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Arrest

TANGIPAHOA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on May 23, 2011, deputies arrested Jerrico Martin, 34 of 1234 W. Raine St. in Tangipahoa on charges of Burglary, Resisting Arrest by Flight and 3 Outstanding Warrants.
At approximately 12:15 AM, deputies received information that MARTIN was attempting to sell property which was reported stolen from a residence earlier that night on Silo Rd. in the Village of Tangipahoa. Deputies patrolled the area in search of MARTIN. While patrolling, deputies were advised that MARTIN had 3 outstanding warrants and had an extensive criminal history which included several burglary arrests and theft. MARTIN was also reported to be on probation.
Deputies soon located a suspect fitting the description of MARTIN near Phillips Rd. As deputies approached the suspect, later identified as MARTIN, he fled on foot. Deputies gave chase and located MARTIN hiding in a near by wooded area.
MARTIN was then arrested and taken into custody.

Special Olympics Torch Run

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards leads the pack in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Hammond Police Department and local officers will carried the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Louisiana throughout the area.

Today, Tangipahoa Parish law enforcement officers received the torch from the Livingston officers at the Tangipahoa Parish Line on Hwy 190 W, in front of Hammond State School. They then travel down Hwy 190 (E. Thomas St.) and stop at Wal-Mart Parking lot, across E. Thomas into the Hobby Lobby Parking lot and continued onto W. Church St. They continued running east on W. Church St, turned right going south on N. Oak St, then left going east on W. Charles St to end the run at La Caretta's.

“Participating in the torch run and spending time at the games tonight is something that myself and my deputies look forward to each year.” states Edwards. Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 13,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on May 17, 2011, deputies arrested and charged Douglas CRAYTON (23 of 43465 W. Bennett Rd. in Robert) and Tiffany NOEL (24, of 213 Spruce St. Mandeville, LA) with felony theft.
Witnesses observed the suspects take a large amount of steel piping from a residence located on Doc Hyde Rd., drag it off of the property and load it onto a trailer. The suspects were then seen leaving the scene in a red Dodge pick-up truck in an unknown direction.
While patrolling the area for the suspect vehicle, Deputy Joe Giovingo observed the truck backed in a driveway Highway 190 east. Deputy Giovingo soon made contact with the suspects and detained them until they were positively identified as the thieves. Both subjects were taken into custody and properly charged with Felony Theft.

NEWS

NEWS - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces today the deployment of several Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office team members and resources to Terrebonne Parish in efforts to provide assistance with the anticipated high water levels which may affect their area.
“We are willing to support in any way possible.” states Edwards. “My team will be there on stand-by to offer their assistance in whatever is needed.” It has been reported that the Morganza Spillway will divert water from the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya Basin.
Our neighboring parishes need to be prepared. Working together and sharing resources during this time is the best approach to being proactive in preparing for what could possibly take place as a result of these excessive flood waters.

Arrests

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 38 year old Hammond resident Julia LUCAS of 41489 I-55 West Service Rd. LUCAS was arrested and booked on 1 count of Manslaughter for the death of Mr. Jackie Robinson (B/B, 11.25.58) of Loranger, LA.
May 15, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the death of Jackie Robinson. The investigation revealed that during a heated argument between LUCAS and Robinson, LUCAS produced a steak knife and repeatedly began to stab Robinson. Family members immediately drove Robinson to NOMC where he later lost his life as a result of his injuries during surgery.
The suspect, LUCAS, was subsequently arrested and charged with 1 count of Manslaughter. Further investigator revealed that after the suspect left the crime scene, she traveled to her sister’s house on W. Blackberry St. in Ponchatoula. Upon arrival, her sister Henrietta LUCAS (B/F, 7.31.68) provided the suspect a change of cloths and then attempted to alter the investigation by burning the suspects soiled clothing. LUCAS’s sister Henrietta was also arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice.
During the on-going investigation, detectives also learned that Julia LUCAS was involved in an incident prior that same day. While attempting to get the attention of individual, she sprayed Mace into his face and then left the scene. This matter is under investigation by the Hammond Police Department and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming. Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Detective Dale Athmann or Sgt. Gary Baham at 985.902.2088.

Update on Missing Person Leon H. Rachal

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced today that the skeletal remains unearthed from a shallow grave on Thursday May 4, 2011, has been positively identified as 82 year old Leon H. Rachal who formally resided at 39608 Gale Rd. in Ponchatoula, LA.

Previously Rachal was reported missing from his residence on January 22, 2011. Based on evidence collected at the scene, coupled with the recovery of Mr. Rachal’s burned vehicle which was found in a remote location on Hwy 442 (on Jan. 20, 2011), detectives suspected foul play from the onset of the investigation.

Subsequent to investigating, on March 30, 2011, detectives arrested Wesley E. Smith Jr. (DOB 10.6.78) of 11218 Red Bird Lane in Hammond, a former acquaintance of the victim, and charged him with the crime of First Degree Murder. This was approximately five weeks prior to the body of the victim being recovered.

