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Deputies use stun gun to bring man under control, but he escapes for a short time into wooded area behind house

Vontrail Walker

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Saturday arrested a 26-year-old man accused of burglarizing a home in Zachary and later running from authorities. Vontrail Walker was caught breaking into a house at 21615 Ligon Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday, according to an arrest report. A resident heard a noise in the hallway outside his bedroom,… Continue reading →

Ten accused of DWI 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: Joseph Adler, 37, 3553 Wyandotte St., Baton Rouge, first-offense… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man shot, killed in front yard of home; family struggles to understand why someone wanted to harm him

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Police tape remains on the scene where Baton Rouge Police officers responded to an early morning shooting Sunday at 2814 73rd Avenue in Baton Rouge where they located a shooting victim suffering from gunshot wound to the head. The shooting remains under investigation.

Family and friends are struggling to understand why someone wanted to harm a Baton Rouge man who was found early Sunday lying on a tree stump in his front yard, mortally wounded by a gunshot. Eddie Simon Jr., 24, was pronounced dead at a hospital after Baton Rouge police found him at about 2 a.m. in front… Continue reading →

ATV crash leaves 6-year-old dead, another child injured; Sheriff’s Office trying to find out what happened

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating an ATV crash Saturday evening that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured another child. Kohen Kleinpeter was killed just before 9:15 p.m. after the driver lost control of the all-terrain vehicle in the 18200 block of Keystone Avenue in Greenwell Springs, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton… Continue reading →

Opelousas man killed in single-vehicle wreck early Sunday

An Opelousas man was killed Sunday morning when he drove his car off La. 35 and crashed into a storage building in St. Landry Parish, State Police said. Reginald Jenkins, 32, was driving north on La. 35 toward Live Oak Road when the road curved left and he continued off the road’s right side, said Brooks David,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man booked in DWI, accused of causing multiple crashes

Louisiana State Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old man accused of causing multiple crashes while intoxicated and seriously injuring his passenger. Shane Roddy was headed north on U.S. 61 near La. 427 when he crashed into the back of another vehicle, according to an arrest report. Roddy drove away and later veered off the highway, crashing… Continue reading →

Lafayette arrests for Feb. 28, 2015

Arrests posted Feb. 28, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: ROBERT HENRY BRASHER: 25, of the 400 block of Alonda Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery and aggravated assault. BRANDON SCOTT BROUSSARD: 27, of… Continue reading →

Gun used in Donaldsonville slayings tied to 5 shooting injuries in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans police say a 25-year-old man was shot twice in the body with non-life-threatening wounds mid-day on May 2, 2013, at the intersection of Aubry and North Dorgenois streets in New Orleans, seen Thursday afternoon. Ascension Parish sheriff's investigators say that shooting and three others in New Orleans in 2011 have been linked with a Jan. 26 double-homicide in Donaldsonville. The tie was made through a ballistic match of shell casings left at the various crime scenes.

Investigators believe a single handgun used in the slayings of two Donaldsonville men in January also was involved in a series of five shooting injuries in recent years in New Orleans. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Friday his officers are in the painstaking process of trying to find and interview the five… Continue reading →

Prairieville man booked on numerous sex counts involving a child

Benjamin Tonguis of Prairieville was arrested Feb. 25, 2015 by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on multiple counts, including 16 counts of aggravated rape.

A Prairieville man was booked Wednesday on 16 counts of aggravated rape and other counts after he confessed to detectives he had committed sexual acts over several years with a now-13-year-old child, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said. The Ascension Parish sheriff’s Juvenile Division received information Wednesday that the child was possibly being raped… Continue reading →

St. Martin school security officer accused of indecent behavior, trying to produce child porn

Photo provided by ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Michael Barber, 39, of Breaux Bridge, was arrested Feb. 27, 2015, on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, attempted production of child pornography and malfeasance in office after St. Martin Parish School Board officials filed a complaint against the 15-year deputy and school resource officer.

