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TPSO Investigates Fatal Crash

TPSO Investigates Fatal Crash  - AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Edwards reports that the Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single car crash which occurred at approximately 9:45 PM on September 24, 2009. Deputies responded to Old US Hwy 51, near Holden Circle in Amite, LA, where a 2001 Ford pick up truck, driven by Roberto M. Barrera (3.6.76) of 49463 Hwy 1065, Tickfaw, LA, was traveling south bound when his vehicle left the roadway. As the driver attempted to overcorrect this action, it caused the vehicle to run off the road to the left. The vehicle entered a ditch, traveled several feet and crashed into a utility pole. The impact with the pole caused the vehicle to rotate left and upward, therefore crushing the roof of the vehicle. The driver suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact.
Damage to the vehicle was severe. Coroner’s Deputy Mark Apperson, pronounced Barrera dead at the scene. It is undetermined at this time of alcohol was a factor in this crash. Blood was drawn by the Coroner’s Deputy and will be sent to the LSP Crime Lab for analysis.
Sheriff Edwards states that our thoughts and prayers go out to and will remain the Barrera family.

UPDATE to the shooting which occurred at D&D Lounge on 9.20.09.

UPDATE to the shooting which occurred at D&D Lounge on 9.20.09. - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Samuel Scott, b/m, 6.30.78 of Springfield, LA, AKA “Juvenile” was arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2009, on 2 counts of attempted first degree murder. Scott was identified by several witnesses as being the subject responsible for the shootings which took place at the D&D Lounge this past Saturday.

Detectives learned that Scott was hiding in a hotel room in the Hammond area. Agents soon located Scott in a hotel room on Airport Rd. Scott was arrested without incident and transported to the Parish Jail.


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Disturbance Leads To Shooting

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting information regarding a disturbance which lead to the shooting of two patrons at the D & D Lounge in Hammond, La.

On September 20, 2009, at approximately 1:52 AM, deputies were alerted by dispatch of a disturbance at the D&D Lounge where shots were fired and one subject was reported to be down. All available deputies immediately responded to the disturbance.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies encountered a large number of subjects attempting to leave the location. With support from assisting law enforcement agencies, the sheriff’s office maintained crowd control while actively investigating the incident.

At this time, Detectives have identified three persons of interest; however no arrests have been made. Two subjects were wounded as a result of the shooting. One b/f, 27yoa and one b/m, 29 yoa. Both victims are expected to recover.

Our thoughts and prayers remain the victims and their families.

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone having information regarding this shooting to please contact TPSO Detective Ray Lentz (985.748.3334) or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

TPSO Agents Make Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents arrests two after initiating a traffic stop.
At approximately 9:40 PM on September 23, 2009, agents stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix traveling on Airport Rd. in Hammond for improper lane use. Upon making contact with the driver, Joshua Thompson (b/m, 6.10.79) of Quick Blvd., agents identified themselves and asked Thompson to exit his vehicle. Upon doing so, agents could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of his vehicle. Thompson then stated that he had been smoking marijuana as he driving his vehicle. Thompson then gave agents consent to search his vehicle. Upon completing the search, agents recovered one “blunt” in the ashtray and an 8 ball of crack cocaine.
As a result of the roadside investigation, both Thompson and his passenger, Ebony Wright (b/f, 4.1.91) of Whiskey Lane in Tickfaw, were arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Thompson was additionally charged with possession of marijuana and improper lane use.

WANTED

Worthless Checks Division – Wanted Suspects

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Dean Waltzer of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating Ronald Eugene Matthews (b/m, 12.21.66).

Matthews, of 905 Delmar Blvd. in Hammond is wanted on one FTA for issuing worthless checks in our Parish.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Matthews is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, attention Detective Waltzer at 985.748.3336.

MISSING PERSON

MISSING PERSON  - PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for missing Ponchatoula resident.

Karina Caldernon (Spanish female, 33yoa) of Ponchatoula has been missing since September 10, 2009. Karina is believed to be traveling with her six week old child. She was last seen in the Ponchatoula area. Karina has not been in contact with any of her friends of family since the aforementioned date.

