TPSO News (Archived): Sep 1, 2010 - Sep 30, 2010 [Archive]
Amite Man Arrested
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
In the early morning hours of September 18, 2010, deputies responded to a location near Jay’s Night Club in reference to a disturbance. When deputies arrived they observed a black Ford Expedition crashed in a ditch on Bennett Rd. Witnesses state that the driver of the Expedition, Antwain Vernon (42 of Amite, LA), struck approximately six vehicles as he was trying to aggressively drive out of the parking lot of Jay’s Night Club. Vernon stated he did this because he was being chased by several subjects who fired shots at him as he was exiting the parking lot causing him to crash into the ditch. Vernon stated the subjects then beat him up then fled the scene.
Acadian arrived on the scene and assessed Vernon’s condition. It was reported that Vernon had no signs of being shot, however had several lacerations to the forehead. It was also discovered that the vehicle Vernon was driving did not belong to him. He took the vehicle without the owner’s knowledge or permission.
This investigation is still on-going. Vernon was transported to a near by hospital for treatment. When Vernon was released, he was arrested and transported to the Parish Jail where he was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and felony criminal damage to property.
Teens Arrested on Burglary Charges
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of four Hammond teens on burglary charges.
On Friday September 24, 2010, at approximately 3:00 pm, deputies responded to a residence on N. Baptist Rd in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, Dy. Adam Pailet and Sgt. Steven Jenkins were advised that two black male subjects were observed from the N. Baptist Rd. residence. The subjects then ran into the wooded area near the residence. The suspects were described to wearing long blue jean shorts and white sleeveless tee-shirts.
Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and K9 Emir were called to the scene to begin searching for the suspects. TPSO K9 Emir tracked through the wooded area up to West Lee Hughes Rd. At this point, Deputy Dean located a small marking on the roadway that signified a vehicle may have pulled away very fast from that location.
Meanwhile, Deputy Kenny Schliegelmeyer, while working a seatbelt detail on Wardline Rd. stopped a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo occupied by 4 black male subjects. Dy. Schliegelmeyer heard the clothing description come across high band and realized that 2 of the subjects inside the vehicle matched the clothing description. He then detained all 4 subjects until further investigation.
As a result of the investigation, Dominick McCoy, B/M 6/17/91 (19yrs), Demontrel Legard, B/M 12/27/91 (18yrs), Jacoby Nelson, B/M 3/3/93 (17yrs), and Walter Harvey, B/M 1/23/93 (17yrs) were arrested and charged with simple burglary and for not wearing seat belts.
The TPSO CARE\'s
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards presents the 2010 CARE (Churches and Responders Engaged Program) board members.
CARE is a volunteer program sponsored by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office where Church and local leaders come together to support our community members in hard times and in times of crisis. “This team of leaders is dedicated to giving their time and talent to enhance the community’s sense of safety and to keeping the community informed in the event of a disaster” states Edwards.
During a crisis situation, this team of leaders come together to ensure the safety and well being of many of the elderly and special needs members of our parish. They provide transportation, shelter, meals and security for those who have no place to go during a disaster such as a hurricane. Once the crisis is over, CARE and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s’ Office will visit each home before allowing the resident to return. This is done to ensure that the home is free of any damage, debris and that it is safe for the homeowners return.
First Row: Joyce Milton, Brenda Causey, Ester Robinson, Betty Robinson, Lois Golden, Edgie Alford.
Second Row: Rev. Donald Bell, Carl Bell, , Rev. Johnny Duromes, Brenda Johnson, Patsy Cryer, Rev. Melvin Golden, Chief
Back Row: TPSO Cpt. Norma Sanders, Rev. Bobby Showers, Rev. Kevin Bosarge, Lavern Showers, Rev. Johnny Milton, Rev. Roy Burton, TPSO Chief Dennis Pevey.
Not Pictured: Rev. Moses Gordon II and Rev. Michael Otkins
Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Reports the arrest of four male subjects responsible for an armed robbery which occurred on September 21, 2010 at the Hilltop Grocery in Loranger.
At approximately 10:30 pm, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives along with Independence Police Chief Frank Edwards and his officers immediately responded to the Hilltop Grocery. At that time it was reported that three subjects entered the grocery store, pointed weapons at several occupants and demanded everyone get down on the ground. The suspects then advised the store clerk to open the register and give them the cash. After robbing the store, the subjects fled the scene in a gray Lincoln Towncar.
