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TPSO Recover Stolen Vehicle

TPSO Recover Stolen Vehicle - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Saturday 01-24-2009 Deputy Travis Graham, while patrolling on Crapanzano Road noticed a 1994 Lincoln Centennial driving south on Crapanzano Rd. crossing the center line. Deputy Graham ran the license plate on the vehicle and was advised that the license plate was entered into NCIC as a stolen plate.

Deputy Graham initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the corner of Crapanzano Road and Hwy 190 and made contact with the driver Michael Couch, 36 of 45060 N. Hattie Rd. in Hammond. Mr. Couch advised Deputy Graham that his license was suspended and that the vehicle belonged to a friend. Deputy Graham checked Mr. Couch’s license status and warrants and was soon advised that his license was suspended and that the had two outstanding FTA's for non support. Deputy Graham advised Mr. Couch that he was under arrest and was read his Miranda Rights. Mr. Couch was then transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where he was booked on warrant # 15750 and 14:69 possession of stolen property.

TPSO Arrests L. Kelly

TPSO Arrests L. Kelly - LORANGER, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO Juvenile Detectives arrested Latoya Kelly on 01.26.09 on numerous charges including four counts of child desertion.

On January 13, 2008, Tangipahoa Parish Juvenile Detectives responded to a trailer fire located at 17306 E. Cooper Road, Lot 8 in Loranger. Due to the nature of the fire, LA State Fire Marshall Lance Lamarca was contacted to assist in the investigation. It was learned that Latoya Kelly and Crystal Burise left their children unattended in the home at which time a 3 year old child placed clothing onto a hot plate they were currently using as a source of heat. It was stated that the fire began in the bedroom where the children were playing. On 3.3.2008, after completing the investigation, Juvenile Detective Beth Russell issued warrants for both Latoya Kelly and Crystal Burise on four counts of child desertion. On June 10, 2008, Crystal Burise, dob 11.15.81 of Ponchatoula turned herself in to the TPSO. Since that time, Latoya Kelly has been on the run from authorities.

Due to an anonymous tip given to the TPSO, Sgt. Terry Lane and Deputy Kirby Varnado were able to locate and apprehend Kelly at a residence in Ponchatoula, LA. Upon her arrest, Deputies learned that Latoya Kelly, dob 7.7.83 of 17306 Cooper Lane in Amite, LA was also wanted by the Hammond Police Department, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of Kelly’s arrest, she was charged with the following offenses:

1 ct. Unauthorized Entry into Inhabited Dwelling
1 ct. Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
1 ct. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
1 ct. Resisting an Officer
4 cts. Child Desertion
2 cts. Issuing Worthless Checks
1 Failure to Appear

TPSO Arrest St. Tammany Fugitive

TPSO Arrest St. Tammany Fugitive - TICKFAW, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Jan. 26, 2009 the St. John’s Parish Sheriff Office received information that a suspect, Roy Hebert Jr., who was wanted in St. Tammany Parish, was possibly hiding out at a residence in the Tickfaw area. St. John’s Sheriff Office Detectives contacted TPSO Detective’s Kenny Schliegelmeyer and Mike Barron for assistance. Detailed information was given to the TPSO regarding Hebert’s whereabouts. With the support of the LA State Police Detectives and the St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office the TPSO Detectives successfully located and arrested Roy Hebert Jr., 11.14.84 of 90 B. Carriage Lane in Destrehan, LA without incident. Hebert was spotted traveling in a vehicle on I- 55 and was followed to the Hwy 442 exit. A traffic stop was initiated and Hebert was then arrested and charged as being a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish by the TPSO. Hebert was then released to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Hebert was wanted by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on charges related to aggravated second degree battery and possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon. Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to thank all municipalities involved in the arrest of this individual.

TPSO Deputy Catch A Burglar In the Act

TPSO Deputy Catch A Burglar In the Act - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 1-27-2008 at approx 0119 hrs, Deputy Mike Dean Jr was traveling eastbound on LA Hwy 190 when he observed a white pickup truck parked in a Hammond storage facility lot with the interior lights on and with what appeared to be a subject in the drivers seat of the vehicle.

Deputy Dean Jr. turned around just east of the business and traveled back to location. Deputy Dean Jr ran the license plate and it returned to a 2006 Nissan Titan. Deputy Dean Jr then notified Deputy Albert Sharp for assistance. Deputy Dean Jr. then observed a tan in color Chevrolet pickup truck parked neat the front door of the business along with a bicycle. Deputy Dean Jr. had dispatch contact the business owner to see if anyone was supposed to be inside the storage area at that time. Dispatch advised that the business owner stated that no one was expected to be at the business at that time. Deputy Sharp searched the area and observed a place in the fence which appeared to be tampered with. Deputy Dean Jr. climbed the fence and entered the yard. Deputy Sharp followed while Deputy Matthew Schliegelmeyer and Deputy Nicholas Bruhn covered the east and west side perimeter of the facility. Deputy Dean Jr and Deputy Sharp approached the vehicle and observed a subject in the driver’s seat laying face down with his hands concealed. Deputies gave the suspect loud verbal commands to show his hands and exit the vehicle. The suspect complied and exited the vehicle. Deputies then detained the suspect without incident. Deputy Sharp conducted a pat down of the suspect and located a JVC DVD player remote along with three cigarette lighters and a small screwdriver in the suspect’s left front pocket. The suspect was identified as Gregory Griffin (b/m dob 02-07-1974) of 19073 Brumbfield Lane in Hammond.

The owner of the business arrived on location and along with Deputy Dean Jr and Deputy Sharp walked through the storage area to check all vehicles. Deputy Sharp located several smug marks in the dew on a white GMC pickup and observed the passenger side window was broken out. The vehicle was checked and it was discovered that the dashboard face plate had been removed and that the remote found in Gregory Griffin's pants pocket matched the in dash CD/DVD player that was missing.

Gregory Griffin was transported to TPSO Jail by Dy Schliegelmeyer where he was booked on one count of unauthorized entry to a business (14:62.4), two counts of simple vehicular burglary (14:62 c) and one count of criminal trespass (14:63).

Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to commend Deputy Mike Dean Jr. on his quick thinking and aggressive actions which resulted in Gregory Griffin’s arrest.

