Archives: August2018

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to bold sobriety checkpoint

Posted: August 14th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in St. Bernard Parish on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing through 1 a.m. on the morning of Friday, Aug. 24, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Officers will set up on an undisclosed roadway to stop vehicles to check for impaired drivers, the Sheriff said. Anyone found driving impaired from alcohol or drugs will be arrested.

This sobriety checkpoint is being held in conjunction with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Enforcement Mobilization Campaign.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrest three for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, seize three firearms and $54,000 in cash

Posted: August 7th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Following an undercover investigation being conducted by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, three men were arrested in Arabi for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and a large amount of marijuana, cocaine, three firearms and more than $50,000 in cash were recovered, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Eric Grishman, 25, of the 300 block of Livingston Street in Arabi, was booked Aug. 2 with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jordan Bourgeois, 25, of the 17000 block of Tangi Lakes Drive in Hammond, was booked Aug. 1 with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, expired license plate and suspended driver’s license.

Devin Liggett, 24, of the 800 block of North Lake Verret Court in Slidell, was booked Aug.1 with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

During the course of the investigation, agents executed a search warrant at Grishman’s residence and recovered more than 12 pounds of marijuana, including marijuana wax and a cannabis-infused edible food, 4.5 grams of cocaine, vacuum seal bags, scales and pipes.

Sheriff Pohlmann said agents also recovered two handguns and a shotgun, and $54,004 in cash.

All three subjects were transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked accordingly.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrest Violet man for possession with intent to distribute narcotics, seize handgun

Posted: August 7th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Following an undercover investigation being conducted by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit, a Violet man was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute Tramadol, and a handgun was recovered, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Jason Blaise, 29, of the 5600 block of St. Matthew Circle in Violet, was booked Aug. 1 with possession with the intent to distribute Tramadol, possession of heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the course of the investigation, agents executed a search warrant at Blaise’s home and recovered Tramadol, heroin, plastic baggies and digital scales.

Agents also recovered a .9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

A criminal history check was conducted on Blaise which revealed he has a prior conviction for possession of heroin.

Blaise was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked accordingly.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program coordinator guest speaker at Celebration Recovery

Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Stanley Simeon, coordinator of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program, was the guest speaker Aug. 3 at Celebrate Recovery, a ministry of Celebration Church which meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the church, 7500 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi.

Stanley Simeon, coordinator of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program, was the guest speaker Aug. 3 at Celebrate Recovery, a ministry of Celebration Church in Arabi, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based support group which meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church, 7500 W. Judge Perez Drive.

Gatherings are open to the public and are designed to offer support to those struggling with any type of addiction, including alcohol, narcotics and gambling, as well as eating disorders, depression and anger. For more information, contact Trevor Truitt at (504) 421-2496 or Brad Etheredge at (817) 614-3363.

Simeon, who has an extensive background in helping people with all sorts of addictions, works closely with Capt. Charles Borchers, director of the Community Relations Division, and Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Aaron Johnson to facilitate the Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program.

Formed in June 2017, the program provides individuals and/or their families with information on resources available to them, such as rehabilitation programs, detox centers, therapeutic plans of action and faith-based assistance such as Celebrate Recovery at Celebration Church in Arabi.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program and would like more information, call Simeon at (504) 517-2944 or (504) 278-7659. Participation in the program is kept confidential.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office investigating rash of car burglaries, asking residents to check their vehicles and urging them to lock up

Posted: August 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of car burglaries that occured over the past few nights in the Chalmette area, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents of Missouri Street, Corinne Drive, Palmisano Boulevard and Karen Drive and the nearby areas to check their vehicles and report any suspicious activity by calling Sgt. Robert Garofalo at (504) 278-7630 or (504) 271-2501.

A suspect has been identified in the case and an arrest warrant has been issued by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau. The investigation is ongoing.

In all 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 in plain sight can greatly reduce your chances of being the victim of theft.”



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office reminds residents school is back in session

Posted: August 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

The 2018-19 school year for St. Bernard Parish schools kicks off this week, and Sheriff James Pohlmann reminds residents to drive cautiously and obey school zone speed limits in the mornings and afternoons.

“We want residents to be mindful of reduced speed limits near our schools, and watch for students walking in the areas near schools,” the Sheriff said. “Also, be prepared for school buses making frequent stops to pick up or drop off students.”

Sheriff Pohlmann said deputies with the Field Operations Bureau Traffic Division will be making extra patrols in school areas during mornings and afternoons to ensure residents are driving cautiously and being mindful of posted speed limits.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program coordinator to speak at Celebration Church in Arabi

Posted: August 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Stanley Simeon, coordinator of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program, will speak Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church, 7500 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Simeon, who has an extensive background in helping people with all sorts of addictions, works closely with Capt. Charles Borchers, director of the Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Division, and Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Aaron Johnson to facilitate the Addiction Resource Program.

Formed in June 2017, the program provides individuals and/or their families with information on resources available to them, such as rehabilitation programs, detox centers, therapeutic plans of action and faith-based assistance.

“The program is designed to help residents struggling with an addiction, whether it be substance abuse, or even gambling related, find the resources they need to better cope with their situation,” the Sheriff said.

Since the program’s inception, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the Sheriff’s Office has been able to reach out to more than 300 individuals who have sought help for their addiction.

Simeon, who will give his own testimonial on Friday about battling addiction, spreads the word in churches and wherever else people will hear him. He also makes a point of visiting homes where he knows people need help, including addresses where deputies have responded to non-fatal overdoses the day before.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Addiction Resource Program and would like more information, or if you would like information about Friday’s event at Celebration Church, call Simeon at (504) 517-2944 or (504) 278-7659. Participation in the program is kept confidential.