BR police dogs win top honors in contest

Omega, Gunner and Ranger were among the Baton Rouge police German shepherds that came away with honors at a Friday afternoon awards show following a week of competition in the United States Police Canine Region 10 field trials. The three-day competition, hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, featured dogs from agencies around the … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for April 19, 2014

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Driver killed, passenger injured in St. Landry crash

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for April 18, 2014

Atlas J. White

Police are looking for a Morgan City man accused of beating and raping a teenager, officials said Thursday. Atlas J. White, 22, 1352 Oil Tank Alley, is wanted on a warrant for aggravated rape and unauthorized entry of a home, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. … Continue reading →

Millage renewal on May 3 ballot for EBR fire district

Voters in the nearly 17-square-mile Fire Protection District 6 in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide May 3 whether to renew a property tax that helps cover payroll, fire hydrant rental fees and other district expenses. Early voting begins Saturday, April 19. “If they want to continue getting the same service, that’s … Continue reading →

Arrest made in June 9 slaying at Club Shenanigans

A 20-year old man was arrested Thursday on first-degree murder and other counts in the June 9 fatal shooting of Octavia Jackson, 27, at Club Shenanigans, 3964 Plank Road. Dannaryo Lathers, 20, 2245 Cunard Ave. was arrested on an additional three counts of attempted first degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, according to Baton Rouge … Continue reading →

Two Westdale students arrested, accused of terrorizing

Threats made on Instagram about a possible shooting on campus led to the arrests Thursday of two eighth-graders at Westdale Middle School. The two calls, one of which was received Wednesday evening, are not believed to have been related, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release. The Wednesday call was made … Continue reading →

4 jailed over girl’s claim of rape at hotel

Darrell Reed, left, Antonio Thomas, DeAndre Rideaux and Kenya Major,.

Deputies search river for man after family slayings

Ronald Green Jr., left, and Dewona Wright Green

The estranged wife of a Gonzales man accused of fatally shooting her and their son before possibly jumping to his own death Thursday off a Mississippi River bridge claimed in a series of court papers — some filed days before the slayings — that she had a turbulent marriage with … Continue reading →

Denham Springs man booked on DWI 6th offense

Acadiana police briefs for April 17, 2014

Oliver Jonathon Martin

Vermilion Parish firefighters who put out a vehicle fire near Maurice early Wednesday discovered two bodies inside, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies responded to the fire about 1 a.m. on Claude Road south of Maurice, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release. Couvillon said detectives are working with the Acadiana … Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for Thursday, April 17, 2014

A man who tried running from East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday inside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse was captured before he left the building. Zedrick Thomas, 23, 673 Fawn Lake Drive, Baton Rouge, was making a court appearance on a probation revocation hearing in … Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man accused in Iberville Parish slaying

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a Breaux Bridge man in the killing in January of an Iberville Parish man, officials said. Mark A. Roy, 44, was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home, sheriff’s Maj. Ginny Higgins said in a release. Roy is accused of killing Avery … Continue reading →

Crowley man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents this week arrested a Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond, Acadia Sheriff Wayne Melancon said. Jason Paul Mire, 39, of the 2700 block of Crowley Eunice Highway near Crowley, faces up to 10 years in prison at hard … Continue reading →

Smoke prompts evacuation of Shenandoah Elementary

A smoldering ceiling tile forced a temporary evacuation of Shenandoah Elementary School Wednesday morning after reports of smoke, the St. George Fire Department announced. Multiple units deployed to the school at 9:13 a.m., finding the tile in a classroom of Building B. “The school had been evacuated by staff, and all children were accounted for at … Continue reading →

Erwinville man dies in West Baton Rouge Parish crash

Louisiana State Police logo

An Erwinville man died early Wednesday after his eastbound 1998 Chevrolet Lumina left La. 620, struck a culvert and overturned, State Police said. Not wearing a seat belt, Rurid L. James, 56, was ejected from his car, suffering fatal injuries, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said. The accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on La. 620, … Continue reading →

Alsen couple shaken by family shooting outside home

Photo provided by the Gray family -- In an undated photo, Raymond Gray, left, stands with his son Jerry Gray, who was shot and killed Tuesday night. Eugene Cross, the son of Raymond Gray’s girlfriend, has been questioned but not arrested.

