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  • Hammond doctor pleads guilty in Medicare fraud scheme

    April 23, 2015 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Justice Department says a doctor from Hammond has pleaded guilty in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Sixty-two-year-old Winston Murray, the operator of a Hammond clinic, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance in New Orleans. Murray admitted writing home health care referrals for... more »
  • Hammond expands smoking ban

    April 22, 2015 6:54 AM

    HAMMOND- The Hammond City Council has voted 4-1 to ban smoking in bars and bingo halls. The Advocate reports the law, which goes into effect in 90 days, adds those hospitality businesses previously excluded under state law to the list of employers that must provide smoke-free work environments. Councilman Lemar... more »
  • LSP: Hammond man killed when vehicle ran off I-55 and flipped

    April 16, 2015 3:07 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Louisiana State Police say a Hammond man is dead after a single vehicle crash Thursday morning on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula. Troopers say Nolan K. Bel, 37, was traveling southbound on US 51 and he entered the southbound on-ramp at a high rate of speed, which caused... more »
  • Hammond proposes smoking ban in workplaces, public places

    April 8, 2015 11:04 AM

    HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council will soon consider passing a city-wide smoking ban for workplaces and public places. At present, the city has no smoking policies but has banned smoking in city buildings and parks. It is at the discretion of business owners if they will allow smoking on... more »
  • Smash and grab duo hit jewelry store; caught on camera

    April 1, 2015 10:17 PM

    HAMMOND - Police are looking for a pair of thieves who made off with bags of stolen loot from a jewelry store on Southwest Railroad Avenue, between I-55 and downtown. Security video from the store shows the crooks breaking through the front, glass door and crawling in. The video... more »
  • Funeral for fallen soldier in Hammond today

    March 23, 2015 5:42 AM

    HAMMOND - Family and friends gathered Monday in Hammond to honor one of the National Guardsmen killed in a military helicopter crash two weeks ago. George Wayne Griffin, Jr. served in the military for more than two decades, including two tours in Iraq. His body was greeted by police... more »
  • Body of fallen soldier arrives in Hammond

    March 21, 2015 1:55 PM

    HAMMOND - Family members, officers and soldiers welcomed home the body of CW4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. as he arrived at the Hammond guard airbase via plane Saturday afternoon. Police and patriot guard riders lined up with American flags in hand on the grounds of the airbase. Hammond residents... more »
  • Body of fallen soldier returns to Hammond Saturday; funeral set

    March 20, 2015 11:36 PM

    HAMMOND - The first of four fallen Louisiana National Guard soldiers returns to Louisiana Saturday. CW4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash last week off the coast of Florida. Griffin and three others based out of Hammond were with seven Marines from North Carolina... more »
  • Soldier, kids place American flag at Hammond memorial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 11:09 PM

    HAMMOND - A makeshift memorial has grown along the fence of the National Guard base here. Monday, the American flags, wreaths, signs and notes had grown substantially since Friday. Among the new additions was a flag, hung by a soldier and his children. The solemn moment of respect... more »
  • Guardsman's best friend talks about hero who lost his life check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 11:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Holding back tears, Mitch Burton talked about his best friend who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida. Burton talked candidly about Tom Florich. Florich and three other Louisiana National Guardsmen died last week. Seven Marines were also killed in the... more »
  • Black Hawk wreck recovery ends Friday night

    March 13, 2015 10:26 PM

    NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. - Recovery operations ended Friday evening with pieces of a downed Black Hawk helicopter still under 25 feet of water. It took four hours to pull the main rotor section of the helicopter up to the surface. Crews were able to remove two pieces of the... more »
  • Flags, wreaths honor guardsmen killed in helicopter crash check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2015 10:21 PM

    HAMMOND - A makeshift memorial has been growing along the fence of the Louisiana National Guard base where four guardsmen who died in a Black Hawk crash this week were stationed. Friday, the memorial included wreaths, flowers, American Flags and lots of red, white and blue. A very... more »
  • Bodies of all but two Hammond-based guardsmen recovered from wreckage check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 12, 2015 3:51 PM

    PENSACOLA - The bodies of seven Marines and two Louisiana National Guardsmen have been pulled from the wreckage of a downed Black Hawk in a Florida sound. The helicopter, based out of the Tangipahoa Parish National Guard compound, crashed Wednesday night. Four Hammond-based guardsmen were on the helicopter along... more »
  • La. Guard says bodies of 2 crash victims found

