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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/01/2014
From: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ by
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

HAMMOND, LA – The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, and fireworks. For many people, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. Over the July 4th holiday period in 2012 alone, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. The “Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is ramping up our enforcement to make our roads and waterways safer this Fourth of July,” said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards. “For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested.” The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses.”

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012—representing a third of all crash fatalities. Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. During the July 4th period in 2012 (6 p.m. on July 3 to 5:59 a.m. on July 5), there were 179 people killed in crashes, and 44 percent of those crashes were alcohol-impaired.

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk. According to the FBI, over 1.28 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2012. And the rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July 4th period in 2012, more than one fourth (28%) involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

NHTSA data also reveals that 46 percent of young (age 18-34) drivers were drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) while driving in fatal crashes over the July 4th period in 2012(6 p.m. on July 3 to 5:59 a.m. on July 5). Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2012, more than one-fourth (27%) of the motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th period in 2012, more than a third (39%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 16 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

“This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Tangipahoa Parish roads safer for everyone,” said Jodie Rohner Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa. “Remember,” Rohner warned, “to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s as simple as that.” Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. And keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa recommends these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office - (985) 345-6150 Hammond or (985) 748-8147 Amite or if an EMERGENCY 9-1-1
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
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Crime Stoppers

TICKFAW, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Sheriff’ Office is looking for 30 year old Ponchatoula residence Alvin James Davis. Davis, already having multiple outstanding arrest warrants, faces numerous charges from the TPSO after allegedly forcing his way into a Tickfaw residence unannounced.

Last night it was reported that Davis entered a Tickfaw residence by force. Davis allegedly kicked in the front door and immediately pepper sprayed the first two occupants that he came in contact with. Davis then destructively went through the residence looking for an individual, who he threatened to kill once he found them.

With negative results, Davis then fled the residence.

At this time, arrest warrants are being issued for Davis on charges of violation of a protective order, home invasion, 2 counts of second degree battery, and felony criminal damage.

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

Narcotics related Search Warrant

HAMMOND, LA- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports.

As the result of an ongoing investigation, on July 16, 2014, agents with the TPSO Tri Parish Task Force and the Hammond Police Department executed a narcotics related search warrant at the 190 Motel, Room 9, located at 3605 U.S. 190 in Hammond. The executed search of the motel room resulted in agents locating a One Pot Methamphetamine Lab, two (2) HCL Generators, and precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The Following individuals were arrested:

Kristopher L. Payne White /Male DOB 04/03/1988
Last known address 27595 J C Stewart Rd Albany, Louisiana 70711
Arrested on charges of Manufacturing Schedule II CDS “Methamphetamine”

Stephanie Parker White/Female DOB 05/29/1989
Last Known Address 23170 Beachwood Drive Loranger, Louisiana 70454
Arrested on charges of Manufacturing Schedule II CDS “Methamphetamine”
Parker was also on Probation with Louisiana Probation and Parole for a previous charge of Operation/Creation of a Clandestine Lab

Narcotics Arrests

INDEPENDENCE, LA- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports.

On July 21, 2014, agents with the Tri Parish Task Force responded to 52192 Danna Road in Independence in reference to allegations of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Upon arrival agents made contact with the occupants and obtained permission to search the residence. Upon doing so, agents located numerous items associated with the production and manufacturing of methamphetamine and 1 active one pot methamphetamine lab.

As a result, the following individuals were arrested:

Peter Joseph Scalia White/Male DOB 08/23/1976
Last known address 45280 Obee Stevens Lane Robert, Louisiana 70454
Arrested on charges of Simple Battery, Resisting an Officer two (2) counts, Outstanding Warrants, and Manufacturing Schedule II CDS “Methamphetamine”

William Hayden Parsons White/Male DOB 06/11/1978
52192 Danna Road Independence, Louisiana 70443
Arrested on the charge of Manufacturing Schedule II CDS “Methamphetamine.

Missing Female


July 10, 2014
For Immediate Release

HAMMOND, LA. - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for you assistance in locating missing person, 39 year old Shailey Michelle Tripp of Hammond, LA.

Tripp was last seen at her residence located at 14396 Meadow Trace (apartments) on July 7, 2014.

Yesterday at approximately 4:00 p.m., Tripp’s blue 2011 Suzuki sedan was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly on HWY 190 in Hammond.

Tripp is about 5'3" tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with short/dark hair. She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans.

Detectives are asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tripp to please come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO @ 986.345.6150 ext. 2088.

