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TPSO Mounted Team Hosts Softball Tournament

Hammond – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the TPSO Mounted Division is hosting a Co-Ed Softball Tournament on April 17, 2010.
All are welcome to join. Each team must have three females on the fields at all times.
The entry for each team is $150.00. All proceeds will benefit the TPSO Mounted Division.
Come and join the fun!
April 17, 2010
North Park in Amite, LA
Tournament begins at 8AM
Contact: Detective Jill Hutchinson, 985.969.9313

ROADSIDE ARREST

ROADSIDE ARREST - ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that at approximately 8:15 PM on March 27, 2010, sheriff’s deputies arrested Cedric Graves, 32 of 63461 Nichols Lane in Roseland on six outstanding warrants.
While patrolling, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a silver Dodge Stratus traveling south bound on S. River Rd. in Roseland. At this time, the driver identified as Graves, could not produce a valid driver’s license. After a short investigation, deputies learned that Graves had five FTA warrants from the TPSO and one outstanding warrant for aggravated battery through the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Graves was taken into custody and transported to the Parish Jail where he was properly booked for these offenses.

Narcotics Arrest

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that deputies arrested two male subjects with the components to operate a meth lab inside of their vehicle.
In an ongoing investigation, Deputies and Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit and Tri Parish Narcotics learned that two w/m subjects identified as Steve Douglas Johnson, DOB 8.26.80 of 24800 Efferson Rd. Livingston, LA and Derek Adam Landry, DOB 11.5.80 of 1102 N. Cherry St. in Hammond, LA would be transporting components used in the construction of a meth laboratory to the Hammond area. It was stated that these subjects would be traveling from Holden to Hammond, LA. in a dark colored Mercury Mountaineer.
On March 25, 2010, agents observed the suspect vehicle occupied by the two subjects in Holden, LA. At approximately 5:00 PM, agents initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Dunson Rd. and Hwy 22. While conducting the roadside investigation, agents discovered numerous components used in the manufacturing methamphetamines. Such as: Drano, Sudafed, acid, camp fuel and fertilizer.
As a result of the investigation, both subjects were arrested and charged with the operation, creation, possession of a methamphetamine laboratory. Additionally, both suspects had open warrants for their arrest. Johnson was also charged with two FTA’s and for being a fugitive of Livingston Parish and Landry was also wanted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO Criminal Investigations Division and the Hammond Police Department are investigating several armed robberies which occurred in the Hammond Area in early March of 2010.
These business robberies occurred at the Chili’s Restaurant on Hwy. 190, the Sonic on University and the Subway on S. Morrison. In all cases, the suspects were armed with a handgun.
There is no evidence at this time that these burglaries are connected.
Detectives are asking anyone able to identify the two unknown b/m suspects in this photo to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Mauterer at 985.902.203

Sheriff Announces Check Point

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Sobriety/Impaired Driver Checkpoint on April 23, 2010, in Tangipahoa Parish.
The Checkpoint will begin at approximately 10:00 P.M. that evening and will continue until approximately 4:00 AM the following morning (weather permitting).
Drive Impaired Get Arrested & Remember, the only designated driver is the person who has had NO ALCOHOL.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking for two unknown black males who broke into a residence on Happywoods Rd.

On March 16, 2010, at approximately 11:30PM, a home owner on Happywoods Rd. answered a knock at his front door. At this time, the homeowner encountered an unknown black male. This subject then produced a hand gun and made entry into the residence. One other unknown black male also entered the residence. As these two suspects were attempting to burglarize the home, they committed battery on the homeowner.

Both suspects fled the scene before deputies arrived. The two unknown black males are described below:

Suspect 1- b/m, 20 – 30 yoa, about 5’7’ tall and weighing approximately 220 lbs. This suspect is armed with a handgun.
Suspect 2- b/m, 20-30 yoa, approximately 5’6’ tall and has a medium build.

Both suspects were said to be wearing black and are armed. Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, Detective Dayle Athmann at 985.902.2088.

The victim was transported to NOMC where he was treated for his injuries sustained during the burglary.

