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Baton Rouge man drowns off Florida’s Navarre Beach

A retired Baton Rouge man who loved spending long summer days at the beach drowned on Labor Day, dragged under by a dangerous rip current off Navarre Beach on the Florida Panhandle. He is at least the second Baton Rouge-area resident to drown this summer in the Gulf of Mexico. Roderick M. Maybee, 65, was pulled… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Iberville deputy injured in crash

Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating an aggravated assault and theft from the Dollar General, 3939 Choctaw Drive. The suspect in the attached photograph is described as a thin build black male, 6'0-160lbs wearing a white t-shirt, gray sweatpants with black and white shoes.

An Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputy was injured in a car accident at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge when another driver did not yield to the oncoming deputy, Baton Rouge police said. The deputy, who has not been named, was heading south on Nicholson when a vehicle traveling north went to turn left,… Continue reading →

BR fair officials increase security after 2013 shooting

After last year’s fatal shooting at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, organizers vowed to improve security to keep fairgoers safe. Organizers decided on a two-pronged approach after studying security measures at other fairs and discussing the potential changes among the organization’s board of directors: check every fairgoer with a metal-detecting wand and change the closing… Continue reading →

Maurepas man dies in crash on La. 22

Photo provided by St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department -- Ascension Parish authorities investigate the scene of a single-vehicle crash on La. 22 that claimed the life of 37-year-old Robert G. Falcon Jr. of Maurepas on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

A Maurepas man was killed early Monday in a single-vehicle crash on La. 22 in Ascension Parish, State Police reported. Robert G. Falcon Jr., 37, was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon eastbound on La. 22 shortly before 3:15 a.m., police said. As Falcon approached a right-hand curve, his vehicle ran off the… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Arrests posted Aug. 31, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: DUSTIN JAMES AGUILLARD: 24, of the 300 block of East Oak Street, Crowely. He was booked on two counts of simple assault. KENYAN BAKER: 18, of the 500 block of St. John Street, Lafayette. She was booked… Continue reading →

Jury convicts Lafayette lawyer in synthetic pot case

Lafayette attorney Daniel Stanford has been convicted on federal drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in a case involving synthetic marijuana. A jury deliberated six hours Friday before reaching its decision, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said. The trial had to be rescheduled in April following the suicide of another defendant, Barry Domingue.… Continue reading →

Mississippi cyclist killed in crash on I-12 near I-55

A 49-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 12 near Interstate 55 on Saturday after running into the rear of a moving car, State Police said. Larry Seemann, of Osyka, Mississippi, was heading east on I-12 near I-55 around 12:45 a.m. when he hit the back of a car and flew off his motorcycle, said Master Trooper Greg… Continue reading →

Livingston woman found stabbed to death at home

A 47-year-old Livingston woman was found dead in her living room Saturday morning with stab wounds, and the 27-year-old man living with her told deputies he killed her, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Joy Messina, of 28065 S. Satsuma Road, Livingston, had cut marks across her throat and stomach, said Lori Steele, a Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

11 booked on suspicion of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 11 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: Charles Berry, 60, 13256 David Lee Drive, Walker, first-offense DWI, driver’s license… Continue reading →

Baker police investigating homicide

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2-year-old drowns in pool at Zachary home

A 2-year-old child drowned in a backyard pool on Thursday morning after the child slipped outside without the mother noticing, Zachary Police said. When the mother found her child in the pool on North Turnberry Avenue, she ran to the front yard with the child in her arms screaming for help, said… Continue reading →

Albany man killed by Livingston deputy had a troubled past

Flanked by brick, single-family homes, the 31000 block of Old Baton Rouge Highway features sculpted shrubs, new-model cars in the driveways and — on Wednesday afternoon — the shooting death of a convicted murderer by a Livingston Parish deputy. Deputies were called to the area around 3 p.m. for an attempted suicide by… Continue reading →

Delcambre woman dies of injuries sustained in crash

Acadiana police briefs for Aug. 28, 2014

Police have identified the 92-year-old woman found slain in her house Monday as Mary Terrell, KATC-TV is reporting. Terrell’s body was discovered noon Monday in Village Du Lac on Carmel Drive in Lafayette. Police have not released any details about the cause of death, which they are investigating as… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge TV host Scott Rogers’ life unraveling at time of shooting

Scott Rogers

Facing harsh criticism amid allegations that he sexually abused children in England, Scott Rogers fled to Texas in the mid-1990s before settling down in Baton Rouge, building from scratch a reputation as an ebullient local television host known for his extensive work promoting nonprofit organizations and civic agencies. Until Wednesday, when the authorities said Rogers was fatally… Continue reading →

Lafayette police briefs, Aug.28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- A unit belonging to the Carencro Police Department is seen parked in front of Carencro High School on Wednesday after the school was placed on lockdown due to a threat of violence. Paul Breaux Middle School and the W.D. Smith Career Center were also placed on lockdown as a precaution.

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School fires teacher accused in tryst with two students

Ashley Dowden

Riverdale Christian Academy administrators fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to sheriff’s deputies last week that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. The Rev. Preston Thompson, pastor of Redeemer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Riverdale Christian Academy, said Wednesday that Dowden originally was placed on administrative leave following her arrest Friday.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish deputies seek suspect in vehicle burglaries

Steven Vasquez

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man in the burglaries of seven unlocked vehicles during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 in the Quail Creek Subdivision in Prairieville, according to Maj. Kevin Hanna. Steven Vasquez, 33, who was identified in surveillance videos, is facing counts of trespassing, simple… Continue reading →

Man accused in arson of grandmother’s shed, house

Kentrell Ross

A 29-year-old man accused of lighting his grandmother’s shed on fire on July 31, a blaze that quickly engulfed the house and forced his grandmother and two children to flee, was arrested Wednesday morning. The grandmother awoke at 3:15 a.m. when she heard someone outside her house in the 2700 block of Indiana Street and saw that… Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for Aug. 27, 2014

Carl Noel

The roommate of a child’s caregiver was arrested Tuesday, accused of negligent actions that left a 2-year-old free to walk out of the house and on to traffic-heavy Foreman Drive, officials said. Jenika Brooks, of Lafayette, faces one count of child desertion for allegedly leaving for work without making sure her roommate, the child’s caretaker, was awake… Continue reading →

Teacher issued summons, accused in sexual tryst with student

Ashley Dowden

A Baton Rouge teacher already accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student was issued a misdemeanor summons Tuesday after she allegedly visited an 18-year-old student’s home on her lunch break in April and had sex with him. Ashley Dowden, 41, an English teacher at Riverdale Christian Academy, is accused in the summons of inappropriate conduct… Continue reading →