Crime Roundup: Lake Charles men charged with armed robbery

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Two Lake Charles men are in custody

after what the police chief said was a “well-planned” armed robbery

Tuesday morning, authorities

announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Allen Ballard, 29, 1803 N. Tallowood Drive, and Cody Andrew Sturrock, 19, 6800 Bonne Meadow, were charged with armed

robbery and armed robbery with a firearm.

Ballard and Sturrock wore masks and gloves as they robbed the Insta-Cash at 2620 Common St. just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Chief

Don Dixon said.

A witness reported the men leaving the scene in a white truck, which was found abandoned and on fire in a vacant lot on Fall

Street a “few minutes” later, Dixon said.

The Lake Charles Fire Department is conducting an arson investigation, he said.

“It appears this vehicle was deliberately set on fire to destroy the evidence,” Dixon said.

The truck had been reported stolen earlier that morning, and when it was found the plates had been switched, he said.

Police believe Ballard and Sturrock left Fall Street on foot for a waiting vehicle at another location, Dixon said.

He said the robbery was “well-planned, well-thought-out.”

“Let me send a message to those out there who think that they are smart enough to outsmart the police: ‘Don’t try it, don’t

do it; we’re going to win,’ ” Dixon said. “They thought they were smarter than the average bear. It was planned out, they

had masks and gloves, they burned what they thought was the evidence and 12 hours later they’re in custody, so don’t cross

swords with us.”

Ballard was arrested at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of Ryan Street, and Sturrock was arrested at 9:43 p.m. in the

6800 block of East Calcasieu Street, police said.

Additional charges are expected, including arson and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for Ballard, Dixon said.

Ballard has a lengthy criminal history and has spent time in prison, he said.

Dixon would not say specifically what led authorities to Ballard and Sturrock, other than “good police work.”

“Within 12 hours we have a whodunnit, masks, gloves, burnt car with the evidence and boths subjects are in custody. I think

that’s a tribute to this department,” Dixon said.

“As chief of police, as citizens of

this city, you should be proud of this department. Sitting back, to me,

it’s amazing;

it’s like watching a well-greased machine. It’s like watching a

ballet — all these departments going out and doing these different

jobs and coming back and putting our intel together and going back

out.”

The remainder of this report is special to the American Press

Iowa man faces drug, weapon charges

A 33-year-old Iowa man is facing drug and weapon charges after trying to get a forged prescription filled, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Garet G. Hall, 7450 A. Sydney Leger Road, was arrested Friday

at a Moss Bluff pharmacy.

“Deputies were advised when pharmacy

personnel contacted the doctor whose name was on the prescription, it

was revealed he

did not authorize the prescription,” Myers said Wednesday in a

news release. “During a search of Hall’s vehicle, deputies

recovered several stolen blank prescription pads from a local

doctor’s office, three firearms, an unmarked bottle containing

25 Percacet pills, and approximately $1,800 in cash.”

Myers said Hall admitted he stole the prescription pads and had been forging his own prescriptions.

Hall was charged with attempting to obtain a drug by fraud, illegal possession of blank prescription pads, drug possession

and illegal carrying of weapons in presence of drugs.

Hall was released after posting a $4,000 bond.

Myers said the investigation will continue with additional charges expected.

Arrest Reports

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

• Jerry Lee Watson, 35, 1212 Elms St., Sulphur — drug possession with intent to distribute. Bond: $20,000.

• Kendrick Jermaine Fenner, 28, 1003 W. McNeese St. — simple burglary, theft over $500, possession of stolen things over $500. Bond: $13,500.

• Jarvis Chadwick Andrews, 28, 1811 9th Ave. — simple burglary, theft under $300, resisting an officer. Bond: $6,000.

• Jason Christopher Manuel, 43, 6021 Drew St. — drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ronnie Brooke Hartley, 24, 254 Ray St., Pineville — possession of stolen things over $1,500, suspended license, moving violation.

The Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

• Steven Lively, 38, 185 Twin Oaks Road — aggravated assault, domestic abuse battery, bench warrant.

• Michael Roche Sr., 44, 154 Long Acre Road — aggravated battery, bench warrant.

• Micah G. McCoy, 25, 2523 Jason St., Sulphur — DWI, three counts of drug possession, marijuana possession.

• Oswaldo Ochoa, 22, Houston — DWI, speeding, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Matthew Gillman, 25, 160 John Hebert Road — DWI, careless operation.

• Roberto Marquez, 30, Houston — resisting an officer, illegal alien, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Those listed are presumed innocent until proved guilty.