Arrest

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO Deputies arrested Carey Bass Jr., 26 of 18779 Sisters. Rd. on numerous counts of violence
On March 21, 2010, at approximately 4:25 AM, Deputies Jonathan Williams, Jimmy Graves, and Scott Hinson responded to 18779 Sisters Road in reference to a call for service. While Deputies Williams and Graves were enroute to the scene, Deputy Scott Hinson advised that he was near the location and was possibly speaking with the male suspect. Hinson observed a b/m, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans and stopped to gather information. As assisting deputies arrived, they observed the subject aggressively attempt to strike Deputy Hinson in the face and then fled from him on foot.
Hinson immediately followed the suspect on foot south bound on Hoover Rd. All deputies responded in the pursuit and Bass was successfully taken into custody. Upon apprehension, Bass aggressively and violently resisted arrest. Once under control, Bass was transported to the back seat of a patrol unit.
Bass was arrested and charged with simple criminal damage to property for initially throwing a bicycle through the victim’s flat screen TV, two counts of domestic battery for an altercation which took place prior to Bass fleeing the scene, four counts of resisting an officer by flight, two counts of battery on a police officer and three counts of resisting an officer by force or violence.

Arrest of Fleeing Suspect

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s office deputies chased and arrested a male subject as the result of an attempt to execute an active warrant.
On Monday March 15, 2010, at approximately 8:30 AM, while attempting to take Pete Scalia, 33 of 45319 Obee Stevens Rd. in Robert, into custody on an active warrant, Scalia fled on foot when he observed the presence of sheriff’s deputies approaching his residence.
Initially, deputes learned the whereabouts of suspect Pete Scalia and responded to his residence to execute the warrant. Upon arrival, deputies observed Scalia standing outside by his Ford Pick Up Truck. Once Scalia witnessed deputies approaching, he fled on foot into a wooded area near his home.
While approaching Scalia’s vehicle, deputies could see what appeared to be a used syringe on the seat of the vehicle and another syringe in the back of the truck bed. Additional deputies were called for support with the knowledge that Scalia was violent by nature and had an extensive criminal history.
Sgt. Steven Redmond and K9 Bart soon arrived and entered the wooded area in efforts to apprehend the suspect. Shortly after, Redmond and K9 Bart exited the wooded area with Scalia in custody.
Scalia was soon transported to the parish jail where he was booked and charged with (5) counts of Resisting an Officer by Flight on foot, (1) one count of Fugitive (1) count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, (1) count Probation and Parole hold.

TPSO Arrest

Hammond Man Charged with Forcible Rape
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO Deputies arrested Michael Cheramie, 21 of 14021 West Club Deluxe Rd. in Hammond, La on the charge of forcible rape.
On March 17, 2010, deputies learned that Cheramie, who knew his victim, forced himself on the female after repeatedly being told to stop.
As a result of the investigation, detectives received a statement from Cheramie stating his actions toward the victim. Cheramie was then taken into custody and charged with forcible rape.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying the male subject in this photo. This subject is wanted for questioning by the sheriff’s office regarding the use of counterfeit bills.

Allegedly on March 2, 2010, this b/m subject entered a local Subway restaurant and used a counterfeit $50.00 bill to complete his purchase. Several Subway restaurants in the area have similar reports of receiving counterfeit bills. The Hammond Police Department is also investigating several cases where counterfeit bills were distributed for purchases in the Hammond area.

Anyone able to identify this subject is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO, Detective John Suter at 985.902.2088.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the two female subjects portrayed in the attached photos.
These two females are wanted for questioning regarding a burglary which took place at a Hwy 190 residence. It is possible that these two Hispanic females, caught on surveillance video at the residence, are the suspects to or may have information regarding the residential burglary which occurred between dates of Marc h 7th – 9th, 2010 at the Hwy 190 residence. Several pieces of lawn equipment were reported and have been documented as stolen.
Anyone having information that may lead to identity of these two subjects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective David Copeland, 985.902.2088.

Suspect Arrested

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 14, 2010, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to Tin Can Alley Rd. in reference to reports of a drive by shooting.

Upon arrival, Deputy Nathan Manton learned that at approximately 1:00 AM, the complaint heard about what sounded like three gun shots and then heard glass break in his residence. After a few moments, the complaint walked to the front of his residence and observed sever damage to his home as a result of what appeared to be a drive by shooting.

The complaint then stated that he received a phone call from a male subject stating “I will kill you”. As Deputy Manton was with the complaint, the male subject called again. Deputy Manton took the phone and identified himself. The caller then stated that his name was Dustin Ladew (DOB 10.30.88). Ladew then spell his name out for Deputy Manton and dared the sheriff’s office to visit his residence.

