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Ponchatoula Man Arrested For Breaking Into Church

Ponchatoula Man Arrested For Breaking Into Church  - PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division arrested one Ethan Ferrant, (w/m DOB 1.25.91) of 18555 Weinberger Rd. in Ponchatoula. Ferrant was arrested and charged with simple burglary, resisting arrest by flight and simple criminal damage to property.

On 6.29.09, in the early morning hours, Ferrant forced his way into the French Corner Church on Teel Rd. in Ponchatoula. Upon entering the church, Ferret attempted to pry open the safe with a tire tool causing it severe damage. After his attempt failed, he then forced his way into an adjacent building and went to sleep in a guest apartment owned by the church. When the pastor arrived later that morning he discovered Ferrant sleeping on the sofa in the apartment. He quickly left and then called the sheriff’s office. Ferrant, realizing that he had been detected, fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Ferrant was apprehended without incident.

Ferrant was then transported to the TPSO where he was charged and booked for his offenses. Currently Ferrant has been denied bond.

Ponchatoula Man Arrested For Breaking Into Church

Ponchatoula Man Arrested For Breaking Into Church  - PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division arrested one Ethan Ferrant, (w/m DOB 1.25.91) of 18555 Weinberger Rd. in Ponchatoula. Ferrant was arrested and charged with simple burglary, resisting arrest by flight and simple criminal damage to property.

On 6.29.09, in the early morning hours, Ferrant forced his way into the French Corner Church on Teel Rd. in Ponchatoula. Upon entering the church, Ferret attempted to pry open the safe with a tire tool causing it severe damage. After his attempt failed, he then forced his way into an adjacent building and went to sleep in a guest apartment owned by the church. When the pastor arrived later that morning he discovered Ferrant sleeping on the sofa in the apartment. He quickly left and then called the sheriff’s office. Ferrant, realizing that he had been detected, fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Ferrant was apprehended without incident.

Ferrant was then transported to the TPSO where he was charged and booked for his offenses. Currently Ferrant has been denied bond.

CRIME STOPPERS

Crime Stoppers

INDEPENDENCE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the three suspects in this photo that are wanted in connection with a burglary which occurred in the Independence area.

On May 31, 2009, these suspects allegedly burglarized several vending machines at the Minute Man Grocery Store on US 51 in Independence.

Anyone having information leading to the identification and arrest of these individuals is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Detective Ray Lentz at 985.748.3336.

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested For Kidnapping

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested For Kidnapping - Arrested:
David L. Beauchamp
Black / Male, DOB: 4/20/60
43223 Baker Lane,
Hammond, LA

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

In recent weeks, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives have been arresting convicted sex offenders who are in non compliance. “Convicted sex offenders have certain obligations that they must perform which are imposed on them by the courts. For example, they must keep the sheriff’s office informed as to their current residence, employment, and other information. The convicted sex offenders that we have recently targeted have in some way not met their obligations, which is a criminal violation.” ---Sheriff Daniel Edwards

One of the convicted sex offenders who was recently arrested is David L. Beauchamp. Beauchamp was convicted in 1998 for Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and as a result is a registered sex offender. Beauchamp had failed to comply with his obligations as a sex offender and was arrested by detectives on June 9, 2009. After his June 9 arrest, Beauchamp made bond, completed his sex offender registration responsibilities before leaving the jail, and was released.

On June 26, 2009, Beauchamp was arrested and charged with Simple Kidnapping, after he removed a small child from the custody of an ex-wife and refused to return the child to its mother. Although Beauchamp is a step father to the child, he is not the biological father and has no legal custody rights to the child.

“This case illustrates that even with the new laws that focus on sex offenders and public safety, sex offenders can still be dangerous even when they are meeting their sex offender compliance obligations. It also serves as a warning that we must not let our guard down with regard to convicted sex offenders.” -----Sheriff Daniel Edwards

In recent weeks Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies working together with other area law enforcement agencies have arrested 33 convicted sex offenders who were in non compliance.

“We are doing everything possible within the law to insure that convicted sex offenders in our community are fulfilling their registration obligations. The public can gather information on sex offenders in our community by visiting the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.tpso.org and clicking on the Sex Offenders link”----Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Ponchatoula man arrested for burglary

Ponchatoula man arrested for burglary - PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputy John Edwards arrested a Ponchatoula man for breaking into a residence on Lavigne Rd.

On June 28, 2009 Deputy John Edwards, responded to 17135 Levine in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon Arrival, Deputy Edwards made contact with the suspect Kevin Johnson, 36 of Ponchatoula. Johnson was fleeing from the west window where he removed an air conditioner window unit to gain entry into the residence. Johnson was in the residence when deputies arrived without the home owner’s permission. After a short foot pursuit, Johnson was taken into custody without incident. Deputy Edwards was soon advised that Johnson had several outstanding FTA`s and was on probation for introduction of contraband into the TPSO Jail.

Kevin Johnson was arrested and formally charged with burglary of an inhibited dwelling, simple battery, simple assault, criminal damage to property and one FTA.

New web system allows citizens to pay traffic fines online at Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff\'s Office

Drivers unfortunate enough to receive a traffic ticket in Tangipahoa can now reach for the plastic and a computer when paying.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office recently announced an online payment option for most of the traffic citations it issues. Credit card or debit card payments can now be made over the Internet at www.tpso.org without leaving the comfort of home or office.

“This solution enhances the public’s access to the court, makes us available 24 hours a day, and greatly increases the court’s efficiency through the use of technology, all at no cost to the taxpayer. This represents all we hope to see in an effective judicial system.” Edwards states.

