Recent Arrests

■Jazzmon Stanley, 35, of 179 Theresa Drive, fugitive from other jurisdiction, 2 counts of failure to appear.
■Michael Anthony Spears, 50, of 212 Hoover Street, fugitive from other jurisdiction.
■Jamel Treadwell, 25, o 132 Pierre Lane, one count of failure to appear.
■Nina Wyatt, 27, of 8513 MG Blunt Lane, Denham Springs, fugitive from other jurisdiction.
■Joshua Coyle Gatlin, 30, of 10153 Amelia Lane, Hammond, disturbing the peace-loud and abusive language, resisting a police officer with force or violence.
■Haley Carpenter, 23, of 40075 Nutall Street, fugitive from other jurisdiction.
■Tiriney Tenell Banks, 28, of 186 Vellie Street, two counts of failure to appear.
■Julius N. Frelix, 48, of 15698 Camel Lane, 12 counts of failure to appear, possession of marijuana.
■Gary Gonzalez, 46, of 320 Silverstone Circle, 3 counts of failure to appear.
■Donivan Jessie Jones, 17, of 14073 Hwy. 22, possession of marijuana.
■Derek Tullier, 19, of 39180 Brickyard Road, Springfield, resisting an officer by flight-vehicle.
■Gilbert B. Starkey Jr., 27, of 130 North 15th Street, possession of drug paraphernalia, five counts of failure to appear.
■Dylan Norris, 18, of 25335 Stepp Road, Robert, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.
■Benjamin Joshua Hoffman, 50, of 41004 North 1st Street, littering.
■Christian Pineda, 36, of 100 Big Tree, Garyville, LA., one count of failure to appear, driving under suspension
■Derrick Donnell Austin, 30, of 16228 West Murray Road, two counts of failure to appear.
■Chloe Hebert, 22, of 12265 Wadesboro Road, one count of failure to appear.
■Jesse Jacob Zimmer, 32, of 20088 Rocquin Road, one count of failure to appear.
■Joe White, 62, of 547 NW RR Ave., possession of drug paraphernalia, disturbing the peace-simple drunk, theft, 2 counts of failure to appear.
■Andre S. Mayo, 59, of 544 Beech Street, aggravated battery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving with no driver’s license, driving while intoxicated.
■Kenneth W. Pussegur, 54, of 21077 Highway 16, Amite, three counts of failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia.
■Janet Robertson, 43, of 120 LeBlanc Street, simple battery.

PPD arrest three for soliciting

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson announces the arrest of three individuals for Soliciting Door to Door Without a Permit on November 15, 2012. Chief Layrisson reports that his department had received several complaints from citizens concerning individuals going door to door selling magazines. Officers were able to locate one of the subjects in North Haven subdivision. The officer learned that the subject was working for an organization called Graceful Hands, which is based out of East Point, GA. The officer advised the subject that he needed to have the proper permits to solicit door to door and was not allowed to solicit inside the city limits of Ponchatoula any longer until Graceful Hands was able to secure the permits. The officer escorted the subject to a nearby convenience store to await his ride.
A few hours later, Chief Layrisson informs that his department began receiving similar complaints in three additional areas (Weinberger Trace, Strawberry Fields and Timber Creek subdivisions). Officers responded to those areas and were able to locate three subjects, who were working for Graceful Hands, soliciting door to door. The three subjects were arrested for Soliciting Door to Door Without a Permit and was released on bond. Those arrested were:
·        Jocelyn Nicholson: age 26; Rock Creek, OH
·        Dwight Jakes: age 25; Milwaukee, WI
·        Deandrea King: age 29; Cincinnati, OH
Chief Layrissson advises that it is unclear as to whether or not Graceful Hands is a legitimate non-profit organization and states the reason for the city of Ponchatoula’s soliciting permit is to verify the legitimacy of these organizations. Chief Layrisson applauds the citizens of Ponchatoula in staying active and assisting the Ponchatoula Police Department in these matters.

Ponchy man arrested for 2nd offense DWI, other charges

A. Mayo


Layrisson: PPD suspected arrested for 8th time this year

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports that on November 10. 2012 the Ponchatoula PD responded to a hold up alarm at a convenience store on East Pine St.

