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Patterson man accused of molesting 9-year-old girl

A 20-year-old Patterson man arrested on Friday is accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old girl. Joshua T. Miller, 20, 117 Laura Drive, was booked on a warrant for aggravated crime against nature, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined Miller touched the girl inappropriately when she was 9 years old, although the Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Family and supporters of Victor White III refuse to accept the official narrative: that he shot himself while handcuffed in an Iberia Sheriff’s vehicle

Photo by LANIE LEE COOK -- Surrounded by supporters and members of the Lafayette NAACP, the Rev. Victor White Sr., of Alexandria, speaks to the media on Feb. 8, 2016, about the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Office's announcement that no criminal charges will be filed in the shooting death of his son, Victor White III, while handcuffed in the back of an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy's car.

Acadiana-area residents who have protested Victor White III’s death while in Iberia Parish police custody gathered Monday in Lafayette to reiterate their continued support for the 22-year-old’s family after state and federal prosecutors closed the door on potential criminal charges in the case. At Imani Temple on East Willow Street — a familiar setting for a… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Sunday and noon Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Jolaina Collins, 23, 7218 Townsouth Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, child restraint violation and driving with… Continue reading →

Several thousand Baton Rouge households without power as gusts of wind blow through Capital City

Several thousand customers in the Baton Rouge area are without power, reportedly the result of gusting winds that blew through the area Monday afternoon. Many of the electrical outages are clustered along Sherwood Forest Boulevard between Old Hammond Highway and Choctaw Drive, according to Entergy Louisiana’s website. The company reported scattered pockets of other customers… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 8

Arrests posted Feb. 8, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH ALEXANDER: 38, of the 100 block of Arizona Street, Lafayette. He was booked on felony illegal possession of stolen things. SHAQUILLE BELL: 17, of the 700 block of Berlin Street, Lafayette. He was booked on negligent injuring. Samantha… Continue reading →

On Spanish Town parade weekend, 20 suspected of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish; see list

Authorities arrested at least 12 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Saturday and noon Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — James Barnes, 36, 2022 General Taylor Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI. — Diogenes Estevao, 39, 4324… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Feb. 8, 2016

Arrests posted Feb. 7, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: Dorsey Ray Broussard: 25, of the 4900 block of Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Carencro. He was booked on felony domestic-abuse child endangerment. Mark Louis Courville: 53, of the 1000 block of Poydras Place, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on domestic abuse aggravated assault and aggravated assault.… Continue reading →

Residents irate over OMV, state collection agency’s tactics in collecting fines for insurance lapses

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Customers line up at the counter of the main Office of Motor Vehicles office near State Police Headquarters on Independence Boulevard, Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles has raked in $22.5 million of the projected $444 million owed to the agency by residents with lapsed auto insurance, but a new batch of drivers are irate over fines that have now become the target of the state’s aggressive debt collection department. Nearly four months after the OMV mailed 1.2… Continue reading →

Passenger killed in wreck, driver arrested, suspected of being impaired

State troopers arrested a 19-year-old driver Sunday suspected of being impaired after a single-vehicle car crash that killed one passenger and injured another. Ailayjah Derouen, of New Iberia, was driving a 2001 Buick Lesabre eastbound on La. 182 in Iberia Parish around 2 a.m. Sunday when she crossed over the westbound lane and drove off the side… Continue reading →

15-year-old shot in neck Saturday in Lafayette; 16-year-old arrested

. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the neck Saturday in Lafayette, police said. Around 5:45 p.m., Lafayette police responded to a shooting in the 100 block of Petunia Loop, where they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was transported to an area hospital and is in stable condition, the Lafayette Police Department… Continue reading →

Ironing machine catches fire at Scott business Sunday morning; no injuries

. Firefighters put out a small fire Sunday morning at a business on North Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Scott, officials said. At 10:24 a.m., Scott firefighters were called to a commercial fire at Single Source Supply at 130 North Ambassador Caffery Parkway, the Scott Volunteer Fire Department said in a news release. At the scene, firefighters saw a… Continue reading →

Woman struck by float, injured during Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade

A pedestrian was struck by a float during the Spanish Town parade Saturday afternoon and taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said. The nature and extent of her injuries were not immediately known. The woman was struck around 1:45 p.m. as the float passed along Lafayette Street between Florida Street and Laurel Street, said EMS… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Feb. 6, 2016

Arrests posted Feb. 6, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MONTANA JAMES ALLEMAN: 27, of the 1400 block of N. Wilderness Trail, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia); resisting an officer; and five counts of warrant/bench warrant.… Continue reading →

Fire at Siegen Village Apartments causes smoke damage but no injuries

Two adults and two children escaped a fire of that started in a bedroom of a Siegen Lane apartment late Friday and caused heavy smoke damage but no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters arrived at the Siegen Village Apartments at 6630 Siegen Lane around 10:41 p.m. and brought the fire under… Continue reading →

Ascension Sheriff: One of two men arrested in Prairieville home invasion knew about drugs, cash in home’s safe

Daryl Mitchell Jr.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Friday in the Jan. 13 home invasion on Old Perkins Place Avenue in Prairieville, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner told sheriff’s deputies she was leaving for work shortly after 7:30 a.m. when two men outside her house forced her back inside, a sheriff’s news release says.… Continue reading →

