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CRIME STOPPERS

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for 45 year old Pirvu Marrian, of 40172 River Rd. in Gonzales, LA. Marrian is wanted on one count of Contractor’s Misapplication of Payments in the amount of 96,000.00.
On August 26, 2008, an Amite resident entered into a contract with Sunrise Construction Inc. represented by Pirvu Marrian to perform work on his residence. Over the course of this two year project, Marrian neglected to pay sub-contractors and local suppliers for the items purchased to complete this construction job. As per a signed agreement, it states that Contractor and Owner for the stated construction company agrees and is bound to providing all the necessary materials / services needed to perform the work for this project. In turn, the Contactor / Owner are responsible for the payment of such materials and services.
The homeowner remained faithful to the contract and paid Sunrise Construction fee’s which exceeded the amount of $200,000.
Recently the homeowner has been contacted by various business establishments looking for payments, thus far in the amount of $96,000.00.
Sheriff Edwards is asking knowing the whereabouts of Pirvu Marrian to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3343.

Crime Stoppers

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding an aggravated burglary which occurred on North 11th Street in Ponchatoula at approximately10:30 pm on March 30, 2011.
Deputies responded to call for service regarding two black males forced their way into the residence and one suspect was armed with a handgun. The first black male suspect, who was tall and wearing a pull over black hoodie with short dreads, pointed a gun at the victim’s chest and advised him to sit down while the second black male suspect, short in nature, wearing dark jeans with long dreads, entered the residence and proceeded to rob the residents. Within a few minutes, the suspects fled through the front door, entered what appeared to be an older model Toyota Camry and headed toward Brickyard Rd. Thankfully there were no injuries as a result of this incident.
Anyone having information regarding this robbery is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Detective Mike Moore at 985.748.3343.

Investigation

Independence – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department is currently investigating a shooting which occurred approximately two hours ago on Hwy 1065 in Independence, La.

The suspect, 29 year old Patricia Lee Rogoz of Amite, LA, was traveling southbound on Hwy 1065 with a 31 year old black male when altercation ensued. As a result, the female suspect fired two shots at the victim, one sticking him in the upper left arm.

This incident is under investigation and additional information will be release when it becomes available.

Arrest

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 29, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested four Ponchatoula residents on multiple charges which resulted in the seizure of over $50,000 in cash.
As the result on an on going investigation led by the sheriff’s office, TPSO Narcotics Agents received information regarding illegal drug activity at the residence of 14680 Kraft Rd. in Ponchatoula. At approximately 11:00 PM, agents arrived at the location and began a field investigation of the residence. During the investigation, agents discovered large amounts of methamphetamines inside the residence along with illegal prescription narcotics and marijuana. At this time, the four subjects occupying the residence were arrested and taken into custody. While searching the residence subsequent to the arrest, agents discovered two hand-guns and one assault rifle. In addition to the narcotics and weapons, agents located $53,063.00 in cash.
Arrested:
James Landrum, 11.3.56 and Anita Landrum, 8.6.58 of 14680 Kraft Lane, Nancy Wall, 7.1.66 of 14014 Wadesboro Rd. in Ponchatoula and Michael Huszar, 3.8.55 of 14041 Wadesboro Rd. in Ponchatoula. All four subjects we charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS II / Meth, Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS II / Loratab, Manufacturing and Production of a Meth Lab, Operation, Creation of a Meth Lab and Possession of Firearms while in Possession of CDS.

CRIME STOPPERS

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for 45 year old Pirvu Marrian, of 40172 River Rd. in Gonzales, LA. Marrian is wanted on one count of Contractor’s Misapplication of Payments in the amount of 96,000.00.
On August 26, 2008, an Amite resident entered into a contract with Sunrise Construction Inc. represented by Pirvu Marrian to perform work on his residence. Over the course of this two year project, Marrian neglected to pay sub-contractors and local suppliers for the items purchased to complete this construction job. As per a signed agreement, it states that Contractor and Owner for the stated construction company agrees and is bound to providing all the necessary materials / services needed to perform the work for this project. In turn, the Contactor / Owner are responsible for the payment of such materials and services.
The homeowner remained faithful to the contract and paid Sunrise Construction fee’s which exceeded the amount of $200,000.
Recently the homeowner has been contacted by various business establishments looking for payments, thus far in the amount of $96,000.00.
Sheriff Edwards is asking knowing the whereabouts of Pirvu Marrian to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Mike Dean Sr. at 985.748.3343.

