Archives: February2018

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests six New Orleans residents in connection with rash of car burglaries and thefts in Chalmette

Posted: February 22nd, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Antonio Cousan

Alvin Thomas

Curtisha Burnes

Derrick Cobbins

Imani Smith

Kenneth Alphonse

Norrissa Stokes

Theodore Watkins

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested several individuals in connection with a rash of car burglaries and thefts that occurred recently in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Six subjects were arrested in St. Bernard in connection with the case which involves 21 car burglaries, one attempted vehicle burglary, and four vehicle thefts occurring between Feb. 16 and 19 in the Chalmette area.

Imani Smith, 21, of the 6000 block of Craigie Road in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft and 17 counts of simple burglary.

Kenneth Alphonse, 19, of the 7500 block of Forest Glyn in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.

Derrick Cobbins, 18, of the 7500 block of Forrest Glyn in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.

Alvin Thomas, 19, of the 4400 block of Skyview in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing and illegal possession of stolen property.

Antonio Cousan, 17, of the 4700 block of Sherwood in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.

Curtisha Burnes, 19, of the 1800 block of Charbonnet in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 in connection with the case, but on a warrant out of St. Bernard.

Theodore Watkins, 20, of the 7100 block of Boston Drive in New Orleans, Norrissa Stokes, 20, of the 7500 block of Downman Road in New Orleans, and a 16-year-old female juvenile also were arrested by the New Orleans Police Department in connection with the case for theft of one of the vehicles stolen out of St. Bernard. The vehicle was recovered.

On Feb. 19 at approximately 3 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about five suspicious male subjects who had exited a car they had been sitting in with the headlights off in a Chalmette parking lot, and began walking into a residential neighborhood.

When deputies arrived on the scene to investigate, they observed one of the suspects, later identified as Smith, rummaging through the inside of a vehicle parked in front of a residence.

Smith spotted deputies and fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later, along with Cobbins, Cousan, Alphonse and Thomas, as they hid under a shed in the backyard of a nearby home.

The suspects have been linked to other vehicle burglaries in St. Bernard and New Orleans. During the course of the investigation, detectives recovered two of the four vehicles stolen in St. Bernard, one vehicle stolen out of New Orleans, and three handguns.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is working with the New Orleans Police Department in this ongoing investigation. Additional charges may be filed.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents who have had their vehicles burglarized to report any suspicious activity by calling (504) 271-2501.

In many of the cases, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the victims’ vehicles were unlocked.

Sheriff Pohlmann urges residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times in an effort to deter criminals from committing a “crime of opportunity.”

“This is why it’s very important to make sure your vehicles are locked at all times,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Locking your vehicle and not leaving items of value, especially guns, in plain sight can greatly reduce your chances of being the victim of theft.”



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office books teen with second degree murder after he fatally stabbed a Meraux man

Posted: February 20th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said a 16-year-old male juvenile was booked with second degree murder after he confessed to stabbing an 18-year-old Meraux man following an altercation involving the two of them and another 16-year-old teen. The second juvenile was booked with principal to second degree murder in connection with the incident.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about a male lying on the ground covered in blood in the 2700 block of Maureen Lane in Meraux.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered the 18-year-old male victim, Justin Price, lying in a driveway of a residence, suffering from three stab wounds and bleeding heavily.

Price was transported to University Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.

Prior to being transported to the hospital, Price identified the two suspects who were apprehended by deputies a short time later. Once in custody, one of the 16-year-old juveniles confessed to stabbing Price.

Sheriff Pohlmann said no one else was injured during the altercation and this was an isolated incident between three acquaintances.

Both juveniles are being held in the St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center. Bond has not yet been set.

This is the first homicide in St. Bernard Parish in 2018.



Presidents’ Day closure

Posted: February 19th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The administrative offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 20.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office investigating rash of car burglaries, asking residents to check their vehicles

Posted: February 19th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of car burglaries that occured overnight along Palmisano Boulevard and Karen Drive in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents of these streets and the nearby areas to check their vehicles and report any suspicious activity by calling (504) 271-2501.

An arrest has been made in the case. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be filed.



Crimestoppers Commercial

Posted: February 15th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Commercial for Crimestoppers’ Lock It or Lose It campaign, featuring Sheriff Pohlmann and other local Sheriffs.



SBSO Administrative Office closed for Mardi Gras

Posted: February 9th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13 in observance of Mardi Gras. The administrative offices will reopen on Wednesday, February 14.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in school Carnival parades

Posted: February 9th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division led the Joseph Davies Elementary School Carnival parade.

A St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office unit driven by Capt. Charles Borchers blocks a residential street for safety purposes during Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School’s Carnival parade held Feb. 9 around the school grounds.

