Archives: April2019

SBSO searching for person of interest in armed robbery

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office searching for person of interest
in armed robbery of Chalmette bar

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating and identifying a person of interest who may have been involved in an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday, April 13 at Backyard Bar and Grill, 1351 E. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

On April 13, shortly before 6:30 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, a male subject entered the bar, brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the register. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash, and fled the scene.

Sheriff Pohlmann said no one was injured in the incident.

The person of interest is a black male, approximately 6’ tall with a thin build. He is believed to live within close proximity of the bar.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity, his whereabouts or further information regarding this incident is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Chalmette man for possession with intent.

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Arrested, News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrests Chalmette man for possession with intent
to distribute marijuana, child endangerment after domestic disturbance

A Chalmette man was arrested April 15 on various charges, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and child endangerment, following a domestic dispute with the mother of his children, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said. A handgun also was recovered in the incident.

Wilbert Green, 36, of the 2200 block of Volpe Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute THC, two counts of child endangerment, and illegal carrying of a weapon.

On April 15, at approximately 11 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 2200 block of Volpe Drive in Chalmette.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were met by a female who stated she had been in a verbal altercation with her children’s father, later identified as Green.

During the course of the investigation, deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the residence. Based on their findings, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Detectives recovered a large amount of prepackaged, edible food items containing THC, numerous hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, and a glass jar containing melted butter which contained cooked marijuana. The estimated street value for the edible items and narcotics is $3,400.

A 32 revolver handgun and $780 in cash were also recovered, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Green was apprehended on the scene after he was found hiding in the attic of the residence. He was transported to St. Bernard Parish to be booked on the above charges.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office recruiting Junior Deputies

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is recruiting Junior Deputies.

Are you a St. Bernard Parish youth between the ages of 10 and 13 who is looking for something fun and exciting to do this summer? Are you interested in learning valuable skills needed to be law-abiding citizens with good moral character and integrity?

If so, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office wants you to join its annual Junior Deputy program. Registration is now open.

Formed in 2015, the Junior Deputy Academy is designed to foster community pride and self esteem in boys and girls while teaching them about various aspects of police work.

“Our Junior Deputy Academy program affords children a chance to learn something about law enforcement and have some fun at the same time,” St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “It’s designed to help them develop pride and self-respect for themselves, as well as their community and our law enforcement officers.”

The Junior Deputy Academy, which is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults, will be held two days a week, from June 4 to July 11, at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, on the second floor at 2118 Jackson Blvd. in Chalmette, immediately behind the Parish Courthouse.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 4 and 6, June 11 and 13, June 18 and 20, June 25 and 27, and July 9 and 11. A graduation ceremony is set for July 17 at noon at Docville Farms, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway in Violet.

The program is led 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.

During the program, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies from various divisions of the Sheriff’s Office visit with participants during the course of the program, including Patrol, Narcotics, Marine and Criminal Investigations divisions.

Participants will visit St. Bernard Parish Prison, and will be shown some of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. They also will be taught firearms safety at a local shooting range, and will learn basic first aid and CPR. Members of the St. Bernard Fire Department also participate in the program.

Participants will receive official Junior Deputy T-shirts and badges.

To register for the Junior Deputy Academy, parents can call Capt. Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

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SBSO at the Irish, Italian, Islenos parade

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at Irish, Italian, Islenos 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 2019 St. Bernard Irish, Italian, Islenos parade held April 6 in Chalmette.

This year’s parade featured nearly 50 floats with 1,000-plus riders throwing more than 500,000 pounds of produce. There also were more than 30 marching units in the parade.

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis and his wife Laurie reigned as this year’s King and Queen. Congressman Steve Scalise was the 2019 Grand Marshal, and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was an honorary guest.

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SBSO to participate in Buckle Up in Your Truck

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to participate in
Louisiana Highway Safety Commission ‘Buckle Up in Your Truck’ campaign

In an effort to promote driver safety, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will participate in the 2019 “Buckle Up In Your Truck” initiative, sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

According to the LHSC’s website, pick-up trucks comprise 25 percent of the vehicles driven in Louisiana, and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage seat belt usage in the hopes of reducing the number of fatalities caused to motorists who don’t buckle up, not just in pick-up trucks, but in all types of motor vehicles.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann is encouraging motorists to buckle up their seat belts or risk a citation because the Sheriff’s Office will have deputies on extra patrols throughout the parish in conjunction with the program which runs from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 28.

