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Crash claims life of Hammond motorcyclist

A Hammond motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road Saturday and was thrown off the bike, police said. Charlie Carner, 24, was driving on the Interstate 55 East Service Road when he drifted off the road, crossed a grass embankment and struck a guardrail support beam, State Police said in a news release. Carner was… Continue reading →

10 booked on suspicion of DWI from Friday to Saturday

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Friday and noon Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Baltazar Contreras Gonzalez, 37, 6676 Titan Ave., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Feb. 13, 2016

Arrests posted Feb. 13, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: CHRISTY BANKS: 48, of the 1100 block of 11th Street, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of felony bank fraud; identity theft; and seven counts of monetary instrument abuse.… Continue reading →

La.’s DNA collection rates among highest in U.S.

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Louisiana State Police Crime Lab personnel demonstrate DNA analysis in Baton Rouge in this 2013 file photo.

A dozen years ago, just after Derrick Todd Lee was arrested and tied to a string of killings in south Louisiana, the state counted 12,000 DNA profiles in its database designed to help solve crimes. Now, it has about 40 times as many. When Lee died last month while still awaiting execution, authorities were quick… Continue reading →

Calvin Smith, suspect accused of shooting 2 Baton Rouge police officers early Saturday morning, dies in hospital

Calvin Smith

Update, 9:07 a.m. Calvin Smith, the suspect accused of shooting two Baton Rouge police officers after leading them on a car chase ending in a gun battle, has died, Baton Rouge police said Sunday morning. Original story East Baton Rouge Parish’s district attorney said two policemen struck by gunfire are lucky to be alive after… Continue reading →

Ascension Sheriff: multi-agency drug investigation leads to arrests of major crystal meth dealer and 7 others

Danny Mouton

Undercover detectives arrested a major supplier of crystal meth in Ascension Parish along with seven other people in a four-month, multiagency investigation that culminated this week, the Sheriff’s Office announced late Friday. The investigation began in November as detectives focused on 27-year-old Christopher Zeringue, of Gonzales, a Sheriff’s Office news release says. Four months… Continue reading →

Murder-suicide attempt reported on Wooddale Court in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge Police are investigating a double shooting at 1694 Wooddale Court near Tom Drive in Baton Rouge, Friday, February 12, 2016.

An attempted murder-suicide Friday night on Wooddale Court left one person dead and another severely injured. Baton Rouge police were called around 7 p.m. Friday to the 1600 block of Wooddale Court, police spokesman Sgt. Don A. Coppola said. One person died in the shooting, and another was brought to the hospital after the incident, Coppola… Continue reading →

One dead, two injured in single-vehicle crash in Eunice

A 24-year-old Eunice woman was killed and two others injured Friday in a single-vehicle crash on US 190 near La. 758 in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana State Police reported. Shinequia Anderson was driving a 2005 Ford Escape west on US 190 around 4:30 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, she drove off the right side of the… Continue reading →

Ascension deputies investigating car burglaries in Geismar

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man suspected of breaking into vehicles in the Geismar area, armed with what, in surveillance video, appears to be a shotgun. Several residents in Cypress Ridge subdivision and other nearby neighborhoods in Geismar reported the vehicle break-ins over Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, an… Continue reading →

Arson suspected in early morning fire in New Iberia

Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputies are seeking information on a suspected arson early Friday in New Iberia. Witnesses reported a fence and part of the building of the Menard Brothers grocery store at 901 Bank St. were on fire around 2:20 a.m., according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Detectives believe the fire was started outside… Continue reading →

At least two people accused of DWI from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning 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 noon Thursday and noon Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: James Wilkinson, 22, 3342 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and… Continue reading →

Ascension authorities searching for runaway teen missing since Feb. 4

Charity Cook

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who ran away from home Feb. 4. Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said in a statement Friday that Charity Cook was last seen wearing a turquoise sweatshirt and black pants when she left her home in Prairieville. She… Continue reading →

Death of New Iberia 4-month-old ruled homicide

The Monday death of a 4-month-old child in New Iberia has been ruled homicide. An autopsy determined the baby died from blunt force trauma, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were called to a New Iberia hospital around 6:13 p.m. Monday after the child was pronounced dead. Detectives are investigating events leading up… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest Lafayette teen accused of drive-by shooting

Photo provided by the LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Drayfus Bob, 18, of Lafayette, is accused of two counts of attempted first-degree murder in a Feb. 8, 2016, drive-by shooting incident in which a 45-year-old man was shot in the head. A second person targeted in the shooting, a 40-year-old man, was uninjured.

Police on Friday arrested a Lafayette teenager accused of shooting two people earlier in the week after finding the suspect hidden in a relative’s closet. Drayfus Bob, 18, was booked on two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting, in which a 40-year-old man was shot in the head, according to a news release from… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 12

Arrests posted Feb. 11, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. KRISTYN C. ALBARADO: 29, of the 200 block of High Meadows Boulevard, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; municipal purposes; not having a driver’s license; and residential parking permit violation. DAISY ARCENEAUX: 41, of the 600 block… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Florida man’s nervousness leads to his arrest; police find $72,100 in car’s trunk

Baton Rouge police say a Miami man’s nervous behavior — heavy breathing and a heart beating so hard an officer claimed he could see it throbbing through the man’s shirt — led to the discovery of more than $72,000 cash during a December traffic stop. On Wednesday, authorities booked the driver, Charles Jackson, 34, into Parish Prison… Continue reading →

