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St. Mary inmate found dead and other Acadiana area police news

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

BR police seeking man in attempted robbery of O’Neal Lane restaurant

Attempted Armed Robbery Suspect

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man in a Ford Explorer who wore blue latex gloves while trying to rob a McDonald’s drive-through window on Saturday morning. When the man stopped at the window of the O’Neal Lane restaurant in a green 1990s-model Explorer at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday, he aimed what looked like a gun… Continue reading →

Jailer finds dead inmate in jailhouse bunk

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

Unrestrained Opelousas driver killed when ejected from SUV

An unrestrained Opelousas driver died Friday night when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit several objects before he was thrown from his SUV. Nicholas Lafleur, 28, was heading north on La. 105 south of Krotz Springs in St. Landry Parish when he lost control of his 2000 Explorer, State Police Master Trooper Brooks David… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist killed in Livingston Parish crash

A motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on La. 22, east of La. 16 in Livingston Parish, according to State Police. James B. Geter, 46, of Maurepas, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on La. 22 when he ran off the roadway to the left as he was… Continue reading →

Lee High teacher arrested for alleged lewd comments to student

Oscar C. Mays

A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities Friday morning after one of his former students accused him of making inappropriate comments to her at school on several occasions. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Oscar C. Mays, 50, on accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from the alleged… Continue reading →

University sends out warning text Friday morning, Lafayette police respond

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police sent an emergency notification to students Friday morning that a suicidal man suspected to have a gun was reported near campus.

LAFAYETTE — An unarmed man claiming to be suicidal near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday morning was admitted to a mental health facility for evaluation, authorities said. The university sent text alerts to students around 11 a.m. about a suicidal man “suspected to have a gun,” who was reported driving near McDonalds on Johnston… Continue reading →

Traffic stop results in gunfire, two arrests in Crowley Thursday night

CROWLEY — Two Crowley men were arrested late Thursday night after one of them fired at a police officer on North Avenue near West 8th Street, authorities said. Jarvis Hopkins, 20, is accused of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer after he fired his weapon during a traffic stop shortly before midnight, said Crowley… Continue reading →

Lafayette police identify motorcycle rider killed in Thursday crash

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Police have identified the victim in an early Thursday morning motorcycle crash that remains under investigation, authorities said. Justin R. Rice of Abbeville died at an area hospital around 7 p.m., said Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department spokesman. A police officer found the 20-year-old on Foreman Drive around 1:13 a.m. Thursday… Continue reading →

Boil water advisory issued for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton

Water officials on Thursday issued a boil water advisory for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton, citing unspecified problems with the water supply. The advisory is in effect until further notice, according to a release from Water District No. 7 of East Feliciana. Residents should boil their water before drinking from it, officials said.… Continue reading →

Crowley police chief candidate jailed over $11,000 owed in child support

Photo provided by Lafayette Police Department

A candidate for Crowley police chief has been jailed for 90 days over not paying more than $11,000 in child support, according to KATC TV. The Acadia Parish Clerk of Court’s Office said Bendell Hunter was ordered to serve 90 days in jail with no credit for time served and no credit for… Continue reading →

Zachary woman dies from injuries in Oct. 16 crash

State Police said an 83-year-old Zachary woman was killed in a crash when she turned her car into the path of an oncoming Dodge truck on Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road. Cherry Boudreaux had come to a stop on Joor road on Oct. 16 and was turning onto Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road when she drove into the path… Continue reading →

State Police recover trash bags full of prescription drugs, six arrested

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Lt. J.B. Slaton, Deputy Commander of Public Affairs for the Louisiana State Police, stands before a press conference at State Police Headquarters Thursday, pointing at medical facility fliers seized along with the prescription medicines and other evidence seized after State Police obtained a search warrant for a 'stash house' storage unit in East Baton Rouge Parish. Valued at at least $1 million, possibly as much as $2-3 million, the pharmaceuticals seizure was the culmination of a near year-long investigation of pharmacy break-ins,  resulting in three burglary ring members being arrested Oct. 10 in East Baton Rouge Parish, along with three others for resisting arrest, before current stash house seizure. The burglaries occurred in several parishes, and the investigation involved a  number of police, sheriff's office and law enforcement agencies.

