • Resisting by flight by exceeding posted speed limit by 25 mph
  • Resisting officer after being taken into custody
2 counts of hit and run
1 count of reckless driving
1 count of possession of stolen vehicle

TPSO Arrest Albert Madison

TPSO Arrest Albert Madison - On Thursday, September 18, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bobby Guy, while on routine patrol, noticed a blue Ford Crown Victoria traveling south on I – 55 accelerating at a high rate of speed. Deputy Guy immediately began in pursuit of this vehicle reaching a speed of 115 miles per hour. With his emergency lights flashing, Deputy Guy attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Albert Madison, displayed no sign of stopping. While in pursuit, Deputy Guy observed Madison throw an item out of the window while exiting
I – 55 at the Hwy. 190 exchange. That item was later found and said to be a brown paper bag containing an opened can of beer. Madison finally brought his vehicle to a stop on Hwy 190 East. Deputy Guy then took Albert Madison into custody and transported him to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked on charges of violating the general speed law – speeding in excess of 100 mph, improper lane usage, and littering.

Great work Deputy Bobby Guy!

Albert Madison
DOB – 6.21.85
15320 Robert Vernon Rd.
Roseland, LA

Heavy Equiptment Stolen

Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office are requesting your assistance in gathering information that could lead to the arrest of individuals responsible for the theft of heavy equipment in our parish. A large Cat Track-Hoe was reported stolen from the corner of Old Baton Rouge Hwy and Bankston Rd. This is not the first reported case of heavy equipment being stolen in our area over the past few months.

Anyone having information regarding the case is asked to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985.345.6150 attn. Kenny Schliegelmeyer or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.554.5245.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

TPSO Worthless Checks Division

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for Tiffany Loeal Miller and Lester Grover Newsom.

Tiffany Loeal Miller of 44047 Millie Rd. Apt A Hammond, LA is wanted on 1 FTA for a felony arraignment and 5 counts of issuing worthless checks on a closed account.

Lester Grover Newsom of 20367 HWY 1055 Tangipahoa, LA is wanted on 1 count of issuing a worthless check.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to please contact Detective Dean Waltzer Jr. at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985-345-6150.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers - Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office are requesting your assistance in gathering information that could lead to the arrest of individuals responsible for the theft of heavy equipment in our parish. A large Cat Track-Hoe was reported stolen from the corner of Old Baton Rouge Hwy and Bankston Rd. This is not the first reported case of heavy equipment being stolen in our area over the past few months.

Anyone having information regarding the case is asked to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985.345.6150 attn. Kenny Schliegelmeyer or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.554.5245.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On September 15, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Agent arrested and individual for an outstanding theft warrant. During the booking process the individual told Agents if they could help him/ her out that they would be willing to work with Agents on a couple narcotic cases. The individual made a couple phone calls to several subjects in the Baton Rouge area. The cooperating suspect was able to make contact with an individual in Baton Rouge named Daniel Clint BLOUNT who agreed to come to Hammond at which time he would be able to supply Agents with COCAINE. The cooperating suspect introduced and undercover officer to Daniel Clint Blount at which time the Agent and Blount exchanged phone numbers.