    March 12, 2015 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard confirmed the remains of two Hammond-based soldiers involved in the UH-60M Black Hawk training crash were recovered Thursday. The announcement comes after authorities reported earlier in the morning that search efforts for survivors of the military helicopter crash in Florida have shifted... more »
  • Hammond-based Guard unit one of the best

    March 11, 2015 11:39 PM

    HAMMOND - Flags flew at half staff Wednesday evening in honor of four National Guardsmen stationed here and seven Marines from the Carolinas who are presumed dead after their Hammond-based Black Hawk crashed off the coast of Florida during a training mission. The helicopter crew was part of an... more »
  • Major general describes 'tough day' searching for crash victims check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2015 2:56 PM

    HAMMOND - Louisiana National Guard leaders said they've notified families of Guard members who disappeared and are presumed dead after a helicopter crash overnight. "It's a tough day," Major General Glenn Curtis told reporters at a news conference in Hammond. Curtis said he plans to visit the families of... more »
  • Construction on roundabouts starts Monday

    March 5, 2015 10:28 PM

    HAMMOND - Construction begins along a busy artery connecting the two cities in southern Tangipahoa Parish next week. Monday, work begins on a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 51 and Club Deluxe Road. Traffic will remain flowing through the work area, except for 15 days in mid-April when... more »
  • Police: boyfriend arrested in Atlanta after La. parking lot stabbing

    February 18, 2015 11:56 PM

    HAMMOND - A stabbing at a gas station turned into a multi-state investigation where the suspect was arrested in Atlanta. Police said a woman was stabbed in the parking lot of the Shell Travel Center on Highway 190 Monday evening. Details of the incident were released Wednesday, with word... more »
  • Jamie Lynn Spears uses knife to stop fight in Hammond

    January 13, 2015 1:09 PM

    HAMMOND - Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com posted video to its website Tuesday, showing Britney Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn, apparently breaking up a brawl inside a Tangipahoa Parish eatery with a knife last month. Jamie Lynn, 23, was at the Pita Pit on North Cate Street, an area of downtown... more »
  • Hearing impaired man dies after stepping in front of train

    December 31, 2014 6:39 AM

    HAMMOND - Hammond police say a 58-year-old man with hearing difficulties died after stepping in front of a train passing through the downtown area. Lt. Vince Giannobile says Ernest Watts could hardly speak and could barely hear. Giannobile says Watts didn't respond to bystanders who shouted to warn him of... more »
  • Troopers make $200,000 pot bust on I-12

    December 22, 2014 9:08 PM

    HAMMOND - State Police arrested a man accused of moving drugs between Texas and Georgia during a stop on I-12 Monday. Troopers said they stopped a truck near the Hammond Square exit and found 200 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Authorities said a K9 from the Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • I-12 reopens late Monday night

    December 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    HAMMOND - State Police sprayed foam across I-12 Monday afternoon to clean up a fuel tanker truck which flipped with a full load of gasoline near Hammond, blocking the highway. Troopers closed I-12 in both directions after the big rig wreck on the eastbound side of the highway. Pictures... more »
  • Wanted man arrested for sex charges

    December 15, 2014 10:48 AM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they arrested a man wanted for indecent behavior with juveniles along with other violent charges after a traffic stop in Hammond last Saturday. Tyrone Kenneth Reine, 47, of Hammond was identified and taken into custody by deputies after he was pulled... more »
  • Man indicted in woman's mysterious murder

    December 8, 2014 11:18 PM

    HAMMOND- More arrests are possible in the murder of a woman from this Tangipahoa Parish city in October. Kim Bowman , 32, was shot and killed in Tangipahoa Parish and her body was driven to New Orleans where it and her vehicle were set on fire. Firefighters found her... more »
  • Drunk driving suspected in deadly crash

    November 24, 2014 9:04 AM

    HAMMOND - State Police believe a woman was driving drunk when she crashed Sunday night, killing her father. Amber Hoyt, 22, ran off the side of La. 1064, drove down an enbankment and hit her tree. Police say Douglas Hoyt, 45, wasn't wearing his seat belt and died from... more »
  • Police seek perfume bandit in Hammond

