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CPSO IMPLEMENTS ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION AT PRIEN LAKE MALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 26 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from 10 a.m. until one hour past mall closing.

 

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the parking lot of the mall near the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Ernest Street.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests during the evening hours, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This will be the eighteenth year we have organized RPM and we are very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs. 

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI).   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 23rd out of approximately 2,800 forensic examiners in the nation after completing 468 forensic exams and over 42 terabytes of data this fiscal year.  The exams range from cellphone, vehicle, and computer forensics, along with DVR systems.    

           

The NCFI, which is run by the United States Secret Service and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, is a federally funded training center dedicated to instructing state and local officials in digital evidence and cyber-crime investigations.  The NCFI was opened in 2008 with a mandate to provide state and local law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals a free, comprehensive education on current cyber-crime trends, investigative methods, and prosecutorial and judicial challenges. 

 

 

Pictured in photo 1 is Detective Jerod Abshire and Tara McLeese, Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in Baton Rouge. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 is (left to right) CPSO Commander Gene Pittman, CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire, and CPSO Lt. Ty Istre.  


Notice of Public Meeting 11/19/2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT

 

Date and Time Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  November 19, 2021

TIME:   1:30pm

PLACE OF MEETING:      Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

                Call to order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Review previously approved minutes from the last meeting held on July 15, 2021

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      A resolution to examine and canvass the returns, declare the result and  approve and promulgate the certified returns of the votes cast (with regard to the renewal of the one-quarter (1/4%) sales and use tax) in the election held in the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana (the “District”), on Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

 

2.      If the previous resolution is approved; adoption of the Proces Verbal of the canvass of the returns of said election by the Sheriff and the Law Enforcement District of said results.  Furthermore, upon the approval, the Sheriff’s staff is instructed to record the results with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court’s Office and forward copies to all appropriate entities.  Staff is further instructed to promulgate the results of said election by publication in the manner provided by law.

 

3.      The adoption of an Ordinance providing for the renewal of the levy (by the Calcasieu Parish School Board) and collection of a one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax (“Tax”) by the Law Enforcement District of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana (“District”), for an additional ten (10) year period beginning October 1, 2023, and expiring on September 30, 2033 (as called for by the voters of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on November 13, 2021) in accordance with the provisions and terms of Chapter 2D of Subtitle II, Title 47 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as it may be amended (“Uniform Local Sales Tax Code”).

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR JUVENILE INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery. 

 

On the evening of November 16 detectives learned the victim, Jayden P. Ramirez, 18, Lake Charles, died from his injuries.  Earlier today detectives upgraded the 16 year old’s charges from aggravated 2nd degree battery to 2nd degree murder.       

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2021 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2021 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2021 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:

                       

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

            Monday—Friday        8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  (open through lunch)                       

Payments can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

           Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2021 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 6                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  618 E Center St., DeQuincy

           

Tuesday, December 7                                                  Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  115 Bronco Lane, Lake Charles

 

Wednesday, December 8                                           Vinton Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 1302 Center Street, Vinton

 

Payments at these locations can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2021 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2021.  Any payments received after December 31, 2021 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.      

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 126th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 126th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 40 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-six officers completed 505 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Trevor Legg, Lake Charles Police Department, was selected class president of the 126th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Ashlyn Lonidier, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Alec Blatcher, first; Sulphur Police Department

Paul Miller, Jr., second; Lake Charles Police Department

Adam Richard, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Carson Walker, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Physical Training was presented to Tyler Kibodeaux, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 505 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Maria Avila, Adam Chambers, Jr., Tanya Savell, Krista West – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Spencer Biven, Meghan Boudreaux, Kimberly Cutrera, Patrick Hawley, Brandon Kelly, Tyler Kibodeaux, Aaron Laurents, Ashlyn Lonidier  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Collin Cloud, Carson Walker– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Anthony Figueroa, Rusty Goss – Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Douglas Bennett, Benjamin Busby, Robert Evans – DeRidder Police Department

Chief Bruce Lemelle – Elton Police Department

Charles Duhon – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Christian Arabie, George Braneff, Hegemann Carter, Jr., Kelly Evans, Trevor Legg, Paul Miller, Jr., Adam Richard– Lake Charles Police Department

Jesica Thompson – Oakdale Police Department

                        Justin Bibby – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Nicole Kearns, Warren Price, Crystal Snell – Probation & Parole

Abigale Barks, Alec Blatcher – Sulphur Police Department

Whitlea Cormier – Welsh Police Department

                        Jimmy Holmes, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jerry Childress, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Rocky Rhodes, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.  Lucas Parker, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 12 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fast food restaurant on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  

           

When deputies arrived the observed an employee at the restaurant with a gunshot wound to her hand.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the two suspects, Conswella A. Robinson, 45, Humble, Texas, and Catherine M. Anderson, 64, Baton Rouge, entered the restaurant armed with a gun in order to confront the victim.  A physical altercation ensued between Robinson, Anderson, and the victim, at which time the gun was produced.  There was a struggle between the three individuals at which time the gun was accidently discharged, hitting the victim and grazing Robinson on the forearm.

           

Robinson and the victim were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and later released.  Robinson and Anderson were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Robinson was additionally charged with possession of CDS I.  Their bonds are still pending. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a single vehicle crash, with an SUV on fire. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV was traveling on N. Perkins Ferry Road when it went off the roadway, for unknown reasons, in a curve.  The driver, Alicia D. Smith, 40, Lake Charles, was ejected from the SUV.  It is believed the vehicle then caught fire due to damages it sustained during the crash.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.  She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

           

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Cameron Hicks and Cody Fontenot are the lead investigators on this crash.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36, 3010 Line Road, and John D. Mitchener, 48, 2219 Old Highway 90, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for utility wire thefts.

           

During the investigation detectives learned near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  During further investigation detectives learned Mitchener dropped Landry off in order to steal the wire.  

           

During further investigation, when detectives made contact with Landry and Mitchener they located wire and protective casing consistent with the type of wire that was stolen.  Landry was also found to be in possession of tools commonly used to cut large wire along with medication she did not have a prescription for. 

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000.  Landry was additionally charged with theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000; illegal possession of burglary tools; and possession of a prescription of CDS and/or legend drug.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Mitchener’s bond at $25,000 and Landry’s bond at $16,000.

           

Mitchener was previously arrested in July 2021 for utility wire theft.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS 1 FOR ARMED ROBBERY & SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF SECOND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred on Decker Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation the victim advised deputies a short time earlier he was robbed at gunpoint by a man, later identified as Lydell Joseph, 21, 211 N. Goodman Road, Lake Charles. The victim also stated there was another black male present during the robbery. The suspects stole a 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, and $300 from inside the victim’s truck.

 

After further investigation, on November 4 CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Joseph’s arrest. On November 9 detectives located Joseph and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000. His bond is set at $56,000.

 

Detectives are currently attempting to identify the second suspect and are asking anyone who may have information pertaining to this case or his identity to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT OF GUNS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to the theft of two firearms. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered an acquaintance of the victim, Shamberly M. Edgerton, 42, 3433 L. Benoit Road, Lake Charles, went to his residence while he was out of town.  Edgerton was let inside by a roommate, at which time she stated she was there to gather belongings for the victim for safe keeping until he returns.

           

When detectives spoke with Edgerton she confirmed she took some of the victim’s belongings, including two firearms, from his residence although he did not ask her to do so.  She then advised detectives the firearms were inside her vehicle when it was burglarized at a local boat launch, at which time the guns were stolen.  It was learned Edgerton did not file a report with law enforcement in reference to the vehicle burglary.

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Derek Kee set her bond at $2,500.  Edgerton is also being held on a probation hold. 

         

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 7 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance. 

           

Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect, Teddy T. Arvie, 41, Ville Platte, LA, fled out the back door of the residence when they arrived.  During the investigation deputies learned Arvie, a friend of the victim, arrived at her home and was knocking on her door, when the victim opened the door Arvie pushed his way inside the residence.  Once inside Arvie began yelling at the victim and threatened to hurt her, at which time she was able to text a family member and advise them to call law enforcement.  Deputies also learned Arvie hit the victim several times with his fists, pinned her down, and strangled her while stating he was going to kill her.  The victim stated she attempted to get away but was unable. 

           

CPSO deputies later located Arvie and when he spoke with detectives he confirmed he strangled the victim and made statements in reference to killing her.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $275,000.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES COLLEGE PREP STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between Friday, October 29 and Tuesday, November 2, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have been investigating several threats in reference to a shooting occurring at Lake Charles College Prep. 

           

During the investigation detectives interviewed a 14 year old student who attends LCCP.  During questioning the girl confirmed she was responsible for creating one of the threats.  Detectives were also able to trace an IP address that was obtained during the investigation back to the student’s home address. 

           

She was arrested and is currently being booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

“We have a zero tolerance when it comes to threatening harm to other students along with the faculty at our schools in Calcasieu Parish.  It is not something that is taken lightly,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I encourage parents to take the time to talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making these threats.  Since January of this year we have made 7 arrests for terrorizing; this is not a joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school, staff, or other students.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.” 

           

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on these cases. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.     

        

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2NDDEGREE BATTERY AFTER SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence located at 7529 Snapper Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.


 During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim and a resident at the home, Phoenix J. Grindol, 25, had an argument and the victim began beating on the door of the home while Grindol was inside.  Grindol then shot the victim through the door.  Deputies were advised the victim had left the scene prior to their arrival.  A short time later deputies learned the victim was located at a local hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. 


After further investigation Grindol was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.  His bond is still pending.  


The victim is listed in stable, but serious condition. 


CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case.   


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR STOLEN PROPERTY RELATED TO ATM THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Louisiana State Police Troop D coordinated a traffic stop on an SUV traveling on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles after receiving a tip it may be possibly related to the thefts from ATMs in Calcasieu Parish.  

           

During the initial investigation, approximately $44,000, a ski mask, gloves, and a firearm were located inside the SUV.  Detectives and Troopers also located clothing inside the SUV that matched the description of the suspects related to an ATM theft that occurred in Covington, LA, earlier the same day.

           

After further investigation the occupants of the SUV, Trevon D. Chenier, 28, Javon D. Schoffield, 29, and Rodney E. Curry, 35, all of Houston, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things over $25,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set each of their bonds at $475,000.

           

After further investigation it was learned Chenier was also involved in the theft from an ATM that occurred on Highway 14 in Lake Charles on August 30, where the safe to an ATM was detached from the machine and approximately $128,000 was stolen.  Detectives also learned Chenier was involved in the attempted theft from an ATM that occurred on September 20 on Nelson Road in Lake Charles.  He was additionally charged with attempted theft $5,000 to $25,000; theft $25,000 or more; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; and criminal conspiracy.  Judge Clayton Davis set an additional bond at $575,000. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests are possible.

           

Chenier, Schoffield, and Curry are also being held on charges from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to the theft in Covington that occurred on October 25. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday, October 28, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at this time, one or both of the vehicle crossed the center line and the vehicles collided head on.  The passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation and the cause of the accident and seatbelt use are unknown at this time.  It does appear speed played a factor in the accident.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and the driver of the car was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sonny L. Carey, 50, Winnfield, LA, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Carey, who is registered in Winnfield, LA, was staying at a residence on Roxton Street in Sulphur.  Carey failed to notify the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office along with CPSO that he had been staying in Sulphur, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was located at the residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.

            

Carey was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Marcus J. Mitchell, 45, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Mitchell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Mitchell at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address for two weeks and failed to register his new address with law enforcement, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,000.

            

Mitchell was convicted of oral copulation with force in 2013 in California.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mitchell was also arrested in May of 2021 by the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, October 24 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 4400 block of Ihles Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

Upon arrival the deputy made contact with the driver, Carlos G. Diaz, 33, Dayton, Texas.  The deputy observed Diaz to have red, glossy eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Diaz he initially stated he drank one beer, but later told deputies he drank approximately four (24 oz.) beers.  The deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but was unable to complete it due to possible injuries sustained during the crash along with Diaz’s unsteady balance.  During the investigation the deputy also learned Diaz has two prior DWI arrests.    

           

Diaz was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  The deputy then asked if he would consent to a blood draw for a toxicology report, which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital.

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Diaz was medically cleared and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and carless operation.  He was released the following day on a $37,000 bond with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must be subject to random drug screenings, cannot commit any other crimes; no purchase or possession of any firearms or dangerous weapons; no contact with known drug users or convicted felons; and no driving without a valid license set by Judge Mike Canaday. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. William Sommers is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO Responds To Possible Tornado Damages

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received several calls in reference to tornado damage in the areas off Ham Reid Road from Nelson Road to Ihles Road in Lake Charles.  CPSO deputies conducted door to door residential checks in those areas and no injuries were reported to deputies. 


CPSO deputies will be conducting extra patrols throughout the night in the damaged areas. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Monday, October 4 around 4:00 p.m. on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

The truck will have minor damage to the front passenger side and right front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Cox Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect made entry into the home, sometime between September 2 and September 5, by breaking a window in the back of the residence.  Once inside the home the suspect stole several items including jewelry and a TV.  Deputies were able to obtain DNA evidence from the scene, which was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing.

           

The sample DNA was submitted into Combined DNA Index Systems (CODIS) and detectives received later notification that the DNA was a match for Travis J. Garner, 32, 450 Parish Road #201, Lake Charles.  

           

On October 20 detectives made contact with Garner at his residence.  During questioning he stated he went back to the residence a second time, between September 25 and September 27, at which time he stole appliances and outdoor equipment from under the carport.  Prior to questioning Garner was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia, along with several of the items that were previously stolen from the residence. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft $1,000 - $5,000; theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property; criminal trespassing; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  His total bond is set at $36,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of Highway 101 in Bell City in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect, Clint A. Carpenter, 39, 7629 Texas Avenue, Hayes, shot the victim after a verbal argument, then fled the scene. 

           

CPSO deputies conducted an extensive search of the area and with the assistance of CPSO Air 1 located Carpenter a short time later in a wooded area south of Hayes, near Highway 14. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal use of a dangerous weapon; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $175,000. 

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a drive by shooting. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated he was leaving the store when he observed a truck driving by.  The victim stated the truck turned around and pulled back onto Highway 109 and passed the store once again, at which time shots were fired from the truck.  The victim also advised detectives he recognized one of the individuals in the truck as Jervon J. Broussard, 24, Lafayette, LA.  The victim’s truck along with another truck in the parking lot had been struck several times during the shooting. 