A school resource officer in St. Martin Parish was arrested Friday on allegations of indecent behavior with a minor, the Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release. Michael Barber, 39, of Breaux Bridge, was booked on one count each of attempted production of child pornography, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office, said Maj. Ginny… Continue reading →

Five booked in East Baton Rouge on DWI

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: Kaleb Henderson, 22, 15959 Tiger Bend Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI,… Continue reading →

Police: Baton Rouge student knocks bus driver unconscious; another student stops moving bus before accident

The bus driver sat slouched in her seat, knocked unconscious after a middle school student allegedly punched her several times as he walked off the bus Thursday afternoon in north Baton Rouge. Then the bus, carrying about half a dozen students on Linden Street near North Foster Drive, started rolling and picked up some speed before another… Continue reading →

Cops: Felon sparks gun fight with officers

Advocate staff photo by Ben Wallace -- An officer-involved shooting occurred Thursday night in this area of Robbie Avenue near Cristy Drive after BRPD officers tried to stop a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation.

A trail of blood and the sound of screams ultimately led police officers to a suspect they were searching for Thursday night in a neighborhood near Belaire High School, Baton Rouge police said, bringing an end to a chase in which a convicted felon shot a patrol car and then was shot in the arm by an… Continue reading →

Baker couple accused in $450,000 Medicaid fraud scheme

Melvin Williams, Shonda Augustus

Authorities this month arrested a Baker couple accused of collecting almost $450,000 in false Medicaid claims over the past five years for services they never performed for the residents of their group home. The scheme began in 2010 when Shonda Augustus and her husband, Melvin Williams, started filing false claims on behalf of five Medicaid recipients… Continue reading →

Louisiana outlaws new strain of synthetic marijuana, sold as Blue Nugs

State public health officials announced Thursday the ban of a new strain of synthetic marijuana similar to ones already prohibited because of adverse side effects. The designer drug 5f-ADB, sold under the name Blue Nugs, can cause nausea, vomiting, and violent thoughts and actions, public health experts said. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary… Continue reading →

Lafayette police still seeking suspect in East Simcoe Street fatal shooting

Terrence Augustine

Police are still seeking information on the whereabouts of a Lafayette man suspected in an October shooting on East Simcoe Street, according to a news release from the Lafayette Police Department. Terrence J. Augustine, 28, is wanted for attempted second-degree murder in the shooting in the 900 block of East Simcoe Street, in which a 34-year-old… Continue reading →

Trio of out-of-towners arrested in armed robbery in Lafayette

Three men were arrested Thursday in an armed robbery at a Lafayette shopping center, police said. Randy Wilson, 29, of Fresno, Texas, and Dante King, 20, of Alexandria, were each arrested on a count of armed robbery after a 22-year-old man reported he was robbed in the Midtown Plaza parking lot in the 2500 block of… Continue reading →

Two arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish for 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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: James Gibson, 33, 31082 Blakeley Way, Spanish Fort, Ala.,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police: Man, 22, accused in rape of 14-year-old girl

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Wednesday accused in the rape of a teenage girl about a week ago at an Autumn Place apartment off McClelland Drive. Yancy Dwayne Vincent, 22, is accused of raping the 14-year-old girl inside her home at the apartment complex on the night of Feb. 18, according to a Baton Rouge police… Continue reading →

Authorities try to unravel what happened to man whose body was found near Baker; foul play not suspected

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Thursday morning on an East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works maintenance lot off La. 19 just north of Baker. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death, and investigators are working to determine how the man died, said Savannah Williams, a… Continue reading →

Lafayette rapper ‘Vicious’ convicted of ‘inciting a riot with death’


Lafayette rapper Eric “Vicious” Johnson was found guilty Wednesday night of inciting retaliatory violence that led to the 2012 shooting death of a 43-year-old bystander during a melee at a Duson apartment complex. After a two-day trial, the jury deliberated about three hours before announcing Johnson’s conviction on the charge of “inciting… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Screwdriver wielding robber captured; tells deputies he lost his job and has ‘major drug addiction’

A man seen on surveillance video wielding a screwdriver during a Tuesday night robbery of a Cracker Barrel service station was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies. After “multiple callers” identified Andrew Gayden Darce, 54, as the man seen in images of the robbery distributed by the Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives tracked down Darce… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Feb. 26, 2015

Arrests posted Feb. 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: BRANDON KEITH ALFRED: 26, of the 100 block of Clayton Street, Carencro. He was booked on hold for court. TRAVON BENJAMIN: 18, of the 400 block of Joan, Lafayette.… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s Office: Man, 27, accused of carnal knowledge with 16-year-old

Macquel Harris

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old Baker man accused of having sex with and impregnating a 16-year-old girl. Macquel Harris told detectives he had consensual sex with the victim in March 2014 when she was 16, but accused her of lying about her age, according to an arrest report. When the… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest two in East Baton Rouge Parish for 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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Anthony Brown, 23, 8391 Seigen Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and… Continue reading →

Screwdriver wielding Cracker Barrel thief wanted by East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cracker Barrel Robbery Suspect

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who robbed a Cracker Barrel employee Tuesday night while wielding a screwdriver. The man walked into the store at 2020 Millerville Road at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday and told the clerk, “Give me everything you got in the register,” said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. When… Continue reading →

Ascension sheriff's office: Missing teen found

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for Baylie Allen, 17, of Gonzales considered a runaway.

