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New Iberia man booked in shooting injury of 24-year-old son

Missing semi-automatic rifle mysteriously dropped off at the home of Sorrento’s police chief

Advocate staff photo provided by David J. Mitchell -- Sorrento Police Chief Fern Barnett puts a once-missing Bushmaster M4 semi-automatic rifle back into her department's storage locker late Thursday morning. Barnett said she realized by mid-January that the rifle had been missing at least for months from the Police Department. After Barnett called around and the missing gun was publicized in some media sources, she said someone dropped off the gun at her home 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies took that rifle, two other Bushmaster rifles and all other guns in the department later on Thursday and put them in the sheriff's armory for safe keeping. g

Sorrento Police Chief Fern Barnett heard a knock on a door at her home about 9 p.m. Wednesday while she was reading, went to answer and saw the lights of a vehicle pulling out of her driveway off La. 22. She looked out and saw a Bushmaster M4 on a bench under… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime, fire news: Opelousas man guilty in death of 2-year-old

Dominque Jackson

A St. Landry Parish jury on Thursday found Dominique Jackson guilty of second-degree murder in the December 2011 death of 2-year-old Derrion Sam. Jackson, 24, of Opelousas, will be sentenced March 5. He faces mandatory life in prison. Sam’s mother, 23-year-old Latricia Hunt, is awaiting trial on second-degree cruelty to a juvenile,… Continue reading →

Man sentenced to 15 years after downloading child pornography

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Gonzales man to 15 years in prison for downloading hundreds of child pornography videos at his home. Jason Louis Owens, 34, used peer-to-peer file sharing to download the pornography to his computer and external hard drive, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release. After an online… Continue reading →

Judge sentenced company owners in scheme to illegally dump wastewater

A federal judge Thursday sentenced the co-owners of a Morgan City industrial waste disposal firm in a scheme to illegally dump wastewater in Belle River and Baton Rouge. Raymond Marcel, 62, of Berwick, and Cyril Robicheaux, 53, of Morgan City, co-owners of RAM Environmental Services, admitted to using false documents and kickbacks to unlawfully dispose… Continue reading →

Man wanted on rape charge caught after kidnapping woman and child in Watson

Charles A. Smith

A man wanted on a rape charge in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested in the aggravated kidnapping of a woman and her 2-year-old son from a Watson-area Dollar General store. The St. Helena Sheriff’s Office contacted Livingston Parish deputies about a chase Saturday involving a speeding stolen vehicle that stopped near Calmes Road, a few miles north… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police investigating Plank Road shooting

Baton Rouge police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on Ontario Street that left a man with serious injuries. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. in the 2900 block of Ontario Street, near Plank Road, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman. The victim was taken to a hospital with “potentially life-threatening injuries,”… Continue reading →

Assumption Parish deputy fired, accused of battery on wife, trying to disarm responding deputy

An Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputy was fired Tuesday after he grabbed and tried to disarm a deputy who had responded to his home Sunday on a domestic disturbance complaint, Sheriff Mike Waguespack reported on his Facebook page. Deputy Gary Ellis Jr., 30, 133 Daniel St., Pierre Part, had been drinking all night and got into an argument… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Lafayette Police investigating bank robbery

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Leroy L. Schexnayder Jr., 42, of Duson, was arrested Jan. 26, 2015, on accusations he was buying hardware on his former employer's account then reselling the goods for cash, Scott Police said.

Lafayette Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon robbery at the IberiaBank in the 3700 block of Johnston Street near Arnould Boulevard. A man used a note to demand money from the clerk around 1 p.m. and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said. The robber is described as a… Continue reading →

‘We’ve never had anything like this’ — Ascension deputies still working to solve two shooting deaths in Donaldsonville

Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION - A memorial set up by a family member at the Donaldsonville home of Chad Nichols, who was slain there on Monday.

The stepfather of the man slain in his front yard Monday said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives told him they feel confident the perpetrators will be caught. Marvin Gros, stepfather of Chad Nichols, said Tuesday that detectives are in touch with him regularly. “They’ve been keeping me abreast; all the detectives feel… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish escapee recaptured still wearing handcuffs after 20-hour search

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies apprehended Ricardo Rodriguez, 22, today around 2:30 p.m. on Forest Braud Lane in Gonzales.

