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Police, fire report: Cigarettes, liquor up in smoke in store fire

Cigarettes, liquor and most of the merchandise in a Thomas Road convenience store were destroyed Monday in a fire that Baton Rouge fire officials are investigating. Firefighters arrived at 11:24 a.m. at the Stop-and-Go at 2650 Thomas Road where a fire was blazing behind the front counter of the store, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter: Johnston Street IberiaBank robbed

Two men robbed a branch of IberiaBank on Monday afternoon, with one remaining near the bank entrance while the other donned a Halloween mask and hat to rob the bank of an unknown amount of cash before both fled, officials said. The robbery occurred about 3:30 p.m. at the 3701 Johnston St. branch,… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville men arrested in store burglary; no stolen guns recovered

Jeremiah White

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Donaldsonville men in the Sept. 20 burglary of a Paincourtville hardware store where more than 25 handguns were stolen. But the semi-automatic pistols and few revolvers taken from Sagona’s True Value Hardware store on La. 1 in Assumption have not been found, and the case remains under investigation.… Continue reading →

Iberia sheriff investigating shooting at Sugar Cane Festival

An argument between two males at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival on Saturday resulted in one of them pulling a gun, firing and hitting a woman whose leg was grazed by the bullet, officials said. The victim, who was not identified, was treated and released at a Lafayette hospital, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Fire in convenience store on Thomas Road still a puzzle

Baton Rouge fire investigators are working to determine how a wall inside a convenience store on Thomas Road caught fire Monday morning. Firefighters arrived at the Stop-and-Go at 2650 Thomas Road at 11:24 a.m. and found the fire behind the front counter of the store, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said. The fire… Continue reading →

Suspected arsonist arrested after fire destroys Jefferson Highway apartment Sunday night

Photo provided by East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office -- Emergency responders work an apartment fire on Jefferson Highway on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. ORG XMIT: LXhRrBdC5N9EcpeiEMPC

A suspect has been arrested after an investigation determined a Sunday night apartment fire was the result of arson, Eldon Ledoux, a St. George Fire Department spokesman. Flames incinerated the Jefferson Highway apartment Sunday night, and the apartment’s occupant was detained after witnesses saw him shouting and arguing loudly with fellow tenants. That person was not identified… Continue reading →

Zachary man booked on cruelty to animals

Kelvin Gray

When Zachary police officers drove out to Avenue F on Saturday after they received a report saying a man was threatening to release his pit bull on neighbors, they found the dog with bite marks on her face and throat as if she had been in a… Continue reading →

Gameday: Law enforcement officers keeping the peace

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- An East Baton Rouge police officer rides a motorcycle Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 before the LSU football team walks down Victory Hill.

Tens of thousands of people flow into LSU’s campus on a handful of Saturdays every fall. It’s a significant swell of passionate football fans that demands a proportional influx of law enforcement officers from various Baton Rouge-area agencies. They can be seen riding horses and directing traffic, monitoring tailgates and leading the school’s famous marching band into… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man accused of lewd acts with teenage girl

Albert Fleming

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested early Saturday morning a registered sex offender accused of inappropriate acts with a 14-year-old girl. Deputies responded to a Donaldsonville home after witnesses said they saw Albert Fleming, 30, committing the lewd acts with a teen girl who had fallen asleep on the Donaldsonville home’s living room floor, said Chief Deputy… Continue reading →

Truck veers off road in Vermilion, slams into vacant house

State Police said an 18-wheeler veered off La. 82 in Vermilion Parish after the driver fell asleep and drove through 400 feet of an empty field before slamming into a vacant house at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The driver, who received minor injuries, was cited for careless operation of a vehicle, said Master Trooper Brooks David, a… Continue reading →

Warrant issued for Donaldsonville man in theft of guns

Kez Gipson

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Friday for a 20-year-old man they suspect broke into a Paincourtville hardware store on Sept. 21 and stole more than 25 handguns. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Saturday that authorities are searching for Kez Quintel Gipson, 509 Catadonna St., Donaldsonville, as a suspect in the burglary… Continue reading →

Pair arrested in burglary of Domino’s Pizza in Donaldsonville

Karnell Williams, left, and Devin Herbert

An employee of Domino’s Pizza in Donaldsonville and his cousin were arrested early Friday in connection with a burglary of the business, said Chief Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Karnell Williams, 21, and Devin Herbert, 19, were detained shortly after midnight during a traffic stop… Continue reading →

Crowley man booked with carnal knowledge

Alex Thomas

A Crowley man has been arrested on a count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, Crowley police said. Alex Thomas, 20, was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail with bond being set at $100,000, police said. “Our agency received a complaint from the juvenile victim’s guardian regarding the suspect and victim having sexual intercourse,” Chief… Continue reading →

Scott motorcyclist killed in late night Acadia Parish crash

A 54-year-old motorcyclist from Scott was killed Thursday night in a crash that occurred when a motorist turned in front of him on La. 343 in Acadia Parish, State Police said. Emile J. Sonnier was pronounced dead at a hospital after the 10:30 p.m. accident, Master Trooper Brooks David said. Sonnier was riding a 2007… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist dies after crash in Livingston Parish

State Police said a 35-year-old motorcyclist was killed Thursday night when his bike became airborne after driving onto an embankment alongside La. 22 in Livingston Parish. Troopers believe Irvin Lachney, of Maurepas, was speeding east on La. 22 near La. 16 on a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle when he drove into the wrong lane and through a ditch… Continue reading →

Lafayette culinary teacher accused of defrauding elderly person

Carlos Russo

A grand jury this week indicted a Lafayette chef and culinary teacher accused of stealing money from an elderly, disabled person. Carlos Russo, 59, a co-owner of The Accidental Chef Cooking School, allegedly stole the person’s money “through the execution of a fraudulent or deceitful scheme” from December 2012 until June… Continue reading →