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - n January 22, 2009 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents, Tri-Parish Narcotic Agents and Livingston Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents arrested Jason Wayne Sims on U.S. Hwy. 51 in Kentwood, Louisiana. Agents received information that Sims would be manufacturing methamphetamine on the evening of January 21, 2009. Agents went to Sims’ residence but were unable to make contact. Agents then went to Sims’ place of employment north of Kentwood on U.S. Hwy. 51. Upon Agents arrival, Agents came into contact with Sims vehicles a Chevrolet Z71 pickup and a Peterbilt semi. The engine of the Peterbilt was running with the doors open with a trailer that was not secure. Agents looked around the business for Sims but were unable to locate him. Agents began surveillance on the Peterbilt and waited for Sims to return to the vehicle. After approximately 2 hours of surveillance on the Peterbilt, Agents witnessed a white Pontiac Grand Am bearing Mississippi license plate number RCR 566 pull into the business. Agents approached the Pontiac to identify the occupants of the vehicle. When Agents approached the Pontiac the Pontiac drove off South on U.S. Hwy. 51 at a high rate of speed. Agents began to peruse the Pontiac at which time Agents saw a white object come out of the passenger side window. Two Agents stopped and were able to find the white object that was thrown from the vehicle. The white object thrown from the Pontiac was a white napkin which contained methamphetamine. Other Agents were able to stop the Pontiac at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 1054. Agents approached the vehicle at which time they identified themselves to the driver of the vehicle Joseph Glenn Phillips. The passenger was later identified as Jason Wayne Sims. Agents used a NIK field test kit to test the Methamphetamine which resulted in a positive result for Methamphetamine. Agents stated this is an ongoing investigation and they expect more arrest in the next couple of weeks. No charges were filed on the driver of the vehicle.

Jason Wayne Sims w/m dob 01/19/1977

807 Ninth Street Kentwood, Louisiana

Charge: Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II and Manufacturing Schedule II.

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 1-27-2009, TPSO Deputies Sidney Stallings and Anthony Williams were patrolling the area of 3rd Street in Amite when they observed a black male subject walking in the street who appeared to hide once he saw deputies. Deputies noticed the subject squatting down behind two parked vehicles. Deputies approached the subject and engaged in a conversation. The subject then proceeded to push Deputy Williams and then began to run in a southward direction. Deputies quickly followed and apprehended the subject, identified as Jamall Alexander, 8.29.83 of 210 West Factory St in Amite, LA, on West Sycamore St. without incident.

During a background check of the suspect, deputies learned the Alexander was wanted by TPSO for one FTA - felony arraignment with a $50,000.00 bond. Alexander was then taken into custody and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged with battery on a police officer, resisting arrest by flight and outstanding felony warrants. Alexander’s outstanding FTA was for the charge of possession with the intention to distribute schedule 1 narcotics.

TPSO Arrest L. Watson

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrests a Hammond resident attempting to flee from Deputies.

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 1.28.09 deputies responded to 43231 Tillman Dr. in response to a call for service. It was stated that one Leonard Watson was responsible for a simple battery which occurred as the result of a domestic violence dispute at the above stated residence. Watson fled the scene before deputies arrived. Deputy Joseph Gasquet arrived at the residence and took several statements which resulted in written charges being filed against Watson for disturbing the peace, domestic abuse battery and simple assault.

During this time, Sgt. Kim Moore advised Deputy Gasquet that she and Deputy Ashley Adams had the suspect, Leonard Watson, in sight traveling near the residence in a white Chevrolet Lumina. Sgt. Moore, being advised of the charges against Watson initiated a traffic stop. Being close to the residence, Deputy Gasquet could hear loud noises coming from Sgt. Moore’s direction where the traffic stop was initiated. He immediately responded to the location and observed Sgt. Moore and assisting deputies involved in a physical struggle with Watson in their attempt to take him into custody. Deputy Gasquet assisted in the apprehension of Watson as he became increasingly more violent. After a continued struggle, deputies successfully apprehended the suspect, placed him in handcuffs and attempted placed him in back of a marked patrol unit. Watson again began resisting arrest. As he was being place in the back of the marked unit, he began kicking deputies and attempted to escape on foot. Watson was quickly apprehended and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged.

Leonard Watson, 32 of 43231 Tillman Rd. in Hammond, LA was booked on the following charges:
• Simple Battery
• Driving under suspension
• No proof of insurance
• No seat belt – 1st offense
• Simple battery, domestic violence
• Disturbing the peace
• Simple assault
• 6 counts of resisting an officer
• 5 counts of battery on a police officer
• Simple criminal damage to property
• 2 counts of simple escape
• 2 counts of self mutilation

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Lacontio Kenyitha Owens, DOB: 12-08-1974, Sex: M, Race B, HGT 5'11", and WGT 155 lbs.

Owens is said to have fled from deputies on 1.27.09 at approximately 11:00 PM after bringing his vehicle to a stop during a traffic stop which occurred on Old Baton Rouge Highway.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect fled on foot towards Hinson Road through a marsh area. Deputies immediately began in a foot pursuit of the suspect. The suspect was non-compliant with verbal commands and continued to run from deputies. During the pursuit, the suspect laid down in the marsh and undressed himself to evaded pursuing deputies. Deputies discovered the wet clothing which included the suspect’s wallet and identification. The suspect is identified as Lacontio Kenyitha Owens, DOB: 12-08-1974 of 43215 Hinson Rd. in Hammond, LA. Owens is wanted for wreckless operation of a vehicle and resisting arrest by flight. Additional charges on Owens may be forthcoming.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Owens is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150.

TPSO Allegations of Rape

TPSO Allegations of  Rape - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that the Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detectives Division has been investigating allegations of rape on two young female victims.

PONCHATOULA, LA - On January 19, 2009, the TPSO responded to NOMC in reference to allegations of rape of a juvenile. After speaking with the 13 year old female victim, Sgt. Kerry Carson learned that a 19 year old male subject had been repeatedly contacting the 13 yr old victim. He had been encouraging the victim to sneak out of her home and meet with him. After numerous efforts made by the male subject, she agreed to meet him at a location in the Ponchatoula area. When she met the male subject, Leo Scott Poche Jr., 9.6.89 of 39443 Thibodeaux Rd. of Ponchatoula, he was accompanied by a 16 yr old male subject. The female victim then called one of her friends, a 13 year old female to join them. After driving around for a while, they ended up at a residence in the Ponchatoula to watch a movie. The allegations of non-consensual sexual relations are said to have occurred at the Ponchatoula residence. At this time, Sgt. Carson continued to take statements from the victim and began investigating the allegations.