Crime Stoppers

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying the man in this photo.
On March, 27, 2011, at approximately 7:45 AM, deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 22 East in reference to an armed robbery. It was revealed that a black male subject approximately 30 years old wearing a black shirt, slider build, approximately 5-5, with a mustache, and black sunglasses, entered the establishment armed with a handgun demanding money. The casher was unable to provide the subject with money from either the safe or the registers which in turn frustrated the subject. Shortly after, the subject fled the scene in what appeared to be a silver or tan Buick Lasabre.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone who can identify this subject to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Roy Allbritton at 985.902.2088.

Sheriff's Office provides Internet / Sex Offender Safety Education

HAMMOND - Detectives from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division are providing Internet Safety / Sex Offender Safety education and training. "An important part of the mission of the ICAC Division is to provide students, teachers, parents, and grandparents with the information they need to keep their families safe from sexual predators." --Sheriff Daniel Edwards

The safety presentations include recent trends in predatory activity as seen by the detectives who conduct the investigations. As a courtesy to the public, these classes are offered by the sheriff's office free of charge to schools, churches, and civic organizations within Tangipahoa Parish. Presentations were recently given at the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice and at the Hammond Council on Aging. Seniors at the council on aging were provided the training as part of an ongoing introduction to the Internet class.

"Technology is constantly changing and can be dangerous, especially for our children. Keeping abreast of predatory activity is essential for families who use the Internet. I encourage everyone in Tangipahoa Parish to schedule and attend one of our Internet Safety presentations. Together we can help each other keep our children safe." -----Sheriff Daniel Edwards

To schedule an Internet Safety presentation, contact the public information office at 985 902-2000.

Arrest

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 16, 2011, 44 year old Michael Anthony Johnson was arrested on outstanding warrants from the District Attorney’s Office.
Johnson was taken into custody and charged with two counts of resisting an officer by flight and force, battery on a police officer and possession with the intent to distribute CDSII.
Johnson resides at 17477 East Park Avenue in Hammond, LA.

Roadside Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Thursday March 17, 2011, Deputy William Phebus arrived at a location on Dillon Lane due to reports by a concerned citizen of suspicious activity.

Upon arrival, deputy observed a 1996 Ford Explorer turn its lights on and quickly leave the area. Deputy Phebus then ran the license plate and discovered that the plate was expired. At this time, Phebus initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in and around the area of Old Baton Rouge Highway and Yorkshire Trailer Park.

Upon contact with the sole occupant/driver, 38 year old Buffie Moore Ambrose of 29961 Dubious Rd. in Holden, he requested proof of a driver’s license and insurance. As the driver was rummaging around for her license, deputy observed drug paraphernalia in view inside of the vehicle. The driver was also unable to provide deputy with a t driver’s license. Ambrose was taken in to custody. Deputy also learned that Ambrose had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. During the investigation, deputy also located suspected marijuana in Ambrose’s possession.

Ambrose was then transported to the parish jail where she was booked on two outstanding failure to appear warrants, possession of marijuana, expired license plate and driving without a license.

FUGITIVE Arrested

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of CAIN WILLIAM WALL 40, of 212 North 12th Street Kentwood, LA on the early morning of March 16th.
Sheriff Edwards was notified by the United States Marshall Office that WALL was wanted in Montana, Maryland, and Georgia. Lt. Richard Lindsey, Sgt Dustin McDonald, and Deputies William Phebus, Travis Graham, and Dennis Braziel received information that WALL was located in Kentwood. Deputies quickly responded and began to search for WALL at various addresses. WALL was located and surrendered to deputies without incident.
WALL was then transported and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison on the following fugitive wants:
Montana:
Felony Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs
Maryland:
Illegal Possession Handgun Wear/Carry & Transport
Georgia:
Possession with Felony Fleeing - Attempting to Elude - Obstruction of Police/ Family Assault / Giving False Name & Information to Police / Battery Family Violence
Louisiana:
Failure to Appear for Traffic Offences