Gonzales man accused in sexual battery of juvenile while on LSU campus for football games

LSU police arrested a Gonzales man Wednesday in the sexual assault of a teenage girl inside a recreational vehicle parked on the school’s campus for tailgating purposes during football games the past two weekends. A 16-year-old girl told investigators that Daniel J. Sanchez, 47, molested her Saturday night after his family and her family spent the… Continue reading →

Eunice man killed in two-vehicle accident in Acadia Parish

A Eunice man was killed early Thursday when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle on La. 13 north of La. 365 in Acadia Parish, State Police reported. Troopers said the crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. as Eric Bischoff, 36, was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan north on La. 13. A 2003… Continue reading →

Tree trimmer falls to his death when limb hits platform

A 44-year-old tree trimmer was killed Wednesday after a tree limb struck his elevated platform and sent him falling more than 40 feet to the ground, the West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office said. Calvin Lofton, of West Feliciana, was trimming trees near La. 10 on Joe Daniel Road in St. Francisville when the limb snapped back and hit… Continue reading →

Lafayette man dies from injuries in motorcycle accident

A Lafayette man riding a motorcycle was killed Wednesday when a pickup truck merged in front of him as they both headed south on Interstate 49 in St. Landry Parish, State Police said. Donald Royer, 67, was riding a Harley Davidson near milepost 14 when Willie Smith, 62, of Church Point, merged his truck in front of… Continue reading →

Bicyclist struck by car suffers critical injuries and other Acadiana area police news

A 27-year-old bicyclist on Wednesday remained in critical condition after she was struck from behind by a car traveling east on Fournerat Road in Acadia Parish on Tuesday, officials said. Jessica Randol was airlifted by medical personnel to a Lafayette hospital following the accident, in which a woman driving east struck Randol, knocking… Continue reading →

Sorrento couple arrested on weapons, drug counts, Sheriff’s Office reports

Donald and Chelsea Sanford

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sorrento couple at their home where they found drugs, tens of thousands in cash, four handguns and two bulletproof vests, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Donald Sanford, 36, unwittingly arranged for deputies to come to his home at 8210 Pond St., Lot 8, on Monday under the pretense of buying methamphetamine,… Continue reading →

Crowley authorities seek scam artist posing as detective

Crowley authorities are looking for a scam artist who they say is calling businesses claiming to be a police detective who needs the businesses’ credit card information, officials said. Police Chief K.P. Gibson said the caller, whose phone number is blocked, claims to be a detective with the police department’s fraud unit.… Continue reading →

Teen arrested as suspect in home invasion near Rayne

Acadia Parish authorities early Wednesday arrested a teenage boy in a suspected home invasion. Rayne police officers captured the teen when he reportedly tried to enter another home that was not his, officials said. Deputies were called at around 8 a.m. about a home invasion on the Interstate 10 service road near… Continue reading →

Man arrested for Whitney Bank robbery

Michael Rossi

A 24-year-old man accused of robbing the Whitney Bank on Coursey Blvd. last Friday has been arrested in South Carolina. Michael Rossi, whose photograph at the bank was released by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office last week, was identified with the assistance of his family members, who confirmed he was the person in the… Continue reading →

Gonzales police arrest two following violent weekend fight

Photo provided by Gonzales Police Department -- Childhood friends got into an argument that nearly turned deadly Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coon Trap Road in Gonzales, city police said. One man was stabbed multiple times with life-threatening wounds while the other man, who lives in the Palms and is accused in the stabbing, had broken bones in his face. Both men were arrested after they were released from the hospital, one of them on a attempted second-degree murder count of his friend, police said.

City police said they arrested childhood friends over a weekend fight that sent both men to the hospital, one with life-threatening stab wounds from a large survival knife. The violent fistfight in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coontrap Road started at 12:30 a.m. Sunday as an argument between… Continue reading →

Shooting victim hospitalized with serious injuries

Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting on West Johnson Street late Tuesday that left one man with life-threatening injuries. Capt. Ronald Norman with Baton Rouge police said Second District officers responded to 226 W. Johnson St. about 11:48 p.m. and found a 36-year-old man shot twice in the upper body. The shooting victim was transported… Continue reading →

Reward being offered in theft of guns from firearms dealer

Federal firearms agents in New Orleans and a firearms industry trade association are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the burglary of an undisclosed number of pistols and revolvers from an Assumption Parish hardware store. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Lafayette police look for carjacker

A woman was choked and thrown into the back seat of her Mustang on Tuesday morning by a carjacker who a short time later released the victim before fleeing in her car, police said. Lafayette police continued Tuesday evening to search for the man, who stole the woman’s car, her purse and… Continue reading →

Fire Department: Building fire on North Foster ‘suspicious’

Fire investigators are searching for clues in a vacant building on North Foster Drive where firefighters extinguished a blaze in a back room Tuesday morning. Mark Miles, spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department, called the fire “suspicious in nature” and said investigators have not determined the cause. Firefighters arrived at the building at 2045 N.… Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in two-year-old shooting death of Baton Rouge man

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Robbery and murder suspect Stanley Grigsby, 32, is escorted from the Louisiana State Violent Crimes office Tuesday by Baton  Rouge Police detectives Bryan Ballard, right and Scott Hodgins, left. In background is BRPD PIO Cpl L'Jean McKneely.

Armed with new evidence and eyewitness statements, Baton Rouge police detectives drove to Parish Prison on Tuesday and arrested Stanley Grigsby in the June 2012 robbery and shooting death of Columbus F. Milligan III. Grigsby, 32, has been arrested in a series of crimes in the Istrouma/Mohican-Prescott Crossover area, although convicted only twice. Police… Continue reading →