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Narcotics Arrest

PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on April 26, 2011, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Agents, with the assistance of DEA and Hammond Police Department, executed a narcotics related search warrant at 105 Village Oaks Blvd. Ponchatoula, La. 70454.

During a search of the residence agents located approximately $10, 045.00 in United States Currency and suspected marijuana and suspected cocaine inside the residence. Furthermore, agents located materials used to package marijuana for distribution.

Agents arrested Terrance CALLAHAN, D.O.B. 08-30-1981. CALLAHAN was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and charged with the following crimes: Possession of marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Cocaine, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and several warrants for Failure to Appear.

Arrest

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Charles Kelvin Smith (DOB 10.26.1953) of 54 Laurie Lane in Baton Rouge, LA. Smith was arrested and charges with Theft by Fraud (over $100,000) and was also wanted by US Marshalls, Picayune, Bossier City and Mississippi Police Department's.

At approximately 10:30 AM, on April 28, 2011, Detective Jacob Schweblel received information that SMITH purchased a Class A Motor Home in Tangipahoa Parish by means of a counterfeit cashers check and false identification. With the assistance of the US Marshall's Office and Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office SMITH was located and taken into custody by 8:00 PM, in Naches Mississippi that same evening.

Detectives recovered the stolen motor home and a GMC SUV. The SUV was reported stolen out of Bossier City from a local dealership.

SMITH has been on the run from authorities for over one year and has an extensive criminal history involving con-artist scams. SMITH is currently being held in Richland Detention Center in Rayville, LA.

Arrest

AMITE - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 34 year old Greg Lee King of 47371 Hwy 1072 was taken into custody by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after racing through Tangipahoa Parish at speeds over 100mph and almost striking a deputy.

On April 25, 2011, Deputy Danny Diddon was patrolling in the Amite when he observed a motorcycle traveling headed in his direction, traveling east bound at a speed of 107mph. Deputy Diddon activated his emergency lights and exited his patrol unit in an attempt to flag down the cyclist. At this time, the cyclist then accelerated toward Deputy Diddon. Deputy Diddon was able to move out of the way within seconds of being struck by the motorcycle. Deputy Diddon then engaged in pursuit of the suspect. The cyclist, later identified as King, traveled over 117 mph into Washington Parish. All agencies were notified.

Shorty after alerting all agencies, Deputy Diddon was notified that Washington Parish Deputies located King at his residence. Deputies were made aware that King had outstanding warrants from Franklinton Parish and that the bike he was traveling on had an expired plate and no endorsement of insurance. King was taken into custody. King also faces multiple charges from Tangipahoa Parish: Speeding in excess of 100mph, Aggravated Assault Upon A Police Officer, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Expired Plate, No Insurance and No Motorcycle Endorsement.


Crime Stoppers

AMITE- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Shaun O’Neil Route (DOB 6.30.93) of 12387 Central Ave. Roseland, LA. Route is wanted on two FTA warrants, one for simple burglary and one domestic offense.
Route is also wanted for questioning regarding several residential burglaries which have occurred in the Roseland – Amite areas over the past few weeks.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Route asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Detective Michael Christmas at 985.748.3332.

CRIME STOPPERS

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexual assault which occurred in the early morning hours of April 24, 2011. This incident took place on HWY 1065 in Independence at approximately 12:10 AM.

The female victim reported that was walking to a near by residence on Hwy 1065 when she uncounted an unknown white male subject. While walking on the highway, the victim recalls hearing the suspect on his cell phone identifying himself only as Ronnie. Soon after passing the suspect, the victim was grabbed from behind, beaten and sexually assaulted.

The victim describes the suspect to be a white male, approximately 5’5” tall, brown hear, stocky build and was wearing glasses. Detectives are asking anyone having information regarding this incident to please contact Crime Stoppers t 800.554.5245 or Detective Gary Baham at 985.902.2088.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a Hispanic male after committing several crimes in the Wardline Rd. area in the evening hours of April 20, 2011.

On April 21, 2011, Michael Cruz Tinoco (DOB 9.4.89) of Mead Rd. in Baton Rouge, LA was taken into custody on 3 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Disturbing the Peace, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle and 2 counts of Public Intimidation.

In the evening hours of April 20th, Tinoco set his sights on engaging in an evening of crime. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was first contacted and advised of Tinoco’s intentions when it was reported that a Hispanic male traveling on W. Lee Hughs Road in a silver vehicle pulled over on the side of the road and displayed a handgun at the complainant. Later, it was reported that an unknown Hispanic male was observed knocking on the door of a residence on N. Baptist Rd. When no one answered, he walked away and fired several which were heard by residence in the area. Tinoco was then spotted attempting to gain entry into a residence on Wardline Rd.

Subsequent to these incidents, Tinoco was apprehended by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and taken into custody.

Fatal Crash

INDEPENDENCE - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff's office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred in the early morning hours of April 19, 2011.

