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Newton County Sheriff Report


March 4, 2024

By Sheriff Robert Burby  

At approximately 10:12 a.m., March 1, 2024, Newton County Transport Deputy notified the dispatcher that an inmate who was being transported to the Jasper Memorial Hospital jumped out of the transport vehicle on Hwy 190 East near the Goodman Prison Unit east of Jasper. She fled on foot into a wooded area.

She was identified as Shana Lynn McCarver Pilant. All Law Enforcement Agencies (i.e., Newton County S.O., Jasper PD, Jasper SO, DPS, and the Goodman Unit) were notified. A quick response for all the beforementioned units hit the ground and established a perimeter and K9 Units were requested from Newton County S.O., Vernon Parish S.O., and the Woodville Prison Unit.

At approximately 10:51 a.m. a Jasper Deputy observed Pilant on foot near a house across the street from the Goodman Prison Unit. Pilant resisted and fought with the Officers who responded to assist. The prisoner was subdued and placed back into custody.

Preliminary investigations on the scene revealed that Pilant was able to roll down the back window of the transport unit and get out of the moving vehicle. The Deputy had to slow down, stop the vehicle, and pull off to the side of the roadway. By then Pilant had fled on foot into

the wooded area. When Pilant was subsequently taken back into custody she had shed her prison uniform and was wearing black pants and shirt. We discovered that she went into two nearby residences, stole clothing, and was able to get free from the handcuffs.

Pilant is now facing additional charges from Jasper and Newton Counties of escape and burglary of a habitation. Pilant was taken to the Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance. She was later cleared for incarceration and is now back in custody in the Newton

County Jail.

We want to thank all the law enforcement Officers and Dispatchers from both counties whose quick response resulted in the apprehension of this suspect.


Calls To Service (February 26, 2024, to March 3, 2024):  The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) answered 57 calls to service.


Jail Transports:

NCSO had 7 jail transports. 2 from NCSO to Dr Appointments, 2 from NCSO to JCSO, 1 from NCSO to Jefferson Co, 1 from NCSO to JMH, 1 from Beauregard to NCSO.


Jail Population:  

We currently have 28 inmates in the following jails.

13 housed in Newton, 9 housed in Beauregard, and 6 housed in Jasper.


The following individuals were booked into the County Jail:

Morris, Theron Roydale 02/26/24 MA Assault Causes Bodily Inj


Stephenson, Josef Raleigh 02/28/24 F3 Assault Fam/House Mem Impede Breath Circulation MA Interfere w/ Emergency Req for Assist


Broussard, Rodney 02/29/24 F3 Evading Arrest w/ Veh


The following calls and reports were received by NCSO:  

Jasper: Inmate escaped from custody by jumping through window of a moving vehicle (Capture shorty later). Great work by all responding Law Enforcement Agencies.

Bon Wier: Bon Wier, Animal Nuisance, Trespassing, Disturbance

Deweyville: Disturbance x 2, Officer Assist x 4, Alarm x 5, Theft, Welfare Concern, Deadly Conduct, Traffic Hazard

Newton (Unincorporated Limits): Mental Health, Officer Assist x 2, Escape (Jasper County), Burglary, Disturbance, Noise Complaint, Animal Nuisance

Burkeville: Welfare Concern, Suspicious Activity, Officer Assist, Theft

Call: Theft, Unauth Use of Veh

Toledo Bend: Burglary, Found Property, Suspicious Activity

Sandjack: Extra Patrol

Old Salem: Fraud, Extra Patrol, Suspicious Activity

Liberty: Officer Assist

Trout Creek: Animal Bite, Disturbance, Civil Disturbance

Buckhorn: Officer Assist

Jamestown: Civil Matter

Wiergate: Disturbance, Follow Up

Pine Grove: Control Burn, Officer Assist x 2, Aimal Nuisance

Farrsville: Reckless Driving

Scrapping Valley: Mental Health

Kirbyville: Officer Assist

Devil’s Pocket: Animal Nuisance

Gist: Dog Bite

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