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James Cormier tapped to head State Police Troop I in Acadiana

Photo provided by LOUISIANA STATE POLICE -- State Police on Aug. 3, 2015, announced the promotion of Capt. James Cormier as commander of Troop I, which oversees the eight-parish Acadiana Region.

State Police on Monday announced the promotion of Capt. James Cormier as commander of Troop I, which enforces state law within an eight-parish Acadiana region. Cormier, a Pointe Coupee Parish native and resident, most recently served as criminal investigations commander for an 18-parish region of south Louisiana and succeeds Capt. Becket Breaux, who was promoted as… Continue reading →

Four suspected of DWI between Sunday and Monday 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. Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Gene Gobert, 71, 817 N. Coventry Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and… Continue reading →

Man shot, injured, Monday near Lafayette’s Dorsey Park

A man shot in the leg near Dorsey Park in Lafayette on Monday afternoon was unable to give Lafayette Police a description of the assailant. The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Cora Street, near the park and the Martin Luther King Center, according to a news release from the Lafayette Police… Continue reading →

Bicyclist hit by vehicle dies after accident on Goodwood Boulevard

Advocate staff photo by Hilary Scheinuk -- Baton Rouge police say a vehicle struck a bicyclist Monday afternoon on Goodwood Boulevard.

A Baton Rouge bicyclist traveling west on Goodwood Boulevard on Monday was hit by a vehicle and later died at a hospital. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark confirmed that the cyclist died from his injuries. The accident happened just after 2 p.m. near Lobdell Avenue. The preliminary investigation indicated the… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 3

Arrests posted Aug. 2, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. PAGE LEIGH ADDISON: 34, of the 300 block of Fuselier Street, Arnaudville. She was booked on two counts of municipal purposes and four counts of warrant/bench warrant. JOHNNY RAY ARDOIN: 57, of the 2100 block of Camille Street, Lafayette. He was booked… Continue reading →

Dog killed in early Monday fire that has been ruled a case of arson

A house fire early Monday that left a dog dead was ruled by fire investigators to be a case of arson. Firefighters called to 1865 Birch Street just after 3 a.m. found flames coming from the home, according to a news release from the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Crews could not gain initial access into the house… Continue reading →

Two men arrested after Livingston Parish home invasion and vehicle theft

Two Baton Rouge men were arrested and a stolen vehicle was recovered after Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion early Saturday. Cody Terry, 34, drove to a home in the 10000 block of La. 1033 after a “domestic-related argument” and kicked the door open to break into the house, said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason… Continue reading →

Child, 7, released from hospital after New Iberia crash that left four others dead and other Acadiana Crime Blotter news

The 7-year-old occupant of a single-vehicle crash on Saturday in New Iberia that killed four people, including a baby, has been released from the hospital. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a vehicle crash at the intersection of South Lewis Street and Connie Rue Road in New Iberia. According to deputies, the driver was… Continue reading →

12 suspected of DWI between Tuesday and Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Cihan Celik, 29, 530 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless… Continue reading →

In Brittney Mills murder case, encryption practices keep frustrated investigators from getting crucial cellphone data

Photo provided by Facebook -- Brittney Mills

Cellphone encryption practices could be keeping investigators from solving the murder of Brittney Mills and her son, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Saturday, but family members remain hopeful the truth will surface. “By no means have we forgotten them,” said Mills’ mother, Barbara Mills, on Sunday. “This will be in the forefront… Continue reading →

Four killed in single-vehicle accident in New Iberia

Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a single-vehicle accident in New Iberia that has resulted in the deaths of four people and injuries to a 7-year-old child, KATC-TV reported. The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday at South Lewis Street and Connie Rue Road. Officials first reported several injuries and one fatality when… Continue reading →

Body of Hammond man recovered from Mississippi River, authorities say he likely drowned

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office reported Saturday that it was a Hammond man whose body was recovered Friday from the Mississippi River, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices made the identification of Jmarcus Raphael Watson, 24, through his fingerprints, the release says. The preliminary findings of an… Continue reading →

Six people booked on DWI charges

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them:… Continue reading →

Walker woman booked in killing 2 on La. 1062

A Walker woman was arrested after she struck two women with a vehicle on La. 1062 in Tangipahoa Parish early Saturday morning, State Police said in a news release. Charlotte Woods Ross, of Loranger, and Angel Aimmons Gill, of Husser, were walking in the middle of La. 1062’s eastbound lane about 4 a.m. when Katy… Continue reading →

Mississippi man dies after vehicle strikes tree

State Police began investigating a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning after a 28-year-old man died after his car hit a tree along Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish, State Police said in a news release. Louisiana State Police Troop A began the investigation about 3 a.m. and identified the victim as Seth Orcutt, of Lorman, Mississippi,… Continue reading →

Lightning strike starts attic fire, displaces two families

A lightning strike hit a Baton Rouge duplex Thursday afternoon in the Gardere area, sparking a fire in the attic and displacing two families, St. George Fire Department Eldon Ledoux said. The fire department received a call around 4:40 p.m. about a fire at 8301 Ned Ave., Ledoux said. The fire was brought under control by 5:06… Continue reading →

Even if Lafayette killer were judicially committed in ‘08, he would’ve expired off national background check list by time he bought gun

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)

Since John “Rusty” Houser opened fire in a Lafayette movie theater last week, his troubled mental health and ability to purchase a gun has been under a microscope. At one point in 2008, Houser’s family raised questions about his mental health before a couple different judges. But officials have said he was never formally committed to treatment… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for July 30

Arrests posted July 29, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. SIDNEY R. ARD: 30, of Crowley. He was booked on three counts of fugitive. BRIANA BELL: 19, of the 900 block of Gary Drive, Breaux Bridge. She was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and headlights. JAMES BENJAMIN:… Continue reading →

Man wanted in murder killed himself after Wednesday night shootout with U.S. Marshals Task Force in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE      Residents await answers as members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement personnel continue to investigate an officer involved shooting Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the corner of Prescott and West Brookstown.

