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Hammond Police Blotter

Dec. 5
Car burglary on the 1800 block of Natchez Street
Burglary of a business on the 2200 block of West Church Street
Automobile theft on the 1400 block of Sun Lane
Bicycle theft on the 200 block of South Morrison Boulevard
Car burglary on the 1300 block of North . . . more »

   

Sheriff confident he will prevail in suit

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said he has the law and several attorney general opinions to back up his argument he will present in the lawsuit over the jail's funding.
Judge Jeff Johnson will hear arguments Friday in the lega . . . more »

   

Thaleia Dufrene and Mac Anderson

Thaleia Dufrene



Two Hammond Eastside Magnet School students, Thaleia Dufrene and Mac Anderson, have been recognized for their outstanding work this year at the school.
Eighth-grader Dufrene, daughter of Sidney and Eve Dufrene, has been named as the school's Eighth Grade 2017-2018 . . . more »

   

Recycling available Saturday

After being forced to close last weekend during south Louisiana's snow storm, Tangipahoa Parish Government will accept recyclables this Saturday from residents.
Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the parish will hold a recycling day from 9 a.m. until 1 p . . . more »

   

Donuts with Dads

CROWD -- Independence Magnet School has a packed-house during its Donuts with Dads event.



Over 100 dads, uncles, brothers, and grandfathers packed the house of Independence Magnet School for a recent Donuts with Dads event.
Dads were treated to special treats for breakfast while their children interviewed them about their favorite things. The event als . . . more »

   

Legislators respond to Alabama election

By Connor Raborn Crime@hammondstar.com
The nation's eyes were on Alabama's U.S. Senate election Tuesday night as the state elected its first Democratic senator in 25 years.
Doug Jones won the seat in a race with Republican candidate Roy Moore, who had allegations o . . . more »

   

Children are top priority for Mizell

Photo by Tori P. Savoy

MIZELL -- Sen. Beth Mizell speaks Tuesday afternoon at the Hammond Kiwanis meeting.



By Tori P. Savoy Reporter@hammondstar.com
As a mother, grandmother and a child advocate, Louisiana Senator Beth Mizell said children are her number one priority.
"When I look at the concerns of my district, it's educations and jobs. None of that is going to happen . . . more »

   

Children are top priority for Mizell

Photo by Tori P. Savoy

MIZELL -- Sen. Beth Mizell speaks Tuesday afternoon at the Hammond Kiwanis meeting.



By Tori P. Savoy Reporter@hammondstar.com
As a mother, grandmother and a child advocate, Louisiana Senator Beth Mizell said children are her number one priority.
"When I look at the concerns of my district, it's educations and jobs. None of that is going to happen . . . more »

   

Tree replacement project on hold

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A push to allocate money for a project to replace damaged trees downtown failed to get enough votes from the Hammond Downtown Development District's board Wednesday night.
The district's design committee is working on . . . more »

   

Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller



Audrey Miller has a lot of hobbies that she enjoys, namely reading, writing poetry, hanging out with her granddaughter and helping her neighbors.
She was spending a quiet afternoon Tuesday at the Hammond library branch doing a word jumble puzzle, another one of her . . . more »

   

Wreath ceremony welcomes bikers

A wreath ceremony honoring veterans past and present, fallen and still with us, will be held at Walmart in Amite Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
"Wreaths Across America" will feature live music and will welcome a convoy of trucks from Walmart Distribution Center in Br . . . more »

   

Investing in People

CHAMBER LUNCHEON -- Members of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and guests attend the chamber's luncheon Tuesday while University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson delivers the event speech.

Photo by Connor Raborn



By Connor Raborn Crime@hammondstar.com
In 18 months, a young girl named Misty went from living out of her car to managing at a dealership that sells them.
This was the story that University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson said really illuminates to him . . . more »

   

Man tries to pay two stores with counterfeit money

Ponchatoula Police Department is seeking a man who tried to pay with counterfeit money at Ponchatoula Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 2.
A man around his early 20s wearing a gray beanie hat and blue jeans and covering his head with the hood of his purple sweatshirt alleg . . . more »

   

Port Commission reschedules meeting

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission will hold its next meeting Dec. 19 at its office at 163 West Hickory St. to consider the proposed 2018 budget for Port Manchac.
The commission, which governs the port south of Po . . . more »

   

SLU crowns Miss Alyssa Kate Larose

Photo by Larshell Green and Prakriti Adhikari of The Lion's Roar

2018 MISS SOUTHEASTERN -- Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary of Denham Springs crowns Alyssa Kate Larose of Kenner as Miss Southeastern 2018 at the annual pageant held earlier this month.



