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ARREST

ARREST - Village of Tangipahoa - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Jeremy Coleman (b/m), 30 of 12555 Center St. in Tangipahoa. COLEMAN was arrested after TPSO and Tri-
Parish Narcotics agents executed a search warrant at COLEMANS's residence. During the investigation, agents discovered marijuana, prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

COLEMAN was arrested and charged with Distribution of Marijuana, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Sch. I and II Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Dangerous Substance and Resisting Arrest.

CRIME STOPPERS

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following information.

The Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a dearh which occurred June 27, 2011, on Durbin Rd extension. 35 yr old Robert Kelly was found deceased inside his residence at approximately 1:39 pm. This is the only information that will be released regarding this investigation at this time.

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone who may have knowledge of this incident to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or TPSO Detective Mike Moore at 985.748.3336.

Media Release

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that nation wide citizens have delegated more and more of their individual responsibility for self protection rather than to law enforcement agencies. As a result, fewer citizens now recognize their responsibility to take an active role in crime prevention and apprehension of criminals.
We make more and more arrests each year, however criminal activities continue to rise. Here in our parish, homeowners are being victimized every day at an ever-increasing rate. No one is immune. The time has come when citizens can no longer leave their responsibility for crime prevention to others. Burglary is a crime of opportunity, committed by criminals who capitalize on carelessness or neglect. Most home burglaries are not committed by professionals who have planned to commit a burglary; most are committed by amateurs, who find an open or unlocked door or window, or drug abusers that take advantage of a home's week defenses.
To combat the increase in crime in today's world, law enforcement needs the eyes and ears of citizens like you. "To help us protect your property from criminals you must get involved." states Edwards.
No home can ever be completely protected. All of the locks, bars, lights and alarms cannot guarantee total protection. You cannot make yourself crime proof, but you can be crime resistant crime resistant. The first step is education and awareness.
Many burglaries have taken place right place right before our eyes. In the past few weeks here in Tangipahoa Parish, several burglaries occurred where witnesses were present and could not provide vital information regarding the crime that had taken place. If such and incident would happen to you, it is imperative that you pay attention to specific details. The vehicle description, make, model, color, identifying marks and license plate information is extremely helpful when identifying suspects. Also personal characters of the suspect(s) height, weight, gender, race, hair color, and clothing are key components in investigative operations.
Sheriff Edwards encourages you to report any and all suspicious activity in your neighborhoods. If you notice suspicious activity and don’t feel that you should call report the incident, write the information such as the date and time and a small description of what took place. This information may become valuable if a criminal act did take place.
A proactive approach would also be establishing a Neighborhood Watch Program. This program ensures that your neighbors are aware and are observing closely in all activities taking place in your neighborhood. To learn more about Neighborhood Watch, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at 985.345.6150 at Detective Nick Vinterella.

Crime Stoppers

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding two incidents which occurred in the early morning hours of June 23, 2011.
On 06-23-11, Deputy Ray Hayes responded to Esterbrook Acres in reference to complaint of property damage. It was observed that two pick-up trucks drove onto the complaints property and began to ride recklessly, destroying the homeowner’s yard.
It may also be possible that these same two vehicles repeated this act on Ponchatoula High School’s property.
Anyone having information regarding these two incidents is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985.902.2088.

Crime Stoppers

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following information:
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding numerous thefts of AC units taking place in the Yorkshire Trailer Park located at 43200 Baham Lane in Hammond.
The owners of the trailer park are offering an additional cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for these thefts.
Anyone having information is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Arrest

Arrest - KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Isiah Taplin, 26 of McComb, MS on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. While attempting to initiate a traffic stop on TAPLIN’s vehicle, he continued traveling in a forward direction and appeared to be trying to locate something in his vehicle as he pressed on. When TAPLIN finally brought his beige Infinity to a stop, deputies immediately made contact. As deputies spoke to TAPLIN, a strong odor of marijuana was emanating from his vehicle. When deputies advised TAPLIN to exit the vehicle, deputies observed what appeared to be a cluster of marijuana in TAPLINS hand. As deputy attempted to detain TAPLIN, he resisted. During the struggle, TAPLIN placed the cluster of suspected in his mouth. After a brief struggle, TAPLIN spit the marijuana out of his mouth onto the ground. At this time TAPLIN was arrested and charged with No Seat-belt, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice and Resisting an Officer.

