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Mother sought in child visitation case surrenders

A Lafayette mother of three accused of leaving home with her children last week despite a court order granting her husband visitation surrendered Friday, KATC-TV reported. Katelyn Gauthier, 30, walked into the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office shortly after 8:30 p.m. and said she was there to surrender, Maj. Art LeBreton said. She made no statement to… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man booked in death of toddler’s mother, had already been accused of kidnapping the 2-year-old girl

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Baton Rouge Police Officers Sherri Harris,left, and Rob Cook, right, escort Daaria Thomas out of the Louisiana State Police compound on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Thomas was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping of a Child in the case of 2-year-old A’Kyleana Latham.

A man arrested in the kidnapping of a 2-year-old in May also was booked June 17 on a count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the child’s mother, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely confirmed Monday. Curtis King and his live-in girlfriend, Daaria Thomas, were arrested May 7 in the… Continue reading →

Two suspected of DWI between Sunday and Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish

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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Leroy Jarvis, 38, 3034 Mission Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked, speeding… Continue reading →

Police search for robber of Coursey Boulevard business

Baton Rouge Police are attempting to identify the suspect in this photo who is accused of robbing a Circle K Store at 12891 Coursey Blvd, early this morning.  The suspect walked into the store and jumped on top of the counter.  He then produced a handgun and demanded money from the register. The victim opened the register and the suspect took the cash from the drawer and fled the scene on foot.

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Circle K at 12891 Coursey Boulevard early Monday morning. The man walked into the store, jumped on the counter, produced a handgun and demanded money from the cash register, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Lt. Jonathan Dunnam in a news release. The cashier opened… Continue reading →

Man recently released from prison accused of throwing hammer at car with girlfriend, children inside

A 37-year-old Baker man recently released from prison after serving 18 years was arrested Saturday afternoon after throwing a hammer through the windshield of the vehicle where his girlfriend was hiding with two children after a fight. Corey Mercadel was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery and child endangerment.… Continue reading →

Eight accused of DWI between Saturday and Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 8 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: — Jordan Bollinger, 25, 2363 Daggett Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal turn… Continue reading →

Autopsy of a police custody death: a look into the death of a mentally ill, drug-addicted Scott man

Photo provided by Facebook -- Robert Minjarez Jr.

Officers from the three Lafayette Parish law enforcement agencies who encountered Robert Minjarez Jr. in his final waking moments had dealt with him before. The 30-year-old from Scott struggled with cocaine addiction for at least a decade, with manic episodes involving severe paranoia and hallucination. Law enforcement were often called to manage the situation, with… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for June 28, 2015

Arrests posted Jun. 27, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: ALEXANDRA BAKER: 25, of the 6 block of Pirates Alley, Lafayette. She was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; possession with intent to distribute alprazolam; and… Continue reading →

Man shot dead on King Street near Scotlandville Magnet High School

A 36-year-old Baton Rouge man who had been shot several times was found lying dead in the driveway of his home near Scotlandville Magnet High School early Saturday, police said. Tyrone Clay was found around 6:30 a.m. in the driveway of his home at 1583 King St. and was pronounced dead at the scene,, Baton Rouge Police… Continue reading →

Lafayette man pleads guilty to federal gun charge

A Lafayette man pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing a firearm reported stolen from a gun shop. Cordera Dean Felix admitted his guilt Thursday to U.S. District Judge Richard Haik. Felix faces up to 10 years in prison, three years’ supervised release and a fine up to $250,000, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said. Felix… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man dies Friday after rear-ending 18-wheeler

A Donaldsonville man died Friday when he rear-ended an 18-wheeler that slowed to make a left-hand turn, State Police Troop A reported. Shortly before 11 a.m., Oscar Bennett III, 30, was driving south on La. 3089 in a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban behind an 18-wheeler driven by Carlos Julien, 57, when the tractor-trailer… Continue reading →

