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Man Arrested

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division arrested Pink Robert Prine for the molestation of a juvenile.
On December 8, 2009, the sheriff’s office was contacted after allegations were reported that Prine was sexually molesting a juvenile female.
After a thorough investigation led by the sheriff’s office, on December 12, 2009, Prine, (DOB 10.9.74, w/m) of 10461 Howell Lane in Tickfaw was arrested and charged with Aggravated Rape, Molestation of a Juvenile, and 2 cts. Sexual Battery. Prine’s bond is currently set at $2 million.
Pink Robert Prine
10461 Howell Lane
Tickfaw, LA
dob 10/09/1974 W/M

Major Enforcement Effort Seeks to Save Lives

HAMMOND – Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The picture for women is particularly concerning. Twenty-one percent of the 5,473 female drivers killed in crashes in 2008 had BAC levels of .08 or higher.
That is why Sheriff Edwards will be joining with thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation from December 16th to January 3, 2010, to take part in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown on impaired driving.
“Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter who you are or what you drive, if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you.” said Sheriff Edwards. We will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints and using undercover officers to get more drunk drivers off the road—and save lives that might otherwise be lost.
On December 19, 2009 from 10:00 PM till 4:00 AM, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in partnership with local law enforcement agencies will conduct an impaired driver/ sobriety checkpoint in our parish.
“Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” states Edwards. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”

Child Pornography Producer Convicted

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

Christopher J. Comeaux, 34, of Leesville, Louisiana, was convicted this week by a federal jury in Lake Charles, LA of production and possession of child pornography following a trial and only 30 minutes of jury deliberation.

Comeaux’s conviction is the result of an Internet investigation involving Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives, Leesville Police detectives, and federal I.C.E. agents. The investigation revealed that Comeaux had been using the Internet to distribute child pornography from his home in Leesville. Detectives provided testimony at trial that revealed that Comeaux had been actively molesting a minor female for over a year prior to the investigation. Testimony further revealed that Comeaux had produced videos of his sexual assaults on the child, which were recovered from Comeaux’s computer along with hundreds of other images of child pornography.

“This case demonstrates the importance of proactively investigating those who use the Internet to sexually exploit children. Here a child rapist was arrested and a child was rescued. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to aggressively investigate predators of innocent children.” ------Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Sentencing is set for March 11, 2010. Comeaux is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison, and/or $250,000 in fines, and lifetime supervision upon release. Comeaux is also facing Aggravated Rape charges in state court, where upon conviction, he is facing life in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation or parole.

Arrest

NATALBANY - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On December 7, 2009, Deputy Leo Tate responded to 48022 Brazil Road in reference to domestic disturbance. Prior to his arrival, Chief Dennis Pevey notified Deputy Tate that he was in near proximity of the residence and that would be responding to the call. Upon Chief Pevey’s arrival, he observed a burgundy four door car which was backed in the driveway off of Hwy 1064. The vehicle was positioned with the driver’s side door facing Brazil Lane. Chief Pevey could see a tall B/M lying across seat covering a B/F. Chief Pevey quickly directed the male subject to exit the vehicle. The subject complied and then was asked if he had any weapons on his person. As Chief Pevey attempted to perform a pat down search of the subject, he stuck both his hands in his front pants pockets. The subject then began pulling a clear plastic bag out of the right side. Pevey also observed a large bulge in the subjects left side pocket. Fearing the subject had a weapon, Pevey grabbed both of his wrists in order to gain control and prevent the subject from removing the items from his pockets. He actively resisted Chief Pevey and attempt to break free. The female exited vehicle and began yelling behind Pevey. Unable to gain control of this subject , Chief Pevey pushed him away placing distance between them, pulled out his duty weapon and ordered the subject to stop resisting.

The female subject started yelling "he's got a gun"! Being that this female was the original complainant/ victim of the call, Chief Pevey believed she was alerting him that the subject had a weapon. At this time, the male subject turned away from Chief Pevey and began to run north on Brazil Ln. Pevey chased the subject ordering him on several occasions to stop. As Pevey was in pursuit of the subject, he observed him pull something orange in color from his left front pocket. As they continued east through thick brush and briars, Pevey caught up the subject, Zhaka May, and was able to apprehend him without further incident.

While performing a pat down search of the suspect, Pevey observed that the orange item and clear plastic bag were no longer in his pockets. Pevey turned May over to Deputy Leo Tate and went back into the woods to retrieve the items allegedly thrown by May. About twenty yards off roadway, Pevey found an orange medicine bottle which contained several pieces of what appeared to be crack cocaine. Pevey also located a small bag of suspected marijuana.