On 1.21.09, the second female victim was taken to NOMC and the TPSO was contacted. Detective Nick Vinterella arrived and began speaking with the victim and her family. Det. Vinterella learned that the 16 year old male subject forced himself upon the second 13 y/o female victim after repeated requests from her asking him to stop. This allegation is said to have occurred at the same Ponchatoula residence on 01.19.09.

Through collaborative efforts between detectives and as a result of information gathered from the victims, warrants were issued for the two male subjects. A search warrant of the Ponchatoula residence was also issued and executed. As a result of the investigation, both male victims have been arrested and charged for their alleged actions.

Leo Scott Poche Jr., 19 was arrested on 1.26.09 and charged with felony carnal knowledge of juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and 2 counts of sexual battery.

The 16 y/o male subject was also arrested and charged with simple rape.

TPSO Arrest Freddie Cooper Jr.

HAMMOND, LA - On Thursday 01-29-2009 Deputy Travis Graham of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Freddie Cooper Jr., 30 of 42149 Gregg Dr. #2 in Hammond, LA for trying to sell stolen air conditioning equipment to Hammond residents.

Cooper was said to be knocking on doors in the late evening hours of 1.29.08 trying to sell a window air-conditioning unit to residents. Claims were made that Cooper, while trying to force his equipment on residents, refused to leave once he told that they were not interested in his property. Cooper also allegedly threatened several residents and became angry when they stated they would contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Graham then made contact with Mr. Cooper in the trailer park off of Greg Drive where he was holding an air conditioner in his hands. Mr. Cooper advised Deputy Graham that he had been given the air conditioner by an unknown friend. Deputy Graham advised Mr. Cooper that he was under arrest and then transported him to the TPSO Jail where he was booked on charges of simple assault and disturbing the peace.

DWI Arrest

DWI Arrest - Amite, LA - On Saturday January 24, 2009, TPSO Sgt. Carter arrested Stanley Sullivan, 51 of 26810 Friendship Rd. in Walker, LA for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The suspect was observed traveling westbound utilizing both lanes of traffic on Hwy. 16 in Amite. Officer Ordeneaux of the Amite PD made the initial traffic stop of the suspect. Upon arrival, Sgt. Carter could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect. Sgt. Carter performed the standardized field sobriety test on the suspect which he failed to complete.

Sgt. Carter’s roadside investigation resulted in the arrest of Sullivan on charges of driving while intoxicated - second offense, careless operation, and driving under suspension.

Roadside Arrest

Roadside Arrest -
HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Saturday 01-24-2009 Deputy Travis Graham, while patrolling on Crapanzano Road noticed a 1994 Lincoln Centennial driving south on Crapanzano Rd. crossing the center line. Deputy Graham ran the license plate on the vehicle and was advised that the license plate was entered into NCIC as a stolen plate.

Deputy Graham initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the corner of Crapanzano Road and Hwy 190 and made contact with the driver Michael Couch, 36 of 45060 N. Hattie Rd. in Hammond. Mr. Couch advised Deputy Graham that his license was suspended and that the vehicle belonged to a friend. Deputy Graham checked Mr. Couch’s license status and warrants and was soon advised that his license was suspended and that the had two outstanding FTA's for non support. Deputy Graham advised Mr. Couch that he was under arrest and was read his Miranda Rights. Mr. Couch was then transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where he was booked on warrant # 15750 and 14:69 possession of stolen property.

Roseland Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Bruce HinesHAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that three men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion that occurred at 12354 Steptoe Rd. in Roseland, LA.

On 1.02.09 around 7:00pm, two unidentified black males knocked on the door at the above stated residence. Under the pretense that these two subjects needed assistance, the homeowner opened the door. Immediately the two unidentified armed males forced their way into the home while demanding money. The two suspects went through the residence stealing several shot guns, jewelry and cash.

During an undercover operation led by the LA State Police in Livingston Parish, agents arranged to purchase weapons from two black male subjects. The weapons purchased matched the description of the firearms reported stolen by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. TPSO Detective Chuck Gabriel, the LA State Police and the LPSO set up another undercover operation with the intention to purchase additional weapons from the same two subjects. At this time, Agents were able to link the weapons to the recent home invasion which occurred in Roseland. As a result of this operation, Agents arrested Antonio Hines, 4.6.87 of 119 Lawrence Lane in Hammond, LA and Quadrick Q. Holmes, 10.18.90 of 500 E. Charles St. in Hammond, LA. with possession of stolen property. Both subjects are currently in the LP jail and are expected to be transported to Tangipahoa Parish where they will face charges of armed robbery by the TPSO.

In addition, a third suspect has been arrested in connection with this case. Bruce Darnell Hines, 8.25.65 of 12386 Faith Street in Roseland, LA was arrested on charges conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Bruce Hines is said to the master mind behind this robbery. He led the above mentioned suspect to the Roseland home and stated that it would be an easy quest. Hines in currently in the TPSO Jail with bond set at 150k.

This investigation is on going and additional charges and arrests are believed to be forthcoming.

TriParish Narcotics Arrest

TriParish Narcotics Arrest - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on January 21, 2009 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents and Agents with the Hammond Police Department arrested three suspects for manufacturing methamphetamines in Tangipahoa Parish.

Agents received information that methamphetamines were possibly being manufactured at 21184 Old Covington Highway. Agents arrived at the residence, identified themselves and made contact with a Mary M. Ledoux. Mrs. Ledoux then signed a consent to search form allowing agents to search the residence and the property. During the search, agents seized materials, components, compounds and mixtures utilized in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. The residents were actually in the process of manufacturing meth as agents arrived. Inside the home agents found aluminum foil in the toilet which contained methamphetamines. Mrs. Ledoux attempted to flush these contents as agents arrived.

As a result of this investigation, three suspects were arrested.

1. Mary M. Ledoux, 7.1.64 of 21184 Old Covington Highway.
Charges: Operation creation possession of a clandestine methamphetamine lab, manufacturing methamphetamines and possession of schedule II meth

2. Wayne D. Ledoux, 11.21.64 of 21184 Old Covington Highway.
Charges: Operation creation possession of a clandestine methamphetamine lab and manufacturing methamphetamines

3. Dennis McClendon, 3.14.61 of 21184 Old Covington Highway.
Charges: Operation creation possession of a clandestine methamphetamine lab and manufacturing methamphetamines

Independence Home Fire

INDEPENDECNE, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards regretfully announces that a home fire took the life of Cathy Ann Litteral, 51 of 10461 Highway 1063 in Independence, LA.

