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Dead dog, drugs, gun found in home of Donaldsonville couple busted in prostitution sting

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Donaldsonville couple in a prostitution sting on Friday and booked a third person accused of trying to cover up evidence at their home, where deputies found drugs, a revolver and a dog that had died. Harold Butler, 31, and his girlfriend Jessica Normand, also 31, were booked after they arrived… Continue reading →

Judge rules reporter does not need to testify in Baton Rouge attorney’s defamation lawsuit

A reporter for The Advocate will not have to appear in court as part of a Baton Rouge lawyer’s federal defamation lawsuit against a police detective. In quashing the motion that would have required reporter Jim Mustian to testify about an article he wrote, U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Bourgeois Jr. said whatever details lawyers… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter: Man pleads guilty to using Internet to try to lure child for sex

Photo provided by CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Damien Deshone Guidry, 34, of 1001 North St. in Welsh, is wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and a count of home invasion in the Nov. 16, 2014, shootings that hospitalized two people.

A man pleaded guilty in federal court this week to using the Internet to try persuading a child in Lake Charles to have sex with him, officials said. Timothy Kelly, 40, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility in interstate commerce in his attempt at underage sex.… Continue reading →

Sheriff: dice game led to shooting injuries in Hammond

An “unresolved dice game” led to the shooting injuries of two people Monday afternoon on Quick Boulevard, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Multiple shots were fired into a crowd gathered at a home at 13016 Quick Blvd., where deputies found gun shell casings near the front door of the residence,… Continue reading →

Gonzales Police search for man who stole $9,000 in lawn equipment

Leon J. Williams

City police officers are looking for a Gonzales man on allegations he stole $9,000 in lawn equipment earlier this month. Officers said Monday that Leon J. Williams, 55, 1612 Coontrap Road, Gonzales, is wanted on a count of felony theft. Officers said a lawn mower and trailer valued at $9,000 were stolen Nov.… Continue reading →

Assumption deputies search for clues in shooting, wounding of 19-year-old Napoleonville man

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old man between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday on Telegraph Street, the sheriff said Tuesday. Quan R. Lewis, 19, showed up at Assumption Community Hospital’s emergency room in Napoleonville about 6 p.m. Monday with a gunshot wound in his chest, deputies… Continue reading →

Argument leads to double murder; men shoot, stab each other over treatment of girl

Lester Reed, left, and Tevin Crump

When Lesly Reed-Wilson last saw her brother and a friend of her family on Sunday night, they were chatting and laughing outside the Washington Court home where her brother lived. But when she drove back to the home in the 5300 block of Washington Court two hours later, Reed-Wilson found her brother, Lester Reed, 32, lying… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Morgan City man arrested in shootings

Photo provided by LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE -- Carlos Cespedes, 47, of Morgan City, was booked Nov. 22, 2014, in New Orleans on two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 14, 2014, attempted shooting of his ex-girlfriend and another person.

MORGAN CITY — A fugitive arrested Saturday in New Orleans on two counts of attempted first-degree murder is accused of forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend’s home in Morgan City earlier this month, shooting at her and another person then fleeing in a stolen vehicle. Carlos Cespedes, 47, of Morgan City, was booked… Continue reading →

Gonzales police: Couple arrested after police find meth lab in motel room

Monica Smith; David R. Smith

City police and Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents found a Harvey duo, convicted 21/2 years ago of operating a meth lab inside their Geismar bedroom, running another lab Sunday night in a Gonzales motel room, police said Monday. Authorities found five methamphetamine pots about 9 p.m. Sunday in the motel room of Monica… Continue reading →

State Police: Lafayette man collects federal dollars for anxiety, back problems but has siding, auto sales businesses

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Alan Bernard, center, is lead to an awaiting police unit by Louisiana State Police officials outside of Troop I Monday in Lafayette. Alan Bernard, 47, of Lafayette, is accused of accepting $83,000 in disability benefits since 2011 while fraudulently operating two businesses from his home.