Through an extensive investigation detectives were able identify the subjects and obtain warrants for their arrest. The Independence Police Department, who assisted with this case, was instrumental in the identification of these suspects.
On September 23, 2010, the driver of the vehicle, Clifton Taylor Jr. (DOB 8.6.82) of Jones Rd in Independence was arrested without incident and charged with Principal to Armed Robbery.
In the early morning hours of September 24, 2010, the TPSO Special Response Team and members from the TPSO Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Rodney Miller (DOB 10.18.80) on Palm Trailer Park. Upon entering the residence, deputies located wanted suspects Fredrick Conley (DOB 10.5.84) and Antonio Holden (DOB 3.24.91, AKA: T). during the search, Miller was also located and taken into custody without incident.
The investigation revealed that Miller, Conley and Holden entered the store armed with handguns, committed the robbery while Taylor waited in the vehicle.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jill Hutchenson and her horse “Gray“ give 5 year old Dominick Schillage a ride at the Holy Ghost Dad’s Club event held at St. Thomas Aquinas High School this past Sunday. The TPSO shared a wonderful afternoon the Holy Ghost families and friends.
Owner offering REWARD!
HUSSER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On September 19, 2010, a dirt pit in Husser, LA located on Hwy 445 at Hwy 40 was vandalized. Thousands of dollars worth of heavy equipment was damaged.
It is suspected that this incident took place in the late evening hours of September 18th or early morning hours of September 19th.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Foster at 985.748.3335.
The owners are also offering a $1,000 reward to anyone giving information that would lead to the identification or arrest of these suspect(s).
Yukon verses Train
TICKFAW – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated a train crash which occurred on Buckles Lane in Tickfaw.
Reports stated that a female driver identified as Tashanta Vaughn, B/F – DOB 3.8.81, was traveling in a GMC 1999 Yukon on Buckles Lane when she neglected to yield at the railroad crossing. This action resulted in her vehicle being struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident, however the driver was taken to a near by hospital for precautionary measures.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards report that 24 year old Dylan Chimento of Hammond was after deputies executed an active warrant for his arrest.
Deputies arrived at Chimento’s residence on Frederick Rd. in Hammond. Upon doing so, they made contact with Chimento and took him into custody without incident. Chimento was charged for being a fugitive of the Kenner Police Department and with three FTA’s form the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (2 counts of theft and one burglary charge).
Kentwood Man Arrested for Theft
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 19 year old Joseph Butler of Kentwood, LA. Butler was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a stolen motorcycle on Stateline Rd. in Kentwood.
During the investigation, Butler admitted to being responsible for the theft.
On September 15, 2010 at approximately 11:45pm, Butler was arrested and transported to the Parish Jail where he was booked with Possession of Stolen Property and Felony Theft.
Two arrested after fleeing from Deputies
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following the arrest:
On Tuesday, September 14, 2010, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office was looking for a suspect responsible for a theft in their parish. The suspect(s) was reported to be in Tangipahoa Parish.
Deputies gathered information regarding the suspect. Deputies then responded to the address of where the suspect’s vehicle was registered. Sgt. David Copeland, Deputy Bobby Guy and Lt. Richard Lindsey patrolled the area around Gatlin Rd. in Hammond and set up surveillance. Within fifteen minutes, the suspect vehicle was observed traveling west on Gatlin Rd. in Hammond, LA.
Deputy Bobby Guy proceeded behind the vehicle driven by the suspect who was later identified as Ryan Reitz, 29 of Albany, LA. Upon noticing Deputy Guy presence, Reitz began to accelerate in speed. Once approaching the end of Gatlin Rd., the suspect stopped his vehicle. He along with one passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspects ran approximately 100 yards east of the vehicle. One suspect was found hiding laying his back covered in weeds and the other, Reitz, was seen throwing an item in the ditch before his apprehension.
Reitz was extremely combative and non compliant. Once detained, Rietz attempted to pull away from deputies several times. At this time, Rietz’s passenger was identified as Daniel Milton, 48 of Hammond, LA. Milton had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. He was taken into custody and charged with the unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene and positively identified the suspects. Both suspects were transported to the parish jail where they were booked accordingly for their offenses. Reitz was formally charged with Resisting an Officer by Flight, Resisting an Officer by opposition after being placed into custody, Resisting an Officer by refusing to identify himself, Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and one FTA.
