POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:34am
Ascension Parish, LA — Ascension Parish Chief Criminal Deputy Tony Bacala reports the Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts of deploying extra deputies in the parish to arrest individuals that are failing to appear in court after being arrested on felony 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 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.
Manley Gilley, 27, of Prairieville, Louisiana is wanted on a felony bench warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of three counts aggravated battery. He is also wanted on two misdemeanor bench warrants for failing to appear in court after being arrested on charges of criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, and disturbing the peace.
Cody Greer, 21, of Prairieville, Louisiana is wanted on one felony bench warrant for possession of CDS II, possession of marijuana, and a fugitive for Livingston Parish.
James Johnson, 55, of Prairieville, Louisiana is wanted on one felony bench warrant after failing to appear in court on distribution of schedule II CDS, and possession with intent to distribute schedule II CDS.
In an effort to reduce these felony bench warrant numbers, each week the Sheriff’s Office is airing a photograph and name of a person that has failed to appear in court, Bacala said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.