A Morgan City man was arrested Monday on multiple charges including a warrant stemming from a Christmas Day incident where he pointed a gun at a Morgan City police officer, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said in a news release.
—Anthony D. Kelly, 29, of James Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:09 p.m. Monday for no driver’s license, resisting an officer, switched license plate, no insurance, no brake lights; a Terrebonne Parish warrant for failure to appear for speeding; a Lafourche Parish warrant for contempt of court; and a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant for resisting an officer and aggravated assault on a peace officer with a firearm.
An officer observed a vehicle near the intersection of Front Street and Brashear Avenue with improper lighting and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver, who initially identified himself as Anthony Jones, could not produce a valid driver’s license or proof of liability insurance.
The driver was eventually identified as Anthony Kelly. He was arrested for attempting to conceal his identity from officers with false information, Banks said. A check on Kelly uncovered outstanding warrants in both Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department as well as Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Banks said.
Officers learned that Kelly was a wanted person by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department on a warrant, which was the result of an investigation into a Dec. 25, 2013, shooting involving a Morgan City police officer. In that incident, officers were dispatched to a La. 182 motel in Morgan City to locate a wanted person when the officers came into contact with a vehicle driven by Kelly.
Kelly attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle and refused officers’ orders to stop, Banks said. Kelly, in his attempt to flee, is accused of having pointed a handgun at a Morgan City police officer in a threatening manner. The officer then fired his weapon striking Kelly’s vehicle, Banks said. The vehicle then sped away from the scene. No one was injured in the Dec. 25 incident, Banks said. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the shooting.
Kelly was jailed with no bail set yet.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—John Augman, 49, of Baton Rouge, was arrested at 5:15 a.m. today for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and no license plate light.
A patrolling officer observed a vehicle being driven in the area of Eleventh Street and Railroad Avenue with improper lighting and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver of the vehicle, Augman, was found to be driving the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Augman, who is a convicted felon, was also found to be in possession of a loaded .38-cal. firearm inside his vehicle, Banks said. Augman was jailed.
—Jeremy Paul Hebert, 23, of Utah Street in Berwick, was arrested at 8:29 a.m. Monday on a warrant for criminal damage to property.
Hebert was located at the Berwick Police Department and placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for the Morgan City Police Department. He was jailed.
—Curtis R. Robinson, 42, of Fourth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:41 a.m. Monday for appearing intoxicated in public and loud and abusive language.
Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Fourth Street regarding a disturbance. When officers arrived, they were directed to Robinson who was at the residence yelling and causing a disturbance. The subject could be heard using loud and profane language causing others to gather. The subject, Robinson, was found in an intoxicated condition. He was jailed.
—Russell J. Richard, 35, of Church Point, was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday for reckless operation of a moving vehicle.
An officer near the intersection of La. 182 and Roderick Street observed a vehicle being driven in a reckless manner headed east on La. 182. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, with its emergency flashers activated and continued to pass vehicles in a reckless manner during wet road conditions.
The officer was able to stop the vehicle as it turned into a La. 182 lounge near Amelia. The driver, Richard, was detained with the assistance of St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies. Richard was jailed.
—Shaunice J. Smith, 22, of Railroad Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:07 a.m. Monday on a warrant for a probation violation. An officer located Smith in the area of Fifth and Freret streets. She was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 43 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
A Bayou Vista man was jailed Monday after the man grabbed a woman by the throat in the presence of children, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Michael Olinsky, 26, of the 400 block of Southeast Boulevard in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 11:56 a.m. Monday at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City for domestic abuse battery by strangulation and domestic abuse battery in the presence of a juvenile.
A deputy responded to a call from Teche Regional Medical Center regarding a report of possible domestic abuse. The deputy learned that Olinsky grabbed a female victim by the throat during an argument, Hebert said. There were children in the home at the time the battery occurred. Olinsky admitted to committing the battery, Hebert said. Olinsky was jailed with no bail set.
—Carlos Alberto Pichs Franco, 42, of the 1100 block of Ditch Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:47 a.m. Monday on a warrant for theft. A deputy located Franco at a business on River Road in Berwick on the warrant. The warrant stems from an investigation into a stolen check that was cashed at an Amelia business. The deputy identified Franco as the person who cashed the check for more than $1,500, Hebert said. Franco was jailed with bail set at $5,000.
—Lydia J. Cruz, 28, of the 900 block of Chestnut Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Monday on a warrant for illegal possession of stolen things. A deputy investigating a complaint of stolen jewelry discovered that Cruz pawned the items at a local pawn shop. Cruz was located at her residence on the warrant and jailed with no bail set.
—Lowanda Ruffin, 29, of the 2300 block of Federal Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:22 p.m. Monday for theft of goods. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista.
The deputy learned from store personnel that Ruffin was seen concealing items in her pockets before leaving the store without paying for the items. Ruffin was released on a summons to appear in court on July 7.
—Rocky Giroir, 33, of the 400 block of Corona Drive in Lafayette, was arrested at 2:21 a.m. today for careless operation and open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle. A deputy traveling on Aycock Street in Morgan City observed a vehicle back out of a driveway at a high rate of speed crossing both lanes of traffic, nearly striking the police unit, so the deputy conducted a traffic stop, Hebert said.
Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Giroir, the deputy smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. The deputy located a cup containing an alcoholic beverage in the console of the vehicle. Giroir was released on a summons to appear in court July 11.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronnie Theriot reported the following arrest:
—Larandon Hawkins, 24, of the 200 block of Southeast Boulevard in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 12:28 p.m. Monday for failure to appear for failing to obey a traffic signal and on St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.