Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the Race Track gas station on La. 73 in Dutchtown in reference to a welfare check on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Gonzales man arrested on child desertion; drug charges

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Race Track gas station on La. 73 in Dutchtown in reference to a welfare check on Thursday, Jan. 5.

According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, deputies made contact with a store manager who advised that she was concerned about two infant children that were sitting on a table in front of the store in the rain while the father, identified as Brian Chadwick, 31, went to the restroom. Store employees then brought the children inside of the store while Chadwick was in the restroom.

Deputies arrived on scene and located Chadwick who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Deputies searched Chadwick and located syringes and other drug paraphernalia. The children were released to their mother unharmed.

Brian Chadwick, 31, of 38045 Tupelo St., Gonzales, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, disturbing the peace, and child desertion.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.

APSO deputies arrest wanted man in backyard shed in Donaldsonville

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26-year-old Terrance Richard on Thursday, Jan. 5 after he robbed the Pak-A-Pak convenient store located on La. 1 South in Donaldsonville on Dec. 28, 2016.

According to Lt. Col. Ward Webb, deputies have been searching for Richard since the robbery. Deputies received an anonymous tip on the whereabouts of Richard on Thursday morning and located him walking on Palm St. in Donaldsonville. Once deputies attempted to stop him, he fled on foot leading them to a shed in the backyard of an unknown residence on Maginnis St. where he was arrested without incident. Deputies also retrieved a handgun that was located on Richard, added Lt. Col. Webb.

Richard, 26, of 210 Houmas St., Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, two counts aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts possession of a firearm by convicted felon, resisting an officer and false imprisonment.

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

Labadieville Man Pleads Guilty to Simple Arson

On Jan. 3, 2017, Jess Martinolich, 22, of Labadieville, pled guilty to the charge of Simple Arson. Martinolich was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following Martinolich’s attempt to burn down a residence on Quail Dr. in Labadieville.

On Feb. 18, 2016, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an arson in the Labadieville area. Martinolich was denied entry into a residence located on Quail Drive in Labadieville. Martinolich became angry and kicked in the glass door to the residence, but was still unable to make entry. He left the residence and returned a short while later, and was observed through video surveillance exiting his vehicle with a small red gas can. Martinolich poured gas on the bushes which were against the residence and lit them on fire in an attempt to burn down the residence. Martinolich was later arrested and transported to the Assumption Parish Detention Center where he was held for booking.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Martinolich be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of eight years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that the defendant must serve four years of the imposed sentence, and the remaining four years are to be suspended. Upon release, Martinolich is to be placed on supervised probation for a period of five years.

Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Jan. 2to Jan. 6, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James. Assumption and St. James Parish had no court news to report this week.

Ascension Parish

Travis Collins, 1702 South Park Ave. Gonzales, age 28, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Legend Drug without Prescription or Order. The defendant was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Darren LeBlanc, 44437 La. 429 St. Amant, age 56, pled 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.

Freddie Allen, 134 Evangeline Drive, Donaldsonville, age 30, pled guilty to Obscenity and Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance. The defendant 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.

Desmond Dunbar, 3288 Josh Brown Road, Gonzales, age 38, pled guilty to Possession of Cocaine 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams. The defendant was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

Kathryn Smith, 9440 James Aymond Road, St. Amant, age 59, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 36 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 18 months supervised probation.

Rebecca Clifton, 11 Bellina St. Donaldsonville, age 39, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The defendant 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.

Kevin Smith, 41171 Dean St. Gonzales, age 29, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The defendant 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.

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.