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Baton Rouge man accused of firing into crowd, wounding one

A Baton Rouge man accused of firing indiscriminately at a crowd of people gathered on a street in Mall City a week ago, sending one to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, was arrested late Thursday and booked into parish prison. The shooting occurred at 5:29 p.m. on April 17 in the 600… Continue reading →

Eight booked on 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: — Jamie Boudoin, 35, 13247 Palm St., Vacherie, first-offense DWI. — Christopher Gill, 46, 116… Continue reading →

Sister of man accused of breaking softball coach’s nose in Youngsville melee said to have withheld information from police

A Lafayette youth softball coach is expected to surrender to police Friday evening, accused of withholding information about the post-game brawl in Youngsville that began among teenagers and ended when an adult coach was slugged in the face. Charell Jackson, the 30-year-old head coach of the Brown Park Athletic Association’s U16 girls slow-pitch softball team, withheld information… Continue reading →

Agriculture exhibits at LSU give children hands-on lessons

Photo provided by Erin Hebert -- University Presbyterian Day School students look at baby alligators in a tank at the LSU AgCenter's AgMagic event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge.

Fish, farm animals and forestry may not seem like magical topics, but this weekend’s AgMagic event at LSU aims to inspire wonder in children about Louisiana agriculture. For the past week, AgMagic allowed children from across the state, most of them in early elementary school grades, to take a tour through various aspects of the… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge-area hospitals see spike in emergency visits linked to drug called ‘spice,’ part of a nationwide trend

For the first time, an overdose of synthetic marijuana has been listed as the sole cause of a death in East Baton Rouge Parish, the Coroner’s Office announced Friday. The 29-year-old died March 28, and his toxicology report was completed this week. “The main and only contributor to his death was the synthetic… Continue reading →

Violent crime overall takes a dip in Baton Rouge, but murders inched up from 49 cases in 2013 to 53 last year

Violent crime in Baton Rouge dropped a bit last year, reflecting a generally steady decline locally and nationally in homicides, rapes and robberies over the past several years. Nevertheless, homicides in Louisiana’s capital city ticked up by a few, according to crime statistics released Thursday by the Baton Rouge Police Department, even though the parish… Continue reading →

House fire in Baton Rouge linked to lit candle

A lit but forgotten candle in a rear bedroom set fire to a house at 3719 Tuscarora St. early Thursday morning, torching two bedrooms, forcing a family of seven to flee from the home and sending one adult to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Baton Rouge firefighters got the call at 2:19 a.m., reached the house… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest 4 on DWI from Wednesday to Thursday

Authorities arrested at least four 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: — Bradley Easley, 29, 1211 Applewood Road, Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI, refusal to test, improper lane… Continue reading →

Two brothers accused of passing counterfeit $10 bills in Ascension Parish

Randal Bridges has charges pending from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft. April 23, 2015.

GONZALES — A surveillance video and a Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to the identities of two brothers who were passing counterfeit money, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this month, the Sheriff’s Office began getting complaints from area stores and fast-food restaurants where people were passing counterfeit… Continue reading →

Woman killed in wreck on La. 30 in Gonzales

A passenger was killed Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident that left the driver in critical condition, the Gonzales Police Department said. The identities of the victims were being withheld Thursday afternoon pending notification of the families. The crash happened about 11 a.m. on La. 30 near South Philippe Street… Continue reading →

Troopers to conduct sobriety checkpoint Friday in Vermilion Parish

State Police say they plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday at an undisclosed location in Vermilion Parish. Troopers are calling the checkpoint a “No Refusal” operation, Troop I spokesman Brooks David said. Although the public reserves the right — no matter the occasion — to refuse a breath analysis measuring their level of intoxication,… Continue reading →

Boy Scout trailer packed with camping gear stolen from behind Prairieville church

A Boy Scout troop trailer loaded with tents, lanterns and other camping gear accumulated and handed down over the years was stolen between Monday and Wednesday from the church property where it was stored, a parent said Thursday. The theft was reported to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after a trustee… Continue reading →

Families shattered by murder gather in Baton Rouge for healing, support: ‘I don’t even know who did that to my baby,’ mother says in death of 7-year-old

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Felicia Young wipes away a tear as she tells the story of losing her 7-year-old son, Terrez Coleman, to a bullet fired into the family's vehicle while returning from a family reunion.  Coleman and her 11-year-old twin daughters, Te'Lia, center, and Ty'Lia, right were the guest speakers at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office's Evening of Remembrance 2015 at BREC's Independence Park Theatre Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  Seventy people ages 2 to 77 have fallen to violent crime since January 1, 2014.