On September 17, 2008 the undercover agent was able to contact Blount via the cell phone number provided by Blount. The undercover agent told Blount that he wanted 3 grams of powder COCAINE. Blount advised the undercover agent the price for 3 grams of powder COCAINE would be $300.00. The agent and Blount agreed on the price. Blount told the agent he (BLOUNT) had to go pick up the COCAINE and would be on the way to Hammond from Baton Rouge as soon as he (BLOUNT) got the COCAINE. At approximately 3:30 p.m. the undercover agent was contacted by Blount at which time Blount stated he was passing Satsuma and had the 3 grams of COCAINE in his possession. Blount called the undercover agent back at 4:00 p.m. stating he (BLOUNT) was in Hammond. The undercover agent told Blount he/she was in Robert and asked Blount if they could meet there. Blount agreed and the agent gave Blount directions to the Robert Supermarket and provided Blount with the type of vehicle he would be in. Other Agents set up surveillance in the parking lot of the Robert Supermarket. After a few minutes Agents witnessed a white Chevrolet Tahoe pull into the Robert Supermarket parking lot occupied by three white males. The white Tahoe parked behind the undercover agent vehicle at which time Blount called the undercover agent. Blount advised the agent that his passenger saw a white male sitting in a vehicle and that the white male might be the police so they needed to do the narcotics transaction somewhere else. The undercover agent told Blount to meet him/her in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store across the street and Blount agreed. The two passengers later identified as Jessie GASTON and Gregory BEALO exited the Tahoe and walked to the entrance of the Robert Supermarket to act as look outs for Blount. Once in the parking lot of the Dollar General Blount exited the white Tahoe and got into the agents vehicle. Blount produced the COCAINE at which time the agent produced $300.00 for the purchase of the COCAINE. After getting his/her hands on the COCAINE the agent gave the surveillance agents the pre-arranged signal that the deal was done and that they could come in and arrest Blount. One surveillance team went in and arrested Blount while another surveillance team arrested Gaston and Bealo. Agent’s field tested the COCAINE with a positive result. The COCAINE weighed approximately 2.7 grams. All three subjects were booked accordingly and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite.


Gregory BEALO w/m dob 03/01/1989
3570 Cloe Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II “COCAINE”

Jessie GASTON w/m dob 11/20/1988
11640 Ruedetoni Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II “COCAINE”

Daniel Clint BLOUNT w/m dob 01/06/1987
Brightside Drive Apt. #3V Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Charge: Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance Schedule II “COCAINE”

Crimestoppers

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in solving a crime that took place at approximately 1:03 AM on 9.17.08.

A white male was found brutally beaten by three unknown black males at 12515 Old Baton Rough Hwy.

Anyone knowing information related to this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers @ 1.800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, 985.345.6150 attention Detective Raymond Mauterer.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any knowledge leading to the arrest of the suspects responsible for this crime.

Thank you in advance for your support.

TPSO Investigation

Hammond, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Detective Gary Baham and TPSO Deputy Adam Pailet responded to a call on 9.4.08 regarding a Business Burglary located at the corner of Pleasant Ridge Rd. and Hwy 190 East. Detective Gary Baham and Deputy Adam Pailet met with the Complainant upon arrival. According to management, cigarettes, beer and alcohol were amongst the missing items stolen. Detective Baham attempted to recover latent prints possibly left by the suspects.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking anyone having information related to this crime to please contact the TPSO @ 985.345.6150 attention Detective Baham. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Auto Theft

Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for your assistance in solving an auto theft that occurred in early September.

On September 1, 2008 a white 2007 F - 350 Dual Wheel pick up truck with a white Continental Cargo trailer attached was stolen from 10397 Hwy 1063 in Independence, LA. The truck and trailer both displayed “Happy Days Classic” stickers on the sides.

The Continental Cargo trailer contained a black, 2- door, Chevrolet Chevelle that was to be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.

Anyone knowing information regarding this theft is asked to Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3343.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO Arrests Shoplifters

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Hammond, LA – On September 10, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrest two suspects for shoplifting at the Hammond Wal-Mart.

At around 4:30 PM Wal-Mart security witnessed suspect Rodrick Patterson placing several items into a bag and attempting to leave without paying for them. TPSO Deputies Adam Pailet and Kevin Stimage stopped Petterson as he was trying to exit the store. After recovering the stolen items, Deputies arrested Patterson on charges of theft by shoplifting.

Later that evening while patrolling the same location, TPSO Deputy Corey Michelli was alerted that the store’s loss prevention team witnessed a shopper placing several items into his pockets. The suspect, Ronald Renner, made his way out of the store walking quickly through the parking lot. Deputy Michelli and Wal-Mart security followed in pursuit of Renner and were able to detain and arrest him on charges of theft by shoplifting. Through the investigation, Deputy Michelli soon learned that Renner had an open warrant for simple battery.

Both suspects were taken to the TPSO Jail separately and properly booked.

