Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 24, 2014

Detectives are investigating the Tuesday night robbery of the Chicken Shack restaurant on North Acadian Thruway. Two men armed with handguns entered the restaurant through an employee entrance shortly before 11 p.m. while employees were cleaning, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. … Continue reading →

Crime Blotter for April 24, 2014

Arrests posted April 23, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: JOHNNY ALEJANDRO III: 40, of the 100 block of Sun Village, Lafayette. He was booked on felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated. LONDON ALEX: 17, of the 200 block of Randolph Street, Lafayette. He was booked on … Continue reading →

Two booked in Gonzales on drug charges

A joint drug investigation in Gonzales led to the arrest of two people and seizure of illegal and prescription drugs, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday. Narcotics detectives with Gonzales Police and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office searched a home at 2014 E. Asphodel St. on Monday, after authorities received complaints that illegal … Continue reading →

BRPD investigating restaurant robbery.

Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating the armed robbery of the Chicken Shack restaurant on North Acadian Thruway Tuesday night, according to a statement issued by the BRPD Wednesday. Two men armed with handguns entered the restaurant through an employee entrance shortly before 11 p.m. while employees were cleaning, the statement said. The pair demanded employees … Continue reading →

BRPD reports major crime down 7.4 percent in 2013

Continuing a more than decade-long trend, crime in Baton Rouge decreased in 2013 from 2012, with violent crime dropping 15 percent, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Baton Rouge Police Department. The Uniform Crime Reporting numbers are submitted to the FBI, which combines them with statistics from 18,000 other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. … Continue reading →

Crime Blotter for April 23, 2014

Following a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 early Tuesday, Lafayette police booked a man on multiple counts of attempted murder after he shot into an Orchid Drive home that had a number of people inside, including the man’s ex-girlfriend, officials said. … Continue reading →

Lafayette man accused of shooting into house with 13 people inside

Kevin James Alexander

Following a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 early Tuesday, Lafayette police booked a man on multiple counts of attempted murder after the suspect reportedly shot into an Orchid Drive home that had a number of people inside, including the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, officials said. Kevin Alexander, 37, of Lafayette, was booked into the Lafayette … Continue reading →

5 arrested in attack on police

Baton Rouge police officers were attacked by members of a crowd as the officers were trying to break up a large party Sunday night at Kings Court Apartments after complaints of loud music, resulting in the arrests of five people. In a quick-moving sequence, officers arrested four people who tried attacking them or … Continue reading →

St. Landry invasion suspect dies in attack

Updated at 7:30 p.m. – St. Landry Parish investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that could explain why a man died last week as they say he wielded a cane knife and attacked a woman in her home. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Monday that Phillip Manuel, 52, of Opelousas, died early Thursday after he broke into … Continue reading →

Scott police: Man arrested after ‘huffing’ in mausoleum

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Scott police Saturday discovered a man unconscious in an Old Spanish Trail mausoleum, reportedly from inhaling the contents of an aerosol can in a practice called “huffing,” officials said. Thorne Martin, 26, was found passed out with the bottle of canned air in his hand, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger said in a … Continue reading →

State Police seek information on second car in Saturday fatality

Updated at 7:18 p.m. – NEW IBERIA — State troopers are looking for a vehicle they believe was involved in a Saturday night fatal crash on U.S. 90 in Iberia Parish. The crash happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 90 near La. 675 outside of New Iberia, said Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons, a State Police spokesman. Gonzalo Lopez, … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police briefs for April 20, 2014

Baton Rouge police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday accused of walking into a home on Spanish Town Road with two handguns and robbing three people. Police booked Brennon Ramon Armstrong, 2747 Huron St., Apt. 106, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, resisting an … Continue reading →

Lafayette police briefs for April 20, 2014

Lafayette police on Friday arrested a 21-year-old man accused of stealing a man’s cellphone and money in the 5700 block of Johnston Street, then trying to force the victim to go to an ATM and withdraw money, a police spokesman said. Jonathon Tyler Whitteker, of Lafayette, … Continue reading →

BR police dogs win top honors in contest

Omega, Gunner and Ranger were among the Baton Rouge police German shepherds that came away with honors at a Friday afternoon awards show following a week of competition in the United States Police Canine Region 10 field trials. The three-day competition, hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, featured dogs from agencies around the … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for April 19, 2014