    November 14, 2014 9:56 AM

    HAMMOND - Police in Hammond are searching for a robber who took more than $500 worth of perfume from a retail store. Officers tell The Daily Star the suspect entered the Ulta Beauty store Monday afternoon clad all in purple LSU-themed clothing. Police spokesman Vince Giannobile says the man fled... more »
  • Police: Woman from Hammond killed in Tangi then burned in Orleans

    November 3, 2014 11:32 PM

    HAMMOND- The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is set to take the lead on a homicide investigation after authorities in New Orleans determined a woman was shot in Tangipahoa before being burned in her car in Orleans. Kimberly Bowman, 32, was found dead about three weeks ago. Monday, the... more »
  • Hammond woman's family frustrated over her mysterious death

    October 29, 2014 10:46 PM

    HAMMOND- Family members of a woman from Tangipahoa Parish are furious a mystery still surrounds her death. Kim Bowman, 32, vanished two weeks ago. Her body was found in her burned vehicle with a gun shot wound about 60 miles from home. "She left to go to the... more »
  • Police: Woman offered to sell child

    October 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    HAMMOND - A couple that police say tried to sell a child at a southeast Louisiana gas station appear headed for Texas. Master Trooper Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, says the blue Dodge minivan with Florida license plates was spotted in Lake Charles Friday afternoon but headed west... more »
  • Jay D's Cajun Tasso Corn Maque Choux check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 7, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local food blogger, Jay Ducote, shared a Cajun dish sure to make any Louisianian satisfied. Today, he made a spiced up meat dish made with corn and Cajun tasso. You can find the full recipe below, and check out his Bite & Booze blog for more... more »
  • Man accused of sexual battery

    October 7, 2014 10:56 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies announced the arrest Tuesday of a man accused of sexually battering someone in Tangipahoa Parish this weekend. Deputies arrested Brandon Scott Hudson, 31, Monday after getting a tip he was hiding out at a home in Ponchatoula. Investigators said Hudson was wanted by Hammond... more »
  • Man sentenced to 10 years on meth, burglary charges

    August 29, 2014 12:25 PM

    AMITE - A man from Hammond was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to two counts of simple burglary and one count of production and manufacture of meth on Tuesday. 31-year-old Brandon Burrescia's sentencing comes after he was arrested twice in 2012 for... more »
  • PETA files complaints against Hammond turtle farm

    August 27, 2014 3:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed six complaints against a Hammond turtle and alligator farm. One alleges the family is abusing a 6-year-old by teaching him to handle alligators at Harvey Kliebert Turtle and Alligator Farm and Tours. Melody Kliebert, who married into the... more »
  • Hammond man arrested on child pornography charges

    August 21, 2014 3:02 PM

    HAMMOND - An investigation led by Louisiana Attorney General "Buddy" Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit led to the Wednesday arrest of a Hammond man accused of 16 counts of child pornography. 19-year-old Brandon Brown was booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail on 15 counts of possession of and one count of... more »
  • 2 arrested in Hammond apartment burglary

    August 21, 2014 11:25 AM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they arrested two men in connection with an apartment burglary in Hammond on Wednesday. Witnesses said three men exited an apartment on Honeysuckle Drive and got into a vehicle as deputies were on their way to the scene. One of... more »
  • Hammond council regulates open burning

    August 20, 2014 7:09 AM

    HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring residents who want to burn leaves or trash to get a permit to do so and to conduct the burn in an underground incinerator. Louise Bostic told the council Monday she feared the new regulations will be a hindrance... more »
  • Dat's How We Roll: Cycling for MS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2014 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dat's How We Roll is a two-day cycling ride across 150 miles to raise funds and awareness for the National MS Society. The ride starts on October 4th at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Participants will pedal all the way Percy Quin St. Park in McComb,... more »
  • Wreck closes I-12 near Hammond

    July 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    HAMMOND - Traffic officials closed a portion of I-12 after a wreck near Hammond Monday morning. The wreck happened on I-12 East near Pumpkin Center Road, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Traffic is passing through the area on the right shoulder. DOTD reported the road... more »
  • Missing woman found in Mississippi hospital

    July 10, 2014 10:52 AM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they located a missing 39-year-old Hammond woman at a hospital in Mississippi. Shailey Michelle Tripp was last seen at her apartment in Hammond on Monday, and deputies said they found her car, abandoned in a grocery store parking lot on Hwy... more »
  • Arrest made after drug user 'caught in the act'

