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Fire at Baton Rouge apartment unit deemed arson

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Baton Rouge apartment Friday evening after someone set fire to a pile of trash inside the vacant unit. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11614 Sherwood Valley Court just before 6:30 p.m. and quickly put it out before it could spread, the Baton Rouge Fire Department release says. The apartment… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least eight 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: Kenneth Dean, 22, 40237 Coontrap Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI and careless operation. Alando Gilkes,… Continue reading →

Lafayette Police seeking to identify man shot, killed Friday

Police are working to identify a man shot and killed early Friday in Lafayette. Officers responding around 2:15 a.m. to a fight in a parking lot at 3103 W. Pinhook Road learned that the man and a 38-year-old woman had been fighting before they both fell to the ground, at which point the woman shot the man… Continue reading →

Pedestrian struck by car, killed on Airline Highway

A 57-year-old pedestrian died Thursday after a car hit him in the 7100 block of Airline Highway, police said. The incident took place shortly after 6 p.m. when the man walked onto the road from the west side and was struck by a 2010 Ford Taurus, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman.… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Nov. 27

Arrests posted Nov. 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: MICHAEL BELLARD: 52, of the 100 block of Hebert Road, Lafayette. He was booked on operating a vehicle while under suspension and open container of alcohol in a vehicle. THOMAS LARSEN BILLEAUD: 23, of the 200 block of Old Settlement Road, Lafayette.… Continue reading →

Suspect named in Thanksgiving day killing in Plaquemine

Suspect Jerome Anderson Gray

Police named a suspect Friday in the killing of a Plaquemine man who was found dead Thanksgiving Day near the intersection of Canal and Church streets. Police believe Jerome Anderson Gray, also known as Dusty, killed Derick Askins and that he may be in the New Orleans area, though his motive is still undetermined, a Plaquemine… Continue reading →

Report: Man aims stolen gun at Baker couple

Two men are spending Thanksgiving in Parish Prison after one of them brandished a stolen handgun at a married couple in Baker over a funny look, Baker Police said. Baker police found drugs and the stolen weapon in the men’s car after the couple, who told police they didn’t know the suspects and had no idea… Continue reading →

Two men shot, injured Wednesday night in St. Martin Parish

Casey Wiltz, 28

A St. Martinville man who allegedly shot two others at a St. Martin Parish crossroads Wednesday night has surrendered to authorities and has been booked on two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Casey Mark Wiltz, 28, shot 34-year-old Andre Narcisse and 31-year-old Kelvis Narcisse shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Loreauville Highway and Cemetery Highway,… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Nov. 26

Arrests posted Nov. 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: WILLIE MARKEL ANGELLE: 20, of the 100 block of Dutch Street, Carencro. He was booked on armed robbery and warrant/bench warrant. DALEAH L. BELLARD: 17, of the 100 block of Clara,… Continue reading →

Two Abbeville motorcyclists dead after collision with 18-wheeler

An Abbeville man and his nephew died Wednesday evening when their motorcycles collided with an 18-wheeler on La. 14 west of U.S. 90 in Iberia Parish, State Police said. Jones Mitchell, 45, and Gerald Mitchell, 25, both of Abbeville, were riding Suzuki motorcycles westbound on La. 14 around 6 p.m. Wednesday when a Peterbilt 18-wheeler turned onto… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least five 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: Angela Forbes, 33, 10600 Lakes Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, driving left of center… Continue reading →

Former LSU instructor murdered, killer commits suicide in Connecticut home

Facebook photo -- Lauren Beebe

. Update, 2:15 p.m. Friday Police ruled Friday the deaths of a Killingworth couple found dead Wednesday morning in their Connecticut home a murder-suicide. The death of Lauren Beebe, 48, who had ties to Baton Rouge, was determined murder, and the death of Billy Newman, 57, was ruled a suicide. The couple both died of gunshot wounds,… Continue reading →

Ontario Street house destroyed by fire

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge firefighters battle a building fire in the 2600 block of Ontario Street off of Plank Road late Tuesday night, November 24, 2015, in North Baton Rouge.

