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Tale of two shootings: Victim dies in Spanish Town Road shooting, arrest made in Lorna Avenue shooting death

Jaime Mejia

A Baton Rouge man who was shot Tuesday evening died at a hospital on Thursday, the same day investigators made an arrest in a different fatal shooting this week. Kwemon Davis, 23, died after spending two days in critical condition following a Tuesday afternoon shooting in the 2200 block of Spanish Town Road, said… Continue reading →

New Iberia man cited in black bear killing

A New Iberia man has been cited for allegedly killing a Louisiana black bear last month in St. Mary Parish, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Thursday. Richard A. Picard Jr., 52, was hog hunting near Cypremort Point when, authorities say, he shot and killed the 350-pound black bear on Feb. 28. Louisiana… Continue reading →

Two arrested for DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least two 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: Juliette Downing, 24, 8863 Lochness Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, failure to signal… Continue reading →

Church Point attorney accused of stealing thousands from clients

Photo provided by ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office announced March 5, 2015, it's looking for Church Point attorney Malcolm Brasseaux, 72, who's accused of stealing more than $435,000 from his clients.

A Church Point attorney has been booked accusations he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Malcolm Brasseaux, 72, is accused of stealing more than $435,000 from clients, said Maxine Trahan, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.… Continue reading →

Police say Walmart thief got away with 32 cans of baby formula and a clothes hamper

Photo provided by Gonzales Police Department -- Police say the man in this surveillance photo stole more than $500 worth of baby formula from a Gonzales Walmart on Feb. 22, 2015.

Gonzales police are trying to identify a man who entered a Walmart store last month, filled a clothes hamper with 32 cans of baby formula and walked out without paying. The total value of the theft was $524.48. Police gave this account of the theft: Around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, a man entered the… Continue reading →

Two overnight shootings under investigation in New Iberia

Photo provided by IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Tristan Bernard, 26, of New Iberia, is wanted on a count of attempted second-degree murder in a March 4, 2015, shooting in the 600 block of South Hopkins Street in which a 22-year-old man was injured.

Authorities are looking for one man and trying to identify three others after two overnight shootings in New Iberia, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives issued an attempted second-degree murder warrant for Tristan Bernard, 26, of New Iberia, in a Wednesday night shooting in the 600… Continue reading →

Plaquemine Police arrest man accused of stabbing woman Monday outside a church

Donald Phillips, Jr.

PLAQUEMINE — Police arrested the 53-year-old man who attempted to carjack and then stab a woman in the parking lot of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Plaquemine Police Department Assistant Chief Kenny Payne said Wednesday that his officers arrested Donald S. Phillips Jr., 58466 Court St., after the department received a tip… Continue reading →

Lafayette bomb threat suspect admits to crime in letters to prosecutor, judge

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A Lafayette man accused of calling in a bomb threat to occupy authorities before he tried to rob a nearby bank last summer admitted to the crime in hand-written letters to the assistant U.S. Attorney and federal judge overseeing the case, despite pleading not guilty several months earlier. The threat forced the evacuation of… Continue reading →

Search of home in Walker finds about $10,000 in illegal drugs, $22,000 in cash, Livingston Parish deputies say

A search of a Walker home found about $10,000 worth of illegal narcotics and resulted in the arrest of the homeowner on drug counts, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday. Joe Mooney, 26, of 33701 Duff Road in Walker, is being held in Livingston Parish prison. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said a joint… Continue reading →

Fire Department: No environmental risk after 18-wheeler breaks apart; hauling herbicide totes

An 18-wheeler broke apart Wednesday while carrying 50,000 pounds of herbicide on North Boulevard and 6th Street — causing road closures at the intersection for several hours, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when the tractor trailer’s driver made a right turn that sent a wheel onto the curb,… Continue reading →

Police: When officers ask about unusual car odor that smelled like marijuana, driver speeds off, leads police on chase

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Tuesday, weeks after he led officers on a chase that exceeded speeds of 80 miles per hour, which reportedly stemmed from a traffic stop and the “suspicious odor” of marijuana coming from the suspect’s car. Two officers pulled over Aaron Galentine, 29, on Feb. 12 at about 5 p.m. while he… Continue reading →

Two arrested for DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least two 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: Larry Collier, 56, 11055 Village Green Drive, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI and careless… Continue reading →

Scott man booked in child’s rape bonds out after indictment on lesser charge

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Michael Jason Burks, 35, of Scott, was booked on a count of aggravated rape Nov. 6 after evidence linked him to the May rape of a 10-year-old girl.

