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Approximately 6,000 property owners still owe 2013 taxes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Pay before the end of March to avoid additional fees

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, which serves as the official tax collector for the parish, currently has approximately 6,000 delinquent property tax accounts for the 2013 tax year.

Through the end of March 2014, accounts can be made current by paying the base tax, accumulated interest and a certified notice fee.

Taxpayers are urged to pay within this time to avoid an additional 1 percent interest and $35 abstract fee, which will be added to all unpaid accounts on April 1, 2014.

Taxes can be paid online anytime at www.stpsopayments.com, or in person Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, 701 N. Columbia Street, Covington or the Sheriff’s Department Administration Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, Slidell.

Payments can also be mailed to St. Tammany Tax Collector, P O Box 608, Covington, La 70434.  They must be postmarked by March 31, 2014 to avoid the additional fees.

Taxpayers can call 985-809-8217 to acquire tax information.  The online payment site listed can also be used to look up amounts due.

Jail bookings March 10-16

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Deputies apprehend man wanted by MPD after high-speed pursuit

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Livermore

Following two high-speed pursuits late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man wanted by Mandeville Police for vehicle burglary.

A deputy first spotted Kris Livermore’s 1992 tan Mercury Grand Marquis driving 85 miles per hour on La. Hwy 434. The deputy attempted to make a U-turn in order to initiate a traffic stop, but lost sight of the vehicle as it sped down the highway.

A short time later, deputies on La. Hwy 59 spotted the same vehicle entering that highway from Interstate 12. They too attempted a traffic stop, but Livermore continued northbound on Hwy 59 into Abita Springs. With deputies in pursuit, Livermore travelled at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, passing several vehicles and driving against traffic at times in the southbound lane. As he entered Abita Springs, he lost control of his vehicle when attempting to maneuver a curve in the roadway and crashed into another vehicle near the intersection of Keller Street and Hwy 59. The driver and the four passengers in that vehicle sustained injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

Livermore exited his vehicle and fled on foot down Keller Street to Second Street. Deputies followed as Livermore climbed over fences and was located minutes later hiding under a stack of boxes. He was apprehended shortly after midnight near the intersection of Keller Street and Second Street.

Kris Livermore (DOB 12-17-1959; 22332 Strain Road, Mandeville) was arrested on the following charges and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail:

40:967 Possession of Schedule II CDS: cocaine

14:108 Aggravated flight from an office

40:1238.1 Distribution of a legend drug without a prescription

40:1023 Possession of drug paraphernalia

14:96 Aggravated obstruction of a highway of commerce

14:39 Negligent injury

14:108 Resisting an officer

In addition, Livermore was booked on two fugitive charges and an outstanding misdemeanor theft charge from 1997.

Mandeville Police Department has issued a release on the vehicle burglary charges. Contact them for more information pertaining to that case.

Sheriff Strain closes Northshore Workforce

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Sheriff Jack Strain Thursday morning contacted the managers of Northshore Workforce – the Covington based transitional work program – to notify them he was closing the program.

The process of relocating the program’s 148 participants to the St. Tammany Parish Jail for temporary housing began at approximately noon today.  Forty-three participants who were at the facility were escorted by Sheriff’s deputies to the jail.  NSWF personnel throughout the day picked up 93 additional participants who were at job-sites and brought them to the jail.  The Sheriff’s office is coordinating with other employers to arrange pickup of 12 offshore workers.

The Sheriff’s office is working with the Department of Corrections to determine the facilities where the inmates will ultimately be reassigned.

“My decision to shut down Northshore Workforce today was made with the public’s safety in mind.  While some recent media coverage has drawn attention to incidents which occurred with the program years ago, there have now been three recent walk-offs from job sites or, as in the case of this morning’s incident, from the facility itself.  This recent trend has led me to the conclusion that St. Tammany’s residents are best served by closing the doors of this facility,” Strain said.

“I retain my belief in the Transitional Work Program model as envisioned by the Department of Corrections.  The idea behind the program, when implemented correctly, is a tremendous asset in our efforts to reduce Louisiana’s alarming incarceration rate.  We will remain in communication with the Department of Corrections to determine if a similar facility might be reopened sometime in the future,” Strain added.

Sheriff’s office looking for Transitional Work Program participant

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Ricker

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office is currently trying to locate a Northshore Workforce program participant who left the facility at approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning.  Deputies are working with Covington Police, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office, and the Department of Corrections in their attempt to find Christopher Ricker (20097 Bankston Ln, Loranger, LA – DOB: 4/15/1978).

