Cruelty to animals charge added to woman’s arson charge

Robyn Blanc

Luis Pineda-Anchecta

Leandro Ruiz Jr.

Brittnay Barlar

Staff Report

A charge of cruelty to animals was added to a simple arson charge against a Bayou Vista woman accused in connection with a fire that occurred Friday.
Robyn Blanc, 29, of the 1300 block of Middle Road, Bayou Vista, was arrested at 12:54 p.m. Friday at the Morgan City Police Department on a warrant for cruelty to animals, a news release from St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said.
During an ongoing investigation into arson on Middle Road, a detective learned that a small dog perished in the fire set by Blanc, Hebert said.
Blanc was accused of starting the blaze when she set her boyfriend’s clothes on fire.
Blanc remains incarcerated with no bail set.
Other arrests in east St. Mary Parish reported by Hebert include the following.
—Heather Harvey, 30, of the 200 block of Trevino Street in Berwick, was arrested at 2:15 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of direct contempt, speeding, and failure to honor written promise to appear. A deputy located Harvey at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Morgan City on the warrant. Harvey was taken to the parish jail for booking. She was later released on $324.50 bail.
—Lauren H. Hall, 29, of the 1600 block of Chestnut Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:56 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of driving under suspension and license plate light required. A deputy located Hall at her residence on the warrant and took her to the parish jail for booking. Hall was later released on a $5,000 bail.
—David Frickey, 51, of the 600 block of Teche Road in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 10:16 p.m. Friday for criminal mischief (misuse of 911). A deputy learned that Frickey called 911 operators with the intention of leaving a message for a deputy. The deputy had advised Frickey on numerous occasions that making non-emergency calls through the 911 system is prohibited. The deputy released Frickey on a summons to appear in court on March 11, 2015.
—Jason M. St. Germain, 38, of the 2700 block of La. 182 in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday for domestic abuse battery, resisting an officer with force or violence and disturbing the peace (intoxicated).
—Angelique St. Germain, 43, of the 2700 block of La. 182 in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Sunday for domestic abuse battery.
Upon arrival at the residence on La. 182, a deputy located Jason St. Germain outside the residence attempting to hide from the deputy. The deputy detained him and then also made contact with Angelique St. Germain. During the course of the investigation, the deputy learned that the St. Germains got into an argument after leaving a bar in Berwick. The verbal altercation then turned physical with both subjects injuring each other in a fistic encounter, Hebert said. While escorting Jason St. Germain to the patrol unit, he became hostile, attempting to kick a deputy, Hebert said. Jason St. Germain was taken to the parish jail for booking. Angelique St. Germain was taken to a local hospital for treatment after which she was taken to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set for Jason St. Germain. Angelique St. Germain was released on a $2,500 bond.
—Arnulfo Bueso Rivera, 43, of a West Side Park Lane apartment in Amelia, was arrested at 12:34 a.m. Sunday for domestic abuse battery. A deputy responded to Teche Regional Medical Center in reference to a possible battery victim. During the course of the investigation, the deputy made contact with Rivera on West Side Park Lane and learned that he struck a female victim in the face, Hebert said. Rivera was taken to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set.
—Charlie Jones, 56, of the 100 block of Lakeside Parkway in Amelia, was arrested at 3:22 a.m. today for theft of goods and on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of speeding and no insurance. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store on La. 182 in Amelia. Upon arrival, the deputy learned from store personnel that a subject was seen concealing an item. The subject then purchased some items but failed to pay for the item hidden in his jacket pocket. Using a description provided by the complainant, the deputy located the subject walking on the premises of a nearby business. The deputy detained the subject, Jones, and took him to the store where he was identified as the shoplifter, Hebert said. The deputy learned that Jones took a sandwich from the store without paying for it and that Jones was wanted on the active warrant, he said. The deputy took Jones to the parish jail for booking. No bail is set.
St. Martin Sheriff Ronnie Theriot reported the following local arrest:
—Dane Daigle, 22, of the 1000 block of Tower Tank Road in Stephensville, was charged with disturbing the peace, remaining after being forbidden/trespassing and battery of a police officer.
Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks reported the following arrests.
—Gabrielle R. Derouen, 19, of Chris Lane in Franklin, was arrested at 4:24 p.m. Friday on a warrant for failure to appear, drug paraphernalia. Derouen was transported from Iberia Parish where she was booked on an outstanding warrant for the Morgan City Police Department. She was booked and jailed. Bail was set at $942.