With the implementation of this service, Tangipahoa is keeping pace with the increasing trend towards online payments. Online bill payment has been steadily increasing and in the past year accounted for approximately 35 percent of all bills paid – compared to only 37 percent paid by check. Drivers receiving traffic tickets in Tangipahoa now have access to the same convenient method of payment they have grown used to for purchasing goods and services the internet has made available.

Although there are some tickets issued where a court appearance is mandated, on days when court is held most people showing up just want to pay their ticket and satisfy minor offenses like running a stop sign or not wearing a seat belt. This is a perfect way to do it without taking time off from work or losing time with family at home. “The online payment program provides much needed reduction in the court docket and foot traffic into the courthouse while bringing more revenue into the city. This is a real plus for the city, the court system and the offender. Everybody wins.” …Sheriff Daniel Edwards

WANTED SUSPECT

WANTED SUSPECT - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday June 24, 2009, Deputy Cragg Fitz responded to the Quick’s Red and White Store on Wardline Rd. in Hammond in reference to a robbery.

Upon arrival, Deputy Fitz spoke with the victim who advised that after cashing a check, a b/m came up behind her and grabbed her purse. The suspect then fled on foot. The complainant stated that he was wearing a white shirt and khaki shorts. Deputy Fitz alerted additional units of the suspect and his possible whereabouts. Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and his K9 companion Emir quickly began to canvas the suspected area for the suspect. K9 Emir tracked to the back door of an abandoned apartment. After giving several loud verbal commands, Deputy Dean deployed K9 Emir into the apartment. At this time, Deputy Dean located the victim’s stolen purse at the foot of the stairs. The purse contained the complainant’s personal information. Deputy Dean also advised that the apartment was clear and it appeared the suspect had already left.

After further investigation, deputies were able to identify the suspect as being Lenorris Keys (dob 11.18.91) of Apt. 20-A of Tangi Village. Deputies attempted to locate Keys but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Keys on the charge of simple burglary. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Keys is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.902.2088.

MISSING PERSON

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating Abdul "Jibril" Alexander (33YOA) of Kellie Drive in Hammond, LA.


Jibril was reported missing on June 21, 2009 at approximately 1:00am. Fibril is believed to be on foot and was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a muscle shirt.


Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Fibril is asked to please contact Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Raymond Mauterer at 985.902.2088.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Burglary Suspects Arrest

AMITE, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday June 23rd 2009, Dy. Corey Michelli was dispatched to Hudspeth’s Trailer Park regarding a Burglary in progress. While enroute, Dy. Michelli was informed that the suspects left the trailer park in a green colored pick up truck and they were pulling a utility trailer.

Dy. Leo Tate observed the vehicle traveling north bound on Puleston Rd. Dy. Michelli and Dy. Darrell Michael then initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle on Hwy. 16. The driver Tommy Bennett and the passenger Kevin Sackett were immediately detained by deputies pending investigation. The complainant soon arrived on the scene and stated that he was advised by one of his worker's that the two subjects were loading bed rails and a Kenmore Dryer that belong to Hudspeth’s Trailer Park. The bed rails and dryer were said to be outside one rent trailer and they were intended to go inside another which was being repaired.

At this time, the suspects stated that the owner gave them permission to take the items in question. Dy. Michelli checked for open warrants on both suspects and learned that Kevin Sackett had a FTA for 2cts. of Simple Burglary. While conducting a search incidental to the arrest, a glass jar containing clear plastic bags of a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, was located inside the glove compartment. There was also a strong odor of marijuana coming from a green duffle bag which was sitting on the front seat. Upon opening the bag, a digital scale, along with several plastic bags of green leafy like substance believed to be marijuana, was discovered.

As a result of the investigation, Tommy Bennett, 37 of Opal Bennett Rd. in Amite was charged with Theft and Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana. Kevin Sackett, 23 of Opal Bennett Rd. in Amite was charged with 1-FTA and Theft. Both suspects were transported to the TPSO jail where they were booked.

Dirt Bikes Lead To the Discovery of 26 Marijuana Plants

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 06-20-2009, Deputy Kirby Varnado responded to Drake Rd in reference to a complaint by a concerned citizen who stated that two subjects on dirt bikes were racing up and down the road. Deputy Varnado was advised that the subjects riding the bikes were two black males, one on a red dirt bike and the other on a white dirt bike.

As Deputy Varnado arrived at the intersection of Illinois Jones Rd and Drake Rd, he observed a black male on a red dirt bike sitting in the middle of the roadway approximately one quarter mile down the road. As the deputy turned onto Drake Rd, the dirt bike entered the woods on the west side of Drake Rd which is considered to be in Livingston Parish. Deputy Varnado was unable to make a positive identification of the rider at this time. Varnado continued to patrol the area for the white dirt bike. Within minutes, Deputy Varnado located the white dirt bike on the east side of Drake Rd occupied by a black male identified as a juvenile. As Deputy Varnado made contact with the juvenile, he learned that the dirt bike he was riding was not his and belonged to a subject only known as Twiggy. During this time, the juvenile’s mother arrived and spoke with Deputy Varnado. The juvenile’s mother made the young man get off of the bike and allowed Deputy Varnado to have the bike towed for further investigation. Deputy Varnado observed that the bike was spray painted white over its original green color.

While waiting on the wrecker service, Deputy Varnado was contacted by Dy. Tony Edwards of Livingston Parish SO. Dy. Edwards advised that he engaged in pursuit with the red motorcycle and that he had the subject in custody. Dy. Edwards advised that the red dirt bike had been reported stolen the previous date in Livingston Parish. He also advised that the rider he had in custody advised him that the bike was stolen by a Nicholas Sturdavant, 19 yoa of Kellie Dr. in Hammond. He also stated that Sturdavant was at the residence on Drake Rd in Tangipahoa Parish. TPSO Dy. Mike Dean and Varnado met with Dy. Edwards, Dy. Jason Harris, Dy. Ronnie Sharp and Detective Reese Holden all of Livingston Parish SO. Dy. Edwards led all deputies to 46406 Drake Rd in an attempt to locate Sturdavant in reference to the stolen dirt bikes.

