Theft of rec league funds laid against BV woman

The Town of Berwick’s recreation liaison to various sports leagues was arrested Friday for theft.

Rhonda A. Burtner, 53, of Teche Road in Bayou Vista was charged at 9:25 a.m. for theft over $500 after she turned herself in at the Morgan City sheriff’s office.

The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation by the town, which was turned over to the sheriff’s department for follow-up, town officials said this morning.

While the town does not have an official recreation department, it gives financial and other support to various sports leagues. Burtner’s job was to coordinate that support in the form of scheduling and financial matters.

Details concerning the amount of money taken, which leagues may have been affected and how long the investigation has been ongoing were unavailable this morning. Town officials cited the ongoing investigation when declining to give information and calls to the district attorney’s office were not returned.

Burtner was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

In unrelated action, Elijah Ross III, 64, of Vega Court in Gibson was charged Friday at 6:40 p.m. for theft by shoplifting.

A deputy was called to the Bayou Vista Wal-Mart by store security personnel who observed Ross concealing clothing items valued at $110.47 under his coat, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

Ross was issued a summons to appear in court.

After throwing a knife at a woman, a Berwick man was arrested Thursday.

Leonard A. Yarborough, 50, of Fourth Street in Berwick was arrested Thursday at 12:26 p.m. for aggravated battery domestic violence and simple battery domestic violence.

Yarborough threw a knife at the victim, striking her in the side, Hebert said. The victim was treated for her injury and released from the hospital.

The suspect was located in the Morgan City area and after investigation was booked into the parish jail where he remained this morning with no bond set.

Meanwhile, Davida O. Bias, 27, of Grace Street in Morgan City was charged with theft by shoplifting at 10:05 a.m. Friday after she was located at the intersection of La. 70 and Victor II Boulevard.

Employees of Rite-Aid in Morgan City told officers Bias had been seen placing a pair of pajama pants inside her purse and leaving the store without paying. Morgan City Police Department officers were given a description of the woman who had left the store and she was located in the area, still in possession of the item which still had the store tags on it, MCPD Chief Marc Folse said.

Bias was booked into City Jail where she posted a bond of $681 and later was released.

Elsewhere, detectives responded to a complaint Aug. 18 from an Assumption Parish resident in reference to the theft of a firearm while he was parked at the library in Pierre Part. As a result of that complaint, a pair of Paincourtville cousins was arrested.

The Pierre Part man reported that he met with an acquaintance at the library whom asked for some information and then left quickly. The victim then noticed his firearm, a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol, was missing from his vehicle, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack.

Detectives recently obtained information regarding stolen guns, which had been sold by the suspect, Branden Landry, 24, of Paincourtville to another person in Belle Rose. The purchaser turned over the pistol from Pierre Part and a Berretta 32 caliber automatic pistol reported stolen out of Terrebonne Parish, Waguespack said.

Because of this case, a second one was solved.

A Paincourtville resident reported on Sept. 28 that her son’s dirt bike was stolen. The motorcycle was a 2006 Honda CR 125 and detectives also learned recently that this bike was sold to someone in Tickfaw, according to the sheriff.

Detectives made contact with the person who was in possession of the motorcycle and are in the process of recovering the stolen property.

When Landry was interviewed regarding the gun case, he informed police that his cousin Leadd Lacoste, 20, also of Paincourtville, had stolen the dirt bike and stored it in a shed until they sold it, Waguespack said.

The Tickfaw resident informed detectives that he met with Landry and traded a four-wheeler ATV for the motorcycle.

Landry was charged Thursday with theft of a firearm and with theft of a dirt bike valued over $3,000.

Lacoste was charged with theft of a dirt bike valued over $3,000.

Both men are being held at the Assumption Parish Detention center with no bonds set.

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