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After domestic violence victim stabbed, Baton Rouge looks at risk assessment to help decide who stays in jail

The same week a Baton Rouge woman was brutally stabbed by her boyfriend who’d hours earlier bonded out of jail on a domestic abuse count, officials here huddled to discuss a tool they hope will flag the offenders most likely to commit another act of violence. The instrument is the latest way local authorities hope… Continue reading →

Woman fatally stabs boyfriend during argument at Prairieville home, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reports

Jonqualya Benton

A 21-year-old Prairieville man was stabbed to death Friday night during an argument with his girlfriend that turned violent, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Jonqualya Benton is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Deshad Perry, in the chest just before midnight. He later died at a hospital in Baton Rouge, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said.… Continue reading →

Teenager dies in crash Friday in Livingston Parish; Denham Springs man booked on DWI, negligent homicide

A 19-year-old Deville woman lost her life in a four-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Livingston Parish. Michael Farris, 58, of Denham Springs, was driving northbound on La. 16 south of La. 63 shortly before 1 p.m. when he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes, sideswiping two vehicles and hitting another head-on, a Louisiana State… Continue reading →

Protective orders help most domestic abuse victims, but can jeopardize a select few, experts say

Ascension Parish deputies arrested David L. Johnson Sr., 38, early Monday in the murder of his estranged wife, Monica Butler Johnson, who was found dead in the back yard of her Geismar home.

Monica Butler Johnson’s estranged husband choked her until she lost her voice. He later stalked her outside a birthday party and at Wal-Mart, lingered by her home’s windows and hid in her attic, she wrote, asking a court to bar David Johnson from coming within 100 yards of her Geismar property. She received a temporary protective… Continue reading →

BR police make arrest in killing on North 23rd Street

Michael Collins, 39

A man accused of shooting dead another man last month was arrested Thursday night, police said. A Crime Stoppers tip led police to 650 North Ardenwood Drive around 9:30 p.m., where they found Michael Collins, 39, of 1500 North 23rd St., said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, in a news release. Police say Collins… Continue reading →

Pizza delivery driver robbed, shot in arm Thursday night, police say

Baton Rouge police are investigating an armed robbery and shooting of a pizza delivery driver late Thursday on Shelley Street, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, who said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. A news release from the Police Department gave this account: The 20-year-old Domino’s Pizza employee was delivering food items… Continue reading →

Blood trail leads police to find man shot to death between houses on Osceola Street

Monquel Yates

Police who found an unoccupied vehicle with shattered glass and blood inside followed the blood trail and discovered one person shot to death late Thursday on Osceola Street, said Baton Rouge police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely. Police were responding to a “shot spotter” call about 11:35 p.m. in the 3600 block of Osceola Street, when they found… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested after accidentally shooting pregnant girlfriend

Jason Williams, 19

A 19-year-old Baton Rouge man was arrested after accidentally shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach about 10:35 p.m. Thursday, police said. Jason Williams told police that he accidentally shot his girlfriend, also 19, while removing a handgun from a dresser at the residence they shared at 6267 Arbor Vitae Drive, Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely… Continue reading →

Lafayette police seek man in July 18 shooting during failed drug deal

Harold Onezine

The Lafayette Police Department is trying to track down an attempted-murder suspect accused of shooting the victim after demanding money during a failed drug deal. Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for Harold Onezine, 28, for attempted first-degree murder. Police gave this account of the shooting: Onezine met with the victim on July 18 to sell… Continue reading →

Convicted killer accidentally released caught in Atlanta; error caught when he was spotted in Iberville Parish

Benjueil Johnson

The U.S. Marshals Service says “good ol’ fashioned” police work led to the capture of the convicted killer accidentally released by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections ahead of serving a 40-year sentence for manslaughter. “Quite frankly, this was just some really good police work,” Kevin Harrison, U.S. marshal for the… Continue reading →

New Iberia woman killed after crashing into pole

A New Iberia woman died on Wednesday after she veered off the roadway and crashed her car into a pole, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Betty Tauzin, 55, was transported to an area hospital after the crash, where she died of her injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said. It happened around 5:45 p.m. on LA… Continue reading →

