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Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in Ouachita Parish, in serious condition

Shooting suspect is Luke Hust

A Wildlife and Fisheries agent is in serious condition after he was shot in the back Thursday in Ouachita Parish, authorities said. Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe, is the suspected shooter, said Adam Einck, a Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman. State Police Troop F spokesman Michael Reichardt, of Troop F, was unable to release the identity… Continue reading →

One booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Wednesday and Thursday

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Travis Vessell, 32, 5604 Blackmore Road, St. Francisville, was booked on first-offense DWI, flight from officer, expired registration, driving left of center,… Continue reading →

Vermilion sheriff’s deputies book two men on drug counts

Jeremy Melancon, left, and Chet Miller

Agents with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two Abbeville men this week suspected of distributing methamphetamine, with one of the suspects allegedly tossing a plastic bag containing the illegal drug out of a car window when police started following the pair. Jeremy Melancon, 38, 308 Laura St., was booked on suspicion of possessing… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Thursday, May 21

Arrests posted May 21, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: ANDREW MICHAEL ALBRITTON: 20, of the 300 block of Bell Downs Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and improper lane change (no accident). DANIEL RAY ALEXANDER:… Continue reading →

Man flees during traffic stop, police find rifle and marijuana in vehicle, Sheriff’s Office reports

Items found inside the vehicle of a man who fled from officers Wednesday afternoon.

A man fled from and was later captured by officers Wednesday afternoon after leaving behind an AK-47 and drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Markus Morris, 27, was being pulled over for non-working brake lights near Highland Road and Chatsworth Street when he jumped out… Continue reading →

St. Martin fire official seeks to recover stolen equipment

The St. Martin Parish Fire District is trying to recover thousands of dollars in equipment stolen in mid-May from the Catahoula Volunteer Fire Department. Brian Castille, a coordinator with the fire district, said the Catahoula equipment was stolen sometime between May 13 and May 15. The fire district is offering… Continue reading →

Worker stringing cable electrocuted in Prairieville after coming into contact with overhead power lines

Updated at 5:42 p.m.A Mississippi man working in an elevated boom truck was electrocuted late Thursday morning in Ascension Parish when he apparently came into contact with overhead power lines along La. 73, authorities said. The electrocution and subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s body resulted in the shutdown of La. 73 between La. 42… Continue reading →

Arrest made in May 7 death of Arnaudville man

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday night arrested Dewayne Gravouia, 55, in the May 7 death of his 67-year-old neighbor George C. Prejean. The two men had been fighting at a residence on Betty Drive in Arnaudville. Gravouia was arrested at a Carencro residence and transported to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center, where he… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge rehab clinic director among 280 arrested in federal Operation Pilluted drug sweep

A Baton Rouge rehabilitation clinic director is one of more than 280 people accused in a multistate illegal prescription drug sweep by federal agents, U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Wednesday. Another 10 people were arrested by Baton Rouge police. Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out Operation Pilluted for 15 months, finding over 20 doctors… Continue reading →

St. Martinville man booked in theft of $50,000 worth of cypress

David Latiolais

A St. Martinville man was arrested Wednesday after surrendering in the theft of $50,000 worth of cypress and a utility trailer from a Catahoula residents, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. David Latiolais, 55, was booked into the parish Correctional Center on two counts of felony theft. He is being held without bail, the Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Four arrested in rash of burglaries at camps in Vermilion Parish

Pictured from left, Nathanel Kelly, Ricky Miller, Wilson Hargrave and Ashley Uriegas

Four Kaplan residents have been arrested in a rash of Vermilion Parish camp burglaries, an investigation that is ongoing and may result in more arrests, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said. The break-ins and thefts occurred at camps at Pecan Island, Couvillon said in an emailed statement. The sheriff did not release when the burglaries… Continue reading →

Crowley man booked in rape of juvenile, molestation of three others

Aaron Hagger

Police have arrested a Crowley man accused in the rape of one juvenile and the sexual molestation of three others, an investigation that showed all the minor victims knew the suspect, police said. Aaron Hagger, 49, was booked on counts of aggravated rape, oral sexual battery and three counts of sexual battery,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for May 20, 2015

