TPSO News (Archived): Oct 1, 2009 - Oct 31, 2009 [Archive]
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Mark White Jr., 28 of Tangi Lakes in Hammond was arrested in Hammond on multiple charges.
White, Jr. was wanted by the TPSO on charges of oral sexual battery on a case which began in July of 2007. White was arrested on October 23, 2009, at approximately 11:30 PM by the Hammond PD. At that time, White was additionally charged with possession of schedule I narcotics, possession of schedule IV narcotics, disturbing the peace, open container and a parole violation.
White is currently being held in the TPSO Jail pending bond.
Burglary Suspect Arrested
PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that deputies arrested Eric Paul Davis, 29 of Racquin Lane in Ponchatoula in the act of stealing copper wiring out of a residence.
At approximately 8:50 AM on October 26, 2009, Deputy Darrin DeSalvo responded to 41471 Dunson Rd in reference to residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival, Deputy DeSalvo was advised that the suspect was still inside the residence. Deputy DeSalvo approached the residence and observed the suspect, Eric Davis, with approximately 50 – 75 feet of copper wire in his possession. Deputy DeSalvo waited for Davis to exit the residence and placed him took him into custody.
The complainant advised that this was the third time his residence was burglarized and copper wire was stolen. Davis was then transported to the TPSO Jail where was booked and charged with burglary of an inhibited dwelling and criminal trespass.
Checkpoint Planned For October, 2009
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with additional law enforcement agencies, will be conducting an impaired driver’s checkpoint within Tangipahoa Parish on October 30, 2009. The checkpoint will begin approximately at 10:00 PM on October 30th and end at approximately 4:00 AM on October 31st.
This checkpoint will focus on any driver who has consumed alcohol or drugs. If these drivers are found to be impaired, they will be removed from the road and arrested.
This is a continuing effort conducted by Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving and reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roadways.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Narcotic Agents arrested Brandon Terrell Johnson (b/m, dob. 1.6.86) if 43512 Robinson Rd. in Hammond, on six outstanding warrants and narcotics charges.
On October 21, 2009, at approximately 11:00PM, agents initiated a traffic stop on Johnson’s vehicle for failing to signal onto University Ave. Upon making contact with Johnson, agents identified themselves and requested to see a driver’s license. Johnson stated that he did not have a driver’s license and at this time, provided agents with a false name and date of birth. Agents asked Johnson if he had anything illegal in his vehicle to which he replied that he did not. Agents request consent to search the vehicle which Johnson denied. At this time, Sgt. Steven Redmond and K9 Bart arrived on the scene. Sgt. Redmond and K9 Bart conducted a free air search of the vehicle. K9 Bart made a positive alert indicating that narcotics were possibly inside of the vehicle. Agents then searched the vehicle and recovered a small plastic bag containing approximately one once of marijuana.
At this point in the investigation, Johnson began to comply with agents and stated his correct name and date of birth. Agents soon learned that Johnson was wanted on six outstanding warrants; three for domestic battery. Johnson was taken into custody and charged with six FTA’s, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, driving under suspension and failing to signal.
AMITE MAN LEAD DEPUTIES ON INTERSTATE PRUSUIT INTO ST TAMMANY PARISH
AMITE – A 36 year old Amite area man has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish on the charge of attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer and for flight from an officer after leading deputies on a chase through Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes.
Derrill Naquin (16378 Friendship Church Rd, Amite - dob: 02.07.73) was arrested and is currently being held without bond while awaiting release to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred on October 21, 2009, at approximately 4:30 PM, when Deputy Wesley Corkern attempted it execute a warrant on Naquin at his Friendship Church Rd. address. Deputy Cockern made contact with Naquin at this residence. During the course of their interaction, Naquin fled from Deputy Corkern, jumped into a near by vehicle and started the engine. Deputy Corkern gave numerous loud verbal commands for Naquin to exit the vehicle and get to the ground. Naquin remained noncompliant to Deputy Corkern demands. Deputy Corkern then approached Naquin’s vehicle and shattered the driver’s side window in an attempt to disengage the ignition. At this time, Naquin put the car in gear and began to accelerate with Deputy Corkern still inside of the vehicle.
