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TPSO K9 Apprehension

TPSO K9 Apprehension - ROBERT, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On March 30, 2009, Deputy Scott Hinson responded to Deer Ridge Road in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Hinson spoke with the complainant who advised that Charles Mulkey Jr. (suspect) had been drinking all day and engaged in an altercation with her. The complainant then stated that at some point, Mulkey began playing with a shotgun and took the safety off. The complainant then state that Mulkey became more aggressive with his actions against her and began to destroy several items around the residence. At this time, the complainant stated that she ran into anther room to call 911. As she did, she heard Mulkey state that he would kill any officer that came for him. After the complainant called 911, the suspect left the residence in a pick up truck.

Deputy Hinson observed visible damage inside the home and several marks on the victim. Hinson patrolled the area and located Mulkey’s vehicle at a residence on Step Rd. Deputy Mike Moore and Hinson searched area for Mulkey to no avail.

A short time later, the suspect arrived back at the Deer Ridge address and Deputy Hinson quickly responded back to the residence. The complainant advised Deputy Hinson that Mulkey was in the back yard. Hinson observed the suspect running into a wooded area behind the residence. Deputy Hinson announced his presence and ordered Mulkey to stop running. Mulkey did not comply with Deputy Hinson’s commands. At this time, Deputy Hinson alerted Sgt. Steven Redmond of the TPSO K9 Unit for assistance. At this time, Hinson also learned that the suspect committed battery on his son as he and the complainant tried to disarm him.

Upon Sgt. Redmond’s arrival, Hinson advised that he could hear Mulkey in the woods but could not confirm if he was armed or not. Sgt. Redmond cased the area and found fresh foot prints near the area of where Deputy Hinson heard Mulkey in the woods. Sgt. Redmond then deployed TPSO K-9 Bart to produce a safe resolution to the case. Sgt. Redmond retrieved K-9 Bart and led him to the location where the fresh footprints behind the home. At this time, Sgt. Redmond gave loud verbal warning into the woods, “Sheriffs Office K-9, make your presence known and surrender or the K-9 will be sent into find you and when he does he will bite you". Sgt. Redmond heard no response, waited approximately 30 secs then repeated the warnings. Sgt. Redmond again waited approximately 30 sec and heard no response. Sgt. Redmond then gave K-9 Bart his search command. K-9 Bart began to track the wooded area behind the residence. After a short time, K9 Bart alerted Sgt. Redmond that Mulkey was near by. Sgt. Redmond then heard K9 Bart charge into the woods with the intention to apprehend Hinson. Sgt. Redmond heard Mulkey surrender to K9 Bart. Sgt. Redmond was able to make visual contact with K-9 Bart and Mulkey. Redmond advised Mulkey to lay flat and to make his hands visible. Mulkey complied. Once Sgt. Redmond secured the area, Deputies Hinson and Moore took Mulkey into custody. Mulkey denied medical treatment from Acadian at this time. Per protocol, Mulkey was transported to Lallie Kemp for treatment to the injury sustained by the K9 apprehension. Upon release, Mulkey was transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged for his offenses.

- Charles W. Mulkey Jr., 43 of Hwy 445 in Ponchatoula, LA was charged with 2 cts simple battery, aggravated assault, resisting and officer and one FTA.

TPSO Deputies Arrest Wanted Suspect Jeremy Ricard.

TPSO Deputies Arrest Wanted Suspect Jeremy Ricard. - LORANGER, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

Sgt. Carter was advised by the TPSO Communications Division of the possible location of Jeremy Ricard and Lamario Patterson who are wanted by the TPSO in connection with a drive by shooting that occurred ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ 3.18.09 on Hwy 1064 at Felder Lane.

Communications advised that they learned through an anonymous crime stoppers tip, that the suspects were believed to be visiting a residence in Cannon Mobile Park in Loranger. Sgt. Norman Carter, Sgt. Tommy Ferrand, Dy. Matthew Dean, Dy. Michelli, and Dy. Darren Desalvo responded to the residence located on East Cooper Road. Deputies set a perimeter around the residence as Sgt. Carter knocked at the front door. One female answered as another female came up behind her. At this time, deputies heard a subject run to the rear of the mobile home. Sgt. Carter advised the two females to exit the residence at which time Dy. Desalvo and Dy. Michelli made entry into the home. Deputies observed several subjects inside the residence. One subject identified as Kenneth Kimble was found to have several outstanding warrants out for his arrest. At this time, Kimble was taken into custody and arrested. Sgt. Carter, Dy. Michelli and Dy. Desalvo continued to search the residence. Deputies heard a subject moving around in the rear bedroom of the residence. A male subject, identified as Jeremy Ricard, exited the bedroom. Ricard came towards deputies as to push his way through them. Deputy Desalvo quickly apprehended Ricard and placed him in handcuffs. At this time, Sgt. Carter observed the suspects mother, Betty Ricard, attempt to aggressively make her way towards the suspect. Sgt. Carter gave several verbal commands for Ms Ricard to stop, however she continued on her path. Betty Ricard began to aggressively resist Sgt. Carter attempt to detain her. Betty Ricard was eventually handcuffed and placed in the back of a marked TPSO unit. All subjects were then taken to the TPSO Jail where they were properly booked and processed.

- Betty Ricard. 49 of 1526 Jasper Ave. in Baton Rouge, LA was arrested and charged with battery on an officer, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

- Kenneth Kimble. 21 of 311 Mississippi St. in Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with having outstanding warrants for simple battery and 2 FTA’s.

- Jeremy Ricard, 22 of 14125 Whittington Lane in Natalbany, LA was arrested and charged with aggravated assault by a drive by shooting, probation and parole violation and for being a fugitive of another jurisdiction.

TPSO Arrests Theft Suspect

TPSO Arrests Theft Suspect - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On 3/28/2009, Deputy Albert Sharp responded to 41128 Adelle Drive in reference to an attempted theft of a generator and criminal trespass. While reroute, Deputy Sharp was alerted that Deputy Josephe Gasquet was dispatched to 14137 Happywoods Drive in reference to an attempted theft of a generator. He was advised that the suspect was still at the scene and was driving a white Mazda 626. Deputy Sharp advised Deputy Gasquet of his position and stated that this could be the same suspect that attempted to steal a generator form the Adelle Dr. address.

When Deputy Sharp arrived at the Adelle residence, the complainant stated that when her daughter went outside, she observed a w/m subject, wearing a striped shirt attempting to seal their generator. She stated that as she confronted the suspect, he fled in a white Mazda. After taking the statement, Deputy Sharp alerted Deputy Gasquet of the description of the suspect and a description of the vehicle.

Deputy Gasquet advised that at this time, he had one James Wise in custody. Wise was taken into custody at 14137 Happywoods Drive. Wise fit description of the w/m identified at the Adelle Dr. address. He was also traveling in a white Mazda.

James Wise, 34 of 18044 Old Covington Hwy in Hammond, LA was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged for his offenses:
• 1ct of 14:27.67 Attempted Theft
• 14:63 Criminal Trespass

NARCOTICS ARREST

NARCOTICS ARREST - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday March 25, 2009, Tri Parish Narcotics Agents arrested Kyle L. Ard, 6.19.74 of 85533 Durban Rd. in Independence on drug charges.

