Bomb threat, terrorizing, false ID among man’s charges

Staff Reports

FRANKLIN — Police report Jonah Thomas Madison called in a false bomb threat to Franklin Junior High School Tuesday that was the last of events that led to him being jailed on a string of charges including terrorizing and fraudulent impersonation of a firefighter.

The 18-year-old Clark Street resident was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday on warrants dated Saturday accusing him of terrorizing and criminal mischief when he falsely reported the shooting of two persons to Franklin police, Chief Sabria McGuire said.

Police say Madison escalated his activity Tuesday when he went to Franklin Junior High School to request his school transcript. It was there that he identified himself as a firefighter, the chief said. Shortly after, around 1:32 p.m., he reportedly called in a bomb threat to the school.

Madison additionally was charged Tuesday with communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property, terrorizing, criminal mischief and fraudulent impersonation of a law enforcement officer or firefighter.

He remained jailed with no bail set.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests overnight, according to Sheriff Mark Hebert:

—Harold Sheets, 28, of Third Street, Berwick, at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday at the Bayou Vista Pic-A-Pac on warrants for failure to appear on the charges of conspiracy to distribute codeine, no seat belt and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Deputies patrolling the Bayou Vista area observed Sheets in the parking lot of the convenience store where he was arrested. He remained jailed with a $37,000 bail.

—Cody Thibodeaux, 22, of Fourth Street, Berwick, at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for simple criminal damage to property over $500. A deputy was moving Thibodeaux, already an inmate being held on other charges, to a holding cell when he began kicking a door, the report stated. After his handcuffs were removed, he ripped a metal plate from the door and cracked a window with it, the report stated. No bail has been set.

—Ninette J. Williams, 34, of Kem Street, Patterson, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patterson High School for disturbing the peace. A deputy working security for the Patterson Junior High School football game heard someone yelling and using profanity in the parking lot area. The deputy then observed Williams yelling, cursing and pointing her finger at another female subject, the report stated. Williams was asked by the deputy to leave the area, but she refused and continued to yell and curse, the report stated. She was released on a summons to appear in court Dec. 17.

The Patterson Police Department reported one arrest overnight, according to Chief Patrick LaSalle:

—Lezlie Tyler Aucoin, 21, of Seventh Street, Morgan City, at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street in Patterson for careless operation, driver’s license not on person and first offense driving while intoxicated. Her blood alcohol content was .256 grams-percent, the reported stated. Aucoin was transferred to the St. Mary Law Enforcement Center where she remains jailed without bail.

The Morgan City Police Department reported the following arrests overnight, according to Assistant Chief Glen Blanco:

—Craig French, 43, of Grizzaffi Street, Morgan City, at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday for simple burglary.

—Gordon Hill, 46, of Grizzaffi Street, Morgan City, at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday for simple burglary.

Morgan City police received a call reporting a vehicle burglary in Grizzaffi Trailer Park in which witnesses said they saw French and Hill enter the vehicle and begin to remove items from within, the report stated. The window was partially down, and they were able to reach in and unlock the door. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and advised officers that neither French nor Hill had permission to enter the vehicle. They were located at their residences, also located in Grizzaffi Trailer Park. Items taken during the burglary included Pioneer radio systems and speakers, rubber boots, welding tools and a life jacket that had a total value estimated around $650.

French and Hill remains jailed without bail.

—Manuel Arnouville, 40, of Jaimie Court, Morgan City, at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for two counts of probation violation. Arnouville was arrested by the 6th Ward Marshal’s Office. He remains jailed without bail.

The Berwick Police Department reported no arrests were made overnight, according to Chief James Richard.

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