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Robbery Suspect Wanted!

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division is investigating an armed robbery which occurred this morning at around 6:45 AM on Puleston Rd. in Amite.
WANTED suspect Ira Williams (9.13.92) of 17021 E. Coleman St. in Hammond, LA is believed to be responsible for victimizing a female while she was walking to her vehicle early this morning. The incident took place on Puleston Rd. in Amite, LA. Williams allegedly approached the victim, sprayed a chemical agent in her face and robbed her of her belongings.
The suspect believed to be Williams, fled on foot from the Puleston Rd. residence. Williams is currently wanted by the TPSO on several FTA charges.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Williams is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Raymond Foster at 985.748.3336.

Narcotics Arrest

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On December 16, 2010, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotic Agents went to the address of 10456 Mahogany Road Independence to investigate a complaint regarding the manufacturing methamphetamine inside the residence. Stephen Roberson. the owner of the residence, previously served 2 1/2 years in prison for a previous manufacturing methamphetamine charge.

When agents approached the door of the residence they made contact with Roberson. Roberson gave agents permission to search the residence and property. When Agents entered the residence it was occupied by Stephen Roberson, Myranda Stafford, Stephen Short and four juvenile children, a 9 year old boy, a 10 year old girl and two 16 girls.

During the investigation, agents located an active one pot shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory in the kitchen. Agents also found used battery peelings in the laundry room and an HCL Generator, fertilizer in a baby formula box.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Juvenile Office and OCS were notified and responded to the scene for the juvenile children. Roberson, Short and Stafford were all arrested and charge with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Child Desertion, and Contributing to a Juvenile, Operation Creation Possession of a Methamphetamine Laboratory, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Stephen Lenzeo Roberson b/m
Dob 01/07/1967
10456 Mahogany Road
Independence, Louisiana

Stephen Wade Short w/m dob 01/01/1979
52835 Hwy. 1065
Independence, Louisiana

Myranda Dunshee Stafford w/f
Dob 12/10/1975
39774 East Sam Arnold Loop
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

7 ARRESTED DURING SEARCH WARRANT

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of seven after the execution of a narcotics related search warrant at the address of 68095 Olon Bankston Rd. in Kentwood on December 14, 2010.
Arrested on 12.15.10:
Kevin Parrish, 7.31.72
63127 Commercial St.
Roseland, LA
Charges: 1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab, 1 ct Possession with the Intention to Distribute, 4 cts Manufacturing CDS II and 1 ct of Resisting Arrest.

Romer Schmitt, 1.24.85
68095 Olon Bankston Rd.
Kentwood, LA
Charges: 1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab, 1 ct Possession with the Intention to Distribute, 4 cts Manufacturing CDS II and 1 ct of Resisting Arrest.

Kenneth Alford, 9.27.93
62660 Strahan Rd.,
Amite, LA
Charges: 1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab, 1 ct Possession with the Intention to Distribute, 5 cts Manufacturing CDS II and 1 ct of Resisting Arrest.

Amana Thompson, 4.30.84
20265 Lowery Lane
Amite, LA
Charges: 1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab, 1 ct Possession CDS II and 4 cts Manufacturing CDS II.

Amy Sanford, 12.5.71
20562 Chaney Rd.
Zachary, LA
Charges:1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab, 1 ct Possession with the Intention to Distribute and 4 cts Manufacturing CDS II.

Paul Davidson, 6.5.59
68095 Olon Bankston Rd.
Kentwood, LA
Charges: 1 ct Operation/Creation/Possession of a Meth Lab and I ct Possession of CDS II.

After a six month long investigative operation, Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Narcotics Agents with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics related search warrant on Olon Bankston Rd. As a result of the search, the above seven were arrested and charged accordingly. These subjects are also believed to have been manufacturing and selling illegal narcotics in Washington Parish.

In total, agents located five math labs in the residence and on the Olon Bankston property. Agents also recovered stolen property from the residence. Subjects are currently being questioned regarding several recent burglaries. Sheriff Edwards highly encourages all homeowners to clearly mark their personal property by etching their driver’s license number or with some identifying mark. This makes it easier for detectives to return stolen property that has been recovered to its rightful owner. Writing down serial numbers and taking pictures of your property is also another helpful way of identifying your belongings.

This investigation is still pending. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

SHOOTING SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN

SHOOTING SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN - AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 45 year old Curtis Edward Dantone of 45276 Obee Stevens Rd. Robert, LA turned himself in today on a warrant which was issued for him on December 10, 2010, regarding the shooting of a 28 year old while male victim. The shooting took place in the parking lot of the Robert Supermarket after an altercation began between the two subjects.
Dantone was charged with one ct of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery.
The Victim in the incident is still hospitalized and is listed in stable condition.