While patrolling the Amite area, Narcotic Agents observed a w/m walk up to a maroon colored SUV, enter through the passenger side doorway and exit just a few minutes later. Based on experience, agents had reason to believe that a street level drug transaction has just taken place inside of the maroon SUV. Agents then initiated a traffic stop on the maroon colored Suburban. As agents approached the vehicle, they observed the driver, Ard, place an object in his mouth. Agents directed Ard to exit the vehicle and remove the object from his mouth. After a short altercation, Ard removed the item. Agents described the object as a clear plastic bag housing several smaller plastic bags containing a white powder substance. This substance is believed to be powder cocaine.

Kyle L. Ard was then arrested and transported to the TPSO Jail for proper booking. Ard was charged with possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics, resisting an officer and obstructing justice.

TPSO - WANTED SUSPECTS

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is asking for your assistance in locating LAMARIO PATTERSON and JEREMY RICARD.

Patterson should be considered armed, dangerous and is considered to be a flight risk. Patterson is known to hang out around LA 1064 and may be riding a bike. Patterson has also been seen riding in a white Jeep Cherokee bearing no license plate with a Jeremy Ricard.

Lamario Patterson, b/m 1.8.88, is wanted by the TPSO on charges of aggravated assault by a drive by shooting and aggravated battery.

Jeremy Ricard, b/m 3.27.87, is wanted by the TPSO on charges of principal to aggravated assault by a drive by. Ricard is also wanted by the BRSO for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, the LA State Police for bank fraud, and by Corrections, Probation and Parole.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.902.2088 attention Detective Mike Barron.

Independence Man Accused of Rape

Independence Man Accused of Rape -
HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the Juvenile Detectives Division has been investigating allegations that a 21 year old Independence man raped a juvenile between the years of 2001 – 2003.

On February 26, 2009, allegations were made that Douglas Davis, age 21 of 53432 S. Bennett Rd. in Independence raped a juvenile on several occasions over the course of three years. Through an ongoing investigation led by Detective Kerry Carson, a warrant was issued for Davis’s arrest on two counts of aggravated rape.

On March 25, 2009, Davis turned himself in to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Davis denies any allegations towards him at this time. Davis was then transported to the Parish Jail where he was booked and charged for his offenses.

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

NATALBANY - On Friday March 27, 2009 at approximately 8:00 PM, Dy. Ashley Adams was patrolling the Natalbany area wheb he observed a maroon Dodge Magnum traveling west bound on Hwy.1064 near Garafola Lane. Deputy Adams observed this vehicle cross the center line several times as east bound traffic was approaching. Deputy Adams pulled in behind the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. As the driver pulled the vehicle over, the front seat passenger exited the vehicle before it came a complete stop. A b/m wearing a black shirt and black jeans took off running in a westward direction. Deputy Adams then gave loud verbal commands for the driver to exit the vehicle to which he complied. Sgt. Kim Moore arrived at the scene for assistance. As Sgt. Moore detained the subject identified as Deric J. Foster, Deputy Adams alerted all units of the fleeing subject.

As a result of Deputy Adam’s roadside investigation, he located a large amount of cash in the front pockets of Foster’s pants. At this time, TPSO Narcotics Agents were called to assist with the investigation.

At this time, Deputy Mike Moore alerted Deputy Adams that he located the fleeing suspect on Hwy. 1064. Deputy Moore observed a b/m subject walking out from behind a residence matching the description given by Deputy Adams. Moore also observed that the b/m subject was covered in mud. Deputy Moore quickly apprehended the subject as he blurted out that he did not want to go to jail.

Dy. Joseph Gasquet arrived on scene to assist Dy. Moore. In searching the subject identified as Tron Andrews, deputies asked if he had discarded any items as he fled from the vehicle. Andrews then led deputies to a silver pick up truck. Andrews stated that he threw a clear plastic bag which contained what appeared to be crack cocaine. Andrews then stated that Foster threw the bag on his lap as Deputy Adams attempted to initiate the traffic stop. Foster yelled at Andrew’s to run as the vehicle came to a stop. In a panic, he fled with the narcotics. It is reported that Deputy Moore seized 43.1grams of crack cocaine.

At this time, both subjects were transported to the TPSO Jail separately where they were booked and charged for their offenses.

Deric J. Foster, 28 of Lee Hughs Rd. of Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, driving without a driver’s license and improper lane use.

Tron L. Andrews, 29 of 17287 Lemon Lane of Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with resisting an officer by flight and an outstanding FTA.

TPSO Rescue Stranded Independence Resident

TPSO Rescue Stranded Independence Resident - INDEPENDENCE, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 29, 2009 at approximately 7:15 AM, Sgt. Terry Lane was contacted and advised that a female subject was stranded in her residence located at 16006 East Paradise Park Rd. due to rising water.

Sgt. Lane called upon Deputy Ronnie Harper of the TPSO Flotilla Division for assistance. Sgt. Lane, Deputy Harper and Deputy Jenkins responded to the above stated residence and located the female subject and her son. Both subjects were unharmed and transported to dry ground. The female subject stated that the water was not high when she went to bed the prior evening and was shocked when she awoke to see the rising water. Currently, it is reported that the water level around the Hwy 16 area is dropping and will continue to do so throughout the day.

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that William Charles Smith, 46 of 42149 Greg Dr. in Hammond, LA was arrested on 3.24.09 during a traffic stop on narcotics charges.

On March 24, 2009 at approximately 10:00 PM, Sgt. Kim Moore initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet Avalanche for speeding on East Yellow Water Rd. The driver, identified as William Smith, exited the vehicle and complied with Sgt. Moore’s requests. During Sgt. Moore’s roadside investigation, she learned that Smith was on active probation for a previous narcotics charge. Sgt. Moore then asked Smith if he had illegal narcotics in his possession or in his vehicle. Smith replied that he did not. At this time, TPSO Narcotics Agents arrived on the scene. Smith signed a consent to search form allowing agents to search his vehicle. As a result of the search, agents seized 15 grams of crack cocaine in a pill bottle and $750.00 in cash currency inside of Smith’s vehicle.

Smith also signed a consent to search form for agents to search his residence located on Greg Dr. As a result of the search, agents seized 25 grams of powder cocaine and a weigh scale that was disguised as an I – phone.

William Charles Smith was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was charged with 2 cts possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding 1 – 10 miles over the speed limit.

TPSO Arrest Father For Burning Child

TPSO Arrest Father For Burning Child - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detectives Division has been investigating an incident that occurred on March 17, 2009, where an infant was burned with boiling/hot water.

The incident occurred in the evening hours of 3.17.09 when father and child were home alone. Allegedly, the father was boiling water for dinner when he noticed the child crawling into the kitchen. The father allegedly states that at the same time he was grabbing for the pot of boiling water, he was startled by the child and the boiling water began to spill. The father states that he attempted to kick the child out of the path of the boiling water but us unsuccessful. The father claims that he was startled due to the fact that he had placed the child in the bedroom and did not expect to see the child crawling into the kitchen.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives gathered information that is inconsistent with the father’s story and inconsistent with the injuries sustained by the child. At this time, Detectives believe that this incident was not of an accidental nature.

