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Mock Fatality

Mock Fatality - “Greatness” visits Ponchatoula
PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and his team pose with survivor Ashlee Stokes of Covington, La after the “Mock Crash” demonstration at Ponchatoula High. This event was hosted by the Louisiana State Police Troop L and the SLU School of Nursing.
This demonstration allowed Ponchatoula High school student to experience what could be “reality” in the event someone gets behind of the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Sheriff Edwards watched as the students, deputies, troopers, ambulance and fire services arrived on the scene of a mock fatality crash after a high school student got behind the wheel of his vehicle after a school dance. The end result? Devastation. The Tangipahoa Parish Corner at the scent to pronounce two of the actors dead as the result of the crash.
After the demonstration, viewers watched and listened in awe as Ashlee Stokes, a high school student who is the survivor of a drunk driving crash. The irony, Ashlee was hit head on by a drunk driver and her life has been changed ever since. Her amazing journey has led her to share her story with others with the intention of making an impact in their lives. Her purpose is to touch others in the efforts to save another life!
Sheriff Edwards know all to well that this scenario is reality. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance is the pathway to destruction. The obvious is that it is against the law, however the lasting effects could be life altering and overwhelming.” states Edwards.

Narcotics Arrest

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On October 26, 2010 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotic Agents responded to 41489 Brown Road Ponchatoula, La after receiving information that the manufacturing methamphetamines were taking place at the residence.
Upon arrival agents discovered Nicholas Rushing w/m 12-21-1983 of Ponchatoula, Michael Vincent Wolbers w/m 11-01-1987 of Ponchatoula and Renee Hanson w/ f 10-31-1988 of Denham Springs, within the residence, along with a juvenile child. Upon approaching the entry door, agents could smell the pungent odor created as the result of methamphetamine manufacturing. Agents then observed the manufacturing process taking place.
Agents made contact with the occupants and removed them from the contaminated environment. During the investigation, the suspects advised agents that there was in fact an operational methamphetamine laboratory within the motor home.
Acadian Ambulance services were summoned to the scene to attend to the welfare of the child, as well as to care for Hanson who was pregnant. OCS was contacted in regards to the toddler.
Agents later learned that Rushing had outstanding warrants through TPSO. Rushing was also on fifteen year felony probation. Wolbers was wanted out of Jefferson Parish related to a burglary charge with a hold without bond for his arrest.
All suspects transported to TPSO jail.
Charges:
Rushing: Manufacturing of Meth, Carrying weapons while in possession of CDS, Child Desertion, Probation Hold and 1 FTA.
Wolbers: Manufacturing of Meth, Carrying weapons while in possession of CDS and Child Desertion.
Hanson: Manufacturing of Meth, Carrying weapons while in possession of CDS and Child Desertion.

CRIME STOPPERS

PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding vehicle burglaries which occurred in the Belle Foret Subdivision in the early morning hours of October 27, 2010.

Anyone having information regarding these burglaries or information that may lead to the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to please call CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Maurer at 985.902.2088.

All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000.00.

Roadside Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following incident:

On October 28, 2010, a traffic atop was initiated on a 1997 Ford pick up on Fagan Drive for expired license plate. During the roadside investigation, deputies located illegal prescription narcotics in the possession of the driver Jeffery Pierre. TPSO Agents arrived on the scene and discovered a small bag of marijuana and alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. Agents also learned that Pierre was on Parole after serving 18 months in prison for a parole violation. Pierre was convicted on narcotics related charges.

The passenger of the vehicle, Lacey J. Hutchinson stated to agents that the marijuana belonged to her.

A 15 yoa passenger was also in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. The juvenile was also arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. The juvenile gave false information to deputies during the investigation and at the time of booking.

Jeffery Pierre w/m dob 07/19/1975
11412 Ard Lane
Hammond, Louisiana
Charges: Expired License Plate, Possession of Schedule III, 2 cts.
Contributing to a Juvenile, Possession of Schedule I, Failure to Signal

Lacey Jean Hutchinson w/f dob 04/06/1991
48192 Whiskey Lane
Tickfaw, Louisiana
Charges: Possession of Schedule I and Contributing to a Juvenile

SAFE HALLOWEEN!!!

