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Acadiana Crime Blotter for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Arrests posted Aug. 31, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: DUSTIN JAMES AGUILLARD: 24, of the 300 block of East Oak Street, Crowely. He was booked on two counts of simple assault. KENYAN BAKER: 18, of the 500 block of St. John Street, Lafayette. She was booked… Continue reading →

Jury convicts Lafayette lawyer in synthetic pot case

Lafayette attorney Daniel Stanford has been convicted on federal drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in a case involving synthetic marijuana. A jury deliberated six hours Friday before reaching its decision, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said. The trial had to be rescheduled in April following the suicide of another defendant, Barry Domingue.… Continue reading →

Mississippi cyclist killed in crash on I-12 near I-55

A 49-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 12 near Interstate 55 on Saturday after running into the rear of a moving car, State Police said. Larry Seemann, of Osyka, Mississippi, was heading east on I-12 near I-55 around 12:45 a.m. when he hit the back of a car and flew off his motorcycle, said Master Trooper Greg… Continue reading →

Livingston woman found stabbed to death at home

A 47-year-old Livingston woman was found dead in her living room Saturday morning with stab wounds, and the 27-year-old man living with her told deputies he killed her, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Joy Messina, of 28065 S. Satsuma Road, Livingston, had cut marks across her throat and stomach, said Lori Steele, a Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

11 booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 11 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: Charles Berry, 60, 13256 David Lee Drive, Walker, first-offense DWI, driver’s license… Continue reading →

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 →

Albany man killed by Livingston deputy had a troubled past

Flanked by brick, single-family homes, the 31000 block of Old Baton Rouge Highway features sculpted shrubs, new-model cars in the driveways and — on Wednesday afternoon — the shooting death of a convicted murderer by a Livingston Parish deputy. Deputies were called to the area around 3 p.m. for an attempted suicide by… Continue reading →

Delcambre woman dies of injuries sustained in crash

Acadiana police briefs for Aug. 28, 2014

Police have identified the 92-year-old woman found slain in her house Monday as Mary Terrell, KATC-TV is reporting. Terrell’s body was discovered noon Monday in Village Du Lac on Carmel Drive in Lafayette. Police have not released any details about the cause of death, which they are investigating as… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge TV host Scott Rogers’ life unraveling at time of shooting

Scott Rogers

Facing harsh criticism amid allegations that he sexually abused children in England, Scott Rogers fled to Texas in the mid-1990s before settling down in Baton Rouge, building from scratch a reputation as an ebullient local television host known for his extensive work promoting nonprofit organizations and civic agencies. Until Wednesday, when the authorities said Rogers was fatally… Continue reading →

Lafayette police briefs, Aug.28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- A unit belonging to the Carencro Police Department is seen parked in front of Carencro High School on Wednesday after the school was placed on lockdown due to a threat of violence. Paul Breaux Middle School and the W.D. Smith Career Center were also placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Updated at 9:02 p.m.

School fires teacher accused in tryst with two students

Ashley Dowden

Riverdale Christian Academy administrators fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to sheriff’s deputies last week that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. The Rev. Preston Thompson, pastor of Redeemer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Riverdale Christian Academy, said Wednesday that Dowden originally was placed on administrative leave following her arrest Friday.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish deputies seek suspect in vehicle burglaries

Steven Vasquez

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man in the burglaries of seven unlocked vehicles during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 in the Quail Creek Subdivision in Prairieville, according to Maj. Kevin Hanna. Steven Vasquez, 33, who was identified in surveillance videos, is facing counts of trespassing, simple… Continue reading →

Man accused in arson of grandmother’s shed, house

Kentrell Ross

A 29-year-old man accused of lighting his grandmother’s shed on fire on July 31, a blaze that quickly engulfed the house and forced his grandmother and two children to flee, was arrested Wednesday morning. The grandmother awoke at 3:15 a.m. when she heard someone outside her house in the 2700 block of Indiana Street and saw that… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 27, 2014

Carl Noel

The roommate of a child’s caregiver was arrested Tuesday, accused of negligent actions that left a 2-year-old free to walk out of the house and on to traffic-heavy Foreman Drive, officials said. Jenika Brooks, of Lafayette, faces one count of child desertion for allegedly leaving for work without making sure her roommate, the child’s caretaker, was awake… Continue reading →

Teacher issued summons, accused in sexual tryst with student

Ashley Dowden

A Baton Rouge teacher already accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student was issued a misdemeanor summons Tuesday after she allegedly visited an 18-year-old student’s home on her lunch break in April and had sex with him. Ashley Dowden, 41, an English teacher at Riverdale Christian Academy, is accused in the summons of inappropriate conduct… Continue reading →

Gonzales police accuse two in fuel theft scheme

Joe Rodriguez

City police officers arrested a U.S. Environmental Services supervisor and a Gonzales man in a kickback scheme that rang up nearly $1,500 in unauthorized fuel purchases on a company fuel card. The scheme, which happened once a week over four weeks in July, also earned the U.S. Environmental Services supervisor, Joseph Rodriguez,… Continue reading →

State Police search for vehicle in hit and run

State troopers are looking for a silver vehicle with a missing driver’s-side mirror that was involved in a nighttime hit-and-run crash on La. 429 in Ascension Parish about a week ago. Trooper Jared Sandifer, spokesman for State Police Troop A, said Monday that the westbound vehicle, possibly a passenger car, crossed La.… Continue reading →

BRFD: Iroquois Street house fire intentionally set

Baton Rouge fire investigators determined a Monday morning house blaze just east of Plank Road and north of Choctaw Drive was set intentionally. Firefighters arrived to the 2700 block of Iroquois Street about 5:20 a.m. to find several small fires burning inside a home, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. The fire was… Continue reading →

Lafayette Police: Chinese prostitution ring uncovered

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, center, holds a press conference Monday on raids made at massage parlors late last week in Lafayette. With Craft are Lafayette Sheriff's Department Maj. Art Lebreton, left, and Lafayette Police Department Maj. Ned Fowler.

Seven Asian massage parlors in Lafayette raided last week along with parlors in Bossier City and Lake Charles were part of a human trafficking network with international reach, officials said. The seven businesses in Lafayette are alleged to have been sites of prostitution, employing women from China who were not allowed to… Continue reading →

Train crashes into car, uninjured occupants flee

A train crashed Monday morning into a white Honda Accord on North Ardenwood Drive just south of Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge police said. The car’s three occupants fled the scene following the crash, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, but they later returned and met with police. The passengers did not suffer any injuries… Continue reading →

Lafayette police say homeowner fatally shot alleged burglar

LAFAYETTE (AP) — Lafayette police are investigating the fatal shooting of an alleged burglar by a homeowner late Sunday. Police say a homeowner noticed from across the street someone entering his home Sunday night. They say the homeowner went to his home and confronted the alleged burglar through a window. Cpl. Nicole Benoit says the… Continue reading →

Driver killed in single-vehicle accident in East Feliciana

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A Clinton man died Sunday night in East Feliciana Parish when his vehicle left the highway and struck several trees, State Police reported. Harry E. Williams Jr., 50, was driving a 1999 Cadillac Escalade northbound on La. 63 shortly after 8:45 p.m. when his vehicle ran off the road, entered a ditch and struck several trees, according… Continue reading →

Electrical fire leaves bedroom, car damaged

An electrical short sparked flames in a home’s bedroom on Wisteria Street Sunday — and the heat from the flames damaged a parked car outside, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. The bedroom and one of its walls were destroyed by the fire in the 1700 block of Wisteria Street, and the rest of the home was… Continue reading →