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Thieves distract clerk, steal from cash register, Gonzales police claim

Provided by Gonzales Police Department -- Suspect 2, who walks with noticeable limp, is accused of helping distract workers at Wright's Furniture store in Gonzales Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, with a female accomplice while a second accomplice stole from the store cash register.

City police officers were looking Friday for two men and a woman who worked together to distract sales staff at Wright’s Furniture earlier this week so one of them could steal money from the cash register. Det. Sgt. Steven Nethken said Friday two of the thieves posed as customers, even lying on… Continue reading →

Firefighters push back against city; will ask for higher raises

Frustrated Baton Rouge firefighters irritated by a proposed city pay plan they saw for the first time this week say they’ll submit a counter offer seeking higher wages without cuts in benefits. William Daniel, the mayor-president’s chief administrative officer, has proposed a 2 percent pay raise with cuts to benefits for city employees that… Continue reading →

Second person dies following Monday crash on La. 1

A second person has died from a head-on crash on La. 1 in Assumption Parish Monday that already claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl earlier this week. Brandon Pennison, 34, of Gray, was declared deceased Thursday at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, a hospital spokeswoman… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Man booked in shooting injury also accused in 2012 slaying

Shooting suspect also accused in ’12 slaying Days after police arrested a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man in a shooting that left one person critically injured, police are now accusing that man of a 2012 slaying. Early Thursday morning, Baton Rouge Police re-arrested Christopher Noble, who was still in jail on charges involving a shooting injury earlier this month, and… Continue reading →

2 arrested on drug charges in Ascension

jeffery Ricard

Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested two men on cocaine and heroin dealing counts, finding a handgun and more than $4,000 in a home they searched after having it under surveillance for two months. Jeffery Ricard Jr., 23, 14514 Oak Meadow St., Gonzales, and Quanmaine Scott, 20, 10196 Burnside St., Convent,… Continue reading →

Fire marshal: Thefts of brass fire sprinklers on the rise

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Chief Butch Browning, of the State Fire Marshal's Office, speaks during a press conference on Thursday after his office launched an investigation into the theft of brass connections that have been stolen from the Ochsner Medical Center, a mall theatre and a department in store in Kenner. The devices allow fire departments to pump much-needed water into burning buildings and ensure that fire pumps are operating properly. These connectors are also an integral part of fire sprinkler systems and fire pumps that are installed in thousands of commercial and residential buildings throughout Louisiana, including hotels, schools, nursing homes and theaters.

Police and fire authorities are expanding their investigation into a recent string of fire sprinkler thefts across southeast Louisiana. Thefts of the brass sprinklers are on the rise, as the devices can be sold at recycling centers for several hundred dollars apiece, the state Fire Marshal’s Office said at a news conference Thursday. “In times that… Continue reading →

Man free on $100,000 bail in drug case arrested again

Moses Diggs

Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents arrested a Gonzales man — out of jail on bail for pending drug distribution charges and living near Gonzales Middle School and Tee-Joe Gonzales Park — on heroin distribution and other illegal drug counts after an undercover sting. Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies purchased heroin from… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man arrested in Port Allen murder

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Thursday and are trying to determine whether a second person was involved in a fatal shooting Monday night in Port Allen, Chief Esdron Brown said Thursday. Police arrested Javonte T. Morgan, 19, on counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, Brown said.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Arrest made in shooting death of man fixing tire

Albert Youngblood

Baton Rouge Police arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a 23-year-old who was trying to fix one of the wheels of his car on Sept. 27. The incident began when the victim, Johnny Price, and his female passenger pulled to… Continue reading →

Man booked after fleeing from Assumption deputies in drug sting

Landon Glaviana of Donaldsonvile was arrested Oct. 27 after a 100 mph car flight and possession of marijuana.

A Donaldsonville man was arrested Monday after fleeing in his car at speeds over 100 mph from officers who had appeared as he sold synthetic marijuana in a sting by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Landon Glaviana, 20, 2269 La. 308, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: 4 booked in string of shootings, dozens of windows shattered

Photo provided by KATC -- Travis Smith, 20, was arrested Monday in connection with a string of drive-by shootings in Eunice.

Two adults and two minors were arrested early Monday morning in a string of drive-by shootings in which dozens of car windows and a handful of home windows were shattered, KATC-TV reported. Travis Smith, 20, and 18-year-old Nichole Fusilier — who is about seven months pregnant — were booked into the Acadia… Continue reading →

Downtown Lafayette nightclub faces possible license revocation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- NiteTown bar on Jefferson Street Wednesday in downtown Lafayette.

