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Burglary Arrest

Burglary Arrest - BEDICO – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the arrest of two notorious burglary suspects.

On August 27, 2011 at approximately 5:51 am, while on patrol in the Village of Bocage sub division, Deputy John Eady observed a grey and blue colored ford truck on the far side of the road. Due to the darkness, Deputy Eady could not see anyone in the vehicle. Deputy Eady then observed a white male dressed in military style camouflage fatigues, walking from the driveway at the end of Bornel Court. The person was walking with his right hand behind his right leg as if to hide something and trying not to look at Deputy Eady.

The subject then turned slightly to the point Deputy Eady could see the wooden club behind his leg. At this time, Deputy Eady gave loud verbal commands for the subject to get on the ground. The person immediately turned toward the truck as he dropped the club and began yelling as he started to run, jumped in the vehicle screaming “Devin, GO, GO, GO”. Deputy Eady then engaged in pursuit of the vehicle as it traveled away at a high rate of speed. Shortly after, the suspect vehicle left the roadway in a violent crash through a ditch causing the truck to go airborne before landing and throwing fresh dirt everywhere. The vehicle proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed from Deputy Eady.

Now turning on to Highway 22, Deputy Eady observed the vehicle to be speeding in the opposing traffic lane with no vehicle lighting on. Deputy Eady now in full intercept pursuit, turned the multi positional spot light on and illuminated the fleeing suspect vehicle. As Deputy Eady was now at speeds more double the speed limit, he began to over taking the suspect vehicle at a rapid pace. The suspect vehicle soon came to an abrupt stop with one of the suspects exiting the vehicle fleeing on foot.

At this point Deputy Eady drew his duty weapon and began a felony arrest of the driver still in the vehicle. Deputy Eady ordered the suspect to the ground. After complying with the verbal commands and going to the ground, the suspect was placed in custody. The suspect was then identified as Devin Cannon (34 of 4513 Chateau Dr. Metairie, La).

All additional units were in pursuit of the fleeing subject. The TPSO received assistance from Ponchatoula K9 Officer David Williams. Officer Williams deployed his K9 into the wooded area where the suspect was last seen. While tracking, deputies received information that a man in camouflage clothing was attempting to gain a on Traino Rd. Deputies responded to the area ad observed the suspect in the back of a pick up truck. The suspect then fled from the pick-up truck on foot away from deputies. To his dismay, he was apprehended by Officer William’s K9 and taken in to custody. This suspect was later identified as Brandon Simoneaux (22 of 42129 Greg Dr., Hammond, LA).

During the investigation, it was discovered that CANNON and SIMONEAUX are responsible for over 10 vehicle burglary in the Bedico area. A large amount of stolen property was recovered from this investigation. Both subjects were subsequently charged with 10 counts of burglary, criminal trespass, attempted burglary of a vehicle and resisting arrest. Additional charges are pending.

Great work Deputy John Eady!!!

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:

Ronda McMillan of 105 N. Scanlan Dt. Hammond, LA is wanted on 1 count of issuing a worthless check to a local business in our parish.

Tamera T. Banks of 10075 Magnolia St., Hammond, LA is wanted on 1 count of issuing a worthless check to a local business in our parish.

Yakaisha C. Braziel of 11410 Coleman Rd. in Hammond, LA is wanted by the TPSO on 4 counts of issuing worthless checks to local businesses.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these suspects is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

TPSO Detectives Department (985) 902.2088.

Crime Stoppers

TICKFAW – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edward is requesting your assistance in gathering information regarding an incident which occurred on August 22, 2011, at a residence on Sibley Dr. in Tickfaw.

On August 22nd, residents of the Sibley Rd. residence arrived home to find that their house had been burglarized. It is believed that the offender(s) may have purposely forced entry into the residence with the specific intentions of stealing the homeowner’s English Bulldog.

The two year old English Bulldog was the only thing reported to be missing from the residence.

