Asst. principal booked in nude photos exchange with 15-year-old

Edwin James Chastang

An assistant principal at Southeast Middle School was arrested Tuesday after admitting to investigators he sent nude pictures of himself via Facebook to a 15-year-old girl one night while he was drunk. The admission by Edwin James Chastang, 42, comes about a month after the teen’s mother alerted police to the pictures on her daughter’s Facebook … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 23, 2014

Arrests posted July 22, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: SETH JOSEPH ADAMS: 27, of the 100 block of Street Of Love , Lafayette. He was booked on having open glass containers. MARK ANTHONY ALEX: 44, of the 100 block of North General Marshall Street, Lafayette. … Continue reading →

FBI: UL-Lafayette bomb threat suspect in custody

Photo provided by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office -- Devin Haywood

Man wounded multiple times in St. Gerard Street shooting

A Monday night shooting in the 5500 block of St. Gerard Street left a 23-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso, but his injuries are not considered life threatening, Baton Rouge police said. Officers responded at 11 p.m. to the LSU Urgent Care Clinic at 5439 Airline Highway, where the victim was taken … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 22, 2014

Damon Journet

State Police arrested a Kaplan man late Sunday in the hit-and-run death two weeks ago of a bicyclist on a road near Milton. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, was driving his 1997 Lincoln when he hit Lon Lomas, who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, State Police Trooper Brooks David said in a news release … Continue reading →

Ponchatoula teen missing in waters near Gulf Shores, Ala.

Chaston Brown

A search is ongoing in Alabama for a missing Ponchatoula teen last seen Sunday afternoon in the waters off a public beach in Gulf Shores. The Gulf Shores Police Department received a swimmer-in-distress call at about 4 p.m. Sunday for the 17-year-old boy, department spokesman Cpl. Josh Coleman said. Coleman did not name the teen, … Continue reading →

Police investigate shooting on Barber Street

Baton Rouge police investigate the Barber Street scene where a man collasped after being shot Monday.

A shooting Monday about noon near College Drive resulted in one man being hospitalized with serious injuries, Baton Rouge police said. The man — no age or name available — was shot on Barber Street, which branches off Bawell Street near College Drive, before he wandered over by some garbage cans outside of a nearby residence and … Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in July 7 hit-and-run bicyclist death

Fitzpatrick F. Doucette

State Police arrested a Kaplan man late Sunday in the hit-and-run death two weeks ago of a bicyclist on a road near Milton, police said. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, is suspected of driving his 1997 Lincoln and hitting Lon Lomas who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, Troop I Master Trooper … Continue reading →

Family escapes as Progress Road home burns

Advocate Staff file photo by Kerry Maloney

A family of three escaped unharmed as the back porch and attic of their home at 1012 Progress Road burned early Monday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 2:30 a.m. Monday and had the blaze under control by 2:38 a.m., department spokesman Curt Monte said in a press release. The fire did an … Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for July 21, 2014

A man suffering from gunshot wounds and found under a Mission Drive carport late Saturday has died, Baton Rouge Police said Sunday. Travis Denzel Polk, 21, 4808 Ritterman Ave., died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said … Continue reading →

Unattended pot believed to have touched off apartment fire

An unattended pot left on a stove is suspected as source of an apartment fire at the Spanish Villa Apartments that caused minimal damage to the unit. The tenant of Apt. 10 at Spanish Villa, 4380 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, was in the laundry room when the fire began shortly before 1:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt … Continue reading →

Arson suspected in vacant house fire

Baton Rouge fire investigators say someone set fire to a vacant home on Braddock Street early Sunday, causing $45,000 in damage. The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to 1562 Braddock St., about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Curte Monte, a Fire Department spokesman, said in a news release. Flames engulfed the back of the house by the … Continue reading →

Shooting victim found in lawn chair dies

A man suffering from gunshot wounds who was found under a Mission Drive carport late Saturday has died, Baton Rouge Police said on Sunday. Travis Denzel Polk, 21, 4808 Ritterman Ave., died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, police spokesman, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said on Sunday. Police responding to reports of a shooting … Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for July 20, 2014

Arrests posted July 19, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: DENZEL MEIGAL ARCENEAUX: 19, of the 1600 block of 12th Street, Lafayette. He was booked on indecent behavior with juveniles. TERRY BERNARD: 32, of the 200 block of E. Foch Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor … Continue reading →

Fire damages Arzi’s Cafe on Highland Road

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL BETHENCOURT -- Baton Rouge Fire Department was notified at 10:14 p.m. Friday night that there was an alert at Arzi's Cafe on Highland Road. The building fire was caused by what look to have been a fan motor located in the rear coner of the kitchen.