A man who was wanted in Georgia for sex crimes, and who ran away from a deputy while handcuffed, was captured in the woods in Gonzales on Tuesday afternoon after a 20-hour search. He still had his handcuffs on, authorities said. The chase began soon after Ricardo Rodriguez, 22, had been arrested at a local… Continue reading →

U.S. Marshals arrest Baton Rouge man in December shooting death

Tyronn Collins

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect Tuesday in an armed robbery that turned into a fatal shooting last month. Tyronn Collins is accused in the killing of 34-year-old Roderick Carolina, who was found dead in his Alaska Street apartment Dec. 12. U.S. Marshals found Collins at a home on Lynn Drive early Tuesday, said… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge crime blotter: Police identify woman found shot dead, partially nude in north Baton Rouge

Brooke Ashley Crawford, the woman who was found fatally shot in the field near Gracie Street

Police said the woman found in a field on Saturday has been identified as Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30, with no known address. Crawford was found partially nude and shot multiple times near the 1500 block of Gracie Street about 12:30 p.m. Police have said she was probably shot the night before. No further details about… Continue reading →

Acadiana police, fire news: Wind spreads Scott field fire

A fire set by students to a field to clear it for baseball season was spread by winds, burning about five acres Monday before firefighters brought it under control. Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier said Acadiana High School agricultural students were burning the field around 1:30 p.m., but high… Continue reading →

Historic black church in New Iberia destroyed by fire

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- The Little Zorah Baptist Church was destroyed by fire over the weekend in New Iberia.

Less than 12 hours after a Sunday evening service at Little Zorah Baptist Church in New Iberia, only charred remains were left of the 128-year-old wooden structure after it was destroyed in an overnight fire. The Rev. Shawn Watson, Little Zorah’s pastor for 14 years, lives two doors down from the church in the 3600 block of… Continue reading →

Armed robbery suspect found dead in Crowley field

Slye Mier

The body of an 18-year-old Crowley man suspected in a Sunday armed robbery was found Monday morning in a field off Ebenezer Road, authorities said. Slye Mier was found face down around 10 a.m. in the Crowley field in the 6500 block of Ebenezer Road, but his cause of death is uncertain at this point, said Maxine… Continue reading →

Arson likely cause of fire on North St. Gerard Circle

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- BR Firefighter Jeremiah Johnson works water out of a hose prior to rolling it up after a house fire at 5336 N. St. Gerard Circle.

A Monday morning fire being investigated as arson destroyed a vacant house in a north Baton Rouge neighborhood. Firefighters responded to the 5300 block of North St. Gerard Circle, which is west of Airline Highway and north of Evangeline Street, shortly before 10 a.m. and found half of the house engulfed in flames, said Curt Monte, a… Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in December drug deal killing

A Brusly man accused in a Dec. 23 parking-lot shooting death in Baton Rouge fueled by a drug deal was arrested early Monday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl Don Coppola Jr. said Monday in a news release. Acting on a tip from Crime Stoppers, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive… Continue reading →

Police: Man punches girlfriend into unconsciousness and other Baton Rouge police and fire briefs

A Baton Rouge police officer had to force his way into an apartment Saturday to arrest a 39-year-old man accused of choking and punching his live-in girlfriend during an argument, according to a police report. The argument between James Rabb and his girlfriend at their Main Street apartment at about 4 p.m. became physical when he started… Continue reading →

2014: 63 East Baton Rouge Parish homicides -- how the victims died

Austin Stewart

Detectives in East Baton Rouge Parish investigated 63 homicides in 2014. These killings generally reflect those classified as homicides under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting standards. They exclude accidental, justifiable and negligent killings. 1 JAN. 7: Michael Taylor Sr., 53, of Baton Rouge, died nearly a week after being struck in the… Continue reading →

An inside look at how families of 63 people killed in Baton Rouge homicides in 2014 are coping with tragedy

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Felicia, left, and Terry Coleman, in their living room with a framed portrait of their son Terrez, the seven-year-old who was killed in August 2014,  struck by a bullet riding home with his parents and older twin sisters in their car, after a family reunion. Though no one has been arrested yet for the shooting,the Colemans hope that whoever knows what really happened will decide to come forward.

The reminders are everywhere. Every car ride. Every morning before school. After school. The horse in the backyard. The horse. Terrez Coleman couldn’t decide on a name for his horse. The 7-year-old was with his older twin sisters and parents, riding home from a family reunion in August, when he finally picked a name… Continue reading →

Police identify one of two bodies found Saturday

Baton Rouge Police on Sunday identified the body of a man found Saturday night in an open field in north Baton Rouge. Henery Jessie Gray, 59, who was homeless, died of natural causes, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Sunday in a news release. Police found Gray’s body in a field in the 1300 block… Continue reading →

Narcotics agents arrest three in Breaux Bridge drug bust

Photos provided by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office -- From left, Christopher Alexander, Christopher Celestine and Damien Joubert.

St. Martin Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents on Saturday arrested three Breaux Bridge men accused of carrying stolen guns and drugs that had an estimated street value of $40,000. Investigators executing a search warrant on Zin Zin Road in Breaux Bridge, found a “significant amount” of high-grade marijuana, methamphetamine, carisoprodol, and hydrocodone, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ginny… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Briefs: Food Bank truck driver arrested in theft from agency

Andre Coates

A truck driver for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was arrested Thursday, accused of delivering food from grocery stores to his house instead of the food bank. Andre Lester Coates, 48, was seen delivering thousands of dollars worth of food from local stores — including Associated Grocers stores, Costco and Trader Joe’s… Continue reading →

Police seek ID of woman who left man at hospital

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Detectives are working to identify the woman captured on surveillance video Jan. 22, 2015, bringing 24-year-old Neil McDaniel of Lafayette to an area hospital, where he soon died.

