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Lafayette crime blotter for April 30, 2016

Arrests posted Apr. 30, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: PHILLIP JAMES ALEXANDER: 30, of the 100 block of Heidi Circle, Scott. He was booked on carjacking and felony violation of protective orders. PAUL JOSEPH ALLEMAN: 30, of the… Continue reading →

Community meetings set in Lafayette for public to weigh in on I-49 design alternatives

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Bruce Neck, right, and Dale Soileau, center, look over one of the refinement concepts proposed for the Lafayette Connector with Stephen Mensah, a representative of the Lafayette Connector Partners, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, during an open house meeting to discuss the roadway's future.

Ten public meetings are set over the next two weeks for residents to chime in on an expanded list of design alternatives for Interstate 49 through Lafayette and ways to ensure the road, if ever built, blends with the surrounding neighborhoods. The state Department of Transportation and Development is hosting five community meetings beginning Tuesday for… Continue reading →

Lafayette mosquito control contractor scratches council’s itch; resumes special request spraying

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Tommy Alesi, an inspector and sprayer for Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc., collects a water sample from a ditch while inspecting a neighborhood for mosquito larvae Friday, April 29, 2016, on Verna Street in Lafayette, La.

Lafayette’s mosquito control contractor has resumed answering special requests for spraying following an outcry by City-Parish Council members, who said constituents want to see the trucks roll when they call for them. Council members on Tuesday complained for nearly an hour to City-Parish Emergency Operations and Security Coordinator Bobby Cormier about a policy of not responding… Continue reading →

Two teens arrested in string of car burglaries, theft of one vehicle

Two of three teenagers accused of burglarizing nine vehicles and stealing one earlier this month were arrested this week, police said. Arthella Andrus, 17, of Lafayette, and a juvenile who was not identified were arrested Friday on nine counts of simple burglary and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle,… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 29

Arrests posted April 28, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. DENZEL MEIGAL ARCENEAUX: 21, of the 800 block of Mudd Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on second-degree battery and simple battery. BRITTNEY BATISTE: 27, of the 400 block of Iberia Street, Youngsville. She was booked on felony simple criminal damage to… Continue reading →

NAACP leader files lawsuit about Lafayette fire board member’s Facebook post

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Marja Broussard leads a press conference being held by the Lafayette chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday evening at Imani Temple #49 in Lafayette. The meeting was called to bring attention to concerns the group has relating to members of the Lafayette Police Department.

A Lafayette woman is asking for a judge’s order that the Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board investigate one of its members for alleged political speech on Facebook. Marja Broussard, who leads Lafayette’s NAACP chapter, accused board Vice Chairman Guy LeBreton of posting, and then deleting, a video on his personal Facebook page called “Two… Continue reading →

Lafayette residents to see recycling changes starting Monday

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Lorenzo Thibodeaux helps unload new Republic recycling carts as he and other workers drop them off at residences Thursday, April 28, 2016, on Academy Road in Lafayette, La.

Thousands of Lafayette residents might be wondering why they now have a recycling cart in their driveway. Every home in Lafayette has either received or is scheduled to soon receive a new 96-gallon recycling cart as the city switches over to a new contractor effective Monday. The new contract also… Continue reading →

KATC-TV: Vermilion Parish middle school teacher accused of rape

A Vermilion Parish teacher arrested this week is accused of raping two teenagers, KATC-TV reported. James Harber is accused of raping two girls, aged 16 and 17, according to the Abbeville Police Department. Harber is a seventh-grade student at J.H. Williams Middle School, according to the school’s website. Continue reading →

St. Martin authorities arrest man after find drugs in Arnaudville home

Narcotics agents seized methamphetamine and cocaine they said have a street value of $14,000 from an Arnaudville home late Wednesday and arrested a Lafayette man accused of harboring the drugs. Authorities also seized a Mercedes-Benz owned by Darryl Savoie, 51, who was booked into the St. Martin Parish jail on counts of… Continue reading →

Iberia council rebuffs request for approval of mobile home park

The developer of a proposed mobile home park in Iberia Parish will have to meet the requests of Iberia Parish government’s Permitting, Planning and Zoning Commission if he hopes to get the Iberia Parish Council to sign off on the development. Shawn Pourciau, the man behind the proposed Safe Haven Mobile… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 28

Arrests posted April 27, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. ERROL ACHAN: 38, of the 300 block of Staten Street, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant. SHAWN C. ALEXANDER: 29, of the 200 block of Anna Street, Scott. He was booked on five counts of warrant/bench warrant.… Continue reading →

Protestors call for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal to resign because of brutality probe and criminal prosecution

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Victor White Sr., the father of Victor White III who is seen on a poster in the foreground, adjusts protest signs on the Iberia Parish Courthouse steps during a press conference and rally to call for the resignation of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New Iberia, La. According to police reports, White III shot himself in the chest while handcuffed in the back of a police car in 2014, but White's family argues that they haven't gotten the full story.

