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Two New Orleans men arrested in armed robbery

Matthew Fontenberry

Baton Rouge police arrested two men accused of stealing a woman’s car at gunpoint early Thursday morning on Sheldon Drive. The woman told police that two men wearing bandanas as masks, Kevin Davis, 19, and Matthew Fontenberry, 18, were following her when she parked her silver 2014 Nissan Altima in a driveway around 12:30 a.m., according to… Continue reading →

Grand jury indicts three in October slaying of Baton Rouge man

Pictured from left, Dedrick Lawless, Reginald Irvin and Vernon Jordan

A grand jury indicted three men Wednesday in the October killing of Gerald Penny in an apparent murder-for-hire plot. The East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Reginald Irvin, 23, Vernon Jordan and Dedrick Lawless on home invasion and second-degree murder. Penny was found dead Oct. 12 after being shot multiple time while in the… Continue reading →

Corrections chief gets light questioning, praise during confirmation hearing

Advocate staff photo by MAYA LAU -- A sign outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola bore corrections secretary James LeBlanc's name on April 17, 2016.

The head of the beleaguered state corrections agency — which in the past six months saw the unwilling resignation of its highest-profile employee and is currently investigating some of its high-ranking officials — responded to a mostly mild series of questions and even praise during his state Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday. James “Jimmy” LeBlanc is yet… Continue reading →

Police arrest man in October killing of two people on Dutton Avenue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Derek Evans, left, and Cpl. Bryan Ballard escort Clyde Eugene Bell, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from the Violent Crimes Unit in Baton Rouge, La. Bell was arrested on two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Johnson Armstrong III and Corey Steptore in October 2015.

Baton Rouge Police have arrested a man who lived just down the street from the scene of the slaying on two counts of first-degree murder in the October deaths of two people in a home on Dutton Avenue. Clyde Eugene Bell, 25, 6213 Dutton Ave., was arrested Wednesday on the counts, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr.,… Continue reading →

After own employees say detention center 'out of control,' juvenile justice boss calls facility safe

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Office of Juvenile Justice Deputy Secretary Mary Livers speaks at Bunkie's Haas Auditorium at a reception after a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the future site of the Acadiana Center for Youth, a long-awaited, secure-care juvenile facility near Bunkie.

Nearly a week after officials told an Orleans Parish judge that juvenile inmates at a Jefferson Parish facility are so out of control that employees can’t stop them from beating up one another, the state’s juvenile justice boss told senators during her confirmation hearing Wednesday that she believes the children at the center… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Guillot Road in Vermilion Parish

Vermilion Parish authorities are investigating the death of motorcyclist who crashed on Guillot Road early Wednesday just south of the Vermilion Parish-Lafayette Parish line. The motorcyclist, 48-year-old Joseph Tenorio of Erath, was riding south on Guillot Road around 7 a.m. when he ran off the road in a curve and hit a highway sign, according to… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for May 4

Arrests posted May 3, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. RAPHAEL KENTRELLE ARCENEAUX: 24, of the 1100 block of W. Gilman Road, Lafayette. He was booked on hold for St. Martin Parish and Schedule II narcotics. MAKAYLA ALEXIS BROUSSARD: 21, of the 600 block of Pillette Road, Lafayette. She was booked… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Irate parent arrested after cursing principal, threatening to blow up school

Jamie Johnson Bell

A Baton Rouge woman banned from Capitol Middle School after cursing the principal during a school event where students and parents were in attendance returned a week later and threatened to “blow the school up,” the Sheriff’s Office said. Jamie Johnson Bell, 32, was arrested Tuesday and booked into Parish Prison on counts of assault on a… Continue reading →

Solvent-soaked rags blamed for garage fire on Elliot Road

A pile of painters’ rags in the garage of a home under construction on Elliot Road went up in flames Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge. A neighbor spotted the glow from the flames shortly after 8 p.m. at the unoccupied structure at 8585 Elliot Road, said Eldon Ledoux, spokesman for the St. George Fire Department.… Continue reading →

Glen Oaks student arrested after fight, then father, stepmother arrested in aftermath

Cindell Sims, 31

The father and stepmother of a Glen Oaks High School student arrested for allegedly punching an assistant principal Monday found themselves in handcuffs after causing a scene in the school office and taking their daughter home with them despite being told to stay at school and wait for deputies. The girl punched the assistant principal after… Continue reading →

St. Landry sheriff: Deputies break-up check cashing ring; 11 in custody, 14 still at-large

Authorities obtained arrest warrants Tuesday for 14 St. Landry Parish residents suspected in a counterfeit check cashing ring, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Tens of thousands of dollars in counterfeit checks have been cashed at local businesses throughout the area, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Tuesday in a news release. Guidroz… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Arrests posted May 1, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website. JOSHUA ALFRED: 27, of the 100 block of Sonny Street, Lafayette. He was booked on a warrant/bench warrant. JOBIE JAMES BOUDREAUX: 30, of the 300 block of Estelle Drive, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor prescription drug violation; prohibited… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Trio arrested in armed robbery of cellphone