HAMMOND –Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit will out this weekend making sure that convicted sex offenders are not participating in Halloween activities involving children. “The department’s first priority is always public safety, and during Halloween we traditionally heighten our focus on ensuring sexual offenders and predators stay away from children.” Edwards states.
Parents are encouraged to accompany children when trick-or-treating, to carry a cell phone and to instruct them to avoid darkened houses. Children should NEVER enter a home on their trick or treat route. By working together, parents and law enforcement can help our children have a fun and safe Halloween. Please visit www.tpso.org to register your address for email alerts regarding sex offenders in your neighborhood.
In Louisiana, it's against the law for convicted sex offenders to wear a costume, put up decorations, leave porch lights on or distribute candy to anyone younger than 18 on the holiday. Such offenders are also prohibited from answering the door if trick-or-treaters come calling.
In addition, all convicted sex offenders are reminded of the following:
 Do not give out candy or other treats.
 Turn off porch lights, close blinds.
 No outside decorations to attract children.
 Do not answer the door to trick or treaters.
 Do not dress in costume or masks.
If you need assistance any time during this holiday weekend please don’t hesitate to call. We hope everyone enjoys this weekend full of fun and festivities.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edward reports that the sheriff’s office is investigating a business burglary which occurred on South Airport Road in the evening hours of October 27, 2010.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:15 pm. Deputies responded an alarm notification from the Airport Rd. business address. Upon arrival, deputies encountered the perpetrator still on the property. The suspect quickly fled the location on a silver Impala. The suspect led deputies in a vehicle pursuit to Sweet Water Camp Grounds. The suspect then crashed his vehicle and fled in a wooded area on foot.
Deputies and TPSO K9’s searched the area for several hours to no avail. During the search, deputies discovered the suspect ran completely out of his pants leaving behind his wallet and personal items.
The driver’s license and vehicle registration both identify the suspect to be Leonard R. Jackson (B/M, 3.26.87) of Hwy 1042 in Greensburg.
During the investigation, deputies discovered materials which were identified as stolen property from the S. Airport Rd. business in the suspect vehicle. These items have been recovered and returned to the local businessman.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Leonard R. Jackson (B/M, 3.26.87) of Hwy 1042 in Greensburg to please contact TPSO Detective Raymond Maurer at 985.902.2088.

Pant-less Man WANTED

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edward reports that the sheriff’s office is investigating a business burglary which occurred on South Airport Road in the evening hours of October 27, 2010.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:15 pm. Deputies responded an alarm notification from the Airport Rd. business address. Upon arrival, deputies encountered the perpetrator on the property. The suspect quickly fled the location in a silver Impala. At this time, the suspect then led deputies in a vehicle pursuit to Sweet Water Camp Grounds. The suspect then crashed his vehicle near the Camp Ground and fled in a wooded area on foot.
Deputies and TPSO K9’s searched the area for several hours to no avail. During the search, deputies discovered that the suspect ran completely out of his pants leaving behind his wallet and personal items. The driver’s license and vehicle registration both identify the subject to be Leonard R. Jackson (B/M, 3.26.87) of Hwy 1042 in Greensburg.
During the investigation, deputies discovered materials in the suspect vehicle which were identified as stolen property from the S. Airport Rd. business. These items have been recovered and returned to the local businessman.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Leonard R. Jackson (B/M, 3.26.87) of Hwy 1042 in Greensburg to please contact TPSO Detective Raymond Maurer at 985.902.2088 or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Residential Burglar Arrested

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Christopher H. Laird (WM, DOB 4.23.83) of Denham Springs, LA.

Laird was arrested by deputies after successfully linking him to a residential burglary which occurred moments before his arrest.

It was reported that an unknown white male was observed walking around an unoccupied residence on North River Rd. with an unidentified object in his hands. The observer then witnessed Laird enter a vehicle and proceed south to the Kentwood area. The complaint was in constant contact with TPSO Communications advising them of the suspect’s location.

