Former APSO deputy arrested

Kevin Wald, a former deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 8, for three counts of malfeasance in office and three counts of introduction to contraband to/from a penal institution.

According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, an investigation began on Wednesday, Nov. 30 after investigators received an anonymous tip that Wald allegedly smuggled contraband, specifically cell phones, into the Ascension Parish Jail on at least two occasions.

Wald was employed by the sheriff’s office as a corrections officer in 2007 and most recently worked in the Ascension Parish Jail as a corrections supervisor. He was immediately terminated on Thursday afternoon.

“The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office understands the community we serve deserves transparency and accountability," Wiley said. “While further details are not readily available due to the case still being under investigation, I believe strongly that the community deserves to know when a member of this agency has been charged with a crime."

Wald is currently incarcerated in the Ascension Parish Jail where he is awaiting bond.

Donaldsonville man arrested on multiple charges

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 19-year-old Travis Jones on Monday, Dec. 5 after he attempted to flee from a vehicle where he was a passenger when deputies stopped the vehicle for a minor traffic stop.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, Jones led deputies on a short foot pursuit on Pine St. in Donaldsonville Monday night. As deputies arrested Jones they located a black and silver handgun in his possession and a quantity of marijuana. As deputies continued to search Jones they located a quantity of cocaine in his jacket pocket and another firearm in his pants leg.

After further investigation, it was learned that both of the firearms recovered from Jones had been reported stolen.

Travis Jones, 19, of 3996 Stewart Lane, Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with two counts illegal possession of stolen things, two counts of illegal carrying of weapons, possession, flight from officer, illegal carry of weapons with controlled dangerous substances present, possession of controlled dangerous substance schedule II (Cocaine), possession of controlled dangerous substance schedule I (Marijuana).

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 9, 2016, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension and Assumption. St. James Parish had no court news to report this week.

Ascension Parish

Neo Morris, 324 Ida St. Gonzales, age 33, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Morris was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Acelon Dalferes, New Orleans, age 30, pleaded guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft under $500 and was sentenced to 36 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for times served, to be suspended, and placed on 36 months supervised probation.

Jessie James, 12198 W. Main St. Gonzales, age 39, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Issuing Worthless Checks. He was sentenced to 36 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 36 months supervised probation.

Patricia Otoole, 13202 Lambert Road, Gonzales, age 27, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on four years supervised probation.

Ramond Marillon, 12566 Brogdon Lane, Baton Rouge, age 35, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on four years supervised probation.

Phyliss Morris, 325 Ida Ave., Gonzales, age 51, pleaded guilty to Two counts Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. Morris was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on four years supervised probation.

Dwain Washington, 11198 Stevenson Road, Geismar, age 51, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Washington was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

James Reine Jr., 8391 St. Amant St., Sorrento, age 44, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charles “Chuck” Long and Lindsey Manda. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.

Assumption Parish

Robert Patterson, 139 Violet St. Labadieville, age 31, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Shannon Thomas, 324 California St., Thibodaux, age 21, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

Damion Dorsey, 221 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, age 38, pleaded guilty to DWI third Offense and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that one year of the imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Chance Johnson, 508 Canal St., Napoleonville, age 37, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

Garrett Cedotal, 1903 La. 70, Pierre Part, age 28, pleaded guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

Shane McGalliard, 506 Bonnie Lane, Donaldsonville, age 37, pleaded guilty to DWI Third Offense and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on four years supervised probation.

Heath Aucoin, 313 St. Mary St., Napoleonville, age 35, pleaded guilty to Obscenity and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Fermin Tullier, 19342 Palmer Road, Livingston, age 53, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

Jordan Dinino, 218 W Third St. Donaldsonville, age 26, pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner Jr.