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Narcotics Arrest

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office repots that on December 30, 2008, Sheriff's Office Narcotic Agents made traffic stop on a 2002 Ford F350 p/u for failing to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Durbin and Illinois Jones Road. When Agents attempted to stop the vehicle the driver identified as Anthony Vito Sirone III, threw a white substance out the driver’s side window. Agents were able to retrieve the white substance which was field tested and positively identified as crack cocaine.

Agents then read Sirone III his Miranda Rights and advised Sirone he was under arrest for Possession of Crack Cocaine. Sirone III is currently on Probation for Felony Criminal Damage to Property.

Anthony Vito Sirone III w/m dob 08/15/1972 40380 Edgar Traylor Road Hammond, Louisiana
Charge: Possession of Crack Cocaine

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 12.29.08, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Agents along Narcotic Agents from the Hammond PD executed a search warrant at the address of 800 Pecan St. in Hammond, LA. Agents were notified that the suspect, Kirk Ibanez, was selling marijuana out of this residence. During the investigation, agents seized approximately .5 lbs of hydroponic marijuana. Street value for this type of marijuana is approximately $250 – $300 per ounce.

Kirk Ibanez, 26 of 800 Pecan St. Apt 16 of Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with possession with the intention to distribute CDS I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DWI Check Point

DWI Check Point - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with the Hammond Police Department will be conducting a DWI Check Point within the city limits of Hammond on January 9, 2009.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that according to statistics from the Department of Transportation, every day 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous and remains a serious problem that tragically affects our community everyday. Every crash, injury and death caused by drunk driving is completely preventable. The message here is simple, if you plan to drive, plan not to drink.

Arrest Of Stephanie Higgins

Arrest Of Stephanie Higgins - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Amite, LA - On December 21, 2008, Sgt. Michael Christmas was contacted by Sgt. John Dorsa in reference to the introduction of contraband into the TPSO jail.

Sgt. Dorsa observed a female subject walking from inside of the administration area of the Parish Jail. The female subject then proceeded to the jail lobby where she intended to deposit money into her boyfriends commissary account. When the female subject, identified as Stephanie Higgins, was approached and asked what she was doing in administration area, she did not respond. Sgt. Dorsa then stated that he checked along the fence area of the administration building and located a clear plastic bag containing a cellular phone and a note signed by Stephanie. Sgt. Dorsa and Captain Stuart Murphy then reviewed the surveillance camera video and were able to identify Stephanie Higgins as the person who placed the above mentioned items on the Parish Jail grounds.

Cell phones and other personal items are prohibited by inmates at the parish jail. Higgins was arrested and charged with 1 count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Higgins also had an open warrant for one FTA for a traffic violation. Bond is set on Higgins at 100k.

“We have the ability to see every inch of our property, inside and out, with the support of several pan-tilt zoom surveillance cameras purchased by the Sheriff Edwards last year” states Murphy. “This behavior will not be tolerated at our facility” he continues.

Arrested:
Stephanie Lee Higgins, 12.09.86
11604 LA 1064
Natalbany, LA

Third Burglary Suspect Arrested

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that a third suspect has been arrested and charged for allegedly burglarizing several homes in a tri-parish area.

Dewitt Echols, 9.11.90 of 1500 Barnes St. in Columbia Ms. was arrested by the Amite County Sheriff’s Office for his participation in a string of burglaries from Amite County, St. Helena Parish to Tangipahoa Parish. It is suspected that Echols, along with his two counterparts, Christina Hill and Lindsay Burch are the individuals responsible for these crimes. As the result of an on going investigation, TPSO Detective Keith Womack has officially charged Hill and Burch with the offenses of simple criminal damage to property and simple burglary in Tangipahoa Parish. Womack believes that additional charges by the TPSO will be issued for Echols on similar charges.

Christina Burch Hill, 9.29.81 of 715 Ms Hwy 98 West in Kokomo, MS
Lindsay Marie Burch, 12.27.88 of Hwy 98 in Kokomo, MS

Related Release dated 12.20.08
Kentwood, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announces that on 12.20.08, the Amite County Sheriff’s Office arrested two female suspects that are believed to be responsible for a burglary that took place in Tangipahoa Parish.

On 12.15.08, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to 78072 Hwy 1053 in Kentwood, LA regarding a simple burglary. Upon arrival, Detectives observed a broken window where the suspects allegedly made their entry. The victims arrived home to discover that all of their Christmas presents were missing along with many other personal items. Detectives began the investigation and collected evidence that was left at the scene.

On 12.20.08, Detective Keith Womack was notified the Amite County Sheriff’s Office of the two female suspects in custody. Evidence found during their investigation led the Amite County Sheriff’s Office to believe that these two female suspects identified as Christina Burch Hill, 9.29.81 of 715 Ms Hwy 98 West in Kokomo, MS and Lindsay Marie Burch, 12.27.88 of Hwy 98 in Kokomo, MS were also responsible for the burglary which occurred in Tangipahoa Parish.

On 12.20.08, TPSO Detective Keith Womack accompanied the Kentwood residents to Amite County to identify property that was recovered from Hill and Burch. The Kentwood residents were blessed to have recovered most of the items that were taken from their home on 12.15.08. TPSO Detective Keith Womack anticipates warrants will be issued for Hill and Burch on charges of simple burglary and criminal damage to property in Tangipahoa Parish. The investigation is on going and additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Amite County Sheriff’s Office states that they arrested Hill and Burch as they were in the act of burglarizing another Mississippi home. These two suspects are also allegedly responsible for several other burglaries which took place in Amite County and St. Helena Parish.

