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Baton Rouge motorcycle officer injured when hit by car in Baker

A Baton Rouge Police motorcycle officer riding north on La. 19 in Baker on Friday evening is recovering at a hospital from moderate injuries after hitting a car that pulled out into the highway from a side street, said Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps. “I guess they just didn’t see him,” Knaps said. “Pulled out right… Continue reading →

Nine booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

Authorities arrested at least nine people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including one person on a fourth offense — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Christopher Gray, 46, 12035 E.… Continue reading →

Charges dismissed against former Lafayette police officer accused of molesting a woman while on duty

Jackie Hagan

Prosecutors dismissed charges Thursday against a former Lafayette Police officer accused of sexually accosting a woman while on duty and in uniform. Jackie Hagan Jr., 36, was accused of sexual battery and malfeasance in office in an August 2011 incident outside the woman’s Lafayette home. The woman said she had been partying with her boyfriend… Continue reading →

Authorities bust Rayne man accused in crawfish heist

Photo provided by LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES -- Cary Gordon Bastian, 28, of Rayne, is accused of stealing six bags of crawfish on March 26, 2015, and fleeing from authorities trying to apprehend him for the burglary.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents are searching for a Rayne man accused of fleeing from authorities twice on Thursday after stealing crawfish from a farmer on Abbeville Highway. Cary Gordon Bastian, 28, sped away from the farm in his white Chevrolet Camaro at speeds of more than 100 mph after agents and… Continue reading →

Lafayette man wanted in Mercer Street killing surrenders to police

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Jordan Bernard, 21, of Lafayette, surrendered to police March 27, 2015, in the shooting death of 24-year-old Albert Gilbert of Sunset.

A Lafayette man surrendered to police Friday in a fatal shooting on Mercer Street. Jordan Bernard, 21, is accused of manslaughter in the March 21 killing of 24-year-old Albert Gilbert of Sunset. Police said they found Gilbert lying in the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of Mercer Street with multiple gunshot… Continue reading →

Two Ascension Parish men, both out of bond on drug charges, arrested again this week on new drug counts

Michael Howard, arrested on drug-related counts, March 25, 2015. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two men in separate drug-related incidents, both of whom already were out on bond in previous drug arrests, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said. Following a tip that Donald Gaddis, 33, was distributing cocaine, detectives searched his home at 15227 Joe Sevario Road in Gonzales and found cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish couple arrested on drug charges following raid of their Gonzales home

Lindsay and Jeffrey Fontenot

A Gonzales couple were arrested Tuesday on various drug-related charges, including possession of methamphetamine and a variety of prescription drugs, said Ascension Parish sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre. Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, with evidence that Lindsey Fontenot, 37, of 12122 Turry Road, Gonzales, was distributing Xanax from her house, got a search… Continue reading →

Youngsville man convicted in double slaying insists he is innocent; says relationship with girlfriend was fueled by crack addiction

Police said Eric Jude Abshire shot and killed his girlfriend and her stepfather early Wednesday morning in Lafayette.

A Youngsville man accused in a 2011 double homicide in Lafayette was convicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Lona Carter and Lemuel Brown. Eric Abshire, 53, faces mandatory life sentences on both convictions and was taken into custody Thursday evening. Ten of 12 jury members returned guilty verdicts on both… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man surrenders Thursday in shooting death of neighbor over alleged rape

Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar

A Baton Rouge man surrendered to authorities Thursday in what police have described as the vigilante killing Sunday of his neighbor. Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar, 31, was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered to Baton Rouge police at about 6 p.m., said Cpl. Don A. Coppola Jr., a police spokesman. Ramos-Salazar is accused of second-degree… Continue reading →

Woman who says she was kidnapped from East Baton Rouge survives crash that killed alleged abductor

Advocate staff photo by Terry Jones --A woman injured in a fatal one-car crash on Wednesday, March 26, 2015, in West Baton Rouge Parish told authorities that her boyfriend, who died in the crash, had kidnapped her from their Baton Rouge home.

When first responders arrived at a one-vehicle crash scene Thursday morning on Rosedale Road, a woman inside the vehicle told them she was the victim of a kidnapping by her boyfriend. The woman, 34-year-old Rae Michelle Carrell, was airlifted to a hospital where she remained in critical condition Thursday night, Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Woman's body found partially nude near Baton Rouge auto parts store; incident investigated as homicide

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Prior to removal, officials cover the woman's body that was found at North Street & N. 26th Street in the parking lot/work area of New World Int'l Auto Body Parts.

The partially nude body of a Baton Rouge woman who had been shot multiple times was found Thursday morning near an auto shop on North Street. The body of 34-year-old Jemina Williams was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. behind a white pickup parked under a canopy in a parking lot near the shop, Baton Rouge police said.… Continue reading →

Accused in the 2011 slaying of a Lafayette woman and her stepfather, Eric Abshire expected to testify in his first-degree murder trial

A Youngsville man charged with killing a Lafayette woman and her stepfather in 2011 will take the stand Thursday in his first-degree murder trial. Eric Abshire, 53, is accused in the deaths of Lona Carter, 39, and 67-year-old Lemuel Brown at their home on Warren Street in north Lafayette. A neighbor found the two… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of stealing neighbor’s handgun and, when confronted, stabbing him in the torso

Kentrell Prophet

A Baton Rouge man arrested Wednesday is accused of stealing a handgun from his neighbor’s apartment and later stabbing him in the torso. Kentrell Prophet, 31, forced his way into his neighbor’s Sherwood Forest Boulevard apartment some time before 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and stole a .357 revolver, according to the arrest report. The 29-year-old victim… Continue reading →