On Saturday January 17, 2009, TPSO Deputy Matthew Schliegelmeyer was dispatched to the above mentioned address in reference to a residential home fire. Upon arrival, Schliegelmeyer witnessed the victim being transported by Acadian Ambulance to North Oaks Medical Center for further treatment of the injuries she incurred during the blaze. Fire Chief Cutrer advised that upon arrival, fire fighters made their way into the home and pulled Mrs. Litteral, who was found unconscious near the door way, from the fire. The victim was said to have experienced severe burns to the head and upper torso. The victim, Cathy Litteral later passed away at the Baton Rouge General Burn Unit on Sunday afternoon.

TPSO Detective Ray Lentz and LA State Fire Marshal Lance Lamarca arrived on scene to take over the investigation. Investigators believe that the fire originated in the living room area, however no specific cause of the fire has been determined. The investigation is on going at this time.

TPSO Roadside Narcotics Arrest

TPSO Roadside Narcotics Arrest - ROSELAND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, January 22, 2009, Deputies Matthew Schliegelmeyer, Mike Smith, Ashley Adams, Jonathon Williams were working the area of Roseland Ave at Faith St. when they came in contact the suspects. Deputies were speaking with several subjects alongside the roadway when they observed a white Cadillac traveling eastbound on Roseland Ave. As the vehicle approached deputies, they observed that the driver, later identified as Joseph Taylor, was not wearing his safety belt. Deputies stopped and approached the vehicle. At this time deputies detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Deputies gave verbal commands for both Joseph and the passenger, identified as Larry Burton, to exit the vehicle.

As Deputy Schliegelmeyer was performing a search of Burton’s person, he felt a large bulge in the front right pocket of his pants. Deputy retrieved the package from Burton’s pocket and stated that it was clear plastic sandwich bag containing a green leafy vegetable substance believed to be marijuana. Deputy Schliegelmeyer then arrested Burton, advised him of his Miranda Rights and placed him into the patrol unit. At this time, Deputy Adams detained the driver, Joseph Taylor.

During the roadside investigation, Deputies observed a white plastic grocery bag containing a blue colored gallon size Ziploc bag which contained a green leafy substance, a clear gallon size Ziploc bag containing a green leafy substance, a clear plastic sandwich bag containing a green leafy substance, a silver colored "Digi Weigh" digital scale, and a silver grinder with small pieces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Seeds were also found within the white plastic grocery bag . The suspected marijuana was located in plain view on the rear driver’s side floor board within reach of both occupants of the vehicle.

TPSO Narcotic Agents were notified and soon arrived on scene to collect the evidence and seize the vehicle, a 1993 white four door Cadillac.

While in process of investigating the traffic stop, a subject identifies as Pat Taylor arrived on scene, stopping and abandoning her vehicle in the middle of Roseland Ave. Pat approached deputies and began yelling at deputies. She continued this behavior not giving deputies an opportunity to respond. The suspect continued to become irate soon became aggressive. Mrs. Taylor was asked to leave the scene several times before being arrested by deputies.

All suspects were arrested and transported to the TPSO jail where they were properly booked and charged.

Larry Burton, 27 of 62220 Roseland Ave. in Roseland, LA.
Charges: Possession with the intention to distribute marijuana

Joseph Taylor, 31 of 710 South Bay in Amite, LA.
Charges: Possession with the intention to distribute marijuana, no drivers license and driving without a seatbelt

Pat Dale Taylor, 25 of `2390 Central Ave. in Roseland, LA.
Charges: Obstructing a public roadway and two counts of resisting an officer

Message From Sheriff

Message From Sheriff - The New Year signals a sense of renewal and a time for making improvements in our lives. Two of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight and to develop a healthy habit like exercising or healthy eating, according to FranklinCovey’s 2008 New Year’s Resolutions Survey. Because of this, there is often a surge of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and jogging during the first few months of the year.

A New Year’s resolution to get more exercise is a great idea, and exercising is certainly good for your health, but it can also be unsafe to your health if it causes you to become a victim of crime.

Violent crime is a reality today. People rank it as one of their main concerns. Many of us have a natural tendency to think that crime is something that happens to someone else, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. It can happen to anyone.

Many walking and running enthusiasts have the mistaken idea that they are not subject to attack because they carry little or no money with them when they exercise. This, too, is not true. They must be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to protect themselves.

Another safety issue for exercise enthusiasts is that they often become so preoccupied with the exercise; they lose touch with the moment and put themselves at risk.

What safety precautions can walkers, cyclers and joggers take to keep safe? Sheriff Edwards has some safety tips for walking, cycling and jogging enthusiasts as they pursue their exercise goals and New Year’s resolution:


• Do not walk, run or jog by yourself early in the morning or late at night when the streets are quiet and deserted.
• Try to find an exercise partner. This could be the next door neighbor, spouse or dog.
• Let a family member or friend know when you leave your home and the time you expect to return.
• Do not wear headphones, or if you do, keep the volume at a level so that you can hear what is going on around you.
• Avoid secluded areas and do not take shortcuts down deserted paths.
• Face traffic when walking, running or jogging.
• Go to the nearest house or business place and call the police, if you are being followed.
• Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing to improve your visibility.
• Vary your route and pattern of exercise.
• Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep alert!
• Be aware that predators may even disguise themselves as joggers.
• Cross the street if someone begins to approach you.
• Do not approach a car to give directions, or the time of day. If you feel you must respond, do it while moving.
• Keep away from shrubs, large vehicles or larger objects where an assailant could be hiding.
• Consider carrying a small can of pepper spray or a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help, if needed. Some sprays are very convenient and attach to key chains or bracelets worn around the wrist.
• Take a key. Do not leave your house unlocked. Someone might be watching you and your house to see when it will be empty or unlocked.
• Create an ID tag for yourself. Be sure to include your name, emergency contact name and phone number, blood type, primary care physician, and any medical conditions or special needs. One easy way to carry this information is to create your own “pet ID tag” and lace this into one of your shoes.
• When in doubt, follow your intuition and avoid potential trouble.

Don’t take your personal safety for granted. Make safety a part of your New Year’s resolutions.

Kentwood House FIre

Kentwood House FIre - Kentwood, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and LA State Fire Marshall Lance Lamarca are investigating a house fire which occurred around
3:30 AM on Jan. 15, 2008.

