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15475 Club Deluxe Road
Hammond, Louisiana 70403
(985) 345-6150 Hammond
(985) 748-8147 Amite

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Arrests

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On October 18, 2013, the sheriff’s office received a Crime Stopper’s tip that a wanted suspect from the Hammond Police Department was possibly hiding out at a Morris Rd. residence eluding arrest. Upon arrival, deputes secured all areas of the residence before knocking at the door. While waiting for a response, deputies heard a loud banging noise from inside the residence, as if someone were hitting on a wall.

A short time later, 19 year old Lonell Taylor answered the door. Deputies asked if 34 year old Tyree Dushon Wells of Hammond was inside of the residence. Taylor responded, “no” and that Wells had not been to her residence for at least 2 weeks. Since Taylor mentioned that Wells was not there, she gave deputies permission to search the residence.

As deputies were clearing the home, they located Tyree Dushon Wells hiding in the attic behind duck work. Wells was then taken into custody without incident. Dushon was wanted by the HPD for aggravated second degree battery and aggravated assault with a firearm for the HPD.

Lonell Taylor was also taken into custody for accessory after the fact for hiding Wells in her residence.

Great work TPSO!

HALLOWEEN SAFETY

HAMMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has safety in mind this Halloween, and will have deputies out in full force.

The TPSO wants adults and children to make lasting memories, and smart choices when it comes to safety this Halloween.

The following is a list of safety tips for kids to make trick-or-treating safe and enjoyable.

• Avoid homes of strangers or those who may not be participating in trick-or-treating activities. Not decorations or lights are a strong clue.
• For young children, a parent or responsible adult should always be within sight.
• Never go into a stranger's house for treats unless your parents are present and tell you it is okay.
• Be careful when crossing the street, and look both ways to make sure no cars are coming. Masks and costumes sometimes restrict vision, and extra attention is required when walking along the road at night.
• For older kids, remember, vandalism is not cool! Throwing eggs, damaging mail boxes and stringing toilet paper is destructive, and someone has to clean it up.
• Report any suspicious or harmful behavior to a responsible adult or law enforcement.

The following is a list of safety tips for adults to make trick-or-treating safe and enjoyable:

• Check the TPSO website (ww.tpso.org) “Offender Watch" link for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood or any neighborhood in which your children may trick-or-treat. Make sure your kids stay away from those houses! While on this link, take the time to sign up for email alerts from "Offender Watch," not just for Halloween, but every day.
• Help your child pick out a costume that is age and safety appropriate. It should be fireproof or treated with fire retardant. Make sure any masks have eye holes large enough for good vision and that any outer clothing won't cause them to trip or fall. Reflective material will also help your child be more visible to motorists.
• If you are not accompanying your child as they trick-or-treat make sure you know the route they will travel and set a specific time for them to return.
• Insist that your children not talk to strangers or get into their cars, no matter what. Unfortunately, there are those who would harm children, and the lure of free candy can reduce their suspicion of strangers.
• If your kid's costume includes a prop, such as a knife, pitchfork or other object, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury if fallen upon.
• Teach kids to cross the street properly and with due regard to vehicles who may not see them.
• Remind you older children that vandalism and destruction of property. Whether at Halloween or any other time, vandalism is not only wrong; it is a crime which we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
• Inspect all candy and treats before your child consumes them. Generally, treats and candy sealed from the factory are the safest.

Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office wants all parents and children to make this Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for everyone to carry on the tradition.

Wanted SUSPECT

Hammond – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Worthless Check Unit is looking for the following wanted suspect:

Rachelle K. Briste (DOB 12.11.1977) of Morris Rd. in Hammond, LA. Briste is wanted for writing a worthless check to a local business in our community.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Briste is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Dean Waltzer Sr. is the lead investigator.

Take Back Day

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces the following.

On October 26, 2013, marks the DEA’s annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the DEA and many other law enforcement agencies have set up numerous collection sites where citizens can turn in their unneeded prescription medications – at no cost, and with no questions asked. Already, this program has allowed us to collect over 1.5 million pounds of prescription drugs.

In recent years, we’ve seen that prescription drug abuse constitutes one of the greatest public safety and public health epidemics of our time, inflicting devastating, long-term, effects on individuals – and destroying families, neighborhoods, and entire communities – all across the country. Even more importantly, every individual has an essential role to play in creating awareness and educating themselves and others about prescription drug abuse. Recent surveys indicate that more than half of those who admit to abusing prescription painkillers said that they got drugs “from a friend or relative for free”– not from their own doctor. This illustrates the critical importance of getting old, unused, or expired drugs out of household medicine cabinets.

“By cleaning out our medicine cabinets, we can personally help to clean up our community” says Edwards. We can stand together against crime. And we can ensure that all of our neighbors – especially our young people – have the opportunity to live in drug-free communities and to lead safe, healthy lives.

Join us, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, on October 26, 2013, in the TARGET PARKING LOT at the Hammond Square Mall to safely dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs you may have in your home or possession. We will be there to accept prescription medications from 10AM – 2PM.

Target PARKING LOT
2030 Hammond Square Dr.
Hammond, La

News Release

Village of Tangipahoa- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of October 5, 2013, shots were fired in the parking lot of Club 81 in the Village of Tangipahoa.

As deputies were assisting in clearing the parking lot after the bar closed, they heard several gunshots coming from crowed parking lot. Deputies quickly began canvasing and securing the area.

It was soon revealed that a 20 year old b/m, Kentwood resident had been shot in leg and needed medical assistance.

While investigating, deputies learned that 21 year old Raymond Brown of Amite allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the victim. The victim immediately began running, subsequently getting shot with a non-life threatening wound to the leg.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. A warrant for Brown’s arrest is currently being issued.

WANTED SUSPECTS

Hammond – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Worthless Check Unit is looking for the following wanted suspects:

Constance Rogers Punch (DOB 4.3.1966) of Hammond, LA. Punch is wanted for writing a worthless check to a local business and 3 outstanding FTA warrants.

Sheree M. Glass (DOB 2.16.1980) of Ponchatoula, LA. Glass is wanted on 6 outstanding traffic warrants.

Lemeeca Jolliff (DOB 10.22.19981) of Roseland, LA. Jolliff is wanted on 3 outstanding FTA warrants.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these subjects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Vic Ferrara is the lead investigator.



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