TPSO Arrest TX Man For Pointing A Gun At Deputy

TPSO Arrest TX Man For Pointing A Gun At Deputy - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 26, 2008, Chase Joseph Roussell-23 of 1502 Bent Tree Drive of Killeen, TX was arrested for pointing a gun at a Deputy and leading the TPSO on a high speed chase through the streets of Hammond.

That same evening, Deputies David Copeland, John Eady and Lt. Richard Lindsay were working a detail at Club Escalade located at 1506 Corbin Rd. in Hammond, LA. Due to an unruly crowd, the owner decided to shut the bar down at midnight. TPSO Deputies worked the parking and directing traffic as the large crowd exited. During this time, Dy. Copeland noticed a white Cadillac bearing a Texas plate parked in the middle of the driveway playing loud music and blocking traffic from exiting the club. Dy. Copeland and Lt. Lindsey approached the vehicle to make contact with the driver. As they approached the vehicle, Dy. Copeland noticed that the driver’s side window was rolled partially down. As he shinned his flashlight into the vehicle, he observed a b/m, later identified as Chase Joseph Roussell, sitting in the driver’s seat. Dy. Copeland gave the suspect a loud verbal command "sheriffs office, turn the music down". Dy. Copeland then noticed the suspect pull a small black semi-automatic handgun from his lap with his right hand and level the weapon in Dy. Copeland's direction. At this time, Lt. Lindsay tried to enter the vehicle from the passenger’s side doorway. Russell then put the vehicle in drive and sped away at a high rate of speed heading to the west side of the bar. Assisting units fled after the suspect chasing him through the areas of Natchez St, West Thomas and eventually to the Tangi Lanes Bowling Alley. After crashing his vehicle into the bowling alley, Russell jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot behind the building. TPSO Deputies established a perimeter around the building. Knowing that the suspect may still be armed, Sgt. Finn called for Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and his K9 companion Emir for assistance.

Upon arrival, Dy Dean Jr. and Emir began to track for the suspect. A short time later, Dy. Dean advised units that TPSO K9 Emir had tacked the suspect to a residence located on Scanlan Lane. K-9 Emir tracked along the north side of a near by residence and crossed the road headed eastbound. Dy's could see spots of blood along the track and continued to track the suspect under a carport at a residence on Scanlan Lane. They continued to observed blood along side a parked vehicle and on the front door of the residence. Deputies believe that the blood spots were the result of injuries the suspect received from his car crashing into the bowling alley. Deputies then observed the suspect sitting between the car and wall of the house. Dy Dean Jr went to the rear of the car and began giving the suspect loud verbal commands, "sheriff's office k-9 show your hands or the dog will bite you!” Dy Dean Jr. did not receive a response from the suspect. Dy Dean Jr. then observed that the suspect had his hands concealed form view. Dy Dean Jr. again gave several loud verbal commands for the suspect to show his hands. The suspect looked at Dy Dean Jr and rolled towards his hands which were still concealed from view. Dy Dean Jr. fearing that the suspect was going for his weapon deployed K-9 Emir to apprehend the suspect. K-9 Emir engaged and successfully apprehended Roussell. Dy Albert Sharp then handcuffed the suspect and Dy Dean Jr gave K-9 Emir a loud verbal command to release the bite and K-9 Emir complied with the commands.

Acadian ambulance service was dispatched to the location to treat the suspect for injuries. Upon there arrival they transported the suspect to Lallie Kemp hospital for medical treatment. Deputies then searched the area and found several articles of clothing, a 9mm pistol and 8 live rounds in the magazine. All of these items were placed into evidence. Once the suspect was treated and released from the hospital, he was transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and taken into custody.


Chase Joseph Roussell was booked on the following charges:


* Possession of a firearm
* Aggravated assault upon a police officer
* Resisting arrest by flight
* Criminal Damage to property
* Reckless operation of a vehicle

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 12.29.08, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Agents along Narcotic Agents from the Hammond PD executed a search warrant at the address of 800 Pecan St. in Hammond, LA. Agents were notified that the suspect, Kirk Ibanez, was selling marijuana out of this residence. During the investigation, agents seized approximately .5 lbs of hydroponic marijuana. Street value for this type of marijuana is approximately $250 – $300 per ounce.

Kirk Ibanez, 26 of 800 Pecan St. Apt 16 of Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with possession with the intention to distribute CDS I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

TPSO K9 Apprehension

TPSO K9 Apprehension - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

HAMMOND, LA - On Sunday, December 21, 2008 at approximately 3:00 pm, Sgt. Terry Lane and Dy Stephen Jenkins responded to General Ott Rd. in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.

Upon arrival deputies observed a black Chevrolet Silverado in the ditch. There was no one around the vehicle at the time, so Dy. Jenkins called in the plate and learned that the vehicle belonged to a Jeffrey Michael Kuffner, 28 of 18516 Gandalfo Ln, Ponchatoula, LA.

While waiting for wrecker services, Kuffner arrived back on scene with an unknown subject driving a large truck. Kuffner exited the vehicle and approached Dy. Jenkins. Kuffner advised Jenkins that he and his friend returned to get the tuck out of the ditch. Dy. Jenkins described Kuffner’s behavior as one of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Jenkins then asked Kuffner to submit to a field sobriety test, which he refused. At this time, Kuffner was cuffed and placed into Dy. Jenkins’s unit. At this time, Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and his K9 companion arrived on the scene to assist. Sgt. Terry Lane then advised deputies that he just received a call stating that a witness observed Kuffner place something down in his pants prior to returning to the scene.

