A 43-year-old Morgan City man is accused of having fired a handgun Wednesday while attempting to break into a locked bedroom door at a Fourth Street residence, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
—Michael J. Dines, 43, of Fourth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:28 a.m. today for illegal discharge of a firearm and resisting an officer.
Officers were dispatched to a Fourth Street residence stating that the complainant was locked in a bedroom in the residence while Dines was attempting to break into the room with a gun in his hand, Banks said. Officers encountered Dines at the front door of the residence.
Dines refused commands by officers to step from the residence with his hands in view, the chief said. Officers were able to determine that Dines no longer possessed the weapon and attempted to bring him into custody, Banks said. However, Dines refused to cooperate and had to be subdued, Banks said. Officers located the caller, who was uninjured inside the residence, Banks said. Upon further investigation, officers determined that Dines had discharged a firearm inside the residence during the disturbance, Banks said. Officers located and seized a .45-caliber handgun, which was reported as the weapon used, Banks said. Dines was jailed.
Banks reported the following arrests:
—Henry L. Randle Jr., 32, of Franklin, was arrested at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday for simple battery.
Officers were dispatched to a Brownell Homes residence regarding a disturbance. Investigating officers learned that Randle became involved in a confrontation with a female at that location and accused of striking the female causing minor injury, Banks said. Randle was located and jailed.
—Darrell J. Sides, 39, of Keith Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:59 p.m. Wednesday for appearing in public intoxicated.
Officers were dispatched to the area of Catherine and Roderick streets regarding a suspicious person. An officer arrived in the area and located Sides. He appeared to be in an impaired condition and intoxicated according to the report. He was jailed.
—Tina Collier, 49, of Morgan City, was arrested at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear for drug court and on a warrant for failure to pay fine. Collier, who was being housed in the Morgan City Jail, was booked on the additional warrants.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 44 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
Two men were jailed on drug charges Wednesday after fleeing from St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, who saw a vehicle nearly hit another vehicle on U.S. 90 in Patterson, Hebert said in a news release.
—Derrick Kelly, 19, of the 7800 block of La. 182 in Franklin, was arrested at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday for improper lane usage, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of marijuana.
—Jamarcus Gunner, 20, of the 100 block of Verdun Lane in Verdunville, was arrested at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Narcotics detectives patrolling the Patterson area observed a car cross over the center line of U.S. 90 nearly striking another vehicle. Detectives initiated a traffic stop, but the driver of the car failed to stop fleeing from detectives, Hebert said.
Detectives observed the car travelling at a high rate of speed and running other vehicles off the roadway. Detectives pursued the car onto Kelly Pellerin Lane in Verdunville where the driver of the car passed close to pedestrians standing in the roadway, Hebert said. As the driver of the car stopped the vehicle on Kelly Pellerin Lane, a passenger, later identified as Gunner, exited the car.
Upon seeing detectives nearby, Gunner threw several bags of synthetic marijuana into the back seat of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, Hebert said. At that point, detectives detained Gunner, the driver, identified as Kelly, and another occupant in the vehicle pending further investigation. Detectives received consent to search the car and located bags of synthetic marijuana with an estimated street value of about $2,000, the sheriff said.
Detectives also located a small bag of marijuana, a digital scale, and small plastic bags inside the car, the sheriff said. Gunner and Kelly were jailed with no bail set. The other occupant in the car was released with no charges, Hebert said.
—Jerry Anslum, 45, of the 1400 block of Second Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday for possession of marijuana. Narcotics detectives patrolling the Bayou Vista area conducted a traffic stop on Todd Lane. During the traffic stop, detectives made contact with a passenger in the vehicle identified as Anslum. While speaking with Anslum he appeared extremely nervous. Detectives received consent to search Anslum and located a bag of marijuana in his pocket. Anslum was released on a summons to appear in court Oct. 13.
—May A. Thurman, 50, of the 100 block of Rose Park Lane in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday for theft. A deputy responded to a report of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy located the suspect in the shoplifting incident on the corner of Saturn and Southwest roads and identified her as Thurman. Store personnel identified Thurman as the person who took a bottle of liquor from the store, the sheriff said. Thurman was released on a summons to appear in court Oct. 13.
Franklin Police Chief Sabria McGuire reported the following arrest:
—Dorothy Johnson, 67, of Willow Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday for theft. Johnson was released to appear in Third Ward City Court.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.