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Driver killed, passenger injured in St. Landry crash

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for April 18, 2014

Atlas J. White

Police are looking for a Morgan City man accused of beating and raping a teenager, officials said Thursday. Atlas J. White, 22, 1352 Oil Tank Alley, is wanted on a warrant for aggravated rape and unauthorized entry of a home, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. … Continue reading →

Millage renewal on May 3 ballot for EBR fire district

Voters in the nearly 17-square-mile Fire Protection District 6 in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide May 3 whether to renew a property tax that helps cover payroll, fire hydrant rental fees and other district expenses. Early voting continues through Saturday. “If they want to continue getting the same service, that’s what it’s going … Continue reading →

Arrest made in June 9 slaying at Club Shenanigans

A 20-year old man was arrested Thursday on first-degree murder and other counts in the June 9 fatal shooting of Octavia Jackson, 27, at Club Shenanigans, 3964 Plank Road. Dannaryo Lathers, 20, 2245 Cunard Ave. was arrested on an additional three counts of attempted first degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, according to Baton Rouge … Continue reading →

Two Westdale students arrested, accused of terrorizing

Threats made on Instagram about a possible shooting on campus led to the arrests Thursday of two eighth-graders at Westdale Middle School. The two calls, one of which was received Wednesday evening, are not believed to have been related, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release. The Wednesday call was made … Continue reading →

4 jailed over girl’s claim of rape at hotel

Darrell Reed, left, Antonio Thomas, DeAndre Rideaux and Kenya Major,.

Deputies search river for man after family slayings

Ronald Green Jr., left, and Dewona Wright Green

The estranged wife of a Gonzales man accused of fatally shooting her and their son before possibly jumping to his own death Thursday off a Mississippi River bridge claimed in a series of court papers — some filed days before the slayings — that she had a turbulent marriage with … Continue reading →

Denham Springs man booked on DWI 6th offense

Acadiana police briefs for April 17, 2014

Oliver Jonathon Martin

Vermilion Parish firefighters who put out a vehicle fire near Maurice early Wednesday discovered two bodies inside, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies responded to the fire about 1 a.m. on Claude Road south of Maurice, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release. Couvillon said detectives are working with the Acadiana … Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for Thursday, April 17, 2014

A man who tried running from East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday inside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse was captured before he left the building. Zedrick Thomas, 23, 673 Fawn Lake Drive, Baton Rouge, was making a court appearance on a probation revocation hearing in … Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man accused in Iberville Parish slaying

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a Breaux Bridge man in the killing in January of an Iberville Parish man, officials said. Mark A. Roy, 44, was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home, sheriff’s Maj. Ginny Higgins said in a release. Roy is accused of killing Avery … Continue reading →

Crowley man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents this week arrested a Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond, Acadia Sheriff Wayne Melancon said. Jason Paul Mire, 39, of the 2700 block of Crowley Eunice Highway near Crowley, faces up to 10 years in prison at hard … Continue reading →

Smoke prompts evacuation of Shenandoah Elementary

A smoldering ceiling tile forced a temporary evacuation of Shenandoah Elementary School Wednesday morning after reports of smoke, the St. George Fire Department announced. Multiple units deployed to the school at 9:13 a.m., finding the tile in a classroom of Building B. “The school had been evacuated by staff, and all children were accounted for at … Continue reading →

Erwinville man dies in West Baton Rouge Parish crash

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An Erwinville man died early Wednesday after his eastbound 1998 Chevrolet Lumina left La. 620, struck a culvert and overturned, State Police said. Not wearing a seat belt, Rurid L. James, 56, was ejected from his car, suffering fatal injuries, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said. The accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on La. 620, … Continue reading →

Alsen couple shaken by family shooting outside home

Photo provided by the Gray family -- In an undated photo, Raymond Gray, left, stands with his son Jerry Gray, who was shot and killed Tuesday night. Eugene Cross, the son of Raymond Gray’s girlfriend, has been questioned but not arrested.

Raymond Gray and Betty Jean Cross were lying down Tuesday evening when they heard a doorbell, then the sound of three gunshots outside their Alsen home. The couple arose as quickly as they could, walked outside and found a scene they still have trouble comprehending. Gray’s son Jerry Gray, 52, lay in the … Continue reading →