A missing teenage girl, believed to have runaway, was found on Wednesday, a spokesman with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said. Baylie Allen, 17, was located unharmed, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said in an email. No other information was provided. Allen left her grandfather’s home in Gonzales more than… Continue reading →

Blaze at Hiawatha Avenue home causes extensive damage

A smoke detector alerted the occupant of a house at 2220 Hiawatha Ave. to a fire shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, allowing her to safely evacuate, Baton Rouge fire officials said. Firefighters arrived to find fire coming from the front of the house, according to Mark J. Miles, an assistant public information for the Baton Rouge Fire… Continue reading →

Opelousas man in hit-and-run avoids police because of undocumented status

An Opelousas man arrested Saturday in a hit-and-run crash in Scott said he didn’t stop after he crashed into another vehicle that night because he’s an undocumented citizen, Scott Police said. Grosvin Ortiz Aguilar, 27, was arrested on multiple counts related to the crash around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Westgate and Eraste Landry Roads,… Continue reading →

Authorities investigating burglary, fire at Lafayette apartment complex

A Tuesday morning fire at a Lafayette apartment complex was set intentionally after someone forced entry into the complex’s office building, according to the Lafayette Fire Department. Firefighters responded around 8 a.m. to Himbola Manor Apartments at 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to find a smoldering fire inside the office building, Fire Department spokesman Alton… Continue reading →

Jeanerette man dies in crash on La. 674

A Jeanerette man was killed just after midnight Monday in a single-vehicle crash on La. 674 in Iberia Parish, State Police said. Donald Williams Jr., 32, was driving a Cadillac CTS west on La. 674 near Whitney Drive when he veered off the road, crashed into a mailbox and ditch embankment then came to rest in… Continue reading →

Former Kinder police chief pleads guilty to malfeasance, theft charges

Gary Pelican

Gary Pelican, Kinder’s former four-term police chief, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges for using public credit cards to buy fuel for personal use, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced in a news release. Pelican, 54, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of malfeasance in office and theft over $1,500, Caldwell said. His sentencing in 33rd Judicial… Continue reading →

Investigators: Moss Street fire set intentionally

Photo by LANIE LEE COOK -- The Lafayette Fire Department said a Feb. 23, 2015, fire at Tops Auto Rental & Sales at 105 Moss Street was set intentionally.

An early Monday fire at a Moss Street auto sales business was intentionally set, causing heavy damage to the building and some of its merchandise, according to the Lafayette Fire Department. Firefighters responded around 4:30 a.m. to Tops Auto Rental & Sales at 105 Moss Street and found the business, along with four vehicles at the lot,… Continue reading →

Denham Springs officer shoots, kills man near Bass Pro Shops after weapon brandished, police say

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs Police investigate the scene where a man brandishing a pistol was shot once by a Denham Springs Police officer Monday afternoon. Police Chief Scott Jones said the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon and was shot when the man did not comply.

Arrests posted Feb. 23, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website

HUNTER BROUSSARD: 18, of the 100 block of Westwood Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. LAURA BRUNO: 28, of the 2100 block of Ambassador Caffrey Parkway, Lafayette. She was booked on careless operation; driver must be licensed; resisting an officer; and a warrant/bench warrant. ASHLEY JOYCE CASTILLE:… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police investigate officers on Spanish Town float that mocked alleged ‘Sons of Guns’ sex abuse victim

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Crew members throw beads to paradegoers as their float, The Krewe of Sleaziana, rolls down Spanish Town Road during the Spanish Town Parade, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

Former “Sons of Guns” co-star Stephanie Ford says a Spanish Town Parade float that mocked her reported sexual abuse was carrying a Baton Rouge police officer who continued to make fun of her on Facebook. Now three members of the police force are facing an internal investigation for their possible involvement with the float, including an officer… Continue reading →