Law enforcement agencies report arrests
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests over the weekend, according to Sheriff Mark Hebert:
—José Morales, 36, of Franklin Street, Morgan City, arrested at 1:25 a.m. Sunday at Sandi’s Lounge in Amelia for simple battery, two counts of criminal damage to property, switched license plate, resisting an officer with force, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and transactions involving drug proceeds. The SMPSO received a complaint of a fight at the lounge. After deputies arrived, they observed Morales punch a subject. Morales was found to have cocaine and $1,001 in cash in his pocket. Agents with the Narcotics Division were called to assist in the arrest. Once seated in the police unit Morales began to bang on the window of the vehicle and damaged it. He was booked and incarcerated with no bond yet set.
—Alicia N. Tucker, 17, of Todd Lane, Morgan City, arrested at 3:13 p.m. Monday for theft. She allegedly attempted to steal a bracelet from Walmart in Bayou Vista. Released on a summons to appear in court on Oct. 4.
—Frank Singleton Jr., 28, of Friendship Alley, Amelia, arrested at 10:36 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear. Booked and incarcerated and later released on a $500 bond.
The Morgan City Police Department reports the following arrests, according to Chief Marc Folse:
—Troy Allen Landry, 35, of Arcemont Lane, Bayou Vista, arrested at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville at 9:57 a.m. Friday for failure-to-appear warrants for criminal damage to property, failure to pay restitution for criminal damage to property, failure to pay fine for simple battery, failure to pay fine for disturbing the peace fighting. Remains incarcerated with bond of $2,315.50 set by City Court of Morgan City.
—Kevin Lawrence Shifflett, 32, of La. 182, Morgan City, arrested at 7:46 p.m. Friday at Cefalu’s Trailer Park for prohibited acts Schedule II Adderall 30mg, resisting an officer, simple criminal damage to property, and obstruction of justice. On July 24, MCPD responded to Cefalu’s Trailer Park in reference to someone turning the door knob at a residence. Responding officers were unable to locate a suspect in the area at that time.
On July 27, the same witness contacted MCPD to inform that the same subject he had observed running from the area on the 24th was again in the trailer park, and appeared to be taking photographs. The subject was eventually located in front of the Comfort Inn. He told officers that he had swallowed a handful of Adderall pills as he ran from them, and he was transported to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City. After medical tests were conducted, Shifflett was admitted to the hospital with an officer standing by during his stay there. The incident from the 24th remains under investigation. Shifflett remains incarcerated with no bond yet set.
—Joey J. Francois, 31, of Roderick Street, Morgan City, arrested at 2:58 a.m. Saturday at Victor II Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard on a warrant for child restraint violation first offense. No bond information available.
—Joseph Lee Martinez, 39, of John Street, Berwick, arrested at 3:39 a.m. Saturday at Cracker Barrel in Morgan City for reckless operation of a vehicle, two counts of resisting an officer, prohibited acts Schedule II third offense, possession of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicle.
Officers observed a white Cadillac headed west on La. 182 traveling at a high speed. The vehicle was stopped when it turned into Cracker Barrel. Martinez was asked for his driver’s license, registration and insurance. After producing the items he began to walk away from officers. He was advised to remain, and he insisted that he was going inside to pay for fuel.
When officers attempted to detain him, he resisted. He was placed under arrest. Officer located in his left front pocket, a small amount of suspected cocaine. The subject stopped fighting officers and put his head down. He refused to answer questions. When officers attempted to put him into the patrol car, he again began to resist and fight against officers. They deployed a Taser, and gave Martinez loud verbal commands to stop resisting them or he would be Tasered. Martinez was Tasered, and then placed in the patrol car for transport to MCPD for booking. Remains incarcerated with no bond yet set.
—Carl P. Keiffer, 41, of Parro Street, Berwick, arrested at 11:55 p.m. Saturday at Morgan City Auditorium on charges of simple battery. He is alleged to have struck a victim in the face, causing the victim to bleed, after he took offense to comments made to others. Released on payment of a preset bond of $695.
—Donovan Taylor Thompson, 21, of Filmore Street, Morgan City, arrested at 5:06 a.m. Sunday at a residence on Myrtle Street for appearing in an intoxicated condition. The arresting officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person. He was released upon posting of a preset bond of $295.
—Mejia Madai López, 31, of Morgan City, no address given, arrested at 4:14 a.m. Sunday at Eighth and Everett streets for disturbing the peace intoxicated. He was found lying on the ground and unresponsive at the Morgan City Recreation Center. He remains incarcerated with a pre-set bond of $295.
—Luis Gabriel Pérez, 26, of Village Lane, Amelia, arrested at 6:01 p.m. Sunday at Trailhead Playground on Roderick Street for disturbing the peace intoxicated. MCPD received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle. Officers found Pérez asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle while it was running. He was found to be intoxicated. He was placed under arrest, transported to MCPD for booking. Released after posting a preset bond of $295.
—Dylan Paul Matte, 20, of Freret Street, Morgan City, arrested 8:52 p.m. Sunday at the Best Western Motel on failure-to-appear charges from Lafourche Parish for headlights required and no driver’s license.
—Beau Christopher Matte, 22, of Freret Street, Morgan City, arrested at 8:52 p.m. Sunday at Best Western Motel on a warrant for unauthorized use of an access card.
Both Mattes are awaiting transport to Lafourche Parish.
—Jessica Spalding, 29, of Red Oak Lane, Troy, Penn., arrested at 10:43 p.m. Monday and charged with illegal possession of Schedule II controlled-dangerous substance (Oxycontin) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for speeding. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle and a blue pill suspected to be Oxycontin was located in a small container in Spalding’s purse. Booked and incarcerated with no bond yet set.
The Berwick Police Department made one arrest overnight, according to Chief James Richard:
—Joseph Bias, 55, of Guzzetta Drive, Berwick, arrested at home at 4:13 p.m. Monday on a warrant from BPD for telephone harassment. He is alleged to have repeatedly called his wife from whom he is separated. Released on preset bond of $1,000.
The Patterson Police Department made one arrest overnight, according to Chief Patrick M. LaSalle:
—Darrell Merritt, 35, of Cypress Street, Morgan City, arrested at 6:09 p.m. Monday for simple criminal damage to property. Damage was done to a pickup truck in the area of Camille Street. Bond set at $500.