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Gonzales man arrested, booked with cultivating marijuana in home

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Deputies on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, found 100 marijuana plants growing at a Gonzales residence, along with growing equipment and chemicals relative to growing marijuana.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Gonzales man Thursday night and booked him with growing marijuana in his home. According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, narcotics detectives were contacted by East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office advising that an individual may be growing marijuana in his residence. On Thursday night, narcotics detectives who went to 13158… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge’s BRAVE initiative now expanding to 70802 area

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Representatives from the Baton Rouge Police Department BRAVE team and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office SCAT Team pause for a photo during a gathering of local law enforcement in the 70802 community, with a goal on bringing community members together to take a stand against violence in the neighborhood, Thursday, Sept. 18 in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge’s crime-fighting initiative, BRAVE, officially is expanding into a second ZIP code area: 70802, the area north of LSU that has been the site of a disproportionate number of the city’s violent crimes. “We want them all to know that (70802) is not just a geographical location,” said BRAVE’s team leader and Baton Rouge police… Continue reading →

Crime blotter: Baton Rouge man wanted in shooting

Jerome Verret

A 23-year-old Baton Rouge man is wanted in the shooting injuries of two men Sunday on Bob Pettit Boulevard, Baton Rouge police said. Jerome Lamar Verret, of 3026 Monroe Ave., is wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the 2:45 a.m. shooting in the 1200 block of Bob Pettit Boulevard, police spokesman Cpl. Don… Continue reading →

West Feliciana farmer severely injured in barn fire

A St. Francisville man was severely burned and a 7,000-square-foot building was incinerated when the man’s tractor struck a large gasoline tank Thursday morning on Pittman Road, West Feliciana firefighters said. After Robert Graham accidentally backed his tractor into a gas tank at 10 a.m., he tried to stem the leaking gasoline with a pipe wrench… Continue reading →

Grand jury indicts man for using company credit cards on personal goods

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Baton Rouge man, already accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, with trying to steal almost $300,000 from other health care centers, U.S. Attorney Walt Green’s office announced. Larry Butler, 49, was arrested in Tacoma, Washington, on Monday almost a month after… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter: Woman suspected of shooting her parents

Jamie Kristen Fontenot

A woman in the St. Landry Parish town of Washington is accused of shooting her mother and father Wednesday night, with responding deputies finding the suspect sitting on the couple’s porch holding gun, officials said. Jamie Fontenot, 27, was arrested without further violence at about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, she was… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville felon on probation surrenders in suspected drug deal

Jyrah Bringier

A convicted felon who authorities said fled a failed drug deal earlier this month in Donaldsonville surrendered Thursday and is a potential witness in a June 2013 slaying over another failed drug transaction in Geismar. Jyrah J. Bringier, 22, 128 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, also has been separately accused of bribing the victim in a March 2013… Continue reading →

Ascension deputies: Two women use forged prescription to get oxycodone

Luvada Pondexter and Bonnie Toppins

Two Baton Rouge women were arrested Wednesday after an Ascension Parish pharmacist reported that a woman had presented a forged prescription for the pain medicine oxycodone, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics detectives, summoned on Wednesday to the Dutchtown Pharmacy about a forged prescription, stopped Bonnie Toppins,… Continue reading →

St. Landry woman suspected of shooting her parents Wednesday

Jamie Kristen Fontenot

A woman in the St. Landry Parish town of Washington allegedly shot her mother and father Wednesday night, with responding deputies finding the suspect sitting on the couple’s porch holding gun, officials said. Jamie Fontenot, 27, was arrested without further violence at around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, she was being questioned St.… Continue reading →

St. Landry man accused of having sex with underage girl

Javin Mason

St. Landry authorities have arrested a Morrow man and accused him of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl, officials said. Javin Mason, 22, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. Megan Vizena said. Vizena said Mason knew the 14-year-old… Continue reading →

Lafayette man booked in child porn investigation

Daniel Reed

A Lafayette man was arrested on 20 counts of child pornography crimes following an investigation by state and local authorities. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that Daniel E. Reed, 38, was arrested on counts of possession of child pornography and possession with intent to distribute child pornography. Reed, whose… Continue reading →

Armed robber sought in Lafayette CVS pharmacy heist

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Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for an armed man who robbed a Johnston Street drug store early Thursday morning. The robber walked into the CVS Pharmacy in the 6800 block of Johnston Street at around 12:40 a.m. with a gun and demanded pills, Capt. Craig Stansbury said. The man fled… Continue reading →

