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Hammond, Louisiana 70403
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Missing Person

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On November 27, 2013, Rosendo Mata Alegria, a Hispanic male (DOB03-20-1985) was reported missing. Alegria worked at La Caretta Restaurant in Hammond and has not reported to work nor has he been in contact with friends, family or co-workers for about 3 weeks now. Co-workers state that this behavior is unusual for Alegria.

Alegria was last known to be living on Lee Cemetery Rd. in Amite.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Alegria is asked to please contact TPSO Detective Gary Baham at 985.902.2088.

Great Work!

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a Kentwood area man after burglarizing two vehicles. 27 year old Daniel Blades of Kentwood, LA, has been booked with 2 counts of vehicle burglary, 1 count burglary of an inhibited dwelling, criminal damage to property and possession of stolen property.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m. yesterday, the sheriff’s office was notified that vehicle burglary suspect Daniel Blades was walking on the side of the roadway on Hwy 38 near 1054. Within minutes, Deputy L. Bridges located the subject and identified him as Blades. During the roadside investigation, Deputy Bridges located several pieces of property, some which were identified as belonging to the vehicle burglary victim. Subsequently, Blades was taken into custody.

While enrout to the jail, Deputy Bridges was advised of another alleged vehicle burglary which just been reported on JT Connerly Road. It was advised that the cloth top of a Ford Mustang had been compromised and a purse, money and a camera were reported missing. During Deputy Bridges’ roadside investigation, he located a camera fitting the description of the one reported missing from the Ford Mustang and a knife handle. Upon booking, Blades was charged with both burglaries.

Great job Deputy Bridges!


PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO’s Special Response Team disarmed a barricaded gunman in a Ponchatoula residence.

Approximately two hours ago the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the PPD requesting assistance. A resident at 129 Ford St. in Ponchatoula allegedly barricaded himself in his residence with a gun, threatening to kill himself. Upon arrival at the residence, it was determined that the TPSO’s Special Response Team would be used to attempt to disarm the subject.

SRT Members and the SRT Negotiator made contact with the subject and attempted to talk the subject into surrendering. The gunman engaged with deputies for approximately one hour before being detained. The subject eventually made his way to the doorway where he stood waving a weapon and threatening to kill himself or force deputies to kill him. During the negations, an SRT team member fired a 37mm Grenade Launcher (a less than lethal weapon) and neutralized the subject. At this time, the subject was detained without further incident and turned over to the Ponchatoula Police Department.

The subject, Michael R. Noel (DOB 9.30.61) was not injured during the incident. He is being transported to a near by medical facility for assessment.

TPSO Arrests

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 20 year old Baton Rouge resident Ezra Shannon. Shannon was apprehended on December 7, 2013, at the Hammond Tractor Supply Store located on HWY 190.

Deputies responded to the location in reference to a call for service in reference to a suspicious vehicle and an unknown subject with a firearm. When they arrived, deputies located 20 year old Shannon, staggering down an isle of the establishment. Deputies then identified themselves and advised Shannon to stop and remove his hands from his pockets. Shannon neglected to do so and became extremely combative with deputies. After a brief struggle, deputies detained Shannon and located marijuana and a loaded handgun in his possession.

Subsequently Ezra Shannon II was charged with the following offenses: 14:95 Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 14:95(A) Illegal concealment of a firearm, 14:95(E) Illegal carrying of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 14:37.2 Aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer, 14:103 Disturbing the peace by public intoxication, 40:966(E) Possession of Marijuana, and 14:108.2 resisting an officer by force or violence.

Crime Stoppers

AMITE, LA – The Criminal Investigations Unit of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’ s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred approximately at 10:45 p.m. on December 7, 2013.

Deputies responded to a residence on Graham Road in reference to an alleged armed robbery. The victim stated that as she exited her vehicle and began walking up to the front door, an unknown white male approached her holding a rifle. The subject then grabbed her purse and fled on foot heading east.

The suspect was said to be approximately six feet tall, thin, wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded sweat shirt that was zipped up tightly, and the draw strings pulled tightly covering most of his face.