Upon arriving at 46406 Drake Rd. Deputy Varnado was greeted at the front door by the homeowner. Deputies asked the homeowner if Sturdavant was inside the residence. At this time the homeowner called Sturdavant to the door. Sturdavant was detained and turned over to LPSO detectives. Det. Holden and other deputies were invited inside of the residence to speak with the homeowner. While speaking to detectives, the homeowner advised deputies that he did not have any stolen property at his residence. The homeowner, Terrel Burton – 28 yoa, advised deputies that they could look around if they wanted. After looking around the residence, Dy. Edwards advised that he located approx twenty six suspected marijuana plants behind the residence. At this time Terrel Burton was advised that he was under arrest for LRS 14:966 A1 Cultivation of Marijuana.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents were called to the scene to properly process the plants as evidence. This investigation is on going. Pending investigation, additional charges on stated subjects may be forthcoming.

Shots Fired at Carpenter\'s Landing

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at approximately 7:30pm, Deputy Josephe. Gasquet and Deputy Albert Sharp were dispatched to Carpenters Landing in reference to a disturbance with weapons. Deputies were advised that shots had been fired and one subject was wounded.

Upon Deputy Gasquet and Deputy Sharp's arrival, they observed three four-wheelers parked at the end of Carpenters Landing with no subjects were in sight. As deputies exited their units, they could hear yelling from the woods just north of Carpenters Landing. Deputies Gasquet and Sharp began walking down trails in the woods towards the beach where they located several subjects. At this time, Deputies observed a male victim to have gun shot wound to the left leg. Deputy Gasquet attempted to interview the victim who refused to make any statements about what happened. He just kept yelling "I don’t know" multiple times. Majority of the subjects on scene were very animated and hard to understand. Many of the subjects had been at the river drinking alcoholic beverages for the majority of the day. Hammond Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service arrived on scene and transported the victim to North Oaks Hospital for medical treatment and later released.

Deputy Gasquet then spoke several witnesses who advised they had just arrived on their four-wheelers when they heard a disturbance on the beach. All three watched the disturbance from the top of Carpenters Landing. At some point during the disturbance, an unknown subject armed himself with a gun and fired several times. Because of their distance from the disturbance they could not tell exactly who was shooting and could not provide a description of any of the subjects. They could provide a description of the subjects that left after the shots were fired. The witnesses stated that two females and two males exited the woods and entered vehicles and left the area.

Deputy Gasquet then spoke with several subjects who were said to be with the victim. The subjects advised that an unknown group of three white males and two white females arrived at the beach. After engaging in an argument began about fire wood, two of the males from the second group grabbed two 22 caliber rifles that were near the camping tents and began threatening the group. One subject stated that he wrestled one of the guns away from one of the subjects and threw it into the woods. A short time after, the other subject shot a round that struck the victim in the leg. The subjects stated that anywhere from one to six shots were fired.

Deputy Sharp then deployed his K-9 companion Titan to located one of the firearms that was reported thrown into the woods. K9 Titan was able to successfully locate and retrieve the weapon used in the shooting.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to please contact TPSO Detective Gary Baham at 985.902.2088.

TPSO INVESTIGATES SHOOTING IN PONCHATOULA

PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 18, 2009, at approximately 1831 hours, Deputies Jonathan Williams, David Copeland, Jonathan Edwards and Sergeant Michael Russell were dispatched to 26205 Harvey Lavigne Rd. in reference to a disturbance with weapons.

While enroute, deputies learned that shots had been fired as the result of an alleged domestic matter. The caller stated that she shot her husband several times and could not advise if he was still breathing.

Upon arrival, deputies secured the scene and observed the victim, John W. Lay Jr., 55, lying on the ground in a pool of blood. Deputies observed Lay to have a gun shot wound to the upper abdomen and was unresponsive. Acadian was immediately dispatched. Upon Acadian’s arrival, paramedics advised deputies that the victim John Lay was deceased.

This investigation is on going. The shooter, Elizabeth Lay, 50 of Harvey Lavigne Rd., has not been charged of a crime at this time. Detectives state that pending investigation, charges may be forthcoming.

CRIME STOPPERS REWARD

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Detective Dayle Athmann of the Criminal Investigations Division is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding a burglary which occurred on June 19, 2009 at 43052 Yokum Road in Ponchatoula at the Harvest World Outreach.

At approximately 5:00am this morning, Deputy Roach responded to the stated address in reference to a call for service. Deputy Roach arrived at the scene and met with a subject who advised that he discovered severe damage to several areas of the building. Multiple windows in the building were also found to been broken and much of the area vandalized. As an assessment of the property was being made, it was discovered that a $15,000 television camera had been taken and removed from the building. The extent of the property loss and damages will exceed approximately $20,000.

At this time, we are asking anyone who may have information regarding this burglary to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.524.5245 or TPSO Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

TPSO Make Arrest In Burglary Case

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 6/18/2009, James Bradley Willis, 30 of 15067 Hwy 16 Amite, La was arrested by Detectives for the September 22, 2008 burglary of the K & B Automotive Center located on Hwy 16 Amite.

Detectives obtained a lead in the case by Willis leaving blood on the scene from a cut which he sustained during the burglary. Detective Ray Lentz collected the blood sample and submitted it to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The sample was then run through the State DNA Index System (SDIS) which was matched and confirmed with the known sample of Willis. Willis's DNA was on file due to a 2004 conviction for simple robbery.