Arrest

Arrest - KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
On Tuesday December 14, 2010, at approximately 12:45 AM, Shaff Carter, 34 of Kentwood, LA was arrested and charged on 1 ct of Obstruction of a Public Roadway, 2 cts of Resisting, 1 ct of Resisting Arrest by Flight, No Driver’s License and for Failing to Register as a sex offender.
Sergeant Matthew Schliegelmeyer responded to Highway 38 East to assist the Kentwood Police Department with a traffic stop. Upon arrival, Sgt. Schliegelmeyer learned that Officer Roger Carter (K.P.D.) observed a Ford Crown Victoria stopped at the intersection of 5th Street and Avenue “L”, Kentwood, blocking the roadway as the driver, later identified as Shaff Carter, was speaking with another subject in a second vehicle.
Officer Carter initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Shaff provided him with the name of Latrail Gatlin, date of birth 02/27/1979. Due to the suspicious behavior of the subject, Sgt. Schliegelmeyer approached the passenger side of the vehicle as Officer Carter approached the driver’s side and advised the driver to get out of the vehicle. The driver looked at Sgt. Schliegelmeyer, stated several obscenities and placed the vehicle in “drive” and accelerated at a high rate of speed.
Sgt. Schliegelmeyer and Officer Carter began pursuing the vehicle at speeds of approximately 110 miles per hour. Shaff’s vehicle crossed the center line several times, going into the opposing lane of travel, as the driver maneuvered around the curves. After approximately two to three miles, the driver finally pulled into the parking lot of Spring Creek Crossroads Convenient Store. Sgt. Schliegelmeyer gave the driver several loud verbal commands to put up his hands, exit the vehicle, and lay on the ground. Sgt. Schliegelmeyer approached the driver and immediately placed him into custody.
A Louisiana Identification card in the driver’s wallet identified him as Shaff Labrient Carter, date of birth 02/27/1976. The I.D. card also showed that Shaff was a sex offender. Sgt. Schliegelmeyer checked Shaff for warrants through TPSO Dispatch. Dispatch advised a “Shaft L. Carter” had a warrant for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.
Sgt. Schliegelmeyer transported Shaff to the TPSO Jail where he was booked accordingly for Obstructing a Public Passage; Resisting an Officer by Misrepresentation; Resisting an Officer; 14:108.1, Resisting an Officer by Aggravated Flight, No Driver’s License; and the warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

20 Year Old Male Arrested For DWI

20 Year Old Male Arrested For DWI - AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Roderick D. Brown, 20 of Bogalusa, LA. after he was observed traveling at a high rate of speed on Hwy 440 East.

On December 11, 2010, Deputy Cameron Crocket observed Brown traveling at a high rate of speed in front of Club 81 in Tangipahoa. Crocket then observed Brown’s vehicle go airborne as he crossed the rail road tracks. Attempting to catch up the vehicle, Crocket reported Brown was traveling to speeds over 80 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, Deputy Crocket advised Brown to exit the vehicle. Crocket observed Brown to be unsteady on his feet as he approached the rear of his vehicle. At this time, Brown could not to provide Deputy with a driver’s license.
As a result of the roadside investigation, Brown was arrested and taken into custody. Brown was charged with traveling at an unsafe speed on a roadway and for driving while intoxicated.

RESCUE

MANCHAC – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On Wednesday December 08, 2010, Sergeant Matthew Schliegelmeyer responded to Owl Bayou Rd., Manchac in reference to a 911 call regarding a female trapped in a boat on the water.
Upon arriving at the location, Sgt. Schliegelmeyer along with Deputy David Bryant located female attempting to paddle a boat across the canal. The female stated that she did not know how to properly paddle to get the boat to shore. After several minutes, Deputy George Coxen (TPSO Water Patrol) arrived on scene with a TPSO boat and successfully rescued the female.
The female stated that she was at a friend’s house on the river and was ready to leave. She entered the boat not knowing how to successfully maneuver it to shore. Deputies were able to reach the stranded female who was reported to be in good condition.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards advises shoppers, “Personal safety is a must this holiday season"….

Shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice. But, they are probably neglecting to check their safety. Just how safe is shopping at this time of the year? Perhaps not nearly as safe as people assume it to be, especially if people shop alone.

This time of year has a tendency to attract more shopping-related criminal activity because of larger crowds and extended store hours. These factors, combined with the usual distractions related to shopping, create a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.

In light of these factors, Sheriff Edwards warns shoppers to be on their guard so that they do not become one of the tens of millions of people a year who are victimized by some sort of criminal activity.

Across the U. S., malls and shopping centers are heightening security measures by hiring additional security personnel and installing surveillance cameras in areas such as parking lots and entrance ways.

