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Former LSU tight end pleads guilty in truck stop shooting

Demetri Robinson

A former LSU football player is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2011 shooting at a Port Allen truck stop. Demetri Robinson, 5223 Sand Drive, Port Allen, entered his plea in the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday — a day before he… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 20, 2014

A Lafayette woman attempting to cross U.S. 90 near Garber Road was killed shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning after she was struck by a truck, police said. Police said Vivian Sue Travis, 56, who died at the scene, was attempting to cross the highway when she was struck by the passenger side mirror of… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused in rash of Ascension auto burglaries

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man Tuesday in a rash of vehicle burglaries last month in the Geismar area, Maj. Kevin Hanna said. Tyree Davison, 18, was booked with 18 counts of simple vehicle burglary along with other related counts. The thefts of wallets, a gun, electronics, loose… Continue reading →

Accident shuts down U.S. 90 southbound

LAFAYETTE — A woman is dead after she was struck by a truck this morning in Lafayette, an accident that has shut a section of the southbound thoroughfare, city police reported. The crash took place just before 6 a.m. near the corner of U.S. 90 and Garber Road. Police have closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 90 at Verot… Continue reading →

Burglaries leave dozens of large vehicles bereft of batteries

Craig Tolliver

Baton Rouge police investigators watched the green 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe they had been following pull into the Winn-Dixie parking lot early Monday and drive up to several parked school buses. They had suspected the Tahoe’s driver, Craig Tolliver, 42, was behind a series of vehicle burglaries in Baton Rouge since May that left dozens of big rigs,… Continue reading →

Family tries to make sense of shooting that killed 7 year old

Terry and Felicia Coleman hold pictures of their three children the day after two of them were shot on Prescott Road while the family was heading home from a family reunion in Clinton. Terrez, center, was fatally shot. His sister, Te'lia, left, was grazed by the same bullet that killed her brother. Ty'lia, Te'lia's twin sister, tried to resuscitate her brother after he was shot.

A single bullet fired Saturday night into a car carrying a family of five took the life of a vibrant, polite and thoughtful child, leaving the authorities and the boy’s family searching for answers. With the killer of Terrez Coleman, 7, still on the loose, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday implored anyone with… Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for Aug. 19, 2014

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a 22-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. The girl told investigators that Alvin Daniels also twice accosted her sexually between September 2013 and April 6, 2014, according to the arrest warrant. Daniels, 9368 Moss… Continue reading →

Man booked, 4 injured in St. Martinville shooting

Dequincy Lewis

Sheriff: Body found in Donaldsonville is missing teen

Brandon Augusta

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday confirmed that a body discovered Thursday on the levee in Donaldsonville is that of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta, who was reported missing Aug. 10, Chief Tony Bacala said. Bacala said Augusta’s death is a homicide, but he would not disclose how he was killed. The deputy… Continue reading →

St. Amant woman hit by truck after getting her mail

St. Mary Parish inmates accused in beating of other inmate

Seven inmates at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center have been accused of beating another inmate in the parish jail, causing injuries that sent the victim to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said. The attack occurred Friday, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said. “Deputies observed a 46… Continue reading →

Romanian immigrant booked on DWI after crash

A Romanian immigrant who allegedly was driving drunk and passing vehicles in Scott when he hit another car Sunday, a crash that trapped the driver of the other vehicle before emergency workers could free him, officials said. Officers booked Popa Ionel, 47, on several counts, including operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Scott… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man killed in crash Sunday

A 52-year-old man was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash after his vehicle veered off the road, struck a tree and overturned in Breaux Bridge, officials said. Daniel Benoit, of Breaux Bridge, was driving east in the 1100 block of Hebert Avenue when he crashed, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maj.… Continue reading →

Woman killed in car crash in West Feliciana Parish

A 58-year-old woman was killed Sunday evening when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle on U.S. 61 just north of Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish, State Police said. Sharron Villere, of Jackson, was not wearing a seat belt when she crossed the southbound lane shortly after 7 p.m. trying to get to the… Continue reading →