Detectives are trying to identify a woman captured on video Thursday bringing an unresponsive Lafayette man to the hospital before he died, police said. Neil McDaniel, 24, died around 1 p.m. Thursday after a woman in a silver 2006 Toyota Camry dropped him off at an area hospital, Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl.… Continue reading →

LSU Police: Teen with drugs found in LSU locker room, admits to taking shoes

Rodney Hamilton

Inside a Tiger Stadium locker room on Thursday night, police found someone who didn’t belong. The teenager, Rodney Hamilton, was chewing on beef jerky he allegedly stole from the LSU football team’s locker room when he told investigators he was a McKinley High School basketball player who had permission to lift weights there, according to LSU… Continue reading →

Man dies of injuries sustained in Jan. 10 crash on North Boulevard

A Lake Charles man injured in a single-vehicle crash Jan. 10 on North Boulevard died Thursday from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. Ryan Earhart, 22, 6505 Nelson Road, Lake Charles, was the passenger in a 2012 Honda Accord traveling east on North Boulevard around 1:40 p.m. when he grabbed the… Continue reading →

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank worker accused of stealing grocery items

Police arrested a truck driver for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Thursday after an investigation revealed he was delivering food from grocery stores to his house instead of the food bank. Andre Lester Coates, 48, was seen delivering thousands of dollars worth of food from local stores — including Associated Grocers, Costco and Trader Joe’s… Continue reading →

Scotlandville Magnet High band director arrested, accused of having sex with student

Robert Lewis ORG XMIT: BAT1501222223478426

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Scotlandville Magnet High School’s band director late Thursday night after he was accused of having sex with a student on at least two occasions — one of them consensual and the other allegedly a rape. A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Robert M. Lewis, 30, is accused of making sexual advances toward a 17-year-old… Continue reading →

Firefighters run from one arson to the next to battle blazes at three vacant Baton Rouge houses

One after another, the fires were set at vacant houses, forcing Baton Rouge firefighters to battle three blazes within a few blocks of one another Thursday night. Firefighters responded first to a reported house fire at the corner of North 36th and Zion streets, said Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman. What they found, however,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime News: Couple booked in bank robbery

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday nabbed a Baton Rouge couple accused of robbing the Siegen Lane Chase Bank last week. Cedric T. Robillard Jr., 40, committed the robbery while his girlfriend, LaShonda Hawkins-Wilson, 38, drove the getaway car, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Robillard is accused of entering the bank and passing a note to… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime News: Acadia jailer accused of smuggling contraband

An Acadia Parish Detention Center employee was arrested Thursday on accusations he was smuggling drugs and tobacco products to inmates. Lester J. Landry, 25, of the 200 block of Mary Street, Iota, was booked on malfeasance in office and bringing contraband into a penal institution, said Maxine Trahan, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Authorities found drugs, tobacco… Continue reading →

Lafayette police say teacher admitted sexual contact with student

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Joshua Krieg, 27, of Lafayette, was arrested Jan. 21, 2015, after he admitted to police to having sex with a 14-year-old student. Krieg had just begun teaching at St. Thomas More Catholic High School after resigning from Comeaux High School this month, but authorities have not confirmed where the 14-year-old attended class.

A Lafayette teacher was arrested Wednesday after police say he admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old student. Joshua Krieg, 27, told police he was in love with the girl, with whom he had sex three times at his Lafayette home, according to Krieg’s arrest affidavit. The girl revealed the relationship to her mother, who… Continue reading →

After a spike in violence, Baton Rouge BRAVE team heads back to the streets

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Ronald Norman, right, hands out BRAVE unit info cards and pamphlets and chats with Dana Wilbert, left, who lives on Alliquippa street in a high crime neighborhood off Plank Road Wednesday.  BRAVE unit officers with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement departments joined in the canvas effort.

In one of Baton Rouge’s most violent neighborhoods, Police Chief Carl Dabadie knocked on doors and introduced himself. On Wednesday afternoon, Dabadie and a couple dozen officers from multiple agencies canvassed homes in the Plank Road and Alliquippa Street section of north Baton Rouge that has seen a recent uptick in violence. The goal was to… Continue reading →

Teen injured by gunshot in Donaldsonville, wounded in the face

Hours after a 16-year-old boy was shot and injured in the face, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old man accused of shooting him during an argument Wednesday afternoon. Allen Williams III, of Donaldsonville, encountered a group of three males on St. Patrick Street and Front Street at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and the four started arguing… Continue reading →