Iberia Parish authorities investigating home invasion

A man forced his way into a New Iberia home Wednesday night, hit an elderly woman then tried to shoot another female in the home with a handgun that malfunctioned, police said. The home invasion began before midnight in the 1000 block of Anderson Street, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ryan Turner said.… Continue reading →

Three Florida men arrested after driver pulls away during traffic stop

Three men from Jacksonville, Florida, were arrested Thursday following an early morning chase after they drove away during a traffic stop, State Police said. The men were headed west on Interstate 10 in a 2014 Cadillac sedan when a State Police trooper pulled them over east of Grosse Tete just after midnight Thursday for multiple traffic violations,… Continue reading →

Police blotter: Ex-employee booked in cancer center theft

Baton Rouge Police say a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was arrested on Monday in Tacoma, Washington, almost a month after he had been accused of using company credit cards for personal expenses. The center’s former director of facilities, Larry Butler, 49, admitted in emails to the center’s human resources department that he spent… Continue reading →

Iberville authorities arrest 31 on drug distribution counts

The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and Plaquemine Police Department arrested 31 people Wednesday and booked them into the parish prison on various drug-related charges. Wednesday’s roundup, “Operation Prescribed Justice Refill,” comes on the heels of Sheriff Brett Stassi’s 2013 drug sting, “Operation Prescribed Justice.” “After the first roundup, I told Iberville residents that we… Continue reading →

Deputies searching for men in Prairieville burglaries

Sean Patterson

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies investigating burglaries and thefts in the Prairieville area are searching for two people. Sean Patterson, 32, 39148 Camp Drive, Prairieville is a person of interest in a number of thefts and burglaries, deputies said Tuesday. He also wanted for failing to appear in a pending animal cruelty… Continue reading →

Mississippi man killed in head-on crash near Clinton Wednesday

A 23-year-old man died near Clinton early Wednesday when his sedan crossed over a center divider and ran head-on into a garbage truck, according to State Police. Cody Temple, of McComb, Mississippi, was headed north on La. 67 near La. 959 just after 6 a.m. when he crossed into the path of Richard Wright, 39, of… Continue reading →

Deputies nab ‘person of interest’ in Chase Bank robbery

Pictured from left, Leroy George III, Terri Lynn Larrieu and Regina Ann Alfred

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people — including an aunt and nephew — hours after a Wednesday morning robbery at Chase Bank on Jones Creek Road. At around 10:40 a.m., Leroy George III, 19, walked into the bank with his face covered and demanded money, claiming he had a weapon, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Deputies search for man who flees drug deal, discards gun

Jyrah Bringier

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a convicted felon who fled from a suspected drug deal in Donaldsonville last week, leaving behind a handgun, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. Jyrah Bringier, 22, 128 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, remains at large and is wanted on counts of possession of a firearm by a… Continue reading →

Woman kicked out of bar accused of trying to run over owner

Trenell Lewis

A Belle Rose woman was arrested Monday night after witnesses said she tried to run over a bar owner and another customer with her car after she was asked to leave, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Trenell Lewis, 38, 164 Dupaty Lane, Belle Rose, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Arrest made in Abbeville community hall shooting

Vermilion Parish authorities have arrested a Loreauville man in the Saturday shooting at a community hall that injured seven people. Bryson Provost, 20, was booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said. Provost was arrested Monday afternoon at his home by Iberia… Continue reading →

Crime blotter: Homeowner escapes after attack by intruder

The owner of the home at 6656 Harry Drive was able to run to safety after an intruder broke into his home at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday and attacked him, Baton Rouge police said. The victim was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said. Police are still looking for the attacker, who is described… Continue reading →

Four men arrested after tip that juveniles were being given drugs

Pictured from left, Jose Hernandez, Tevrion Carter, Adam Hopp and Simieon Hernandez

When Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies went to a Gonzales home Friday, they found marijuana, a handgun, several juveniles and four men — two of whom admitted to having sex with the juveniles, Maj. Kevin Hanna said. Officers with the sheriff’s narcotic and juvenile division went to the home of Jose Josh Hernandez,… Continue reading →

Livingston deputies search for person in truck theft, identity theft

Photo provided by Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office -- Livingston Parish Sheriffâs Office were dispatched to 28370 LA Highway 63 located in Livingston in reference to a vehicle theft complaint. The sheriff's office asking for help in identifying this unknown white male.