LSU restroom incident leads to obscenity arrest

Michael Cupit

A Denham Springs man arrested Friday is accused of attempting a sex act in an LSU restroom while another person was trying to use the adjacent stall. The victim told LSU police officers he was in the first floor men’s restroom in Tureaud Hall when the man in the next stall exposed himself through a hole in… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man reindicted in stabbing death after case dismissed when witnesses failed to show for the trial

Corey Moore

A Baton Rouge man was reindicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in a 2013 stabbing death after prosecutors dismissed the case when eyewitnesses did not show up for the start of trial on Monday. Corey Moore, now 46, was initially indicted in January 2014 in the stabbing death of a 57-year-old man on Sept. 14,… Continue reading →

Six booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Thursday and Friday

Authorities arrested at least six 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: David Garza, 33, 323 Northpark Ave., Aurora, Illinois, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and license plate… Continue reading →

Scott police seeking five people believed involved in cashing fraudulent checks throughout Acadiana

Photo provided by SCOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Warrants were issued on Feb. 5, 2015, for Darren Guidry, 18; Hailey Lowery, 20; RaShawn Murray, 28; Tonya Myers, 42; and Marcus Scott, 35, on counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft after all were captured on surveillance video cashing fraudulent checks at a Scott grocery store, according to the Scott Police Department.

Scott police are seeking five people wanted on cashing fraudulent checks throughout Acadiana. Darren Guidry, 18; Hailey Lowery, 20; RaShawn Murray, 28; Tonya Myers, 42; and Marcus Scott, 35, were all captured on surveillance video cashing fraudulent checks at a Scott grocery store, according to a news release Friday from the Scott Police Department. All face counts… Continue reading →

KATC-TV: Youngsville woman accused of harboring sick, dead pigs in abandoned home

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a Youngsville woman on counts of animal cruelty after they found eight malnourished pot-bellied pigs and two dead ones inside an abandoned house, KATC-TV reported. Kristie Holbert, 42, was booked into the Lafayette Parish jail on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and eight counts of cruelty to animals.… Continue reading →

Ex-Episcopal student arrested after students receive threatening 'don’t go to school' text message

Nicholas Leggio, 17

A former student of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge was arrested Thursday in connection to a threat sent by text message to some students, a police official said. Nicholas Leggio, 17, was booked on a count of terrorizing after a photo of a male brandishing a handgun in his waistband was sent from Leggio’s social media account… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge convicted felon sentenced to prison for possessing a gun, violating terms of supervised release, U.S. attorney reports

A Baton Rouge convicted felon was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after he was convicted of possession a gun and of violating terms of his supervised release in an earlier conviction. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Nairie Chaney, 58, was sentenced to 91 months — or seven and a half years. Chaney was… Continue reading →

Suspect turns himself in after DWI stop turned car chase; Baton Rouge police shot at man as he brandished gun, ran from car

Stanley Yates

A suspect who led Baton Rouge police on a car chase Thursday night and then fled on foot with a handgun after being shot at by an officer turned himself into police on Saturday. Stanley Yates, 19, was wanted for aggravated assault with firearm of a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated flight… Continue reading →

Standoff at Ellisalde Street residence ends with man in police custody

Ivan Fitzgerald, 55

A man who caused a standoff with officers after barricading himself inside a residence for a few hours Thursday night was taken into custody without injury early Friday morning. Ivan Fitzgerald, 55, refused to exit 2261 Elissalde Street after officers responded to a report of a beating there by the man’s roommate about 11:30 p.m., said Baton… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 5

Arrests posted Feb. 4, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. CODY DONALD ARCENEAUX: 27, of the 100 block of Frank Street, Lafayette. He was booked on resisting an officer. BRANDON WILLY BROUSSARD: 25, of the 200 block of St. Anne Street, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.… Continue reading →

Four booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Wednesday to Thursday

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated 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: Donald Chaney, 63, 25921 Kendalwood Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and possession of alcoholic… Continue reading →

Man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend, holding her hostage at Baton Rouge WalMart for four hours

Alvin Young III, 49

Baton Rouge Police arrested 49-year-old man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and holding her hostage in his van for four hours in a Baton Rouge WalMart parking lot early Monday morning. Alvin Young III, 1125 Lombard St., New Iberia, punched the woman several times in the face in the parking lot of her apartment complex and threw… Continue reading →

Case dropped against pair accused in St. Helena asphalt scam

After warning St. Helena residents last year about possible asphalt scammers and issuing arrest warrants for two men, the Sheriff’s Office has resolved the issue out of court, the chief of detectives said this week. In May, deputies warned residents, particularly the elderly, that two men were approaching homeowners promising to perform driveway resurfacing for a low… Continue reading →

Four injured in crash Thursday afternoon, briefly closing Airline Highway near Delcourt

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge police and crews with Road Runner Towing work to clear a two car accident from Airline Highway at Delcourt Avenue during rush hour, Thursday, February 4, 2016.

A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon sent four occupants of a minivan to the hospital with injuries police do not believe are life-threatening. The minivan was westbound on Delcourt Avenue when it crossed Airline Highway and was hit by a northbound SUV, said Sgt. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman. The minivan partially overturned, and EMS… Continue reading →

Assumption deputies: Woman arrested after shooting man in the face in domestic dispute

Frances Boudreaux, left, Heather Guillory

A woman shot a man in the face during a domestic dispute Monday night, and while investigating the shooting, deputies uncovered a methamphetamine lab in the home where the injured man was being cared for until help arrived, Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Thursday. Frances Boudreaux, 31, who previously had been in… Continue reading →