As May was being placed in the back of the patrol unit, the original complainant, Kirra Hogan, began to yell and verbally attack deputies. At this time, Hogan was advised to go inside of the residence while deputies completed the roadside investigation. Hogan did not comply. Hogan (DOB 11.7.89) of Martin Luther King in Hammond was arrested and taken into custody for resisting an officer possession of marijuana.

Zhaka May (DOB 8.21.82) of Brazil Rd. in Natalbany, was arrested and charged with revisiting an officer, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Narcotics Arrest

ROBERT - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO Narcotics Agents arrested three for operating a meth lab at a residence in Robert, LA.

On December 14, 2009, Sheriff Edwards received information that methamphetamines may be being manufactured in a residence on Obee Stevens Rd.

Agents responded to the residence where they received consent to search the residence from the home owner. While inside of the residence, agents found the materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Agents also discovered finished
product (meth) in the back seat of Jeremy Paterson's vehicle.

As a result of the investigation, the following three subjects were arrested and properly charged:

Arrest on December 14, 2009

Jeremy Norris Paterson w/m dob 11/02/1072
45356 Obee Stevens Road Robert, Louisiana

Troy Lee Blanchard w/m dob 08/28/1973
21453 East Prevost Lane Loranger, Louisiana

Andrea Margaret Bendelow w/f dob 09/09/1977
21453 East Prevost Lane Loranger, Louisiana

All subjects were charged with:
40:983 Operation, Creation, Manufacturing, Possession of a
Methamphetamine Laboratory. And 40:967A(1) Manufacturing
Methamphetamine

Roadside Arrest

NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Jeffrey S. Christy, a 37 year old white male, was arrested after striking a 12 year old female victim with his vehicle.
Christy allegedly struck the young female as he was traveling on Johnson Lane on December 12, 2009. Deputies Jonathon Williams, Scott Hinson, and Sgt. Tommy Ferrand responded to the scene. While enroute deputies were advised that the driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey S. Christy of Andy Hano Lane, was attempting to flee the scene in his white 2000 Ford F-150.
As deputies arrived they made contact with Christy. They could immediately smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the subject. Christy stated at this time that he believed that he did not strike the victim with his truck. Christy also appeared to be unsteady on his feet as he was speaking with deputies. Christy was then placed in the back of a patrol unit so that deputies could further investigate the incident.
Acadian Ambulance Services and the Natalbany Volunteer Fire Department arrived to assist with the incident. The young female victim was transported to NOMC for treatment to her injuries which were reported to be non-life threatening.
At this time, deputies learned through witnesses that they observed Christy’s vehicle strike the victim as it passed her on the roadway. It appeared that the victim was struck from the back and her left arm was struck by the passenger’s side exterior mirror as the vehicle passed her.
After the victim was transported away from the scene, Christy was given a field sobriety test. As a result of this investigation, Christy was then arrested and charged with neglect injury, DWI and driving under suspension. Christy later stated that he had consumed approximately four beers and smoked a marijuana cigarette prior to the crash and had consumed approximately half a beer after the crash.

Arrest At Loranger Elementary

LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on December 9, 2009, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested two female volunteers at Loranger Elementary School for engaging in illegal prescription drug activity.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards was contacted by the Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe regarding two female volunteers who were working on the Santa Workshop in the School’s library. The females identified as Shannon Marie Oliver and Trudy A. Cefalu, were observed exchanging prescription drug pills while in the presence of faculty and students. Once notified, TPSO Agents immediately responded to the Elementary School where they made contact with the two females. During the investigation, agents learned that Oliver reached in her purse and gave Cefalu three Flexeril tablets. Cefalu then exited the room, ingested the pills and then reentered the library. Within one hour of being notified by Superintendent Kolwe, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested the two females on the following charges:

Trudy Angeladale Cefalu
DOB- 12.2.71
17129 E. Cooper Rd. Loranger
Charges: Possession of a Legend Drug and Violation of Drug Free Zone

Shannon Marie Oliver
DOB – 9.27.77
19480 St. Charles St. Loranger
Charges: Distribution of a Legend Drug
Possession With Intent to Distribute CDS II
Possession With Intent to Distribute a Legend Drug
Violation of a Drug Free Zone

