St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that over the last 72-hour weekend reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 107 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Robert Schexnayder, 46, 734 Kem Street, Patterson, LA was arrested on July 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm on a warrant for simple battery. A deputy investigating a complaint of a disturbance at a residence in Franklin collected evidence that Schexnayder struck a male victim. Schexnayder turned himself in on the warrant at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Franklin. He was transported to the St. Mary parish Law Enforcement for booking. Schexnayder was released on a $2,500 bond.
Christopher Snowden, Jr., 18, 404 Sanaran Street, Charenton, LA was arrested on July 15, 2017 at 3”32 am for failure to properly signal a turn, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy patrolling Four Corners observed a vehicle turn onto Cypremort Road without using a turn signal. While speaking with the driver, Snowden, the deputy smelled the strong odor of marijuana. The deputy received consent to search the vehicle and located a digital scale with pieces of marijuana on it and a burnt marijuana cigarette. Snowden was released on a summons to appear in court on October 11, 2017.
McCarly Cossey, 23, 5106 Highway 87, Franklin, LA was arrested on July 16, 2017 at 12:46 am for the following offenses:
- Careless operation of a motor vehicle
- Operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
A deputy patrolling Chitimacha Trail observed a vehicle drive into a ditch. The deputy assisted the sole occupant, Cossey, in exiting the vehicle which had begun to take on water from the ditch. During the subsequent investigation, the deputy found that Cossey lost control of the vehicle and drove off the roadway. The deputy also learned that Cossey was driving with a suspended license and that she had marijuana inside the vehicle. The deputy recovered a grinder, a small amount of marijuana, and a pipe used for smoking marijuana. Cossey was released on a summons to appear in court on October 11, 2017.
Juvenile male, 14, Amelia, LA was arrested on July 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm for domestic abuse battery. A deputy was dispatched to a report of domestic violence at a residence in Amelia. The deputy found evidence that the juvenile male pushed a female victim against a wall during an argument. The juvenile was released to a guardian pending juvenile court proceedings.
J.C. Ford, Jr., 30, 107 Friendship Alley, Amelia, LA was arrested on July 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm for the following offenses:
- Disturbing the peace (intoxication)
- Second degree batter of a police officer
- Disarming of a police officer
- Resisting a police officer with force or violence
On July 7, 2017, a deputy responded to a medical emergency at a residence on Friendship Alley in Amelia. The deputy received information that the subject had ingested Mojo, a type of synthetic cannabinoid. The deputy located the subject, identified as Ford, lying down in a yard kicking and flailing his arms. The deputy and other subjects at the scene attempted calm Ford and reassure him that medical help was available. As the deputy spoke with Ford and others, Ford got up, lunged at the deputy, and struck the deputy in the face. Ford then attempted to remove the deputy’s Taser and firearm. The deputy detained Ford with the assistance of a family member. Ford was then transported to Teche Regional Medical Center for treatment. Ford was later released from the medical center. The deputy sought medical treatment for injuries sustained during the encounter with Ford. The deputy suffered a facial fracture and shoulder injury. On July 14, 2017, Ford was booked at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on a parole violation. He was later charged with the additional offenses. No bail is set.
Billy Viator, Jr., 31, 3916 Daspit Road, Lot #1, New Iberia, LA was arrested on July 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm for (visible) license plate required, improper lane usage, and on a warrant from Iberia Parish for theft of goods and criminal trespass. A deputy traveling on US Highway 90 in the Centerville area observed a vehicle with no visible license plate weaving from lane to lane and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy spoke with the driver, Viator, and located the active warrant for his arrest from Iberia Parish. Viator was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail is set.
Please note that the additional charges against Verdun were added on July 10, 2017.
Mario Verdun, Jr., 40, 107 Wedell Street, Patterson, LA was additionally charged on warrants for failure to notify law enforcement of a change of address as a sex offender and failure to pay registration fee as a sex offender. Verdun was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles (sexually immoral acts) in St. Mary parish in 2000. A detective of the Sex Offender Compliance Section conducting a compliance check on Verdun found that he was no longer living at his registered address and failed to notify the Compliance Section within the required amount of time. Verdun was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on a parole violation and later charged on the warrants. Verdun remains incarcerated with no bail set.
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