Contractor Fraud

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to alert residents to be aware of a possible scam which has been identified in our Parish.
On March 15, 2011, deputies responded to a residence in Hammond, LA regarding contractor FRAUD. On February 24, 2011, homeowners were approached by a representative from P.L. Bosewell Paving Company, out of Texarkana, Arkansas, to perform home repair services. The homeowners agreed to the services and paid the company $800.00 in advance to perform work on the residence. The homeowner stated that the representative and two workers arrived the next day and paved their driveway with asphalt. Within a few days, the homeowner noticed that the driveway was not hard and the asphalt was breaking into pieces. They contacted the Paving Company and a representative stated they would come back to the residence and seal the driveway, however they yet to return.
The owner of the company was stated to be one Aaron Bosewell. The subjects representing this company were stated to be driving a very large tan or gold truck with Paving written on the doors. “Unfortunately fraud exists, however there are ways to try and protect yourself.” States Edwards.
These warning signs indicate that a contractor may be running a scam.
• Does not list a number in the phone book, which may indicate a fly-by-night operation that will be here today and gone tomorrow. They may seem legitimate in the beginning, but as soon as you make your first payment for the job they may vanish. And you could encounter some real problems trying to track down this contractor again.
• Asks you to get required building permits. Contractors should provide all necessary permits. If they don’t, they may not be licensed or registered properly under the requirements of your state or locality. You may want to call the LA State Licensing Board to verify.
• Only accepts cash. A legitimate business should have the appropriate financial accounts and should accept a variety of payment options from clients, including personal checks and credit cards. If a contractor only accepts cash, you probably won’t see them again once you pay them.
• Solicits door-to-door. Most legitimate contractors find enough work through word of mouth referrals or a service. If they need to drum up business by going door to door, they probably are not an established, local operation.
• Says you will get a discount if you find other customers for that contractor. A good contractor’s work should speak for itself. If the contractor has to provide you with an incentive to be a good referral, they probably haven’t worked for other customers – or the customers they have worked with have been unhappy with their work.
• Has materials left over from a previous job that are available for your job. Legitimate contractors order enough supplies to meet the needs of each job – the price for supplies is typically included in the contract. If a contractor has materials left over from a previous job and is making them available to you, he either didn’t finish the job or is cheating the previous customer.
• Tells you your job will be a demonstration. Some contractors may even offer you a cash bonus to let them use your house as a model. Established contractors should have completed enough previous projects that they won’t need your job as a demonstration. If they do, this could signal the contractor is not experienced or is running a sham business.
• Offers exceptionally long guarantees. The contractor may be making promises that can’t be kept solely to sucker you into hiring them for the job. In either case, you’ll probably not get what you’re looking for. As a general rule: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Asks you to pay for the entire job up front. This contractor will be long gone, and no where to be found, well before your project gets underway. Or, worse yet, the contractor may have started the project, leaving you with a ripped up home and depleted funds. Suggests you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows -- If a contractor does suggest you borrow from a specific lender, this could indicate a home improvement loan scam.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone able to identify these subjects or who may know the whereabouts of the owner, Aaron Bosewell, to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO Criminal Detectives Department at 985.902.2088.

Wanted Suspect Arrested

NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Janice M. Holifield, 36 of 43470 Dillon Lane in Hammond. Holifield was arrested on numerous outstanding warrants for her arrest after deputies responded to calls of a disturbance.
This incident occurred on March 14, 2011. TPSO Deputies observed several female subjects gathered in the roadway on HWY 1064 East in Natalbany near N. Oak Street, allegedly soliciting money. When deputies made contact with the females, they learned that one of the female subjects, Holifield, was wanted on several outstanding warrants: Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery w/knife and Cruelty to the Infirmed.
Deputies cleared the area then transported Holifield to the parish jail where she was booked accordingly.

Arrest

ROSLEAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Monday March 14, 2011, 45 year old Angela Thompson of 12438 Central Ave. in Roseland was arrested and charged on outstanding warrants.
Thompson was taken into custody after deputies responded to a location in Roseland where a complaint made allegations against Thompson. It was reported that Thompson, while under the influence of alcohol, became violent and extremely aggressive. While enroute to make contact with Thompson, deputies were advised that Thompson had numerous outstanding warrants out for her arrest through the Amite Police Department. Upon arriving at Thompson’s residence, deputies observed Thompson standing in the yard yelling at the complaint.
At this time, Deputy Travis Graham advised Thompson that she was under arrest due to the open warrants. Thompson forcefully resisted Deputy Graham and began kicking him in the leg. Once Thompson was detained and placed safely in the patrol unit, she was transported to the parish jail and booked for being and fugitive from another jurisdiction, resisting an office and battery on a police officer.

