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Man booked on second count in Friday shootings

A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second-degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in north Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized. Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified the man who was found shot to death Friday in the 800 block of West… Continue reading →

State Police suspect driver impairment in fatal crash near Hammond

A 28-year-old man was jailed after fleeing a crash on Friday night in which his pickup truck left a road near Hammond and rolled several times, killing his 35-year-old passenger, State Police said. Steve Savoie, of Loranger, was driving south on La. 443 at a high rate of speed with Adam Capdeboscq, of Husser, in the… Continue reading →

Crowley police arrest S.C. man accused in fatal shooting, home invasion and other Acadiana police news

Photo provided by CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Aaronton Williams, 22, of Jennings, was booked Nov. 19, 2014, on a count of principal to attempted first-degree murder and a count of principal to home invasion in connection with the Nov. 16, 2014, shootings of two people on East 15th Street in Crowley.

Police say they arrested a South Carolina man Friday who is accused in the Oct. 12 death of 22-year-old Taylor Beverly and the shootings on Sunday of two people on East 15th Street. D’Avondre Marquest Williams, 18, of Beaufort, South Carolina, was arrested Friday on a count of… Continue reading →

Gonzales police seeking man in armed assault in bar parking lot

Adrian Salas

Gonzales police officers continued to search Friday evening for a man seen hitting another man in the head with a pistol in a Gonzales bar parking lot earlier this month. The alleged attacker, Adrian Melo Salas, 24, 309 E. Verna St., Gonzales, is wanted on counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with… Continue reading →

Lafayette shootings leave one dead, two hospitalized

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Police work the scene of some shootings near the intersection of Gilman Road and Happiness Street Friday in Lafayette.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in North Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized. Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified the man who was found shot to death Friday in the 800 block… Continue reading →

Teens arrested in bomb hoax at Comeaux High School

Two Comeaux High School students were arrested Thursday morning after allegedly posting sticky notes that warned there was a bomb on campus, KATC-TV reported. School administrators and the campus resource officer identified the students through video surveillance and pulled them from class, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. They were identified within 15 minutes of… Continue reading →

Four booked on drugs, weapon counts in Ascension Parish

Photos provided by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- From left, Landarrius Alvarez, John Johnson, Raelynn Johnson and Jonquill Muse.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four people on drugs and illegal weapons counts Tuesday after detectives spotted their unoccupied car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store off La. 30. Once the four got in the 2000 Ford Taurus and drove off, detectives pulled them over on… Continue reading →

Dispute between former friends leads to multiple attempted murder counts

Justin Stoute on September 15

On Sunday afternoon, deputies say, 19-year-old Justin Stoute gunned the engine of his pickup at two teenagers who stood feet ahead of him in a home’s front yard off Hooper Road. The two had been Stoute’s friends until a falling-out in September, family members said. One of them is his 16-year-old neighbor, who used to ride bikes… Continue reading →

1,500 packets of synthetic marijuana delivered to Mr. Happy’s during police raid

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Coroner's Office and EBRPSO investigate a body found near the Bluebonnet Library Building.

Authorities added to their haul from a synthetic marijuana bust Tuesday when an ill-timed delivery showed up at one of the seven targeted smoke shops during a raid. Detectives with the Baker Police Department and Delta Narcotics Task Force were searching Mr. Happy’s Novelty Shop, 14424 Plank Road, Baker, when a parcel delivery company dropped off… Continue reading →

West Feliciana deputy suspended, demoted over ticket incident

The West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office demoted and suspended without pay a high-ranking captain after he tried to interfere with a deputy issuing a speeding ticket. During a traffic stop on Oct. 29 around 1:30 a.m., Capt. Michael Taylor urged the deputy to not write a ticket, West Feliciana Parish Chief Deputy Randy Metz said. That… Continue reading →

Two business owners arrested in drug raid and other Lafayette area police news

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Austin Hack, 17, of Lafayette, was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder and is accused of shooting someone twice in the back Nov. 18, 2014, in the 100 block of Castille Avenue

LAFAYETTE — Authorities arrested two men and seized almost seven pounds of synthetic marijuana and more than a half-pound of marijuana Tuesday after raiding two neighboring businesses on South Pierce Street, KATC-TV reported. Ratib Abuelouf, 32, and Nemer Abuelouf, 26 — who authorities say own convenience store Simcoe Food World and Jr’s Apple Tree,… Continue reading →

Electrical fire causes blaze at Clayton Street house

Fire damaged a house on Clayton Street Wednesday morning after an apparent electrical malfunction. (Photo courtesy of the Baton Rouge Fire Department)

Fire damaged a house on Clayton Street Wednesday morning after an apparent electrical malfunction. No one was injured in the blaze at 3651 Clayton St. Crews arrived at 9:55 a.m. and had the fire under control by 10:17 a.m., said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. The house was heavily damaged by… Continue reading →

