East St. Mary Parish Arrests
Donald Melancon III
A 27-year-old Patterson man was charged with armed robbery in connection with a Tuesday robbery that occurred in the Barrow Street area, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.
—Theodore M. Harris, 27, of Taft Street in Patterson, was arrested at 1:15 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for armed robbery, and a warrant for armed robbery with the use of a firearm.
Harris, who was been previously in jail and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as a result of an investigation into an armed robbery which occurred on Tuesday, was formally charged with the armed robbery, Crouch said.
Detectives continued the investigation into the alleged incident and identified Harris as the suspect. Warrants were secured for his arrest. Harris was re-booked and jailed with no bail set.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrests:
—Somoa Kenyatta Scott, 17, of Village Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 10:12 a.m. Thursday for possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substance-cocaine with intent to distribute
An officer working radar in the area of Wyandotte on La. 182 observed an east bound vehicle exceeding the speed limit. According to reports, Scott exhibited signs of nervous and suspicious behavior, Crouch said.
Scott declined consent to search his vehicle for illegal contraband and/or weapons. The police department’s new K-9 dog was summoned to the scene to perform a search of the exterior of the vehicle.
The K-9 indicated the presence of the odor of narcotics.
Based on the K-9 search, officers searched the vehicle and located a container which contained suspected crack cocaine, a controlled substance. It was determined that the suspected cocaine was destined for sale and distribution. Scott was jailed with no bail set yet.
—David Joseph Elliott, 36, of Terrebonne Street, Morgan City, was arrested at 1:19 p.m. Thursday. Elliott was located at a Terrebonne Street residence and placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant for obscenity. The warrant stemmed from an investigation based on a complaint that Elliott had sent explicit nude photos of himself to a female who then contacted the police department, Crouch said. He was jailed and released after posting $25,000 bail.
—James Leroy Griffin, 24, of Park Street in Patterson, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Thursday for probation violation. Griffin was located in the City Court of Morgan City and placed under arrest for probation violation. He was jailed.
—Ronald Cannon Faulkner, 35, of Halsey Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:21 p.m. Thursday for speeding, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, no insurance, and failure to register a vehicle. An officer observed a vehicle speeding in the Wyandotte area. Faulkner was jailed.
—Travis Trumaine Singleton, 30, of Leona Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 5:05 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for simple battery. Singleton was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 47 complaints during a 24-hour period in the parish, and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Donald Melancon III, 25, of the 100 block of Andras Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Thursday for distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, improper lane usage, and transactions involving drug proceeds.
—Ricky J. Caldwell, 40, of the 100 block of Andras Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Thursday for possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of Schedule IV (lorazepam).
Narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop of vehicle on Lake Palourde Road in Amelia after watching the driver cross the center line several times. The driver was identified as Melancon. Detectives received consent to search and located several packages of synthetic cannabinoids. Melancon also was found to be in possession of $764 in cash, which was seized pending forfeiture, Hebert said.
The passenger, Caldwell, was in possession of packages of synthetic cannabinoids, a smoking pipe, a bag of marijuana, and a bag containing several lorazepam pills. Detectives learned that Melancon had given the packages of synthetic drugs to Caldwell who intended to sell it, Hebert said. Melancon and Caldwell were jailed. No bail is set.
—Brennan Foreman, 21, of the 1000 block of Susan Court in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:22 p.m. Thursday for theft of goods and on a warrant for probation violation. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy learned from a store employee that Foreman was seen taking a fishing reel from the packaging and placing it in his pocket, Hebert said. Foreman was jailed. No bail is set.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Jamie Benoit, 27, of the 2100 block of River Road in Houma, was arrested at 10:51 a.m. Thursday on warrants from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office for driving while intoxicated first offense and hit and run, and warrants from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear for no seatbelt and driving under suspension. Benoit was jailed.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.