51-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of beating ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend with a wooden post

Charlie Tate

Baton Rouge police Tuesday arrested a 51-year-old man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend with a wooden post. Angry about the victim’s new relationship, Charlie Tate barged into her Winnebago Street home on March 17 and began punching her in the face, according to the arrest warrant. When the victim ran outside,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of sending lewd note to 12-year-old girl

Meshack Riley

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Tuesday after investigators said he made sexual advances toward a 12-year-old girl. Meshack Riley, 40, handed the victim a note Monday offering her $100 if she would expose herself to him, according to an arrest report. “If (you) tell, I will go to jail,” the note said. Riley told… Continue reading →

One man booked on DWI in Baton Rouge

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Vincent Dukaric, 50, 18556 Womack Road, Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI and headlights required.… Continue reading →

Nearly two dozen charged in Texas, Louisiana drug ring

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 people have been arrested in a Texas and Louisiana prescription drug ring allegedly using the homeless to pose as patients. Federal prosecutors in North Texas on Wednesday announced the 23 suspects are from Houston, Austin and Dallas, plus Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Dallas says… Continue reading →

Lafayette jury convicts Seth Fontenot of manslaughter, aggravated battery

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Seth Fontenot enters the Lafayette Parish Courthouse Tuesday morning.

Seth Fontenot side-stepped a murder conviction and a life prison sentence Wednesday in the shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault but still faces up to 40 years for the crime. A jury deliberated two hours before deciding against convicting Fontenot on charges of first- or second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting, opting instead for the lesser charge… Continue reading →

Simcoe Street shooting suspect arrested Tuesday

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Terrence Augustine, 29, of Lafayette, was booked March 24, 2015, on a count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of fugitive in an Oct. 12, 2014, shooting on East Simcoe Street.

A Lafayette man wanted since October in a Simcoe Street shooting was arrested Tuesday. Terrence Augustine, 29, was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of fugitive, according to booking records. He was suspected in an Oct. 12 shooting in the 900 block of East Simcoe Street. The victim, a 34-year-old man,… Continue reading →

Putting on a BRAVE face: Crime fighters say community policing efforts working to stem violence in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie speaks as BRAVE 70802 Director Rodney Walker,left, and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux listen during a panel discussion of BRAVE's impact on violence in Baton Rouge on Tuesday night during a community forum presented by BRAVE.

Fighting violence in Baton Rouge used to mean law enforcement flooding problem areas with patrol cars, employing a zero-tolerance approach. The difference now, Police Chief Carl Dabadie said Tuesday evening at an anti-violence forum, is troublemakers have a better opportunity to change their ways. “Here’s what we’re offering you,” he said. “We’re offering you a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police describe slaying as a vigilante killing in response to a rape allegation

Advocate file photo by Ben Wallace -- Damage from a bullet is visible on the back of a stairwell outside an apartment off Quida Mae Drive where Joel Guevara was fatally shot on Sunday night.

A man acquitted on attempted rape and kidnapping charges a few years ago recently was accused of raping a different woman. But the more recent allegation will never be tried in a courtroom because the accused, 28-year-old Joel Guevara, was fatally shot Sunday night in what police described Tuesday as a vigilante killing. Yovanni Anibal… Continue reading →

One person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge between Monday and Tuesday afternoon

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Sherri Thompson, 48, 9035 Keaty Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, open… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old girl, wounding of stepfather

Authorities on Monday arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old girl and critically injuring her stepfather in a Friday afternoon shooting at a North 30th Street home. The suspected shooter, 26-year-old Quintin Thomas, was arrested Monday in Lafayette and brought to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely,… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Former Central School Board candidate accused of sexual battery on 12-year-old girl

Philip Ziegler

A former Central Community School Board candidate was arrested Monday and accused of sexual battery against a 12-year-old girl in an incident that occurred about a year and a half ago, authorities said. Philip Ziegler, 34, inappropriately touched the victim during an overnight visit to her home with his children, according to an East… Continue reading →

Man, 18, shot Tuesday near BR elementary

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred near Melrose Elementary.

An 18-year-old man was shot Tuesday morning outside of Melrose Elementary School just before students began arriving to campus. Keith Bromery, an East Baton Rouge Parish school system spokesman, said the man — who had no known affiliation with the school — arrived on campus at about 7:25 a.m. When he walked into the building, someone… Continue reading →

Family pets die in Commission Avenue house fire

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- St. George firefighters responded to an early evening house fire at 14535 Commission Ave. on Monday. Homeowner Pat Jarreau, 57, was sitting outside with her grandson, Silas Smith, 5, when the fire started. She reported hearing a pop, followed by several more, and then breaking glass. When she opened the front door, smoke was already heavily visible inside the residence. Jarreau lost a cat, bird and pet fish in the blaze.

A family’s two pets — a cat and a bird — died in a house fire Monday, succumbing to heavy smoke, said Eldon Ledoux, public information officer for the St. George Fire Department. Only one of the four family members was home at the time. She was on the back patio of the 14535 Commission Ave. home… Continue reading →

Police: Rape allegation may be motive in fatal Sunday night shooting at apartment on Quida Mae Drive

Photo provided -- Joel Guevara

UPDATE: Baton Rouge police on Tuesday reported a possible motive for a Sunday night shooting of Joel Guevara, 28, outside Guevara's apartment on Quida Mae Drive in north Baton Rouge. Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar, 31, suspected that Guevara had raped one of Ramos-Salazar's family members, the BRPD said in a news release. Police are looking for Ramos-Salazar in… Continue reading →