Three arrested for Robbery
HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
On September 12, 2010 at approximately 1:50 pm, deputies responded to a gas station on LA 22 East regarding a robbery which occurred in the Pumpkin Center area. Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim was called by a friend who needed assistance at a local bar. When the victim arrived at the location and exited his vehicle, he was attacked by three subjects. During the altercation, the subjects took the victims cash, then fled the scene.
During the investigation, the suspects observed the victims vehicle at the gas station and pulled into the parking lot. The suspects were unaware at this time that deputies were on the scene. Once the observed Deputy Schumacher’s presence, they immediately exited the parking lot. Deputies engaged in pursuit of the suspect vehicle and was able to successfully detain all three suspects while completing the investigation.
As a result, all three suspects were arrested and charged accordingly.
Cameron K. Kupper, 22 of Springfield, LA
Charge: Simple Robbery
Nathan C. Ebersole, 28 of Ponchatoula, LA
Charge: Accessory to Simple Robbery
Michael Drewett, 24 of Hammond, LA
Charge: Accessory to Simple Robbery
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Tangipahoa Parish Criminal Investigation Detectives are asking for your assistance in identifying two occupants of a black Chrysler M with a Mississippi Plate who allegedly robbed assaulted and robbed a homeowner on East Merry St. in Hammond, LA.
On September 7, 2010, at approximately 5:30 pm in the evening, Deputies Jermaine Irving and Brad Bronkessel responded to East Merry Street in Hammond LA, in reference to a robbery. It was reported that when the homeowner arrived at the residence, they observed a black Chrysler M parked in the middle of the street. Within moments, the home owner was approached by one of the occupants of the vehicle. The unknown black male asked the homeowner to purchase some electronic equipment. The homeowner declined and continued walking into the residence.
At this time, the unknown black male subject struck the homeowner in the back of the head with a blunt object. As the homeowner fell to the ground, the suspect then robbed her. The suspects then fled the scene east on E. Merry St.
The main suspect, the driver, is described as a 6’ tall black male approximately 185 pounds. This suspect was of medium build with green eyes. Subject 2, the passenger could not be identified.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO Detective Mike Moore at 985.748.3334.
ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Cory Allison, 24 of Denham Springs, LA was arrested on September 5, 2010, after causing a disturbance and refusing to leave Yogi Bear Camp Grounds.
Deputies responded to Allison’s cabin several times during the evening due to several reports of disturbances which occurred in the cabin/apartment area. Each time, deputies spoke with Allison’s family members regarding the incidents. The last time deputies responded to Allison’s cabin, they observed Allison causing disruption at the camp ground. Upon seeing deputies, Allison began laughing. Deputies instructed Allison not to move, however at this time, he fled on foot and jumped a near by fence to elude deputies. Within moments, deputies located Allison. Allison was asked to leave the premises numerous times by deputies to which he did not comply.
Allison continued to be disruptive causing another disturbance. During this incident, a crowd gathered in the camp ground. Allison was non-stop yelling at the crowed asking for assistance from his family members. As deputies attempted to manage crowd control, Allison was taken into custody and transported to the parish jail where he was booked and charged with remaining on premises, two counts of resisting arrest and inciting a riot.
TICKFAW – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle crash which occurred on September 3, 2010, on the south side of Genessee Rd.
Deputy Nathan Manton responded to the Genesee Rd at Chapel Rd location in reference to the crash which involved an injury. Upon arriving, Deputy Manton observed a blue Dodge truck and a green Ford Focus located in the ditch on the South side of Genesee Rd. Deputy Manton also observed a white male standing in the road wearing a white t-shirt and a white male on a stretcher. The Natalbany Fire Department was already on the scene and rendering aid.
During the investigation, Deputy Manton discovered that 22 year old Carlos Lopez of Hammond, LA was the driving the blue pick up truck which was reported to be swerving all over the road. The driver of a green Ford Focus was traveling east on Genesee Rd. when he observed Lopez erratically driving in his direction. The driver of the Ford Focus then brought his vehicle to a stop. Lopez then traveled into his lane of traffic striking the vehicle head on causing both vehicles to thrown in the ditch.
The investigation led deputies to believe that Lopez was intoxicated when he was behind the wheel of his vehicle when it crashed into the green Ford Focus. Lopez was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI, Careless Operation, Driving under Suspension and Negligent Injury. The driver of the green Ford Focus was transported to a near by medical facility and treated for the injuries sustained during the crash.
