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HAMMOND- The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigates criminal activity across Tangipahoa Parish. In almost all instances, the information provided by individual citizens allows law enforcement to make breakthroughs in solving difficult cases.

In regards to most cold cases and homicide investigations, there is no statute of limitations when it comes to a homicide; therefore the case is never closed.

Currently, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Departments is actively investigating two unsolved cold cases.

Case I - In 2005, human bones were located in a wooded area in Robert, La and were identified as those of an Independence man reported since 1998.

Wayne Trimane Thompson (19 yoa of HWY 51 North in Independence) was reported missing on June 9, 1998, by his father. Thompson’s father stated that his family has had no contact with him for two months which was uncommon.

According to reports, on December 20, 2004, a hunter was walking through the woods at Chemekette Rd. and found a human skull. The hunter also located what appeared to be a shallow grave and human remains.

The bones were sent to a Forensic Anthropologist and Director of the LSU Faces Laboratory on December 22, 2004. Through dental and DNA analysis of the bones and teeth, the remains were identified as those of Thompson.

There have been no leads which have led detectives to account for any of the events which took place in that wooded area in Robert. We are asking anyone having information regarding this incident to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 first, and then Detective Mike Sticker at the TPSO.

Case II - The second case is one where detective’s are looking into is the death of 51 year old Walter John Daniels of 108 Genovese Rd. in Independence, LA.

On March 19, 2007, at approximately 6:25 PM, members of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to Larussa Lane where a body was reported to be lying in a ditch. The body was identified as “Wally” Daniels. Detectives searched the area and attempted to obtain information regarding Daniels’s body to no avail.

Sheriff Edwards is asking that if anyone has information related to Walter “Wally” Daniels’s death, to please call CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.5245 first, and then Detective Mike Sticker at the TPSO (985.902.2088).

All information obtained through Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 cash for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) regarding the aforementioned cases.

ARREST

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that two Ponchatoula residents were arrested on multiple charges including burglary over the weekend.

On January 29, 2012, deputies resounded to a residence on Traino Landing Rd. in reference to an alarm being activated. When deputies arrived at the residence, it was observed that the home was burglarized and several items were reported stolen. During the time the incident was taking place, a suspicious vehicle, a blue Buick bearing a LA license plate, was observed near the residence.

While investigating the incident, deputies were able to locate the suspect vehicle traveling on HWY 22 East. After a brief chase, the suspects were subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

At this time, Antwine Barze, 45 of N. Barrone St. and Robin Nelson, 34 of N. Charbonnet St. in Ponchatoula were charged accordingly.

Upon inventorying the vehicle subsequent to arrest, deputies located the items which were reported stolen from the Traino Landing Rd. Residence. After further investigation, it was learned that Antwine Barze was a convicted felon. Both Barze and Nelson, were then transported to the parish jail for processing.

Antwine Barze was charged with ( 2 counts) R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary, 14:69.1 Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, 14:108 Resisting an Officer( Flight on Foot) 14:108.1 Aggravated Flight, 14:108.2 Resisting an Officer by Force or Violence, 14:37 Aggravated Assault, 14:34 Aggravated Battery, 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and as a Fugitive out of Ponchatoula.

Robin Nelson was also booked and charged with (2 counts) R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary, 14:69.1 Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, 14:108 Resisting an Officer ( Flight on Foot), 14:67.16, Identity Theft, 14:108 Resisting an Officer (False Information), 14:133.2 Misrepresentation During Booking, and as a Fugitive out of Florida.

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 43 year old Rhonda Cortez of Fletcher Rd, in Ponchatoula.

On January 28, 2012, deputies responded to a disturbance on Sandhill Cemetery Rd. Upon arrival, deputies observed two females engaged in an argument. One of the females, identified as CORTEZ, was armed with metal rod and was threatening the other subject. Deputies made with CORTEZ and advised her to put down the metal rod. At this time, CORTEZ attempted to strike Deputy Albert Sharp with the rod. CORTEZ was immediately detained. During the course of the investigation, CORTEZ remained non-compliant and violent. Subsequently, she was arrested and charged with Disturbing the Peace and 2 counts of Resisting a Police Officer.

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HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Daniel Edwards reports that on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Dy. Jomel Pack responded to 42105 Sweeney Ln. in reference to locating wanted suspect Brandy Core (28 off Cook Rd. in Loranger). CORE was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

CORE was arrested without incident. CORE was wanted for 3 outstanding narcotics related warrants.

CORE neglected to appear for her execution of sentencing. She is currently in the Parish Jail without eligibility of bond.








Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards Reports the arrest of two suspects that are responsible for numerous residential burglaries which occurred from the Ponchatoula area to St. Helena. Last night, the Burglary Task Force recovered approximately fifty thousand dollars worth of stolen property which was in the possession of these two criminals.

Lee Burton, 6.18.84 of Lowes Lane and Roy Abron, 11.17.73 of Lowes Lane in Hammond, were taken into custody on January 23, 2012, and charged with numerous counts of Burglary. Both suspects additionally had several active and outstanding warrants for their arrest (narcotics related).

Late afternoon on January 23rd, TPSO deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by BURTON on Wardline Rd.. Simultaneously, the Hammond Police Department initiated traffic stop on ABRON. Both subjects were aware that they were wanted for questioning regarding recent residential burglaries.

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to solve several burglaries which occurred from Ponchatoula to St. Helena. This investigation also led to the discovery of 11 flat screen TV’s, 9 Fire Arms (one valued a 9,000), computers and lap tops and $27,000 dollars worth of jewelry.

Burton is being held in the St. Helena Parish Jail and ABRON is currently housed in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Additional charges and arrests are believed to be forthcoming.

Sheriff Edwards would like to acknowledge the Hammond Police Department, the La State Police, St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office and the TPSO for an outstanding job well done. We are proud to work side by side with each of you!



Arrest

Robert – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Theresa Hoyt, 41 of 24354 Michael Lane in Robert.

On January 19, 2012, Deputy Leo Tate responded to Michael Lane in reference to a horse that appeared to be in danger. Upon arrival, Deputy Tate patrolled the area and was able to locate the horse at the address of 24354 Michael Ln. The horse looked to be in despite need of water, food and care. It was soon learned that the horse’s owner was advised two months prior that she needed to properly care for the horse. The horse was severely dehydrated and was tied to a rope which was wrapped around a tree leaving the animal trapped.

During the investigation, a female subject, later identified as HOYT, came out of the residence screaming and yelling. Deputy Tate explained that the horse’s condition has caused concern and that an investigation was taking place.

TPSO Sgt. Jill Hutcheson and an agent with Animal Control arrived to assess the condition of the horse. As a result, HOYT was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals. Animal Control agents also seized a neglected dog from the residence.

Narcotics Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2 subjects were arrested for shoplifting from a local convenient store in.

David Parnell, 47 of Crossover Rd. in Independence and Tiffany Taylor, 35 of E. Park Ave. in Hammond were both arrested after being identified as subjects responsible for stealing items from a convenient store on University Ave. on several occasions.

On January 17th, after entering the store, the clerk notified the sheriff’s office. Deputies immediately arrived and detain the subjects pending an investigation. As a result, deputies located $9,009 dollars in one dollar bills on PARNELL, one unlabeled prescription pill bottle containing narcotics and 3 additional empty prescription bottles.

Taylor was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise which was returned to the complainant.

At this time, both subjects were arrested and charged accordingly.

David Parnell was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Louisiana Revised Statue Title 40 Section 967.C – Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics.

Tiffany Taylor was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Failure to Appear for a traffic violation.

Arrest

ARCOLA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 22 year old Randall J. Holmes of 12258 Steptoe Rd. on January 16, 2011. HOLMES was arrested and taken into custody for placing several false 911 calls. Deputies responded to each call for service.

After responding to the final call where Holmes threatened to cause harm to get his way and demanded to be arrested, deputies made contact with the HOLMES’ mother at the residence. She stated HOLMES was intoxicated and needed to leave the residence. At this time, HOLMES was observed standing in the living room and was instructed to exit the residence. He was also advised that he was under arrest for Criminal Mischief. After a few moments, HOLMES exited the residence and became violent toward deputies, aggressively resisting arrest.

After a brief struggle, HOLMES was detained and transported to the parish jail without further incident. Randall Holmes was booked on the following charges: R.S. 14:59 Criminal Mischief for the misuse of emergency 911, R.S. 14:108.2 Resisting an Officer by force or Violence, for violently resisting arrest and attempting to strike a TPSO deputy, and R.S. 14:103 Disturbing the Peace.

WANTED

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that warrants have been issued for the arrest of 30 year old Patrick Reed Stewart of 60069 Spring Valley Rd. in Bogalusa, LA.

Earlier this month, STEWART was arrested by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for Felony Theft of copper wire. During the investigation, STEWART confessed to 11 business burglaries in the Hammond area and admitted to stealing thousands of dollars of copper wiring. These burglaries date back from October of 2011 to present.

The subject is being held in St. Tammay Parish and is currently wanted by numerous agencies for related crimes.

STEWART will be charged with 11 counts of Felony Theft. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming.

ARREST

NATALBANY – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 29 year old Sheena Renee Varnado of 49018 HWY 1065 on the charge of Simple Arson.

The incident took place on Sunday January 8th, 2012, at a residence located at 49014 Hwy 1065. Dy. Corey Michelli responded to the residence after the sheriff’s office received a call of a disturbance.

Upon arrival, the complaint stated that after an argument ensued at the residence, the suspect Sheena VARNADO, was observed attempting to set a subjects cloths on fire in the bathroom with a cigarette lighter.

Within moments after witnessing this act, the complaint had to imminently exit the residence due to the bathroom being on fire. The mentioned subject received minor burns and was having trouble breathing after re-entering the residence in an attempt to extinguish the fire.

VARNADO, left the scene prior to deputies arrival. Subsequently, VARNADO was located, arrested and charged with Simple Arson.

The US Fire Marshal’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Arrest of Shoplifters

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2 subjects were arrested for shoplifting from a local convenient store in.

David Parnell, 47 of Crossover Rd. in Independence and Tiffany Taylor, 35 of E. Park Ave. in Hammond were both arrested after being identified as subjects responsible for stealing items from a convenient store on University Ave. on several occasions.

On January 17th, after entering the store, the clerk notified the sheriff’s office. Deputies immediately arrived and detain the subjects pending an investigation. As a result, deputies located $9,009 dollars in one dollar bills on PARNELL, one unlabeled prescription pill bottle containing narcotics and 3 additional empty prescription bottles.

Taylor was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise which was returned to the complainant.

At this time, both subjects were arrested and charged accordingly.

David Parnell was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Louisiana Revised Statue Title 40 Section 967.C – Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics.

Tiffany Taylor was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Failure to Appear for a traffic violation.

TPSO Arrest

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 27 year old Nito Emile Rodriquez of Amite, LA, on January 11, 2011 at approximately 5:30 am.

Dy. Chad Woodward responded to assist another agency with an incident involving a crash on Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 1054. Upon arrival, deputies began to assist with traffic control. While standing near one of the vehicles involved in the crash, Dy. Woodward observed what appeared to be a clandestine methamphetamine lab on the front seat of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Dy. Woodward was able to confirm that what he observed was indeed an active clandestine lab. The TPSO Tri-Parish Narcotic Unit was contacted and arrived to deactivate and depose of the lab.

Due to injuries sustained in the crash, Rodriguez was transported to a near by medical facility for treatment. Upon his release, Rodriguez, faces charges of Creation and Operation of Meth Lab and Possession of CDS II Narcotics.

TPSO Arrest

ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 10, 2012, Deputy Sean Scott responded to the Turner Chapel Rd area in reference to locating a black male involved in a disturbance on Garrick Rd in Roseland.

While en-route deputy was advised the male involved in the disturbance fled from Garrick Rd after assaulting a resident with a razor knife. The suspect was reported to be wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt with yellow stripes.

Upon arrival, deputies observed two males standing in the middle of Turner Chapel Rd conversing. When the two males saw deputies, one of the subjects (unknown name) fled through the wood-line south toward Roseland Ave. The other male, who met the description of the male involved in the disturbance, walked out of the roadway and stopped in the front yard of a near by residence.

Deputies then made contact with the male who advised me his name was Michael Harold. During contact with the subject, deputies located a razor knife on his person. Deputies also learned that the subject provided a false name upon contact. His true identity was revealed as 37 year old Christopher Harold of Roseland, LA. Deputies also noted that that Harold appeared to be extremely intoxicated by his slurred speech and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

As a result of the investigation, Christopher Harold was placed into custody and charged on the following charges: R.S. 14:108 Resisting an Officer, for giving a false name when contact was made with him by a law enforcement officer, R.S. 14:103 Disturbing the Peace, for appearing in an intoxicated state, and R.S. 14:100.1 Obstructing a Public Passage, for being seen standing in the middle of the roadway obstructing traffic on Turner Chapel Rd.

ARREST

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on January 8, 2012, 21 year old Ronaldo J. Logan of 56359 Bickham Chapel Rd. in Independence was arrested for placing a false call to 911 regarding a shooting.

LOGAN reportedly made a false 911 call indicating that a male victim had been shot in the stomach and that the suspect already fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle. The incident was stated to have occurred on Bickham Chapel Rd.

Numerous deputies responded to the area in an effort to locate the suspect and victim. During the investigation, it was reveled that LOGAN, who was disguised as a woman, placed the false report because he was mad at this mother.

Subsequently, LOGAN was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Resisting an Officer.

TPSO Arrest

INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on January 8, 2012, 21 year old Ronaldo J. Logan of 56359 Bickham Chapel Rd. in Independence was arrested for placing a false call to 911 regarding a shooting.

LOGAN reportedly made a false 911 call indicating that a male victim had been shot in the stomach and that the suspect already fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle. The incident was stated to have occurred on Bickham Chapel Rd.

Numerous deputies responded to the area in an effort to locate the suspect and victim. During the investigation, it was reveled that LOGAN, who was disguised as a woman, placed the false report because he was mad at this mother.

Subsequently, LOGAN was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Resisting an Officer.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2 subjects were arrested for shoplifting from a local convenient store in.

David Parnell, 47 of Crossover Rd. in Independence and Tiffany Taylor, 35 of E. Park Ave. in Hammond were both arrested after being identified as subjects responsible for stealing items from a convenient store on University Ave. on several occasions.

On January 17th, after entering the store, the clerk notified the sheriff’s office. Deputies immediately arrived and detain the subjects pending an investigation. As a result, deputies located $9,009 dollars in one dollar bills on PARNELL, one unlabeled prescription pill bottle containing narcotics and 3 additional empty prescription bottles.

Taylor was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise which was returned to the complainant.

At this time, both subjects were arrested and charged accordingly.

David Parnell was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Louisiana Revised Statue Title 40 Section 967.C – Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics.

Tiffany Taylor was charged with two counts of Louisiana Revised Statute Title 14 Section 67.10- Shoplifting, and one count of Failure to Appear for a traffic violation.

Crimestoppers

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the Juvenile Investigations Department of the sheriff’s office is looking for wanted suspect Gevolis Mobley (9.24.89 of 13229 Margaret Washington Lane in Amite, LA).

MOBLEY is charged with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile as the result of an investigation that began in April of 2011. A warrant was issued for MOBLEY after it was revealed that he was having sexual intercourse with a 15 year old which has resulted in a pregnancy.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of MOBLEY is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

TPSO Arrest

ROSELAND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 23 year old Joatham Echagile of S. Church Rd. in Roseland on January 4, 2012.

ECHAGILE was charged with Felony Theft after stealing a rebuilt car engine from behind a home near his residence. Deputies were able to locate the engine and other items which may also be classified as stolen property.


TPSO Arrest

HAMMOND - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Wednesday January 11, 2012, while patrolling the area of Range Road and Minnesota Park, Deputy Keith Womack responded to 20393 Hollie Lane to investigate a physical disturbance in progress.

Upon arrival Deputy Womack was informed by the complaint that she was attacked by an acquaintance in her home. During the investigation, Deputy Womak learned that the complaint, Amanda Raifford, w/f, dob 07/27/74, initiated the argument and began physically attacking the two other subjects. It was reported that Rifford also picked up a BB gun and used it to strike one of the subjects in the head several times.

As a result of the investigation, Amanda Raifford was arrested and charged with LARS 14:34.1, second (2nd) degree battery, LARS 14:35, simple battery of a juvenile.

David Raifford, w/m, dob 11/13/92, who was involved in the incident was subsequently arrested for an outstanding theft warrants (2 FTA Warrants and I count of Felony theft).


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