Karina is 5’5” tall, dark shoulder length brown hair with brown eyes and weighs approximately 110 lbs.

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Karina to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088. It is believed that Karina may be in the Baton Rouge area.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Disturbance Leads To Shooting

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting information regarding a disturbance which lead to the shooting of two patrons at the D & D Lounge in Hammond, La.

On September 20, 2009, at approximately 1:52 AM, deputies were alerted by dispatch of a disturbance at the D&D Lounge where shots were fired and one subject was reported to be down. All available deputies immediately responded to the disturbance.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies encountered a large number of subjects attempting to leave the location. With support from assisting law enforcement agencies, the sheriff’s office maintained crowd control while actively investigating the incident.

At this time, Detectives have identified three persons of interest; however no arrests have been made. Two subjects were wounded as a result of the shooting. One b/f, 27yoa and one b/m, 29 yoa. Both victims are expected to recover.

Our thoughts and prayers remain the victims and their families.

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone having information regarding this shooting to please contact TPSO Detective Ray Lentz (985.748.3334) or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Crime Stoppers Reward

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Monday, September 21, 2009 at approximately 8:00 PM, Deputy Bobby Guy responded to Woodscale Rd. in Hammond in reference to an armed robbery which occurred on Quick Blvd. at Tangi Village Apartments.
Upon arrival, Deputy Guy spoke with the complainant who advised that he left his residence to go visit a friend in Tangi Village. When he arrived at Tangi Village, two unknown black male’s approached his vehicle. One of the subjects reportedly entered the passenger side of the vehicle and the other subject came to the driver’s side, pointed a gun in the complainant’s face and demanded money. The subject with the gun then grabbed the complainant’s cell phone. As the complainant exited his vehicle to retrieve his cell phone, four other subjects exited a light green vehicle and jumped him. The offenders were able to take $200.00 from the victim and his cell phone. The victim managed to escape by jumping back into his vehicle and fleeing the scene.
The gun is described to be a standard Glock 9 mm. The first subject who entered the passenger’s side door of the complainant’s vehicle is described as was wearing a white tank top with a brown fitted hood. The complainant also advised the other subject was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
At this time, Sheriff Edwards is asking the public’s assistance in gathering any information regarding this incident and identifying the unknown suspect involved in this incident. If you have any information, please contact Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088 or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Sheriff Arrests Fugitive from Livingston Parish

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents captured and arrested Howard Charles Skinner (b/m 4.6.81) of Durbin Rd., for being a fugitive of Livingston Parish. Skinner is wanted by the LPSO on eight felony warrants.
At approximately 9:45 PM on September 21, 2009, agents received a tip that Skinner was staying at a residence on Klein Rd. in Hammond. Agents obtained a search warrant on the residence. While in route the Klein Rd. residents to execute the search warrant, TPSO Narcotics agents and the LPSO spotted Skinner in a white Toyota Camry on Klein Rd. Agents initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, identified Skinner and took him into custody without incident. In performing a search of Skinner’s vehicle subsequent to his arrest, agents discovered a 380 pistol, crack cocaine and power cocaine.
Skinner, was the transported to the Parish Jail and charged with carrying of weapons and being possession of CDS, possession with the intent to distribute schedule II, convicted felon in possession of a fire arm, being a fugitive of another jurisdiction, and several FTA’s.

Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspects

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Vic Ferrara of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating Christopher S. Barron (w/m, 8.24.67).

Barron, of 21270 South I 12 Service Rd. in Ponchatoula, is wanted on the following charges:

1. Two FTA’s on two counts of theft.
2. Four FTA’s on four counts of issuing worthless check.
3. Issuing a worthless check to a local business in the amount of $1,668.00.

Detective Ferrara received information that Barron may be staying in the Gonzales area. Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Barron is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, attention Detective Ferrara at 985.902.2088.

