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Hammond, Louisiana 70403
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Attempted Carjacking


May 29, 2014
For Immediate Release

Amite – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

The alleged incident took place as a homeowner was leaving her residence on Puleston Rd. in Amite. Two masked male subjects aggressively approached the homeowner’s vehicle as she was attempting to leave her residence. One of the subjects began to beat on the driver’s side window with his left hand, while banishing a weapon with his right. He eventually attempted to break the window with a concrete block.

Fearing for her life, the victim opened the driver’s side door and sprayed the subject with pepper spray. At this time, the other male subject reached in the vehicle and grabbed the victim’s bag that was on the front seat. The subjects then fled on foot as the gunman had his weapon pointed at the victim until they were out of sight.

The subjects are described as being slim and approximately 5’10” tall. Both subjects were wearing dark clothing and wearing a white cloth over their faces.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Crime Stoppers

May 19, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards


AMITE, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m., on May 13, 2014, at a residence located on Hwy 51 S. in Amite.

Allegedly, two subjects were sitting in a vehicle in front of the residence talking when 3 or 4 masked gunman approached the vehicle and demanded all their money. The gunman then robbed the 2 subjects of their belongings, pulled them out of the vehicle and drove away in the victim’s 1994 blue Ford Taurus. One of the victims was also struck in the face by a gunman as a he was being pulled out of the vehicle.

While deputies were on scene, it was reported that the Amite Police Department located the stolen vehicle abandoned on W. Factory St. in Amite. At this time, the vehicle is currently being processed by authorities.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who may have information regarding the alleged armed robbery to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Worthless Checks Unit

HAMMOND- Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Worthless Check Unit is looking for the following suspects.
29 year old Celeste Burton of Independence, LA. Burton is wanted on 1 count of issuing worthless checks in Tangipahoa Parish.

40 year old Christopher Blackwell of Hammond, LA. Blackwell is wanted on 4 counts of issuing worthless checks and 1 FTA.

44 year old Kenneth Chaney, last know address is in Baton Rouge, LA. Chaney is wanted on 15 counts of issuing worthless checks in Tangipahoa Parish and 1 count of theft by fraud.

23 year old Demarkus Spears of Ponchatoula, LA. Spears is wanted on 2 traffic violations and 2 FTA warrants.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the above mentioned subjects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Vic Ferrera is the lead investigator on these cases.

There no previous booking photo’s available.

Young Marines

Young Marines -

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2014

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards proudly announces that the members of the TPSO’s Young Marine Program will be graduating May 23, 2014. The TPSO’s Young Marine Program, led by Corporal Nick Vinterella, is comprised of youth from the ages of 8 through 18.

The Young Marine Program focuses on leadership skills, living a drug free and healthy lifestyle, physical fitness, community service, self respect and for others, and team building skills. The current recruit class is in their final stages of recruit training and are preparing for graduation.

“This is always an exciting time for our Young Marines. “ says Edwards. “ I encourage all of our Young Marines to take what have learned in training and be positive examples for other youth at school, home and in the community.”

Plans are for another recruit class to begin in June of 2014 and we are currently taking applications. For parents who may be interested in enrolling their child, please contact Corporal Nick Vinterella or Det Dennis Brazil at 985-902-2011.

Pictured are members of the Young Marine’s providing community service hours at the Bedico Community Center last month.

1st Picture from left to right, Anthony Cangelosi, Dakota Salter, William Salter, Joshua Cangelosi, Kaleb Collins and Anna Cooper.

Crime Stoppers

May 16, 2014
TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding a business burglary that occurred on May 12th or 13th, 2014, at Louisiana Cat Equipment shop on W. Club Deluxe Rd.

Suspect(s) got away with a Cat Skid Steer with a debris kit attached. This piece of equipment is valued at approximately $100,000.00.

The alleged suspect vehicle is a silver or white Ford F250 with lights on the roof and running boards.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Prayer Breakfast

May 16, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Daniel Edwards kindly invites you to attend the TPSO’s Monthly Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday May 28, 2014, at the Mt. Kingdom Baptist Church on Nuccio Rd. off of HWY 51 in Tickfaw, LA.

The celebration will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Buckle Up in Your Truck!

Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up enforcement during the month of May.

Our efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 19 – June 1. 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.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Edwards. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” said Edwards. “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt.. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message.”

Crime Stoppers

May 16, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigative Unit of the sheriff’s office is looking for wanted suspect 23 year old Devin L. Powell. Powell’s last known address is 23249 Powell Lane in Robert, LA.

Powell is wanted by the TPSO on numerous outstanding warrants including 4 counts of felony possession of a firearm, 1 count of theft and 1 count of burglary.

An on-going investigation by TPSO detectives has revealed Powell’s possible involvement in the selling of illegal firearms in Tangipahoa Parish.

Probation and Parole has also joined the sheriff’s office in the investigation.

Powell was last seen driving a white Ford Extra-Cab pick-up truck bearing license plate X333371.

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

Click It or TICKET!


May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release

Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up enforcement during the month of May.

Our efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 19 – June 1. 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.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Edwards. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” said Edwards. “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt.. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message.”

2013 - 2014 Scholarship Winners


May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release

HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced that two high school seniors in Tangipahoa Parish have been named recipients of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program for the 2013-2014 school year. Both recipients reside in Tangipahoa Parish and plan to attend colleges in the State of Louisiana.

The following students are awarded:

Ashlyn Marie Dykes – Hammond High Magnet Program- $500 LSA Scholarship Recipient
McKenna Rae Jenkins -Loranger High School- $500 LSA Scholarship Recipient (funds matched by Sheriff Edwards).

The Sheriff’s Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriffs’ provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.

Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership and character are considered in making selections of Sheriffs’ scholarship recipients. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State; and students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students. Scholarships will be awarded in sixty-three parishes throughout the state.

“This is one of our finest accomplishments that invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community.” said Sheriff Edwards. “This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program and our Tangipahoa Parish Honorary Members.”

Shooting Investigation

May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m., on East Illinois St.in Hammond.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the alleged incident and shooting are domestic related.

The alleged suspect, 47 year old Margaret Jackson, was shot in the abdomen by a male victim as the result of her violent attempts to stab him and another subject inside of the E. Illinois St. residence.

Jackson is currently in a near by medical facility in critical condition.

Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.



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