    June 24, 2014 1:21 PM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they caught a 28-year-old man in the act of injecting illegal narcotics and arrested him for several drug related offenses early Monday morning. A patrolling deputy said he was following up on recommended improvements to security at a recently burglarized deli... more »
  • Deputies: Home invasion likely related to drugs

    June 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    HAMMOND - Investigators believe a deadly home invasion earlier this week may be related to illegal drug activity. There were drugs inside the apartment where Brandon Sims, 30, was murdered on June 9. An unidentified person smashed through the back door and got into a shootout with Sims, who... more »
  • Deputies ID teenage victim of Hammond shooting

    May 20, 2014 3:03 PM

    HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office identified the teenage victim of an early morning shooting on Monday and released more information about the cause. Deputies said 16-year-old Hector Dotey of Hammond died yesterday from a gunshot wound to the head. TPSO detectives believe Hector was shot at... more »
  • Hammond couple plead guilty to Medicaid fraud

    May 13, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Attorney General's Office says the owners of a Hammond personal care business have pleaded guilty for their role in siphoning dollars from the Louisiana Medicaid Program and evade paying state taxes. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 55-year-old Cassandra N. Dangerfield pleaded guilty on Friday to... more »
  • Woman in critical condition after domestic dispute

    May 12, 2014 10:46 AM

    HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said they are investigating a shooting that occurred after a domestic dispute on Sunday afternoon. Margaret Jackson, 47, was shot in the stomach while attempting to stab a man inside an E. Illinois St. residence in Hammond, according to Sheriff Daniel Edwards.... more »
  • 8-week-old and other kids found living in a meth lab check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2014 1:37 PM

    HAMMOND - Three children are in state custody after sheriff's deputies said they were discovered in a methamphetamine lab in Hammond Tuesday. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a burglary on Wardline Road when detectives smelled the drug lab. Deputies said they got permission to search... more »
  • I-12 reopened after 5 mile jam near Livingston/Tangi line

    April 18, 2014 5:13 PM

    HAMMOND- I-12 eastbound was reopened Friday around 5:30 p.m. The interstate was a parking lot due to a series of wrecks and a previous closure near the mall Friday afternoon. The traffic jam reached near the Livingston Parish line, about five miles in length. State traffic monitors... more »
  • Man shot by deputy when he refused to stop attacking mother

    April 15, 2014 3:46 PM

    HAMMOND - State Police said they're investigating a deputy-involved shooting after a domestic disturbance in Tangipahoa Parish Tuesday afternoon. LSP Sgt. Nick Manale said deputies shot and killed Michael Nichols, 48, after he wouldn't stop stabbing his mother at their home off Happywoods Road near the I-12/I-55 interchange. ... more »
  • Shooting victim describes attacker then dies

    April 8, 2014 11:11 PM

    HAMMOND- Police spent Tuesday talking to a person of interest and witnesses to a murder that happened Monday night. Police said Brian Chester Keith died after being shot multiple times in Phoenix Square. There was no immediate motive for the shooting. Keith died at the hospital but not... more »
  • Elderly Hammond man dies in fire

    April 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire that killed a 74-year-old Hammond man Friday night. The fire happened at 508 Phoenix Square. Nathaniel Kelly, Sr. was killed in the blaze. According to the State Fire Marshal, the fire orginated in the hallway, but... more »
  • Family sues Catholic school over bullying, expulsion of victim check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2014 9:19 PM

    HAMMOND - A 14-year-old girl says two boys bullied her to the point she was having suicidal thoughts and now her family is suing after they were forced out of the school. Wednesday, Jeanie and Greg Holmes filed suit against Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond, the Diocese of... more »
  • Hammond gets a pleasant sales tax surprise

    March 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    HAMMOND - Collection of back sales taxes produced a pleasant surprise for Hammond officials in February. Mayor Mayson Foster told the City Council this past week that he was astonished when he received a report that sales tax collections in February were 36 percent higher than the same month a... more »
  • Double murderer gets life in prison

    March 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    AMITE- Giles McGhee, 53, will serve life in prison for killing two people in Hammond two years ago. A jury found McGhee guilty in February and he was sentenced this week. Karum Smith, 40, was found shot along with Tamica Muse, 36, at a house that belonged to... more »
  • Prosecutors: kidnapping dad faked mental illness