This investigation is still on-going with the possibility of additional arrests forthcoming. Detectives would like anyone having information regarding this investigation to please contact Detective Dale Athmann or Sgt. Gary Baham at 985.902.2088.

Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

JOIN US FOR THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH 2011 LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Hammond, LA – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and local officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Louisiana throughout the area on Friday, May 20. Law Enforcement Officers from various agencies will be participating to bring awareness to Special Olympics Louisiana and the upcoming State Summer Games.

The Tangipahoa leg of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run details:

Date: Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: Begins at 1:00pm
Run Route: Tangipahoa officers will receive the torch from the Livingston officers at the Tangipahoa Parish Line on Hwy 190 W, in front of Hammond State School. Travel down Hwy 190 (E. Thomas St.) and stop at Wal-Mart Parking lot. Then cut across E. Thomas into the Hobby Lobby Parking lot and continue onto W. Church St. Continue east on W. Church St, turn right going south on N. Oak St (caution lights). Then left going east on W. Charles St (Manino's Pharmacy), cross the railroad tracks and end the run at La Carreta's. This should conclude at about 2:30pm and then the final leg will begin at LaCaretta’s at 5:30pm after a break.
Bonus: Light refreshments will be served by WalMart during a short stop in the WalMart parking lot.

Time: Begins at 5:30pm
Run Route: Only Officers designated to carry The Flame of Hope to Opening Ceremonies and light the cauldron will dress in running attire and be the only individuals to run to the stadium from La Carreta. Go right on E. Thomas, right on NW Railroad to Oak St. Then left on Western/Friendship Circle to Strawberry Stadium.

Local agencies participating are: ALL Possible Agencies including the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Police Department, Hammond Probation & Parole and Ponchatoula Police Department.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympics Summer Games. The Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games will be held May 20-22, 2011 on the campus of Southeastern LA University in Hammond. Officers will carry the torch from all points of the state beginning Monday, May 16. Then, they will conduct a ceremonial lighting on the capitol steps the morning of Friday, May 20 and finally the run will culminate at the Opening Ceremonies on the evening of May 20. The final leg of the run will begin at 6:00 pm in Hammond and will end at SLU’s Strawberry Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games. Photo and interview opportunities will be available at the end of the run. For more information about this run, the final leg run, or the 2011 State Summer Games please log onto www.laso.org.

Special Olympics Louisiana’s Law Enforcement Torch Run hosts various fundraising events in all areas of the state year round. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics’ largest annual grass roots fund raising and public awareness campaign. This year the Torch Run is celebrating its 28th year. Over 2,000 officers carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout Louisiana and work year-round conducting other fund raising activities for Special Olympics Louisiana. For more information on the Law Enforcement Torch Run or events in your area, visit www.laso.org.

Sponsors of the event are: Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Walmart ,Valero St. Charles Refinery, Smokin’ Blues and BBQ Challenge, AT&T, LA Wildlife Agents Association, IREM Louisiana – Chapter 55, Paragon Casino and Resort, Louisiana Masons, CLECO, Grand Casino Coushatta, Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police, Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, Treasure Chest Casino, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Interactive E-solutions LLC, and Rotolo’s Pizzeria.

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 13,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org.

DWI CHECKPOINT

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Friday May 13, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the La. State Police will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint in Tangipahoa Parish. The Checkpoint will begin approximately at 9:00 pm.

By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play a vital role in the reduction of crashes and deaths caused by impaired drivers. Sheriff Edwards reminds you that "Buzzed" Driving is still impaired driving and is against the law!

To report impaired drivers please call your local sheriff's office or simply dial 911.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office 985.345.6150.

Crime Stoppers Worthless Check Unit

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Sergeant Vic Ferrara with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Check Unit is looking for the following suspects:

1. Yvette Johnson (B/F, DOB 10.3.66) of 402 White Street in Hammond, LA. JOHNSON is wanted on 5 counts of Failure to Appear Warrants for issuing worthless checks in our parish.
2. Sharday Jackson (B/F, DOB 6.25.86) of 43535 Willevilla Dr. in Hammond, LA. JACKSON is wanted on 1 FTA for 4 counts of Issuing Worthless Checks in our parish.
3. Donte L. Moore (B/M, DOB 11.16.78) of 46434 W. Lee Hughes Rd. in Hammond, LA. MOORE is wanted on 3 Failure to Appear Warrants.
4. Nikita Kent (B/F, DOB 7.29.86) of 1512 Harrell Ave. in Hammond, LA. KENT is wanted on 2 FTA Warrants. 1 count Theft and 1 count Fraud.
5. Ryan Levi (W/M, DOB 8.14.80) of 4800 Mastin Lake Rd. Huntsville, TN. LEVI is wanted on 1 count of Issuing a Worthless Check in a Closed Account in Tangipahoa Parish.
6. Randall Marvin Wallace Jr. (W/M, DOB 12.11.73) of 11534 Ken Dr. in Hammond, LA. WALLACE is wanted on 4 FTA’s on 6 counts of Issuing Worthless Checks.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Sergeant Vic Ferrara at 985.902.2088.