A Scott man accused of aggravated rape bonded out of jail Wednesday after he was indicted on a lesser charge, court records show. Michael Burks, 35, was released on a $25,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him in February on a count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.… Continue reading →

Man leads Assumption Parish deputies on 30-minute chase through parish after acting ‘suspicious’ near several camps

A man was arrested Wednesday morning after leading Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies on a 30-minute chase in his pickup truck when they attempted to question him after nearby residents said he was acting “suspicious,” Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Deputies received a call about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday about a suspicious black pickup truck… Continue reading →

Warrant issued for Crowley man accused in fatal hit-and-run

Photo provided by ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Landricy Robinson, 25, of Crowley, is wanted for a count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder after a fatal hit-and-run March 3, 2015, that killed a Rayne teenager and injured two others, the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office said.

A Crowley man accused in a late Tuesday hit-and-run that killed a Rayne teenager is now wanted for murder, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Landricy Robinson, 25, of the 400 block of Josey Street, is accused of running over 16-year-old Antoinette Rochon and hitting two others shortly before midnight at The Meadows apartment complex in… Continue reading →

Police investigating man shot in leg near Plank Road

Baton Rouge police are investigating a non-fatal shooting that occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday on Ontario Street near Plank Road. One man was shot in the leg in the 2900 block of Ontario Street, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. Police do not currently have any suspects in the incident, but it remains under investigation.… Continue reading →

Car chase Tuesday night in Baton Rouge ends with gunshots and crash

Baton Rouge police are investigating a Tuesday night car chase that led to a shooting and subsequent car crash, leaving a 23-year-old man in critical condition. One vehicle with two men inside it allegedly began chasing a vehicle driven by the 23-year-old man at about 5:20 p.m. in the 2200 block of Spanish Town Road, said Cpl.… Continue reading →

Police arrest man in connection with shooting on Lorna Avenue in Belaire neighborhood

Update: Baton Rouge police have arrested Jaime Mejia in connection with the shooting death of Lenroy Marshall on Lorna Avenue. Detectives learned that Mejia, 34, of 12387 Lorna Avenue, recognized Marshall, 46, of 12533 La Margie, as a person who robbed him in the past. Mejia allegedly approached Marshall with a handgun and fired shots as Marshall… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police shoot, wound two men in one of three shooting incidents Monday night

Advocate staff photo by Ben Wallace -- A crew cleans up debris Tuesday at the site of an officer-involved shooting that left two people injured late Monday, March 2, 2015, near the intersection of Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway.

Baton Rouge police officers on Monday night shot and wounded two men accused of trying to run over police in the parking lot of a popular strip mall on Perkins Road. The shooting, which followed a police chase initiated by state Department of Public Safety officers, brought the total shootings in East Baton Rouge Parish within… Continue reading →

Four armed men, three wearing masks, break into Gonazales house, rob six people inside

Kaleb Boudreaux surrendered to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office in the armed burglary of a home March 2, 2015.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for three of four men who broke into a house Monday and held the six occupants at gunpoint while they ransacked the house, stealing money and weapons, said Maj. Kevin Hanna, with the Sheriff’s Office. The four men armed with guns broke into the home… Continue reading →

St. Martinville teen accused of shooting father in leg

A St. Martinville teenager arrested Monday is accused of shooting his father in the leg during an argument, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Kenneth Broussard Jr., 18, was booked into Iberia Parish jail on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and illegal possession of stolen firearms, said Maj. Ryan Turner, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police: Three children watch as ex-boyfriend beats, chokes their mother

Donald Robinson

A man forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, and after getting inside, he beat and choked her in front of her three small children, Baton Rouge police said. Donald Robinson, 28, knocked loudly on the door at a McClelland Drive apartment and when the woman opened the door a crack, he forced the door open and… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge therapist accused of groping 11-year-old boy during counseling session

William Nicholas Abraham

Sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a Baton Rouge therapist accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old client during a counseling session in early February. The boy told investigators that the therapist, William Nicholas Abraham, 60, groped him on Feb. 3 during a counseling session at Abraham’s office on United Plaza Drive, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. In… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of kicking in girlfriend’s door, then attacking her

Chancellar Williams, 21

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 21-year-old man accused of smashing through his girlfriend’s door on Feb. 22 and attacking her before running away. Chancellar Williams kicked in the front door of his girlfriend’s home on Beech Street, then slapped the woman several times, according to the arrest warrant. Then he threw his girlfriend, who is pregnant… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest three suspected of DWI

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: Kevin Ishee, 25, 13818 Penbrooke Ave., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless operation and… Continue reading →

Suit filed in Iberia Parish over man shot to death in back of deputy’s car

Advocate file by LEE CELANO  - Victor White III addresses people gathered at a candlelight memorial for his son Victor White III in New Iberia Friday September 12, 2014. White's March 3 death at 22 years old while handcuffed in police custody was ruled a suicide, but his family and supporters are calling for further investigation.