Deputy Jenkins then searched Kuffner as Dy Dean Jr. and K9 Emir searched the vehicle. Emir’s behavior indicated that there were signs of an illegal substance in the vehicle. Dean recovered a small, empty, clear plastic bag. At this time, deputies observed Kuffner making some suspicious movements in the back seat of his patrol unit. Jenkins approached the unit and noticed that Kuffner had moved his handcuffed hands to the front of his body. Jenkins opened the door and allowed Kuffner to exit the vehicle so that his hands could be placed behind him again. As Jenkins took the handcuff off of his right hand, Kuffner began to resist arrest by waving his hand around in the air striking Dy Dean Jr. above the eye with the handcuff. The struggle continued between the subject and deputies. At this time, Dy. Dean deployed K9 Emir in an effort apprehend the subject. TPSO K9 Emir successfully apprehended Kuffner. As Emir was commanded to release the subject, Kuffner again tried to resist arrest by trying to assault Dy. Dean. Deputy Dean was able to detain Kuffner without further incident.

Kuffner was then transported to Lallie Kemp hospital for treatment. While at Lallie Kemp Hospital, Deputy Jenkins discovered that Kuffner was carrying illegal drugs on his person. Deputy Jenkins seized three white pills that were believed to be somas from Kuffner.

Kuffner was then treated by the emergency room doctor and released. Kuffner was transported to the parish jail for proper booking. He was charged with the following: leaving the scene of an accident; careless operation; 2 counts of resisting an officer; aggravated battery on a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and false representation of a controlled substance.

Arrest of Burglary Suspects

Kentwood, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announces that on 12.20.08, the Amite County Sheriff’s Office arrested two female suspects that are believed to be responsible for a burglary that took place in Tangipahoa Parish.

On 12.15.08, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to 78072 Hwy 1053 in Kentwood, LA regarding a simple burglary. Upon arrival, Detectives observed a broken window where the suspects allegedly made their entry. The victims arrived home to discover that all of their Christmas presents were missing along with many other personal items. Detectives began the investigation and collected evidence that was left at the scene.

On 12.20.08, Detective Keith Womack was notified the Amite County Sheriff’s Office of the two female suspects in custody. Evidence found during their investigation led the Amite County Sheriff’s Office to believe that these two female suspects identified as Christina Burch Hill, 9.29.81 of 715 Ms Hwy 98 West in Kokomo, MS and Lindsay Marie Burch, 12.27.88 of Hwy 98 in Kokomo, MS were also responsible for the burglary which occurred in Tangipahoa Parish.

On 12.20.08, TPSO Detective Keith Womack accompanied the Kentwood residents to Amite County to identify property that was recovered from Hill and Burch. The Kentwood residents were blessed to have recovered most of the items that were taken from their home on 12.15.08. TPSO Detective Keith Womack anticipates warrants will be issued for Hill and Burch on charges of simple burglary and criminal damage to property in Tangipahoa Parish. The investigation is on going and additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Amite County Sheriff’s Office states that they arrested Hill and Burch as they were in the act of burglarizing another Mississippi home. These two suspects are also allegedly responsible for several other burglaries which took place in Amite County and St. Helena Parish.

TPSO Arrest Female Hiding Contraband at TPSO Jail

TPSO Arrest Female Hiding Contraband at TPSO Jail - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Amite, LA - On December 21, 2008, Sgt. Michael Christmas was contacted by Sgt. John Dorsa in reference to the introduction of contraband into the TPSO jail.

Sgt. Dorsa observed a female subject walking from inside of the administration area of the Parish Jail. The female subject then proceeded to the jail lobby where she intended to deposit money into her boyfriends commissary account. When the female subject, identified as Stephanie Higgins, was approached and asked what she was doing in administration area, she did not respond. Sgt. Dorsa then stated that he checked along the fence area of the administration building and located a clear plastic bag containing a cellular phone and a note signed by Stephanie. Sgt. Dorsa and Captain Stuart Murphy then reviewed the surveillance camera video and were able to identify Stephanie Higgins as the person who placed the above mentioned items on the Parish Jail grounds.

Cell phones and other personal items are prohibited by inmates at the parish jail. Higgins was arrested and charged with 1 count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Higgins also had an open warrant for one FTA for a traffic violation. Bond is set on Higgins at 100k.

“We have the ability to see every inch of our property, inside and out, with the support of several pan-tilt zoom surveillance cameras purchased by the Sheriff Edwards last year” states Murphy. “This behavior will not be tolerated at our facility” he continues.

Arrested:
Stephanie Lee Higgins, 12.09.86
11604 LA 1064
Natalbany, LA

CRIME STOPPERS

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

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is looking for Nicole Renee Orman, 6.15.88 of 41488 Rue Maison of Ponchatoula, LA.

Based on an ongoing investigation, Ormann is wanted on the suspicion of manufacturing fraudulent commercial checks in Tangipahoa Parish. This suspect, along with her accomplice identified as Dwayne Joseph, 1.31.80, were identified by wittiness as being the masterminds behind these fraudulent acts.

Dwayne Joseph, 1.31.08 of 116 Clinton Ct in Hammond, LA is already in custody. The TPSO is currently asking for your assistance in locating Nicole Renee Orman. Anyone knowing of Nicole Renee Orman’s whereabouts is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088.

