Press Releases


Drug arrest

Jeff Davis Sheriff’s patrol deputies were called to a residence in Roanoke, the complainant said his dogs were acting up and he believed someone was out on his property.

Patrol deputies searched the area and located a dark colored car in the Roanoke  park directly across from the Welsh/Roanoke Jr. high school. Deputies discovered a white male sitting in the vehicle and while speaking to him he informed them he had a suboxxone tablet  on his person. 

Deputies requested consent to search and the search revealed Methadone hydrochloride and 6 other unidentified  white oblong tablets and a bottle of synthetic urine used to alter drug testing. Deputies placed the male,

Chet David Dyson, 33, of 8136Highway 90 Roanoke, LA under arrest for Possession of CDS II and Violation of uniform CDS law; Drug free zone. Dyson was booked into the parish jail Monday night with no bond.

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Homicide Investigation

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called yesterday evening around 3:00 pm for a welfare check on occupants of a residence near Iowa.

Deputies arrived at 20241 US hwy 90 and discovered the bodies of Walter Joseph Gotreaux, 72 and Darlene Cecelia Gotreaux, 70.  Calcasieu Parish Forensic Investigative Unit from the crime lab and Jeff Davis Detectives worked through the night gathering evidence at the scene and interviewing persons who knew the victims.

The investigation is still in its initial stage and no additional information can be released at this time.  Please keep the Gotreaux family in your prayers. Sheriff Ivy Woods, says this was a senseless terrible act that should never happen, especially during the holiday season.

Narcotics arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s narcotics detectives made an arrest yesterday on a fugitive wanted for numerous drug charges. 

Jermaine Washington Jr., 23, of 615 Naebers street, Welsh, LA was arrested on outstanding warrants for distribution of CDS II, possession of a firearm with CDS, Aggravated flight from an officer, possession of CDS IV, possession of CDS I, careless operation.  Washington was booked into parish jail and bonded out. His bond was set at $50,000.00.  

This was Washington’s 9th arrest in this parish since 2014.

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Burglary arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested one man yesterday on simple burglary charges and Theft of firearms.

Hunter Christian Quarles, 22, of 914 9th street, Lake Charles was arrested on warrants for his involvement in the burglary and theft of firearms from a hunting camp. 

The theft occurred back in early November 2018 from the hunting camp located on Hwy 99 south of Welsh, LA. Quarles pawned the stolen guns at a local pawn shop several days later.  

Quarles was booked into the parish jail Thursday on charges of 1 count simple burglary and 3 counts theft of a firearm, he bonded out on a $50,000.00 bond.

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Wanted for questioning

Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the owner of a vehicle. The vehicle was involved in a hit and run at the Tiger mart in Lake Arthur, LA, on November 22, 2018.

At approximately 2:00 pm the vehicle pictured above was left unattended, running and in gear by the driver.  The vehicle rolled backwards approximately 150ft and struck a parked vehicle behind the store.

The driver, a white male, was last seen running across the parking lot to his uncontrolled vehicle, entering the vehicle and speeding away without reporting the damage. If you recognize the vehicle or know the driver's identity, please contact the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office at (337) 821-2106 or 824-3850.

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Sex Offender arrest

Deputies assigned to the Sex offender watch made an arrest Wednesday.  Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chantz Wade Nix, 23, of Lake Arthur.

Nix was booked into the parish jail on 2 counts of Failure to notify law enforcement of change in residence and employment in violation of R.S. 15:542.1.2, and an outstanding charge of contempt of court. Nix is held with no bond.   

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Fugitive arrested

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested fugitive on outstanding warrant Wednesday evening. Detectives and patrol deputies executed warrant and search on Yoakum street, Elton. Fulton Bridwell, 34, of 1008 Yoakum street, Elton, LA was apprehended on warrant for charges in connection to a burglary and Felony Theft of an ATV that was reported in September.  

Bridwell is being held in the parish jail for 1 count Simple Burglary and 1 count Felony Theft with no bond. Additional charges are expected.

JDSO detectives are asking the public to call in if they have purchased anything from Fulton Bridwell, in particular any four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle.  The items are stolen and detectives need your assistance in the recovery.  Please contact JDSO detectives at (337) 821-2106.  

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Office Closure

The Sheriff's office administration building and tax office will be closed, Tuesday November 6, 2018 for election day.  The offices will reopen on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Reeves juvenile dies from gunshot

On Friday night, 11/02 Deputies received a 911 call that a man was shot in the stomach.

Deputies were dispatched to 5728 Topsy Bel Road, Ragley in reference to a reported accidental discharge of a firearm, where a victim was shot. 

Acadian ambulance, Topsy volunteer fire, Allen Parish and Calcasieu SO deputies responded also to the scene.  Witnesses stated that the victim and two other juveniles were in the residence when the incident occurred.  

Koby Lee Keever, 15, of Reeves was shot in the abdomen.  Keever was transported to the Lake Charles Memorial hospital for treatment.  Deputies investigating the incident were told by witnesses the gun fell off a gun rack onto the floor and discharged. 

Keever later died from injuries sustained by the gunshot at LCMH.  Dr. Charles Deese and detectives from the Jeff Davis Sheriff office are continuing to investigate the incident.


Domestic abuse arrest

Saturday 11/03, Deputies were dispatched to 20040 Elton Drive, Jennings in reference to a domestic disturbance. 

When deputies arrived the victim reported that she was injured by her husband during an argument at the residence.  The victim was going to Jennings American Legion for treatment.

Deputies arrested the husband, Cody Michael Young, 35, of 20040 Elton Drive, Jennings for Domestic abuse battery.  Young is held in the parish jail with no bond at this time.

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