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Sobriety Checkpoint

KENTWOOD, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announces that a Sobriety Checkpoint is scheduled for June 19, 2009 in the Kentwood area between the hours of 10:00 pm and 4:00 am
June 20, 2009.

Sobriety checkpoints are established to ensure the public's safety and to reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roadways of Tangipahoa Parish. The true success of our checkpoints is measured in its deterrent effect and not by the number of DWI arrests made. It is better to discourage 10 potential impaired motorists from getting behind the wheel of a car than to make just one DWI arrest. The greatest value comes from the educational influence these checkpoints have on the citizens of our parish.

Roadside Arrest

Roadside Arrest - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 29, 2009, Deputy Ashley Adams arrested Jermaine Adrian Griffin, 24 of 100 Burton St. in Hammond, LA on numerous charges.

At approximately 3:00 AM, Dy. Adams observed a Green Saturn traveling north on N. First Street in Amite with the driver’s side break light out. Dy. Adams then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver stepped out of the vehicle and identified himself as Cordell Griffin. Griffin then stated that he could not provide Dy. Adams a driver’s license. At this time, Dy. Adams ran a check on the information verbally given to him by Griffin. After the roadside investigation, Adams learned that C. Griffin had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on the previous charge of driving without a seat belt. Dy. Adams detained driver and continued the roadside investigation. Griffin gave verbal consent for Dy. Adams to search his vehicle. During the search, a clear plastic container was found on the floor board of the vehicle which contained eleven pills that are suspected to be MDMA (ecstasy). Adams also observed a black wallet lying on the passenger’s seat which contained a Louisiana State ID identifying the driver as Jermaine Griffin.

Dy. Adams then ran a complete background check on Jermaine Griffin and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for driving under a suspended license. At this time, Dy. Adams advised Jermaine Griffin that he was under arrest on the following charges: outstanding warrants, resisting an officer, possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, driving under suspension and proper equipment required (broken tail light). Griffin was transported to the TPSO Jail where he is awaiting bond.

Roseland Man Arrested

Roseland Man Arrested - ROSELAND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 28, 2009, deputies arrested Tyrieo Deshawn Bates 27, of 12445 Joynton Rd. for allegedly stabbing a man.

At approximately 2:17 am this morning, Deputy Sean Scott responded to 12445 Joynton Rd. in reference to a call for service. Upon arrival, Deputy Scott made contact with the victim who stated he had been stabbed twice by Bates. As Acadian Ambulance Services assessed the victim, Deputy Scott notified assisting deputies of the suspect’s identity. A short time later, Deputy Bobby Guy located Bates and transported him to the parish jail where he was booked for having outstanding warrants and one count of aggravated battery.

Arrest of Z. Collins

Arrest of Z. Collins - INDEPENDENCE, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on MAY 28, 2009, Sgt. Michael Christmas, while participating in an insurance check point on Hano Rd. arrested Zechariah David Collins, 27 of 65456 S. Hookfin Rd. in Fluker LA.

Collins was unable to provide Sgt. Christmas with a valid drivers or proof of insurance. Upon further investigation, Sgt. Christmas learned that Collins had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. At this time, Collins was arrested and charged with driving without a drivers license, unauthorized use of a vehicle, simple battery – domestic violence and criminal damage to property.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for one Timothy Wargo, dob 06.28.1980 of 20004 Jones Lane, Ponchatoula, LA. Wargo is wanted for the illegal possession of stolen property.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Timothy Wargo is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer at 985.902.2088.







Rash of car burglaries in the Independence area.

INEDEPEDENCE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that several residents on Red Hill Road in Independence, LA woke up this morning to find that their vehicles had been burglarized.

Detectives believe that the burglaries took place between 2:00 am – 5:00 am this morning. It appears that the suspects entered several unlocked vehicles on Red Hill Rd. stealing money, electronics, tools and firearms.

Sheriff Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding these burglaries. Anyone having information about this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Ray Lentz at 985.748.3336.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Worthless Checks Division

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Detective Vic Ferrara of the Worthless Checks Division is looking for two suspects that have open and active warrants in Tangipahoa Parish.

1. David Holden, 9.25.78 of 66554 J. Holden Lane in Kentwood, LA is wanted for having two FTA’s for issuing worthless checks and one FTA for hunting without a license. Holden also has one FTA for a traffic offense.

