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Baton Rouge behind other cities in developing riverfront potential

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of downtown Baton Rouge looking south. Government building complex is lower.

East Baton Rouge Parish is a waterfront community that doesn’t really act like one. It’s an area that desperately wants to be treated like a tourist destination, and yet it has no wharf, pier or boardwalk offering commercial entertainment options to visitors. It is bordered entirely to the west and southwest by the majestic Mississippi… Continue reading →

As Livingston Parish ends its mosquito control program, four municipalities plan their own wars on the winged pests

Photo provided by USDA-Agricultural Research Service -- Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of illnesses to people and animals, including West Nile virus, and Eastern and Western encephalitis.

As Livingston Parish’s mosquito abatement program winds down, a handful of municipalities are gearing up to battle the bugs on their own, with donated equipment and a crash course in abatement from the parish program’s director. Jeanine Tessmer said she expects to deliver to parish officials a closet’s worth of documents, a file server, about $100,000… Continue reading →

Thousands gather to say goodbye to fallen Trooper Steven Vincent

Law enforcement officers pay their respects to the remains of Louisiana Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Lake Charles, La. Kevin Daigle is accused of shooting Vincent last Sunday after Vincent stopped to help Daigle with his vehicle in a ditch. (Rick Hickman/American Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Louisiana State Police Trooper Steven Vincent’s funeral procession Saturday drew thousands of people wanting to pay their respects, including law enforcement officers who came from around the country. Authorities had projected about 4,000 people to show up to honor Vincent, a 13-year veteran with State Police. He… Continue reading →

False alarm of gunman sends authorities rushing to OLOL Saturday night

Local police agencies rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Saturday night in response to a report there was a gunman inside the hospital, but the report turned out to be false. At least 20 units, from the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police rushed… Continue reading →

School system changes debated at East Baton Rouge School Board retreat

Buying only air-conditioned buses in the future and closing the transfer point on North Sherwood Forest Road that’s been a trouble spot for years were hot topics at an all-day retreat Saturday held by the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. Board members also considered setting minimum academic criteria to get into Lee High School and… Continue reading →

Livingston deputies searching for suspect who shot man in chest

Johnathan Debacco

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies were searching late Saturday for a man who is accused of shooting another man in the chest Saturday afternoon in Denham Springs, then running from the scene. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting at 32085 Burgess Road shortly after 3 p.m. and the victim… Continue reading →

Man booked on fourth-offense DWI among at least eight others booked between Friday, Saturday in East Baton Rouge

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated, one in his fourth offense, 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: Joshua Frith, 25, 995 Plantation Drive, Sterlington, fourth-offense… Continue reading →

Lafayette veteranarian raising two clones of his now-departed dog

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Paula Dupont plays with her dogs, Ken, left, and Henry, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at her and her husband's Veterinary Clinic in Lafayette, La. The two dogs were cloned using cells from the Duponts' previous dog, Melvin.

There was just something about Melvin. For Lafayette veterinarian Phillip Dupont, his dog was more than man’s best friend — the canine was so special that when it became affordable, Dupont had him cloned. Yes, he cloned his dog, a mixture of Catahoula and Doberman. Meet Ken Gordon and Henry Fontenot,… Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for Aug. 29, 2015

Arrests posted Aug. 29, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site: CODY DONALD ARCENEAUX: 26, of the 100 block of Frank Street, Lafayette. He was booked on aggravated battery; two counts of fugitive; and three counts of warrant/bench warrant. Brandy… Continue reading →

State looks at centralized car pool for state-owned vehicles

The Jindal administration, which already is installing GPS monitors, is preparing another plan to address the state-owned vehicle fleet. Soon after taking office more than seven years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal sold some of the state’s vehicles. And as he leaves office in January, the administration will be embarking on a pilot program to centralize the system.… Continue reading →

Suspect in Sunset slayings found ‘unresponsive’ in jail, taken to hospital; authorities suspect man was faking illness

Harrison Lee Riley

The St. Landry Parish man accused in the fatal shooting of a Sunset police officer and stabbing death of a woman didn’t appear for his bond hearing Friday after apparently faking a medical condition that got him transported to a local hospital. But the hearing proceeded anyway, and 27th Judicial… Continue reading →

Judge: Congress was clear — the cost of restoring wetlands damaged by MRGO must be borne entirely by the Corps of Engineers

Advocate staff file photo by Arthur D. Lauck. A tug boat makes the turn from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet at right to the Intracoastal Waterway north east of Chalmette on Oct. 7, 2005.

