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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 →

Fire damages two apartments; resident suffers burns to face

Firefighters were called to the scene of an apartment fire Friday night that damaged two apartments and sent one man to the hospital for burns to the face. The Baton Rouge Fire Department received the call at 9:26 p.m. about a fire at the Broadmoor Apartments at 10530 Florida Blvd. Firefighters arrived on scene at 9:31… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Oct. 17, 2014

An Opelousas police officer was placed on leave after a suspect was shot during a gunfire exchange this week. Police say 23-year-old Demarcus Jones, 905 Jordan St., fired the first shot during a police pursuit from Kim Drive to Pulford Street, according to Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow. The officer — who has not… Continue reading →

Police arrest three accused of witness intimidation

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Baton Rouge Police officials escort Natasha Tate after her arrest on the charge of obstruction of justice in connection with the Hardy Allen case on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.  Allen has been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of a weapon.

One day after Baton Rouge police arrested a 21-year-old man and accused him in a shooting death, police arrested three of the man’s relatives and accused them of attempting to intimidate a witness in the case. Natasha Tate, 40, and Donte Tate, 20, of 4248… Continue reading →

Police: Boxer Emanuel Augustus just in the wrong place when shot

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Christopher Stills, 21, is escorted from the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit headquarters Thursday by Baton Rouge Police Detectives Belford Johnson, left, and Robert Cook. Stills is a suspect in Monday's shooting of professional boxer Emanuel Augustus.

Three days after a Baton Rouge boxer was shot and critically wounded, police arrested the 21-year-old man who is a suspect in the shooting — and now say the boxer was an innocent bystander to an argument when shots rang out. Christopher Stills was booked into Parish Prison on Thursday afternoon, less than a day after police… Continue reading →

Authorities find mentally challenged Crowley man who went missing

A mentally challenged Crowley man missing since Wednesday afternoon was located shortly after 2 p.m. today at an area shop. Michael Keith Hanks, 24, was found by his father, although no further details are available about his disappearance, said Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maxine Trahan. Hanks went missing around 4 p.m.… Continue reading →

Lafayette man wanted in shooting surrenders to deputies

Photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department -- Jhailen Trevon Zeno

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jhailen Trevon Zeno, 20, of Lafayette, according to a news release issued by Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department. Zeno is wanted for attempted second-degree murder in an incident that occurred the afternoon of Oct. 11, in the 100 block of Van Buren Drive. Zeno is believed to… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigate Rite-Aid robbery

Image provided by the Lafayette Police Department -- Video image of suspect who robbed the Johnston Street Rite-Aid.

Lafayette police officers were dispatched late Wedensday night to the Rite-Aid store at 4710 Johnston Street to investigate a reported armed robbery, according to a news release issued by Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department. The incident was reported to the police department at approximately 11:50 p.m. According to the news release, after the… Continue reading →

Arrest made as community mourns slaying of 21-year-old

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Keom Preston (right), cousin of Calvin Chrisentary, gives instructions to light candles Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at  a candlelight memorial for Chrisentary, who was shot and killed Monday night at the corner of Madison Avenue and North Foster Drive.

Within hours of friends and family lighting candles at the site of a slain Baton Rouge man, police made an arrest in the slaying of the 21-year-old. Hardy Allen, 21, 3815 Eaton St., was arrested Wednesday night and booked on counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of a weapon, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a… Continue reading →

Pierre Part man indicted for inappropriately touching 2 children

Kevin Landry

An Assumption Parish grand jury indicted a Pierre Part man on charges he inappropriately touched two children between the ages of 4 and 13 over a seven-year period, the sheriff said Wednesday. Kevin Landry, 46, 122 Mam & Pap Drive, was charged Tuesday with two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge student at Northwestern State University found safe

Laura Larisey

Laura Larisey, a Baton Rouge student at Northwestern State University who had been been reported missing, has been found safe, according to a statement issued by Officer Jon Caliste with University Police. “Law enforcement located Larisey in good spirits and in good health, and she was found with friends,” Caliste said. Larisey was reported missing… Continue reading →

Scott homeowners arrive home to surprise burglar in the act

The Scott Police Department is investigating a residential burglary in which a woman encountered the burglar while the theft was in progress. The victim arrived at home around 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 to find a man loading her TV into the bed of his pickup truck, which was backed into the carport with green tape… Continue reading →

Eleven arrested in prostitution sting in East Baton Rouge Parish

As part of ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and prostitution, law enforcement authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish arrested 11 people within the past week on either prostitution or soliciting prostitution allegations. The investigation was spearheaded by the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit, which includes members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. The… Continue reading →

Crowley police seeking two women shown using stolen credit card

Images provided by Crowley PD -- The Crowley Police Department is seeking the two women shown in this video surveillance images in the use of a stolen credit card.

The Crowley Police Department is seeking two women whose images were captured on surveillance video using a stolen credit card in Jennings. The video shows two black women with long hair, one wearing all black and a black baseball cap and the other wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. The card… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter: Masked armed robber targets Lafayette Sonic Drive-In

Angel Rector

A masked robber targeted a Lafayette fast-food restaurant early Tuesday morning, flashing a handgun before stealing cash from the business. Employees of the Sonic Drive-In at 6804 Johnston St. reported the crime around 5:45 a.m., said Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton. The robber, who entered through the back door… Continue reading →

AG reports breaking up Romanian cybercrime ring operating in Acadiana

Top row pictured from left to right, April Derouselle, Gheorghe Olar, Dorin Munteneau, Paul Moraru-Rogoza and Gicu Oprea. Middle row from left, Ovidiu Micu, Edward Journet, Ionel Popa, Nielsen Racu Daniel Coroiu. Ashley Journet is pictured at bottom,

Seven Acadiana residents authorities say were affiliated with a Romanian cybercrime ring were arrested on Tuesday in connection with a scam targeting online shoppers, while two fugitives connected to the case remain at large. The cyberscam robbed around $1.4 million from more than 500 people in Louisiana and Mississippi, said Steven Hartmann, spokesman for Attorney General… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man dies in shooting on Madison Avenue

Baton Rouge police are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old man on Madison Avenue late Monday. Calvin Chrisentary, 21, 6424 Underwood St., Baton Rouge, was shot in the 5000 block of Madison Avenue shortly before 8:45 p.m., police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said. Chrisentary was shot in the back with a handgun. A neighbor… Continue reading →

Masked robber steals cash from Lafayette fast-food restaurant

Surviellance photo of robbery suspect

A masked robber targeted a Lafayette fast-food restaurant early this morning, flashing a handgun before stealing cash from the business. Employees of the Sonic Drive-In at 6804 Johnston Street reported the crime around 5:45 a.m., describing the criminal as a medium-built black man with dark skin, according to… Continue reading →

Former furniture store manager accused of embezzling more than $200,000

City police officers arrested a St. Amant woman Tuesday on allegations she embezzled more than $200,000 over nearly six years from a Gonzales furniture store where she had been the manager. Shannon Denyse Desira, 40, 44165 Bayou Blvd., St. Amant, changed payroll records at the Big Ben Rent World furniture store on South… Continue reading →