Operation 'No Show' efforts continue

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Major of Criminal Operations Kevin Hanna reports the Sheriff's Office is continuing its efforts in the parish to arrest individuals that are failing to appear in court after being arrested on felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. The ongoing initiative is "OPERATION NO SHOW."

Persons who are arrested on criminal charges are entitled to a bond. Upon bonding from jail the individual is given a notice to be in court on a specific date. A large number of people ignore the court date which subsequently leads to a bench warrant being issued by the court for failure to appear in court.

In an effort to reduce the bench warrant numbers, Sheriff Jeff Wiley deployed another task force on November 15 targeting defendants that have failed to appear in felony and misdemeanor court, Hanna said.

In approximately two weeks another task force will be deployed. If you have outstanding bench warrants you are urged to come in and take care of them, or you will be arrested.

The following defendants were arrested on Nov. 15, 2012 as a result of the bench warrant round-up, Operation "No Show":

Felony Bench Warrant Arrest

• Tiffany Lomas, 30, 1325 N. Willow Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (possession of CDS schedule II, possession of CDS schedule I, illegal carrying of weapon, possession of CDS, and use of CDS with minor present).

• Laura Dearmond, 51, 16655 Matherne Road, French Settlement, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (two counts possession CDS schedule II, possession CDS schedule III) and misdemeanor bench warrants (driving without a valid license, fail to report accident, disobey stop sign, switched plates, speeding, and failure to secure registration).

• Kimothy Batiste, 44, 16163 Aikens Road, Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (one count possession CDS schedule II, one count possession of drug paraphernalia, one count possession of marijuana, and fugitive warrant from another agency.

• Rebecca McGuerty, 34, 13029 Babin Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (second degree battery) and a misdemeanor bench warrant (speeding).

• Lee Paul Batiste, 44, 37048 Ellem Road, Geismar, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (one count failure to register as a sex offender).

Misdemeanor Bench Warrant Arrest

• DeAnthony Darville, 27, 39248 Germany Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (possession of marijuana).

• Camie James, 34, 12451 Jim Babin Road, St. Amant, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (speeding and issuing worthless checks).

• Toby Mire, 37, 44061 Penny St., St. Amant, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (non-support).

• Victor Molea, 37, 11508 Lester Savoy Road, St. Amant, was arrested and charged with failure to appear (civil bench warrant).

• Samuel Payne, 58, 41069 Witek Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (speeding and driving without valid license).

• Jennifer Kernan, 40, 14214 Bourque Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (no tail lights, driving without valid license, expired motor vehicle inspection sticker, hit and run, run stop sign, no insurance).

• Bryan James, 34, 12451 Jim Babin Road, St. Amant, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (speeding and no seat belt).

• Edgar Zubia, 21, 1628 S. Vista Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (careless operation of vehicle, expired license plate, and no seat belt).

• Malaina Saulny, 12178 Canterbury Road, Geismar, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (improper turning, driving without a valid license, expired license plate, speeding, and disobey stop sign).

• Anna Kadair, 25, 37089 John St., Geismar, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (one count simple battery and one count disturbing the peace).

• Ashley Johnson, 23, 39252 Cambre Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (fail to yield, driving without valid license and unauthorized use of access card as theft).

• Carl Wells, 20, 38517 Charleston Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor bench warrant (careless operation of vehicle, no driver's license, domestic abuse battery, and driving without headlights).