Gun threats, assaults mar weekend locally

Three men were arrested in connection with a confrontation involving firearms in Patterson.

Franklin Gaylor, 58, of Camille Drive in Patterson and Franklin Travis Gaylor, 19, of Cedar Street in Morgan City were charged Sunday at 3:09 p.m. each on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

A deputy was flagged down on Cotten Road after a man and his family were confronted by suspects with firearms, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

Jeffrey Fontenot, 34, of Bayou Vista, and his family were on Cotten Road firing a weapon at soda cans when they were confronted by camouflaged men carrying weapons. One suspect stuck a gun in Fontenot’s face while threatening that a sniper would harm them, family members said this morning.

Upon the first man’s signal, a second man began firing his weapon from a hidden location, the family said.

Both Gaylors were booked into the parish jail where they remained incarcerated this morning with no bonds set.

Fontenot was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm where prohibited for firing the gun at the soda cans. He was released on a summons to appear in court.

In Morgan City, Kevin A. Singleton, 44, and Shanterrika D. Marshall, 20, both of Third Street in Morgan City, were arrested Sunday at 11:39 a.m. Each was charged with domestic abuse battery and aggravated assault.

Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Third Street for a domestic disturbance. The subjects became involved in an argument that became physical. Each accused the other of striking them during the confrontation, MCPD Chief Marc Folse said.

At one point during the struggle, the female produced a hammer and, in response, the male grabbed a pistol. Neither used the weapons during the altercation, the chief added.

Both remained incarcerated this morning with no bonds set.

Also, Jamon C. Bias, 31, Seventh Street in Morgan City was charged at 10:27 a.m. Friday at the MCPD jail on a warrant for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Bias, who had been in custody since his arrest during operation November Rain, was additionally charged with a warrant which stems from the furtherance of the investigation into drug sales that took place during the long term undercover operation, Folse said.

Bias’ bond for this charge was set at $100,000.

Elsewhere, Keith B. Smith, 34, of Kenner and Cody L. Anglin, 31, of Picayune, Miss., were arrested at 8:31 p.m. Sunday. Smith was charged with second degree battery, while Anglin was arrested for simple battery, two counts of battery on a police officer and two counts of resisting a police officer with force.

The pair got into an argument and then a fight in the parking lot of Blondie’s Lounge in Greenwood, the sheriff said.

Anglin was taken to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City where he was treated and released to authorities.

It was at the hospital, when Anglin was informed of his arrest, that he committed a battery on the deputy and resisted arrest, the sheriff said.

Both men were booked into the parish jail where they remained with no bonds set.

Mitchell R. Westerman, 52, of Pluto Street in Bayou Vista was charged at 10:53 a.m. Saturday with theft by shoplifting.

Bayou Vista Wal-Mart store security told authorities that Westerman was seen taking a book shelf valued at $15.84 and attempting to leave the store. When security guards attempted to detain Westerman, he ran from the store dropping the item. The deputy located him in the store parking lot, Hebert said.

He was released on a summons to appear in court.

Lakel E. Ramo, 25, and Ashley Hayes, 20, both of White Castle, were arrested Saturday at 6 p.m. for theft by shoplifting.

The pair was seen by Bayou Vista Wal-Mart store security taking items valued at $152.64 and concealing them in their purses, the sheriff said.

Both were issued summons to appear in court.

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