Carencro man accused of setting fire, shooting at people

Michael Delcambre

A 60-year-old man is accused of setting a mobile home and a pickup truck on fire in Carencro, then firing at three people Sunday as the fire spread to a second dwelling, officials said. Michael Delcambre of Carencro was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on two counts of simple arson and … Continue reading →

Patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sought for drug study

Men and women with indolent, or low-grade, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are needed for a clinical trial that evaluates medication of adults previously treated for the cancer. The hospital is seeking adults ages 18 and older with B-cell indolent non-Hodgkins lymphoma for a Phase III clinical trial, a stage of final confirmation of … Continue reading →

East Pont des Mouton widening begins

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Drainage work is taking place Monday on a section of Pont des Mouton Road that is being widened in Lafayette.

City-parish officials on Monday marked the start of a $21.6 million project to widen East Pont des Mouton Road between Louisiana Avenue and Interstate 49, one the biggest projects for north Lafayette in recent years and a road that has seen traffic rise significantly over the past two decades. … Continue reading →

Lafayette budget agenda a surprise to board president

Lafayette Parish School Board members may have thought they were meeting Tuesday to continue their account-by-account review of instructional costs and to hear from supervisors defending their expenses — but the agenda for the meeting dictates otherwise. The board has been holding meetings since mid-May to offset a $23.5 million shortfall. … Continue reading →

Unique school start awaits North Vermilion students

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Classrooms at North Vermilion Middle School are nearing completion Monday near Maurice.

North Vermilion High and North Vermilion Middle students may win back-to-school bragging rights for the most unique entrĂ©e to the new school year. The students will take turns sharing the high school building in three-day, revolving schedules for the first few weeks of school to allow extra time needed to prepare the … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 29, 2014

Police are looking for a suspect in Monday’s early morning shooting that killed a 37-year-old man in east Lafayette. Darrell Shelvin, 23, of Lafayette, is wanted by the Lafayette Police Department on a warrant alleging second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton … Continue reading →

Police dog apprehends robbery suspect

Stephen Lavergne

A man suspected of robbing cash and other items from an Opelousas convenience store refused police orders to surrender until a police dog named Zig sank his teeth into the suspect’s left leg and persuaded him to emerge from under a portable building. Stephen Joseph Lavergne, 32, of Lake Charles, was booked … Continue reading →

Police identify suspect in Foch Street shooting death

Darrell Shelvin

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Scott man wanted in stabbing at strip club

Jermaine Pete

LAFAYETTE — A Scott man is being sought by police in an early Monday stabbing at a south Lafayette strip club. Lafayette police said Jermaine Pete, accused of stabbing a person twice at Lipstick, a strip located in the 6100 block of Johnston Street, is wanted on one count of attempted second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. … Continue reading →

Advocate hires new sportswriter to cover Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Luke Johnson, The Advocate's new Acadiana-based sportswriter.

The Acadiana Advocate is expanding its staff, adding a sportswriter who will cover the Ragin’ Cajuns and the region’s dynamic prep sports scene. Luke Johnson joins The Acadiana Advocate from Tiger Rag, a Baton Rouge magazine that covers LSU sports. He is a former Marine, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of LSU who has … Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 28, 2014

Lafayette crime blotter for July 26, 2014

A Johnston Street branch of IberiaBank was robbed Friday morning by a man wearing a long black wig, a white blouse and a long floral shirt, officials said. Officers with the Lafayette Police Department were alerted to the robbery about 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of Johnston, Cpl. Nicole Benoit said. … Continue reading →

Fire inspectors still probing 8 June arsons

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- This abandoned home on the 300 block of North Pierce Street was the latest site of string of arson fires in Lafayette.

Though the last known arson fire in Lafayette was more than a month ago, fire detectives continue to look for those responsible for eight fires in nine days in June, officials said. The fires were deliberately set in abandoned homes June 11-19. Investigators have linked four of the blazes by where … Continue reading →

Man gets fine, probation in federal insurance fraud case

One of six defendants who pleaded guilty earlier this year to insurance fraud for helping stage accidents was sentenced to probation by a federal judge Friday. Wardell Lockett will spend the next three years on probation and pay more than $2,000 in fines and restitution, U.S. District Judge Richard Haik ordered. … Continue reading →

St. Mary’s deputies announce drug bust

Photo provided by St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office -- St. Mary's Parish sheriff's detectives say they discovered a illegal drugs in a car stopped on U.S. 90.