While investigating the incident, Deputy Manton learned that Ladew had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Deputies responded to Ladew’s residence located at 50078 Magee St. and took him into custody without incident.

This investigation is still ongoing. Ladew was arrested and taken into custody on the charges of simple assault, harassing phone calls and outstanding warrant # 33601 for failure to appear (for traffic violations).

ROADSIDE ARREST

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Thursday, March 11, 2010, while Deputy Kenny Schliegelmeyer was traveling on West Club Deluxe Road, he was flagged down by several motorists. It was stated that a black female was trying to get away from a black male as he kept grabbing her and pulling her back toward their vehicle.
Deputy Schliegelmeyer immediately responded to the area and observed a blue SUV parked in the westbound lane of West Club Deluxe Road. Deputy observed a tall slender black male towering over a black female. The male had the female subject trapped between the vehicle, the open door and his body. As the deputy approached the subjects he could see the female crying profusely. At this time, Deputy Schliegelmeyer separated the individuals. Upon doing so, the male subject was taken into custody and placed in Deputy Schliegelmeyer’s unit. The male subject identified as Robert Williams, (DOB 9-12-76) of South Myrtle Street in Amite was said to be physically abusing the female subject as he was driving down the roadway.
Deputy Schliegelmeyer learned at this time that Williams had five outstanding failure to appear warrants through the sheriff's office and one outstanding warrant through the Hammond Police Department. Williams was arrested and booked on his outstanding warrants, for being a fugitive from the Hammond Police Department, and for one (1) count of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 35.3 - Domestic Abuse Battery.

TWO BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Deputy Scott Hinson arrested two male subjects found to be in possession with hundreds of dollars worth of stolen property.
On March 11, 2010, Deputy Scott Hinson initiated an investigation regarding reports of a theft which occurred approximately three days ago in the Natalbany area. During the investigation, Hinson learned that the two subjects, 17 year old Darnell Wright of Whiskey Lane and a b/m juvenile were allegedly to be in possession of numerous stolen items. It was stated that these two subjects were seen observed going in and out of a wooded area near their residence hiding stolen property.
As a result of the investigation, deputies recovered:
o 1 Emachine laptop
o 1 automatic Shotgun
o 1 Single Shot Shotgun
o A green book sack containing several boxes of Shotgun Shells and Bullets
Wright admitted that he and the juvenile committed the residential burglary and advised deputies to where the rest of the stolen items could be located. Deputy Hinson then took Wright into custody and charged him with simple burglary and possession of stolen property. The juvenile was transported to Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

Two Florida Men Arrested at local Hotel

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 9, 2010, just before midnight, TPSO Narcotics Agents arrested two Florida men at a local Hotel in possession of drugs and weapons.
Agents received information that two male subjects, Roberto Sanchez Jr. (DOB 4.15.77) of Equs Circle Boynton Beach, FL and Michael Caruso (DOB 4.15.85) of 14052 52nd Ave S. in Delray Beach, FL., were in a local hotel smelling strongly of burnt marijuana. After investigating the incident, agents proceed to the suspect’s hotel rooms in an attempt to make contact.
Agents first made contact with Roberto Sanchez Jr. Sanchez gave agents permission to search his hotel room and vehicle. Agents discovered marijuana, a 50 caliber riffle and a pistol during their search. Sanchez Jr. was taken into custody at this time and charged with possession of a CDS while in possession of firearms.
Agents then obtained a search warrant to search Caruso’s hotel room. Upon completing the search, agents seized marijuana, five AK 15’s (riffles), multiple pistols and over 2,000 rounds of ammo. Caruso was arrested and charged with being in possession of a CDS while in possession of firearms.

ARREST

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of March 10, 2010, 18 year old Darell Butler of 21053 John Lane in Kentwood was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of resisting an officer.

At approximately 2:50 AM, deputies responded to a residence on State Line Road where they learned that during a conversation the suspect regarding a personal matter, 18 year old Butler became increasingly angry and produced a knife. Butler then threatened to cut the complaint and burn down the residence. Fearing for their safety, the complaints left the residence and called 911.

Deputies and assisting law enforcement agencies located Butler in an attempt to discuss the incident. Upon coming in contact with him, he became irate and aggressive with the deputies. After an altercation engaged between the subject and law enforcement, Butler was taken into custody and transported to the parish jail where he was booked and properly charged for his offenses.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 33 year old suspect Ronald Williams of Traino Rd. in Ponchatoula was taken into custody for a burglary which occurred on February 27, 2010 on Hwy. 445 in Robert.

