March 20, 2019

STPSO Awarded $148,099 for Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
has been awarded $148,099 by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be used as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement in St. Tammany Parish.

“Our goal is to save lives by using these funds to raise awareness with the goal of reducing the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St. Tammany,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers that are under the influence, and we hope the checkpoints this funding provides will serve as a deterrent,” Sheriff Smith said. “If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. If all options fail, call us and we will find you a safe ride.”

Stephen Culotta Named Covington Police Chief

Stephen Culotta (pictured left) has been appointed by Mayor Mike Cooper (pictured right) for the permanent Chief of Police position and the appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Covington City Council last night (March 19, 2019).

Chief Culotta was joined by his family, friends, and nearly the entire police department, showing their support of his appointment. Chief Culotta has been a member of the Covington Police Department for over 20 years and has progressed through the ranks towards his goal of Chief of Police.

Chief Culotta stated, “I am truly honored by the trust and confidence that Mayor Cooper and the Covington City Council has instilled in me. Covington is my home, and our community has an amazing group of men and women who work for the Covington Police Department that they can be proud of I am excited for this chance to serve our citizens, and I can promise that we will continue to give them the Covington Police Department that they’ve not only come to love but deserve.”

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Willie Daniel Foster
June 04, 1926 - March 17, 2019

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Ruby Kennedy Dragon
March 19, 2019

Mandeville Police Gets Free Tourniquets and Training

The Mandeville Police Department recently outfitted all of its officers with new tourniquets that were
provided free of charge ($1,250.00 cost) by the nonprofit organization, “The Spirit of the Blue Foundation.” Along with basic first aid training and lifesaving measures such as quickClot, tourniquets are a simple, yet invaluable tool that can be quickly applied to save a life on scene when seconds count.

The tourniquet training was provided free of charge ($1,500.00 cost) by John “Brad” Gilpin, President of FDL Group; a company that specializes in tactical first aid training of first responders.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation 501(c)(3) is based out of Rochester, NY and is dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs. The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and safety equipment manufacturers. Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Equipment and Training Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to federal levels. Since 2011 the Foundation has awarded 87 grants in 35 states.

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Alberta "Pat" Spencer Ladner
July 20, 1926 - March 19, 2019

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John William Burns, Sr.
December 5, 1925 - March 15, 2019

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Aurilus Perkins, Sr.
March 20, 1936 - March 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 19, 2019

Russell Blackwell was booked 03/19 on the charge of Parole Violation
Anthony Stogner was booked 03/19 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Major Thomas was booked 03/19 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Donald Tate was booked 03/19 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary and Telephone Harassment/Obscene
Cody Morris was booked 03/19 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1/Ecstasy, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
James Thompson was booked 03/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Chequietta Henry was booked 03/19 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Failure to Appear, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Donna Schiro was booked 03/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Careless Operation, Expired License Plate, and No Proof of Insurance

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March 18, 2019

Ponchatoula Man Gets 151 Months on Sex Exploitation & Gun Charges

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today (March 18, 2019) that Daniel Justin Mahan (43) of Ponchatoula, Louisiana was sentenced Thursday, March 14, 2019 by United States District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to 151 months imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and violation of the Federal Gun Control Act. Upon release from imprisonment, he will serve a 5 year term of supervised release.

Mahan was arrested on March 15, 2018, by Special Agents of the FBI after a search warrant of his home where he was found to be in possession twenty-four (24) weapons and over 26,000 rounds of ammunition.  MAHAN has a prior felony conviction for bank robbery which prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition. 

The FBI’s investigation further revealed that MAHAN was also in possession of a laptop computer which contained images depicting the sexual victimization of prepubescent children.

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Alexander R. Esteva
March 17, 2000 - March 15, 2019

Escapee From Amite Jail Has Been Apprehended

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today that on March 17, 2019, convicted felon
Hulus Doughty (18),escaped from the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite, Louisiana. He was apprehended without incident within a short period of time.

Sheriff Edwards notes “procedural violations attributed to the escape. Although the antiquated design of the facility contributed, the physical plant remains intact and there is no cause for immediate concern. Due to the obvious need to keep security measures, techniques, and investigative tools safeguarded, no other details will be released.”