Deputies awaited Laird’s arrival on Hwy 38 in Kentwood and initiated a traffic stop on the Ford Escort occupied by Laird. While investigating, deputies located property which was identified as being owned by the complaint in Laird’s vehicle. Subsequently, Laird was arrested and charged with simple burglary.

Laird is also on probation for aggravated burglary out of Livingston Parish.

WANTED

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Sex Offender Compliance Unit has issued a warrant for the arrest of Lance Trauth (W/M, DOB 09/27/1979) of Loranger for failing to register as a sex offender.
Trauth was to report to TPSO Detective Rick Reynolds’s office on or before October 11, 2010 to complete his registration. Trauth failed to do so.
Trauth was convicted on 06/24/1998 of Carnal knowledge of a Juvenile. Due to this conviction, Trauth is mandated to register as a Sex Offender annually until the year of 2013.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Trauth is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

WANTED

WANTED - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On October 27, 2010, the Sex Offender Compliance Unit of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested wanted suspect Lance Trauth ( W/M 09/27/1978 ) at his residence on 20159 Gleber Lane in Loranger. Trauth was wanted and arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.
That same evening, Compliance Detective Rick Reynolds attempted to locate convicted sex offender John Cooper (B/M 01/14/1966) of Temple Road in Kentwood, LA. Cooper is a non-compliant sex offender who is mandated to register every three months with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. A warrant was issued for Cooper for his non-compliance. Cooper was convicted and served time in the Parish Jail for forcible rape.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Cooper is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Compliance Detective Rick Reynolds at 985.748.3310.
With the Halloween quickly approaching, it is important that parents be aware that on Halloween night the door may be opened by someone who has harmed children before. Now is a good time to check the sex offender registry and locate any sex offenders who may be living along your child’s trick or treat route.

Part of any families’ Halloween safety plan should include:
1. Parents identifying sex offenders residences
2. Parents being alert to sex offenders who may entice children with lights on during Halloween trick or treating

Louisiana law prohibits sex offenders from distributing candy or gifts to children on Halloween and other holidays. Sex offenders are also prohibited from wearing hoods, masks, or any disguise that would hide the sex offender’s identity during Halloween and other holidays. Parents are encouraged to report sex offenders to the sheriff’s office who are in violation of these laws.

Additionally, sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling neighborhoods this Halloween, specifically looking for sex offenders who may be in violation.

DWI Arrest

TICKFAW – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 52 year old Charles H. Baughman of Ponchatoula, LA.
Baughman was arrested on October 24, 2010, after he was pulled over for driving recklessly on Hwy 442. Upon making contact with Baughman, deputies could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. During the roadside investigation, evidence led deputies to charge Baughman with for DWI. Deputies also learned at this time that Baughman left his nine year old child home alone.
Deputies immediately made contact with a relative and advised them to respond to Baughman’s residence. Deputies also responded to the residence to check on the welfare of the child. The child was reported to be fine and was in the presence of a caretaker.
Baughman was subsequently charged with DWI, Driving under suspension and for Improper lane usage. This DWI charge with be the third DWI charge Baughman has received in the past ten years.

WANTED SEX OFFENDER

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that D. Lewis, 32 of Holly St. in Hammond, LA has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender. Lewis is required by law to register as a sex offender biannually. In 1996, Lewis was charged and convicted of sexual battery on a juvenile.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brister is asked to please contact Detective Rick Reynolds at 985.748.3325 or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
On Halloween night, it is important that you are aware of which doors not to knock on. In Tangipahoa Parish, there are approximately 300 registered sex offenders, and Halloween can be an opportune time for one of them to become acquainted with your family. We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is especially important that our residents visit the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office web site to see who is living in their neighborhood. Anyone visiting this web site can look up an address and find a list of registered offenders living within one mile of that address. When you use the address feature found on the web site to see where an offender lives in your trick-or-treat area, you will know which houses to avoid.

This monitoring feature on the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office web site will automatically alert you via an email when an offender moves within one mile of any registered address. The alerts are sent out via an e-mail messaging service as soon as the offender is registered. Signing up for this confidential alert service allows us to monitor any address for you so it is not necessary to check the addresses daily to stay informed of new registered offenders in your area.

