Man arrested for stealing vehicle from body shop

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported the following arrests:

—Dean Beranek, 27, of Burchfield Lane in Berwick, was arrested at 4:18 p.m. Monday for unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer. A deputy responded to a complaint of a theft from an auto body shop in Bayou Vista. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that Beranek had removed his vehicle without paying for the work that had been done on it. The deputy located Beranek and escorted him back to the shop. During the subsequent investigation, Beranek attempted to take the truck and leave the shop. Beranek was taken to the parish jail and held. He was released on $4,000 bail.

—Michael Durapau, 44, of Mars Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 6:06 p.m. Monday for possession of schedule III (Lortab) and driving left of center. Detectives with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a truck after observing the vehicle crossing the yellow line several times on U.S. 90. Detectives made contact with the driver who was identified as Durapau. During the investigation, detectives received consent to search Durapau and located a Lortab pill, Hebert stated. Durapau was taken to the parish jail and held. He was released on $4,000 bail.

—Angel Luis Gonzales-Rivera, 36, of West Syls Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 1:06 p.m. Monday for no driver’s license, expired inspection sticker and no insurance. A deputy patrolling the Amelia area observed a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy met with the driver, identified as Gonzales-Rivera. While speaking with the driver, the deputy learned that he had no driver’s license and that the vehicle was not insured. Gonzales-Rivera was released on a summons to appear in court on Sept. 3.

—Kevin Willoughby, 42, of Versen Lane in Berwick, was arrested at 4:03 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of criminal neglect of family. A deputy located Willoughby at his residence on the warrant. Willoughby was taken to the parish jail and held. His bail is set at $5,540.46.

—Ernest Stackhouse Jr., 28, of Lucy Street in Patterson, was arrested at 4:05 p.m. Monday for possession of marijuana and failure to signal 100 feet prior to an intersection. Narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop on an SUV on Utah Street in Berwick and made contact with the driver, identified as Stackhouse. During the investigation, Stackhouse was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was taken to the parish jail and held. He was released on $2,250 bail.

Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrests:

—Charmaine Hebert, 26, of Hickory Street in Patterson, was arrested at 5:19 a.m. Monday for illegal possession of stolen things, no driver’s license, and misrepresentation during booking.

Morgan City police observed a vehicle near Grizzaffi Street which had previously been reported stolen from the Morgan City area. Officers detained the driver, identified as Hebert, who was found not to possess a valid driver’s license.

Hebert was arrested, cuffed and transported to the Morgan City Police Department for booking. Hebert allegedly made efforts to conceal her true identity to officers by providing false information as to her identity, Crouch stated.

The vehicle was recovered and returned to its legal owner. Hebert remains in jail.

—Ryan Paul Palmature, 24, of Morgan City, was arrested at 7:11 a.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear for careless operation, and on a warrant for failure to appear for driving under suspension.

An officer conducted a stop of a vehicle in the area of La. 182. The driver of the vehicle, Palmature, was found to be a wanted person on outstanding warrants for the City Court of Morgan City, Crouch stated. Palmature was taken to Morgan City Jail and held.

—Freddy Bernard Basor, 39, of Tiffany Street in Patterson, was arrested at 2:42 a.m. today for driving while intoxicated first offense, driving under suspension and improper lane usage.

An officer observed a vehicle being operating in an erratic manner on La. 182 in Morgan City. The officer came into contact with the driver, Basor. Basor allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test which he did poorly on, Crouch stated. Basor’s driver’s license was also found to be suspended. Basor was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he submitted to an Intoxilyzer 5000 test. The results indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .106 grams-percent blood alcohol content. Basor remains in jail.

—Robert Charles Beatty, 63, of Centerville, was arrested at 8:56 a.m. Monday on outstanding warrants for seven counts of contempt of court.

Beatty was located at the Berwick Police Department and arrested on several outstanding warrants for the City Court of Morgan City. Beatty was taken to the Morgan City Police Department. He remains in jail pending court proceedings.

—Melanie D. Rink, 39, of Sixth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. Sunday for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of an access card as theft.

Officers were conducting an investigation into a missing vehicle. An acquaintance of the victim, Rink, was listed as a suspect. During the investigation, officers located and questioned Rink.

Rink admitted to taking the victim’s car without permission and using it to travel to another parish to buy drugs, Crouch stated. Rink further admitted to using the victim’s check card to withdraw cash without the victim’s knowledge, Crouch stated. Rink was taken to City Jail with no bail set at this time.

—Bennie A. Charles, 28, of Arizona Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11 a.m. Saturday for resisting an officer and disturbing the peace.

Officers were dispatched to a disturbance on Arizona Street. Charles was involved and was found to be yelling and screaming and was involved in the disturbance with another person. Charles ignored the officers’ directions to calm down and became aggressive toward the officer, Crouch stated. Charles was forcibly taken into custody and booked into City Jail, Crouch stated. His bail is set at $784.

—Marvin J. Thomas, 44, of Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested at 8:27 p.m. Saturday on a City Court warrant for simple battery.

Thomas was the driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on La. 182 near Cottonwood Street in Morgan City. Thomas was found to have an active City Court warrant. Thomas was booked into City Jail and later released on a $692 bail.

—Christopher M. Minamyer, 25, of Spring, Texas, was arrested at 11:33 p.m. Saturday for DWI first offense and improper lane usage.

An officer observed Minamyer driving his vehicle on La. 182 and crossing the center line several times. Minamyer was stopped on La. 182 near David Drive and showed signs of intoxication, Crouch reported. Minamyer did poorly on a field sobriety test and was taken to the City Jail, he said. Once at City Jail he was advised of his rights to chemical testing and when asked to submit, he refused to submit to breath testing, Crouch stated. He was booked into City Jail and later released on $3,750 bail.

—Eddie J. Cundiff, 53, of Shoals, Ind., was arrested at 2:08 a.m. Sunday for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morgan City police were investigating a complaint of drug activity and received a vehicle description. The vehicle was located at a motel on Seventh Street at Brashear Avenue, and officers located the suspect named in the complaint at his motel room. Consent to search was given and officers located a glass smoking pipe which had been used to smoke illegal narcotics, Crouch stated. Cundiff was taken to City Jail on $742 bail where he remains.

—Emily Mayon, 18, of Lawrence Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:57 p.m. Sunday for simple battery.

Officers were dispatched to the Sonic Restaurant in reference to a fight. Upon arrival and after conducting an investigation, it was learned that Mayon struck another person during an argument. She was booked into City Jail and later released on $692 bail.

—Nixo J. Sifontes, 48, of Broomfield, Colo., was arrested at 10:21 p.m. Sunday for entry/remaining in places after forbidden.

—Luis L. Romero, 26, of Houston, was arrested at 10:21 p.m. Sunday for simple battery.

Officers were dispatched to a Victor II Boulevard lounge for a disturbance. Upon arrival and after investigation, they learned that the above two people had caused the disturbance. Sifontes is charged with attempting to start a fight, and upon being told to leave the premises, he refused. Romero is charged with striking one of the employees who was trying to get them to leave. Information officers received indicated that Sifontes and Romero were trying to start fights in the lounge. They were both booked into City Jail and later released on $682 bail

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