State Police investigators on Thursday seized roughly $1 million in prescription drugs from a rented storage unit — the result of more than 25 pharmacy burglaries across two states. Shelton Broadway, 41; Keeshla Stagg, 39; and Ladnell Womack, 27, who were all arrested Oct. 10, used tools to break into the pharmacies across Louisiana and Mississippi and… Continue reading →

WBR sheriff’s deputy arrested in Baton Rouge, accused of soliciting prostitute

Florian Deutsch

Police on Thursday arrested a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy accused of propositioning prostitutes for free sex, flashing his badge and threatening to jail them if they refused to comply, Baton Rouge police said. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office promptly fired Deputy Florian Deutsch, a corrections officer at the West Baton Rouge Parish… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after four-month undercover drug investigation

After a four-month undercover investigation, Ascension Parish deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man Thursday on multiple drug counts involving marijuana, cocaine and heroin, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. Romel Julien, 29, 306 W. Seventh St., Donaldsonville, was the target of the undercover investigation, Bacala said. Over the course of the operation, Bacala… Continue reading →

Smoke from small fire closes Donaldsonville Primary Thursday

A small morning fire inside a classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School on Thursday forced the evacuation and closure of the Ascension Parish public school for the day, parish school officials said. Johnnie Balfantz, public school spokesman, said Thursday that 570 prekindergartners to second-graders were taken to the cafeteria at Lowery Middle School… Continue reading →

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s mother dies from injuries in Saturday car accident

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Nancy Claitor, standing rear left, watches as her son Dan Claitor, right, signs in to qualify to run for office at the Secretary of State's office in this August 2014 Advocate file photo. Nancy Claitor died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, as a result of injuries she suffered in a car crash Saturday in Ascension Parish. Her grandson Sam Claitor is also shown.

The mother of Baton Rouge state Sen. Dan Claitor died late Wednesday after she was injured in a Saturday crash on Airline Highway in Ascension Parish, State Police said Thursday. Nancy M. Claitor, 80, of Baton Rouge, died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge shortly before midnight… Continue reading →

Traffic stop turns up crystal meth, other illegal drugs.

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Gary D. Martin

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bayou L’Ourse man, who was out of jail on bail, on drug distribution and weapons counts after a traffic stop turned up crystal methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The sheriff’s narcotics agents stopped Gary D. Martin, 58, in a white Ford Focus on Honey Lane… Continue reading →

15-year-olds admit to cellphone thefts

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two 15-year-olds after they admitted to stealing a booksack full of cellphones owned by high school football players visiting Donaldsonville for a game Friday night. The sack of 15 cellphones had been taken from a Centerville High School bus at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium on Clay Street… Continue reading →

Deputies target King Bradford area, 8 arrested on warrants

Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people on outstanding bench warrants and seized five ounces of marijuana as well as other drugs during an effort to clear warrants in the King Bradford area Wednesday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The eight suspects were arrested on a total of 13 bench warrants. By the end… Continue reading →

Students injured in bus accident Wednesday

Photos from Louisiana State Police --Louisiana State Police Troop D is looking for a man involved with a hit-and-run accident Monday in Lacassine.

Several Judice Middle School students were injured in a school bus accident Wednesday afternoon, KATC-TV reported. Lafayette Parish School System officials said 7 to 9 students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following the crash on South Fieldspan Road near Congress Street, according to KATC-TV. State Police said minor to… Continue reading →

Livingston authorities arrest 3 in car burglaries

Michael Terrell

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested three men accused of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from about 25 unlocked vehicles late Monday and early Tuesday. The men allegedly stole GPS devices, laptops and sports equipment that totalled between $3,000 and $6,000 in value, said Lori Steele, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The men told deputies… Continue reading →

Opelousas gas leak capped, but part of Main Street still closed

An Opelousas gas leak was capped mid-afternoon Wednesday after construction workers punctured a line on Main Street, authorities said. Main Street, or Highway 182, remained closed in the southbound direction from Prudhomme Lane to Church Street as of 5 p.m., said Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow. Both lanes of Main and Church… Continue reading →