TPSO - Roadside Arrest

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

On 12-15-2008, while patrolling in the Kentwood area, Deputy Wylie Foster observed a white 2003 Pontiac Grand- AM travelling South on Hwy 51 North with an expired inspection sticker. Upon coming in contact with the driver Tricia Roberts, Deputy Foster learned that she was driving without a driver’s license. Deputy Foster soon learned that Roberts had an outstanding warrant for an FTA and that her driver’s license was expired. During Deputy Foster’s roadside investigation, he discovered six unmarked capsules in a purse in her vehicle, along with several items that appeared to be drug paraphernalia.

At this time, Dy. Foster took Roberts into custody and transported her to the TPSO Jail. Roberts was booked for having an outstanding warrant and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Dy. Foster also wrote Roberts three citations. (1.) For having an Expired MVI (2.) Expired License Plate (3,) Driving with an Expired Drivers License.

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - PONCHATOULA, LA – On 12.18.08, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents arrested Jerry Wayne McQueen, 12.21.66 of 67476 March Vaughn Lane of Lacombe, LA on multiple narcotics charges.

Agents received information that methamphetamines were being manufactured at a residence located at 38285 Lees Landing in Ponchatoula, LA. Agents responded to this address to investigate the claim. Upon arrival, agents observed a black Chevy Pick-Up truck in the driveway. As agents approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong ammonia like odor coming from the back of the truck. The driver then identified himself as Jerry McQueen. Agents witnessed in plain view, a digital scale and some camp fuel. These two items are key components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. At this time, agents read McQueen his Miranda rights at which time McQueen acknowledged that he understood them. McQueen also shared with agents that he had additional items used to manufacture meth in the back of his truck.

TPSO Agents located the following items in the back of McQueen’s black Chevy:

o 1 HCL generator
o Tubing
o 1 blender
o 1 5 gallon pump sprayer
o Lithium batteries
o 2 large plastic pitches
o Coffee filters and a spoon
o Drain cleaner
o Ammonia Sulfate
o Cutting pliers
o Brass fittings
o 1 Lowe’s receipt for the above mentioned items

McQueen was arrested and charged with operation of a clandestine lab, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing CDS and possession of schedule II drugs. Bond is set on McQueen at 500k.

TPSO visits Loranger High

TPSO visits Loranger High - LORANGER, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announces that Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer, Sergeant Mark Apperson and Deputy Perrillioux spent two class periods with Ms. Verberne’s Loranger High 12th grade class. These students have been learning about forensic science in their Biology II class and the TPSO felt it would be beneficial for these students to have true hands on experience with Detective work. These students learned about fingerprinting and the different methods that are used by the TPSO. They also had the opportunity to analyze real cases that were investigated by the TPSO. Pictured is the class taking a tour of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations mobile unit.

Crime Stoppers

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

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two male suspects involved in a burglary / shooting that took place 12.17.08 on 41074 South Range Rd.

At approximately 1:30 AM, Deputy Bobby Guy responded to the above mentioned address in reference to a report of gun shots being fired. Upon arrival he discovered that a 38 year old male victim had been shot in the leg as the result of an aggravated burglary. It was stated that 2 b/m’s claiming to be police officers knocked at the door of the residence and demanded the door to be opened. Upon entering the home, the two male suspects demanded money as they went through the home. During this time, witness’s state to hearing gun shots coming from the residence at the time the suspects were identified as being inside of the home.

At this time, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in gathering information that may lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this crime. We are also looking for information leading to the identity of the two male suspects. One suspect is described as being a short b/m and the other as being a tall b/m. Both male suspects were wearing dark clothing, gloves and masks.

Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPES at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dangerfield at 985.345.6150.

TPSO-Roadside Arrest

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

HAMMOND, LA - On December 18, 2008 at approximately 12:25 AM, Dy. Mike Moore was patrolling the area of N. 12th St. in Ponchatoula, LA when he observed a dark colored truck traveling on N. 12th St. turn onto Forrest Ln. The vehicle was traveling extremely slow, stopping and accelerating as if it were looking for someone or something. Dy. Moore followed the truck for a few moments then noticed the vehicle aggressively accelerate toward E. Brickyard Rd. Dy. Moore also noticed that the Louisiana License Plate on the vehicle was improperly displayed in the rear window. Dy. Moore activated emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued turning onto E. Brickyard Rd. and came to a stop at the Railroad Tracks. A b/m exited the driver's side of the vehicle and walked toward Dy. Moore. The driver identified himself as Wesley Armstrong DOB 8-19-62.

During Deputy Moore’s roadside investigation, Moore learned that the vehicle being driven by Armstrong had been reported stolen by the Bogalusa PD. Moore also learned that Mr. Armstrong’s driver’s license had been suspended and an active warrant was out for his arrest. Armstrong is also believed to be wanted in the state of Texas. At this time, Armstrong was arrested and placed into custody.

Sgt. Steven Redmond arrived to assist. Redmond made contact with the passenger identified as Debbie Wells. Wells also had outstanding warrants for possession of stolen property. She was then arrested and placed into custody.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office notified the Bogalusa PD of the vehicle recovery. Dy. Moore then transported Armstrong and Wells to the Parish Jail where both subjects were booked accordingly for their respective charges.

Wesley Armstrong, 8.19.62 of 393 Sisters Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA was booked on Improper Display of a License Plate, Driving under Suspension, Warrant # 2587 for Misrepresentation during Booking, Possession of Stolen Property (License Plate), Possession of Stolen Properly (Truck), and as being a Fugitive from Texas.