Arrest

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of SHEDRICK MILLER 24, of 100 West Stanley Lot #3 Hammond , LA and STEHPANIE ROSHAUN WILLIAMS 23, of 484 Pine Street Independence, LA on March 6th 2011 for Possession with the Intent to Sell Marijuana, Ecstasy, and Crack Cocaine. Possession of Alprazolam, and Headlamps Required.
Deputies William Phebus, Marcus McMillian, and Donald Furca were notified by Sergeant David Copeland of a white 4 door car sitting stationary on Rogers Road. Deputies quickly investigated observing the same. Once WILLIAMS saw the deputies they quickly attempted to leave the area. Deputies McMillian and Phebus made contact with WILLIAMS and MILLER. Deputy Phebus smelled the apparent odor of burnt marijuana and advised MILLER of his Miranda Rights. MILLER handed Deputy Phebus a marijuana cigar, known as a “blunt”, when asked if he had any marijuana on him.
Deputies then received to consent to search the vehicle. Deputy Phebus located (13) individual baggies of marijuana, (28) individual crack cocaine rocks, (1) uncut crack cocaine rock, (94) ecstasy pills concealed in a natural void in the vehicle compartment. Also in the vehicle was (1) baggie of marijuana and (1) dosage unit of alprazolam.
As a result of the roadside investigation deputies also seized $1,161.10, narcotics, and the vehicle. MILLER and WILLIAMS were booked into the parish jail. MILLER also had 4 felony warrants.

Crime Stoppers

ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following information:

On February 21, 2011, a residential burglary occurred at the address of 12142 Arcola Rd. in Roseland LA. The residents arrived home after being out of town to find their front door had been kicked in and the home burglarized. Numerous items were stolen. Some of theses items stolen were priceless antiques from the resident’s family.

The owners are personally offering a $500.00 reward to anyone having information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) and the recovery of the items stolen.

Please contact TPSO Detective Michael Christmas at 985.748.3332 and Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Arrests

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two Hammond residents on March 3, 2011, after deputies initiated a traffic stop.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 51 south of Bickham Chapel Rd in Independence on a green Mercury Marquis. Deputy Nathan Manton made contact with the driver, 39 year old Christeus Hanible, while Deputy Sean Scott made his way to the passenger side of the vehicle. While Deputy Scott was approaching the passenger side of the vehicle, he observed the passenger, Terrence Anderson, 28 of 1308 M J Moore Rd in Hammond, lean down and put something in his shoe. At this time, deputy asked Anderson if he put anything in his shoe to which he replied yes.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the Anderson placed two small plastic bags in his shoe. One of the baggies contained a white powdery substance of suspected cocaine while the other containing a green leafy substance of suspected marijuana.

It was also learned that the driver, Hannibal, had an open warrant for her arrest. Both subjects were taken into custody at this time and charged appropriately.

Hanible was charged with one outstanding warrant, while Anderson was arrested and charged with one outstanding warrant, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine.

Celeberty Reader

Celeberty Reader - NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that Deputy Marcus McMillan was the celebrity reader for the kindergarten and first grade classes at Midmay Elementary on Wednesday. Deputy McMillan was surrounded by children as he read a Cat in the Hat book by Dr. Suss. “What a pleasant way to being my day”, states McMillan.

Pictured: L to Rt
1st. row: Shaniyah Lott
Bradney Banks
Darius Pitts
LaDarrion Bellezar
Tristan Harper

2nd row- Lawrence Cyprian
Madelyn Francios
Charles Robinson III
Brandon Guillot
Nakayla Collins

DWI Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Doiron Nelson, 41 of 41096 Rue Chene in Hammond, LA. Nelson was arrested on March 3, 2011, for Driving While Intoxicated and for nor having the proper working equipment required on his vehicle.
Deputy William Phebus observed Nelson’s vehicle traveling on University Avenue with non-functioning headlights. After initiating the traffic stop and upon making contact with the 41 year old, deputy could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Nelson’s breath. Nelson’s eyes looked glassy and his speech appeared to be slurred as he spoke to the deputy.
As a result of the roadside investigation, Nelson was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

Senior Expo

Senior Expo - PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces the success of the 14th Annual S.A.L.T. Triad/TPSO Senior Expo. Over 300 seniors attended the event which tool place at the Ponchatoula Community Center in Ponchatoula, LA.