Sheriff Edwards is asking for you assistance in identifying this subject. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Pilot Makes Emergency Landing

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that local pilot makes an emergency landing in a pasture approximately 8 miles form the Hammond Airport.

On board the single engine Areo 112 was 60 year old pilot and owner Nicholas Burtchaell of Folsom and instructor pilot Otis D. Briggs of Kentwood, LA. The pilots reported that they were flying about 3000 feet and holding when the pilot noticed that there were losing oil pressure and the system eventually failed completely. The pilots then began to descend the airplane and at approximately 600 feet, the engine failed. The pilots then began to look for a safe place to land the aircraft. They quickly observed and claimed a pasture clear of houses and power lines where they would attempt to safely land the plane. Moments later, the pilots did an outstanding job putting the plan on the ground. Both pilots walked away without injuries.

The landing site was in Folsom near Turn Pike Rd. The FAA was enroute to the incident location for assessment and removal of the aircraft.

Acadian and the Husser Fire Department also responded supported with the incident. Everyone involved is extremely grateful for the successful outcome of this tragic event.


HAMMOND, LA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On December 10, 2013, Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Burglary Unit made an arrest in connection with a recent residential burglary.

As detectives were canvasing an area of Morris Road, they located a vehicle that was reported to be present during a residential burglary which occurred on December 7, 2013.

The suspect vehicle parked in a trailer park located at the intersection on Morris Road and River Road and occupied by 2 black male subjects. As detectives made their approach to the vehicle, both subjects exited the vehicle began to flee from the in opposite directions. At this time, detectives immediately recognized the driver as Tony Dashawn Showers as he fled o foot into the woods. As detectives and assisting units began to set up a perimeter, detectives were advised that Showers was seen crossing the roadway and was attempting to reenter the trailer park. As deputies were searching the area, they observed fresh foot print tracks leading from the road to Lot 21 the trailer park.

Detectives approached the residence and made contact with three females who advised that Showers was not in the residence. With the trailer surrounded, Showers emerged from a rear door and attempted to flee again from deputies. After a short foot chase, Showers was detained and subsequently arrested. The 3 female subjects were also taken into custody and charged with obstruction of justice for assisting Showers. Additionally, as detectives conducted an inventory of the suspect vehicle, they recovered an item from the burglary where the vehicle was observed.

Tony Dashawn Showers B/M DOB 11/29/84 30901 N Cafe Line Road, booked for 13 outstanding warrants, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property.

Charlene Wells B/F DOB 11/24/59 49060 Morris Road lot 21, booked for obstruction of justice.

Queenester Wells B/F DOB 6/16/85 49060 Morris Road Lt 21, booked for obstruction justice.

Christine Wells B/F DOB 4/9/84 49060 Morris road lot 21, booked for obstruction of justice and an outstanding theft warrant.

TPSO Narcotics Arrest

NATALBANY - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on December 15, 3013, the sheriff's office began investigating allegations of the manufacturing of methamphetamines at the residence of 16132 highway 1064 in Natalbany.

The primary suspect in the investigation is known methamphetamine violator, Daniel Ridgel (w/m, 01-11-1972). With the address already being linked to prior methamphetamine manufacturing, and with the knowledge that Ridgel was in the residence, narcotics agents obtained and executed a search warrant. During the search of the residence agents located, 3 active one pot meth labs, 1 processed meth lab, processed methamphetamine, and all precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The residence can only be described as deplorable and unlivable due to the amount of methamphetamine precursor materials throughout the residence. The residence is already adorned with a placard marking the residence as a hazardous material contaminated location. Agents also observed what is referenced as a burn out area in the kitchen. This is where a "burn-out" (a fire) is created as a result of the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Agents were able to get a taped statement regarding the methamphetamine activity. Ridgel admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine for the last 6 months and causing the fire in the kitchen 3 days ago from manufacturing methamphetamine.

On December 16, 2013, Ridgel was subsequently arrested and charged with 4 counts manufacturing meth and 1 count possession with intent to distribute meth. It should also be noted that Ridgel is probation for a prior manufacturing charge.

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