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Authorities: 14 arrested on prostitution in Baton Rouge area had advertised on Back Page website

Multiple agencies collaborated on an undercover operation Thursday evening to round up 14 people accused of prostituting themselves in the Baton Rouge area through a website called Back Page. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police and the FBI’s Human Trafficking Division targeted internet prostitution and human trafficking in the Baton Rouge area. In most… Continue reading →

Two booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Thursday and noon Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Malcolm Adams, 53, 1912 Glenmore Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.… Continue reading →

Maurice man accused of soliciting to have his wife killed

A Maurice man accused of soliciting to have his wife killed was arrested Friday in Abbeville. Louisiana State Police and Abbeville Police began conducting undercover surveillance on Harlow Hutchinson, 45, after the agencies learned he was asking to have his wife killed, the state police news release says. Detectives received a warrant for his arrest… Continue reading →

Recent arrest of former registrar of voters puts ‘honorary commissions’ in spotlight

Advocate staff photo by TERRY JONES -- Pictured is Nathaniel Bankston's honorary deputy sheriff commission from West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Playing cop worked up to a point for Nat Bankston, who managed to pull over another driver Monday night, authorities said, by using flashing lights and a siren. The 67-year-old former East Baton Rouge registrar of voters, wearing clothing marked “FBI,” carried identification cards from the East and West Baton Rouge parishes Sheriff’s offices. But when… Continue reading →

Cooler spring helps keep number of West Nile cases down in Louisiana, state official says

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported 55 cases of West Nile virus so far this year, less than half the number of cases in Louisiana during the same time span in 2014. The state’s epidemiologist says this drop is primarily due to Louisiana’s cool spring. East Baton Rouge Parish accounts only for three… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigating shooting death of 64-year-old man Friday

Kelly Street, its residents say, has always been a quiet neighborhood. But on Friday, a house in the 200 block became a crime scene after a woman found her neighbor shot dead in his doorway. Police interviewed area residents, but on Friday evening were still looking for a motive in the shooting death of the… Continue reading →

Teenager arrested in armed robbery of Baton Rouge pizza delivery driver

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery of a pizza delivery man on Oct. 1, police said. The juvenile faces counts of armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder after a 20-year-old Domino’s Pizza employee was shot in the arm while on the job in the 4000 block of Shelley Street, said Baton… Continue reading →

Woman arrested for 3rd time on DWI suspicion one of 7 cases in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Thursday

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated, including one person for the third time, in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Diana Barkate, 53, 10713 Leigh Ellen Ave., Baton… Continue reading →

Mamou police chief resigns after interview with FBI

Facebook photo -- Former Mamou Police Chief Robert McGee

First-year Mamou Police Chief Robert McGee resigned Thursday after an interview with the FBI involving an incident five years ago, although the details of what happened have not yet been clarified. McGee announced his resignation Wednesday through his personal Facebook account. “I made a mistake which not only hurts my community but also hurts me… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Oct. 8

Arrests posted Oct. 7, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: JACOBY JOSEPH ANDRUS: 18, of the 100 block of Lucy Street, Lafayette. He was booked on simple burglary. DELANDRE JAVON ANTHONY: 18, of the 1000 block of Eunice Road, Parks. He was booked on careless operation. DARYION JERMAL BONNET: 22,… Continue reading →

Potential life-saving medical kits critical in Lafayette theater shooting coming for Baton Rouge police

. In the wake of the tragic shooting at a Lafayette movie theater, the Baton Rouge Police Department is planning to outfit its officers with medical kits that could be used during critical, life threatening situations. Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado said after the July shooting which left two women dead and several more injured, it became known that… Continue reading →

Security heightened at Baton Rouge Community College after ominous note begins circulating

This photo was circulated on the Baton Rouge Community College campus and prompted the university Wednesday  to heighten its security for the time-being, though the school has not cancelled classes or any extra-curriculars.

Baton Rouge Community College is under heightened security after a digital note began circulating warning students not to attend school on Oct. 15. BRCC released a notice to its students about 3 p.m. Wednesday to inform them of the possible threat, which stemmed from a digital image of an ominous note said to have been seen… Continue reading →

Two booked on DWI from Tuesday to Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 12 p.m. Tuesday and 12 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Donna Kora, 47, 1366 Springlake Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and… Continue reading →

Handcuffed man makes escape attempt; East Baton Rouge deputy injured when the fleeing man collided with him

Michael Scott, 22

A Baton Rouge man wanted on a handful of theft warrants may now face additional charges after running face-first into an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy while trying to flee in handcuffs Tuesday. Two deputies had tracked 22-year-old Michael Anthony Scott to an upstairs apartment in the 1700 block of Boulevard de Province on outstanding… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge sex offender awaiting trial on failure to register arrested Wednesday in molestation of two young children

James Edward Dyer, 52

A convicted sex offender awaiting trial on charges of failing to register was arrested by Baton Rouge police Wednesday, accused of molesting two young children, according to an arrest warrant and court records. James Edward Dyer, 52, 2327 W. Belfair Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of molestation of a juvenile. According… Continue reading →

St. Mary Sheriff: Children present in Franklin home where couple operated meth lab

Two Franklin residents arrested Tuesday are accused of operating a meth lab in a house with children present. Richard Fontenot, 42, and Miranda Brown, 22 — both of 111 Duhon Lane — were booked on operating a clandestine laboratory and manufacturing methamphetamine, meth possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in the presence… Continue reading →

Three accused of taking a gun, electronic items and credit cards in string of vehicle burglaries