Bonus for police: Delivery truck shows up during raid of smoke shop with 1,500 packets of synthetic marijuana

Authorities added to their haul from a synthetic marijuana bust on Tuesday when an ill-timed delivery showed up at one of the seven targeted smoke shops during a raid. Detectives with the Baker Police Department and Delta Narcotics Task Force were searching Mr. Happy’s Novelty Shop, 14424 Plank Road, Baker, when a parcel delivery company dropped… Continue reading →

Two arrested in slaying of West St. John football coach Juan Joseph outside Baton Rouge nightclub

Kendric Cloud, left, and Lemark Cloud

Two days after a high school football coach was shot and killed outside a Baton Rouge nightclub parking lot, police arrested the alleged shooter and another man accused of helping after the attack. Baton Rouge Police also released new details about the verbal argument in the early morning hours Sunday that precipitated the shooting of Juan Joseph,… Continue reading →

Lafayette corrections officer booked on malfeasance, obstruction counts

Jerrod Brashear and Megan Huval

A Lafayette Parish corrections officer has been arrested along with an inmate who is accused of disabling a surveillance camera that was set up in an internal investigation of the female deputy and the male inmate, officials said. Megan Huval, a 22-year-old deputy, was fired, then jailed, on counts of malfeasance in… Continue reading →

EBR deputies discover nearly 16 pounds of heroin hidden on bus

Juan Vasquez

Sheriff’s deputies searching a commercial passenger bus with a K-9 unit on Tuesday morning uncovered nearly 16 pounds of heroin — all of it hidden in two fire extinguishers. The deputies pulled the bus over for a traffic violation on I-12 and searched the luggage compartment for drugs with a dog named Jumma, said Casey Rayborn Hicks,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police identify suspect in shooting death of West St. John football coach Juan Joseph

Photo provided by BRPD -- Kendric Cloud

Kendric Lentrell Cloud, 25, of 7140 Juno Drive in Baker, allegedly shot Juan Joseph, a West St. John High School assistant football coach, to death outside a Baton Rouge nightclub early Sunday. Continue reading →

Arsonist sets fire to home just as tenants prepare to move in

Lee Albert Sam Jr.

An arsonist set fire just before 1 a.m. Monday to a rental house on Madison Street, causing minor fire and smoke damage to the home as tenants were preparing to move in, authorities said. “Investigators determined that multiple fires were set inside the dwelling,” said Alton Trahan, public information officer for the Lafayette… Continue reading →

Ex-attorney Bruce A. Craft plans to surrender to East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies for taking nearly $76K without completing work

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLILNG -- In this March 2, 2011, Advocate file photo, attorney Bruce Craft waits outside the Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse during deliberations by the jury in the racketeering and bribery trial of White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown and his brother, former White Castle mayor Maurice Brown.  Craft was representing former Mayor Maurice Brown.

A permanently disbarred former Baton Rouge attorney accused of collecting more than $75,000 for work he never completed is expected to surrender to authorities Tuesday following a criminal investigation into the fraudulent billing allegations. Bruce A. Craft, the former attorney, agreed to turn himself in to East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday after a… Continue reading →

Labadieville man accused of indecent behavior with juvenile, drug violations after search of home

Jeffrey Bishop of Labadieville was arrested Nov. 14 on several counts, including possession of cocaine.

A Labadieville man was arrested Friday and accused of engaging in indecent behavior with a juvenile and several drug violations after a search of his home, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Jeffrey Bishop, 39, was arrested when deputies arrived at his Labadieville home to search it for drugs, the Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Sixteen-year-old son fights off man attempting to rape his mother in Assumption Parish home

Hennry Buggage of Belle Rose was arrested for attempted rape Nov. 16.

A Belle Rose man was booked Sunday on a count of attempted rape after the son of the intended victim fought off his mother’s attacker, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack. Henry Buggage, 58, of 188 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, had given a woman a ride home from the Alexis… Continue reading →

Accused shooter in Kitts murder-for-hire trial takes stand, denies pulling trigger, taking money

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Monique O. Kitts exits the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. ORG XMIT: BAT1411061804042910

Karl Michael Howard, accused of firing the three fatal shots that killed Corey Kitts while he was sleeping in his Addis home four years ago, took the stand in his murder trial Monday and denied having anything to do with the slaying of his friend’s husband. Howard, who took the stand as… Continue reading →

Fire destroys apartment complex on Plank Road in Baton Rouge

A fire burns at an apartment complex on Plank Road in Baton Rouge on Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo courtesy of East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services)

