Six arrested, one at large on drug charges

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Webre reports the arrests of six individuals on drug charges at a residence on Josh Brown Road in Gonzales on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 13. One individual, identified as 40-year-old Allen Causey, is still at large.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant on Causey’s residence after a month long investigation into illegal drug sales taking place at the residence. While conducting the search of the residence, detectives located a quantity of heroin, a quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. Detectives also located a handgun inside the residence, added Chief Webre.

During the search, detectives located six individuals in the residence who were also arrested. Causey fled the residence and was not apprehended. Detectives also observed a 14-year-old juvenile in the residence who was released to next of kin.

Causey will be charged with distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

Paul Howard, 53, of 9428 Ester St., Convent, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $40,000.

Katherine Causey, 37, of 38285 Josh Brown Road, Gonzales, was charged with distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. She was released on a $70,000 bond.

Timothy Emerson, 41, of 3248 Mission Drive, Baton Rouge, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. His bond was set at $70,000.

Benissa Spears, 50, of 17433 La. 933, Prairieville, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $15,000 bond.

Dana Banks, 41, of 9242 Ester St., Convent, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $40,000.

Enrico Williams, 38, of 1131 E. Greenbriar Road, Gonzales was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $40,000.

All bonds were set by Judge Turner and four of the six individuals are still incarcerated at the time of press. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Allen Causey are urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7868). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Prairieville woman pleads guilty following vehicle burglaries at Gonzales business

On Dec. 12, Yolanda Lambert, age 42, of Prairieville, pleaded guilty to two counts of auto burglary. Lambert was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following the burglaries of two vehicles parked on the property of Picou Builders on Airline Hwy in Gonzales.

On June 24, officers of the Gonzales Police Department were dispatched to Picou Builders on Airline Hwy in Gonzales regarding the burglaries of two vehicles parked in a fenced in area adjacent to Picou Builders. Officers viewed surveillance footage, and observed a female subject climb over the locked fence, and enter one of the parked vehicles. After briefly going through the items in the vehicle, the female entered a Picou Builder’s company vehicle and began going through the items in it. The subject then fled the area. Employees of the business were able to positively identify the subject as Yolanda Lambert. Shortly after, officers made contact with Lambert at her place of employment where she admitted to the burglaries. Lambert was then arrested and transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where she was booked.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Kliebert ordered that Lambert be sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. It should be noted that at the time of this arrest, Lambert was on probation for Simple Burglary following a June 2015 burglary at the same location, Picou Builders.

Pierre Part man pleads guilty to variety of drug charges

On Dec. 12, Derick Domingue, age 30, of Pierre Part, pleaded guilty to the charges of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous substance. Domingue was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following an October 2015 narcotics arrest.

On Oct. 16, 2015, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of La. 70 and La. 996 in Belle Rose regarding a single vehicle crash. During the course of the crash investigation, deputies learned that the driver of the vehicle being Derick Domingue, was seen throwing items into a nearby ditch. Deputies searched the ditch in question and located a clear plastic baggy containing crystal meth, a clear cigarette wrapper containing heroin, a clear plastic baggy containing several clonazepam pills, and two unused suboxone patches. Deputies secured the evidence and transported Domingue to the Assumption Parish jail where he was booked on the above listed charges.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Domingue be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years with credit for time served on each count. It was ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another

Walker man pleads guilty following Assumption Parish robbery

On Dec. 16, Drake Butler, age 22, of Walker, pleaded guilty to First Degree Robbery. Butler was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. The guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following the robbery of a Bayou L’Ourse man.

On Feb. 2, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of La. 662 in Bayou L’Ourse in reference to a robbery that had just taken place. Deputies were given a description of a vehicle seen leaving the scene immediately after the robbery. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and made contact with three individuals including Butler. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies observed then victim’s driver’s license, a small amount of U.S. currency, and a credit card in plain view. The items observed in the vehicle were consistent with the list of items reportedly taken from the victim during the robbery. Butler was transported to the Assumption Parish Jail where he was booked accordingly.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Veridgets ordered that Butler be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Napoleonville man pleads guilty to drug charge

On Dec. 5, Avonte Jamison of Napoleonville, age 22, pleaded guilty to the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Jamison was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. The guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after a January 2016 narcotics arrest.

On Jan. 15, a Louisiana State Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 4000 block of La. 1 in Assumption Parish after the trooper was unable to view the vehicle’s license plate. When the trooper approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle was detected. Shortly after, the trooper conducted a search of the interior of the vehicle where multiple clear plastic baggies containing marijuana packaged for sale were located. Jamison was arrested and transported to the Assumption Parish Detention Center where he was subsequently booked.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Jamison be sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Dec.12 to Dec. 16, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James. St. James Parish had no court news to report this week.

Ascension Parish

Jennifer Davenport, 46504 Laurel Ridge Road, St. Amant, age 31, was found guilty by an Ascension Parish jury on Nov. 16, of Second Degree Battery. On Dec. 12, Davenport was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation. Davenport was further ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $10,000.

Shane Calley, 40024 Summer Wind Ave., Gonzales, age 39, pleaded guilty to Theft Valued at $750 or more, but Less than $5,000 and Theft Valued at Less than $750. On the charge of Theft Valued at $750 or more, but Less than $5,000, the defendant was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended under the following conditions: The defendant is to serve sixmonths in the parish jail with credit for time served, and be placed on two years supervised probation. On the charge of Theft Valued at Less than $750, the defendant was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

Nepton Hatfield, 2791 Lobelia Ave., Baton Rouge, age 37, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Battery and was sentenced to four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

Terry Korkosz, 14380 Salt Dome Road, Walker, age 55, pleaded guilty to Theft Valued at $750 or more, but Less than $5,000 and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on three years supervised probation.

Euel McDonald, 206 N. Irma Blvd., Gonzales, age 52, pleaded guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and was sentenced to one year in the parish jail with credit for time served.

Melvin Sanders, 502 West 6th St., Donaldsonville, age 29, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Operation, and Resisting an Officer. On the charge of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, the defendant was sentenced to five 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, and the remaining four years are to be suspended. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on two years supervised probation. On the charge of Driving Under Suspension, the defendant was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. On the charge of Reckless Operation, the defendant was sentenced to 90 days in the parish jail with credit for time served. On the charge of Resisting an Officer, the defendant was sentenced to six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. All of the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Amy Colby. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

Assumption Parish

Cody Nelson, 121 Gold St., Napoleonville, age 28, pleaded guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery Aggravated Assault and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that four and a half years of the imposed sentence are to be suspended, and the defendant is to serve the remaining six months in the parish jail with credit for time served. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on four years supervised probation.

Trayon Boatner, 3021 La. 1, Labadieville, age 23, pleaded guilty to Attempted Second Degree Battery (two counts) and was sentenced to two years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. The imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another as well as with another two year sentence in Lafourche Parish.

Kristie Falcon, 229 La. 307, Thibodaux, 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 Lana Chaney, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.