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Burglary suspect arrested

On June 21, 2018, Jeff Davis deputies were called to a residence on Highway 26, north of Jennings, Louisiana in reference to a simple burglary in progress. The complainant advised dispatchers that a white male was walking through the neighbors’ yard with a flashlight and looking through a car. 

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered Christopher Joseph Fontenot, 40, of 422 Granger street, Jennings, LA standing near a red motorcycle in the yard. Fontenot was charged with Possession of stolen things, Criminal trespass and Simple burglary.  He is held in parish jail on $20,000 bond. This is Fontenot’s 6th incarceration since 2015, on drug charges and theft.

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods wants to remind citizen’s to lock their vehicles, even if they are under the carport, in the driveway of your home, or parked in the yard or field. 

The parish has seen an increase in car burglaries recently and in most cases the vehicles are unlocked.  It makes an easy target for those individuals that want to take from others. Don’t be a victim. Assist law enforcement by reporting any suspicious persons seen around your neighborhood, especially if you see someone at a neighbor’s home when they are away during this vacation season.

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Bank Fraud arrests

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s detectives investigated a complaint involving two individuals committing bank fraud and other charges.  In April , 2018 a check written by the complainant in the amount of $300 was deposited in the subjects bank account on April10th,  utilizing mobile deposit application from a cellular device. 

The subjects involved altered the check and deposited it into a different account on April 14th at a different bank. The check was altered again and deposited in a third account.

Sarah Marie Gartman, 18, of 27570 Highway 383, Kinder, LA was arrested Monday and charged with Attempted Theft, Attempted transmission of monetary funds, Attempted Bank Fraud, Theft, Illegal transmission of monetary funds, Bank Fraud, and monetary instrument abuse and is being held on $5000 bond. 

The father, Joseph Phillip Gartman, 39, of 27570 Highway 383, Kinder, was also arrested Monday and charged with Theft and bank fraud and is held on a $5000 bond.


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Arrests 6-7-18


On Thursday, June 07, 2018, at approximately 8:04 pm Jeff Davis Parish Deputies responded to a complaint of shots being fired. The deputies were dispatched to the area of Abbie Fontenot Road and Highway 165. Deputies, with the assistance from officers with the Fenton Police Department and Iowa Police Department, located the suspect, Cartez Pickett, and the victim.

The investigation revealed that witnesses reported seeing Pickett fire several shots, from a handgun, at the victim as she ran down the road. The victim stated she and Pickett were involved in a verbal argument inside a vehicle as they were driving down Abbie Fontenot Road. The victim was not injured.

Pickett was arrested without incident and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail.

This investigation is ongoing.


CARTEZ PICKETT, 27 Years of age, 219 Shelby Drive, Iowa, La.
Attempted Second Degree Murder/ No bond




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6/5/2018 Meeting Minutes

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Arrests 6-6-18


On Wednesday, June 06, 2018, a Jeff Davis Parish Patrol Deputy and a Jeff Davis Parish Detective responded to 3024 Bucklin Road, Jennings, Louisiana to attempt to locate a stolen four wheeler. The detective had received information that a stolen four wheeler was located at 3024 Bucklin Road. The stolen four wheeler, a 2016 Honda, had been reported stolen to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office on May 31, 2018.
Deputies were able to locate a four wheeler and verify it was the stolen Honda. As the deputies were recovering the stolen four wheeler, a vehicle passed by the residence and a passenger in the vehicle, Dwight Dugas Jr. was identified as a resident of 3024 Bucklin Road. The vehicle, being driven by Jermey Freeney, was stopped near the intersection of Bucklin Road and Highway 26.
The vehicle was searched and illegal narcotics were recovered. Freeney was arrested for traffic and drug charges. Further investigation revealed that Dugas as well as other occupants in the vehicle, Zachery Jacquet and a male juvenile were all arrested in connection to the stolen four wheeler. The three adults were booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail without incident. The juvenile was arrested and released to his mother.

JERMEY FREENEY, 22 years of age, of 916 Florence Street, Jennings, La.
Flight from an officer/ Driving under suspension/ Possession of CDS II With Intent to distribute/Transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses/ Outstanding warrant for contempt of court

DWIGHT DUGAS JR., 23 years of age, of 3024 Bucklin Road, Jennings, La.
Theft of a motor vehicle/ Obstruction of Justice

ZACHERY JACQUET, 22 years of age, of 1002 West Millard, Welsh, La.
Theft of a motor vehicle/ Obstruction of Justice/ Outstanding warrant for contempt of court

Juvenile Male, 16 years of age
Illegal possession of stolen things/ 3, Outstanding Burglary warrants


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Patrol arrests Iowa man for hate crime

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to 20174 Bourque Road, Iowa on a complaint of a vehicle theft. 

When deputies arrived they spoke to Phillip Paul Bourgeois, 51, of 20174 Bourque road.  Bourgeois was intoxicated and continuously made racial comments toward one of the deputies. Bourgeois was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support, resisting arrest and hate crimes for his comments made to deputies.Bourgeois is held without bond.

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Deputies made two arrests involving drugs this weekend.  Andrew Leblanc, 32, of 114 Elizabeth street, Welsh and Ernest Goldman Wilridge, 29, were both arrested after a traffic stop on East Plaquemine street in Jennings revealed narcotics. 

Leblanc was charged with Possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute and Possession of CDS I marijuana with intent to distribute along with stop signs violation.

Wilridge was charged with Resisting an officer, Possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute, possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to distribute, transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses, and a warrant for contempt of court. Both are held in parish jail with no bond.

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Sex Offender arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Monday on a Registered sex offender in violation.  Dustin Hayes Johnson, 27, of 2425 Legros road, Jennings, was arrested for LSA R.S. 15:542.1.2 Failure to notify address change. 

Deputies received information that Johnson was staying at an residence in Lake Arthur and had not reported his move to authorities.  Deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest on the violation and he was picked up Monday afternoon around 3 pm.  Johnson is being held in the parish jail with a $10,000 bond.

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Hostage / barricaded subject arrest

At 5:50 AM this Sunday morning, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hostage/ barricaded subject with a firearm at 5094 South Cutting,  Jennings. 

Jennings Police and Fire department assisted.  The hostage was released by the subject around 6:10 AM, but he remained inside threatening several times to come out shooting or kill himself.  Authorities cleared the surrounding residences and continued attempts to negotiate the subjects safe surrender. 

Pepper spray was deployed into the residence and the subject voluntarily surrendered to deputies around 9:00 am this morning.  Frederick Kelvin Mixon, 35, of 5094 South Cutting, Jennings was arrested for Violation of restraining order, Criminal Property Damage, Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Aggravated assault with a firearm, and remaining on premises after being forbidden.

Mixon continues to have trouble with law enforcement, he was arrested on April 12, 2018 for Unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling, Aggravated Burglary, Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of firearm by felon, and Obstruction of justice.  He was also arrested 11/25/2017 for Simple Battery of the infirm, Battery on a police officer, Resisting arrest, Aggravated assault with a firearm, Possession of a firearm by felon and violation of a protective order.  Mixon is being held in the parish jail with no bond at this time.

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Domestic Abuse battery arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish deputies responded to a call at 17215 Emery Lane, Kinder where the complainant advised there was a domestic fight. When deputies arrived they discovered that Eva Kathleen Oquinn, 42, had entered the home without permission and was sleeping in the homeowners bed.  When awakened by the homeowner, Oquinn damaged a television and cable box before deputies arrived.  The victim, stated he was struck by Oquinn twice. 

Oquinn was charged with unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling and domestic abuse battery and she was booked into the parish jail. Her bond is set at $1,000.

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