CRIME & SAFETY
Large Fire Breaks Out on Highway 51 Near Pine Island Subdivision in Ponchatoula
• A large fire broke out on Highway 51 near Pine Island Subdivision in Ponchatoula. • The fire started from a pile of trees cleared from about an acre of land. • Firefighters fought the blaze from the highway and the road was closed.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office looking to identify robbery suspect
HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect of a simple robbery and simple battery. According to police, on November 28 around 3:45 p.m., the person suspected approached the victim outside the victim's residence, said they needed help, and pushed the victim into their residence while punching him in the face. The suspect then demanded money, which the victim surrendered an unknown amount, before grabbing the victim's cell phone and fleeing. The suspect then left in what is possibly a gold colored sedan.
Weekly Safety Report: House Fire, Student Death, Robbery, and Arrest Impact Hammond, Louisiana
This week in Hammond, Louisiana, several incidents occurred that impacted the safety of the community. These incidents include a house fire, a student death at a university building, a robbery outside a residence, and an arrest related to a shooting at a bar. The Hammond Fire Department responded to a serious house fire on Holly Ridge Drive, with one person able to escape before their arrival. At Southeastern Louisiana University, a student died during an active incident at the biology building. A Hammond resident was punched and robbed outside his home by an unidentified suspect. Lastly, the Hammond Police arrested a suspect in a shooting at Legends bar that injured a pregnant woman and her sister.
Southeastern Louisiana University Student Dies Following Incident at Biology Building
• A student at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) has died after an incident at the biology building. • Campus police were on the scene of an "active incident" at the biology building.
Gonzales man killed in Livingston Parish crash
LIVINGSTON — It was just before 9:30 a.m. when Louisiana State Police troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 42 east of LA 63 in Livingston Parish. Pedro Hernandez, 39, of Gonzales, died in the crash, according to LSP. The initial investigation reveals that Hernandez was driving a...
Bergeron announces arrest in November shooting investigation
Hammond Police have arrested a suspect in the Legends bar shooting on November16 that left a pregnant woman and her little sister wounded, and Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr. has a lot more details. Plus news of other crimes in Hammond. Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr., told the Hammond...
Detectives warn of utility bill scam
Hammond, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office warns the public of a new scam, this time in regards to their electricity bill. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says detectives have received several complaints from citizens regarding a scammer pretending to be with Entergy. According to the citizens, they received a call from what appeared to be Entergy, where the caller ID showed Entergy's actual number, and the person on the phone identified themselves as an Entergy representative.
Livingston Parish man dies after crash on highway
LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed one man Monday morning. According to LSP, around 10 a.m., troopers were called to a crash on Highway 444 east of Highway 63 in Livingston Parish. Investigators learned that a 2005 Mercury Grand...
Sheriff Edwards takes a look back at the last 20 years before leaving office
HAMMOND- Inside Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards' office are family pictures and personal souvenirs, which will be boxed up come July when Gerald Sticker is sworn in. After 20 years in office, Edwards is retiring. "What the future holds, I'm not sure. I get asked all the time. I'm sure...
One killed in Tangipahoa Parish crash
TANGIPAHOA PARISH - A Kentwood man died late Saturday when his vehicle veered off the highway and struck a tree. Louisiana State Police say the crash happened just before 10 p.m. on LA Hwy 1058 near LA Hwy 1059 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 44-year-old Mervin Briggs.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard on a new term, and ongoing goals
A month after Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard narrowly clinched his reelection in a neck-and-neck race that surprised local political veterans, the chief law enforcement officer of the parish is looking to his next term and what kind of goals his office can accomplish. Ard squared off against military veteran...
Ponchatoula Man Sought by Police in Connection with Hammond Bar Shooting
• Jack Smith, a 23-year-old man from Ponchatoula, is wanted in connection with a shooting at Legend's Sports Bistro & Billiards in Hammond. • Smith has been identified by witnesses as one of the shooters involved in the incident.
Livingston Parish plans Operation "Click it or Ticket"
The men and women of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in a national campaign aimed at saving lives on our roadways. The goal of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is to enforce belt laws, educate occupants and increase belt use in order to save lives. This...
Man wanted for starting fire at gas station
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish deputies are searching for a man who started a fire at a gas station in Denham Springs. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, a man set some lawn equipment on fire behind Frog's Truck Stop around 5 a.m. Nov. 18. Anyone with information about...
Pregnant Woman and Sister Injured in Hammond Pool Hall Shooting
• 1. A shooting occurred at Legends Sports Bistro and Billiards in Hammond, Louisiana, leaving a pregnant woman and her sister injured. • 2. Surveillance video captured the chaotic scene as gunshots sent patrons into panic.
Task force created to fight retail theft during the holiday shopping season
BATON ROUGE — Local and federal law enforcement officials are coming together to provide shoppers a higher sense of security this holiday shopping season. A press conference was held Wednesday to announce the launch of a law enforcement operation targeting organized retail crime in the Baton Rouge area during the holiday shopping season.
Escaped prisoner captured in Vicksburg
An escapee from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in Amite, Louisiana was captured in Vicksburg on Monday. A call was dispatched to all units alerting them the escapee may be in the Vicksburg area. Taylor Lee Wade, 30, was incarcerated in Amite and but walked away from a Sheriff’s...
Man wanted for alleged arson in Livingston Parish
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who allegedly set a fire on Saturday, Nov. 18, officials said.
"Operation Sleigh Ride" targets organized retail theft across I-12 region starting Black Friday
"Operation Sleigh Ride" is a Homeland Security Investigation-led enforcement operation to target organized retail crime at major retail hubs in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating. Sheriff Jason Ard says, "We need to work together to stop what is continuing to grow nationally...
Hammond police are investing a shooting that left 2 people hurt
HAMMOND, La. — Hammond Police officers are looking for leads in connection to a shooting that took place on Nov. 18, 2023. Officials say the shooting happened at Legends Bar (formally known as Shooters) located at 1306 S. Morrison Blvd. Officers say they arrived just two minutes after the...