Protesters rallied outside the Iberia Parish courthouse for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon calling for the end of Sheriff Louis Ackal’s term in office. More than 100 adults and children, some standing and sitting on the courthouse lawn — others escaping the afternoon heat from within their air-conditioned vehicles across the street — prayed, chanted,… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 27

Arrests posted April 26, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. NELDA ANDERSON: 83, of the 100 block of Fallbrook Avenue, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery and misdemeanor battery of a police officer. JOHNNY RAY ARDOIN: 58, of the 2100 block of Camille Street, Lafayette. He was booked… Continue reading →

Impairment suspected in early morning fatal crash in New Iberia

A New Iberia woman died early Wednesday morning after her vehicle overturned on the highway in an accident police suspect is impairment-related, State Police said. Linda Rogers, 52, was pronounced dead a few feet from her 1993 Chevrolet Trailblazer around 2 a.m. on LA 86 near Crochet Road, according to… Continue reading →

Missing child alert canceled for Mamou boy, 12; found safe in Jackson, Miss.

Jalon Bradley

Update, 4:52 p.m., Wednesday, April 27 The Level II Endangered/Missing Child Media Advisory for 12-year-old Jalon Bradley of Mamou been canceled. State Police said he was located safe in Jackson, Mississippi. His mother, Elaine Freeman, was taken into custody, police said. Original story State Police late Tuesday were looking for a 12-year-old Mamou boy… Continue reading →

Debate over qualifications for Lafayette’s next police chief far from over

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKLafayette City-Parish Council members Kenneth Boudreaux, left, and Brandon Shelvin wear hooded sweatshirts at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting to bring attention to the slaying of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, whose Feb. 26 shooting death has sparked nationwide protests. Martin, unarmed  and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was killed by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain. “A very unfortunate situation has taken place, and it was based on a profile,” Boudreaux said.

The debate about whether Lafayette’s next police chief must have a bachelor’s degree seems far from over, despite the Fire and Police Civil Service Board’s decision earlier this month to not relax a requirement that Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and others say makes it difficult to attract a diverse pool of candidates. Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux launched a… Continue reading →

Crime Stoppers tips lead to arrests of two St. Landry residents; one is accused of stealing from youth baseball program

Crime Stoppers tips led to the arrests on Monday of two St. Landry Parish residents, one of whom is accused of stealing money from a youth baseball program and the other accused of cashing a fraudulent check for almost $3,000, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Tuesday. Authorities received numerous tips and soon arrested Jason… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 26

Arrests posted April 25, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. KEVIN JOSEPH AGUILLARD: 22, of the 2100 block of Gustave Street, Broussard. He was booked on resisting an officer. JAMIE ANDRE BALLARD: 32, of the 200 block of Maryland Drive, Baton Rouge. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. Cedric James… Continue reading →

Lawsuit alleges two Lafayette men and others stole tens of millions from Superior Energy Services

Two former executives for Superior Energy Services subsidiary Stabil Drill Specialties in Lafayette are accused of setting up sham companies to rob Superior of tens of millions of dollars over eight years, according to a lawsuit filed in Houston. The lawsuit, filed by Superior attorneys last week, accuses longtime Stabil Drill executives Martin A.… Continue reading →

Driver booked on third-offense drunk driving in Lafayette head-on collision that killed a 10-year-old

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Albert Sampy, 34, of Lafayette, is accused of vehicular homicide and third-offense OWI in an April 24, 2016, head-on collision on North University Avenue that killed a 10-year-old passenger in another vehicle.

A 10-year-old died in a head-on collision late Sunday in Lafayette that police say was caused by a suspected third-offense drunk driver. Police said 34-year-old Albert Sampy, of Lafayette, was driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 10:37 p.m. when he crossed the center line in the 200 block of North University Avenue and crashed head-on into… Continue reading →

Around Acadiana for April 25, 2016

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

The Preservation Alliance of Lafayette will host its annual History Walk on Saturday, offering tours of several homes and other buildings in the Sterling Grove Historic District. There will be live music along the self-guided tour, and members of the neighborhood association will be in period costumes. Tickets are $25, or free for Preservation Alliance… Continue reading →

Grand Coteau to look to population recount as it tries to stay a town

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- A sign welcoming motorists to Grand Coteau is displayed in the median of West Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just off I-49, Monday, April 25, 2016, in Grand Coteau, La.

The quaint little town of Grand Coteau will conduct its own population count, its mayor said, in hopes it’ll prove wrong the 2010 census that counted 947 residents — a tally that actually makes it the quaint little village of Grand Coteau. The resident count that Mayor Shaterral Johnson said officials are preparing to carry out is… Continue reading →

Trial postponed for Iberia Sheriff Ackal and top lieutenant, other charges in probe possible

Advocate staff file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal participates in a sheriff candidate forum on Oct. 7, 2015.