Scott woman killed, four others injured, in I-10 collision

A 61-year-old woman was killed and four other people injured in an Interstate 10 collision Thursday that occurred when a westbound Buick LeSabre crossed the median and struck a Saturn Vue driven by the woman. Pearl Tucker, of Scott, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3:40 p.m. crash. Two… 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 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Chad Christy, 37, 11384 Catalpa Drive, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, possession of… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for June 26

Arrests posted June 25, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. NOAH ABRAHAM: 45, of Loreauville. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. CODY BARRETT: 17, of the 100 block of Tesa Drive Scott. He was booked on simple battery. MARK ANTHONY BELAIRE: 38, of the 1100 block of Mouton… Continue reading →

Four booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge from Tuesday 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 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Earle Blanchard, 22, 57830 Labauve Ave., Plaquemine, first-offense DWI. —… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge fire department captain accused of raping a child in Tennessee, attorney general reports

Roman Bates

A Baton Rouge fire captain was arrested Tuesday after being accused of multiple crimes including raping a child in Tennessee, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reported Thursday. Capt. Roman Bates, who failed to show up for work on at least one day and is already facing disciplinary proceedings for being absent without leave, was wanted as a… Continue reading →

Authorities are searching for three people in car burglaries and a car theft in East Baton Rouge Parish

Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for at least three people in several vehicle burglaries Friday in neighborhoods around Nicholson Drive and Bluebonnet Boulevard. Video surveillance shows one person of interest in blue jeans and a black jacket, and another wearing dark pants, a striped shirt and a purple cloth covering his head. The people are also believed to… Continue reading →

Church Point man killed in motorcycle crash

A Church Point man died after he was thrown from his motorcycle early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash in Lafayette. Cody Lavergne, 38, was traveling west at about 2:30 a.m in the 100 block of East Gloria Switch Road near the Evangeline Thruway intersection when, for reasons still unknown, he veered off the road and struck a… Continue reading →

Ascension sheriff warns of rash of vehicular burglaries: ‘Lock your cars’

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for these people, seen in a security video, in connection with 48 vehicle burglaries in June.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies are looking for those involved in 48 burglaries of vehicles in the parish since June 1, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley. The sheriff said residents should lock their vehicles since the majority of those broken into have been left unlocked by the owners. Electronics, purses, wallets, cash, and weapons have been stolen from the… Continue reading →

Whew! Radioactive camera reported lost Thursday on Airline Highway finally found south of I-10

Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION -- An officer with the State Police uses a Geiger counter alongside the La. 61 Grammercy exit off I-10 early Thursday afternoon to check for the presence of an industrial camera with radioactive material inside that was lost from a commercial truck somewhere along I-10 Thursday morning.

Updated at 8:50 p.m. — The search for a lost industrial camera containing radioactive materials ended at 7 p.m. Thursday when the camera was located on Airline Highway roughly 2½ miles south of Intestate 10. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said the state Department of Environmental Quality is now in the process of disposing of the equipment. A commercial truck… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for June 25

Arrests posted June 24, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. JOSE MARGARITO AGUIRRE: 24, of the 31900 block of Hilldale Avenue, Sorrento, Florida. He was booked on hold for extradition. ANTHONY ANDREW ALEXANDER: 25, of the 11098 block of E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench… Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Baton Rouge teen at fairgrounds after drug deal goes bad

Ronald Lockett Jr.

Sajaray Franklin Jr. once told his grandmother that he wanted, someday, to become a police officer — a dream that ended Tuesday night when the 17-year-old was shot dead in what’s believed to have been a drug deal gone bad. The suspected shooter, age 18, was arrested late Wednesday. The Baton Rouge teen had just… Continue reading →

Suspected child predators arrested in Louisiana as part of nationwide Operation Broken Heart initiative

A two-month, nationwide investigation involving multiple Louisiana and federal law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrests of suspected child predators, most booked on child pornography, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Wednesday. The agency’s Cyber Crime Unit and 16 other Louisiana law enforcement agencies participated in the Operation Broken Heart investigation, which also resulted in arrests on… Continue reading →

Duson convenience store fire ruled an arson

Investigators ruled an early morning fire at a Marigny Circle convenience store as arson, causing minor fire, smoke and water damage to the six-month old business at the edge of the Pontalba Place apartment complex. Preliminary reports determined the arsonist used an ignitable liquid to spread the fire and may have experienced… Continue reading →

