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Firefighter injured in Sunday apartment fire

A Baton Rouge firefighter suffered a leg injury when two fire departments battled an apartment building blaze early Sunday that damaged all eight units. Firefighters who were called to the Hampton Court Apartments, 2424 Drusilla Lane, about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, saw smoke coming from the building, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news… Continue reading →

Dormitory fire causes evacuation Sunday

Photo provided by Louisiana State Police -- Vernell Bazile

A fire broke out in a University of Louisiana at Lafayette dormitory Sunday morning, spurring an evacuation as officials worked to figure out the fire’s cause, University Police reported. Firefighters arrived about 10 a.m. Sunday to find black smoke billowing from the rear of Baker Hall, an undergraduate residence hall on campus, said Cpl. Billy Abrams,… Continue reading →

Police searching for missing 4-year-old Baton Rouge boy

Photo provided by BRPD -- Jassiah Clark

A 4-year-old Baton Rouge boy has been missing since Saturday afternoon, placing new strain on his family still mourning the deaths of two men close to the child who killed each other in an argument only one month ago. Jassiah Clark was last seen by his mother about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near their Robertson Avenue home,… Continue reading →

Firefighter injured as fire damages Drusilla Lane apartment building

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Fire Department -  All eight units in this apartment building on Drusilla Lane were damaged in a fire early Sunday. A Baton Rouge Fire Department firefighter suffered a leg injury.

A Baton Rouge firefighter suffered a leg injury when firefighters from two departments battled an apartment building blaze early Sunday that damaged all eight units. Firefighters who were called to the Hampton Court Apartments, 2424 Drusilla Lane, about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, saw smoke coming from the building, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a… Continue reading →

Family escapes but dog dies in house fire

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Fire Department -- Two people escaped the fire in this Erie Street home late Saturday but the family dog died.

Two people escaped an Erie Street house fire Saturday night, but the family dog fell victim to the blaze. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2331 Erie St., about 10:50 p.m. Saturday and found flames engulfing the front of the house, fire department spokesman Mark Miles said Sunday in a news release. “Firefighters made a… Continue reading →

Bayou L’Ourse man accused of taking daughter hostage, shooting dog

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a Bayou L’Ourse man accused of taking his 5-year-old daughter hostage and shooting their family dog. After staying up all night drinking with a friend, Danny Ray Reding fired his .22 caliber revolver four times, shooting his dog, a bulldog-pit bull mix, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Dec. 21, 2014

Arrests posted Dec. 20, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: AUSTIN W. BENNETT: 24, of the 9000 block of Highland Road, Baton Rouge. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding 11 to 15. CALBERT JAMES BROUSSARD: 33, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Two booked in rape of intoxicated woman

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested two men accused of raping an intoxicated woman. Readd Paul Lacoste, 23, and Damian Jefferson, 25, were drinking vodka Sunday at the victim’s apartment, according to an arrest report. Once the woman became intoxicated, they took her to the bedroom and raped her, police said.… Continue reading →

Family remembers Baton Rouge shooting victim as charismatic, loving young man

Photo provided by Jordan Douglas -- Christian Allen

Whether he was making music, relaxing with friends or playing with his newborn son, Christian Allen always knew how to lighten the mood. That’s how relatives remembered the 22-year-old man fatally shot a block away from his Baton Rouge home Thursday night. “He was a very bright, respectable young man,” said his mother, Sandra Chew. “If… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Search on for accused rapist considered armed and dangerous

Photo provided by KATC -- Jesus Muñoz Perez, 30, and 24-year-old Zene Vasquez, both of Morgan City, along with 26-year-old Ossiel Muñoz Perez, of Houma, were extradited to Louisiana Dec. 18, 2014, after they were arrested in Texas on counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the Dec. 14, 2014, burglary, beating and stabbing of a 33-year-old Morgan City man.

Investigators have issued an arrest warrant for an Opelousas man accused in the Thursday night rape and beating of a woman at a truck stop off Interstate 49. Jamal Scott James, 25, is wanted on one count each of aggravated rape and attempted first-degree murder, St. Landry… Continue reading →

Man shot to death Thursday night in Baton Rouge

A man was shot to death in Baton Rouge on Thursday night, according to the Baton Rouge police. Police arrived at the scene in the 2600 block of Citadel Drive around 10:30 p.m. and found the victim, Christian Allen, 22, dead in the roadway. Police said the shooting happened after a possible attempted robbery.… Continue reading →

Opelousas residents rally against police brutality and racial profiling

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO -- Taneisha Richard holds a sign as she prays during a demonstration in solidarity with police brutality protests nationwide on the courthouse steps in Opelousas on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!” “Enough is enough!” “Every life matters!” Familiar chants rang through Courthouse Square in Opelousas as a crowd gathered peacefully Thursday evening to join the national conversation denouncing police brutality and racial profiling. About 70 people braved the chill and threat of rain to… Continue reading →

Gonzales man accused of dealing methamphetamine

Photo provided by the Ascension Parish Sheriff;s Office -- Jessie James

Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics detectives on Thursday arrested an accused methamphetamine dealer during a traffic stop at the intersection of La. 44 and La. 42. The detectives pulled over Jessie James, 37, of Gonzales, for driving recklessly, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. They discovered James had multiple active… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Thief steals single mom’s Christmas gifts

Photo provided by AVOYELLES PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Authorities are trying to identify a man captured in surveillance images burglarizing two businesses of booze and cigarettes in the Fifth Ward community outside of Marksville in the early morning hours Dec. 16, 2014.

