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Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 31

Arrests posted Aug. 30, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. ZATHADUES BERNARD: 21, of the 1400 block of W. Willow Street, Lafayette. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics; flight from an officer; aggravated flight from an officer; and lighted lamps are required. Korey Devon… Continue reading →

Ultralight pilot fell from about 100 feet in the sky Sunday, crashing near homes in St. Amant, Ascension authorities report

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --FAA officials investigate the scene where an ultralight aircraft crashed Sunday evening near Weber City Road in St. Amant. FAA official Jason Adame, left,  said the single-seat Quicksilver brand ultralight aircraft hit a tree and crashed into a field off La. 429. The unidentified pilot was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. Other officials are, left to right Jonathan Stroot, Mike Aubry and Randy Otillio.

An ultralight aircraft crashed in Ascension Parish Sunday night near a road lined with houses but managed to miss hitting them, authorities said. The pilot, who was the only person injured in the crash, had moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital, said Allison B. Hudson, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office… Continue reading →

Subject of weekend manhunt in Livingston Parish turns himself in Monday, Sheriff’s Office reports

Johnathan Debacco

A Livingston Parish man wanted in a Saturday shooting of a 47-year-old man has surrendered, Sheriff Jason Ard reported Monday afternoon. Johnathan Debacco, 25, turned himself in at the Livingston Parish Detention Center without incident, Ard said. Debacco has been the subject of a Livingston Parish manhunt over the weekend and Ard sent a release… Continue reading →

New Roads man kills himself after accidentally shooting his brother with a handgun he thought was unloaded, St. Landry sheriff reports

Joshua Miller, 27, and Jeremiah Miller, 25

An Opelousas man shot himself late Sunday night after seeing that he had accidentally shot and killed his brother while they were playing with a handgun, St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz reported Monday. Two brothers died last night after a double shooting just outside of Opelousas. Guidroz said the shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

The Brittney Mills murder case has put Baton Rouge in the middle of the national cellphone encryption debate

Photo from Facebook -- Brittney Mills

Baton Rouge detectives can’t get into murder victim Brittney Mills’ iPhone, which they hope holds clues to a killing that so far has stumped them. Why would a cellphone be encrypted in a way that thwarts local police investigating a homicide? The answer lies in the fallout from Edward Snowden’s disclosure that the National… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Father accidentally strikes his 1-year-old child; punch meant for mother

Christopher Broadnax

A father accidentally struck his 1-year-old child while pummelling the baby’s mother Saturday night in Baton Rouge, a Sheriff’s Office affidavit says. The baby’s father, Christopher Broadnax, 41, was arrested Saturday on a count of domestic abuse battery and child endangerment, according to jail records. Broadnax, of the 1400 block of Jasper Avenue, Baton Rouge, was booked… Continue reading →

False alarm of gunman sends authorities rushing to OLOL Saturday night

Local police agencies rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Saturday night in response to a report there was a gunman inside the hospital, but the report turned out to be false. At least 20 units, from the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police rushed… Continue reading →

Livingston deputies searching for suspect who shot man in chest

Johnathan Debacco

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies were searching late Saturday for a man who is accused of shooting another man in the chest Saturday afternoon in Denham Springs, then running from the scene. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting at 32085 Burgess Road shortly after 3 p.m. and the victim… Continue reading →

Man booked on fourth-offense DWI among at least eight others booked between Friday, Saturday in East Baton Rouge

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated, one in his fourth offense, in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Joshua Frith, 25, 995 Plantation Drive, Sterlington, fourth-offense… Continue reading →

Man shot in arm on Sumrall Drive, police searching for shooter

A man running away from an assailant on Sumrall Drive was shot in the arm Friday night, according to Baton Rouge Police. Police responded to the scene at 7:10 p.m. in the 5900 block of Sumrall Drive but did not immediately locate the shooter. Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Aug. 29, 2015

