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Boil water advisory issued for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton

Water officials on Thursday issued a boil water advisory for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton, citing unspecified problems with the water supply. The advisory is in effect until further notice, according to a release from Water District No. 7 of East Feliciana. Residents should boil their water before drinking from it, officials said.… Continue reading →

Zachary woman dies from injuries in Oct. 16 crash

State Police said an 83-year-old Zachary woman was killed in a crash when she turned her car into the path of an oncoming Dodge truck on Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road. Cherry Boudreaux had come to a stop on Joor road on Oct. 16 and was turning onto Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road when she drove into the path… Continue reading →

State Police recover trash bags full of prescription drugs, six arrested

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Lt. J.B. Slaton, Deputy Commander of Public Affairs for the Louisiana State Police, stands before a press conference at State Police Headquarters Thursday, pointing at medical facility fliers seized along with the prescription medicines and other evidence seized after State Police obtained a search warrant for a 'stash house' storage unit in East Baton Rouge Parish. Valued at at least $1 million, possibly as much as $2-3 million, the pharmaceuticals seizure was the culmination of a near year-long investigation of pharmacy break-ins,  resulting in three burglary ring members being arrested Oct. 10 in East Baton Rouge Parish, along with three others for resisting arrest, before current stash house seizure. The burglaries occurred in several parishes, and the investigation involved a  number of police, sheriff's office and law enforcement agencies.

State Police investigators on Thursday seized roughly $1 million in prescription drugs from a rented storage unit — the result of more than 25 pharmacy burglaries across two states. Shelton Broadway, 41; Keeshla Stagg, 39; and Ladnell Womack, 27, who were all arrested Oct. 10, used tools to break into the pharmacies across Louisiana and Mississippi and… Continue reading →

WBR sheriff’s deputy arrested in Baton Rouge, accused of soliciting prostitute

Florian Deutsch

Police on Thursday arrested a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy accused of propositioning prostitutes for free sex, flashing his badge and threatening to jail them if they refused to comply, Baton Rouge police said. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office promptly fired Deputy Florian Deutsch, a corrections officer at the West Baton Rouge Parish… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after four-month undercover drug investigation

After a four-month undercover investigation, Ascension Parish deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man Thursday on multiple drug counts involving marijuana, cocaine and heroin, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. Romel Julien, 29, 306 W. Seventh St., Donaldsonville, was the target of the undercover investigation, Bacala said. Over the course of the operation, Bacala… Continue reading →

Smoke from small fire closes Donaldsonville Primary Thursday

A small morning fire inside a classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School on Thursday forced the evacuation and closure of the Ascension Parish public school for the day, parish school officials said. Johnnie Balfantz, public school spokesman, said Thursday that 570 prekindergartners to second-graders were taken to the cafeteria at Lowery Middle School… Continue reading →

Traffic stop turns up crystal meth, other illegal drugs.

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Gary D. Martin

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bayou L’Ourse man, who was out of jail on bail, on drug distribution and weapons counts after a traffic stop turned up crystal methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The sheriff’s narcotics agents stopped Gary D. Martin, 58, in a white Ford Focus on Honey Lane… Continue reading →

15-year-olds admit to cellphone thefts

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two 15-year-olds after they admitted to stealing a booksack full of cellphones owned by high school football players visiting Donaldsonville for a game Friday night. The sack of 15 cellphones had been taken from a Centerville High School bus at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium on Clay Street… Continue reading →

Deputies target King Bradford area, 8 arrested on warrants

Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people on outstanding bench warrants and seized five ounces of marijuana as well as other drugs during an effort to clear warrants in the King Bradford area Wednesday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The eight suspects were arrested on a total of 13 bench warrants. By the end… Continue reading →

Students injured in bus accident Wednesday

Photos from Louisiana State Police --Louisiana State Police Troop D is looking for a man involved with a hit-and-run accident Monday in Lacassine.

Several Judice Middle School students were injured in a school bus accident Wednesday afternoon, KATC-TV reported. Lafayette Parish School System officials said 7 to 9 students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following the crash on South Fieldspan Road near Congress Street, according to KATC-TV. State Police said minor to… Continue reading →

Livingston authorities arrest 3 in car burglaries

Michael Terrell

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested three men accused of stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from about 25 unlocked vehicles late Monday and early Tuesday. The men allegedly stole GPS devices, laptops and sports equipment that totalled between $3,000 and $6,000 in value, said Lori Steele, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The men told deputies… Continue reading →

Opelousas gas leak capped, but part of Main Street still closed

An Opelousas gas leak was capped mid-afternoon Wednesday after construction workers punctured a line on Main Street, authorities said. Main Street, or Highway 182, remained closed in the southbound direction from Prudhomme Lane to Church Street as of 5 p.m., said Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow. Both lanes of Main and Church… Continue reading →

Broussard police arrest pair on drug counts after traffic stop

Christopher Savoy, 34, left and 23-year-old Emmanuel Hebert

Broussard Police arrested two Lafayette men and seized more than half a pound of synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday, authorities said. Emmanuel Hebert, 23, was found with 280 grams of the substance and $233 in cash, and 34-year-old Christopher Savoy had 48 grams in his possession, Police Chief Brannon… Continue reading →

Deputies arrest eight, seize drugs in King Bradford area

Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people on outstanding bench warrants and seized five ounces of marijuana as well as other drugs during an effort to clear warrants in the King Bradford area Wednesday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The eight suspects were arrested on a total of 13 bench warrants. By the end… Continue reading →

Man arrested for hit-and-run crash into Duson home

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Muddy tire tracks are still visible leading up to a section of Lisa and Sam Viator's West Congress Street home Tuesday after a hit and run on October 11.

