POLICE BEAT ... Drive-by shooting; inmate cell escape


POLICE BEAT ... Drive-by shooting; inmate cell escape

Plaquemine man arrested after drive-by shooting

The Plaquemine Police booked a local man on two counts of attempted second degree murder and other charges after a drive-by shooting around 9:45 p.m. Friday on Church Street, Capt. Steve Bezet said.

Jermaine Carpenter, 27, of 23435 Rich Street, was arrested on two counts of assault by drive-by shooting, two counts of aggravated assault and hit and run, in addition to the attempted murder charges, Bezet said.

Carpenter allegedly got into a verbal altercation with a woman at a Church Street residence, but pulled a gun and threatened to kill her before leaving, the captain said.

The suspect reportedly returned and fired two shots at the woman and her friend who were standing outside, Bezet said. He said one bullet hit the house.

Carpenter also is accused of hitting a car which his vehicle as he fled the scene, the officer said.

Shortly afterward, Carpenter turned himself into the Plaquemine Police, who located a .380 handgun alleged to have been used in the shooting, Bezet said.

Jail inmates use toilet paper  to escape cell

Three Iberville Parish Jail inmates were charged last week with escaping their jail cell and attacking fourth inmate in a day room, Warden Pete Edwards said.

The three men used plain toilet paper to keep a cell door lock from closing, the warden said. He said the three are accused of attacking an inmate who was sleeping in a day room.

The victim was treated at River West Medical Center for a black eye and scratches, he said.

“It was snot a threat to the public,” Edwards said. “They were not able to get out of jail because of secondary doors keeping them in.”

The three inmates – Isaih Lee, 32, Gregory Tarver, 25 and Deldrian Cox, 18 – were charged with second degree battery and simple escape.

After earlier incidents, the Iberville Parish Council has sent in workmen to unjam the doors and clean them out, but have not solved the problem at the aging facility, the warden said.

The Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep of the jail, built in the 1970s.