Calling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ arguments “myopic,” a federal district court ruled Thursday that restoring thousands of acres of wetlands damaged by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet does not require the state to pay almost $1 billion as its share of the cost. Instead, the court found Congress clearly stated the closure… Continue reading →

Man, 39, slain in same Scotlandville neighborhood where brother was gunned down in 2008, had just been to son’s football game

James and Michelle Collins

A man was shot and killed Friday night driving a friend home from a high school football game he had attended with his family, a shooting that happened in the same Scotlandville neighborhood where his brother was gunned down in 2008. Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, said James “Kewambi”… Continue reading →

‘Thankful and blessed’: LSU fullback J.D. Moore earns scholarship

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback John David Moore leads running back Leonard Fournette during a drill at fall camp earlier this month at Charles McClendon football practice facility.

All the hard work LSU tight end-turned-fullback John David Moore put in during his football career – especially the past two seasons with the Tigers – paid off in a big way recently. Moore, a walk-on from Ruston High School, was called into coach Les Miles’ office shortly before the team’s first scrimmage… Continue reading →

Boy accused of killing 3 at Baker Civic Club in 2014 was a gang member awaiting trial on another gun charge, police reports say

Nakeydran Williams

The Baton Rouge boy accused of fatally shooting three teenagers inside the Baker Civic Club in March 2014 allegedly fired a revolver four months earlier — an incident in which the teen victim told police the shooter is a gang member he knows as “Scrappy,” police reports indicate. The principal of Scotlandville High School confirmed to… Continue reading →

Jay Dardenne goes solo for gubernatorial forum; points out his lack of prostitution participation as compared to David Vitter

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was the only gubernatorial candidate to show for a WRKF forum on Friday night, according to a Twitter posting. Dardenne opted to field questions from the audience which included the topics of education, film production tax credits and dealing with Baton Rouge traffic woes. One question asked of Dardenne was how is… Continue reading →

Man shot in arm on Sumrall Drive, police searching for shooter

A man running away from an assailant on Sumrall Drive was shot in the arm Friday night, according to Baton Rouge Police. Police responded to the scene at 7:10 p.m. in the 5900 block of Sumrall Drive but did not immediately locate the shooter. Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at… Continue reading →

Gubenatorial candidates focus on reducing state vehicle fleet

In his first campaign commercial, U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he would reduce the number of vehicles in state government to save a couple hundred million dollars. “Today’s budget mess? My plan ends the waste, like eliminating thousands of unnecessary state cars,” Vitter tells the viewer in a TV spot that debuted last week.… Continue reading →

Judge orders plaintiff in bail lawsuit challenge released from Ascension Parish jail in shoplifting case

Rebecca Marie Snow

A Gonzales woman accused of shoplifting who has challenged the constitutionality of how the bail system in Ascension Parish is applied to poor defendants facing misdemeanor charges has been released from jail. U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick on Thursday evening ordered Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley to release Rebecca M. Snow, 33, from jail immediately… Continue reading →

‘I’m ready to roll’: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron treated successfully for prostate cancer

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been given a clean bill of health, he revealed Friday. Cameron plans to continue as offensive coordinator, and he will coach the 2015 season after receiving successful treatment. “I’m fine. My health is good,” Cameron said at a news conference Friday. “I’ve been given… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man with extensive criminal history sentenced for using false credentials to get two health industry jobs

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison after he was convicted of using false information to gain employment at two health care companies, acquiring almost $119,000 over a year. Walt Green, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, announced Larry D. Butler, 50, who was convicted of wire fraud and false… Continue reading →

Gramercy man arrested in Lafayette shooting death after going to pay a fine

Authorities in Jefferson Parish on Friday arrested a Gramercy man wanted in a Lafayette shooting death earlier in the week. Kendrick Anthony Fobb, 28, is accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of 51-year-old Christopher Isaac, who died Monday at his Lafayette apartment on Duval Street, according to the Lafayette Police Department. Fobb had gone to… Continue reading →

At least five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Thursday and 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: Lal Chuwan, 21, 373 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure… Continue reading →

Metro Buzz: Fish fry fundraiser reels in cash for Ascension clerk candidate

Interim Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna’s fish fry fundraising event Tuesday night at the Gonzales Civic Center reeled in about 600 people — and generated $45,000 in net contributions, her campaign said. The event marked the kick-off for the St. Amant Republican’s bid to lead the 41-person office. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley,… Continue reading →

Battle brewing over whether to sell, or keep, the land under Lafayette’s long-vacant old federal courthouse

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  The former Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, now vacant, is pictured Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in downtown Lafayette, La.