Investigators are working with Covington Police to investigate what appears to be Ricker’s abduction of his girlfriend at a Covington convenience store immediately after he left the facility.  Ricker took her from the store and left in her vehicle.  Other deputies, including K-9, search and rescue teams, and the Sheriff’s office helicopter, are currently in Tangipahoa to search an area where Ricker is believed to be hiding.

Ricker was serving a sentence for theft and was scheduled to be released in October of this year.  More information will be sent as it becomes available.

Anyone coming into contact with Ricker is asked not to engage him, but to call 911 immediately.

Slidell man on house arrest charged after removing monitoring device

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A Slidell man who was on house arrest for charges out of Lafayette will now be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail after he removed his monitor device and fled following a fight with his father.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 29172 Dinkins Drive Sunday night in reference to a fight between a father and a son.

The complainant advised his son, Justin Hoover (DOB 10/21/1984), kicked in the door to the residence after being told to leave.  He then punched his father in the face and knocked his mother down with the door. Hoover, who was on house arrest for an auto theft charge out of Lafayette, had fled the residence on foot prior to deputies’ arrival.

Deputies contacted the monitoring agency and were advised that Hoover had removed his ankle bracelet.  They set up a perimeter around the residence but were unable to locate Hoover.

Approximately 30-45 minutes after clearing the scene, the father called 911 to report that his son had returned to the home and deputies returned to the residence but were still unable to locate Hoover.

His ankle monitoring device was located on the porch of the home, and deputies contacted the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and notified them of the incident.

After receiving an anonymous phone call Monday afternoon, deputies located Hoover hiding under a blanket in the backseat of a vehicle parked outside a Lacombe gas station.

Justin Hoover was taken into custody and arrested on the charge of 14:110.2 Tampering with a monitoring system.

He will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Jail bookings March 3-9

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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Detectives looking for help identifying women wanted for shoplifting at Covington Target

Friday, March 7th, 2014

St. Tammany Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s helping in identifying two women wanted for shoplifting from the Covington Target store. On Saturday, February 22, 2014 two black female subjects entered the Covington Target store, located off of Highway 21, and stole several items, totaling $195. The women left the area in a silver Smart car. Images of the car and the women have been taken from surveillance video at the store.
If anyone recognizes the subjects or the vehicle, please call Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

Detectives looking for women who stole from Slidell Target store

Friday, March 7th, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two women wanted for stealing nearly $1,000 in merchandise from a Slidell store.

On Friday, February 07, 2014 two black female subjects entered the Target store in Covington and attempted to shoplift a purse and five Nintendo 3DS game systems. The theft would have totaled $999.95, but the suspects discarded the merchandise upon noticing the asset protection associate.

However, the subjects left the Covington store and immediately went to the Slidell Target, where they were successful in stealing the same merchandise.

Detectives obtained three images of the suspects taken from surveillance video at the stores.  If anyone recognizes the subjects please contact Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

Two Tangipahoa men arrested for Mandeville area burglary

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s investigators have booked two Tangipahoa Parish men for the burglary of a gold and coin store on Hwy 22 just outside Mandeville this morning.

The Sheriff’s office received an alarm notification from Dupre Coins and Precious Metals at approximately 5:15 a.m. this morning.  Minutes later, a deputy responding to check the business noticed a group of men walking from the rear of the building.  Two of the men fled east along Hwy 22.  Another man entered a car the group drove there and sped away west bound on Hwy 22.

The deputy ran back to his car and chased that vehicle, a 2005 black Lincoln sedan, to an apartment complex on Hwy 22.  When the deputy arrived, the get-away car had crashed into another vehicle and was empty.  The driver of that car was seen fleeing into a nearby wooded area.

K-9 deputies tracked his trail into the woods, while other deputies established a perimeter around the woods.  A short time later, a man was spotted exiting the woods onto an adjacent roadway and was taken into custody for questioning.

Other deputies who responded to the scene of the burglary noticed another man walking down Hwy 22 in the vicinity of the incident.  He was also taken into custody for questioning.

As a result of the investigation, the two men have been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with one count of L.R.S. 14:62 (simple burglary).  Their information is as follows:

Quentrel Hogan (25687 McCarroll Rd, Springfield, LA – DOB: 3/21/1994)Clarence Walls (13115 Stevenson Ln, Hammond, LA – DOB: 2/16/1996)

Sheriff’s investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for a third man, also from Tangipahoa Parish, who they believe was with Hogan and Walls at the time of the burglary.  They are working with authorities there to locate him.

The investigation continues into whether or not a fourth man was involved in the burglary.