Man shot in face after fight at nightclub in Scott

A fight that started at a Scott nightclub escalated to a shooting near Rayne early Friday that sent a 21-year-old man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his face, officials said. Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maxine Trahan said the shooting occurred around 3:15 a.m. on Tanner Road in Acadia Parish after an earlier altercation at Cowboy’s Night Club in Scott. Trahan said people in three vehicles were involved. Trahan… Continue reading →

Faulty hot-water heater causes fire at apartment complex

A hot-water heater malfunction caused an apartment complex fire Thursday night on Longridge Drive that damaged a storage area outside one of the apartments. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at the Longridge Apartments, 11999 Rongridge Dr., around 7 p.m. and had the fire under control by 7:30 p.m., with minimal water or smoke damage, according to spokesman Mark Miles. Only one of eight units in the complex was affected. Damage was estimated at $2,300.… Continue reading →

Iberia Parish sheriff’s detectives looking for rapist

Photo provided by Iberia Parish Sheriffâs Office -- The rape suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6â tall, slim build, with a dark complexion, short black hair, and brown eyes.  He was described as wearing a white muscle shirt, dark colored basketball-type shorts, with a white stripe, and white socks with slippers.  The suspect appeared to be approximately 17- 20 years old.

Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Aug. 1, 2014

Firefighters responded twice to emergency calls at the same home just a few blocks north of LSU Thursday morning — first to a suspected arson and later to a fire without an immediately clear cause. The first call came about 3:30 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the home in the 2700 block of Indiana Street and found it on fire, said Mark Miles,… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 1, 2014

An Opelousas man was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash on the Interstate 49 service road near Kennerson Road, State Police said. Corey L. Doucet, 32, was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon north on the frontage road about 6:30 a.m. when he ran off the road, crashed into a ditch and overturned, Master Trooper Brooks David… Continue reading →

Opelousas man dies in single-vehicle wreck Thursday

An Opelousas man was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash on the Interstate 49 service road near Kennerson Road, State Police said. Corey L. Doucet, 32, was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon at around 6:30 a.m. north on the frontage road when he ran off the road, crashed into a ditch and overturned, Master Trooper Brooks David said. Doucet was not wearing a seat belt, and it was unclear whether… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula man sought in home invasion, battery

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 30-year-old Ponchatoula man who forced his way into a Tickfaw residence Wednesday night, attacked two people inside with pepper spray and then searched the home for someone before leaving. Alvin James Davis, 30, is already wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants and is now wanted on additional counts in the Wednesday incident, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Davis is accused of kicking in… Continue reading →

Vandals strike Galvez Middle; three in custody

Khrystopher Landix

Vandals broke into Galvez Middle School on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, where they smashed windows, poured paint on floors and stairs, and sprayed fire extinguishers, but surveillance cameras provided enough information for Ascension Parish deputies to arrest an adult and two children, one of whom is 12 years old. School officials said the damage will be cleaned up and repaired before the start of school Aug. 6. The three taken… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 31, 2014

Baton Rouge police say a woman stabbed a man in the arm Tuesday while they were inside his truck, grappling with each other for the truck’s keys. The two were parked outside the home of Glynnis Scott, 47, at 3012 Calumet St. at about 7:30 p.m. when she told the man she needed the truck to get something to eat, according to the affidavit… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 31, 2014

A motorcyclist was in critical condition after he crashed into a truck on Johnston Street before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The accident occurred as the truck was turning from a private road onto Johnston Street, Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said. The motorcyclist was rushed to an area hospital. There were no other injuries reported, Mouton said. Traffic was diverted for about 90 minutes onto Ridge Road and Camellia Boulevard before police… Continue reading →

Text message helps detectives find suspect in shooting

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Travis Mitchell, 25, was shot and killed at his home at 1409 North 35th Street in Baton Rouge late Wednesday night.

Minutes after neighbors reported on April 2 seeing a white Chevrolet Impala make several passes in front of a blue, wood-paneled home on 35th Street, two men with handguns walked up to it and opened fire. One of the neighbors became concerned and sprinted to the house to warn the occupants as the two men walked up to it. He slipped inside as the barrage of bullets sprayed the house, leaving more than 20… Continue reading →

Youngsville police have leads in attempted abductions

KATC-TV is reporting the Youngsville Police Department has solid leads in the attempted abductions of two Youngsville children on Sunday and on July 22. Capt. John Davison, police spokesman, said one of the leads resulted from detectives interviewing every convicted sex offender within a five-mile radius of the incidents. The second lead arose from additional surveillance from the same area where an assailant’s truck was seen. Read the full story here.Continue reading →

Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash on Johnson Street

A motorcyclist was in critical condition after he crashed into a truck on Johnston Street before 1 p.m. Wednesday, an official said. The accident occurred as the truck was turning from a private road onto Johnston Street, Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release. The motorcyclist was rushed to an area hospital. There were no other injuries reported, Mouton said. Traffic was diverted for about 90 minutes onto… Continue reading →

Man wanted in stabbing at Scott strip club surrenders

A suspect from Scott wanted in an early morning stabbing at a Lafayette strip club surrendered to police Tuesday evening, officials said. Jermaine Pete, 29, was wanted on one count of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a man twice at Lipstick in the 6100 block of Johnston Street. Police were called to the strip club at 12:30 a.m. Monday. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital. An… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 30, 2014

Aldrick Banks

BR man booked in attack on 91-year-old A 21-year-old man accused of robbing a 91-year-old man at gunpoint in October and kicking him to the ground has been arrested. The attack on the victim, whose ribs were broken, happened after Demetre Rosenberger and co-defendant Raynardo Mason, 24, followed the victim home Oct. 23 at about 9:40 p.m. from the Circle K convenience store at 3536 Drusilla Lane, the affidavit of probable cause says. When the victim pulled into his driveway,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man pleads not guilty in federal smuggling case