At approximately 1:40 AM, deputies observed a gray Ford pick-up truck driving erratically on Hwy 40, near Hwy 51. As deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Sean Michael McQueen (W/M, DOB 4.24.87) from Mississippi, continued to pull away from deputies at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the truck was traveling so fast that deputies could not keep up with the vehicle nor were they able to read the license plate. At one point the driver turned off his headlights and continued traveling at speeds of 70 mph on Crossover Rd.. Deputies slowed their vehicles down around the curves in the road near the bridge just east of George Rd. Upon reaching the bridge, deputies saw no signs of the vehicle.

Additional units arrived to aid in the search of the vehicle. Within moments, deputies observed lights coming from underneath the bridge. After further investigation, it was revealed that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle crashed and lost his life as a result of the incident.

ARREST

ARREST - LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that 27 year old Michael Brewer of 24307 W. Bradley Court was arrested after aggressively beating a 30 year old subject on April 12, 2011.
Deputy Sean Scott responded to a Chappepeela Rd residence in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Scott observed the victim to be beaten with multiple wounds and burises. At one point, it was reported that Brewer began to choke the victim and beating the victims head on the ground. When the attack ended, Brewer left the scene in a Ford F-150 pick up truck.
Deputies then located Brewer at this residence and placed him in custody without further incidence. Brewer was subsequently charged with Second Degree Battery.

Missing Person

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating missing person Alvin Glendell Williams (B/M, 12.17.66) of Saginaw, Michigan.
Williams was last seen on April 7, 2011, leaving a friends residence in the Hammond area. Williams has been staying with his friends in Hammond since January 2011.
Williams left the Hammond residence driving a beige or tan in color Buick Park Avenue. Williams is approximately 6 foot tall, 300 pounds with black hair and brown hair.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Williams is asked to please contact TPSO Detective Dale Athmann at 985.902.2088.

TPSO Arrest Two

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two subjects after deputies assisted Probation and Parole with an investigation.
On April 11, 2011, at approximately 7:15 PM, Deputy Jonathan Williams responded to 23132 Hwy 190 in Robert to assist Probation and Parole on a case. It was advised that Probation and Parole already had one subject in custody and located drugs and paraphernalia at the scene.
Upon arrival, Deputy Williams spoke with the Probation and Parole Agent who advised she located Corey McGregor (31 of 29666 S. Red Oak Rd. in Hammond) at the stated residence. McGregor is a known fugitive from Probation and Parole. She was taken into custody at that time. McGregor was also found to be in possession of several items of drug paraphernalia (tourniquet, several syringes with needles, spoon, and alcohol swabs) and residue Corey identified as "Roxy" (Roxicontin) on a spoon.
While searching the residence, they made contact with the resident, Denver Ochsner (56), who was additionally taken into custody on parole violations.
Both McGregor and Ochsner were transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where they were properly booked and charged.
McGregor was charged with being a Fugitive, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of CDS II.
Ochsner was charged with a Probation and Parole Violation.

Arrest

ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two subjects after deputies assisted Probation and Parole with an investigation.
On April 11, 2011, at approximately 7:15 PM, Deputy Jonathan Williams responded to 23132 Hwy 190 in Robert to assist Probation and Parole on a case. It was advised that Probation and Parole already had one subject in custody and located drugs and paraphernalia at the scene.
Upon arrival, Deputy Williams spoke with the Probation and Parole Agent who advised she located Corey McGregor (31 of 29666 S. Red Oak Rd. in Hammond) at the stated residence. McGregor is a known fugitive from Probation and Parole. She was taken into custody at that time. McGregor was also found to be in possession of several items of drug paraphernalia (tourniquet, several syringes with needles, spoon, and alcohol swabs) and residue Corey identified as "Roxy" (Roxicontin) on a spoon.
While searching the residence, they made contact with the resident, Denver Ochsner (56), who was additionally taken into custody on parole violations.
Both McGregor and Ochsner were transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where they were properly booked and charged.
McGregor was charged with being a Fugitive, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of CDS II.
Ochsner was charged with a Probation and Parole Violation.

ARREST

ARREST - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 21 year old Bryant Tanner of 19363 Weinberger Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA.
Tanner was arrested on April 10, 2011, by Deputy Sean Scott after he responded to Dunson Rd. in reference to a disturbance. Upon approaching the residence, Deputy Scott observed a group of subjects standing outside of a residence arguing with each other. As Scott was approaching the group a white male, later identified as Bryant Scott Tanner, began walking in his direction in a fistic manner screaming obscenities. Scott demanded Tanner stop walking and get to the ground. Tanner did not comply and acted as though he wanted to engage in a physical altercation with Deputy Scott. As additional deputies arrived on scene, Tanner decided to comply with Scott’s request and got to the ground.
While investigation the matter, it was apparent that Tanner was intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. Tanner was subsequently taken in to custody. After being placed in the patrol unit, Tanner began to beat his head against the window. He was then removed from the unit and securely placed in full restraints for his and officer safety.
Tanner was transported to the parish jail and charged with Disturbing the Peace and Resisting an Officer by Force or Violence. During the investigation, it was also learned that Tanner was involved in a aggravated battery disturbance earlier that same evening.

Another successful Strawberry Festival!