A federal judge has postponed the June 6 trial for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and one of his top lieutenants in an apparently widening investigation into inmate beatings and cover-ups. In a court order filed Monday granting the delay, U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter cited “the ongoing nature of the investigation and the possibility… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 25

Arrests posted April 24, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. DEVANTE BABIN: 24, of the 1200 block of 12th Street, Lafayette. He was booked on failure to secure a driver’s license; having no safety belt; and two counts of warrant/bench warrant. KINSEY BEGNAUD: 25, of the 100 block of West Palermo Road,… Continue reading →

Lafayette Parish arrests for April 24, 2016

Arrests posted Apr. 24, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: DANIEL AMARAL: 45, of the 200 block of Belveau, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods and criminal trespass. JOHNATHAN BOURQUE: 27, of the 4400 block of Old Jeanerette Road, New Iberia. He was booked… Continue reading →

Texas man accused of causing crash that set off a series of accidents in Lacassine, killing a North Carolina man

A suspected drunk driver caused the first in a chain of crashes on I-10 early Sunday morning that killed a 29-year-old pedestrian and damaged several vehicles in Jefferson Davis Parish, State Police said. Luis Enrique Astorga, 22, of Nacogdoches, Texas, was driving a Ford Mustang westbound on I-10 near Lacassine when he crashed into a pickup… Continue reading →

Lafayette’s Festival International enters fourth day to a Cajun beat

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU --  Crawfish and spinach boats are lined up for distribution to festival guests at the Bon Creole Seafood tent on April 23, 2016 during Festival International de Louisiane in downtown Lafayette, LA.

The air was filled with the happy sounds of fiddles and accordions, and there was plenty of two-stepping going on Saturday morning as the 30th annual Festival International de Louisiane kicked off its fourth day. Revelers from around the world gathered at noon to watch Lafayette’s own Bonsoir, Catin at the Scène… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for April 23, 2016

Arrests posted Apr. 23, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MITCHELL PAUL ADAMS: 55, of the 100 block of Lana Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. CORD PAUL ANDERSON: 27, of the 1100 block of George Dupuis… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man, 53, killed after motorcyle crash on La. 3177

A Breaux Bridge man died Friday after he lost control of his motorcycle in a curve and was thrown from the bike, State Police said. Jeffery Smith, 53, was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson south on La. 3177 about 9 p.m. Friday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, Master Trooper Brooks David… Continue reading →

French language television shows, popular with Canadian students, now available for Louisiana viewers

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Glenn O’Farrell, CEO of Télévision française de l'Ontario, announces TFO's partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to bring 2 hours of children's French programming to LPB per day Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Picard Center in Lafayette, La.

Louisiana kids can now tune in to after-school shows en français, watching the same television programs popular with French-speaking children in Canada. Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana and Groupe Média TFO, a Canadian public media company well known for its educational programs, announced a… Continue reading →

More charges expected against Iberia Parish sheriff and top official in prisoner abuse case

Advocate staff file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal leaves the federal courthouse following an arraignment on March 31, 2016, in Lafayette, La. Ackal and his second-in-command, Gerald Savoy, pleaded not guilty to civil rights and conspiracy charges Thursday during a federal court hearing.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and one of his top officials are expected to face additional charges in a criminal case that so far has focused on inmate beatings and cover-ups allegedly directed by high-level officials, according to documents filed in federal court this week. The government on Friday filed a motion to postpone the June… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 22

Arrests posted April 21, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. KERRY CHRISTIAN BABINEAUX: 29, of the 1300 block of E. Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of fugitive. RAMONA BOUTTE: 40, of the 1000 block of Potato Shed Road, Breaux Bridge. She was booked on possession… Continue reading →

Oil patch slump slicing through Lafayette parish government budget: ‘We have to stop the bleeding’

The “parish” side of Lafayette city-parish government is going broke. The badly bruised oil and gas sector has sent sales tax collections in unincorporated areas of the parish tumbling, and revenue is expected to be roughly $2 million below budget expectations, or 33 percent off, when the fiscal year wraps up on Oct. 31. Lafayette… Continue reading →

Crowley police say two men robbed store clerk at gunpoint

Police are investigating a Wednesday night armed robbery at a Crowley convenience store. Two men brandished a handgun when they entered the Econo Mart at 705 S. Eastern Ave. around 8:35 p.m. and demanded cash from a store clerk, according to a news release from the Crowley Police Department. One of the… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for April 21

Arrests posted April 20, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. CLINT ANTHONY BERNARD: 40, of the 100 block of Floyd Street, Lafayette. He was booked on hold for Avoyelles Parish; fugitive; and municipal purposes. ALFRED BONIN: 26, of the 1500 block of Lady Of The Lake Road, St. Martinville. He was booked… Continue reading →

St. Landry Parish Council appoints Madeline Taylor to temporary post on council

The St. Landry Parish Council selected Madeline Taylor as the interim District 3 council member to replace Fekisha Miller-Matthews, who announced her resignation last month. Both Taylor and Emily Boudreau, daughter of former police juror and parish councilman Bruce Boudreau, had applied to replace Miller-Matthews until Nov. 8, when a… Continue reading →

Lafayette expects more than 400,000 for this week’s 30th annual Festival International

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band perform at Scene Lafayette on the first night of live outdoor music of the 2016 Festival International on Wednesday night.

Lafayette is poised to welcome more than 400,000 people to its downtown streets this week for the 30th anniversary of the city’s popular Festival International de Louisiane, featuring music, food and art from around the world. The people behind the festival, which started Wednesday and runs through Sunday, are taking advantage of the milestone… Continue reading →