TPSO Juvenile Detective Suanne Guaraggi issued a warrant for the arrest of the father, Aubery Walker Jr., 4.8.86 of 41037 South Range Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA for committing the crime of second degree cruelty to a juvenile causing the victim to receive second degree burns over 37.5% of the body. The child remains in the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

Aubrey Walker Jr. was arrested on 3.24.09 and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was charged and properly booked. Bond is set on Aubrey Walker Jr. at $100,000. Detectives believe additional charges may be forthcoming.

DWI Arrest

DWI Arrest - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputy Albert Sharp arrested Ruth E. Dillon, 43 of 513 Haney Lane in Ponchatoula on multiple charges including DWI.

On 3/25/2009, Deputy Albert Sharp observed Ruth E. Dillon traveling north bound on Range Road at a high rate of speed. Deputy Sharp clocked Dillon’s vehicle traveling 75mph in a posted 35mph speed zone via radar. Deputy Sharp attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Dillon’s vehicle. Upon doing so, the vehicle increased in speeds over 90 MPH. At this time, Deputy Sharp began in pursuit. Sharp observed Dillon throw what appeared to be an open container out of the window near the intersection of Range Rd. and Black St. Dillon, having no regard for other citizens on the roadway, sped passed three vehicles in a 90 degree curve which is designated as a no passing zone. Dillon finally brought her vehicle to a stop at the intersection of Range Rd. and E. Brickyard Rd. As Dillon exited the vehicle, she stated that she was drunk and wanted to be left alone.

At this time, Deputy Sharp placed Dillon into custody. Dillon was then transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where she submitted to sobriety testing.

Ruth E. Dillon was booked and charged with L.A.R.S. 14:98 DWI, L.A.R.S. 14:108.1 Aggravated Flight, L.A.R.S. 32:61 Speeding 75 in a 35, and Parish Code 18-1 Littering.

Tangipahoa Parish Deputies Assist St. Tammany Sheriff's Office in the Apprehension of Suspects

JAMES, QuintonHAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On 03-23-2009 at approximately 4:30 PM, Deputy Mike Dean Jr. while patrolling the area on Air Port Road was advised by dispatch that an armed robbery just occurred at the Home Depot in Covington and the suspects were fleeing into Tangipahoa Parish. Dispatch advised that the vehicle was a silver Honda Accord and was occupied with two black males. Dispatch confirmed that the vehicle was registered to an address on Old Uneedus Road.

Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch that he was getting on I-12 and headed towards the St Tammany Parish line in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle. Dispatch further advised that the suspects may be trying to go down 190 towards the Folsom area. Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch along with Sgt Christmas that he was going to take the Goodbee exit and head up Hwy 1077 towards Turnpike Road in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle.

Dy Dean Jr arrived at the intersection of LA Hwy 190 and LA Hwy 1077 and spotted two St Tammany SO units who activated their emergency lights and began to chase a silver Honda accord that fled north on LA Hwy 1077. Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch that he was going to assist in the pursuit. Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch that the pursuit was continuing north bound at a high rate of speed. Dy Dean Jr advised that they were approaching the hard turn on Turnpike Road. Dy Dean Jr entered the curve and observed that the lead St Tammany SO unit crashed and the unit rolled over. Deputy Dean stopped to assist the driver who was reported to be in good condition. Acadian was dispatched to the scene as precaution.

Dy Dean Jr caught back up to the pursuit on Turnpike Road and advised that they were on LA 40 and taking East Mansfield Road. Dy Dean Jr advised that at his time, St Tammany SO had one subject in custody in a yard at a Woodline. Dy Dean Jr was advised by St Tammany SO that a second suspect fled into the woods just south of the suspect vehicle. Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch that a second suspect was in the woods south of the vehicle and was going to start a track with K9 Emir. Dy Dean Jr advised Sgt Christmas that a St Tammany deputy was going to enter the woods with Dy Dean Jr. Dy Bennett assisted Dy Dean Jr and certified K-9 Emir in tracking the second suspect. Dy Dean Jr observed a shoe that the suspect lost entering the woods. Dy Dean Jr advised that they were tracking south in the woods back towards La 40. K-9 Emir began tracking back east towards E Mansfield Road. Dy Dean Jr heard dispatch stated that the suspect was spotted running through a field on Alligator Branch. Sgt Christmas advised that he was headed to the area on Alligator Branch.

Upon arrival to Alligator Branch Sgt Christmas advised Dy Dean Jr where the suspect was last seen. K-9 Emir picked up on the track and began to track towards the area where the suspect originally entered the woods. K-9 Emir tracked to a wood line near an open field and towards a shed at a residence. Upon approaching the shed Dy D Diddon and the homeowner advised that they heard a noise in the woods behind the shed. Dy Dean Jr observed K-9 emir enter the large shed and pull hard to the back wall. Dy Dean Jr observed k-9 Emir have a distinct body language change. K-9 Emir began taking in deep breaths and began to walk along the back wall with his head up in the air. Dy Dean Jr has observed K-9 Emir keep his head up when the suspect is close and the scent cone is strong. K-9 Emir continued down the back wall and came upon an opening where the shed connected to an apartment and they observed a crawl space available under the apartment. Dy Dean Jr observed the suspect’s arm in the opening. Dy Dean Jr gave the suspect loud verbal commands to show his hands. The suspect refused and pulled his hands underneath his body and out of Dy Dean Jr's view. Dy Dean Jr deployed K-9 Emir under the apartment in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. It was still unknown if the suspect was armed. K-9 Emir successfully apprehended the suspect by the right triceps and pulled him out from under the apartment. Dy Dean Jr gave the suspect loud verbal commands to stop fighting the dog. The suspect struck K-9 Emir several times in the face and head area in an attempt to affect a release. Deputies were able cuffed the suspect and K-9 emir was given a loud verbal command to release the bite and he did. Dy Dean Jr advised dispatch that the second suspect was in custody with an apprehension and to have Acadian Ambulance dispatched for medical treatment.

Acadian Ambulance arrived on scene and Quentin James (b/m dob 04-29-1983) signed a refusal for treatment form.

St Tammany Dy J Felts transported Quentin James to Lallie Kemp medical center for treatment. Upon arrival to Lallie Kemp Medical Center, Quentin James was treated for his injuries and then released. Both subjects were transported to the TPSO Jail where they were properly booked and charged.

Arrested were:
Kelly Ray McGee, 25 b/m, of 16282 W. Blackberry in Ponchatoula. Ray was arrested and charged for being a fugitive from another parish and for 3 outstanding FTA’s. The STSO will pursue charges of armed robbery.

Quinton James, 25 b/m of 54340 Old Uneedes Rd. in Folsom, LA was arrested and charged with 2 cts of resisting an officer, fugitive from another Parish, felony theft, criminal trespass, 2 cts of simple battery, attempt to kill a police animal and 3 outstanding FTA’s. James also faces charges by the STSO.

