The first Mardi Gras Parade day proves busy for the Thibodaux Police Department.
The Thibodaux Police Department received a total of fifty-seven complaints on February 23, 2003 between the hours of 6:00am until 12:00am.
A total of fourteen arrests were made seven of which were juvenile arrests.
At 10:56am, Officer Matt Chiasson responded to Murphy USA in reference to a complaint of theft of gasoline ($19.38). The suspect identified as Mark A. Singleton Age 20 of Ama, LA, was quickly apprehended and arrested.
At 2:40pm,Officers responded to the intersection of Back and Narrow Streets for the report of a fight. Officers arrived and did not see anyone fighting, but one person, identified as Richard Triggs Jr. Age 21 of 124 St. Charles Street, was in the street yelling at people in the area. Officers did tell Mr. Triggs to leave but he refused. Mr. Triggs was arrested for Disturbing the Peace and later released.
Officers of the Alcohol Tobacco Control stopped and arrested Justin M. Ledet Age 20 of 322 Manchester Manor-Thibodaux for Possession of Alcohol by person under twenty-one at the intersection of East 7th and St. Charles Streets. It was later determined that Mr. Ledet had an outstanding warrant for Simple Robbery. Mr. Ledet was booked on both charges and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center with a bond set in the amount of $5100.00.
Officer later responded to the intersection of Green and West 2nd Streets for the complaint of simple criminal damage to property. Victim stated that Janie R. Cheramie leaned against their vehicle then rubbed herself against the entire length of the vehicle essentially scratching it. Ms. Cheramie was arrested for simple criminal damage to property and later released.
At approximately 6:15pm, an officer at the intersection of Lagarde St. and East 12th Street was working his assigned traffic point when he saw a vehicle headed southbound on Lagarde that was driving erratically. The officer did stop the vehicle and meet with the driver, identified as Ricky Nora Age 42 of 1718 South Barbier Drive-Thibodaux. Mr. Nora was noticed to have an odor of an alcoholic beverage about him as well as a partially consumed beer in his hand. Mr. Nora was given a series of standardized field sobriety tests that he failed. He was then brought to Thibodaux Police Department where he refused to submit to a chemical test for intoxication. Mr. Nora was then booked on the charges of DWI and Reckless operation of a motor vehicle and later released after posting a $350.00 bond.
At 10:45pm officers were at the intersection of West 3rd and St. Philip Streets when they saw two employees of The Last Call Bar escort a white male, later identified as Jacob P. Moore Age 21 of Thibodaux, outside the establishment. They then told officers that Mr. Moore was no longer allowed inside. Mr. Moore continued to try and re-enter the bar as well as scream at officers and employees of Last Call as he tried to enter. Officers then arrested Mr. Moore and brought him to Thibodaux Police Department where he was booked for Disturbing the peace by public intoxication and Remaining after being forbidden. He was later released after posting a $200.00 bond.
The Alcohol Tobacco Control Board also assisted on the parade routes in finding and citing juveniles for underaged drinking. The ATC Board did make several juvenile arrests on Sunday.
At approximately 5:00pm during the Shaka Parade, officers of the Thibodaux Police Department were approached by a witness who stated that he saw someone exposing on the North side of St. Joseph’s Church. The witness then pointed the suspect out to officers who then escorted him to a safer location. Officers then placed the suspect, fifteen-year-old male, under arrest. After the arrest, officers found a small amount of suspected marijuana and possible tobacco. The juvenile was then brought to Thibodaux Police where he was booked for Obscenity, Simple possession of marijuana, and under aged possession of tobacco. The juvenile was then released to his mother.
There were also four wrecks reported to the Thibodaux Police Department which were located at the following locations:
All accidents were to be minor and there were no reported injuries.
At 1:15pm during the Ambrosia Parade, officers of the Thibodaux Police Department were notified that a person had fallen from one of the floats near the intersection of Menard and Bayou Lane. The victim was Ryan Arceneaux from Ambrosia Float #6 who had one leg on the outside of the float while attempting to hand beads to parade goers. At this point he fell to the ground. Mr. Arceneaux was then transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for treatment.
At approximately 2:30pm, also during the Ambrosia Parade, Byron Blakeman Age 23 of Thibodaux, was riding float #15 near the intersection of West 2nd Street and LA Hwy 1 when he fell to the ground for an unknown reason. Mr. Blakeman suffered a laceration to the head and broken teeth. He was transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for treatment.