Fearing for his life, Deputy Corkern exited the vehicle, retrieved his duty weapon and gave several loud verbal commands for Naquin to exit the vehicle. Naquin then accelerated through the yard and escaped traveling south bound on Friendship Church Rd. All units were alerted and began in search of the suspect vehicle. Sgt. Tommy Ferrand traveled to Hwy 445 in an attempt to intercept Naquin. Within in moments Sgt Ferrand had the silver Chrysler Concord in view and proceeded to follow the vehicle. As Sgt. Ferrand, awaiting backup, attempted to stop Naquin, he continued forward on to Interstate 12 refusing to stop. The pursuit continued into St. Tammany Parish where the STPSO and the LA State Police were waiting to assist. Spike strips were deployed several times with the suspect dodging each strip. Eventually, Naquin maneuvered over a spike strip deflating several of his tires. He continued forward until he sped out of control and came to a complete stop at the Lacombe exit. As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed that Naquin committed a self inflicted stab wound to his chest with a kitchen knife. At this time, Naquin was removed from his vehicle by STPSO Deputies. Emergency personnel arrived to assist Naquin for his self inflicted injury.
Naquin was transported to the Louisianan Heart Hospital where he was treated. The wounds proved to be minor and he was released later that evening. He was then transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and booked without further incident.
Deputies arrest 46 year old Loranger man for threatening the life of a deputy.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Deputies arrested Landon Berne, 46 of Loranger, La on October 19, 2009, for threatening the safety of a deputy.
At approximately 10:45 PM on October 19, 2009, Deputy Sean Scott responded to 19480 North Charles St. in reference to a patrol request involving a disturbance. Deputy Scot was advised that the disturbance could possibly be of a domestic nature. Upon arriving at the North Charles St. residence, Deputy Scot attempted to make contact with the homeowner by knocking on the door. As Deputy Scott awaited a response, he heard a male’s voice yelling profanities at him from behind the residence. As Deputy Scott approached the back of the residence, he observed a white male subject, later identified as Berne, sitting on the back steps. Berne continued to yell profanities at Deputy Scott and then began to charge in an aggressive/violent manner toward him. After giving several loud verbal commands for Berne to stop, Deputy Scott upholstered his duty weapon and demanded Brene stop and get to the ground. At this time, Berne adhered to Deputy Scott’s commands. Berne was then arrested, handcuffed and transported to the TPSO Jail where he was charged and booked with resisting an officer, public intimidation and disturbing the peace.
Bedico – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPOS Narcotic Agents arrest two suspects walking the streets of Sam Arnold Loop.
On October 20, 2009, Agents received word that a suspicious person was walking around the area without a shirt on. Agents immediately responded to the area and came in contact with Douglas Crayton, (dob. 6.21.87) of W. Bennett Rd., lying in the year near a known drug dealer’s residence. Agents identified themselves to Crayton and asked if he had anything illegal in his possession to which he stated he did not. Agents received consent to search from Crayton and discovered three used syringes in his pocket. As agents were speaking with Crayton, Merlin Nicholas Perrin, (dob 6.10.77) of sticker Lane, walked over to the area. Agents asked Perrin the same question, do you have anything illegal in your possession. Perrin stated and no and gave consent to search. Agents discovered two used syringes in the pants pockets of Perrin. At this time, both subjects were taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Crayton was additionally charges with a FTA charge.
Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspect
HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Vic Ferrara of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating the following two suspects.
1. Joseph M. Nations (w/m, dob 8.31.82) of 49036 Hwy 445, Loranger or 15096 Meadows Dr. in Hammond. Nations is wanted on one count of disturbing the peace, I count of aggravated battery and one count of simple assault.
