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Child playing with matches sparks Baton Rouge house fire

A child playing with matches Tuesday night touched off a fire at a home on Paige Street, said Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles. Firefighters arrived at the house at 5322 Paige St. just before 8:30 p.m. to find smoke coming from the house, Miles said, and were quickly able to bring the fire under control.… Continue reading →

Five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Monday to Tuesday

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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Guillermo Rodriguez, 41, 5750 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper backing, not in… Continue reading →

Crowley man wanted in Walmart shooting may be in California

Ronald Babineaux

Police are searching for a former Crowley man wanted in the shooting injury of a person last month in a Walmart parking lot. Ronald Babineaux, 26, who is wanted on attempted second-degree murder, has ties in California and authorities believe he may be in that state, according to a news… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 28

Arrests posted June 27, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. GAVIN M. ANGELLE: 59, of the 100 block of North Romero Street, Carencro. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. JAMIE ARCENEAUX: 28, of the 100 block of Dogwood Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on simple burglary and two counts of theft of… Continue reading →

Attorney General's office arrests 3 for bank fraud, theft

. Three people were arrested on counts of bank fraud and theft in the amount of $200,000, Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday. Jason Lipscomb, of Ponchatoula, was arrested on one count of bank fraud and theft by fraud in the amount of $200,000, Landry said in a news release. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Report: Medic describes I-10 crash that injured six, left him with gash, broken toe, shattered teeth

William Smith, 26, DWI, vehicular injuring, hit and run, reckless operation, etc.

An Acadian Ambulance medic injured in a Sunday crash involving an alleged drunk driver recently described the incident, which also injured five others, according to a report. “I didn’t even realize I was injured until somebody told me,” John Piker told WBRZ-TV. Piker, who suffered a gash in his arm requiring 12 stitches, a broken toe and six… Continue reading →

Man claims FBI ‘extorted’ him on sex crime in exchange for dirt on former ATC chief Troy Hebert

Christopher G. Young

A former Louisiana liquor lobbyist is claiming the FBI used the threat of child porn charges against him in hopes of encouraging him to “wire up” on state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert and possibly other officials to catch them in corrupt acts. And included in a court filing last week by Christopher G. Young… Continue reading →

Two booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Sunday to Monday

Authorities arrested at least two 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: Caitrin Borrel, 32, 2365 Honeysuckle Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain… Continue reading →

Iberia sheriff signs one-year pact with New Iberia

Advocate stafffile  photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal

Iberia Sheriff Louis Ackal on Monday signed a one-year agreement with the City of New Iberia, but it’s not clear how much law-enforcement coverage the city will get out of the contract. “In making this announcement, the Sheriff said that the City of New Iberia has refused his request for additional funds to maintain the level… Continue reading →

Louisiana drug dealer sentenced to 10 years in federal prison; was convicted in 2015 on opiate distribution charge

A Louisiana man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, ordered to forfeit $60,000 in cash and pay a $25,000 fine following his conviction in the trafficking of opiates. Kendrick D. Alexander, 43, with residences in Baton Rouge and New Iberia, was convicted on March 12, 2015, of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, U.S.… Continue reading →

St. Amant man killed in motorcycle wreck

Prairieville man killed in Blood River boating incident after colliding with bulkhead, trees

A Prairieville man died late Saturday in a boating accident on the Blood River in Livingston Parish, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported. LDWF agents found the body of Larry Andre Jr., 59, about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Andre was thrown into the water after he “collided with a bulkhead and subsequently trees,” according to a… Continue reading →

‘I’m going to kill y’all’: Baton Rouge man slaps, threatens grandmother, deputies say

Wilfred Guerin

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a man accused of slapping his grandmother during an argument, then pointing kitchen knives at another person who stepped in to protect the woman. Wilfred Guerin, 33, is accused of slapping his grandmother, leaving a “large red mark” on her wrist, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Another person… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested in domestic abuse case, shouts threats at deputies and hospital workers, deputies say

Cory Ray

A Baton Rouge man shouted threats Saturday at medical staff and sheriff’s deputies at a hospital he was taken to for treatment of injuries he received in a domestic abuse case he’d been arrested in earlier, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office reported. Corey Ray, 39, was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center… 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 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Dwayne Armelin, 48, 4915 Alvin Dark Ave., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, improper display of license… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Officer, 5 others injured when suspected drunken driver plows into I-10 crash scene

William Smith, 26, DWI, vehicular injuring, hit and run, reckless operation, etc.