A 47-year-old Lafayette man who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits since February 2011 was arrested Monday, accused of operating two businesses — an auto-sales business and A-1 Affordable Siding Inc. — out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income. And, as part of that… Continue reading →

Men stab, shoot each other in double murder in Baton Rouge on Sunday night

Baton Rouge police are investigating a double murder that happened Sunday night in the 5300 block of Washington Court. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Lester Reed got into a verbal altercation with an acquitance, Tevin Crump just after 9 p.m. The fight escalated, and Reed, 19, stabbed Crump, 32, with a kitchen knife. Crump… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge firefighters battle tire warehouse blaze for 12 hours

Firefighters battled a blaze at a tire warehouse on Plank Road for about 12 hours Saturday night and into Sunday morning before extinguishing it, according to the Baker Fire Department. After a passerby alerted firefighters to the blaze on Plank Road near Lavey Lane in Baker about 10:30 p.m., nine engines and two ladder trucks arrived… Continue reading →

Firefighters battle tire warehouse fire for 12 hours

Firefighters battled about 12 hours Saturday night before extinguishing a tire warehouse blaze on Plank Road, but the fire claimed most of the building and its contents, according to the Baker Fire Department. After a passerby alerted firefighters to the blaze on Plank Road near Lavey Lane in Baker at around 10:30 p.m., nine engines and two… Continue reading →

Man booked on second count in Friday shootings

A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second-degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in north Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized. Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified the man who was found shot to death Friday in the 800 block of West… Continue reading →

State Police suspect driver impairment in fatal crash near Hammond

A 28-year-old man was jailed after fleeing a crash on Friday night in which his pickup truck left a road near Hammond and rolled several times, killing his 35-year-old passenger, State Police said. Steve Savoie, of Loranger, was driving south on La. 443 at a high rate of speed with Adam Capdeboscq, of Husser, in the… Continue reading →

Crowley police arrest S.C. man accused in fatal shooting, home invasion and other Acadiana police news

Photo provided by CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Aaronton Williams, 22, of Jennings, was booked Nov. 19, 2014, on a count of principal to attempted first-degree murder and a count of principal to home invasion in connection with the Nov. 16, 2014, shootings of two people on East 15th Street in Crowley.

Police say they arrested a South Carolina man Friday who is accused in the Oct. 12 death of 22-year-old Taylor Beverly and the shootings on Sunday of two people on East 15th Street. D’Avondre Marquest Williams, 18, of Beaufort, South Carolina, was arrested Friday on a count of… Continue reading →

Gonzales police seeking man in armed assault in bar parking lot

Adrian Salas

Gonzales police officers continued to search Friday evening for a man seen hitting another man in the head with a pistol in a Gonzales bar parking lot earlier this month. The alleged attacker, Adrian Melo Salas, 24, 309 E. Verna St., Gonzales, is wanted on counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with… Continue reading →

Lafayette shootings leave one dead, two hospitalized

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Police work the scene of some shootings near the intersection of Gilman Road and Happiness Street Friday in Lafayette.

Updated at 2:15 p.m. A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in North Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized. Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified the man who was found shot to death Friday in the 800 block… Continue reading →

Teens arrested in bomb hoax at Comeaux High School

Two Comeaux High School students were arrested Thursday morning after allegedly posting sticky notes that warned there was a bomb on campus, KATC-TV reported. School administrators and the campus resource officer identified the students through video surveillance and pulled them from class, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. They were identified within 15 minutes of… Continue reading →

Four booked on drugs, weapon counts in Ascension Parish

Photos provided by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- From left, Landarrius Alvarez, John Johnson, Raelynn Johnson and Jonquill Muse.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four people on drugs and illegal weapons counts Tuesday after detectives spotted their unoccupied car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store off La. 30. Once the four got in the 2000 Ford Taurus and drove off, detectives pulled them over on… Continue reading →

