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Mark Garber takes reins as Lafayette Parish sheriff: ‘We’ve got to tuck in during tough times’

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Sheriff-elect Mark Garber is sworn has the new Lafayette Parish Sheriff by the Honorable Kristian Earles Friday July 1, 2016 at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff Office Complex in Lafayette, La. Garber's daughters Clare, center, holds the Bible and Cece is on the left.

Mark Garber officially took over as Lafayette Parish sheriff on Friday, inheriting an agency seen statewide as a progressive law enforcement leader but, like the rest of the state, having fewer dollars to keep its services afloat. Amid what Garber, 45, calls a “perfect storm” in declining state and local revenues, the innovative —… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for July 1

Arrests posted June 30, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. TERRY PAUL ALLEMAN: 28, of the 300 block of Crouchet Street, Carencro. He was booked on Schedule II narcotics. JONATHAN SCOTT ANGELLE: 27, of the 200 block of Wilda Street, Carencro. He was booked on unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.… Continue reading →

Lafayette council considers going paperless with agenda packets

Advocate file by Brad Kemp Lafayette Parish Council members Kevin Naquin, from left, Patrick Lewis, Jay Castille and Kenneth Boudreaux look through documents during their meeting  Jan. 5, 2016 at city hall in Lafayette, La..

The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering saving trees and money. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on going paperless, ending the practice of printing meeting information packets for council members, staff and representatives from the administration. “It seems wasteful to me because after the meeting, all the binders are chucked,” said Councilwoman Nanette Cook,… Continue reading →

Lafayette sheriff’s office seeking man in car theft, assault

Photos and videos provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- A man captured on surveillance images and video may be involved in a series of crimes on June 28, 2016, in and around the Glade subdivision in Lafayette Parish, including several car burglaries, an assault with a firearm and an unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are trying to locate a man captured on surveillance video and images burglarizing a car, and who’s also suspected of assaulting someone with a gun and stealing a vehicle, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. Several car burglaries, an aggravated assault with a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle all occurred on Tuesday… Continue reading →

Cecilia teen accused of robbing man, shooting him with BB gun

Investigators on Wednesday arrested a 15-year-old Cecilia boy accused of robbing and shooting a man with a BB gun, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. A 47-year-old man reported the crime on June 14 from the Grand Point area of Henderson, according to a news release. Investigators located the juvenile… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 30

Arrests posted June 29, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. LAMAR JAMES ALEXANDER: 38, of the 200 block of Byron Street, Lafayette. He was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant. JACOB BARFIELD: 19, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of fugitive. JASON ROBERT BENNEHOOF: 39, of the… Continue reading →

KATC-TV: Opelousas man convicted of first-degree murder in wife’s stabbing death; asked police if he “finished the job”

A St. Landry Parish jury deliberated for fewer than 20 minutes Wednesday before convicting an Opelousas man of first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his wife, KATC-TV reported. Hank Moran faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence when he’s sentenced at… Continue reading →

Justice Dept.: Iberia Sheriff spews anti-Semitic remarks at prosecutor, threatens to shoot him between eyes

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 allegedly called one of the federal prosecutors in his pending civil rights case a “sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard” and made comments about shooting him between his “g*******d Jewish eyes,” according to court documents filed Wednesday. The comments, which prosecutors said were made during secretly recorded conversations, were included in a… Continue reading →

Source: Anthony Jennings in early stages of transfer to Cajuns, nothing official yet

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) talks during warmups Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

LAFAYETTE — Former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is in the early stages of seeking a transfer to Louisiana-Lafayette, but nothing official is yet in place according to a source familiar with the situation. The Cajuns are still actively recruiting Jennings, and conversations have taken place regarding Jennings’ potential course work as a graduate student with the Cajuns.… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 29

Arrests posted June 28, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. DANIEL JAMES ANGELLE: 37, of the 100 block of Springfield Drive, Carencro. He was booked on aggravated battery and two counts of fugitive. KRISTA D. ARCENEAUX: 26, of the 700 block of Lance Street, Sulphur. She was booked on two counts of… Continue reading →

Marksville man who lost son to police gunfire might have been suicidal, lawyer for deputy says

Booking photo of Derrick Stafford, Avoyelles Parish Jail.