Overwhelmed with grief as she described the stray bullet that pierced her car and struck her only son near the heart, Felicia Young found herself unable to continue. Words of encouragement from the audience, who could see their own struggles in hers, buoyed Young enough to voice the question that continues to plague her eight months… Continue reading →

Two booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Tuesday to Wednesday

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: Charles Campo, 50, 762 Waterton St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigating rash of Ford truck thefts

All but one of eight Ford pickup trucks stolen over the weekend in Lafayette have been recovered as police continue investigating who’s responsible for stealing the trucks and trying to sell them on Craigslist. Police said surveillance footage shows two men and two vehicles believed to be involved in the thefts but have not named any… Continue reading →

Caddo Parish district attorney found dead in Baton Rouge hotel room

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott, center, president of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association, speaks in front of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice in January 2014 at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Charles Rex Scott, Caddo Parish’s district attorney, was found dead Wednesday morning inside his hotel room at the Cook Hotel and Conference Center on LSU’s campus. Scott, the 67-year-old district attorney for the state’s 1st Judicial District who formerly served as a judge in northwest Louisiana for more than three decades, was found dead by… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge woman injured in April 16 crash dies of injuries

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge woman, who was injured in a single-vehicle crash on April 16 on Gardere Lane, has died as a result of her injuries, State Police reported Wednesday. State Police gave this account of the crash: Jonquelle Henry lost control of her vehicle around 11:40 p.m. on April 16 and struck a metal pole… Continue reading →

Arrests posted April 21, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website

MONTANA JAMES ALLEMAN: 26, of the 1500 block of Wilderness Trail, Carencro. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia). SCOTT L. BERCEGEAY: 51, of the 100 block of Aberdeen Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on cruelty to juveniles and misdemeanor distribution… Continue reading →

Fire causes moderate damage to Sonic on Coursey, one worker injured

A Tuesday evening fire at the Sonic Drive-In on Coursey Boulevard left one person injured and the fast food restaurant’s building moderately damaged, the St. George Fire Department said. St. George and Baton Rouge firefighters arrived at the Sonic, 11145 Coursey Blvd., a few minutes after 6 p.m. to find smoke billowing from the restaurant’s back… Continue reading →

Evangeline sheriff, Ville Platte police under federal investigation for possibly detaining people without probable cause

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday new investigations into whether two Evangeline Parish law enforcement agencies have been violating the Constitution and federal law by detaining people without probable cause. Authorities will determine whether the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Ville Platte Police Department have been misusing “investigative holds” to conduct unlawful… Continue reading →

Valero gas station robbed by armed man

Baton Rouge police are investigating the Monday night armed robbery of a gas station just south of LSU’s campus on Highland Road. A man armed with a silver handgun was caught on surveillance video robbing the Valero EZ Stop Express around 8:30 p.m., Baton Rouge police said. The man entered the store and approached the front… Continue reading →

Two arrested after 13 pit bulls, drugs found inside Uncas Street home

Tyrone Dyer

Baton Rouge police arrested two men Monday night for dog fighting after authorities discovered more than a dozen pit bulls covered with scars inside an Uncas Street home. Police officers also found “a stockpile of hypodermic needles and injectable canine medicines” inside the home at 3810 Uncas Street, according to a police report. The findings led… Continue reading →

Three accused of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish from Monday to Tuesday

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: Brennan Falcon, 19, 2315 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, underage first-offense DWI, disobeying a control device… Continue reading →

Carencro man sentenced in 2012 Lafayette traffic fatality

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Joey Fontenot, 23, of Carencro, was sentenced to prison time on April 20, 2015, for a vehicular homicide conviction in the 2012 death of 25-year-old Kelly Theriot of St. Martinville.

A Carencro man sentenced to prison Monday will serve at least three years on a vehicular homicide conviction in the 2012 death of 25-year-old Kelly Theriot. Joey Fontenot, 23, was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, but five years of the sentence were suspended and only three are to be served without the possibility of… Continue reading →

Christian Life Academy teacher arrested for alleged sex with student; boy's mom found texts from teacher on phone then reported her

Amber Anderson

Following an investigation sparked by a recent complaint from a Baton Rouge high school student’s mother, sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a Christian Life Academy teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with the student about two years ago. Amber Leigh Anderson, 27, a math teacher, engaged in the relationship with the student mostly during summer 2013… Continue reading →

Paincourtville man out on bail on armed robbery arrested again, this time in theft of four-wheeler

Rodney Paul Rhodes II

A man free on reduced bail for charges he robbed a convenience store last fall was arrested again after he was seen stealing a four-wheeler from someone’s driveway, Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Monday. Sheriff deputies tracked down Rodney Paul Rhodes II, 22, 5974 La. 308, Paincourtville, on Friday and arrested him… Continue reading →