           

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses, detectives were able to identify the two other suspects inside the truck as Brison J. Thibodeaux, 28, Broussard, LA, and Dillon J. Derousselle, 19, Carencro, LA.  The following day detectives located Broussard and Thibodeaux, at which time they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day a warrant was issued for Derousselle’s arrest.  They are all charged with illegal carrying and discharging of a weapon; and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Michael Canaday set Broussard’s bond at $210,000 and Thibodeaux and Derousselle’s bond at $300,000. 

           

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Derousselle they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Lt. Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, October 1 at approximately 7:00 a.m. at the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Gillis. 

           

The investigation revealed a pickup truck was traveling southbound on Welcome Road when it ran a stop sign and struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on Topsy Road.  Upon impact the SUV was forced off the roadway.  The SUV overturned, traveled across Cryer Road and struck a stop sign before coming to rest upside down in the ditch. 

 

The suspect’s truck, described as burgundy or maroon colored with a chrome bumper, fled the scene heading eastbound on Topsy Road.  The truck will have damage to the front passenger side bumper as well as the front passenger side quarter panel. 

 

The driver of the SUV along with 3 young passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this incident please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sgts. Bryan Alexander and Casey Steech are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –
 
Earlier today, October 9, around noon deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located at 2796 Post Oak Road #28A in Sulphur, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jose L. Mosqueda, Jr., 29, Mission, Texas, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 
            
During the investigation, detectives spoke with the suspect, Oscar R. Lucero, 34, Hidalgo, Texas, who was located on scene.  He advised detectives he and the victim worked together and had gone for drinks after work prior to returning to the residence, which is where Lucero was staying while working in the area.  Lucero then tells detectives while at the residence Mosqueda attempted to stab him, at which time he shot the victim several times. 
            
After further investigation and speaking with witnesses, Lucero was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for 2nd degree murder.  His bond has not yet been set.
            
Lucero suffered a superficial laceration on his shoulder during the incident. 
            

 

CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO Cpl. Rebekah Thierry and Deputy Taylor Plaisance from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 15 law enforcement officers from across the state who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Bossier City. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has eight deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 6 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they made contact with three suspects, identified as Chances M. Robinson, 26, Kasey M. Bean, 25, and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Beaumont, Texas.  

           

The initial investigation revealed the suspects entered the store two separate times that day and stole approximately $4,600 worth of merchandise.  It was also discovered earlier the same day the suspects stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from the same store in Beaumont. 

           

Further investigation revealed Robinson and Bean were also responsible for stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the same store on Derek Drive on September 9. 

           

After speaking with detectives Robinson and Bean were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 3 counts of theft $1,000 to $5,000; and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.  Robinson was released on October 8 on a $23,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  Bean was released on October 7 on a $27,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

The 16 year old was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

 

The stolen items from the thefts on October 6 at the store in Lake Charles and Beaumont were recovered by deputies.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely.  CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 5 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fire at a residence located at 121 Roberts Road in Starks.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a large amount of wire and protective covering had been burnt.  Due to the type of protective covering on the wire it was learned the wire belonged to a telecommunications company and had been stolen off of utility poles.

           

When detectives spoke with the homeowner, Scott A. Stains, 40, he stated he stole approximately 1,500 feet of wire.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.                

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Andrew J. McClelland, 27, 1800 N. Beglis Parkway #102 C, Sulphur, having sexual intercourse and sexually battering a girl under the age of 18, several days prior. 

           

When detectives spoke with McClelland he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $550,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, November 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/189075.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.  

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  This will likely be the last hunter’s education course offered by CPSO for the remainder of this year.  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Jessica L. Billingsly, 31, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she failed to comply with her sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Billingsley had moved on multiple occasions and failed to register her new address with law enforcement. 

 

Billingsley, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2018 in Calcasieu Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $4,500.

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

 

On October 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a truck stop in Starks in reference to trespassing.

 

During the initial investigation deputies made contact with Keith J. Manuel, 60, 379 Robert Clark Road, Starks, a convicted sex offender, and observed him to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  When deputies spoke with personnel at the truck stop they learned Manuel had been causing a disturbance inside the store.  Store personnel told deputies Manuel had been instructed to leave the property, but refused. 

 

During further investigation, while speaking with Manuel, who was convicted of sexual battery in 2001 in Calcasieu Parish, deputies learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Manuel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with remaining after forbidden; failure to register as a sex offender; and disturbing the peace drunkenness.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $3,150. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Jake Verrette is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On October 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Michael D. Cutburth, 31, Sulphur, after it was discovered he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation deputies learned Cutburth had been staying at a different address than what was registered with law enforcement.

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.

 

Cutburth was convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault in 2010 and 2016 in Arkansas. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Michael Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, Micah B. Ortego, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard and they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest.  All three suspects were charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard were additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Sheena M. Garvin, 36, 245 Brown Road, Lake Charles, was also involved in one of the residential burglaries.  It was discovered Garvin contacted one of the victims under false pretenses, pretending to be interested in purchasing tickets for a fundraiser the victim was organizing.  Garvin asked the victim to meet her at a location, away from the residence, to purchase the tickets, in order to lure the victim away from the home to facilitate the burglary and theft.  When the victim arrived at the location Garvin never showed up and stopped communicating with the victim.    

           

On October 1 Garvin was interviewed by detectives and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $7,000. 

           

Detectives are still attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY


 

Lake Charles –

 

            Earlier this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a man entered the store armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance of the suspect and were able to obtain a description.  Later this morning deputies located the suspect, identified as Fernando L. Nelson, 53, 2608 General Patton Street, Lake Charles, during a traffic stop.  When deputies located Nelson he was in possession of a scarf, seen on video surveillance, and a knife.  When detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible for the Armed Robbery.  

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correcitonal Center and charged with armed robbery.  His bond is pending.

            An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  

            CPSO Detective Chris Scharp is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20 at the intersection of Parish Road and Pinecone Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck ran a stop sign at the intersection and struck a car.  The suspect then fled the scene of the accident, heading north on Parish Road.  The truck is described as a light colored Dodge Dakota, possibly 2005 model.  The truck will have damage to the front end.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 21-116330.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & SEARCHING FOR 1 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, 37, 2709 12th Street, Micah B. Ortego, 41, 7553 Tammy Lane, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., 39, 205 N. Perkins Ferry Road, all of Lake Charles, were responsible for the burglary and thefts.

           

Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Detectives executed a search warrant on Ortego’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamines. 

 

Ortego and Richard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest in the amount of $62,000.

All three suspects are charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego is additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Ortego’s bond at $28,500 and Richard’s bond at $23,500.  Ortego and Richard also have a detainer from Probation & Parole. 

           

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

Detective recovered two of the stolen firearms. 

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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CPSO ARRESTS LC MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 23 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Yosvanis L. Carballosa, 27, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, fired his handgun towards the victim’s home after an argument, causing a bullet to hit the house.  The bullet traveled through the wall of the residence and into the victim’s bedroom, where he was sleeping. 

           

Carballosa barricaded himself inside his residence when deputies arrived.  The CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) responded and was able to make entry into the home and take Carballosa into custody.

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapons; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $50,000.

           

CPSO Detectives Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 RELATED TO ATTEMPTED ATM BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on September 20, after a 3 month investigation regarding ATM burglaries in the area, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information pertaining to individuals in the Lake Charles area that may possibly be committing an ATM theft.

 

Detectives began conducting surveillance at a local bank on Nelson Road in Lake Charles, when they observed several suspects attempting to steal cash out of an ATM. A fully marked CPSO deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspects when they were leaving the bank at which time the suspects fled in a truck, which was later discovered to be stolen. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspects ultimately fled on foot from the truck.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation detectives arrested the following individuals related to the attempted ATM burglary:

 

Caleb C. Jones, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Caylon L. Johnson, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Ajalon J. Baker, 26, Houston, TX (bond $242,500)

Araneisha D. Victor, 22, Katy, TX (bond $40,500)

Jeremy M. Spiller, 32, Galena Park, TX (bond $40,500)

 

They were all booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Jones, Johnson and Baker are charged with attempted theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25.000; and criminal conspiracy. Victor and Spiller are charged with accessory after the fact; and possession of marijuana.

 

It was also discovered Baker has a warrant out of Arkansas for ATM burglaries and Johnson, who is on parole in Texas, violated his parole by crossing state lines.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOC INMATE WHO ESCAPED SW TRANSITIONAL WORK PROGRAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, September 20, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised a Department of Corrections inmate, Desmond D. Louis, 20, who was being housed at the Southwest Transitional Work Program, had walked off his job, located at a local restaurant in Lake Charles.  Detectives have been continuously searching for Louis and last night, September 22, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information revealing Louis was live on social media. 

 

Detectives began viewing the social media feed and observed Louis to be travelling as a passenger in a car on Highway 171.  CPSO detectives began searching for Louis on Highway 171 and pulled onto the shoulder in an attempt to locate Louis.  A fully marked CPSO patrol unit observed what he believed to be the car Louis was in traveling on Highway 171 near Cobb Circle in Moss Bluff.  The deputy activated his lights and siren in to initiate a traffic stop.  The driver, later learned to be a 16 year old juvenile, pulled over in front of the detective’s unit.  CPSO detectives exited the vehicle, at which time Louis began shooting at detectives, causing detectives to fire back.

 

The car fled the scene at which time a pursuit ensued and the driver ultimately pulled over near Jillian Drive in Beauregard Parish.  It was learned Louis fled the car prior to the driver stopping.  

 

Two passengers in the car, Keasia J. Wilfred, 19, Lake Charles, who is the owner of the car, and Dannirriah Louis, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with 2 counts of principal to attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact to simple escape.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Louis, who was last seen wearing no shirt and orange basketball shorts.  He should be considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Louis or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605, or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Detectives are also asking anyone who may have home surveillance in the areas to please review their footage and report any suspicious activity.

 

Louis was convicted of illegal use of a dangerous weapon in January 2020.  He was also convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and illegal carrying of a weapon in April 2020. 

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.  Assisting is the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, and the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

No injuries were sustained during the gunfire. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SULPHUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 15 year old juvenile told another student not to go to school the following day.  Detectives were further advised the boy stated he had an “item” to bring to school.  When questioned on what the “item” was detectives were advised the boy made a gun signal with his hands. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Cody Ferguson is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from an individual who stated he had located his missing cat, deceased, in his neighbor’s ditch.  He further advised detectives he believed the cat had been shot.    

           

After further investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Mandy C. Bellow, 45, 5627 Brady Joseph Lane, Bell City, had shot the cat with a pellet gun and threw it in her ditch.  On September 17 a warrant was issued for Bellow’s arrest. 

 

On September 21 she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to animals.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $65,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

ONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Mister S. Castille, 44, Jennings, LA, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered Castille entered into a contract with the victim and accepted $28,000 in payments to begin repairs on the residence, but did not possess a contractor’s license.          

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.  

           

CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF FORGERY, THEFT, & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Colby J. Richard, 28, 966 Walker Street, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for numerous cases of theft and fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was learned since July Richard has been stealing mail out of residential mailboxes in the Lake Charles and Sulphur areas in an attempt to locate checks, money orders, or credit and debit cards.  The investigation revealed Richard would alter and forge the checks he found and make a mobile deposit in order to receive the money.  It was also discovered Richard fraudulently opened accounts in numerous victim’s names and used those accounts to redeem the altered checks.   

           

On September 1, when detectives made contact with Richard he presented them with an identification card belonging to one of the victims.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 16 counts of forgery; 16 counts of bank fraud; 4 counts of identity theft less than $300; 2 counts of identity theft $300 - $500; 6 counts of identity theft $1,000 or more; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  His total bond is set at $183,000.

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are pending.  There are currently 23 identified victims and detectives are currently working to identify over 25 additional victims.  Detectives believe the victims either knew Richard or one of his acquaintances.   

           

CPSO Detectives Joshua Bruns and Shelli Fontenot are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Public Notice Extreme Emergency

September 2, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(b) that Hurricane Ida poses an extreme emergency threat for Calcasieu Parish and the State of Louisiana. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases and paying overtime while assisting in post Hurricane operations in SE Louisiana. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT AT LOCAL SCHOOLS & 1 FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 3 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to three elementary schools in Lake Charles in reference to burglaries.  Further investigation revealed several iPads and laptops had been stolen from the schools. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives released photographs of the two suspects through Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles.  On August 26 detectives received a tip identifying one of the suspects as Tyler G. Lanthier, 19, 1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles.  The same day detectives located Lanthier at his residence and were able to recover some of the stolen items from the school inside his residence.  Further investigation revealed the second suspect is a 17 year old juvenile from Lake Charles. 

           

Later the same day detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the juvenile’s residence and located two laptops that had been stolen during the school burglaries along with the keys to one of the schools.  Detectives also located a safe inside the home belonging to the homeowner, Bradley W. Dowden, 39, Lake Charles, containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an AR-15, LSD, steroids, and body armor which had been previously reported stolen through Louisiana Probation & Parole. 

           

Lanthier, the juvenile, and Dowden were all arrested.  Lanthier and Dowden were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lanthier is charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $150,000.  Dowden is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; unlawful use or possession of body armor; and possession of CDS I.  He was released the following day on a $26,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of River Moss Lane in Lake Charles in reference to someone laying on the side of the road. 

           

When deputies arrived they made contact with Jason D. Landry, 44, homeless, and learned he was a convicted sex offender that was currently registered in Vermillion Parish.  Further investigation revealed Landry had been living in Calcasieu Parish since August 11 and failed to report to local law enforcement within 3 days, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Landry was convicted of 2nd degree sexual battery on December 18, 1996 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile on December 24, 1996, both in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 in Vermillion Parish and again in 2013 in Lafayette Parish. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Tommy Paul is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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CPSO Crime Stoppers 137

Between August 3 and 7, the suspects seen in these photographs gained access to three elementary schools in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the schools the suspects stole several iPads and laptops.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 9 and 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit issued warrants for the following convicted sex offenders after investigations revealed they were in violation of their sex offender registration requirements. 

 

·         John J. Corbett, 34, homeless

Convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Montgomery County in 2007

Failure to register as a sex offender; Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $25,000

 

·         Joseph L. Guidry, 67, homeless

Convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in March and December of 1984, molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery in 1990, and failure to registers as a sex offender in 2011 and 2016, all in Calcasieu Parish. 