TPSO Narcotics Arrest

TPSO Narcotics Arrest - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

On March 23, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotic Agents went to the residence located at 27493 Alligator Branch Drive Folsom, Louisiana to execute an arrest warrant on James Sumrall Jr. for the Operation, Creation, Possession of a Methamphetamine Laboratory. Agents went to the residence and identified themselves and stated their purpose to Sumrall Jr.. Agents placed Sumrall Jr. in custody and read him his Miranda Rights. Agents then asked Sumrall Jr. if he had any illegal substances around his residence or inside the residence. Sumrall Jr. told Agents that he had nothing illegal in or around his residence. Agents began to search in and around the residence and found in a garbage can a glass fifth TAAKA Vodka bottle which contained a mixture of a white substance with the appearance of ammonia nitrate, pseudoephedrine and a discolored substance believed to be Lithium. The appearance of that mixture is now commonly known by law enforcement as the "one pot method" of manufacturing methamphetamine. Agents also found 7 marijuana plants outside the residence in a black pot. Sumrall Jr. also had security cameras on his residence. In 2008 Agents went to Sumrall's residence after receiving information that Sumrall Jr. was manufacturing methamphetamine. During a search of the property and residence in 2008 Agents found a methamphetamine laboratory and security cameras on the residence. Sumrall Jr. was not arrested in 2008 by Agents. Agents have been seeing an increase of security camera's on methamphetamine laboratory residences so the people can watch for Agents and monitor who is entering on their property.

James Wilton Sumrall Jr. dob 12/02/1963
27493 Alligator Branch Drive
Folsom, Louisiana
Charge: 2 cts. Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Cultivation of Marijuana

Arrest of J. Christy

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately 12:45 AM on Saturday March 21, 2009, Deputy Travis Graham responded to Player's Lounge at the corner of Old Baton Rouge Hwy and Happywoods Road in reference to a disturbance.

After an investigation lead by Deputy Graham, Jeffrey Christy, 36 of 14386 Andy Hano Road in Holden, LA was arrested on five outstanding FTA’s, one outstanding warrant for felony theft and possession of schedule I narcotics.

Upon arriving at the location, Deputy Graham learned that Mr. Christy was in the bar room, intoxicated and refusing to pay for a beer. When management attempted to approach Christy about the incident, he became angry and wanted to fight. Mr. Christy walked out to his vehicle where he calmed down and returned the beer to the manager. Deputy Graham ran a background check on Christy and discovered that Christy was wanted on five FTA’s and one open warrant for felony theft. Deputy Graham also learned that while Christy was visiting inside of the bar, he left his 13 yoa child in his vehicle unattended for about 1 hour. The child was later released into his mother unharmed.

Christy was transported to the Parish Jail for proper booking. During a routine search of Christy, deputies located a clear zip lock bag which contained a green leafy substance which appeared to be marijuana in the subject’s pants pocket.

Jeffrey Christy was arrested and charged with:
o Felony Theft
o 5 FTA’s
o Possession of Schedule I Narcotics

Arrest of Michael Gutter

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

HAMMOND, LA - At approximately 11:00 AM on March 19, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was alerted of a 911 call for assistance by a female stating that she was abducted from her home in Denham Springs and was in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix which was traveling into Tangipahoa Parish. The caller also identified the driver of the vehicle as Michael Gutter, 25 of 1413 Harrell St. in Hammond, LA. She stated that Gutter was refusing to let her out of the car.

Chief Dennis Pevey was first to located the vehicle traveling east bound on I-12 and initiated the felony traffic stop at the Airport Road exit ramp. The driver, Michael Gutter, was taken out of the vehicle and immediately detained. Deputy Kirby Varnado arrived at the scene and took over the roadside investigation. Deputy Varnado searched Gutter’s person and discovered two large bulges in his pants pockets. One pocket contained a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance which is suspected to be marijuana, a white rock like substance and white power which is suspected to be cocaine. Deputy Varnado also located $2,505.00 of US Currency on the pants pockets of Gutter.

At this time, Gutter was placed in the back of a TPSO marked unit while deputies spoke with the victim. The victim stated that she knew the suspect; however she was taken by Gutter against her will. She stated that Gutter did not force her into the vehicle, but feared what he might do to her if she did not comply with his demands. The victim was found to be in good condition was unharmed during the incident.

Gutter was then transported to the Parish Jail by TPSO Narcotics Agents where he was booked for LRS 40:966 A Possession of Schedule I narcotics with the intent to distribute, LRS 40:967 C Possession of Schedule II narcotics with the intent to distribute, 9 counts of Failure to Appear and for being a Fugitive from HPD and Ponchatoula PD. Bond is set on Gutter at $354,000.

2009 Drug Court Graduation

2009 Drug Court Graduation - Amite, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office proudly acknowledges the first 2009 Drug Court Graduates. Sheriff Daniel Edwards, John Bel Edward and Steve Pugh were present to support these young men and their families as Juvenile Court Judge Blair
Edwards presented each of them with certificates of completion. The drug program supported by the juvenile court system is designed to support a lifestyle of discipline, critical thinking, and structure.

Going through this nine month program allows each client to understand and discover that there are consequences to all actions. Since January 2009, 100% of the clients in this program has tested negative to drugs.

CRIME STOPPERS

CRIME STOPPERS

PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the area of Yokum Rd. in Ponchatoula.

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone having information about these burglaries to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.902.2088 attention Detective Raymond Mauterer.

Thank you in advance for you support and cooperation.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for you assistance in locating the driver of a four wheeler that fled from Deputies on Rufas Bankston Rd.

On Tuesday 03-17-2009, Deputy Travis Graham of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office was patrolling Kintally Drive per special request from concerned citizens regarding motorcycles that were speeding up and down the roadway.

As Deputy Graham approached Rufus Bankston Road, he noticed a black and red four off road four wheeler traveling north on Rufus Bankston Rd.. Deputy Graham pulled his unit in behind the four wheeler and activated his emergency lights. The driver of the four wheeler refused to bring the off road vehicle to stop. The driver continued traveling north on Rufas Bankston Rd as he turned and looked back at deputies. He continued traveling north accelerating in speed. The driver then turned the four wheeler west on to Jackson Drive. Deputy Graham continued to follow as the four wheeler turned into a near by apartment complex. Deputy Graham, unable to drive through the location, exited his unit and pursued the subject on foot. As Deputy Graham made it to the rear of the apartment complex, he located the four wheeler parked with no driver. Deputy Graham along with Deputy David Copeland and Sergeant Mike Russell searched the area looking for the driver to no avail.

Deputy Graham searched the four wheeler in an attempt to locate the VIN number which he was unable to find. Deputy Graham also noticed that the four wheeler had been spray painted black and that the ignition switch had been cut and hotwired. The off road vehicle was then seized by the deputies and transported the TPSO as evidence.

The subject was wearing black jeans with a hooded tan sweatshirt at the time of the chase. At this time, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone knowing the identification of this individual to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.345.6150.

Mother Leaves Children Unattended In Car At Wal-Mart

Mother Leaves Children Unattended In Car At Wal-Mart - Mother Leaves Children in Car Unattended

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 16, 2009, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at approximately 11:40 PM from a concerned citizen who stated that she observed two young children in an unattended in a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Sgt. Kim Moore was working a detail at the location and immediately responded. Deputy Matthew Schliegelmeyer also responded to the scene to provide assistance. Deputies observed in a Silver BMW bearing a TX license plate, with two small children inside. They observed an infant screaming, as the other child was frantically trying to call someone on a cell phone. Sgt, Moore, while assessing the situation, noticed a large black German Shepherd in the vehicle with the children.