2. Mindy Watkins (w/f, dob 3.19.86) of 28192 Hwy 22 East in Ponchatoula. Watkins is wanted on two FTA’s for traffic offenses and one FTA for simple trespassing.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these two suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Ferrara at 985.902.2088.
Burglary Suspect Arrested
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the sheriff’s office investigated several business burglaries which occurred between October 18th and 19th, 2009. Deputies made one arrest in the case. Arrested was Thomas Brent Sharp, 37 of 41074 Range Rd. in Ponchatoula. Sharp was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of simple burglary and on one count of being a fugitive from another parish.
Last night and in the early morning hours of October 18, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was alerted of several business burglaries which occurred in our parish as well as in a neighboring parish. The first burglary was reported to us on 10.18.09 at approximately 11:20 PM. Deputy John Eady responded to 47432 North Morrison Boulevard in reference to an alarm which indicated multiple motions inside of the building. Upon arrival, deputies checked the exterior doors and windows and located a hole in the rear store room where it appeared that an A/C unit should have been mounted. At this time, deputies secured the building until a key holder arrived. After making contact with a key holder, Sgt. Steven Redmond and Deputy David Copeland entered and secured the building. Once inside, they were able to view surveillance camera video which displayed a subject wearing a stocking cap, large blue jacket and dark pants breaking into and walking around in the store. They observed the suspect enter the building by use of force and gather items before he fled the scene. At this time, assisting deputies left the scene is search of the suspect.
The second call came in around 4:00 am, on October 19, 2009. Deputies were advised of another business burglary which took place at a grocery store on Hwy 16 East of Amite. Upon arriving at the location, deputies observed damage to the front door. Deputies were advised by witnesses that a red Pontiac GranAm pulled into the parking lot and stopped next to a gas pump. A white male, approximately 6’ tall wearing a black leather jacket got out of the vehicle. A short time later, the suspect was observed backing his vehicle up to the front door. As the vehicle accelerated into the front doors, the alarm began to sound and the suspect fled the scene.
During this investigation, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a number of business burglaries which occurred in Livingston Parish. Deputies alerted all units of the suspect vehicle.
While patrolling and looking for the suspect vehicle, Deputy Eady observed a small red vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle traveling south bound on Dunson Road. The vehicle was stopped at the stop sign located at the corner of Dunson and Highway 22. Deputy Eady proceeded to turn around as suspect vehicle turned west onto Highway 22. Deputy Eady pulled in behind the vehicle to check the rear end for damage. Deputy Eady observed the vehicle to be traveling at a rate of sixty five miles per hour in a fifty five mile per hour zone. Deputy Eady was able to see numerous boxes stacked up in the rear window and minor damage to the bumper. As the vehicle approached South Range Road, Deputy Eady initiated a traffic stop and notified dispatch of the location.
Upon coming into contact with the driver, Deputy Eady observed numerous miscellaneous items in the subject’s vehicle. The driver then identified himself as Thomas Sharp. At this time, Sharp stated that he did not have a driver’s license but rather an identification card. Deputy Eady ran a warrant check on Sharp which returned positive for open warrants. Sharp was wanted the TPSO on non-support violations and by the LPSO as a fugitive. Sharp was taken into custody at this time and his vehicle was towed to the TPSO. The contents inside the vehicle were seized and recorded as evidence.
Additional charges on Sharp may be forthcoming.
Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspect
HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Vic Ferrara of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating Iyeshia Lorenza Daniels (b/f, dob 6.26.77) of 55308 Mashon Rd. in Independence.
Daniels is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on the following offenses:
o 1 FTA on two counts of issuing worthless checks
o 1 FTA on one count if issuing worthless checks
o One count of issuing a worthless check to a local business
o One count of issuing a check on a closed account
o 1 FTA for DWI, first offense
o 2 counts of being a fugitive from neighboring parishes. Theft by fraud and forgery.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Daniels is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Ferrara at 985.902.2088.