    March 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    TAMPA - Prosecutors say a man accused of kidnapping his two boys and sailing to Cuba last year faked a mental illness. The bombshell was dropped during a court hearing today in Tampa where a judge was to determine the mental facility Joshua Hakken would go to for treatment.... more »
  • Southeastern aims for upset Wednesday vs LSU check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2014 8:30 PM

    HAMMOND - The Southeastern Lions like their chances Wednesday with LSU coming to town for the first time since 2009. In fact, they went on the road last week to take two of three games from Louisiana Tech last weekend. They say their experience with left-handed pitchers in... more »
  • Bankrupt wastewater company given sales extension

    February 10, 2014 12:14 PM

    HAMMOND - A bankrupt wastewater treatment company that operates in the Baton Rouge area has been given an extension to sell its 49 systems in Louisiana. Density Utilities of Louisiana, based in Hammond, has worked out a deal to sell the systems for $1.2 million. A bankruptcy court... more »
  • Accused murderer busted a year after killing

    January 31, 2014 11:19 PM

    HAMMOND- An elaborate takedown got an accused murderer locked up after being on the run for over a year Friday. Hammond Police said they received a tip that Terry Landry, 20, was in Metairie. Landry was wanted in connection with the murder of Raphael Garrison at an apartment near... more »
  • Tangipahoa deputies looking for suspect

    December 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish released a photo of a man alleged to have threatened to kill a woman and who fled from the police. Deputies said they tried to arrest 26-year-old Leroy Johnson on December 16 after the reported threats to harm and kill a female.... more »
  • Parents, leaders approve of drug money for school security check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security. The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations. "The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want... more »
  • Drug bust money for police equipment

    December 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    HAMMOND - The city council in Hammond is introducing an ordinance to purchase police equipment with money from drug busts. The ordinance would use $31,000 from an account containing money seized mostly from drug dealers and narcotics arrests. It would be used to buy bulletproof shields for the police... more »
  • Men with blowtorch try to rob ATM

    December 10, 2013 10:47 PM

    HAMMOND- Police are looking for two men who tried to rob an ATM using a blowtorch sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. Surveillance images at the Capital One on Southwest Railroad Avenue captured two men, one with protective facial gear and another carrying a welding torch and a gas... more »
  • Lions playing with a target on their back check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2013 2:12 PM

    HAMMOND - What happens when you can no longer sneak up on teams? The Southeastern Lions know all about their opponents changing their approach in games against the formerly bottom-dwellers of the FCS division. No longer can SLU surprise their opponents like they did in 2012, almost finishing... more »
  • Town buzzing with gameday excitement

    November 15, 2013 10:27 PM

    HAMMOND- The town is buzzing over Saturday's potentially record-breaking Southeastern Lions' football game. In addition to the fact that the game is expected to be a sellout, it is also the first time in fifty years that the team could go to the conference championship. SLU plays Sam Houston... more »
  • Man busted trying to use fake, movie money

    October 29, 2013 11:14 PM

    HAMMOND- Police here are worried fake money could be circulating after they found a man with fake one-hundred dollar bills, marked "for motion picture use only" on them. Police said Deshaun Williams tried to use the money to buy a car. They found him with $17,000 worth of the... more »
  • 7-year-old shot in Hammond drive-by

    October 10, 2013 2:46 PM

    HAMMOND - A mother rushed her 7-year-old to the hospital after he was hit in a drive-by shooting in Hammond. A woman, her son and another person were driving down South Morrison Blvd. when two men in a dark blue pickup truck pulled beside them and began firing. ... more »
  • Karen becoming less of a threat Saturday

    October 5, 2013 11:57 AM

    GONZALES - A tropical storm watch remains in effect for some south Louisiana parishes, even though Karen continues to deteriorate. Winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph with wind gusts to 40mph. While there is concern coastal areas could be flooded with up to three feet of... more »
  • Traffic trend coming to Tangipahoa Parish

    September 20, 2013 11:13 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A new traffic trend is catching on in Tangipahoa Parish. ActionNews17.com reports traffic circles are about a year away for busy intersections. The roundabouts will be built at Highway 22 and Dunson Road near the high school. Some are planned for Hammond, too, along I-12 exits. There... more »
  • Anger management counseling for Independence mayor

