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Person shot Wednesday afternoon on Marigny Circle in Lafayette

A person was shot around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Marigny Circle, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. The victim was found shot in the doorway of an apartment, but authorities are releasing no further details about the incident, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. John Babin said Wednesday afternoon. Babin declined to… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend

A Baton Rouge man accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend two weeks ago was arrested Tuesday night. When Baton Rouge police responded to a 72nd Street home on the morning of May 13, a woman told them her boyfriend, Hakeem M. Profit, had just choked her and pushed her down during an argument in the front… Continue reading →

Man wanted in Ascension Parish home invasion and theft is believed to be in Tylertown, Mississippi, the Sheriff’s Office reports

Dustin Sanders

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a home invasion and theft who is also a convicted sex offender not living at the address he gave to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies learned at a compliance check on May 11 that Dustin Sanders, 28, wasn’t living at a residence on Lambert Road in Gonzales… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after drugs found in unoccupied house where he was hiding, the Sheriff’s Office reports

Richard Gauthier

A Donaldsonville man was arrested Friday on several drug-related counts after Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division detectives found cocaine and hydrocodone pain pills in a home where he was hiding, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said. Detectives were patrolling in Donaldsonville when they saw Richard Gauthier, who had a bench warrant and an… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge woman arrested, accused of accidentally shooting man, lying to investigators

. A Baton Rouge woman has been arrested after allegedly shooting a man on accident while playing with a handgun then lying to investigators about it. Baton Rouge police said Mekiyah Davis, 17, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of negligent injury and obstruction of justice. The report said Davis was playing with a gun… Continue reading →

17-year-old paralyzed from waist down after 8-year-old brother shoots him with rifle; Baton Rouge-area caretaker arrested

The arrest of Robert Deishawn Payne, 23, occurred more than a week after the child shot his older brother, shattering the teen’s spine and paralyzing from the waist down, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

An 8-year-old boy shot his 17-year-old brother as the teen was playing a video game in a Gardere area home last week, and sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested the adult who was supervising the child at the time of the shooting. The arrest of Robert Deishawn Payne, 23, occurred more than a week after the child… Continue reading →

Jeanerette’s police chief worked security at Lipstick Gentleman’s Club, but did nothing while crimes were committed inside, Metro Narcotics reported Tuesday

Marvin Grogan

Marvin Grogan drove an unmarked Jeanerette police unit to Lipstick Gentlemen’s Club in Lafayette, wore a shirt that said “police” along with his Jeanerette police badge and handgun, and identified himself as a law enforcement officer while working security at the topless bar. Yet the Jeanerette police chief did nothing while drug use and prostitution went… Continue reading →

Three arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — John Cullen, 37, 4472 Whitehaven St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection… Continue reading →

Two Lafayette men drown at Lake Arthur Park

Fire destroys Arnaudville home of cultural renaissance leader

An early morning fire in Arnaudville destroyed the home of Mavis Arnaud Fruge, a woman at the heart of Arnaudville’s cultural French renaissance in recent years and the recipient earlier this year of the French government’s prestigious Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms award. “This home, Fruge’s home, is where she fed, entertained and… Continue reading →

Inmate died from natural causes, Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office reports

A Lafayette Parish inmate pronounced dead at the jail on Friday died from natural causes, according to a preliminary report from the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office. The inmate, 46-year-old Kreig Lutgring, died from cardiovascular disease, the Coroner’s Office reported Tuesday. A full autopsy will take up to two months. Lutgring was found unresponsive in his cell… Continue reading →

Suspected drunken driver crashes into embankment, killing passenger

A Houston man was killed in a single-vehicle crash late Monday after the vehicle’s driver, suspected of being drunk, veered off an Interstate 10 service road and crashed into a ditch embankment, State Police said. Edwin Johnson, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene near the eastbound Iota and Estherwood exit, State Police… Continue reading →

Arrests posted May 25, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website

JOSHUA FITZGERALD BABINEAUX: 30, of the 100 block of Barbusse Road, Scott. He was booked on criminal mischief and three counts of warrant/bench warrant. DEMETRE J. BROUSSARD: 36, of the 100 block of Edna Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting an officer. BRANDI LEIGH BROUSSARD: 32, of… Continue reading →

Smoke shop owner arrested, accused of making, selling synthetic marijuana

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sunday arrested the owner of Paradise Smoke Shop on Florida Boulevard and accused him of creating a synthetic marijuana drug lab at the store and selling the product to his customers. Chad Schaffer, 49, was arrested on counts of creation/operation of a drug lab and distribution/manufacturing of Schedule… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man wounded in shootout with St. James deputies

A Baton Rouge man was injured in a shootout with deputies in St. James Parish early Sunday morning, the St. James Sheriff’s Office said. Ron Christopher Youngblood, 45, is in “guarded condition” at a hospital after he was shot once by a deputy, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said in a news release Sunday.… Continue reading →

Ten suspected of DWI from Saturday to Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Duman Calix, 28, 6875 Harry Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required/expired… Continue reading →

Crime Blotter for Acadiana

A man suspected of being impaired as he drove on the wrong side of the road early Sunday struck an SUV, killing the driver, an 18-year-old Loreauville High School graduate, the Louisiana State Police said. Jordan Prince, 18, of Loreauville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish coroner, according to a State Police… Continue reading →

Cyclist dies in hit-and-run on Airline Highway

A cyclist died after being struck in a hit-and-run collision Saturday night on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, police said. Fredrick Harris, 49, of 3942 W. Brookstown Drive, was crossing the roadway on a bicycle in the 6900 block of Airline Highway around 7:30 p.m., said Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola in… Continue reading →