A vacant house on Ontario Street at the corner of Plank Road in Baton Rouge was declared a loss Tuesday night after it was engulfed by a fire. Baton Rouge firefighters responded at 10:28 p.m. to the blaze amid reports of a person possibly trapped inside, but no one was found in the house, department spokesman Curt… Continue reading →

State Police: Baton Rouge man an accused of possessing pornography involving juveniles

A Baton Rouge man who admitted to downloading child pornography off the Internet has been arrested by State Police. William Tujague, 31, 1111 Pelican Lakes Parkway, Apt. 403, was booked into Parish Prison Tuesday on two counts of pornography involving juveniles. Detectives from several agencies searched Tujague’s apartment Tuesday and discovered two files containing child pornography… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Nov. 25, 2015

Arrests posted Nov. 25, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: KENNETH RAY BOB: 28, of the 500 block of Orchid Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. TYRONE JAMES BONNET: 29, of the 1900 block of N.… Continue reading →

Broussard, Morgan City strip clubs among clubs cited in statewide sting operation

State investigators cited a Broussard strip club for prostitution during a statewide sting operation that also led to the emergency suspensions of two Morgan City strip clubs, the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Tuesday. The owners of Michael’s, located at 4000 U.S. 90, will be scheduled for an administrative hearing in coming weeks… Continue reading →

Latest: 16 year old arrested after accidentally shooting woman found at Waffle House on College Drive

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Crime scene technicians photograph a revolver found behind a dumpster as Baton Rouge Police work the scene of a reported shooting in the parking lot of Waffle House on College Drive, Tuesday evening, November 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La.

A 19-year-old woman who was shot and critically wounded was found Tuesday night by Baton Rouge police at Waffle House on College Drive. Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said officers learned about the shooting from a caller around 5:30 p.m., and when they arrived at the restaurant, they found the wounded woman outside.… Continue reading →

Fake ‘movie’ prop money popping up in South Louisiana; two arrested

Fake money created for use as props in movies is circulating across several parishes in southeast Louisiana, with authorities receiving multiple complaints about the counterfeit cash from banks, bars and convenience stores. Police have already arrested two people accused of using the fake bills and expect to make more arrests, Morgan City Sgt. Rick Hartley said.… Continue reading →

Ascension deputies seek clues in Prairieville car wash burglaries

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a person who made off with about $3,000 after breaking into the money machines at two car washes in Prairieville, Lt. Col Bobby Webre said. The person, captured on video by surveillance cameras, broke into the kiosk machines at Platinum Express car wash and the… Continue reading →

Manhunt ends, man fleeing wanted in auto theft, traffic violations, not attempted murder as State Police first thought

A man who fled from a car during a traffic stop, sparking a brief manhunt, was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Brady Jones Jr., 19, of Denham Springs, faces counts of aggravated flight from an officer, no seat belt, driving with a suspended license, as well as outstanding warrants from the Denham Springs Police Department, said State… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Nov. 24

Arrests posted Nov. 23, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: KENNETH JOHN CARMOUCHE JR.: 27, of the 1000 block of Nanny Road, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on criminal trespass; having no safety belt; misdemeanor theft; operating a vehicle with a suspended license; and three counts of warrant/bench warrant. THERON JAMES CHARLES:… Continue reading →

Three booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge 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 noon Sunday and noon Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Marcus Ferry, 34, 3946 Tyrone Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, flight from an officer, reckless operation of… Continue reading →

Two suspects in slayings of Duplantier couple returning to Baton Rouge soon

Ernesto Llerena Alonso, left, Frank Garcia-Llerena

Arrangements are being made to bring both suspects in the October killings of a married Baton Rouge couple back from Florida to face potential charges in Louisiana. The two suspects, 42-year-old Ernesto Llerena Alonso and 48-year-old Frank Garcia, were arrested nearly a month apart at Garcia’s home in Hollywood, Florida. Garcia, who was… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge woman arrested after she drops unclothed infant; police find drugs in her vehicle