Arrests posted Aug. 29, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: CODY DONALD ARCENEAUX: 26, of the 100 block of Frank Street, Lafayette. He was booked on aggravated battery; two counts of fugitive; and three counts of warrant/bench warrant. Brandy… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man with extensive criminal history sentenced for using false credentials to get two health industry jobs

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison after he was convicted of using false information to gain employment at two health care companies, acquiring almost $119,000 over a year. Walt Green, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, announced Larry D. Butler, 50, who was convicted of wire fraud and false… Continue reading →

Gramercy man arrested in Lafayette shooting death after going to pay a fine

Authorities in Jefferson Parish on Friday arrested a Gramercy man wanted in a Lafayette shooting death earlier in the week. Kendrick Anthony Fobb, 28, is accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of 51-year-old Christopher Isaac, who died Monday at his Lafayette apartment on Duval Street, according to the Lafayette Police Department. Fobb had gone to… Continue reading →

At least five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Thursday and Friday

Authorities arrested at least five 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: Lal Chuwan, 21, 373 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure… Continue reading →

Full gallon jugs of water smash into two moving vehicles Thursday in Ascension Parish; deputies are investigating

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating reports that vehicles have been hit with gallon jugs full of water, causing damage and forcing drivers off the road, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jennifer Lavergne, 29, of Gonzales, said she was driving west on La. 621 between La. 431 and Roddy Road about 8:30 p.m. to… Continue reading →

Man found shot on Wyandotte Street in Baton Rouge Friday dies

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge police work the scene of a shooting in the 3200 block of Wyandotte Street, Friday, August 28, 2015. Police found a 32-year-old man lying in the driveway of 3824 Wyandotte Street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds around 12:58pm. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Update 5:00 p.m.: The man was identified as Michael Jerome Howard, 32, 3824 Wyandotte St. An autopsy will be conducted Monday, authorities said. A 32-year-old found shot on a driveway in the 3800 block of Wyandotte Street in north Baton Rouge on Friday has died, said East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. Beau Clark.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man booked on murder count, accused of selling heroin to a man who overdosed and died in March

A 24-year-old man has been booked on a count of second-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of James “Alex” Brasfield on March 7. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Friday a witness has told investigators that Brandon Jamal Parker sold heroin to Brasfield on March 6. Brasfield went to his residence on Denham Road… Continue reading →

Gonzales man accused of sexually assaulting woman staying with him and his wife to attend nearby church

Carl McKinley

A 56-year-old Gonzales man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was staying with him and his wife at their home so she could attend an area church. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said detectives arrested Carl McKinley, 38373 La. 30, late Tuesday on counts of third-degree rape and sexual battery after investigating a sexual… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 28

Arrests posted Aug. 28, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: ALEXANDRA ELIZABETH ARDOIN: 18, homeless, Lafayette. She was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; misdemeanor distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics; and misdemeanor hit-and-run driving. THOMAS JOSEPH ARNAUD: 26,… Continue reading →

Gonzales man sought in cyber-stalking case also accused of assaulting the victim in Baton Rouge workplace

Keith Carlin

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking Keith Carlin, a Gonzales man wanted on allegations of cyberstalking and who is accused of assaulting the victim. According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Wiley, deputies began the investigation Wednesday after receiving information that Carlin, 30, was sending harassing and threatening messages via text messaging. Deputies also… Continue reading →

Small town of Sunset tries to make sense of Wednesday’s slayings — and loss of two beloved community members

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Wilbert Johnson and his daughter, Shaterral Johnson, talk Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, about the knife attack on his wife, Jacqueline, Shaterral's mother and daughters Shameka and Surlay Johnson, Shaterral's sisters, that occurred Wednesday evening on Anna Street in Sunset. Shameka Johnson and responding Sunset police Officer Henry Nelson, who was shot after his weapon was taken from him by the suspect, were both killed in the attack, police said.

