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Shooter wounds man in ankle in Ponchatoula


By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com

Ponchatoula police are looking for the person responsible for a shooting on Camp Street early Sunday.

The victim fled to President Hoover Street after being shot in the ankle, authorities said. He was treated at North Oaks Medical Center.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ponchatoula Police Department at 985-386-6548.

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PONCHATOULA ARRESTS -- Ponchatoula's new Street Crimes Unit has been working closely together with Hammond's, Police Chief Bry Layrisson said. Together, they have responded to complaints about high traffic and loud music on US 51 South.

With help from Hammond police and Probation and Parole, the Ponchatoula police have made the following arrests on the listed charges over the past three weeks:

Chermaine Tillman, 2 counts of Failure to Appear,

Shanta Stimage, Failure to Appear,

Behrman Ray, Failure to Appear and Fugitive of Other Jurisdiction,

Christopher Walker, 21 counts of Failure to Appear,

Carl Booker Jr., three counts of Failure to Appear and Possession of Marijuana,

Tanisha Young, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Louis Dupard, Possession of Marijuana and Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Shelly Brown, Failure to Appear,

Alyce Harry, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Bradlee Dangerfield, Resisting an Officer and Disturbing the Peace,

Breya Carter, Failure to Appear and Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Gacorwin Woodard, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm,

Carlos Kinchen, Failure to Appear and Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Firearm while Possessing CDS.

Tresmond Wilson, Failure to Appear,

Terrell Town, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle,

Malcolm Dumas, two counts Failure to Appear and Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Zan Collier, seven counts of Failure to Appear and Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Gregory Harris, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction,

Riemon Pope, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction, and

Andrea Carter, Fugitive from Other Jurisdiction.

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INCIDENTS AND FIRE CALLS -- The Ponchatoula police logged 851 incidents in May.

Of the 91 arrests, 19 went to the 21st Judicial District Court and 11 of the 19 were drug cases. Five of the arrested suspects were fugitives from other jurisdictions. Two of the arrested were on Hammond police department's "Most Wanted" list.

Police also responded to four domestic calls.

Traffic incidents totaled 155 with 118 citations issued. Police also handled 28 accidents last month and provided escorts for two funerals.

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FELON WITH FIREARM -- A Hammond man received 15 years in federal prison Wednesday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Alfred Montgomery, 29, to 15 years of imprisonment for violating the federal law.

Montgomery also received a sentence of five years after pleading guilty to distribution of marijuana.

The sentences, which will run concurrently, will be served in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Montgomery's 15-year sentences, imposed for two separate counts of felon in possession of a firearm, are mandatory minimum sentences imposed under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. The Act enhances the sentence of individuals who have been previously convicted of certain crimes of violence.

He was previously convicted of seven counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in Tangipahoa Parish.

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FORMER SHERIFF -- A former Louisiana sheriff has been arrested on multiple sex crime charges based on allegations dating to the 1970s.

St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced the indictment of former St. Tammany Sheriff Rodney Jack Strain Jr. at a news conference in Covington Tuesday afternoon.

Bond was set at $400,000.

Montgomery said the allegations involve four victims. Charges include aggravated rape, aggravated incest, sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Conviction of aggravated rape carries a life sentence.

The release says the earliest of the allegations dates to a period between 1975 and 1981. The latest was in 2004.

Strain was elected sheriff in 1995. He lost a 2015 re-election bid.

His attorney did not immediately respond to an email query.

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PEDESTRIAN HIT -- Hammond businessman Nick Arnone suffered minor injuries in a hit-and-run accident Monday in Ponchatoula. He was walking across LA 22 from the Car Wash Depot to the Asian Fusion restaurant and was standing in the turn lane when a car leaving the Sonic driveway hit his elbow. Police and ambulances responded, but Arnone declined medical treatment.

"We urge pedestrians to be careful when crossing the highway," Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson said. "That section of LA 22 has no lights, and we frown on pedestrians crossing sections of the highway with no lights."