Debbie Wells, 11.26.58 of 978 Jefferson Dr. in Ponchatoula, LA was booked for Possession of Stolen Property (Truck) and outstanding Warrant # 18537 for Possession of Stolen Property.

Sex Offenders Arrested

HoyleSheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sheriff’s Office has arrested two non-compliant sex offenders that have been residing in Tangipahoa Parish.

Arrested were:
Larry Hoyle, 1.2.48 of 15556 Hackberry Court in Hammond, LA. Hoyle was arrested and booked with failure to register as a sex offender.

Charles Campbell, 11.3.62 of 115 East David Drive in Hammond, LA. Campbell was arrested and booked on a parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender.

Sheriff Edwards encourages all community members to visit the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’ Office website to view the sex offender data base. By doing this, you will be able to see if a sex offender is living within one mile of your home. Citizens are also able to register for email alerts notifying you of when a sex offender has moved into your neighborhood. Please visit our website at www.tpso.org.

TPSO Investigates Death of A Hammond Man

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

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the death of a Hammond man that occurred on Friday December 12, 2008. At approximately 2:10 pm, TPSO Deputies responded to 20286 Green Acres Drive in reference to the 911 call.

Upon arrival, Deputy Corey Michelli met with the complainant, one of the victim’s coworkers, outside of the residence. The complainant stated that he and several other coworkers became concerned when the victim did not show up for work. The complainant drove to the victim’s residence to check on him. When he arrived, he looked through the window of the victim’s home and noticed Peter Dileo, 62, lying on his back in a recliner, unresponsive. Deputy Michelli and Deputy Corken secured the scene and cleared a way for Acadian Ambulance service to give aid to the victim.

During his investigation, Dy. Michelli detected a strong odor coming from inside the residence. Dy. Michelli searched the home and discovered a Gernerac generator inside the victim’s garage with no ventilation leading to the outside. Several extension cords ran from the generator to inside the residence through an interior door to the living quarters. Dy. Michelli called for the Fire Dept. to check conditions inside.

It is believed at this time that the victim died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Winter is the time of the year that we should be become more educated and aware of the dangers around the alternative ways of heating our homes. Knowing the unseen dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning is the key factor in keeping our families and friends safe during theses winter months. Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances and other devices that burn gas, petroleum products, wood and other fuels. Carbon monoxide can accumulate to dangerous levels in your car, home or other poorly ventilated areas.

The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be subtle — but, simple precautions can save your life.

How can you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

• Have all fuel-burning appliances (such as oil or gas heaters, stoves, water heaters, and space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves) inspected each year.
• Check chimneys, flues, and vents regularly to make sure they are in good shape, properly connected, and not blocked.
• Know how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when you operate a vehicle/boat:

o Do not leave your car running in the garage, even if the garage door is open
o Do not ride in the back of a pickup truck with a camper shell
o Do not swim behind an idling boat

• Be safe when you use fuel-burning tools or appliances:

o Never use a kerosene or propane heater in an enclosed area, such as a camper, motor home, trailer, or tent
o Never use a gas or charcoal grill indoors
o Never use a gas oven to heat your home
o Do not close a fireplace or stove damper before the fire is completely out
o Do not use gas-powered generators, lawn equipment, or engines in enclosed areas

• Consider putting carbon monoxide detectors in your home near sleeping areas. Look for ones endorsed by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). If you install carbon monoxide detectors:

o Be sure to follow the directions carefully, and know what to do if the alarm sounds.
o Understand that carbon monoxide detectors are a backup safety measure. They do not replace the need to check appliances regularly and use them safely.

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

o Headache
o Dizziness and/or shortness of breath
o Nausea
o You feel better when you leave the building and worse when you return
o Other people you work or live with have the same symptoms you do

If you have these symptoms and there is a chance they could be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, leave the area right away and call 911 or go to the emergency room. Carbon Monoxide positioning is a serious issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (985.345.6150).

Two (2) Men Arrested After Attempting to Meet Children Online

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

On Tuesday, December 9th, 2008, and Wednesday, December 10th, 2008, detectives employed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police worked jointly to capture internet predators.

“Both of these men initiated online contact with people that they believed were children and attempted to meet these children face to face. One of the men believed that he was meeting a Tangipahoa Parish teen.” Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

During that two day operation the following men were arrested:

Marshall J. Burleigh (35 Years) 8274 Frontage Road Iowa, LA 70647

“Computer-Aided Solicitation Of a Minor for Sexual Purposes” &“Indecent Behavior with Juveniles”

Burleigh was taken into custody after he engaged in a sexually explicit online chat, with what he believed to be a underage teen and drove over 50 miles to meet the teenager to engage in sexual acts.

Patrick J. Landry (25 Years) 140 P W West Drive Deridder, LA 70634

“Computer-Aided Solicitation Of a Minor for Sexual Purposes”

Landry was taken into custody after he engaged in a sexually explicit chat conversation with a person that he believed was an underage teenager and arranged to meet the teen for a sexual encounter.

“Because our children will soon be out of school for the Christmas holiday break, detectives are “beefing up” cyber patrol duties. Online predatory activity always increases while our kids are out of school and their parents are at work. At this time of year, parents should closely monitor their teen’s online activities.”

--Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating two suspects that may be responsible for an armed robbery that occurred 12.10.08 at approximately at 11:30 pm on Pumpkin Center Road.