“Unfortunately, when shopping, people sometimes have a tendency to become distracted and lose sight of their personal safety,” said Sheriff Edwards . “However, there are several precautions busy shoppers can take to help eliminate their chances of becoming a crime statistic.”

Busy shoppers should take some safety precautions to reduce their chances of being victimized by criminals who thrive on shoppers at this time of the year . Those safety precautions include:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
• There is safety in numbers. Always try to shop with another person. A single shopper is the ultimate target for theft.
• When going shopping, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return home.
• Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas, but if it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you. e.g., tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
• Agree on a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
• Before going shopping, remove from your wallet or purse any credit cards or other valuable identification that you will not need to reduce risk.
• Make a list of all credit card numbers and the numbers to call in case they are lost or stolen. This will make the incident a lot easier to report.

WHILE SHOPPING:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in busy areas where thieves and pickpockets target purses and bags left unattended.
• Be aware that wearing headphones will decrease your ability to stay alert to your surroundings.
• Be alert to distraction theft. Watch out for thieves using a “tag team” approach. While one person distracts you by bumping into you or through conversation, the other is snatching your purse or wallet.
• Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Plan for your heaviest purchases last. Try to keep one hand free.
• If you are in a store and sense that you are being followed, locate a store employee or security personnel. Be prepared to give them a complete description of the person you suspect.
• If you think you spot a thief or pickpocket alert the police or security staff. Avoid a confrontation whenever possible.
• If carrying cash, keep it in a front pocket. This makes it more difficult for a pickpocket to remove.
• Store car keys in a pant or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
• Always carry a cell phone for easy access to emergency services.

PARKING LOT SAFETY:
• Don’t leave lots of presents on display in a parked car as they could tempt thieves. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
• Plan ahead. If you know you are going to return to your car after nightfall, park in a well-lit area. Note your parking place.
• If you feel uneasy returning to your car alone, find a security guard and ask him to walk you to your car.
• Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
• When approaching your car, check around it and in the back seat.

“Have a safe and joyous holiday season from your Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.”…..Sheriff Edwards.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards advises shoppers, “Personal safety is a must this holiday season"….

Shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice. But, they are probably neglecting to check their safety. Just how safe is shopping at this time of the year? Perhaps not nearly as safe as people assume it to be, especially if people shop alone.

This time of year has a tendency to attract more shopping-related criminal activity because of larger crowds and extended store hours. These factors, combined with the usual distractions related to shopping, create a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.

In light of these factors, Sheriff Edwards warns shoppers to be on their guard so that they do not become one of the tens of millions of people a year who are victimized by some sort of criminal activity.

Across the U. S., malls and shopping centers are heightening security measures by hiring additional security personnel and installing surveillance cameras in areas such as parking lots and entrance ways.

“Unfortunately, when shopping, people sometimes have a tendency to become distracted and lose sight of their personal safety,” said Sheriff Edwards . “However, there are several precautions busy shoppers can take to help eliminate their chances of becoming a crime statistic.”

Busy shoppers should take some safety precautions to reduce their chances of being victimized by criminals who thrive on shoppers at this time of the year . Those safety precautions include:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
• There is safety in numbers. Always try to shop with another person. A single shopper is the ultimate target for theft.
• When going shopping, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return home.
• Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas, but if it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you. e.g., tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
• Agree on a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
• Before going shopping, remove from your wallet or purse any credit cards or other valuable identification that you will not need to reduce risk.
• Make a list of all credit card numbers and the numbers to call in case they are lost or stolen. This will make the incident a lot easier to report.

WHILE SHOPPING:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in busy areas where thieves and pickpockets target purses and bags left unattended.
• Be aware that wearing headphones will decrease your ability to stay alert to your surroundings.
• Be alert to distraction theft. Watch out for thieves using a “tag team” approach. While one person distracts you by bumping into you or through conversation, the other is snatching your purse or wallet.
• Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Plan for your heaviest purchases last. Try to keep one hand free.
• If you are in a store and sense that you are being followed, locate a store employee or security personnel. Be prepared to give them a complete description of the person you suspect.
• If you think you spot a thief or pickpocket alert the police or security staff. Avoid a confrontation whenever possible.
• If carrying cash, keep it in a front pocket. This makes it more difficult for a pickpocket to remove.
• Store car keys in a pant or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
• Always carry a cell phone for easy access to emergency services.

PARKING LOT SAFETY:
• Don’t leave lots of presents on display in a parked car as they could tempt thieves. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
• Plan ahead. If you know you are going to return to your car after nightfall, park in a well-lit area. Note your parking place.
• If you feel uneasy returning to your car alone, find a security guard and ask him to walk you to your car.
• Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
• When approaching your car, check around it and in the back seat.