Stolen mower, trailer recovered in Youngsville following investigation

Police on Wednesday recovered a stolen lawn mower and the stolen trailer used to haul it away — two months after the two Lafayette men accused in the thefts confessed to stealing them though not revealing where they took the equipment. The items were found in Youngsville after an investigation that included the Broussard, Youngsville and… Continue reading →

Three suspected of DWI between Wednesday, Thursday in East Baton Rouge Parish

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Chitara Cooper, 41, 16441 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turns, obstruction… Continue reading →

Man arrested Tuesday after trying to drive over deputies was at the time free on $300,000 bail

Eddie Isadore, 21, after his arrest Tuesday

A suspect accused on Tuesday of hitting a Sheriff’s Office narcotics agent with his car and trying to run over other deputies was, at the time, free on $346,500 bail for two previous arrests, according to court documents. The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to revoke bail for Eddie Isadore, 21,… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Baton Rouge man arrested, accused of inappropriately touching six-year-old girl

Arthur Lee Ellis II, 24

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge man who inappropriately touched a six-year-old girl while watching a graphic movie has been booked into Parish Prison, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Arthur Lee Ellis II, of Baton Rouge, was booked on one count each of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile after the young victim told investigators… Continue reading →

Eight students suffer minor injuries after car reportedly runs stop sign, strikes school bus early Thursday

A school bus crash Thursday morning sent eight Park Elementary School students to the hospital with minor injuries, according to police and school officials. The bus driver and witnesses told police that the bus was traveling north on North 27th Street around 8 a.m. when a Mazda Millenia traveling east on Gayosa Street failed to stop for… Continue reading →

Morgan City man indicted in fatal shooting of Lafayette man

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Morgan City man on a count of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Lafayette man. Quentin Cooper, 25, is accused of killing Dravin Stevenson and of attempted first-degree murder of another 19-year-old man in the shooting, according to the indictment. Police arrested Cooper the morning… Continue reading →

Mandeville filmmaker gets six month prison sentence for defrauding Louisiana film program

A Mandeville moviemaker who cheated Louisiana’s film tax credit program was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison and the same stretch of time in a halfway house. The sentence handed down in a Baton Rouge federal court Wednesday to Daniel Garcia, 38, is the latest indication of problems with an economic development program that’s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge schools chief says boy's beating at game 'disgusting,' 'not acceptable,' vows to step up security

Photo provided by Candy Robinson -- Quinton Robinson,12, left, and his mother Candy Robinson. Quinton was the victim of an attack at a Scotlandville High football game Friday

The head of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system said Wednesday that he’s reviewing security at all of the district’s high schools to find ways to prevent a repeat of the vicious attack that happened to a 12-year-old boy Friday night after a Scotlandville High football game. District officials will review lighting and the placement of… Continue reading →

Lafayette fire investigators trying to determine what sparked garage fire

Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a Lafayette couple’s garage to erupt in flames late Tuesday night, causing heavy fire and smoke damage to the home and two vehicles. Firefighters responded to the 100 block of Michelle Circle, off Doucet Road, around 11:10 p.m. and spent 30 minutes getting the fire under control, Lafayette… Continue reading →

Rewards offered for information that leads to capture of Benjueil Johnson, accidentally released prisoner

Benjueil Johnson

Crime Stoppers and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections are both offering cash rewards for information that helps capture a 32-year-old convicted killer who was accidently released from prison just a few years into his 40-year sentence. Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said Wednesday that her agency will pay $1,000, in addition to Crime… Continue reading →

Four accused of DWI between Sunday, Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least four 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. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Fabian Cruz, 29, 373 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, reckless operation, driver’s… Continue reading →

Schools chief Warren Drake decries beating of 12-year-old at football game: 'Our schools should be safe places'

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The ascension of Warren Drake to EBR School Superintendent has raised hopes anew that he can do what others have failed to, to heal the breach in this city over public education that led to the St. George incorporation movement. Unlike past superintendents, Drake is a local son, a respected educator, a former principal of BR high school and former supt. of the top-rated Zachary school district.

