Arrests reports

Ora Garner

Michael Francois


A Morgan City man and his mother-in-law were arrested on drug charges following the search of a Lawrence Street home.
Ora L. Garner, 62, of Lawrence Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:33 p.m. Thursday for possession of cocaine and illegal use of a controlled drug in the presence of persons under age 17.
Michael Francois Jr., 23, Lawrence Street, was arrested at 10:39 p.m. Thursday for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, second offense possession of Schedule I controlled dangerous substance marijuana, possession of Schedule I synthetic marijuana, possession of Schedule IV Xanax, possession of Schedule III hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intimidation, resisting an officer and on a hold for probation and parole.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said narcotics detectives began an investigation into the sale of narcotics from a Lawrence Street address, and as a result, secured a search warrant for the residence. Narcotics detectives with the Morgan City Police Department, with the assistance of officers from the Louisiana State Police and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department executed the warrant.
Banks said investigators located Francois and Garner along with others, including two juveniles ages 9 and 5, inside the residence. During the search, investigators located powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, hydrocodone, Xanax and items of drug paraphernalia, he said.
Francois, after learning of his pending arrest, became unruly, threatening officers and telling them that he would not go to jail, Banks said. He made threats that he would have to be killed or he would kill someone, Banks said.
As officers began to escort Francois from the residence, he began to strike his head repeatedly against a wall, then breaking free from the officer, he smashed into a toilet in the residence causing a minor injury, Banks said. He was restrained in an effort to prevent further injuries, Banks said.
As he was escorted to the police unit, he continued to be uncooperative. Banks said he was transported to the Morgan City Police Department where he refused any medical treatment. Francois had to be placed in a holding cell due to his combative nature and to be monitored, Banks said.
The investigation is continuing. Both Francois and Garner remain jailed with no bail set.
Banks also reported the following arrests:
—Myles A. Morgan, 26, of Front Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:50 a.m. Thursday for disturbing the peace by alarming the public and on a probation violation.
Officers received a complaint of a disturbance at Teche Regional Medical Center and arrived to investigate. Officers located Morgan who, according to medical staff, came into the facility for treatment, then refused. He then began to cause a disturbance by beating on doors and yelling, Banks said.
At 2 p.m., he was additionally booked for probation violation after appearing in court. Morgan remains jailed.
—Sonia A. Webb, 51, of Berwick, was arrested at 11:54 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for telephone harassment.
Webb was located at a La. 182 restaurant and arrested on the outstanding warrant. She was released after posting bail.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrest:
—Meagan E. Henry, 24, of the 300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Patterson, was arrested at 10:47 p.m. Thursday on Bridget Drive in Patterson. She was charged with second offense simple battery involving domestic abuse and remains jailed with no bail set.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said his department responded to 40 complaints across the parish and reported the following east end arrests:
—Leah R. Bourgeois, 37, of the 100 block of Cane Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested 1 p.m. Thursday for trespassing.
—Chase P. Bertrand, 28, of the 100 block of Cane Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested 1 p.m. Thursday for trespassing and on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of disturbing the peace (fighting).
A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle trespassing just off Zenor Road in Patterson where he observed a pick-up truck situated off the roadway in gear with the engine running. Hebert said Bourgeois and Bertrand were incoherent. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released. The deputy issued both summons to appear in court on Oct. 13.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrests:
—Jacob Hanks, 25, of the 3200 block of First Street in Berwick, at 12:16 a.m. Thursday for disturbing the peace. He was released on bail.
—Taylor Murphy, 19, of the 100 block of Greenleaf Boulevard in Morgan City at 6:07 p.m. Thursday for disturbing the peace. Released on bail.

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