The web site for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office is located at www.tpso.org. Citizens should click the link “sex offenders” and follow the instructions to check their neighborhood and sign up for the email alerts.

Sheriff Edwards urges everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. Knowledge about any offenders in your area can help you make the best choices for safe and enjoyable Halloween activities.

Three Arrested For Burglary

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On the morning of October 19, 2010, Dy. Leo Tate was patrolling the area of N. Oak St. in Natalbany when he noticed a maroon GMC pick up truck parked on the west side of of Magee Rd. He also noticed the passenger side door and the hood to be open on the vehicle.
Deputy Tate exited his unit with the intentions of assisting a stranded motorist, however observed the vehicle to be unoccupied. While inspecting the vehicle Deputy heard a loud banging coming from the wooded area west of his location. When he looked in that direction and observed an old house in the edge of the woods. He gave loud verbal commands identifying himself as a sheriff’s deputy and asked the persons inside to step out. He then came it contact with 3 black male subjects, later identified as Roosevelt Johnson (50, of Natalbany), James Bates (50, of Natalbany), and John Kelly (47, of Hammond). The subjects were inside of the home stealing equipment and other items from the home. The suspects later admitted to their actions.
Subsequently all three subjects were arrested and charged with a R.S. 14:62 (simple burglary) and taken to the parish jail for proper booking.

ARREST OF WANTED SUSPECT

ARREST OF WANTED SUSPECT - FLUKER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 28 year old wanted suspect Tryieo Bates of Fluker on October 17, 2010.
At approximately 12:30AM, deputies learned of the whereabouts of Bates. It was discovered that Bates was inside of the Mr. J`s Lounge on Guiteau Mill Road in Fluker. The owners gave deputies permission to search the club for Bates.
Bates was soon located in the northwest corner of the bar sitting underneath the DJ booth. At this time, deputies apprehended Bates and advised him that he was under arrest on numerous outstanding warrants. Bates was subsequently charged with being a fugitive of another jurisdiction (auto theft), FTA’s for simple battery, DWI, careless operation of a vehicle, several traffic violations and for non-support.
During the booking process Bates advised deputies that he could not understand how he could be charged with auto-theft when the keys were already inside of the vehicle. He just went “joyriding”. He continued on to say that he doesn’t even know how they knew it was him because after leading the cops on a chase, he bailed from the vehicle and ran, so they didn’t even see his face.

ARREST

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Lynn Murphy Lusk (w/f / dob 03/16/1978) of 16191 Hwy. 1064 East in Natalbany.

Lusk was arrested on October 15, 2010, after she was she was pulled over for a traffic violation on Stafford Rd. Lusk was driving a 2000 Saturn when agents made contact with her. Agents could smell a strong odor of
Marijuana coming from Lusk's vehicle. Lusk stated to agents that she is a frequent marijuana smoker. Agents also located a marijuana cigarette in Lusk's vehicle.

Lynn Murphy Lusk w/f dob 03/16/1978
16191 Hwy. 1064 East
Natalbany, Louisiana
Charge: Improper Lane Usage and Possession of Marijuana

Arrest

Arrest - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
On October 15, 2010, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on an Oldsmobile Alero traveling on Stafford Road. The driver of the Alero, Marvin Dokes, was unable to produce a valid driver’s license. A warrant check was completed on Dokes which revealed that Dokes had 8 outstanding warrants for failure to appear.
Dokes was arrested and taken into custody.
Marvin Deon Dokes b/m dob 01/27/1984
Miley Niqueporo Lot #14
Tickfaw, Louisiana

TPSO ARREST

TPSO ARREST - HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Lynn Murphy Lusk (w/f / dob 03/16/1978) of 16191 Hwy. 1064 East in Natalbany.

Lusk was arrested on October 15, 2010, after she was she was pulled over for a traffic violation on Stafford Rd. Lusk was driving a 2000 Saturn when agents made contact with her. Agents could smell a strong odor of
Marijuana coming from Lusk's vehicle. Lusk stated to agents that she is a frequent marijuana smoker. Agents also located a marijuana cigarette in Lusk's vehicle.