A Jefferson Street nightclub faces a potential suspension or revocation of its liquor permit after netting third-offense citations in selling alcohol to minors. Six NiteTown employees were cited Saturday for 17 counts of selling to minors, authorities said, after a weekslong compliance check into underage alcohol sales. “It’s some pretty serious… Continue reading →

Escaped Baton Rouge trusty inmate recaptured

Kelvin J. Stampley

A trusty with the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison ran away from a crew of inmates cutting grass at a historic cemetery on Wednesday morning, tasting freedom for about an hour until authorities located him several miles away at his girlfriend’s house. The trusty, Kelvin J. Stampley, 29, took off running from the Sweet Olive Cemetery… Continue reading →

Sheriff: Woman in critical condition after Pigeon Coop bar co-owner tosses her out

Caleb Thurman

Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputies jailed a Bayou Pigeon man Tuesday after he shoved a woman out the door of his bar over the weekend with enough force that she fell, landed on her head and suffered a serious injury, Sheriff Brett Stassi said. Deputies arrested Caleb Thurman, 24, a co-owner of the Pigeon Coop bar, on… Continue reading →

Rodney Rhodes, son of Assumption Parish School Board candidate, arrested in armed robbery of Napoleonville convenience store

Assumption Parish deputies arrested a Paincourtville man in the Sunday night armed robbery of a convenience store and are trying to determine whether he acted alone, the sheriff said Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators said they believe Rodney P. Rhodes II, 21, 5974 La. 308, Paincourtville, entered Popingo’s on La. 1 in Napoleonville wearing a… Continue reading →

Victim identified in fatal Baton Rouge shooting Tuesday night

Advocate Staff Photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A woman described by bystanders to be the mother of the victim, turns away after talking with a police officer at the crime scene on North 49th Street Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a Tuesday night fatal shooting that occurred on North 49th Street just north of Gus Young Avenue, police said. Marvin, Lewis, 17, was killed, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said Wednesday. Another person who detectives believe was connected to the shooting is injured and at a hospital,… Continue reading →

Walker woman dies in two-vehicle collision

A Walker woman died from injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on Arnold Road in Livingston Parish, State Police said Tuesday night. Sylena N. McNeil, 31, was driving westbound in a 1999 Saturn SC at about 3:45 p.m. when her car began to drift off the road, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer, a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Man, seeking gas money, grazed by bullet

Baton Rouge Police Detectives are attempting to identify the individuals in the attached photographs who are responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries and around twenty-four attempt vehicle burglaries, which occurred at the Magnolia Gardens Apartments, 8820 Greenwell Springs Rd., on October 19, 2014 around 2:19am.  The two subjects were observed on video surveillance walking throughout the parking lot with flashlights pulling on door handles of the vehicles parked in the complex.  Anyone with any information on the identity of these individuals is urged to contact the Burglary Division at 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Baton Rouge police arrested a man early Monday accused of shooting at another man, whose head was grazed by a bullet. The victim told police he sent a text message to a female friend asking for gas money Monday about 5:45 a.m. The victim arranged to meet the friend at the CVS pharmacy at 2520 Plank… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Cottonport man suspected in carjacking of UL-Lafayette student

Photo provided by the the Crowley Police Department  --  Carlos Hubbard, 48, of Crowley, was arrested for possession of crack-cocaine during a traffic stop Monday.

A Cottonport man named a suspect in the Sept. 23 attack and carjacking of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student was booked Saturday on an unrelated charge into the Avoyelles Parish Prison, authorities said.. Two warrants were issued out of Lafayette Tuesday for 36-year-old Eric C. Dupas, who is… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police try to identify burglars caught on film

Baton Rouge Police Detectives are attempting to identify the individuals in the attached photographs who are responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries and around twenty-four attempt vehicle burglaries, which occurred at the Magnolia Gardens Apartments, 8820 Greenwell Springs Rd., on October 19, 2014 around 2:19am.  The two subjects were observed on video surveillance walking throughout the parking lot with flashlights pulling on door handles of the vehicles parked in the complex.  Anyone with any information on the identity of these individuals is urged to contact the Burglary Division at 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Baton Rouge police are trying to identify two people caught on film burglarizing two vehicles and attempting to burglarize 24 other vehicles earlier this month. Surveillance footage shows the two burglars breaking into the cars around 2:19 a.m. Oct. 19 outside the Magnolia Apartments, 8820 Greenwell Springs Road. Police asked anyone… Continue reading →

Suspect named in attack, carjacking of UL Lafayette student

A Cottonport man has been named as a suspect in the Sept. 23 attack and carjacking of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student. Two warrants were issued for 36-year-old Eric C. Dupas, who is accused of carjacking and second-degree kidnapping in the incident on Oak Crest Drive, said Cpl. Paul Mouton,… Continue reading →

Family adds to reward for information on Opelousas woman’s killing

Photo from KATC TV  --  Marjorie Taylor, 66, was found dead in her home in the 100 block of Salvador Street on the morning of Sept. 17. Investigators have not released her cause of death, but they have ruled it a homicide.

