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Smoke shop owner arrested, accused of making, selling synthetic marijuana

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sunday arrested the owner of Paradise Smoke Shop on Florida Boulevard and accused him of creating a synthetic marijuana drug lab at the store and selling the product to his customers. Chad Schaffer, 49, was arrested on counts of creation/operation of a drug lab and distribution/manufacturing of Schedule… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man wounded in shootout with St. James deputies

A Baton Rouge man was injured in a shootout with deputies in St. James Parish early Sunday morning, the St. James Sheriff’s Office said. Ron Christopher Youngblood, 45, is in “guarded condition” at a hospital after he was shot once by a deputy, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said in a news release Sunday.… Continue reading →

Ten suspected of DWI from Saturday to Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Duman Calix, 28, 6875 Harry Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required/expired… Continue reading →

Crime Blotter for Acadiana

A man suspected of being impaired as he drove on the wrong side of the road early Sunday struck an SUV, killing the driver, an 18-year-old Loreauville High School graduate, the Louisiana State Police said. Jordan Prince, 18, of Loreauville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish coroner, according to a State Police… Continue reading →

Cyclist dies in hit-and-run on Airline Highway

A cyclist died after being struck in a hit-and-run collision Saturday night on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, police said. Fredrick Harris, 49, of 3942 W. Brookstown Drive, was crossing the roadway on a bicycle in the 6900 block of Airline Highway around 7:30 p.m., said Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola in… Continue reading →

Car crash kills recent Loreauville High School graduate

. A three vehicle car crash on US 90 near LA 14 in Iberia Parish killed an 18-year-old man and left others injured early Sunday morning, according to a Louisiana State Police release. Recent Loreauville High School graduate Jordan Prince, 18, of Loreauville, Louisiana died on the scene, according to the release.… Continue reading →

Fire at Baton Rouge home causes moderate damage, no one injured

No one was injured in a Saturday night fire that caused moderate damage to the Baton Rouge home, the St. George Fire Department reported. The fire at 8346 Barnett Road was reported at 7:46 p.m. when a neighbor said he saw smoke coming from a window in the home. Fire trucks arrived six minutes later and saw… Continue reading →

Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan arrested late Friday in Lipsticks Gentleman’s Club investigation

Marvin Grogan

Lafayette Metro Narcotics agents arrested Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan late Friday as part of an investigation into Lipstick Gentlemen’s Club, but no details are available as to why he was taken into custody. Agents booked Grogan into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of animal cruelty after throwing caged dog into dumpster, police report

Baton Rouge police on Friday arrested a man accused of tossing a wire cage with a dog inside into a dumpster at his apartment complex. Parish Animal Control officers investigating the claim of animal cruelty against Michael Hudson, 30, requested help from Baton Rouge police, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Hudson tried to… Continue reading →

Man accused of groping girl, flashing children playing on Baton Rouge street

Tedra Covington

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested a 32-year-old accused of flashing children playing in the street and groping a 15-year-old girl who was taking out the trash. The deputy was called to the 6200 block of Pontotoc Street Friday night after woman said someone grabbed her daughter’s buttocks while the girl was taking out the… Continue reading →

Booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: John Alexander, 47, 2247 Oleander St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Saturday, May 23, 2015

A pedestrian was killed after he was hit by an oncoming car on U.S. 167 near Interstate 49 Friday night, State Police reported. Michael Andrus, 41, of Palmetto, was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 167 about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by the car, the State Police report says. Betty Robert, 61, of… Continue reading →

Death of inmate at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center under investigation

Photo provided by GoogleMaps -- Lafayette Parish Correctional Center

A Lafayette Parish Correctional Center inmate died Friday after he was found unresponsive in his cell, a sheriff’s official said. The inmate was pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m., said Capt. John Babin, public information officer for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death is undetermined at this time, pending results from the Coroner’s… Continue reading →

New Plaquemine police officer leaves force after three months; accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl when he was 17 years old

Chance Martinez

A former Plaquemine police officer was arrested and booked into the Iberville Parish jail Wednesday on two counts of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Chance Martinez, 18, was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female when he was 17 years old, a police release said Friday. The release… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least five 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: Jason Hayes, 37, 2590 78th Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, negligent vehicle injuring,… Continue reading →

Man breaks into Baton Rouge home and shoots resident inside late Thursday night; injuries not considered life threatening

John Lopez

A Baton Rouge man remains hospitalized after he was shot several times late Thursday night when he confronted an intruder in his Jamestown Avenue home, according to a Baton Rouge police report. Police said late Friday they are looking for John Lopez, 38, 12247 Dove Hollow, Denham Springs, who is wanted for attempted second-degree murder and home… Continue reading →

Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in Ouachita Parish during traffic stop, in serious condition; suspect in custody

Shooting suspect is Luke Hust

Update, 10:45 a.m. Friday: Wildlife and Fisheries agent still in serious condition, officials say ‚ÄčOriginal story A Wildlife and Fisheries agent is in serious condition after he was shot in the back Thursday in Ouachita Parish, authorities said. A suspect was arrested late Thursday after a brief search. Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of… Continue reading →

One booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Wednesday and Thursday

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Travis Vessell, 32, 5604 Blackmore Road, St. Francisville, was booked on first-offense DWI, flight from officer, expired registration, driving left of center,… Continue reading →

Vermilion sheriff’s deputies book two men on drug counts

Jeremy Melancon, left, and Chet Miller

Agents with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two Abbeville men this week suspected of distributing methamphetamine, with one of the suspects allegedly tossing a plastic bag containing the illegal drug out of a car window when police started following the pair. Jeremy Melancon, 38, 308 Laura St., was booked on suspicion of possessing… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Thursday, May 21

Arrests posted May 21, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: ANDREW MICHAEL ALBRITTON: 20, of the 300 block of Bell Downs Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and improper lane change (no accident). DANIEL RAY ALEXANDER:… Continue reading →

Man flees during traffic stop, police find rifle and marijuana in vehicle, Sheriff’s Office reports

Items found inside the vehicle of a man who fled from officers Wednesday afternoon.