Arrests posted May 20, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MARK ANDREW ALLEN: 51, of the 4500 block of Sale Lane, Lake Charles. He was booked on felony violation of protective orders. RYAN H. ANDERS: 31, of the 100 block of Channing Circle,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police seeking trio in gunpoint robbery in parking lot

Lafayette police are looking for three men who robbed a woman at gunpoint at an apartment complex on South Beadle Road on Tuesday night. The victim had just parked her car at 8:20 p.m. when she heard, “Give me what you got,” according to Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton. The woman told police… Continue reading →

LaPlace man struck, killed by train

Bontrion Toliver

Louisiana police increasingly using cellphone data — ‘the mother lode for law enforcement’ — in crime investigations; finding Taherah Ghassemi’s body latest example

Taherah Ghassemi

Taherah Ghassemi’s body might still be buried in the woods — and the men accused of abducting and killing her might still be free — if it weren’t for cellphones. The increasingly computerized devices played a pivotal role in ending the five-week search for Ghassemi and her alleged killers, reflecting the increasing usefulness of… Continue reading →

Plaquemine police searching for pair who scammed elderly victim

The Plaquemine Police Department is requesting the publics help with the identification of two individuals responsible for committing an elaborate scam against an elderly victim. During the incident, the two suspects coerced the victim into withdrawing a large amount of cash money from a local bank and then committed a theft of the money as they distracted the victim. Anyone with information regarding the identification and/or whereabouts of the persons involved are urged to contact the Plaquemine Police Department at 225-687-9273.

The Plaquemine Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men they say are responsible for an elaborate scam targeting a senior citizen. Authorities say the pair persuaded the man into withdrawing a large amount of cash from a local bank and that one of the men distracted the victim while the… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist killed in St. Martin Parish when thrown from cycle after head-on with one car and into path of an another car

A 69-year-old Broussard man died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on La. 96 in St. Martin Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. The crash, shortly after 10:37 a.m. near Windy Hill Road, took the life of Marvin Deselles, who was thrown from his motorcycle after being hit by one car and into the path of… Continue reading →

Update: Evacuation, shelter-in-place orders lifted overnight for Addis subdivisions near tanker derailment

Photo provided by Addis Police Department -- Addis train derailment on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

esidents of two subdivisions within 1,000 feet of where four chemical tankers derailed Tuesday afternoon. The decision to impose a mandatory evacuation was made around 4 p.m., while crews worked to right the toppled rail cars, and affected residents of the… Continue reading →

Iberville teacher arrested, admitted having sex with students, sheriff says

Keavin Keith

Iberville Parish school officials said they were shocked Tuesday by the arrest of one of the district’s top teachers on 37 counts related to inappropriate sexual relationships with three students. Keavin Keith, 30, was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on Tuesday on 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student,… Continue reading →

Three suspected of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish between Sunday and Monday

Authorities arrested at least three 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: Alberto Renedo, 46, 2935 Osceola St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of… Continue reading →

Pedestrian killed Saturday on Florida Boulevard was struck by two vehicles; police search for second vehicle after driver fled

A 39-year-old woman killed Saturday night as she was attempted to cross Florida Boulevard was struck by two SUVs, one of which drove away before officers arrived, police said Monday. Jannie Doiga, 39 of 30577 Milton Road, Walker, died at the scene when she was hit as she tried to cross Florida Boulevard at North Donmoor at… Continue reading →

Truancy roundups lead to summonses for more than 100 parents, guardians of East Baton Rouge students

If it were up to her, Ashley Booker’s third-grade student would be in school every day. But a health issue prompted the 26-year-old mother to put her daughter in a family member’s care, which she said eventually led to the girl’s truancy and Booker receiving a criminal summons to answer for those absences. That’s why Booker turned… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for May 18, 2015

Arrests posted May 17, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: Bonnis Alexander: 40, of the 300 block of Marigny Circle, Duson. He was booked on fighting. Kennie James Alfred: 27, of the 200 block of Peppermill Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant. Randy… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police dispute Sports Illustrated claim that detectives delayed meeting with La’el Collins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.