Livingston Parish deputies are asking the public for help finding the person believed to have stolen a truck, personal information and credit cards. Law enforcement was called to 28370 La. 63 the night of Sept. 3 for a reported vehicle theft, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. A victim said his blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado… Continue reading →

Armed man gets away with handful of cash from Country Corner

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Baton Rouge police are searching for a robber who on Monday night walked into the Country Corner on Perkins Road armed with a handgun, tied the worker’s hands with a shirt and grabbed a handful of money before escaping. After grabbing the money at the store on 1923 Perkins Road shortly before 8 p.m., the robber ran… Continue reading →

Woman’s body found on bridge in St. Mary Parish

Detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday on the two-lane La. 182 bridge that crosses the Atchafalaya River connecting Berwick and Morgan City, officials said. The body was discovered at around 4 a.m., St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Traci Landry said. Authorities provided no information… Continue reading →

Authorities make arrest in Abbeville community hall shooting

Bryson Provost

Vermilion Parish authorities have arrested a Loreauville man in the Saturday shooting at a community hall that injured seven people, officials said. Bryson Provost, 20, was booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said. Provost was arrested Monday afternoon at his home by… Continue reading →

Crime Blotter: Two Central High students hospitalized after alleged drug use

Two seniors at Central High School were taken from school Monday and sent to the hospital after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana, said Superintendent Michael Faulk. Faulk said the boys, ages 17 and 18, apparently used the drug while in the bathroom and they went into class where “they had issues,” Faulk said, not elaborating. At least one of… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Woman pleads in law firm embezzlement

A Church Point woman pleaded guilty Monday in the embezzlement of nearly $200,000 from the Lafayette law firm of Clay Burgess, where she had worked for more than a decade. Michelle Dana Lavergne, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison on three counts of making or possessing a forged security.… Continue reading →

Deputies find body on Albany road Sunday, searching for information

Livingston Parish deputies are searching for the driver of a vehicle that is believed to have struck and killed a man in Albany on Sunday. Authorities were alerted to a body on the middle of the 31000 block of North Cafe Line Road about 3 a.m. Sunday. They found 27-year-old Cleveland Mareal Barnes Jr., of Tickfaw, unresponsive… Continue reading →

Teenage pedestrian struck by truck, critically injured

A Lafayette teen was in critical condition after he was hit by a truck while walking near the 2700 block of Northeast Evangeline Thruway over the weekend, officials said. The 17-year-old, who was not identified, was hit at around 2:15 a.m. Sunday by a truck whose driver did not stop, Lafayette police Cpl.… Continue reading →

Hammond man accused in the cutting, wounding of man

A suspected slasher was arrested Monday by deputies, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were called to Benton Road in Tickfaw late Sunday where they found a victim with lacerations to his face and abdomen. Deputies believe an argument led to a fight with “numerous subjects,” according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.… Continue reading →

Woman injured in South Acadian Thruway wreck; road reopened

Advocate Staff Photo by Patrick Dennis. Baton Rouge Police officers investigate the scene of an accident at the intersection of South Acadian and Capital Heights Ave. Monday afternoon.

The woman who was involved in a two-vehicle crash on South Acadian Thruway Monday morning is still alive and is in critical condition at a hospital, a police spokesman said. Police earlier in the day reported the woman died in the accident. The crash occurred on South Acadian, near Capital Heights Avenue, at about 10:40… Continue reading →

Tree limb falls on brothers riding motorcycles, killing one

State Police said one motorcyclist was killed and another was injured Sunday when a tree limb fell and struck them while they were riding near French Settlement. Travis Lessard, 53, was riding a Harley Davidson alongside his brother, Joseph Lessard, 52, on La. 22 east of La. 16 at about 1:30 p.m. when the limb fell,… Continue reading →

Man killed in shooting in Paincourtville; suspect surrenders

Matthew Jordan III

A 33-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the parking lot of a Paincourtville bar Sunday morning, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The suspected shooter, Matthew Jordan III, 25, turned himself in to deputies several hours after the victim, Franky Joseph, 33, of Donaldsonville, died, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. The… Continue reading →

Tigerland shooting early Sunday leaves two injured

Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting in Tigerland early Sunday that left two men with non-life threatening injuries, a police spokesman said. The shooting occurred at about 3 a.m. in the 4400 block of Alvin Dark Avenue, behind Reggie’s, a popular bar among college students, spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., said. A 23-year-old man was… Continue reading →