Within a few minutes, deputies observed two women approaching the vehicle. The mother, Angelina Guthrie, walked to the driver’s side door and attempted to enter the vehicle, ignoring the presence of Sgt. Moore, Deputy Schliegelmeyer and the complainant. Sgt. Moore made contact with the woman who stated she was the mother and that she did not know it was illegal for her to leave her children in the car unattended. She also stated that she felt it was ok because she left her cell phone for the one of the young children to call her if they needed her. Deputy Schliegelmeyer stated that he observed the mother enter the store about thirty minutes prior to deputies being notified of the incident.

The well being of the children was checked and they appeared to be healthy and uninjured. The children were later released to a family member as their mother, Angelina Guthrie, 22 of 20157 E. Club Deluxe Rd. in Hammond, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of child desertion.

Sheriff Edwards advises all parents, grandparents and guardians that leaving minors unattended in a parked vehicle is not only illegal but can be deadly. Leaving children unattended in or around vehicles is a serious problem. There are more than one thousand cases involving injuries or deaths reported each year. These injuries and/or deaths were caused by heat stroke, a vehicle being put in motion by a child, children being hit by
vehicles backing up, children choking while alone in a car, being kidnapped, toxic fumes, activation of automatic power controls, or being trapped in car trunks. Leaving a child in a vehicle unattended is just as dangerous as leaving a child unattended around a body of water. Within seconds, anything can happen.

Worthless Checks Division

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Reports that the Worthless Checks Division is looking for one Christopher Barron.

Barron, 8.24.67 of 21270 South I – 12 Service Road in Ponchatoula, LA is wanted on 2 counts of issuing worthless checks in Tangipahoa Parish.

Barron is a w/m, 5’11” tall with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Barron is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers @ 800.554.5245 or the TPSO Detective Nick Ferrara.

Abandoned Home In Ponchatoula Burns To The Ground

Abandoned Home In Ponchatoula Burns To The Ground - PONTCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 3.10.09, TPSO Narcotics Agents responded to a house fire on Hwy. 22 West. When agents arrived the home was engulfed with flames. The Ponchatoula Fire Department was already on scene fighting the blaze.

Around 3:00 PM, 911 received a call from near by neighbors who stated that they heard an explosion and then saw the abandoned home go up in flames. TPSO Narcotics Agents arrived on scene to investigate the speculation that the cause of the fire was due to the explosion of a meth lab. Agents are not confirming this at his time. This investigation is on going.

State Fire Marshall Lance Lamarca also arrived to scene and confirmed that no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Aggravated Assault With A Fire Arm

KENTWOOD, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 15, 2009 at approximately 0003 hours, Dy. Mike Moore responded to a residence on Harts Lane in Kentwood in reference to a complaint of a disturbance that occurred earlier that same day.

Upon arrival Dy. Moore met with the complainant who advised that his brother-in-law, Bob Gray Jr, 27 of 39353 Puleston Rd. in Amite, LA arrived at his residence in what appeared to be an intoxicated state. The complainant stated that an argument began between the two of them and they advised GARY to leave and not to return. The complainant also stated that GARY threatened to kill him as he entered a white Chevy p/u truck and left the area spinning his tires.

At approximately 0117 hours, Dy. Moore was advised by dispatch that 911 had received another call from the Harts Lane residence stating that shots had been fired. Dispatch advised that no one was injured and that GARY was the shooter. GARY then fled the area in the same truck. Dy. Moore immediately alerted all units with the description of the vehicle and responded to the residence.

Upon Dy. Moore’s arrival at the Harts Lane residence, made contact with complainant again. He proceeded to state that he was out near his truck when he observed GARY pull up to his residence at a high rate of speed. GARY exited his truck with a handgun and fired two shots at complainant who standing next to his vehicle. The complainant advised that he then fled on foot to get away from the subject. GARY then entered his vehicle and left the area. The complainant stated that upon returning to his residence, he observed the right rear tire of his truck was flat and that it had been struck by one of the bullets.

At approximately 0133 hours, Dy. Matt Schliegelmeyer advised that he was stopping a vehicle matching the description on Steptoe Rd. in Roseland, LA. Shortly thereafter Dy. Schliegelmeyer advised that he had made contact with Bob GARY Jr. and had him detained. GARY was the passenger in the vehicle being driven by his girlfriend.

Dy. Moore spoke with several witnesses who confirmed the complainant’s story. Bob GARY Jr was then formally arrested and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked on charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Criminal Trespassing, and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property.

Narcotics Arrest

KENTWOOD, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 03/11/2009, Narcotic Agents received an anonymous tip regarding marijuana plants being grown at 67121 Louisiana Highway 1054 Kentwood, Louisiana. Agents arrived at the residence and discovered nine marijuana plants being grown in plant containers on the steps of the residence. Agents obtained consent to search of the residence by the home owner. Agents searched the residence and discovered several homemade marijuana smoking apparatuses and a glass container containing several marijuana seeds in the bedroom of Carlos “ TREY” Ray Hoskins III. Agents also located in bedroom on the window seal a plastic dish that contained marijuana that appeared to in the germination stage. Agents arrested Carlos “ TREY” Ray Hoskins III, 6.28.65 of 67121 LA HWY 1954 in Kentwood, LA on charges of RS 40:966A1 cultivation of marijuana and RS 40:1023 possession of drug paraphernalia.

TPSO ARREST INTRUDER

TPSO ARREST INTRUDER

Roseland, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 11, 2009, Deputy Sidney Eubanks was dispatched to 12390 Steptoe Road in reference to a burglary that occurred on the night of March 10, 2009.

Upon arrival, Deputy Eubanks met with the complainant who stated that when he went by to check on his rental property on Steptoe Rd., he noticed that the door had been kicked in. The complainant also stated that on Sunday 3.8.09, the back door of the same residence was kicked-in in the same manner. The complainant advised that he did not make a report and just fixed the door and lock. The complainant noted that at that time, it did not appear that the intruder took anything from the residence.

After the second incident, the complainant did a thorough search of the home and property and discovered articles of clothing and two suitcases with an identification tag. The name displayed on the identification tag was Kareem Valet. Deputy Eubanks began investigating and took the items found at the scene of the crime into evidence.

On 3.12.09, the complainant went back to the Steptoe Rd. residence and advised that he found a note from the suspect which stated “sorry about door truly sorry was just looking for clothes and suitcase with movies please return to Kareem Valet". The suspect left his phone number for the complainant to contact him. The complainant then made contact with someone at Valet’s residence and arranged to meet them at a central location. Deputy Cory Michelli and Sgt. Norman Carter responded to the location to meet with the subjects. After a while, deputies observed a b/m fitting the description of Valet riding a bike in the parking lot of the local business. Deputy Michelli called out Valet’s name as he rode in circles around the parking lot. The subject turned around and responded Deputy’s call but refused to stop his bicycle. Sgt. Carter made his way close enough to the suspect to successfully remove him from his bicycle and take him into custody.

