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FOUR ARRESTED IN PURSE SNACHING

ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s deputies arrested four suspects in connection with a purse snatching which occurred at a convenient store in Roseland, LA.
On Sunday 11-29-2009, at approximately 6:30 PM, Deputy Travis Graham responded to the B&V Grocery located at the corner of Hwy 10 and 1058 in Roseland in reference to a purse snatching. Upon Deputy Graham's arrival, he met with the complainant who stated that while she was exiting the store a black male wearing a plain blue shirt, dark jeans and black shoes ran toward her and snatched her wallet out of her hands. She then reported that the male suspect jumped into the rear passenger seat of a white vehicle and fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel.
The victim stated that she was unable to see if anyone else was in the vehicle at the time other than the driver and subject. Witnesses also reported that they observed a black male, with dread locks, take the victims wallet and then jump into at white Mercury vehicle with large rims. At this time, Deputy Graham alerted all units of the crime and suspect vehicle.
Within minutes, Sgt. Mike Russell advised that he and Deputy John Edwards had the suspect vehicle in sight. Deputies stated that initiated the traffic stop of the vehicle on Garrick Road. After Sergeant Russell made contact with the occupants, he advised Deputy Graham that the vehicle was occupied by 3 black males and 1 black female. The subjects were identified as Terry Moore, Emmanuel Coleman, Jameon Moore, and Bridget Burton. Sergeant Russell stated that he had located a wallet of the same description of the one taken from the victim. Sgt. Russell also advised Deputy Graham that one of the suspects in custody matched the description of the suspect that was give by the victim.
After the suspects were in custody, Deputy Graham then met with the owner of B&V Grocery and observed several minutes of video surveillance which confirmed the description of the prime suspect. As a result of the investigation conducted by Sergeant Russell and Deputy Graham, the subjects were arrested and charged as follows.
1) Terry Moore (20 yoa) of 63074 First St. in Roseland- (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 65.1 relative to Purse Snatching
2) Emmanuel Coleman (23 yoa) of 62226 Garrick Rd. in Roseland- (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 25/65.1 relative to Accessory after the fact of Purse Snatching (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 69 relative to Possession of Stolen Property
3) Jameon Moore (19 yoa) of 75181 Deletie Coon Rd. in Kentwood - (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 25/65.1 relative to Accessory after the fact of Purse Snatching (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 69 relative to Possession of Stolen Property
4) Bridget Burton (18 yoa) of 62263 Washington Ave. in Roseland- (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 25/65.1 relative to Accessory after the fact of Purse Snatching (1 count) R.S. 14 Article 69 relative to Possession of Stolen Property.

Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that armed robbery suspect, Leslie Shaffett was apprehended after demanding money from a local clerk at gunpoint.
On November 24, 2009 at approximately 1:44 AM, Deputy John Eady responded to 43165 Pumpkin Center Road (Gem Works, Texaco ) in reference to a Armed Robbery. While en-route, Deputy Eady was advised that the suspect, a white male, was with a white female driving a white Chevrolet pick up truck. It was also reported that the vehicle had a garbage bag over the license plate, possibly traveling East on Old Baton Rouge Highway.
Upon arrival at the Pumpkin Center location, deputies and Lieutenant Richard Lindsey spoke with the victim who stated a white male came into the store around 10:30 PM trying to sell a puppy. The victim then stated that the same male returned at approximately 1:20 AM, pulled in the parking lot and then pulled right back out. The victim advised he returned about 10 to 15 minutes later and parked right in front of the entry doors. The male was stated to be wearing a grey hoodie with red writing which was pulled down over his eyes. The man walked in the store and within a few minutes, demanded cash. He then produced a gun which was hidden under his sweatshirt. After a few moments of heated conversation, the victim complied.
Upon handing Shaffett the money, he ordered her to walk outside with him. The victim begged for him not to make her leave the store. At this time Shaffett shouted "NOW". Once outside he told the victim that he had a scanner in his truck and if he heard the police being called, he would return. Then the white male got into his vehicle and drove off toward Old Baton Rouge Highway.
Detective Gary Baham along with Lt. Lindsey and Deputy Eady, gathered the information, alerted all units of the suspect vehicle, secured the crime scene and began to search for the suspect vehicle. After a short search, Deputy David Copeland alerted Deputy Eday that he had the suspect vehicle stopped and the suspect detained. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the weapon used by suspect Leslie Eugene Shaffett (w/m, 31yoa) of 30925 Line Creek Rd. of Albany was a plastic gun. Shaffett reported that he used a plastic gun because he could not afford a real one. Shaffett’s actions resulted in him being charged with armed robbery with a gun and one FTA.