He was somewhat of an outsider to this small town straddling a rural highway of antique shops, liquor stores and Cajun-inflected art and music joints. Those who knew the four Johnson sisters, one of whom was slain Wednesday and another critically knifed on the very lawn where they were raised in Sunset, population… Continue reading →

Gramercy man sought in Lafayette shooting death

Police on Thursday issued a first-degree murder warrant for a Gramercy man wanted in a Monday shooting death at a Lafayette apartment complex. Kendrick Anthony Fobb, 28, is accused of killing Christopher Isaac, 51, at his apartment in the 200 block of Duval Street, according to the Lafayette Police Department. Police are also searching for Dontae… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest student in bomb threat at Lafayette Middle School

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Lafayette Police and K-9 units respond to a bomb threat Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Lafayette Middle School in Lafayette, La.

A Lafayette Middle School student arrested Thursday is accused of scrawling a bomb threat on a bathroom wall, leading to the school’s evacuation. A school resource officer investigating the threat Wednesday identified a student believed responsible for the writing, which had caused the school’s students to be evacuated to a nearby elementary school while police swept and… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 27

Arrests posted Aug. 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. MONTANA JAMES ALLEMAN: 26, of the 1500 block of North Wilderness Trail, Carencro. He was booked on prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia). ENGLISH NICOLE ASBERRY: 31, of the 1600 block of East Simcoe Street, Lafayette. She was booked on identity theft and felony… Continue reading →

Five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Wednesday and Thursday

Authorities arrested at least five 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: Jordan Dowling, 24, 5437 Heidi’s Place, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper lane usage… Continue reading →

Man accused of 5th-offense DWI among two booked on DWI in Baton Rouge between Tuesday and Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated — one on fifth-offense DWI — 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: Brandon Burton, 43, 14824 Woodrow Kerr Road, Zachary,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of trying to smuggle phone hidden in a wheelchair to an inmate at parish jail

A 36-year-old Baton Rouge man is accused of trying to pass a phone hidden in a wheelchair to an East Baton Rouge Parish Prison inmate. Martin Rogers told a deputy he had a wheelchair to give to inmate Sherman Mealey, whose current wheelchair was broken, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report says. The wheelchairs were supposed… Continue reading →

In town where 'we know everybody,' tragedy crosses family lines: Slain police officer was suspect's cousin

Police Officer Henry Nelson, left, and Shameka Johnson were killed Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, when a man went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in the St. Landry town of Sunset.

The man accused of stabbing three people, one of whom died, and of then killing a Sunset police officer with his own gun before barricading himself inside a convenience store was a cousin of the slain officer, officials said. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said the officer who was killed was Henry Nelson, 51. Also… Continue reading →

Fireworks exploded to scare off stray dogs causes nearby Chitimacha school to be put in lockdown Wednesday

Gunfire reported Wednesday morning from a school on the Chitimacha reservation turned out to be neighbors popping fireworks to scare off stray dogs, police said. “The good thing was it did give the school a live drill, so to speak. And they performed flawlessly,” Chitimacha Tribal Police Chief Hal Hutchinson said. Chitimacha Tribal School administrators called… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police cars getting new look

Photos provided by Baton Rouge Police Department -- Baton Rouge police released a photo Wednesday showing the new graphic that will appear on the department's police cars this week. ORG XMIT: BAT1508261222421281

Baton Rouge police cars are getting a new look. The Police Department on Wednesday released a photo of an updated vehicle graphic that will appear on the department’s police cars this week. Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said the previous graphic has been in use since the early 1990s, and Police Chief Carl Dabadie was… Continue reading →

Lafayette police make arrest made in North Loop Street shooting

A Lafayette man accused of shooting and injuring two men last month on North Loop Street was in Lafayette Parish jail Wednesday, where he’s being held on two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police arrested Javari Guidry, 19, on Tuesday in the 300 block of Eric Street, Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 26

Arrests posted Aug. 25, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: BROOKE ELIZABETH ABSHIRE: 31, of the 7700 block of Sara Drive, Maurice. She was booked on simple burglary. RYAN MITCHELL ALEXANDER: 21, of the 100 block of Kevin Drive, Duson. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.… Continue reading →