Bayou Vista man found dead alongside road
BERWICK — Berwick police and St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating the homicide of a Bayou Vista man whose body was found off La. 182 Wednesday morning.
Investigators identified the victim as Willie Francis, 23, said Traci Landry, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
Francis’ body was found just off the road between Old Spanish Trail and Tournament Boulevard, Landry said.
Landry said Francis’ last known communication with anyone was at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and his vehicle was found at 11:35 p.m. parked with the engine still running and abandoned on the side of the westbound lane of U.S. 90 near Bayou Vista, Landry said.
Those with information may contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 384-1622 or (337) 828-1960.
Man shot in foot; suspect arrested
LAFAYETTE — Demarcus Bernard, 18, of Lafayette has been arrested in the shooting of an 18-year-old man in the foot early Wednesday morning, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
The incident occurred in the 400 block of Marne Street at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Mouton said in a news release.
The victim told police he was involved in a “disturbance” with Bernard, who later returned and shot him in the left foot with a handgun, Mouton said.
The victim received treatment for his injuries.
Bernard was booked on a count of aggravated battery.
Police issue tips for a safe Halloween
LAFAYETTE — Lafayette police asks residents to watch out for goblins, superheroes and other strange creatures hunting for treats from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Police offered these reminders for a safe and not-so-spooky Halloween:
- Make sure costumes are flame-retardant and add reflective tape or reflectors to darker-colored costumes.
- Children should remain under the direct supervision of parents or guardians while trick or treating.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Trick-or-treat within a familiar neighborhood and visit the homes of people children know.
- Adults should inspect their child’s loot.
- Give and accept only wrapped or packaged candy.
- Don’t use props made out of metal.
- Drive cautiously in areas where children are trick or treating.
“Finally, for those adults that will be attending parties for Halloween, please do not drink and drive.
“The Lafayette Police Department will be patrolling in the neighborhoods to assure a safe Halloween,” Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.