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Month: November 2018

DA Sponsors Field Trip to STPSO’s Special Ops Unit

The Pitcher Junior High Students who are participating in District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Kids L.E.A.D. Program enjoyed a “really cool” field trip today to the St. Tammany Parish Special Operations Unit where they learned about specialized personnel units such as the S.W.A.T. Team, the Hazardous Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad), Hostage Negotiators,  the Marine and Traffic Teams and their tactics, equipment and vehicles.  Thanks to all of the Officers for their time and attention.

Grand Jury Indicts Slidell Man on Charges of Raping 12-Year-Old Girl

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Shawn A. Doucette, 33, of Slidell, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with two counts of first degree rape of a victim under 13.

Doucette is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl on at least two occasions between Oct. 1, 2016, and April 13, 2017.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Re-Indicts Slidell Man In Death of Teen from Synthetic Marijuana

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury re-indicted Jamie D. Cooper, 34, of Slidell, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with second degree murder in the death of a teenager found unresponsive in a Covington ditch after smoking synthetic marijuana. The new, superseding indictment added a charge of distribution of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (marijuana or a synthetic form).

Cooper is accused of distributing the drug through a middle man to the 17-year-old, who died after using it on March 13, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Smith presented the case to the grand jury.

Grand Jury Indicts Two With Racketeering In Auto Parts Theft Operation

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Nov. 14, 2018

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Nov. 14, 2018

Grand Jury Indicts Two With Racketeering In Auto Parts Theft Operation

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury charged Dustin Ray Hughes, 32, of Angie, and Sharon D. Snelgrove, 38, of Carriere, Miss., with racketeering and multiple theft charges for an alleged operation that used account information from one company to make fraudulent purchases from another.

Hughes, a former employee of Southern Electric Company, is accused of placing fraudulent orders with O’Reilly Auto Parts on multiple occasions with account information stolen from Southern Electric. Snelgrove is accused of assisting Hughes by obtaining and transporting merchandise that she knew was stolen.

More than 1,000 products, valued at between $20,000 and $25,000, are alleged to have been obtained fraudulently from 14 jurisdictions over two states.

Both defendants are charged with the following: one count each of racketeering, seven counts each of theft of items valued at $1,000 but less than $5,000, two counts each of theft of items valued at less than $1,000, and one count each of misdemeanor theft (Class 4, less than $1,000)

Assistant District Attorney Butch Wilson presented the case to the grand jury, and Walter “Nick” Burtanog, IV, investigated.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Former Sun Police Officer on Malfeasance Charges

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Nov. 14, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a grand jury indicted Jacob Scott Walker, 36, a former Sun police officer, Tuesday (Nov. 13) with two counts of malfeasance.

Walker is accused of pocketing money he collected from traffic tickets for his own personal gain between Feb. 8 and Aug. 13 of this year. Walker also is accused of failing to submit narcotics evidence to the crime lab for analysis after a traffic stop on Dec. 18, 2017, and then lying about it.

Assistant District Attorney Ken Dohre presented the case to the grand jury, and D.A. Investigator Walter “Nick” Burtanog, IV, investigated it.

 

District Attorney’s Office Holds Training For Criminal Justice Professionals

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Nov. 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office held two daylong  training sessions for criminal justice system professionals on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 at the Bogue Chitto State Conference Center.  This year, the sixth annual event was named the Lewis Murray, III, Memorial Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, And Judges in memory of the late Assistant District Attorney who worked as a prosecutor for more than 33 years and headed the Washington Parish office until his death in April.

“This was a great way to honor a man who dedicated so much of his life to the pursuit of justice,” Montgomery said. “And he trained many of the Washington Parish prosecutors who came after him.”

The training, held in partnership with the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, enabled participants to get Continuing Legal Education credits. A total of 110 law enforcement officers attended over both days. The agencies represented included the Louisiana State Park Rangers, Causeway Police, Franklinton Police Department, Bogalusa Police Department, Folsom Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, ATF, and District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia, David Weilbaecher, and Jeffrey Shea Penton provided legal updates about state legislative changes this year, particularly concerning juvenile laws. Tommie Sorrell, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, discussed the basics of investigations from writing a report to appearing in court.

Cuccia also did a presentation about the evolving laws, concerning search and seizure. Susan Johannsen, District Forensic Coordinator for the State of Louisiana, discussed mental illness, what happens when a person is experiencing withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse, and the risks to the offender and service provider.

Penton closed the session with a discussion about cyber crime, the dark side of the internet, and Crypto Currency. The free training, which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m., was open to anyone employed in the criminal justice system, but it was specifically geared toward law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges.

Image on Left – Law enforcement officers from around the region attended the sixth annual Lewis Murray, III, Law Enforcement Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Judges, sponsored by District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office.

Image in Midde -The presenters for the Lewis Murray, III, Law Enforcement Training, sponsored by District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office, were (l to r): Susan Johannsen , District Forensic Coordinator for the State of Louisiana; Assistant District Attorney Shea Penton, Investigator Tommie Sorrell, Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia, and (seated) Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher, Jr.

 

Kids L.E.A.D. Program at Pitcher welcomes FBI

As part of District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Kids L.E.A.D. (Legal Education and Discovery) Program, 8th graders at Pitcher Junior High today heard from Lori Chauvin, FBI Community Outreach Specialist.  She shared information about the FBI’s campaign “It’s Not A Joke #thinkbeforeyoupost,”  regarding hoax threats and how seriously the federal government takes these “jokes.” She shared the story of a life-altering decision made by a student to post such a hoax online.

See his story here: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-100518