A full internal review of the incident is underway and corrective measures have been taken.

Homicide Suspect Wanted in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking today (March 18, 2019) for the public's
assistance in locating homicide suspect Moises Meraz Rodriguez (33) who is also known as Adrian Morquedo Rubio (37) of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Rubio is accused of shooting Sergio Galindo, Jr. (29) of Hammond following a verbal altercation outside a residence on North Thibodeaux Road in Pontchatoula on March 17, 2019. .

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Rubio is asked to contact the TPSO (985-345-6150) or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Kovan Banks is the lead investigator.  

Bail Bondsmen Arrested in Human Trafficking Investigation

A Bail Bondsman and his adult son business partner, operating out of offices in Covington and Amite
have both been arrested on multiple state charges stemming from a joint human trafficking investigation led by the Louisiana State Police and FBI.

Friday morning (March 15, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit, along with members of the FBI New Orleans Field Office, arrested James E. Johnson, Jr. (53) of Bush on the charges of Human Trafficking (2 counts), First Degree Rape (2 counts), and Sexual Battery.
 
Detectives had received information that Johnson had solicited sexual favors from multiple victims in exchange for bond debt relief. Search warrants were served at various businesses and properties in Covington and Amite. Detectives seized 27 firearms from Johnson’s residence and businesses.

While executing the search warrant at a business in Amite, Investigators discovered evidence of pornography involving juveniles that led to the arrest of Patrick Johnson (31) on the charges of Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles (3 counts). 

The investigation is on-going. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming. Detectives believe that there is potential for additional unreported victims. Anyone with any information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit at 504-310-7000.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 16-17, 2019

Reginald Ratliff was booked 03/16 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Shawn Dykes was booked 03/16 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bryce Landry was booked 03/17 on the charges of Attempted Theft, Criminal Trespass, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Robert Harvey was booked 03/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Tonious Anders was booked 03/17 on the charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts) and Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property
Brandi Bailey was booked 03/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Morphine, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment

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March 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 14-15, 2019

Luther Watson was booked 03/14 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Contempt of Court
Bonnie Comans was booked 03/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Donyale James was booked 03/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Morris Madison, Jr. was booked 03/14 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Failure to Appear
Corey Hart was booked 03/14 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Contempt of Court
Kody Singletary was booked 03/14 In For Court
Victoria Williams was booked 03/14 In For Court
Steven Jarrell was booked 03/15 In From Court
Marvin Carter was booked 03/15 In For Court
Jacob Provost was booked 03/15 In From Court
Timothy Watts was booked 03/15 In From Court
Meloney Rogers was booked 03/15 In From Court
Emmanuel Hatcher was booked 03/15 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear

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Elizabeth Kay Arthur Watson
May 3, 1959 - March 14, 2019

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March 14, 2019

St. Tammany Teens Arrested After High Speed Chase

Three teenagers were arrested by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies early Thursday morning
(March 14, 2019) following a high speed chase in a stolen car. They reportedly confessed to numerous vehicle burglaries that occurred earlier this week.

Shortly after 1:45 a.m. Thursday, STPSO deputies responded to a report of a vehicle burglary-in-progress in the Greenleaves subdivision near Mandeville, when they observed a suspicious vehicle without a license plate leaving the area. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed onto Louisiana Highway 59. As the vehicle attempted to enter the on-ramp of I-12, the vehicle exited the roadway and crashed.

Two of the occupants, Edwin J. Holderness (18) of Covington and a 17-year-old female from Abita Springs, were taken into custody as they attempted to flee by running across the interstate on foot. The driver, a 16-year-old male from Covington, was later located hiding in an area off Little Creek Road.

The vehicle that the teens were driving was stolen Wednesday night from a Covington-area apartment complex after it was left unlocked with the keys inside. The vehicle contained numerous items reported stolen earlier in the week.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives expect additional victims will be discovered as they process the recovered property, and additional charges are possible. If you believe you may be a victim of a vehicle burglary and have not filed a report, please contact Detective Penton at 985-276-1351.

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James "Buddy" Coon
February 25, 1944 - March 14, 2019


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