2. Yvette Patrice Johnson, 10.3.66 of 402 White St. in Hammond, LA is wanted on four FTA’s for issuing worthless checks and one FTA for driving with a suspended license.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of the two suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, attention Detective Ferrara at 985.902.2088.

Arrest of Walter J Temple

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest an Albany man for criminal trespass and aggressively resisting arrest.

On May 27, 2009 at approximately 12.15 am, Dy. David Copeland responded to 45404 Durbin Rd in Hammond, La in reference to a subject, Walter Jay Temple Jr, remaining at the stated residence and refusing to leave. Upon Dy. Copeland's arrival, he observed the suspect sitting on the back porch with a large pit bulldog. At this time, Dy. Copeland advised Temple to get to the ground. Temple then advised Dy. Copland that he had no intensions of doing so. Temple’s pit bull began to become aggressive as Temple walked towards Dy. Copeland. Copeland strongly advised Temple to tie his dog up and get to the ground. Temple secured the dog to a metal pole in the yard and then engaged in a physical altercation with Deputy Copeland. At this time, Deputy John Eady arrived and assisted Dy. Copeland in Temple’s apprehension. As both deputies attempted to handcuff Temple, he began to continue to become increasingly aggressively with deputies. Once deputies were able to successfully detain Temple, a search of his person was conducted. Deputies found a large pair of scissors in his pants pocket. Temple refused to respond to deputies when asked why he was carrying around the scissors.

Deputies learned that Temple had several active outstanding warrants. He was wanted by the TPSO on one count of criminal damage to property and one count for remaining after being forbidden. On 5.27.09 Walter J. Temple Jr., 28, of 29200 Earl Jones Rd. in Albany, LA was arrested and additionally charged with criminal trespass, two counts of resisting arrest and two counts of battery on a police officer.

Narcotics Arrest

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 22, 2009, narcotics agents arrested Donna Havard, 35 of 29935 Blount Rd. in Holden, LA on multiple narcotics charges and Dorian Starkey, 37 of 42680 Walker Rd. in Hammond, LA on similar charges.

In the evening hours of May 22, 2009, agents received information that Havard was manufacturing methamphetamines in the residence of one Dorian Starkey on General Ott Rd. Agents were also made aware that Havard left the stated residence driving a white Chrysler convertible. Agents spotted the vehicle driven by Havard traveling on Pumpkin Center Rd. near I 12. Agents initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for having a cracked windshield and for having an expired inspection sticker. Upon making contact with Havard, agents discovered that she could not provide a valid drivers license. At this time, Havard was arrested on the traffic violations and taken into custody. Upon an inventory search of the vehicle, agents discovered that contents from a clear glass jar were spilled on the driver’s side floor board. Agents soon observed that the contents were eating away at the carpet and into the metal of the vehicle.

At the same time, additional narcotics agents went to Starkey’s residence on General Ott Rd. Starkey signed a consent to search form which allowed agents to conduct a search of the home and property. During the search, agents recovered materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines in the residence. Agents also learned that Havard had just left Starkey’s residence with a glass jar of acid, which is also a component used in the manufacturing methamphetamines.

It is reported that Donna Havard has several prior narcotics related arrests. On May 22, 2009 she was arrested and booked with driving without a valid driver’s license, expired M.I.V., operation, creation of a meth lab and the manufacturing of schedule II narcotics. Havard is being held in the TPSO Jail without bond.

Dorian Starkey was arrested and charged on the same day with possession of schedule II narcotics, distribution of schedule IV narcotics, operation, creation of a meth lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. Starkey’s bond is currently set at $250k.

Missing Boy Found

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 21, 2009 at approximately 10:50 AM, Dy. Wesley Corkern was dispatched to Conn Road in Amite, LA regarding a report of a missing six year old child.

Upon arrival Dy. Corkern spoke with the complainant who advised Dy. Corkern that her six year old son was walking along the edge of the woods and pulled away from his Aunt. The child then entered the woods alone. She then advised that both she and the child’s father entered the woods to search of the child. Being unable to locate him, they contacted the sheriff’s office for assistance. Deputy Corkern and Deputy Matt Dean quickly established a perimeter along the property. The TPSO Search and Rescue Team arrived to lead in the search for the young boy. Deputies also notified the family that US Customs and Border Protection were enroute with a helicopter to conduct an air search for the young boy. The TPSO Search and Rescue Team deployed specially trained blood hounds on the ground in an effort to quickly and safely locate the young boy. The TPSO Mounted Division also arrived to aid in the search. After searching for about three hours, Deputy Cragg Fitz and Deputy Trey Toups of the TPSO Mounted Division located the boy in a wooded area west of the primary location of where the boy entered the woods. The child was then assessed by Acadian Ambulance Services before being returned to his mother.