A plan to redevelop the site of the abandoned old federal courthouse downtown into a mix of residential and commercial space seems no closer to reality than when it was first floated six years ago. City-Parish President Joey Durel’s proposed budget for next year calls for spending $1.5 million to demolish the hulking eyesore… Continue reading →

Federal lawsuit settled in beating of inmate at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center

Brandon Gallien, left, and Michael McSheffrey

A federal lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in the beating of an inmate in April 2014 has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money. Jason Brungardt, 41, of Lafayette, filed the suit last year after he said two deputies — Brandon Gallien, 29, of Opelousas, and Michael McSheffrey, 35, of Lafayette — beat and pepper-sprayed him… Continue reading →

Full gallon jugs of water smash into two moving vehicles Thursday in Ascension Parish; deputies are investigating

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating reports that vehicles have been hit with gallon jugs full of water, causing damage and forcing drivers off the road, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jennifer Lavergne, 29, of Gonzales, said she was driving west on La. 621 between La. 431 and Roddy Road about 8:30 p.m. to… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 28

Arrests posted Aug. 28, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website: ALEXANDRA ELIZABETH ARDOIN: 18, homeless, Lafayette. She was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; misdemeanor distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics; and misdemeanor hit-and-run driving. THOMAS JOSEPH ARNAUD: 26,… Continue reading →

Lafayette Crime Blotter for Aug. 27

Arrests posted Aug. 26, 2015, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s website. MONTANA JAMES ALLEMAN: 26, of the 1500 block of North Wilderness Trail, Carencro. He was booked on prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia). ENGLISH NICOLE ASBERRY: 31, of the 1600 block of East Simcoe Street, Lafayette. She was booked on identity theft and felony… Continue reading →

Downtown office building sold

Rendering provided by 210 Laurel Street LLC -- An office building at 210 Laurel St. has been sold to a Baton Rouge developer who plans to expand the property. Plans are to take a one story downtown office building and add two floors. The building will be a combination of office/retail space and a condominium.

An office building at 210 Laurel St. has been sold for $432,000 to a Baton Rouge developer who plans to add floors to it and turn it into a mixed-use property. 210 Laurel Street LLC bought the one-story building from the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police in a deal that was filed earlier this week with the… Continue reading →

LSU offensive line shuffle continues: Ethan Pocic now at center, Will Clapp at left guard

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Freshman center William Clapp  (64) lines up at fall camp Friday at LSU 's Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility.

Will Clapp is on the move. And so is Ethan Pocic. LSU’s starting offensive line is coming into focus a week before the season opener against McNeese State. Clapp, a redshirt freshman, has moved from center to left guard, and Pocic, who began camp at left guard, has replaced him at center. Highly… Continue reading →

Forecasters say Erika projected to hit Florida late Sunday as tropical storm, not hurricane

Forecasters said Friday that it appeared likely that Tropical Storm Erika will strike Florida late Sunday as a tropical storm and not as a hurricane. Chris Landsea, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it was still possible that the storm would dissipate as it passes over the mountains of Hispaniola, the island… Continue reading →

Man found shot on Wyandotte Street in Baton Rouge Friday dies

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge police work the scene of a shooting in the 3200 block of Wyandotte Street, Friday, August 28, 2015. Police found a 32-year-old man lying in the driveway of 3824 Wyandotte Street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds around 12:58pm. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Update 5:00 p.m.: The man was identified as Michael Jerome Howard, 32, 3824 Wyandotte St. An autopsy will be conducted Monday, authorities said. A 32-year-old found shot on a driveway in the 3800 block of Wyandotte Street in north Baton Rouge on Friday has died, said East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. Beau Clark.… Continue reading →