Lynn Murphy Lusk w/f dob 03/16/1978
16191 Hwy. 1064 East
Natalbany, Louisiana
Charge: Improper Lane Usage and Possession of Marijuana

WANTED SUSPECT

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is look for wanted suspect Dujuan Otta Kelly (11.11.10) of Independence. Kelly is wanted for a residential burglary which occurred on Ruffin Rd. in the Independence area on October 10, 2010.
Kelly approached a mobile home, removed the AC Unit to make entry into the residence. The homeowner heard the disturbance, got scared and hid in a closet. The homeowner called a neighbor who in turn arrived at the residence to find Kelly rummaging through the homeowners jewelry box in a bedroom. Kelly then fled from the residence on foot.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Kelly is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Foster at 985.748.3334.

Ponchatoula resident arrested for forgery.

Ponchatoula resident arrested for forgery. - PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
Francis Seymore (1.20.40) of Ponchatoula was arrested on October 8, 2010, for the unauthorized use of an access card, monetary instrument abuse and forgery.
Seymore was charged after an investigation led detectives to evidence where it was discovered that Seymore used a credit card which did not belong to her to make personal purchases. Seymore was also sited on surveillance video while using the unauthorized credit card at a local store. As a result of the investigation, Seymore was arrested charged accordingly.

Man Drives From Missouri To Be Arrested In Internet Sting Operation

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

The following area law enforcement agencies recently engaged in an undercover sting operation in order to identify and capture Internet predators preying on area children:
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
Walker Police Department
Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office
Saint Landry Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana State Police

At approximately 2:30 am on the morning of October 8, 2010, Ryan Michael Sims, who thought he was about to meet an underage female, was arrested for computer aided solicitation. Sims told authorities that he had driven from Missouri, to rendezvous with the “little girl.” Upon his arrival at the rendezvous location, Sims was met by a group of law enforcement officers form several agencies, who formed a task force investigating such crimes.

Ryan Michael Sims (26)
714 Edinburgh,
Victoria, Texas
White / Male
Arrested for: Computer Aided Solicitation for Sexual Purposes

"These investigations are the result of detectives proactively patrolling cyber space. It's disturbing to know that predators like Sims are willing to drive 23 hours to engage in inappropriate / illegal contact with our children. The public can rest assured that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and fellow law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant in investigating and capturing Internet child predators." --- Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

TPSO Arrest

LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 28 yr old Natanael A. Reyes of Loranger, LA. Reyes was arrested and charged with the careless operation of a vehicle and for driving without a license, insurance nor having proper registration.
On October 10, 2010, Deputy Nathan Manton observed a silver truck driving south bound in a north bound travel lane, heading straight toward Deputy Manton’s unit. Deputy Manton initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Reyes, then provided deputy with false information regarding the incident. As a result of the roadside investigation, Reyes was arrested and charged accordingly. Deputies placed a hold on the vehicle until proper registration can be provided.

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrests

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two females as the result of a traffic stop.
On October 7, 2010, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by two females in Amite, LA. As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed the passenger, Hannah Joy Pittman, (10.16.88) of Kentwood, attempt to hide something in the pocket of her pants. Deputies asked Pittman if she had anything illegal on her person. Pittman then displayed a bag of marijuana and prescription narcotics. The driver of the vehicle, Joniele M. Fairburn (11.6.87) of Greensburg, was also found to be in possession of illegal prescription narcotics. Deputies also located a pistol in the vehicle.
Deputies learned that Fairburn was wanted in the state of FL for grand theft auto. She is also on probation in FL on narcotics related charges. Both subjects were taken into custody and subsequently charged.
Pittman was charged with carrying a weapon while in possession of Schedule II Narcotics, Fugitive of another jurisdiction and for two FTA’s. Fairburn was booked and charged with possession of Schedule II Narcotics, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and failing to signal when turning.