Arrest of Gregory Griffin

Hammond, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies arrested Gregory Wayne Griffin, 2.7.74 of 19073 Brumbfield Lane in Hammond on two counts of simple burglary.

In the early morning hours on Monday May 25, 2009, Griffin was arrested in connection of two counts of simple burglary of a convenient store located at 17702 US 190East in Hammond, La. The first incident occurred on 5.20.08 and the second on 5.25.09. On both occasions, Griffin was captured on surveillance video. Griffin gained entry to the establishment by throwing an object through the glass of the front entrance. Once inside, Griffin would steal cigarettes, alcohol and scratch off lottery tickets. Griffin was arrested shortly after the second incident occurred and was found to be in possession of several of the items taken from the store.

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

K9 Apprehension

Ponchatoula, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 25, 2009, Nathaniel Combs, 39 of 41268 North 11th Street in Ponchatoula was arrested on numerous outstanding warrants of theft and criminal damage to property.

At approximately 6:30 pm, Deputy Dustin McDonald was dispatched to 41268 North 11th Street in Ponchatoula regarding a 911 call where a dispatcher could hear a disturbance in the background. Upon arrival, Dy. McDonald spoke with the caller regarding the events of the disturbance. The complainant advised that her son Nathaniel attempted to steal money from her purse. She then stated she contacted the sheriff’s office to prevent any additional disturbances from occurring in her home. When Deputy McDonald arrived, the disturbance was diffused and the complainant did not wish to pursue charges. Deputy McDonald made contact with Nathaniel Combs to confirm that the situation was under control and to insure the safety of the residence. In gathering information for reporting purposes, Deputy McDonald noted Combs’s identification and birth date.

Within moments of documenting the case, Deputy McDonald discovered that Combs presented false information regarding his identification at the time of the incident. Upon obtaining Comb’s correct information, it was discovered that he had numerous warrants from East Baton Rouge Parish S.O., ST. Helena S.O., and within the Tangipahoa Parish S.O. At this time, Deputies McDonald, Matt Schliegelmeyer, Josephe Gasquet, Anthony Williams, Nicholas Bruhn, and Albert Sharp with K9 Titan approached Combs’s residence in an attempted to make contact. Upon doing so, Deputies placed Nathaniel Combs under arrest without incident.

Combs was arrested and charged with resisting an officer by false information, six outstanding FTA’s and four active warrants from other jurisdictions. Combs had two FTA’s from the TPSO on theft charges. The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office wanted Combs on counts of possession of stolen property and 1 count of theft. Combs’s was wanted by the EBRSO for one count of theft of goods, one count of theft and eighty five counts of simple burglary, eighty- five counts of criminal damage to property and fifty counts of theft.

Missing Horse

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish is asking for your assistance in locating the owner(s) of a horse that was found walking on Hwy 16 east of Amite near the Washington Parish line on April 19, 2009.

Anyone having information regarding this horse is asked to please contact Detective Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3334.

TPSO Arrests

TPSO Arrests - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 16, 2009, Sgt. Steven Redmond arrested one Cheryl Thompson, 8.21.74 of 20490 Bud James Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA.

At approximately 7:30 pm, Sgt. Steven Redmond was traveling south bound on Airport Road when he observed a white Ford Expedition at the stop sign of Chapman Road and Airport Rd. Sgt. Redmond could see that the driver on the vehicle was not wearing her seatbelt. Sgt. Redmond then initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. Upon Sgt. Redmond’s roadside investigation, it was learned that the subject, Cheryl Thompson, had outstanding active warrants for 3 counts forgery, and 2 failures to appear warrants. Sgt. Redmond asked Thompson to exit the vehicle at which time he advised her that she was under arrest for the warrants and was given a citation for driving with out a seat belt.