Chief Layrisson states that once at the scene officers learned that a holdup had not been committed, but the cashier had actually activated the silent panic alarm for a customer in need of help. Chief Layrisson advises that an investigation led to the arrest of Mr Andre Mayo (age 59; East Beech St, Ponchatoula, La) for Aggravated Battery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Driving without a Driver’s License, and Second Offense DWI.
The Ponchatoula PD responded to the convenience store on East Pine St and spoke to the victim. The victim stated that she, Mr Mayo and others were playing cards on North First St, when she confronted Mr Mayo about cheating in cards. The two became involved in a verbal altercation and was asked by the homeowner to leave the residence. Once outside, Mr Mayo armed himself with a kitchen knife and two bricks. The altercation became physical and Mr Mayo cut the victim with the knife. In an attempt to get away, the victim advised Mr Mayo that she had a winning lottery ticket, and he could have the winnings.  Mr Mayo drove the victim in her car to the convenience store, where Mr Mayo waited outside. Once inside the store, the victim requested the store clerk to contact the police due to the altercation. Prior to the arrival of the police, Mr Mayo fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was spotted a short time later on North First St, where officers conducted a traffic stop and found Mr Mayo to be operating the vehicle. Mr Mayo appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and was given a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, to which he performed poorly. Mr Mayo consented to providing a breath sample to test for intoxication, which showed almost twice the legal limit. Mr Mayo was arrested and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the above stated charges.

Officers located the kitchen knife and bricks at the scene of the battery on North First Street but were unable to make contact with the homeowner or anyone else at the residence. The victim refused medical attention for the wounds that she sustained.
Chief Layrisson states that this makes the eighth arrest on Mr Mayo by his department this year. Chief Layrisson applauds the victim and the store clerk for their bravery and commends his department for their quick response and apprehension.

Car crash in Ponchatoula ends with drug arrest

J. LeonardPonchatoula police made a drug arrest after an investigation of an automobile accident on Wednesday, according to a news release.
The collision happened on Highway 51 North, north of the intersection with Highway 22 West. Authorities said Jason Leonard, 38, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers found a red-tinted plastic box containing marijuana as they conducted an inventory for the wrecker service of Leonard’s 2006 Mazda 3, the release indicated. Police said officers found a digital scale, a marijuana grinder and a small pill bottle containing marijuana seeds.

Authorities also found more than $4,200 in cash and a .45/.410 caliber Circuit Judge tactical rifle

Three arrested in Probation and Parole check

J. Hart
PONCHATOULA---Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of three area residents on numerous charges including narcotics and weapons charges.

The following men were arrested on the following charges:
·         Harold Hughes (pictured): age 60; 230 Washington St, Ponchatoula- arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I, Possession of a Firearm while Possessing a CDS, and Possession of Stolen Property-Felony
·         Jonathan Hart (pictured): age 27; 780 North Seventh St, Ponchatoula- arrested for Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (pictured)
·         Navarro McGary (not pictured): age 36; 14375 Fred Clark Rd, Hammond- arrested on 5 counts of Failure to Appear

Chief Layrisson stated that his officers were assisting Probation and Parole on a probation check on North Eleventh Street when the arrests were made. After officers knocked on the door, Jonathan Hart answered the door and invited agents inside. Ponchatoula officers immediately recognized Hart and knew that he had warrants with the Ponchatoula PD. Officers asked Hart to identify himself, and he gave a false name. As officers attempted to take Hart into custody, Hart began to punch and kick violently at agents and officers. Hart was eventually taken into custody and found to be in control of a 9mm Ruger pistol. During the violent struggle with Hart, two additional residents (Navarro McGary and Harold Hughes) were seated nearby on a couch. Officers checked McGary and Hughes for warrants and learned that McGary had several warrants.  As officers took McGary into custody, they observed a shoe sitting on the floor in between McGary and Hughes. Officers could see in plain view, inside the shoe what appeared to be marijuana. As officers investigated the marijuana, Hughes openly stated that the marijuana was his.  Also, officers located inside the residence four additional guns and two large clear bags containing suspected marijuana, to which Hughes claimed possession. The guns were found in a room believed to belong to Hughes. In addition, one of those guns had been reported stolen from another agency. McGary was allowed to post bond and released from the Ponchatoula Police Department, but Hughes and Hart was transported to parish jail on their charges.
Chief Layrisson recognizes his officers on their diligent work in fighting drugs and keeping the citizens of Ponchatoula safe.

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