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Citizens Police Academy session opens for 15th year; Sheriff says department at a top professional level

Aug. 31, 2014 - Sheriff James Pohlmann told a new class of the Citizens Police Academy that because of St. Bernard’s relatively small size, “Some might believe we are Mayberry.’’

The reference was to the sleepy town of fictional Mayberry, N.C,, and its two-man Sheriff’s Office force of Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife from the old “Andy Griffith” TV show of years ago.

But Sheriff Pohlmann assured the class of more than 35 parish residents on its first night of a new session that, “We are not Mayberry.’’

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is a professional law enforcement agency with well-trained and equipped officers using the latest technology to fight crime, he said. Nearly all the members of the senior command staff are graduates of the well known FBI National Training Academy in Virginia, an enviable statistic for any law enforcement department.

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Annual Day of Reflection held at Chalmette High marks 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and parish’s rebuilding since then, including school system

Aug. 29 - Chalmette High’s new gym was filled with St. Bernard Parish residents, elected officials and visitors Friday for the Annual Day of Reflection breakfast, marking the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact on the parish on Aug. 29, 2005.

Striking the theme of continued rebuilding since the storm, Superintendent of Schools Doris Voitier noted the parish has much to be proud of, including its teachers and school administrators, continued improvement on state testing by students and the support of the community.

Shown is the entrance of the Chalmette High JROTC for the presentation of colors and playing of the National Anthem. Also, Voitier addresses the audience of several hundred from the podium as her image is projected on a screen.

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Fourth arrest made in Aug. 25 robbery of Chalmette pharmacy; He is alleged to be the driver of the getaway car

Aug. 28, 2014 - A man alleged to be the driver of a getaway car used in an armed robbery of a Chalmette pharmacy in the early morning hours of Aug. 25 has been arrested on the West Bank, the fourth arrest in connection with the crime, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

John Wilson, 27, of Gretna, was arrested on the West Bank Wednesday by members of the Criminal Intelligence Center Task Force in Jefferson Parish, the sheriff said. Wilson has been brought to the St. Bernard Parish Prison and is being held without bond pending an appearance before a judge.

Wilson was booked with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated kidnapping of three victims of the 4:30 a.m. robbery at the Walgreens pharmacy...

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Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans police help facilitate National Guard at Jackson Barracks train to react to an active shooter on base

Aug. 27, 2014 - If an active shooter situation took place on the National Guard base at Jackson Barracks, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans Police would both be responding as the nearest police agencies.

So, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, both agencies helped facilitate training by Guardsmen for such a possible situation.

The men and women of the base – which is on the boundary of New Orleans and St. Bernard...

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An employee of a Chalmette pharmacy which two men tried to rob early Monday was arrested Tuesday for being part of the crime

Aug. 26, 2014 - An employee of a Chalmette pharmacy which two armed men tried to rob early Monday has been arrested for being part of the crime, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Quinita “Peaches’’ Harris, 30, an employee since May of the Walgreens at Judge Perez Drive at Paris Road, was booked by sheriff’s detectives Tuesday with armed robbery and with aggravated kidnapping of three victims, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Harris lives in Chalmette with Leonard Gibson, 43, one of the men arrested by sheriff’s deputies within minutes...

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Sheriff’s deputies quickly arrest two armed men who tried to rob the Walgreens in Chalmette early Monday

Aug. 25, 2014 - St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann has stressed quick response to timely calls is the backbone of parish law enforcement and that proved true again early Monday when two armed Gretna men were caught within minutes of trying to rob the Walgreens at Judge Perez Drive at Paris Road in Chalmette.

Deputies responded to a call after 4:30 a.m. from within the store about a robbery in progress and minutes later arrested one man as he went out a back door and the other after he ran out the front and was found hiding in a dumpster of a business across the street on Paris Road, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

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Registration being held for next free sessions of the popular Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy, which starts Aug. 27; Call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628 to sign up

There’s no better way to learn about law enforcement than the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy, which is free, held in Chalmette and participants learn about what police work entails in their parish, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

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Sheriff's Office asks residents and businesses with outdoor surveillance cameras to register in a database: Call (504) 278-7628 to register

Sheriff James Pohlmann is asking residents and business owners to help in “our fight against crime’’ by registering their outdoor surveillance system in a sheriff’s database, making it easier for police to quickly see video after a major incident to identify suspects.

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$7,500 Reward for Information on Bald Eagle Killing

Verret, LA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating the killing of a bald eagle near Verret, Louisiana in St Bernard Parish. The eagle was discovered on April 4, 2014, near the fire station on Highway 300 and Bayou Road.


Reward for information raised to up to $6,000 in murder of Violet man shot in his car Oct. 30, 2012; Call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 with information

Crimestoppers, in conjunction with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, has announced the raising of a reward up to $6,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Oct. 30, 2012, murder of Christopher Campbell, 28, of Violet.

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State agency the Metropolitan Human Services District offers crisis help to St. Bernard residents for mental health support, battling addictions and respite care; Call (504) 826-2675; Sheriff’s Office supporting effort; Polly Campbell of St. Bernard now b

St. Bernard Parish families who are in a crisis of some sort, perhaps with family members feeling overwhelmed by problems and don’t know what services are available, can turn to a state agency with crisis teams just a phone call away at (504) 826-2675.







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