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Hammond, Louisiana 70403
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Recruiting Announcement

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Communications Deputy. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including NWH. Required skills: Must have basic computer skills & be able to type a min of 35 wpm, map reading skills, good communication skills, ability to sit for extended periods of time. Requirements: HS diploma or equivalent, and must be able to pass background, credit and drug screening. TPSO is an equal employment opportunity employer. You must apply for this position in person at either of our locations in Amite or Hammond, LA. Deadline 09/03/13 4:00 PM. Questions 985-902-2063.

Attrests

TICKFAW - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edward reports that on August 20, 2013, deputies responded to a residential burglary on Stafford Road were an Ipad and Xbox 360 was reportedly stolen. While Sgt. Terry Lane was at the Stafford Rd. residence, another burglary was reported on Garafola Rd where the homeowner made contact with suspect and a physical altercation took place. The victim was able to provide the suspect's name as Zachary Kinchen, and a vehicle description.

While enroute Deputy Mike Drude observed the suspect vehicle traveling on HWY 1064. He then initiated a traffic stop and detained the occupants, one identified as Zachary Kinchen.

The burglary unit was then notified of both incidents at which time they immediately responded and took over the investigation. As a result, confessions were obtained regarding both incidents. Detectives obtained a search warrant for a residence located at 15506 Highway 1064. Upon execution, detectives recovered numerous items that were reported stolen, various types of prescription medication which were not in prescription bottles, suspect marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two suspected stolen firearms. Detectives also seized $2565.00 in currency and a vehicle.

Zachary Kinchen w/m 07/30/90
15055 Louisiana Highway 442 Tickfaw
Charges: Burglary of an inhabited dwelling, unauthorized entry, simple battery and outstanding FTA warrants.
Bond: 33k

Brandon Viola w/m 11/24/92
12386 Schume Lane Ponch, La
Charges: Unauthorized entry, simple battery, numerous FTA warrants
Bond 8k

Brandie Grayson B/F 8/29/81
15506 Louisiana Hwy 1064
Charges: Possession stolen property, possession drug paraphernalia, possession CDS I, possession CDS II, possession CDS IV and possession with the intent to distribute CDS IV.
Bond 88k

Travis Jones B/M 4/20/79
15506 Louisiana Hwy 1064
Charges: Numerous FTA outstanding warrants.
Bond: 6,500

Crime Stoppers

TICKFAW – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Department is asking for your assistance in locating Tickfaw resident Andre Patricelle Walker (4.28.1982).

Walker is wanted on numerous charges including DWI, driving without a license and outstanding FTA’s.

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

Arrest

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On August 22, 2013, while patrolling the area of North Main St. in Amite, Deputy Travis Pittman observed a black male, later identified as 42 year old Eugene Hickerson of Amite, LA, walking on the side of the roadway holding a large plastic garbage bag. With large amount of the burglaries occurring in our area, it is known that concealing property in garbage bags is common practice among petty thieves when transporting stolen property. With that knowledge, Deputy Pittman decided to initiate a roadside investigation.

As a result, Hicherson was arrested and charged with burglary of a vehicle, possession of stolen property and for being a fugitive of another jurisdiction.

The contents inside of the garbage bag were items previously stolen from a Dodge truck parked on Hwy 16.

Subsequently, deputies were able to return the property back to their rightful owner.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 30 year old Kenneth Abron of Hammond, LA.

In the evening hours of August 24, 2013, Chief Dennis Pevey was traveling on I-55 when he heard of an active burglary alarm going off at a local business on West Thomas near Hobby Lobby.

Being in the area, he responded to the call. When he arrived on scene, he observed a black male subject, later identified as Kenneth Abron, running from the Pay Day Used Car lot. At this time, a short purist occurred resulting in Abron’s apprehension.

After further investigation, it was discovered that Abron allegedly burglarized the Pay Day Used Car lot’s main office.

Subsequently Abron was charged with simple burglary, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer by flight, and outstanding warrants. Deputy Chris Sollie then transported Abron to the parish Jail where he was properly booked.

Cold Case Solved!

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two suspects in connection with the murder of 44 year old Debbie Ann Lindsey of Amite, La.

Karen Birch (DOB 7.20.1980) of Tickfaw, LA and David Morris (DOB 6.1.1074) of Baton Rouge, LA were both taken into custody yesterday and charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

On March 13, 2003, the body of Debbie Ann Lindsey was located in a wooded area near her Amite residence. Lindsey’s body was badly decomposed, however autopsy results verify that she was stabbed multiple times resulting in her death.

Morris and Birch, friends of the victim, have always been persons of interest in this case. By re-interviewing friends and relatives, several new witnesses came forward and provided statements connecting the two suspects to the case.

As a result and with the assistance of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, both subjects were taken into custody and charged. The investigation is on-going. Additional information regarding this case will be released as it becomes available.


Original Release Date: 7.29.13

Hammond – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Division has just re-opened to homicide cold cases. Both of the following cases are active.

Cold Case Detective Mike Sticker is investigating the death of Ponchatoula resident Timothy Brown. On December 29, 2006, 30 year old Timothy Brown was gunned down in the parking lot of Pea’s Lounge during a physical altercation. Witnesses state that Brown was attempting to break up a fight between several subjects at approximately 1:54 AM. It was reported that during the altercation, an unknown male in a white Caprice with “Helo” rims stated firing shots and a second male subject began firing shots into the crown from a burgundy Suburban/Yukon. Subsequently, Brown was located on the ground behind his vehicle with a fatal gun shot wound to the right side of his body.

