Deputy accused of bringing contraband into jail

A deputy of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested for bringing tobacco, lighters and other items into the parish jail and giving them to inmates, according to Sheriff Mark Hebert:

—Shay Cline, 20, of Robicheaux Lane, Centerville, was arrested at 12:50 p.m. Friday at the sheriff’s office in Franklin for entering contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance of office. This arrest is the result of an investigation into a deputy suspected of bringing contraband into the jail and giving the items to inmates. Detectives discovered that Cline brought items of contraband into the parish jail in Centerville. Cline remains jailed with a $20,000 bail, and the investigation is ongoing.

Also arrested were the following, according to Hebert:

—John Buck Jr., 22, of Ricohoc Drive, Franklin, was arrested at 3:25 a.m. Saturday on La. 182 in Amelia for simple battery and disturbing the peace. Buck was taken to the parish jail for booking and jailed. He was released on a $750 bail.

—Lisa Aucoin, 53, Main Street, Patterson, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Sunday at Teche Regional Medical Center on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of resisting an officer and simple battery. A deputy investigating a complaint of a suspicious person near the La. 182 bridge in Amelia came into contact with Aucoin, who told the deputy that she was injured, the report stated. Aucoin was then taken to the hospital by Acadian Ambulance for treatment. During the investigation the deputy learned that Aucoin was wanted on a warrant. After being treated and released from the hospital, Aucoin was transported to the parish jail for booking and incarceration where she remains with a $400 bail.

The Morgan City police made 10 arrests over the weekend including arrests on drug charges, for trespassing and for obscenity, according to Assistant Chief Glenn Blanco:

—Brennan Bergeron, 17, of Walnut Drive, Morgan City, was arrested at 9:17 p.m. Friday for disturbing the peace. He remains jailed with a $292 bail.

—Kevin Jones, 43, of Joseph Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 10:31 p.m. Friday for speeding 44 mph in a 35 mph zone, driving under suspension, a warrant for failure to pay fine and a hold for Thibodaux Police Department. He remains jailed with bail not set.

—Priscilla Renthrope, 27, of La. 182, Morgan City, was arrested at 10:11 a.m. Saturday for disturbing the peace. She remains jailed with a $292 bail.

—Michael Grubb, 56, of Front Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 11:01 a.m. Saturday on a warrant for simple battery. He remains jailed with bail not set.

—Zackery Johnson, 27, of Glenwood Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 9 p.m. Saturday for possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (Adderall), possession of legend drugs (Seroquel and Promethazine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains jailed with bail not set.

—Victor Rosales, 31, of Florida Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 12:22 a.m. Saturday for driving without a driver’s license and speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. He remains jailed with a $729 bail.

—Chase Ordoyne, 21, of Hwy. 307, Thibodaux, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. for driving without headlights, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. When officers conducted a traffic stop because Ordoyne was driving without headlights on Greenwood Street, they noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. Ordoyne gave the officer consent to search the vehicle where they located suspected marijuana in the glove box and partially burnt marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray.Ordoyne was arrested and later released after posting a $1,620 bail.

—Joseph Estay, 43, of Fourth Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 10:04 p.m. Sunday and charged with obscenity. He is alleged to have emerged from his home without any clothes while arguing with his neighbors. He remains jailed with bail not set.

Two individuals were arrested at 3:10 a.m. Sunday at the Best Western hotel in Morgan City for drug activity and for trespassing, according to Blanco.

—Denisica Starling, 31, of Marie Street, Patterson, was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.

—Damon Allen, 42, of Shannon Street, Morgan City, was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.

Officers were called to the Best Western in regards to the occupants of a room doing drugs. Upon arrival, officers knocked on the door and when Starling opened the door they observed her throw a suspected crack pipe on the bed. They were given consent to search the room and a cigar of suspected marijuana was located as well as several crack pipes. It was also discovered that they did not have permission to be on the property. Management discovered that an employee had given Starling a key to access the room. Both Starling and Allen were arrested and booked, and both remain jailed with bail not set.

Berwick police made one arrest over the weekend, according to Chief James Richard:

—Michael Blanchard, 23, of Pharr Street, Berwick, was arrested at 8:40 p.m. Saturday on Fourth Street in Berwick for driving under suspension, no tail lights, no driver’s license on person, and warrants from Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for traffic violations. He posted a $1,500 on the Berwick charges and is awaiting extradition by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Cane truck

driver killed

The driver of a loaded sugar cane truck was killed Saturday when he lost control of his truck, which came to rest in the Hansen Canal.

Roderick Preston, 34, was traveling east on U.S. 90, when he lost control of the truck and went across the westbound lanes and the westbound frontage road and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Trooper Daniel Moreau of the Louisiana State Police. The cab of the truck was completely submerged in the canal, according to Moreau. State police reported that troopers responded to the crash at about 1 p.m. and that the vehicle was recovered from the canal at about 11 p.m.

Later Saturday, a teenage bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a car west of Jeanerette.

Jaquil Provost, 17, was riding west on La. 182 about four feet from the white fog line when a Kia Sorento driven by Harold Racca, 73, of New Iberia, struck him, according to a state police news release. Provost was transported to Iberia General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Moreau stated.

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