TPSO News (Archived): Apr 1, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012 [Archive]
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Michael Dufrene, (w/m, dob 11/16/1969) of Loranger, LA, on 3 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Aggravated Rape, Sexual battery and Intentional Exposure of the Aids Virus.
DUFRENE was arrested and charged after an investigation that began on March 19, 2012. As a result, it was learned that DUFRENE was purchasing drugs and alcohol for minors in exchange for sexual favors.
This investigation is on going. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
HAMMOND – In response to the recent YouTube video posting claiming “wrong doings” by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports, “What we did was a bit unorthodox, but I was trying to save lives and do the right thing by taking the product off the shelves.” This video was posted after Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents visited local businesses regarding their sale of "legal marijuana," and the business owners voluntarily surrendered the products to agents.
Several recent narcotics investigations have corroborated that powerful adverse effects were occurring after subjects ingested the so called “legal marijuana”. These products are being marketed in small colorful bags with brand names such as Skyscraper, POW and Lawless. Although these items aren’t presumed illegal according to the state law, Sheriff Edwards advised his agents that he wanted these products off the shelves at local businesses in the best interest of public safety. Some of the items have been manufactured in makeshift labs and unsterile environments.
No charges have been filed against any merchant. When Narcotic Agents arrived at the establishments, they identified themselves and shared the public concern. In each encounter, the business owner voluntarily surrendered these products to agents. However, Sheriff Edwards was surprised to learn that one merchant who secretly videotaped his own voluntary surrender, then posted the video on You-tube and on his personal website, seeking to stir up viewer criticism of the law enforcement officers. That same merchant then filed a law suit in federal court against the Sheriff, claiming his rights were denied him.
Sheriff Edwards declined to comment on the law suit, but stated that “There is some chemical agent in these products which is causing episodes of psychotic behavior when young people use them. Until we find out what that chemical agent is, we won’t know whether or not this product is illegal. But right now, we already know it’s dangerous, and my obligation to protect the public safety requires me to keep it off the streets. That’s what I intend to do.”
Since the voluntary surrender of these products, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has had no reported overdoses resulting from the consumption of these products.
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards proudly reports that Deputy Albert Sharp and TPSO K9 Titan have been awarded with the United States Police Canine Association’s National Case of the fourth quarter of 2011.
Canine handlers from across the country submit cases to the USPCA for review and are voted on by the USPCA National Board. Deputy Sharp and K9 Titan’s case involving 36 year Kahunda Magee was chose from hundreds of submissions as the top case in the nation for the 4th quarter of 2011.
This duo was recognized for their actions on October 19, 2011, during the 14 day man hunt for Kahunda Magee in which Magee shot K9 titan during an attempted apprehension. K9 Titan has since fully recovered and he and Deputy Sharp are back working the streets of Tangipahoa Parish full time.
This award also makes Deputy Sharp and Titan eligible for the overall top national case of the year for 2011.
“I am proud of Deputy Sharp, Titan and my entire K9 Unit and their efforts.” states Edwards.
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding a hit in run crash which occurred last night at approximately 9:40 PM, critically injuring two pedestrians.
The suspect vehicle is a newer model blue/green Ford Mustang. The incident occurred as a 24 year old female and a 27 year old male were walking north bound on Loranger Rd. The Mustang hit the two pedestrians and fled the scene.
Both victims are critically injured.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 80.554.5245.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 18, 2012, a Hammond man was arrested after breaking into an apartment and falling sleeping on the residents couch.
Deputies responded to a residence on Quick Boulevard where it was reported that an unknown, shirtless man was fast asleep on the couch of an unsuspecting resident. The resident, armed with a pistol, stated that she could have shot the man. The complaint advised that she woke up at approximately 5:30 AM, to find a strange man sleeping on her sofa in his underwear. She demanded he leave at once, but he refused. Another occupant in the residence had to physically throw the man out of the apartment.
The unknown male, later identified as Johnny Lee Williams (33) of Quick Blvd, then attempted to gain entry into another near by apartment. While doing so, deputies arrived and ordered WILLIAMS to the ground. Subsequently WILLIAMS was taken into custody and charged with Unauthorized Entry and Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhibited Dwelling.
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that three males are behind bars today after an on-going burglary investigation led to the recovery of almost $1200.00 in cash.
On March 15, 2012, Jonathan Edwards, Daniel Blades, and Damien Farnell, were arrested after being identified as targets for executing a business burglary which occurred on March 13, 2012, in Kentwood.
These subjects allegedly used a cutting torch to create a large hole through the metal door to gain entry into the building. Once inside, these subjects stole a reported $1200.00 in cash.
On the evening of March 15th, Deputy Keith Womack reported to all units be on the look out for a silver Dodge mini van in the Kentwood area which was recently involved suspicious drug activity. Soon after, the Tangipahoa Police Department advised they had the suspect vehicle stopped on a traffic violation. Deputies responded to the location and learned that the vehicle was occupied with EDWARDS, BLADES and FARNELL. During the roadside investigation, BLADES advised that he and EDWARDS were responsible for the Spring Creek Milling burglary. Additionally, deputies located 66 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
As a result, deputies were able to recover $1193.00 in cash and return it to the rightful owner.
Jonathon Edwards (DOB 9.30.91)
W. Lewiston Rd.
Charges: Simple Battery, Possession with the intent to distribute.
Daniel Blades (DOB 3.6.86)
J T Conerley Rd.
Charges: Simple Burglary, Driving w/o Plates, Possession with the intent to distribute.
Damien Farnell (DOB 9.6.76)
Charge: Possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for wanted suspect Cecil “ Eddie” Helling, w/m, DOB 3.24.67. HELLING’s last known address is 12062 Wardline Rd. Apt. A in Hammond, La 70401.