A drunken driver plowed into a group of people helping at the scene of a wreck on Interstate 10 early Sunday, seriously injuring six people, including a police officer and two Acadian Ambulance medics. Police arrested William D. Smith, 26, who’s accused of driving his Chevrolet pickup into a Mazda 6 soon after it crashed into a… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for June 25, 2016

Arrests posted June 25, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: SILTON ARDOIN JR.: 54, of the 300 block of Carville Street, Lafayette. He was booked on simple battery. DEVIN JAMES BATISTE: 21, of the 200 block of Cooper Drive,… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Brook Crain, 23, 10020 Garden Oaks Ave., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation… Continue reading →

Police: Baton Rouge man fleeing officer runs into stranger’s house; hits resident before he’s eventually coaxed out

Arthur Kinchen

A Baton Rouge man fleeing from a police officer who tried to pull him over ran into a stranger’s house, where he hit a resident and hid inside before surrendering Friday evening, the Baton Rouge Police Department reported. Arthur Kinchen, 19, was arrested after the Police Department’s Special Response Team was called to coax him… Continue reading →

Report: Baton Rouge man leads police on high-speed chase on I-110 that ends at Krispy Kreme

Steven Hardy

A Baton Rouge man led police on a high-speed chase northbound on Interstate 110 Thursday night, causing other drivers to maneuver to avoid crashing with him before he was subdued and arrested in a Krispy Kreme parking lot, police said. Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Narcotics Division were patrolling near the 3800 block of Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Man, 53, accused of raping, molesting juvenile over a period of years

Tommy Atkins

A Baton Rouge man was booked Thursday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, molestation of a juvenile, sexual battery and oral sexual battery for acts over several years, beginning when the victim was 11 or 12, police said. The attacks by Tommy Atkins, 53, began sometime between 2009 and 2011 at City-Brooks… Continue reading →

Lafayette residents want to help detectives find who killed Ashley Metz and Brouklynn Hill, whose bodies were discovered Tuesday in separate burned cars

Ashley Metz, left, and Brouklynn Hil

Volunteers want to bring major attention to the slayings of Ashley Metz and Brouklynn Hill, and they plan to meet Monday to plot publicity efforts they hope will help solve the case. Metz, 23, and Hill, 22, both from Lafayette, were the victims found inside separate burning cars this week in rural Lafayette Parish, according to… Continue reading →

Candle left burning in vacant Lafayette house causes fire, portion of Evangeline Thruway closed

A woman living inside a vacant home in Lafayette left a candle unattended Friday afternoon, leading to a fire that closed a portion of the Evangeline Thruway near rush-hour traffic, according to the Lafayette Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 1200 block of the Southeast Evangeline Thruway shortly before 5 p.m. and found heavy… Continue reading →

North Carolina man pleads guilty to possession of child porn involving a Lafayette-area minor

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a sexually explicit image of a Lafayette minor, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s Office announced on Friday. Eric Teague, 47, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to contacting a Lafayette-area minor through social media and receiving a sexually explicit image from the minor in January 2015, according to a news… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man injured in shooting later booked on felony weapons counts

Travis Cobbs

A Baton Rouge man who was treated at a hospital for a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound in the early morning hours Friday was later arrested on felony firearms counts. East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies responding to a call about a shooting at 17232 Jefferson Highway around 1:30 a.m. Friday found Travis Cobbs, 27, of that address, wounded… Continue reading →

Accused killer is father of slain Baton Rouge school administrator's unborn child, police report

Lyntell Washington

The fetus inside the body of a woman found slain in a sugar cane field June 14 was fathered by the man accused in the killing, a Baton Rouge Police Department official said, citing findings from a crime lab report released Thursday. But a lawyer for Robert Jovantie Marks said the evidence doesn’t link his client to… Continue reading →

Fire marshal, Ascension Parish deputies release video of man who may have torched a stolen car

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- This man, walking into a St. Gabriel convenience store Tuesday, June 21, had been seen in a car stolen from a Gonzales-area neighborhood that same day, Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies said Friday. The car was later found burned behind the Mississippi River levee in St. Gabriel. Other vehicles on Lillie Valley Drive, where the burned car was stolen, were burglarized early Tuesday, deputies said.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating why a car stolen from a neighborhood south of Gonzales was found burned this week behind the Mississippi River levee in Iberville Parish. Sheriff’s deputies provided surveillance video Friday of a man walking into a nearby convenience store who… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Thursday and noon Friday. Those booked and the counts against them: — Bryan Whittington, 45, 8824 Munson Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI, license plate light required. — Nathaniel… Continue reading →

Assumption Parish man, 47, accused of molesting 6-year-old girl

Tommy Lishman

An Assumption Parish man admitted to touching a 6-year-old inappropriately and was arrested this week after an informant had warned authorities the girl was being molested by him, parish sheriff’s deputies said Friday. Tommy E. Lishman, 47, told Assumption deputies he inappropriately touched the girl on more than one occasion at… Continue reading →