Narcotics Arrest

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 13, 2009, sheriff’s office narcotics agents initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Amite, LA which was occupied by one Billi Joe Eyer, 5.2.82 of 268 Oakland Lane in Amite and one Joshua Ross, 12.12.83 of 17314 E. Bell Rd. in Amite. During the road side investigation, agents found ecstasy, xanaz, ambien and other illegal narcotics inside of the vehicle. Both subjects were transported to the parish jail where they were booked and properly charged for their offenses.

EYER was charged with two counts of possession of IV narcotics and with the possession of drug paraphernalia.

ROSS was booked and charged with possession with the intention to distribute illegal narcotics and for having two active outstanding warrants.

WANTED

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Detective Vic Ferrara of the Worthless Checks Division is looking for several suspects who have open and active warrants in Tangipahoa Parish.

1. Earnest J. Bennett, 2.26.45 of 1017 East Merry Ave in Hammond, LA is wanted on one count of issuing a worthless check in the amount of $1,820.84 and for one FTA on nine counts of issuing worthless checks in Tangipahoa Parish.

2. Lerazo Vernado, 8.9.80 of 4603 Dotey Lane in Hammond, LA is wanted on one count of issuing a worthless check in the amount of $1,566.33 to a local business in Tangipahoa parish.

3. Angela Marie Randall Walls, 10.13.70 of 63441 I-55 Frontage Rd. in Roseland, LA is wanted for three FTA’s for traffic violations, two counts of issuing checks on a closed account, three FTA’s for issuing worthless checks and four counts of issuing worthless checks in a neighboring jurisdiction.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, attention Detective Ferrara at 985.902.2088.

Arrest of Charles Perry

KENTWOOD, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May11, 2009, Charles Ray Perry, 57 of 20261 Oakridge Church Rd. in Kentwood, LA was arrested with eight counts of possession of stolen property.

At approximately 5:30 PM, Perry was arrested and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail as the result of a search warrant which was executed at his Kentwood residence. Detectives recovered a large amount of stolen property which included four vehicles. These vehicles were reported stolen from Tangipahoa Parish and neighboring parishes. Additional charges on Perry may be forthcoming.

TPSO Make Arrest

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 8, 2009, at approximately 9:30 PM, Deputy John Eady was dispatched to Hwy 190 @ I-55 in reference to a report of a simple kidnapping which resulted in the arrest of Adreon White, 20 of 13207 Baker Lane in Hammond, LA.

Upon arriving at the location, Deputy Eady spoke with the victim who stated her ex-boyfriend ,Adreon White, drove off with her in his vehicle refusing to let her out. White wanted to meet with the victim to discuss personal matters; however she stated that she did not want to meet with him. White showed up anyway and talked the victim into getting in his car. He then drove off refusing to let her out. At some point, the victim tried to jump out of the vehicle at which time White grabbed her by the throat and threatened her. White then pulled into a gas station and both subjects entered the convenient store. The victim then stated that she was going to the ladies room and used another ladies cell phone to contact 911.

HPD was first to arrive at the location. White immediately fled on foot when he observed their presence. White was soon apprehended and taken into custody. Adreon was later transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked and charged with simple kidnapping and simple battery.

Arrest At Manchac

MANCHAC, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 9, 2009, Deputy Albert Sharp arrested two Metairie residents in Manchac on charges of trespassing and possessing illegal narcotics. James Ferguson, dob 12.8.82 and Joseph Catalano, dob 4.8.71 both of 4016 Tartan Dr. in Metairie, LA.

At approximately, 9:20 PM, Deputy Albert Sharp responded to Jones Island in Manchac in reference to (2) male subject's trespassing and loitering around several parked boats in the area. Deputy Sharp was also advised that the subject's appeared to be smoking marijuana.

Upon arrival, Deputy Sharp came in contact with the two male subjects, later identified as one James Ferguson and one Joseph Catalano sitting in a flat boat on Jones Island. At this time, Deputy Sharp ran a routine check on both subjects. Sharp soon learned that both subjects had criminal histories which included drug and theft charges. Deputy Sharp received verbal consent from the subjects to search the boat. Upon doing so, Deputy Sharp located a small amount of a green vegetable substance suspected to be marijuana in a bucket on the boat. Deputy Sharp also located a pack of rolling papers. At this time, both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the TPSO where they were booked and properly charged. The subjects were charged with possession of schedule I marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges on these two subjects may be forthcoming.

