TPSO News (Archived): Sep 1, 2012 - Sep 30, 2012 [Archive]
National Take Back Day
HAMMOND – On Saturday September 29, 2012, from 10am – 2 pm, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be joining law enforcement agencies nationwide to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. The DEA's National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for members of our community to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for proper and safe destruction. Deputies will be set up in the Hammond Wal-Mart parking lot ready to accept any unwanted and out dated prescription drug prescriptions.
The drug abuse epidemic fueled by prescription medications found in homes has reached an all time high. With more people dying from drug-induced deaths than car accidents in America, it is vitally important that we do what is necessary to prevent drug abuse.
Protect yourself, your family, our community and the environment from improperly disposed of medications. Having unused or expired medication in your home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses and inappropriate use. Disposing of medication by flushing them down the toilet or a sink or throwing them, in the trash can lead to the contamination of the water supplies and landfills. Bring unused and unwanted prescription medications for proper disposal by law enforcement officials, reports Edwards.
Sheriff's representatives will be set up at the Wal-Mart in Hammond on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The program is anonymous.
Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, (tablets and capsules) are accepted.
Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
Break the Silence!
Join Sheriff Daniel Edwards, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in partnering with Crime Stoppers to rally up and participate in the Stop the Violence Crime Walk and Peace Rally on Saturday September 22, 2012. Please join us at the Calvary Christian Center on N. Richardson St. in Hammond at 11:30 AM to begin the walk.
This event will focus on providing crime prevention information to several neighborhoods by going door to door and meeting the members of our community. The TPSO’s Neighborhood Watch Coordinator will be present to assist you and your neighbors in establishing a Crime Prevention Program (Neighborhood Watch) in your area.
For information on being a volunteer, please contact Elodia Blanco, TPSO Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, at 986.902.2056.
We look forward to leading in this fight with you!
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards asks for you assistance in locating the following wanted suspect:
James Pea (11.23.71) of last known address 903 Blackburn Rd. in Hammond or 121 Center St..
Pea is wanted by the sheriff’s office on 1 count of aggravated burglary, 2 counts of theft, 1 count of bank fraud, and 1 count of unauthorized use of an access card.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of aforementioned suspect is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 800.554.2545. Detective Vic Ferrara is the lead investigator in these case
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that one of untold costs associated with disasters, such as hurricanes, are the losses caused by the fraudulent actions of unethical and unscrupulous individuals.
Be wary of “fly-by-night” contractors attempting to swindle already limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. If you should decide to hire a professional for the clean up or repair effort, make sure the contractor has a permanent business address, carries insurance and has been in operation for more than one year. In addition, ask for references and do your homework by researching any record of unresolved complaints. Most importantly, get a complete, clearly written contract for the work to be done and do not pay any cash up front.
“Following any form of natural disaster scam artists arrive on the scene to take advantage of those who have the least amount to lose.” says Edwards
Some signs that a contractor could be trying to take advantage of you are:
1) You’re told that on this job, a contract “won’t be necessary.”;
2) You’re asked to pay for the entire job “up front” — or pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check or money order to a company;
3) You are confronted with scare tactics, intimidation or threats;
4) You’re told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a special, low price;
5) You’re told a “special” low price is good only if you sign a contract today;
6) The contractor won’t give you references — or the references can’t be located;
7) You can’t verify the contractor’s business address.
Some of the basic protective actions are similar for multiple disasters. For example, safety is necessary when experiencing all hazards. Depending on the specific emergency, this could include plans for sheltering or evacuating. Developing a family communication plan or making an emergency supply kit are the same for most emergencies, and natural disasters. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that should influence the decisions you make and the actions you take.
The FEMA website provides information about how to protect your household and begin recovery following the initial disaster. Familiarize yourself with the signs of events that come without warning and know the local advance alerts and warnings and how you will receive them. Knowing about the local emergency plans for shelter and evacuation, local emergency contacts, the locations frequented by members of your household and the specific needs of household members including animals will help you reduce the impact of disasters, may save lives and prevent injuries during a crisis.
Natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes, floods, and fires can bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, crisis also brings out persons who choose to take advantage of the victims. Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision or to choose an unknown contractor.
If you feel that you have been a victim of any such crime, please contact the sheriff’s office at 985.345.6150.
For Immediate Release
September 7, 2012
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
During the recent Hurricane Isaac, The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Burglary Unit began investigating crimes of possible looting in the southern portion of the Parish. Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from two separate reported crimes. In both cases the complainant’s had there generators stolen. Detectives immediately recognized that the vehicle and person captured on these surveillance cameras where in fact the same person.
On September 6, 2012, The Burglary Unit identified the individual as David Mitchell McCloud “ DOB 12/28/1965” 116 E Mulberry Street in Amite, Louisiana. At this time the Burglary Task Force has two arrest warrants on McCloud for Looting.
Under Louisiana Criminal code and procedure : 14:62.5. Looting
A. Looting is the intentional entry by a person without authorization into any dwelling or other structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode by a person, or any structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a place of business, or any vehicle, watercraft, building, plant, establishment, or other structure, movable or immovable, in which normal security of property is not present by virtue of a hurricane, flood, fire, act of God, or force majeure of any kind, or by virtue of a riot, mob, or other human agency, and the obtaining or exerting control over or damaging or removing property of the owner.
B. Whoever commits the crime of looting shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned at hard labor for not more than fifteen years, or both.
C. Whoever commits the crime of looting during the existence of a state of emergency, which has been declared pursuant to law by the governor or the chief executive officer of any parish, may be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than three years nor more than fifteen years without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Acts 1993, No. 667, §1; Acts 2005, No. 208, §1; Acts 2006, No. 165, §1.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of McCloud is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
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