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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 11, 2013 8:52 PM
HAMMOND- Brazen crooks used a vehicle to back into the front of the Office of Motor Vehicles and infamously take the store's ATM.
Like in similar cases, the crooks used the vehicle to break the machine free from floor mounts before fleeing away with the ATM and the cash... more »
June 3, 2013 11:45 PM
HAMMOND- Neighbors said a grandmother was on her way to pick-up her grandchild and daughter when the daughter was shot and killed in a murder-suicide Monday morning.
Brandon Colona, 27, shot and killed his girlfriend, Theresa Doby,22, before turning the gun on himself. Deputies found the couple's five-month-old baby... more »
June 3, 2013 10:27 PM
TICKFAW- A soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home for the last time Tuesday morning.
The body of Chris Drake, 20, was flown into the Hammond airport about 11 a.m. A procession will take his remains from the airport to a funeral home in Livingston Parish.
Next week, services... more »
June 3, 2013 2:49 PM
HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish released the names of two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
Deputies said Brandon Colona, 26, shot and killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Theresa Doby, before turning the gun on himself.
Deputies said they were called to the residence on Brittani... more »
May 11, 2013 3:11 PM
HAMMOND, La. - Hammond has marked its fourth fatal shooting of the year. Police Chief Roddy Devall tells the Hammond Star that witnesses alerted police to a shooting early Friday. He says officers found the body of Jerrell Bird at a vacated property along Washington Avenue. Bird was from Hammond,... more »
May 6, 2013 11:39 AM
HAMMOND - Police in Hammond arrested a man in connection with a shooting and murder which happened Friday.
Investigators arrested 27-year-old Travis Whigham on charges of first degree murder and first degree attempted murder.
Two men were shot outside of their apartment on Highway 190 in Hammond on... more »
May 2, 2013 10:19 PM
HAMMOND- Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen pick-up used in a smash-and-grab robbery earlier this week.
The thieves used the truck to pull the façade of the building off, and yank an ATM out of Ryan's Deli.
Parts of the stolen ATM were found in Baton Rouge. Police said... more »
April 29, 2013 10:31 PM
HAMMOND- Thieves used a pick-up truck to tear-off the front of a building and steal the ATM inside.
Sheriff's deputies said the crooks hooked a chain to the front doors of Ryan's Deli on South Range Road and pulled them down. The framework around the doors and a portion... more »
April 15, 2013 11:30 AM
HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Sheriff's office made eight arrests and issued one warrant during the 2013 Strawberry Festival in Hammond.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards still called the Festival a success.
"As the result of any large gathering for such an event, numerous disturbances occurred which were immediately... more »
April 12, 2013 2:17 PM
ALBANY- Two area sheriff's departments are working a shooting where two people have been hit along the Livingston-Tangipahoa Parish line Friday afternoon.
Deputies were not sure of the conditions of the people shot.
The ordeal is unfolding on Ed Brown Road, off Hwy. 190 between Hammond and Albany.... more »
April 5, 2013 10:19 PM
HAMMOND- A man faces charges after deputies said he attacked a woman with a screwdriver.
Investigators said Deundray Kendell Evans, 26, was fighting with the victim when he stabbed her. She ran away.
Deputies said when they went to look for Evans; he was hiding under a blanket.... more »
March 28, 2013 3:27 PM
HAMMOND- Southeastern Louisiana University self-reported 137 ineligible players participated in university athletics from 2005 through 2010.
Most of the violations occurred in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons the university said in a news release Thursday.
The infractions have been reported to the NCAA.
"This was a case... more »
March 18, 2013 4:41 PM
HAMMOND- A woman is accused of shooting her husband four times and has been arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder.
Alesha Douglas, 42, was arrested Sunday morning.
Deputies said her husband called 911 about 2:00 a.m. and only gave his address. When they arrived, Douglas was... more »
February 6, 2013 6:48 AM
HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has agreed to buy and renovate the former Hancock Bank Building for use as the Police Department's new headquarters. Mayor Mayson Foster asked the council Tuesday to approve necessary fiscal moves to ensure state funding would be available for the project. The state awarded... more »
January 28, 2013 11:40 AM
HAMMOND - One person was arrested and police are looking for another suspect in connection with the death of a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student who was shot inside his apartment. Police say narcotics fueled the shooting that left 23-year-old Raphael Garrison dead. Lt. Vincent Giannobile said police found Garrison... more »
November 21, 2012 7:26 AM
HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has voted to strengthen city's ordinances on the control of dogs deemed to be dangerous and vicious. The move as prompted by an incident earlier this year in which a young girl was severely mauled by two dogs on the outskirts of the city.... more »
November 12, 2012 10:21 AM
ROBERT, La. - Louisiana State Police are looking for a car damaged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 58-year-old bicyclist in Robert. The victim's name was being withheld until police can reach his family. Trooper Nick Manale said the man was from Hammond.
Manale said the man was... more »
October 17, 2012 7:06 AM
HAMMOND - Police Chief Roddy Devall asked the Hammond City Council to consider rewriting its ordinances regarding the sale of liquor in businesses that are primarily designated as restaurants.
Devall's comments came Tuesday as the council was considering its annual approval of High and Low Alcohol Permits for the... more »
October 15, 2012 12:33 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A circus official says a truck pulling a trailer full of elephants ran off an interstate in southern Mississippi over the weekend, but the four pachyderms and the driver weren't harmed. Renee Storey, an executive with Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars, said the elephants were being... more »