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Press Release: 10/11/11

RE: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Student Crime Stoppers Youth Leadership Education & Prevention Program

AMITE – The vision of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is to create a safe, secure world, through justice, for our children and children’s children. In keeping with this vision, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa (CST) is proud to announce the kick-off of its CST Student Crime Stoppers initiative in Tangipahoa Parish. Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has formed the “Keeping Every Youth Safe (K.E.Y.S) Alliance” with Tangipahoa – Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC).

As the K.E.Y.S. Alliance, CST and TRACC will be administering the pilot program to youth grades 9th through 12th throughout Tangipahoa. The K.E.Y.S. Alliance has been accredited as a chapter of Operation Snowball, Inc., a division of the Illinois Teen Institute. Operation Snowball was created in 1979 on the belief that youth and adults can make responsible decisions when provided with factual information and an opportunity to develop an understanding of one’s self and motivations and is based on a “Community of Caring”. In August of this year, CST staff, TRACC staff, and a group of community volunteers were trained and certified by Mary Jo Davies, External Program Manager of Operation Snowball, Inc. to administer the program to area students.

Initial funding for this program has been provided by the State Farm Community Foundation through its Safe Neighbors grant program and by a mini grant provided by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. The United Way, serving Tangipahoa Parish funds programs, supports collaborations, convenes experts and fosters new and needed community services based on best practices. We work to ensure quality health and human services for the citizens of Tangipahoa and assess the success of programs based on the achievement of pre-defined outcomes. Additional funding is still needed.  Interested sponsors please call 985-634-0590.

“United Way is excited about the Student Crime Stoppers program,” Greg Loushine said. The United Way staff and Leadership Council believe the program “will provide the experience and motivation necessary for today’s students to not only become agents of change in our schools, but to continue combating crime in our community as adults – well after their school years are over.”

The CST Student Crime Stoppers & Operation Snowball will act as a prevention (not therapy) program for youth to offer a variety of resources on healthy lifestyles, leadership, communication skills, and an opportunity to meet other people in their communities who share the ideals of a drug free and crime free life. The first goal of the program is that area youth will act as change agents in their communities by working on campaigns such as red ribbon week, drunk and drugged (driving, not drinking)drinking month, crime prevention month, celebrate safe communities, alcohol awareness month, and others. Secondly, that area youth go beyond just “saying no” to embrace a more complete and effective strategy to prevent harmful/violent behavior and promote healthy communities. Finally, that area youth can safely report school crimes anonymously without fear of retaliation. This program encourages the development of responsibility to themselves, their schools, and their communities.

“Students will be able to participate in a valuable extracurricular activity, while they benefit from a reduction in incidents on campus and enjoy an increased sense of security and self-assuredness in the positive decisions that they make affecting their homes, schools, and communities,” states Jodie Powell, CEO and Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.

The expected impact of the program is that when youth become involved in efforts such as these, they not only help their community, they help themselves grow into competent, confident, responsible, connected, productive members of society through advocacy and service. Skill-based topics learned through the program are substance use (prevention) and abuse, safety and law enforcement, legislative and government processes, media and social media, and public speaking. Students will be asked to participate in regular monthly meetings, quarterly trainings, and a day-long training on Saturday, December 3. The skills learned will relate to all aspects of their young and adult lives. The slogan of the CST Student Crime Stoppers Program and Operation Snowball is “See how we roll!”

“We, the KEYS Alliance, believe that this will be the perfect opportunity for our youth to get involved in our communities. The leadership and decision making skills that they will learn through the CST Student Program and Operation Snowball will not only benefit the youth as individuals, but will also benefit our communities as a whole. They truly are our future,” states Bridget Bailey, TRACC Project Director.

The KEYS Alliance is currently accepting applications from students, grades 9 through 12 to be a part of our inaugural program. There will be two meetings held for interested parents and students – Meeting One: Monday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. at Tangipahoa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (TADAC) located at 108 South Pine Street in Hammond, LA. – Meeting Two: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Kentwood Community Center located at 304 Avenue F, Kentwood, LA. Our initial goal is to have students from each of our public, private, and parochial high schools participating. For an application, please call TRACC at 985-748-3211 or email The student application deadline is Friday, November 4th, 2011. Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. You can also visit

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October 6th, 2011

For Immediate Release:  Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Thanks Night Out Participants, Sponsors, Donors, & Volunteers