STANDOFF LEADS TO GUNFIRE

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that a brief stand off with Amite resident leads to exchange of gunfire.

At approximately 9:00 PM on Sunday November 22, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call of a domestic dispute on East Snowcreek Rd. in Amite. Upon deputies arrival, the first two units pulled up to the residence where they encountered David Johnson (w/m DOB 3.2.60). Johnson had strategically positioned himself in his yard armed with a loaded shotgun (12g). At this time, Johnson had the shotgun pointed directly at the first arriving deputies. Deputies retreated to cover as additional units arrived to assist.

After a brief standoff with deputies and with Johnson’s refusal to surrender, a female subject came running from the woods and began struggling with Johnson over the weapon. While they were in a physical encounter, deputies approached the subjects. Johnson then began in an altercation with deputies. During the struggle, Johnson regained control of the weapon and then pointed it at deputy who had fallen to the ground. Deputies fearing for their safety discharged their weapons in defense subsequently striking Johnson in the pelvic area. Once Johnson was shot, deputies secured his weapon and administered first aid. Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and transported Johnson to St. Tammany Hospital for treatment. Johnson remains in St. Tammany hospital receiving treatment.

Sheriff Edwards, as always in such cases and in an effort to protect the integrity of the investigation, has requested that he LSP take over the investigation of the shooting. Johnson has an extensive criminal history including crimes of violence. Sheriff Edwards is confident that his deputies acted accordingly and followed the policy and procedures if the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for such an incident. Further information will be released after the LSP conducts and concludes their investigation.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the following suspects were arrested over this past weekend on Domestic Violence Charges.
On Sunday November 22, 2009, Dy Crockett arrested John Henry Lee (b/m, DOB 8.4.49 ) of Joynton Rd. in Fluker on charges of domestic abuse battery and second degree Battery.
Deputies responded to Lee’s residence in reference to a call for service. Upon arrival he observed a b/f victim bleeding from the left side of her head. After further investigation, Lee was taken into custody and charged with the above mentioned charges.
On Sunday November 22, 2009, Deputy Fitz responded to the corner of Club Deluxe Rd and Happywoods Rd. in reference to a domestic disturbance which occurred at a residence on W. Hoffman Rd.
The investigation revealed that Ms. Diana Patterson (w/f, DOB 11.19.65) of W. Hoffman Rd, during an altercation with the complaint, threw a knife striking him in the hand. As the compliant attempted to leave the residence, the suspect followed him in an aggressive/ dangerous manner. The suspect followed the victim until sheriff’s deputies were able to apprehend Patterson.
At this time, Diana Patterson was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery (domestic) and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Internet Predator Captured

Internet Predator Captured  - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Kevin M. Jones, Jr. (22)
29276 Winchester Road,
Denham Springs, LA
DOB: 5/30/87; White / Male
Has been arrested for: Computer aided solicitation (14:81.3) and Indecent behavior with juveniles (14:81)
In the early morning hours of November 13, 2009, Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and Kenner Police Department surrounded the Jones residence where Jones was contacted and placed into custody without incident.
Jones’ arrest is the result of online undercover investigations conducted by cyber detectives at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Kenner Police Department. During their online investigations detectives identified Jones after he used the Internet to contact and sexually solicit underage children. Jones’ computers and other evidence was seized by detectives and removed from his residence for future forensic analysis.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reminds parents to monitor their children’s online activities and be mindful that child predators are using the Internet to contact children.

