Operation 'No show' efforts continue

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Major 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 April 4 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 as a result of the bench warrant round-up, Operation "No Show":

Felony Bench Warrant Arrest

Tony Johnson, 39, of 314 S. Sammy Dr. Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (possession with intent to distribute CDS I). He was also arrested for possession of a firearm with narcotics, and possession of marijuana.

Jennifer Kernan, 41, of 14214 Bourque St., Gonzales was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (accessory after the fact).

Mario Williams, 29, of 1419 W. Worthy Road, Gonzales was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (simple burglary, trespassing, possession with intent to distribute CDS I) and was also arrested for possession of marijuana.

Michael Gascon, 28, of 9330 Airline Highway, Sorrento, was arrested and charged with a felony bench warrant (aggravated assault) and a misdemeanor bench warrant for (revocation hearing).

Misdemeanor Bench Warrant Arrest

Marlene Sullivan, 27, of 18733 Little Prairie Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (simple battery).

Jerry Rutherford, 52, of 42245 Moody Dixon Road, #7, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (three counts of owner's responsibility).

Michael Brown, 35, of 731 W. Worthy Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (unauthorized use of access card, criminal non-support, DWI first offense, improper lane usage, and non-support payment).

Edward Foreman, 40, of 16105 Tiger Heights Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (two counts of theft, simple battery, simple assault, and disturbing the peace).

Charles Colby, 56, of 18497 McCloud Lane, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (probation violation).

Veronika Cahill, 23, 41149 Hwy 42, lot 1, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (disturbing the peace, two counts resisting an officer, domestic abuse battery, two counts criminal damage to property, and simple battery).

Melvin Narcisse III, 20, of 17165 Jo Boy Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (resisting an officer, hit and run, careless operation, no driver's license, and expired motor vehicle inspection sticker).

Melvin James Narcisse Jr., 42, of 17165 Jo Boy Road, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (theft by shoplifting).

Sloan Matherne, 21, of 40298 Harrel Lane, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for (no seat belt, driving without a valid license, careless operation, illegal tint, no mirror, and fail to secure registration).

Patrol Warrant Arrest

Jonathan Anderson, 39, 11215 Brown Road, Denham Springs, was arrested and charged with a patrol warrant for (improper telephone communications, harassment, and simple assault).