4 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $160,000

 

·         Victor Vallaire, 27, 718 N. Jake Street, Lake Charles

Convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Beauregard Parish in 2016. 

2 counts of failure to pay sex offender fees; and failure to register as a sex offender;   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $40,000

 

On August 20 Guidry and Vallaire were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day Corbett was arrested by the San Marcos Police Department and is currently awaiting extradition. 

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on these cases.  


CPSO ARRESTS 1 & ISSUE 2 WARRANTS RELATED TO STOLEN VEHICLE AND GUNS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Daughenbaugh Road in Iowa in reference to a burglary and theft.  During the initial investigation detectives learned numerous firearms had been stolen from inside the residence. 

           

On July 8 CPSO VCIU Detectives were contacted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office who advised they had located numerous firearms that had been reported stolen through CPSO.  It was also learned the firearms had been located in a car, which had also been report stolen through CPSO on June 12. 

           

The investigation revealed Eric S. Pine, 38, 2343 Highway 90, Sulphur, and Chris M. Kelly, 43, 202 E. Jim Pickens Road, Sulphur, were in possession of the stolen car at some point.  It was also discovered Pine had sold the stolen car to Jesse A. Ricketts, 28, Houston, TX.  Further investigation revealed Ricketts was involved in the burglary and theft from the residence in Iowa and was in possession of the stolen firearms and had also transported them to Evangeline Parish to sell. 

           

Between July 14 and August 10 detectives issued arrest warrants for Pine and Kelly charging them with illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge David Ritchie set Pine’s bond at $60,000 and Judge Tony Fazzio set Kelly’s bond at $40,000.  Detectives also issued a warrant for Ricketts, charging him with simple burglary; 34 counts of theft of a firearm; 34 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and criminal street gangs & patterns of criminal street gang activity.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $451,000.

           

On August 11 Pine was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Detectives are still currently searching for Kelly and Ricketts.  If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

Detectives were able to recover 23 firearms that had been reported stolen through CPSO along with the stolen car. 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Rathke and Tyler McKnight are the lead investigators on this case.   

 

 

Note:  When Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office located the stolen car Michael S. Blevins from Ville Platte, who EPSO arrested, was in possession of the car along with the stolen guns.  You can see their release here:

https://www.evangelineparishsheriff.org/press_view.php?id=204


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised an unknown man entered the fence on the property but cutting a hole.  Once on the property the suspect stole insulated cables.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and after further investigation were able to identify the suspect as Samuel J. Johnson, 44, 714 Sundale Drive, Lake Charles. 

           

The following day Johnson was located and while speaking with detectives he stated he drove to the business with another individual.  He further advised detectives he stole the cables and scrapped them in Texas. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft $1,000 - $5,000; and criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $14,000.  Johnson also had an active warrant for contempt of court.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.

           

Detective John Coffman and Chris Sharp are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR OVERNIGHT SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a truck stop in Vinton in reference to a shooting. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered earlier that evening the victim, who is a licensed repossession agent, had been at a home on Syria Road in Lake Charles in order to repossess a truck.  Moments before deputies were dispatched in reference to the shooting CPSO Dispatch received a call from Orlandezz J. Leday, 20, 120 Syria Road, Lake Charles, advising his truck had been stolen.  It was discovered Leday, along with Deonta D. Evans, 26, 8559 Gulf Highway #127, Lake Charles, left the residence in an attempt to locate the truck. 

           

Leday and Evans located the truck at the truck stop in Vinton and began speaking with the victim.  Detectives have reason to believe the suspects followed the victim from the home after he completed the repossession.  Detectives learned a short time later one of the suspects began shooting at the victim, who was inside his truck, striking him in the legs.

           

Leday and Evans were located on scene and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; aggravated criminal damage to property; and illegal discharge of a firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $275,000.

           

The investigation is continuing.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

           

Assisting CPSO in the investigation was the Vinton Police Department  

           

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER 2nd OFFENSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, John A. Arceneaux, 49, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered Arceneaux failed to report to his quarterly in person registration on two occasions, once in April and once in July, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  On August 3 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Arceneaux’s arrest.

           

On August 13 he was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  His bond is set at $100,000.

 

 Arceneaux has the following convictions:

·         1990 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Acadia Parish

·         1992 – sexual battery in Acadia Parish

·         1993 – carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Vermillion Parish

·         2001 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Acadia Parish

·         2010 – failure to register as a sex offender in Acadia Parish

·         2012 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish

 

CPSO Detective Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS ONE AND SEARCHING FOR ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the area of West Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the homes where the burglaries occurred and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a black Dodge Challenger.

           

On July 30 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to multiple vehicle burglaries in the Vinton area and learned the same Dodge Challenger had been in the area where the burglaries occurred.  During the investigations the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) was also advised Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office was working multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred on July 27 involving a black Dodge Challenger. 

           

With the assistance of the CPSO RTCC detectives identified the owner of the car as Darien D. Trahan, 19, 5942 Leger Road, Lake Charles, and after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for his arrest.  The following day, July 31, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $113,000.

           

Further investigation revealed another suspect, Taveon E. Williams, 19, 2006 13th Street, Lake Charles, was also responsible for the vehicle burglaries in Calcasieu Parish.  On August 13 detectives issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $88,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  He is also charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Rathke and Tyler McKnight are the lead investigators on these cases.  


CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between May and July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received two complaints in reference to contractor Darrell W. Bennett, Jr., 38, 3121 General Marshall Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the victim’s hired Bennett to complete repairs at their homes.  It was also learned Bennett received a down payment from both victims and began repairs at the home, but did not possess a contractor’s license.     

           

After further investigation on July 16 detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Bennett’s arrest.  On August 12 Bennett turned himself in to CPSO Warrants division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $20,000 bond.

           

CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases.  

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Crime Stoppers CPSO 136

Sometime between July 6 and 13 an unknown suspect/suspects entered the Dutch Cove Cemetery on Global Drive in Sulphur and caused damage to several grave sites.

 

The damages to the grave sites is approximately $7,000.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Christopher C. Robinson, 40, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Robinson was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Robinson and learned he moved approximately 1 month prior and failed to register his new address with law enforcement, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $30,000.

            

Robinson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2014. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Gabriel W. Fruge, 42, 408 Morning Glory Lane, Westlake, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for contractor fraud.  

           

During the investigation detectives learned the victim had entered into an agreement with Fruge and paid over $7,000 as a deposit for him to replace their roof.  It was discovered Fruge had cashed the checked in November 2020, but failed to deliver materials to the victim or begin repairs at the home.  Further investigation revealed Fruge does not have a contractor’s license. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $40,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to an incident involving contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised he hired Olaf P. Shreve II, 60, 627 Gulf Street, Lake Charles, in January to complete repairs on his home.  The victim stated he paid Shreve $5,000, which was half the costs to purchase the materials needed.  The suspect cashed the check, but failed to deliver materials or begin repairs at the home.  Further investigation revealed Shreve does not have a contractor’s license.

           

On July 8 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Shreve’s arrest.  He was arrested on August 3 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,500 or more.  He was released the following day on a $20,000 bond. 

 

We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Brahim B. El Hannaoui, 33, Panama City, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised deputies he hired Hannaoui, of Good Vibes Construction LLC, in December 2020.  The victim paid Hannaoui over $7,000 to begin repairs on damages at his home caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  He also paid Hannaoui another $9,000 to begin an addition at the home.  It was learned three days after repairs had begun the workers quit, stating they were not getting paid by Hannaoui.  The victim advised no materials had been purchased for the addition and they had not started construction on it, so he requested his money back due to the work not being able to be completed in the agreed time frame.  Hannaoui did not refund the victim the $9,000 for the addition nor did he complete the repairs at the victim’s home.  Further investigation also revealed Hannaoui was not licensed in the state of Louisiana. 

           

On April 6 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Hannaoui’s arrest.  On June 25 he was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Louisiana on July 20.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $17,500 bond.             

 

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO ARRESTS 7 SUSPECTS RELATED TO UTILITY WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

From December 2020 until recently Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have been conducting investigations in reference to thefts of utility wires in the Vinton, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. 

           

During the investigations it was discovered the suspects were cutting live wires from active utility poles, causing the loss of services for residents in the area where the thefts occurred.  The wires were then stripped of the plastic casing and the metal inside was sold as scrap.  The investigation also revealed the suspects were removing rolls of wiring from locations where utility companies were working on repairs to damaged wires.

           

The eight month investigation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects.  The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between May and July:

 

· Thomas R. Manuel, 38, Orange, TX

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000. 

$70,000 bond

 

· Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Vinton

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; possession of CDS IV; possession of marijuana; possession of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia

$20,500 bond

 

· Spencer D. Conner, Sr., 48, 3211 Warren Street, Lake Charles

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000-$50,000

$11,000 bond

 

· Daniel L. Johns, 19, 847 Ravia Road, Sulphur

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· John D. Mitchener, 48, 1764 Mitchell Road, Vinton

Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Mark A. Guillory, 56, Orange, TX

  Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Samantha L. Miller, 30, Ragley, LA

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.  CPSO is asking anyone with information related to these thefts to contact CPSO lead detectives Lukas Josker at 491-3762 or Jill Feverjean at 602-6811.


SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CREATED AGED PHOTO OF JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of Joe Constance, who is responsible for the 2011 murder of his estranged wife, Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, was sent to a company that has the ability to create an aged picture from the suspect’s DNA.

 

“The company, Parabon NanoLabs, uses DNA phenotyping to predict the physical appearance of an individual.  They have the ability to produce a photograph of how the suspect would likely look today.  They also have the ability to alter the photograph by changing the age and weight, along with other characteristics,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “CPSO was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use this same company in 2015 to create a picture and profile of the unknown suspect in the Bouzigard homicide case; which ultimately led to solving the case.”

 

In the coming months CPSO will release further photographs of Constance with differing characteristics.   

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work.  Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid.  McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job.  Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license. 

           

After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest.  McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 33 COUNTS OF FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local bank in Sulphur in reference to an employee, Barbara A. Chaisson, 55, 320 Cypress Street in Sulphur, committing fraud.

           

During the investigation detectives we advised by bank personnel that Chaisson had been transferring money from numerous accounts and making withdrawals, without authorization.  It was discovered Chaisson made over 30 unauthorized transactions from January 2019 to June 2021, totaling over $120,000. 

           

After further investigation, on July 27 detectives issued a warrant for Chaisson’s arrest.  She was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 33 counts of computer fraud; 33 counts of bank fraud; and theft over $25,000.  She was released the following day on a $96,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives in August 2020, she hired William D. Deremer III, 39, Pearland, TX, with Southern Outfitters, to complete tree removal along with other home repairs at her residence; initially paying him $28,000.  The victim stated she learned Deremer falsified documents and sent them to her insurance company, which included billing for equipment that was never onsite.  The victim further stated she received a bill from Deremer, for approximately $80,000 worth of work that was not completed at the residence.  Detectives learned the initial check of $28,000 was cashed by Deremer’s girlfriend, Jennifer L. Guerra, 36, Pearland, TX, who also worked at Southern Outfitters.  It was also discovered neither Deremer nor Guerra possessed a contractor’s license in Louisiana at the time the victim entered into an agreement for repairs and made the initial payment. 

           

After further investigation, on May 15 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Deremer and Guerra’s arrests.  On July 12 they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $25,000 or more; and residential contractor fraud no license.  They were both released the following day on $40,000 bonds.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective James Rathke is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR COPPER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 26 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at a local hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to several suspects removing copper wire and piping from the building. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned three individuals, Kelly R. Esthay, 51, 2339 Dolphin Drive, Lake Charles, Luke E. Fabry, 29, Round Up, MT, and Seth M. Cart, 23, 219 N. 3rd Street, Lake Charles, had been staying in one of the buildings on the property, without the owner’s permission.  Detectives also discovered while the three men were staying at the hotel, which was damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, they were cutting pieces of copper wire and piping from the hotel building and dismantling air conditioners in order to remove the copper from inside. 

           

Further investigation led detectives to the home of Anthony T. Douvio, 51, 2318 N. Flounder Drive, Lake Charles.  After the execution of a search warrant at the home detectives located a large amount of copper wire, pipes, and air conditioner coils, which had been stolen from the hotel.  Detectives also located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a gun inside the residence.  It was later discovered Douvio scrapped nearly 17,000 pounds of copper within the last 7 months. 

           

Later the same day all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Esthay, Fabry, and Cart were charged with simple burglary; theft from $25,000 or more; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $25,000.  Douvio was charged with illegal possession of stolen things $5,000 to $25,000; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $79,000.

           

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

 The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on August 7 at S. P. Arnett Middle School, located at 400 Sulphur Avenue in Westlake.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746. 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE  

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, August 4 that will continue on Thursday, August 5. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Carlyss Park Building, 6043 Carlyss Drive in Sulphur

Thursday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. located at the SPAR Carlyss Building

Thursday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. located at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

           Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course and must be picked up at 11 a.m. on Thursday and have their own transportation to class at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by Sheriff Mancuso on Wednesday.  

            This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/174238CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - CPSO Arrests Man For Burglary

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Leslie J. Chapman, 40, 4379 Hecker Road, Iowa, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for several burglaries.

           

During the initial investigation detectives observed video footage at a local hotel on Highway 27 in Sulphur showing Chapman entering the laundry facility during the early morning hours on July 4.  Detectives then observed him attempt to break into the change machine.  Chapman failed to gain entry into the machine, but caused extensive damages.  Detectives learned he left the laundry facility and entered another laundry facility, located at the same hotel, and attempted to gain access into the change machine, again causing extensive damage to the machine.  Leslie was observed leaving the hotel but returning several hours later, once again trying to gain entry into a change machine. 

           

On July 22 detectives located Chapman and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he was responsible for the burglaries at the hotel. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.

 

CPSO detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 1 AND SEARCHING FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 20 Calcasieu Parish Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives received a report in reference to a theft at a local business.  The victim advised detectives 15 to 20 catalytic converters, worth approximately $8,000, were stolen from his business on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles during the early morning hours on June 20. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a truck dropping off an unknown man, who entered the property and began moving the security cameras out of view of where the theft occurred.  After following up on numerous tips and viewing surveillance footage at a local scrap yard, detectives learned three men, Rusty A. Conner, 38, 1915 Alvin Acres Drive, Lake Charles, Brent A. Touchet, 43, 3149 Davis Road, Westlake, and Robert R. Kilgore II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, Lake Charles, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters in the immediate days following the burglary.  Detectives also learned the catalytic converters that were scrapped by Conner, Touchet, and Kilgore matched the part numbers of the ones that were stolen from the business.  Further investigation revealed Conner and Touchet were responsible for the burglary and theft of the catalytic converters.    