Anyone having knowledge of this incident or anyone who may have information of the whereabouts of the “Meg” (the English Bulldog) is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

TPSO News Release

TPSO News Release - For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Class of 2011, graduated last night after six of months of intensive training to become a Reserve Deputy.
Eighteen (18) Reserve Deputies graduated last night from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Academy. The ceremony was held at 7:00 in the evening at the Ponchatoula High School Auditorium.
“We are pleased to receive these dedicated officers into the ranks of Law Enforcement. They are to be commended for their efforts to serve our community by working and volunteering their time as deputies.” said Sheriff Edwards.
To become a Reserve Deputy each volunteer must complete 360 hours of rigorous law enforcement training and contribute at least 25 hours per month serving the community. Last year alone, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit contributed to over 16,000 hours of community service in our parish.
Besides the ten (10) Reserve Deputies from the TPSO, eight (8) graduated from neighboring law enforcement agencies. Five (5) from the Ponchatoula Police Department, two (2) from St. Helena, and one (1) from the Independence Police Department.
For the past 6 months, the Reserve Deputies and other officers have been part of a rigorous training course which included firearms training, physical agility, real life scenario situations including traffic stop, building entries, and law enforcement policies and procedures.
Pictured is Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Training Instructor Wilson Gatlin presenting Reserve Class President and Academic Award winner Deputy Tyra Smith Sharkey.

9-11 Memorial

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that on September 9, 2011, at 8:30 AM, almost ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, and after almost a decade of healing, our community will come together to honor the extraordinary heroism, commitment and sacrifice of the 9-11 victims, rescuers and their family members.
This event will take place at Reimers Field in Hammond, LA.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Fire and Police Departments and Acadian Ambulance Services welcome all members of our community to attend.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers - HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Unit of the sheriff’s office is looking for wanted suspect Courtney MCGEE (B/M, 9.28.80) of last known address 13220 Ballpark Rd. in Amite.
After an ongoing investigation, warrants were issued for MCGEE’s arrest on two counts of Aggravated Rape for incidences which were reported to the TPSO in July of 2011. MCGEE has an extensive criminal history.
Anyone having information of MCGEE”s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Arrest

INDEPENDECE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of three burglary suspects caught in the act of stealing of scrap metal from a building in Independence, LA.
On Monday August 22, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that three black males were being observed inside of a gated building on S. Fontana Rd. allegedly stealing scrap metal. Detective Tom Wheeler was the first to arrive at the scene and observed a blue S 10 Pick Up truck. He also observed Ulyss Powell (B/M, DOB 9.16.65, 409 Hardin Dr. Hammond) standing at the gate being handed the stolen property from Moyenda Stirgus (B/M, DOB 5.23.77, 51102 Bonfiglio Lane, Tickfaw ) and Eric Marshall (B/M, DOB 9.21.90, 103 N. Scanlan, Hammond). As back up arrived, deputies observed the trio flee the scene in the blue pick up.
Deputies then stopped the vehicle and apprehended Ulyss Powell. The two additional suspects fled from the vehicle and were apprehended shortly after. Deputies were able to recover all of the property stolen from the S. Fontana property.
All 3 suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary.

Suspect Killed

Suspect Killed - HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the death of aggravated burglary suspect, 41 year old Antoine Addison of 95 Driftwood Lane in Amite, LA.

On August 21, 2011, numerous deputies responded to 12423 Old Baton Rouge Highway in reference to an aggravated burglary in progress. Upon investigation, detectives leaned that the suspect later identified as ADDISON, while masked, hooded and wearing gloves, arrived at the stated residence and began to damage the exterior of the mobile home and a parked vehicle by smashing windows while armed with a crowbar. ADDISON then forced his way into the residence and attacked a male occupant with the crowbar while at one point, arming himself with a knife and attempting to stab the victim.

During this time, a female who was also occupying the residence, ran into the kitchen and armed herself with a large kitchen knife in defense of the victim. She then repeatedly stabbed the attacker forcing him to retreat and flee from the residence. The suspect ran behind the residence and collapsed succumbing to his injuries.

The investigation also led detectives to a female subject identified as 45 year old Odell Pratt of 55515 Mandella Lane in Independence. PRATT allegedly drove ADDISON the Old Baton Rouge Highway residence with the full knowledge of his intent of committing the crime. During the ride to the residence, ADDISON concealed his identity by putting on the mask, hood and gloves.

Odell Pratt was charged with Principle to Aggravated Burglary and Principle to Attempted First Degree Murder.

The investigation determined that the victim and suspect were related, however the victim was unaware of the suspects identity because his face was covered with a dark pullover mask.

TPSO Arrests

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two burglary suspects.

On August 22, 2011, Sgt. Dustin McDonald was assisting at Jay's II in Fluker, LA, when he observed a black male subject being called “BILBO”. Knowing that the Criminal Investigations Division has been looking for a Dameon Booth, aka "BILBO", Sgt. McDonald approached the subject and conducted a field interview. Upon confirming the subject’s identity, Dameon was taken into custody on the following outstanding warrants: Unauthorized Entry to Inhabited Dwelling, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and an FTA for Felony arraignment for Burglary.