STANDOFF LEADS TO GUNFIRE

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that a brief stand off with Amite resident leads to exchange of gunfire.

At approximately 9:00 PM on Sunday November 22, 2009, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call of a domestic dispute on East Snowcreek Rd. in Amite. Upon deputies arrival, the first two units pulled up to the residence where they encountered David Johnson (w/m DOB 3.2.60). Johnson had strategically positioned himself in his yard armed with a loaded shotgun (12g). At this time, Johnson had the shotgun pointed directly at the first arriving deputies. Deputies retreated to cover as additional units arrived to assist.

After a brief standoff with deputies and with Johnson’s refusal to surrender, a female subject came running from the woods and began struggling with Johnson over the weapon. While they were in a physical encounter, deputies approached the subjects. Johnson then began in an altercation with deputies. During the struggle, Johnson regained control of the weapon and then pointed it at deputy who had fallen to the ground. Deputies fearing for their safety discharged their weapons in defense subsequently striking Johnson in the pelvic area. Once Johnson was shot, deputies secured his weapon and administered first aid. Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and transported Johnson to St. Tammany Hospital for treatment. Johnson remains in St. Tammany hospital receiving treatment.

Sheriff Edwards, as always in such cases and in an effort to protect the integrity of the investigation, has requested that he LSP take over the investigation of the shooting. Johnson has an extensive criminal history including crimes of violence. Sheriff Edwards is confident that his deputies acted accordingly and followed the policy and procedures if the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for such an incident. Further information will be released after the LSP conducts and concludes their investigation.

TWO KENTWOOD RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

Kentwood – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO narcotics agents arrest two Kentwood residents for manufacturing methamphetamines.
On Saturday November 14, 2009 at approximately 4:30 PM, agents responded to 509 13th Ave in Kentwood to interview LJ Welch Jr. (DOB 10.10.61). Welch had previously purchased precursor materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. As agents pulled in the driveway of the residence, LJ fled on foot from agents. After a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended and taken into custody. At this time agents found pipes used to smoke meth, meth, a tooter straw and approximately $1500.00 in cash in LJ’s pockets.
When agents brought LJ back to the residence, they asked if he anything illegal in his residence. During this time, a black extra king cab pick up truck pulled up by the driveway. The vehicle was occupied by a w/f and a small child. As the vehicle approached, LJ yelled “RUN” to the female. Agents engaged in a short vehicle pursuit with the vehicle. It was discovered that LJ’s wife, Sandra Welch (2.6.57) was driving the vehicle. She was apprehended on North 11th Ave. An inventory of her vehicle revealed a black back bag which contained all the precursor materials used in the manufacturing of meth and $700.00. The three year old child was later released to the custody of her parents.
When agents transported Sandra back to her residence, she took her handcuffs and slid them across an agent’s vehicle leaving a large scratch. At this time, LJ began to cooperate with agents. He took them to a residence in St. Helena Parish where he was also manufacturing meth. Agents arrived at the residence on Hwy 387 West in St Helena. LJ gave consent to search the residence. He then led agents to a shake and bake meth lad. Agents also found materials used to manufacture meth inside of the residence. A hazardous material clean up crew was dispatched to the residence to dispose of the meth lab.
LJ Welch has an extensive criminal history. He was arrested in Mississippi previously for stealing precursor meth materials. He was also arrested and charged in Arkansas and Alabama on meth charges. On 11.14.09, LJ Welch was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sandra Welch was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, child desertion and manufacturing meth.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding a burglary which occurred at 44055 S. Baptist Rd. (the Lamonte residence).

In the early morning hours of November 13, 2009, the sheriff’s office was notified of the burglary which took place at the Lamonte residence. Numerous items were reported stolen such as a TV, computer and monitor, a recliner and other various items.