Charges won’t be filed against Baton Rouge singer

Allison Collins

Prosecutors will not file charges against Baton Rouge singer Allison Collins following her February arrest on domestic abuse violence, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Collins presented his office with some credible evidence about what happened Dec. 21, the night the incident was said to have occurred.… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Lafayette Police say a suspect in a drive-by shooting turned himself in on Sunday. Charles Guidry Jr., 57, of Lafayette, is suspected of firing a gun Saturday at another driver while driving on Martial Avenue, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette Police spokesman. Police believe… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 17, 2014

Two shootings unfolded in a 12-hour span in Lafayette, police say. In the first shooting, at 4 p.m. Friday, a man driving down Martial Avenue became enraged at another driver for unknown reasons and fired a single pistol shot at the driver’s car, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a… Continue reading →

Broken light bulb ignites house fire

A broken light bulb ignited a house fire on Beech Street late Friday, but the homeowner escaped unharmed, the Fire Department said. The fire at 4655 Beech St., started about 10:10 p.m. Friday, Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, said Saturday. Firefighters encountered smoke when they got into the home and flames in a… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 16, 2014

Two Iota men suspected of home invasion and attempted murder were arrested Thursday, with one leading Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputies on a six-hour search of woods off Eunice Iota Highway, police said. Billy West, 37, and James Rozas, 26, were booked on counts of attempted second-degree murder, home invasion and criminal damage… Continue reading →

Authorities identify Crowley man shot by police

A man fatally shot by Crowley police officers after he reportedly shot at them during a disturbance call Monday has been identified as 53-year-old Melvin Leblanc of Crowley, according to State Police. State Police Master Trooper Brooks David said Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson contacted State Police Monday afternoon regarding an officer-involved shooting… Continue reading →

Morgan City sisters accused of exploiting elderly woman

Two sisters are accused of neglecting an elderly disabled woman in their care and stealing the victim’s money, officials said. Heaven Daigle, 21, was booked Thursday on counts of cruelty to the infirm, exploitation of the infirm and on a warrant for unauthorized use of a bank access card. Her sister, Bethany… Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for Aug. 15, 2014

Baton Rouge police arrested a suspect in the fatal Tuesday night shooting of Kedrick Ricard outside of an apartment complex on North Ardenwood Drive. Police identified the suspect Wednesday morning as Eric Johnson, 25, and arrested him later in the day in the 3200 block of Plank Road,… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 15, 2014

A woman awakened by someone busting through her front door escaped a fire at her mobile home near Duson early Thursday that was deliberately set, officials said. Her dog, however, was unable to get out. The fire at 2013 Denias Road was reported at 2:49 a.m. and drew a response from firefighters… Continue reading →

Angola maintenance worker accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate

Danny Daniel

A maintenance worker at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate, has been arrested on a felony count of malfeasance in office, the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning. Danny B. Daniel, 64, of 11646 Powell Station Road in St. Francisville, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon with the prison’s… Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs, Aug. 14, 2014

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested the last assailant in an alleged robbery set-up of a man who the accused mastermind claimed was known for luring women to his house by promising them money. On April 14, Kyaisha Gross, 19, let the victim pick… Continue reading →

One dead, another injured in shootings on Winbourne

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- District Attorney Hillar Moore III, right, arrives at the scene walking past the coroner's van. BRPD is investigating a double shooting in the 3800 block of Winbourne Avenue. It appears a man shot a woman then shot himself. He was dead at the scene while she was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

The 54-year-old caretaker raised her arms over her face and begged not to be shot again. But Darrow Davis — who police said would later turn the gun on himself — was insistent, a neighbor recalled. “I’m going to kill you,” he said, looming over Sheila Martin, who sat in a metal chair outside St. Theresa’s Apartments.… Continue reading →

Lafayette woman booked in death of 3-year-old daughter

Sara Leblanc

City police have arrested a Lafayette woman suspected of allowing her 3-year-old daughter to die of hypothermia brought on by dehydration and starvation. Sarah Leblanc, 27 also is accused of lying to police about where she was the day her child died — July 24, officials said. Leblanc was booked… Continue reading →

Bicyclist killed when he turns in front of pickup

A 57-year-old bicyclist was killed Monday when he turned in front of a pickup truck on Roselawn Drive at around 6 p.m. James McCarthy, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said. The accident occurred at the intersection of Roselawn and Dicarlo Drive, Mouton said.… Continue reading →