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 →

Grease left on stove causes Firelight Ave. blaze

Advocate Staff file photo by Kerry Maloney

Grease left on a hot stove caused a kitchen fire that spread into the attic at 10410 Firelight Ave. on Sunday evening, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 5:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 5:27 p.m., according to a press release. The home suffered moderate fire damage and heavy smoke … Continue reading →

Man booked on rape after Tinder app date

Jacob Hirsch Witz

Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday evening arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman after having just met her through a popular social media dating application called Tinder. The woman told a detective with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office that she met Jacob Hirsch Witz, whom she knew only as “Jake,” on Tinder, … Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 28, 2014

Fire burns through roof of Ontario Street home

An electrical short ignited a fire in a home early Sunday that eventually burned through the roof of the house, the fire department said. The home at 2731 Ontario St. was vacant because the owner died recently, said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. When firefighters arrived about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, flames leapt from … Continue reading →

Police and Fire Briefs for July 27, 2014

A man trying to push his car on Interstate 10 after it ran out of gas was fatally injured early Saturday morning after an SUV slammed into his car and sandwiched him between the vehicles. Jason Smith, 39, was taken to the hospital, where he was … Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s deputies respond to fatal shooting

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL BETHENCOURT -- East Baton Rouge Parish deputies responded to a call at this house on Greenwell Springs Road, in front of which a dead man is lying in the grass.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday night responded to a call in the 21000 block of Greenwell Springs Road from a woman who told police she shot her boyfriend because he had attacked her. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Office. … Continue reading →

Out-of-gas motorist hit on I-10

Updated at 12:40 p.m. – A man trying to push his car on Interstate 10 after it ran out of gas early Saturday was fatally injured after an SUV slammed into his car and sandwiched him between the vehicles. Jason Smith, 39, was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries late Saturday, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. … Continue reading →

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 →

Transformer fire behind Matherne’s market on Bluebonnet put out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. George Fire Dept. Firefighter Chase Cothern carries away a fire hose, as Entergy personnel work behind him evaluating a fallen transformer that caught fire, knocking out electrical power at Mathern's grocery store, and the other businesses in the Bluebonnet Village Shopping Center at Bluebonnet and Perkins Road, Friday around the noon hour. Observers at the scene did not know why the transformer pole fell.

Firefighters extinguished a fire that started behind Matherne’s Market at the corner of Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard late Friday morning. The fire was reported at 11:29 a.m. and when firefighters got to the scene minutes late they found a downed power pole and three transformers burning behind the building, the St. George Fire Department repoted. … 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 →

Plaquemine man dies after pickup hits tree

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A 64-year-old Plaquemine man died late Thursday after his pickup ran off of La. 75 and hit a tree south of La. 3066 in Iberville Parish, State Police said. Winsley J. St. Pierre Jr., who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries, Trooper First Class Jared L. Sandifer said in a press release. Troopers began investigating shortly before … 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 →

Jurors find Richardson guilty in 2012 shooting death

Marcus Richardson

A West Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated for approximately two hours before convicting a 24-year-old Port Allen man of second-degree murder Thursday in the May 2012 fatal shooting of a Brusly High student. Marcus Richardson, 24, Freeman Lane, was found guilty as charged after two days of testimony in … 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 →

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 →

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 →

36 vehicles burglarized near Denham Springs

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Suspect arrested in Prescott Road shooting

Baton Rouge police Tuesday afternoon arrested the man accused in the July 13 shooting on Prescott Road that left 38-year-old man fighting for his life. Police booked Jonathan Foster, 25, 1532 Olive St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. The shooting happened just before 9 … 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

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Man wounded multiple times in St. Gerard Street shooting

A Monday night shooting in the 5500 block of St. Gerard Street left a 23-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso, but his injuries are not considered life threatening, Baton Rouge police said. Officers responded at 11 p.m. to the LSU Urgent Care Clinic at 5439 Airline Highway, where the victim was taken … 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 →

Ponchatoula teen missing in waters near Gulf Shores, Ala.

Chaston Brown

A search is ongoing in Alabama for a missing Ponchatoula teen last seen Sunday afternoon in the waters off a public beach in Gulf Shores. The Gulf Shores Police Department received a swimmer-in-distress call at about 4 p.m. Sunday for the 17-year-old boy, department spokesman Cpl. Josh Coleman said. Coleman did not name the teen, … Continue reading →

Police investigate shooting on Barber Street

Baton Rouge police investigate the Barber Street scene where a man collasped after being shot Monday.

A shooting Monday about noon near College Drive resulted in one man being hospitalized with serious injuries, Baton Rouge police said. The man — no age or name available — was shot on Barber Street, which branches off Bawell Street near College Drive, before he wandered over by some garbage cans outside of a nearby residence and … Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in July 7 hit-and-run bicyclist death

Fitzpatrick F. Doucette

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, police said. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, is suspected of driving his 1997 Lincoln and hitting Lon Lomas who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, Troop I Master Trooper … Continue reading →

Family escapes as Progress Road home burns

Advocate Staff file photo by Kerry Maloney

A family of three escaped unharmed as the back porch and attic of their home at 1012 Progress Road burned early Monday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 2:30 a.m. Monday and had the blaze under control by 2:38 a.m., department spokesman Curt Monte said in a press release. The fire did an … Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for July 21, 2014

A man suffering from gunshot wounds and found under a Mission Drive carport late Saturday has died, Baton Rouge Police said Sunday. Travis Denzel Polk, 21, 4808 Ritterman Ave., died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said … Continue reading →

Unattended pot believed to have touched off apartment fire

An unattended pot left on a stove is suspected as source of an apartment fire at the Spanish Villa Apartments that caused minimal damage to the unit. The tenant of Apt. 10 at Spanish Villa, 4380 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, was in the laundry room when the fire began shortly before 1:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt … Continue reading →