On June 18, 2009, Detective Ray Lents made contact with Willis and placed him under arrest for this crime without incident.

CHABAUD, Sentenced

CHABAUD, Sentenced - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following:

ARTHUR CHABAUD, age (34), a resident of Tangipahoa Parish, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Lance Africk for participating in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

On January 14, 2007, CHABAUD, Mandy Farrell, Megan Hood, and Sylvia Stewart (deceased) were attempting to manufacture methamphetamine in a trailer that belonged to Mandy Farrell. During the cooking process a spark
from a blender ignited the other chemicals used to cook the methamphetamine and caused an explosion. The entire trailer exploded and was destroyed. Co-conspirator Megan Hood and CHABAUD both received second degree burns from the explosion. Sylvia Stewart suffered third degree burns over most of her body and subsequently died from her injuries. Mandy Farrell was not injured in the explosion and her six year old son escaped without injury as well.

Mandy Farrell and Megan Hood both pled guilty on February 4, 2009 in case number 08-254 “R”, to endangering a human life while attempting to manufacturing methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 858. Both have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the conspiracy. Farrell was sentenced to serve 63 months and Hood was sentenced to serve 39 months in jail.

Today, Judge Lance Africk sentenced CHABAUD to serve 210 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release. In pronouncing the sentence Judger Africk noted that CHABAUD had a prior conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports:

INDEPENDENCE, LA - On June 17, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the City of Independence’s Administration regarding reports that a computer technician discovered possible images of child pornography on a city owned computer.

With full support and cooperation from the City’s Administration and the Chief of Police, detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded and forensically examined the suspect computer. “After conducting an onsite forensic preview of the suspect computer, detectives located images depicting minor children being sexually abused.” ---Sheriff Daniel Edwards

The investigation quickly lead detectives to the suspect, Brian Louis Burnthorne, who held a position with the Independence Police Department. After the forensic examination, Burnthorne was taken into custody by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives.

Arrested Subject:

Brian Louis Burnthorne
24661 Abernathy
Springfield, LA 70462
DOB: 8/15/74; White/Male; 34 years old

Charge: Pornography involving juveniles 14:81.1

TPSO DEPUTIES ARREST INTRUDER

TPSO DEPUTIES ARREST INTRUDER - TANGIPAHOA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday June 16, 2009, Marcus Kagley, 36 of 71007 Pittman Rd. in Kentwood, LA was arrested and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhibited dwelling, two counts of resisting an officer and violating a protective order.

At approximately 10:15pm, Deputy Ashley Adams responded to Purvis's Bar on LA. 440 in reference to a property check. The complainant stated that she feared someone was inside of a trailer which was located on the corner of their property. Neighbors claimed that they could see some type of flickering light coming from inside of the trailer when no one was said to be at home.

As deputies arrived at the residence, the homeowner gave deputies permission to enter and search the residence for an intruder. The complainant also stated that she had a protective order against one Marcus Kagley and that he had threatened to burn down her trailer in the past. At this time, Deputy Adams and Deputy John Eady gave several loud verbal commands announcing their presence before entering the residence. Once inside, they searched the home and observed a b/m subject hiding under the bed in the master bedroom. The subject, later identified as Marcus Kagley, refused to comply with deputies commands. Deputies had to physically remove the bed from its original position to apprehend Kagley. Kagley was then arrested and transported to the TPSO Jail where was formally booked and charged for his offenses.

UPDATE: Drowning Victim

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office reports that the body of a five year old female victim was found at approximately 10:31am this morning at Carpenters Landing in Hammond, La.

On June 17, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a possible drowning of a five yoa b/f. TPSO deputies, TPSO Flotilla search and rescue, Wildlife and Fisheries and HFD all arrived on scene and immediately began the search for the young girl. The search continued into the late evening hours and resumed at daybreak this morning. St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived with two divers and LASAR - Louisiana Search and Rescue also arrived with two cadaver dogs to aid in the search. At approximately at 10:31am, St John Parish SO divers located the female victim in about 18 foot of water lodged under tree branches, approximately 25 from the river bank. The body was then taken to the TP Coroners office for further investigation.

On June 17, 2009, the child’s mother, Kim Miller was arrested on narcotics charges after the initial investigation led by TPSO Juvenile Detective Beth Russell. Schedule IV Narcotics were found to be in Miller’s possession at the time of the drowning. It is undetermined at this time if the mother was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the child’s death. The investigation is on going at this time. Blood samples were taken for the mother and sent to the crime lab for analysis. Pending results, additional charges on Miller may be forthcoming.

Kim Miller
43262 Robinson Road
Hammond, LA
DOB – 8.16.76

Charges: Possession of schedule IV narcotics and child desertion.

LOST Horse

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 7, 2009, Detective Jill Hutchenson located the pictured horse on Happywoods Road in Hammond, LA. We are asking for your assistance in reuniting this horse with its proper owner. If you have any information regarding this horse, please contact TPSO Det. Jill Hutchenson at 985.345.6150.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Two Arrested in Kiwanis Park

PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 15, 2009, Narcotic Agents arrested two subjects in Kiwanis Park on narcotics charges. Kiwanis Park is inside of the city limits of Ponchatoula and is a designated drug free zone.

