Rickey J. Lightsey
Dawn M. Height
Taffeta J. Lynch
By JEAN L. KAESS
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said deputies responded to 40 complaints and arrests included the following.
—Rickey J. Lightsey, 38, of the 2600 block of Sixth Street in Berwick, was arrested at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday for possession of Schedule II (Fentanyl), possession of Legend Drug (Ultram) without a prescription, possession of Legend Drug (Buspar) without a prescription, violation of a controlled dangerous substance law (drug-free zone), obstruction of justice and two counts of resisting an officer.
While patrolling the Berwick area, detectives of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle without a working brake light. Detectives saw a pill bottle of Ultram in the vehicle, Hebert said. Detectives received consent to search the vehicle and located more Ultram pills as well as Buspar pills. Lightsey was unable to produce a prescription for either, he said. As detectives continued the investigation, they observed Lightsey attempting to eat a Fentanyl strip, he said. When detectives attempted to remove the drug from his mouth, Lightsey became combative, he said. Detectives retrieved the strip, and Lightsey was jailed with no bail set.
—Kevin B. Lynch Sr., 42, of the 7400 block of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Office for parole violation. Deputies assisting U.S. Marshals located Lynch at his residence on the warrant. He was jailed with no bail set.
—Louis M. Dutreil Jr., 26, of Marrero, was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.
—Eric S. Landry, 27, of Lafite, was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.
—Rod Pellegrin, 48, of Cut Off, was charged with two counts of felony theft.
The St. Mary and Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s offices began a joint investigation Tuesday into a tug boat captain taking diesel fuel from his employer and selling it at a dock in the Cypremort Point area.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s detectives implemented a surveillance operation off of La. 319 on the Intracoastal Waterway. Detectives watched as tug boat personnel pumped diesel fuel from the boat to an 18-wheel tanker truck parked alongside the waterway.
When detectives approached, the boat workers discarded the hose and fled on the tug boat. Detectives detained the driver and passenger of the tanker truck, Dutreil and Landry.
Detectives located and detained the captain of the tug boat, Pellegrin, at the Ivanhoe dock, a short distance away from the site of the theft.
Detectives learned that Pellegrin planned to sell 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, valued at $6,000, that night, Hebert said. Pellegrin profited from the sale of fuel that belonged to his employer on at least one other occasion, he said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Dean Beranek, 27, of Burchfield Lane in Berwick, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Patterson on a warrant for cruelty to juveniles. No additional details were available for this arrest. Beranek remained jailed this morning in the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center with no bail set.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrests:
—Dawn M. Height, 44, of Carriage Cove, Franklin, was arrested at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear for trial possession of cocaine and for issuing worthless checks. She remained jailed this morning with no bail set.
—Taffeta J. Lynch, 40, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:24 p.m. Tuesday for possession of Schedule III (Narco) with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morgan City Police Department detectives were summoned to conduct a narcotics investigation at an La. 182 motel. During the investigation, Lynch was found to possess several Narco pills and intended to distribute the substance to another person, Crouch said. Items of paraphernalia also were located inside the motel room, he said. She was arrested and transported to the Morgan City Police Department and jailed with no bail set.
—Othineil Bridges, 24, of Thibodaux, was arrested at 11:06 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for failure to pay fine for discharge of fireworks. An officer conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of La. 182 and Ditch Avenue discovered the warrant for the driver. Bridges remained jailed this morning with no bail set.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.