Anyone having information regarding this burglary is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO at 985.902.2088.

TPSO Narcotics Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Antwain Robinson (DOB 8.2.75) of 29571 Sonya Dr. in Hammond was arrested and charged with possession of more than 200 but less than 400 grams of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Additional charges on Robinson may be forthcoming. Robinson’s charges will also be presented to the Federal Grand Jury in Baton Rouge, LA.
Members of the DEA, TPSO Narcotics Division, Tri Parish Narcotics Task Force, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the HPD executed a search warrant at a residence on 29571 Sonya Drive located in Livingston Parish. As a result of the search, agents seized 51 pounds of marijuana and 200 grams of crack cocaine.
Robinson was taken into custody and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on the above stated charges. Robinson is currently on probation for a previous drug related offense.

Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspect

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Roy Allbritton of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating Lewis Montrell Smith b/m DOB 6.6.81 of 30771 Café Line Rd. in Albany, LA.

Smith is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on the following offenses:
o Two FTA’s for a traffic offenses
o One FTA for unauthorized use of a moveable
o One FTA for domestic abuse – battery
o One FTA on narcotics charges
o One FTA for possession of stolen property

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Smith is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Roy Allbritton at 985.902.2088.

Internet Predator Captured

Internet Predator Captured  - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Kevin M. Jones, Jr. (22)
29276 Winchester Road,
Denham Springs, LA
DOB: 5/30/87; White / Male
Has been arrested for: Computer aided solicitation (14:81.3) and Indecent behavior with juveniles (14:81)
In the early morning hours of November 13, 2009, Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and Kenner Police Department surrounded the Jones residence where Jones was contacted and placed into custody without incident.
Jones’ arrest is the result of online undercover investigations conducted by cyber detectives at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Kenner Police Department. During their online investigations detectives identified Jones after he used the Internet to contact and sexually solicit underage children. Jones’ computers and other evidence was seized by detectives and removed from his residence for future forensic analysis.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reminds parents to monitor their children’s online activities and be mindful that child predators are using the Internet to contact children.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on November 11, 2009, at approximately 4:00 PM, Deputy Jonathan Williams conducted a traffic stop on Quick Blvd which resulted in the arrest of Allen Hines, 19 of 1905 Cedar Lane, Hammond.

While making contact with the driver, Deputy Williams observed the passenger in the back seat shift to the other side of the vehicle in a suspicious manner. The passenger, who identified himself at the time as Michael Jones, was acting nervous and fidgety. Deputy Williams observed the passenger look over his right shoulder as if he were about to exit the vehicle and run when he observed Deputy John Eady who arrived to assist Deputy Williams.

At this time and while researching the subjects information, Deputy Williams observed the back seat passenger move away from Deputy Eady, jump over the seat and attempt to exit the vehicle. Deputy Eady dove into the car as the subject was exiting and grabbed the passenger’s shirt. The passenger, later identified as Hines, drug Deputy Eady out of the vehicle refusing to stop.

As Deputy Williams reached the suspect, he was still resisting arrest and was engaged in an altercation with Deputy Eady. After a short struggle, deputies detained the suspect and placed him into custody.

Hinds was arrested and charged with two failure to appear warrants, two counts of battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of resisting arrest by force and no seat belt.

TPSO RECOVERS STOLEN MOTORCYCLES AND MAKE ARRESTS

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO Agents recovered over $40,000 worth of stolen motorcycles late Tuesday evening.

On November 10, 2009 at approximately 10:00 PM, TPSO agents were patrolling the area of HWY 445 in Loranger when they observed a motorcycle enter an abandoned subdivision. Agents followed behind the motorcycle in an attempt to make contact with the rider. As agents followed behind, the driver later identified as Dane Coats (dob 10/2/87), attempted to flee when he lost control and laid the bike on the ground. Coats then fled on foot from agents. After a short foot pursuit, Coats was apprehended and detained.

