Frank Rock Jr.
A 28-year-old Morgan City man was arrested Thursday after using Facebook to threaten to kill Morgan City police officers, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said.
—Jordan Vidos, 28, of Fourth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:43 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for terrorizing and for possession of drug paraphernalia second offense.
On Thursday, Morgan City police investigators along with the St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at an address on Fourth Street in Morgan City. The search warrant was obtained based on an ongoing investigation where Vidos was making specific threats of committing great bodily harm to Morgan City police through Facebook, Crouch said.
Police discovered Vidos was making threats that he was going to kill officers, Crouch said. Morgan City police contacted the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance. Due to the violent nature of the threats, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office used its Special Response Team to enter the residence, Crouch said.
The Morgan City police investigation unit conducted a search of the residence and found a pipe commonly used to smoke narcotics and seized electronic devices that will be analyzed for evidence, Crouch said. Vidos was jailed on $200,000 bail.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following:
—Mikel Ashley, 43, of Franklin, was arrested at 4:41 a.m. today for operating a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of controlled dangerous substance - methamphetamine, operating a clandestine lab within 1,000 feet of school property, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, and warrants for failure to appear for St. Mary and St. Martin parishes sheriff’s offices.
Officers of the Morgan City Police Department were made aware that Ashley was staying at a local motel and that he was wanted on outstanding warrants. Officers went to the location where they made contact with Ashley. Upon making contact Ashley attempted to run to the back of the room to elude officers. Officers forced their way into the room and Ashley was taken into custody in the bathroom area.
Officers found items that were determined to be an active clandestine lab, Crouch said. Officers secured the room and applied for a search warrant. Upon searching the room officers located suspected methamphetamine along with other forms of paraphernalia. Upon questioning Ashley he advised officers that he was making methamphetamine with the intent of selling the narcotics. Upon completion of the investigation Ashley was jailed with no bail set at this time. The clandestine laboratory was dismantled and all properties were disposed of by a Hazardous Waste Disposal Unit, Crouch said.
—Nikita Smith, 28, of Dora Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 9:49 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for theft more than $500.
Officers were dispatched to an address on Wren Street in Morgan City where officers came into contact with Smith. A warrant check was done and it was found that Smith had a warrant for his arrest. Smith was jailed.
According to the affidavit for arrest it is alleged that Smith was employed by an offshore company where he submitted time and was paid for work that he did not perform.
—David Thames, 42, of St. Amant, was arrested at 2:18 p.m. Thursday for theft more than $500.
Morgan City police officers took custody of Thames in Ascension Parish. Thames was jailed. According to the affidavit for his arrest, Thames committed a theft of a laptop computer in February 2013, Crouch said.
—Dwayne August, 17, of Mallard Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. Thursday for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
Officers were dispatched to an Elm Street address in regard to a person trying to make entry into a residence. August stated to officers that he went to the residence in an attempt to go in and steal a video game, Crouch said.
August was positively identified by the homeowner as the suspect that was at the residence. The homeowner said someone rattled the front door knob of the residence and then the doorbell rang.
When asked if they could help him with anything, August would not answer. The homeowner then attempted to close the door at which time August placed his feet inside of the door frame in an attempt to keep the door open, Crouch said.
The homeowner had to forcefully push August out of the residence to close and lock the door and then called the police, Crouch said. August was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 41 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Frank Rock Jr., 26, of the 300 block of La. 182 in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 7:28 p.m. Thursday for simple assault, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer and threatening a public official
A deputy responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a residence in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned that Rock and a female victim were involved in an argument when he struck and shattered a glass door at the residence. Rock also threatened the victim’s life, Hebert said.
Fearing for her life, the victim fled to a neighbor’s residence. As the deputy placed Rock under arrest, Rock hit the deputy with his head, Hebert said. Rock reportedly also made threats directed to the deputy. Rock was jailed and no bail set.
—Tracy Silva, 49, of the 400 block of Halsey Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 6:40 p.m. Thursday on warrants for theft of goods, simple battery and aggravated assault, a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of theft, and warrant from Houma City Court.
A deputy responded to a report of a possible abandoned vehicle on La. 182 in Amelia. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Silva, and subsequently learned of the active warrants for her arrest. Silva was jailed with no bail set.
—Kendall R. Banks, 18, of the 300 block of Carol Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 3:28 p.m. Thursday for theft more than $500.
—Ryan J. Bowman, 18, of the 600 block of Teche Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 3:28 p.m. Thursday for theft more than $500.
On Dec. 29, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft that occurred at a business on Siracusa Road in Morgan City. Working with video surveillance, the detective identified Banks and Bowman as suspects in the theft. Both men admitted to taking items from the yard that could be sold as scrap, Hebert said. Banks and Bowman were released on summons to appear in court March 28.
—Ryan Sullivan, 23, of the 100 block of Mendoza Drive in Patterson, was arrested for criminal damage to property and on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of driving under suspension and failure to obey traffic-control devices. A deputy investigating a complaint of a disturbance at a residence in Ricohoc learned that Sullivan and a female were involved in an argument when Sullivan punched the windshield of her vehicle. Sullivan was jailed with bail set at $3,000.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Tyran Rideaux, 27, of the 300 block of Arbour Street in Bridgeland, Miss., and Tommie Jenkins, 35, of the 1700 block of Rio Vista Boulevard in Houma, were arrested at 12:38 p.m. Thursday for disturbing the peace fighting. Both were released on $410 cash bail.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Anthony Dewayne Kelly, 29, of the 1000 block of James Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:56 p.m. Thursday for driving under suspension and turning movements requiring signals. Kelly was released on $1,250 bail.