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Baker police investigating homicide

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2-year-old drowns in pool at Zachary home

A 2-year-old child drowned in a backyard pool on Thursday morning after the child slipped outside without the mother noticing, Zachary Police said. When the mother found her child in the pool on North Turnberry Avenue, she ran to the front yard with the child in her arms screaming for help, said… Continue reading →

Woman killed in car crash in West Feliciana Parish

A 58-year-old woman was killed Sunday evening when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle on U.S. 61 just north of Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish, State Police said. Sharron Villere, of Jackson, was not wearing a seat belt when she crossed the southbound lane shortly after 7 p.m. trying to get to the… Continue reading →

Angola maintenance worker accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate

Danny Daniel

A maintenance worker at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate, has been arrested on a felony count of malfeasance in office, the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning. Danny B. Daniel, 64, of 11646 Powell Station Road in St. Francisville, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon with the prison’s… Continue reading →

Felicianas DA calls mocking website ‘immature and childish’

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Sam D’Aquilla doesn’t know who snatched up the website address he used in his re-election campaign six years ago, but he definitely does not approve of its current message. The website at mimics a typical lawyer’s website, with a homepage that says: “Sharing My True Character with the Felicianas.” But scroll down and… Continue reading →

Baker council president jailed after Marshmallow Pie incident

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Exterior of Ragusa Meat Market  at 5240 Groom Road in Baker. Baker City Council President John Givens turned himself in to police on Thursday and was booked on theft of goods and abuse of office after allegedly stealing a banana-flavored pastry, which store manager Abdallah Mizeyd said was captured on in-store surveillance video.

Days after Baker’s City Council President John Givens was accused of trying to steal a 50-cent pastry from Ragusa’s Meat Market, the councilman surrendered to police Thursday while sales of the sweet treat have exploded, with customers dubbing them “Givens Pies.” Givens, 65, now faces a possible felony charge of abuse of office… Continue reading →

Officials laud Baker workforce development program

MET Baker workforce center story, photo by mark h hunter, Baker Workforce Development Center students (L. to R.) Kwame Odom, Quantrell Toney, Jose Gomez and Reginald Lucas, check the threads they cut in a pipe using a threading machine. The men are nearing the end of their millwright-machinist courses and are hoping to find good jobs in industry.

More than 130 students have completed skilled trade classes in welding, electrical, millwright, pipefitting and water operations since the Baker Workforce Development Center opened in January, and area officials say it’s the kind of program that should be replicated around the state. The center, located at 3262… Continue reading →

2 robbery suspects arrested

Joshua Wells

Two Zachary men suspected in the Monday night armed robbery of Southern Belle Truck Stop near the south end of West Feliciana Parish have been arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish. Joshua Wells, 21, 421 E. Flanacher Road, and Reginald Jackson, 21, 474 E. Flanacher Road, each face one count of armed robbery, said Erin… Continue reading →

Baker council urges more oversight of teen parties

2 arrested in East Feliciana rape case

Joe Loyd, left, Darrell Anderson

In this single stoplight village in rural East Feliciana Parish, horrifying allegations surfaced this week leading police to arrest two men and issue arrest warrants for two other people accused of raping and sexually exploiting two girls inside a mobile home with living conditions authorities described as unsuitable for human life. The… Continue reading →

Clinton celebrates July 4th with two separate festivals

Trey Hopper is standing in the white shirt, Landen Halbrook (front, left), Brooks Kelly (front, right), Logan Longmire (back left) and Logan Halbrook (back right).

Small town festivals are a fixture in Louisiana. And, come the Fourth of July, the rural town of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish will be bustling with not one, but two festivals this year: the established Red, White and Blueberry Festival hosted by town officials and the new Red, White and Blue Festival organized by the local… Continue reading →

Baker SB settles lawsuit in librarian incident

Convenience store owner booked with distributing drugs in Slaughter

Drug arrest at My Fair Mart convenience store.

Narcotics agents shut down an over-the-counter illegal narcotics operation in a Slaughter convenience store this week, just days before the owner was preparing to open a second location in East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch said Wednesday. The Delta Narcotics Task Force, which includes deputies of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested… Continue reading →

West Feliciana council approves pay raises

Electrical problem may be cause of St. Francisville fire

Firefighters in West Feliciana battled a house fire early Monday in St. Francisville that destroyed the home and felled a telephone pole. Members of the West Feliciana Fire Protection District No. 1 and St. Francisville Fire Department arrived at 9851 Duncan St. after getting the call at 3:50 a.m., said Chief James R. Wood, of the… Continue reading →

West Feliciana firefighters get FEMA equipment grant

The West Feliciana Fire Protection District No. 1 received a federal grant of more than $120,000 to go toward new protective equipment for firefighters, the district announced Monday. The Assistance to Firefighter grant for Operations and Safety from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the district $121,567 to buy new boots, helmets, gloves, protective hoods, and… Continue reading →

Baker council considers water, sewer rate increases

Baker school system buys old All Star Chevy property

The Baker school system has purchased the old All-Star Chevrolet property off Plank Road for its district offices, paying $1.1 million for the 3.4 acres, which contain three buildings. “We don’t owe a penny on it and we won’t pay a penny of interest in it. We paid cash,” School Board President… Continue reading →

Baker council considers water, sewer rate increases

Baker SB agrees to marketing services contract

Edward Pratt, Southern University

Baton Rouge man accused in rape of 11-year old girl

Laderick T. McClain

Baker Police arrested an 18-year-old man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl early Sunday morning after the child’s mother asked the teenager — a family friend — to come over and repair a broken shelf while she was at a party in Baton Rouge, police said. Police booked Laderick T. McClain, 18, 2732 Appleton Ave., Baton Rouge,… Continue reading →

Virginia man booked with fourth offense DWI in W. Feliciana

A Virginia man remained in West Feliciana Parish jail Friday, accused earlier this week of a fourth offense of driving while intoxicated, West Feliciana sheriff’s deputies said. Charles T. Moorehouse, 38, of Covington, Virginia, was arrested along Highway 61 near Bains Road about 11 p.m. April 29 after he was pulled over by deputies… Continue reading →

East Feliciana deputy: Two dead in double homicide

The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide that occurred in Ethel on Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies were called at about 4 p.m. to Lillian Lane, where they found the bodies of a man and a woman, said Sgt. Kevin Garig, an East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Garig said late Sunday… Continue reading →