           

On July 22, detectives located Conner at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Conner confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and thefts of the catalytic converters.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Touchet and Kilgore’s arrest.  Touchet is charged with simple burglary; and theft.  His bond is set at $45,000.  Kilgore is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is set at $25,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Touchet and Kilgore and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

           

Note: Conner is still in the process of being booked-in, and no current mugshot is available at this time.  The attached mugshot is from a previous arrest in 2017. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested John K. Green, 53, Orange, TX, and Jose E. Reyes-Rivera, 45, 24095 Brashear Street, Iowa, after a three week investigation revealed they were responsible for several burglary and thefts at local businesses. 

 

During the investigations it was discovered Green and Reyes-Rivera were responsible for breaking into three different businesses, burglarizing one of the businesses on two separate occasions, in the Sulphur and Lake Charles areas between June 18 and July 2.  After entering the businesses Green and Reyes-Rivera stole over $9,000 of copper wire, numerous welding leads, and expensive metals such as Monel and Inconel. 

 

They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge David Ritchie set Green’s bond at $255,000 and Reyes-Rivera’s bond at $260,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Michael Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.    


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES ARREST FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 8, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed search warrants at 716 Macy Street, 719 Macy Street, and 2044 2nd Street, all in Lake Charles, in reference to a narcotics investigation involving Marquis Morris, 34, 2044 2nd Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the search of the residences detectives located approximately 73.18 grams of cocaine, 381.41 grams of synthetic marijuana, 1,168.37 grams of marijuana, 21.74 grams of heroin, 16.43 grams of methamphetamine, 6.94 grams of Xanax, 5.85 grams of crack cocaine, 4 firearms, and items of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized over $46,000 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $10,000. 

           

During the execution of the search warrants Daniel J. Wilford, 33, Lake Charles, arrived on scene attempting to cause a disturbance with detectives. 

           

Wilford was arrested and issued a signed misdemeanor summons and released on scene for resisting an officer; and interfering with a police investigation.  Morris, who was located at his residence during the execution of the search warrants, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 4 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $246,500.  It was also discovered Morris, who is currently on probation, had an out of state detainer from a previous narcotics arrest in Texas. 

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish.

             


CPSO SEARCHING FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies her work car, which was parked at her employment off Highway 171 in Moss Bluff had the catalytic converter cut from underneath it sometime between June 11 and June 15.

           

During the initial investigation deputies located blood on the driver’s side door at which time deputies with the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit processed the car for DNA.  The sample was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing. 

On July 14 detectives received another report in reference to someone stealing a catalytic converter from a car that was parked at a business on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  Detectives learned the theft actually occurred on June 30.  During further investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a silver Ford Escape. 

 

The investigations on both cases continued and detectives later received notification that the DNA found on the victim’s car in Moss Bluff was a match for Russell C. Perkins, 32, 1385 Rosie Hollie Road, DeQuincy.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives also learned Perkins drive’s a silver Ford Escape.  Detectives were also able to determine Perkins’ SUV was in the area during the time the catalytic converter was taken from the car in Sulphur.  It was also discovered Perkins had recently scraped numerous catalytic converters, while driving the silver Ford. 

           

After further investigation detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie and Tony Fazzio for Perkins’ arrest, charging him with 2 counts of simple criminal property damage; theft less than $1,000; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  His total bond is set at $60,000. 

           

Detectives are currently searching for Perkins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are likely. 

           

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives Kyle Miers and Diquan Bennett are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

           

During the initial investigation deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck.  After executing a search warrant on the phone detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur. 

           

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Detention Center. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of Moss Bluff and Sulphur that occurred during the night on July 1.  

During the initial investigation detectives learned a debit card, which had been reported stolen during the burglaries, was used at a convenience store in Westlake.   Detectives were able to view surveillance video at the store and observed four males arrive at the store.  Detectives then observed one of the males using the stolen debit card for three separate transactions. 

            After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect using the stolen card as James K. Miller, 20, 1205 N. Perkins Ferry Road # 11, Lake Charles.  

On July 15, detectives located Miller, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Miller stated they attempted to burglarize at least 30 vehicles in the Moss Bluff and Sulphur areas.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of identity theft; and theft.  His bond is still pending.  

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives have reason to believe the other three suspects are possibly juveniles. 

CPSO VCIU Detective Diquan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 135

On July 2 the three suspects seen in these photographs entered the Bath & Body Words on Derek Drive in Lake Charles at two separate times during the day.

 

The suspects stole numerous items, valuing about $3,000, and fled in a black Ford Expedition with Texas plates.

 

If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 439-22223. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 134

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MISAPPLICTION OF PAYMENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lorraine R. Hyde, 63, Mandeville, LA, after an investigation revealed she failed to pay contractors she hired to complete a job. 

               

On November 13, 2019, CPSO detectives received a complaint from a local company in reference to misapplication of contractor payments.  The complainant advised detectives they entered into a barge transportation agreement with Hyde, the CEO of Genesis Venture Logistics (GVL), for her company to provide services and logistics to transport sand to a construction project, by barge from Westlake to Cameron Parish.  The complainant then advised detectives in August 2019, they were contacted by several companies that were contracted out by GVL to help complete the project, stating they were not paid for the services they provided while transporting the sand.

               

During the investigation it was learned Hyde had used an accounts receivable financing company to initially fund the job and received over $2 million dollars from the company.  The agreement was for the complainant’s company to pay the GVL invoices through the receivable financing company, to cover the upfront financing Hyde was given.  It was discovered that the complainant’s company was making payments, but Hyde had failed to pay the companies she contracted out to complete the job. 

               

After a lengthy investigation the report was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and charges were later accepted and a warrant was issued for Hyde’s arrest.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractor misapplication of payments.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, July 15, 2021

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

 Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held June 3, 2021

           

No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

          1. Adopt the Millage Rates for 2021

           

Adjournment

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Under the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of two color copiers, one cargo trailer, one golf cart, one round conference table, and six automated external defibrillators (AED’s).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $39,258. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 9, 2021 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 6 convicted sex offender Clifford C. Abshire, 40, Westlake, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 26 and 28 Abshire contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was no longer living at his registered address and advised he would be meeting with detectives on June 29 to update his registered address.  Abshire failed to meet with detectives to register a new address, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements, and on July 1 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $20,000 for his arrest.      

 

He was located at his place of employment and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure of offender to notify of registration information.

            

Abshire was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2012 in Caddo Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, July 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Four hundred sixty two (462) vehicles were checked; five (5) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; one (1) citation was issued for no child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; eight (8) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for open container.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Brandon A. Duplantis, 42, Bourg, LA, arrested for DWI, possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Elexis N. Brown, 26, Abbeville, LA, arrested for possession of CDS I, and possession of CDS II

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Cullen B. Harrell, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Ashley N. Francis, 25, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

Rosalind M. Taylor, 44, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO IMPLEMENTS ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION AT PRIEN LAKE MALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 26 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from 10 a.m. until one hour past mall closing.

 

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the parking lot of the mall near the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Ernest Street.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests during the evening hours, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This will be the eighteenth year we have organized RPM and we are very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs. 

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI).   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 23rd out of approximately 2,800 forensic examiners in the nation after completing 468 forensic exams and over 42 terabytes of data this fiscal year.  The exams range from cellphone, vehicle, and computer forensics, along with DVR systems.    

           

The NCFI, which is run by the United States Secret Service and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, is a federally funded training center dedicated to instructing state and local officials in digital evidence and cyber-crime investigations.  The NCFI was opened in 2008 with a mandate to provide state and local law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals a free, comprehensive education on current cyber-crime trends, investigative methods, and prosecutorial and judicial challenges. 

 

 

Pictured in photo 1 is Detective Jerod Abshire and Tara McLeese, Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in Baton Rouge. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 is (left to right) CPSO Commander Gene Pittman, CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire, and CPSO Lt. Ty Istre.  


Notice of Public Meeting 11/19/2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT

 

Date and Time Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  November 19, 2021

TIME:   1:30pm

PLACE OF MEETING:      Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

                Call to order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Review previously approved minutes from the last meeting held on July 15, 2021

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      A resolution to examine and canvass the returns, declare the result and  approve and promulgate the certified returns of the votes cast (with regard to the renewal of the one-quarter (1/4%) sales and use tax) in the election held in the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana (the “District”), on Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

 

2.      If the previous resolution is approved; adoption of the Proces Verbal of the canvass of the returns of said election by the Sheriff and the Law Enforcement District of said results.  Furthermore, upon the approval, the Sheriff’s staff is instructed to record the results with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court’s Office and forward copies to all appropriate entities.  Staff is further instructed to promulgate the results of said election by publication in the manner provided by law.

 

3.      The adoption of an Ordinance providing for the renewal of the levy (by the Calcasieu Parish School Board) and collection of a one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax (“Tax”) by the Law Enforcement District of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana (“District”), for an additional ten (10) year period beginning October 1, 2023, and expiring on September 30, 2033 (as called for by the voters of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on November 13, 2021) in accordance with the provisions and terms of Chapter 2D of Subtitle II, Title 47 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as it may be amended (“Uniform Local Sales Tax Code”).

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR JUVENILE INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery. 

 

On the evening of November 16 detectives learned the victim, Jayden P. Ramirez, 18, Lake Charles, died from his injuries.  Earlier today detectives upgraded the 16 year old’s charges from aggravated 2nd degree battery to 2nd degree murder.       

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2021 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2021 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2021 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:

                       

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

            Monday—Friday        8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  (open through lunch)                       

Payments can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

           Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2021 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 6                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  618 E Center St., DeQuincy

           

Tuesday, December 7                                                  Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  115 Bronco Lane, Lake Charles

 

Wednesday, December 8                                           Vinton Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 1302 Center Street, Vinton

 

Payments at these locations can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2021 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2021.  Any payments received after December 31, 2021 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.      

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 126th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 126th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 40 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-six officers completed 505 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Trevor Legg, Lake Charles Police Department, was selected class president of the 126th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Ashlyn Lonidier, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Alec Blatcher, first; Sulphur Police Department

Paul Miller, Jr., second; Lake Charles Police Department

Adam Richard, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Carson Walker, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Physical Training was presented to Tyler Kibodeaux, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 505 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Maria Avila, Adam Chambers, Jr., Tanya Savell, Krista West – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Spencer Biven, Meghan Boudreaux, Kimberly Cutrera, Patrick Hawley, Brandon Kelly, Tyler Kibodeaux, Aaron Laurents, Ashlyn Lonidier  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Collin Cloud, Carson Walker– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Anthony Figueroa, Rusty Goss – Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Douglas Bennett, Benjamin Busby, Robert Evans – DeRidder Police Department

Chief Bruce Lemelle – Elton Police Department

Charles Duhon – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Christian Arabie, George Braneff, Hegemann Carter, Jr., Kelly Evans, Trevor Legg, Paul Miller, Jr., Adam Richard– Lake Charles Police Department

Jesica Thompson – Oakdale Police Department

                        Justin Bibby – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Nicole Kearns, Warren Price, Crystal Snell – Probation & Parole

Abigale Barks, Alec Blatcher – Sulphur Police Department

Whitlea Cormier – Welsh Police Department

                        Jimmy Holmes, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jerry Childress, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Rocky Rhodes, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.  Lucas Parker, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 12 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fast food restaurant on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  

           

When deputies arrived the observed an employee at the restaurant with a gunshot wound to her hand.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the two suspects, Conswella A. Robinson, 45, Humble, Texas, and Catherine M. Anderson, 64, Baton Rouge, entered the restaurant armed with a gun in order to confront the victim.  A physical altercation ensued between Robinson, Anderson, and the victim, at which time the gun was produced.  There was a struggle between the three individuals at which time the gun was accidently discharged, hitting the victim and grazing Robinson on the forearm.

           

Robinson and the victim were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and later released.  Robinson and Anderson were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Robinson was additionally charged with possession of CDS I.  Their bonds are still pending. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a single vehicle crash, with an SUV on fire. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV was traveling on N. Perkins Ferry Road when it went off the roadway, for unknown reasons, in a curve.  The driver, Alicia D. Smith, 40, Lake Charles, was ejected from the SUV.  It is believed the vehicle then caught fire due to damages it sustained during the crash.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.  She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

           

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Cameron Hicks and Cody Fontenot are the lead investigators on this crash.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36, 3010 Line Road, and John D. Mitchener, 48, 2219 Old Highway 90, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for utility wire thefts.

           

During the investigation detectives learned near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  During further investigation detectives learned Mitchener dropped Landry off in order to steal the wire.  

           

During further investigation, when detectives made contact with Landry and Mitchener they located wire and protective casing consistent with the type of wire that was stolen.  Landry was also found to be in possession of tools commonly used to cut large wire along with medication she did not have a prescription for. 

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000.  Landry was additionally charged with theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000; illegal possession of burglary tools; and possession of a prescription of CDS and/or legend drug.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Mitchener’s bond at $25,000 and Landry’s bond at $16,000.

           

Mitchener was previously arrested in July 2021 for utility wire theft.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS 1 FOR ARMED ROBBERY & SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF SECOND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred on Decker Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation the victim advised deputies a short time earlier he was robbed at gunpoint by a man, later identified as Lydell Joseph, 21, 211 N. Goodman Road, Lake Charles. The victim also stated there was another black male present during the robbery. The suspects stole a 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, and $300 from inside the victim’s truck.

 

After further investigation, on November 4 CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Joseph’s arrest. On November 9 detectives located Joseph and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000. His bond is set at $56,000.

 

Detectives are currently attempting to identify the second suspect and are asking anyone who may have information pertaining to this case or his identity to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT OF GUNS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to the theft of two firearms. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered an acquaintance of the victim, Shamberly M. Edgerton, 42, 3433 L. Benoit Road, Lake Charles, went to his residence while he was out of town.  Edgerton was let inside by a roommate, at which time she stated she was there to gather belongings for the victim for safe keeping until he returns.

           

When detectives spoke with Edgerton she confirmed she took some of the victim’s belongings, including two firearms, from his residence although he did not ask her to do so.  She then advised detectives the firearms were inside her vehicle when it was burglarized at a local boat launch, at which time the guns were stolen.  It was learned Edgerton did not file a report with law enforcement in reference to the vehicle burglary.