Dispute between former friends leads to multiple attempted murder counts

Justin Stoute on September 15

On Sunday afternoon, deputies say, 19-year-old Justin Stoute gunned the engine of his pickup at two teenagers who stood feet ahead of him in a home’s front yard off Hooper Road. The two had been Stoute’s friends until a falling-out in September, family members said. One of them is his 16-year-old neighbor, who used to ride bikes… Continue reading →

1,500 packets of synthetic marijuana delivered to Mr. Happy’s during police raid

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Coroner's Office and EBRPSO investigate a body found near the Bluebonnet Library Building.

Authorities added to their haul from a synthetic marijuana bust Tuesday when an ill-timed delivery showed up at one of the seven targeted smoke shops during a raid. Detectives with the Baker Police Department and Delta Narcotics Task Force were searching Mr. Happy’s Novelty Shop, 14424 Plank Road, Baker, when a parcel delivery company dropped off… Continue reading →

West Feliciana deputy suspended, demoted over ticket incident

The West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office demoted and suspended without pay a high-ranking captain after he tried to interfere with a deputy issuing a speeding ticket. During a traffic stop on Oct. 29 around 1:30 a.m., Capt. Michael Taylor urged the deputy to not write a ticket, West Feliciana Parish Chief Deputy Randy Metz said. That… Continue reading →

Two business owners arrested in drug raid and other Lafayette area police news

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Austin Hack, 17, of Lafayette, was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder and is accused of shooting someone twice in the back Nov. 18, 2014, in the 100 block of Castille Avenue

LAFAYETTE — Authorities arrested two men and seized almost seven pounds of synthetic marijuana and more than a half-pound of marijuana Tuesday after raiding two neighboring businesses on South Pierce Street, KATC-TV reported. Ratib Abuelouf, 32, and Nemer Abuelouf, 26 — who authorities say own convenience store Simcoe Food World and Jr’s Apple Tree,… Continue reading →

Electrical fire causes blaze at Clayton Street house

Fire damaged a house on Clayton Street Wednesday morning after an apparent electrical malfunction. (Photo courtesy of the Baton Rouge Fire Department)

Fire damaged a house on Clayton Street Wednesday morning after an apparent electrical malfunction. No one was injured in the blaze at 3651 Clayton St. Crews arrived at 9:55 a.m. and had the fire under control by 10:17 a.m., said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. The house was heavily damaged by… Continue reading →

Bonus for police: Delivery truck shows up during raid of smoke shop with 1,500 packets of synthetic marijuana

Authorities added to their haul from a synthetic marijuana bust on Tuesday when an ill-timed delivery showed up at one of the seven targeted smoke shops during a raid. Detectives with the Baker Police Department and Delta Narcotics Task Force were searching Mr. Happy’s Novelty Shop, 14424 Plank Road, Baker, when a parcel delivery company dropped… Continue reading →

Two arrested in slaying of West St. John football coach Juan Joseph outside Baton Rouge nightclub

Kendric Cloud, left, and Lemark Cloud

Two days after a high school football coach was shot and killed outside a Baton Rouge nightclub parking lot, police arrested the alleged shooter and another man accused of helping after the attack. Baton Rouge Police also released new details about the verbal argument in the early morning hours Sunday that precipitated the shooting of Juan Joseph,… Continue reading →

Lafayette corrections officer booked on malfeasance, obstruction counts

Jerrod Brashear and Megan Huval

A Lafayette Parish corrections officer has been arrested along with an inmate who is accused of disabling a surveillance camera that was set up in an internal investigation of the female deputy and the male inmate, officials said. Megan Huval, a 22-year-old deputy, was fired, then jailed, on counts of malfeasance in… Continue reading →

