TPSO News: Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014 [Archive]
Sheriff Daniel Edwards urges parents, ?Check sex offender registry before Halloween?
Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home. Did you know currently there are approximately 280 registered sex offenders in Tangipahoa Parish?
So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Edwards wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.
“We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Edwards.
It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.” Sheriff Edwards advises parents to go to the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association website at www.tpso.org and click on the Sex Offender Tracking tab. Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using the statewide database. Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.
While you are on the website, we encourage you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts. “You can enter your home, school, grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register,” says Sheriff Edwards.
“If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Edwards. The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office or other police department.
There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.
With these resources available, parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.
PONCHATOULA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 31 year old fugitive Brandon Scott Hudson of Ponchatoula, LA. Hudson was wanted by the Hammond Police Department on a sexual battery charge for a crime that allegedly occurred in the parking lot of a local establishment on October 5, 2014, within the city limits of Hammond, LA.
On October 6, 2014, the sheriff’s office was notified that the alleged suspect was at a residence on Tiger Creek Lane in Ponchatoula. The sheriff’s office and detectives with the HPD responded to stated residence and located Hudson hiding in the bathroom. At this time, he was taken into custody without incident and subsequently charged as being a fugitive.
HAMMOND, LA - With Halloween right around the corner, it is crucial that you know which houses your children should avoid when trick-or-treating. I invite you to view our website www.tpso.org, research neighborhoods and addresses that are important to you, and register receive e-mail notifications on registered sex offenders within proximity of these addresses. The most beneficial aspect of the address monitoring feature is that once your important addresses, and e-mail address have been registered, the system will automatically alert you via e-mail when an offender moves within a specified radius of the registered address. Register any and all addresses where your children spend time; for example friends, grandparents’, or babysitters’ addresses. Registering for this confidential e-mail alert service allows us to monitor your important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up-to-date on newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check these addresses daily or even weekly. While visiting our website you can also view and print important safety tips to review with your children. The e-mail notifications and discussing the various safety tips help increase awareness.
Halloween night, offenders are not supposed to have their front porch lights on, nor are they supposed to answer the door. For the safety of you, your children, and the registered sex offender, if there is not a light on do not trick-or-treat at this residence.
“Community Notification” empowers you with the knowledge that can be used to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims. Sheriff Edwards firmly believes that the more educated and aware a community is of what and where the dangers lurk, the more success we have with our community notification program.
HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
On Saturday October 18, 2014, several warrants were issued for the arrest of 25 year old Julian Alexander of Natalbany, LA. These warrants were initiated after Alexander fled from deputies during a traffic stop.
Alexander was traveling on New Geneessee Rd. in a blue Chevy Caprice when he was pulled over for a traffic violation. As deputies attempted to exit their patrol unit’s, Alexander put his vehicle in gear and fled from deputies at a high rate of speed. At this time, deputies engaged in pursuit of Alexander reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph. During the pursuit and as a result of Alexander’s dangerous and reckless driving, he failed to navigate through a turn on Spookhill Road, ran off the road and crashed into a ditch. Alexander then exited his vehicle and fled on foot headed south.
Having already been able to identify the subject as Julian Alexander, deputies returned to the suspect vehicle for processing. During the roadside investigation, deputies located a clear plastic baggie of suspected marijuana in the suspect’s vehicle. Deputies additionally located Alexander’s wallet which verified the suspect’s identity.
Subsequently, several warrants have been issued for Alexander’s arrest.
-La.R.S. 32:1301, Defective Equipment/ Unsafe Motor Vehicle
-La.R.S. 14:108.1C, Aggravated Flight from an Officer
-La.R.S. 14:108, Resisting an Officer- Flight on Foot
-La.R.S. 40:966E, Possession of Marijuana
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Alexander is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Mr. Alexander is welcome to turn himself in at either one of the Sheriff’s Office locations.
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