Deputy Ashley Adams responded to a convenient store on Pumpkin Center Road in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Deputy Adams was advised that two black males approached a store clerk; one of the suspects pointed a gun to her head and demanded money. The complainant then stated that the two male suspects fled the scene after robbing the store. The complainant was unharmed during this incident. As Deputy Adams and other TPSO units patrolled the area for the suspects, Detective Ray Lentz took over the investigation.

Lentz states that the Sheriff’s Office is looking for two black males that are approximately 5’7” tall. Both suspects were wearing dark clothing, blue jeans and tennis shoes. Both males were also wearing hooded sweatshirts, one blue and one black.

Anyone having information regarding this burglary is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Ray Lentz at 985.748.3336.

Property Taxes

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’ Office would like to report that as of today December 10, 2008, the Sheriff’s Office is officially collecting property tax payments. We expect that all property tax notices will be mailed out to you by December 15, 2008. You may contact the Property Tax Office at 985.748.3346 to confirm the amount of your payment. As always, property tax payments for the year end are due by December 31, 2008.

Arrest of David Johnson

Arrest of David Johnson - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:
Amite, LA – On 12.9.08, TPSO Detective Chuck Gabriel, as the result of an ongoing investigation, charged David Johnson, 43 of 44277 Deer Ridge Rd. in Robert, LA for aggravated battery and aggravated rape. Theses are just a few of the many charges that Johnson faces. On 12.6.08, Johnson was arrested and taken to the TPSO Jail for having nine outstanding FTA’s; 7 for traffic violations and 2 FTA’s for aggravated battery charges. Johnson now faces rape charges for an incident which occurred on the day of his arrest. Bond is currently set on Johnson for 314k.

On Saturday, December 06, 2008, at approximately 0321 hours, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call about a simple battery and a possible rape. The incident occurred at 42187 Hwy. 445 in Robert, LA. TPSO Deputies and Acadian Ambulance Services responded to the scene.

Upon Deputy Eady’s arrival, an adult female victim exited the residence carrying a red backpack. She stated that the suspect and another male picked her up and gave her a ride while she was walking on Hwy 190, east of Hammond. They drove around a while drinking beer and then she asked the driver to drop her off at a location in Baton Rouge. The driver refused and brought her to the Hwy 443 address where she and the suspect got out of the vehicle. At this time, she stated that the suspect demanded sex and when she refused, he began to beat her for about 4 – 5 hours. She states that at some point, he began to beat her with a 2x4 and then allegedly raped her. TPSO Deputies took her statement and collected evidence from the victim.

Deputy Gasquet then approached his patrol unit where the suspect was being detained. The suspect, identified as David Johnson, dob 08.11.65, wanted to make a statement. He stated that he picked up the victim at an unknown address in Hammond, LA and they drove around town smoking crack. He and the victim later exited the vehicle at the Hwy 443 address where they allegedly had consensual relations. He also stated that believes the victim was beaten before she ever entered the vehicle with him.

With consent from the homeowner, a search was conducted of the residence where a 1 x 3 stick was found and put into evidence.

Deputy Gasquet requested TPSO Dispatch conduct a warrant search on the suspect identified as David Johnson. Deputy Gasquet was advised Johnson had several outstanding warrants under warrant # 11003. Deputy Gasquet advised Johnson that he was under arrest at this time for outstanding warrants.

Deputy Gasquet then notified TPSO Criminal Investigations Detective Chuck Gabriel regarding the complaint. Det. Gabrial will take over the investigation. The victim was transported to North Oaks Hospital for treatment.

Attempted Murder Suspect Apprehended

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

On 12.07.08, Sgt. Michael Christmas along with assisting Deputies arrested Darius Anthony Herrod, 22 of 41072 South Range Road, Ponchatoula, LA in connection with a second degree attempted murder charge.

On 11.19.2008, the TPSO responded to call from 13097 Hwy 1064 in reference to a report of an aggravated assault. Upon arrival, Deputy Brian Martin learned that the suspect, Darius Herrod, after having a confrontation with the complainant, raised a long rifle shot gun and fired several shots at him as he drove off. Deputy Brian Martin observed approximately six holes where a large caliber round entered the complainants 1986 Oldsmobile Royal on the driver's side.

This investigation was turned over to Criminal Investigation Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer. Through an ongoing investigation, Det. Schliegelmeyer was able to identify Herrod as the suspect in this case. Through an anonymous tips on 12.7.08, Sgt. Christmas, Deputy Mike Dean Jr and Deputy Adam Pailet we able to locate and apprehend Herrod on the following charges: attempted 2nd degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to property.

TPSO arrests suspect for attempted first degree murder

TPSO arrests suspect for attempted first degree murder - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Village of Tangipahoa - On December 9, 2008 at approximately 9:30 pm, Deputy Dennis Braziel was dispatched to 12519 Burton Lane in Tangipahoa, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Dy Braziel met with the complainant who stated that several people were watching television and playing cards when the suspect, identified as Desmond Marshall, came in and shot a 16 yr old male victim.

Deputy Braziel observed the victim in a semi-conscious state. Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene and administered aid to the victim. The young male was soon transported to Southwest Hospital in McComb, MS.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Detectives Mike Dean, Keith Womack and Nick Vinterella arrived on the scene and continued the investigation. Detectives soon learned the whereabouts of Marshall and advised Sgt. Steven Redmond of his location. Sgt. Redmond identified the suspect’s vehicle in a driveway on Durbin Rd. in Hammond, LA. Sgt. Redmond and Deputy Copeland approached the residence and apprehended Marshall without incident.