Williams allegedly parked his vehicle in the driveway of the Hwy 445 residence, walked up to the home, busted out a window and crawled into the residence. He then allegedly burglarized the home and exited the residence in the same way he entered. Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number to a suspicious vehicle which was parked near the Hwy 445 residence. Upon learning that the 445 residence had been burglarizes, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted.

Upon completion of the investigation, on March 3, 2010, Williams was arrested and booked on burglary charges.

Tickfaw Man Charged with Second Degree Murder

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder which occurred at a residence on Rufas Bankston Rd.

At approximately 4:45PM, deputies responded to the Rufas Bankston address regarding a shooting. Deputies learned that the suspect, Sandy Ray Blades, 17568 Faller Rd., Tickfaw, LA. arrived at the Rufas Bankston Rd. residence and engaged in an altercation with the 40 year old male victim, Thomas Jones. The subjects were arguing over a personal matter when Blades armed himself with a handgun and shot the victim several times resulting in his death.

The offender, Sandy Blades was taken into custody by TPSO Detectives and charged with second degree murder.

Narcotics Arrest

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Agents arrested two suspects on narcotics charges as they were leaving a local Wal-Mart.

On Friday March 5, 2010, agents received information that two subjects, Joseph O. Robertson, (DOB 8.12.65) of Long Leaf Drive in Independence and Jimmy August Smith, (DOB 5.1.75) of 315 Cherry Hill Lane in Columbia, LA were traveling in a Maroon Mini Van and planning to purchase precursor materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Agents located the Maroon Mini Van in the Hammond Wal-Mart parking lot. Agents observed the subjects enter the store and purchase the precursor materials and then exit the location. The suspects then reentered the suspect vehicle. At this time, agents surrounded the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Joseph Robertson. During a pat-down search of Robertson, agents located two crack rocks and one crack pipe. During an inventory of the vehicle agents located two tool sets, a 32 inch Flat Screen TV, a new computer monitor, cloths with the tags still attached, and numerous other misc. items.

At approximately 10PM on March 5, 2010, agents arrested both subjects and charged them with the operation, possession, creation of a clandestine meth lab. Robertson was additionally charged with two counts of possession CDSII and possession of drug paraphernalia. Agents believe that additional charges may be forthcoming. Agents also learned that these two subjects were on probation for previous theft charges.

Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspects

Amite, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the CID Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating the following suspects:

1. Cherylyn T. Jackson (DOB 7.30.81) of 46068 Milton Rd. is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on two counts of issuing checks on a closed account.
2. Pamela Terrebonne (DOB9.3.54) of 25250 Pardue Rd. in Springfield, LA is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on three counts of issuing worthless checks in our Parish.
3. Pete Snyder (DOB 9.26.64) of Livingston Parish is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for three FTA’s for a felony arraignments for issuing worthless checks (IWC), three FTA’s on misdemeanor arraignments (for IWC), four FTA’s for pre-trial motions and three counts of issuing worthless checks in our parish.
4. Monica McGee (DOB10.9.78) of 12241 Solomon Lance in Roseland is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on four FTA’s for misdemeanor arraignments (traffic offense), one count of issuing a worthless check and one FTA for misdemeanor arraignment (2 counts if IWC)

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Dean Waltzer at 748.3338 / Detective Vic Ferrara Jr. at 985.902.2088.

Chaucer Arrest

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that at approximately 1:00 PM today, Cheryl K. Chaucer (DOB 8.28.46) of 1046 Bonnabel Blvd. in Metairie, LA turned herself to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on one count of engaging in the sale of an unregistered security and two counts of making material misstatements in the sale of sales of securities.

Chaucer was released on a $150,000 certified bond signed by Patricia Tucker.

Worthless Checks Division Wanted Suspects

Amite, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Detective Dean Waltzer of the Worthless Checks Division is asking for your assistance in locating the following suspects:

1. Melissa M. Clayton (DOB 4.7.76) of 43516 Little Vegas Dr. Hammond, LA is wanted by the TPSO on two counts of issuing worthless checks in our Parish.
2. Sean C. Gann (DOB 12.15.73) of 100 E. Magnolia St. in Hammond or 41037 S. Range Rd. in Ponchatoula is wanted by the TPSO on 2 FTA’s for traffic violations and one FTA for issuing worthless checks in our parish.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these two suspects is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Dean Waltzer at 748.3338.


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