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Derek Kee set her bond at $2,500.  Edgerton is also being held on a probation hold. 

         

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 7 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance. 

           

Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect, Teddy T. Arvie, 41, Ville Platte, LA, fled out the back door of the residence when they arrived.  During the investigation deputies learned Arvie, a friend of the victim, arrived at her home and was knocking on her door, when the victim opened the door Arvie pushed his way inside the residence.  Once inside Arvie began yelling at the victim and threatened to hurt her, at which time she was able to text a family member and advise them to call law enforcement.  Deputies also learned Arvie hit the victim several times with his fists, pinned her down, and strangled her while stating he was going to kill her.  The victim stated she attempted to get away but was unable. 

           

CPSO deputies later located Arvie and when he spoke with detectives he confirmed he strangled the victim and made statements in reference to killing her.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $275,000.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES COLLEGE PREP STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between Friday, October 29 and Tuesday, November 2, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have been investigating several threats in reference to a shooting occurring at Lake Charles College Prep. 

           

During the investigation detectives interviewed a 14 year old student who attends LCCP.  During questioning the girl confirmed she was responsible for creating one of the threats.  Detectives were also able to trace an IP address that was obtained during the investigation back to the student’s home address. 

           

She was arrested and is currently being booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

“We have a zero tolerance when it comes to threatening harm to other students along with the faculty at our schools in Calcasieu Parish.  It is not something that is taken lightly,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I encourage parents to take the time to talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making these threats.  Since January of this year we have made 7 arrests for terrorizing; this is not a joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school, staff, or other students.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.” 

           

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on these cases. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.     

        

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2NDDEGREE BATTERY AFTER SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence located at 7529 Snapper Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.


 During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim and a resident at the home, Phoenix J. Grindol, 25, had an argument and the victim began beating on the door of the home while Grindol was inside.  Grindol then shot the victim through the door.  Deputies were advised the victim had left the scene prior to their arrival.  A short time later deputies learned the victim was located at a local hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. 


After further investigation Grindol was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.  His bond is still pending.  


The victim is listed in stable, but serious condition. 


CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case.   


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR STOLEN PROPERTY RELATED TO ATM THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Louisiana State Police Troop D coordinated a traffic stop on an SUV traveling on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles after receiving a tip it may be possibly related to the thefts from ATMs in Calcasieu Parish.  

           

During the initial investigation, approximately $44,000, a ski mask, gloves, and a firearm were located inside the SUV.  Detectives and Troopers also located clothing inside the SUV that matched the description of the suspects related to an ATM theft that occurred in Covington, LA, earlier the same day.

           

After further investigation the occupants of the SUV, Trevon D. Chenier, 28, Javon D. Schoffield, 29, and Rodney E. Curry, 35, all of Houston, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things over $25,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set each of their bonds at $475,000.

           

After further investigation it was learned Chenier was also involved in the theft from an ATM that occurred on Highway 14 in Lake Charles on August 30, where the safe to an ATM was detached from the machine and approximately $128,000 was stolen.  Detectives also learned Chenier was involved in the attempted theft from an ATM that occurred on September 20 on Nelson Road in Lake Charles.  He was additionally charged with attempted theft $5,000 to $25,000; theft $25,000 or more; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; and criminal conspiracy.  Judge Clayton Davis set an additional bond at $575,000. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests are possible.

           

Chenier, Schoffield, and Curry are also being held on charges from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to the theft in Covington that occurred on October 25. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday, October 28, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at this time, one or both of the vehicle crossed the center line and the vehicles collided head on.  The passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation and the cause of the accident and seatbelt use are unknown at this time.  It does appear speed played a factor in the accident.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and the driver of the car was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sonny L. Carey, 50, Winnfield, LA, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Carey, who is registered in Winnfield, LA, was staying at a residence on Roxton Street in Sulphur.  Carey failed to notify the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office along with CPSO that he had been staying in Sulphur, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was located at the residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.

            

Carey was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Marcus J. Mitchell, 45, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Mitchell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Mitchell at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address for two weeks and failed to register his new address with law enforcement, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,000.

            

Mitchell was convicted of oral copulation with force in 2013 in California.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mitchell was also arrested in May of 2021 by the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, October 24 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 4400 block of Ihles Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

Upon arrival the deputy made contact with the driver, Carlos G. Diaz, 33, Dayton, Texas.  The deputy observed Diaz to have red, glossy eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Diaz he initially stated he drank one beer, but later told deputies he drank approximately four (24 oz.) beers.  The deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but was unable to complete it due to possible injuries sustained during the crash along with Diaz’s unsteady balance.  During the investigation the deputy also learned Diaz has two prior DWI arrests.    

           

Diaz was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  The deputy then asked if he would consent to a blood draw for a toxicology report, which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital.

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Diaz was medically cleared and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and carless operation.  He was released the following day on a $37,000 bond with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must be subject to random drug screenings, cannot commit any other crimes; no purchase or possession of any firearms or dangerous weapons; no contact with known drug users or convicted felons; and no driving without a valid license set by Judge Mike Canaday. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. William Sommers is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO Responds To Possible Tornado Damages

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received several calls in reference to tornado damage in the areas off Ham Reid Road from Nelson Road to Ihles Road in Lake Charles.  CPSO deputies conducted door to door residential checks in those areas and no injuries were reported to deputies. 


CPSO deputies will be conducting extra patrols throughout the night in the damaged areas. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Monday, October 4 around 4:00 p.m. on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

The truck will have minor damage to the front passenger side and right front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Cox Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect made entry into the home, sometime between September 2 and September 5, by breaking a window in the back of the residence.  Once inside the home the suspect stole several items including jewelry and a TV.  Deputies were able to obtain DNA evidence from the scene, which was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing.

           

The sample DNA was submitted into Combined DNA Index Systems (CODIS) and detectives received later notification that the DNA was a match for Travis J. Garner, 32, 450 Parish Road #201, Lake Charles.  

           

On October 20 detectives made contact with Garner at his residence.  During questioning he stated he went back to the residence a second time, between September 25 and September 27, at which time he stole appliances and outdoor equipment from under the carport.  Prior to questioning Garner was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia, along with several of the items that were previously stolen from the residence. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft $1,000 - $5,000; theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property; criminal trespassing; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  His total bond is set at $36,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of Highway 101 in Bell City in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect, Clint A. Carpenter, 39, 7629 Texas Avenue, Hayes, shot the victim after a verbal argument, then fled the scene. 

           

CPSO deputies conducted an extensive search of the area and with the assistance of CPSO Air 1 located Carpenter a short time later in a wooded area south of Hayes, near Highway 14. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal use of a dangerous weapon; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $175,000. 

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a drive by shooting. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated he was leaving the store when he observed a truck driving by.  The victim stated the truck turned around and pulled back onto Highway 109 and passed the store once again, at which time shots were fired from the truck.  The victim also advised detectives he recognized one of the individuals in the truck as Jervon J. Broussard, 24, Lafayette, LA.  The victim’s truck along with another truck in the parking lot had been struck several times during the shooting. 

           

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses, detectives were able to identify the two other suspects inside the truck as Brison J. Thibodeaux, 28, Broussard, LA, and Dillon J. Derousselle, 19, Carencro, LA.  The following day detectives located Broussard and Thibodeaux, at which time they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day a warrant was issued for Derousselle’s arrest.  They are all charged with illegal carrying and discharging of a weapon; and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Michael Canaday set Broussard’s bond at $210,000 and Thibodeaux and Derousselle’s bond at $300,000. 

           

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Derousselle they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Lt. Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, October 1 at approximately 7:00 a.m. at the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Gillis. 

           

The investigation revealed a pickup truck was traveling southbound on Welcome Road when it ran a stop sign and struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on Topsy Road.  Upon impact the SUV was forced off the roadway.  The SUV overturned, traveled across Cryer Road and struck a stop sign before coming to rest upside down in the ditch. 

 

The suspect’s truck, described as burgundy or maroon colored with a chrome bumper, fled the scene heading eastbound on Topsy Road.  The truck will have damage to the front passenger side bumper as well as the front passenger side quarter panel. 

 

The driver of the SUV along with 3 young passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this incident please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sgts. Bryan Alexander and Casey Steech are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –
 
Earlier today, October 9, around noon deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located at 2796 Post Oak Road #28A in Sulphur, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jose L. Mosqueda, Jr., 29, Mission, Texas, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 
            
During the investigation, detectives spoke with the suspect, Oscar R. Lucero, 34, Hidalgo, Texas, who was located on scene.  He advised detectives he and the victim worked together and had gone for drinks after work prior to returning to the residence, which is where Lucero was staying while working in the area.  Lucero then tells detectives while at the residence Mosqueda attempted to stab him, at which time he shot the victim several times. 
            
After further investigation and speaking with witnesses, Lucero was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for 2nd degree murder.  His bond has not yet been set.
            
Lucero suffered a superficial laceration on his shoulder during the incident. 
            

 

CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO Cpl. Rebekah Thierry and Deputy Taylor Plaisance from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 15 law enforcement officers from across the state who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Bossier City. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has eight deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 6 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they made contact with three suspects, identified as Chances M. Robinson, 26, Kasey M. Bean, 25, and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Beaumont, Texas.  

           

The initial investigation revealed the suspects entered the store two separate times that day and stole approximately $4,600 worth of merchandise.  It was also discovered earlier the same day the suspects stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from the same store in Beaumont. 

           

Further investigation revealed Robinson and Bean were also responsible for stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the same store on Derek Drive on September 9. 

           

After speaking with detectives Robinson and Bean were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 3 counts of theft $1,000 to $5,000; and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.  Robinson was released on October 8 on a $23,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  Bean was released on October 7 on a $27,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

The 16 year old was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

 

The stolen items from the thefts on October 6 at the store in Lake Charles and Beaumont were recovered by deputies.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely.  CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 5 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fire at a residence located at 121 Roberts Road in Starks.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a large amount of wire and protective covering had been burnt.  Due to the type of protective covering on the wire it was learned the wire belonged to a telecommunications company and had been stolen off of utility poles.

           

When detectives spoke with the homeowner, Scott A. Stains, 40, he stated he stole approximately 1,500 feet of wire.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.                

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Andrew J. McClelland, 27, 1800 N. Beglis Parkway #102 C, Sulphur, having sexual intercourse and sexually battering a girl under the age of 18, several days prior. 

           

When detectives spoke with McClelland he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $550,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, November 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/189075.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.  

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  This will likely be the last hunter’s education course offered by CPSO for the remainder of this year.  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Jessica L. Billingsly, 31, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she failed to comply with her sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Billingsley had moved on multiple occasions and failed to register her new address with law enforcement. 

 

Billingsley, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2018 in Calcasieu Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $4,500.

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

 

On October 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a truck stop in Starks in reference to trespassing.

 

During the initial investigation deputies made contact with Keith J. Manuel, 60, 379 Robert Clark Road, Starks, a convicted sex offender, and observed him to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  When deputies spoke with personnel at the truck stop they learned Manuel had been causing a disturbance inside the store.  Store personnel told deputies Manuel had been instructed to leave the property, but refused. 

 

During further investigation, while speaking with Manuel, who was convicted of sexual battery in 2001 in Calcasieu Parish, deputies learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Manuel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with remaining after forbidden; failure to register as a sex offender; and disturbing the peace drunkenness.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $3,150. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Jake Verrette is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On October 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Michael D. Cutburth, 31, Sulphur, after it was discovered he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation deputies learned Cutburth had been staying at a different address than what was registered with law enforcement.

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.

 

Cutburth was convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault in 2010 and 2016 in Arkansas. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Michael Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, Micah B. Ortego, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard and they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest.  All three suspects were charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard were additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Sheena M. Garvin, 36, 245 Brown Road, Lake Charles, was also involved in one of the residential burglaries.  It was discovered Garvin contacted one of the victims under false pretenses, pretending to be interested in purchasing tickets for a fundraiser the victim was organizing.  Garvin asked the victim to meet her at a location, away from the residence, to purchase the tickets, in order to lure the victim away from the home to facilitate the burglary and theft.  When the victim arrived at the location Garvin never showed up and stopped communicating with the victim.    

           

On October 1 Garvin was interviewed by detectives and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $7,000. 

           

Detectives are still attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY


 

Lake Charles –

 

            Earlier this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a man entered the store armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance of the suspect and were able to obtain a description.  Later this morning deputies located the suspect, identified as Fernando L. Nelson, 53, 2608 General Patton Street, Lake Charles, during a traffic stop.  When deputies located Nelson he was in possession of a scarf, seen on video surveillance, and a knife.  When detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible for the Armed Robbery.  

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correcitonal Center and charged with armed robbery.  His bond is pending.

            An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  

            CPSO Detective Chris Scharp is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20 at the intersection of Parish Road and Pinecone Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck ran a stop sign at the intersection and struck a car.  The suspect then fled the scene of the accident, heading north on Parish Road.  The truck is described as a light colored Dodge Dakota, possibly 2005 model.  The truck will have damage to the front end.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 21-116330.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & SEARCHING FOR 1 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, 37, 2709 12th Street, Micah B. Ortego, 41, 7553 Tammy Lane, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., 39, 205 N. Perkins Ferry Road, all of Lake Charles, were responsible for the burglary and thefts.

           

Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Detectives executed a search warrant on Ortego’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamines. 

 

Ortego and Richard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest in the amount of $62,000.

All three suspects are charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego is additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Ortego’s bond at $28,500 and Richard’s bond at $23,500.  Ortego and Richard also have a detainer from Probation & Parole. 

           

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

Detective recovered two of the stolen firearms. 

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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CPSO ARRESTS LC MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 23 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Yosvanis L. Carballosa, 27, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, fired his handgun towards the victim’s home after an argument, causing a bullet to hit the house.  The bullet traveled through the wall of the residence and into the victim’s bedroom, where he was sleeping. 

           

Carballosa barricaded himself inside his residence when deputies arrived.  The CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) responded and was able to make entry into the home and take Carballosa into custody.

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapons; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $50,000.

           

CPSO Detectives Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 RELATED TO ATTEMPTED ATM BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on September 20, after a 3 month investigation regarding ATM burglaries in the area, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information pertaining to individuals in the Lake Charles area that may possibly be committing an ATM theft.

