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Body found in vehicle submerged in Broussard coulee

One person is dead after a vehicle was found submerged in a coulee Monday afternoon near the 1400 block of Duchamp Road, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to the scene around 4 p.m. and suspect only one person was in the vehicle when it ran off the roadway,… Continue reading →

Man shot three times while his wife and child watched; deputies continued search for two people Monday, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office reported

Investigators are working to identify two people who forced their way into a Kathy Meadows apartment late Friday and shot a man three times as his wife and young child looked on. The family was returning home shortly before midnight when two people in dark clothing and ski masks entered the apartment and… Continue reading →

Hit-and-run crash involving school bus on Weller Avenue sends two students to hospital Monday morning

. A hit-and-run crash Monday morning involving a school bus in north Baton Rouge sent two students aboard the bus to a hospital, authorities said.
The crash occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Weller Avenue near its intersection with Alliquippa Street, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
A Geo Prizm rear-ended the… Continue reading →

Kip Judice prepares to take over helm of Duson’s Police Department; aldermen agree to raise officers’ starting salary

Kip Judice

Duson’s police force will soon double in size after the town’s aldermen approved hiring two officers and agreed to increase the starting salary, making it the second-highest in the parish. It was the first effort by new Police Chief Kip Judice, who was sworn in as chief on Tuesday and won the Board of Aldermen’s approval for… Continue reading →

Acdiana Crime Blotter for April 27, 2015

Arrests posted April 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: Mohammed Alwadai: 24, of the 200 block of Oak Crest Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and hit and run driving. Christopher Blaine Blanchard: 40,… Continue reading →

Eight arrested in Lafayette in prostitution sting; operation targets ‘upscale escorts and their clients’ who utilize social media

Eight people were arrested in a undercover prostitution sting in Lafayette Friday and Saturday, according to the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force. The Metro Narcotics Task Force conducted the sting inside Lafayette’s city limits, according to a news release from the agency. The operation targeted upscale escorts and their clients who utilize social… Continue reading →

Zachary teen accused in rape of mentally disabled girl

Ikeal Franklin

A Zachary teen accused of raping a mentally disabled girl was arrested Friday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of aggravated rape. Ikeal Franklin, 18, of 21378 Samuels Rd., is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Zachary High School student who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and bipolar disorder, according… Continue reading →

21-year-old woman dies in Livingston Parish car crash

A 21-year-old Livingston woman died in a car crash Friday on La. 42 east of La. 16 in Livingston Parish, State Police said. Alyssa M. Swain was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am east on La. 42 before 6 p.m. when she tried to pass an eastbound vehicle in a no passing zone, State Police said… Continue reading →

Two St. Martinville men arrested after drug raids on Governor Mouton Street homes

Items seized by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputies Friday, April 24, 2015.

Baton Rouge man accused of firing into crowd, wounding one

A Baton Rouge man accused of firing indiscriminately at a crowd of people gathered on a street in Mall City a week ago, sending one to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, was arrested late Thursday and booked into parish prison. The shooting occurred at 5:29 p.m. on April 17 in the 600… Continue reading →

Eight booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Thursday to Friday

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish 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: — Jamie Boudoin, 35, 13247 Palm St., Vacherie, first-offense DWI. — Christopher Gill, 46, 116… Continue reading →

Sister of man accused of breaking softball coach’s nose in Youngsville melee said to have withheld information from police

A Lafayette youth softball coach is expected to surrender to police Friday evening, accused of withholding information about the post-game brawl in Youngsville that began among teenagers and ended when an adult coach was slugged in the face. Charell Jackson, the 30-year-old head coach of the Brown Park Athletic Association’s U16 girls slow-pitch softball team, withheld information… Continue reading →

Agriculture exhibits at LSU give children hands-on lessons

Photo provided by Erin Hebert -- University Presbyterian Day School students look at baby alligators in a tank at the LSU AgCenter's AgMagic event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge.

