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EBR police and fire briefs for Aug. 23, 2014

A Cox Communications repairman accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was booked Friday by East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on a count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Christopher Hilton, 37, arrived at a Sugar Bowl Avenue house on June 23 and found… Continue reading →

BR teacher accused of sex with teen boy

Ashley Dowden

A 41-year-old high-school English teacher has been arrested after police say she had sex with one of her 16-year-old male students on the campus of the small religious Baton Rouge school where she worked. “This is a complete shock to us,” said Preston Thompson, pastor at Redeemer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Riverdale Christian Academy.… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 23, 2014

The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force raided five Lafayette massage parlors Friday suspected as part of a prostitution enterprise, officials said. Capt. John Babin said an investigation was launched after several complaints from residents. Several arrests were made in the crackdown. At one of the massage parlors, Fortune Asian Spa on Industrial Parkway, the Louisiana State… Continue reading →

EBR police and fire briefs for Aug. 22, 2014

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board office.

Police are searching for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s former director of facilities, who is accused of having spent more than $16,000 of the center’s money with two company credit cards for his own purchases. Officials at the center did not notice the missing money… Continue reading →

Coroner's Office to present autopsy findings in boy's death

Updated at 11:20 a.m. — Preliminary autopsy findings in the death of 5-year-old Jay’v’une Bergin will be presented at noon today at a press conference conducted by the East Baton Rouge parish Coroner’s Office. ______ Vernell Day faces a first-degree murder count after his 5-year-old son succumbed to injuries from an apparent beating, authorities said. The… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 22, 2014

An Acadia Parish grand jury has indicted two juveniles as adults in an investigation of an attempted murder on April 26 in the 1200 block of Jacobs Avenue, Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson said Thursday. “During the initial investigation, multiple rounds were fired into a residence which was occupied… Continue reading →

Lafayette school cafeteria evacuated after gas leak found

Edgar Martin Middle School cafeteria workers were evacuated early Thursday after carbon monoxide was discovered leaking from one of the stove burners. Four employees were taken to the hospital, saying they were dizzy, and one even passed out, authorities said. Students were not in the cafeteria. A bag lunch will be given to students today,… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 21, 2014

Parker Madison

St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to an unusual 911 call at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday — a report of a naked man wandering around the bathroom area of the Butte Larose Welcome Center. The Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect had already left the scene by the time deputies arrived. But… Continue reading →

Former LSU tight end pleads guilty in truck stop shooting

Demetri Robinson

A former LSU football player is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2011 shooting at a Port Allen truck stop. Demetri Robinson, 5223 Sand Drive, Port Allen, entered his plea in the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday — a day before he… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 20, 2014

A Lafayette woman attempting to cross U.S. 90 near Garber Road was killed shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning after she was struck by a truck, police said. Police said Vivian Sue Travis, 56, who died at the scene, was attempting to cross the highway when she was struck by the passenger side mirror of… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused in rash of Ascension auto burglaries

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man Tuesday in a rash of vehicle burglaries last month in the Geismar area, Maj. Kevin Hanna said. Tyree Davison, 18, was booked with 18 counts of simple vehicle burglary along with other related counts. The thefts of wallets, a gun, electronics, loose… Continue reading →

Boy, 5, has life threatening injuries after beating

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge Police Det. Cpl Derek Evans, left, and Det. Cpl. Scott Hodgins, right, escort Vernell Day, 36, outside the East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crime Unit at State Police Headquarters Tuesday afternoon, to take him to EBR Parish Prison.  Day,  of 1424 N.48th St., was arrested on counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Police say he physically abused his five-year-old  year old child, who died from his injuries Wednesday night. Day is being charged with first-degree murder in the case.

A 5-year-old boy is fighting for his life in the Pediatric Unit of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center while his father sits in a jail cell, accused of beating the boy nearly to death, Baton Rouge police said. Vernell Day, 36, allegedly beat his son so badly he caused bleeding in the boy’s… Continue reading →

Accident shuts down U.S. 90 southbound

LAFAYETTE — A woman is dead after she was struck by a truck this morning in Lafayette, an accident that has shut a section of the southbound thoroughfare, city police reported. The crash took place just before 6 a.m. near the corner of U.S. 90 and Garber Road. Police have closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 90 at Verot… Continue reading →

Burglaries leave dozens of large vehicles bereft of batteries

Craig Tolliver

Baton Rouge police investigators watched the green 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe they had been following pull into the Winn-Dixie parking lot early Monday and drive up to several parked school buses. They had suspected the Tahoe’s driver, Craig Tolliver, 42, was behind a series of vehicle burglaries in Baton Rouge since May that left dozens of big rigs,… Continue reading →

Family tries to make sense of shooting that killed 7 year old

Terry and Felicia Coleman hold pictures of their three children the day after two of them were shot on Prescott Road while the family was heading home from a family reunion in Clinton. Terrez, center, was fatally shot. His sister, Te'lia, left, was grazed by the same bullet that killed her brother. Ty'lia, Te'lia's twin sister, tried to resuscitate her brother after he was shot.