A woman tracking her stolen iPad on Tuesday led deputies to three young men who confessed a string of vehicle burglaries in Lafayette Parish. Arrested in the case on 12 counts of simple burglary were: Jacob Duplechin, 19, of Sunset; Brandon Magnon, 21, of Church Point; and Nathdaniel Roberts, 17, of Church Point, according to booking records.… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Oct. 7

Arrests posted Oct. 6, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: ALFRED LEONCE ARCENEAUX: 37, of the 5100 block of W. Congress Street, Lafayette. He was booked on hold for court and five counts of warrant/bench warrant. LORI AYMOND: 22, of the 100 block of Brady Road, Port Barre. She was booked… Continue reading →

Fugitive returned to Louisiana after being mistakenly released, then caught in Atlanta

Photo provided by La. Department of Corrections -- Benjueil Johnson, mistakenly released from state custody on Sept. 22, 2015, arrives at Louisiana State Penitentiary shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

A convicted killer accidentally released by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections ahead of serving a 40-year sentence for manslaughter was returned to Louisiana late Tuesday after being arrested last week near Atlanta. U.S. marshals arrested Benjueil Johnson, 32, shortly after midnight Oct. 2 at a Motel 6 in Norcross, Georgia, a suburb of… Continue reading →

Ex-wife makes three who have been arrested in the fraudulent national credit repair scheme

Jessica Clements-Batiste, 26.

The ex-wife of a man accused of orchestrating a national credit-repair fraud scheme was arrested Tuesday, bringing the total number of people facing criminal charges in the conspiracy to three. Jessica Clements-Batiste, 26, faces racketeering counts for helping her former spouse, 24-year-old Donald Batiste, trick hundreds of people into buying stolen Social Security numbers as… Continue reading →

St. Landry high school principal, basketball coach arrested after physical confrontation with student

A St. Landry Parish high school principal and a coach were placed on administrative leave Tuesday following their arrests a day earlier in a physical confrontation with a student. Beau Chene High School Principal Keith James, 49, was booked on a count of simple battery in the incident and later released on a $1,000 bond, according… Continue reading →

See Lafayette-area arrests for Oct. 5, 2015

Arrests posted Oct. 5, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. RYAN ARCENEAUX: 44, of the 200 block of Teurlings Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on fugitive. JOHNIE WAYNE BENOIT: 46, of the 100 block of Cabana Row, Lafayette. He was booked on felony simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer;… Continue reading →

Homeless man accused of masturbating on BREC park bench

Francis Peter

A homeless Baton Rouge man was arrested after a woman walking her dog Monday afternoon saw him masturbating on a bench in the Antioch BREC park, the Sheriff’s Office says. East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies went to the park to investigate after the woman reported the incident. She told deputies she was walking her dog in the… Continue reading →

Two suspected of DWI between Sunday, Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Michael Miller, 43, 2120 Hillstone Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked… Continue reading →

Baker police: Contractor accused of taking advantage of elderly clients to the tune of $500,000

Tanweer Bhatti, 63

A handful of elderly neighbors in a Baker subdivision shelled out nearly $500,000 to a fast-talking contractor for extensive renovations of their homes, but according to city Police Chief Mike Knaps, the contractor pocketed the cash while performing shoddy work. Tanweer Bhatti, the owner of Baton Rouge-based Southern Siding Co. Inc., was arrested Monday on two counts… Continue reading →

New Iberia woman killed in head-on collision

A New Iberia woman was killed Monday after another car crossed a centerline and collided head-on with her SUV. Marette D. Stevens, 55, died at an area hospital after the crash on La. 3195 near Estate Drive, which happened around 10:30 a.m., according to State Police. Police said they are still investigating why Sharon Witzel, 26,… Continue reading →

Ascension deputy: A bad day that led to plans to go out with friends ended in a domestic killing Friday

A fight Friday night over a man’s plans to go out with his friends ended when his girlfriend stabbed him with a kitchen knife, killing him, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Jonqualya Benton, 20, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison early Saturday morning on a count of manslaughter in the… Continue reading →

Armed man robs Circle K on Brightside Drive early Monday morning

Police search for armed robber who stole from a Circle K at 1910 Brightside Drive on Oct. 5, 2015.

Baton Rouge police are looking for the man who robbed a Circle K convenience store Monday morning armed with a handgun. Around 6 a.m., the man walked into the minimart at 1910 Brightside Drive in Baton Rouge, demanded money from an employee, and fled with cash, said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola, in a news… Continue reading →

11 suspected of driving while intoxicated from Thursday to Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish, including one person on his third offense, and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Jeremy Butcher, 30, 8345 Essen Heights Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Oct. 5: Three armed robberies occur within 45 minutes, unclear whether all related

Two Lafayette-area convenience stores were held up by an armed robber Saturday, while a Lafayette fast-food restaurant was the target of an attempted armed robbery, all within less than an hour, according to police and sheriff’s reports. The robber in the three holdups appeared to match the same description, though the three law enforcement agencies investigating the… Continue reading →

'I heard the baby screaming': Neighbor rushes into burning Baton Rouge apartment to save girl; cause of fire unattended pot on stove

Advocate staff photo by BRYN STOLE  --  An apartment fire, at the top right unit, leaves three hospitalized early Sunday morning at 1433 23rd St., Baton Rouge.

Update: Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators on Monday concluded the cause of this apartment fire was an unattended pot left on the stove. After waking up around midnight Sunday to get a drink, Stacey James smelled smoke in her Baton Rouge apartment. Stepping outside, she saw that an apartment in her six-unit… Continue reading →