Deputy Arrests 2 for Animal Cruelty in Cold Weather Related Case
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Scott Anslum advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 41 complaints and made the following arrests:
Kayla Aucoin, 24, 1405 Cross Road #1, Bayou Vista, LA was arrested on January 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm for the following offenses:
- Improper lane usage
- Obstruction of justice
- Possession of Schedule II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Violation of a controlled dangerous substance law (drug free zones)
Narcotics detectives patrolling the Berwick and Morgan City areas observed a vehicle cross over the fog line of the roadway several times on the US Highway 90 bridge. Detectives made a traffic stop. As they made contact with the female driver, detectives observed her attempt to conceal an item. The driver was identified as Aucoin. After detectives received consent to search Aucoin, they observed a bag of methamphetamine fall from beneath her sweater to the ground. The subsequent investigation led detectives to Aucoin’s residence where they located additional methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia. There were 2 children inside the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Aucoin’s residence is located within 2,000 feet of a park, church, and school. Aucoin was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking.
UNIFORMED PATROL SECTION
Shelly Landry, 33, 200 Wise Street, Patterson, LA was arrested on January 18, 2018 at 12:25 am for disturbing the peace intoxicated and remaining where forbidden. A deputy responded to a report of a disturbance at a business on LA Highway 182 in Bayou Vista. The deputy spoke with several subjects at the location and collected evidence that Landry was yelling and cursing at another patron and refused to leave after being asked to do so several times. Landry was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail is set at $1,500.
Leslie Matthews, 42, 178 Friendship Alley, Amelia, LA was arrested on January 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm on a warrant for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Hodges Matthews, 39, 178 Friendship Alley, Amelia, LA was arrested on January 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm on a warrant for aggravated cruelty to animals.
On January 14, 2018, a deputy patrolling Amelia observed a dog inside of a doghouse in the front yard of a residence on Friendship Alley. The deputy observed that the animal was unresponsive and found that the dog was dead. During the subsequent investigation, the deputy collected evidence that residents left the animal outdoors during extremely cold weather without proper shelter which resulted in the dog’s death. The deputy obtained warrants for the residents on animal cruelty charges. On January 17, 2018, the deputy located L. Matthews and H. Matthews at the residence on the warrants and transported them to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement for booking. H. Matthews was released on a $1,000 bond. Bail is set at $1,000 for L. Matthews.
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