Desmond Marshall, dob – 2.1.82 of 12409 Clinton St in Tangipahoa, LA was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, criminal damage to property, possession of stolen property and aggravated battery. Additional charges are pending.

TPSO Arrests Burglary Suspect

TPSO Arrests Burglary Suspect - Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12.5.08, Adam Landry Jr.,20 of 51078 Hwy 443 in Loranger, LA was arrested for 1 count of aggravated burglary, 2 counts of vehicle burglary and 1 count of possession of stolen property.

On 12.4.08 at approximately 10:30 pm the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person standing on the porch of a residence located on Hwy 443. Upon Deputy Bobby Guy’s arrival, he learned that the suspect had already fled the scene. The complainant described the male as being 6’ tall and wearing a red/orange jacket. Approximately one hour later at 11:30 pm, Deputy Guy responded to a residence on Sage Lane regarding a vehicle burglary. The complainant stated that when she walked outside, she noticed a wm wearing a red hooded jacket, inside her vehicle. She immediately ran inside her home and advised her husband that someone was breaking into their truck. The complainant noticed the suspect walking down the driveway, ran after him and advised him to stop. The suspect then turned around and pointed a handgun at the complainant. The suspect ran down the road to a parked vehicle. The complainant was able to retrieve a license plate number from the suspect’s vehicle. Deputy Guy patrolled the area as he ran the plate. The license plate revealed that the vehicle, a 1998 Red Dodge Neon, was registered to a Adam Landry Jr. Deputy Guy went to Landry’s registered address in an attempt to locate him; however was unable to do so.

At around 5:30 am on 12.5.08, Deputy Pailet responded to 47181 Sage Rd. in regards to a report of an additional vehicle burglary. The complainant advised that he woke that morning to find his truck and his wife’s vehicle had been broken in to. Deputy Pailet gathered the information from the complainant turned the investigation over the Criminal Detectives Division.

Through the collaborative efforts of Deputy Bobby Guy, Deputy Adam Pailet, Sgt. Michael Christmas and Detective Gary Baham, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s was able to identify and arrest Landry as the suspect responsible for all three crimes.

Sheriff Advises Shoppers

Sheriff Daniel Edwards advises shoppers, “Be alert when shopping this holiday season!"

There’s a certain buzz of excitement this time of year that indicates the holiday season is upon us. There’s anticipation in the children’s eyes as they’re anxiously waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, and parents’ faces also have a cheerful countenance as they busily hustle about in preparation. The streets and houses even have that special glimmer and glow that let us know the holiday season has clearly arrived.

The holiday season may very well be the “most wonderful time of the year” for shoppers. With such dazzling displays of colors, lights, and sounds in every storefront and walkway shoppers can easily zone out and fall into “shopping mode” oblivious to the reality around them. “Unfortunately, when shopping, people sometimes have a tendency to become distracted and lose sight of their personal safety, so please be aware and don’t loose your sense of good judgment,” warns Sheriff Edwards.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that it may also be the “most wonderful time of year” for criminals. This time of year has a tendency to attract more shopping-related criminal activity because thieves prey upon larger crowds and extended store hours. These factors, combined with the usual distractions related to shopping, create a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.

Despite the fact that security measures are being heightened to protect shoppers across the country, Tangipahoa Parish residents should keep their guard up to avoid becoming one of the millions of people victimized by crime each year.

The Sheriff’s Office suggests busy shoppers take some safety precautions to reduce their chances of being victimized by criminals who thrive on shoppers at this time of the year.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
• There is safety in numbers. Always try to shop with another person. A single shopper is the ultimate target for theft.
• When going shopping, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return home.
• Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas, but if it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you. e.g., tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
• Agree on a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
• Before going shopping, remove from your wallet or purse any credit cards or other valuable identification that you will not need to reduce risk.
• Make a list of all credit card numbers and the numbers to call in case they are lost or stolen. This will make the incident a lot easier to report.


WHILE SHOPPING:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in busy areas where thieves and pickpockets target purses and bags left unattended.
• Be aware that wearing headphones will decrease your ability to stay alert to your surroundings.
• Be alert to distraction theft. Watch out for thieves using a “tag team” approach. While one person distracts you by bumping into you or through conversation, the other is snatching your purse or wallet.
• Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Plan for your heaviest purchases last. Try to keep one hand free.
• If you are in a store and sense that you are being followed, locate a store employee or security personnel. Be prepared to give them a complete description of the person you suspect.
• If you think you spot a thief or pickpocket alert the police or security staff. Avoid a confrontation whenever possible.
• If carrying cash, keep it in a front pocket. This makes it more difficult for a pickpocket to remove.
• Store car keys in a pant or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
• Always carry a cell phone for easy access to emergency services.

PARKING LOT SAFETY:
• Don’t leave lots of presents on display in a parked car as they could tempt thieves. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
• Plan ahead. If you know you are going to return to your car after nightfall, park in a well-lit area. Note your parking place.
• If you feel uneasy returning to your car alone, find a security guard and ask him to walk you to your car.
• Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
• When approaching your car, check around it and in the back seat.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards’s and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone in our community a safe and joyous holiday season.

Deputy and K9 Acknowledged

Deputy and K9 Acknowledged - Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and his K9 companion, Kazon were presented with the Criminalistic Award of Excellence in recognition for their outstanding performance in the detection and apprehension of a suspect that took place on 9.20.08.

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.

Because of the efforts of Sgt. Ferrand and Kazon, the suspect was taken into custody and off the roadway. This incident took place on K9 Kazon’s first day back on the job after spending several weeks recovering from a previous injury.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards congratulates Sgt. Ferrand and Kazon on their outstanding performance in this case and for the many efforts that go unrecognized.