Southeastern Louisiana University elementary education major Alyssa Kate Larose of Kenner has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2018.
Larose received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary of Denham Springs at the annual pageant on Dec. 1 at Southeastern's . . . more »

   

Lt. Governor to speak at Chamber Installation

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will be featured as the special guest at the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce's Installation and Awards Luncheon on Jan. 4.
The Installation Banquet will take place at the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union Grand B . . . more »

   

Small farm animals coming to farmers market to be sold

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Vendors at the Hammond farmers market will have the option to sell some baby farm animals now that the City Council has approved an exemption to the prohibition on the sale of live animals.
The council passed on Tuesda . . . more »

   

Parish council adopts budget

By Lauren Langlois
staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council adopted the parish operating and capital outlay budget for 2018 and granted a 5 percent raise for the finance director.
Parish President Robby Miller said Finance Director Jeff McKneely has . . . more »

   

Hammond Fire Reports

Nov. 30
A false alarm sounded due to a system malfunction on Destination Drive at 10:10 a.m.
A false alarm sounded on Highway 190 at 12:33 p.m.
A motor vehicle accident on I-55 at 12:35 p.m. resulted in no injuries.
A motor vehicle accident on SGA Drive at 5 . . . more »

   

Hammond Police Blotter

Dec. 1
Bicycle theft on the 1700 block of Martens Drive
Traffic stop on I-55 at US 190 West
Traffic stop at McDonald's on North Morrison Boulevard
Traffic stop at Waffle House on East Morris Avenue
Illegal use of a weapon on the 600 block of South Cherry Street
Int . . . more »

   

Doug Brown



Although he is an attorney by career, Doug Brown of Hammond still finds ways to incorporate his love of music performance into his life.
This time of year he does so by forming groups to go caroling around town. He decided to go door-to-door one Christmas, and it h . . . more »

   

Council to discuss capital outlay projects

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council will discuss getting updates on projects listed in the five-year capital outlay plan at its meeting today.
The council will meet, first for a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular se . . . more »

   

Delivery service aims to hire 100

A food delivery app service plans to expand to Hammond and is looking to hire 100 local drivers.
Waitr, a restaurant on-demand platform, will debut in Hammond on Thursday, according to a statement from the company. The app lets people order from any Hammond restaur . . . more »

   

Snow Again

FAMILIAR SCENE -- East Thomas Street takes on a snowy appearance for the filming of "Green Book," days after Hammond was covered in a sheet of real snow.



By Connor Raborn Crime@hammondstar.com
Friday's actual snowfall had scarcely thawed as a film crew turned downtown Hammond into a winter wonderland Monday afternoon.
The 100 and 200 blocks of East Thomas Street and the 100 blocks of North and South Cypress streets . . . more »

   

Toys for Tots receives donations

ON THE WAY -- Sgt. Deven Rafter of Hammond Marines Recruiting Substation picks up toy donations for Tangipahoa Toys for Tots.



By Tori P. Savoy Reporter@hammondstar.com
More than 800 children in Tangipahoa Parish will receive a toy for Christmas this Saturday thanks to donations from businesses and members of the community.
The Toys for Tots toy distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. . . . more »

   

Ponchatoula to swap police vehicle for hours of assistance

By Tori P. Savoy Reporter@hammondstar.com
The City of Ponchatoula will donate a 2008 Dodge Durango police vehicle to the Village of Tickfaw in exchange for 30 hours of police assistance.
The vehicle has 140,000 miles and has an estimated worth of $750.
The city cou . . . more »

   

First responders douse blaze in snow

NIGHT FIRE Amite firefighters with the help of three other local departments work to put out a fire Friday night on Lathers Road south of the Velma community.