(I do not have a booking photo but Daniels is 5’2”, 134 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes)
TPSO Arrest Independence Man Wanted in Three Parishes
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that Albert Grayer, 11.27.78 of 13275 Mashon Rd. of Independence was taken into custody by TPSO Detectives.
Grayer was wanted by the TPSO, St. Helen Parish SO and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Today, TPSO Detectives Raymond Foster and Mike Dean Sr. took Grayer into custody at the Independence Supermarket. Grayer was arrested and charged with one count of oral sexual battery, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, 2 FTA’s and one count of unauthorized use of a movable.
Grayer still faces numerous burglary charges from St Helena Parish and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.
911 Call Leads to Narcotics Arrest
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that in the early morning hours of October 15, 2009, TPSO deputies arrested Brandon R. Watkins, 26, of 200 Magazine St. with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
At approximately 1:30AM, Sgt. Matthew Schliegelmeyer and Deputy Joseph Gasquet responded to 13080 Quick Blvd. in reference to a hang-up 911 call where only heavy breathing and a woman crying could be head. Deputies could also hear a disturbance taking place in the background. The TPSO Communications Team immediately called the residence and spoke a female subject. The subject advised dispatch that she was fine and everything was ok. Two units were dispatched to the residence to confirm the situation. Upon arrival, Deputy Gasquet and Sergeant Schliegelmeyer made contact with Watkins who stated that he and his girlfriend were fine and that they just were engaged in a verbal argument. Watkins advised that his girlfriend was upstairs in the residence and gave deputies permission to enter the residence.
While inside the residence, deputies observed a two year old male sleeping on the couch. As deputies were interviewing both subjects, they observed in plain view a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance. Deputies also observed a large bowl containing a green leafy substance on the kitchen table. At this time, both parties gave deputies consent to search the residence and were detained during the investigation. Deputy Albert Sharp, who arrived at the residence with TPSO K9 Titan, began a free air sweep search of the residence.
The search began in the living room area of the residence. Titan quickly showed a strong interest near the entertainment center. Titan soon confirmed the interest with a full alert on a book bag stuffed in the open area of the entrainment center. At this time, the bag was checked by Deputy Gasquet. 17 clear plastic bags containing a green vegetable substance suspected to be Marijuana were found inside. The bag also contained a box of clear plastic zip lock bags. Deputy Sharp then led K-9 Titan to the upstairs area of the residence. As they entered the master bed room, K9 Titan gave another full alert on a large dresser. Upon searching the dresser, deputies located 2 clear plastic bags containing the same green vegetable substance suspected to be marijuana.
As a result of the search, deputies located 21 clear plastic bags of suspected marijuana, a mechanical scale, a digital scale, 2 boxes of clear plastic bags, a blue book bag and a large white plastic bowl, containing suspected marijuana residue. Watkins was advised he was under arrest at this time. Watkins was then searched and $541 dollars in cash was found to be in his possession.
Watkins was then transported to the TPSO Jail where he was booked accordingly for La. R.S. 40:966 (A), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule I, and La. R.S. 14:93.2.1, Child Desertion and with an additional outstanding warrant (Simple Battery Charge)
While on scene, the female subject became ill and was transported to North Oaks E.R. for medical treatment by Acadian Ambulance. Due to her medical condition, warrants were issued for Tarkeisha Braziel, 21 of 13080 Quick Blvd. for possession with the intent to distribute and child desertion.
Sheriff’s Investigation leads to recovery of $30.000 worth of stolen property.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that through an ongoing investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, LPSO and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, $30,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered and will soon be returned to their rightful owners.
Detectives from all stated agencies participated in a five month long investigation researching numerous claims of stolen utility/box trailers, rent to own property, motor cycles and four wheelers which were being reported from all three parishes. The investigation led detectives to obtain and execute a search warrant at a residence on Baker Lane in Hammond, LA.
