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Boy killed in St. Helena utility terrain vehicle accident

A 12-year-old boy was killed in a utility terrain vehicle crash Saturday evening that also resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s driver, according to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called out about 5:15 p.m. to Calmes Road, where the boy was riding a UTV driven by Joshua Tharpe, 36, who had made a… Continue reading →

Death of Zachary man still under investigation; ‘foul play’ suspected, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office continued on Sunday to investigate the death of a man in Zachary, but declined to release more information about the case. The man’s identity and cause of death will not been released until an autopsy is conducted Monday, but evidence at the scene indicated foul play, said Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Morgan City police warn of counterfeit money in the area

Police are warning people to be aware of counterfeit money in the area. Officers with the Morgan City Police Department responded Sunday to a complaint of possible counterfeit money distributed to a business on La. 182, according to a report by KATC-TV. Three men, whose identities have not been… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of raping woman he met through social media

Matthew Melancon, 25, was arrested Saturday on one count of forcible rape.

A Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman he met through social media was arrested Saturday and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Matthew Melancon, 25, is accused of pinning the victim down and having anal and vaginal intercourse with her despite her resistance, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report says. He was… Continue reading →

8 people booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge from Saturday to Sunday

Authorities arrested at least eight 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: Rhett Demars, 19, 10553 Purple Martin Court, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation… Continue reading →

Severe thunderstorm warning in Baton Rouge area until 4:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for East and West Baton Rouge parishes and Livingston Parish Sunday afternoon until 4:45 p.m. The storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and deadly lightning. As of about 4:00 p.m., the storm was located… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office investigating man’s death on South Vernon Road in Zachary late Saturday as a homicide

Zachary police found a man dead late Saturday in the 3000 block of South Vernon Road and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating it as a homicide, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Zachary police contacted the Sheriff’s Office around 7 p.m. about the man’s death, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, the spokeswoman.… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for July 4, 2015

Arrests posted Jul. 4, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MIKESHA NICOLE ARNOLD: 20, of the 1700 block of Virginian Colony, La Place. She was booked on misdemeanor theft and two counts of warrant/bench warrant. TONY LANE BEN: 33,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge home catches fire early Saturday morning

A Baton Rouge home sustained $100,000 in damage in an early morning fire Saturday. Firefighters responded shortly after 1 a.m. to 9918 Rhine Ave., near BREC’s Mayfair Park, and found heavy smoke inside, said Mark Miles, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters determined the fire started in the attic, but the cause was unclear. Foul… Continue reading →

Eight booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge from Thursday to Friday

Authorities arrested at least eight 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: Alexandra Alley, 22, 5257 Arlington Ct., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI. Johnathan Betts,… Continue reading →

Man accused of repeatedly raping woman over 15 years

Troy Batiste

A New Roads man accused of repeatedly raping a woman over the last 15 years was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officers responded to the latest alleged incident at the victim’s home in East Baton Rouge Parish, a Sheriff’s Office report says. Troy Anthony Batiste, 48, attempted to have sex with the victim Thursday morning at an… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for July 3, 2015

Arrests posted Jul. 3, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: SAM NEELY BENNETT: 26, of the 100 block of Bell Fontaine, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving on right side of road.… Continue reading →

Despite surge in June, homicides in East Baton Rouge for first half of year on par with last year’s numbers

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- EBRSO Deputies work the scene of a shooting on Summer Drive.

Murders in East Baton Rouge Parish in June came at a disturbingly steady pace, with 11 homicides that don’t even account for negligent killings such as the death of a toddler named Angel Green, who was left inside a hot car June 5. “I believe a lot of mothers got a wake-up call (last) month,” said… Continue reading →

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

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Brittany Francois, 20, 1122 S. River Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI.… Continue reading →

Baker mother accused of choking, beating daughter

Deshona Mobley

A woman arrested Tuesday is accused of choking her daughter, abuse that began out of town the weekend of June 21 and continued on Sunday, authorities said. Deshona C. Mobley, 4511 W. Evans, Baker, punched, choked and beat her daughter with a belt and buckle, a Baker police report says. The Department of Child Protection Services… Continue reading →

Five barges break loose on Mississippi River near Gramercy; one containing caustic soda overturns

Photo provided by Capt. Ash Williams -- A barge sits capsized in the Mississippi River near Gramercy on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Five barges broke loose after two tow boats collided on the Mississippi River on Thursday afternoon, with one loaded with hazardous caustic soda overturned, officials said. The towing vessels American Heritage and David G. Schert collided near Vacherie on the west and Gramercy on the east within the jurisdiction of St. John the Baptist Parish, officials… Continue reading →

Arrests of 38 people cap off federal investigation into alleged violent drug trafficking network

Murder plots, using children to transport drugs, storing cocaine at a Baton Rouge day care center — those are among the allegations in an indictment of 39 people in what federal prosecutors are calling a “violent drug trafficking” network out of Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes. U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Thursday announced the unsealing of… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 2

Arrests posted July 2, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. DEVONE ALEXANDER: 24, of the 300 block of Macklyn Street, Lafayette. He was booked on contributing to the delinquency of juveniles and three counts of simple burglary. TIMOTHY BERNARD: 47, of the 200 block of Ena Street, Lafayette. He was booked on… Continue reading →

Vacherie man returned to Louisiana to face charges in 2014 hit-and-run that resulted in the death of an LSU student

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Janneh Trench, 36, left, of Vacherie, La., is walked into Baton Rouge Police Department's First District on Plank Road Thursday morning by BRPD traffic homicide detective Cpl. Brandon Blust, right, as he is returned to Baton Rouge after his arrest on June 15 in Georgia by Clayton County Sheriffs and U.S. Marshals officers. Trench was wanted in connection with the traffic crash death of LSU student Eric Fabre, who was killed in the 9700 block of Airline Highway on June 20, 2014. Trench was to be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of negligent homicide, felony hit and run,reckless operation, obstruction of justice and operating a vehicle without a license.