MARKSVILLE — A man wounded last year in a barrage of bullets that killed his young son was drunk, on drugs and possibly suicidal when two city marshals opened fire after a car chase, an attorney for one of the officers said in court Wednesday. Jonathan Goins, an attorney for former deputy marshal Derrick… Continue reading →

Crowley man wanted in Walmart shooting may be in California

Ronald Babineaux

Police are searching for a former Crowley man wanted in the shooting injury of a person last month in a Walmart parking lot. Ronald Babineaux, 26, who is wanted on attempted second-degree murder, has ties in California and authorities believe he may be in that state, according to a news… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 28

Arrests posted June 27, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. GAVIN M. ANGELLE: 59, of the 100 block of North Romero Street, Carencro. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant. JAMIE ARCENEAUX: 28, of the 100 block of Dogwood Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on simple burglary and two counts of theft of… Continue reading →

Iberia sheriff signs one-year pact with New Iberia

Advocate stafffile  photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal

Iberia Sheriff Louis Ackal on Monday signed a one-year agreement with the City of New Iberia, but it’s not clear how much law-enforcement coverage the city will get out of the contract. “In making this announcement, the Sheriff said that the City of New Iberia has refused his request for additional funds to maintain the level… Continue reading →

Acadiana legislators weigh in on state budget picture

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, speaks during a meeting of the Acadiana Press Club, Monday June 27, 2016, at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. Other speakers included Rep.Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, center, and Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette.

The recently completed 2016 legislative season was a grueling exercise in trying to balance the budget during three sessions — 19 weeks — as partisan politics raged in Baton Rouge, Acadiana legislators said. New Iberia Rep. Terry Landry and Lafayette Rep. Vincent Pierre, both Democrats, said legislative efforts to undo eight years of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s… Continue reading →

Around Acadiana for June 27

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

The main public library in downtown Lafayette will celebrate the one-year anniversary of major renovations at an event set July 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will feature a magic show, a scavenger hunt, balloon animals, crafts and coloring. Refreshments will be provided. The library reopened July 7, 2015,… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for June 27, 2016

Arrests posted June 27, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: TYRUS GEORGE ARCENEAUX: 28, of the 100 block of Collins Street, Carencro. He was booked on two counts of probation violation. JESSIE JAMES BROUSSARD: 39, of the 100 block of Sunflower Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on possession and prohibited activities… Continue reading →

Lafayette duo expand company from comic books to action figures

Photos courtesy of Spero Studios -- The Kingdom action figures

While most people consider toys and action figures to be child’s play, two Lafayette entrepreneurs are trying to turn little plastic heroes and villains into a serious business. Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary, known in the independent comic book world for their comic “Dusk,” have begun work on a new venture where they hope… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for June 25, 2016

Arrests posted June 25, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: SILTON ARDOIN JR.: 54, of the 300 block of Carville Street, Lafayette. He was booked on simple battery. DEVIN JAMES BATISTE: 21, of the 200 block of Cooper Drive,… Continue reading →

Proposed toll road loop around Lafayette ‘back on front burner’

The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission is preparing to refocus on one of the more ambitious infrastructure proposals in Lafayette’s history, a toll road loop around the city. The loop proposal isn’t new, but it’s been roughly five years since any significant public discussion of the project, and it likely has faded from memory for many residents.… Continue reading →

Acadiana ham radio operators reach out to kindred spirits in world of short-wave radio

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Derek Meche, callsign WM5TS, with his son, Travis meche, speaks with another Ham operator on Saturday at the Horse Farm during the anuual American Relay Radio League's Ham radio field day.

“Whiskey, Five, Echo, X-Ray, India. GOTA Station Field Day in Lafayette, Louisiana. W5EXI, CQ, CQ.” Jess Gillion repeatedly called out the alphabet soup of words and acronyms over the short-wave radio airwaves as he manned the “Get On The Air” — GOTA — station in a field at Moncus Park at the Horse Farm on Saturday.… Continue reading →

Lafayette residents want to help detectives find who killed Ashley Metz and Brouklynn Hill, whose bodies were discovered Tuesday in separate burned cars

Ashley Metz, left, and Brouklynn Hil

Volunteers want to bring major attention to the slayings of Ashley Metz and Brouklynn Hill, and they plan to meet Monday to plot publicity efforts they hope will help solve the case. Metz, 23, and Hill, 22, both from Lafayette, were the victims found inside separate burning cars this week in rural Lafayette Parish, according to… Continue reading →

Candle left burning in vacant Lafayette house causes fire, portion of Evangeline Thruway closed

A woman living inside a vacant home in Lafayette left a candle unattended Friday afternoon, leading to a fire that closed a portion of the Evangeline Thruway near rush-hour traffic, according to the Lafayette Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 1200 block of the Southeast Evangeline Thruway shortly before 5 p.m. and found heavy… Continue reading →

North Carolina man pleads guilty to possession of child porn involving a Lafayette-area minor

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a sexually explicit image of a Lafayette minor, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s Office announced on Friday. Eric Teague, 47, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to contacting a Lafayette-area minor through social media and receiving a sexually explicit image from the minor in January 2015, according to a news… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 24

Arrests posted June 24, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. RICHARD JOSEPH ALFRED: 21, of the 100 block of Brina Lane, Carencro. He was booked on aggravated battery; armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; and misdemeanor Schedule I narcotics. WEST ARION: 32, of the 400 block of West St. Patrick… Continue reading →

'Uncertainty' surrounds Louisiana’s ninth-largest trade partner, major in-state investor following Brexit

Associated Press photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN -- Vote Leave supporters celebrate as they walk through Parliament Square in London, Friday. Britain entered uncharted waters after the country voted to leave the European Union.