A fan motor in a Highland Road restaurant caught fire around 10 p.m. on Friday, sending smoke into the attics of three adjacent businesses, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said. Arzi’s Greek & Lebanese Cafe, 7329 Highland Road, was closed when a fan in the kitchen’s back corner sparked a fire that shot flames … Continue reading →

BR Police deem early morning fatal shooting as accidental

Tyrell King

A Baton Rouge man was arrested after he accidentally pulled the trigger of a handgun he was unloading in the predawn hours Saturday, killing Carl Joseph James Jr., police said. James was driving an SUV in the 8300 block of Scotland Avenue, between Scenic Highway and Swan Avenue, about 3 a.m. when he stopped at a red … Continue reading →

Former Ascension Parish fleet employee booked in fuel theft

Corey J. Richard

A former Ascension Parish fleet management employee has been arrested on theft and other counts and is accused of stealing more than $7,200 in gasoline, though sheriff’s investigators think the thefts could end up costing as much as $50,000. Ascension Parish sheriff’s investigators say Corey Richard, 36, 40492 Adele Road, Gonzales, used … Continue reading →

BR man sought in Gonzales aggravated assault

Royal Johnson

Gonzales police are seeking a Baton Rouge man whom witnesses said fired several shots into a Hamilton Street home Wednesday morning. The six people inside the home, ranging in age from 1 to 27, were unharmed, said Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken, with the Gonzales Police Department. The suspect, Royal Rosspeal Johnson, … Continue reading →

Man convicted of killing brother

A St. Mary Parish jury Thursday convicted a 28-year-old Berwick man of first-degree murder for killing his brother in 2007, a decision reached by the jury in 45 minutes, an official said. Christopher Horton, 28, was found guilty of tying Adam Horton with electrical cords and stabbing him in the chest at Adam … Continue reading →

Police and fire briefs for July 18, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man who they say punched his wife while she sat in a car with another man, and when the two drove away, followed and rammed them repeatedly, including into oncoming traffic. On the night of July 5, Elisah Jamar … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 18, 2014

Derrick D. Kelly, left, Jamarcus A. Gunner

Two men suspected of having illegal drugs led St. Mary Parish narcotics agents on a high-speed chase on U.S. 90 that ran other vehicles off the road and nearly hit pedestrians before the pursuit ended in Verdunville. The driver, Derrick Kelly, 19, of Franklin, was booked on one count each of improper … Continue reading →

Mexican national gets nearly 3 year sentence in BR gun case

A 30-year-old man was sentenced in federal court to nearly three years in prison on Thursday for being an illegal alien while possessing an assault-style shotgun, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. Juan Flores-Flores, of Mexico, had already been deported at least three times when Baton Rouge police searched his vehicle in January because it matched a … Continue reading →

Lafayette man booked in fatal shooting on South Buchanan

An 18-year-old Lafayette man was jailed Thursday in the shooting death of a man Wednesday night on South Buchanan Street, police said. Noah Keonolom was booked on one count of second-degree murder after 61-year-old Davis Thibodeaux died in a local hospital of a single gunshot wound, Lafayette police … Continue reading →

BRPD make arrest in fatal Wenonah Street shooting

Tajh Harris, the 21-year-old identified as a suspect in a fatal shooting on Wenonah Street on Saturday, has been arrested, police said. Harris, of 3434 Jackson Ave., turned himself in around 5 a.m. after a tip from Crime Stoppers. He was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, … Continue reading →

Drug suspects lead St. Mary agents on high-speed chase

Derrick D. Kelly, left, Jamarcus A. Gunner

Two men driving on U.S. 90 in Patterson who were suspected of having illegal drugs led St. Mary Parish narcotics agents on a high-speed chase that ran other vehicles off the road and nearly hit pedestrians before the pursuit ended in Verdunville, officials said. The driver, Derrick Kelly, … Continue reading →

One killed after pickup truck veers off I-10 near Rayne

One woman died Wednesday afternoon in Acadia Parish after a pickup truck hauling a triple-axle trailer veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occurred while Sandra Farris, 47, of Roxana, Illinois, was with her husband, Robert Farris, 55, and daughter Marissa Farris, 19, heading east on Interstate 10 near … Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 17, 2014

Arrests posted July 16, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: RAVEN NICOLE ALEXANDER: 34, of the 500 block of Orchid Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant. KEVIN JONES BERNARD: 37, of the 100 block of North Loop, Lafayette. He … Continue reading →

Mansion, luxury cars among drug ring spoils

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Authorities arrested the owner of this house on Centurion Avenue Tuesday on charges involving the illegal drug synthetic marijuana.

Armed with the spoils of a successful international drug smuggling operation, members of the ring began indulging themselves in a little of the good life — buying a Ferrari 599, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a BMW 550i and two Mercedes-Benz S550s. Now those lavish vehicles, along with four shared bank accounts, property holdings and more than $1 … Continue reading →

Mansion target in synthetic marijuana smuggling ring

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Authorities arrested the owner of this house on Centurion Avenue Tuesday on charges involving the illegal drug synthetic marijuana.

A Centurion Avenue mansion was raided Tuesday by federal agents as part of a five-state, 11-person indictment in an international synthetic marijuana smuggling ring that reached from China to New Jersey. Two Baton Rouge men — Tim Minh Tran and Ariel Dunn — were arrested Tuesday as part of the sweeping four-count indictment charging them with smuggling … Continue reading →

N.O. man nabbed in five-state, fake pot smuggling ring

Advocate file photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Synthetic marijuana.

Federal agents in New Orleans arrested one man as part of an alleged five-state, 11-person federal synthetic marijuana smuggling ring stretching from China to New Jersey. Liem Thanh Vu, age unknown, was arrested in connection with the international smuggling ring, U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said in a news release. Eight … Continue reading →

Acadiana police and fire briefs for July 16, 2014

Joseph Auguillard Jr.

Crowley police said they have arrested one person and anticipate further arrests in a fatal shooting early Monday on West Northern Boulevard. Shedrick Robinson, 22, of Crowley, was booked Monday night on one count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ryan Gums, Police Chief K.P. Gibson said. Gums, 23, also … Continue reading →