Two Arrested in Ponchatoula on Narcotics Charges

PONCHATOULA- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September 17, 2009, TPSO Narcotic Agents arrest two as the result of an ongoing investigation.
After receiving several complaints from concerned citizens regarding illegal drug activity in the area of Jefferson Drive near North 11th Street in Ponchatoula, Sheriff Edwards arranged for additional patrols of the area. On September 17th, at approximately 11:30 PM while patrolling, TPSO narcotics agents observed a w/m in a Chevy Pickup truck pull up and meet with a b/m in an Altima. Agents witnessed what was believed to be a hand to hand exchange of money for drugs transaction. As the Pickup pulled away from the Altima, agents initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. After coming in contact with the male subject, he admitted that he just swallowed an unknown amount of crack cocaine to avoid being arrested. Agents immediately advised the subject that it would be in best interest to seek medical treatment for his actions.
Additional agents initiated a traffic stop on the Altima which was occupied by Navarro V. McGary (w/m, 6.25.76). Agents then discovered that McGary had a cigar tube which contained crack cocaine and a small baggie containing what is believed to be marijuana.
During the investigation, an unknown subject approached the suspect. Due to the agent’s safety and the safety of the suspect, the subject, Michael Hutcherson (b/m, 5.26.85), was detained on the scene. Agents performed a pat-down on Hutcherson and discovered ten hydocodone pills in his pants pocket.
After running a warrant check on both subjects, agents learned that McGary and Hutcherson had outstanding and active warrants out for their arrest.
Arrested:
Michael Jerome Hutcherson b/m dob 05/26/1985
11518 Coonville Rd. in Hammond
Charges: Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics, one FTA for non-support and one FTA for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Navarro Vashon McGary b/m dob 06/25/1976
14375 Fred Clark Rd. Hammond
Charges: Possession with the intention to distribute schedule II narcotics, possession of schedule I narcotics, simple battery, sexual battery and one FTA for a traffic violation.

Kentwood Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend

Kentwood Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend - KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On Friday September 11, 2009, Deputy Bobby Guy responded to 17191 Winterfield Way in reference to a shooting.
At approximately 10:15p.m., Detective Dayle Athmann and Detective Jill Hutchinson were contacted and informed of the shooting incident which occurred at the Winterfield Way residence in Kentwood, La. It was further noted that the victim of the shooting only described as a female subject had sustained a single gunshot wound to the area of her left ankle and that the wound itself was not considered to be life threatening.
Acadian Ambulance Services arrived on scene and transported the victim to North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond, La. for treatment.
At or about 10:53p.m., Detective Athmann and Jill Hutchinson arrived at North Oaks Medical Center and interviewed the victim. When interviewed, the victim stated that without provocation, her boyfriend, whom she identified as Randy Byrd ordered her to leave his residence. As she was complying and in the process of proceeding to her vehicle, Byrd exited from the residence armed with a either a blue or grey steel .22 caliber revolver and shot her in her left ankle. According to the victim, realizing that she had been shot, dropped her purse in the driveway and darted into the woods for safety. The victim went onto state that at this point, she recalled hearing several more gunshots, but could not be certain if Byrd was actually shooting at her. The victim added that Byrd then boarded his own vehicle (described as a maroon colored Infinity) and fled from the scene.
The victim stressed that she did not wish to pursue criminal charge(s) against Mr. Byrd.
Due to the nature of this violent (Domestic) assault, and coupled with the suspect's violent background, Detective Athmann as the affiant, signed the appropriate criminal charge against the named suspect. Moreover, pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statue R.S. 14 Article 34 (D), an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of one Randy Clyde Byrd WM, D.O.B. 09-09-1958 for said violation.
Byrd was arrested on Sunday September 13, 2009 on the above mentioned charge.
The victim is listed to be in good condition and has been released from the hospital.