Arrest of A. White

Arrest of A. White - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 8, 2009, at approximately 9:30 PM, Deputy John Eady was dispatched to Hwy 190 @ I-55 in reference to a report of a simple kidnapping which resulted in the arrest of Adreon White, 20 of 13207 Baker Lane in Hammond, LA.

Upon arriving at the location, Deputy Eady spoke with the victim who stated her ex-boyfriend ,Adreon White, drove off with her in his vehicle refusing to let her out. White wanted to meet with the victim to discuss personal matters; however she stated that she did not want to meet with him. White showed up anyway and talked the victim into getting in his car. He then drove off refusing to let her out. At some point, the victim tried to jump out of the vehicle at which time White grabbed her by the throat and threatened her. White then pulled into a gas station and both subjects entered the convenient store. The victim then stated that she was going to the ladies room and used another ladies cell phone to contact 911.

HPD was first to arrive at the location. White immediately fled on foot when he observed their presence. White was soon apprehended and taken into custody. Adreon was later transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked and charged with simple kidnapping and simple battery.

WANTED SUSPECTS

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating two burglary suspects.

Suspect 1 – DeQuincy Jackson, dob 8.9.80 of 63152 Bennett Rd. in Amite, LA is wanted on one count of aggravated burglary and one count of simple battery.

On May 7, 2009, Jackson was identified as the suspect in an aggravated burglary that took place at 62380 Smart Rd. in Roseland, LA. On May 6, 2009, at approximately 12:05 PM, the complainant arrived at this his residence only to find the b/m suspect, Jackson, inside of his home. The subject then engaged in a physical altercation with the complainant before fleeing from the residence.

As the result of the investigation led by Detective Mike Dean Sr., active warrants have been issued on DeQuincy Jackson. Jackson is described as being about 5’10” inches tall, weighing around 150-160 lbs. Jackson has short hair and was wearing a black tee shirt with white writing on it and blue shorts.

Suspect 2 - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is looking for a suspect identified as Richard Sloat, dob 6.25.54 of 1096 Hwy 51 in Osyka, MS. Sloat is a suspect in a simple burglary which occurred on May 4, 2009 at 12631 Center St. in the Village of Tangipahoa. Sloat is wanted on one count of simple burglary and one count of aggravated assault.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking anyone having information that would lead to the arrest of these two suspects to please contact Crime Stoppers as 800.524.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, attention Det. Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3334.

TPSO Visits Gordon Christian Academy

TPSO Visits Gordon Christian Academy - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detectives spent time with the children of Gordon Richardson Christian Academy in Amite, LA.

Detectives Suzanne Guaraggi and Nick Vinterella and Deputy Kendra Richardson spoke with students from kindergarten to the seventh grade on safety, stranger danger, and the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use. For the older students, detectives discussed best practices on how to cope with peer pressure and created an awareness around drug abuse and prevention measures.

Gordon Richardson Christian Academy has been serving the children of Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes for six year. The school is led by Principal Joseph Richardson.

Pictured –

Students L-R 1st row:
Tyrese Dominick
Nicholas Richardson
Tristin Michell
Olivia Ramsey
Josia Mensah
Earl Jackson

2nd row – Tiara Brumbfield
Nychelle Kendrick
Kevin Wells
Shania Brumbfied

Assistant Principal Veronica Richardson
Detective Suanne Guaraggi
Detective Nick Vinterella
Deputy Kendra Richardson

Narcotics Arrest

NATALBANY, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 5, 2009, Narcotic Agents arrested three subjects on Galafora Road in Natalbany on multiple drug charges.

Agents were patrolling Galafora Rd. at the request of Sheriff Edwards and several concerned citizens regarding reports of illegal drug activity in the area. Agents initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Dana Howze, wf dob 11.16.67 of 12317 US 190 W. in Hammond, LA. Agents identified themselves to Howze at which time she gave verbal consent for agents to search her vehicle. As a result of the roadside investigation, agents found illegal hydrocodone in Ms. Howez’s purse and additionally learned that she just left a residence on Galafora Road. Howze was taken into custody and charged with possession of schedule II narcotics, open container and expired plates.

