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Sheriff Continues Push for Jail Addition

New Additions to Lincoln Parish Detention Center

New Additions to Lincoln Parish Detention Center

Last Thursday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission saw a continued push by Sheriff Mike Stone for additional beds at the parish jail, albeit scaled back from the original want list.

Warden Jim Tuten said they had re-evaluated and are asking for the trustee dorm only. That would cost about $2.5 million, furnishings and all, he said.

Said Tuten, “We won’t have the final numbers until the bids come in.”

Tuten said if bids were let this fall, then occupancy could begin next summer. The new dorm would be able to house 96 trustee/work release prisoners.

Stone said that the jail pays $1/2 million a year to Ouachita Parish for overflow prisoners, and that money could go toward paying for the new construction.

In other business, the commission re-elected Police Juror Joe Henderson as President.

Detention Center Commission Meets Today


The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission will meet today, (Thurs, March 16), 10:00 AM, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Here is the agenda.

Sumlin Trial Rescheduled for April


The March 20 trial for William Sumlin was rescheduled for April 24, Division B Judge Tommy Rogers ruled yesterday in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) in Ruston. Yesterday’s hearing on a Motion to Strike was also rescheduled, to March 14, 1:30 PM.

Sumlin’s attorney, Lavalle Salomon, claimed his wife was scheduled for surgery the week of the March trial dates.

Sumlin was arrested in October, 2015 of indecent behavior with a juvenile. In December, 2015 a Grand Jury returned a Bill of Indictment on the charges.

Representing the state was Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones.

Sumlin Hearing Delayed, Again


Once again, a hearing on a Motion to Strike on behalf of William Sumlin was delayed in a Ruston courtroom of Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court late this afternoon. The hearing was reset for February 21, 2017.

Additional motions will be filed prior to that date, the court was advised.

Sumlin is scheduled to be tried in March on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Presiding was Divison B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Appearing for Sumlin was Monroe attorney LaValle Salomon, and for the State of Louisiana, Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones.

What They’re Paid


Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 7/1/15-6/30/16
Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 7/1/15-6/30/16
Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 1/1/15-12/31/15

He’s Not a Crook! Guv Edwards on Brother the Sheriff


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defends brother, Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards: ‘He did not engage in anything improper, much less illegal’


Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday gave a forceful defense of his brother, Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards, whose office was raided by the FBI last week in connection with a federal drug probe.

“Without any fear of contradiction or ever being proven wrong, I will tell you now, he did not engage in anything improper, much less illegal,” Gov. Edwards told reporters gathered at the Governor’s Mansion for an end-of-year news conference. “I have all the confidence in the world in that, and I think that time will bear that out.”

Gov. Edwards added that he doesn’t “have much information about what they were looking for, why they chose to operate in the manner that they did.”

The FBI raided the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Hammond Police Department, last Thursday, as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation of a federal drug task force linked to officers suspected of stealing drugs and cash that had been seized during narcotics investigations. Two former Tangipahoa sheriff’s deputies have been charged.

Law enforcement officials told The Advocate that Daniel Edwards’ computer was among the items seized during last week’s daylong raid.

Campaign Finances of Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards


Last week’s revelations in The Hayride regarding a pricey fundraiser for Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards prompted us to take a look at the campaign war chest of Governor John Edward’s brother, the sheriff.

As of 12/31/15, the latest report available, Daniel Edward’s fund balance was $225,876.

See here the 11/02/15 – 12/31/15 report.

During the fall, 2015 election campaign, Edwards reported $50,650 in receipts, and $208,793 in expenditures. At the beginning of 2015, Edwards had a fund balance of $399,258.

Here are the four reports covering that period.

01/01/15 – 09/14/15
09/15/15 – 10/04/16
10/05/15 – 11/01/15
10/24/15 (election day GOTV)

Edwards was handily re-elected in the 10/24/15 primary, receiving 65% of the vote. His closest opponent, Sherman Phares, got 19% of the vote.

A fundraiser for a newly re-elected politician is common, but in this case Sheriff Edwards spent less than half the money he raised combined with what he had on hand. He could fund another campaign with what he’s got in the bank now.

So why the pricey July, 2016 fundraiser featuring his brother the governor as special guest?

An answer may be in who sent out the invites and who all was invited.

According to The Hayride’s Scott McKay, an email invitation revealed that the hosts for the event were two of Governor Edward’s cabinet members – Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson, and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) board member Johnny Bradbury.

The invite list included engineering and construction firms from South Louisiana, McKay wrote.

So we have two of Governor John Bel Edwards’ cabinet members, who control between them hundreds of millions in state construction contracts, inviting companies that do business with state, to a fundraiser for a sheriff who happens to be the governor’s brother.

Some things never change in Louisiana.

Kind of a Pricey Fundraiser for a Sheriff


Fundraiser Invitation for Tangipahoa Sheriff Edwards

Gov Edwards Brother (Tangi Sheriff) Clams Up


Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards, brother of Gov. John Bel Edwards, short on info about involvement in FBI raid


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Friday that no one in his office — other than two people who have already been charged — have been notified that they’re targets of a federal investigation into a drug task force.

The federal probe is looking into officers suspected of stealing drugs and cash seized during narcotics investigations.

“I can tell you that my office has cooperated with the federal authorities since the beginning of their investigation,” the sheriff said.

Edwards, the brother of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, had his computer seized by the FBI in Thursday’s raid of the sheriff’s office and Hammond Police Department, according to a law enforcement official.

The sheriff didn’t answer any questions at the quick, two-minute news conference. After he finished reading a statement, Daniel Edwards walked away from a podium while a reporter shouted a question, asking if he had retained an attorney.

Daniel Edwards remained inside the Sheriff’s Office for the first several hours of the FBI’s search Thursday. After lunch, the sheriff climbed in his SUV and drove past a group of reporters without commenting. Calls to his cellphone were not returned.

More of Louisiana’s Finest Pinched


FBI raids Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Hammond police HQ as part of probe of drug task force


The FBI raided the offices of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department on Thursday, seizing computers, cellphones and case files in simultaneous searches stemming from a broadening U.S. Justice Department investigation of a federal drug task force.

The daylong raids closed down two government buildings in Hammond as agents conducted interviews and carried out at least two search warrants related to a nearly year-old inquiry into a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force accused of stealing cash from drug dealers, selling confiscated narcotics and tampering with witnesses.

Two former members of the New Orleans-based task force — both of whom worked for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office — are facing federal charges, and one pleaded guilty earlier this year to state drug conspiracy charges.

Thursday’s searches marked an escalation of the misconduct investigation, which has been steeped in secrecy for months as investigators dug into the background of several task force members, including Chad Scott, a longtime DEA agent who has been suspended indefinitely and stripped of his badge.

Non-essential personnel were sent home, law enforcement sources said, and visitors were steered away from the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department buildings.

The materials taken included a computer from the office of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, said one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the operation. Edwards is the brother of Gov. John Bel Edwards.