EBR deputies discover nearly 16 pounds of heroin hidden on bus

Juan Vasquez

Sheriff’s deputies searching a commercial passenger bus with a K-9 unit on Tuesday morning uncovered nearly 16 pounds of heroin — all of it hidden in two fire extinguishers. The deputies pulled the bus over for a traffic violation on I-12 and searched the luggage compartment for drugs with a dog named Jumma, said Casey Rayborn Hicks,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police identify suspect in shooting death of West St. John football coach Juan Joseph

Photo provided by BRPD -- Kendric Cloud

Kendric Lentrell Cloud, 25, of 7140 Juno Drive in Baker, allegedly shot Juan Joseph, a West St. John High School assistant football coach, to death outside a Baton Rouge nightclub early Sunday. Continue reading →

Arsonist sets fire to home just as tenants prepare to move in

Lee Albert Sam Jr.

An arsonist set fire just before 1 a.m. Monday to a rental house on Madison Street, causing minor fire and smoke damage to the home as tenants were preparing to move in, authorities said. “Investigators determined that multiple fires were set inside the dwelling,” said Alton Trahan, public information officer for the Lafayette… Continue reading →

Ex-attorney Bruce A. Craft plans to surrender to East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies for taking nearly $76K without completing work

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLILNG -- In this March 2, 2011, Advocate file photo, attorney Bruce Craft waits outside the Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse during deliberations by the jury in the racketeering and bribery trial of White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown and his brother, former White Castle mayor Maurice Brown.  Craft was representing former Mayor Maurice Brown.

A permanently disbarred former Baton Rouge attorney accused of collecting more than $75,000 for work he never completed is expected to surrender to authorities Tuesday following a criminal investigation into the fraudulent billing allegations. Bruce A. Craft, the former attorney, agreed to turn himself in to East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday after a… Continue reading →

Labadieville man accused of indecent behavior with juvenile, drug violations after search of home

Jeffrey Bishop of Labadieville was arrested Nov. 14 on several counts, including possession of cocaine.

A Labadieville man was arrested Friday and accused of engaging in indecent behavior with a juvenile and several drug violations after a search of his home, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Jeffrey Bishop, 39, was arrested when deputies arrived at his Labadieville home to search it for drugs, the Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Sixteen-year-old son fights off man attempting to rape his mother in Assumption Parish home

Hennry Buggage of Belle Rose was arrested for attempted rape Nov. 16.

A Belle Rose man was booked Sunday on a count of attempted rape after the son of the intended victim fought off his mother’s attacker, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack. Henry Buggage, 58, of 188 Grisaffe Lane, Belle Rose, had given a woman a ride home from the Alexis… Continue reading →

Accused shooter in Kitts murder-for-hire trial takes stand, denies pulling trigger, taking money

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Monique O. Kitts exits the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. ORG XMIT: BAT1411061804042910

Karl Michael Howard, accused of firing the three fatal shots that killed Corey Kitts while he was sleeping in his Addis home four years ago, took the stand in his murder trial Monday and denied having anything to do with the slaying of his friend’s husband. Howard, who took the stand as… Continue reading →

Fire destroys apartment complex on Plank Road in Baton Rouge

A fire burns at an apartment complex on Plank Road in Baton Rouge on Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo courtesy of East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services)

Strong winds complicated efforts to extinguish a Monday morning fire on Plank Road that destroyed an apartment building but did not injure anyone, the authorities said. When firefighters arrived to the building on the corner of Plank Road and Pawnee Street, they found the structure intensely burning, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man wanted for Gardere murder; at least 3 arrested for DWI over weekend

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- An officer directs residents to the other side of yellow tape, Sunday, Nov. 16. Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting at 5354 Bank Street involving a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man wanted in the murder of a man in the Gardere neighborhood Saturday morning. Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge sheriff obtains arrest warrant in Gardere murder

Marcus Dominque

The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office is looking for a man wanted in the murder of a man in the Gardere neighborhood Saturday morning. Eric Kinchen, 32, was shot in the 1600 block of Port Drive around 10:00 a.m. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from gunshot wounds. In a… Continue reading →