Tim Tran

A Baton Rouge man pleaded not guilty Monday in Oklahoma to federal charges of smuggling, conspiracy and money laundering stemming from a multi-state investigation into the alleged importation of chemicals used to make drugs commonly described as synthetic marijuana. Tim Tran, 42, entered the plea of not guilty Monday afternoon during an arraignment at a federal courthouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tran, along with 10 other people from around the country, including several from Louisiana, are… Continue reading →

Bail increased for man held in rape after Tinder app date

Jacob Hirsch Witz

A court commissioner this week more than doubled the bail for a Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman Saturday following a date arranged through a popular online application called Tinder. The bail for Jacob Hirsch Witz, 22, was increased from $35,000 to $75,000, booking records show. He is being held in Parish Prison on a count of forcible rape and remained there Tuesday night in lieu of the new bail. A court… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 29, 2014

A 60-year-old man is accused of setting a mobile home and a pickup truck on fire in Carencro, then firing at three people Sunday as the fire spread to a second dwelling, officials said. Michael Delcambre, of Carencro, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on two counts of simple arson and three counts of aggravated assault, said Chad Sonnier, fire chief of the Scott Volunteer Fire Department. Scott fire personnel and… Continue reading →

Charenton woman accused of fabricating home invasion assault

A pregnant woman in Charenton who last week told police that two armed men wearing masks had attacked and robbed her was arrested Tuesday for allegedly fabricating the incident, officials said. Megan T. Dugas, 28, who lives on La. 87 in Charenton, will appear before a St. Mary Parish judge this fall on a criminal mischief summons for falsely reporting a home invasion Friday, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Landry said. Dugas was… Continue reading →

Catholic Diocese secretary arrested in thefts

Alice Faucheux

A former secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge with a history of siphoning money from an employer was arrested early Tuesday after an audit alleged she used a diocesan credit card to buy several prepaid debit cards to pay her bills and make other purchases. The audit says Alice W. Faucheux, 57, the secretary to the superintendent of Catholic Schools, made the unauthorized purchases totaling more than $41,000 during a three-year period beginning in… Continue reading →

Man in St. Martin jail booked again, this time in armed robbery

Jacob James Joseph

Detectives looking for the armed robber of a Dollar General Store near Cecilia July 15 found the suspect nearby Monday — behind bars at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. Jacob James Joseph, 23, of Cecilia, was re-booked into the jail on one count of armed robbery. Joseph was already in jail after being arrested July 18 on unrelated counts. No bond had been set by Monday night, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ginny… Continue reading →

Lafayette convenience store robbed by two armed men

Photo provided by Lafayette Police Department -- Video image of suspects in the West Gloria Switch Road robbery.

Two men with handguns demanded money early Tuesday from a clerk at a West Gloria Switch Road convenience store then fled a short time later with cash, officials said. The robbery occurred in the 100 block of West Gloria Switch at about 12:30 a.m., Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said. No one was injured. An employee described the assailants to police as two black men. One of them had a tan… Continue reading →

Carencro man accused of setting fire, shooting at people

Michael Delcambre

A 60-year-old man is accused of setting a mobile home and a pickup truck on fire in Carencro, then firing at three people Sunday as the fire spread to a second dwelling, officials said. Michael Delcambre of Carencro was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on two counts of simple arson and three counts of aggravated assault, said Chad Sonnier, fire chief of the Scott Volunteer Fire Department. Scott fire personnel and… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 29, 2014

Police say a Baton Rouge woman drove her car into a 6-year-old girl riding a bicycle Monday afternoon on Washington Avenue near Plank Road, critically injuring the girl before fleeing without stopping to help the child. Baton Rouge police tracked down the alleged driver, Maigan Scott, 20, at a North 18th Street home shortly after the hit-and-run. Police arrested Scott there and later booked her into… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 29, 2014

Police are looking for a suspect in Monday’s early morning shooting that killed a 37-year-old man in east Lafayette. Darrell Shelvin, 23, of Lafayette, is wanted by the Lafayette Police Department on a warrant alleging second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. The victim, who has not been identified, was involved in a disturbance on East Foch Street at about… Continue reading →

Police dog apprehends robbery suspect

Stephen Lavergne

A man suspected of robbing cash and other items from an Opelousas convenience store refused police orders to surrender until a police dog named Zig sank his teeth into the suspect’s left leg and persuaded him to emerge from under a portable building. Stephen Joseph Lavergne, 32, of Lake Charles, was booked into the city jail on counts of felony theft and resisting an officer in the 1 a.m. Sunday incident, Opelousas… Continue reading →

Police identify suspect in Foch Street shooting death

Darrell Shelvin

Scott man wanted in stabbing at strip club

Jermaine Pete

LAFAYETTE — A Scott man is being sought by police in an early Monday stabbing at a south Lafayette strip club. Lafayette police said Jermaine Pete, accused of stabbing a person twice at Lipstick, a strip located in the 6100 block of Johnston Street, is wanted on one count of attempted second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. Witnesses told police that Pete, 29, stabbed the victim twice then fled at around 12:30 a.m. The victim, who… Continue reading →

Grease left on stove causes Firelight Ave. blaze

Advocate Staff file photo by Kerry Maloney

Grease left on a hot stove caused a kitchen fire that spread into the attic at 10410 Firelight Ave. on Sunday evening, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 5:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 5:27 p.m., according to a press release. The home suffered moderate fire damage and heavy smoke damage, department spokesman Mark Miles said. Damage is estimated at $40,000 to the $250,000 home, plus another $10,000 to… Continue reading →