ROADSIDE ARREST

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
On Wednesday, October 5, 2010, while patrolling on I-55 northbound at LA38, Dy. Keith Womack observed a 2000, black Dodge Durango that did not have a motor vehicle inspection sticker displayed on the windshield. Dy. Womack then initiated a traffic stop.
Upon making contact with the driver, Jason Esco, 32 of Denham Springs, Dy. Womack learned that Esco was driving under a suspended license. During the course of the roadside investigation, Deputy Womack was given consent to search Esco’s vehicle. Upon doing so, Deputy Womack discovered a clear plastic baggie located under the carpet on the driver side floor board. The baggie contained approximately five (5) grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Womack also discovered a clear plastic wrapper containing approximately one (1) gram of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in the same location.
As a result, Esco was arrested and charged with LARS 40:966E3, possession of marijuana (third offense), and LARS 40:967C, possession of cocaine. It was also learned that Esco has an extensive criminal history involving narcotics related offenses.

CAREER DAY

CAREER DAY - HAMMOND – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office enjoyed spending the day with the students of Hammond High at the school sponsored Career Fair. The students had the opportunity to learn about the sheriff’s office and may other community businesses. “It’s always rewarding to spend time with students on a one on one basis. They get to experience us, law enforcement, in a positive way. Shaking hands, answering questions and just sharing stories about what we do, allows us to build stronger relationships with them.” Sgt. Tommy Ferrand stated.
Pictured L to R – Deputy Bobby Carter, TPSO Recruiter Vanessa Ohler, Sgt. Tommy Ferrand, Sgt. Steven Redmond and Detective Sgt. Jill Hutcheson.

DWI Arrest

DWI Arrest - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:

Craig Anderson, 44 of Gretna, LA. was arrested and booked into the Parish Jail on October 2, 2010, with DWI charges.

At approximately 3:15 am, deputies received information that a vehicle was traveling recklessly on I 12 west bound and was possibly being operated by an impaired driver. As Deputy William Phebus and Sgt. David Copeland positioned themselves on I-12 at Pumpkin Center to intercept the vehicle, they observed the 1985 Nissan Truck (white) traveling in all lanes of traffic.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. Craig E. Anderson was the driver and sole occupant in the vehicle. Anderson appeared to be impaired and the smell of alcoholic beverage was emitting from his person.

As a result of the investigation, Anderson was arrested and charged with DWI, Driving Under Suspension and Careless Operation of a Vehicle.

Narcotics Arrest

WILMER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Dawn Renee Weston (4.2.81) of Roseland, LA. on 2 counts of possession of CDS II and 1 count of possession of CDS V.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents, while conducting a traffic stop on Hwy 1061, observed Weston attempting to conceal an object in her pants. At this time, the female passenger was asked to remove the item. The passenger then revealed an unlabeled prescription bottle containing 2 Hydrocodone, 2 Somas and 7 tablets of Klonipin. Weston then stated that she did not possess a prescription for these medications.
Weston was then taken into custody.

WANTED SUSPECT

NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that sheriff’s office detectives have issued warrants for 27 year old Kevin D. Thomas of Natalbany, LA. Thomas is wanted on the charges of Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Kidnapping and Carjacking.
On September 20, 2010, deputies responded to Hwy 1064 in reference to what was reported as an armed robbery. Upon investigation, it was learned that a male subject was traveling west bound on Hwy 1064 when he observed his friend, a female subject, riding her bike. The male subject then stopped to give the female a ride. While putting her bicycle in the back of his truck, a B/M, 6” tall and approximately 200 pounds with dreads approached him from behind. The unknown male subject then pointed a gun at the male subjects head and advised him to back away from the vehicle. The suspect then entered the vehicle and drove away with the female passenger.
The investigation revealed that the unknown subject, now identified as Thomas, drove off with the female victim and forcibly rapped her at gunpoint. While the victim was aggressively attempting to get away from her offender, he reportedly fired one shot at her as she was exiting the vehicle. The victim then ran to safety and contacted the sheriff’s office.
Through the investigation and evidence collected in the case, warrants have been issued for the arrest of Kevin D. Thomas. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Thomas is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.552.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Foster at 985.748.3335.


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