Arrest

INDEPENDENCE - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two subjects responsible for the death and illegal disposal of an animal.
On Sunday evening June 12th, 2011, Deputy Corey Michelli was contacted by the Tangi Humane Society and advised that through his investigations, he learned that a horse became extremely dehydrated on a trail ride and was later left on the side of the road for dead.
Immediately Deputy Michelli began an investigation which revealed that Derrick, he advised that Derrick Couch (34), Mike Tanner (50), and two other subjects were horse back riding in St. Helena Parish on June 11, 2011, when one of their horses became dehydrated and developed a cramp in its leg. The above stated subjects then headed back to the truck where the horse was placed inside the horse trailer. On the ride back to one of the subject’s residences, the horse must have fallen down and was trampled on by several other horses resulting in the broken neck of the ill horse. Upon learning of the horse’s death, the subjects then pulled over on the side of the road of S. Cason Rd. , tied the dead horse to a tree and left the scene.
Subsequently, it was learned that TANNER and COUCH were the one’s who actually tied the deceased horse to the tree and fled. COUCH of 14141 Raven J. White Rd. in Independence and TANNER of 14131 Stevens Rd. in Independence were both arrested and charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on June 22, 2011, deputies arrested Jonathan Johnson, 19 of Quick Blvd. on charges of theft. Deputy Mike Dean Jr. responded to 13016 Quick Blvd in reference to the incident. Upon arrival, deputy learned that JOHNSON stole a cell phone and charger from a neighbor. As deputies placed JOHNSON into custody, they located several while oval pills and suspected marijuana in his pockets. It was also learned that JOHNSON had two outstanding warrants out for his arrest. At this time, JOHNSON was charged with Felony Theft, Possession of Marijuana and two outstanding warrants.

Media Release

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that several inmates the Tangipahoa Parish Jail are showing initiative by completing their GED program while incarcerated. The hope is that these individuals put their diplomas to uses once being released back into society.
In June of 2011, four TPSO inmates received their general equivalency degree. This experience creates positive energy among these inmates, especially given their circumstances. Having a GED also increases their chances of getting a job once they return to the community.

At the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, classes are offered twice per week and are taught by Ms. Juanita Boehm. “The men and women attending these classes recognize the value of an education.” states Edwards. The GED program has five categories of instruction, writing, social studies, science and math. Studies claim that inmates who participate in educational programs are less likely to recidivate once released back into the community as compared to inmates who did not participate in these types of programs. The theory is that these programs teach the basic skills needed to help them adapt to life and find employment once they are released.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 21 year old Justin Guathreaux of 52053 Golden Meadows in Hammond, LA on charges of Felony Theft. On June 19, 2011, deputies responded to a residence on Snowball Circle in reference to a report of theft. It was learned that suspect, Justin GAUTHREAUX, a Direct TV Technician, was performing a service at the stated residence when the homeowner walked into their bed room and observed GAUTHREAUX going through their personal belongings. When the homeowner advised GAUTHREAUX to empty his pockets, he complied by displaying several pieces of the homeowners’ wife’s jewelry. GAUTHREAUX then stated that he had a prescription drug addiction and needed money. As a result of the investigation, GAUTHREAUX was arrested and charged with Felony Theft.

Arrest

Arrest - TANGIPAHOA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Perdo Varnado, 23 of 70215 N. Rainey St. in Tangipahoa for running into a local establishment with an assault riffle as a result of what he felt to be bad service.

On June 18, 2011, TPSO deputies observed a black male, later identified as Pedro Varnado, hastily enter a night club with a black assault rifle. While in pursuit of the subject, deputies observed the male point the muzzle of the weapon at the crowd of people inside. At this time, a bouncer tackled the suspect to the ground and the suspects weapon was secured. During the struggle, VARNADO became aggressively violent refusing to cooperate with deputies. Once detained, VARNADO continued to behave violently kicking and banging his head against the patrol unit.

As a result of the investigation, it was learned that VARNADO was unhappy with an employee of the establishment and began making threatening comments toward that individual. VARNADO left the bar only later to re-enter the establishment with an assault riffle.

VARNADO was charged with Aggravated Assault, 3 counts of Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Firearm at an Alcoholic Beverage Outlet.

Let's Talk TRASH

Let's Talk TRASH - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office Lets Talk Trash initiative still remains active. On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, deputies and trustee work crews once again swept through our parish collecting illegal signs from the right of ways.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue in its efforts to keep Tangi Safe and Clean!

News Release

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department is investigating a drowning which occurred on June 15, 2011, at Carpenter's Landing at approximately 8:30 PM.

It was reported that a black male was seen walking on the sandbar with friends when he suddenly slipped and fell into the water. Observers stated that the subject began to panic. At this time, numerous by-standers jumped in the water in attempts to save the victim, however were unsuccessful in their efforts.

The TPSO Water Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and began a water search for the subject who was later identified as 24 year old Anthony Quinn from Magnolia Ms. Acadian Ambulance Services and the Hammond Fire Department Rescue Team also arrived aided in search. At approximately 11:01 PM, LT Jim Richardson with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office recovered the body of the 24 year old victim.

Sheriff Edwards advises, "Never go the river alone and never be adventurous near a river without swimming skills or without a safety flotation device. River currents, like weather, are unpredictable. When a river current carries you, if possible, you should roll over onto your back and with feet first do go downstream. You will never know what a river can do to you, especially if you are unable to swim.”

Deputies catch thief in the act!

