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HAMMOND, LA – On September 15, 2014, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 43 year old Hammond resident Robert Reid after allegedly cutting another subject during a physical altercation.

Deputies arrived at a residence on Benton Rd.in Tickfaw, LA to find a white male subject lying on the ground with lacerations from his abdomen to his facial area. Allegedly, Reid and the victim were engaged in a verbal altercation that quickly became physical. Numerous subjects engaged in the altercation creating a large disturbance. While engaged in the altercation, Reid armed himself with a knife and proceeded to cut the victim numerous times. The subject then fled the scene.

After interviewing witnesses, deputies believed that Reid fled to his residence on Old Gennesse Rd. in Hammond. Deputies along with TPSO K9 Vhari relocated to Reid’s residence where he was apprehended and taken into custody without incident.

Subsequent to arrest, deputies located multiple firearms and a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana in plain view in Reid’s residence. Reid was charged with Aggravated battery by cutting, Possession of CDS II, Possession of a firearm while in possession of a CDS, Possession of stolen property, and simple battery.

Sobriety Checkoints

HAMMOND, LA – Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a no refusal sobriety checkpoint this Thursday September 18, 2014, in the Hammond area.

If drunk driving was eliminated, more than 10,000 lives would be spared each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on thousands of law enforcement agencies to join in the fight against drunk driving. By working together, increasing public awareness and using a no-excuses approach to enforcement, we can send the strong message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.

Here are a few statics:

• One in three traffic fatalities are in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
• Nighttime is especially dangerous. More than three-fourths (76%) of all drunk-driving fatalities 2012 occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
• Young drivers from 18 to 34 years old are overrepresented in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, especially over a holiday weekend. In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, and it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to drink at all.

Here are some simple tips to help motorists and passengers keep safe.

- Plan a safe way home before you start any festivities where you will be drinking alcohol.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver. If you wait until you’re impaired, you’re more likely to make a bad decision.
- If you’ve been drinking, call a sober friend or family member.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. You could save a life.
- If you know someone who is about to operate a motorcycle or drive while drunk, be a true friend and take their keys. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

“Our goal is simple. The strategy is to be visible, be vigilant and let motorists know that drunk driving is not an option.” states Edwards.

Crime Stoppers

INDEPENDENCE, LA – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday September 10, 2014, leaving one man in critical condition.

At approximately 4:00 pm, deputies responded to a residence on Blackcat Rd. in Independence regarding a disturbance with a firearm. Upon arrival, it was learned that a 25 year old male subject had been shot.

The suspect is stated to be an unknown black male approximately 5’8” tall with dreads wearing a white Tee, jeans. Allegedly the victim was standing outside of the Blackcat Rd. residence when the slender black male exited from the passenger side of a green Expedition and approached him. After a few words were spoken, the unknown subject pulled out a pistol and fired one time at the victim before quickly fleeing the scene.

The older model Expedition was said to be driven by a bald, light skinned black male.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

The victim is reported to be in critical but stable condition.

Marijuana TakeDown

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

Large Marijuana Takedown

September 5, 2014, TANGIPAHOA, LA – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and with the support of the Hammond Police Department seized nearly 320 large marijuana plants, and over 250 pounds of processed marijuana, with an estimated street value of an approximately 1 million dollars, yielding 4 arrests.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the discovery of a “cartel like” marijuana grow located deep in a wooded area in the Village of Tangipahoa, was the result of diligent police work and investigations conducted by TPSO deputies and narcotics agents. Due to the magnitude of narcotics seizure, this case is currently being investigated in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Field Division.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday September 2, 2014, the sheriff’s office received information from a complaint that accused a female subject, Megan Crain (25 yoa of Hammond, LA), of stealing his vehicle (a 2012 Nissan Altima), and she was possibly headed to the area of Tangipahoa. The complaint also accused the Crain of having illegal narcotics located in a white plastic garbage bag in the back seat of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, having been notified of the stolen vehicle, assisting deputies located the alleged stolen Altama on Hwy 1050 and James Rd. Upon making contact, deputies observed 1 female and 2 male subjects and 1 juvenile inside of the vehicle. Deputies then advised the driver of the maroon Altima, Megan Crain, that the vehicle was reported stolen and that all occupants were being detained pending the roadside investigation. The passengers of the vehicle were then identified 49 year old Dagoberto Rodriguez , Megan and Brent Crain.

