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Senior Day 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

5th Annual Senior Citizen Day

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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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Grand Jury held with indictments for Wyatt Evans and Thomas Hunter

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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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Jury Trial of John Edward Rivers, Sr. 2nd Degree Murder charge

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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.

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Friday, November 8th, 2013


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.

Ms. Lillie Williams receives restitution check from DA Charles Ballay and Asst DA Joe Roberts

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Charles Ballay with Lillie Williams

Pictured is Ms. Lillie Williams receiving a check on August 6, 2013 for $4,000.00 as restitution from Charles Ballay, District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish, and Joe Roberts, Asst. D.A.

Ms. Williams was the victim in the case of State vs Cornelius Washington that resulted in a conviction with the sentence requiring restitution to her. Mr. Washington, a contractor, was prosecuted under La. R.S. 14:67.21.B. (1) that prohibits theft of assets of an aged person. Washington had taken advantage of Ms. Williams’ age and situation.

Since taking office in 2009 D.A. Ballay has obtained over half a million dollars in restitution payments for victims.

District Attorney presents new technologies to LA Wildlife & Fisheries

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Charles J. Ballay presents new technology to LA Wildlife and Fisheries

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.

4-month drug investigation identifies 27 suspects in Plaquemines Parish

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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.

Plaquemines Parish authorities announced the results of a 4-month narcotics investigation that netted 27 suspects. From left, District Attorney Charles Ballay, Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Chief Deputy Brian Boudreax and Capt. Chris Pelas, who commands the Narcotics Division. (Paul Purpura, | The Times-Picayune)

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DA Charles J. Ballay appointed to the Louisiana Sentencing Commission

Monday, May 20th, 2013


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…)

Senior Citizens Day 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013