Rodrick Patterson – Arrested for Theft by Shoplifting.
DOB – 5.28.78
14168 Sawmill Rd.
Tickfaw, LA

Ronald Joseph Renner – Arrested on charges of Theft by Shoplifting and Simple Battery.
DOB 2.29.70
40195 Macedonia Rd. # 53
Hammond, LA

Deputy Copeland Makes Arrest

Deputy Copeland Makes Arrest - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Hammond, LA - On 9.11.08 as TPSO Deputy David Copeland was patrolling North Oak Street in Hammond, he noticed a 1990 Ford Thunderbird traveling north bound on North Oak St. Deputy Copeland witnessed the vehicle crossing the center line of the roadway several times. Dy. Copeland activated his emergency lights in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop. Dy. Copeland then observed the vehicle pass a car on the roadway as he accelerated to a speed of approx 85 Mph. Dy. Copeland promptly gave chase for about one mile until TPSO Deputies were able to successfully stop the vehicle. Deputy Copeland then took the driver, Damien Rodriguez into custody. Deputy Copeland soon discovered that the plates on the vehicle had been switched and that Rodriguez was driving with an invalid driver’s license.

Rodriguez was arrested and booked on charges of reckless driving, driving with out a driver’s license and resisting arrest by flight.

Great work Deputy Copeland!!

Damien Rodriguez
DOB – 9.26.84
10012 Hwy. 190
Hammond, LA

WANTED

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division Detective Ray Lentz is asking for your assistance in locating Bobby D. Dykes, DOB – 2.12.57. Dykes’ last know address is 77487 Sanders Rd. Kentwood, LA. Dykes is wanted on two counts of failure to appear for felony theft.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Bobby D. Dykes is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO Arrest Looters

TPSO Arrest  Looters - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a recent home invasion which by law is considered “Looting” when under the existence of a declared state of emergency.

Hammond, LA - On 09-09-2008 TPSO Deputy Kirby Varnado responded to 11410 Coleman Park Rd lot 6 in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, Deputy Varnado spoke to the complainant who advised that she observed two black females and one black male entering a trailer located at lot six. The complainant stated that the two females fled the scene, while the black male was still suspected to be in the residence. Sgt Terry Lane and Deputy Varnado entered residence to secure it. Deputy Varnado did not locate anyone in the residence however did observe signs of forced entry. TPSO Deputy Varnado obtained descriptions of the two female suspects. Sgt Lane patrolled the area and was able to locate both suspects in the area. The two females were positively identified as being the two women who were seen entering the trailer on Lot 6. The females were identified as India Cyprian, DOB 05-30-1989 of 1800 Natchez St. Hammond, LA and Tammy Andrews, DOB 07-24-1989 of 13388 Old Baton Rouge Hwy. Hammond, LA. Deputies soon learned that the three suspects placed the stolen items in near by trailer. TPSO Deputies also learned the ID of the third suspect.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was able to locate and recover the items stolen from the above stated residence. TPSO Detectives Kenneth Schliegelmeyer, Mike Barron, and Mark Apperson are the lead investigators on this case. During the process of this investigation, Detectives recovered items that were reported stolen from other burglaries in the area and are now in the process of returning these items to the proper owners.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that looting is defined by RS 14:62.5 as the unauthorized entry of a person without authorization into any dwelling or other structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a home or a place of abode by a person, or any structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a place of business, or any vehicle, watercraft, building, plant, establishment, or other structure or moveable or immovable, in which normal security of property is not present by virtue of a hurricane, flood, fire, act of God, or force majeure of any kind, or by virtue of a riot, mob, or other human agency, and the obtaining or exerting control over or damaging or removing property of the owner.

Whoever commits the crime of looting during the existence of a state of emergency may be fined no less than five thousand dollars and no more then ten thousand dollars. If convicted of looting, one shall be imprisoned at hard labor for no less than three years and no more than fifteen years without benefit of probation, parole or suspended sentence.

TPSO - Arrest Barry Todd Jr.

TPSO - Arrest Barry Todd Jr. - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On September 8, 2008, TPSO Deputies arrested Barry Todd Jr. on charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the peace and 2 FTA’s.

Todd Jr. is the suspect of a crime that occurred at 70200 Easley Rd. in Kentwood, LA on 9.4.08. Todd Jr. allegedly aggressively beat two victims at their residence. Todd Jr. also held the victims at gunpoint while stating over and over again that he was going to kill them.