Deputy Travis Graham of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to 73426 Hwy 1050, Kentwood in reference to the fire. Upon Deputy Graham's arrival the house was fully involved with flames and the Kentwood Fire Department was on scene extinguishing the blaze. Deputy Graham was advised by Assistant Fire Chief Keith Wickham that all parties within the residence had been accounted for and escaped with minor injuries. Wickham advised Graham that the victims went to a family member’s residence down the street. Deputy Graham and Sergeant Mike Russell went to the residence and made contact with the homeowner. The homeowner stated that he was asleep in his bedroom when he was wakened by smoke in the house. He stated that he went to the front of the house and observed the fire in the living area and saw flames coming from the front door. The homeowner then woke his nephew and they quickly exited the residence. Both family members received minor injuries in their efforts to escape. Acadian arrived and treated the victims for their injuries.

During the on site investigation, Deputies learned that the homeowner feels the fire is the result of an arson. He believes that someone did this in an attempt to harm him and his nephew. TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. soon arrived and took over the investigation. Dean made contact with LA State Fire Marshall Lance Lamarka. Lamarka along with his K9 companion Darge also arrived on scene. TPSO Deputies and Kentwood Fire Chief Tommy Simmons secured and cleared the scene for further investigation.

This investigation is on going at this time. The TPSO is asking anyone having information regarding this fire to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3334.

Hammond Man Arrested on Molestation Charges

Hammond Man Arrested on Molestation Charges - Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 1.13.09 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detective Kerry Carson arrested Julian JC Coulon, 9.30.1934 of 45327 Shadow Drive in Hammond, LA on charges of sexual battery, molestation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Coulon, 74 is accused of sexually molesting a young child after she went swimming in a pool at his house. This investigation is on going. At this time, Detectives believe that additional charges on Coulon may be forthcoming.

Arrest of Juan Jimerez

Arrest of Juan Jimerez - Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detective Beth Russell, along with the support of the TPSO Communications Division, successfully located and arrested Juan Jimenez, 5.1.78 of 15603 Wagner Lane in Tickfaw, LA on two counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Jimenez was arrested on allegations of sexually molesting a young female victim. The first incident was said to have occurred back in February of 2008. After an on going investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, warrants were cut for Jimenez’s arrest. After many unsuccessful attempts to locate Jimenez at his residence in Tickfaw, LA, TPSO Detectives contacted the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for support. Jimenez was believed to be working at a facility in Geismar, LA. After confirming Jimenez’s whereabouts, and with the assistance of the APSO Juvenile Detectives Division, Jimenez was successfully apprehended without incident.

Sex Offender Arrested

Sex Offender Arrested - Amite, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 1.14.09, Detectives from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division arrested one Dennis Bargher, 11.20.77 of 18128 Hwy 16 in Amite, LA on four counts of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

Juvenile Det. Beth Russell was contacted by the parents of a juvenile who stated that they discovered that their daughter had been romantically involved with Bargher. They noticed a large number of txt messages coming from Bargher, 31 to their juvenile daughter over the course of several nights.

As the result of Detective Russell’s investigation, she learned that Bargher engaged in a sexual relationship with the juvenile. Russell activated warrants on Bargher. Deputy Matthew Dean located Bargher and transported him to the parish jail where was properly booked and charged with four counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

WANTED

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for Andrea Jackson, 12.07.65 of 114 W. Newman or 906 South Hazel in Hammond, LA.

Jackson is wanted by the TPSO on 1 FTA for pre trial-motions for issuing worthless checks in Tangipahoa Parish.
Andrea Jackson is a b/f, 5’9” tall and weighs approximately 200lbs.

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

DARE Graduation

DARE Graduation - Sheriff Daniel Edwards celebrates the first DARE Graduation of 2009 at Natalbany Middle School. He addresses the students, faculty, parents and friends by pledging his support of the DARE Program. He continues by stating that children are the most precious assets of our community. As future leaders, DARE teaches them about choices and consequences. The DARE Program works with each child to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs. “I couldn’t be more proud of these students” Edwards states.

TPSO Narcotic Agents Crack Down on Meth Labs

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of Jan. 11, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Agents were led on a high speed chase which led to the arrest of six individuals throughout Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes.

At approximately 2:00 am on 1.11.09, TPSO Narcotic agents were traveling on Club Deluxe Rd. when they spotted a white Chevy step side truck that agents learned was allegedly traveling to an undisclosed location to manufacture methamphetamines. Agents began to follow the vehicle as it traveled onto Happy Woods Rd. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Happy Woods and Old Baton Rouge HWY, Agents attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle then aggressively turned their vehicle east onto Old Baton Rouge Hwy. and into the parking lot of Players Lounge. At this time, the driver of the white pick-up truck accelerated his vehicle into a ditch causing his vehicle to go air borne over Happy Woods Rd landing on all 4 tires and continued heading east on Old Baton Rouge Highway. Traveling at speeds of more then 100 mph, Agents began in pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle then turned its lights off as it continued to accelerate down the roadway. As agents were following, the driver and passenger began to throw components used in manufacturing methamphetamines out of the windows. The vehicle then turned north on to S. Baptist Rd. and approached a residence located at 4424 S. Baptist Rd. As the vehicle turned into the driveway, it accelerated and plowed through and metal electric privacy fence. After breaking through the fence, both suspects identified as Chris and Daniel Knight, ejected themselves from vehicle moments before it crashed into a goose neck trailer. Suspects quickly fled on foot. Agents were able to successfully append both suspects without incident. Both suspects were treated for injuries sustained as the result of their vehicle crashing through the electric fence.

During this time, TPSO Deputies were able to recover the items from the roadway that were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.

The items recovered were:
4 open containers of 2 lb Roebic Crystal Drain Opener
1 Open 1 Pint Container Liquid Fire
1 Open Container 1 lb Drain Out
2 Open 1 Gallon Cans of Coleman Fuel
2 Plastic 2 Quart Containers
1 1 Gallon Empty Arizona Green Tea Container
1 1 Gallon Empty Arizona Diet Green Tea Container
4 Pair of Cutting Pliers
1 Pair of Stanley Pliers
Silver Mag Light
4lb container Damp Rid

Some of these items were thrown were contents of a green army bag that was labeled, William A. Thompson, CO Voodoo Motor Sports of 13398 Old Baton Rouge Hwy, Hammond, LA.