    September 6, 2013 9:07 AM

    HAMMOND- Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa will enter a pre-trial diversion program, including anger management counseling, for charges stemming from August 2012 when he allegedly threatened a police officer. According to The Daily Star of Hammond, the agreement signed by Ragusa and Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall requires Ragusa to... more »
  • Vote OKs Sunday alcohol sales by Hammond retailers

    September 5, 2013 8:52 AM

    HAMMOND - Hammond grocery stores will soon be able to sell alcohol on Sundays. A 4-1 vote of the Hammond City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance for retail sales of alcohol on Sundays at grocerty stores and similar establishments. Mayor Mayson Foster said he would sign the ordinance... more »
  • Tangipahoa Sheriff cuts operating budget

    September 3, 2013 8:33 AM

    HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has reduced his operating budget to about $18.2 million for the current fiscal year, down from almost $19 million for the previous year. The Hammond Daily Start reports that records show about half of Edwards' budget goes to $9 million in salaries for 263... more »
  • Road rage shooting at gas station

    August 30, 2013 5:38 PM

    HAMMOND- One man is in the hospital and a second is potentially a suspect in a road rage shooting along I-12. Deputies said the men were involved in a dispute while they were traveling the interstate in Tangipahoa Parish Friday. One of the men exited the interstate at Airport... more »
  • Enrollment up in Tangipahoa Parish schools

    August 28, 2013 7:33 AM

    AMITE - Superintendent Mark Kolwe says about 350 additional students are attending schools in Tangipahoa Parish. Kolwe says a total of 19,528 students are enrolled, up 2 percent from August 2012. Hammond Eastside Magnet School Principal Maureen Terese reports her student count had reached 900, a 13.6 percent... more »
  • Man accused of 5-parish burglary spree

    August 26, 2013 8:04 AM

    HAMMOND - Hammond police have arrested a man accused of stealing $200,000 worth of property from storage facilities in five parishes, including multiple facilities in Hammond. Lt. Vincent Giannobile says 39-year-old Sherod Champ of New Orleans was booked by Hammond police with 42 counts of burglary at Hammond-area storage... more »
  • Tangipahoa deputies recover stolen guns

    August 21, 2013 8:16 AM

    KENTWOOD - Authorities have recovered two guns stolen last week from a Hammond Police Department vehicle. Tangipahoa sheriff's deputies say the vehicle, a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, was burglarized on La. 1054 in Kentwood sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. The thieves took two firearms from... more »
  • 2 firearms stolen from Hammond Police unit

    August 16, 2013 4:56 PM

    KENTWOOD - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says two guns were stolen from a Hammond Police Department vehicle. The police unit, a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, was burglarized on La. 1054 in Kentwood. Dawn Panepinto, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, says the thieves took the weapons from the vehicle sometime... more »
  • Woman pleads no contest in pit bull attack

    August 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    AMITE - A Loranger woman has pleaded no contest to a charge of negligent injury after her pit bull mauled an 8-year-old girl in Hammond in 2012. The Daily Star reports 40-year-old Bridgette Harper entered her plea Monday. Harper will be sentenced by state District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe on Oct.... more »
  • Days before school, fire burns school building

    August 7, 2013 1:24 PM

    HAMMOND- School leaders in Tangipahoa Parish are trying to figure out how to handle the start of school at Hammond Eastside Elementary School after a fire there Wednesday morning. Witnesses shared a picture of the inferno with news partner ActionNews17.com . It showed a glowing fire inside the school... more »
  • People question why truck was spraying substance into the air check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 17, 2013 9:36 PM

    HAMMOND - Some people staying at a hotel are confused about why a tanker truck was releasing gas into the air in a parking lot. "It sounded as if it was an airplane crashing, extremely loud, high decibel level," Jeffrey Hines said. He was staying at the hotel off... more »
  • Ponchatoula man arrested on 3rd offense DWI

    July 15, 2013 11:31 AM

    HAMMOND - 28-year-old Thomas Lee Jernigan of Ponchatoula has been arrested on 3rd time DWI charges. Tangipahoa Parish deputies responded to a single vehicle crash early Sunday Morning on Pleasant Ridge Rd. in Hammond. Deputies say the vehicle was abandoned when they got there, but was registered to... more »
  • LSP identify man killed in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:58 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police released the name of the person killed in today's chemical plant explosion in Geismar. Troopers said Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond was found dead at the Williams Olefins plant after an explosion this morning around 8:30 a.m. The state Department of Health and Hospitals... more »

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