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is pleased to release that no major incidents that occurred on festival grounds during the well celebrated Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this year. From opening of the festival on Friday until close on Sunday evening, the sheriff’s office was responsible for the security and safety of all festival goers. With reports of a record breaking crowd, it is great news to report a decrease in arrests from the past few years. At all times, the sheriff’s office had over 35 uniformed patrol and reserve deputies on the fair grounds at all times at no charge to the Festival Board. During the duration of the festival, deputies made one arrest and issued three misdemeanor summons for disturbing the peace. Also during festival hours, we are pleased to report that the sheriff’s office was successful in returning approximately 30 children safely back to their lost parents.

With the excessive temperatures, Acadian Ambulance and North Oaks Medical Center were busy providing aid to festival goers suffering from heat exhaustion. Once these folks were able to stand on their feet again, the sheriff’s office provided them with safe transportation back to their area residences or vehicles.

Sheriff Edwards would like to send a special thanks and acknowledgement to Ms. Katherine Martin of Ponchatoula, LA. Every year Ms. Martin allows the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’ s office the use of her property as a common ground and safe haven for lost children. In having this opportunity, we are able to park our Mobile Command Center directly across from the festival grounds. The sheriff’s office also utilizes this space to provide meals to all law enforcement officers working the festival. North Oaks Medical Center is also on site to provide medical care for those in need.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all partnering law enforcement agencies, North Oaks Medical Center, festival vendors and especially the Strawberry Festival Board for creating a tremendously successful 2011 Strawberry Festival.

Training Equipment

Training Equipment  - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is pleased to announce that Onsite Guardian, a Louisiana company based in Hammond has recently chosen the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to receive tactical wearable video cameras as a donation for training purposes. This donation also included a proprietary high speed burn station created by their sister company, Adventure Eye Video Systems. The burn station quickly copies, converts and stores recorded video to DVD or USB flash drive for review and archive purposes. The military spec POV (point of view) cameras can be worn by officers while training using a variety of mounts and mounting locations. POV cameras are a new breed of video camera that can capture footage traditional style cameras never could. Over the last 4 years Onsite Guardian has been busy developing state of the art solar powered security / surveillance products. Onsite's products are being used by Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers, General Contractors/Construction companies, Mississippi Department of Transportation and St Thomas Aquinas High School. Onsite has also donated the use of its products to local law enforcement during local festivals.
Members of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team proudly accepted this generous contribution and plan to incorporate these cameras into special tactical training activities. “We are grateful that Onsite Guardian has chosen the TPSO as the catalyst to connect Law Enforcement and tactical technology to provide advanced training which will ultimately make us a stronger force in providing safety to our community.” stated Edwards.
Pictures L – T, Sgt. Steven Redmond, SRT Team member, Hunter Marshall Bankston, Cpt Don Alexander, Stephen Jackson Payne, SRT Team Member and Sgt. Tommy Ferrand.

Arrest

Arrest - ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Noel Scott Reid, 38 of 1414 Hwy 10 in Roseland, LA. On April 6, 2011, Reid was arrested and charged with simple assault, simple criminal to property, resisting an officer and one failure to appear warrant.
Deputy Travis Graham responded to 12568 North Avenue in Roseland to assist Deputy Dennis Braziel with a disturbance. Upon his arrival, he observed the suspect, Reid, standing behind a vehicle with an open truck motioning as if he were attempting to retrieve something. As Graham approached Reid, another subject stated that Reid had a gun. With weapon drawn, Graham advised Reid to show his hands. Graham advised Reid of this several more times which he continued to be non-compliant. Reid then began to walk toward Deputy Graham shouting profanities and daring him to shoot him. During this time, Deputy Braziel approached Reid from behind and attempted to detain him. After a brief struggle, Reid was taken into custody and transported to the parish jail without incident.

ARREST

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Wesley E. Smith Jr. (DOB 10.6.78) of 11218 Red Bird Lane in Hammond, LA. On March 30, 2011, Smith was arrested and charged by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on one count of First Degree Murder relative to the unexplained disappearance and what investigators believe the murder of 82 year old Leon H. Rachal of Ponchatoula, LA. which occurred on or around Jan 20, 2011.

Detectives based the arrest on physical evidence collected from the scene and elsewhere directly linking Smith to the crime.

This matter is still under active investigation and presently no additional details will be released at this time.

Sex Offender Compliance Unite

Four (4) Area Sex Offenders Arrested
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's detectives arrested the following convicted sex offenders after compliance checks revealed that they were in non-compliance status:
Michael Dawson - B/M - DOB:1/2/85
Steven Martin - B/M - DOB: 3/25/70
Larry Covington - W/M - DOB: 4/14/76
Charles B Slade - W/M - DOB: 4/12/69
Convicted sex offenders are required to perform registration obligations which includes providing accurate personal information to the public. The above listed people were arrested after they failed to meet their sex offender registration obligations.
"Convicted sex offenders who intentionally fail to provide registration information as required by law are a threat to public safety. The public can report suspected non- compliant sex offenders to the Sex Offender Registration Officer at 985 748-8147." ----Sheriff Daniel Edwards


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