A single bullet fired Saturday night into a car carrying a family of five took the life of a vibrant, polite and thoughtful child, leaving the authorities and the boy’s family searching for answers. With the killer of Terrez Coleman, 7, still on the loose, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday implored anyone with… Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for Aug. 19, 2014

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a 22-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. The girl told investigators that Alvin Daniels also twice accosted her sexually between September 2013 and April 6, 2014, according to the arrest warrant. Daniels, 9368 Moss… Continue reading →

Man booked, 4 injured in St. Martinville shooting

Dequincy Lewis

Sheriff: Body found in Donaldsonville is missing teen

Brandon Augusta

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday confirmed that a body discovered Thursday on the levee in Donaldsonville is that of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta, who was reported missing Aug. 10, Chief Tony Bacala said. Bacala said Augusta’s death is a homicide, but he would not disclose how he was killed. The deputy… Continue reading →

St. Amant woman hit by truck after getting her mail

St. Mary Parish inmates accused in beating of other inmate

Seven inmates at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center have been accused of beating another inmate in the parish jail, causing injuries that sent the victim to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said. The attack occurred Friday, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said. “Deputies observed a 46… Continue reading →

Romanian immigrant booked on DWI after crash

A Romanian immigrant who allegedly was driving drunk and passing vehicles in Scott when he hit another car Sunday, a crash that trapped the driver of the other vehicle before emergency workers could free him, officials said. Officers booked Popa Ionel, 47, on several counts, including operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Scott… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man killed in crash Sunday

A 52-year-old man was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash after his vehicle veered off the road, struck a tree and overturned in Breaux Bridge, officials said. Daniel Benoit, of Breaux Bridge, was driving east in the 1100 block of Hebert Avenue when he crashed, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maj.… Continue reading →

Woman killed in car crash in West Feliciana Parish

A 58-year-old woman was killed Sunday evening when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle on U.S. 61 just north of Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish, State Police said. Sharron Villere, of Jackson, was not wearing a seat belt when she crossed the southbound lane shortly after 7 p.m. trying to get to the… Continue reading →

Charges won’t be filed against Baton Rouge singer

Allison Collins

Prosecutors will not file charges against Baton Rouge singer Allison Collins following her February arrest on domestic abuse violence, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Collins presented his office with some credible evidence about what happened Dec. 21, the night the incident was said to have occurred.… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Lafayette Police say a suspect in a drive-by shooting turned himself in on Sunday. Charles Guidry Jr., 57, of Lafayette, is suspected of firing a gun Saturday at another driver while driving on Martial Avenue, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette Police spokesman. Police believe… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 17, 2014

Two shootings unfolded in a 12-hour span in Lafayette, police say. In the first shooting, at 4 p.m. Friday, a man driving down Martial Avenue became enraged at another driver for unknown reasons and fired a single pistol shot at the driver’s car, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a… Continue reading →

Broken light bulb ignites house fire

A broken light bulb ignited a house fire on Beech Street late Friday, but the homeowner escaped unharmed, the Fire Department said. The fire at 4655 Beech St., started about 10:10 p.m. Friday, Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, said Saturday. Firefighters encountered smoke when they got into the home and flames in a… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 16, 2014

Two Iota men suspected of home invasion and attempted murder were arrested Thursday, with one leading Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputies on a six-hour search of woods off Eunice Iota Highway, police said. Billy West, 37, and James Rozas, 26, were booked on counts of attempted second-degree murder, home invasion and criminal damage… Continue reading →

Authorities identify Crowley man shot by police

A man fatally shot by Crowley police officers after he reportedly shot at them during a disturbance call Monday has been identified as 53-year-old Melvin Leblanc of Crowley, according to State Police. State Police Master Trooper Brooks David said Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson contacted State Police Monday afternoon regarding an officer-involved shooting… Continue reading →