After executing the search warrant of the residence, detectives recovered two motor cycles, four utility trailers and numerous pieces of equipment that are suspected to be the contents of some of the stolen utility box trailers. The total value of items recovered from the Baker Lane residence is approximately $30,000.
This investigation is on going. Sheriff Edwards states that arrests in this case are forthcoming. He is also asking anyone having any information regarding this investigation to please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.902.2088 or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Sheriff Nat Williams reports that on October 20, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Agents along with the Tri Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested Darryl Doyle, (dob12.30.56) of 251 Doyle Lane in St. Helena Parish on numerous narcotics charges.
Agents investigated a lead alleging that illegal narcotics could be found at the Doyle Lane address. Agents received and executed a search warrant of the stated residence and property. As a result of the search, sixteen (16) meth labs were recovered from the residence.
Subsequent to the search, Doyle was arrested and taken to the St. Helena Parish Prison.
Doyle was charged with:
• Operation creation of a clandestine lab
• Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics
• 16 counts of manufacturing meth
• Resisting an officer
• Possession of a firearm with in possession of CDS
Doyle is being held on a $300.500 bond.
Female Victim Shot By Stray Bullet
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that on Monday, October 5, 2009, deputies responded to 20275 Lowery Lane in reference to a reported shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies found a 25 yoa, white female shot in the right calf. Acadian Ambulance was notified and transported the victim to NOMC.
At this time, Dy Crockett spoke with a witness who stated that Nicholas Schiro, (w/m, 50yoa) of Amite, La, engaged in an argument with someone at the stated residence and started shooting. One of the flying bullets hit the victim in the leg. Sgt S. Finn, Lt. Kim Moore, & Trooper Herman Newell approached the residence. Lt Moore was able to detained Nicholas Schiro upon further investigation. Det Ray Lentz, the lead detective on the case, began to collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Detective Lentz and Sgt. Finn received consent to search of the residence and located in a bedroom just off the hallway near the bathroom, a Ruger 10/22 rifle with a folding stock, said gun was still load with a magazine with 10 live rounds. At this time Detective Lentz observed in the main door of the residence what appeared to be three bullet holes in the door, lying just inside the door were two spent .22 caliber shell casings.
As a result of his investigation, Lentz advised Deputy Crockett to transport Nicholas Schiro to CLU and book him with 1 ct Aggravated Battery, 2 cts Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.
Ponchatoula Man Arrested For Distribution of Marijuana
PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that on October 6, 2009, TPSO Narcotics Agents arrested Mark Alexander Wright (w/m, 11.25.47) of Ponchatoula, on numerous narcotics charges.
Agents received information that narcotics were being distributed from a residence located at 41262 Fire Tower Rd. in Ponchatoula. Agents responded to home and received consent to search the residence.
As a result of the search, agents recovered ½ pound of hydroponic marijuana, a DEAM weigh scale, a marijuana grinder and smoking papers.
Agents then placed Wright under arrest for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff\'s K9 Nationally Recognized
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, proudly announces that Sgt. Steven Redmond along with his K9 companion Bart ranked third in the nation at the 2009 USPCA K9 trials in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sgt. Redmond and Bart competed against the best of the best K9 duo’s from around the Country at the 2009 National US Canine Police Dog 1 Certification Trials in September. Redmond and Bart placed third in the nation in the field of obedience and took home the Excellence Award for achieving an overall score of 619. This score places Sgt. Redmond and TPSO K9 Bart in the “top 25” of the 94 teams that participated in the trials.
The TPSO K9 Division endures countless hours of trading to remain in the best conditioning in order to protect the citizens of our parish. “I am extremely proud of Sgt. Redmond and his team for their outstanding accomplishments.”…. Sheriff Edwards.
Great JOB Sgt. Redmond!
Internet Safety Classes
Sheriff provides internet safety classes for children of Loranger High School.