Sheriff Edwards spoke to the attendees expressing his sincere gratitude for their attendance. The resources provided at this event are extremely valuable. In 2010 alone, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to 471 calls regarding seniors and persons with special needs. This number is expected to increase for 2011. "Crimes against the elderly is becoming an epidemic not only locally but nationally", states Edwards. "It is important for seniors to be aware of the crimes and scams that are being targeted to this particular generation."

In looking at the number of calls regarding seniors in our community, it shows an increase in the area of seniors becoming more in-tune with what is happening around them. We see more seniors calling to report suspicious vehicles or activity taking place in their neighborhoods. Awareness is the first step in self defense and personal safety. This creates a positive impact for the sheriff's office and the community to have the support of this population.

We partner with the Tangipahoa Parish Council of Aging, the Governor's Office of Elderly Protective Services and other agencies dedicated to providing needed help for our seniors. "As we strive to meet the needs of all community members, we ask anyone needing assistance from myself or the sheriff's office, please don’t' hesitate to call us 985.345.6150." Edwards

Tickfaw woman arrested after calling 911 with a FALSE report.

TICKFAW – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrests:
On Wednesday March 2, 2011, at approximately 1 o’clock in the morning, Deputy William Phebus, Sergeant David Copeland, Deputies Furca and Hinson responded to 14145 Old Genesee Road in reference to a disturbance involving weapons (knife). The caller stated that a b/m was holding her at knife point while beating her. The caller then sated that the subject ran out of the back door of the residence.
When deputies arrived, the caller, Kathryn Heath (23 yoa), stated that she did not place the call and nothing was wrong. During this time, a LSP Trooper advised that he observed someone running from the back door of the stated residence. While speaking to deputies, Heath was acting very reserve and cautious leading deputies to believe that she was saying these things against her will and was in danger.
After a few minutes, she stated that the unknown male returned the residence and was somewhere in the home. Heath led deputies in search of the suspect. They soon came in contact with Edward Harrison (23 of Whiskey Lane in Natalbany) in the front bedroom. Harrison was detained pending investigation. It was learned that Harrison had several FTA warrants for his arrest therefore he was taken in to custody at this time.
Over the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that Heath call 911 and falsified her situation. Heath finally admitted that a w/m subject was at her residence snorting pills and smoking marijuana with her and Harrison. Heath then conveyed that her boyfriend Harrison wanted to leave with the subject and she did not want him to. She also knew that the w/m had open warrants for his arrest and would leave the residence if he knew she called the sheriff’s office. Due to Heath conveying a false report of a crime in progress, and endangering the lives of the motoring public, responding officers, Heath was taken into custody and was verbally advised of her rights.
Upon arrival at the Parish Jail and prior to entering, Heath was advised of the crime to bring contraband (illegal narcotics) into a penal institution. Heath was asked if she had any contraband in her possession, particularly narcotics or weapons on her person. Heath advised me she did have scheduled prescription narcotics concealed in a gold color case in her undergarments. Heath advised that she had Xanax “Alprazolam” and Roxy “Oxycodone”.
At this time, both Heath and Harrison were process and booked accordingly.

Kathryn Heath, 23
14145 Old Genesee Rd.
Tickfaw, LA
Charges: Criminal Mischief (falsifying a police report) and 3 cts of possession of CDS II.

Edward Harrison, 23
42522 Whiskey Lane
Natalbany, LA
Charges: Fugitive from another Jurisdiction and 2 FTA warrants.

TPSO Young Marines

TPSO Young Marines - HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Young Marines “Present the Colors” at the Crew of Omega Ball Saturday, February 26, 2011. This event took place at 12 Oaks on Southeastern University’s Campus.

They are from left to right:
Devin Mitchell, Shatoia Jackson, Donnie Stevens, Cole Stevens.


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