Upon taking Dameon BOOTH into custody, Sgt. McDonald was approached by another black male who identified himself as 23 year old Joseph Booth, Dameon’s cousin. Sgt. McDonald again having knowledge that the Criminal Investigations Division was trying to locate Dameon's cousin for the same charges as listed above, Sgt. McDonald verified the warrants through dispatch, confirmed that they were active and placed him into custody.

Great work Sgt. McDonald!

Dameon Booth, 24 yoa
Tiger Ave.
Independence, LA

Joseph Booth, 23 yoa
58349 Magnolia Ave.
Amite, LA.

Wanted Suspect

Wanted Suspect - PONCHATOULA– Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigation Unit issued a warrant for the arrest of Timothy Berry, 29 of 1010 Varnado Rd. BERRY is wanted for an armed robbery which occurred on August 17, 2011, on Range Rd. in Ponchatoula. BERRY was said to have fled the scene driving a grey Chevy Impala.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of BERRY is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

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:

Kentiesha Kimble, (B/F, DOB 5.2.90), of 136 Trappers Rd. of Independence, LA is wanted on 3 counts of issuing worthless checks to a local business in Tangipahoa Parish.

Joseph Crawford, of 19139 Robert Road in Hammond, LA is wanted on the charge of issuing a worthless check to a local business in Tangipahoa Parish.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these two subjects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.524.5545.

Sex Offender Arrested

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Michael Allen Mull, (W/M, DOB 10.19.71) of 44451 Katie B. Lane. in Robert, LA. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit executed an arrest warrant on MULL for failing to register as a sex offender.
MULL is currently being held in the parish jail.

Missing Person

Missing Person  - HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the your assistance in locating missing person Andrew Griffin Jr.. Griffin is a 37 year old black male approximately 5'11 tall and 180 pounds. Griffin’s last know address was on MC Moore Rd. in Hammond, LA.

Griffin was last seen upon his release from the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on August 8, 2011.

Anyone knowing he whereabouts of Andrew Griffin Jr. is asked to contact Detective Dale Athmann at 985.902.2088.

Job Opportunity

TPSO is looking for an experienced Water Patrol Deputy. Candidates must have at least 5 years experience & be POST Certified. Must be familiar with boats & how they function, and must have excellent swimming skills. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends holidays, and callouts. Please apply in person at our Amite or Hammond location by Friday 08/19/11 by 4pm. Any questions call 985-902-2063

Missing Person

PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in locating 27 year old Kristie Woods with a last known address of 20395 Esterbrook Rd.

Kristie was last seen or heard from approximately two weeks ago. This behavior is not typical of Kristie.

Kristie is a W/F, about 5'5' tall, approximately 135 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. Kristie has a tattoo of her name on one of her legs and stars tattooed on her feet.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Kristie Woods is asked to please contact Detective Dale Athmann at 985.902.2088.

Arrest

Arrest - PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Leo Dickens, 35 of 20061 Dunson Park Ave. in Ponchatoula, LA. DICKENS was arrested and charged with Burglary, Careless Operation of A Vehicle, Convicted Felon being in Possession of a Fire Arm and Possession of a Fire Arm with an Obliterated Serial Number. DICKENS is currently on probation for the convictions of Attempted Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery. Due to the nature of DICKENS’s extensive criminal history, Sheriff Edwards is asking the District Attorney’s Office to bill him as a Habitual Offender which could enhance his sentence and possible result in life in prison.

On Tuesday August 10, 2011, a resident on South Range Rd. in Ponchatoula walked into his living room to find DICKENS standing there with his TV and Playstaion in his hands. Upon confronting DICKENS, he fled the residence in an unknown direction in a gold Chevy Impala. Upon receiving this information through Communications, Sgt. Schliegelmeyer observed the suspect vehicle driving erratically on Barringer Rd. and almost striking his patrol unit. Schliegelmeyer immediately engaged in purist of the suspect vehicle and was able to apprehend DICKENS without further incident. During the purist, Sgt. Schliegelmeyer observed a black object being thrown from the suspect vehicle. The item was later recovered and identified as a Walters CP99 BB Pistol.

Subsequently, DICKENS was transported to the parish jail and properly booked. A hold has been placed on DICKENS by Probation and Parole.


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