Hammond Man Arrested for Assault

Hammond Man Arrested for Assault - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September 10, 2009, Deputies arrested Lionell Singleton, 69 of 115 West Storvall St. in Hammond on the charges of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying of weapons with possession of illegal narcotics and aggravated assault.
At approximately 9:15 pm, Deputy J. Williams was dispatched to 44347 Booker Rd. II in reference an aggravated assault. While in route, Deputy Williams was advised that the assault took place earlier that day and the victim refused to press charges due to being scared of the suspect. Upon arrival, Deputy Williams spoke with a witness who stated that Singleton continuously walked into his yard and would cause verbal disturbances. He further stated Singleton was frequently armed with a pistol which he kept in his back pants pocket.
Deputy Williams accepted charges for the previously reported aggravated assault. Deputy Scot Hinson also arrived and stated he had taken the original complaint.
Deputies Williams and Hinson patrolled the area and made contact with Singleton on Booker Rd. II at the intersection of Carters Ln. Upon making contact with Lionel, Deputy Williams attempted to speak with Lionel. Lionel then turned and began walking east bound on Carters Ln. Deputy Williams gave a loud verbal command for Singleton to stop at which time Lionel stopped and began turning to his left as he turned around to face Deputy Williams. As Singleton was turning, Deputy Williams watched Lionel's hands and noted his left hand to be at his side and empty, while Singleton’s right hand was reaching for the right rear pocket. Deputy Williams began drawing his duty weapon as he gave loud verbal commands for Singleton to show his hands. Deputy Williams kept his view trained on Singleton’s hands and observed Singleton throw a white handkerchief from his right rear pants pocket with his right hand and observed Lionel's right hand to be open and empty. Singleton then completed his turning motion and faced Deputy Williams who had his duty weapon drawn and trained on Singleton. Once Deputy Williams was able to see for certain Singleton’s hands were empty and containing no weapons, Deputy Williams re-holstered his duty weapon.
Deputies Williams and Hinson then approached Lionel Singleton and took him into custody.
Deputy Hinson retrieved a small .22 caliber revolver near the tree and the white handkerchief.
Deputy Williams felt a large straight bulge in Singleton’s right front pocket and retrieved a razor knife from the pocket. Deputy Williams felt a large cylinder shaped object in Singleton’s left front pocket. Deputy Williams retrieved a white plastic pill bottle from Singleton’s left front pocket and found it to contain two blue pills which Singleton stated to be Loratab painkillers. Deputy Williams noted no prescription label on the bottle.
Singleton was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was properly booked and charged.

TPSO Narcotics Agents Intercept Drug Package

TPSO Narcotics Agents Intercept Drug Package - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s office narcotic agents intercepted a package which contained approximately 14 grams of meth which was to be delivered to a Hammond residence.
On Saturday September 12, 2009, James Morris, (w/m, dob 4.27.62) of 46096 Milton Rd. was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics.
In the evening hours of Friday September 11th, TPSO narcotic agents received information from a California Police Department stating that it was believed that several grams of meth were being delivered via mail services to a Hammond residence on Milton Rd.
TPSO Narcotic Agents set up surveillance around the Milton Rd. residence. On Saturday 9.12.09, at approximately 10:40am agents observed a package being delivered to the residence. Approximately fifteen minutes later, agents observed a w/f exit the residence and retrieve the package. At this time, agents made contact with the female subject, mirandarized her and seized the package. The package was addressed to one James Morris. Morris was said to be inside of the Milton Rd. residence at this time. Upon making contact with him, Morris signed a consent to search request giving agents permission to search his residence.
Agents discovered drug paraphernalia in the home and discovered 14 grams of meth in the package addressed to Morris. Morris also stated that he typically receives a meth shipment from California once a month.
At this time, agents took Morris into custody and charged him with possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics.
The female suspect was not arrested at this time.

Ponchatoula Man Arrested on Molestation Charges

Ponchatoula Man Arrested on Molestation Charges - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that after an investigation led by Juvenile Detective Beth Russell, Wayne Methvin, 34 of 506 South 5th Street in Ponchatoula was arrested on charges of molestation of a juvenile.
The sheriff’s office began its investigation on July 26, 2009, after allegations were made that Methvin sexually abused a young female victim.
As a result of Russell’s investigation, Methvin was arrested and charged with molestation of a juvenile on August 1, 2009.

Agents Arrest Two During Narcotics Search

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September 9, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents, Hammond Police Agents, Tri-Parish Narcotic Agents and Livingston Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents conducted a narcotics related search warrant at the address located at 46507 Khonke Hill Road Hammond, Louisiana.

