As part of Community Helper Month, Officer Tyson Dennis and Lieutenant Kenny Stell went to Bizzy Bunch Daycare on Monday. Who knew helping could be so much fun!?
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Gonzales Police Department is located at 415 E. Cornerview Road, Gonzales , 70737 LA. The Chief of Police of the department is Sherman Jackson. The Gonzales Police Department phone number is (225) 647-7511.
As part of Community Helper Month, Officer Tyson Dennis and Lieutenant Kenny Stell went to Bizzy Bunch Daycare on Monday. Who knew helping could be so much fun!?
So many residents and businesses have been wonderful in assisting us with financial donations and items for our upcoming trip to Florida. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all. A special thank you to these business, who have been instrumental in assisting our mission by giving hefty financial donations. The City of Gonzales Police Department is still accepting donations through today, Sunday, October 14, in the evening hours. If you able, please drop off donations such as non-perishable food items, toiletries, water, clothing, pre-packaged underwear and socks, etc., in the back of the Gonzales Police Department building under the overhang. Officers will graciously accept your donations and make sure that they get to those in need. Please pass on the word to all of your friends and families so that we can pack the trailer and make a difference. Monetary donations may be made in cash or check payable to the Gonzales FOP where we will use the money to purchase additonal items as needed. Thank you in advance for your generosity and should you have any questions, including where to deliver monetary donations, please contact Officer Taylor at (225) 328-0910.
GONZALES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HEADED TO THE BAY CITY AREA DEVESTATED BY HURRICAN MICHAEL TO ASSIST FELLOW OFFICERS AND CITIZENS Chief Sherman Jackson and the Gonzales Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 16, are collecting donations to assist our brothers and sisters in Florida devasted by Hurricane Michael. In 2016, Officers from the Bay City Area sent nesessities and personally came to assist the City of Gonzales and residents of Ascension Parish during the flood. We would like to reciprocate in kind. Officer Walter Taylor and a group of officers are organizing a trip to to Panama City area with a trailer carrying food, water and other necessities to assist Florida officers and their families as well as citizens in shelters. It is our understanding that the Panama City Police Department was destroyed and they are in need of everything, therefore we will be taking any charitable donations at the City of Gonzales Police Department through Sunday, October 14, 2018 in the evening hours. If you able, please drop off donations such as non-perishable food items, toiletries, water, clothing, pre-packaged underwear and socks, etc., in the back of the Gonzales Police Department building under the overhang. Officers will graciously accept your donations and make sure that they get to those in need. Please pass on the word to all of your friends and families so that we can pack the trailer and make a difference. Monetary donations may be made in cash or check payable to the Gonzales FOP where we will use the money to purchase additonal items as needed. Thank you in advance for your generosity and should you have any questions, including where to deliver monetary donations, please contact Officer Taylor at (225) 328-0910.
The City of Gonzales Police Department is proud and happy to announce that today, two of our team were promoted during a Badge Pinning Ceremony. Please help us in congratulating Sergeant Anthony Cantrelle and Corporal Jacob Ory.
It has come to the attention of the City of Gonzales Police Department that a post has been shared many times involving what many to believe to have been an attempted abduction on Wednesday at Walmart. We wish to alleviate any fears by letting you all know that the incident was reported, investigated, and not what it was at first believed to have been. People’s perceptions and interpretations of the event, as described to them, caused social media to be an outlet for these concerns to be voiced without the investigation being completed. This understandably caused a degree of worry that we were able to uncover was unnecessary. We again ask the residents of Gonzales to refer to our page if there is ever anything that you hear of happening that worries you. If, at any time, we feel that anyone in this community is under threat, we will always alert you here, through local media outlets, and our officers will ensure that they are going through the community to let people know. We understand that social media has become a sort of "go to" for information, but sharing information that can frighten people, without having information from your local police department can cause more harm than people realize. We ask again that if anyone is scared about anything they see, that they check our page before sharing anything. If there is a concern, we will alert you. If you don't see anything and are still concerned, you can always contact us directly. We also thank the many residents who brought this to our attention today, so that we could better give each of you an answer to ease your fears. We work diligently 24/7 to keep Gonzales as safe as we can. We will never keep information from you that can jeopardize that safety.