Barry Todd Jr. was wounded as a result of this incident and transported to a near by hospital in Mc Comb, Mississippi. Upon his release, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies picked up Todd Jr. from the Mississippi Hospital and transported him to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked.

Bond has not yet been set on Berry Todd Jr.

Barry Todd Jr.
DOB – 1/15/73
70200 Easley Rd.
Kentwood, LA

TPSO - Arrest

TPSO - Arrest - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Ponchatoula, LA - On 09/10/08 at approximately 0110 hrs, TPSO Deputy Laura Forman was dispatched to the Ponchatoula Police Department in reference to a subject calling 911 and advising that he was being beaten up by police. Upon arrival, TPSO Deputy observed Timothy Tyrone Douglas sitting in the booking room in handcuffs. Douglas was under arrest by Ponchatoula Police Department and was yelling and cursing at the Officers. Douglas was shouting that the Ponchatoula Police Officers were beating him. Deputy Forman observed no marks or signs of abuse on Douglas.

Douglas was released by Ponchatoula Police Department and told to leave. Douglas was advised to leave several more times by the PPD and refused to do so. This behavior resulted in Douglas being placed under arrest by TPSO. While in route TPSO Jail, Douglas continued to show his anger and frustration through threatening comments and behavior.

Upon arrival at the TPSO Jail, Douglas was uncooperative and would not take verbal direction. Douglas continued to verbally threaten TPSO Deputies. Douglas was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, 3 counts of public intimidation, entry and remaining on premises after being forbidden at Ponchatoula Police Department. Douglas has a long history of arrests. Bond has not yet been set on Douglas.

Timothy Tyrone Douglas
DOB 3/08/76
444 North 3rd Street
Ponchatoula, LA

TPSO Worthless Checks Division

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for Lesha Hannibal, DOB 2/22/77 of Kline Road in Hammond, LA. Hannibal is wanted on 26 counts of FTA’s and 1 count of issuing worthless checks.

Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Lesha Hannibal is asked to contact TPSO Detective Vic Ferrara at 985.345.6150. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO - Narcotics Arrests

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Ponchatoula, LA - On August 8, 2008 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Agents were called to a residence located at 28336 Oak Street in Ponchatoula by a concerned citizen who heard a loud explosion from the residence. The citizen stated they heard an explosion then saw Ronald Simoneaux exit the residence with a shotgun at which time Ronald began shooting. Upon Agents arrival, Ronald Simoneaux and Keith Blow were standing in the yard. Agents identified themselves to Simoneaux and Blow as they explained their presence. Agents then searched Simoneaux and Blow for Agents safety. Keith Blow had a clear plastic bag with Marijuana seeds inside. Ronald Simoneaux had a clear plastic bag containing several prescription pills inside. Agents placed Simoneaux and Blow in custody and read both their Miranda Rights.

Agents got a search warrant signed by Judge Morrison. During a search of the residence Agents found Marijuana, Oxycontin, Xanax, guns, and drug paraphernalia. Agents arrested Ronald Simoneaux, Keith Blow and Brandon Simoneaux. This is an ongoing investigation and Agents expect more arrest in the next couple of days.

Ronald Simoneaux w/m, dob 07/05/1951, 28336 Oak Street Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Charge: Possession of Schedule II, Possession of Schedule IV and Possession of Firearm While in Possession of CDS.

Brandon Simoneaux w/m, dob 10/22/1988, 28336 Oak Street Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Charge: Possession of Marijuana

Keith Blow w/m, dob 08/02/1963, Sam Arnold Loop Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Charge: Possession of Marijuana

TPSO - Arrest Kevin Davis

TPSO - Arrest Kevin Davis - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Kentwood, LA - On 9/8/08 TPSO Deputy Micha Woodard arrested Kevin J. Davis of Kentwood on charges of Aggravated Assault.