At this time, agents heard two additional motorcycles enter the subdivision. Several agents followed one of the motorcycles and initiated a traffic stop. Agents came in contact with occupants Farrah Foy (dob 10/5/87) and George McKenzie (dob 7/10/84). As agents were speaking with the couple, they observed that the ignition was punched out and a screw driver was used to start the cycle. Both subjects were detained at this time.

Agents followed the third motorcycle which was occupied by Kayla Renee Freeman (dob 9/3/89) and Caleb Wayne Prince (dob 6/4/91). Agents pursued the duo north on HWY 445 traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. As the duo continued to HWY 40 toward Loranger, agents lost sight of the cycle. Through further investigation, agents learned that Caleb and Kayla hid the motorcycle in a wooded area behind Loranger High School. They also were notified that Kayla’s vehicle was parked at the Kangaroo Gas Station in Albany. Deputy Jimmy Travis covered this vehicle in case the duo tried to escape via Kayla’s vehicle. At the same time, agents set up perimeter around the wooded area in Loranger in an attempt to locate the suspects. Sgt. Steven Redmond along with his K9 companion Bart started to track the suspects in the woods. After searching the area for two hours, Caleb and Kayla surrendered to deputies.

As a result of the investigation, agents learned that all three motorcycles were reported stolen. Each motorcycles had the ignition punched out and a screw driver was placed in the ignition to start the cycles.

On 11.11.09, the following subjects were arrested:

Dane Coats, DOB 10.2.87
29071 Richardson Dr., Holden
Charges: possession of stolen property and resisting an officer

Farrah Foy, DOB 10.5.87
41474 N. Charbonnet, Hammond
Charges: possession of stolen property

Caleb Prince, DOB 6.4.91
29701 Richardson Dr., Holden
Charges: possession of stolen property, resisting arrest by flight and resisting an officer

Kayla Freeman, DOB 9.3.89
31318 N Café Line Rd, Tickfaw
Charges: possession of stolen property and resisting an officer

George McKenzie, DOB 7/10/84
42586 HWY 445, Ponchatoula
Charges: possession of stolen property and one FTA

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)

HIGH SPEED CHASE LEADS TO ARREST

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s deputies arrest two after a high speed chase through the Robert and Hammond area.
On Monday November 9, 2009, at approximately 3:00 PM, Ruston Ken Prevost (DOB 5.22.88) of Loranger and Brandon Prevost (DOB 8.21.88) also of Loranger led deputies on a chase after agents attempted to approach Ruston’s parked vehicle. Agents observed the duo sitting in a vehicle in the back of an abandoned subdivision off of HWY 445. As agents approached the vehicle, Ruston put the vehicle in gear and fled from agents at a high rate of speed. Ruston maneuvered his vehicle to the back of the subdivision and began traveling south on HWY 445. Agents followed Ruston through Robert onto HWY 190 where he pulled into a private driveway, sped through the yard, broke though a wooden fence and headed back onto HWY 190 west bound. Sgt. Tommy Ferrand placed spikes on the road in an attempt to stop Ruston’s vehicle. Ruston then traveled off of the roadway toward Sgt. Ferrand and then traveled back onto the roadway. Ruston began traveling in the east bound lane of traffic on 190. At this time, Ruston traveled to a residence on Coburn Rd. where he drove his vehicle into the woods and escaped. After a short foot pursuit, Ruston was taken into custody. Ruston’s passenger, Brandon Prevost was still in the vehicle and was taken into custody.
Agents recovered marijuana, a syringe which contained a liquid, and a spoon with pill residue from Ruston’s vehicle. At this time, Ruston Ken Prevost was charged with resisting an officer by flight, resisting an officer, attempted 1st degree murder, possession with the intent to distribute CDS I and criminal damage to property. Brandon Prevost was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute CDS I and resisting an officer.