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports the following:
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives recently provided Loranger High School Students with presentations on Internet Safety. Information provided to the students included how best to protect themselves when using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.
“The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to education students and adults about online exploitation of children. These presentations are taught by detectives who investigate Internet crimes and they offer attendees an ‘eye opening’ glimpse into the online world. These presentations are part of the continuing mission of the Internet Crimes Against Children Division. That mission is to protect the children of Tangipahoa Parish by proactively capturing Internet child predators and teaching the public about Internet safety.” ----Sheriff Daniel Edwards
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards provides Internet Safety presentations to adults and students free of charge. They are available to all schools, churches, and organizations in Tangipahoa Parish. To schedule a presentation contact Dawn Panepinto at 985 902-2008 or by email at Panepintod@tpso.org.
Hammond man arrested for firing shots at neighbor.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that the sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting which took place on October 4, 2009 at approximately 7:00 pm, on East Park Ave. in Hammond.
Deputy J. Williams was the first to respond to the E. Park Ave. residence. While enroute to the residence, Deputy Williams was alerted that the suspect fled the scene in a Saturn and that the complainant was following the suspect south bound on S. Range Rd. heading toward Ponchatoula. Deputies David Copeland and John Edwards proceeded to the area of S. Range Rd. to search for the suspect vehicle while Deputy Williams continued to the scene.
Upon arrival, Deputy Williams was met by a witness who stated that the suspect did fell the scene in a silver Saturn. He further stated the suspect was identified as Terrence Jordan (b/m, 37) of East Park in Hammond. It was stated that the complainant and suspect engaged in an altercation after Jordan forced his way into the victim’s home. The complainant then stated the suspect left his residence and when he (the victim) walked outside moments later, he observed Jordan retrieving something from the Saturn. Jordan then reportedly approached the complainant, raised a .45 caliber Ruger handgun, and fired a single shot from approximately 20 yards away.
While Deputy Williams was still at the E. Park residence, Deputy Edwards advised that he had the suspect vehicle stopped and that Jordan was in custody at Railroad Ave and Oak St in Ponchatoula.
Lt. Richard Lindsey arrived at the scene and delivered a .45 caliber Ruger handgun which was recovered in Jordan's vehicle. Deputy Williams also retrieved a spent shell casing from the scene and logged it as evidence.
At this time, Jordan was transported to the Parish Jail where he was properly booked and charged with aggravated assault, unauthorized entry of an inhibited dwelling and being a fugitive from another parish.
Ponchatoula man arrested in burglary case.
BEDICO – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff, Daniel Edwards, reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has been investigating a rash of burglaries which have occurred in the Bedico area over the past few months.
Approximately ten residential/commercial burglaries have occurred between August 10, 2009 and October 3, 2009. The majority of these burglaries occurred in the early morning to early afternoon hours of the day.
Detectives have made one arrest in this case thus far. On 10.5.09, Wesley Walter Naramore (w/m, 28 yoa) of E. Sam Arnold Loop in Ponchatoula was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of an inhibited dwelling for a burglary which occurred in the Robert area. Detectives believe that Naramore may be connected to the Bedico burglaries. Additional charges on Naramore may be forthcoming.
Listed below are the dates and where burglaries took place in the Bedico area:
o 8.10.09 – 28294 Sam Arnold Loop. Home owners state that someone broke into their home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
o 8.17.09 – 39801 E. Sam Arnold Loop. Upon home owner’s arrival to their residence, they noticed that their home had been burglarized. A door on the residence was ajar and homeowners noticed a ladder was leaning on the residence making a gateway to the roof area.
o 9.4.09 - 39700 W. Sam Arnold Loop. Home owner’s arrived home and noticed that their residence had been burglarized. Cash and medication were noted to be missing from the residence.
o 9.19.09 – 39200 Arnold Road. When the home owner’s arrived home, they noticed that their home had been broken into. Tools and equipment were reported stolen from this residence.
