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TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND, LA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following burglary arrest.

On August 20, 2014, sheriff’s deputies responded to Honeysuckle Drive in Hammond regarding a burglary in progress. As units were in route to the residence, it was reported that allegedly three subjects exited the apartment, entered a vehicle and left the scene. A witness to the incident followed the suspects through Natalbany and back into Hammond onto North Oak Street.

Officers with the Hammond Police Department quickly located the suspect vehicle and attempted to make contact. As the driver brought the vehicle to a stop, four individuals jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. At this time two of the subjects, Delmarcus Maryland and Keundrae Roberts were immediately detained. TPSO sheriff's deputies and officers with the Hammond Police Department searched the area for the two other subjects with negative results.

Once detectives from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Burglary Unit arrived, a search of the suspect vehicle was conducted. During the search, detectives located numerous stolen items from the reported Honeysuckle Drive burglary.

After detectives interviewed several witness and the two subjects detained, DELMARCUS J MARYLAND (BM 05/24/89) was charged with one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and a failure to appear warrant and KEUNDRAE O'NEIL ROBERTS ( BM 07/07/91) was charged with two outstanding warrants.

Detectives are still searching for the identity of the other two subjects. Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Sobriety Checkoints

Labor Day Weekend Brings DUI Crackdown Tangipahoa
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards Reminds Everyone to
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

HAMMOND, LA – Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. So starting August 15 and continuing through September 1, local police will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on our roads.

In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. Over Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday) that year, more than a third (38%) of all traffic fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes. These grim facts should speak for themselves, but they haven’t gotten everyone’s attention yet.

On August 22nd and August 29th, the sheriff’s office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on the north end of our parish. “It’s tragic how many people lose their lives to drunk driving,” said Edwards “If the news reported that more than 10,000 people were killed in a preventable crime spree, the American public would be outraged!” he continued. Once again this year, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. No tolerance, no excuses.

Over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, there were 147 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes across the country. And here’s a staggering statistic: out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four (25%) were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher—almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes. Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of the fatalities in nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a BACs of .08 or higher. By comparison, 25 percent of the fatalities in daytime fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.

Young drivers are overrepresented in drunk-driving crashes, too. Among young drivers—between the ages of 18 and 34— killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (48%) had a BAC of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states. For drivers under 21, anything above a BAC of .00 is illegal.

“Driving drunk is totally inexcusable,” said Edwards “We’re hoping that drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There’s always another way home.”

Sheriff Edwards is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served.

This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Law enforcement is not messing around: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. Remember that aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.

Narcotics Arrests

PONCHATOULA, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following arrests.

On August 12, 2014, agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Narcotics Unit executed a methamphetamine related search warrant on the residence of Melody ELKINS and Terry ELKINS located at 39087 Shingle Mill Road Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Upon execution of the warrant agents located evidence of manufacturing of methamphetamine has taken place inside the residence. Agents located a large amount of precursor materials and in fact over 57 pounds of Ammonia Nitrate in 15 (fifteen) one gallon zip lock bags. These items were located throughout the residence, with the majority being located in a hidden room concealed in Melody ELKINS bedroom.

Agents located Terry ELKINS the son of Melody ELKINS at the residence. It was learned through investigative techniques that Mr. Terry ELKINS was actively involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and gathering of precursor materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Subsequently agents placed Terry ELKINS white/male DOB 08/12/1994 under arrest on charges of Manufacturing Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Agents are actively seeking Melody ELKINS white/female DOB 08/14/1969, and mother of Terry ELKINS, on arrest warrants for Manufacturing of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine), Distribution of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine).

Back to School!!!

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers to slow down as part of our annual “Back to School Awareness” campaign begins. Sheriff Edwards is asking drivers to slow down and exercise caution as the new school year quickly approaches.

“With school in session, there will be significantly more traffic,” Sheriff Edwards states. “Pedestrians, buses, and parents all contribute to school zone congestion. Many schools in our parish are faced with traffic issues, especially during the first few days.

Deputies will focus on motorists who illegally pass school buses, speed in school zones, fail to wear or ensure their children wear safety belts, and commit other unsafe driving actions. Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as impaired drivers. Please be mindful and pay extra attention to your surroundings, especially around our schools.

When walking to school, be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic. Carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision. Also if at all possible, ensure your children walk in groups for safety purposes.

When biking to school, always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic and use appropriate hand signals. Please observe and respect traffic lights, stop signs and know the “rules of the road”.

Encourage your children, when taking a bus to and from school, to always wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb. Double check to make sure no traffic is coming before crossing the street and make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver. Children should only board and exit the bus in designated locations.

Motorists should be aware when driving in neighborhoods or school zones to watch for children who may be in a hurry getting to and from school and may not be thinking about getting there safely. Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. Be alert for school zones that have a reduced speed limit at designated times of the day. Keep an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks and pay attention for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

As we look forward to another successful school year, Sheriff Edwards wants to remind motorists to also be aware and alert to law enforcement officers directing traffic in and around school zones.

Have a great year!

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