There has been much speculation in the sports world about why former LSU football star La’el Collins waited until after the NFL draft to meet with Baton Rouge homicide detectives about the recent killing of a pregnant woman whom he knew. The importance of the delay was significant and proved costly for Collins. The 21-year-old offensive lineman,… Continue reading →

10 booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish, including one person for an eighth DWI offense and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Alex Septh, 37, 1161 Michigan St., Port Allen,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for May 16, 2015

Arrests posted May 16, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: TIMOTHY ALBERT: 39, of the unit block of P O Box 912, Port Barre. He was booked on public intimidation and retaliation. MARCUS JAMES AMOS: 47, of the 100… Continue reading →

Traffic stop in Broussard leads to synthetic pot arrest

A Lafayette man booked Wednesday is accused of possessing more than an ounce of synthetic marijuana that officers found during a traffic stop. Darrell Duplechin, 27, was booked on a count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics after an officer found 37 grams — or about $370 worth — of… Continue reading →

Late night raid at Lipstick club nets 15 facing charges, 5 more wanted

Mohammed Ali Makki

An eight-month, multi-agency undercover investigation into a Lafayette strip club culminated Thursday evening with a raid and the arrests of its owner and 12 of his employees on counts ranging from drug distribution to prostitution. Two other employees were issued summonses for failing to register as exotic dancers. Mohammed Ali Makki — the owner of Lipstick,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested in shooting injury of homeless woman

A man said to have been taunting homeless people gathered under the North Boulevard overpass was arrested Thursday in the May 3 shooting injury of one of those people, Sherelle Diaz. Keithan Jamaal Turner, 19, of 3303 Lone Oak Drive, Baton Rouge, shot Diaz three times, striking her twice, under the 1700 North Blvd. overpass, according to… Continue reading →

Prosecutors will not file charges against former Lafayette deputy in jail beating

Adrian Theriot

Prosecutors will not file charges against one of four former Lafayette Parish deputies accused of beating an inmate last year, KATC-TV reported. Adrian Theriot, 29, was accused of malfeasance and second-degree battery for allegedly watching two other deputies beat 41-year-old Jason Brungardt and failing to prevent it or report the April 2014 incident to superiors. Although… Continue reading →

Customers experience power outage in near Highland Road and Interstate 10

More than 700 Entergy customers power is out near the intersection of Highland Road and Interstate 10, according to an outage map on the company’s website. The outage began at about 3:40 p.m. because of broken equipment on a utility pole at the Pecue substation, which feeds part of the interstate, said Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson.… Continue reading →

Three women killed, one missing; as Baton Rouge police try to put together the pieces, they see no 'common thread'

Pictured from left, Taherah Ghassemi Brittney Mills and Taylor Latham

Three women were killed in separate shootings and a fourth disappeared over the past two months in East Baton Rouge Parish. But thus far, the only element connecting the incidents is the flummoxing nature of each case. No one has been arrested in the deaths of the three women — Jemina Williams, Brittney Mills and Taylor Latham.… Continue reading →

Two arrested, two others wanted in Saturday shooting injury in Crowley

Two people have been arrested and two new suspects were announced Thursday in the April 25 shooting at the Kathy apartment complex. Gevin Louis Varise, 29, of Plaquemine, was arrested Thursday by Baton Rouge Police and awaits extradition to Acadia Parish on counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted… Continue reading →

St. Landry Parish man gets 5-year sentence in 2009 death of girlfriend

A St. Landry Parish man convicted in February of negligent homicide in the death of his girlfriend was sentenced Thursday to five years at hard labor. Judge Gerard Caswell, of 27th Judicial District Court, handed down the sentence for Kurt Dwayne Miller, 36, who was originally indicted on second-degree murder in the… Continue reading →

Five suspected of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Chad Chenvert, 34, 16335 Centurion Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding and driver’s license… Continue reading →