o 9.23.09 – 39490 Morse Cemetery Rd. - Home owner arrived home from work to find that someone had pried their way into one of the entry door to the residence. The resident noticed that an undisclosed amount of cash had been take from the home.
o 9.24.09 – 39608 Morse Cemetery Rd. When the home owners arrived home, they noticed their home had been broken into and that their medications and cash had been taken.
o 9.25.09 – 26141 Richoux Rd. Home owner’s advised that someone had broken into their shop behind their home twice. The homeowner reported that several pieces of equipment were missing.
o The Church of God located at 28346 Hwy 22 East was reported broken into on 9.26.09. The Pastor of the Church notified the sheriff’s office when he observed that his office had been burglarized. The suspect broke into the filing cabinet and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
o 9.28.09 - 28095 Hwy 22 East. Business burglary – Deputy Leo Tate met with the complainant who stated that when he arrived at the office, he noticed that the door had been pried open. Nothing was reported to be missing at this time.
All of these cases area actively being investigated by the sheriff’s office. Additional arrests in this investigation are believed to be forthcoming.
Sheriff Edwards states that working together through constant communication and neighborhood watch programs, we can make a difference. Here are some crime prevention tips and ideas you can follow to help us help you prevent burglaries and thefts:
o Call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.345.6150, at the first sign of anyone casing vehicles or homes. *casing = looking into vehicles or homes or loitering around them with no apparent lawful purpose.
o Report persons sitting in parked vehicles with no apparent purpose.
o Call 9-1-1 if you see anyone tampering with automobiles.
o Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see someone climbing over a fence into a back or side yard or breaking into a residence.
o Bottom line is: immediately report suspicious activity or persons in your neighborhoods to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
o Be a good witness - Try to get a vehicle license plate number. If you can't get the vehicle license plate number try to get as much identifying information about the vehicle or person as you can. Such as, color, make, model, damage, type of rims, stickers, etc. pertaining to vehicles. Clothing, scars, tattoos, oddities, etc. pertaining to people.
o Take a cell phone picture or video of the person or vehicle if you can safely do so. Save/store the information in your phone or PDA.
o Write down license plates of unfamiliar vehicles in your neighborhoods in case something comes of them at a later date. The information may solve a case should a crime be occurring.
o Lock your car doors.
o Remove all items of value, such as GPS devices, cell phones, computers, purses, checkbooks, and I-Pods if the vehicle will be parked in a driveway or on the roadway. Avoid leaving anything of value inside your car in plain view. At the very least, the items should be placed out of view or locked in the trunk.
o Don't leave garage door openers in your cars when they are parked on the street or in the driveway.
o Residents should also ensure their main and side garage doors are closed and locked.
o Develop knowledge of what's going on in your neighborhoods and be ready and able to identify when something is not right.
o Take a few precautions and send a strong crime prevention message to potential criminals. Such things as forming a neighborhood watch group and communicating with your neighbors can help. Posting signs or stickers warning of security systems, neighborhood watch, cameras, or dogs can also deter criminal activity.
o Install a security and/or camera system if possible.
o Lock your car doors and all doors and windows to your house when you are away.
o You can tell the difference between solicitors and burglars. Solicitors will generally go to every house on the street and will look for houses that appear occupied. Burglars will skip several houses or look for houses that appear to be unoccupied. Solicitors want to contact as many people as possible, burglars and thieves generally want to avoid people.
o When possible and practical, leave a car parked in the driveway. Remember, do not leave valuables in it.
o Use lights on timers or motion controlled lights in and around your property.
o Install window slide locks or wooden dowels.
o Pick up newspapers and mail frequently.
o Reinforce front doors with better deadbolt locking and door jam systems if possible.
o Communicate with your neighbors and avoid establishing the same day-to-day patterns when leaving or returning to your home.
o Do not hide a spare key in a predictable place, like under the door mat or on the ledge above the door.