A Jennings man was arrested Tuesday after he confessed to crashing his company truck into a Duson home earlier this month, narrowly missing a 6-month-old baby in a crib before fleeing the scene, authorities said. Dustin Wayne Lasseter’s damaged white Dodge was Houston-bound for repairs Monday when Deputy Joey Graciana, who was investigating… Continue reading →

BRPD investigating Georgia Street shooting

Baton Rouge Police Department officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night in the 2800 block of Georgia Street, according to a news release issued by Cpl. Don Coppola of the BRPD. Coppola said the victim, a 24-year-old male, arrived at a local hospital at about 9:20 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 21, 2014

A Lafayette man wanted on an attempted second-degree murder count in the Oct. 12 shooting on Clara Street was taken into custody over the weekend. Police say 30-year-old Rondell Derouen, of the 400 block of Eighth Street, was arrested Sunday in the shooting and also booked with one count each of misdemeanor marijuana… Continue reading →

Arson suspected in fire at vacant house

Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house Monday morning on Riley Street, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at 10:07 a.m. at 3131 Riley Street to find the middle to rear of the structure engulfed in fire. The fire destroyed about 60 percent of the home before it was… Continue reading →

Brookshire fire caused by electrical malfunction, couple escapes safely

The Baton Rouge Fire Department announced that an electrical malfunction sparked a fire in the attic of a Brookshire Avenue home on Sunday afternoon. A couple in the home at 12235 Brookshire Ave. noticed the power go out at about 4:15 p.m., and then they heard a “loud popping” sound above their home’s primary electrical panel,… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 20, 2014

A 44-year-old Lafayette woman who was trying to help a distressed motorist Friday morning was run over by a tractor-trailer and killed on Interstate 10 near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the Associated Press said Sunday. Wendy Snelling and her family had pulled over to help the driver… Continue reading →

Police identify man found dead in car parked at Wal-Mart

Lucas Sanchez

Gonzales police identified the 26-year-old man on Sunday who was found dead Saturday as he was sitting in the driver’s side of a parked car in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot. Lucas Sanchez, 4315 Orchard Ave., Pascagoula, Mississippi, was discovered after a resident passed by the car and alerted police about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, said Charlotte Guedry,… Continue reading →

Two escape when candle causes house fire

No one was injured when a candle in the bedroom of a Sheldon Drive home sparked an early Sunday morning fire. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2036 Sheldon Drive about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and quickly brought the blaze under control, Fire Department spokesman… Continue reading →

Candle ignites house fire

A candle in the bedroom of a Sheldon Drive home sparked an early Sunday morning fire, but nobody was injured. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2036 Sheldon Drive about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and quickly controlled the blaze, Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said in a new release. The fire caused about $20,000 damage to… Continue reading →

Man found dead in Gonzales store parking lot

Gonzales police said a man in his mid-20s was found dead in a car parked in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday morning but no foul play is suspected. Police found the man alone and unresponsive in the car at about 11:30 a.m. after a resident flagged down officers, said Charlotte Guedry, a Police Department spokeswoman.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville sex offender surrenders to sheriff’s deputies

A Donaldsonville man convicted of forcible rape nearly two decades ago and accused of failing to register as a sex offender in Ascension Parish surrendered Saturday morning. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Dave Alexander, 51, 205 Bourg St., Lot 2, after he turned himself in at the Ascension Parish jail.… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Sunday, Oct. 19

Arrests posted Oct. 18, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office’s website: BILLY BARNES: 57, P.O. Box 886, Blessing, Texas. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. AVERY BARNETT: 19, of the 1800 block of Anderson Street, New Iberia. She was booked on… Continue reading →

Small fire damages Dunham School

An electrical fire in a classroom at the Dunham School Saturday caused about $10,000 in damage, but did not injure anyone. The St. George Fire Department arrived at the school, 11111 Roy Emerson Drive, about 8:15 a.m. and put out the small fire in less than 10 minutes, St. George spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news… Continue reading →

Man gets 15 years in child porn case

A 30-year-old Jennings man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in federal prison for downloading child pornography, KATC-TV reported. Seth Ryan Bivens was given the sentence Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for one count of receiving child pornography, according to KATC-TV. He also was sentenced to serve a… Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man booked in fatal shooting of Arnaudville man

Jamie Zenon

A Breaux Bridge man was booked Thursday on a count of second-degree murder in the Kennedy Drive shooting death of an Arnaudville man. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. when Jamie Zenon, 31, is accused of shooting 28-year-old Emmanuel Sam during an argument, according to Maj. Ginny Higgins, spokeswoman with the St. Martin… Continue reading →

Meth disguised as candles found on bus traveling through Baton Rouge

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Police Department -- Police who stopped a passenger bus on Oct. 16, 2014, on Interstate 12 found methamphentamine mixed in wax, disguised as candles, leading to the arrest of one person.

One person was arrested and 48 candles of methamphetamine were seized after Baton Rouge police stopped a passenger bus on Interstate 12 and conducted a search of the luggage cargo area early Thursday. During the search, a police dog alerted to a suitcase, where police found the meth, mixed in wax and disguised as candles, police said.… Continue reading →