“One of the safest choices drivers or passengers can make is to buckle up their seat belts,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Otherwise, you’re risking serious injury or death. You may not see an accident coming, and, in just that moment, your life can be over because you didn’t do something as simple as buckle your seat belt.’’

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Drug Take-Back Day set for April 27

Posted: April 17th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Drug Take-Back Day set for April 27

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann encourages residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications on Saturday, April 27 as the Sheriff’s Office participates in the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back.

Narcotics officers with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Special Investigations Division substation, 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, near the corner of Aycock Street.

“Residents should take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused drugs so they don’t fall into the hands of youngsters who might misuse them or thieves who could sell them on our streets,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

The initiative, part of a national effort spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has seen more than 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs collected since its inception in 2010.

For those not able to make the April 27 event, the Sheriff’s Office also has a drop box located year-round at the substation at 4700 Paris Road in Chalmette.

The drop box located at the Paris Road substation was installed as part of an initiative by state Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. The goal of the initiative is to have a location in every Louisiana parish where residents can drop off unwanted medications at any time in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrest six for possession of marijuana

Posted: April 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Arrested, News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrest six for possession of marijuana,
seize guns after receiving drug hotline tip

Five adults and one juvenile from St. Bernard Parish were recently arrested on various charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen handgun and child endangerment, after deputies acted on information received through the Sheriff’s Office drug activity tip line, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Jiame Guzman, 18, of the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession of marijuana, two counts of child endangerment, possession of a stolen fireman, and possession of a firearm while in possession of controlled dangerous substance.

Raymen Guzman, 21, of the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of child endangerment.

Juliana Depaula, 19, of the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of child endangerment.

Michael Abarca, 25, of the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession of marijuana, possession of THC oil, possession of Tramadol, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paris Bordelon, 24, of the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette, was booked with possession of marijuana, possession of THC oil, possession of Tramadol, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 17-year-old male from Violet also was booked in the case with possession of marijuana.

On April 3, Sheriff Pohlmann said, agents with the Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation based on information received through the Sheriff’s Office 271-DOPE hotline about drug activity at a residence in the 3400 block of Jacob Drive in Chalmette.

Based on their findings, agents obtained a search warrant for the home, where they recovered several plastic bags and glass containers containing a total of approximately 72 grams of marijuana, as well as 8 cartridges of Dank Vapes with THC oil, 51 doses of 225 mg Tramadol blister packs, and a marijuana grinder.

Sheriff Pohlmann said agents also recovered a .40 caliber Glock Model 22 handgun, listed as stolen out of St. Bernard Parish, and a 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle along with four fully-loaded, 30-round magazines.

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.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in Special Olympics

Posted: April 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and members of the Sheriff’s Office were among the volunteers to help St. Bernard Parish special-needs students have their turn in the spotlight on March 29 at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2019 Louisiana Special Olympics.

More than 100 students participated in this year’s event which took place on the track and football fields at Chalmette High School’s Bobby Nuss Stadium.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Special Investigations Division assisted special-needs students as they competed in a variety of track and field events throughout the day, including the softball throw, standing long jump, 100-meter run and wheelchair race.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to participate in Special Olympics

Posted: April 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and members of the Sheriff’s Office will be among the volunteers to help St. Bernard Parish special-needs students have their turn in the spotlight on Friday, March 29 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2019 Louisiana Special Olympics.

More than 100 students are expected to participate in this year’s event which will take place on the track and football fields at Chalmette High School’s Bobby Nuss Stadium, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Sheriff Pohlmann said members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Special Investigations Division will assist special-needs students compete in a variety of track and field events throughout the day, including the softball throw, standing long jump, 100-meter run and wheelchair race.

The public is invited to cheer on the participants as they compete at the event. For more information, call the School Board office at (504) 301-2000.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office on patrol at Louisiana Crawfish Festival

Posted: April 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said deputies are on patrol at this weekend’s Louisiana Crawfish Festival as it celebrates its 44th year of serving up the tasty crustaceans every way imaginable.

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Rummel Council 5747, the festival opened on Thursday and will run through Sunday. The fair will close today at midnight, and Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sheriff Pohlmann said deputies are walking the grounds and keeping a watchful eye on the crowd from high above in the department’s Sky Watch center. The department’s Mobile Emergency Operations Center also is on the grounds.

The event draws more than 100,000 spectators annually who descend on the grounds of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette to enjoy live music, rides, crafts and plenty of boiled crawfish, as well as specialty dishes like crawfish bread, crawfish soup and crawfish étouffée.

Admission is $5 per person. For more information, check out the festival’s Facebook page or visit http://louisianacrawfishfestival.com/

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