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa would like to extend thanks to the Tangipahoa Parish community for their support of The 3rd Annual Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Against Crime. The event was a great success and awareness was raised about all aspects of public safety. Everyone had a great time visiting the booths, learning, doing crafts & activities, listening and dancing to music, eating great food, and watching exciting demonstrations. We look forward to next year’s Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Against Crime! We would like to offer a special thank you to the City of Ponchatoula, the Ponchatoula Police Department, and the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department for being our gracious hosts this year. To ALL of our law enforcement agencies – We appreciate all that you do every day to keep us safe!  Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa would like to say “Thank you” to all of our sponsors, donors, participants, and volunteers. In particular, we would like to thank our primary event sponsors & donors:Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ponchatoula Jaycees, Target, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, Louisiana Special Olympics, The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ed’s Plumbing, Tangipahoa Parish Government,The Daily Star, SNAP Fitness, Perfectly Fit Sports,, Walmart, Amite Tangi Digest, Tangipahoa Parish Jail, Lamar Advertising, North Oaks Health System, the Hammond Running Club,, Florida Parishes Arena, Hancock/Whitney Bank, FireHouse Silkscreening, Piggly Wiggly, LeBlanc Food Stores, Phillip Colwart Photography, Smitty’s Supply, Winn Dixie, Parish Disposal Inc., Jim Carey Distributing, Stacie & Brannon Forrest of Florida Parish Recycling, Dolese Inc., Scott’s Body Shop, Xpress Printing, KSLU 90.9, Tangi 96.5, TJ Productions, Mr. Charlie Blackwell, Ponchatoula Subway, Powell Insurance & Associates, Ponchatoula Rotary, JaLou of St. Helena, Global Wildlife, Southeastern Louisiana University Athletic Department, Kendra Knight, Mike Williams, First Presbyterian Church of Hammond, Louisiana State Fire Marshals Office, Hammond Knights, Hammond Kiwanis, and the Hammond Police Department!We could not do what we do without each and every one of you! You are the Greatest!

Thank You Booth Participants: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office & All TPSO Divisions, TPSO Mounted Division, St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Fire Department & Prevention Bureau, Hammond Police Department & Special Response Team, City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Police Department, Ponchatoula Volunteer fire Department, Life Share Blood Center, Tangipahoa Parish Library, Early Steps, United Way, Amite Kiwanis, Tri-Parish Victims Assistance, United States Marshal Service, Southeast Spouse Abuse Program, Southern University Ag Center, TRACC – Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change, Tangipahoa Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security, Florida Parishes Arena, Onsite Guardian, Cypress Pointe Surgical Center, Ponchatoula Jaycee’s, Target, Volunteers of America, New York Life, Department of Corrections Probation & Parole, LSU Ag Center Amite, Tangipahoa 911, Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, North Oaks Health System, Pefectly Fit, SNAP Fitness, Crime Stoppers, Reach Fitness, TJ Productions, Tangipahoa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council TADAC, CAS-Child Advocacy Services, Steve Pugh, Louisiana Special Olympics, Ponchatoula Rotary Club, Ed’s Plumbing, KSLU, & Louisiana State Police Troop L.

Special Thanks: To All who participated in the Light the Night 5K Charity Run & Walk the Night Out Raffle, and the Night Out Pickle Jar Contest benefiting Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and to All who participated in the Special Olympics “Spirit of Louisiana” Fire Truck Pull benefiting Special Olympics of Louisiana!

Thank You to the 2011 Tangi & St. Helena Night Out Committee & VolunteersTNO COMMITTEE: Maria Sanchez & Katie Bird – Special Olympics, Doris Sellers & Lucas Potasnik – Ponchatoula Jaycees, Daniel Regan – Target, Jodie Powell – Crime Stoppers, Stacey Barker – Lamar Advertising, Lacey Johnson & Alvin Stevens – CST & TRACC, Judy Couvillion – Crime Stoppers/Hammond Kiwanis, Tonia Gay – CST & Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, Captain Don Alexander & Tish Milton – TPSO, Bree Westmoreland – SNAP Fitness, Mark Franatovich – Perectly Fit, Nick LeBlanc – CST & Tangipahoa Parish Governement, Bill Moran – CST & Ponchatoula PD, Chester Pritchett & Laurie Sibley – St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, Amanda Sharp – LITT & Emery & James Insurance, Patrick Gipson – CST & SLU PD, Ed DiMaggio – Ed’s Plumbing.  VOLUNTEERS: Walmart Volunteers, Robert Blaze, Vic Couvillion, Charles Rohner, Lauren Rohner & Brittney, Madison & Conlan Burch, Brittney Hutchison, Belinda Hostetter, Paul Ferrer, Sydni Bougere, Tucker Powell, Ponchatoula Jaycee’s Volunteers, Target Volunteers, St. Thomas Aquinas Volunteers, Leaders Impacting Tomorrow’s Tangipahoa – LITT Volunteers, Elsbet Smith, Nicole Dillon, Diane Pierce, Jazmine Sziber, Devin Gabriel, TPSO, LSP, HPD, SHSO Volunteers, Special Olympics Volunteers, Mrs. Geraldine, TRACC Volunteers, Perfectly Fit Volunteers & ALL of our other Night Out Volunteers! You’re the Best!

