TPSO News (Archived): Sep 1, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011 [Archive]
NATALBANY- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the follow arrest for prostitution.
On the morning hours of Friday September 30, 2011, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies operating in an undercover capacity near LA Hwy 1064 and North Oak Street were approached by DIANA FONSECA 06/16/1968, residing at 50331 HWY 51 TICKFAW, LA. During the course of the undercover operation FORSECA agreed to monetary payment for sexual acts.
FONSECA was subsequently arrested and charged with Felony Prostitution. FONSECA has 17 prior arrests for Prostitution.
NATALBANY - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following early morning arrest of women loitering near the roadway in reported prostitution areas:
On Thursday September 29, 2011, at approximately midnight, sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the Natalbany area in response to possible prostitution. Deputy William Phebus observed female walking in the highway and conducted a stop. During the roadside investigation ANGIE WILINSON provided Deputy Phebus with a false name. WILKERSON advised she had proof of identification at the residence she was staying at. Deputies continuing the investigation received a written consent to search the premises and located (7) Crack Cocaine pipes along with WILINSON’s proper State Issued identification. It was further discovered that WILINSON had active warrants under an alias. WILINSON was booked at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail:
14141 Sawmill Rd.
2 counts FTA Misdemeanor Arrangement
1 count Resisting an Officer
1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that while Deputy William Phebus was patrolling on US HWY 190 near South Baptist when he observed what appeared to be an intoxicated female on the shoulder of the roadway. Turning around to check the welfare of the woman, she started to cross the roadway almost being struck by an oncoming vehicle. During the roadside interview the woman provided Deputy Phebus with a false name, while he was investigating this fictitious name the female fled on foot through religious places of worship. Assisting deputies converged on the area and DIANA PATTERSON was subsequently located in a thick thorn brush area behind the church.
Deputies conducted a search of the church ground PATTERSON fled across subsequently locating a Crack Cocaine pipe in a corridor between the temple and church offices. PATTERSON was arrested and booked at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail:
Dina Patterson, 45
15307 W. Hoffman Rd.
1 count Resisting an Officer
1 count Resisting and Officer by Flight
1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department is looking for wanted suspect Daniel Fremin, 38 year old white male, of 23328 Shady Lane in Kentwood. FREMIN is wanted for Aggravated Assault with a firearm after an incident on Saturday, July 09, 2011, became violent.
On July 9, 2011, FREMIN and several other subjects arrived at a residence on Will Holton Rd, in Kentwood and began to threaten the residents. Once the homeowner stated that he was calling the sheriff’s office, FREMIN fired a shot from a handgun which entered the residence from the kitchen wall and lodged in the ceiling.
FREMIN then fled the scene in a dark colored 4-wheel drive pick-up truck.
FREMIN is also wanted for questioning in an incident which occurred on Sunday September 25, 2011, which also took place in the Kentwood area. On Monday September 26, 2011, detectives attempted to make contact with FREMIN at his place of employment in Amite, LA, however when FREMIN learned of the detectives presence, he fled on foot from the location.
Anyone having information regarding FREMIN’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.55405245. Detective Raymond Foster Jr. in the lead detective on this case.
I currently do not have a picture of FREMIN. I will send of I am able to obtain one.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 44 year old Webster Gillard of 13149 HWY 190 in Hammond. GILLARD was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Battery and 2 counts of Aggravated Assault.
These charges resulted after GILLARD violently assaulted another subject several times in one day. GILLARD’s threats were made while armed with both a firearm and a knife at some point during the incident.
On September 27, 2011, GILLARD was charged and taken into custody without incident.
NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that an early morning arrest leads to the recovery of approximately $10,000 worth of stolen property.
At approximately 5 am on September 27, 2011, deputies arrested Eric J. Washington, 22 of 13255 Velma rd. after going on a burglary spree in the Natalbany area. Deputies received information that Washington was observed taking items out a vehicle on Charleton Dr. and then placing them a grey Ford Expedition. WASHINGTON was then observed riding around the area at a slow rate of speed.