Broussard police arrest pair on drug counts after traffic stop

Christopher Savoy, 34, left and 23-year-old Emmanuel Hebert

Broussard Police arrested two Lafayette men and seized more than half a pound of synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday, authorities said. Emmanuel Hebert, 23, was found with 280 grams of the substance and $233 in cash, and 34-year-old Christopher Savoy had 48 grams in his possession, Police Chief Brannon… Continue reading →

Deputies arrest eight, seize drugs in King Bradford area

Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people on outstanding bench warrants and seized five ounces of marijuana as well as other drugs during an effort to clear warrants in the King Bradford area Wednesday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The eight suspects were arrested on a total of 13 bench warrants. By the end… Continue reading →

Man arrested for hit-and-run crash into Duson home

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Muddy tire tracks are still visible leading up to a section of Lisa and Sam Viator's West Congress Street home Tuesday after a hit and run on October 11.

A Jennings man was arrested Tuesday after he confessed to crashing his company truck into a Duson home earlier this month, narrowly missing a 6-month-old baby in a crib before fleeing the scene, authorities said. Dustin Wayne Lasseter’s damaged white Dodge was Houston-bound for repairs Monday when Deputy Joey Graciana, who was investigating… Continue reading →

BRPD investigating Georgia Street shooting

Baton Rouge Police Department officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night in the 2800 block of Georgia Street, according to a news release issued by Cpl. Don Coppola of the BRPD. Coppola said the victim, a 24-year-old male, arrived at a local hospital at about 9:20 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 21, 2014

A Lafayette man wanted on an attempted second-degree murder count in the Oct. 12 shooting on Clara Street was taken into custody over the weekend. Police say 30-year-old Rondell Derouen, of the 400 block of Eighth Street, was arrested Sunday in the shooting and also booked with one count each of misdemeanor marijuana… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man accused of striking woman with brick

Reginald R. Holmes

On the run and out of breath, a shirtless Baton Rouge man called police for help Sunday afternoon, only to end up jailed on accusations that he beat an elderly woman on the head with a brick near Convention Street. Responding to a 911 call, Baton… Continue reading →

Police: Baker resident killed in French Quarter by drunk driver

Tevest Vance

It was meant to be a weekend of joy. Taylor McGonigle, days away from her 22nd birthday, and several friends made a trip to the French Quarter from the Baton Rouge area to celebrate. But on the walk back to their car early Sunday, the merriment turned to horror… Continue reading →

LSU sprinter accused of raping woman at off-campus party

Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake

An All-American sprinter on LSU’s track team was arrested Sunday after a woman told investigators he raped her at an off-campus party. Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake, 20, was booked into Parish Prison early Monday on a count of forcible rape. Mitchell-Blake remained jailed Monday afternoon in lieu of a $100,000 bail. An 18-year-old woman… Continue reading →

Arson suspected in fire at vacant house

Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house Monday morning on Riley Street, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at 10:07 a.m. at 3131 Riley Street to find the middle to rear of the structure engulfed in fire. The fire destroyed about 60 percent of the home before it was… Continue reading →

Brookshire fire caused by electrical malfunction, couple escapes safely

The Baton Rouge Fire Department announced that an electrical malfunction sparked a fire in the attic of a Brookshire Avenue home on Sunday afternoon. A couple in the home at 12235 Brookshire Ave. noticed the power go out at about 4:15 p.m., and then they heard a “loud popping” sound above their home’s primary electrical panel,… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 20, 2014

A 44-year-old Lafayette woman who was trying to help a distressed motorist Friday morning was run over by a tractor-trailer and killed on Interstate 10 near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the Associated Press said Sunday. Wendy Snelling and her family had pulled over to help the driver… Continue reading →

Police identify man found dead in car parked at Wal-Mart

Lucas Sanchez

Gonzales police identified the 26-year-old man on Sunday who was found dead Saturday as he was sitting in the driver’s side of a parked car in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot. Lucas Sanchez, 4315 Orchard Ave., Pascagoula, Mississippi, was discovered after a resident passed by the car and alerted police about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, said Charlotte Guedry,… Continue reading →

Two escape when candle causes house fire

No one was injured when a candle in the bedroom of a Sheldon Drive home sparked an early Sunday morning fire. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2036 Sheldon Drive about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and quickly brought the blaze under control, Fire Department spokesman… Continue reading →