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Sobriety Checkpoints

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that on Thursday May 1, 2014 and on Friday May 16, 2014, the sheriff’s office will be conducting sobriety and seatbelt compliance checkpoints throughout our parish.

May 1, 2014, will be stationed on the south end of the parish and on May 16, 2014, a checkpoint will be conducted on the northern end of Tangipahoa Parish. During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking to ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office’s efforts are part of a larger, national campaign to take stronger efforts in ensuring the safety of all citizens as it related to impaired and seatbelt compliance. The sheriff’s office will also be partnering with other law enforcement agencies in the Click It or Ticket mobilization that will begin mid May.

As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will be ensuring that everyone buckles up and that all drivers are sober. “Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Sheriff Edwards. As always, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office encourages you to drink responsibly and do not drive when drinking.

Also in May, boating traffic is traditionally heavy and boaters must take every necessary precaution. Boaters should expect to see extra patrols on the water and may be stopped for a routine check. Operating a boat and operating a vehicle are one in the same. The only one at the wheel of either, should be the one who has had NO alcohol. Another important piece of safety equipment that should be aboard every vessel is the life jacket. Everyone needs to have a life jacket and children under the age of 16 are required to wear them when the boat is under way.

Be Proactive and Be Safe!

Sheriff Edwards wants to alert motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time.

“There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple steps of wearing their seat belts and driving sober.” stated Edwards.

Burglary Arrest

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of multiple burglary suspect, 30 year old Elbert J. Pierre III.

On April 23, 2014, Pierre was allegedly identified as the suspect of a residential burglary on Cannino Rd. Later that same day, deputies responded to an activated residential alarm on Crapazanno Rd.. At the same time the alarm sounded, an eye witness observed a white male fitting the same description of Pierre running from behind the house.

Deputies patrolled the area and located Pierre walking on Mayeaux Rd. Pierre was detained pending investigation. Pierre was brought back to the residence in an effort to positively identify Pierre as the suspect seen running from the residence. While at the residence, deputies also verified that there was indeed forced entry into the home through the back door. Subsequently, Pierre confessed to both afore mentioned residential burglaries. Pierre III was taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of burglary and 1 count of theft.

On April 28, 2014, Pierre was again interviewed by detectives. During the interview process, Pierre additionally confessed to committing a business burglary on Crapanzanno Rd.

Pierre was additionally charged with 1 count of burglary.

Warrant Arrests

HAMMOND – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the arrest of wanted suspect 37 year old Ronald Berry. Berry is wanted on numerous outstanding warrants from the TPSO and Probation and Parole. Berry is also wanted for questioning in an active criminal investigation.

In the evening hours of April 24, 2014, TPSO Detectives learned that Ronald Berry may be staying at a residence on Blanche Lane. When deputies arrived at the suspect residence, they observed an unknown male, later identified at Christopher Anthony, flee the residence on foot headed south to a near by wooded area. Anthony was quickly apprehended and detained pending the investigation.

At this time it was believed that Berry was still inside the residence. Berry is known to have an extensive criminal history and it was unknown if he was armed with a weapon. Deputy Sean Scott, assisted by TPSO K9 Recon, entered the residence in an attempt to locate Berry. After several attempts of asking Berry to surrender, TPSO Recon was deployed. Recon located Berry hiding in a bedroom on the north end of the residence. Berry was successfully apprehended by a K9 bite and without further incident. Berry was charged on numerous outstanding felony warrants including burglary.

Four other individuals were also at the residence and were taken into custody for outstanding warrants. Christopher Anthony 09/14/1982, Bridgette Harper 04/08/1973, Selina Rogers 03/20/1979, and Natalie Newton 05/18/1992. Newton was charged with Possession of Weapons While in Possession of CDS. Anthony and Rogers was charged with Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive from other Jurisdiction. Harper was charged with Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Berry was charged with Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer.

News Release

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on April 22, 2014, sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on N. Brickyard Rd. in reference to reports of a homeowner locating what appeared to be human remains on their property.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the TPSO Communications Division received a call from a resident on N. Brickyard Rd. stating that possible human remains (bones) were found in a field behind their residence. The homeowner was plowing a field when they saw what looked like human skeleton bones lying on the ground. .

Within moments of the discovery, the homeowner contacted the sheriff’s office. When detectives and deputies arrived, they secured the area and began collecting evidence. A preliminary investigation began on site. At this time, the LSP and the LSU Faces Laboratory are in possession of and are processing all evidence collected from the scene. The LSU Faces Laboratory is a facility that conducts advanced research in the fields of Physical and Forensic Anthropology. They also provide a public service to law enforcement agencies through assistance with the recovery and identification of human remains.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Narcotics Arrests

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On April 22, 2104, detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office traveled to 12026 Wardline Road in Hammond in reference to a burglary investigation. As detectives approached the residence, they detected a strong chemical odor coming from an open window under the carport. Detectives immediately recognized the smell as that of an active methamphetamine laboratory. At this time, detectives then made contact with the residents and obtained permission to search the residence. As a result, detectives located an active methamphetamine laboratory inside of the home.