State commission to see if state troopers OK’d money for political candidates, including Gov. Edwards

Faced with information that a private organization used money from state troopers to donate to politicians, including Gov. John Bel Edwards — prompting Edwards to return the cash — the Louisiana State Police Commission said Thursday it will investigate whether any active troopers were involved in the decision to endorse or give funds to candidates. The… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Jessica Coates, 29, 7174 Lemon Road, Slaughter, first-offense DWI. Sharocka Jack, 32, 8939 Jefferson… Continue reading →

Nine arrested, three more sought in Acadiana drug prescription fraud ring

Photos provided by LAFAYETTE METRO NARCOTICS TASK FORCE -- Pictured from left are Neal Allan Begnaud; Kristoffer Seth Bonin; Jon Paul Boudreaux; Timothy Paul Boudreaux; Robert Gregory Brazell; Colby James Courville; Nicholas Jude Courville; Jason Paul Delafosse; Zachary Michael Lee; Gary Gustave Martin Jr.; Thea Rae Sonnier; and Grant F. Vercher.

Authorities on Thursday made another nine arrests and are searching for three more people in a prescription fraud ring in which faked documents were created to get an assortment of pills to sell for profit. Those arrested are accused of using the names of Acadiana-area doctors on more than 150 fraudulent prescriptions for drugs including oxycodone… Continue reading →

Police: Mother, father, brother pull guns, shoot at woman, boyfriend at Highland Road park

A Prairieville family’s armed confrontation with their daughter and her boyfriend at BREC’s Highland Road Community Park Tuesday night led to gunfire — and landed the victim’s mother, father and brother in jail on attempted murder and other counts. The trio — Thaddeus J. Vallery Sr., 48, and Tiffany Vallery, 43, the victim’s parents, and Thaddeus J.… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 11

Arrests posted Feb. 10, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. JONATHAN WAYNE AUBREY: 32, of the 300 block of Hibou Road, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. STEVEN J. BENOIT: 59, of the 100 block of Gaynor Drive, Scott. He was booked on hold for St. Landry Parish.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man surrenders in shooting death of car wash employee

Gregory Netter

A 57-year-old man surrendered Wednesday after he was identified as a suspect in the Tuesday killing of a Scenic Highway car wash employee. Gregory Netter is accused of killing Robert Harrison, also 57, with a single gunshot after the two got into an argument at the car wash at the corner of Scenic Highway and 69th Avenue… Continue reading →

Six suspected of DWI between Monday, Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Monday and noon Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Drake Critney, 33, 7624 Kim St., Addis, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, possession of alcoholic… Continue reading →

Traffic stop near Henderson leads to discovery of 202 pounts of marijuana in Tennessee man’s truck

A traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Henderson on Wednesday led to the arrest of a Tennessee man found with 202 pounds of marijuana in his truck, Louisiana State Police said. Michael Willis, 59, of LaFollette, Tennessee, was booked on possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a search revealed he had the large quantity of the… Continue reading →

Iberville Sheriff: Baton Rouge man fatally shoots self in head Wednesday while driving on I-10 near Whiskey Bay

Iberville Parish detectives said they don’t know why a 21-year-old Baton Rouge man shot himself in the head Wednesday morning while driving westbound on Interstate 10 over the Atchafalaya Basin, causing a two-hour backup near the Whiskey Bay exit. “We’re just thankful he didn’t cause any other accident,” Maj. Ronnie Hebert, with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Vacant house fire on Victoria Drive ruled arson, BRFD says

A fire in a vacant house on Victoria Drive early Wednesday has been ruled arson, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said. Firefighters arrived at the home in the 2900 block of Victoria Drive shortly after 4 a.m. to find smoke coming from the house, BRFD spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release. The fire then began going… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge woman, claiming excessive radiation exposure, alleged to have threatened to shoot up hospital

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for the woman accused of threatening to shoot up a local hospital after claiming she received excessive radiation during a January visit. Desirie Coler, 48, had filed a complaint with her insurance provider Jan. 29 claiming she had been exposed to excessive radiation at the hospital, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 9

Arrests posted Feb. 8, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. IZELL WILSON ANDRUS: 23, of the 200 block of Peppermill Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on operating a vehicle with a suspended license and shoplifting. RYHEEM JOSEPH AUGUSTINE: 18, of the 400 block of Edison Street, Lafayette. He… Continue reading →

Patterson man accused of molesting 9-year-old girl

A 20-year-old Patterson man arrested on Friday is accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old girl. Joshua T. Miller, 20, 117 Laura Drive, was booked on a warrant for aggravated crime against nature, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined Miller touched the girl inappropriately when she was 9 years old, although the Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Victor White III's family, supporters refuse to accept narrative he shot himself while cuffed in Iberia Sheriff’s vehicle

Photo by LANIE LEE COOK -- Surrounded by supporters and members of the Lafayette NAACP, the Rev. Victor White Sr., of Alexandria, speaks to the media on Feb. 8, 2016, about the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Office's announcement that no criminal charges will be filed in the shooting death of his son, Victor White III, while handcuffed in the back of an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy's car.

Acadiana-area residents who have protested Victor White III’s death while in Iberia Parish police custody gathered Monday in Lafayette to reiterate their continued support for the 22-year-old’s family after state and federal prosecutors closed the door on potential criminal charges in the case. At Imani Temple on East Willow Street — a familiar setting for a… Continue reading →