A Jeanerette woman has filed a wrongful-death suit in federal court against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and the deputy who arrested her child’s father, Victor White III, the night he died from a single gunshot wound while handcuffed in the back seat of the deputy’s car. In Continue reading →

Arrests posted March 2, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website

ALEXANDER ANGELLE JR.: 32, of the 300 block of St. Esprit Street, Carencro. He was booked on felony hit-and-run driving; two counts of fugitive; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; it is unlawful to knowingly/intentionally possess controlled dangerous substances without a prescription; misdemeanor domestic abuse battery; misdemeanor reckless operation of a vehicle; seven counts of… Continue reading →

Deputies: Man, woman break into house that's not theirs on Summer Breeze Drive; man shot, killed by home occupant

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig -- East Baton Rouge sheriff

A married couple tried to break into a Baton Rouge home Tuesday morning — until a homeowner shot and killed the husband, authorities say. The husband, who had a violent criminal history, was armed with a crowbar, authorities added. The incident began about 10 a.m. Tuesday, when 31-year-old Jermoid Wheeler began using a crowbar to break… Continue reading →

Man shot dead inside Summerwood home off Burbank; fourth Baton Rouge shooting since Monday night

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Coroner's van pulls up where East Baton Rouge sheriffÕs deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday morning at a home in the Summerwood neighborhood off Burbank Drive. Deputies were called to the home on Summer Breeze Drive at about 10 a.m. and found that one man had been shot to death by the occupant of the home, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a SheriffÕs Office spokeswoman. Hicks said the man along with a woman, who were not residents of the home, had walked into the house sometime around 10 a.m., which is when the shooting occurred.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday morning at a home in the Summerwood neighborhood off Burbank Drive. Deputies were called to the home on Summer Breeze Drive at about 10 a.m. and found that one man had been shot to death by the occupant of the home, said Casey Rayborn… Continue reading →

Man, toddler injured in unrelated shootings

Baton Rouge law enforcement responded to two unrelated shootings on Monday night that left one man shot and a 2-year-old injured. In one of the shootings, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired at 8:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of Denova Street, where they found a man walking in the street with a… Continue reading →

Reward for information in Ascension Parish double homicide increases by $20,000

Benny Booker

The reward for information leading to an arrest in a double homicide in Donaldsonville has increased by $20,000, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s detectives still are trying to determine who shot and killed Chad Nichols, 37, and Benny Booker, 29, on Jan. 26 in front of Nichols’ home on Latino Drive in Donaldsonville.… Continue reading →

Teen pleads not guilty to burglary of firearms business in December

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- This business at the 200 block of Austin Road in Youngsville was the site of a shooting Sunday night that left one person dead and another wounded.

One of two New Iberia teens shot by a Youngsville business owner after the pair allegedly burglarized the man’s firearms business pleaded not guilty Monday in Lafayette Parish court. Prosecutors on Friday charged Lamar Brooks, 17, with two counts of simple burglary and a count of resisting an officer in the Dec. 28 incident that… Continue reading →

Authorities accuse two of DWI in last 24 hours

Authorities arrested at least two 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: Fredy Alvarez, 33, 12418 Parkvale, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, failure to yield… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office: Parish Prison employee arrested for soliciting a woman for prostitution

Jordan Zachary, an employee with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was arrested and accused of soliciting a woman for prostitution.

An employee with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested Monday and accused of soliciting a woman for prostitution. Jordan Zachary, 20, who worked security at the Parish Prison for about seven months, was also fired on Monday, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, in a news release. .… Continue reading →

Deputies use stun gun to bring man under control, but he escapes for a short time into wooded area behind house

Vontrail Walker

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Saturday arrested a 26-year-old man accused of burglarizing a home in Zachary and later running from authorities. Vontrail Walker was caught breaking into a house at 21615 Ligon Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday, according to an arrest report. A resident heard a noise in the hallway outside his bedroom,… Continue reading →

Ten accused of DWI 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: Joseph Adler, 37, 3553 Wyandotte St., Baton Rouge, first-offense… Continue reading →