Let\'s Talk Trash Initiative

Let\'s Talk Trash Initiative - MANCHAC - Pictured is the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office removing approximately 18 abandoned boats from the Highway 51 interstate canal in Manchac. These efforts are a part of Sheriff Edward’s “Let’s Talk Trash Initiative”. “These are the boats that you have looked at on our waterways for years.” states Edwards. When traveling on our interstate, the view of these cluttered and abandoned boats is not one we want Tangipahoa Parish to be remembered by. “Not only are these abandoned boats eye sores, they pose a hazard to navigation, they can damage the marine environment by dumping fuel, oil and waste into the water.” he continued.

Local businessman Damon Ellzey stated that he has been waiting all his life for someone to finally address this issue. This is not a one time fix. The Sheriff’s Office Let’s Talk Trash Initiative will continue to address many of theses issues. At this time, we plan to return to the waterway again this week to collect the eight remaining abandoned boats on that canal. Our efforts will be on going.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers - AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on May 4, 2011, the Criminal Investigations Department of the Sheriff’s Office charged Alvin J. Gonzales (DOB 12.31.66) of 1066 Ave. A in Westwego, LA. with Obstruction of Justice regarding the missing person Dina Fout investigation. Detectives believe that GONZALES provided false information regarding his involvement with Fout.
GONZALES is also being held on a Probation and Parole violation. His bond is set at $50,000.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of missing person Dina Fout is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Fatal Crash

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred this morning at approximately 10:00 AM.

A Sanderson Farm’s 2003 International truck out of Laurel, MS. carrying a live load of chickens, failed to see an east bound freight train approaching the railroad crossing at Sanderson Farm’s on HWY 190 in Hammond. The driver drove the truck onto the tracks and was subsequently struck by the train.

The driver, Randall Choate (DOB 9.28.1953) of 2086 Hwy 44 East in McComb, MS was pronounced dead on the scene.

ARREST

ARREST - HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on May 1, 2011, at approximately 1:30 AM, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 43563 Robinson Rd. in reference to aggravated second degree battery. While enroute, deputies were advised that the suspect, Brandon Johnson (25), was in a physical altercation with the complainant when he attempted to subject with a knife.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim and suspect were traveling to the Robinson Rd. residence when JOHNSON became irate and violent. At one point, JOHNSON exited the vehicle and began to beat the victim with a closed fist. JOHNSON continued his rage by breaking all of the windows on the vehicle. JOHNSON was also in possession of a knife during this altercation. JOHNSON then fled on foot leaving the victim in the vehicle.
At this time, Deputy Adam Pailet with K9 Deuce arrived on the scene to aid in search of the suspect. Within moments of the search, TPSO K9 Deuce tracked JOHNSON underneath the deck of a residence on Robinson Rd. JOHNSON was given several loud verbal commands to show himself. JOHNSON refused to comply. Deputy Pailet deployed K9 Deuce to apprehend the suspect. Once the suspect was safely detained, he began to violently resist deputies.
Once the suspect was under control, he was transported to the parish jail and properly booked and charged with, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Felony Criminal Damage to Property and 3 counts of Resisting Arrest by Force or Violence.

ARREST

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrest:
On Sunday, May 01, 2011, Sergeant Matthew Schliegelmeyer and Deputy William Phebus encountered two subjects engaged in a physical altercation on Cate Street in Hammond. Deputies intervened and attempted to break the subjects. One of the subjects identified as 20 year old Garrett Reid of 63 Walker Lane in Hammond, became violently aggressive with deputies and completely uncontrollable.
REID sustained a nose and lip injury as a result of the initial incident. While attempting to detain REID, he began spitting and blowing blood on deputies. REID continued to do this numerous times. REID began resisting deputies by screaming obscenities and violently kicking in an attempt to pull way. REID was so aggressive that one burst of Freeze Plus Spray did not even effect his behavior.
After REID was detained and in custody, he began to forcefully strike his head against the windows of the patrol unit.
Subsequent to this incident, REID was eventually transported to the Parish Jail where he continued to resist deputies and jailors. It was also learned that REID has an outstanding warrant.
REID was charged with the following offenses.
(1) count of 14:103, Disturbing the Peace by Fighting
(6) counts of 14:34.2, Battery on an Officer
(2) counts of 14:38, Simple Assault
(1) count 27/14:110, Attempted Simple Escape
(1) count 27/14:56, Attempted Criminal Damage
(2) counts of 14:122, Public Intimidation
(1) count of 14:404,Self Mutilation by a Prisoner
(1) count FTA Misdemeanor Arraignment


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