TPSO News Release

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

On November 30, 2008, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to 42306 Jefferson Drive in Jefferson Court subdivision in reference to a call regarding a suspicious person driving around the neighborhood. Deputy Sidney Eubanks, while enroute to the location, was notified that the subject was driving a silver Ford truck and was now located at an address on East Adams Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Eubanks learned that the subject, an elderly man, while driving around the neighborhood, was spotted speaking with a 10 year old boy. This behavior raised suspicion with residents which led them to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Brian Martin arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. It was discovered that an 83 year old man, from Folsom, LA was lost and trying to find the way to his son’s house that lived in a nearby subdivision. After confirming the subject’s purpose and identity, deputies then escorted gentleman to his son’s house on Troyville Road.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for being aware of the activities taking place in our neighborhoods. In this case, we are thankful for the positive outcome and for the opportunity to assist a citizen in his time of need. Sheriff Daniel Edwards continues to encourage the citizens of our parish to call upon the Sheriff’s Office. Our role in the community is to protect life and properly and to serve those who live in and visit our Parish.

Worthless Checks

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for Mark Smith, dob – 11.7.85 of 41474 N. Charbonnet in Ponchatoula, LA. Smith is wanted on 1 count of issuing worthless checks and 1 FTA for simple criminal damage to property.

Smith is a w/m, 5’10” with brown hair and weighs approximately 170lbs.

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

Self Defense For Women

Self Defense For Women - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a women’s only self-defense course. The Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Our courses are taught by nationally certified TPSO R.A.D. Instructors.

This course is broken into several sessions. Many issues encompassed are awareness and prevention, sexual assault definitions, patterns of encounter, the decision to resist, basic principles of self defense, self-empowerment, the defensive mindset and management of the sexually assaulted survivor. The class ends with a realistic Simulation Training Session.

To find out more about R.A.D., please visit www.tpso.org.

The class is $25.00 per person and the first session will be held on Dec. 8, 9 and 11th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the TPSO 15475 Club Deluxe Rd. in Hammond. Space is limited. To register, please contact Deputy Stacy Newsom @ 985.748.8147 by 12.5.08 to register.

CRIME STOPPERS

CRIME STOPPERS - Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards’s of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in the gathering information regarding Cattle shootings that have taken place at 68171 Hwy 1058 in Kentwood, LA. This property is located just behind Chesbrough Elementary School.

Over 28 head of cattle have been shot at this location over the past six months. The owner of the cattle is offering a 10k reward to anyone having information that would lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for these shootings.

Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Keith Womack at 985.748.3332 or CRIME STOPPERS @ 800.554.5245.

CRIME STOPPERS is also offering a cash reward to anyone having information regarding these cattle shootings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TPSO Deputy chases two suspects desperately trying to flee arrest.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:
Amite / Loranger, LA – At approximately 2:30 pm on 11.29.08, TPSO Sgt. Schirra Finn while trying to make a traffic stop was led on a 14.7 mile chase through commercial areas and residential neighborhoods in the Amite area.

Working a seatbelt detail, Sgt. Finn observed two males in a green 1996 Infinity traveling east on HWY 16 who did not appear to be wearing seatbelts. As Sgt. Finn attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off darting in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.

The driver led Sgt. Finn through parking lots, residential streets and local highways. The diver, having no regard for public safety, ran through red lights and stop signs. On several occasions, the vehicle sped up behind other motorist which caused them to abruptly move to the right of the roadway to prevent from being hit from behind. The driver continued to speed his way through traffic while passing several vehicles on the shoulder of the road. The vehicle also reached speeds that exceeded 100 mph.

While traveling at such a high rate of speed and with additional traffic on the roads, Sgt. Finn slowed his unit down in an effort to encourage the driver to do the same. While there is no way of knowing whether a reckless driver will slow down if he feels he is not being chases by law enforcement, Sgt. Finn recognized the danger for other motorist and decided to follow from a distance. Never loosing sight of the vehicle, Sgt. Finn observed the suspect crash the vehicle into a ditch at the intersection of Biar Patch Cem. Road. Despite the vehicle crashing into a ditch, it continued back on the roadway in a reckless manner. Sgt. Finn then noticed the vehicle take a sharp curve and go off to the road to the right and crash into a tree.

The subjects were seen running north from the vehicle into a wooded area. Sgt. Finn exited his unit and gave verbal commands for the driver and the passenger to come out of the woods. Additional units arrived to assist Sgt. Finn and a perimeter was set up in the area where the subjects fled. It took deputies just few moments to locate and apprehend the suspects.

The vehicle was impounded by and taken to the wrecker yard. The driver was identified as Romer Lee Schmitt, 23 of 68095 Olan Bankston Rd. in Kentwood, LA. Schmitt was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, driving w/o a seatbelt, aggravated flight - resisting arrest by flight, 2 counts of running a stop sign, running a red light, speeding in excess of 100mph, passing in a no passing zone, driving on the shoulder of the road and driving w/o a license.

Schmitt’s passenger Anthony Jordan, 18 of 21149 Hwy 10 East in Kentwood, LA was arrested and charged with riding without a seatbelt and aggravated flight - resisting arrest by flight and 2 FTA’s.

We are thankful to report that no injuries or additional traffic accidents took place as a result of Schmitt’s attempt to flee from the TPSO. High speed chases are not only dangerous for law enforcement and suspects, but also for innocent bystanders.


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