Acadiana police and fire briefs for March 9, 2013

Mark Daniel Thomas
Mark Daniel Thomas

Breaux Bridge men
wanted in shootings

Breaux Bridge police are searching for two men wanted on suspicion of attempted murders in separate shootings this past week, authorities said Friday.

Both Breaux Bridge men are considered armed and dangerous, police Detective Darren Benoit said in a news release.

Mark Daniel Thomas is accused of shooting a victim on Sunday on Richard Street, Benoit said.

Thomas, 31, also is wanted on counts of domestic abuse battery and simple escape, Benoit said.

Benoit said police also are looking for help finding Kory Minor, who is wanted in a shooting Tuesday in the 1800 block of Rees Street that left the victim in critical condition.

Investigators said they believe Minor, 21, is still in St. Martin Parish, Benoit said.

Police have Christopher James Celestine, 28, of the 600 block of Zimmerman Street, Breaux Bridge, on one count of being a principal to attempted second-degree murder in the Rees Street shooting, Benoit said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at (337) 332-2186 or (337) 332-8397.

Student accused
of hitting teacher

A student at Northside High School has been arrested for allegedly ramming a pregnant teacher in the stomach, Lafayette police said.

The 17-year-old student was arrested just after noon Thursday by Lafayette police on a charge of battery of a schoolteacher. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center but released later Thursday.

The condition of the teacher was not available.

Police said the conflict began as the teacher removed another student from her classroom to avoid a physical altercation; she followed the student into the hallway. Police, in a statement, said the accused 17-year-old tried to open the door from within the classroom and allegedly rammed the teacher as she blocked the doorway.

Compiled from Acadiana bureau staff reports, The Associated Press and news releases.