Councilwoman to appear in court

Sylvia Morrow

Police Chief Micky Dove confirmed Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow was charged with misdemeanor theft following an early morning incident Monday at the Natchitoches Wal-Mart. Morrow was issued a summons to appear in court in January. She was not booked into jail. A summons can be issued when law enforcement believes the person will appear in court at a specified time and at a specified location. This means a person was in police custody but was released on a written promise to appear. The accused signs a paper stating they will appear in court. This is common when it is a low level misdemeanor. If the accused does not show up, the person will be charged with failure to appear and the judge will issue a bench warrant, at which time the accused will be taken into custody.