Deputies catch thief in the act! - PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 61 year old Ponchatoula resident Joe White of 545 North Railroad Ave. WHITE was arrested and charged with burglary.
At approximately 2:50 AM on June 15, 2011, deputies responded to the First True Love Word Outreach Ministry on South Range Rd. regarding a burglary in process. Upon arrival, deputies observed a rear door of the building ajar. As deputies made entry into the building they could hear noises coming form the pulpit area. Upon further investigation, deputies soon located suspect Joe WHITE. WHITE was taken into custody. WHITE admitted to breaking into the church with the intentions of burglarizing the building.
WHITE was subsequently charged with Burglary of a Religious Building.

Arrest

Arrest - ROBERT – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Landon Clark, 19 of 45145 Obee Stevens Rd. in Robert on June 6, 2011.
At approximately 10:45 pm, deputies responded to 45141 Obee Stevens Rd. in reference to a disturbance. It was learned that the suspect, Brian Blackwell, 18 of 15141 Obee Stevens Rd. fled on foot to a near by residence. Deputies responded to that address in search of the suspect. At this time, deputies made contact Landon CLARK. Deputies asked CLARK of they could enter the residence to look for the fleeing suspect. CLARK responded, “I’d rather you not because I have some weed in the house”. After giving verbal consent to search, deputies searched the residence and located five large marijuana plants growing in a closet in the residence.
After clearing the residence and not locating the original suspect, deputies placed CLARK into custody and charged him with Manufacturing/ Cultivation of Marijuana. CLARK also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Media Release

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Daniel Edwards presented the 2010-2011 Scholarship Winners with their Awards today.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has established and maintains an active DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM (D.A.R.E.). This program focuses on a pro-active approach of educating kids about the Physical, Healthy & Social consequences of using Drugs. The program also supports students with the life skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol. The curriculum of this program focuses on techniques of peer pressure resistance, self management skills, self concept improvement and value decisions concerning respect for the law and personal safety.

Through the D.A.R.E. program we are able to enter the classrooms 5th grade student in our community and facilitate to them information to help them make healthy and smart life choices. We are also able to continue the pro-active approach to drug education with advance information and classes that make a lasting impact in their lives. We are both pleased and proud to scholarships through the DARE program to graduating seniors who have successfully completed the DARE program.

This year our DARE Scholarship winners are:

Ms. Desmonique L. Robertson of Kentwood, LA, Ms. Jalexia Brown of Amite, LA and Mr. Kyle Bracey of Roseland, LA. These well-deserving students each received $2,500.00 to use toward their future educational plan.

Mr. Hunter Waddell of Ponchatoula, LA was named the recipient of the Honorary Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program.

Every one of these seniors was chosen as recipients because of their academic performance, achievements and a high level participation in school activities. “I am proud to present these awards.” states Edwards. “I know that each one of these students has worked extremely hard to achieve this status. I am truly honored to be a part of and a contributor in their future journey.” …Sheriff Edwards

Operation Summertime Blues

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Coordinates "Operation Summertime Blues” Sex Offender Round - Up and Compliance Checks
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
In the early morning hours of June 1, 2011, many convicted sex offenders in Tangipahoa Parish were awakened by the sound of law enforcement officers at their door. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards lead the effort consisting of forty-five (45) law enforcement officers who were tasked with conducting compliance checks on area sex offenders and serving arrest warrants on individuals identified as non compliant sex offenders.
Officers were divided into teams and each team worked a specific area in Tangipahoa Parish. Officers possessed arrest warrants on fifteen (15) non compliant sex offenders, of which four (4) were located and arrested. Additionally, officers performed compliance checks at seventy-six (76) area sex offender's residences.
"Our goal in conducting these types of operations is to send a message to area convicted sex offenders that compliance with sex offender registration laws is expected and required. We are seeing an increase in the amount of compliant sex offenders, which indicates that our message is being heard." ----Sheriff Daniel Edwards
Agencies participating in "Operation Summertime Blues" included: the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, the United States Marshal's Service, the Louisiana State Police and
Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Those arrested include:
John Mudave Ndanyi, 47100 Greco Road, Hammond, LA; Black / Male, DOB 5/3/60
David L. Burton, 12245 Center St., Roseland, LA; Black / Male, DOB: 1/13/89
Ricky Hill, Highway 190, Hammond LA; White / Male, DOB: 8/26/78
Shaff Carter, 21186 State Line Road; Black / Male, DOB: 2/27/76
Lionell Bryant, 107 E David Dr Hammond La; B/M / 02/13/1963
"Convicted sex offenders are required to perform registration obligations which includes providing accurate personal information to the public. Sex offenders who refuse to comply with these obligations are a threat to public safety and are subject to arrest and prosecution. "Operation Summertime Blues" is our latest attempt to insure that Tangipahoa Parish families have the information about convicted sex offenders that they need to keep safe, and that sex offenders who refuse to comply are brought to justice." ----- Sheriff Daniel Edwards

DWI CHECKPOINT


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Friday June 3, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an Impaired Driver 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.

DWI CHECKPOINT


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Friday June 3, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an Impaired Driver 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.


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