Sgt. Bryan Fleetwood with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division leads a Carnival parade held by Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School in Chalmette.

Sgt. Wayne Babin Jr. talks with parade royalty at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School’s Carnival parade held Feb. 9.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Eilers with McGruff the Crime Dog, portrayed by Dep. Debrecca Richard, during an elementary school Carnival parade.

Lt. Raymond Theriot at the start of the Joseph Davies Elementary School Carnival parade.

Lt. Brent Bourgeois leads the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division during the Joseph Davies Elementary School Carnival parade.

Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division gather prior to an elementary school Carnival parade held Feb. 9.

Sgt. Darrin Miller waves to Joseph Davies Elementary School students during a Carnival parade held Feb. 9.

Dep. Dixie Dusang gives Arabi Elementary School student Dale Jones a fist bump prior to the start of the school’s Carnival parade on Feb. 9.

Lt. Michael Ingargiola, left, and Capt. Bret Bowen leading Arabi Elementary School’s Carnival parade held Feb. 9 around the school grounds.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies led nine local school parades on Feb. 9 in celebration of the 2018 Carnival season, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The Sheriff’s Office provided escorts and blocked off streets for parades at Bright Beginnings Day Care, Heart of Learning Day Care, Arabi Elementary, Meraux Elementary, Joseph Davies Elementary, Chalmette Elementary, Lacoste Elementary, J.F. Gauthier Elementary and Our Lady of Prompt Succor.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office on patrol during Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade

Posted: February 5th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Mobile Emergency Operations Center led the 13th annual Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade held Feb. 3 in Chalmette. The Mobile Command Post coordinated closures of main cross streets as the parade approached and made adjustments in the speed of the procession as needed.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, left, and Lt. Robert Broadhead at the beginning of the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade held Feb. 3 in Chalmette.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ronnie Martin with the Hero One Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Car during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade Feb. 3 in Chalmette. The car travels around the state, serving as a memorial for fallen Louisiana law enforcement officers.

Capt. Bret Bowen aboard the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Mobile Emergency Operations Center during the Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade on Feb. 3. Parade location updates were provided on social media via the Mobile Command Post throughout the duration of the parade.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Det. Paul Sperandeo driving the The Hero One Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Car during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade. Hero One, a project spearheaded by Det. Sperandeo, travels around the state, serving as a memorial for fallen Louisiana law enforcement officers.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann along with other ranking officers on duty during the 13th annual Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, left, and St. Bernard Fire Chief Thomas Stone during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade in Chalmette.

Sgt. Jessie Gernados talks with a float rider during the Knights of Nemesis 13th annual Carnival parade.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Eilers with McGruff the Crime Dog, portrayed by Dep. Debrecca Richard, during the Knights of Nemesis parade Feb. 3.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officers Sgt. Darrin Miller, far left, and Lt. Lisa Jackson, second from left, on duty with Sgt. Jessie Gernados and Sgt. Jeff Vega during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade.

St. Bernard Parish deputies who worked along the route of the Knights of Nemesis 2018 Carnival parade include, from left: Agent Michael Plaiscia, Agent Carlo Cacioppo, Sgt. Jessie Gernados and Sgt. Jeff Vega.

Standing with St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, second from left, on Paris Road in Chalmette during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade are, from left: Deputy Chief John Doran, Capt. Mark Jackson and Col. Chad Clark.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Lt. Leander Morgan during the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade in Chalmette.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, right, with Deputy Chief John Doran at the 2018 Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade Feb. 3 in Chalmette.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Dep. Dixie Dusang, the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard’s Deputy of the Year, on patrol during the Knights of Nemesis 2018 Carnival parade.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office were on patrol along the parade route for the 13th annual Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade held Feb. 3 in Chalmette.



Hero One Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Car to ride in Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade

Posted: February 1st, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The Hero One Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Car will ride in this weekend’s Knights of Nemesis Carnival parade set to roll Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in Chalmette. The unit will be at the beginning of the parade, directly behind the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Center.

The 2002 Ford Crown Victoria travels around the state, serving as a memorial for fallen law enforcement officers within the state of Louisiana.

Hero One, a project spearheaded by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Det. Paul Sperandeo, was made possible through various donations from local law enforcement agencies, businesses and individuals, including Claudia Calvert, the mother of fallen JPSO Dep. Joshua Norris who died in the line of duty in 2007 at the age of 22 after just one year of service. The vehicle was Norris’ unit at the time of his death.

In addition to being a traveling ambassador for fallen officers at memorial services throughout the state, Hero One also attends various fundraisers and now Carnival parades.

For more information, visit the Hero One Facebook page.