Detectives immediately escorted all the subjects out of and away from the residence for their safety. The Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Unit, as well as Acadian Ambulance and Hammond Fire Department soon arrived at the scene to provide assistance. Occupants of the residence to included four adults, one 9 year old child, one 5 year old, and an 8 week old infant. All occupants, including the infant child, had to be decontaminated by Hammond Fire Department HazMat. This decontamination process involves the removal of all contaminated items and clothing, having the body washed with biodegradable soap and then placing the subjects in a special paper suit for a specified amount of time. All three children were transported to North Oaks Medical Center for examination as a result of being exposed to the hazardous chemicals produced in the illegal production of methamphetamine. The children were then placed in the custody of the state.

Subsequently, all four adults were taken into custody and charged; Mark White Jr (6.14.81) of Hammond, Tamara White (DOB 5.7.84) of Hammond, Justin Kuffner (3.25.83) of Robert, and Jeffery Kuffner (2.17.80) of Robert, La. All subjects were charged with RS 40:967 A1 manufacturing methamphetamine, and three counts of RS 40:967 B3B child endangerment.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office would like to thank Hammond Fire Department HazMat Crew, Acadian Ambulance, Hammond Rural Fire Department, Department of Child and Family Services, and North Oaks Medical Center for their strong efforts in supporting the TPSO with this case and for the outstanding care that was given to the children.

National Take Back Day!

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the 8th Annual National Take-Back Initiative in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Collection activity is planned for April 26, 2014, from 10 – 2 p.m., in the Target parking lot at the Hammond Square Mall.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet!

Protect our kids, families and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines. Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high - over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.

Sheriff Edwards urges you to take part in this opportunity to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply for the increasing abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

This program is specifically designed to help the citizens of our community dispose of their unused or out dated prescription drugs in a legal manner. The prescriptions can be dropped off in the original containers and no questions asked. I would encourage the citizens of this community to take advantage of this program and help us in the disposal of these drugs, and help keep them off the streets and out the wrong hands. Additionally, improper disposal of prescription medicines can harm the environment and may be a risk to your family.

Arrest

PONCHATULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 2 Hammond residents on various narcotics related charges.

Yesterday, detectives arrested 22 year old Quentin Carlson and 38 year old Amy Jones. At approximately 3:00 p.m., while detectives were patrolling the area of N. Thibodaux Rd., they observed 2 vehicles parked in a wooded driveway. As detectives pulled in behind one of the vehicles, a male subject identified as Carlson, quickly exited a brown colored SUV from the passenger side rear door and attempt to make his way to the driver’s seat. When detectives requested for Carlson stop moving, he started to run toward the running SUV, entered the vehicle and placed it in gear. At this time, detectives were able to stop Carlson from fleeing and demanded he exit the vehicle. Upon doing so, a brief struggle ensued as Carlson aggressively resisted arrested.

A search of Carlson’s person subsequent to arrest revealed an approximate 2.5 grams of cocaine, assorted drug paraphernalia and 1,500 of cash currency. Carlson was then charged with distribution of CDSII, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest by force.

Amy Jones, who was inside of the running SUV, was also charged with possession of CDSII, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrests

PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

TICKFAW- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 19 year old Devin Kinchen of Albany, LA, on April 1, 2014.

Kinchen was arrested and taken into custody after allegedly posing as an undercover Madisonville Police Officer.

Kinchen and two other unknown white male subjects were observed parked in a driveway on Ruth Stafford Rd. in Tickfaw. When approached by a near by neighbor, Kinchen allegedly replied that he was an undercover Madisonville Police Officer conducting a narcotics investigation and advised the complaint not to contact the authorities.

A short time later, deputies located Kinchen in his red F250 pick-up truck on Faller Rd. When asked if he was a police officer, Kinchen replied “no”; it was also confirmed through the Madisonville PD that he was not employed with the agency.

Subsequently, Kinchen was charged with posing as a police officer and criminal trespass.

14 Year Old Cold Case

April 10, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

14 year old cold case - Unexplained Death

HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding the unexplained death of 23 year old Joseph David Hayden of Olivia Holton Rd.

On April 12, 2000, the sheriff’s office received information that 23 year old Hayden had been missing from his residence for a little less than 24 hours. His truck, keys, and belongings were all in tact, only thing missing was Hayden.

Regretfully, on April 13, 2000, Hayden’s lifeless body was located in a field nearby his residence on Olivia Holton Rd. An autopsy revealed that Hayden’s death was of unknown causes and reflected a negative toxicology report.

Almost 14 years to date later, Hayden’s family and detectives still have no answers. In an effort to put this case to rest, and provide some closure for his family, Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding Hayden’s death to please come forward. Crime Stoppers, (800.554.5245), is always anonymous and awards up to $1,000.00 in cash for information leading to the closure of a case.

Detective Mike Sticker is the lead investigator on this case.



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