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Baton Rouge strip club operator and dancer accused of trafficking a minor for sexual purposes

A north Baton Rouge strip club operator was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he auditioned a 16-year-old girl as a dancer and told her to lie about her age. Trudell Richardson, 39, was the latest arrest in an incident several weeks ago when police found a runaway teen sleeping in an unmarked strip club at 3773… Continue reading →

Rayne Police seek information on Saturday shooting death of Jennings man

Authorities are asking for witnesses to step forward with any information about the Saturday shooting death of 32-year-old Christopher Trent. Trent, of Jennings, was shot multiple times around 2 a.m. outside the Frog City Travel Plaza, Rayne Police said. He was pronounced dead at a Lafayette hospital. Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers… Continue reading →

Lafayette man charged with vehicular homicide in January crash

A Lafayette man accused of driving drunk in a January fatal crash that killed 49-year-old Brian Nolan was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide. Federico Morales, 20, is also accused of driving without a license and running a red light in the Jan. 13 crash, according to charges filed in his case. Police said Morales was… Continue reading →

Three suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish between Tuesday and Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish 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: Christopher Pate, 32, 4931 Park Forest Drive, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle,… Continue reading →

Assumption deputies: Corrections officer arrested after allowing inmate to leave van, buy drugs, but inmate escaped

Felicia Daigle

An Avoyelles Parish correctional officer’s decision last week to make an unscheduled stop in Paincourtville and let one of the Assumption Parish inmates she was transporting to jail buy illegal drugs backfired when the inmate never returned with the drugs and escaped instead. When inmate Felicia Daigle did not return, Avoyelles correctional officer Michelle George, 47, sent… Continue reading →

Shots fired overnight at Donaldsonville home wound boy, 9, as he slept in his bed

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Home of the 9-year-old boy who was sleeping when he was shot when gunfire was aimed at the home Wednesday, April 1, in Donaldsonville.

Updated at 5:33 p.m.A 9-year-old boy asleep in his bed was struck in the leg by gunfire aimed at his home early Wednesday. The boy, who suffered a flesh wound, has been released from the hospital, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. “Thank God” the child’s wound was not… Continue reading →

Former supervisor booked a third time as new details emerge on the extent of thefts from the Baker school system

Emmitt Whitfield

The Baker school system’s former maintenance supervisor has been arrested for a third time — and the city’s police chief said more arrests may be pending as new details emerge about the extent of his alleged thefts. Emmitt Whitfield was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on counts of felony theft and unauthorized use of a credit… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of attacking his sister with brass knuckles

Clarence Battley

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 27-year-old man accused of knocking his sister unconscious early Monday morning while armed with brass knuckles. Clarence Battley showed up at his sister’s home at around 12:10 a.m. as she was feeding her dogs and began to yell at her about some family issues, according to the police report. But… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police say driver high on synethetic marijuana causes crash on Florida Boulevard near Airline; three seriously injured

Broderick Bryan

Three people were injured in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon when an Ethel man crashed his car on Florida Boulevard while high on synthetic marijuana, authorities said. Broderick Bryan, 25, was driving west on Florida Boulevard near Airline Highway when he veered and crashed into a car that had stopped while waiting to turn, according to… Continue reading →

Three people injured in shooting in Ascension Parish

Emery Young Jr., left, and Deangelo Kinchen

Updated at 7:52 p.m. An argument involving a wreck that occurred about six months ago led to a shooting that injured three people Monday night, said Lt. Col Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Two men have been arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said, and booked on eight counts of attempted first-degree murder after eight… Continue reading →

Three suspected of driving while intoxicated between Monday and Tuesday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least three 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: Broderick Bryan, 25, 3617 La. 19, Ethel, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, and negligent… Continue reading →

Opelousas woman, 35, accused of indecent behavior with teens, other crimes

An Opelousas woman arrested this week is accused of engaging in sexually inappropriate contact with three teenagers. Franchesca Spears, 35, was arrested Saturday on multiple counts after the parents of one of the teens requested an investigation, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The parent offered evidence that Spears was… Continue reading →

Lafayette woman dies in head-on crash with truck

A Lafayette woman died Monday after her vehicle collided head-on with a semitractor-trailer truck on Surrey Street. Yvette M. Ford, 51, was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon north on the road when she crashed head-on with the southbound truck, Lafayette Police said. Debris from the wreck struck a 2007 Toyota Highlander also traveling near… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man beats ex-girlfriend with pipe, bites her