Agents have been purchasing Marijuana from inside the residence for the past couple of months. When Agents entered the residence, one Chad Reed and one Shircreasia Madison were in the master bedroom smoking Marijuana. When Agents executed the search warrant, the residence was occupied by Chad Reed who was the target of the investigation, Shircreasia Madison and two juveniles under the age of three. TPSO Juvenile detectives contacted the proper authorities and the children were later released to their grandmother.

During a search of the residence, Agents found approximately 1/2 pound of Marijuana. The Marijuana was found in the bedroom where the 2 small children were watching television.

Chad Reed
46507 Khonke Hill Rd
Hammond
Charges: possession with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Shircreasia Madison
Dob: 11.9.82
809 S. Olive St.
Hammond
Charges: possession with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Female Resident Arrested for Armed Robbery

HAMMOND – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on 9.10.09, Dy. David Copeland responded to 43447 Willow Villa Rd in Hammond, La in reference to a call for service.
Upon Dy. Copeland's arrival, he learned that the suspect Lorena Pines (b/f, 22yoa) of Canal St. in Ponchatoula was visiting a friend when they engaged in an argument. The complainant stated that during the argument, Pines picked up a glass bottle and threatened to strike her with it.
The complainant also stated that the suspect then grabbed her purse and stole approximately $800.00 in cash and several prescription drug medications. Dy. Copeland was advised that the suspect then fled the scene in a blue Dodge Stratus.
After investigating the allegations, Deputy Copeland made contact with Pines at a residence located at Simpson Place in Hammond. Pines was then arrested and taken into custody on armed robbery charges. Pines tried to deny the allegations place against her; however Deputy Copeland discovered several pieces of evidence which contradicted Pines’ story.

Hammond Man Arrested for FRAUD

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that on Wednesday September 9, 2009, Criminal Investigations Detective Mike Barron arrested and booked one Glenn Castle (w/m, dob 1.19.63) of 14027 Louise Dr. in Hammond on numerous counts of theft and fraud.

On September 8, 2009, the sheriff’s office was notified by a complainant who stated that they noticed roughly thirty checks had been stolen from their business account. After further investigation, Glenn Castle was identified as the key suspect. Castel worked for the company for over one year and had access to the main office. It is believed that Castle wrote and cashed twenty of the thirty stolen checks that were stolen totaling an amount that exceeded well over seven thousand dollars.

Detective Mike Barron stated that additional charges on Castle are forthcoming. He is currently being booked and charged with theft, forgery, theft by fraud and monetary instrument abuse.

Additional Charges for Robert Elzy Jr.

HAMMOND – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Robert Elzy Jr. (12.25.53) of Hammond, LA was charged by the sheriff’s office on 9.8.09 of aggravated rape, indecent behavior with a juvenile, simple battery and simple assault.

These charges are the result of an on-going investigation which began by the sheriff’s office in August of 2009 regarding allegations that Elzy Jr. raped and sexually assaulted a female juvenile. These actions were stated to have taken place in the summer of 2001.

As a result of TPSO Detective Suanne Guaraggi’s investigation, on 9.8.09, Elzy was officially charged with the above stated offenses.

On the same day, Judge Jerome Winsberg declared Elzy guilty of forcible rape. Elzy stands to serve thirteen years in prison with five years to be served without benefit of suspension, probation or parole.

TWO ARRESTED AT LOCAL GAS STATION

HAMMOND – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 5th, 2009 Dy. David Copeland responded to Jim Works gas station on Pumpkin Center Rd in Hammond, LA in reference to a suspicions vehicle parked in the parking lot.
Upon arrival, Dy. Copeland noticed a white male, Derrick Landry, sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle and a white female identified as Christina Rouse sitting in the driver’s seat. As Dy. Copeland was approaching the vehicle he noticed Landry was attempting to stuff something behind the seat. As Dy. Copeland came in contact with the suspect, he noticed a small medical syringe, commonly use for narcotics, with blood on it sitting in the suspects lap. Dy. Copeland asked the subject about the item, however the subject did not reply. At this time, Dy. Copeland noticed the female suspect was attempting to stuff something between the seat and the driver side door. Dy. Copeland then gave the suspect a loud verbal command to put her hands on the steering wheel of the vehicle but she refused.
Dy. Copeland took the male subject into custody. The suspect was removed from the vehicle and detained. Dy. Copeland then approached the driver side of the vehicle. As Dy. Copeland made contact with the female, noticed in plain view a small white bar like pill believed to be Xanax in the suspects lap. At this time, Dy. Copeland opened the car door and took the suspect into custody.
Copeland then waited of additional deputies to arrive on scene. Sgt. Michael Russell arrived to assist. Dy. Copeland searched the male subject and discovered a small clear plastic bag containing 10 small white pills suspected to be Methadone.
Both subjects were arrested and charged for their offenses.
Derek Landry, w/m, 28 yoa, of North Cherry St. was charged and booked with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics and one FTA.
Christina Leigh Rouse, w/f, 26 yoa, of Julius Barber St. in Denham Springs, LA was booked and charged with possession of schedule II and IV narcotics.