Registered Sex Offender Among Seven (7) Internet Predators Arrested and/or Wanted
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Six men were arrested and one is wanted after initiating sexually explicit contact on the Internet with people that they had reason to believe were underage children. Detectives from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Saint Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana State Police participated in the undercover Internet operation which lead to the arrests of:
Robert L. Thibodeaux, Jr (29)
313.5 Broad Street
Houma, LA 70360
White / Male; DOB: 03/10/80
Wesley (Jamey) Deshotel III (27)
104 Westwood Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
White / Male; DOB 03/04/83
Richard E. Boyd (28)
2735 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
White / Male; DOB 09/08/81
Rusty James Rogers (24)
Lydia, LA 70569
White / Male; DOB: 09/09/85
Christopher W. Curtis (30)
309 Windrow Drive
Broussard, LA 70518
White / Male; DOB: 07/17/80
Brendan Bohannan (29)
2550 Bluebird Street
Slidell, LA 70460
White / Male; DOB: 02/01/80
Wanted for: Indecent Behavior with juveniles
Bohannan is a registered sex offender having been convicted in 2002 of Carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
All of these men were charged with Computer aided solicitation of a minor and Indecent behavior with juveniles.
Additionally, detectives have obtained arrest warrants for the following:
Kendrick Adam Guidry (20)
104 Mozart Drive
Houma, LA 70363
White / Male; DOB: 05/21/90
Wanted for: Indecent behavior with juveniles and Pornography involving juveniles
"These investigations are the result of detectives proactively patrolling cyber space. The public can rest assured that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant in investigating and capturing Internet child predators. But providing Internet safety training for parents and children throughout the parish is equally important in keeping our children safe. Please feel free to contact the public information officer at 985 902-2000 to ask about Internet Safety training." -----Sheriff Daniel Edwards
Deputies Arrest Two For Burglary
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that deputies arrest tow suspects after they burglarized a vehicle on E. Cooper Road.
Deputy William Phebus and Deputy Travis Graham responded to the residence on E. Cooper Road in reference to the burglary in process. While enroute they were advised that the suspect(s) was wearing a #11 Jersey, and fled the scene in a Brown Bonneville which was driven by another black male.
Deputies engaged in a search for the suspects. The suspects were reportedly headed South on LA 1054 towards Joe's Hilltop. Deputy Phebus then positioned his unit in the suspected area as surveillance in an effort to intercept the vehicle. Within in two minutes, a vehicle matching the description stopped at the intersection of LA 1054 and LA 40. At this time, deputy initiated a traffic stop on said vehicle described as a 1983 Pontiac Bonneville LA. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, Shawton Jackson (23 of Hammond), and passenger Jerreth Green (17 of Hammond). It was observed that Green was wearing the wearing a #11 Jersey.
Upon contact with Jackson and Green, both subjects were detained. During the investigation, deputies discovered several pieces of electronic equipment in the vehicle. Deputies confirmed that the equipment discovered in the vehicle was taken from the car on E. Cooper Rd. Both subjects were arrested and officially charged with vehicle burglary.
Sgt. Henry Neihaus was then able to return the property to the proper owner.
TPSO Reserve Graduation
HAMMOND – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office proudly announces the graduation of 13 new reserve deputies for the year of 2010.
In an official ceremony, Sheriff Edwards proudly reads the “Oath of Office” to all graduating reserves as they echo his words and accept the responsibility to be of service to our parish. Graduating members from the TPSO, Hammond Police Department and the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office have just completed over 300 hours of rigorous training to have the ability to accept this Oath and effectively enforce Law’s in efforts to keep our community safe.
The Sheriff’s Office Reserve Program is comprised of individuals throughout the community who volunteer their time and talents to assist the Sheriff's Office in its day-to-day law enforcement services and to assist during emergencies. Our reserve deputies are the faces you see at local athletic games and community events. They also provide assistance to any area of the sheriff’s office. In 2009, our reserve deputies contributed over 16,000 hours of community service to our community.
“All reserve deputies are required to maintain the same level of training and high standards of the conduct required of any deputy sheriff. The reserve division without a doubt makes us a better and stronger sheriff’s office. Their level of commitment to the community and to my department is unwavering.” ….Sheriff Edwards
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