Roderick Jordan, 19

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested three 19-year-olds who allegedly stole a man’s iPhone 6 at gunpoint early Monday morning. Deputies caught the trio after stopping their brown Chevrolet Malibu around 3 a.m. Monday, less than an hour after Tesa Ann Lemoine, Rebecca Wells and Roderick Jordan robbed the victim at gunpoint near a home in… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for May 2

Arrests posted May 1, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. JOSHUA ALFRED: 27, of the 100 block of Sonny Street, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. JOBIE JAMES BOUDREAUX: 30, of the 300 block of Estelle Drive, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor prescription drug violation; prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia);… Continue reading →

Pointe Coupee jail guard arrested for malfeasance after internal investigations led to five guards being terminated or resigning

Darnell VanBuren

The Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center on Monday became the latest correctional facility to be rocked by controversy when two guards were fired and three others resigned after allegations surfaced about inappropriate dealings with inmates. The employees were accused of smuggling drugs and cellphones into the facility for inmates, Sheriff Bud… Continue reading →

CVS Pharmacy on Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge robbed Sunday

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies responded the CVS located at 9326 Burbank this evening at 6:30 in reference to a robbery.  A man entered the store, produced a knife and presented the clerk with a note demanding money.  The man fled with an unknown amount of cash in what appeared to be an older model white Lexus, with a sun roof.   The man appears to be a white male, approximately 6'0"-6'2" and wearing purple LSU sweatshirt, black pants and gray hat. He has s small beard.  Anyone with information as to his identity is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify a man who pulled out a knife and robbed a clerk at the CVS pharmacy on Burbank Drive Sunday evening. The man walked into the store, pulled out a knife and handed the clerk a note demanding money at the CVS at 9326 Burbank Drive about 6:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Eight suspected of DWI between Saturday, Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Bradley Broussard, 24, 1889 Potwin Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI. — Brooks Chauvin, 26,… Continue reading →

Flooding in Lafayette area: Families rescued; interstate swamped; still more rain to come

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- A motorist hauls a load of sandbags down the flooded Bradford Drive in Carencro Sunday, May 1, 2016, following torrential rain and hail-producing storms in Acadiana.

As much as 10 inches of rain soaked parts of Acadiana over the weekend, flooding roads and seeping into homes, and forecasters said Sunday there is still more rain to come. Flash flood warnings remained in effect overnight for much of south Louisiana and the National Weather Service predicted several more inches could fall through Tuesday night.… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for May 2, 2016

Arrests posted May 1, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office’s website: WAYNE EDWARD ANGELLE: 21, of the 400 block of Paul Breaux Road, Lafayette. He was booked on municipal purposes. TOMMIE MICHAEL BROUSSARD JR.: 45, of the 500 block of Genevieve Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police make arrest in attack on man robbed of $23

Bobby Collins

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Friday in a January incident in which the suspect’s second cousin was stabbed, knocked unconscious and robbed of $23. Bobby Collins, 53, struck the victim in the face shortly after another person stabbed the victim in the shoulder at an address on Billops Street, a Baton Rouge Police Department report… Continue reading →

Five booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge from Friday to Saturday

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Friday and noon Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Austin Boitnott, 20, 36430 Rosalie, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane usage.… Continue reading →

Lightning strike punches hole through roof of Baton Rouge home

A lightning strike during severe weather Saturday afternoon punched a hole in a roof of a house off Perkins Road, the St. George Fire Department reported. Several units were dispatched to a Pendleton Way house around 2:30 p.m. Investigators found a hole at the peak of the roof, but no signs of a fire or other… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for April 30, 2016

Arrests posted Apr. 30, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: PHILLIP JAMES ALEXANDER: 30, of the 100 block of Heidi Circle, Scott. He was booked on carjacking and felony violation of protective orders. PAUL JOSEPH ALLEMAN: 30, of the… Continue reading →

Nine booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge from Thursday to Friday

Authorities arrested at least nine 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: Evan Matherne, 57, 224 W. Chaifont, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage… Continue reading →

Two teens arrested in string of car burglaries, theft of one vehicle

Two of three teenagers accused of burglarizing nine vehicles and stealing one earlier this month were arrested this week, police said. Arthella Andrus, 17, of Lafayette, and a juvenile who was not identified were arrested Friday on nine counts of simple burglary and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of firing shots into woman’s car arrested

Tevin Brown

A Baton Rouge man accused of firing shots into a woman’s vehicle in January was arrested Thursday after police stopped him for playing loud music in his car. Baton Rouge police stopped Tevin Brown, 22, on Kentucky Street Thursday afternoon and later realized he was wanted in a Jan. 28 incident in which he allegedly followed… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested, accused of burning 2-year-old son

Jamal Ackerson

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested a man accused of burning his 2-year-old son while the boy was staying with him last week. The child’s mother noticed the burns last Friday when she picked him up from his father, Jamal Ackerson. The mother contacted police and took the boy to the emergency room, where a doctor… Continue reading →