More DOTD Roadwork in Slidell

Beginning Sunday, January 19, through Saturday, February 1, there will be nightly alternating lane closures on I-10, both Eastbound and Westbound between I-10/I-12/I-59 interchange and the I-10 twin spans. These closures will be from the hours of 7:00 PM – 5:00 AM nightly, weather permitting. Crews will continue pouring concrete for a new median cable…

HPD Investigates Burglary

Early on January 14, the Hammond Police Department began investigating a burglary that took place at Wendy’s located at 1810 Southwest Railroad Avenue after a suspect forcibly opened a safe and stole approximately $8000. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 33 YO Leroy Clyde Johnson III of Hammond. An arrest warrant has been…

Tangi Mourns Former First Lady

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller issued a statement following the passing of former First Lady Margaret Burgess, who died Thursday in Houston. He said Mrs. Burgess, or ‘Mrs. Margaret,’ as so many knew her, was so much more than the wife of Tangipahoa’s first Parish President. An educator and a mentor, Mrs. Burgess nurtured the…

STPSO Crime Stats Reported

St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith today (Jan. 15) released the 2019 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany. The agency reported a clearance rate for violent crimes that is nearly twice the national average and a clearance rate for non-violent crimes that is more than two and a half times the national average. Sheriff Smith said…

Mandeville Shooting Suspect in Custody

Mandeville Police say that on January 15th officers responded to what was reported as an accidental shooting. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment but is expected to fully recover. 30 YO Mahmoud Sirbil was arrested and booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail for possession of schedule I narcotics, illegal use of…

Hammond Police Crime Stats

The Hammond Police Department has released the 2019 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and has included the crime statistics within the city limits from the past three years. While murder cases saw the most significant increase from one in 2018 to three in 2019, violent crimes in every other category decreased. All three murders in 2019…

Louisiana Tax Dates Set

Louisiana personal income taxpayers can start filing their 2019 state tax returns on Jan. 27. That’s the same day the IRS begins accepting federal income tax filings. The state revenue department announced the filing plans yesterday. The deadline to file Louisiana individual income tax returns and pay taxes is May 15, and extension requests are…

Strain Trial to Stay in St Tammany

The sex crimes case against former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain will be tried in St. Tammany. Prosecutors had sought to move the trial, but the judge in the case ruled that the court will be able to find enough impartial jurors from the Northshore. Strain spent 20 years as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff.…

Hammond PD Warns of Two Scams

The Hammond Police Department would like to warn everyone of two separate scams going around. The first scam is an individual calling people, identifying himself as a Hammond Police Officer, asking for donations for the Department. The individual impersonating a Police Officer repeatedly ask for credit card information and to send money in the mail.…

Southeastern MLK March and Program

Southeastern Louisiana University will close Jan. 20 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, but will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader with a memorial march and remembrance program Jan. 27. Open to the public and featuring remarks by Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the Greater…