A suspect in a Lafayette murder died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after a shootout in Baton Rouge with a U.S. Marshals Task Force, authorities said Thursday. U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said Lawrence Lynel Blackburn, 37, of Morgan City, died and a woman was wounded when a U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted… Continue reading →

Coroner identifies 37-year-old man killed in house fire early Thursday on Carlotta Street, near LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Baton Rouge fire investigators check out the upstairs window of a house on Carlotta Street where a fatal fire occurred.

The blackened walls of an upstairs room could be seen Thursday morning through the shattered windows of a Carlotta Street house where a fire killed one man and seriously injured another. James Mobley, 37, died from high levels of carbon monoxide toxicity, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark, who ruled his death… Continue reading →

LSU Police arrest administrative coordinator after audit reveals $82,000 missing from the theater department

David N. Rodriguez

An administrative coordinator who worked in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building remained in jail Thursday after an internal audit revealed more than $82,000 missing from the theater department’s checking account. David N. Rodriguez Jr., 48, one of four employees with access to the department’s Campus Federal Credit Union account, told auditors he… Continue reading →

2 employees accused in theft of brass fittings

Two Louisiana Sugarcane Cooperative employees are accused in the theft of brass pipe fittings from the factory, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. James Alexander, 41, of Breaux Bridge, and Jimmy Batiste, 57, of St. Martinville, were booked Wednesday, each on a count of illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500, the Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Louisiana Sugarcane Cooperative employees booked in theft of brass pipe fittings in St. Martin Parish

Two Louisiana Sugarcane Cooperative employees are accused in the theft of brass pipe fittings from the factory, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. James Alexander, 41, of Breaux Bridge, and Jimmy Batiste, 57, of St. Martinville, were booked Wednesday, each on a count of illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500, the Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Attorney Joel Porter says DNA analysis shows he didn’t kill his wife 30 years ago

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Joel Porter passionately lays out the legal documentation that he says clears him of any suspicion in his wife's 1980s murder. Attorney Steve Irving, right,  listens.

When local attorney Joel Porter’s name surfaced last year in the cold-case investigation of his wife’s 1985 killing, he insisted he was innocent and sued a Baton Rouge police detective, claiming the officer defamed him by saying Porter had always been a suspect in the murder. Now Porter contends that the discovery of an unknown person’s DNA… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for July 29

Arrests posted July 28, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. LONDON ALEX: 19, of the 200 block of Pearl Street, Lafayette. He was booked on fugitive. HEATHER NICOLE ARNAUD: 33, of the 2800 block of Twin Lane, Maurice. She was booked on resisting an officer and four counts of warrant/bench warrant.… Continue reading →

Police release photos of movie theater gunman’s car in hopes of retracing his steps in south Louisiana

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows the car John Russel Houser was driving before he opened fire in a movie theater July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. Lafayette police said in an email Tuesday, July 28, that they are releasing the photographs in hopes that people may have seen the blue 1995 Lincoln Continental and may remember encountering Houser. (Lafayette Police Department via AP)

Police in the Lafayette have released photos of a car that a gunman was driving before he opened fire in a movie theater. Lafayette police said in an email Tuesday that they released the photographs in hopes that people may have seen the blue 1995 Lincoln Continental and may remember encountering John “Rusty” Houser. Mike Edmonson,… Continue reading →

Duplex sustains heavy damage in blaze

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a duplex early Wednesday on Lavinia Street, according to a news release from the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at 631 Lavinia St. just before 1 a.m. to find fire coming from one of the units in the duplex. Firefighters were able… Continue reading →

As investigation winds down on the Grand 16 Theatre mass shooting, Lafayette police turn attention to other shootings

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  A sign is seen attached to a light pole Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in response the shooting that left three dead, including the gunman, and nine injured last Thursday at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, La. Police have turned the theater back over to its owners, but it has not yet re-opened.

Two moviegoers who suffered bullet wounds at the hands of John “Rusty” Houser remained hospitalized in Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon as the Coroner’s Office prepared to release the gunman’s body to his out-of-state relatives. After the 59-year-old Houser shot 11 people during a screening of the comedy film “Trainwreck” on Thursday night, he opened his mouth… Continue reading →

Two Lafayette men injured in North Loop shooting Tuesday

Two Lafayette men were hospitalized with moderate injuries Tuesday afternoon after someone shot them three times each in the 100 block of North Loop. Police responded to the scene about 3:50 p.m. and found the two men, ages 20 and 27, suffering from bullet wounds, according to a Lafayette Police Department news release. The men… Continue reading →