 

Detectives began conducting surveillance at a local bank on Nelson Road in Lake Charles, when they observed several suspects attempting to steal cash out of an ATM. A fully marked CPSO deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspects when they were leaving the bank at which time the suspects fled in a truck, which was later discovered to be stolen. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspects ultimately fled on foot from the truck.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation detectives arrested the following individuals related to the attempted ATM burglary:

 

Caleb C. Jones, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Caylon L. Johnson, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Ajalon J. Baker, 26, Houston, TX (bond $242,500)

Araneisha D. Victor, 22, Katy, TX (bond $40,500)

Jeremy M. Spiller, 32, Galena Park, TX (bond $40,500)

 

They were all booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Jones, Johnson and Baker are charged with attempted theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25.000; and criminal conspiracy. Victor and Spiller are charged with accessory after the fact; and possession of marijuana.

 

It was also discovered Baker has a warrant out of Arkansas for ATM burglaries and Johnson, who is on parole in Texas, violated his parole by crossing state lines.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOC INMATE WHO ESCAPED SW TRANSITIONAL WORK PROGRAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, September 20, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised a Department of Corrections inmate, Desmond D. Louis, 20, who was being housed at the Southwest Transitional Work Program, had walked off his job, located at a local restaurant in Lake Charles.  Detectives have been continuously searching for Louis and last night, September 22, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information revealing Louis was live on social media. 

 

Detectives began viewing the social media feed and observed Louis to be travelling as a passenger in a car on Highway 171.  CPSO detectives began searching for Louis on Highway 171 and pulled onto the shoulder in an attempt to locate Louis.  A fully marked CPSO patrol unit observed what he believed to be the car Louis was in traveling on Highway 171 near Cobb Circle in Moss Bluff.  The deputy activated his lights and siren in to initiate a traffic stop.  The driver, later learned to be a 16 year old juvenile, pulled over in front of the detective’s unit.  CPSO detectives exited the vehicle, at which time Louis began shooting at detectives, causing detectives to fire back.

 

The car fled the scene at which time a pursuit ensued and the driver ultimately pulled over near Jillian Drive in Beauregard Parish.  It was learned Louis fled the car prior to the driver stopping.  

 

Two passengers in the car, Keasia J. Wilfred, 19, Lake Charles, who is the owner of the car, and Dannirriah Louis, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with 2 counts of principal to attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact to simple escape.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Louis, who was last seen wearing no shirt and orange basketball shorts.  He should be considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Louis or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605, or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Detectives are also asking anyone who may have home surveillance in the areas to please review their footage and report any suspicious activity.

 

Louis was convicted of illegal use of a dangerous weapon in January 2020.  He was also convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and illegal carrying of a weapon in April 2020. 

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.  Assisting is the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, and the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

No injuries were sustained during the gunfire. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SULPHUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 15 year old juvenile told another student not to go to school the following day.  Detectives were further advised the boy stated he had an “item” to bring to school.  When questioned on what the “item” was detectives were advised the boy made a gun signal with his hands. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Cody Ferguson is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from an individual who stated he had located his missing cat, deceased, in his neighbor’s ditch.  He further advised detectives he believed the cat had been shot.    

           

After further investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Mandy C. Bellow, 45, 5627 Brady Joseph Lane, Bell City, had shot the cat with a pellet gun and threw it in her ditch.  On September 17 a warrant was issued for Bellow’s arrest. 

 

On September 21 she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to animals.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $65,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

ONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Mister S. Castille, 44, Jennings, LA, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered Castille entered into a contract with the victim and accepted $28,000 in payments to begin repairs on the residence, but did not possess a contractor’s license.          

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.  

           

CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF FORGERY, THEFT, & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Colby J. Richard, 28, 966 Walker Street, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for numerous cases of theft and fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was learned since July Richard has been stealing mail out of residential mailboxes in the Lake Charles and Sulphur areas in an attempt to locate checks, money orders, or credit and debit cards.  The investigation revealed Richard would alter and forge the checks he found and make a mobile deposit in order to receive the money.  It was also discovered Richard fraudulently opened accounts in numerous victim’s names and used those accounts to redeem the altered checks.   

           

On September 1, when detectives made contact with Richard he presented them with an identification card belonging to one of the victims.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 16 counts of forgery; 16 counts of bank fraud; 4 counts of identity theft less than $300; 2 counts of identity theft $300 - $500; 6 counts of identity theft $1,000 or more; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  His total bond is set at $183,000.

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are pending.  There are currently 23 identified victims and detectives are currently working to identify over 25 additional victims.  Detectives believe the victims either knew Richard or one of his acquaintances.   

           

CPSO Detectives Joshua Bruns and Shelli Fontenot are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Public Notice Extreme Emergency

September 2, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(b) that Hurricane Ida poses an extreme emergency threat for Calcasieu Parish and the State of Louisiana. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases and paying overtime while assisting in post Hurricane operations in SE Louisiana. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT AT LOCAL SCHOOLS & 1 FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 3 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to three elementary schools in Lake Charles in reference to burglaries.  Further investigation revealed several iPads and laptops had been stolen from the schools. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives released photographs of the two suspects through Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles.  On August 26 detectives received a tip identifying one of the suspects as Tyler G. Lanthier, 19, 1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles.  The same day detectives located Lanthier at his residence and were able to recover some of the stolen items from the school inside his residence.  Further investigation revealed the second suspect is a 17 year old juvenile from Lake Charles. 

           

Later the same day detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the juvenile’s residence and located two laptops that had been stolen during the school burglaries along with the keys to one of the schools.  Detectives also located a safe inside the home belonging to the homeowner, Bradley W. Dowden, 39, Lake Charles, containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an AR-15, LSD, steroids, and body armor which had been previously reported stolen through Louisiana Probation & Parole. 

           

Lanthier, the juvenile, and Dowden were all arrested.  Lanthier and Dowden were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lanthier is charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $150,000.  Dowden is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; unlawful use or possession of body armor; and possession of CDS I.  He was released the following day on a $26,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of River Moss Lane in Lake Charles in reference to someone laying on the side of the road. 

           

When deputies arrived they made contact with Jason D. Landry, 44, homeless, and learned he was a convicted sex offender that was currently registered in Vermillion Parish.  Further investigation revealed Landry had been living in Calcasieu Parish since August 11 and failed to report to local law enforcement within 3 days, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Landry was convicted of 2nd degree sexual battery on December 18, 1996 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile on December 24, 1996, both in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 in Vermillion Parish and again in 2013 in Lafayette Parish. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Tommy Paul is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Between August 3 and 7, the suspects seen in these photographs gained access to three elementary schools in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the schools the suspects stole several iPads and laptops.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 9 and 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit issued warrants for the following convicted sex offenders after investigations revealed they were in violation of their sex offender registration requirements. 

 

·         John J. Corbett, 34, homeless

Convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Montgomery County in 2007

Failure to register as a sex offender; Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $25,000

 

·         Joseph L. Guidry, 67, homeless

Convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in March and December of 1984, molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery in 1990, and failure to registers as a sex offender in 2011 and 2016, all in Calcasieu Parish. 

4 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $160,000

 

·         Victor Vallaire, 27, 718 N. Jake Street, Lake Charles

Convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Beauregard Parish in 2016. 

2 counts of failure to pay sex offender fees; and failure to register as a sex offender;   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $40,000

 

On August 20 Guidry and Vallaire were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day Corbett was arrested by the San Marcos Police Department and is currently awaiting extradition. 

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on these cases.  


CPSO ARRESTS 1 & ISSUE 2 WARRANTS RELATED TO STOLEN VEHICLE AND GUNS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Daughenbaugh Road in Iowa in reference to a burglary and theft.  During the initial investigation detectives learned numerous firearms had been stolen from inside the residence. 

           

On July 8 CPSO VCIU Detectives were contacted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office who advised they had located numerous firearms that had been reported stolen through CPSO.  It was also learned the firearms had been located in a car, which had also been report stolen through CPSO on June 12. 

           

The investigation revealed Eric S. Pine, 38, 2343 Highway 90, Sulphur, and Chris M. Kelly, 43, 202 E. Jim Pickens Road, Sulphur, were in possession of the stolen car at some point.  It was also discovered Pine had sold the stolen car to Jesse A. Ricketts, 28, Houston, TX.  Further investigation revealed Ricketts was involved in the burglary and theft from the residence in Iowa and was in possession of the stolen firearms and had also transported them to Evangeline Parish to sell. 

           

Between July 14 and August 10 detectives issued arrest warrants for Pine and Kelly charging them with illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge David Ritchie set Pine’s bond at $60,000 and Judge Tony Fazzio set Kelly’s bond at $40,000.  Detectives also issued a warrant for Ricketts, charging him with simple burglary; 34 counts of theft of a firearm; 34 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and criminal street gangs & patterns of criminal street gang activity.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $451,000.

           

On August 11 Pine was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Detectives are still currently searching for Kelly and Ricketts.  If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

Detectives were able to recover 23 firearms that had been reported stolen through CPSO along with the stolen car. 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Rathke and Tyler McKnight are the lead investigators on this case.   

 

 

Note:  When Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office located the stolen car Michael S. Blevins from Ville Platte, who EPSO arrested, was in possession of the car along with the stolen guns.  You can see their release here:

https://www.evangelineparishsheriff.org/press_view.php?id=204


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised an unknown man entered the fence on the property but cutting a hole.  Once on the property the suspect stole insulated cables.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and after further investigation were able to identify the suspect as Samuel J. Johnson, 44, 714 Sundale Drive, Lake Charles. 

           

The following day Johnson was located and while speaking with detectives he stated he drove to the business with another individual.  He further advised detectives he stole the cables and scrapped them in Texas. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft $1,000 - $5,000; and criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $14,000.  Johnson also had an active warrant for contempt of court.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.

           

Detective John Coffman and Chris Sharp are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR OVERNIGHT SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a truck stop in Vinton in reference to a shooting. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered earlier that evening the victim, who is a licensed repossession agent, had been at a home on Syria Road in Lake Charles in order to repossess a truck.  Moments before deputies were dispatched in reference to the shooting CPSO Dispatch received a call from Orlandezz J. Leday, 20, 120 Syria Road, Lake Charles, advising his truck had been stolen.  It was discovered Leday, along with Deonta D. Evans, 26, 8559 Gulf Highway #127, Lake Charles, left the residence in an attempt to locate the truck. 

           

Leday and Evans located the truck at the truck stop in Vinton and began speaking with the victim.  Detectives have reason to believe the suspects followed the victim from the home after he completed the repossession.  Detectives learned a short time later one of the suspects began shooting at the victim, who was inside his truck, striking him in the legs.

           

Leday and Evans were located on scene and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; aggravated criminal damage to property; and illegal discharge of a firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $275,000.

           

The investigation is continuing.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

           

Assisting CPSO in the investigation was the Vinton Police Department  

           

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER 2nd OFFENSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, John A. Arceneaux, 49, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered Arceneaux failed to report to his quarterly in person registration on two occasions, once in April and once in July, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  On August 3 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Arceneaux’s arrest.

           

On August 13 he was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  His bond is set at $100,000.

 

 Arceneaux has the following convictions:

·         1990 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Acadia Parish

·         1992 – sexual battery in Acadia Parish

·         1993 – carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Vermillion Parish

·         2001 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Acadia Parish

·         2010 – failure to register as a sex offender in Acadia Parish

·         2012 – indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish

 

CPSO Detective Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS ONE AND SEARCHING FOR ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the area of West Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the homes where the burglaries occurred and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a black Dodge Challenger.

           

On July 30 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to multiple vehicle burglaries in the Vinton area and learned the same Dodge Challenger had been in the area where the burglaries occurred.  During the investigations the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) was also advised Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office was working multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred on July 27 involving a black Dodge Challenger. 

           

With the assistance of the CPSO RTCC detectives identified the owner of the car as Darien D. Trahan, 19, 5942 Leger Road, Lake Charles, and after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for his arrest.  The following day, July 31, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $113,000.

           

Further investigation revealed another suspect, Taveon E. Williams, 19, 2006 13th Street, Lake Charles, was also responsible for the vehicle burglaries in Calcasieu Parish.  On August 13 detectives issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $88,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  He is also charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Rathke and Tyler McKnight are the lead investigators on these cases.  


CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between May and July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received two complaints in reference to contractor Darrell W. Bennett, Jr., 38, 3121 General Marshall Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the victim’s hired Bennett to complete repairs at their homes.  It was also learned Bennett received a down payment from both victims and began repairs at the home, but did not possess a contractor’s license.     

           

After further investigation on July 16 detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Bennett’s arrest.  On August 12 Bennett turned himself in to CPSO Warrants division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $20,000 bond.

           

CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases.  

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Crime Stoppers CPSO 136

Sometime between July 6 and 13 an unknown suspect/suspects entered the Dutch Cove Cemetery on Global Drive in Sulphur and caused damage to several grave sites.

 

The damages to the grave sites is approximately $7,000.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Christopher C. Robinson, 40, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Robinson was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Robinson and learned he moved approximately 1 month prior and failed to register his new address with law enforcement, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $30,000.

            

Robinson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2014. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Gabriel W. Fruge, 42, 408 Morning Glory Lane, Westlake, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for contractor fraud.  

           

During the investigation detectives learned the victim had entered into an agreement with Fruge and paid over $7,000 as a deposit for him to replace their roof.  It was discovered Fruge had cashed the checked in November 2020, but failed to deliver materials to the victim or begin repairs at the home.  Further investigation revealed Fruge does not have a contractor’s license. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $40,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to an incident involving contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised he hired Olaf P. Shreve II, 60, 627 Gulf Street, Lake Charles, in January to complete repairs on his home.  The victim stated he paid Shreve $5,000, which was half the costs to purchase the materials needed.  The suspect cashed the check, but failed to deliver materials or begin repairs at the home.  Further investigation revealed Shreve does not have a contractor’s license.

           

On July 8 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Shreve’s arrest.  He was arrested on August 3 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,500 or more.  He was released the following day on a $20,000 bond. 

 

We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Brahim B. El Hannaoui, 33, Panama City, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised deputies he hired Hannaoui, of Good Vibes Construction LLC, in December 2020.  The victim paid Hannaoui over $7,000 to begin repairs on damages at his home caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  He also paid Hannaoui another $9,000 to begin an addition at the home.  It was learned three days after repairs had begun the workers quit, stating they were not getting paid by Hannaoui.  The victim advised no materials had been purchased for the addition and they had not started construction on it, so he requested his money back due to the work not being able to be completed in the agreed time frame.  Hannaoui did not refund the victim the $9,000 for the addition nor did he complete the repairs at the victim’s home.  Further investigation also revealed Hannaoui was not licensed in the state of Louisiana. 