Agents then went to 48206 Galafola Road and witnessed Paul Anthony Galafora w/m (dob 2.3.67) outside in the yard. As agents approached the residence, Galafora fled on foot from agents. Agents knocked on the door of the residence and one Crystal Gail Lindsey w/f (dob 11.7.77) answered the door. Lindsey gave agents written consent for a search of the residence. As a result of the search, agents discovered hydrocodone pills in Lindsey’s purse and drug paraphernalia in the residence. A two year old child was also inside of the home at the time of the search. The drug paraphernalia found in the residence was located on a table that was easily accessible to the young child. The child was later released to Lindsey’s parents and the proper authorities were contacted. Lindsey then contacted Paul Galafora via cell phone and advised him to return to the residence. Galafora complied with her request. At this time both Galafora and Lindsey were taken into custody and arrested. Galafora was charged with possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and child desertion. Lindsey was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II narcotics.

The search also resulted in agents seizing Lindsey’s cell phone. During the time agents were in the residence, Lindsey’s phone rang. Agents answered the phone and discovered that it was subject calling Lindsey with the intention to come by the Galafora residence and purchase illegal narcotics. At approximately 11:00 PM, agents observed a Ford Escape pull into the driveway of the residence. As they approached the vehicle they identified themselves. The driver, Kimberly Irene McGough, wf dob 12.18.57 of 37242 Chappel Hill Rd. in Franklinton, LA, gave verbal consent for agents to search her vehicle. Agents discovered 8 ounces of glass/ice crystal meth in small baggies in her possession. Agents also sized $1,140.00 in cash currency and the Ford Escape vehicle from McGough. McGough was taken into custody and charged with possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics.

Arrest of Cody Easley

Arrest of Cody Easley - PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 5, 2009, detectives arrested Cody Easley, 17 of 25148 East Street, Springfield, LA on multiple charges of theft and narcotics.

On 04-29-09, Sgt. Kim Moore was dispatched to 15073 Hoffman Court in reference to a residential burglary. Upon her arrival, Sgt. Moore made contact with the complainant and several witnesses who stated that while they were a funeral for the complainant’s husband, their home was burglarized and ransacked.

It was believed that several guns, bullet proof vests and cash were taken from the residence. Through an investigation led by TPSO Detective Kenny Schliegelmeyer, it was learned that Cody Easley was trying to get rid of and sell stolen guns. TPSO Detectives and Tri Parish Narcotics Agents then located the suspect in a parking lot of a Texaco Station on Pumpkin Center Rd. at approximately 5:15 PM on 5.5.09 and placed him into custody.

The investigation revealed that Cody Easley, 17 attended and left the funeral of the complainant’s husband. While everyone was attending the funeral, Easley burglarized the home. During Easley’s arrest, detectives located several of the missing s guns, shells and one vest. TPSO and LPSO Narcotics Agents conducted a search of Easley’s residence and recovered the rest of the stolen items. These items included one Taurus 9mm pistol, one 12 gauge shotgun, a Springfield shotgun and a Rugar Mini 30. The additional vest was also recovered along with illegal narcotics.

Easley was booked and charged with aggravated burglary, theft of fire arms and 1 ct of possession of stolen firearms. Additional charges on Easley are still pending. Easley may also be facing charges from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

SUMNER HIGH Mock Fatality Event

SUMNER HIGH Mock Fatality Event - HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge Jewel. M. Sumner High School for hosting their second annual mock car crash on Thursday April 30, 2009. Project STEP was facilitated on campus in Cowboy Stadium. Project STEP (Safety Takes Ever Person) is a teenage driving awareness program that promotes safe driving among teens. It is made possible through two grants: one is funded by the Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of Lt. Governor Mitchell J. Landrieu and the other grant is from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.

“Sumner High School is not in this battle alone,” stated Angela Shockley, a teacher at Sumner High School. “The community along with Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Coroner Dr. Rick Foster, Louisiana State Police, Acadian Ambulance, Amite Fire Chief, Bruce Curter, Kentwood Fire Department, McKneely-Vaughn Funeral Home, Coon’s Auto Salvage, Kentwood Spring Water, and Kentwood Co-Op joined forces to bring the seriousness of drinking and driving to over 850 students and adults,” she continued.

Sheriff Edwards addressed the crown and in particular the students by stating the consequences students may face if they are caught drinking and driving or become involved in a crash while impaired. Sheriff Edwards continued to state that driving under the influence of prescription drugs is just as serious of a crime as drunk driving. “If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need our help or need a ride home, please call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office” Edwards states. “Once you get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired, it’s too late. This demonstration is as real as it gets. Take it serious and learn from this experience.” he continued.

