Sheriff announces several arrests during successful Strawberry Festival

Joshua Clay (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Clay (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Authorities reported the 2013 Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula was a success, but several people were arrested during the event.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Joshua Clay, 32, of Forest City, Arkansas, was one of eight people arrested at the festival. He faces charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting arrest by force (3 counts) and disturbing the peace.

"As the result of any large gathering for such an event, numerous disturbances occurred which were immediately handled by deputies," said Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

Abraham Turner, 26, of Ponchatoula was charged with aggravated battery, resisting arrest by force and disturbing the peace. Marquis Square, 18, of Baton Rouge was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and disturbing the peace.

The other five people arrested were charged with disturbing the peace. Deputies added a warrant was issued for Jessica Cousin, 17, of Ponchatoula. She is wanted for disturbing the peace and interfering with a police investigation.

Deputies manning the command center reunited 32 lost children back with their families," Edwards added.

There were no reports of serious injuries at the festival.

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