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Timothy “TJ” Pelas who was listed as missing has been located.

Posted: October 7th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Timothy “TJ” Pelas who was listed as missing has been located.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for three male suspects

Posted: October 4th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for three male suspects
in connection with residential armed robbery in Violet

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating and identifying three male suspects who robbed at gunpoint a Violet family in their home, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

During the early morning hours of Sept. 26, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about an armed robbery which took place in the Daniel Park area in Violet.

According to the female victim, three black males entered her home and held her and her three children at gunpoint for an extended period of time while they ransacked their home. The suspects tied up the female before they left and fled with her debit card.

Shortly after the incident, the Sheriff said, video surveillance was obtained of one of the male suspects using the victim's debit card to withdraw money at a Chase ATM in eastern New Orleans.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of these three suspects, their whereabouts or further information regarding this incident is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or (504) 278-7630 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for missing St. Bernard man

Posted: October 4th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for missing St. Bernard man

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a 24-year-old man from eastern St. Bernard who was last seen shortly before midnight on Sept. 28.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said Timothy “TJ” Pelas left his home in the 2200 block of Tiffany Court in St. Bernard community around 11 p.m., and has not returned home or been heard from since.

Pelas, who family members say is mentally challenged, was wearing a beige shirt and khaki pants. He has brown hair and brown eyes, is 6’0” tall and weighs about 150 lbs.

Family members said Pelas is known to frequent the Heights Drive area in St. Bernard community and the Reggio Marina.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Pelas is asked to contact the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office 21st session of its Citizens Police Academy

Posted: October 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office 21st session of its Citizens Police Academy

The 2019 St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy’s sixth and seventh weeks featured members of the Special Operations Division, a SWAT equipment demonstration, and a visit from Agent Brian Brown with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Bureau of Investigation.

Citizens Police Academy participants were shown some of the state-of-the-art equipment used by St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies and Agent Brown spoke about the types of cyber crimes investigated by his office.

Coordinated by Capt. Charles Borchers, Sgt. Eric Eilers and Dep. Aaron Johnson, the free, 10-week course, which began Aug. 21, teaches residents about the various aspects of law enforcement and what the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office do on a day-to-day basis to keep their community safe.

The class will wrap up Oct 23 with a graduation ceremony.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for two male

Posted: October 1st, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for two male

suspects in rash of vehicle burglaries in Arabi

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating and identifying two male suspects who are wanted in connection with a rash of automobile burglaries which took place Monday evening in St. Bernard Parish, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

On Sept. 30, shortly after 7:30 p.m., several vehicles were burglarized along several residential streets in the Arabi area.

A warrant has been issued in the case by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau for the arrest of Alkia Edwards, 17, of the 4800 block of Rosemont Drive in New Orleans. He is wanted for simple burglary and theft of a firearm.

Sheriff Pohlmann said the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of these two suspects, their whereabouts or further information regarding these incidents is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at (504) 278-7630 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.

In several cases, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the victims’ vehicles were unlocked.

Sheriff Pohlmann urges residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times in an effort to deter criminals from committing a “crime of opportunity.”

“This is why it’s very important to make sure your vehicles are locked at all times,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Locking your vehicle and not leaving items of value, especially guns, in plain sight can greatly reduce your chances of being a victim of theft.”

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office 21st session of its Citizens Police Academy

Posted: September 20th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office 21st session of its Citizens Police Academy

The two dozen St. Bernard Parish residents participating in the 21st session of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy have already visited with several veteran deputies from patrol, communications, the equipment division and criminal investigations.

Coordinated by Capt. Charles Borchers, Sgt. Eric Eilers and Dep. Aaron Johnson, the free, 10-week course, which began Aug. 21, teaches residents about the various aspects of law enforcement and what the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office do on a day-to-day basis to keep their community safe.

The class will wrap up Oct 23 with a graduation ceremony.

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Reigning Miss Cosmos visits St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office

Posted: September 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Reigning Miss Cosmos visits St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office

The St. Bernard Parish Redfish Pageant is the official pageant of the Redfish World Series and Louisiana Redfish Festival being hosted Sept. 26 through 29 on the grounds of the St. Bernard Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

The 2019 pageant, held Sept. 14, was presented by the Arlene & Joseph Meraux Foundation and co-sponsored by the St. Bernard Office of Tourism, and the Redfish World Series.

Pageant professionals were flown in from out of state to serve as judges, including the reigning Miss Cosmos United States 2019 Katie Mode of South Carolina.

Miss Mode toured St. Bernard Parish and thanked first responders while in town leading up to an official visit to St. Bernard Parish this February by all of the Cosmos United States titleholders.

Miss Mode visited the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Paris Road Substation on Saturday, Sept. 14 as part of her platform “Feeding the Fearless.” Miss Mode is seen here delivering snacks to Sheriff’s Office Lt. Richie Barr.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputy speaks to students

Posted: September 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputy speaks to students
about the dangers of social media and cyberbullying

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Lt. Michelle Canepa recently facilitated a talk with a group of middle school students about the dangers of using social media and cyberbullying, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

During the lecture held Sept. 16 at N.P. Trist Middle School in Meraux, Lt. Canepa was accompanied by an agent from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Bureau of Investigations Cyber Crime Unit.

Students in sixth through eighth grades were educated on the risks involved with cyberbullying, or using technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Students were given information on how to recognize cyberbullying, as well as advice on how to respond to certain situations that may arise.

For more information about cyberbullying, or to organize an educational talk, contact Lt. Canepa at (504) 278-7749, or Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Investigations Division at (225) 326-6100.

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Sgt. Eric Eilers, of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Divisi

Posted: September 12th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Sgt. Eric Eilers, of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Division, visited with and read to Joe Davies Elementary School third grade students in Kelli Tinney’s class on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jennifer Gutierrez

Posted: September 10th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jennifer Gutierrez
named Kiwanis Club District Lawperson of Year

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jennifer Gutierrez was recently named the 2018-19 Kiwanis LAMISSTENN District’s International Lawperson of the Year, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Lt. Gutierrez, who received the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi Life Saver Award in January of 2019, was selected from a group of nominees submitted by Kiwanis clubs over a tri-state area.

Each year, the Kiwanis LAMISSTENN District, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi and western Tennessee, asks individual chapters to nominate one of their Life Saver Award recipients to be named the Lawperson of the Year.

Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi Life Saver Committee Chairman Sam Catalanotto said their nominee, Lt. Gutierrez, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, was selected from all of the nominees to receive this honor.

Lt. Gutierrez began her career with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office in 1999 working at the Parish Prison as a member of the Corrections Division. In 2001, she became a school resource officer where she worked for three years.

In 2004, Lt. Gutierrez became a detective with the Criminal Investigations Bureau where she still works today. She also is a recent graduate of the American International Institute of Polygraph where she became a certified forensic psychophysiologist.

Lt. Gutierrez is touched to receive such an honor.

“It’s a great honor to be the first deputy in St. Bernard Parish to receive this award, and to be recognized among so many other nominees throughout the district,” Lt. Gutierrez said.

In addition to presenting Lt. Gutierrez with the award, the Kiwanis also made a $250 donation to a charity of her choice. Lt. Gutierrez chose The League of Angels, a sports league for St. Bernard Parish children and adults with special needs. Michael Chutz, a member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi and a member of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division, also made a $100 personal donation to The League of Angels.

Anyone interested in joining the St. Bernard/Arabi Kiwanis Club community service organization is welcome to attend one of its luncheons each Tuesday at noon in the Rocky and Carlo’s Sicilian Room, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. For more information, call Robby Showalter at (504) 616-7312.

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