Sheriff\'s Deputy Arrests Hammond Man for DWI

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 7, 2009 at approximately 1805 hours, Deputy J. Williams was patrolling near the intersection of Wardline Rd. and Rufus Bankston Rd. when he observed a blue Dodge pickup neglect to stop at a stop sign and turn north onto Rufus Bankston Rd. without signaling. Deputy Williams then observed the vehicle to immediately cross the center line and witnessed that the driver was having trouble regaining control of his vehicle.

Deputy Williams activated all emergency lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Carlos Lopez Jr.(w/m, 21yoa) of Quick Blvd. failed to yield to Deputy Williams after several attempts to stop Lopez’s vehicle. Lopez continued to travel north bound on Rufus Bankston at low speed while driving left of center. Lopez then turned the vehicle east bound onto Quick Blvd. Deputy Williams gave loud verbal commands, using the public address speaker in his unit, for Lopez to pull the vehicle over and stop.
Lopez eventually brought his vehicle to a complete stop. Deputy Williams advised Lopez to exit the vehicle. Upon doing so, Deputy Williams observed Lopez stumbled quickly and then stop as he attempted to walk to the rear of this vehicle. He then used the pick up truck to balance himself there after. Upon approaching Lopez, Deputy Williams smelled the moderate / strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. Deputy Williams informed Carlos of his reason for conducting the traffic stop and asked Carlos if there were any legal reasons for his inability to control the vehicle properly. Lopez mumbled in slurred speech, "I'm drunk". Lopez further stated that he was drunk and had consumed three beers and some tequila earlier that morning.

Based on Lopez’s statements and behavior, Deputy Williams conducted Standardized Field Sobriety Testing on the subject. As a result of the roadside investigation, Lopez was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to yield at to an emergency vehicle, running a stop sign and driving without a license.

UPDATE: LAMONTE CASE

UPDATE: LAMONTE CASE - HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that another arrest has been made in the Lamonte case.
On August 23, 2009 several suspects broke into the Lamonte’s home on South Baptist Rd., shot Mr. Anthony Lamonte leaving him severely wounded and then shot and killed his wife, Mrs. Grace Lamonte.
Three arrests have already been made in the case and on Friday August 28, 2009, TPSO detectives made a fourth arrest. Alice Walker (b/fm 2.22.76) of Mc Moore Rd. in Hammond was arrested and charged with first degree homicide, attempted first degree homicide and home invasion. Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that Walker was present at the Lamonte residence on South Baptist Rd. when this horrifying act of violence occurred.
This investigation is still ongoing at this time. Detectives believe additional arrests are forthcoming.

WANTED SUSPECT

Hammond – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for one Courtney “CoCo” Nicole Sikes (w/f, dob 1.27.91) of Husser.
Sikes is wanted for an Armed Robbery which occurred on 8.28.09 on Hwy. 445 in the Amite area. Sikes has brown hair, fair skin, is 5’’5” tall and weighs approximately 136 lbs. Sikes is believed to be staying Tangipahoa Parish, possibly in the Hammond area.
Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of COCO Sikes is asked to please contact the TPSO at 985.748.3332 or Crime Stoppers at 80.554.5245.

SHERIFF ORGANIZES STING TO SHUT DOWN DRUG OPERATION

TICKFAW, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested sixteen in narcotics sting on September 1, 2009.