Since 2012, the City of Gonzales Police Department Cook Team has been serving up breakfast to volunteers and balloon crew on opening morning of the Hot Air Balloon Festival. It’s something we look forward to each time. Make sure you head out to the festival this weekend. If this morning was anything to go by, it sure is a sight to see!
Hate Crime among charges for man in altercation with Marine family Gonzales, LA - On Friday, September 14, a family of Latino descent was shopping at Boots Etc. on Hwy. 30 in Gonzales. The patriarch of the family is an American Marine. While shopping, the daughter of the family, who is 19 years-old, was approached by Robert Ray, 60 years-old, who resides in Donaldsonville. Ray told her to “go back to Mexico.” Ray is originally from Arkansas and has been working in the area for two years. Visibly upset, the daughter’s mother, Salome Martinez, approached Ray, telling him that the comment was “not a nice thing to say”. The mother was subsequently pushed to the floor by Ray. At this point, the father of the girl, Alfredo Buitureira, became involved in the discussion. Ray then hit the father in the face with both his fist and a boot. A fight escalated, causing damage to the rear of the store. Robert Ray has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, two counts of simple battery, and criminal damage to property. He has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Chief of Police Sherman Jackson had this to say regarding the incident. “Not in my city, and not on my watch, will the City of Gonzales Police Department ever tolerate actions taken against people based upon their race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry. Due to the suspect’s statements that escalated this encounter, his comments clearly fall under Louisiana RS 14:107.2.”
Detectives seek information regarding vehicle burglaries Gonzales, LA - City of Gonzales Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance with obtaining information on a recent string of unlocked vehicle burglaries in Kennedy Heights Subdivision and South St. Helen’s Way Avenue. The burglaries occurred during the night of Saturday, August 18, and again during the early morning hours of Tuesday August 28. Stolen in one of the vehicle burglaries was a Smith and Wesson, M&P 15, AR15 style semi automatic rifle like the one pictured. Three younger looking males were observed on video surveillance walking on South St. Helen’s Way Avenue pulling on car door handles when these crimes were occurring. Investigators have currently exhausted all leads in an attempt to take this rifle out of the hands of the criminals that stole it. We ask that anyone with information about the whereabouts of this rifle or anyone who can identify the subjects pictured in the provided video surveillance, please call Crimes Stoppers or the City of Gonzales Police Department at 225 647-9583.
Second Degree Kidnapping suspect in custody Gonzales, LA - On Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 3:06 a.m., the City of Gonzales Police Department was dispatched to the Palms Apartments in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers learned that the suspect identified as Chris LeBlanc, 44, of 10268 Legion Street Convent, entered the residence of his former girlfriend without consent. According to witnesses, after entering the residence, LeBlanc physically removed the victim from it. While LeBlanc was physically removing the victim from the residence, a struggle ensued which resulted in her shirt being torn. Several hours later, the victim was located walking down Coontrap Road towards her apartment, and she informed investigators that after being forcibly removed from her residence, she was slapped twice in the face by LeBlanc and also struck in the head by with a bottle. According to the victim, the suspect struck her hard enough to knock the glasses off of her face and her earrings out of her ears. The victim also informed investigators that LeBlanc, after removing her from the area of her home, wanted to discuss their relationship which had recently ended after his arrest for simple robbery in which she was the victim. She advised investigators that she thought LeBlanc was armed with a handgun, however she never saw a weapon. While discussing their relationship, and prior to releasing her, LeBlanc threatened to kill the victim if she reported the incident to law enforcement. The victim stated that she had been in a relationship with LeBlanc for ten years. The minor children of LeBlanc and the victim were present in the home at the time LeBlanc entered and removed the victim from her residence. LeBlanc was located during the investigation, after a tip was received that he had returned to the apartment of the victim. He was taken into custody without incident and has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on the following charges: (1) Count of 2nd Degree Kidnapping (1) Count of Unauthorized Entry (2) Counts of Domestic Abuse Battery (1) Count of Simple Assault
Update as of 1:26 p.m.: All roads are now open. Driver killed in collision with train Gonzales, LA - At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Friday, August 24, an accident occurred between a train and garbage truck, resulting in a fatality. City of Gonzales Police, Fire and EMS were on scene. The garbage truck was crossing the train tracks at N. Felix Street when a train approached. Due to reasons still under investigation, the garbage truck was hit, and the driver, Willie Hall, 55 years of age, from Baker, was killed on impact. N. Felix is still closed at the train tracks, as are Burnside, Cornerview, Ascension and New River. Drivers are advised to use Purpera and Coolidge.
