More Fighting in Tangi Schools

Nine Ponchatoula High School students and seven Loranger High students were removed from their schools after small fights broke out Wednesday afternoon. School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the fight at PHS happened around lunchtime, while the fight at LHS happened at dismissal as students were boarding buses. Stilley said they think social media is fueling…

Former Narcotics Officer Sentenced

DA Warren Montgomery reports that 35 YO Jordan Hollenbeck, a former narcotics officer for the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, followed by two years of suspended prison time and probation on the three counts of malfeasance to which Hollenbeck had pleaded guilty to on Oct. 1st. Hollenbeck admitted…

Sex Offender Exposed Himself at Bus Stop

A registered sex offender has been arrested by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office after cops say he exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl at a Mandeville-area bus stop. Police received a report of an unidentified white male in a suspicious vehicle exposing himself while attempting to talk with a juvenile while the girl was waiting…

Scam Callers in St Tammany

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says they have received numerous calls from residents who were contacted by phone concerning active/open warrants in their name. The caller states they are trying to clear up an outstanding warrant or other legal matter and requests a payment to be made over the telephone. These scammers are now…

Fights at Independence High

Over 30 students have been removed from the campus of Independence High Magnet School over the last two days due to fighting, and they will not be allowed back at the school pending a disciplinary hearing for every student involved. Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said 26 students were removed from campus for fighting…

Edwards Warns of New Scam

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says someone is using the sheriff’s office phone number to scam residents. He said a resident received a call from someone posing as a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy stating the US Department of the Treasury is holding a material witness warrant for their arrest and they must pay large…

STPSO Works with DEA on Take Back Program

This Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets. You can bring your pills for disposal to the Administrative Building on Brownswitch Road in Slidell…

Victim in Causeway Crash Identified

The St. Tammany Coroner’s Office has identified the victim in a multiple-car wreck that shut down the southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway for more than three hours earlier this week as 53-year-old Michael Timothy of Metairie. The crash happened at the 14.5-mile marker on the southbound side of the bridge. A northbound Motorist…

Hammond PD Looking for Suspect

On October 7th the Hammond Police Department began investigating a theft of a wallet that occurred at Dollar Tree, located at 2700 West Thomas Street, which later lead to an incident involving felony identity theft and bank fraud. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Bradley Fresina, with the Hammond Police…

Tranchina Endorses Smith

Former candidate for Sheriff Nick Tranchina endorsed Sheriff Randy Smith for re-election over his challenger Tim Lentz. Tranchina indicated that over the last several days he met with both candidates, spoke with supporters, and with deputies inside the agency. He said the deputies’ opinion of who they wanted as their sheriff moving forward, more than…