The man accused of causing a hit-and-run that killed an LSU student last year was extradited from Clayton County, Georgia to Baton Rouge Thursday morning. Janneh Trench, 36, of 1574 W. Ninth St., Vacherie, is accused of fleeing the state after his vehicle struck 20-year-old Eric Fabre, who was riding a scooter around… Continue reading →

Fire destroys home Wednesday in Baton Rouge

A fire Wednesday evening destroyed the home at 4076 Accardo, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said. When firefighters arrived at the scene, fire was coming from the front room of the house. Crews gained access through the front door and the front room was fully engulfed in flames, Miles said in a news release.… Continue reading →

18-year-old Baker man accused of aggravated rape of minor

Blair Ray Copeland

The Sheriff’s Office arrested an 18-year-old man Wednesday after a witness told deputies he saw the man engaging in oral sex with a boy under the age of 11. The witness walked into the boy’s room and found Blair Ray Copeland, a family friend, in bed with the boy, the arrest report says. The boy told… Continue reading →

Two children detained in carport, car arson on Tulip Street

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Fire Dept. -- Baton Rouge firefighters look through debris at the residence on 2130 Tulip.

Two children accused of setting a carport and a car on fire on Tulip Street were taken into custody Wednesday. The 11-year-old and 12-year-old started the fire around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the home at 2130 Tulip St., Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said. Baton Rouge Police detained both juveniles, Miles said. The two… Continue reading →

Three booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Tuesday and Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish, including one person on a third offense, and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Bennett Duffy, 18, 33 Marquis Manor,… Continue reading →

Gonzales man pleads guilty to defrauding nursing home operator

A Gonzales man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to defrauding his former employer, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that operates nursing homes in southwest Louisiana, of more than $208,000 over nearly three years, federal prosecutors said. Travis Templet, 36, who served as the controller for Elder Outreach Nursing and Rehabilitation, wrote 67 fraudulent checks to himself worth about… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 1

Arrests posted June 30, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: CLIFTON AMOX: 27, of the 1200 block of East Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette. He was booked on following vehicles too closely and misdemeanor hit-and-run driving. CHRISTOPHER ARDOIN: 38, of the 100 block of Bois Des Chene Drive, Opelousas. He was booked… Continue reading →

Three house fires Tuesday in Baton Rouge attributed to lightning strikes

Three house fires on Tuesday were attributed to lightning strikes, local fire officials said. The Baton Rouge Fire Department, in a news release Wednesday, reported that house fires Tuesday afternoon on Maximillian and Sycamore streets were sparked when the homes were struck by lightning. On Tuesday, the St. George Fire Department reported that lightning struck… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge mom booked after 3-year-old tests positive for cocaine; police find the pair in apartment covered in dog feces and dirty diapers

Megan Gaylord

A Baton Rouge woman was arrested Monday after a hospital determined her 3-year-old child tested positive for high levels of cocaine. And when Baton Rouge police arrived at Megan Gaylord’s apartment, they found it “covered in dog feces, spoiled food, trash, dirty diapers” and other materials, a police report says. Police were called to the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of kidnapping, indecent behavior with 4-year-old

A 47-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after pulling a 4-year-old girl into his apartment and touching her inappropriately, a Baton Rouge Police report says. Leroy Cavalier, 12020 Florida St. Apt. D17, was booked in the the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of second-degree kidnapping and a count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.… Continue reading →

Lightning sparks fire in attic of Baton Rouge home

Lightning struck a home in the Santa Maria subdivision Tuesday afternoon, sparking a fire in the attic. St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux said the residents of the 19403 Cape Hart Court home immediately called the Fire Department, thus helped prevent any injuries. Even the family cat was unharmed. The residents put two calls through… Continue reading →

At least 5 booked on suspicion of DWI between Monday and Tuesday

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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Franklin Beavers, 26, 1121 Esperanza Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigating early morning fatal shooting of man, 21, whose body was found lying in road

The early Tuesday morning shooting death of a Lafayette man marks the third overnight and unsolved killing in the city since early May. Police found the body of 21-year-old Damien Anthony Champ lying in the roadway about 1:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Bossier Street, near the West Gilman Road intersection, Lafayette Police Department spokesman… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for June 30

Arrests posted June 29, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. PAMELA AUGUSTINE: 53, of the 100 block of Hebert Road, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor theft. LEJUNE DESTINY DEE BOUDREAUX: 31, of the 100 block of Acadian Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant. Chloe… Continue reading →

Mother sought in child visitation case surrenders

A Lafayette mother of three accused of leaving home with her children last week despite a court order granting her husband visitation surrendered Friday, KATC-TV reported. Katelyn Gauthier, 30, walked into the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office shortly after 8:30 p.m. and said she was there to surrender, Maj. Art LeBreton said. She made no statement to… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man booked in death of toddler’s mother, had already been accused of kidnapping the 2-year-old girl

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Baton Rouge Police Officers Sherri Harris,left, and Rob Cook, right, escort Daaria Thomas out of the Louisiana State Police compound on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Thomas was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping of a Child in the case of 2-year-old A’Kyleana Latham.

A man arrested in the kidnapping of a 2-year-old in May also was booked June 17 on a count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the child’s mother, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely confirmed Monday. Curtis King and his live-in girlfriend, Daaria Thomas, were arrested May 7 in the… Continue reading →