           

On April 6 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Hannaoui’s arrest.  On June 25 he was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Louisiana on July 20.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $17,500 bond.             

 

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO ARRESTS 7 SUSPECTS RELATED TO UTILITY WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

From December 2020 until recently Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have been conducting investigations in reference to thefts of utility wires in the Vinton, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. 

           

During the investigations it was discovered the suspects were cutting live wires from active utility poles, causing the loss of services for residents in the area where the thefts occurred.  The wires were then stripped of the plastic casing and the metal inside was sold as scrap.  The investigation also revealed the suspects were removing rolls of wiring from locations where utility companies were working on repairs to damaged wires.

           

The eight month investigation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects.  The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between May and July:

 

· Thomas R. Manuel, 38, Orange, TX

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000. 

$70,000 bond

 

· Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Vinton

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; possession of CDS IV; possession of marijuana; possession of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia

$20,500 bond

 

· Spencer D. Conner, Sr., 48, 3211 Warren Street, Lake Charles

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000-$50,000

$11,000 bond

 

· Daniel L. Johns, 19, 847 Ravia Road, Sulphur

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· John D. Mitchener, 48, 1764 Mitchell Road, Vinton

Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Mark A. Guillory, 56, Orange, TX

  Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Samantha L. Miller, 30, Ragley, LA

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.  CPSO is asking anyone with information related to these thefts to contact CPSO lead detectives Lukas Josker at 491-3762 or Jill Feverjean at 602-6811.


SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CREATED AGED PHOTO OF JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of Joe Constance, who is responsible for the 2011 murder of his estranged wife, Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, was sent to a company that has the ability to create an aged picture from the suspect’s DNA.

 

“The company, Parabon NanoLabs, uses DNA phenotyping to predict the physical appearance of an individual.  They have the ability to produce a photograph of how the suspect would likely look today.  They also have the ability to alter the photograph by changing the age and weight, along with other characteristics,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “CPSO was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use this same company in 2015 to create a picture and profile of the unknown suspect in the Bouzigard homicide case; which ultimately led to solving the case.”

 

In the coming months CPSO will release further photographs of Constance with differing characteristics.   

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work.  Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid.  McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job.  Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license. 

           

After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest.  McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 33 COUNTS OF FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local bank in Sulphur in reference to an employee, Barbara A. Chaisson, 55, 320 Cypress Street in Sulphur, committing fraud.

           

During the investigation detectives we advised by bank personnel that Chaisson had been transferring money from numerous accounts and making withdrawals, without authorization.  It was discovered Chaisson made over 30 unauthorized transactions from January 2019 to June 2021, totaling over $120,000. 

           

After further investigation, on July 27 detectives issued a warrant for Chaisson’s arrest.  She was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 33 counts of computer fraud; 33 counts of bank fraud; and theft over $25,000.  She was released the following day on a $96,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns is the lead investigator on this case. 

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives in August 2020, she hired William D. Deremer III, 39, Pearland, TX, with Southern Outfitters, to complete tree removal along with other home repairs at her residence; initially paying him $28,000.  The victim stated she learned Deremer falsified documents and sent them to her insurance company, which included billing for equipment that was never onsite.  The victim further stated she received a bill from Deremer, for approximately $80,000 worth of work that was not completed at the residence.  Detectives learned the initial check of $28,000 was cashed by Deremer’s girlfriend, Jennifer L. Guerra, 36, Pearland, TX, who also worked at Southern Outfitters.  It was also discovered neither Deremer nor Guerra possessed a contractor’s license in Louisiana at the time the victim entered into an agreement for repairs and made the initial payment. 

           

After further investigation, on May 15 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Deremer and Guerra’s arrests.  On July 12 they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $25,000 or more; and residential contractor fraud no license.  They were both released the following day on $40,000 bonds.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective James Rathke is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR COPPER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 26 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at a local hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to several suspects removing copper wire and piping from the building. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned three individuals, Kelly R. Esthay, 51, 2339 Dolphin Drive, Lake Charles, Luke E. Fabry, 29, Round Up, MT, and Seth M. Cart, 23, 219 N. 3rd Street, Lake Charles, had been staying in one of the buildings on the property, without the owner’s permission.  Detectives also discovered while the three men were staying at the hotel, which was damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, they were cutting pieces of copper wire and piping from the hotel building and dismantling air conditioners in order to remove the copper from inside. 

           

Further investigation led detectives to the home of Anthony T. Douvio, 51, 2318 N. Flounder Drive, Lake Charles.  After the execution of a search warrant at the home detectives located a large amount of copper wire, pipes, and air conditioner coils, which had been stolen from the hotel.  Detectives also located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a gun inside the residence.  It was later discovered Douvio scrapped nearly 17,000 pounds of copper within the last 7 months. 

           

Later the same day all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Esthay, Fabry, and Cart were charged with simple burglary; theft from $25,000 or more; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $25,000.  Douvio was charged with illegal possession of stolen things $5,000 to $25,000; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $79,000.

           

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

 The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on August 7 at S. P. Arnett Middle School, located at 400 Sulphur Avenue in Westlake.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746. 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE  

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, August 4 that will continue on Thursday, August 5. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Carlyss Park Building, 6043 Carlyss Drive in Sulphur

Thursday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. located at the SPAR Carlyss Building

Thursday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. located at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

           Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course and must be picked up at 11 a.m. on Thursday and have their own transportation to class at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by Sheriff Mancuso on Wednesday.  

            This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/174238CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - CPSO Arrests Man For Burglary

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Leslie J. Chapman, 40, 4379 Hecker Road, Iowa, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for several burglaries.

           

During the initial investigation detectives observed video footage at a local hotel on Highway 27 in Sulphur showing Chapman entering the laundry facility during the early morning hours on July 4.  Detectives then observed him attempt to break into the change machine.  Chapman failed to gain entry into the machine, but caused extensive damages.  Detectives learned he left the laundry facility and entered another laundry facility, located at the same hotel, and attempted to gain access into the change machine, again causing extensive damage to the machine.  Leslie was observed leaving the hotel but returning several hours later, once again trying to gain entry into a change machine. 

           

On July 22 detectives located Chapman and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he was responsible for the burglaries at the hotel. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.

 

CPSO detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 1 AND SEARCHING FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 20 Calcasieu Parish Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives received a report in reference to a theft at a local business.  The victim advised detectives 15 to 20 catalytic converters, worth approximately $8,000, were stolen from his business on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles during the early morning hours on June 20. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a truck dropping off an unknown man, who entered the property and began moving the security cameras out of view of where the theft occurred.  After following up on numerous tips and viewing surveillance footage at a local scrap yard, detectives learned three men, Rusty A. Conner, 38, 1915 Alvin Acres Drive, Lake Charles, Brent A. Touchet, 43, 3149 Davis Road, Westlake, and Robert R. Kilgore II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, Lake Charles, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters in the immediate days following the burglary.  Detectives also learned the catalytic converters that were scrapped by Conner, Touchet, and Kilgore matched the part numbers of the ones that were stolen from the business.  Further investigation revealed Conner and Touchet were responsible for the burglary and theft of the catalytic converters.    

           

On July 22, detectives located Conner at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Conner confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and thefts of the catalytic converters.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Touchet and Kilgore’s arrest.  Touchet is charged with simple burglary; and theft.  His bond is set at $45,000.  Kilgore is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is set at $25,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Touchet and Kilgore and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

           

Note: Conner is still in the process of being booked-in, and no current mugshot is available at this time.  The attached mugshot is from a previous arrest in 2017. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested John K. Green, 53, Orange, TX, and Jose E. Reyes-Rivera, 45, 24095 Brashear Street, Iowa, after a three week investigation revealed they were responsible for several burglary and thefts at local businesses. 

 

During the investigations it was discovered Green and Reyes-Rivera were responsible for breaking into three different businesses, burglarizing one of the businesses on two separate occasions, in the Sulphur and Lake Charles areas between June 18 and July 2.  After entering the businesses Green and Reyes-Rivera stole over $9,000 of copper wire, numerous welding leads, and expensive metals such as Monel and Inconel. 

 

They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge David Ritchie set Green’s bond at $255,000 and Reyes-Rivera’s bond at $260,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Michael Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.    


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES ARREST FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 8, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed search warrants at 716 Macy Street, 719 Macy Street, and 2044 2nd Street, all in Lake Charles, in reference to a narcotics investigation involving Marquis Morris, 34, 2044 2nd Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the search of the residences detectives located approximately 73.18 grams of cocaine, 381.41 grams of synthetic marijuana, 1,168.37 grams of marijuana, 21.74 grams of heroin, 16.43 grams of methamphetamine, 6.94 grams of Xanax, 5.85 grams of crack cocaine, 4 firearms, and items of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized over $46,000 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $10,000. 

           

During the execution of the search warrants Daniel J. Wilford, 33, Lake Charles, arrived on scene attempting to cause a disturbance with detectives. 

           

Wilford was arrested and issued a signed misdemeanor summons and released on scene for resisting an officer; and interfering with a police investigation.  Morris, who was located at his residence during the execution of the search warrants, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 4 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $246,500.  It was also discovered Morris, who is currently on probation, had an out of state detainer from a previous narcotics arrest in Texas. 

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish.

             


CPSO SEARCHING FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies her work car, which was parked at her employment off Highway 171 in Moss Bluff had the catalytic converter cut from underneath it sometime between June 11 and June 15.

           

During the initial investigation deputies located blood on the driver’s side door at which time deputies with the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit processed the car for DNA.  The sample was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing. 

On July 14 detectives received another report in reference to someone stealing a catalytic converter from a car that was parked at a business on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  Detectives learned the theft actually occurred on June 30.  During further investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a silver Ford Escape. 

 

The investigations on both cases continued and detectives later received notification that the DNA found on the victim’s car in Moss Bluff was a match for Russell C. Perkins, 32, 1385 Rosie Hollie Road, DeQuincy.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives also learned Perkins drive’s a silver Ford Escape.  Detectives were also able to determine Perkins’ SUV was in the area during the time the catalytic converter was taken from the car in Sulphur.  It was also discovered Perkins had recently scraped numerous catalytic converters, while driving the silver Ford. 

           

After further investigation detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie and Tony Fazzio for Perkins’ arrest, charging him with 2 counts of simple criminal property damage; theft less than $1,000; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  His total bond is set at $60,000. 

           

Detectives are currently searching for Perkins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are likely. 

           

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives Kyle Miers and Diquan Bennett are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

           

During the initial investigation deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck.  After executing a search warrant on the phone detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur. 

           

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Detention Center. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of Moss Bluff and Sulphur that occurred during the night on July 1.  

During the initial investigation detectives learned a debit card, which had been reported stolen during the burglaries, was used at a convenience store in Westlake.   Detectives were able to view surveillance video at the store and observed four males arrive at the store.  Detectives then observed one of the males using the stolen debit card for three separate transactions. 

            After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect using the stolen card as James K. Miller, 20, 1205 N. Perkins Ferry Road # 11, Lake Charles.  

On July 15, detectives located Miller, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Miller stated they attempted to burglarize at least 30 vehicles in the Moss Bluff and Sulphur areas.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of identity theft; and theft.  His bond is still pending.  

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives have reason to believe the other three suspects are possibly juveniles. 

CPSO VCIU Detective Diquan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 135

On July 2 the three suspects seen in these photographs entered the Bath & Body Words on Derek Drive in Lake Charles at two separate times during the day.

 

The suspects stole numerous items, valuing about $3,000, and fled in a black Ford Expedition with Texas plates.

 

If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 439-22223. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 134

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MISAPPLICTION OF PAYMENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lorraine R. Hyde, 63, Mandeville, LA, after an investigation revealed she failed to pay contractors she hired to complete a job. 

               

On November 13, 2019, CPSO detectives received a complaint from a local company in reference to misapplication of contractor payments.  The complainant advised detectives they entered into a barge transportation agreement with Hyde, the CEO of Genesis Venture Logistics (GVL), for her company to provide services and logistics to transport sand to a construction project, by barge from Westlake to Cameron Parish.  The complainant then advised detectives in August 2019, they were contacted by several companies that were contracted out by GVL to help complete the project, stating they were not paid for the services they provided while transporting the sand.

               

During the investigation it was learned Hyde had used an accounts receivable financing company to initially fund the job and received over $2 million dollars from the company.  The agreement was for the complainant’s company to pay the GVL invoices through the receivable financing company, to cover the upfront financing Hyde was given.  It was discovered that the complainant’s company was making payments, but Hyde had failed to pay the companies she contracted out to complete the job. 

               

After a lengthy investigation the report was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and charges were later accepted and a warrant was issued for Hyde’s arrest.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractor misapplication of payments.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, July 15, 2021

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

 Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held June 3, 2021

           

No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

          1. Adopt the Millage Rates for 2021

           

Adjournment

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Under the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of two color copiers, one cargo trailer, one golf cart, one round conference table, and six automated external defibrillators (AED’s).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $39,258. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 9, 2021 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 6 convicted sex offender Clifford C. Abshire, 40, Westlake, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 26 and 28 Abshire contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was no longer living at his registered address and advised he would be meeting with detectives on June 29 to update his registered address.  Abshire failed to meet with detectives to register a new address, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements, and on July 1 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $20,000 for his arrest.      

 

He was located at his place of employment and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure of offender to notify of registration information.

            

Abshire was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2012 in Caddo Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, July 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Four hundred sixty two (462) vehicles were checked; five (5) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; one (1) citation was issued for no child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; eight (8) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for open container.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Brandon A. Duplantis, 42, Bourg, LA, arrested for DWI, possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Elexis N. Brown, 26, Abbeville, LA, arrested for possession of CDS I, and possession of CDS II

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Cullen B. Harrell, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Ashley N. Francis, 25, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

Rosalind M. Taylor, 44, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO IMPLEMENTS ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION AT PRIEN LAKE MALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 26 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from 10 a.m. until one hour past mall closing.

 

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the parking lot of the mall near the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Ernest Street.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests during the evening hours, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This will be the eighteenth year we have organized RPM and we are very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs. 