Dy. Michelli and Sgt. Carter then performed a search incidental to arrest and discovered four separate zip lock bags filled with a green leafy like substance believed to be Marijuana inside Valet's front right pocket. Valet was also in possession of approximately $400.00 in cash.

Valet, 19 of 10456 Hwy 1048 in Roseland, LA was transported to the TPSO jail where he was booked for Unauthorized Entry into an Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Poss. of Marijuana w/intent to Dist.

Roadside Arrest

Kentwood, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 12, 2009, Deputy Matthew Dean was dispatched to Highway 1055 at the Washington Parish Line to meet with the Washington Parish Sheriffs Office in an effort to assist in the apprehension of a fleeing suspect.

Upon arrival, Deputy Dean and Sgt. Norman Carter met with Detective Jim Miller and Washington Parish SO deputies. Detective Miller advised they were looking for Desmond Taylor, 27yoa w/m in reference to a simple robbery that occurred earlier in the day. Detective Miller advised that Taylor may be in the Schenks Road and Brad Alford Road area traveling in a black Ford Sport Trac.

Deputy Dean, Sgt. Carter and Detective Miller along with Washington Parish deputies patrolled the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Dy. Michelli was later advised by Sgt. Carter that upon a GPS check on the stolen vehicle (NCIC# W656135871) involved in the robbery, the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Lic# W398543 should be in the area of Magnolia St. & First St. in Amite.

Dy. Michelli began to patrol the area. While sitting stationary on Hwy. 51 just south of Hwy. 16, he observed a vehicle fitting the description of the stolen vehicle traveling south bound on Hwy. 51. Dy. Michelli began to pace the vehicle and observed that the lic. plate matched the plate of the stolen vehicle. Dy. Michelli alerted dispatch of his position and that he was traveling a close distance from the vehicle. Additional deputies were notified and enroute as back up.

Dy. Michelli and Sgt. Carter followed behind the suspect’s vehicle as it turned west bound onto Hwy. 40 off of Hwy. 51. Lt. David Schaerer exited I-55 and was able to cut off the stolen vehicle from the front. Dy. Michelli and Sgt. Carter stopped behind the vehicle and blocked it from exiting to the rear. Sgt. Carter and Lt. Schaerer gave loud verbal commands for each occupant in the vehicle to exit through the driver side door. As each occupant exited the vehicle, they were ordered to lie on their stomachs with their hands out. Dy. Michelli came up from the rear and detained each subject, placing them separately in patrol units. Deputies then cleared the stolen vehicle and cleared the roadway.

The suspects identified as Desmond Taylor (driver) 27 of 41377 Corken Rd. in Franklinton, LA and Jonathan Sigler (passenger) 25, of 38538 Lonnie Duncan in Mt. Herman, LA were immediately mirandarized by Dy. Michelli before being questioned by TPSO Detective Raymond Foster. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified that the stolen vehicle and the occupants were located. W.P.S.O. requested that the suspects have a hold placed on them at the TPSO parish jail. Both subjects were charged with possession of stolen property and being a fugitive of another jurisdiction.

TPSO Agents Arrest A Fugitive from Livingston Parish

TPSO Agents Arrest A Fugitive from Livingston Parish

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 11, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents arrested Jeffery Pierre, 7.19.75 of 1141 Ard Lane in Hammond, LA for an outstanding warrant from Livingston Parish.

Agents made traffic stop on a 1997 Ford p/u on Milton Road that was driven by Jeffery Pierre. Agents identified Pierre and learned of the outstanding warrant for the Operation, Creation, and Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory. Pierre was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

TPSO Narcotics Agents Shut Down Meth Lab

TPSO Narcotics Agents Shut Down Meth Lab

PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Agents were contacted by Probation and Parole Officers Justin Crowe and Christie Schexnayder on 3.12.09 regarding a meth lab that was discovered at a Ponchatoula residence.

Probation and Parole Officers contacted TPSO Agents after they facilitated a site visit to perform routine drug testing on Jerry Oneil Milton, 28 at 26067 Richoux Rd.. When Parole Officers arrived at the residence, they observed what appeared to be products used in the making of methamphetamines in the back of Milton’s truck. When they approached Milton, he immediately fled on foot. Milton was quickly apprehended and detained.

TPSO Narcotics agents arrived at the residence and met with Milton. Milton signed a consent to search request which gave agents permission to search the residence and property. Agents searched the residence and property and found an active meth lab cooking in the back shed of Milton’s home. Agents also discovered all of the components used in the manufacturing of meth on Milton’s property.

Milton is currently out on probation for previous marijuana charges. Today, Milton was arrested and charged with the operation, creation of a clandestine lab and the production of a methamphetamine lab.

Motor Cycle Crash

PONCHATOULA, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 03.07.09 a fatal crash occurred on Wienberger Road near Sharp Lane at approximately 7:50 PM. Bryan Threard of 42314 Pumpkin Center Road Hammond, was riding a 2006 Yamaha motor cycle east bound on Wienberger Rd. when the motor cycle ran off the road and overturned. Theard was thrown from the bike and collided into a tree head on. Theard was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Threard was taken to North Oaks Hospital by Acadian Ambulance where he later died as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. Blood was drawn by deputy coroner Barry Bankston and released to TPSO Deputy Michael Kazerooni as evidence. The blood kit will be sent to LSP crime Lab for analysis. It is not known at this time if alcohol or speed was a factor in the crash.

Independence resident arrested for interfering with an investigation.


HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Deputy Craig Fitz was dispatched to the Animal Care Center on Club Deluxe Rd. in reference to a disturbance between Animal Control and a pet owner.

Upon arrival, Deputy Fitz met with Animal Control Officer Shelly Sibley who stated that the pet owner, Sandy Montecino was currently being investigated for a cruelty to animal’s case. Deputy Fitz learned that Montecino’s pet was ordered to see a veterinarian for care three days prior to the start of the investigation or the animal would be seized by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control. Animal Control Investigators advised Deputy Fitz that this was the third day prior to the investigation and Montecino refused to allow her pet to see a vet. During the attempt to seize the animal, a friend of Montecino’s engaged in an altercation with Animal Control.

Montecino was issued a misdemeanor summons for L.A. R.S 14:102 Cruelty to animals. At this time, Montecino’s friend, Michelle Ricks continued to interfere with the investigation. Deputy Adam Pailet advised Ricks several times to leave the premises. Ricks refused to leave. Ricks was then arrested and transported to the TPSO Jail where she was charged with remaining on premises after being forbidden.

Michelle Ricks, 25 of 33454 HWY 43 in Independence, LA.

Sandy Montecino, 65 of 12335 Salley Kinchen Rd. in Tickfaw, LA.

Attempted burglary suspect identified.

Attempted burglary suspect identified. - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for Eric BAGWELL, 4.06.76 of 40232 Byers Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA.

BAGWELL was caught by security cameras attempting to break into a car wash on HWY 22 in the Ponchatoula area on February 5, 2009. Deputy Albert Sharp advised that when he arrived on scene the evening of the incident, he observed that the back door of the business had been tampered with and several coin dispensers had been severely damaged. Deputy Sharp viewed security camera footage and was able to identify BAGWELL as the suspect walking around the business and carrying what appeared to be a large black crowbar.