Agents soon learned that the two suspects left a house on Yellow Water Rd. where they previously manufactured methamphetamines. Agents arrived at the residence and were able to recover the remains of three methamphetamine labs. As a result of this investigation, Agents were made aware of two subjects identified as Donna Havard,  and Kenny Havard,  that were staying in a room number 114 at the Best Western on Puma Drive in Hammond, LA. These subjects allegedly had methamphetamines in their possession. Agents received a search warrant around 4:00 am from Judge Morrison to search the hotel room. Agents executed the warrant and discovered methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia in the hotel room. Both subjects were arrested at that time.

Agents interviewed Donna Havard at which time agents learned that the methamphetamine found in their possession came from a meth cook at the residence of William Bankston, 52 located in Springfield LA. Agents notified Livingston Parish Narcotics Agents of the information. Both agencies met at Bankston’s residence. Agents interviewed Bankston at which time he stated that he and Donna Havard did manufacture Meth at his residence. He stated that Havard needed extra money to pay for attorney fees from previous drug charges.

Agents also learned of additional subjects involved in this drug ring. TPSO and LPSO Agents then traveled to 34885 River Lane in Holden, LA where they met and interviewed Jacob Knight , 18 and Krista Paille, 18. As a result of this investigation both suspects were arrested and taken into custody by the LPSO on charges of alleged operation / creation of a meth lab, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Knight w/m dob 05/06/1988
34885 River Lane Holden, Louisiana 70744
Charges: Aggravated Flight, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting Arrest and Possession, Creation, Operation of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory

Daniel Knight w/m dob 12/17/1977
34885 River Lane Holden, Louisiana 70744
Charges: Aggravated Flight, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting Arrest and Possession, Creation, Operation of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory

Donna Havard w/f dob 01/17/1974
29935 Blount Road Holden, Louisiana 70744
Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Kenny Wayne Havard w/m dob 06/01/1971
29935 Blount Road Holden, Louisiana 70744
Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Narcotics Arrest

Narcotics Arrest - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents along with Hammond PD Narcotics Agents arrested Derek Terrell Hammond on the charge of possession with the intention to distribute schedule I narcotics.

On 01.09.09, Agents intercepted a controlled delivery package that contained approximately 1.3 pounds of marijuana that was scheduled to be delivered to Donald Robinson of 1211 East Church St. in Hammond, LA. Agents then acting in an undercover capacity, delivered the package to the stated address. Hammond opened the door and asked the undercover agent if the package was from California. Stating that it was, Hammond then accepted the package. At this time, Agents detained Hammond. Hammond then stated that the package was for him and that Donald Robinson was a fictitious name. Agents took Hammond into custody and transported to the TPSO Jail for booking.

Derek Terrell Hammond. 4.3.77 of 1211 East Church Street in Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with possession with the intention to distribute schedule I narcotics.

TPSO Investigation Leads To Recovery of Over $35k Worth Of Stolen Property

BerryTPSO Investigation Leads To Recovery of Over $35k Worth Of Stolen Property.

HAMMOND/PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that during the time of Dec. 23 – 24, several storage units in the Hammond and Ponchatoula areas were burglarized. Due to the collaborative efforts between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ponchatoula PD and the Hammond PD, Detectives were able to identify and arrest both suspects allegedly involved in these burglaries. Surveillance video from several of the storage facilities was a key factor in the identification of these suspects.

Cameras captured the same vehicle visiting several of the storage units on the days of when the burglaries were reported. Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer made deputies aware of the make and model of the vehicle in question. Deputy Cory Michelli located the vehicle at a residence in Ponchatoula. He then proceeded to question the subjects at the residence and discovered that one of the subjects, Cory Schexneydre, was wanted on several outstanding warrants unrelated to these burglaries. On January 5, 2009 Schexneydre was then taken into custody and transported the TPSO Jail. The second suspect identified as Jessie Berry, fled on foot from Deputies. The vehicle was then seized and transported to the TPSO for investigation.

TPSO Detectives searched the vehicle and located a pair of bolt cutters as well as cut pad lock. Through the intense efforts of TPSO Detectives, additional evidence and leads were gathered which led to the discovery that Schexneydre and Berry were the prime suspects in this string of burglaries. Detectives also believe that these two suspects hit other storage units in St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes. During the investigation, Detectives were able to recover over $25k worth of property due to the joint investigation between these three law enforcement agencies.

On January 8, 2009, TPSO Detectives arrested the second suspect, Jessie Berry at a residence on Range Rd. From this arrest, Detectives seized an additional $10k worth of stolen goods. The property is being stored at the Ponchatoula Detectives office until identification of the property can be made and the proper owners notified.

Jessie Berry and Cory Schexnaydre were both arrested for having active outstanding warrants. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges on these suspects may be forthcoming.

Jessie Berry, 9.14.64
41282 N. 11th Street
Ponchatoula, LA

Cory Schexnaydre, 3.28.86
27968 Foxfire Ave.
Walker, LA

Property Recovered

Property Recovered - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office has been investigating the theft of a piece of heavy equipment that was reported stolen late September 2008.

On Sept 27, 2008 the TPSO issued several crime stoppers announcements regarding the anticipated recovery of a stolen Caterpillar Front End Loader that was taken from a supply yard located on Hwy 445. In the evening hours of January 5, 2009, Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip regarding the whereabouts of the missing piece of machinery.

TPSO Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer received the tip and actively continued with the investigation. The anonymous tip lead Detective Schliegelmeyer to contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Office who assisted in locating the 535 acre hunting lease in MS where the Front End Loader was believed to be hidden. Based on the tip from Crime Stoppers and the initial report gathered from the DOTD, the Pike Count Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant on the stated property that is partially owned by a Daniel Oschner.

On Thursday Jan. 8, 2009 TPSO Det. Schliegelmeyer and Detective Mike Barron assisted the Pike County Sheriff’s Office in the execution of the search warrant. As a result of the search, Detectives were able to locate and recover the stolen Caterpillar Front End Loader valued at approximately $200k.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that due to the efforts of Crime Stoppers, the TPSO, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the NICB and the Mississippi Forestry Theft Bureau, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect identified as Daniel Oschner, 8/25/50 of 46105 Chemekette Rd. in Robert, LA on charges of felony theft.

Wal-Mart Bomb Threat

FerraraHAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Jan 8, 2009 at approximately 1:26 am, 911 received a hang up call from the pay phone located at the Circle-K on South Morrison Blvd. 911 then called the location to see if there was an emergency. At this time, the store clerk advised that a white S10 Blazer had just pulled away from the pay phone.