Due to TPSO units already patrolling the area, deputies made contact with WASHINGTON within minutes. As a result of the roadside investigation, WASHINGTON stated that he burglarizes at least 5 vehicles and had property in his vehicle. Subsequent to WASHINGTON’s arrest, deputies located at least $10,000 worth of stolen property ranging from car audio equipment, currently, musical instruments and miscellaneous electronics.
WASHINGTON was charged with 5 counts of Simple Burglary and for 2 Outstanding Traffic Warrants.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of September 30, 2010, Deputy Albert Sharp was advised that a green Ford Expedition occupied by a white female was reported stolen from a residence on Old Baton Rouge Hwy. While patrolling, Deputy Sharp observed a vehicle matching the description traveling west on Old Baton Rouge Hwy.
Deputy Sharp confirmed the vehicle in sight was the suspect vehicle reported stolen and shined his lights upon the SUV. Upon doing so, a white female, later identified as ROBIN FASSLER, 32 of Macedonia Rd. in Hammond, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Ignoring Sharp’s loud verbal commands to stop, she continued to flee. Deputy Sharp then deployed TPSO K9 Titan. Titan then apprehend FASSLER and she was taken into custody without further incident.
Subsequent to FASSLER’s arrest, a search of the vehicle was executed. During the search, deputies located property which was reported to stolen form a vehicle on Kraft Lane.
FASSLER was arrested and charged with Vehicle Burglary, Auto Theft, Resisting Arrest and Attempting to Harm a Police Dog.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On Thursday September 22, 2011, sheriff’s deputies arrested 2 in connection with a vehicle burglary which occurred on Blanche Lane in Hammond.
Deputy Marcus McMillian responded to Blanche Lane at approximately 7:00 PM regarding the burglary. Enroute, McMillan was stopped by one of the complaints who advised that suspects were traveling in a vehicle which just past Deputy McMillan. McMillan engaged behind the suspect vehicle. He observed the suspect vehicle was driving erratically. At one point, the suspect vehicle struck a green Mustang and continued traveling to elude Deputy McMillan. While attempting to initiate a traffic, the driver proceeded to accelerate at a high rate of speed while traveling on Robinson Rd. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle lost control and slid into the bushes on Rogers Rd.
McMillan observed one subject flee on foot into a wooded area. The subject was apprehended and identified as 34 year old Robert Anderson Jr. of Wardline Rd. Deputy McMillian along with ANDERSON, returned to the original scene where Anderson and one other subject allegedly burglarized a vehicle. McMillan obtained the name of the other suspect and made contact. At this time, 21 year old Nadia MCKENNEY of 47096 Blanche Lane provided Deputy McMillan with the information related to the burglary and led him to the stolen property which was located in her bedroom.
MCKENNEY returned the property to Deputy McMillian. Subsequent to MCKENNEY’s arrest, Deputy McMillan found MCKENNEY to be in possession of illegal prescription narcotics, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. During the investigation, Deputy McMillan learned that a male subject identified as 19 year old Shawn Landry of Blanche Rd. was enroute to McKinney’s residence to make an illegal narcotics transaction. Upon LANDRY’s arrival, he gave permission for deputies to search his vehicle. Upon doing so, deputies located a white rock like substance believed to be Crack Cocaine. LANDRY was then also taken to custody.
Charges: Resisting Arrest by Flight, Driving Under Suspension, Principle to a Felony, Hit and Run, No Seat Belt, and 1 Failure to Appear Warrant.
Charges: Burglary, Possession of CDS I and CDS IV, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1 Failure to Appear Warrant.
Charges: Possession of CDS IV, Speeding, No Driver’s License and a Child Restraint Violation.
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September 17, 2011, Detective Rick Reynolds arrested Leroy Wells (W/M 06/29/1976) for violation of 1 count Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Detective Reynolds was investigating a complaint regarding a non-registered Sex Offender living in Tangipahoa Parish. During the investigation, Detective Reynolds learned of Wells’s whereabouts and responded to the location.