Car crash kills recent Loreauville High School graduate

. A three vehicle car crash on US 90 near LA 14 in Iberia Parish killed an 18-year-old man and left others injured early Sunday morning, according to a Louisiana State Police release. Recent Loreauville High School graduate Jordan Prince, 18, of Loreauville, Louisiana died on the scene, according to the release.… Continue reading →

Fire at Baton Rouge home causes moderate damage, no one injured

No one was injured in a Saturday night fire that caused moderate damage to the Baton Rouge home, the St. George Fire Department reported. The fire at 8346 Barnett Road was reported at 7:46 p.m. when a neighbor said he saw smoke coming from a window in the home. Fire trucks arrived six minutes later and saw… Continue reading →

Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan arrested late Friday in Lipsticks Gentleman’s Club investigation

Marvin Grogan

Lafayette Metro Narcotics agents arrested Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan late Friday as part of an investigation into Lipstick Gentlemen’s Club, but no details are available as to why he was taken into custody. Agents booked Grogan into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of animal cruelty after throwing caged dog into dumpster, police report

Baton Rouge police on Friday arrested a man accused of tossing a wire cage with a dog inside into a dumpster at his apartment complex. Parish Animal Control officers investigating the claim of animal cruelty against Michael Hudson, 30, requested help from Baton Rouge police, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Hudson tried to… Continue reading →

Man accused of groping girl, flashing children playing on Baton Rouge street

Tedra Covington

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested a 32-year-old accused of flashing children playing in the street and groping a 15-year-old girl who was taking out the trash. The deputy was called to the 6200 block of Pontotoc Street Friday night after woman said someone grabbed her daughter’s buttocks while the girl was taking out the… Continue reading →

Booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish on Saturday, May 23, 2015

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. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: John Alexander, 47, 2247 Oleander St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation,… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Saturday, May 23, 2015

A pedestrian was killed after he was hit by an oncoming car on U.S. 167 near Interstate 49 Friday night, State Police reported. Michael Andrus, 41, of Palmetto, was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 167 about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by the car, the State Police report says. Betty Robert, 61, of… Continue reading →

Death of inmate at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center under investigation

Photo provided by GoogleMaps -- Lafayette Parish Correctional Center

A Lafayette Parish Correctional Center inmate died Friday after he was found unresponsive in his cell, a sheriff’s official said. The inmate was pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m., said Capt. John Babin, public information officer for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death is undetermined at this time, pending results from the Coroner’s… Continue reading →

New Plaquemine police officer leaves force after three months; accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl when he was 17 years old

Chance Martinez

A former Plaquemine police officer was arrested and booked into the Iberville Parish jail Wednesday on two counts of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Chance Martinez, 18, was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female when he was 17 years old, a police release said Friday. The release… Continue reading →

Five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Thursday to 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: Jason Hayes, 37, 2590 78th Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, negligent vehicle injuring,… Continue reading →

Man breaks into Baton Rouge home and shoots resident inside late Thursday night; injuries not considered life threatening

John Lopez

A Baton Rouge man remains hospitalized after he was shot several times late Thursday night when he confronted an intruder in his Jamestown Avenue home, according to a Baton Rouge police report. Police said late Friday they are looking for John Lopez, 38, 12247 Dove Hollow, Denham Springs, who is wanted for attempted second-degree murder and home… Continue reading →

Wildlife and Fisheries agent shot in Ouachita Parish during traffic stop, in serious condition; suspect in custody

Shooting suspect is Luke Hust

Update, 10:45 a.m. Friday: Wildlife and Fisheries agent still in serious condition, officials say ​Original story A Wildlife and Fisheries agent is in serious condition after he was shot in the back Thursday in Ouachita Parish, authorities said. A suspect was arrested late Thursday after a brief search. Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of… Continue reading →

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

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Travis Vessell, 32, 5604 Blackmore Road, St. Francisville, was booked on first-offense DWI, flight from officer, expired registration, driving left of center,… Continue reading →

Vermilion sheriff’s deputies book two men on drug counts

Jeremy Melancon, left, and Chet Miller

Agents with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two Abbeville men this week suspected of distributing methamphetamine, with one of the suspects allegedly tossing a plastic bag containing the illegal drug out of a car window when police started following the pair. Jeremy Melancon, 38, 308 Laura St., was booked on suspicion of possessing… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Thursday, May 21

Arrests posted May 21, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: ANDREW MICHAEL ALBRITTON: 20, of the 300 block of Bell Downs Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and improper lane change (no accident). DANIEL RAY ALEXANDER:… Continue reading →

Man flees during traffic stop, police find rifle and marijuana in vehicle, Sheriff’s Office reports

Items found inside the vehicle of a man who fled from officers Wednesday afternoon.

A man fled from and was later captured by officers Wednesday afternoon after leaving behind an AK-47 and drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that Markus Morris, 27, was being pulled over for non-working brake lights near Highland Road and Chatsworth Street when he jumped out… Continue reading →

St. Martin fire official seeks to recover stolen equipment

The St. Martin Parish Fire District is trying to recover thousands of dollars in equipment stolen in mid-May from the Catahoula Volunteer Fire Department. Brian Castille, a coordinator with the fire district, said the Catahoula equipment was stolen sometime between May 13 and May 15. The fire district is offering… Continue reading →

Worker stringing cable electrocuted in Prairieville after coming into contact with overhead power lines

Updated at 5:42 p.m.A Mississippi man working in an elevated boom truck was electrocuted late Thursday morning in Ascension Parish when he apparently came into contact with overhead power lines along La. 73, authorities said. The electrocution and subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s body resulted in the shutdown of La. 73 between La. 42… Continue reading →