Arrest

NATALBANY - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On December 7, 2009, Deputy Leo Tate responded to 48022 Brazil Road in reference to domestic disturbance. Prior to his arrival, Chief Dennis Pevey notified Deputy Tate that he was in near proximity of the residence and that would be responding to the call. Upon Chief Pevey’s arrival, he observed a burgundy four door car which was backed in the driveway off of Hwy 1064. The vehicle was positioned with the driver’s side door facing Brazil Lane. Chief Pevey could see a tall B/M lying across seat covering a B/F. Chief Pevey quickly directed the male subject to exit the vehicle. The subject complied and then was asked if he had any weapons on his person. As Chief Pevey attempted to perform a pat down search of the subject, he stuck both his hands in his front pants pockets. The subject then began pulling a clear plastic bag out of the right side. Pevey also observed a large bulge in the subjects left side pocket. Fearing the subject had a weapon, Pevey grabbed both of his wrists in order to gain control and prevent the subject from removing the items from his pockets. He actively resisted Chief Pevey and attempt to break free. The female exited vehicle and began yelling behind Pevey. Unable to gain control of this subject , Chief Pevey pushed him away placing distance between them, pulled out his duty weapon and ordered the subject to stop resisting.

The female subject started yelling "he's got a gun"! Being that this female was the original complainant/ victim of the call, Chief Pevey believed she was alerting him that the subject had a weapon. At this time, the male subject turned away from Chief Pevey and began to run north on Brazil Ln. Pevey chased the subject ordering him on several occasions to stop. As Pevey was in pursuit of the subject, he observed him pull something orange in color from his left front pocket. As they continued east through thick brush and briars, Pevey caught up the subject, Zhaka May, and was able to apprehend him without further incident.

While performing a pat down search of the suspect, Pevey observed that the orange item and clear plastic bag were no longer in his pockets. Pevey turned May over to Deputy Leo Tate and went back into the woods to retrieve the items allegedly thrown by May. About twenty yards off roadway, Pevey found an orange medicine bottle which contained several pieces of what appeared to be crack cocaine. Pevey also located a small bag of suspected marijuana.

As May was being placed in the back of the patrol unit, the original complainant, Kirra Hogan, began to yell and verbally attack deputies. At this time, Hogan was advised to go inside of the residence while deputies completed the roadside investigation. Hogan did not comply. Hogan (DOB 11.7.89) of Martin Luther King in Hammond was arrested and taken into custody for resisting an officer possession of marijuana.

Zhaka May (DOB 8.21.82) of Brazil Rd. in Natalbany, was arrested and charged with revisiting an officer, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Meth Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO Narcotic Agents and LPSO and HPD Agents executed a search warrant of a Hammond residence which led to the arrest of six subjects.

On December 2, 2009, Agents received information regarding a subject who had been purchasing precursor materials used in the manufacturing methamphetamines from a local store. Agents obtained a license plate of the vehicle and began their investigation. Agents followed the vehicle which let them to a residence located at 1010 West Robert St. in Hammond. Agents then set up surveillance on the residence and discovered probable cause to request a search warrant of the W. Robert St. home.

After obtaining the search warrant, agents responded back to the residence and proceeded with the execution of the warrant. While inside the residence, agents reported that the home was in a deplorable condition. In the residence, agents found a meth lab along with numerous forms of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested from the residence were:

1. Patrick Morgan Servat – DOB 9.27.84 – of Carpenter Dr. in Walker
2. Megan Elizabeth Beabout – DOB 10.3.89 - of Sherry Dr. in Hammond
3. David Joseph Leonard – DOB 9.21.86 – of Perrin Ferry in Springfield
4. James Joseph Landry Jr. – DOB 6.15.81 – of Dixie Rue Lane in Robert
5. Christopher Todd Setzer – DOB 9.10.87 – of Judith Dr. in Springfield
6. Richard Alexander Becnel – DOB 4.23.84 – 1010 West Robert in Hammond

All above stated subjects were arrested and charged with operation, creation of a methamphetamine lab, possession of a meth lab and drug paraphernalia.

Narcotics Arrest

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on December 3, 2009, TPSO Narcotics Agents arrested three after a roadside investigation led to the discovery of a meth lab.

Narcotics Agents made a traffic stop on a white Chevy off of HWY 445 and Gliderport Rd. in Robert. After making contact with the driver, Danny Populis (DOB 4.23.64 of 53085 Populis Rd.), he gave agents consent to search his vehicle. Upon doing so, agents discovered materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Populis stated that when he observed the agents on the road, he got scared and threw a shake and bake meth lab, which he had between his legs, out of the window. Populis’s two passengers also stated that they threw components and materials used in the manufacturing of meth out of the window as well.

