In this video, http://vimeo.com/87872145, Sheriff Jack Strain explains the circumstances of the case involving Melinda Denny, the missing woman from the Mobile, Alabama area. Deputies searched for six days before finding her body in a field off of Brewster Road Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Jonathan Nall, her boyfriend and travelling companion, has since been charged with second-degree murder in her death. He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on an $800,000 bond.day morning. Johnathan Nall, her boyfriend and travelling companion, has since been charged with second-degree murder in her death. He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on an $800,000 bond.
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Bill Stites, the transitional work program participant who walked away from his job at Windmill nursery Tuesday afternoon, has been located and is back in custody. Stites was arrested at approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning outside a residence in the Slidell area.
Stites had been sentenced for theft over $500 and identity theft. He was working at the nursery with several other program participants. The others were picked up as scheduled by T.W.P. employees.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies received an anonymous tip Thursday morning that Stites was walking to a home off Old Spanish Trail in the Slidell area. Deputies went to the address provided and were surrounding the home when one of them observed Stites exit the adjacent wood line, walking toward the rear of the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.
Stites will be removed from the transitional work program and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with one count of L.R.S. 14:110(A)(2) – simple escape, which this section defines as the failure of a work release program participant to return from planned employment at the appointed time.
UPDATE: Hor-Kaih Pierre was located safe on Feb. 27, 2014.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old who has been missing since Valentine’s Day.
Hor-Kaih Pierre was reported missing on Feb. 14, 2014 by her mother, Korenda Pierre. Kaih was last seen by her grandfather awaiting the school bus that morning on E. 7th Street in Covington. She had a small suitcase with her, but the grandfather assumed she was sleeping at a friend’s house after school. However, Kaih did not attend school that day and has not returned home since.
During the days after her disappearance, Kaih established contact with family and friends using her Nextbook Tablet, but she has since ended communications with family and friends and her whereabouts are unknown.
Kaih is approximately 5 foot, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has light brown skin, brown eyes and brown wavy hair.
Anyone with information about Hor-Kaih Pierre’s whereabouts, is asked to call Detective Arthur Meyer at 276-1326.
Nall transferred from hospital to jail
UPDATE: Approximately 150 deputies searching a wooded area off Brewster Road on foot located a female body shortly after 10 a.m. Feb. 27. The St. Tammany Coroner’s Office has confirmed the body is that of Melinda Denny.
The search for a missing Alabama woman entered its second day today as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies continued their efforts to locate Melinda Denny.
Deputies are concentrating their search along the I-12 corridor in western St. Tammany. This morning, K-9 and search and rescue teams were dispatched throughout a wooded area along Brewster Rd, which connects Hwy 21 and Hwy 1077 near the interstate. Denny was last seen with Johnathon Nall (4465 Champlain Ave, Mobile, AL – DOB: 6/26/1979) around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning in a parking lot on Hwy 21.
Later Saturday morning, Nall was involved in a two-hour standoff with deputies at a gas station on Hwy 1077. Nall held a gun to his head and threatened suicide. Deputies were able to take Nall into protective custody after hitting him with a less than lethal round (bean bag) in the chest.
The search for Denny began after deputies discovered she was travelling with Nall but her whereabouts could not be established.
Nall was transferred this morning from a local hospital, where he was undergoing evaluation, to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Nall has been booked with one count of L.R.S. 14:40.1 (terrorizing) and one count of L.R.S. 14:108 (resisting an officer). He is being held without bond.
Just before noon Saturday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a man with a gun at a gas station near the Hwy 1077 exit on Interstate 12.
Over the next several hours, deputies were engaged in a stand-off with the man, later identified as Johnathon Nall from the Mobile, AL area. Nall was threatening to commit suicide; however, at no point did he threaten anyone else with the gun. Nall was eventually taken into custody after deputies fired a less than lethal round (bean bag) at him, striking him in the chest. Nall suffered no significant injuries from the bean bag; however, he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, where he remains today under an order of protective custody (O.P.C.).
During the investigation into the incident, deputies recovered Nall’s vehicle, a 1999 red Jeep Grand Cherokee with a temporary dealer license, in a subdivision near the gas station. It was also learned that Nall was travelling from the Mobile area to Texas and had a travelling companion with him: his girlfriend, Melinda Denny (26 years old), also from the Mobile area.
Early Saturday morning (approx. 1:30 a.m.) the Sheriff’s office received a call from Nall’s mother in Alabama who requested that deputies check on Nall and Denny. They were reported to be in a parking lot on Hwy 21 and needed money for gas. Responding deputies made contact with the two and both subjects reported they were okay. A weapon was located in the vehicle, but no ammunition was found. A routine check revealed no criminal history on either Nall or Denny, and deputies released them to continue their trip. No additional contact was made with the pair until Nall was seen Saturday morning at the gas station. Denny has not yet been located.
Deputies are continuing to search for Denny today. Anyone who might have seen the vehicle early Saturday morning along the I-12 area, or who might have information about Denny’s whereabouts, is asked to call 911.
Foul play has not been ruled out in this case.
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Joshua Ponseti (last known address: 810 Penn St, Mandeville – DOB: 1/18/1986) was arrested yesterday evening for one count of L.R.S.14:60 (aggravated burglary).
A Mandeville area woman called the Sheriff’s office yesterday afternoon to report that Ponseti, a former boyfriend, broke into her home earlier in the day and that the two engaged in an argument over a cell phone. Ponseti pushed the woman to the floor before he left the residence.
During the investigation, it was learned that Ponseti was a participant in Northshore Workforce, a private transitional work program in the Covington area.
Ponseti was located a short time later at his place of employment in Mandeville. After questioning by investigators, Ponseti was arrested without incident and brought to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Ponseti’s bond has not yet been set.
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St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Covington Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted for shoplifting at two different stores on the same day. On January 2, two suspects entered the CVS located at 1850 North Highway 190, Covington and stole several bottles of alcohol. After the theft they went to the Walgreen’s located at 1203 Highway 190 Business, Covington, and stole several other items. They were seen leaving in a light colored four door vehicle, possibly teal or light blue. If you recognize either man from this surveillance photo, please call Detective Jared Lunsford at 985-276-1330.