Hammond Man Arrested For Disturbing the Peace

Hammond Man Arrested For Disturbing the Peace - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on November 9, 2009 deputies arrested Leon Banks, 52 of 112 Alligator Rd. in Hammond on one count of disturbing the peace, e FTA’s and for resisting an office.
At approximately 8:30 PM, Deputy John Eady responded to a business on HWY 190 in Hammond regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival Deputy Eady spoke with the complainant who stated Leon Banks was drunk and causing a disturbance at his trailer. Deputy Eady followed the complaint to his trailer where he observed Leon standing outside. As Leon spotted Deputy Eady, Leon took off ruining into his trailer. Deputies followed and located Leon hiding in a closet in his home. At this time, Deputy Eady checked for any outstanding warrants on Leon. It was discovered that Leon had two FTA's, one for aggravated assault and one for theft. Deputy Eady took Leon into custody on the charges of disturbing the peace (public intoxication) and resisting by flight on foot and the two additional warrants.

WANTED SUSPECT

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for wanted suspect Dequincy Lamond Jackson.

Jackson, (b/m, DOB 8.9.80) with a last known address of 63152 Bennett Rd. Amite, La. is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Burglary, Simple Burglary, Two counts Simple Battery and Failure to Appear for Domestic Abuse - Battery.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Jackson to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Det. Mike Moore, 985-748-3334.

TPSO SHARES VALUABLE INFORMATION WITH THE STUDENTS OF PONCHATOULA JR HIGH

TPSO SHARES VALUABLE INFORMATION WITH THE STUDENTS OF PONCHATOULA JR HIGH - Ponchatoula – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that Detective Toby Aguillard spent several hours with the seventh and eight graders of Ponchatoula Jr, High School. Detective Aguillard connected with over 700 students and 40 faculty and staff while facilitating a workshop tailored to educate the students on internet crimes and child predators.
TPSO Detective Aguillard leads the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division at the sheriff’s office. Detective Aguillard spent valuable time with the students educating them on the dangers of internet predators, crimes and abuse. There are many ways a child and or adult can become a victim of an internet crime. Detective Aguillard shared real life scenarios of incidents which have occurred in Tangipahoa Parish. These cases were eye opening experiences for the students and teachers.
Detective Aguillard spent time answering questions and advising the students on how to educate and support their parents on becoming better acquainted with the internet and internet crimes. “It was a pleasure spending time at Ponchatoula Jr, High” states Aguillard. “Now the students know how they can help us support them in these cases. Education is the most powerful tool when combating any type of crime.” Aguillard continues.
Anyone wanting more information regarding this program can visit our website at www.tpso.org or may contact Dawn Panepinto at 985.902.2008.

TPSO Prayer Breakfast

Please Save the Date:

KENTWOOD - Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Pastor Matthew Booty cordially invites you to attend the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Monthly Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, November 18th, at 7:30 a.m. at New Jerusalem United Pentecostal Church, 22489 Hwy 440, Kentwood, La. in the Bolivar Community. The celebration will begin at 7:30 AM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sheriff Office Awarded LHSC Grant