Raymond Gray and Betty Jean Cross were lying down Tuesday evening when they heard a doorbell, then the sound of three gunshots outside their Alsen home. The couple arose as quickly as they could, walked outside and found a scene they still have trouble comprehending. Gray’s son Jerry Gray, 52, lay in the … Continue reading →

Tangipahoa man fatally shot by deputies

Advocate staff photo by HEIDI KINCHEN -- A shooting occured at 42262 Deborah Drive, off HappyWoods southwest of Hammond

A deputy shot and killed a man Tuesday near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance, authorities said. Michael C. Nichols Jr., 48, was found holding a knife and standing over his injured 70-year-old mother, Barbara J. Nichols, inside a home in the 42200 … Continue reading →

One person dies in crash in Ascension Parish

A Napoleonville man was killed Tuesday morning in Ascension Parish when his car crashed head-on with a dump truck on La. 70, State Police said. Shelby G. Johnson, 36, of Napoleonville, drove his northbound 2006 Ford Mustang into the southbound lane of La. 70 for unknown reasons shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday … Continue reading →

Authorities search for man in human trafficking case

Emmanuel Bailey

An alleged pimp accused of trafficking at least two women, and possibly several others, to Baton Rouge from out of state for prostitution has gone underground after a woman revealed his operation to authorities during a recent prostitution sting. Sgt. Nick Manale, a State Police spokesman, said Tuesday that law enforcement agencies are scouring the area for … Continue reading →

Girard Park death ruled as accidental drowning

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Balloons and stuffed animals hang from a section of fence near the drainage ditch where Alexandria Shelton's body was discovered in Girard Park, on Monday morning. Shelton was a student at Grambling State University and was due to graduate next month.

An autopsy revealed Monday that 21-year-old aspiring lawyer Alexandria Shelton accidentally drowned in the Girard Park drainage ditch where police found her body early Sunday morning. Lafayette police Sgt. Randal Leger said the circumstances that led to Shelton’s drowning are unclear since the young woman was alone in the park. “The coroner … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Patterson man is in critical condition following a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning and faces arrest for third-offense DWI and vehicular homicide because his passenger died, State Trooper Stephen Hammons said. Autoro Garcia, 32, of Patterson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer west on La. 182 after 3:30 a.m. … Continue reading →

BR man dies in single-vehicle accident Sunday on Milldale Road

A 27-year-old man died Sunday night after his pickup truck ran off Milldale Road in East Baton Rouge Parish, hit a tree and flipped over, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. Justin Bradley Bourg, 21327 Jon Michelli Drive, Baton Rouge, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. The fatal crash … Continue reading →

Police: Man carjacked ex-girlfriend in empty school bus

A Baton Rouge man armed with a handgun Monday morning forced his ex-girfriend to drive her empty school bus from her residence almost six miles to his home on Billops Street, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department. Jock Jones, 37, 4159 Billops St., released her as police were arriving, but barricaded … Continue reading →

Police seek suspect in April 9 bank robbery

Harold James Carmouche Jr.

Coroner: Grambling State student died by accidental drowning

Alexandria Shelton

Alexandria Shelton accidentally drowned in the drainage ditch where her body was found after midnight Sunday, said Lafayette Police Sgt. Randal Leger. An autopsy showed her death was an accidental drowning and there were no signs of foul play, Leger said. The 21-year-old Lafayette woman was a senior at Grambling State University … Continue reading →

Fire at home ruled to be arson

A fire at a home at 4869 Bank Street in Baton Rouge early Monday caused $15,000 in damage and was determined to be arson, fire investigators reported. Curt Monte of the Baton Rouge Fire Department said firefighters arrived on the scene at 2:01 a.m. to find a bathroom engulfed in flames. No one was at home at … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 14, 2014

A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after Baton Rouge police found evidence of dog-fighting at his Washington Avenue home. Police booked Gillis Lee Hawthorne, 5233 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of dog-fighting, prison records show. Hawthorne admitted to being … Continue reading →

SUV hits bicycle, kills rider in New Iberia

A 38-year-old New Iberia man died Saturday night after he was struck by a Jeep as he tried to cross East St. Peter Street on his bicycle, an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Lt. Anthony Green said Tony “3rd Gear” Parker was found lying in the 500 block of East St. Peter Street at about 10:20 … Continue reading →

Woman, 21, found dead in Girard Park

Lafayette police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch near a pond in Girard Park. Cpl. Paul Mouton, a police spokesman, said detectives, who say the death is suspicious, have not ruled out foul play in the death of the woman, … Continue reading →

CASA volunteers find rewards in advocating for children

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Krissy Dupre, foreground, and Kristina Stein, in back, apply facepaint to kids on Saturday during a picnic for CASA volunteers.

At last year’s CASA Christmas party, volunteer Leigh Hill was struck by how deeply her work as a legal advocate for children had impacted her own life, not just their’s. She had fallen in love with the four siblings she and her cousin, Laura Schulze, first met about six months prior as CASA advocates and had … Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for April 13, 2014

Arrests posted Apr. 12, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: PAGE LEIGH ADDISON: 33, of the 300 block of Fuselier Street, Arnaudville. She was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; disturbing the peace; for St. Martin Parish; misdemeanor possession of … Continue reading →