Within a few minutes, 911 received another call from a pay phone 2 blocks away from the first 911 call. This time, a male voice advised that there a bomb located at the Wal-Mart in Hammond, LA.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office and the Hammond Police Department were contacted by 911 and advised of the situation. TPSO responded to Wal-Mart and along with Management evacuated the building. A search for the bomb began immediately. No suspicious devices or packages were located and the building was clear. Therefore employees and shoppers were allowed back in the building.

During this time, Deputies were made aware of the vehicle in question. Deputy Albert Sharp located a vehicle matching the description traveling on HWY 1064. Deputy Sharp stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as John Town, 18 of Charles Dr. in Hammond LA. After questioning, Deputy Sharp gathered Town’s information and then released him.

Sgt. Kim Moore went to the Circle K on North Morrison Blvd. to follow up on the investigation. She received a more detailed description of the vehicle in question. Sgt. Moore was then able to positively identify the vehicle driven by Town as the vehicle that was spotted at the Circle K convenient store.

Detective Dayle Athmann and Deputy Jimmy Travis took over the investigation at this time and made contact with Town. During their investigation, the learned that Town and one Eric Ferrara, 18 of 102 Alexander Dr. in Hammond, LA made the 911 prank calls out of boredom.

Eric Fereara was arrested and booked with terrorizing and criminal mischief.

Warrants have been issued for John Henry Town on the same charges.

WANTED Suspects

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Checks Division is looking for the following individuals:

1. Kashata B. Warren, dob 3.1.72 of 13166 Peaceful Lane in Independence, LA. Warren is wanted for 1 FTA for issuing worthless checks and 3 counts of issuing worthless checks on a closed account.

2. Steve Paul Bramwell, dob 5.19.68 of 1905 W. Thomas or Hwy 190 in Hammond, LA. Bramwell is wanted on 4 counts of issuing worthless checks.

3. Alan Lanier, dob 1.3.72 of 18765 Jack Allen Rd. on Livingston, LA. Lanier is wanted on charges of theft.

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

Sheriff Acknowledges Shell of Robert

Sheriff Acknowledges Shell of Robert - Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to acknowledge the Shell E & P’s Robert Training and Conference Center for the generous donation of fuel to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Fuel is a valued resource needed to effectively serve the citizens of our parish. This donation will have a positive impact on our community.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office acknowledges the Shell E & P’s Robert Training and Conference as a trusted community partner and a good neighbor.

TPSO Investigation Leads To Recovery of Over $35k Worth Of Stolen Property.

TPSO Investigation Leads To Recovery of Over $35k Worth Of Stolen Property. - HAMMOND/PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that during the time of Dec. 23 – 24, several storage units in the Hammond and Ponchatoula areas were burglarized. Due to the collaborative efforts between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ponchatoula PD and the Hammond PD, Detectives were able to identify and arrest both suspects allegedly involved in these burglaries. Surveillance video from several of the storage facilities was a key factor in the identification of these suspects.

Cameras captured the same vehicle visiting several of the storage units on the days of when the burglaries were reported. Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer made deputies aware of the make and model of the vehicle in question. Deputy Cory Michelli located the vehicle at a residence in Ponchatoula. He then proceeded to question the subjects at the residence and discovered that one of the subjects, Cory Schexneydre, was wanted on several outstanding warrants unrelated to these burglaries. On January 5, 2009 Schexneydre was then taken into custody and transported the TPSO Jail. The second suspect identified as Jessie Berry, fled on foot from Deputies. The vehicle was then seized and transported to the TPSO for investigation.

TPSO Detectives searched the vehicle and located a pair of bolt cutters as well as cut pad lock. Through the intense efforts of TPSO Detectives, additional evidence and leads were gathered which led to the discovery that Schexneydre and Berry were the prime suspects in this string of burglaries. Detectives also believe that these two suspects hit other storage units in St. Tammany and Livingston Parishes. During the investigation, Detectives were able to recover over $25k worth of property due to the joint investigation between these three law enforcement agencies.

On January 8, 2009, TPSO Detectives arrested the second suspect, Jessie Berry at a residence on Range Rd. From this arrest, Detectives seized an additional $10k worth of stolen goods. The property is being stored at the Ponchatoula Detectives office until identification of the property can be made and the proper owners notified.

Jessie Berry and Cory Schexnaydre were both arrested for having active outstanding warrants. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges on these suspects may be forthcoming.

Jessie Berry, 9.14.64
41282 N. 11th Street
Ponchatoula, LA

Cory Schexnaydre, 3.28.86
27968 Foxfire Ave.
Walker, LA

Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in an attempted burglary and a shootout.

AMITE, LA - On Tuesday, January 6th 2008, Deputy Corey Michelli was dispatched to 13458 Cane Break Dr. in reference to suspicious b/m's subjects standing at the complainant's doorway. The complainant stated that she was inside the home when she heard the door bell ring several times. She first looked out from an interior window and did not see anyone, so she proceeded to walk back through the house. At that time, she observed a b/m standing at the patio door with his hand on the door knob. She then asked the subject what he needed and the subject replied stating that he was looking for Thomas. The complainant stated that she advised the subject that no Thomas lived here and that he needed to exit her property. She then advised that the subject turned and walked around the East side of the residence where he met another b/m and they proceeded to walk in an unknown direction.

The complainant described the suspect at her back door as a b/m, with dreadlocks, dressed in all black with a hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as being a b/m, wearing all black with a short style haircut.

At this time, her husband arrived on the scene and confronted the two suspects. He had the suspects detained in the yard. As he began to call 911, a shoot out erupted between the homeowner and suspects. The suspects then ran into the wooded area behind the residence. No injuries occurred as a result of the gun fire exchange.

As Deputies were canvassing the area, they were learned that two men fitting the above descriptions were seen walking into the woods. The Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter around the area and continued the search. TPSO K9 units arrived on scene as well as an air search by the US Customs was already in progress.

Helicopter pilots quickly spotted the two suspects running west bound on Cane Break Dr.. Deputies were able to surround the around the area where the suspects were last scene. Sgt. Alex Richardson spotted the suspects lying on the ground behind a small hill in the woods. Dy. Michelli, Det. Foster, Sgt. Richardson, and Chief Pevey then surrounded the suspects as they were lying on their stomachs. Sgt. Richardson was yelling loud verbal commands for the suspects to put their hands in the air. Dy. Michelli, Det. Foster, and Chief Pevey then took the suspects into custody while Sgt. Richardson provided cover.

A total of six empty .380 casings were found along the wood line where the victim advised he was shot from. The suspects, identified as Carl Chester and Edward Johnson were immediately mirandarized by Detective Foster before being transported to the Amite Detective’s Office for questioning.