“Have a safe and joyous holiday season from your Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.”…..Sheriff Edwards.

Crime Stoppers

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that at approximately 11:15 pm, last night December 8, 2010, an altercation took place at a local bar in the Robert area which resulted in one man being shot.
The altercation took place in the bar room then proceeded to the parking lot of a near by convenient store. During the altercation, one subject pulled out a hand gun and fired upon the victim striking him in the abdomen.
The victim was transported to a near by hospital is reported to be in stable condition.
Detectives are asking anyone having information regarding his shooting to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.552.5245 or TPSO Detective Ray Lentz at 985.748.3336.

Crime Stoppers

HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Department is looking for the whereabouts of Kenneth Crockett (6.20.63) of Ponchatoula, LA. Crocket is wanted for writing a worthless check in excess if two thousand dollars to a local business.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Crockett is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Detective Vic Ferrara at 985.902.2088.

BURGLARY Round-Up

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that between a joint effort between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department, fifteen burglary suspects were arrested and over $8,000.00 worth of stolen property was recovered.

On December 7, 2010, and after approximately two weeks of investigation and planning to combat a mutual and ever-growing issue, these agencies executed what is informally known as a “Round-Up” which led to numerous arrests. Detectives from both agencies targeted recent suspects who had outstanding warrants for burglary and theft. Detectives also investigated those who purchased stolen property from these suspects. In doing so, Detectives recovered stolen property and in some cases placed charges on the subjects.

Purchasing stolen property is also a chargeable offense and against the law. If you have purchased what you believed to be stolen, you may bring these items to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office or the HPD or call us anonymously. Citizens may also call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. It may be in your best interest to so do, hence this investigation in on-going with numerous suspects yet to be arrested. Detectives have established that these are random burglaries and the suspects arrested are not connected.

The TPSO and the HPD would also like to thank the LSP, Probation and Parole and the Attorney General’s Office for their support in executing the round-up.

At this time, the TPSO would like to ask for you assistance in locating Miranda Newman, 10.17.75 of Hammond, LA. Newman is wanted on an outstanding warrant for the distribution of CDS II. She is also is believed to be connected to the related burglaries.

On December 7, 2010, the following were arrested and charged with burglary and other related charges. These suspects were placed in either the Parish Jail or HPD Jail.

1. Louis Perry, 1.1.92 of Hammond, LA
2. Joey Jackson, 9.16.80 of Hammond, LA
3. Sonia Bates, 3.8.68 of Ponchatoula, LA
4. Leonard Jackson, 7.22.57 of Ponchatoula, LA
5. Dewayne Hutton, 11.13.90 of Hammond, LA
6. Kedrick Conerly, 9.15.78 of Hammond, LA
7. Donald Sanchez, 4.10.54 of Tickfaw, LA
8. James Page, 3.1.85 of Holden, LA
9. Lewis Robinson, 12.28.92 of Hammond, LA
10. Davis Pines, 10.23.78 of Hammond, LA
11. Jamal Robinson, 5.28.92 of Hammond, LA
12. Clifton Hill, 2.26.81 of Ponchatoula, LA
13. Demarcus Grant, 2.2.93 of Hammond, LA
14. Christopher Williams, 9.20.86 of Hammond, LA
15. Leonard Jackson, 3.26.87 of Greensburg, LA

ARREST

ARREST - HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On Sunday December 5, 2010, Sergeant Terry Lane responded to Dunson Park in reference to a report of a suspicious person wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. Upon coming in contact with the subject, Archie Spears ( DOB 10.18.70), he observed a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance of suspected marijuana. Sgt. Lane took Spears into custody at this time. Upon investigation, Lane located another plastic bag containing suspected marijuana.
Spears was then booked an charged with possession of CDS I

Wanted SUSPECT

LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Juvenile Detectives are looking for male suspect Rusty Willie, 31 of Tickfaw, LA on charges of Rape, 2 cts Oral Sexual Battery and 1 ct Sexual Battery.
On November 30, 2010, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that Willie sexually abused a female juvenile numerous times. After further investigations, warrants were issued for Willie’s arrest.
Willie is currently out on bail for similar charges of Sexual Assault.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Willie is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Beth Russell at 985.748.353.

TWO ARRESTED

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daneil Edwards reports the arrest of two suspects suspected of theft.
James Brian Babb, (DOB 10.4.78) of Ponchatoula and Jill Schehr, (DOB 11.21.86) of Ponchatoula both were arrested and charged with theft after being identified through surveillance video of stealing 7 propane tanks from a convenience store in Ponchatoula.
This incident occurred on November 17, 2010. Deputies gathered all evidence regarding the theft and were able to identify the two stated subjects as the thieves.
Both were arrested, taken into custody and booked accordingly.


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