—Luis A. Pineda-Anchecta, 32, of Chennault Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:03 p.m. Friday on charges of no driver’s license, improper lighting and possession of Schedule II CDS-cocaine.
—Leandro Ruiz Jr., 26, of Duke Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:03 p.m. Friday on a charge of possession of Schedule II CDS-cocaine.
A patrolling officer observed a vehicle with improper lighting on La. 182 and stopped to investigate. The driver, Pineda, could not produce a valid driver’s license, Banks said. Pineda was also observed to have a suspicious substance on his upper lip, believed to be cocaine, a controlled substance, he said. The driver, along with a passenger, Ruiz, were detained and a search of the vehicle was conducted using a K-9. Officers were able to locate several small cellophane baggies which contained suspected cocaine, Banks said. Both subjects were arrested and taken to the Morgan City Police Department where they were booked and jailed.
—Ernest Mingo, 31, of Federal Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. Saturday on a charge of appearing in public intoxicated. Mingo was located at a Union Street lounge, where he was arrested. Mingo was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he was booked and jailed.
—Freddie J. Sellers, 24, of Keith Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 11:28 a.m. Saturday on charges of reckless operation of a moving vehicle, driving under suspension and no seat belt.
A patrolling officer observed a vehicle being driven in a reckless manner in the area of Levee Road in Morgan City, The officer was able to determine that the vehicle was traveling 61 mph in a 25 mph zone. The vehicle was observed crossing the center line and the driver was observed not wearing proper restraints. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Sellers, who was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, Banks said. He was arrested and taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he was booked and jailed.
—Hope L. Delgado, 29, of Egle Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Saturday on a charge of domestic abuse battery.
Officers were dispatched to a Fifth Street residence regarding a domestic dispute. During the investigation, officers learned from witnesses that they had observed Delgado strike a male subject in the face, causing injuries, Banks said. The victim was observed with bruising and marks to his face area. Delgado was arrested and taken to the Morgan City Police Department where she was booked and jailed.
—Josue Vasquez, 32, of Spruce Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Saturday on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, no driver’s license and careless operation with an accident.
Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Belanger Street regarding a vehicle crash. Officers arrived and during the investigation learned that a vehicle, driven by Vasquez, had struck a parked vehicle and had attempted to leave the scene, Banks said. The driver, who exhibited signs of impairment, was given a field sobriety test which he failed, Banks said. Vasquez, who did not possess a valid driver’s license, was arrested and taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he submitted to an Intoxilyzer 5000 test, which indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .310g percent, Banks said. He was booked and incarcerated.
—Juan Jose-Silva Gonzalez, 31, of Versun Lane in Berwick, was arrested at 2:44 p.m. Sunday on a charge of no driver’s license.
Gonzalez was arrested after he was observed operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license, Banks said. He was stopped in the area of Levee Road and Shaw Street and placed under arrest. He was transported to the Morgan City Police Department where he was booked and jailed.
—Brittnay Barlar, 22, of Chestnut Drive in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Sunday on charge of second degree battery.
Barlar was located at a Victor II Boulevard lounge and placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant filed as a result of a disturbance which was reported to the Morgan City Police Department. In that complaint, Barlar was accused of striking another person, causing injuries requiring medical treatment, Banks said. She was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where she was booked and jailed.
—Anthony J. Pennison Jr., 43, of Second Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:03 a.m. today on a warrant for theft.
Pennison was located at a Second Street residence and placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department. He was transported to the Morgan City Police Department where he was booked and jailed.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Jessica Knapp, 22, of the 1800 block of Rose Street in Berwick was arrested at 9:48 a.m. Friday for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor.
She posted $2,500 bail and was released.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Mark Smith, 50, of the 1400 block of Myrtle Street in Patterson, was arrested at 2:27 a.m. Sunday for simple criminal damage to property. Smith was taken to the Patterson jail. Bail was set at $1,000.
—Taj M. Broussard, 18, of the 600 block of Fifth Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:43 p.m. Sunday for possession of marijuana and no driver’s license. He was taken to the Patterson jail. Bail was set at $2,150.

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