Both suspects were interviewed separately by Detectives. During the investigation, Detectives learned that the suspects woke up that morning and just decided that they were going to go on a mission of robbing houses. These suspects approached several residences in the Amite area with the intentions of burglarizing these homes. The two suspects stated that they even ran from one home because the noticed security cameras surrounding the residence.

Suspect Edward Johnson is also a suspect in several other day-time burglaries that occurred on the north end of our parish.

Carl Jejune Chester, 1.24.90 of 107 Sycamore St. in Amite, LA was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Edward Q. Johnson, 7.30.90 of 107 Sycamore Street in Amite, LA was arrested and charged whit attempted first degree murder and aggravated burglary.

This investigation is on going and further charges on the suspects may be forthcoming.

Three Arrested In Home Invasion

TICKFAW, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that three suspects were arrested on 1.4.09 for a home invasion that occurred at 46440 Drake Rd. in Tickfaw, LA.

In the early morning hours of 1.4.09, Sgt. Kim Moore and assisting Deputies responded to Drake Drive in reference to a disturbance involving gun shots. Witnesses at the residence state that they were awakened to the sounds of gun fire. When they awoke, they raced into the living area and observed at least two male suspects wearing black clothing and facemasks wrestling with the homeowner. They continued to state that one of the male suspects shot the homeowner at least three times with a handgun. The suspects then fled from the scene in a vehicle. Acadian Ambulance Services quickly arrived and the victim was transported to NOMC for immediate treatment. The victim was later released from NOMC for non-life threatening injuries.

While additional deputies were enroute responding to the scene, Deputy Dustin McDonald and Dy. Nicholas Bruhn observed a white vehicle disregarded a stop sign on Durbin Rd. at the intersection of Hwy 1064. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and discovered that the vehicle was occupied by three b/m subjects. The subjects were identified as James Wise, Michael Ruffin and Kenyatta Fleet. Upon stopping the vehicle, Fleet and one of his passengers quickly exited. Both subjects were wearing white t-shirts and appeared to be nervous and sweaty. Deputies also noticed what appeared to be blood spots on one of the subject’s shirts. Assisted by LSP Tpr. Williams, Deputies then detained the subjects while they conducted a roadside investigation. Deputies recovered several pieces of black clothing and two hand guns from within the subject’s vehicle. Additional black clothing and a mask were also recovered from the roadway leading to the traffic stop on Durbin Rd.

Detective Dale Athmann and Sgt. Kim Moore were able to recover two bullet casings and additional evidence from the Drake Dr. residence. Det. Athmann then responded to the Durbin Rd. traffic stop location and continued the roadside investigation. As a result of the investigation, TPSO Deputies arrested the three following three subjects:

James Wise, 11.25.88 of 1108 Blackburn Ext. in Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and conspiracy.

Michael Ruffin, 5.01.86 of 310 E. Louisiana St. of Hammond LA was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, conspiracy and attempted 1st degree murder.

Kenyatta Fleet, 10.10.86 of 203 Kansas St. in Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, aggravated burglary and attempted 1st degree murder.

CRIME STOPPERS

ROSELAND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Criminal Investigation’s Detective Dayle Athmann is looking for two b/m subjects involved in a possible home invasion that occurred in the evening hours of 1.02.09 at 12354 Steptoe Rd.

Two unknown black make subjects knocked on the door of the above mentioned address and stated that they needed assistance with their vehicle. When the homeowner opened the door, both subjects produced handguns and demanded entry. After burglarizing the home, the subjects fled with a variety of shot guns and rifles. Cash and coins were also taken from the residence. The homeowners were left unharmed.

The subjects are described as follows:

Subject 1. B/M, in his thirties, roughly 6’2” tall and weighing 250 – 300 lbs. This suspect was wearing a dark coat and baggy blue jeans.

Subject 2. B/M, in his twenties, roughly 5’ tall and weighing 155lbs. This suspect was wearing a brown colored jacket.

Anyone having information regarding this burglary is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088. CRIME STOPPERS is offering a cash reward to anyone having information that could lead to the attest of these suspects.

SHERIFF WARNS CITIZENS AGAINST EXCESSIVE HOLIDAY DRINKING AND DRIVING

SHERIFF WARNS CITIZENS AGAINST EXCESSIVE HOLIDAY DRINKING AND DRIVING

HAMMOND, LA . . . The New Year is upon us and there are many social occasions in which alcohol may be part of the celebrations. All too often, people drive after they have had too much to drink. Sheriff Daniel Edwards wants to remind us that the rate of alcohol-impaired drivers significantly increases during the holiday season and is the single greatest factor contributing to the large number of motor vehicle injuries and fatalities which occur.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Center for Statistical Analysis recently reported that drunk driving is on the decline. In spite of the fact that the number of intoxicated drivers involved in fatal crashes has decreased substantially over the past decade, there are still one million people injured in alcohol-related traffic accidents annually.

Over the past few years, significant strides have been made in discouraging the consumption of alcohol and driving. This has taken the form of stricter enforcement, tougher laws and most important, consumer education. It is crucial that people know their personal limitations and realize that while alcohol consumption is their own decision, once they get behind the wheel of a car, it becomes a very public matter.

Alcohol-related accidents can strike at any time. However, there are some things that drivers can do to reduce their chances of being injured, and more easily recognize a potentially dangerous situation.

Do you know how to recognize the signs of a drunk driver and what precautions to take to minimize the likelihood of becoming a victim of an alcohol-related accident?

Warning Signs of an Intoxicated Driver

>Driver traveling ten miles per hour below the posted speed limit
>Driver suddenly stops for no apparent reason
>Traveling too closely to other vehicles
>Braking erratically
>Inconsistent use of turn signals
>Driving without turning headlights on
>Drifting in a straight line at a slight angle to the roadway

To Protect Yourself

>Call your local law enforcement agency and report the driver:
*Take note of the driver’s exact location
*Be prepared to give an accurate description of the car including make, model, color and
most important, the license plate number
>Always wear your seatbelt
>Do not follow a suspected intoxicated driver too closely because he or
she may make sudden stops
>Do not disregard any traffic signals in an attempt to keep the driver
in sight

>Do not compromise your own safety by getting overly involved with what the drunk driver is doing
>If the driver stops, do not attempt to detain him or her

Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to wish all of you a safe and blessed 2009!

Please visit www.tpso.org.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: National Center of Statistical Analysis


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