St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 37 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Kenneth L. Benoit, 36, 508 Carol Road, Bayou Vista, LA was arrested on March 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, no driver’s license on person, and careless operation of a vehicle with a crash. A deputy monitoring traffic on the Highway 90 bridge in Morgan City during LA DOTD bridge inspections observed 2 vehicles that were involved in a crash. The deputy found that one of the drivers, identified as Benoit, was operating the vehicle without a driver’s license. During the crash investigation, the deputy also discovered that Benoit was driving with a suspended license. Benoit was released on a summons to appear in court on June 13, 2017.
Darrell M. Bartley, 55, 16209 Highway 182, Baldwin, LA was arrested on March 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of direct contempt of court, speeding, and failure to honor written promise to appear. A deputy located Bartley at his residence on the warrant and transported him to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bartley was released on a $349.50 bond.
Dondelai Verdun, 24, 405 Clement Street, Patterson, LA was arrested on March 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm on a warrant for theft. In January, a deputy responded to a report of theft from a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy spoke with store security personnel and was presented with evidence that Verdun, an employee, stole over $5,000 in cash from a cash register over a period of several months in 2016. Following the investigation, a warrant was issued. Verdun turned herself in at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City after learning of the warrant for her arrest. A deputy transported her to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Verdun was released on a $2,500 bond.
Elton Pinn, 33, 119 St. Clair Alley B, Morgan City, LA was arrested on March 2, 2017 at 12:27 am for resisting an officer. Deputies responded to Chirpy’s Lane in Amelia to a complaint of a dispute. Deputies learned that Pinn took a family members vehicle without permission following an argument. With the assistance of Morgan City Police, the vehicle was located at a residence on St. Clair Alley. Accompanied by Morgan City Police Officers, a deputy made contact with a female subject at the residence. She told the deputy that Pinn was not at the location. Meanwhile, at the back door, another deputy spotted Pinn attempting to leave. Pinn saw the deputy and fled back into the residence. Following the investigation, Pinn was released on a summons to appear in court on June 13, 2017.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert advises that the Narcotics Section made the following arrests:
Roger D. Grow, 49, 315 Iowa Street, Morgan City, LA was arrested on march 1, 2017 at 5:51 pm for the following offenses:
- Failure to signal a lane change
- Possession of Schedule II (methamphetamine)
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Transactions involving drug proceeds
Shelly LaCaze, 39, 370 California Street, Berwick, LA was arrested on march 1, 2017 at 5:51 pm for possession of Schedule I (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Detectives of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Section observed a vehicle fail to signal a lane change on Highway 90 in Morgan City and conducted a traffic stop on Allison Street. Detectives identified the driver as Grow and made contact with a passenger, identified as LaCaze. While speaking with Grow, detectives received consent to search the pick-up truck. Detectives found a large bag of methamphetamine, a glass pipe, and over $500 in cash. Detectives also collected evidence that the money was derived from illegal drug sales. Behind a passenger seat, detectives also found a burnt marijuana cigarette and a small clip typically used for smoking marijuana cigarettes. Detectives then learned that the items belonged to LaCaze. She was released on a summons to appear in court on June 13, 2017. Grow was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail is set.
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