Danny Populis was arrested and charged with possession of 2 grams of meth and operation, creation of a methamphetamine lab.

Also arrested and charged with operation, creation and possession of a methamphetamine lab were:

Amanda Thomas
DOB 11.17.79
85168 Hwy 25
Franklinton, LA

Tracie Newsom
DOB 8.9.68
50313 N. Bradley Lane
Robert, LA

Danny Populis was previously charged and has served eighteen months in jail on meth charges. All three subjects are currently on probation for meth charges.


TPSO Narcotics Arrest

Uneedus – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on December 1, 2009, a roadside traffic stop led to multiple narcotics arrests.

At approximately 11:30 PM, on December 1st, agents arrested Randall Mclain (DOB 5.15.76) of Dan Cooper Cemetery Rd. in Loranger for being in possession of drug paraphernalia and for being in possession of ½ gram of methamphetamines. Agents initiated a traffic stop Mclain on Old Uneedus Rd. for passing a stop sign.

Mclain gave agents consent to search his vehicle. Upon doing so, agents located meth and drug paraphernalia. During an interview with Mclain, he stated that he purchased the methamphetamines from a William Patrick Pierre ( DOB 7.14.80 ) of 54306 East Mansfield Rd. in Uneedus.

Agent then responded to Pierre’s residence on Mansfield Rd. Upon request, Pierre gave agents consent to search the residence. While in the residence, agents found methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and illegal prescription pills.

Pierre was arrested and charged with 3 counts of distribution of meth and Oxycontin, possession of ½ gram of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested were:

Aldridge Davis:
DOB 2.21.91
23074 Oschner Lane
Robert, LA
Charges: Possession of Oxycontin

Crag Joseph Manton:
DOB 1.5.74
83114 Lee Settlement Rd.
Folsom, LA
Charges: Possession ½ gram of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Cornelius James:
DOB 1.24.85
54382 Old Uneedus Rd.
Folsom, LA
Charges: Possession ½ gram of meth and drug paraphernalia.


Reserve Academy

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the sheriff’s office is currently taking applications for the TPSO Reserve Academy. Applications may be filled out at the Amite or Hammond substation.

You may also visit www.tpso.org to submit your application on line.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office:

15475 Club Deluxe Rd.
Hammond, La

313 East Oak St.
Amite, La

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.”

SHERIFF DEPUTIES ARREST BURGLARY SUSPECT

SHERIFF DEPUTIES ARREST BURGLARY SUSPECT - PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s agents arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for multiple burglaries in the Ponchatoula area.

James Mark Cantebury (5.20.75) of 4221 Sweeny Lane (lot 10) in Ponchatoula was arrested in 12.1.09 on several counts of burglary. Detectives believe that additional charges on this suspect are forthcoming.

Agents arrived at Cantebury’s residence to execute a search warrant in response to allegations that Cantebury was in possession of stolen property and illegal narcotics. While in the residence, agents located drug paraphernalia and many items that were later learned to be stolen.

After further investigation, detectives believe that Cantebury is one of the suspects responsible for multiple burglaries which occurred in the Ponchatoula area between July of 2009 and present day.

Detectives are currently looking for suspect Jimmy Stotzner (w/m DOB 8.28.78) of Hammond. Stotzner is wanted in connection with his alleged participation in these burglaries. Stotzner faces charge of burglary and aggravated burglary.

Damon Brown (b/m DOB 12.26.79) of Dunson Rd. in Ponchatoula is also believed to be a suspect in these burglaries. Brown is currently in the Livingston Parish Jail on non related charges. Brown faces burglary and aggravated burglary charges from the TPSO.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES ON WRIGHT

ADDITIONAL CHARGES ON WRIGHT - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards adds additional charges to Loren Matthew Wright’s record. Wright (w/m DOB 8.26.1980) of Tickfaw, who is already serving time the Parish Jail, was charged with molestation of a juvenile on 11.16.09.
After a forensic interview with a young victim, it was discovered that Wright entered the victim’s room at bedtime and began touching her inappropriately. This allegation and investigation transpired after Wright was previously charged with five counts of aggravated rape and child pornography.
Wright was first charged in July of 2008 on two counts of aggravated rape. Additional charges were placed on the suspect after an investigation revealed that Wright was sexually molesting another victim. On September of 2008, Wright was charged with three counts of aggravated rape. In October of 2008, Wright was additionally charged with possession of child pornography.
Wright is currently in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail under a 2.6 million dollar bond.


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