CRIME BLOTTER: Reporter offenses in the Tri-parishes

Sheriff says 25-year-old’s death was drug-related

A 25-year-old Gray man was found dead inside his mobile home in what detectives believe was a drug-related homicide, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said.

Tyrone Walls Jr., 426 Champion St., was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 11 p.m. He had been shot in the kitchen of his home, Larpenter said.

Deputies have not released any information regarding a suspect.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, (985) 876-2500, or Crime Stoppers, (800) 743-7433. Informants may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 in the event of an arrest, and the caller does not have to give their name in order to receive the cash reward.

Man arrested after high-speed chase

A 19-year-old Morgan City man was apprehended in Houma after he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed into two vehicles, including an ambulance carrying two patients, police said.

Thomas Remedies, of Second Street, Morgan City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of marijuana.

Remedies was observed swerving in a pick-up truck on Park Avenue near Lafayette Street on Saturday at about 9:40 p.m., Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

When an officer attempted to make a traffic stop, Remedies turned on the Hackberry Street bridge and turned onto Main Street, Duplantis said. The driver then fled at a high rate of speed until he turned around in a parking lot, jumping a curve and then heading westbound on Main Street.

The vehicle came to rest after hitting a transport van carrying four passengers, an ambulance unit carrying two patients and a vehicle occupied by two adults and two children, Duplantis said.

Remedies truck engine caught on fire and had to be extinguished by police, Duplantis said. The Bayou Cane Fire Department had to remove Remedies, who was trapped in the cab, from the vehicle.

Remedies was treated at Terrebonne General Medical Center for serious but non-life-threatening head injuries, Duplantis said. He tested positive for several types of narcotics and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana, Duplantis said.

Remedies was involved in the theft of a weapon sometime early Saturday morning, Duplantis said.

Mother arrested for child abuse

A 27-year-old Houma woman was arrested after she allegedly punched her 12-year-old son in the face, kicked him in the stomach and choked him, police said.

Kerri Drayton, of 801 Goode St., was charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and booked at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.

“It is believed that the altercation took place due to the 12 year old allowing a friend in the house while his mother was trying to sleep,” Houma Police Department spokesman Lt. Dana Coleman said.

Man arrested for home burglaries

A Thibodaux man who burglarized two homes in Terrebonne Parish was arrested when a deputy found him hiding in a garbage bin behind Southland Mall, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said.

Patrick Joseph Price, 29, 517 Fredricks Drive, was charged with two counts of simple burglary and criminal damage to property, the second charge coming after he allegedly damaged a video camera monitor in the sheriff’s office.

Price allegedly burglarized a residence in the 100 block of Westside Boulevard on Sept. 8 and another residence in the same block on Sept. 18. Both residences were apartments in the same complex. Price was deemed the suspect, Larpenter said.

The day following the second burglary, last Wednesday, Price was spotted in the Southland Mall parking lot. He attempted to elude the deputy by hiding in the garbage bin behind the mall and was apprehended without incident.

Alleged car thieves arrested

Two Houma teenagers were arrested and charged with stealing electronic devices from multiple parked cars in the parish and the city last Wednesday.

Destin L. Guidry, 18, of Savanne Road, and Cody Walston, 17, of Pitre Street, were arrested and each charged with four counts of simple burglary after a witness’s tip led to officers’ discovery of a 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass containing several electronic devices, police said.

Houma Police officers responded to Winrock Drive at 3:14 a.m. after a witness said he saw two suspects pulling on vehicle door handles, HPD Chief Todd Duplantis said. The suspects eluded patrolling officers, who saw them running down Wynn Street toward Angelle Drive. Multiple vehicles in the area had been broken in to.

It was then that officers discovered the Cutlass, which contained GPS devices, cell phones and cameras. The car was seized as evidence, and the devices were linked to multiple burglaries in the city and parish, Duplantis said.

Guidry and Walston cooperated with detectives and admitted to the crimes, Duplantis said. They were booked at the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Duplantis urged residents to lock their vehicle doors and remove valuables from their automobiles.

Bus driver arrested for texting while driving

A substitute bus driver in St. Mary Parish was arrested for texting while driving.

Randy Paul, 32, of Franklin, was booked last Tuesday for texting while operating a motor vehicle after someone complained of his alleged actions, which are said to have occurred while several children were on the bus, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

Schools Superintendent Donald Aguillard told the Morgan City Daily Review that Paul was servicing a route for Berwick schools. Pending an investigation, Aguillard says Paul could be fired.

Paul was released and issued a summons for a Dec. 12 court appearance.

Morgan City man held for $5,000 due to Adderal possession.

A Morgan City man was arrested after police found one Adderal pill in his possession during a routine traffic stop.

Tyler Osburn, 20, of 1817 Dale St., was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance. He was arrested on Friday.

Osburn was booked at the parish jail in lieu of $5,000 bond after agents located one Adderal pill in his vehicle, Broussard said.

Osburn allegedly failed to use a turn signal when turning onto Ferret Street from the exit ramp of U.S. Highway 90. After agents initiated a traffic stop, the suspect granted agents verbal consent to search his vehicle.