Upon arriving at a residence located at 18281 Gordon Dr. In Kentwood, LA, Reynolds made contact with Wells and placed in him into custody without incident.
PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September, 17, 2011, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted to assist Ponchatoula P.D. in locating a fleeing suspect in possession of a handgun. It was advised that the suspect fired the weapon in a yard on N. 11th Street. Upon officer’s arrival, it was reported that the suspect attempted to pull something out of his pocket as he fled on foot. With many children in the area, Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and TPSO K9 Diego were notified and arrived at the scene to provide assistance in locating the suspect and the weapon.
Upon arrival, Sgt. Ferrand deployed K9 Diego and began an article search for the weapon. During the area search near an abandoned house, K9 Diego showed interest near a wooden privacy fence. Part of the fence was missing therefore Sgt. Ferrand instructed K9 Diego search behind the fence. At this time, TPSO K9 Diego led Ferrand to an area where the weapon was recovered. At this time, Sgt. Ferrand observed that the weapon was in firing mode with the hammer pulled back. The scene was turned over to the PPD.
During the investigation, the Ponchatoula Police Department advised that the weapon, a revolver, contained 1 to 2 live rounds.
Great work Sgt. Ferrand and TPSO K9 Diego!!!
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following information:
On Friday September 16, 2011, Deputy Cameron Crockett responded to 24751 Gliderport Road in Loranger in reference to the theft of heavy equipment. Upon arrival, Crocket was advised that a utility trailer, a 5K Miller welding machine / generator, and a John Deere tractor with a front loader were stolen (removed) from the stated property.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this theft to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Sheriff Edwards also reminds the public that anyone purchasing stolen items and are later found to be in possession of that property is subject to being arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property. It is advised that you report any suspicious activity that you may encounter.
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Burglary Suspects Arrested
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Paris Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on 9/15/2011, Detective Thomas Wheeler received a call from a concerned citizen advising that a suspicious vehicle was parked at the intersection of Straughan Nursery Road and Corey Road. The caller advised that the vehicle was occupied by a white female. The caller was able to provide Detective Thomas Wheeler a license plate number on the vehicle along with a description of the white female.
Detective Thomas Wheeler immediately advised patrol units of the vehicle information. Deputy Foster and Sgt. Hyde responded to the area but the vehicle left prior to there arrival. As both Deputy Foster and Sgt. Hyde patrolled the area for the vehicle, both units observed a white male wearing a back pack, walking at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 40 and Straughan Nursery Road. Sgt. Hyde stopped the subject and identified him as James Magee. Sgt. Hyde observed the backpack to contain various lengths of copper wiring.
Detective Thomas Wheeler responded to the scene. Once at the scene Detective Thomas Wheeler spoke to James Magee and learned that he had been dropped off by the suspicious vehicle that was reported in the area. James Magee stated that the vehicle was driven by his girlfriend Amy Bennett. James Magee further admitted to entering a burned abandoned house on Strauhgan Nursery Road. While deputies were investigating the burglary, Amy Bennett attempted to drive by the scene in the vehicle. Detective Thomas Wheeler stopped the vehicle and advised Amy Bennett to exit the vehicle. Amy Bennett admitted to dropping James Magee off and was in the process of picking him up when she was stopped.
Both subjects were placed in custody for burglary and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
The department would like to thank the concerned citizen who ever they may be for reporting the suspicious vehicle. Had it not been for there help these two individuals possibly would not have been caught.
James Magee, 2.2.79
65327 S. River Rd.
Amy Bennett, 4.3.78
59187 Hwy 51
Both subjects are still currently being held in the parish jail.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrests:
September 13, 2011
Jerry Having McGee, 53
62311 Turner Chapel Rd.
Outstanding Warrant: Aggravated Assault and 2 Failure to Appear Traffic Warrants.