St. Mary Parish sheriff’s detectives discovered a lode of illegal drugs in a car they stopped on U.S. 90, finding bags of methamphetamine and LSD, and the syringes, spoons and a tourniquet used in injecting drugs, officials said. Brady Broussard, Stacey Grubb and Scott Dehart were booked into the St. Mary Parish … Continue reading →

Man accused in cyclist hit and run out on bond

The man accused in a hit-and-run that killed 30-year-old Youngsville cyclist Lon Lomas is out of jail on bond — a bond the victim’s family says was set far too low. Troopers arrested Fitzpatrick Doucette, 42, of Kaplan, Sunday night on charges of negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving under suspension and failure to follow state … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 25, 2014

Joseph Brent

A Baldwin police officer was arrested Thursday for allegedly fathering a child with a 14-year-old who was living with the officer and his wife, State Police said. Joseph Brent, 39, was booked into the St. Mary Parish jail on counts of molestation of … Continue reading →

Acadian Middle student’s discipline is focus of federal investigation

The discipline of an Acadian Middle School student is the center of a federal investigation of a race-based complaint against the Lafayette Parish School System. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights notified Superintendent Pat Cooper last month about the complaint and requested information specific to four disciplinary incidents involving … Continue reading →

Lafayette has ‘critical shortage’ of classroom teachers

The Lafayette Parish School System declared a critical shortage of classroom teachers Wednesday to open the door for it to hire retirees to fill about 40 positions still vacant as the clock ticks down on the first day of school on Aug. 12. Superintendent Pat Cooper blamed the school system’s operational budget … Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for July 23, 2014

A call to police about a domestic disturbance in New Iberia led to a late-night evacuation of four homes after the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in the 600 block of McDonald Street, officials said. Iberia Parish sheriff’s Lt. Richard Fleming said in a statement that deputies found the suspected lab … Continue reading →

Prosecutor won’t press charges against Pat Cooper

Advocate photo by Lee Celano - Lafayette Parish School Superintendent  Pat Cooper (L) speaks with Assistant Sandra Bileaudeau during a retreat with board members.

LAFAYETTE — City prosecutor Gary Haynes has decided not to move forward with battery charges against Superintendent Pat Cooper from board member Tehmi Chassion’s complaint that Cooper grabbed him during a closed-door board meeting on Feb. 5. “The Lafayette Police Department did not file charges against anyone due to conflicting statements of eyewitnesses, but compiled a report from … Continue reading →

New Iberia meth lab found, homes evacuated

A call to police about a domestic disturbance led to a late-night evacuation of nearby homes after discovery of a methamphetamine lab inside a house in the 600 block of McDonald Street, officials said. Iberia Parish sheriff’s Lt. Richard Fleming said in a statement that deputies received the domestic disturbance call at … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 23, 2014

Arrests posted July 22, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: SETH JOSEPH ADAMS: 27, of the 100 block of Street Of Love , Lafayette. He was booked on having open glass containers. MARK ANTHONY ALEX: 44, of the 100 block of North General Marshall Street, Lafayette. … Continue reading →

FBI: UL-Lafayette bomb threat suspect in custody

Photo provided by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office -- Devin Haywood

Acadiana Advocate, KATC enter partnership on news coverage

Acadiana’s leading television station is joining forces with the community’s fast-growing daily newspaper in a new partnership that will help ensure better news coverage in print, on television and online. KATC, the longtime ratings leader in Acadiana, and The Acadiana Advocate will collaborate on investigative projects and share coverage of news and sports. Advocate reporters … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 22, 2014

Damon Journet

State Police arrested a Kaplan man late Sunday in the hit-and-run death two weeks ago of a bicyclist on a road near Milton. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, was driving his 1997 Lincoln when he hit Lon Lomas, who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, State Police Trooper Brooks David said in a news release … Continue reading →

Around Acadiana for July 22, 2014

Sheriff Mark Hebert has unveiled a new website that provides updated information about policing operations in St. Mary Parish. The website,, publishes news releases, information on how each division operates and a link on how to submit tips on lawbreakers. Other features on the site are: alert notifications on most-wanted criminals; messages from … Continue reading →