Archives: December2017

St. Bernard Sheriff’s office agents arrest chalmette couple for distribution of methamphetamine

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said a Chalmette couple was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine after Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents were able to make purchases from each of them on separate occasions during an undercover investigation.

On Nov. 21, agents assigned to the Special Investigations Division executed arrest warrants for Ida Murchison, 34, and Michael Virga, 37, at their home in the 2900 block of Veronica Drive.

During the execution of the arrest warrants, agents recovered methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including two digital scales and a glass smoking device, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

In addition to distribution of methamphetamine charges, both Murchison and Virga also were booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Virga is being held on a $31,500 bond; Murchison was released Dec. 2 on a bond in the same amount.

Sheriff Pohlmann reminds residents to call the Sheriff’s Office narcotics hotline at (504) 271-DOPE or 3673 to report suspected illegal drug activity in St. Bernard Parish. Callers can remain anonymous, and all calls will be acted upon.



Registration being accepted for St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office ‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ lecture

Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Parish residents looking for free expert advice on crime prevention measures for their home or business are encouraged to register for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s “Refuse To Be a Victim” lecture set for Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Sheriff’s Training Center, 2118 Jackson Blvd. in Chalmette.

Presented by Capt. Charles Borchers, head of community relations and longtime Crime-Prevention and Neighborhood Watch director for the Sheriff’s Office, and Sgt. Eric Eilers, the lecture will include safety tips on how to avoid becoming a crime victim.

“Refuse To Be A Victim” is nationally recognized program founded in 1993.

To register, call Capt. Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eilers at (504) 278-7799.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office signs protocol to foster child advocacy

Posted: December 5th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and District Attorney Perry Nicosia recently met at the St. Bernard Parish Courthouse with representatives from various local organizations to sign a protocol establishing a partnership between a multidisciplinary team of professionals whose mission it is to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. First row, from left, are: Elizabeth Lincoln, Department of Children and Family Services bureau of general counsel; Lorrie Brennan, New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and the Audrey Hepburn Care Center within Children’s Hospital program director; Stacie LeBlanc, New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and the Audrey Hepburn Care Center within Children’s Hospital executive director; St. Bernard District Attorney Perry Nicosia; St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann; and Lt. Michelle Canepa, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detective Bureau commander. Second row, from left: Jacque Touzet, St. Bernard Assistant District Attorney; Larry Aisola, St. Bernard Assistant District Attorney; LaShawn Fernandez, St. Bernard District Attorney’s Office victims assistance coordinator; Amber De Los Reyes, St. Bernard District Attorney’s Office victims legal assistant; Danielle Gauthier, Metropolitan Center for Community Advocacy at Children’s Hospital case manager; St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Detective Joe Warren; 34th Judicial District Judge Jacques Sandborn; St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Detective Donald Shreve; and Tim Farrelly, St. Bernard Assistant District Attorney.

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann recently met with a panel of professionals who are joining forces to foster child advocacy efforts in St. Bernard Parish.

On a recent November afternoon at the St. Bernard Parish Courthouse, Sheriff Pohlmann met with St. Bernard District Attorney Perry Nicosia and representatives from various local organizations to sign a protocol establishing a partnership between a multidisciplinary team of professionals whose mission it is to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected.

Joining Sheriff Pohlmann and District Attorney Nicosia were Lt. Michelle Canepa, commander of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detective Bureau, Detectives Donald Shreve and Joe Warren, and representatives from the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and the Audrey Hepburn Care Center within Children’s Hospital, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Metropolitan Center for Community Advocacy.

The agreement signed will help continue the partnership already established between the Sheriff’s Office and the New Orleans Advocacy Center and the Audrey Hepburn Care Center within Children’s Hospital for providing forensic interviews and medical examinations for children who have been abused or neglected, and it also will help implement new procedures for a team of professionals who will work together in reviewing all child abuse cases.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Administrative Offices Closed Tuesday, Dec. 5

Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 5 due to a water outage associated with construction work being done around the annex.

The administrative offices will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 6.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for Meraux teen reported missing Dec. 3

Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases


The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a 16-year-old Meraux teen who was reported missing by her family Dec. 3.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said Caitlynn Murrell was last seen near her grandmother’s home on the night of Dec. 2. Caitlynn was spotted by a neighbor walking near the corner of Paul and 1st streets in Meraux, carrying bags of what appeared to be clothing. She was seen getting into an older model red Pontiac Grand Prix around 11:15 p.m., and she has not returned home or been heard from since.

When she was last seen by her family, Caitlynn was wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.

Caitlynn is 5’2” tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Caitlynn Murrell is asked to contact the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Detective Donald Shreve at (504) 278-7744.