As a result of the investigation, warrants have been issued for BAGWELL’s arrest on charges of attempted burglary and felony criminal damage to property. The estimated cost of the damages are approximately $20,000.00.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Eric Bagwell to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 982.902.2036 att. Detective Mike Barron.

Suspect Apprehended

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 3, 2009 at around 9:20 PM, Dy. Mike Moore responded to a 9-1-1 call from 17105 E. Park Ave. in Hammond, LA. The complainant advised that someone had broken into her house and she needed assistance.

Upon arrival, Deputy Moore met with the victim who stated that after a friend left her residence, she heard a noise coming from her porch. When she looked outside, she noticed that her front porch light was out, which she found to be strange. When she opened the door to look outside, a black male subject that she recognized as James GREEN was standing in the doorway. The victim further stated that GREEN forced his way into the home and began yelling obesities at her. As the victim ordered GREEN to leave, he began to beat her aggressively. He punched and kicked the victim as she fell to the ground. In the course of his attack, GREEN broke the victim’s cell phone and threatened her not to call the Sheriff’s Office. The victim fought her way to the fax machine and was able to dial 911. The victim advised Deputy Moore that GREEN left her residence wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

Deputy Moore observed visible injuries to the victim. Acadian ambulance was called to administer treatment. Deputy Moore collected several pieces of evidence from the scene and notified all units of the fleeing suspect.

Deputies David Copeland and Scott Hinson responded to Buzzetta Ln. in an attempt to locate GREEN. Upon arriving at the residence, Deputy Hinson noticed a female walk up to Deputy Copeland’s Unit and began speaking with him. As Hinson and Copeland approached the residence they observed Darlene WALKER standing in the doorway telling James GREEN not to come outside. When GREEN finally exited the residence, Deputies advised him that he was under arrest. As Deputy Copeland was placing handcuffs on GREEN, several other subjects began to walk towards Deputy Copeland in an aggressive manor. Deputy Hinson gave loud verbal commands for the subjects to stop. The subjects still continued towards Deputy Copeland. One of the female subjects, Darlene WALKER, then grabbed Deputy Copeland. Deputy Hinson immediately detained the WALKER. WALKER continued to resist arrest as Hinson placed her into custody.

Dy. Copeland then noticed Jarvion McCORMICK walking towards the patrol units. Dy. Copeland asked the suspect several times to go back to the residence. The suspect replied, “I live here, I don't have to go anywhere". Dy. Copeland then advised the suspect that he was under arrest. As Dy. Copeland approached McCORMICK, he took off running into the residence and locked the door. Dy. Copeland advised the suspect to unlock the door but he refused. Dy. Copeland then demanded the suspect unlock the door. At this time, the suspect complied and was taken into custody.

Javion McCORMICK, 23 of 42443 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with resisting an officer.

Darlene WALKER, 43 of 42451 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

James GREEN, 39 of 42451 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, sexual assault and simple assault.

Baby Sitter Leaves Three Children In A Parked Car

Baby Sitter Leaves Three Children In A Parked Car

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Juvenile Detective Nick Vinterella investigated a babysitter for leaving three children in a parked car while she visited a local nail salon.

On 3.9.09, TPSO Deputy Marshall Hayes responded to a 911 call regarding children that were sitting in a black 2009 Chevrolet Covault unattended on University Ave. Upon arrival, Deputy Hayes learned that several concerned citizens noticed the children in the vehicle and observed sweat coming through the clothing of two of the young children. Fearing for their safety, they called 911. At this time, it was uncertain of the amount of time the minors were left in the vehicle. Paramedics from the Hammond Fire Department also responded to the call for service.

As a result of the investigation, it is believed that the children were left alone in the vehicle for approximately 30-45 minutes before help arrived. The children’s baby sitter, Sara Ann Anthony, 27 of 101 Abingdon Way in Hammond, LA was taken to the TPSO Sub Station where she was interviewed and charged with Child Desertion.

Missing Farm Equiptment

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on
March 8, 2009, Dy. Wesley Corkern was dispatched to 61337 Halbert Road in reference the theft of farm equipment. .

Upon arrival Dy. Corkern spoke with the complainant who advised that several pieces of farm equipment had been stolen from the above mentioned address. The complainant stated that a spreader
(green in color), a Howes bush hog, a box blade, spreader blade, disk, double bottom plow and a set of row formers was stolen from the property.

At this time, TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. is asking anyone having information regarding this farm equipment to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, attention Det. Mike Dean St. at 985.748.3334.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

TPSO K9 Award

TPSO K9 Award - TPSO K9 Award

Hammond, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and his K9 companion Emir 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 12.26.09.

Each quarter an officer is recognized by the United States Police Canine Association and presented with an Award of Excellence for their performance case of the quarter. In 2008, three TPSO Deputies received this award. Sgt. Steven Redmond, Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and Deputy Mike Dean Jr. represent the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in three of the four awards presented throughout the year.

Deputy Mike Dean Jr. won the Criminalistic Excellence Award for the apprehension of the following suspect:

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

Three Subjects Arrested

Three Subjects Arrested - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 3, 2009 at around 9:20 PM, Dy. Mike Moore responded to a 9-1-1 call from 17105 E. Park Ave. in Hammond, LA. The complainant advised that someone had broken into her house and she needed assistance.

Upon arrival, Deputy Moore met with the victim who stated that after a friend left her residence, she heard a noise coming from her porch. When she looked outside, she noticed that her front porch light was out, which she found to be strange. When she opened the door to look outside, a black male subject that she recognized as James GREEN was standing in the doorway. The victim further stated that GREEN forced his way into the home and began yelling obesities at her. As the victim ordered GREEN to leave, he began to beat her aggressively. He punched and kicked the victim as she fell to the ground. In the course of his attack, GREEN broke the victim’s cell phone and threatened her not to call the Sheriff’s Office. The victim fought her way to the fax machine and was able to dial 911. The victim advised Deputy Moore that GREEN left her residence wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

Deputy Moore observed visible injuries to the victim. Acadian ambulance was called to administer treatment. Deputy Moore collected several pieces of evidence from the scene and notified all units of the fleeing suspect.

Deputies David Copeland and Scott Hinson responded to Buzzetta Ln. in an attempt to locate GREEN. Upon arriving at the residence, Deputy Hinson noticed a female walk up to Deputy Copeland’s Unit and began speaking with him. As Hinson and Copeland approached the residence they observed Darlene WALKER standing in the doorway telling James GREEN not to come outside. When GREEN finally exited the residence, Deputies advised him that he was under arrest. As Deputy Copeland was placing handcuffs on GREEN, several other subjects began to walk towards Deputy Copeland in an aggressive manor. Deputy Hinson gave loud verbal commands for the subjects to stop. The subjects still continued towards Deputy Copeland. One of the female subjects, Darlene WALKER, then grabbed Deputy Copeland. Deputy Hinson immediately detained the WALKER. WALKER continued to resist arrest as Hinson placed her into custody.