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Press Release: March 1st, 2011

From:  Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.
RE:  Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon

AMITE –Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.  is hosting its’ 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon, Friday, June 17th, at Chesterton Square in Ponchatoula, LA from 11:00 A.M. until 12 Noon. We encourage the community to join us as we honor those who have supported the mission and vision of our organization in the last 12 months.  This year’s event will feature Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations New Orleans Division as the Keynote Speaker.  Crime Stoppers will be recognizing community members and local businesses with the following awards; the Corporate Partner Award, the Criminal Justice Award, the Community Service Award, the Media Award the Media Campaign Award, and many Law Enforcement awards.  Crime Stoppers will also recognized volunteers for their service and award certificates of appreciation to various members of the community that have supported their organization.

“Many people do not realize that Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit Organization and that Crime Stoppers depends on the public, individuals, local businesses, and corporations for financial support.  Donations to Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. are tax deductible. This event is our main fundraising event for the year and support of this event will help to grow and build our programs that we offer to the public and continue to support law enforcement in removing criminals from the streets of Tangipahoa Parish.”, states Jodie Powell , CEO/Executive Director.

Sponsors to date of this year’s event are the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lamar Advertising, Tangipahoa Parish Government, and the Cities of Hammond, Ponchatoula, Amite, Kentwood, Tickfaw, and Independence.  Additional Sponsors to date include the Ray Smith Foundation of Smitty’s Supply, Boat City, RJP, Inc., the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Champagne Beverage, Captial One Bank, and John Mollere State Farm Insurance.

For the second year the event will have a silent auction raffle. There are many great items that have been donated to bid on. Auction raffle tickets will be on sale the day of the event for $1.00 each.  Individual Luncheon Tickets are $50.00 in advance and can be purchase online at under the events tab. Various levels of sponsorships are available and still needed from the community.  Crime Stoppers is also graciously accepting donated silent auction items and In-kind donations to support the event.


For ticket purchase, sponsorship, donations, and information please visit , email , or call 985-634-0590. Information is also available on Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. Facebook Fan page . We also encourage the community to sign up for our email list on our homepage to receive wanted alerts, event & volunteer information, and our newsletter.

If you have information to share about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous tip line 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL), text your tip to “CRIMES” on a regular cell phone or “274637” type in “TANGITIP” followed by the tip information, visit, or by clicking the “LEAVE A TIP” tab on our Facebook Fan Page at . You will never be asked for your name and may be eligible for a cash reward.  If you would like to report underage drinking or crimes against a juvenile please call our anonymous juvenile tip line 1-877-NOT-B-4-21(668-2421), if your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward.

If you have information to share about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous tip line 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL), text your tip to “CRIMES” on a regular cell phone or “274637” type in “TANGITIP” followed by the tip information, visit, or by clicking the “LEAVE A TIP” tab on our Facebook Fan Page at . You will never be asked for your name and may be eligible for a cash reward.  If you would like to report underage drinking or crimes against a juvenile please call our anonymous juvenile tip line 1-877-NOT-B-4-21(668-2421), if your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward.

David W. Welker

David W. Welker was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Bible (currently Philadelphia Biblical University) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible/Pastoral Studies.

Mr. Welker joined the Bristol Township Police Department, Bristol, Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia) in 1979 where he attained the rank of Sergeant. While employed at the Bristol Township Police Department, Mr. Welker attended the West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he studied criminal justice in the Criminal Justice Graduate Program.

Mr. Welker entered on duty with the FBI in 1987, and served as an investigator in the Detroit Field Office, Saginaw Resident Agency, working drug, violent crime, and civil rights investigations. In 1992, he was promoted to a Supervisor’s position and transferred to FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. where he was a program manager in the Colombian/Caribbean Drug Traffickers Unit and later in the Mexican Drug Traffickers Unit. In 1995, he was transferred to the Cincinnati, Ohio Division of the FBI as a Field Supervisor, where he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Program and Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Program.

In August, 2002, Mr. Welker was appointed as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Division.

Mr. Welker was responsible for National Security Branch matters in the Tampa Division. In August, 2006, Mr. Welker was promoted to the position of Inspector at FBIHQ. Mr. Welker conducted inspections of FBI field offices, Legat offices, shooting incident reviews, and management reviews.

In June, 2008, Mr. Welker was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division.

Mr. Welker is married to the former Sherry B. Price, and they have three sons, David, Kyle, and Matthew.

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