A thief reportedly got away with a single mother’s Christmas gifts in a daytime burglary Thursday on Lebesque Road, KATC-TV reported. The woman returned home around 5:30 p.m. to find her back door kicked in and the gifts for her niece and 1-year-old son missing, along with a TV, Nintendo Wii, iPad Mini,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police on lookout for suspect who robbed Circle K near LSU campus

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery at a Circle K on Brightside Drive near LSU's campus Monday.

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery at a Circle K on Brightside Drive near LSU's campus Monday. The suspect approached the front counter and pulled out a gun while demanding cash from the register. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Police describe the suspect as a black male in his 50s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Police book Texas man in I-10 accident

Lionel Galvan

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old man accused of drunkenly slamming into another car head-on in late November after driving the wrong way on Interstate 10, injuring two people and himself. Lionel Galvan was driving west in a Kia on the eastbound lanes of I-10 in Baton Rouge when he crashed into an oncoming car,… Continue reading →

Acadiana Police News: St. Landry sheriff to skip community rally against police brutality

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz has canceled his scheduled appearance at a community rally to be held Thursday in Courthouse Square, spokesman Sgt. Clay Higgins said. The sheriff had a medical procedure rescheduled for Thursday, and “his doctor advised against” attending the event, said Higgins, who will represent the… Continue reading →

Youngsville chief-elect names assistant chief

Photo provided by NICK LATIOLAIS -- Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Assistant S.W.A.T. Commander Nick Latiolais, 45, will assume the role of Youngsville's Assistant Chief of Police in 2015 after Chief-elect Rickey Boudreaux announced his hiring Dec. 17, 2014.

Incoming Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux on Wednesday named his second-in-command, a week after the council restored funding for an assistant chief of police position and two years after then-Chief Earl Menard eliminated it. Youngsville resident Nick Latiolais, 45, will assume the role Jan. 1. “I’ve talked to a lot… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Pierre Part father arrested after he beats up ex-son-law; turns into ‘ugly scene,’ sheriff says

Ricky Aucoin Sr.

A Pierre Part man who drove to his ex-son-in-law’s home and beat him was arrested on a count of second-degree battery and was released on $10,000 bail, Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday. Ricky Aucoin Sr., 53, 318 S. Bay Road, Pierre Part, showed up at the ex-son-in-law’s Pierre Part home shortly… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police search for two men who robbed a Plank Road gas station

Exxon Robbery Suspect

Baton Rouge Police are searching for two men in a Sunday morning gas station robbery. The two men walked into the Exxon gas station at 7997 Plank Road at about 8 a.m. and shoved a staff member to the floor before they nabbed merchandise and left in a Ford Explorer, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge-area crime: Arrest made after 5 women with bricks, bats, gun attack another group of women

Group of 5 women attack another group
Five women armed with bricks, baseball bats and a gun attacked another group of women who were trying to drive away from a home on Nov. 18 — and now the accused shooter has been arrested, Baton Rouge police say.

The incident began when Alonzonesha Garner, 20, along with Keisha Snowden, Ranija Harris and two… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: New Iberia man accused of stabbing wife

Photo provided by IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Damien Harding, 31, of New Iberia, was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder in the Dec. 16, 2014, stabbing of his 37-year-old wife.

A New Iberia man arrested Tuesday morning is accused of stabbing and injuring his wife in the 1100 block of Weeks Street, the Sheriff’s Office said. Damien Harding, 31, was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of his 37-year-old wife, who remained in the hospital… Continue reading →

Three arrested in burglary of Prairieville business; admit to other burglaries, thefts in surrounding parishes

Matthew Peters, 18, of French Settlement, was arrested Dec. 16, 2014 for burglaries in Ascension Parish.

Two 18-year-olds and a juvenile arrested Tuesday in the burglary of a Prairieville business also are behind a string of other thefts in the area, said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. An anonymous tip led detectives to Derek Hayes, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile who were involved in a… Continue reading →

Tractor-trailer carrying lumber catches fire on I-10 at Scott

SCOTT — A tractor-trailer carrying a load of lumber caught fire Tuesday morning during an accident on Interstate 10 westbound in Scott, blocking westbound traffic until clean-up was completed, according to a Scott fire official. No injuries were reported. Scott Fire Department Chief Chad P. Sonnier gave this report: At around 8:30 a.m., firefighters responding to… Continue reading →