The City of Gonzales Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the photographed subject in reference to thefts of sunglasses valued at $854.00 from Sunglass Hut in Tanger Mall. The thefts reported individually had occurred on October 4, 2017; March 10, 2018; June 26, 2018; and July 9, 2018. Investigators believe that the same pictured male is responsible for all the thefts mentioned here. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers or the City of Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9583.
The City of Gonzales Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying two females involved in a theft from Cajun Food Mart in Gonzales. One unknown females in the first attached photo picked up a large sum of cash dropped by the store owner. She left with the female also pictured in the second photo. The vehicle pictured is believed to belong to the second female, as she was driving the vehicle when they arrived and left. If anyone recognizes the female suspects and/or vehicle, please contact Crime Stoppers or the City of Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9572.
The Gonzales Police Department, working in conjunction with the Office of 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin, recently embarked into a mutually shared program funded by a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration grant administered by the Louisiana Supreme Court, aimed at increasing the efficiency of traffic and criminal records shared between the Gonzales Police Department and the District Attorney’s office. “The project has enhanced our abilities in achieving a real time report method of traffic violations using newly instituted electronic ticket writing software, which prior to its implementation would take weeks to manually enter paper written citations and transfer that data to the District Attorney’s office wherein additional manual entry ensued,' said City of Gonzales Police Department Lieutenant Steven Nethken. Under this same program, the software at the Gonzales Police Department business office has undergone significant changes and advancements that now accommodate daily reporting of fine collection and citation dispositions to the District Attorney’s Office as well as the Gonzales City Hall Financial Accounting System. Technical software enhancements were made that have provided additional options for citizens to make payments of non-mandatory court violations which now can be made by visiting the Gonzales Police Department website at www.gonzalespd.org, and clicking on the ‘Data and Payment Info’ tab. In an effort to decrease the growing number of bench warrants issued for failure to appear in the Parish Court system, which causes the violator to incur additional fees and possibly incarceration, part of the program that the Gonzales Police Department is deploying is a Court Notification Software. This software is designed to call, text, and/or email the alleged violator at least seven (7) days prior to the upcoming court date. “Through our experience, we have learned that a large percentage of bench warrants are being issued because the violator has either lost the original citation that has their scheduled court date or has simply forgotten about the citation until it was too late," said Lt. Nethken. This system, deployed in other jurisdictions, has generated a significant decrease in the number of ‘Failure to Appear’ bench warrants. “With the growing number of scams and ROBO-calls being experienced by everyone today, we wish to announce this program and its legitimacy to the public. As always, we would never advocate or ask for anyone to give out their personal information over the telephone. This program will not ask you to do so. If anyone receives an automated call from the Court Notification System, and questions its validity or authenticity, they are asked to call the Gonzales Police Department business office at (225) 647-7511 and speak with a records clerk.," said Lt. Nethken.