o Get to know your neighbors and be able to contact them in case something unusual is occurring at their house.
o Ask your neighbors to call the Sheriff’s office if they see someone they don’t know around your house when you are not at home.
o Immediately report vehicles with covered or altered license plates.
o Immediately report vehicles with no license plates when they appear to be a model year that should already be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
o Complete a home inventory and make a note all product model numbers and serial numbers.
o Don't make excuses or assumptions for the actions of others. Be alert and report. When in doubt, let the sheriff’s office check it out.
o If you are home when someone knocks at the front door and you are not interested in talking to them, aggressively announce your presence through the closed and locked door and tell them you are not interested. Immediately call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office if the person appears to have someone waiting for them in a car.
Folsom man arrested after hiding from deputies.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO arrests suspect after hiding from deputies.
On Thursday, October 01, 2009, at approximately 12:00am, Deputy J. Gasquet was dispatched to West Mansfield Road in reference to an unknown vehicle in the ditch. Upon Deputy Gasquet's arrival, he located a 2004 Kia Rio, La MNZ 906, stuck in the ditch in front of a residence. Deputy Gasuqet was advised that the driver, Daniel Obrian Lawson (w/m, 10.13.75) of Folsom, was near by in a yard hiding behind a tree. Deputy D. McDonald and Sergeant M. Schliegelmeyer arrive on scene to assist Deputy Gasquet. Deputies approached the tree and observed Lawson hiding with his hands concealed underneath his body. At this time, Lawson did not obey loud verbal commands from deputies to show his hands. Deputies were soon able to detain Lawson without incident.
Lawson advised Deputy Gasquet that he just left a prostitute when he tried to answer his cellular telephone lost control and hit the ditch. Lawson advised when he observed the sheriff's office arriving he did not want to get in trouble and hid behind the tree in hopes he would not be located. Deputy Gasquet transported Lawson to the TPSO Jail where he was booked on violating La R.S. 32:58 Carless Operation and 14:108 Resisting an Officer.
HAMMOND Man Arrested At Local Wal- Mart
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Kendrick Wardell Bell, b/m 32yoa of Milton Rd. was arrested for shoplifting at a local Wal -Mart.
On September 30, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified by Wal- Mart Management that a black male, who was observed shoplifting, was running from security with stolen merchandise.
Deputy Scott Hinson immediately responded to the front entrance on the building and observed a black male actively resisting Wal-Mart Security. Hinson assisted Security and gave the suspect loud verbal commands to stop resisting. The suspect refused to comply. Hinson soon made contact with suspect and attempted to place him in handcuffs. The suspect continued to resist, pull away from and break free from Deputy Hinson several times.
At this time, Deputy Hinson was able to get the suspect in a position to successfully detain him. The suspect was then cuffed and transported to Hinson’s Patrol unit. While in the back seat of the patrol unit, the suspect gave Deputy Hinson several false names and continued to become belligerent and uncooperative. The suspect was then transported to the parish jail for proper booking.
Charges: shoplifting, resisting an officer, battery on a police officer and one FTA.
AMMOND– Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On September 29, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics agents received information that methamphetamines were allegedly being manufactured at a residence located at 510 Calmes Rd. in St. Helena Parish.
TPSO Narcotics Agents, Tri Parish Narcotics Agents and Sheriff Nat Williams went to the residence and knocked on the door. Agents identified themselves and stated the purpose of their presence. At this time, the homeowners, Todd May, (w/m, 37), and Monique Eddy, (pregnant w/f, 37), gave agents consent to search the home.
Agents quickly discovered approximately 2 grams of meth (contained in a shot gun shell) in May’s pants pocket. Agents also located a meth lab in the resident’s master bedroom, a loaded shot gun and methamphetamines.
Both subjects were arrested and taken to the St. Helena Parish Jail. The subjects were booked and charged with possession of meth lab, manufacturing of methamphetamines, child endangerment and being in possession of a firearm while being in possession of CDS.
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