Deputy details how inmates briefly escaped from Ascension jail in May

Two Ascension Parish Prison inmates who briefly escaped last month manipulated a lock to a recreation yard door, scaled an internal fence and then slipped through a gate to a second, perimeter fence on their route to fleeting freedom. Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, the sheriff’s chief of criminal operations, on Tuesday provided details… Continue reading →

Broussard Police seeking two men who robbed ATM containers Wednesday

Photo provided by BROUSSARD POLICE DEPARTMENT -- Police say two men fled in this vehicle after robbing two ATM containers filled with cash on the morning of June 24, 2015, as two Community First Bank employees restocked the Albertson Parkway machine.

Police are searching for two men who on Wednesday morning robbed two ATM containers filled with cash as the bank employees refilled the machine on Albertson Parkway. One of the robbers, who brandished a handgun in the robbery, is described as a heavyset black man standing about 5-feet 8-inches tall. He was… Continue reading →

Three killed, one injured in Breaux Bridge shooting; events leading up to shooting unclear

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  The home where Clifford Blanchard, his wife Leola and Ashlynn Blanchard, 3, the daughter of their son Scott Blanchard, were killed following an altercation in which Scott was also injured Tuesday evening is seen Wednesday on La Rue Angelle in Breaux Bridge, La. Leola reported to 911 that she was shot by her husband, Clifford, and in another 911 call Scott reported being shot by his father, Clifford, as well. A struggle then ensued between Scott and Clifford resulting in the shooting death of Clifford. Ashlynn was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound when police arrived at the scene.

Leola Blanchard was on the phone with 911 operators Tuesday night, reporting a disturbance at her home, when her husband fatally shot her — an incident that would end with her husband and their granddaughter also dead and their adult son critically injured, authorities say. Clifford Blanchard, 58, shot his… Continue reading →

Rising Baton Rouge rapper Racked Up Ready -- father of 4 and a 'momma's boy' -- among 2 killed in Bogalusa shooting

A Baton Rouge rapper with an up-and-coming career was one of two men found shot dead Tuesday in Bogalusa. Shannen Hudson, a 31-year-old musician known as Young Ready — and more recently as Racked Up Ready — was discovered dead of at least one gunshot wound about 3:30 p.m. inside a vehicle on City… Continue reading →

Coroner’s Office, Faces Lab help identify skeletal remains found on Waverly Drive last week

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office identified the “skeletonized” remains found on Waverly Drive last week as a Baton Rouge man, but the office has not determined how the man died. Dental records were used to identify the remains of Christopher Martin Schlechte, 1050 Waverly Drive, Coroner William “Beau” Clark said in a news release Wednesday.… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for June 24

Arrests posted June 23, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. HAILEY ALTMAN: 17, of the 200 block of Notre Dame Drive, Scott. She was booked on simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property. BRADLEY MACK ANTHONY: 44, of the 300 block of Gentry Drive, Washington. He was booked on driving on… Continue reading →

Sheriff's Office identifies three shot to death, one injured in Breaux Bridge domestic disturbance Tuesday

Updated at 11:40 a.m.The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office late Tuesday identified the three people shot to death and one critically wounded Tuesday night in what deputies are calling a domestic disturbance. A news release identified the dead as Clifford Blanchard, 58; Leola Blanchard, 72; and Ashlynn Blanchard, 3. Scott Blanchard, 32, listed as injured,… Continue reading →

Assumption deputies arrest two after finding drugs during search of home

Alex Cedotal

Two men were arrested Friday when a search of a Plattenville home by Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies turned up heroin, synthetic marijuana, methamphetamines and crack cocaine, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and detectives with the Narcotics Division searched the home of Oscar Davis, 5771 La. 308 in… Continue reading →

Two suspected of DWI between Monday and Tuesday in East Baton Rouge Parish

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: — Ernest Jilek, 18, 1200 Clausel St., Mandeville, first-offense DWI, equipment violation… Continue reading →