At approximately 7:00pm, Preston McLaughlin and Tamyrah Tilley were arrested as they allegedly planned to sell methamphetamines out of McLaughlin’s vehicle at Kiwanis Park in Ponchatoula. While patrolling the park, agents observed the two subjects sitting in a dark colored Avalanche near the entrance of the park. After a few moments of observing, agents noticed two small children exit the vehicle and make their way to a near by bench. Agents then proceeded to approach the duo as a result of multiple complaints that drug activity was taking place in the park area. As agents made contact and spoke with both suspects, they could see that Tilley has something in her mouth. Agents advised Tilley to remove the contents from her mouth so they could better understand her responses. At this time, Tilley attempted to swallow the contents, however had trouble doing so. After a few moments, Tilley expelled the contents from her mouth which were later identified as 13 grams of methamphetamines. The 13 grams of meth were stored in individual small baggies allegedly made for distribution.

Agents immediately contacted Juvenile Detective Beth Russell and OCS. Upon investigation, Detective Russell was able to release the children, a b/m age 4 and a b/f age 5, to the custody of their grandmother.

Agents then placed the two suspects into custody and transported them to the TPSO Jail where they were properly booked and charged.

Preston McLaughlin, 4.30.71 of 1337 19th Street in Gulfport, MS was charged with possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, possession of schedule II narcotics, child endangerment and distribution of schedule II narcotics in a drug free zone.

Tamyrah Tilley, 29 of 147 Murray Rd. in Hammond, LA was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, child endangerment and distribution of schedule II narcotics in a drug free zone.

Deputies Find Unknown Female Sleeping Inside of a Ponchatoula Residence

PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 16, 2009, at approximately 1:35am, Dy. Dustin McDonald responded to 40190 Brown Rd. in reference to an unknown white female who was found inside of the stated residence.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that when the complainant arrived home, he discovered an unknown white female subject in his bedroom. As deputies entered the residence, they made contact with the female who was lying in the complainant’s bed. The female identified herself as Danielle Pleasanton. Deputies observed that Pleasanton exhibited slurred speech and appeared to be intoxicated. Pleasanton also could not explain why she was in the complainant’s residence.

At this time, Pleasanton, 40 of 150 Grove St. in Ponchatoula, LA. was taken into custody and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhibited dwelling. Pleasanton was then transported to the TPSO Jail where was properly booked.

TPSO AGENTS SHUT DOWN MET LAB IN ROBERT, LA

TPSO AGENTS SHUT DOWN MET LAB IN ROBERT, LA - ROBERT, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on June 10, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested three female subjects on multiple drug charges including ten counts of manufacturing methamphetamines.

At approximately 7:30pm, agents initiated a traffic stop on Hwy. 445 and I-12 which resulted in the arrest of Cathy Bennett (dob 4.22.65) of 27400 Augusta Lane in Holden and Stephanie Rhodus (dob 11.9.66) of 25455 Rhodus Rd. in Holden. At this time, both female subjects were taken into custody on narcotics related charges. During the traffic stop, Bennett stated that they had just left a Robert residence where they participated in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Agents then arrived at 23261 Hwy. 190 in Robert and knocked at the door. Katherine C. Arledge, met with agents and signed a consent to search request giving agents permission to search the residence. Upon entry, agents learned that Arledge’s two small grandchildren children were also living in the residence, an 18 month w/f and a four yoa w/m. As agents continued the search, they discovered in the master bedroom a blue container which contained precursor materials used in the manufacturing of meth along with two disposed one pot method meth labs, meth oil and methamphetamines. Agents also located in the master bedroom closet a garbage bag containing used components of a meth lab along with another disposed one pot method meth lab.

In the children’s room (the second bedroom), agents found a garbage bag which contained used components of a meth lad and six disposed one pot method meth labs and three hydrogen chloride gas generators. Additionally in the children’s closet, agents located a cardboard box containing used components of a meth lab and two disposed one pot method labs.

Agents immediately contacted Acadian Ambulance Services to assess the children. OCS and TPSO Juvenile Detective Chris Perry quickly arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. After the children were transported to NOMC for precautionary measures, they were released to the custody of OCS.

Katherine Arledge was arrested and charged with TEN counts of manufacturing schedule II narcotics, TEN counts of operation of clandestine lab, child endangerment, Four FTA’s and one FTA for issuing worthless checks.

Stephanie Rhodus was arrested and charged with TEN counts of manufacturing schedule II narcotics, TEN counts of operation of clandestine lab, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II narcotics and child endangerment.

Cathy Bennett was arrested and formally charged with TEN counts of manufacturing schedule II narcotics, TEN counts of operation of clandestine lab, possession of schedule II narcotics, improper lane use and child endangerment.

TPSO K9's

TPSO K9's - PONCHATOULA, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office K9 Unit visited the Chappepeela District Cub Scout Day Camp which was held at Roseryville in Ponchatoula last week. TPSO Deputies shared with the scouts the important role that the TPSO K9 dogs play in law enforcement. The dogs then showed off their expert skills for the boys.

Pictured are L-R - TPSO K9 DY. Henry Neihaus/ Trigger, Dy. Mike Dean Jr. / Emir Gilberto Gonzalez, Orin Colvin, Jeremy Davis, Andrew Feeeman, Matthew Kuebler, Sgt. Steven Redmond/Bart, Dy. Albert Sharp/Titan

Michael Arbour, Luc Bradon and Tyler Owens

Back row – Sgt. Tommy Ferrand / Kazon

Two Suspects Wanted For Drive-By Shooting

HAMMOND, LA - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting which occurred April 25, 2009 in Roseland, La.

The shooting took place as the result of an argument between several male subjects. As a result of the investigation, Detectives are asking for your assistance in locating Emmanuel C. Coleman, 9.20.86 of 62230 Garrick Rd. in Roseland and Jim Bonds, 9.9.85 of 62232 Garrick Rd. in Roseland. Coleman is wanted for assault by a drive by shooting and Bonds is wanted on the charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Anyone having information that would lead to the arrest of these two suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Foster at 985.748.3334.