The only thing certain about Britain’s exit from the European Union is “uncertainty” for a country that is Louisiana’s ninth-largest trading partner and a major investor in the state. The U.K. also is a substantial source of tourists. New Orleans is the second-most popular entry point for English visitors to the United States behind only New York.… Continue reading →

Cecilia High’s Raymond Calais named Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of Year

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRECecilia’s Raymond Calais won the Class 4A 100-meter dash in May at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium at LSU. Calais is the Outstanding Track Performer on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State Track and Field team. Calais’ top time this season was 10.54 seconds.

LAFAYETTE — Cecilia’s Raymond Calais was named the Gatorade Louisiana boys track & field athlete of the year Friday after speeding past his Class 4A competitors at the state championships in May. “This is really mind-blowing,” Calais said. “I’ve always wanted to win the award, and now that I’ve won, I can’t be complacent.… Continue reading →

Appeal court upholds house arrest sentence against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope in public records case

Brian Pope

Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s pending house arrest on a contempt of court conviction is headed to the state Supreme Court. Three judges with the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal this week denied Pope’s request for a review of the seven-day sentence, handed down in The Independent’s public records lawsuit against him. Pope’s attorney,… Continue reading →

Acadiana’s McIlhenny family works at keeping Tabasco Sauce on world’s culinary map

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP President and CEO of Tabasco Tony Simmons, left,  speaks to One Acadiana President and CEO Jason El Koubi before the Lessons from the Corner Office about the world-famous brand Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Cafe Vermilionville in Lafayette, La.

Running the family-owned enterprise that makes Tabasco Sauce remains a challenge, even after nearly 150 years of using the tried-and-true ingredients and processes that have made the iconic brand the No. 1 hot sauce in the world. The challenges include coming up with innovative strategies to promote the Louisiana-made sauce and other Tabasco products in today’s… Continue reading →

Mexican national pleads guilty in federal court in Lafayette to twice sneaking into the U.S. illegally

A Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal district court in Lafayette on Wednesday to illegally re-entering the U.S. twice, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s Office announced. Mario Albert Mora-Villa, 41, will be sentenced Oct. 11 on a conviction of one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien, Finley’s office stated in a press release. While jailed… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 23

Arrests posted June 22, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. AYAHNA ALEXANDER: 23, of the 100 block of Arceneaux Road, Rayne. She was booked on two counts of fugitive. DALTON JOSEPH ARCENEAUX: 67, of the 100 block of Ambroise Street, Lafayette. He was booked on municipal purposes. DANA MITCHELLS ARCENEAUX:… Continue reading →

Abbeville man admits killing Vermilion Parish deputy in plea deal that allows him to escape death penalty

Quintylan Richard

One of the Vermilion Parish men facing the death penalty in the 2014 killing of a sheriff’s deputy now will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday. The guilty plea by Quintylan Richard came on the second anniversary of Deputy Allen Bares Jr.’s death on June 23, 2014. After admitting to… Continue reading →

Passenger on motorcycle killed in early Thursday morning crash in Lafayette

A 20-year-old motorcycle passenger from Erath was killed early Thursday on Kaliste Saloom Road after the driver veered into the opposite lane and hit a pickup truck, officials said. Chasitie Campbell was pronounced dead at a local hospital. She and the operator of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries from being thrown after the impact, Lafayette police said.… Continue reading →

With experience building alternatives to jail, Lafayette corrections chief Rob Reardon stepping down as Sheriff Mike Neustrom leaves office

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Outgoing Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Director of Corrections Rob Reardon, as seen in 2014.

Rob Reardon, who’s overseen corrections during outgoing Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom’s four terms, has resigned from his position. Reardon said Wednesday he’s seeking new opportunities to expand his experience, which has centered around building alternatives to jail for vulnerable populations, like those experiencing homelessness or mental illness. “The system that I’ve constructed here and at… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for June 22

Arrests posted June 21, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. PATRICK JOSEPH ANDERSON: 46, of the 400 block of Landry Street, Scott. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery and simple criminal damage to property. PAIGE MICHELLE ANDREWS: 31, of the 300 block of McDonald Street, Lafayette. She was booked on… Continue reading →

Lafayette grand jury indicts two men on murder charges

Benjamin Hooks, left, and Traven Solomon

A Lafayette Parish grand jury Wednesday indicted two men on murder charges, including one in a case that remained unsolved for almost eight months until his arrest in late February. Traven Solomon, 23, of Lafayette, was indicted on a count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Damien Champ. Champ was killed… Continue reading →