Arrest reports

Cole Fruge

Noble Thomas

Brittany Martin

Bayou Vista man jailed for creating meth lab

A 30-year-old Bayou Vista man was arrested Saturday after St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives discovered items used in a meth lab, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
—Cole Z. Fruge, 30, of the 1300 block of Saturn Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 1:31 p.m. Saturday for manufacturing of Schedule II methamphetamines, operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Narcotics detectives received a report of a suspected meth lab on Two Sisters Court in Bayou Vista. Detectives located items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and identified Fruge as the person attempting to make meth, Hebert stated. Fruge was jailed with no bail set.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 108 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Charles A. Austin, 49, of the 400 block of Senette Street in Centerville, was arrested at 11:14 a.m. Friday on two warrants for probation violation.
—Sandy Berard, 40, of the 200 block of Senette Street in Centerville, was arrested at 11:14 a.m. Friday on a warrant for probation violation.
A marine division detective made contact with Austin and Berard at the Berwick Boat Landing. Both were jailed. Bail is set for Austin at $20,000. Berard was released on $10,000 bail.
—Charlene A. Lawrence, 35, of Ainsworth Road in Jayess, Miss., was arrested at 9 p.m. Friday for theft of goods, possession of Schedule I oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned from store personnel that Lawrence was seen concealing items in her purse. Lawrence was also found to be in possession of several oxycodone pills and a pill splitter, Hebert stated. Lawrence was jailed with no bail set.
—Noble Thomas, 28, of the 5700 block of Royal Street in New Orleans, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. Saturday on a warrant from Calcasieu Parish for failure to register as a sex offender, a warrant from New Orleans Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender and a warrant from Acadia Parish for resisting an officer by flight, speeding, no seat belt, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, misuse of a temp tag, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and no driver’s license
A deputy responded to a request to remove a subject from the Fairview Treatment Center in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned from personnel that Thomas had made threats toward patients at the center. During the course of the investigation, the deputy discovered the active warrants for Thomas’ arrest. Thomas was jailed with no bail set.
—Fredis Omar Diaz, 25, of the 100 block of Bailey’s Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Sunday for reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle and no driver’s license.
While assisting a co-worker with a crash on La. 182 in Morgan City, a deputy observed a vehicle approaching him at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then began to travel onto the shoulder of the roadway toward the spot where the deputy was standing.
The deputy quickly stepped out of path of the oncoming vehicle to avoid being struck. The deputy then got into his patrol unit and initiated a traffic stop. The deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Diaz. During the traffic stop investigation, the deputy observed two open bottles of beer inside the vehicle. The deputy also discovered that Diaz did not have a valid driver’s license. Diaz was jailed with bail set at $1,750.
—Justin Osborne, 31, of the 100 block of CR 1635 in Linden, Texas, was arrested at 4:45 a.m. today for possession of Schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle at a business on La. 182 in Amelia.
The deputy observed a person sleeping inside a pickup truck parked at the business. The deputy made contact with the subject who was identified as Osborne. While speaking with Osborne, the deputy received consent to search the vehicle and located marijuana, rolling papers, and a glass pipe used for smoking, Hebert stated. Another pipe was located on Osborne’s person. Osborne admitted to using the pipes to smoke marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, Hebert stated. Osborne was jailed with bail set at $3,500.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests:
—Brittany D. Martin, 25, of Lizabeth Drive in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:24 p.m. Friday for simple battery of a correctional officer.
Martin, who was being housed in the Morgan City Jail facility, was arrested and charged with battery of a correctional officer after she grabbed a correctional officer in an inappropriate manner, Banks stated. Martin was jailed.
—Raheem A. Colar, 19, of Roselawn Drive in Morgan City, was arrested at 7:17 p.m. Sunday for improper turning, no driver’s license and resisting an officer by giving false information.
An officer observed a vehicle drive through private property at the intersection of La. 182 and Myrtle Street in an attempt to avoid a traffic control device and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver, Colar, attempted to provide the officer with a driver’s license that did not belong to him in an effort to conceal his true identity, Banks stated. Colar was jailed and released after posting cash bail.
—Bryant W. Francois, 32, of Everett Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:23 a.m. Friday on warrants for two headlights required and for failure to appear for no driver’s license.
Francois was located in Centerville and was jailed.
—Robert W. Welter, 50, of Cenac Drive in Houma, was arrested at 11:05 p.m. Friday for appearing intoxicated in public.
Welter was located on Martin Luther King Boulevard near U.S. 90 after police received a complaint of an intoxicated subject walking in the road. Officers located Welter and discovered him to be in an impaired condition, Banks stated Welter refused to cooperate with officers, Banks said. He was jailed.
—Jeremiah J. Aucoin, 32, of Pluto Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 11:37 a.m. Saturday on warrants for failure to appear for theft by shoplifting and contempt of court.
Aucoin was located at Lake End Park in Morgan City and placed under arrest on outstanding warrants for the Morgan City Police Department. Aucoin was jailed.
—Rashaud A. Thomas, 19, of Grace Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:23 a.m. Sunday for possession of marijuana second offense, red light violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An officer observed a vehicle disregard a traffic signal in the area of East Boulevard and La. 182 and stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver, Rashaud Thomas, was identified by the officer. During the stop, officers located suspected marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia in Rashaud’s possession, Banks stated. Rashaud Thomas was arrested and transported to the Morgan City Police Department where he was booked and incarcerated.
—Arturo L. Pedroza, 32, of Railroad Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:18 a.m. Sunday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, no driver’s license and improper lane usage.
An officer observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner and stopped the vehicle in the area of Seventh St. and Brashear Avenue. The driver, Pedroza, could not produce a valid driver’s license and exhibited signs of impairment. Pedroza failed a field sobriety test and registered .129 grams-percent blood alcohol concentration on the Intoxilyzer 5000 test, Banks stated. He was jailed.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrest:
—Samantha I. Moss, 22, of the 100 block of Olympian Lane in Houma, was arrested at 5:32 p.m. Sunday for disturbing the peace intoxicated. Moss was jailed on $323 bail.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Chris Toups, 34, of First Street in Berwick, was arrested at 6:47 p.m. Friday on a St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant for felony theft. Toups was transferred to St. Martin Parish authorities.

By Zachary Fitzgerald zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

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