Sex Offender Round-up

Twenty – Three (23) Convicted Sex Offenders Arrested
20 Still Wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

In recent weeks, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives have acquired 43 arrest warrants on convicted sex offenders who are believed to be in non-compliance with sex offender registration obligations. Twenty-three of these sex offenders have been arrested.

“Convicted sex offenders have certain obligations that they must perform which are imposed on them by the courts. For example, they must keep the sheriff’s office informed as to their current residence, employment, and other information. The convicted sex offenders that we have recently targeted have in some way not met their obligations, which is a criminal violation.” ---Sheriff Daniel Edwards

For the past several weeks, detectives have been tracking down convicted sex offenders whose last known residences were within Tangipahoa Parish. This week a multi-agency “round up” took place resulting in several arrests. Agencies participating in the “round up” include: the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Service, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Louisiana State Police, and the United States Secret Service. During the round up detectives were divided into four teams and were assigned a specific area of the parish. Detectives visited approximately one hundred and twenty residences within the parish attempting to locate these individuals. Eight of these residences were within the city limits of Hammond and two residences were within the city limits of Ponchatoula.

The sheriff’s office has now established a Sex Offender Compliance Unit which will consist of detectives who are specifically assigned to monitoring convicted sex offenders in Tangipahoa Parish.

“Although we do not have the resources to monitor every convicted sex offender 24 hours a day, I want the people of Tangipahoa Parish to know that we are doing everything possible to insure that convicted sex offenders in our community are fulfilling their registration obligations.” ---Sheriff Daniel Edwards

The primary goal of the Sex Offender Compliance Unit is to protect Tangipahoa Parish families by insuring that they have accurate, reliable information on convicted sex offenders living in their neighborhoods by way of the online sex offender registry located on the sheriff’s office website- www.tpso.org. “Maintaining accurate records requires that convicted sex offenders fulfill their obligations. Nothing less will be tolerated.” –Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Jury Duty Scam

Hammond, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Dawson Primes of Tangipahoa Parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness would like to alert you of a possible scam that has been taking place in most parts of the country. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, however enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo: your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in several states including Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington.

This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud. Please visit the following websites for more information.

http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

Rescue

LORANGER, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on the night of June 9, 2009 at approximately 10:20pm, Deputy John Edwards was dispatched to the Hwy 443 Tangipahoa River Bridge in reference to a medical emergency. Upon arrival, Deputy Edwards made with the complainant who stated that her18 year old son and a friend were tubing on the Tangipahoa River just south of the bridge when he suffered a severe cut to the foot and was said to be bleeding. The complainant also advised that the boys were said to be stranded. Deputy Edwards immediately contacted Acadian Ambulance Services and the TPSO Flotilla Unit.

Within minutes, Acadian arrived and staged at the HWY 443 Bridge as TPSO Water Patrol launched a boat just south of the bridge. Water Patrol assisted Dy John Edwards made their way down the river where they located the boys approximately three miles down the river. Both boys were then transported back to land. One of the tubers treated on the scene by Acadian for an injury sustained to the foot prior to the rescue.

Sheriff Edwards advises all who find themselves in need of assistance on waterways to please contact the sheriff’s office immediately. Many spend precious daylight hours contacting family and friends for assistance which is smart, however my department is fully equip to act quickly and facilitate a rescue. Attempting to navigate on our waterways after nightfall is dangerous and extremely difficult. Please don’t think of callings us as a last resort. It is our duty and responsibility to respond to all calls of service in our Parish.

ARREST

ARREST - Ponchatoula, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on June 7, 2009 Deputy Nathan Manton responded to 20079 Glory Rd. in reference to a disturbance with a suspect refusing to leave.

Upon arrival, Deputy Manton observed a blue, Chevy, Impala bearing LA tag # SGK547 attempting to leave the residence as Deputy Manton was pulling up. Deputy Manton made contact with to the driver of the vehicle identified as, Janet Aillet. Aillet stated that she was at the residence to check on her boyfriend. She then stated that she was there for about an hour calling and ringing his door bell. She was concerned because he just had surgery.

Deputy Manton spoke with the complainant who stated that the suspect would not leave him alone and that he did not the suspect at his residence. As Manton made contact with the Aillet again, he could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the inside of her vehicle. At this time, Aillet was detained and asked if she had anything illegal in her vehicle. Aillet replied that she did not and gave verbal consent for Deputy Manton to search the vehicle. As a result, Deputy Manton discovered a burnt marijuana cigarette which was confirmed to be so by Aillet. Manton also located a wooden pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana behind the driver’s seat.

Janet Aillet, 44 of 7536 Beekman Dr. in Baton Rouge, LA was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, possession of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Aillet was then transported to the TPSO Jail where she was properly processes.

EIGHT ARRESTED FOR RIOTING and one WANTED

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Friday June 5, 2009 TPSO Deputy Cragg Fitz responded to Coleman Park Trailer Park in reference to a disturbance with weapons. Deputy Fitz was notified by dispatch that the suspects were in a green Explorer and were armed with guns and bats.

Deputy Fitz and Deputy Kevin Stimage arrived on the scene and observed the suspect vehicle parked with several subjects standing around the vehicle holding bats. Upon seeing deputies, some of the subjects fled in various directions. The Ford Explorer then attempted to leave the location at a high rate of speed. Fitz then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Coleman Rd. With weapons drawn, Fitz and Stimage ordered the subjects out of the vehicle. Three suspects exited the vehicle and were detained by Deputy Stimage. Deputy Fitz then searched the area on foot near the trailer park. He observed three of the original suspects and advised them to get to the ground. Additional deputies arrived to assist with the case. During this time, Fitz observed another group of subjects fighting about 100 yards away. Dispatch also advised deputies that two additional subjects were beating up another male subject at a near by lot. Sgt. Terry Lane and Deputy Albert Sharp with TPSO K9 Titan responded to the area to find that the suspects already fled from the scene.