Strong winds complicated efforts to extinguish a Monday morning fire on Plank Road that destroyed an apartment building but did not injure anyone, the authorities said. When firefighters arrived to the building on the corner of Plank Road and Pawnee Street, they found the structure intensely burning, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man wanted for Gardere murder; at least 3 arrested for DWI over weekend

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- An officer directs residents to the other side of yellow tape, Sunday, Nov. 16. Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting at 5354 Bank Street involving a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man wanted in the murder of a man in the Gardere neighborhood Saturday morning. Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge sheriff obtains arrest warrant in Gardere murder

Marcus Dominque

The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office is looking for a man wanted in the murder of a man in the Gardere neighborhood Saturday morning. Eric Kinchen, 32, was shot in the 1600 block of Port Drive around 10:00 a.m. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from gunshot wounds. In a… Continue reading →

West St. John community mourns death of coach slain outside Baton Rouge nightclub

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Friends and family gather together to mourn the loss of former West St. John's High School football coach, Juan Joseph, 27, during a memorial service at West. St. John High School in Edgard on Sunday November 16, 2014. Joseph was fatally shot after leaving a club early Sunday morning on Bennington Avenue in Baton Rouge.

Even as a kid, Juan Joseph liked to smile and crack jokes to lift others when they were down. That’s how friends and relatives remembered the St. John the Baptist Parish football coach fatally shot early Sunday. Continue reading →

Police discover body in burning car

Lafayette police on Saturday were continuing their investigation into the death of a 42-year-old man whose body was found in the backseat of a burning car Friday evening. Fire crews found the body while responding to a burning car on the 100 block of Bryce Street in Lafayette around 8 p.m., Lafayette Police Department spokesman… Continue reading →

Body of man, 42, found in burning car in Lafayette

Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man whose body was found in the backseat of a burning car Friday evening. Fire crews found the body while responding to a burning car on the 100 block of Bryce Street in Lafayette around 8 p.m., Lafayette Police Department Spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said. Investigators… Continue reading →

EBR sheriff’s deputies investigating fatal shooting in Gardere area

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at Port Drive and GSRI Avenue that left one man dead on Saturday morning. Deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 1600 block of Port Drive at around 10 a.m. Saturday, where they found a man with gunshot injuries, said Casey Rayborn Hicks,… Continue reading →

Man accused in theft of boat motor from Port Barre home and other Acadiana area police news

Photo provided by ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Samuel Hadley, 26, of Washington, was booked Nov. 13, 2014, on felony theft after a detective linked him to the May 2013 stealing of a boat motor in Port Barre.

Authorities say a Washington man booked Thursday on felony theft is accused of stealing a boat motor from a Port Barre home in May 2013. Samuel David Hadley, 26, was released on a $10,000 bond, said Sgt. Clay Higgins, spokesman with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Keith Dupre, a… Continue reading →

Two Baton Rouge officers fired Friday, indicted this week in sex case

Emerson Jackson, left, and Travis Wheeler

Two veteran Baton Rouge police officers accused of escorting a man out of a BREC park earlier this year while a third officer forced his female friend to perform a sex act were fired Friday. Emerson Jackson, 32, and Travis Wheeler, 27, were reported to be on paid administrative leave Thursday after a grand jury indicted… Continue reading →

Mexican national accused of smuggling illegal immigrants through Baton Rouge

A Mexican national is accused by federal authorities of smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States and six others were charged with illegal re-entry into the country, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday. A federal grand jury charged Sabino Guerrero-Estrada, age 27, of Mexico, with transporting illegal immigrants within the United States for… Continue reading →

Fund set up for LSU police officer injured after football game

The LSU Police Department has set up a fund to help defray expenses of the officer injured Saturday night when a car struck the motorcycle he was riding after the LSU-Alabama football game. Sgt. Christopher Gresham, 33, was helping escort a motorcade of University of Alabama officials and team doctors to the airport just… Continue reading →

Authorities say synthetic ‘weed’ a growing problem in St. Mary Parish

Photo by LANIE LEE COOK -- Capt. John Kahl, head of the criminal and narcotics divisions with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, displays a product called

Law enforcement has seen as many as 10 to 15 St. Mary Parish residents end up in the hospital in a single day after smoking what is commonly referred to as “synthetic marijuana,” a number more than 10 times the current rate in Lafayette, authorities say. Whether for seizures, psychosis or kidney… Continue reading →

Three of last 4 deaths at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison were mentally ill inmates jailed as mental health centers closed

Photo provided by Cathy Broussard-McLaurin -- Paul Rogers Cleveland, right, is pictured with his siblings Cathy Broussard-McLaurin and Darryl Cleveland.

A 72-year-old Gonzales man described by a family member as having a history of mental illness died Wednesday morning while incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The death of Paul Rogers Cleveland, who died from what authorities described as severe heart problems, marked the third time since April that a Parish Prison inmate died… Continue reading →