POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:36am
ASCENSION PARISH, LA — The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its initiative in the parish of “OPERATION NO SHOW” which is to aggressively seek out and arrest individuals that are failing to appear in court after being arrested on criminal charges.
During the months of August, September and part of October extra manpower was deployed to Donaldsonville for an initiative named “OPERATION SAFE STREET.” The operation resulted in 209 misdemeanor arrest, combined with 258 traffic citations.
The individuals that were arrested for the misdemeanors and traffic violations were scheduled to appear in court in Donaldsonville on Wednesday, October 30. In order to continue the efforts of “OPERATION NO SHOW” a team of Ascension Parish deputies were deployed to the October 30 court date where there were to be 467 defendants on the docket. As court proceedings began it was discovered that 204 of the defendants did not appear in court as ordered.
Therefore, Parish Court Judge Marilyn Lambert issued bench warrants on those that did not appear in court.
The team of deputies immediately began a warrant round- up in search of the “PARISH COURT NO SHOWS.” The result of the round-up netted nine (9) bench warrant arrests.
- Fawzi Muthana, 19, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for two counts disturbing the peace.
- Irell Felton, 31, of Convent, was arrested for driving without a valid license and failure to secure registration.
- Nydia Billy, 39, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for speeding, illegal tint, resisting an officer, fake motor vehicle inspection sticker, no insurance, and driving under suspension.
- Jake Marroy, 26, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for possession of marijuana.
- Isaac Landry, 65, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for two counts disturbing the peace, interfering with law officer, and simple battery.
- Cassandra Joseph, 24, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for no seat belt.
- Angellica Wilson, 25, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for simple damage and simple battery.
- Marcus Walker, 29, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for resisting an officer.
- Kareem Nicholas, 34, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for resisting an officer.
As word spread of the round-up (19) of the defendants that failed to appear at the October 30 court date went to the Donaldsonville and Gonzales Business Offices where their bench warrants were handled administratively. The defendants were court ordered to pay for the bench warrant and a rescheduling fee of $100 and then was given a new court date.
The Sheriff’s Office is continuing aggressive pursuit of the remaining defendants that failed to show for the October 30 court date in Donaldsonville.