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a grant award in the amount of $32,000 from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) to reduce impaired driving in Tangipahoa Parish.
As part of the project, Sheriff Edwards has initiated a Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (JUDE) program with a large portion of the funds from the LHSC grant. The JUDE project work began in late October and has already resulted in 11 charges against business personnel accused of selling beer or liquor to an under-aged purchaser, the sheriff said. Headed up by Kerry Carson, a detective sergeant in the sheriff’s Juvenile Division, the October portion of the operation included overtime work by two additional detectives assigned to the division, two additional juvenile officers and the under-aged deputy, who is 20-years-old. “We make sure that we witness the acts, place the charges, and utilize additional methods of evidence collection to best assure our cases hold up in courts,” Detective Carson added.
Sheriff Edwards states that the undercover alcoholic beverage buys are part of the umbrella project which includes overtime for deputies to make impaired driving presentations to parish high school students; overtime for DWI checkpoints and patrols, and $6,375 for lighting, signs and traffic controls to assure safety at DWI checkpoints. Also during October, Deputy Susie (Katheryn) Cambre made 25 impaired driving prevention presentations to 815 students. “We are working closely with Tangipahoa Parish School principals to make information available to students who are readily exposed to alcohol availability in modern society,” Deputy Cambre said. “We have traditionally provided such programs around prom dates and graduations, but with the additional funding made available for this project, we have the opportunity to grow and develop the program. Juvenile Detective Jeannie Alexander will also be working hand and hand with our local schools facilitating additional related workshops.
“Each year thousands of teens are killed or injured in traffic crashes as a result of underage drinking, so it’s time to remind and educate teens and parents that underage drinking is a serious act,” Edwards states. “From the most recently available national data (2006) we know that of all drivers (including motorcycles) ages 15 to 20, who were involved in fatal traffic crashes, and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher, 64 percent died as a result of the crash.” He continued. During the campaign, deputies will also make “party patrols” and watch for parents who are providing alcohol or hosting drinking parties for their underage teens, he added. “Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is not only illegal, but it’s extremely dangerous for young people, for others in the community, and the parents face legal liabilities,” the sheriff added.
The DWI roadside checkpoint portion of the grant will be operated under the supervision of Sgt. Jimmy Hyde. There were 124 DWIs issued by the sheriff’s office during the past year’s project, with 63 written during 11 checkpoints, reports indicate. Equipment to be used at the checkpoints includes a high-powered light tower, reflective traffic direction cones, and LED strobe flares, according to project records. “We have to be very careful to assure the public we make our checkpoints highly visible for two reasons: first, to improve, not reduce, highway safety; and, second that drivers passing near the checkpoint know we are strictly enforcing DWI laws in Tangipahoa Parish,” Sgt. Hyde states. According to the sheriff, the project approval came with assistance from LHSC Executive Director and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative John A. LeBlanc. “Lt. Col. LeBlanc is a 28-year veteran of the Louisiana State Police prior to being appointed by Gov. Jindal to his post,” Sheriff Edwards said. “His staff had been extremely helpful in defining our most pressing highway safety needs, offering resources and getting approval for funding these operations in Tangipahoa Parish.”

Roadside Arrest

Hammond – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that deputies arrest reckless driver traveling on S. Airport Rd. in Hammond. Joel Lewis Penton (31yoa) of 19399 W. Shelton Rd. in Hammond was taken into custody after he was observed operating a vehicle while allegedly impaired.
On November 4, 2009, Deputy Matthew Dean responded to S. Airport Road in Hammond, La in reference to a call regarding a reckless driver. While in route to the S Airport Road, Deputy Dean was advised that the suspect vehicle, a gray and white blazer, ran off the road, hit a pole and then traveled back onto the roadway. Deputies were advised that the blazer was now traveling east on Highway 190 and then the traveled north on N Coburn Road.
At this time, Deputy Sean Scott advised that he had the blazer stopped on N Coburn Road at Vineyard Road. As Deputy Scott was initiating the traffic stop, he advised that the blazer was traveling left of center and was swerving from side to side. Upon then identified the driver of the vehicle as Joel Lewis Penton (31yoa) of 19399 W. Shelton Rd. in Hammond. Deputy then asked Penton if he was ok due to the fact that his speech was slurred and it appeared that he was having difficulty standing. Deputy noticed in plain view a used syringe on the driver’s seat and four additional syringes lying on the driver’s side floor board. Deputy noticed that one of the syringes still contained a liquid substance. Deputy also noticed a silver spoon with a white substance sitting on the passenger seat.
At this time, Deputy advised Penton that he was under arrest. Joel then stated the substance in the syringe as well as the spoon was morphine. Deputy asked Joel if he had a prescription for morphine and he advised no. Deputy Scott additionally located a blue pouch which contained two more silver spoons with residue believed to narcotics. Deputy then collected 5 syringes along with the 3 spoons and placed them into evidence.
Penton was transported to the TPSO Jail where he was charged and booked with one count of Reckless Driving, one of count of Possession of CDS II and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


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