Photo Courtesy of Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer

As he stood amid the ash and remains of the place he called home for over 30 years, Herman Lathers expressed hope and confidence.

"God is going to take care of us," he said.

Lathers and his wife, Charlotte, were in their home at the end of Lathers Lane on Fr . . . more »

   

Members elect new fire chief

Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department members have voted Stormy Joiner to be their chief effective Jan. 1, ending current Chief Rodney Drude's term.
Drude has held the position since 2013.
"It wasn't by my choice, but that's the way life goes," Drude said.
The chan . . . more »

   

Snow and Ashes

Photo Courtesy of Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrere

NIGHT FIRE -- Amite firefighters with the help of three other local departments work to put out a fire Friday night on Lathers Road south of the Velma community.



By Tori P. Savoy Reporter@hammondstar.com
As he stood amid the ash and remains of the place he called home for over 30 years, Herman Lathers expressed hope and confidence.
"God is going to take care of us," he said.
Lathers and his wife, Charlotte, were in their ho . . . more »

   

'One Night in Bethlehem'

WORK DAY -- Larry and Tina Thonn whitewash a structure that will be a set piece for the Caesar scene in Calvary Christian Church's "One Night in Bethlehem" experience Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Randall Road.



By Connor Raborn Crime@hammondstar.com
Volunteers dressed sets, adjusted costumes and rehearsed dances last week as they put the final touches on this year's production of "One Night in Bethlehem."
This will be the 10th production of the Calvary Christian Church ev . . . more »

   

'A Christmas Carol'

SPOOKY VISITOR -- Dara Drum and Madison Perez rehearse a scene for their performance in "A Christmas Carol" at St. Thomas Aquinas tonight and Sunday at 7 p.m.



The beloved story of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" takes a new twist this weekend on the stage of the St. Thomas Aquinas Berryland Theatre.
Remaining showtimes are tonight and Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for students and children and $10 for adults.
Thi . . . more »

   

Winter Wonderland

Snowman photo courtesy of Nicole McCullough Belmonte of Ponchatoula



By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Sanding and salting had to be halted at one point Friday because the snow was coming down too quickly and steadily for the methods to create traction on roads and bridges.
Tangipahoa Parish Government and the state Dep . . . more »

   

Cold affects some events

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Southeastern Louisiana University has set commencement today at two hours later than planned due to concerns about icy road conditions.
The university has rescheduled the graduation ceremony for noon instead of the usu . . . more »

   

Cajun Frosty

Photo courtesy of Darci Goodwin

ALBANY NEIGHBORS -- Families and friends gather around their Cajun Frosty on Friday. Shown are Heath Brunies, Timmy Morgan, April Morgan, Darci Goodwin, Haiden Goodwin, Penny Brunies, Rachel Woods, David Woods, Peyton Woods, Scarlet Brunies, Camryn Woods, Sarah Foster and David Foster.



By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
He started out as an average snowman but then grew to become an 8-foot giant lovingly formed by neighboring families and friends.
Dubbed the Cajun Frosty, he was born in a neighborhood off Pea Ridge Road in Albany on F . . . more »

   

Cajun Frosty

Photo courtesy of Darci Goodwin

ALBANY NEIGHBORS -- Families and friends gather around their Cajun Frosty on Friday. Shown are Heath Brunies, Timmy Morgan, April Morgan, Darci Goodwin, Haiden Goodwin, Penny Brunies, Rachel Woods, David Woods, Peyton Woods, Scarlet Brunies, Camryn Woods, Sarah Foster and David Foster.



By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
He started out as an average snowman but then grew to become an 8-foot giant lovingly formed by neighboring families and friends.
Dubbed the Cajun Frosty, he was born in a neighborhood off Pea Ridge Road in Albany on F . . . more »

   

Storm Benji freezes parish

By Connor Raborn Crime@hammondstar.com
Winter Storm Benji quietly covered Tangipahoa Parish in snow and ice late Thursday into Friday afternoon.
Although as of Friday afternoon the wintry conditions had resulted in no major incidents for local agencies, more than 3 . . . more »