Phillip Andrew Trapen, 27
49410 Whiskey Lane
Outstanding Warrant: Battery
September 14, 2011
Nijra Wright. 28
Charge: Theft by Shoplifting from the Hammond Wal-Mart and 9 Active Warrants through the HDP.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following information.
On September 12, 2011, deputies responded to a residence on Morris RD in reference to a shooting.
Upon arriving, deputies learned that the Morris Rd. resident fired a shot after hearing someone trying to break into his home. The homeowner stated that he gave a loud verbal command before firing a 12 gauge shotgun through the back door of his residence. When the homeowner looked through the door, he observed three black males running in a north east direction. Deputies at the crime scene located a tire iron which was allegedly used in attempts to breach the back door of the residence and strong evidence on the door indicating an attempted forced entry was intended.
During this time, 20 year old black male Allie Hines of 48061 Pecarano Lane in Natalbany, was admitted into a NOMC with a severe gunshot wound to the upper torso. It is believed that the homeowner, fearing for his and his family’s safety, subsequently shot HINDS in the chest as he was attempting to break in his residence.
HINES is currently at NOMC undergoing treatment for his injuries and is reported to be in critical condition. HINES faces Aggravated Burglary charges upon his release.
This investigation is on going and additional charges may be forthcoming. However it is believed that the homeowner was justified in his actions
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Wednesday September 14, 2011, Detective Rick Reynolds along with members of the U.S. Marshal's Office arrested Fernando Pina (H/M 11/15/1986) on an Out of State Felony Warrant.
Detective Reynolds was contacted by a Deputy U.S. Marshal requesting assistants in the arrest of a wanted suspect from Alabama. It was reported that Fernando PINA was staying in a room at a local hotel. The warrant was out of Morgan C.O AL for Sexual Abuse of a Child under the age of 10.
Upon arriving at the location, PINA was apprehended and taken into custody without incident.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two juveniles for allegedly burglarizing a residence on Chapman Rd, in Hammond. On September 11, 2011, deputies located evidence at the crime scene which linked the two juveniles to the residence. As a result of the investigation, the two juveniles were charged with simple burglary.
Jameka Banks of Chapman Rd. (B/F, 17yoa) was also arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact. BANKS was charged after evidence led to the discovery that BANKS was attempting to sell stolen property.
Most of the property has been recovered and returned to the rightful owner.
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two burglary suspects who confessed to committing the crime.
On September 10, 2011, the sheriff’s office was notified of a burglary on Vining Rd. in Amite. As deputies and the Burglary Task Force we investigating and patrolling, they learned of a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a near by residence. Upon investigation, it was learned that the vehicle was registered to a subject with numerous outstanding warrants for theft and burglary from the TPSO and LPSO.
All agencies were notified of this information. Within 30 minutes, the vehicle was located which was occupied by Krystal Hill (29 of Hwy 40 in Folsom), Darnelle Leblanc (36 of Lee Settlement Rd. in Folsom) and seven juveniles. During the course of the investigation, the female subjects confessed committing the Vining Rd. burglary.
Pursuant to the arrest numerous check books (taken in the burglary) were located inside the vehicle. Investigators determined that several items which were taken during the theft were sold for scrap at a location on Hwy. 16 in Amite. It was also discovered several checks were written to local businesses.
LEBLANC arrested and charged with Burglary, Felony Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor.
HILL was arrested and charged with Burglary, Felony Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor, 5 counts FTA, and Fugitive from LPSO.
Additional charged may be forthcoming.
The 7 children were released to family members.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 21 year old Jonathan B. Williams of 484 Pine St. in Ponchatoula on the charges of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile.
At approximately 6:00 pm on September 1, 2011, Juvenile Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate a case where an infant was being treated at St. Tammany Hospital for possibly being physically abused.
The investigation revealed that the child may be suffering from injuries sustained after being aggressively shaken by WILLIAMS in efforts to make the infant stop crying. The child remains in the hospital under a physicians care and is reported in stable condition.