Dy. Copeland then noticed Jarvion McCORMICK walking towards the patrol units. Dy. Copeland asked the suspect several times to go back to the residence. The suspect replied, “I live here, I don't have to go anywhere". Dy. Copeland then advised the suspect that he was under arrest. As Dy. Copeland approached McCORMICK, he took off running into the residence and locked the door. Dy. Copeland advised the suspect to unlock the door but he refused. Dy. Copeland then demanded the suspect unlock the door. At this time, the suspect complied and was taken into custody.

Javion McCORMICK, 23 of 42443 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with resisting an officer.

Darlene WALKER, 43 of 42451 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

James GREEN, 39 of 42451 Buzzetta Lane was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, sexual assault and simple assault.

Agents Shut Down Meth Lab

Narcotic Agents Shut Down a Meth Lab

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of 03.03.09, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested three subjects in connection with a Meth Lab.

Agents went to 41413 West Yellow Water Rd. in Hammond, LA in an attempt to arrest Candise MaCarrol on outstanding warrants regarding previous narcotic charges. When agents approached the residence, they could hear subject running around inside the home. Agents knocked on the door numerous times however, McCarrol refused to open the door. Agents set up surveillance around the home to see if they could observe anyone going to or from the residence. After one hour, agents were ready to call off the operation until they noticed water seeping through the floors on the back side of the residence.

Agents then looked through the bathroom window and observed components used in manufacturing meth in the toilet. Agents also observed a clear plastic bottle containing meth oil in the bathtub. Agents then contacted McCarroll via cell phone and advise her to open the door. McCarroll opened the door and signed a consent to search form which allowed agents to search the residence. When agents entered the residence, they found the home to be in deplorable conditions. Garbage and animal feces covered the floors and chemical smells from the manufacturing of meth created a horrible odor throughout the residence.

McCarroll then stated that there were five other subjects in the residence. A four month old child, two 17 yo boys and Chris and Daniel knight. The adult subjects were all said to be in a back bed room. Chris and Daniel Knight have fled from agents in the past, so Sgt. Steven Redmond and his K9 companion Bart were called to assist agents. At this time, McCaroll retrieved the four month old out of a near by bedroom. Agents along with Sgt. Redmond and his K9 companion entered the back bedroom and found Chris and Daniel Knight pretending to be sleeping. Agents apprehend both subjects without incident.

During the search of the residence, agents found products and fluids used in the making and creation of methamphetamines. Agents also found damp rid (a drying agent) hidden the baby’s formula. Acadian arrived and transported the infant to NOMC for treatment due to the exposure of the chemicals from the meth cook. The baby was then turned over to OCS and released to an extended family member. This is the second time agents have been to the above stated residence regarding meth related incidents and the infant was present on both occasions.

Agents arrested and charged the following subjects:
Candise Wascom McCarroll w/f dob 12/05/1971
41413 West Yellow Water Road Hammond, Louisiana
Charge: Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession with the intention to Distribute Meth and Child Desertion

Christopher Ray Knight w/m dob 05/06/1988 34885 River Lane Holden, Louisiana
Charge: Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession with the intention to Distribute Meth and Child Desertion

Daniel Ray Knight dob 12/17/1977 40195 Macedonia Road Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Charge: Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession with the intention to Distribute Meth and Child Desertion

Chris and Daniel Knight were both out on bond from previous narcotic/meth charges. See attached news release dated January 13, 2009.

DWI Arrest

DWI Arrest - DWI Arrest

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 03/01/09 at approximately 10:30 PM, Deputy Nathan Manton was traveling east bound on Hwy 16 west of I – 55 when he observed a vehicle cross the center line and then turn around on Hwy 16.

Deputy Manton turned around and caught up to the Gold Mazda 626. Deputy Manton activated his lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled over to the right shoulder of the road on Hwy 16. The driver exited the vehicle prior to Deputy Manton instructing him to do so. Deputy Manton exited his unit and instructed the driver to step to the rear of the car. Deputy Manton observed the subject swaying as he walked to the rear of the vehicle. Deputy Manton then was bale to identify the subject as Timothy TATE, 26 of 1512 Sunset Dr. in Denham Springs, LA. Deputy Manton asked TATE where he was coming from and where he was going. TATE stated he was headed to his house in Denham Springs. While speaking with TATE, Deputy Manton observed him to have slurred speech and smelled a strong odor of an alcohol on his breath. Deputy Manton advised TATE to stand by his vehicle while Deputy Manton ran the license plate on the vehicle. TATE then got into his vehicle and drove off w/b on Hwy 16. Deputy Manton followed TATE and advised all units that TATE fled the scene and refused to stop the vehicle.

TATE ignored the lights and sirens and the pursuit continued into St. Helena Parish where TATE swerved towards Deputy Manton's unit as Deputy Manton pulled next to TATE's vehicle. Deputy Manton was able to get in front of TATE's vehicle and slow the vehicle down. TATE came to a complete stop and then drove around Deputy Manton's unit on the shoulder of the road. Deputy Manton continued the pursuit and observed a St. Helena unit approaching TATE east bound. TATE drove on to the e/b lane and almost hit the unit head on. St. Helena unit caught up to the vehicle and pulled on side of the vehicle at which time TATE drove on the shoulder of the road. TATE continued into Livingston Parish where Livingston Parish Sheriff's office deployed a spike strip. TATE's vehicle hit the spike strip and TATE continued to drive the vehicle approximately 2 miles before pulling over on the shoulder of the road. TATE was then taken into custody without incident.

TATE was then transported to Livingston Parish Jail where he was booked as a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish and released to Deputy Manton. Deputy Manton then transported TATE to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where a SFST was conducted which indicated impairment. Deputy Manton advised TATE of his rights. Deputy Manton informed TATE that he was under arrest for DWI second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and Expired M.V.I.

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest - ROSELAND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 2, 2009 at approximately 1:30 AM, Deputies John Eady, Bobby Guy and Anthony Williams initiated a traffic stop on Faith St. in Roseland LA.

As Deputy Eady made contact with the driver, he began flee on foot east bound on Faith St. Deputies Williams and Eady began in pursuit of the suspect. Deputy Guy jumped into his unit and began in pursuit. Deputy Eady pursued the suspect on foot east to an apartment complex where the suspect turned south and entered the complex. As the suspect reached the end of the complex, he turned east and ran to the end of the building and then north for approximately 100 yards. He then ran in to a thick set of bushes. Upon clearing the bushes, the suspect turned south and ran across a field to a barbed wire fence. Deputy Bobby Guy ran down the suspect in the second field just south of Deputy Eady. Deputies then were able to apprehend the suspect, Myron DOKES, 34 of 12184 Buchannan Lane in Roseland, LA place him into custody.

Shortly after, Deputy Williams and Deputy Copeland arrived to assist. Upon checking DOKES for weapons, Deputies found two clear plastic baggies which contained a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. Deputies then escorted the subject back to the vehicle where the traffic stop initiated. Deputies Williams and Guy searched the vehicle and found seven more baggies which contained a green leafy substance and two baggies with a rock like substance believed to be crack cocaine. Deputies also seized eight hundred and sixteen dollars in cash from DOKES’S vehicle.

DOKES was transported to the parish jail where he was booked on the charges of 3 counts of resisting and officer by flight on foot, possession with the intent to distribute CDS 1 and CDS 2, 4 counts FTA's and no tail lights.


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