This Mock Crash demonstration was under the direction of Angela Shockley, Lesley Bridges, and Lisa Piner, teachers at Jewel M. Sumner. Shockley added “this would not be possible without the sincere dedication of those who volunteered their services and time for our event.”

Body Of Missing Robert Man Found on Monday May 4, 2009.

ROBERT, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4, 2009, Deputy Nathan Manton responded to 47167 Hwy 445 in reference to a missing person.

Upon arrival, Deputy Manton made contact with the complainant who stated she had not seen Michael Younger, 44 of 47167 Hwy 445 in Robert, LA. since Friday May 1, 2009, at approximately 6:30 AM. Younger was living in a camper trailer behind a residence in Robert, LA. Family and fiends tried endlessly to contact Younger to no avail. Deputy Manton took the information regarding Mr. Younger and was advised that Younger was driving a 2006 white Ford Focus.

After a search for Younger’s vehicle, Deputy Manton advised Sgt. S. Finn that he located Younger’s vehicle in the parking lot of a local grocery store. Deputy Manton reported that as he approached the vehicle, he could see a male, later identified as Younger, lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive. Acadian Ambulance Services arrived on scene to assess the subject. At this time, it was reported that Younger was deceased. The cause of death is under investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Corner’s Office. Criminal involvement is not suspected at this time.

Arrest of W. Lucas

Arrest of W. Lucas - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4, 2009, Deputy Sean Scott arrested William Aubry Lucas, 54 of 12148 Arcola Rd. in Roseland, LA on charges of simple battery, unauthorized entry of an inhibited dwelling and theft.

Upon arrival at the Amite Police Department, Deputy Scott met with the complainant who stated she had been receiving inappropriate text messages from her land lord William A. Lucas. After the complainant replied that Lucas was not welcomed at her home, he showed up at her residence and came inside uninvited. She stated the doors were locked and didn’t know how he got inside. She advised he then grabbed her after a verbal argument, shook her and threw her around hitting her against walls in her hall way. She stated during the struggle he took her cell phone and then left the residence. Deputy Scott observed the victim to be very upset crying. The victim also had a cut on her jaw line. Deputy Scott took a written statement from the victim and charges were signed against Lucas for his alleged behavior.

Deputy Scott then made contact with Lucas at his residence. Upon arrival, Deputy Scott advised Lucas of his rights and placed him under arrest. Lucas faces charged of simple battery, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and theft. He was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged.

Arrest of Kentwood Resident

Arrest of Kentwood Resident - AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4, 2009, Dy. Dustin McDonald responded to Baytown Hills Rd. in reference to a simple battery which resulted in the arrest of Hunter Cole Zachary, 23 of 25328 Odell Walker Rd. in Kentwood, LA.

Upon arrival at the Baytown Hills Rd. residence, deputies made contact with the complainant who stated that Hunter Zachary tried on numerous occasions to engage in a fight with him. Once Zachary realized that the complainant was not going to participate in that behavior, Zachary forcibly began to attack the complainant. At this time, deputies observed injuries on the complainant which were consistent with his statement.

Deputies then made contact with the suspect and advised him that he was under arrest on charges of simple battery, disturbing the peace and 1 outstanding FTA. He was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was charged and properly booked for his offenses.

Sobriety Check Point Update

Sobriety Check Point Update - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on the evening of Thursday April 30, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Hammond Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, LA. The sobriety checkpoint resulted in five DWI arrests, seven Intoxilizer breath tests, sixteen roadside field sobriety tests and twenty two citations on various charges. In total, deputies and officers stopped and checked a total of 467 cars.

Additionally in the early morning hours of Friday April 1, 2009, TPSO Deputy Ashley Adams, engaged in purist of a subject who refused to comply with deputies verbal commands to bring his vehicle to a complete stop. The subject slowed down as he was passing deputies then sped off in an aggressive manner. Upon coming in contact with the driver, Bradley Willis, it was discovered that Willis was unable to produce a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance. It was learned that Willis had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Willis, 30 of 15067 of Amite, LA was transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked and charged with having three outstanding warrants, obedience to a police officer, no proof of insurance, no driver’s license and open container in a vehicle.


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