It is still uncertain if foul play is a factor in her disappearance

Moore Captured

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2014

AMITE, LA – Today, July 8, 2014, Sheriff Daniel Edwards held a press conference at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail to address the escape of 20 year old murder suspect Verdale Anthony Moore.

In the evening hours of July 6, 2014, Moore, with the assistance of other inmates, was able escape his dorm cell through a hole he created on an exterior wall. Moore then breached security fencing and fled the area on foot.

Moore was able to successfully execute his escape by utilizing a piece of metal that was forcefully removed from a bunk bed, and use it as a tool to break through the concrete wall. Other offenders created loud noises and distractions as Moore attempted to remove mortar from the concrete wall. Under normal circumstances, an escape of this method would not be possible.

Edwards contributes the breach to a "construction defect" due to a lack of reinforcement, which he says was due to negligent constructional oversight when this section was built nearly 30 years ago.
We have since learned and confirmed that the required materials called for during construction were not present in this particular area. Due to this deficiency, Moore was able to execute his plan and escape within one hour. Immediately, Edwards requested Parish President Gordon Burgess contract a construction expert to conduct an assessment of the jail to determine any other constructional deficiencies and/or structural weaknesses as soon as possible.

“There have been many attempts of escape from our jail since it was built.” stated Edwards. “The current security measures that are in place, as well as facility construction, have it made almost impossible to accomplish.” he continued.

Edwards says the dormitories have been reinforced with steel in the last 24 hours, thanks to help from Tangipahoa Parish Government.

As of July 7, 2014, through the extraordinary efforts of many throughout the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and with the assistance of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Moore was located and captured within 15 hours of his escape. Currently, Moore has been placed in maximum security and is back in custody in Amite.

Additional charges against Moore are forthcoming.

Narcotics Related Arrests

July 2, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

KENTWOOD, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit made 2 arrests yesterday after investigating reports of alleged illegal drug activity at a Kentwood residence.

Sheriff Edwards reports that on June 30, 2014, TPSO narcotics agents were led to a Kentwood residence on South River Rd. to investigate allegations of illegal drug activity. Prior to agent’s arrival, patrol deputies responded to the Kentwood home to assist DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) in locating Adam Thibodeaux and Sonya Boney. While at the residence, deputies made positive contact with the couple and permission to enter and search the residence was granted.

Upon entering, deputies immediately detected a strong chemical odor that is typically produced as a result of the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Deputies also reported observing unlabeled prescription narcotics displayed on the countertop. At this time, the TPSO Narcotic’s Unit was contacted for further investigation.

Once agents arrived, they were able to positively report the presence of methamphetamine in the residence. Agents additionally located precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, a loaded firearm, processed methamphetamine, and a bag of unknown prescription pills.

Subsequently, Sonya Boney (White/Female DOB 12/10/1986) who resides at 69591 South River Road in Kentwood Louisiana was charged with:
1. Operation Creation of a Clandestine Lab
2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3. Possession of SCHII CDS “Methamphetamine”
4. Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of CDS

Adam Thibodeaux (White/Male DOB 01/21/1982) resides at 69591 South River Road in Kentwood Louisiana was charged with:
1. Operation Creation of a Clandestine Lab
2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3. Possession of SCHII CDS “Methamphetamine”
4. Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of CDS

Two (2) children were removed from the care of the parents and released to a relative pending the investigation.

ARREST


July 1, 2014

TPSO News Release
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports the arrest of 34 year old Casie Baker of Wardline Rd. in Hammond, LA. TPSO detectives are also currently seeking the arrest of her alleged accomplice 37 year old Robert Spark Anderson of the same residence.

On June 3, 2014, Casie Baker allegedly filed a fraudulent police report stating that her Wardline Rd. residence was burglarized. During the burglary, she reported that the alleged suspects illegally entered her residence and stole a Savage .308 bolt action rifle with attached Bushnell scope and a Yildiz 12 gauge shotgun.

Upon notice detectives began an active investigation. As a result, it was learned that a Yildiz 12 gauge shotgun matching a description of the reported stolen weapon was sold to Bayou Pawn Shop in Hammond, LA, on June 2, 2014. Through further investigations, detectives learned that Baker herself sold both of the stated firearms to the local pawn.

On June 25, 2014, video surveillance footage revealed that indeed on June 2, 2014, Baker and a male subject, Robert S. Anderson, walk into the pawn shop with the weapons. They then sold the weapons to the establishment for cash. Detectives also noted Anderson to have an extensive criminal history with numerous felony convictions.

On June 30, 2014, detectives arrested Casie Baker on charges of illegally supplying a felon with a firearm, criminal mischief and theft by fraud.

A warrant for Anderson’s arrest has also been issued.



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