Sheriff Edwards, in response to complainants regarding illegal drug activity on Herman Johnson Lane, set up surveillance in the area. After one week of gathering information, TPSO Narcotics Agents, Detectives, LPSO Detectives and the TriParish Narcotics Task Force organized a sting operation which took place at 11056 Herman Johnson Lane. At approximately 4:30 PM on Sept. 1st, Agents executed a search warrant of the residence with the intelligence that narcotics and stolen property were believed to be on the property. Agents also had information that property was being exchanged for narcotics.

When agents arrived, they cleared the scene of all subjects, searched the residence and staged the operation. Undercover agents posed as drug dealers while unsuspecting buyers arrived to purchase narcotics. After the subjects arrived and attempted to purchase drugs from undercover agents, assisting detectives and TPSO Special Response Team would made the arrest.

Over the course of the investigation, agents arrested sixteen on various drug charges. Narcotics, cash and stolen property were also seized from the stated residence.

1. Albert Johnson, 4.13.69
Hwy 190 West Hammond
Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

2. Lionel Johnson, 12.8.54
507 Joe Tillis Bonita St. Hammond
Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

3. Corbin L. Gregory, 7.15.62
Gunboat Landing, Maurepas
Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

4. Michael J. Johnson, 2.6.69
11056 Herman Johnson Lane, Tickfaw
Possession with the intent to distribute, simple battery and 1 FTA

5. Leroy Clyde Johnson, 10.1.85
11056 Herman Johnson Lane, Tickfaw
Gambling, 1 FTA

6. Tabatha Hardy, 9.9.86
30544 Strawberry Lane, Hammond
Possession of schedule II narcotics

7. Oscar White, 4.20.54
Perkins Nickens Rd. Hammond
Attempted possession of schedule II narcotics

8. Paul Harper, 3.6.65
75350 Horse Branch, Covington
Attempted possession of schedule II narcotics

9. Bobbie Lena Fontenot, 9.30.67
14350 Fontenot Lane, Maurepas
Attempted possession of schedule II narcotics

10. Michael Manzella, 12.17.60
Sawmill Rd., Hammond
Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

11. Kirk Guidry, 1.17.81
13123 Milie Niquiporo Rd. Tickfaw
Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

12. June Cox, 6.5.63
13123 Milie Niquiporo Rd. Tickfaw
Possession of schedule I narcotics

13. Dedrick Johnson, 6.12.74
43523 Willa Villa, Hammond
Gambling, possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics

14. Damario Hammitt, 4.8.89
45510 Durbin Rd. Hammond
Obstruction of justice

15. Eric Brown, 3.26.73
49460 Trey’s Way, Tickfaw
Gambling

16. Williams Calmes, 11.4.64
11250 Wardline Rd. Hammond
Possession of schedule II narcotics, attempted possession of schedule II narcotics

SHERIFF MAKES FIFTH ARREST IN LAMONTE CASE

SHERIFF MAKES FIFTH ARREST IN LAMONTE CASE - HAMMOND - Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that another arrest has been made in the Lamonte case. Justin D. Walker, 17 of E. Michigan St. in Hammond turned himself in on Monday August 31, 2009.
Justin D. Walker, the son of Alice Walker, nets the fifth arrest in the home invasion / murder which occurred on S. Baptist Rd. on August 23, 2009.
Justin Walker was booked and charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and home invasion.

Evidence discovered during the course of the investigation places Justin Walker at the Lamonte residence during the time the incident occurred.

Edwards said the investigation is still ongoing at this time. Detectives believe additional arrests are forthcoming.

Two arrested during burglary investigation.

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 1, 2009, deputies responded to 12591 Audrey Lane in reference to a possible burglary.

Upon arrival, Deputy Copeland observed a 1996 Nissan parked in the front of the residence with one of the side doors open. Copeland also observed that a window on the residence was broken. With assisting deputies, Deputy Copeland approached the residence and gave loud verbal commands for anyone in the residence to come out.

Deputy Copeland observed a female subject inside of the residence who stated that she could not open the door because her boyfriend, Victor Noto had locked her in the apartment after an argument. She then stated that she broke the window in an effort to exit the residence.