As a result of the roadside investigation, deputies located 4 rocks of crack cocaine inside of the vehicle and a crack pipe was located in the front pocket of Rodriguez’s pants. Rodriguez also had 4 outstanding FTA warrants for his arrest. Deputies were also made aware that the complaint 31 year old Donald Chiasson, Megan Crain and Brent Crain all lived at the same residence on Jenkins Rd. in Hammond.

Due to the nature of the incident and the narcotics located in the suspect vehicle, the TPSO Narcotics Unit was notified and arrived on scene. Coincidentally, several of the subjects involved in this incident were already targets in an on-going undercover narcotics investigation led by TPSO agents. A consent to search of the Jenkins Rd. residence was quickly obtained and executed. As a result, a approximate 15 pounds of processed marijuana was located and seized.

During interviews with the subjects, Agents learned of the marijuana grow located on Guy Road in Tangipahoa. Agents relocated to this area where the investigation continued. Upon arrival, agents were led to a large field in a wooded area where a large scale “cartel like” marijuana grow was operating. As agents walked through the field they observed at least 318 massive marijuana plants were growing, an irrigation system set up supplying the plants with water, components of processing and cultivation such as fertilizer, and 3 outdoor drying stations containing approximately 250 pounds of processing marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration was called upon to support with the investigation of this case. All of the plants and processed marijuana has been removed from the area. Some of the plants were a reported 7 feet tall with a diameter of four feet on width.

The child was subsequently placed in the care of DCFS.

Sheriff Edwards sends his gratitude and appreciation for the valued partnership and support received on this case from the DEA, Hammond Police Department and the LSP.

Those charged in this case include:

Dagoberto RODRIGUEZ was charged with cultivation of marijuana in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Megan Crain, Brent Crain (who was additionally charged with a parole violation) and Donald Chaisson were charged with possession with Intent to distribute marijuana and cultivation of marijuana in the 21st Judicial District of Louisiana.

Reward for Information

HAMMOND, LA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the sheriff’s office is offering up to a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading up to an arrest on the following two cold cases.

May 20, 2014, 16 year old Hector Dotey lost his life after being gunned down inside of his residence on Willow Villa Rd. in Hammond, LA. Investigators believe that this tragic incident was the result of an argument that occurred earlier that day.

June 27, 2011, 25 year old Robert Kelly was gunned down in his residence on Durbin Rd. in Hammond, LA. The investigation reports that Kelly sustained one gunshot wound to the head resulting in his death. The victim’s brother located Kelly at approximately 2:00 p.m. and called 911.

“It's difficult for us to try and solve some cases without the public's help," Edwards said. “It’s no secret that at times we meet resistance from the public in terms of cooperation,” he continued. Although with limited information, investigators are still actively working these hard –to-solve cases. Following up on every lead, partnering with Crime Stoppers, and using billboards offering rewards are just a few ways for us to reach out to the community for support. Currently, Sheriff Edwards is asking for your help by providing any information that could help solve these two homicides and any other crime that you may have witnessed.

As stated yesterday, Crime Stoppers is the most effective way for the community to partner with law enforcement. It is completely anonymous! You will never be asked for your name, number, address, or any other identifying information.

Crime Stoppers, 800.554.5245.

From: Dawn Panepinto
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Subject: TPSO News Release 9.8.14 - Cold Case

September 8, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND, LA – In the world of homicide investigations, there are those "smoking gun" cases where a suspect is identified and incarcerated immediately; and then there are the more challenging cases where investigators work from the ground up. Any investigator will tell you there is nothing more frustrating or disheartening than an unsolved death especially when there are grieving family members seeking closure for the untimely death of a loved one.

On June 27, 2011, 25 year old Robert Kelly was gunned down in his residence on Durbin Rd. in Hammond, LA. The investigation reports that Kelly sustained one gunshot wound to the head resulting in his death. The victim’s brother located Kelly at approximately 2:00 p.m. and called 911.

The only piece of information that surfaced was the report of a white colored Chrysler vehicle was allegedly seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

In cases such as this where information is limited, we rely heavily on information gathered from the public in hopes of identifying creditable witnesses and tangible information that will ultimately lead to an arrest(s).

Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to urge the public to come forward with any information in not just this case, but any unsolved case or crime that you may information regarding.

Crime Stoppers is the most effective way for the community to partner with law enforcement. Its core purpose is to operate in cooperation with local law enforcement, media, and the general public to solve and prevent crimes – and it protects your identity. It is completely anonymous! You will never be asked for your name, number, address, or any other identifying information.

Crime Stoppers, 800.554.5245.

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