St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith advises that over the last 24-hour reporting period, the Sheriff's Office responded to 28 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Destany Ann Marie Amburgey, 18, Berwick, LA, was arrested on July 11, 2022, at 11:05 am for pornography involving juveniles under the age of thirteen and pornography involving juveniles under the age of thirteen-distribution.
On April 8, 2022, a detective with the Investigations Division of the SMPSO met with a detective with the MCPD regarding a case of child pornography that had been sent by the ICAC Task Force with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
The investigation was turned over to the SMPSO Investigations Division and through the investigation, photographic evidence was obtained from Amburgey's possession which led to the charges and arrest. Amburgey was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking.
Bail has not been set at this time.
Barry Steven Landry, 64, Patterson, LA, was arrested on July 11, 2022, at 7:55 pm for reckless operation w/accident and driving while intoxicated. Released on $3,000 bond.
Lorenzo Charles Merritt, 34, Patterson, LA, was arrested on July 12, 2022, at 3:52 pm on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, and improper lane usage. Bail has not been set at this time.
Charmain Hebert, 36, Morgan City, LA, was arrested on July 11, 2022, at 7:30 pm for theft.
On Saturday, June 9, 2022, a deputy was dispatched to a residence in order to take a complaint of a theft that occurred at a Bayou Vista business on June 8, 2022.
On arrival the deputy made contact with the complainant who stated that she was in a Bayou Vista business when someone stole her wallet out of her purse. Upon returning home and checking the balances of her bank accounts, she realized that someone had used her cards to make purchases at a local business in Bayou Vista.
Through the investigation, photos were obtained from surveillance footage of a man and a woman who are persons of interest in this theft. The photos were posted on Facebook, and anonymous tips were sent in identifying Hebert as the woman in the photos.
On Monday, July 12, 2022, deputies obtained a warrant for Hebert and made contact with her at a local hotel. She was arrested and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail was set at $1,500.
The Patrol Division would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation.
All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.