Deputy Fitz was then approached by a male subject with blood running down his face. He stated that he was just beaten up with a baseball bat and the subjects fled in an unknown direction. As deputies searched for the offenders, HPD and TPR J. Kemp arrived to assist with the search. Deputy Albert Sharp deployed K9 Titan to begin a track on the suspects. TPSO K9 Titan was able to locate and apprehend two of the fleeing suspects in a wooded area near the trailer park. Suspects were apprehended without incident.

At this time, eight suspects were detained then transported to the TPSO Sub-Station for questioning. After the investigation, deputies learned that four of the eight subjects were juveniles. During the investigation, deputies were advised that all of the subjects loaded up in the SUV with the intention to fight several subjects as the result of a fight which occurred the night before.

The adult subjects, Shelton Abron -17 yoa, 2830 Garner St. Hammond, LA, Devonte Scott, 17yoa, 638 Cedar Lane, Ponchatoula, LA, Charles Gales, 17 of 178090 E. Coleman Park in Hammond, LA and Matthew Abron, 20 yoa of 46269 N. Cherry St. in Hammond, LA, were charged with disturbing the peace, inciting to riot and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

WANTED in this case for aggravated battery and criminal damage to property is Dorin Sellers, 21 of 11410 Coleman Park in Hammond, LA. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sellers is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.345.6150.

The four juveniles were cited with 1 count disturbing the peace by fighting and inciting to riot. All juvenile subjects were released to the custody of their parents.

Murder Suspect Wanted

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is asking for your assistance in locating Walter Charles Gibson (DOB 5.4.74) b/m of 41074 Range Road in Ponchatoula, LA.

Gibson is wanted in connection with a murder that took place at approximately 4:00am this morning on Willow Villa Road in Hammond, LA. Kimberly Knox (DOB 9.3.78) of Willow Villa Road was gunned down this morning in her front yard. Gibson, Knox’s estranged boyfriend, was waiting outside of her residence when he saw Knox exit her home and attempt to walk to her vehicle. Gibson then allegedly fired four shots at Knox resulting in her death. Gibson is being charged for first degree murder.

This investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information regarding this case or anyone knowing the whereabouts of Gibson is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO Detective mike Dean Sr. at 985.748-3343.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

TWO ARRESTED FOR CRIME SPREE IN HAMMOND, LA

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report the arrest of two Hammond men responsible for sixteen burglaries which occurred between the hours of 1:00 and 9:00 am on the morning of June 5, 2009.

During the early morning hours of June 5, 2009, Jmarcus Watson and Brandon Hurst began burglarizing vehicles and one residence in the Hammond area. The vehicle burglaries began around 1:00 am at several apartment complexes on W. Yellow Water Rd, Lumino Lane and Village Dr. The duo also decided to burglarize a home on Lumino Lane. By 9:00 am, the tally stood at fifteen vehicle burglaries and one residential burglary.

With limited information from the victims, Deputy Cragg Fitz was able to identify and locate the suspects. At approximately 10:15 am, Sgt. Terry Lane, Deputy Fitz observed the suspects arrive at an apartment in Highland Village where the duo was suspected to be visiting. Upon making contact, both suspects surrendered to deputies.

After a thorough investigation led by TPSO Detectives, the two suspects were formally charged and booked on fifteen counts of simple burglary and one count burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Approximately $5k in property was recovered and is being returned to the proper owners.

Great work Deputy Fitz, Sgt. Lane and TPSO Detectives Gary Baham, Kenny Schliegelmeyer, R. Mauterer and Dayle Athamnn!!!

Jmarcus Watson, 3.14.91 of W. Alabama St. in Hammond, LA

Brandon Hurst, 3.18.91 of 55180 Mandella Rd. in Independence, LA.

Independence Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Battery

Independence Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Battery - TICKFAW, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Detective Jill Hutchenson charged Tommy Brooks, 37 of HWY 1054 in Independence, LA with multiple counts of aggravated battery.

On June 3, 2009, Deputy Travis Graham responded to a call for service to a residence in Tickfaw, LA. Upon arrival, Deputy Graham observed obvious signs of abuse on the victim and accepted charges on the offender. Brooks was later apprehended and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked and charged with second degree aggravated battery, aggravated battery and one FTA. After further investigation, on June 4, 2009, Brooks was charged with an additional count of second degree aggravated battery and placed with a protective order.
Additional charges on Brooks may be forthcoming.

SUPPORTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY

SUPPORTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office presents Independence Mayor Mike Ragusa and Police Chief Anthony Maurer with ten bullet proof vests for the city of Independence. These vests were made available through Sheriff Edwards and a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bullet Proof Vests Partnership Program (BVP Program). With this grant, fifty percent of the funding is provided by the Department of Justice and the remaining funds are provided by Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Since taking office in 2004, Sheriff Edwards has worked to secure approximately $3 million in federal and state grants to provide the tools needed to better serve the sheriff’s office, our deputies our community. The Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program is just one of the resource programs Sheriff Edwards has made available to support to our local law enforcement partners. On June 3, 2009, Sheriff Edwards also presented fifteen new vests to the TPSO Mounted Division.

Since 2006, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has purchased 128 vests costing in excess of $58,000 funded through the BPV Program at a 50/50 match. Currently, Sheriff Edwards has approximately $3.5 million in applications pending with various state and federal agencies that support law enforcement.


Pictured BPV 1 - Independence Mayor Ragusa, Sheriff Edwards and Chief of Police A. Maurer

TWO SUSPECTS CAUGHT IN THE ACT

TICKFAW, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying two suspects, one white female and one black male, driving a Gold Jeep Liberty who are caught in the act of stealing properly from a Tickfaw resident.