Around 5:20 PM TPSO Deputies Edgar Dunn Jr., Micha Woodward and Lt. Blane Sanders were dispatched to 73363 Melvin Brumfield Road regarding a disturbance with weapons. Upon Dy. Woodard's arrival, Dy. Dunn and Lt. Sanders already located the suspect, Kevin J. Davis, on Hookfin Road and had him detained. Dy. Woodard then met with the complainant, who advised him that her son/suspect came to her home and engaged in an altercation with her daughter outside the residence. The complainant then stated that the suspect came inside her home and started a verbal altercation with her during which time he pushed her to the ground. She stated the suspect then grabbed a kitchen knife and attempted to cut her with it. The complainant said once the suspect failed to cut her, he ran away from the residence stating "He was going to another residence to get a gun in order to kill everyone." She advised TPSO Deputies that she then called 911 for assistance. At this time Dy. Woodard advised the suspect of his Miranda Rights and placed him custody. The suspect was then transported to TPSO Jail by Lt. Sanders and properly booked.

Kevin J. Davis was previously arrested on 3.20.08 on charges of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Second Degree Battery and 2 FTA’s for Felony Arraignment. Bond has not yet been set on Davis.


Kevin J. Davis
DOB 9.15.86
73153 Hookfin Rd.
Kentwood, LA

Consumer Tips

Consumer Tips - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to share several consumer tips regarding home repairs from the State of Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Even during emergency situations, it is beneficial to be a smart consumer. Numerous accounts of fraud and deception take place after a disaster occurs. Sheriff Daniel Edwards encourages all citizens not to become a victim. Education is the most powerful tool we have to protect ourselves from any kind of crime.

If your home has been damaged as a result of a hurricane, or any other natural disaster and you are looking to hire qualified contractor, your first step should be to contact the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors. They will be able to provide you with a list of reputable contractor’s in your area. The primary function of the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors is to check and monitor contractors for the public.

The Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General’s Office recommends you follow the guidelines listed below in your quest to hire a qualified contractor.

 Get at least three estimates. All bids should be itemized and detailed.
 Know who you are dealing with. Indentify the contractors address and verify it.
 Get the name of the contractor’s insured and/or bonding company.
 Most reputable contractors do not recommend a large down payment.
 Be specific on what your needs are. Take pictures of your damages prior to beginning construction.
 Be certain that the materials selected are exactly what you want and need.
 Get a guarantee in writing.
 You must define a completion date.
 Always pay by check or money order. Cash is never recommended.
 Keep the signed contract in a safe place.
 DO NOT sign a certificate of completion or make any final payments until you are satisfied with the work.

To pick up additional information regarding this matter or to receive a copy of a model contract, please visit the TPSO 15475 Club Deluxe Road Hammond, LA.

To file a report regarding fraud, please call 1.800.351.4889. For additional consumer information, please visit www.agbuddycakdwell.com

Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to thank you in advance for your attention around consumer fraud and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

TPSO Recovery Efforts

TPSO Recovery Efforts - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

This past week had been one of fear, stress, anxiety and humbleness for Tangipahoa Parish. Much of our parish has been disrupted by Hurricane Gustav and many efforts have been made and are still taking place to recover from the aftermath. In spite of these setbacks, as a whole we feel blessed that our recovery and level of destruction has been limited to lack of electricity and fallen trees from excessive wind damage. Though many of us are uncomfortable, we are continuing to count our blessings that majority of our parish still have structurally sound homes go come home to.

On Friday 9.5.08 Sheriff Daniel Edwards provided and distributed over 2,500 bags of ice to the citizens of our parish. This effort was greatly appreciated by those in need of this resource. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are still working countless hours patrolling the streets of our parish assuring the safety and protection of our community. In addition to our Deputies working 24 hour – doubles shifts, Sheriff Daniel Edwards added five additional work crews with the main objective of cutting and removing trees off of homes, roads and water ways to make traveling in Tangipahoa Parish safe for all citizens.

Our recovery efforts did not end there. On Saturday September 6, 2008, Sheriff Edwards and the TPSO partnered with Shane Nicaud, of Bell Foods in Harahan, LA to reach out to our neighboring Parishes in need of assistance after Hurricane Gustav. Through the combined efforts of these two entities, Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the TPSO were able to cook and provide over 8,000 hot meals and distribute 1,800 bags of ice to the community of Lafourche Parish. Lafourche Parish was devastated as a result of Hurricane Gustav and is left operating with limited resources. Governor Bobby Jindal spoke out on behalf of Lafourche Parish requesting support and assistance for their community. Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Bell Foods were grateful to have the opportunity to partner and share our resources with their community.