WILLIAMS was taken into custody and charged accordingly on September 2, 2011.
HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the arrest of Clarence H. Vallaire, 30 of 19107 Brumfield Rd. in Hammond, LA.
VALLAIRE was arrested on September 5, 2011, after Lt. Kim Moore initiated a traffic on a vehicle illegally parked in the roadway. At the time of the traffic stop, VALLAIRE was standing outside of the vehicle handing money to one of its occupants. At the time of contact, VALLAIRE provided a false name to Lt. Kim Moore in the presence of Deputy John Eddy.
After further investigation, VALLAIRE's true identity was revealed. At this time, VALLAIRE, who had an outstanding warrant, fled on foot from deputies. Within moments, VALLAIRE was apprehended and taken into custody. He was subsequently charged with 2 counts of Resisting Arrest and 1 Outstanding Warrant for Simple Burglary.
KENTWOOD - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Unit investigated a shooting which occurred on Sunday September 4, 2011, that resulted in the arrest of 63 year old Bobby Dunaway on Second Degree Murder charges.
The victim, Carlton Wells, 33 of Amite, LA, arrived at the residence of 74413 Pone Blades Rd. in Kentwood, seeking the custody of a minor child. After an argument ensued outside of the resident, Wells made entry into the residence. Upon entering, DUNAWAY pointed a handgun at Wells and shot him in the chest. Wells was pronounced dead on the scene.
DUNAWAY was subsequently taken into custody and charged accordingly.
Sheriff's Office provides Internet / Sex Offender Safety Education
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
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
Detectives recently participated in the Independence Middle School "Open House" providing safety education to parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Detectives also recently spoke to area religious leaders during the Florida Parishes Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Meeting. 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.
"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.
Internet Predators Arrested
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office cyber detectives have arrested the following two men as a result of two separate investigations regarding online sexual exploitation of children.
Justin Thomas Froust, (19)
20053A West Galloway
Covington, LA 70435
White / Male; DOB: 5/4/92
Charged with: Indecent Behavior with Juveniles- (Tangipahoa Parish)
Indecent Behavior with Juveniles (St. Tammany Parish)
Kenneth James Oubre (48)
23121 Oak Street
Vacherie, LA 70090
White / Male; DOB: 08/08/63
Indecent Behavior with Juveniles (Tangipahoa, Lafayette, and DeSoto Parishes)
Pornography Involving Juveniles (Tangipahoa Parish)
The investigation which lead to the arrest of Justin Thomas Froust was started after a Tangipahoa Parish mother reported seeing sexually explicit chat conversation on her ten year old child's Facebook page. Detectives where able to identify Froust after determining that Froust had contacted the child through a mutual friend on Facebook. Contact between Froust and the child continued over weeks and including online and cell phone conversations.
The investigation further revealed an additional child victim in St. Tammany Parish. Tangipahoa detectives recovered evidence that Froust was also engaged in similar activities with a fifteen year old child that he met at a youth camp this past summer. Froust established online contact with the child and continued contact over several weeks which included online and cell phone conversations. Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana State Police arrested Froust yesterday (9/1/11) in Covington on both the Tangipahoa and Saint Tammany Parish charges.
Kenneth James Oubre was arrested as a result of detectives proactively patrolling cyber space for those who sexually exploit children. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's detectives who were online pretending to be children from Tangipahoa Parish were contacted by Oubre who engaged in sexually explicit conversation and behavior with the undercover detectives. Once Oubre was arrested, it was discovered that he engaged in similar behavior with others, resulting in additional pending charges in Lafayette and DeSoto Parishes.
"The investigation resulting in the Froust arrest makes clear that we must continue proactive investigations like the one resulting in the Oubre arrest. These cases serve as a reminder that we must closely monitor our children's online and cell phone activities. Additionally, the public can rest assured that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant in investigating and capturing Internet child predators." -----Sheriff Daniel Edwards
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