The family of Margie Taylor, whose Sept. 17 homicide remains unsolved, has collected $2,135 to add to the reward money being offered for information leading to her killer’s arrest. The funds would be in addition to the $2,500 in cash already committed by St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers, bringing the… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist dies in Iberia Parish crash

NEW IBERIA (AP) — State police say a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 14 has claimed the life of a 42-year-old Jeanerette man. Master Trooper Brooks David says Michael Dooley of New Iberia was traveling west on Highway 14 Monday night when he turned left into the path of a motorcycle. He says the driver of… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Man accused of placing pipe bomb in pickup truck

Nicole Brown

Baton Rouge police arrested a Port Allen man accused of placing a pipe bomb in the fuel tank filler neck of a pickup Sunday right after setting a towel doused in accelerant on fire in the bed of the same pickup. A witness told… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Franklin man pleads guilty in child porn case

A Franklin man has pleaded guilty to keeping hardcore child pornography on his computer, where federal and state agents found at least 230 images and 88 videos. Tommie Joseph Beason, 37, on Monday pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard Haik to one count of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephanie… Continue reading →

Report: Judge sets bond at $1M for ex-Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. holds up documents during Sorrento's city council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Longanecker was arrested Thursday morning on child pornography counts after a joint cyber-crime investigation by state and parish law enforcement officials.

A judge set bond Monday at more than $1 million for former Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr., who was arrested last week in a multiagency child pornography sting, according to a WBRZ report. Investigators who searched Longanecker’s three-story, columned home at 7284 Main St. last Thursday found 40 pornography videos of children between the ages… Continue reading →

KATC-TV: Acadiana veterinarian among 4 killed in Kentucky shooting

Photo from KATC.com -- Emily K. Champion

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police have released the identities of four people, including a Louisiana woman, who were found shot to death in a western Kentucky home. KATC-TV in Lafayette reports one of the victims, Emily K. Champion, 31, was an Acadiana equine veterinarian. Police say two of the victims were Champion’s parents,… Continue reading →

Budget axe falling on downtown Lafayette police patrols

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- A Lafayette Police Department security detail is parked near the intersection of Jefferson and Vermilion streets in downtown Lafayette in this file photo from 2012. The city-parish is half of it's resources to fund the extra security needed to patrol downtown bars on the weekends on Nov. 1.

A fund that pays off-duty police officers overtime rates to patrol downtown Lafayette’s bustling nightlife scene will lose half its resources when the city-parish government’s new budget goes into effect Nov. 1. The change means — for now — fewer officers will work the detail, and on-duty officers will be… Continue reading →

Deputies: Alcohol, drugs and gun found in man’s truck after LSU game

William Andrepont

Sheriff’s deputies say a Baton Rouge man, accused of drunken driving, crashed his truck into a trailer used for catering a tailgating party on LSU’s campus after Saturday’s game — and deputies said that while searching his car, they found a gun, an open container of alcohol and… Continue reading →

Brothers killed in single-vehicle wreck

Brothers in a speeding Corvette died early Sunday when the driver lost control, causing the car to go into a spin and strike several trees, ejecting the unrestrained men. Todd Ponville, 48, Pierre Part, and his brother, Troy, 49, Napoleonville, died at the scene of the wreck on La. 70 in Assumption Parish, State Police said… Continue reading →

St. Mary inmate found dead and other Acadiana area police news

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

BR police seeking man in attempted robbery of O’Neal Lane restaurant

Attempted Armed Robbery Suspect

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man in a Ford Explorer who wore blue latex gloves while trying to rob a McDonald’s drive-through window on Saturday morning. When the man stopped at the window of the O’Neal Lane restaurant in a green 1990s-model Explorer at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday, he aimed what looked like a gun… Continue reading →

Jailer finds dead inmate in jailhouse bunk

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

Unrestrained Opelousas driver killed when ejected from SUV

An unrestrained Opelousas driver died Friday night when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit several objects before he was thrown from his SUV. Nicholas Lafleur, 28, was heading north on La. 105 south of Krotz Springs in St. Landry Parish when he lost control of his 2000 Explorer, State Police Master Trooper Brooks David… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist killed in Livingston Parish crash

A motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on La. 22, east of La. 16 in Livingston Parish, according to State Police. James B. Geter, 46, of Maurepas, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on La. 22 when he ran off the roadway to the left as he was… Continue reading →

Lee High teacher arrested for alleged lewd comments to student

Oscar C. Mays

A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities Friday morning after one of his former students accused him of making inappropriate comments to her at school on several occasions. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Oscar C. Mays, 50, on accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from the alleged… Continue reading →

University sends out warning text Friday morning, Lafayette police respond

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police sent an emergency notification to students Friday morning that a suicidal man suspected to have a gun was reported near campus.

LAFAYETTE — An unarmed man claiming to be suicidal near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday morning was admitted to a mental health facility for evaluation, authorities said. The university sent text alerts to students around 11 a.m. about a suicidal man “suspected to have a gun,” who was reported driving near McDonalds on Johnston… Continue reading →