Recently, detectives have received several pieces of information regarding the shooting to have possibly identified several persons of interest. At this time, Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Any piece of information gathered could be what is needed to put this case to rest and justice be served.

The second case being reopened is the death of 44 year old Debbie Ann Lindsey of Amite, La. On February 17, 2003, Lindsey’s parents reported her missing after her boyfriend called and stated she been missing for 2 days since Saturday February 15th . At the time of her disappearance, Lindsey lived with her 28 year old boyfriend who stated he filed a missing persons report immediately, however no such report could ever be located.

On March 13, 2003, as detectives were doing a search in a wooded area near her residence, they located Lindsey’s body which was severely decomposed. Lindsey had been stabbed multiple times and her body abandoned.

Detective Mike Sticker states that a person of interest has been identified. We are asking for the public’s assistance in gathering any additional information that may be out these regarding this case.

Please contact Crime Stoppers to report any information regarding either of these cases. Crime Stoppers tips are completely anonymous and award cash payments up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating wanted person 44 year old Bobby Sharp of Ponchatoula, LA.

Sharp is a non-compliant convicted sex offender and is wanted by the TPSO for failure to register.

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

Arrest

On August 16, 2013, Brumfield ran through a stop sign at the intersection of W. club Deluxe and Happywoods Rd. Deputy Todd Bankston observed Brumfield and initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact, Deputy Bankston observed the driver to be extremely nervous, jittery, and stumbling over his words. Deputy Bankston could also smell a strong odor of what appeared to be burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

As a result of the traffic stop, Deputy Bankston located four clear plastic baggies of suspected marijuana and one white pill (Xanax) in Brumfield’s vehicle.

Brumfield was subsequently arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of CDSII.

Brumfield remains in the parish jail awaiting bond.

Narcotics Round-Up

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that six wanted suspects were picked up and jailed as the result of a narcotics related round up yesterday morning.

Agents with the TPSO and the DEA came together early yesterday morning and traveled throughout the parish executing narcotics related arrest warrants. As a result their efforts, six subjects were apprehended and charged.

Melvin Jackson, 8.28.1980
Williams Rd.
Ponchatoula, LA
Charge: 2 counts of distribution of Heroin / CDSI

Bobby Schiro Jr. 1.1.1980
14546 West David Dr.
Hammond, LA
Charge: 2 counts of distribution of CDS II / Power Cocaine and 1 count of distribution CDS I

Tyson McNickles, 7.12.72
Martin Luther King Dr.
Hammond, LA
Charge: Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Eric Blackburn, 1.1.1983
603 Avenue I
Kentwood, LA
Charge: Distribution of CDS I / Marijuana

Gerald Albert, 12.23.1960
145 Camp St.
Ponchatoula, LA
Charge: Distribution CDS II

Rosevelt McGee, 2.10.81
Bickham Chapel Rd.
Independence, LA
Charge: 3 counts Distribution of Marijuana and Possession with the Intent to distribute Marijuana.

Arrest

Independence – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a Independence man, 47 year old Michael Brister of Mason Rd..

Brister was arrested and taken into custody on Sunday August 4, 2013 at approximately 5:00 AM. While responding to another call for service, Deputy Travis Pitman observed a vehicle parked and running concealed behind a church and an unknown black male exiting a shed behind a residence located at 11302 Highway 40 West. The stated residence is owned by the Pastor of the UPC Pentecostal Church, and in lieu of the most recent church burglaries, Deputy Pitman chose to stop and investigate the situation.

Once the subject, later identified as Brister, saw Deputy Pitman’s patrol unit, he began to run toward the parked vehicle, a green Pontiac Grand AM. Brister entered his vehicle and attempted to exit the property onto Hwy 40. At this time, Pittman initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact, Brister was noncompliant. It appeared as though Brister was attempting to hide something behind the driver’s seat. After a brief struggle Brister was detained without further incident.

During the investigation, it was learned that within the past two weeks, a lawnmower and air compressor had been stolen from the church.

A search of Brister’s vehicle revealed that Brister may have committed several other burglaries. The car contained, (1) Apple I-Phone 3, (1) Kyocera cell Phone, (2) Black CD Cases containing various CD's, Multiple flashlights, (2) sets of high end jumper cables, (1) Black & Decker air compressor. Also located in the rear floor board were two screw drivers, one pair of pliers and a pair of latex gloves. On the drivers seat, a pair of black knitted gloves.

Brister was transported to the parish jail and charged with attempted burglary and resisting arrest. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Arrest

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following incident.

25 year old Travon Pitts shoots 20 year old Hammond resident.

In the late evening hours of August 4, 2013, 20 year old Dejaun Anderson and his sister were standing outside Anderson’s apartment on Happywoods Rd. when a maroon colored vehicle pulls up beside them. The suspect, identified as Travon Pitts (B/M DOB 6.26.88) of Lowes Lane in Hammond, LA., was sitting in the passenger seat when he made several comments to Anderson’s sister through the window. Anderson then responded back verbally. At this time, Pitts produced a handgun, fired several shots at Anderson and fled the scene. An unknown black female was driving the suspect vehicle at the time of the incident.

The victim was struck once in the leg and was transported to a New Orleans hospital for care. The victim was treated and released.

In the early morning hours of August 5, 2013, Pitts was arrested by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office on non-related charges. The subject is being transported to the parish jail today and will be charged with 1 count of 2nd degree battery.



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