A 12-year-old boy remained hospitalized Tuesday after he was severely beaten outside a Scotlandville High School football game Friday night, according to Baton Rouge police. The boy, whom police did not identify, was leaving after the game — a 28-20 Scotlandville victory over East Ascension High — when he was attacked in a parking… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man accused of attempted feticide after he knocked down pregnant girlfriend, stomped her in the stomach

Kyle Lavergne, 18

Baton Rouge police arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday who knocked down his pregnant girlfriend and then kicked and stomped on her in the stomach shortly after she told him she was pregnant with his child. Kyle B. Lavergne, 3455 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree feticide, simple battery and… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Driver attempts to run over deputy, lands in jail; deputy has minor injury

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Investigators with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office process the scene of an accident involving one of their detectives at 12120 Old Hammond Highway, near the intersection at Blvd de Province, Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

While trying to escape a traffic stop, a driver hit an East Baton Rouge Parish narcotics agent and tried to run over other deputies Tuesday about 3 p.m., a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. The adult male driver, identified as Eddie Isadore, 21, of Baton Rouge, led officers on a high-speed chase before being arrested, said Casey Rayborn… Continue reading →

Officials do not suspect foul play in deaths of two men whose bodies found two weeks apart in Vermilion River

Foul play is not suspected in the deaths of two men whose bodies were found two weeks apart in the Vermilion River, but the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office said it’s still awaiting DNA tests to positively confirm their identities. A full autopsy for both men, which will include cause of death and a toxicology report, is… Continue reading →

Suspect in fatal stabbing of Denham Springs woman had history of violent altercations with victim

Kent Scott

A Denham Springs man accused of repeatedly attacking his girlfriend over the past 15 years was arrested Tuesday after police said he stabbed her to death in her front yard. Gwendolyn Ann Thomas, 52, got into an argument with Kent Scott, 51, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, about 7:30 a.m. inside her home at 424 Louise St.,… Continue reading →

Man accused of stabbing girlfriend had bonded out with $210; some ask why 'Gwen's Law' wasn't used   

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Detectives remove a toddler from the scene as investigators with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office work the scene of a possible deputy-involved shooting on Maplewood Drive, Saturday, September 26, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Two hundred and ten dollars was the only barrier to Anthony McKinney bailing out of the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on a domestic violence count Friday. Just hours later, he repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend , authorities said, before he was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy. McKinney, who’d been arrested some 20 times on… Continue reading →

9 Baton Rouge siblings removed, mom charged; children slept 'huddled' on floor; one says she was 'whooped'

Leticia Brothers

State authorities have taken nine Baton Rouge siblings into custody after finding little food and no beds for the children in their home Saturday, according to a Baton Rouge police report. The mother of the children, 27-year-old Leticia Brothers, 12627 La Margie Ave., was arrested and booked into Parish Prison on counts of child endangerment, cruelty… Continue reading →

Neighbor douses kitchen fire on Elvin Drive before firefighters arrive; unattended pot blamed for starting fire

An alert neighbor put out a house fire on Elvin Drive on Monday morning before firefighters arrived, said St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux. The fire was caused by an unattended pot left on a stove, Ledoux said, and caused damage to the kitchen, though smoke had spread throughout the home at 1842 Elvin Drive.… Continue reading →

Pedestrian seriously injured after hit by car Monday on Government Street at Acadian

A pedestrian has been hospitalized with severe injuries Monday afternoon after being hit by a car while trying to cross the street in the 3400 block of Government Street, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said. The pedestrian had been walking near the intersection of Government at South Acadian Thruway when he stepped into the eastbound traffic lanes… Continue reading →

Man shot while exiting vehicle at apartments

A man getting out of his vehicle at a Hammond apartment complex heard gunshots early Monday and realized he had been shot in the shoulder, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for help sorting out details of the shooting, which occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Quick Boulevard. Diquan Morris,… Continue reading →

More Louisiana agencies getting naloxone, drug that can stop a heroin overdose

The dispatcher over the radio reported an otherwise healthy man in his late 30s who’d taken too many prescription pain pills had begun slipping in and out of consciousness. Just minutes away when he received the call, Mike Chustz, a paramedic with Emergency Medical Services in East Baton Rouge Parish, rushed to the scene to find the man’s… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Jealous rage leads man to break into ex-girlfriend’s house, choke her

Gerald Williams, 38

A 38-year-old Texas man in a jealous rage early Sunday morning kicked down the apartment door of his ex-girlfriend, choked the woman and then stole the cellphones of her and her current boyfriend, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Gerald Williams, 38, 5350 W. Military Drive, San Antonio, Texas, allegedly bashed open the door of his ex-girlfriend’s… Continue reading →