As Deputy Copeland assessed the situation, he observed that the window was broken from the outside in which would contradict the subjects statement. Several other pieces of evidence provided support that the female subject had broken into the residence and crawled through the window to gain entry.

As a result of theses findings, the female subject Heather Hutchinson, w/f 19 yoa of Turkey Creek Rd. in Independence was arrested and placed in the back of a TPSO marked unit. Within moments, deputies learned that Hutchinson had several outstanding warrants from HPD, LPSO, and STPSO. Deputies learned that the vehicle she was driving belonged to her father. Heather stated that he was unaware that she had his vehicle. Deputy Copeland observed in plain view several small round pills suspected to be illegal narcotics.

Hutchinson has been charged with three counts of being a fugitive from another parish, possession of schedule II narcotics and unauthorized use of a movable.

During the time of this investigation, Victor Olen Noto (w/m, 51yoa) of 51130 Wig Lane, Hammond was also arrested on three counts of resisting an officer by violence and three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

At approximately 2:46 AM, while Sgt. Steven Redmond was investigating the suspect vehicle which belonged to Hutchinson’s father a dark color Ford Sport Track pulled in behind Sgt. Redmond, Deputy John Eady, and Deputy John Edwards marked units. At this time, Olen Noto exited the vehicle and began verbally cursing at deputies as they were in the process of their investigation. Sgt. Redmond made his way to Noto in an effort to speak with him and to calm him down. Noto’s behavior increasingly became worse and he began to swing his arms and strike at Sgt. Redmond. Deputies Eady and Edwards came to Sgt. Redmond’s assistance. Noto continued to be belligerent and strike at assisting deputies. Deputies could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Noto’s breath at the time the incident was occurring. After a brief struggle, deputies successfully detained Noto and transported him to the TPSO Jail where he was booked and properly charged.

Sheriff Conducts Seatbelt Safety Checkpoint

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 31, 2009, the sheriff’s office traffic division conducted a seat belt safety check point on US Hwy 51, just north of Roseland. This was a six hour checkpoint which yielded forty six adult seat belt citations, four citations for not having children restrained and six citations for no proof of insurance, no driver’s license, driving under a suspended license and two for expired MVI and no registrations in the vehicle.
Edwards states that auto accidents are the number one killer of children ages 4 to 14. In the past years it has been stated that an average of five children died each day and another 640 were injured daily in auto accidents. The main reason is improper use of seatbelts, booster seats and child restraints. The sheriff’s office has a certified Child Passenger Safety Technical on staff at all times to provide you with support and education. Please contact us or visit our website at www.tpso.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding keeping you and /or your child safe while traveling in a vehicle. These safety problems occur because not enough children are belted properly. Remember a child in a booster seat is 59 percent less likely to be injured or killed in an auto accident than a child restrained by a seatbelt only.

Here are some seatbelt safety tips that you should know:
o Airbags alone are only 42 percent effective at providing protection. The absolute best combination for adults riding in a car is a lap-shoulder belt with an airbag.
o Check all the seatbelts in your car periodically for breaks, frays, looseness and workability. It will cost you far less to fix a broken seatbelt than it will cost if you’re in a serious accident with a broken belt.
o Most accidents occur during the day so buckle up and practice driving safety at work
o One person to a seatbelt; never double people up.
o Your shoulder belt should be worn close to your body and over, never under your shoulder. The lap belt should be worn against your body and low across your hips.
o Pregnant women always need to wear their seatbelts. It will not in anyway hurt your unborn baby. In fact, if you’re in an accident, wearing your seatbelt properly is the best way to protect the life in your belly.
o Infants, birth to at least 1 year and at least 20 lbs must be in a rear facing infant or convertible seat.
o Infants less than 1 year who are 20-35 lbs must be in a rear facing convertible seat.
o Children ages 1 to four years who are 20 lbs to 40 lbs must be in convertible seat that is forward-facing or forward-facing only or a combination seat with harness.
o Children who are 4 to at least 8 years and at least 4’9” in feet (57 inches) tall should never use only a seatbelt. They must be in a belt-positioning booster with no back or a high back belt-positioning booster.

Keeping you and your family safe at all times is the number one concern of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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