At approximately 11:15 am on June 3, 2009, two suspects were caught attempting to steal a dirt bike and a generator from a resident on Johnson Lane in Tickfaw, LA. The suspects had the two stated items loaded in the back bed of their pickup truck when they were confronted by one of the residents. As the suspects jumped into their vehicle to flee, the resident grabbed the dirt bike causing both items to fall out of the truck and onto the ground. The suspects then sped off and were last seen driving on Hwy. 1064.

Anyone having information that could lead to the identity of these two suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.345.6150.

TEENS Arrested

AMITE, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that in the early morning hours of June 3, 2009, sheriff deputies arrested four teenagers for attempting to burglarize the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite, LA.

Around 3:00 am this morning, Deputy Josephe Gasquet observed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the arena near the roadway. After further investigation, he discovered that the vehicle was occupied by two w/m subjects. Upon making contact with the subjects, he learned that there were two additional male subjects inside of the arena allegedly committing a burglary. Assisted by Sgt. Kim Moore, deputies searched the arena, located and apprehended the two additional subjects.

One subject was discovered to be a 16 yoa w/m. The juvenile was charged and released to his parents.

Timothy Ruiz Jr. 18, of Amite, LA, Robert Granat, 19 of Loranger, LA and Dakota Settoon, 18 of Amite, LA were transported to the TPSO Jail and charged for the unauthorized entry to a place of business. All three suspects are currently awaiting bond.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

Burglary Suspect Arrested - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Lester G. Anthony Jr. of Mashon Rd. in Independence, LA was arrested on May 28, 2009, in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries which have occurred over the past two weeks.

On May 28, 2009, Deputy Mike Roach was dispatched to 49308 Stafford Road Apt B in reference to an unknown subject inside of the caller’s vehicle. The complainant stated that her husband made contact with the suspect and had him detained in their driveway.

Several TPSO Units responded to the location to assist with the case. Upon arrival, deputies observed a white male on the ground with two other white male subjects standing over him. One of the males standing over the suspect stated that he arrived home to find the unknown male suspect inside of his daughter’s car. At this time, the suspect, Lester Anthony, was apprehended and detained by Sgt. Kim Moore. In speaking with the suspect, he provided false information regarding his identity and reason for being inside of the vehicle. The complainant’s husband stated that he witnessed Anthony take out a large hunting knife from his pants at the time the suspect was confronted by the vehicle’s owners. The owner then held the suspect a large by gunpoint in the driveway until deputies arrived.

Anthony was arrested and searched for deputy’s safety. Items recovered from his person were taken and processed as evidence. The investigation resulted with facts and evidence connecting Anthony to additional vehicle burglaries which occurred on and near Belinda Dr., Stafford Rd. and Red Hill Road in Independence, LA. All of these burglaries were reported to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office within the past two weeks.

Lester Gary Anthony, 36 of 55308 Mashon Rd. in Independence was arrested and booked on multiple counts of vehicular burglary, one count of criminal damage to property and possession of stolen property. Detectives believe that additional charges may be forthcoming.

Human Remains Found

Remains of an Unidentified Subject Found near the Interstate in Hammond, LA.

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the skeletal remains of a what is believed to be a an unknown male subject were found in a wooded area near I -55 and I-12 at approximately 6:00 PM on June 1, 2009.

The skeletal remains were located by a litter cleaning crew working an area of the interstate at I-55 north bound and I -12 south bound. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division immediately arrived and began the investigation.

At this time, detectives have not yet determined how long the body remained undiscovered. Items collected at the scene identify a male subject, approximately 43 yoa, with an identification card from a New York homeless shelter. This information obtained has not been confirmed at this time. The subject’s remains were retrieved by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroners office and will be transported to the LSU Forensic Lab where they will be evaluated by a Forensic Anthropologist. From this evaluation, it will be determined the gender, race and approximate age of the victim. DNA will also be extracted from the dental remains of the victim and matched with suspecting family members to confirm the subject’s identity. It is believed at this time that foul play was not a factor in the victim’s death.

This investigation is ongoing and updated information will be released once the victim’s identity has been confirmed.

Three Arrested In Hammond

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 30, 2009, deputies arrest three subjects on charges of simple battery and inciting a riot.

At approximately 11:15 PM, Deputy David Copeland responded to 14040 Happywoods Rd in Hammond, La in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, Dy. Copeland met with the complainant who stated that while working in his yard, the suspect Ebone Brumfield came to his residence and stated yelling at him. The complainant advised that he told Ebone Brumfield to leave several times before she walked up and punched him in his face. The complainant then stated that the suspect started calling people to come to his house and cause him harm.

Dy. Copeland was approached by several witnesses who confirmed the events stated by the complainant. While speaking with witnesses, Dy. Copeland noticed several subjects walking back towards the complainant's residence. Dy. Copeland also observed a group of people in the area and noticed the two subjects quickly pass them headed toward the complainant’s house. Dy. Copeland made contact with the suspect, Ebony Brumfield, who stated that the two subjects were headed to the complainant’s house to beat him up.

At this time, the suspects, Ebony Brumfield, Justin Brumfield and a 16 yoa male subject, where detained by Dy. John Eady, Dy. John Edwards and Sgt. Kim Moore. At this time Dy. Copeland took Ebony Brumfield into custody on charges of simple battery and inciting to riot. The other two suspects were arrested and charged with inciting to riot. The juvenile subject was charged and released to the custody of his parents.

Ebone Brumfield, 20 of 43303 Klein Rd.

Justin Brumfield, 17 of 46068 Milton Rd.


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