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Detectives make arrest in robbery of Verizon wireless store

According to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, detectives arrested 39-year-old Howard Julian III who robbed the Verizon Wireless store in Prairieville on Oct. 3, 2016, and again on Dec. 4, 2016.

Investigation revealed that Julian forced employees into a storage room before departing with a combined total of $44,000 worth of new cell phones from the store.

He was arrested at a residence in Baton Rouge by the Louisiana State Police Task Force on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Howard Julian III, of 6173 Parkcrest Court, Baton Rouge, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and booked with two counts armed robbery with use of a firearm and two counts possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

Crime stoppers tip leads to drug arrests

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received a crime stoppers tip in reference to a suspect selling heroin. According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, detectives arranged a meeting with the suspect at an undisclosed location.

The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Irvin Mitchell of Convent, arrived at the meeting location and immediately fled upon recognizing narcotics detectives in the area. Detectives later located the vehicle occupied by another male, identified as David Bryant, and located a quantity of heroin and methamphetamine in Bryant’s possession.

Detective’s then searched the vehicle and located a quantity of heroin and a digital scale. Shortly after, detectives learned of a location that Mitchell was hiding and located him and placed him under arrest.

Both men were transported to the Ascension Parish Jail and charged with the following charges.

Irvin Mitchell, 35, of 8247 Pleasant Hill St., Convent, was arrested and charged with two counts possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS, possession with intent to distribute schedule II CDS, possession of heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

David Bryant, 47, of 18427 Kay Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of schedule II CDS.

St. Amant woman receives prison sentence following felony charge

On Aug. 8, 2016, Katherine Summerfield of 47021 La. 22, St. Amant, age 34, pled guilty to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated Third Offense with an enhanced penalty for Child Endangerment. Summerfield was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. The guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2016 traffic stop. Per Judge Kliebert, sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

On Feb. 29, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to her residence in reference to a disturbance. While en route, responding deputies were advised via police radio that the individual causing the disturbance, Summerfield, had left the residence in her vehicle while intoxicated, with her 15 month old child seated in her lap.

Deputies met up with a vehicle matching the description of Summerfield’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in question. Deputies made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Summerfield and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath and observed other signs of extreme intoxication. Deputies also observed her 15 month old child seated in her lap unrestrained.

After failing the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, Summerfield was transported to the Gonzales Police Department where she submitted to chemical testing. Summerfield’s blood alcohol level was determined to be .326g%. She was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital where she was evaluated by physicians due to a dangerous blood alcohol level. Once cleared, Summerfield was transported to the Ascension Parish Detention Center where she was booked accordingly. Her child was released to family members.

On Jan. 23, 2017, Summerfield appeared in court for sentencing. Judge Kliebert ordered that she be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years with credit for time served. It was ordered that one year of the imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 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

Jeffery Dozert,43410 R. Daigle Road, Gonzales, age 51, pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to four years home incarceration. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in this matter.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.

Assumption Parish

Tysie Dabney,6557 La. 1 Belle Rose, age 37, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (two counts) and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (two counts). The defendant was sentenced to five years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count, to run concurrent with one another. It was ordered that the imposed sentence is to be suspended, and the defendant is to be placed on five years supervised probation.

Huey Hue, 906 Bayou Drive, Pierre Part, age 54, pled guilty to Unlawful Use of a Social Networking Website and was sentenced to three years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

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

Kelly Blanchard,123 Substation St., Pierre Part, age 31, pled guilty to Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Lab 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.

Jimmy Converse,220 Jefferson St., Napoleonville, age 41, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that four years of the imposed sentence are tobe suspended, and the defendant is to serve the remaining one year of the sentence. Upon release, the defendant is to be placed on two years supervised probation.

Danica Medine,1201 La. 70 Lot C, Pierre Part, age 34, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to one year with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.

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