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Sunday accused of beating his ex-girlfriend with a metal pipe and then biting her several times during an argument. David Reed, 37, showed up at the woman’s home on Frey Street and started fighting with her moments later, according to a police report. As the argument escalated, Reed hit the… Continue reading →

Three suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish between Sunday and Monday

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Alexis Alexander, 24, 13874 Ponderosa Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, marijuana possession,… Continue reading →

Assumption Parish sheriff: Woman arrested after she tries to bribe guard into letting her visit inmate

Latisha Haynes of Donaldsonville was arrested March 26, 2015 on bringing contraband into a penal institution. Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested a Donaldsonville woman after she tried to bribe a correctional officer into to letting her visit an inmate, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Latisha Haynes, 37, offered money to the officer in exchange for letting her into the Detention Center to visit an inmate, said Robert Martin, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.… Continue reading →

Arrests posted Mar. 29, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: JAMES D. ANDRES: 25, of the 100 block of Luke Street, Grand Coteau. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. CLAYTON J. BENOIT: 42, of the… Continue reading →

12 booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 12 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: Blake Arnold, 29, 144 W. McKinley St., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, driver’s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge motorcycle officer injured when hit by car in Baker

A Baton Rouge Police motorcycle officer riding north on La. 19 in Baker on Friday evening is recovering at a hospital from moderate injuries after hitting a car that pulled out into the highway from a side street, said Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps. “I guess they just didn’t see him,” Knaps said. “Pulled out right… Continue reading →

Nine booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

Authorities arrested at least nine people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including one person on a fourth offense — 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: Christopher Gray, 46, 12035 E.… Continue reading →

Charges dismissed against former Lafayette police officer accused of molesting a woman while on duty

Jackie Hagan

Prosecutors dismissed charges Thursday against a former Lafayette Police officer accused of sexually accosting a woman while on duty and in uniform. Jackie Hagan Jr., 36, was accused of sexual battery and malfeasance in office in an August 2011 incident outside the woman’s Lafayette home. The woman said she had been partying with her boyfriend… Continue reading →

Lafayette man wanted in Mercer Street killing surrenders to police

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Jordan Bernard, 21, of Lafayette, surrendered to police March 27, 2015, in the shooting death of 24-year-old Albert Gilbert of Sunset.

A Lafayette man surrendered to police Friday in a fatal shooting on Mercer Street. Jordan Bernard, 21, is accused of manslaughter in the March 21 killing of 24-year-old Albert Gilbert of Sunset. Police said they found Gilbert lying in the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of Mercer Street with multiple gunshot… Continue reading →

Two Ascension Parish men, both out of bond on drug charges, arrested again this week on new drug counts

Michael Howard, arrested on drug-related counts, March 25, 2015. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two men in separate drug-related incidents, both of whom already were out on bond in previous drug arrests, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said. Following a tip that Donald Gaddis, 33, was distributing cocaine, detectives searched his home at 15227 Joe Sevario Road in Gonzales and found cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana and… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish couple arrested on drug charges following raid of their Gonzales home

Lindsay and Jeffrey Fontenot

A Gonzales couple were arrested Tuesday on various drug-related charges, including possession of methamphetamine and a variety of prescription drugs, said Ascension Parish sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre. Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, with evidence that Lindsey Fontenot, 37, of 12122 Turry Road, Gonzales, was distributing Xanax from her house, got a search… Continue reading →

Youngsville man convicted in double slaying insists he is innocent; says relationship with girlfriend was fueled by crack addiction

Police said Eric Jude Abshire shot and killed his girlfriend and her stepfather early Wednesday morning in Lafayette.

A Youngsville man accused in a 2011 double homicide in Lafayette was convicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Lona Carter and Lemuel Brown. Eric Abshire, 53, faces mandatory life sentences on both convictions and was taken into custody Thursday evening. Ten of 12 jury members returned guilty verdicts on both… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man surrenders Thursday in shooting death of neighbor over alleged rape

Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar

A Baton Rouge man surrendered to authorities Thursday in what police have described as the vigilante killing Sunday of his neighbor. Yovanni Anibal Ramos-Salazar, 31, was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered to Baton Rouge police at about 6 p.m., said Cpl. Don A. Coppola Jr., a police spokesman. Ramos-Salazar is accused of second-degree… Continue reading →