Acadiana police and fire briefs for July 16, 2014

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 of Crowley, was shot multiple times in his upper torso and died at the scene in the 1400 block of West Northern Avenue near Buatt Street. The shooting occurred at around 2 a.m., Gibson said.

He said detectives and patrol officers are still investigating the circumstances leading to the killing.

“We are still working to verify the motive in this case,” Gibson said. “Our investigators have a long road ahead of them as we are seeking one of two other unidentified suspects who are believed to be involved in this senseless murder.”

Gibson is asking anyone with information about the killing to call (337) 789-TIPS. Cash rewards up to $1,000 are being offered for information that leads to arrests. Callers do not have to leave their names.

Bomb threat leads to evacuation, arrest

A drunk man at a truck stop called the Sheriff’s Office in nearby St. Martin Parish on Monday evening to report he’d placed a bomb at a Lafayette truck stop, prompting authorities to evacuate the business for an extensive search that yielded no explosives, officials said.

Joseph Oquinn, 55, of Parks, was “extremely intoxicated” when he called the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office a few minutes before 7 p.m., St. Martin Parish Maj. Ginny Higgins said.

Oquinn told dispatchers of “a possible bomb that he placed in the truck stop” located on the Evangeline Thruway, Higgins said. She did not identify the truck stop.

Oquinn was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on counts of terrorizing, disturbing the peace by intoxication, battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer and public intimidation.

The deputies conducting the search were helped by a bomb dog that sniffed the building, finding only an empty duffle bag that might have belonged to Oquinn.

Higgins did not indicate how long the truck stop was closed.

Breaux Bridge man booked in rape

A registered sex offender from Breaux Bridge has been arrested in a January rape after a months-long investigation and DNA evidence led detectives to the suspect, officials said.

Joseph Auguillard Jr., 29, was booked Tuesday on one count of forcible rape, and remains in jail on no bail, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Ginny Higgins said.

She said the rape occurred on Jan. 19.

“DNA evidence collected at the time of the assault linked it to the suspect,” Higgins said.

Synthetic pot bust nets two arrests in Opelousas

St. Landry Parish narcotics agents arrested a convenience store owner and a store employee Tuesday accused of selling illegal synthetic marijuana to undercover agents, authorities said.

“After receiving several anonymous tips regarding Singh’s Quick Stop selling synthetic marijuana to customers, agents were able to make several purchases from behind the counter,” Sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said. “This evidence allowed us to obtain an arrest warrant for the owner and cashier of the store.”

Sheriff’s agents worked with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on the investigation.

Store owner Beant Singh, 53, and cashier Daphane Lavergne, 38, were arrested. Singh was booked on counts of distribution and principal to distribution of schedule I controlled dangerous substances. Lavergne was booked on counts of distribution of schedule I narcotics.

With brand names such as Scooby Snacks, Mr. Happy and Joker, makers of the dangerous synthetic marijuana appear to be targeting children, she said.

“Commonly marketed as potpourri, incense or bath salts and packaged in colorful bags, synthetic marijuana is frequently sold in convenience stores,” Vizena said.

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said store owners who continue to “sell this trash will be arrested.”

Singh’s Quick Stop is at 547 Country Ridge Road in Opelousas.

Deputy booked in jail contraband case

A St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion he tried to smuggle synthetic marijuana, cellphones and tobacco into the parish jail, officials said.

David Wayne Clark, 55, of Port Barre, was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on counts of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office, sheriff’s Maj. Megan Vizena said.

Vizena said Clark admitted he brought contraband into the jail at least three times.

“When I hire a corrections officer I warn them up front: If you bring any type of contraband into this penal institution, I will fire you, arrest you and post your picture on the 6 o’clock news,” Guidroz in a news release.

Guidroz said an investigation continues and more people could be arrested.

One injured in St. Mary afternoon shooting

One person was shot and injured Tuesday afternoon in Bayou Vista, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said.

The victim, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital in Thibodaux, Landry said in a news release that did not contain the victim’s name and medical condition.

The shooting occurred at 1:04 p.m. near the intersection of Polaris and Saturn roads, after which a vehicle sped off. The vehicle was found later on Teche Road near Belleview Street with the victim inside, Landry said.

An investigation continues.

Arrests posted July 15, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website:

  • JACOBE K. ARCENEAUX: 30, of the 1400 block of Louisiana Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics.
  • KEDRICK BYRD: 35, of the 1300 block of Roper, Scott. He was booked on aggravated second-degree battery and two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
  • LADONTRAY TROY CHAISSON: 20, of the 200 block of Doc Duhon Street, Lafayette. He was booked on parole violation.
  • WENDY CHAMPAGNE: 37, of the 300 block of W. Monroe, Broussard. She was booked on misdemeanor theft.
  • CAROLYN WELCH FAUL: 46, of the 2700 block of Hwy 93, Sunset. She was booked on for Rapides Parish and parole violation.
  • ALICIA ANN FRANCIS: 34, of the 1100 block of Renee Street, New Iberia. She was booked on fugitive.
  • JOSHUA PAUL FUSELIER: 31, of the 200 block of Stewart Street, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
  • KYANA NASHAY GUIDRY: 21, of the 100 block of Chachere Road, Church Point. She was booked on shoplifting.
  • LOGAN DEVON HAYES: 25, of the 100 block of Dorian, Lafayette. He was booked on failure to use turn signal and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
  • LAURA HERNANDEZ: 20, of the 100 block of Meudon, Duson. She was booked on making an illegal U-turn; no proof of insurance; no driver’s license; simple battery; and warrant/bench warrant.
  • GLORIA JEAN HILLMAN: 30, of the 407 B block of Verot School Road, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • COURTNEY JAMES LAWRENCE: 33, of Lafayette. He was booked on simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
  • MARCUS LEWIS: 34, of the 5500 block of Larmand Road, Maurice. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and careless driving.
  • DENEE MAGNON: 45, of the 100 block of Encore Street, Scott. She was booked on four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • TONY R. MCNEW: 50, of the 300 block of Dom Boulevard, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on shoplifting.
  • MATTHEW W. NEELY: 37, of the 100 block of Country Lane, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • CHRISTOPHER DEVON NOEL: 24, of the 600 block of S. Orange Street, Lafayette. He was booked on parole violation.
  • CASEY MAURICE ROBERTSON: 28, of the 1000 block of Elmay Drive, St. Martinville. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; vehicular homicide; and warrant/bench warrant.
  • JEREMAIT LUCK SILVER: 38, of the 300 block of W. Victory Drive, Savannah, Georgia. He was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods.
  • DAVIS PAUL THIBODEAUX: 61, of the 200 block of Grossie, Lafayette. He was booked on criminal trespass and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
  • DILLON WADE TRAHAN: 20, of the 400 block of Bayou Tortue Road, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana; misdemeanor theft of goods; public intimidation and retaliation; two counts of resisting an officer.
  • KEBBA VERDIN: 18, of the 100 block of W. Foche Street, Lafayette. He was booked on unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
  • JOHNNY LEON WILSON: 20, of the 100 block of Harris, Opelousas. He was booked on misdemeanor theft.