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI).   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 23rd out of approximately 2,800 forensic examiners in the nation after completing 468 forensic exams and over 42 terabytes of data this fiscal year.  The exams range from cellphone, vehicle, and computer forensics, along with DVR systems.    

           

The NCFI, which is run by the United States Secret Service and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, is a federally funded training center dedicated to instructing state and local officials in digital evidence and cyber-crime investigations.  The NCFI was opened in 2008 with a mandate to provide state and local law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals a free, comprehensive education on current cyber-crime trends, investigative methods, and prosecutorial and judicial challenges. 

 

 

Pictured in photo 1 is Detective Jerod Abshire and Tara McLeese, Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in Baton Rouge. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 is (left to right) CPSO Commander Gene Pittman, CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire, and CPSO Lt. Ty Istre.  


Notice of Public Meeting 11/19/2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT

 

Date and Time Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  November 19, 2021

TIME:   1:30pm

PLACE OF MEETING:      Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

                Call to order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Review previously approved minutes from the last meeting held on July 15, 2021

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      A resolution to examine and canvass the returns, declare the result and  approve and promulgate the certified returns of the votes cast (with regard to the renewal of the one-quarter (1/4%) sales and use tax) in the election held in the Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana (the “District”), on Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

 

2.      If the previous resolution is approved; adoption of the Proces Verbal of the canvass of the returns of said election by the Sheriff and the Law Enforcement District of said results.  Furthermore, upon the approval, the Sheriff’s staff is instructed to record the results with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office, the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court’s Office and forward copies to all appropriate entities.  Staff is further instructed to promulgate the results of said election by publication in the manner provided by law.

 

3.      The adoption of an Ordinance providing for the renewal of the levy (by the Calcasieu Parish School Board) and collection of a one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax (“Tax”) by the Law Enforcement District of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana (“District”), for an additional ten (10) year period beginning October 1, 2023, and expiring on September 30, 2033 (as called for by the voters of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on November 13, 2021) in accordance with the provisions and terms of Chapter 2D of Subtitle II, Title 47 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as it may be amended (“Uniform Local Sales Tax Code”).

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR JUVENILE INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery. 

 

On the evening of November 16 detectives learned the victim, Jayden P. Ramirez, 18, Lake Charles, died from his injuries.  Earlier today detectives upgraded the 16 year old’s charges from aggravated 2nd degree battery to 2nd degree murder.       

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2021 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2021 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2021 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:

                       

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

            Monday—Friday        8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  (open through lunch)                       

Payments can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

           Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2021 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 6                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  618 E Center St., DeQuincy

           

Tuesday, December 7                                                  Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  115 Bronco Lane, Lake Charles

 

Wednesday, December 8                                           Vinton Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 1302 Center Street, Vinton

 

Payments at these locations can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2021 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2021.  Any payments received after December 31, 2021 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On November 13 around 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Julia Street in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned the victim’s 16 year old friend was responsible for the shooting.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.      

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Brian Batchelor is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 126th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 126th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 40 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-six officers completed 505 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Trevor Legg, Lake Charles Police Department, was selected class president of the 126th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Ashlyn Lonidier, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Alec Blatcher, first; Sulphur Police Department

Paul Miller, Jr., second; Lake Charles Police Department

Adam Richard, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Carson Walker, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Physical Training was presented to Tyler Kibodeaux, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 505 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Maria Avila, Adam Chambers, Jr., Tanya Savell, Krista West – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Spencer Biven, Meghan Boudreaux, Kimberly Cutrera, Patrick Hawley, Brandon Kelly, Tyler Kibodeaux, Aaron Laurents, Ashlyn Lonidier  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Collin Cloud, Carson Walker– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Anthony Figueroa, Rusty Goss – Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Douglas Bennett, Benjamin Busby, Robert Evans – DeRidder Police Department

Chief Bruce Lemelle – Elton Police Department

Charles Duhon – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Christian Arabie, George Braneff, Hegemann Carter, Jr., Kelly Evans, Trevor Legg, Paul Miller, Jr., Adam Richard– Lake Charles Police Department

Jesica Thompson – Oakdale Police Department

                        Justin Bibby – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Nicole Kearns, Warren Price, Crystal Snell – Probation & Parole

Abigale Barks, Alec Blatcher – Sulphur Police Department

Whitlea Cormier – Welsh Police Department

                        Jimmy Holmes, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jerry Childress, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Rocky Rhodes, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.  Lucas Parker, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 12 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fast food restaurant on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  

           

When deputies arrived the observed an employee at the restaurant with a gunshot wound to her hand.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the two suspects, Conswella A. Robinson, 45, Humble, Texas, and Catherine M. Anderson, 64, Baton Rouge, entered the restaurant armed with a gun in order to confront the victim.  A physical altercation ensued between Robinson, Anderson, and the victim, at which time the gun was produced.  There was a struggle between the three individuals at which time the gun was accidently discharged, hitting the victim and grazing Robinson on the forearm.

           

Robinson and the victim were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and later released.  Robinson and Anderson were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Robinson was additionally charged with possession of CDS I.  Their bonds are still pending. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a single vehicle crash, with an SUV on fire. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV was traveling on N. Perkins Ferry Road when it went off the roadway, for unknown reasons, in a curve.  The driver, Alicia D. Smith, 40, Lake Charles, was ejected from the SUV.  It is believed the vehicle then caught fire due to damages it sustained during the crash.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.  She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

           

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Cameron Hicks and Cody Fontenot are the lead investigators on this crash.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36, 3010 Line Road, and John D. Mitchener, 48, 2219 Old Highway 90, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for utility wire thefts.

           

During the investigation detectives learned near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  During further investigation detectives learned Mitchener dropped Landry off in order to steal the wire.  

           

During further investigation, when detectives made contact with Landry and Mitchener they located wire and protective casing consistent with the type of wire that was stolen.  Landry was also found to be in possession of tools commonly used to cut large wire along with medication she did not have a prescription for. 

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000.  Landry was additionally charged with theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000; illegal possession of burglary tools; and possession of a prescription of CDS and/or legend drug.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Mitchener’s bond at $25,000 and Landry’s bond at $16,000.

           

Mitchener was previously arrested in July 2021 for utility wire theft.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS 1 FOR ARMED ROBBERY & SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF SECOND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred on Decker Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation the victim advised deputies a short time earlier he was robbed at gunpoint by a man, later identified as Lydell Joseph, 21, 211 N. Goodman Road, Lake Charles. The victim also stated there was another black male present during the robbery. The suspects stole a 12 gauge shotgun, .22 rifle, and $300 from inside the victim’s truck.

 

After further investigation, on November 4 CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Joseph’s arrest. On November 9 detectives located Joseph and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000. His bond is set at $56,000.

 

Detectives are currently attempting to identify the second suspect and are asking anyone who may have information pertaining to this case or his identity to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT OF GUNS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to the theft of two firearms. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered an acquaintance of the victim, Shamberly M. Edgerton, 42, 3433 L. Benoit Road, Lake Charles, went to his residence while he was out of town.  Edgerton was let inside by a roommate, at which time she stated she was there to gather belongings for the victim for safe keeping until he returns.

           

When detectives spoke with Edgerton she confirmed she took some of the victim’s belongings, including two firearms, from his residence although he did not ask her to do so.  She then advised detectives the firearms were inside her vehicle when it was burglarized at a local boat launch, at which time the guns were stolen.  It was learned Edgerton did not file a report with law enforcement in reference to the vehicle burglary.

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Derek Kee set her bond at $2,500.  Edgerton is also being held on a probation hold. 

         

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 7 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance. 

           

Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect, Teddy T. Arvie, 41, Ville Platte, LA, fled out the back door of the residence when they arrived.  During the investigation deputies learned Arvie, a friend of the victim, arrived at her home and was knocking on her door, when the victim opened the door Arvie pushed his way inside the residence.  Once inside Arvie began yelling at the victim and threatened to hurt her, at which time she was able to text a family member and advise them to call law enforcement.  Deputies also learned Arvie hit the victim several times with his fists, pinned her down, and strangled her while stating he was going to kill her.  The victim stated she attempted to get away but was unable. 

           

CPSO deputies later located Arvie and when he spoke with detectives he confirmed he strangled the victim and made statements in reference to killing her.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $275,000.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES COLLEGE PREP STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between Friday, October 29 and Tuesday, November 2, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have been investigating several threats in reference to a shooting occurring at Lake Charles College Prep. 

           

During the investigation detectives interviewed a 14 year old student who attends LCCP.  During questioning the girl confirmed she was responsible for creating one of the threats.  Detectives were also able to trace an IP address that was obtained during the investigation back to the student’s home address. 

           

She was arrested and is currently being booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

“We have a zero tolerance when it comes to threatening harm to other students along with the faculty at our schools in Calcasieu Parish.  It is not something that is taken lightly,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I encourage parents to take the time to talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making these threats.  Since January of this year we have made 7 arrests for terrorizing; this is not a joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school, staff, or other students.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.” 

           

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on these cases. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.     

        

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2NDDEGREE BATTERY AFTER SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence located at 7529 Snapper Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.


 During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim and a resident at the home, Phoenix J. Grindol, 25, had an argument and the victim began beating on the door of the home while Grindol was inside.  Grindol then shot the victim through the door.  Deputies were advised the victim had left the scene prior to their arrival.  A short time later deputies learned the victim was located at a local hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. 


After further investigation Grindol was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery.  His bond is still pending.  


The victim is listed in stable, but serious condition. 


CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case.   


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR STOLEN PROPERTY RELATED TO ATM THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Louisiana State Police Troop D coordinated a traffic stop on an SUV traveling on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles after receiving a tip it may be possibly related to the thefts from ATMs in Calcasieu Parish.  

           

During the initial investigation, approximately $44,000, a ski mask, gloves, and a firearm were located inside the SUV.  Detectives and Troopers also located clothing inside the SUV that matched the description of the suspects related to an ATM theft that occurred in Covington, LA, earlier the same day.

           

After further investigation the occupants of the SUV, Trevon D. Chenier, 28, Javon D. Schoffield, 29, and Rodney E. Curry, 35, all of Houston, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things over $25,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set each of their bonds at $475,000.

           

After further investigation it was learned Chenier was also involved in the theft from an ATM that occurred on Highway 14 in Lake Charles on August 30, where the safe to an ATM was detached from the machine and approximately $128,000 was stolen.  Detectives also learned Chenier was involved in the attempted theft from an ATM that occurred on September 20 on Nelson Road in Lake Charles.  He was additionally charged with attempted theft $5,000 to $25,000; theft $25,000 or more; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; and criminal conspiracy.  Judge Clayton Davis set an additional bond at $575,000. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests are possible.

           

Chenier, Schoffield, and Curry are also being held on charges from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to the theft in Covington that occurred on October 25. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday, October 28, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at this time, one or both of the vehicle crossed the center line and the vehicles collided head on.  The passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation and the cause of the accident and seatbelt use are unknown at this time.  It does appear speed played a factor in the accident.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and the driver of the car was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sonny L. Carey, 50, Winnfield, LA, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Carey, who is registered in Winnfield, LA, was staying at a residence on Roxton Street in Sulphur.  Carey failed to notify the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office along with CPSO that he had been staying in Sulphur, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was located at the residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.

            

Carey was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On October 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Marcus J. Mitchell, 45, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Mitchell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Mitchell at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address for two weeks and failed to register his new address with law enforcement, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,000.

            

Mitchell was convicted of oral copulation with force in 2013 in California.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mitchell was also arrested in May of 2021 by the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, October 24 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 4400 block of Ihles Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

Upon arrival the deputy made contact with the driver, Carlos G. Diaz, 33, Dayton, Texas.  The deputy observed Diaz to have red, glossy eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Diaz he initially stated he drank one beer, but later told deputies he drank approximately four (24 oz.) beers.  The deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but was unable to complete it due to possible injuries sustained during the crash along with Diaz’s unsteady balance.  During the investigation the deputy also learned Diaz has two prior DWI arrests.    

           

Diaz was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  The deputy then asked if he would consent to a blood draw for a toxicology report, which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital.

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Diaz was medically cleared and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and carless operation.  He was released the following day on a $37,000 bond with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must be subject to random drug screenings, cannot commit any other crimes; no purchase or possession of any firearms or dangerous weapons; no contact with known drug users or convicted felons; and no driving without a valid license set by Judge Mike Canaday. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. William Sommers is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO Responds To Possible Tornado Damages

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received several calls in reference to tornado damage in the areas off Ham Reid Road from Nelson Road to Ihles Road in Lake Charles.  CPSO deputies conducted door to door residential checks in those areas and no injuries were reported to deputies. 


CPSO deputies will be conducting extra patrols throughout the night in the damaged areas. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Monday, October 4 around 4:00 p.m. on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

The truck will have minor damage to the front passenger side and right front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Cox Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect made entry into the home, sometime between September 2 and September 5, by breaking a window in the back of the residence.  Once inside the home the suspect stole several items including jewelry and a TV.  Deputies were able to obtain DNA evidence from the scene, which was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing.

           

The sample DNA was submitted into Combined DNA Index Systems (CODIS) and detectives received later notification that the DNA was a match for Travis J. Garner, 32, 450 Parish Road #201, Lake Charles.  

           

On October 20 detectives made contact with Garner at his residence.  During questioning he stated he went back to the residence a second time, between September 25 and September 27, at which time he stole appliances and outdoor equipment from under the carport.  Prior to questioning Garner was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia, along with several of the items that were previously stolen from the residence. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft $1,000 - $5,000; theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property; criminal trespassing; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  His total bond is set at $36,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of Highway 101 in Bell City in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect, Clint A. Carpenter, 39, 7629 Texas Avenue, Hayes, shot the victim after a verbal argument, then fled the scene. 

           

CPSO deputies conducted an extensive search of the area and with the assistance of CPSO Air 1 located Carpenter a short time later in a wooded area south of Hayes, near Highway 14. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal use of a dangerous weapon; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $175,000. 

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a drive by shooting. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated he was leaving the store when he observed a truck driving by.  The victim stated the truck turned around and pulled back onto Highway 109 and passed the store once again, at which time shots were fired from the truck.  The victim also advised detectives he recognized one of the individuals in the truck as Jervon J. Broussard, 24, Lafayette, LA.  The victim’s truck along with another truck in the parking lot had been struck several times during the shooting. 

           

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses, detectives were able to identify the two other suspects inside the truck as Brison J. Thibodeaux, 28, Broussard, LA, and Dillon J. Derousselle, 19, