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Woman struck by float, injured during Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade

A pedestrian was struck by a float during the Spanish Town parade Saturday afternoon and taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said. The nature and extent of her injuries were not immediately known. The woman was struck around 1:45 p.m. as the float passed along Lafayette Street between Florida Street and Laurel Street, said EMS… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Feb. 6, 2016

Arrests posted Feb. 6, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: MONTANA JAMES ALLEMAN: 27, of the 1400 block of N. Wilderness Trail, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia); resisting an officer; and five counts of warrant/bench warrant.… Continue reading →

Fire at Siegen Village Apartments causes smoke damage but no injuries

Two adults and two children escaped a fire of that started in a bedroom of a Siegen Lane apartment late Friday and caused heavy smoke damage but no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters arrived at the Siegen Village Apartments at 6630 Siegen Lane around 10:41 p.m. and brought the fire under… Continue reading →

Ascension Sheriff: One of two men arrested in Prairieville home invasion knew about drugs, cash in home’s safe

Daryl Mitchell Jr.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Friday in the Jan. 13 home invasion on Old Perkins Place Avenue in Prairieville, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner told sheriff’s deputies she was leaving for work shortly after 7:30 a.m. when two men outside her house forced her back inside, a sheriff’s news release says.… Continue reading →

LSU restroom incident leads to obscenity arrest

Michael Cupit

A Denham Springs man arrested Friday is accused of attempting a sex act in an LSU restroom while another person was trying to use the adjacent stall. The victim told LSU police officers he was in the first floor men’s restroom in Tureaud Hall when the man in the next stall exposed himself through a hole in… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man reindicted in stabbing death after case dismissed when witnesses failed to show for the trial

Corey Moore

A Baton Rouge man was reindicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in a 2013 stabbing death after prosecutors dismissed the case when eyewitnesses did not show up for the start of trial on Monday. Corey Moore, now 46, was initially indicted in January 2014 in the stabbing death of a 57-year-old man on Sept. 14,… Continue reading →

Six booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Thursday and Friday

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Thursday and noon Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: David Garza, 33, 323 Northpark Ave., Aurora, Illinois, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and license plate… Continue reading →

Scott police seeking five people believed involved in cashing fraudulent checks throughout Acadiana

Photo provided by SCOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Warrants were issued on Feb. 5, 2015, for Darren Guidry, 18; Hailey Lowery, 20; RaShawn Murray, 28; Tonya Myers, 42; and Marcus Scott, 35, on counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft after all were captured on surveillance video cashing fraudulent checks at a Scott grocery store, according to the Scott Police Department.

Scott police are seeking five people wanted on cashing fraudulent checks throughout Acadiana. Darren Guidry, 18; Hailey Lowery, 20; RaShawn Murray, 28; Tonya Myers, 42; and Marcus Scott, 35, were all captured on surveillance video cashing fraudulent checks at a Scott grocery store, according to a news release Friday from the Scott Police Department. All face counts… Continue reading →

KATC-TV: Youngsville woman accused of harboring sick, dead pigs in abandoned home

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a Youngsville woman on counts of animal cruelty after they found eight malnourished pot-bellied pigs and two dead ones inside an abandoned house, KATC-TV reported. Kristie Holbert, 42, was booked into the Lafayette Parish jail on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and eight counts of cruelty to animals.… Continue reading →

Ex-Episcopal student arrested after students receive threatening 'don’t go to school' text message

Nicholas Leggio, 17

A former student of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge was arrested Thursday in connection to a threat sent by text message to some students, a police official said. Nicholas Leggio, 17, was booked on a count of terrorizing after a photo of a male brandishing a handgun in his waistband was sent from Leggio’s social media account… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge convicted felon sentenced to prison for possessing a gun, violating terms of supervised release, U.S. attorney reports

A Baton Rouge convicted felon was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after he was convicted of possession a gun and of violating terms of his supervised release in an earlier conviction. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Nairie Chaney, 58, was sentenced to 91 months — or seven and a half years. Chaney was… Continue reading →

Suspect turns himself in after DWI stop turned car chase; Baton Rouge police shot at man as he brandished gun, ran from car

Stanley Yates

A suspect who led Baton Rouge police on a car chase Thursday night and then fled on foot with a handgun after being shot at by an officer turned himself into police on Saturday. Stanley Yates, 19, was wanted for aggravated assault with firearm of a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated flight… Continue reading →

Standoff at Ellisalde Street residence ends with man in police custody

Ivan Fitzgerald, 55

A man who caused a standoff with officers after barricading himself inside a residence for a few hours Thursday night was taken into custody without injury early Friday morning. Ivan Fitzgerald, 55, refused to exit 2261 Elissalde Street after officers responded to a report of a beating there by the man’s roommate about 11:30 p.m., said Baton… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 5

Arrests posted Feb. 4, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. CODY DONALD ARCENEAUX: 27, of the 100 block of Frank Street, Lafayette. He was booked on resisting an officer. BRANDON WILLY BROUSSARD: 25, of the 200 block of St. Anne Street, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.… Continue reading →

Four booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Wednesday to Thursday

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Donald Chaney, 63, 25921 Kendalwood Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and possession of alcoholic… Continue reading →

Man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend, holding her hostage at Baton Rouge WalMart for four hours

Alvin Young III, 49

Baton Rouge Police arrested 49-year-old man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and holding her hostage in his van for four hours in a Baton Rouge WalMart parking lot early Monday morning. Alvin Young III, 1125 Lombard St., New Iberia, punched the woman several times in the face in the parking lot of her apartment complex and threw… Continue reading →

Case dropped against pair accused in St. Helena asphalt scam

After warning St. Helena residents last year about possible asphalt scammers and issuing arrest warrants for two men, the Sheriff’s Office has resolved the issue out of court, the chief of detectives said this week. In May, deputies warned residents, particularly the elderly, that two men were approaching homeowners promising to perform driveway resurfacing for a low… Continue reading →

Four injured in crash Thursday afternoon, briefly closing Airline Highway near Delcourt

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge police and crews with Road Runner Towing work to clear a two car accident from Airline Highway at Delcourt Avenue during rush hour, Thursday, February 4, 2016.

A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon sent four occupants of a minivan to the hospital with injuries police do not believe are life-threatening. The minivan was westbound on Delcourt Avenue when it crossed Airline Highway and was hit by a northbound SUV, said Sgt. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman. The minivan partially overturned, and EMS… Continue reading →

Assumption deputies: Woman arrested after shooting man in the face in domestic dispute

Frances Boudreaux, left, Heather Guillory

A woman shot a man in the face during a domestic dispute Monday night, and while investigating the shooting, deputies uncovered a methamphetamine lab in the home where the injured man was being cared for until help arrived, Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Thursday. Frances Boudreaux, 31, who previously had been in… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Feb. 4, 2016

Arrests posted Feb. 4, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: JOSIAH ADAMS: 19, of the 1300 block of East Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette. He was booked on fugitive; prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia); resisting an officer; and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. MICHELLE D. ARCENEAUX: 42, of the 600 block… Continue reading →

Grand jury charges two men with first-degree murder in the slaying of Highland Road couple

Denis and Suzanne Duplantier

A landscaper and his cousin were indicted Thursday on first-degree murder in the kidnapping and slaying of his former employer, a Highland Road couple. A grand jury returned the indictments against Frank Garcia, 48, and Ernesto Llerena Alonso, 42, in the slayings of Denis “Bubbie” Duplantier, 71, and his wife, Suzanne “Suzy” Duplantier,… Continue reading →

Grandmother: Parents of 2-year-old found alone in squalid Baton Rouge home are drug-addicted, still grieving death of baby’s twin brother

Advocate staff photo by BRYN STOLE -- Baton Rouge Police found a girl in this Underwood Drive house.

The parents of a 2-year-old girl found Monday by police in a squalid Baton Rouge home suffer from drug problems fueled in part by grief over the death of the girl’s twin brother from accidental asphyxiation in 2014, the girl’s grandmother said Wednesday. Police arrested the parents, Hollis Banks and Jasmine Rose, after discovering… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Woman injected heroin as she drove down I-10, wrecked vehicle with child in back seat

Brandi Roussel

A 27-year-old woman, who police said was injecting heroin into her arm last summer as she drove down I-10 with her child in the backseat when she crashed her vehicle, was arrested Tuesday. Brandi Roussel, of Paulina, crashed her vehicle at about 1:15 p.m. June 8 near the Acadian Thruway exit in the eastbound lanes of Interstate… Continue reading →

Two booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Tuesday to Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Melissa Fauntleroy, 28, 17008 Pernecia Drive, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI, head lamps required at night and… Continue reading →

Opelousas man accused of two armed robberies apprehended in Houston

An Opelousas man apprehended in Houston last week returned to Louisiana on Tuesday to face counts of armed robbery in both Opelousas and Washington. Charles Guidry, 25, of 711 Guidry St., is accused in the Jan. 22 armed robbery of an Opelousas Valero convenience store and another later that night in Washington, according to a news… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Police book man who escaped from work release, was recaptured, then accidentally released from prison

Emanuel Ray Jones

Baton Rouge Police Tuesday booked a man into jail who over the last three months has escaped from a state prison work release program, was recaptured and then accidentally released from a state prison and again recaptured. Emanuel Ray Jones, 30, was mistakenly released from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Jan. 28 and was found Friday… Continue reading →

Teenager wounded Wednesday in shooting on North 26th Street

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge Police work the scene of a reported shooting near the intersection of N. 26th Street and Jackson Avenue Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2016. The victim was transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

An 18-year-old man was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon on North 26th Street, but police expect him to survive. The victim was shot around 1:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of North 26th Street and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Baton Rouge Police news release. Police have no suspects or… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrest report for Feb. 3

Arrests posted Feb. 2, 2016, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. RYAN BRENT BABINEAUX: 30, of the 1300 block of Roper Road, Scott. He was booked on possession of marijuana and fugitive. JOSEPH ANTHONY BROUSSARD: 43, of the 1200 block of Irene Street, Lafayette. He was booked on possession with intent to distribute… Continue reading →

Investigation into fighting, shooting in Amelia leads to discovery and seizure of nine pit bulls

An investigation Monday into reports of fighting in Amelia led to a further investigation of gunfire and the seizure of nine full-bred and mixed-breed pit bulls. Deputies investigating a complaint of several men fighting on Friendship Alley received a second call reporting a shooting from the same area, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Although… Continue reading →