Lafayette man sought in Celeste Street slaying surrenders to police

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Coderrick Fox, 25, of Lafayette, was booked Dec. 15, 2014, into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a count of first-degree murder in the Dec. 3, 2014, shooting of 57-year-old Jimmy Reed of Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette man wanted for first-degree murder in the Dec. 3 shooting of 57-year-old Jimmy Reed surrendered to police Monday night, authorities said. Coderrick Fox, 25, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center around 10:20 p.m. on a count of first-degree murder, police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said Tuesday in a news release.… Continue reading →

Port Allen man arrested, accused of trying to arrange killing of man, his wife

Tommy Joe Gioele

A Port Allen man who sought to hire a hitman to kill a Pointe Coupee couple over a soured business deal found himself behind bars on Tuesday after the would-be hitman went to police and turned informant, police said. Tommy Joe Gioele, 37, 5242 Poydras Bayou Road, was booked into West Baton… Continue reading →

Crowley man dead, another injured in four-car crash

A Crowley man was killed Monday evening in a four-car car crash, according to Louisiana State Police. Phillip Meaux, 49, and another driver were slowing down on La. Hwy. 342 near Brumley Road around 6 p.m. to allow a driver to turn left. While slowing, a 2012 Ford F-350 struck Meaux's 2001 Chevrolet Corvette from behind and pushed it into a… Continue reading →

Assumption sheriff: Man lands in jail after driving into house, knocking it off the foundation

Joseph Dabadie, 23, of Hammond was arrested Dec. 12, 2014, after the car he was driving ran off a road in Pierre Part and struck a house, knocking it off its foundation. Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.

A Hammond man was arrested and booked Friday night after driving his vehicle off the road and into a house, knocking the home off its foundation, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Among the counts against Joseph Dabadie, 23, 808 Blackburn Road, are DWI third offense, Waguespack said in a… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Breaux Bridge man, 88, dies in car crash

Photo provided by ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Donovan Kennedy, 25, of New Iberia, was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on a count of second-degree murder and a count of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 14, 2014, shooting death of 20-year-old Breya Batiste and the injuring of her 19-year-old sister.

An 88-year-old Breaux Bridge man died of his injuries Monday after he drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle on La. 328 near Poche Bridge Road, State Police report. Ray Calais was driving a 2013 Chevrolet SUV westbound on Poche Bridge Road on Monday afternoon and stopped at a… Continue reading →

Burglar sought in Gonzales area pharmacy break-in

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person videotaped by surveillance camera who broke into a Gonzales pharmacy early Monday and stole prescription pills and cash, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. The person was in Ralph’s Pharmacy on La. 44 for only a brief time, Bacala said in a… Continue reading →

Police identify registered sex offender Kevin Knight as Baton Rouge man wounded in Saturday night shootout with police

Kevin Knight, 28

Kevin Knight, the man accused of starting a shootout with six officers Saturday night, is a 28-year-old convicted sex offender who had been sentenced to 10 years in jail but was instead given probation in 2012. Police on Monday released his name as well as the names of the officers involved. Three of them… Continue reading →

Attorney General’s Office: Gonzales man arrested, accused of possessing child pornography

Everett Carter of Gonzales was arrested Dec. 11, 2014 on 31 counts of possessing child pornography.

Authorities arrested a Gonzales man on 31 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles, according to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. Everett Carter, 55, 12093 Roddy Road, Apt. 2, was arrested Dec. 11 after a joint investigation of the state Attorney General’s Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.… Continue reading →

Man, 19, accused in rape of 12-year-old girl at his Baton Rouge home

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Police Department -- Justin Moore

Baton Rouge police arrested a 19-year-old man in the rape of a 12-year-old girl early Saturday morning. The girl told police that Justin Moore forced her onto his bed at his home and raped her while using his bedsheets to hold her down, according to a… Continue reading →

Police search former parish attorney’s house after colleagues accuse her of hacking into their computers, taking files

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- After leaving the 19th JDC Building, former EBR Parish Attorney Mary Roper, right,  listens as her attorney Wade Shows, left, answers questions in this August 2014 Advocate file photo.

Baton Rouge police on Saturday searched the home of fired Parish Attorney Mary Roper, trying to find computer files allegedly stolen from the city-parish, a police spokesman said. Authorities obtained the search warrant after two Parish Attorney’s Office employees accused Roper of hacking into their computers in September, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, the Baton Rouge police spokesman.… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s deputies: Department of Public Safety officer arrested, accused of groping woman during traffic stop

Michael Selders

Authorities on Sunday arrested a Department of Public Safety officer accused of groping a woman during a traffic stop Saturday and then misleading investigators. Michael Selders, 47, pulled over a woman for a traffic stop early Saturday on La. 67 near Port Hudson Pride Road, according to an arrest report. He later told East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police officers shoot suspect accused of firing first; neighbors recall diving for cover

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Homeowner Lois Isac, 54, inspects damage to her home early Sunday morning after a suspect in a domestic disturbance crashed his vehicle into it in an effort to elude police.

Six Baton Rouge police officers found themselves in a firefight on Washington Avenue late Saturday that left one man wounded and neighbors ducking for cover. In the span of a few short moments, a 28-year-old man crashed his van into a parked car and then a house, fired gunshots at police as he sprinted through a nearby… Continue reading →