A man fled from and was later captured by officers Wednesday afternoon after leaving behind an AK-47 and drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Markus Morris, 27, was being pulled over for non-working brake lights near Highland Road and Chatsworth Street when he jumped out… Continue reading →

St. Martin fire official seeks to recover stolen equipment

The St. Martin Parish Fire District is trying to recover thousands of dollars in equipment stolen in mid-May from the Catahoula Volunteer Fire Department. Brian Castille, a coordinator with the fire district, said the Catahoula equipment was stolen sometime between May 13 and May 15. The fire district is offering… Continue reading →

Worker stringing cable electrocuted in Prairieville after coming into contact with overhead power lines

Updated at 5:42 p.m.A Mississippi man working in an elevated boom truck was electrocuted late Thursday morning in Ascension Parish when he apparently came into contact with overhead power lines along La. 73, authorities said. The electrocution and subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s body resulted in the shutdown of La. 73 between La. 42… Continue reading →

Arrest made in May 7 death of Arnaudville man

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday night arrested Dewayne Gravouia, 55, in the May 7 death of his 67-year-old neighbor George C. Prejean. The two men had been fighting at a residence on Betty Drive in Arnaudville. Gravouia was arrested at a Carencro residence and transported to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center, where he… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge rehab clinic director among 280 arrested in federal Operation Pilluted drug sweep

A Baton Rouge rehabilitation clinic director is one of more than 280 people accused in a multistate illegal prescription drug sweep by federal agents, U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Wednesday. Another 10 people were arrested by Baton Rouge police. Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out Operation Pilluted for 15 months, finding over 20 doctors… Continue reading →

St. Martinville man booked in theft of $50,000 worth of cypress

David Latiolais

A St. Martinville man was arrested Wednesday after surrendering in the theft of $50,000 worth of cypress and a utility trailer from a Catahoula residents, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. David Latiolais, 55, was booked into the parish Correctional Center on two counts of felony theft. He is being held without bail, the Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Four arrested in rash of burglaries at camps in Vermilion Parish

Pictured from left, Nathanel Kelly, Ricky Miller, Wilson Hargrave and Ashley Uriegas

Four Kaplan residents have been arrested in a rash of Vermilion Parish camp burglaries, an investigation that is ongoing and may result in more arrests, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said. The break-ins and thefts occurred at camps at Pecan Island, Couvillon said in an emailed statement. The sheriff did not release when the burglaries… Continue reading →

Crowley man booked in rape of juvenile, molestation of three others

Aaron Hagger

Police have arrested a Crowley man accused in the rape of one juvenile and the sexual molestation of three others, an investigation that showed all the minor victims knew the suspect, police said. Aaron Hagger, 49, was booked on counts of aggravated rape, oral sexual battery and three counts of sexual battery,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for May 20, 2015

Arrests posted May 20, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MARK ANDREW ALLEN: 51, of the 4500 block of Sale Lane, Lake Charles. He was booked on felony violation of protective orders. RYAN H. ANDERS: 31, of the 100 block of Channing Circle,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police seeking trio in gunpoint robbery in parking lot

Lafayette police are looking for three men who robbed a woman at gunpoint at an apartment complex on South Beadle Road on Tuesday night. The victim had just parked her car at 8:20 p.m. when she heard, “Give me what you got,” according to Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton. The woman told police… Continue reading →

LaPlace man struck, killed by train

Bontrion Toliver

Louisiana police increasingly using cellphone data — ‘the mother lode for law enforcement’ — in crime investigations; finding Taherah Ghassemi’s body latest example

Taherah Ghassemi

Taherah Ghassemi’s body might still be buried in the woods — and the men accused of abducting and killing her might still be free — if it weren’t for cellphones. The increasingly computerized devices played a pivotal role in ending the five-week search for Ghassemi and her alleged killers, reflecting the increasing usefulness of… Continue reading →

Plaquemine police searching for pair who scammed elderly victim

The Plaquemine Police Department is requesting the publics help with the identification of two individuals responsible for committing an elaborate scam against an elderly victim. During the incident, the two suspects coerced the victim into withdrawing a large amount of cash money from a local bank and then committed a theft of the money as they distracted the victim. Anyone with information regarding the identification and/or whereabouts of the persons involved are urged to contact the Plaquemine Police Department at 225-687-9273.

The Plaquemine Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men they say are responsible for an elaborate scam targeting a senior citizen. Authorities say the pair persuaded the man into withdrawing a large amount of cash from a local bank and that one of the men distracted the victim while the… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist killed in St. Martin Parish when thrown from cycle after head-on with one car and into path of an another car

A 69-year-old Broussard man died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on La. 96 in St. Martin Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. The crash, shortly after 10:37 a.m. near Windy Hill Road, took the life of Marvin Deselles, who was thrown from his motorcycle after being hit by one car and into the path of… Continue reading →

Update: Evacuation, shelter-in-place orders lifted overnight for Addis subdivisions near tanker derailment

Photo provided by Addis Police Department -- Addis train derailment on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

esidents of two subdivisions within 1,000 feet of where four chemical tankers derailed Tuesday afternoon. The decision to impose a mandatory evacuation was made around 4 p.m., while crews worked to right the toppled rail cars, and affected residents of the… Continue reading →