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…

Bel Services on Friday

Funeral services are schedule Friday morning for former Amite Mayor Buddy Bel who died Sunday. The 74-year-old Amite native had just started the final year of his second term in office as Mayor at the time of his death. Visitation is scheduled Friday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at First United Methodist…

Abita Man Found Guilty of Rape

DA Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found 57 YO Craig Anthony Marquez, of Abita Springs, guilty of Aggravated Rape. He faces a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension when he is sentenced March 10, 2020 before District Judge Zaunbrecher. On July 12, 2016, police encountered a…

Ponchatoula Man Scammed Elderly Citizen of Thousands of Dollars

In August 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial and Cyber Crimes received a report of an elderly man in Amite being scammed for thousands of dollars in a home improvement scheme. Financial Crimes Detective Michael D’Amato and Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs Investigator Christina Delgado began a joint investigation into several people cashing…