District Attorney Charles J. Ballay presents the Plaquemines Parish 5th Annual Senior Citizen’ Day on Tuesday April 8, 2014 from 9am – 1:00 pm at Belle Chasse Auditorium – 8393 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.
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2-20-2014 — A grand jury was held in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday February 19, 2014 A Grand Jury session was held in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and District Attorney Charles Ballay reports the following indictments were returned:
Wyatt Evans, 18 year old who resides in Port Sulphur, LA, was indicted for Negligent Homicide. This matter involved the shooting death of Galen Scott, a classmate of Evans, who was shot while hog hunting in Nairn. Evans is presently out of jail on a $50,000 bond, with an arraignment of March 10, 2014, before Judge Conner.
Thomas Hunter, a 16 year old who resides in Belle Chasse, LA, was indicted for Aggravated Rape. This crime involved Hunter having sexual intercourse with a 12 year old girl whom he had received nude pictures of by text and then threatened to expose her if she failed to have sex with him. Due to the victim’s age and the type of offense her name is not being disclosed.
Hunter is presently in jail with a $500,000 bond and his arraignment is set for February 24, 2014 before Judge Clement.
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1-16-2014 – District Attorney Charles Ballay announces that a Plaquemines Parish jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged in the 2nd degree murder trial of John Edward Rivers, Sr., age 54, who was a resident of Gretna.
The case was tried by before Judge Michael Clement by Assistant DA Edward McGowan and 1st Assistant DA Robert White. A conviction of 2nd Degree Murder requires a sentence of life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Sentencing is set for February 5th at 1:30 before Judge Clement.
Please read the full press release here:
BY: SGT. ADAM YOUNG
The Plaquemines parish District Attorneys Office has a long standing tradition with the agents that work one the largest parishes in Louisiana enforcing fish and game laws. In past years agents have received donated items to assist in their enforcement duties. Agents have received night vision scopes, high-powered flashlights, and even two surface drive boats to help agents gain access to possible fish and game violators.
In July of 2013 that tradition continued when District Attorney Charles Ballay purchased the agents of Plaquemines parish three GoPro Hero 3 cameras for immediate use in the field. DA Ballay said his office is always looking for ways to help law enforcement gather evidence for protecting our citizens and resources.
The cameras have already been used in the field in the apprehension of oyster thieves, crab trap theft cases, and most recently a bait duck pond case in Venice where four men were cited for hunting migratory game birds over bait, and shooting over the limit of migratory game birds. Having these violations on video and available for viewing in court will be an added advantage for successful prosecution. In addition, agents want to use the cameras for boat accident reconstruction assistance when complicated accidents arise.
On behalf of all the agents working Plaquemines parish we thank Charles Ballay once again for his support of our profession with not only stellar prosecution of our cases, but by also providing us with equipment to help us perform our jobs safer and better.
Since taking office in 2009 D.A. Ballay has obtained over half a million dollars in restitution payments for victims.
Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay presented agents of the LA Wildlife & Fisheries with three high-tech video cameras to use in their law enforcement field work. D.A. Ballay said his office is constantly looking for ways to help law enforcement gather better evidence for protecting our citizens and our resources. Pictured above from left to right are Sgt. Adam Young, Jerry Lobrano- Asst D.A., Lt. Scot Keller, Charles Ballay-D.A., Capt. Steven McManus and Sgt. Villere Reggio.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested 21 suspects in a 4-month undercover narcotics investigation called “Operation United,” an effort to rid the parish of drug dealers and users on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, Sheriff Lonnie Greco said Thursday. Three more suspects remain at large, and three additional suspects are being held elsewhere…
Several of the suspects are on parole and some have prior felony convictions, exposing them to longer sentences under Louisiana’s habitual offender law, District Attorney Charles Ballay said.
“We’re going to take a bite out of illegal drug activity with this, to be certain,” Ballay said.
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Charles J. Ballay, the District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish, was recently appointed to the Louisiana Sentencing Commission by Governor Bobby Jindal for a term concurrent with that of the governor. (more…)
District Attorney Charles Ballay announces that his office obtained a plea of guilty on March 6, 2013 by Lonnie L. Arnold to three counts of aggravated rape. The crimes occurred between September 2010 and September 2012, in Belle Chasse. Sentencing is set on March 27th before Judge Michael Clement, where the victims will be allowed to make impact statements. The sentence for aggravated rape is mandatory life in prison, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Arnold is 61 years of age and a resident of Belle Chasse.
Since these crimes involve sex offenses, and the victims are minors, the identities of them are not revealed.