HELLING is wanted for (14:68) Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and for questioning in reference to his involvement in the burglary which occurred on February 25, 2012, at the Friends Quick Stop (Bedico Chevron) on La 22 in the Bedico Community.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of HELLING is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Mike Christmas is the lead investigator on this case.
Tickfaw – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports on the early morning hours of March 7, 2012, deputies received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen. The concerned citizen reported that they observed flashlights and heard banging at the Mid-Parish Ball Park.
Deputies readily investigated and found forcible entry into the concession stand. While searching the building they located NATHANIEL WADE MARTIN, EVAN HYDE, BRANDON NEAL PARDO, and 2 juveniles. All persons were detained while deputies continued an investigation. Deputies learned that MARTIN forced the door open causing moderate damage with HYDE, PARDO, and the juveniles to follow. The adults were booked into the parish jail on the following charges:
Contributing to Delinquency of Juveniles (2 counts)
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Hammond resident Jeffery William Lavigne (12.5.66) on March 6, 2012.
On March 5, 2012, LAVIGNE was identified as a possible suspect in a theft involving a large amount of copper wire. The copper wiring is utilized by Entergy as a return/ neutral on there power lines. Entergy advised that they have located approximately 24,000 feet of this copper wiring missing from there power lines on Morris Road " Louisiana Highway 443", Old Covington Highway, Weinberger Road, and Esterbrook Road. Entergy stated that with the removal of this wiring could possible result in massive power surges that in turn could potentially result in residential fires.
On March 6, 2012, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrived at LAVIGNE’s residence located at 20482 Vineyard Road Hammond, LA to question him about the investigation. Prior to arrival, the Detective Thomas Wheeler conducted a warrant check on LAVIGNE which revealed that the suspect has several open warrants through Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Hammond Police Department, and Ponchatoula Police Department. Once at the residence, Detectives made contact with the LAVIGNE and placed him in custody pending the investigation.
Detectives advised LAVIGNE that he was the target of this investigation. After a short interview, LAVIGNE admitted to climbing numerous power poles ranging from July 2011, to present and removing the copper wiring. LAVIGNE also advised that once he removed the wiring he would then sell it at local scrap yards. LAVINGE admitted to removing the copper wiring from Morris Road "Louisiana Highway 443", Old Covington Highway, Weinberger Road, and Esterbrook Road.
While at the residence, LAVIGNE admitted to growing marijuana. Detectives located two marijuana plants growing in a make shift grow room in LAVIGNE’s bedroom. TPSO Narcotics Agents were immediately notified and responded to the scene
Jeffery William LAVIGNE was charged with 4 counts of RS 14:67.26 theft of utility property, RS 40:966A1 cultivation of marijuana, and numerous warrants.
FLUKER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the findings of an investigation surrounding the death of a two year old.
The investigation revealed that foul play was not involved in the child’s death. The incident was classified as an accidental death where children were playing with a loaded weapon which ultimately resulted in the child’s death.
Nothing further to report at this time.
FLUKER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Department of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a two year old which occurred last night at approximately 6:30 PM in Fluker, LA.
This is an active investigation and no further information will be released and interviews will not be scheduled until the investigation is closed.
INDEPENDENCE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on March 2, 2012, the Sex Offender Compliance Unit assisted the US Marshal’s Office with the arrest of wanted offender Richard Evans (DOB 5.11.65) of Independence.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding EVANS’s whereabouts. Detectives located EVANs at 732 E. Railroad Ave. in Independence and apprehended EVANS without incident.
EVANS was charged with 2 Felony warrants from Hinds County Mississippi for Failure to Register as a sex Offender, a Probation and Parole Violation, and 1 FTA from the TPSO for Failure to Register.
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two subjects for allegedly attempting to break into a residence on Milton Rd. and terrorizing the homeowner.
On March 5, 2012, deputies responded to Milton Road in reference to an Attempted Burglary in progress with shots fired.
Upon arrival, deputies were advised that 39 year old Jessie Purvis Tetterington of Magnolia Ms. showed up at the Milton Rd. residence and began yelling, beating and kicking on the front door attempting to gain entry. The homeowner then grabbled a 12 gauge shot gun opened the door and fired one shot at the suspect. The suspect then ran to his vehicle and fled the scene.
During the investigation, deputies canvased the area and located Tetterington on Antioch Rd. traveling in a green Chevy Suburban. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and found that the vehicle was occupied by Tetterington and a female passenger, 28 year old Brandy Sharp of Tickfaw, La. . TETTERINGTON was ordered out of the vehicle and detained. During the roadside investigation, deputies located a pre-curser materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Upon further investigation, an active “Meth Lab” was also located in the vehicle. Tri-Parish Narcotics and Haz-Mat crews were notified and responded to the scene.
Additionally, deputies located jewelry, a digital camera and a computer which are suspected to be stolen property.
At this time, both subjects were transported to the parish jail where they were booked and charged accordingly.
Charges on Tetteringoton: Attempted Burglary and Operation, Creation of a Meth Lab.
Charges on Sharp: Operation, Creation of a Meth Lab
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of fleeing 31 year old suspect Darren Dorman of Club Deluxe Rd. in Hammond. This incident took place at approximately 3:00 PM today.
Deputies responded to a call for service advising the whereabouts of wanted suspect Darrin Dorman. DORMAN has outstanding warrants through the TPSO for Burglary, as wall as with Probation and Parole.
Deputies attempted to make contact with DORMAN near Baptist Rd. and Parsonage. DORMAN aggressively fled on foot from deputies. Setting up a strong perimeter around the area, DORMAN was quickly apprehended by TPSO k9 Recon and taken into custody by his handler Deputy Mike Dean Jr.
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