On Sunday September 7, 2008, Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the TPSO worked together to cook and provide meals for over 600 emergency first responders in Livingston Parish. The greatest gift we can give in times of crisis is unity. Sheriff Daniel Edwards believes that one is never as strong many. It is a pleasure for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to protect and serve Tangipahoa Parish. It is additionally rewarding when the leadership of Tangipahoa Parish has the ability to extend its arms and make an impact on neighboring communities.

Manchac After Gustav

Manchac After Gustav - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On Friday September 6, 2008, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies patrolled the waterways of Manchac, Bedico Creek and the Tangipahoa River. TPSO Deputies reported that the majority of structures along these waterways experienced minimal damage. The Manchac area was defined as having the most reports of these damages. Several structures along this waterway experienced roof damage and appeared to have taken in water. As a whole, the reports were favorable for those having an invested interest along these waterways. Water levels have subsided considerably and access to this area is now available. It is recommended to use caution while traveling down these waterways. Creating a wake may result in an additional burden for camp owners.

Kentwood, La - Shooting

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On 9.4.08 at 1731 hours, TPSO Criminal Investigation Detectives Danny Sharkey and Michael Dean along with TPSO Deputies responded to 70200 Easley Rd regarding calls of shots of being fired.

Upon arrival TPSO Deputies were advised that a white male identified as Berry Todd Jr. arrived at his parent’s home intoxicated and began to cause a disturbance. Todd Jr. ransacked the residence and began to beat the two victims repeatedly in front of their home. Todd Jr., the aggressor, stated that he was going to kill them both. The suspect then went into to residence and armed himself with a rifle. He pointed the weapon at the victims and stated again and again that he was going to kill them. At this time, one of the victims retrieved a weapon from his car, fired at and wounded the suspect. The suspect then charged toward the victim with his weapon raised and began to beat him with the rifle. A struggle occurred and the victim was able to gain possession of the weapon. The suspect ran back into the residence and exited with another weapon with the intentions to follow through with threats. This was tanking place when TPSO units arrived on scene.

Sgt Terry Lane began to perform life saving medical care to Todd Jr. because the suspect had a severed artery in his left forearm and was losing blood at a raped rate. Deputy Travis Graham began to secure the weapons involved in the incident as Deputy’s Albert Toups III, Matt Dean and Deputy Matt Schliegelmeyer began to secure scene.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is in the process investigating this crime and plan to arrest Berry Todd Jr. prior to his release from the hospital.

TPSO Arrest Man in a Ponchatoula Shooting:

Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the following.

On 9.2.08 at approximately 22.16 hours, Deputy Gregory Hensarling was dispatched to 23942 HWY 22 in Ponchatoula in reference to a shooting that took place outside of a local bar.

While in route to the scene, Deputy Gregory Hensarling was advised the victim was at the Ponchatoula Fire Department waiting on the arrival for Acadian Ambulance service. Upon arrival at the Fire Department, Deputy Hensarling met with the victim who stated he and his step father where involved in an argument when his step-father pulled a gun and started shooting. The victim shared that he and suspect were arguing over family matters when the incident occurred. Deputy Hensarling stated that the victim identified the suspect as Kenneth Baker who was still expected to be on the scene of the incident. Deputy Hensarling observed a small wound on the victim where the bullet appeared to have entered his body.

Deputy Hensarling drove to the Ponchatoula address in an attempt to make contact with Baker. Upon arrival, he was advised that Baker had already fled the scene. Deputy Hensarling was able to interview a witness who confirmed that the victim and the suspect had been arguing all day long.

Deputy Hensarling advised TPSO Dispatch to be on the look out for the suspect driving a white Mercury Mountaineer in the Ponchatoula area. A short while later Deputy Albert Sharp located the vehicle traveling on Louisiana State Highway 22. Deputy Sharp took the suspect into custody and transported him to the Hammond Sub Station for questioning.

Deputy Hensarling and Deputy Sharp met with white male identified as Kenneth Baker at which time Deputy Hensarling advised Baker that he was under arrest for Aggravated Battery with a firearm.

Kenneth Baker of 18513 Sisters Rd, DOB 12/22/58 was arrested and properly booked on 9.3.08 for Second Degree Battery. Bond is set for Baker at 15k.


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