Shortly before 4:00 p.m, on Tuesday, August 7, City of Gonzales Patrol Officers received a hold up alarm from First American Bank, 404 N Burnside Ave in Gonzales. Officers quickly learned that a lone suspect entered the bank, and presented a demand note to a teller working in the lobby. The teller after reading the note, which was written in crayon, gave the money from the till to the suspect, and the suspect ran out of the bank on foot after committing the robbery. Investigators were able to obtain the security surveillance images of the suspect in question. After several hours of processing the bank scene, Investigators located a subject in the immediate vicinity of the bank who fit the description of the suspect robber. Investigators, after speaking with the subject identified as Tony D Williams, 8/2/1974, became convinced of the subject’s involvement in the crime, and he was escorted to the Police Department for further questioning. After questioning Williams further, Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence where Tony Williams had spent the last 24 hours, 217 Caldwell St in Gonzales, located in close proximity to the First American Bank. During the search of the residence, Investigators located specific items which linked Tony D Williams to the crime scene, including money that was reportedly stolen. As a result of this investigation, Gonzales Detectives arrested Tony D Williams and formally charged him with one count of Simple Robbery. Williams is currently booked into Ascension Parish Prison and is awaiting bond consideration.
The City of Gonzales Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the pictured subject. The subject entered Home Depot in Gonzales on July 16, 2018, and stole two Dewalt drills valued at $548.00. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers or the City of Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9583.
An enormous congratulations to our very own dancing cop, Officer Brandon Moran, for securing the Fan Favorite award at last night’s ARC of East Ascension Dancing for a Cause extravaganza and fundraiser. Well done, and well deserved!
Our Boys in Blue certainly have the moves!
GPD’s very own Dancing Cop had some fun with fellow officer David Johnson, and WAFB morning show hosts Lauren Westbrook and Matt Williams early Friday morning. And taught everyone some new moves! He was on the show to promote his fundraiser for The ARC of East Ascension, as he takes to the stage soon for the Dancing for a Cause event.
This Friday, July 6, at 7:00 a.m., make sure to watch our very own ‘Dancing Cop,’ Officer Brandon Moran on WAFB 9News This Morning and WBXH The Big Xtra Hour. He’ll be promoting his stint as a contestant in this year’s upcoming ARC of East Ascension Dancing for a Cause event, and discussing fundraising for the organization. You can also purchase tickets for the event from the front office at the City of Gonzales Police Department building on Cornerview. Tickets are $30 per person.
At 11:03 a.m., on Sunday July 1, City of Gonzales Patrol Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Quaker Steak and Lube, 2706 S Cabelas Parkway, in response to a ‘shots fired’ call. Officers arrived and found a gunshot victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was across the street of where the shooting incident occurred at Springhill Suites. The victim was stabilized, and after being transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital, was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake, where the condition was explained as stable but critical. The suspect was stopped by a City of Gonzales Officer responding to the area. The suspect was attempting to flee the scene westbound on Interstate 10. The suspect and a female companion were taken into custody with incident. The suspect has been identified as James Batiste (photo shown below) 34, of 40499 W. Hernandez Ave., Prairieville. He has been formally arrested by investigators on one count of attempted second degree murder and two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property stemming from two vehicles that received damage from the gunfire. Investigators are still working on motive for the shooting. Batiste, who is not cooperating with investigators, is being processed on the above charges and will be transported to Ascension Parish Prison.
We are so overjoyed today as we begin a new partnership with Barran’s Bears. These cute little bears, along with blankets, will be handed out by our officers and detectives to children as a way to comfort them after a traumatic call, such as an automobile accident or domestic violence situation. There are so many calls that leave children devastated and broken. We’re hoping this partnership and these little bears can at least put a smile on a few frightened faces. Thank you to Barran’s Bears for these precious gifts. Residents can donate to Barran’s Bears through their Facebook page to ensure there will always be enough bears in our patrol units. Photographed are Turner Barran and his daughter Scarlett, Officer David Johnson, and Detective Jacob Ory.