Fish, farm animals and forestry may not seem like magical topics, but this weekend’s AgMagic event at LSU aims to inspire wonder in children about Louisiana agriculture. For the past week, AgMagic allowed children from across the state, most of them in early elementary school grades, to take a tour through various aspects of the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge-area hospitals see spike in emergency visits linked to drug called ‘spice,’ part of a nationwide trend

For the first time, an overdose of synthetic marijuana has been listed as the sole cause of a death in East Baton Rouge Parish, the Coroner’s Office announced Friday. The 29-year-old died March 28, and his toxicology report was completed this week. “The main and only contributor to his death was the synthetic… Continue reading →

Violent crime overall takes a dip in Baton Rouge, but murders inched up from 49 cases in 2013 to 53 last year

Violent crime in Baton Rouge dropped a bit last year, reflecting a generally steady decline locally and nationally in homicides, rapes and robberies over the past several years. Nevertheless, homicides in Louisiana’s capital city ticked up by a few, according to crime statistics released Thursday by the Baton Rouge Police Department, even though the parish… Continue reading →

House fire in Baton Rouge linked to lit candle

A lit but forgotten candle in a rear bedroom set fire to a house at 3719 Tuscarora St. early Thursday morning, torching two bedrooms, forcing a family of seven to flee from the home and sending one adult to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Baton Rouge firefighters got the call at 2:19 a.m., reached the house… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest 4 on DWI from Wednesday to Thursday

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Bradley Easley, 29, 1211 Applewood Road, Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI, refusal to test, improper lane… Continue reading →

Two brothers accused of passing counterfeit $10 bills in Ascension Parish

Randal Bridges has charges pending from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft. April 23, 2015.

GONZALES — A surveillance video and a Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to the identities of two brothers who were passing counterfeit money, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this month, the Sheriff’s Office began getting complaints from area stores and fast-food restaurants where people were passing counterfeit… Continue reading →

Woman killed in wreck on La. 30 in Gonzales

A passenger was killed Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident that left the driver in critical condition, the Gonzales Police Department said. The identities of the victims were being withheld Thursday afternoon pending notification of the families. The crash happened about 11 a.m. on La. 30 near South Philippe Street… Continue reading →

Troopers to conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday in Vermilion Parish

State Police say they plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday at an undisclosed location in Vermilion Parish. Troopers are calling the checkpoint a “No Refusal” operation, Troop I spokesman Brooks David said. Although the public reserves the right — no matter the occasion — to refuse a breath analysis measuring their level of intoxication,… Continue reading →

Boy Scout trailer packed with camping gear stolen from behind Prairieville church

A Boy Scout troop trailer loaded with tents, lanterns and other camping gear accumulated and handed down over the years was stolen between Monday and Wednesday from the church property where it was stored, a parent said Thursday. The theft was reported to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after a trustee… Continue reading →

Families shattered by murder gather in Baton Rouge for healing, support: ‘I don’t even know who did that to my baby,’ mother says in death of 7-year-old

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Felicia Young wipes away a tear as she tells the story of losing her 7-year-old son, Terrez Coleman, to a bullet fired into the family's vehicle while returning from a family reunion.  Coleman and her 11-year-old twin daughters, Te'Lia, center, and Ty'Lia, right were the guest speakers at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office's Evening of Remembrance 2015 at BREC's Independence Park Theatre Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  Seventy people ages 2 to 77 have fallen to violent crime since January 1, 2014.

Overwhelmed with grief as she described the stray bullet that pierced her car and struck her only son near the heart, Felicia Young found herself unable to continue. Words of encouragement from the audience, who could see their own struggles in hers, buoyed Young enough to voice the question that continues to plague her eight months… Continue reading →

Two booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Tuesday to Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Charles Campo, 50, 762 Waterton St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigating rash of Ford truck thefts

All but one of eight Ford pickup trucks stolen over the weekend in Lafayette have been recovered as police continue investigating who’s responsible for stealing the trucks and trying to sell them on Craigslist. Police said surveillance footage shows two men and two vehicles believed to be involved in the thefts but have not named any… Continue reading →

Caddo Parish district attorney found dead in Baton Rouge hotel room

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott, center, president of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association, speaks in front of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice in January 2014 at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Charles Rex Scott, Caddo Parish’s district attorney, was found dead Wednesday morning inside his hotel room at the Cook Hotel and Conference Center on LSU’s campus. Scott, the 67-year-old district attorney for the state’s 1st Judicial District who formerly served as a judge in northwest Louisiana for more than three decades, was found dead by… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge woman injured in April 16 crash dies of injuries

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge woman, who was injured in a single-vehicle crash on April 16 on Gardere Lane, has died as a result of her injuries, State Police reported Wednesday. State Police gave this account of the crash: Jonquelle Henry lost control of her vehicle around 11:40 p.m. on April 16 and struck a metal pole… Continue reading →