Christine Hussey, 31

A Baton Rouge woman who apparently dropped her unclothed infant while running between stores was arrested Sunday after police discovered drugs and paraphernalia in her car. Christine Hussey, 31, and another woman “appeared to be on drugs,” outside the Race Trac gas station at 2330 O’Neal Lane at 4:19 p.m., according to a Baton Rouge Police report.… Continue reading →

Detectives identify man killed in shooting Monday night near Baker

Update, 11 a.m. Tuesday: The man shot to death Monday has been identified as 25-year-old Michael Smith, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said Tuesday morning. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 389-5000 or 344-STOP. Original story: Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office are… Continue reading →

Lafayette deputies seek armed robber of Dollar General

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- An armed robber entered the Dollar General on La. 1252 in Lafayette Parish on the night of Nov. 22, 2015, and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives are searching for a man who robbed a discount store clerk at gunpoint Sunday night in Lafayette Parish. The robber entered the Dollar General around 9:06 p.m. in the 800 block of La. 1252 while brandishing a handgun. He demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Sheriff’s Office described him… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report Nov. 23

Arrests posted Nov. 22, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. CHRISTOPHER BRYAN ARSEMENT: 33, of the 200 block of Reggie Road, Duson. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; no lamp over license plate; and speeding over 30 mph above the limit. DERICK ANDREW BARKER: 24, of the 100… Continue reading →

Arson ruled cause of fire at vacant Baton Rouge home overnight Monday

A fire at a vacant Baton Rouge house has been ruled arson, officials said. At 12:30 a.m. Monday, Baton Rouge firefighters responded to a one-alarm house fire in the 1900 block of Maryland Street, according to a news release from the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters arrived on scene to find fire coming from the front… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

A blackjack dealer at the Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles was arrested Saturday and accused of stealing a thousand dollars in casino chips, State Police said. The Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division was tipped off Friday by security at L’Auberge Casino Resort, also in Lake Charles, that a Golden Nugget employee had exchanged… 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 noon Saturday and noon Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Leo Babin, 66, 31050 La. 16, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of alcoholic beverage in a… Continue reading →

LSU student accused of holding girlfriend at gunpoint following argument

A 21-year-old LSU student accused of kidnapping and later holding his girlfriend at gunpoint after they got into an argument outside her sorority house on Nov. 14 was booked into parish prison Friday on counts of simple kidnapping, false imprisonment with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm, police said. John Michael… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated, including one man on his third offense, 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: Parker Madere, 25, 18243 Watts Road, Livingston, third-offense… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Nov. 21, 2015

Arrests posted Nov. 21, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: BRANDON TAVEN ALLEN: 38, of the 800 block of E. 6th Street, Kaplan. He was booked on fugitive. DOROTHY ALICIA BATISTE: 31, of the 200 block of High Meadows… Continue reading →

Evangeline deputies shoot at Iberville Parish woman during chase

Sandra Carry Ann Williams

Evangeline Parish deputies on Thursday night opened fire on a Iberville Parish woman accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase, running vehicles off the road and later pinning a deputy between two vehicles as she drove in the direction of another, KATC-TV reported. Authorities said Sandra Carry Ann Williams, 20, of Sunshine, lost control during… Continue reading →

Zachary man and woman admit to scheme to steal more than $1 million from Medicaid via false claims

The owner and chief financial officer of a Zachary health care company were convicted recently in federal court in a multi-million-dollar scheme to rip off the Louisiana Medicaid program, U.S. Attorney of Middle District of Louisiana announced. Extraordinary Care Network Inc. owner Barbara A. Sadler, 63, and former chief financial officer of the company, Sedric… Continue reading →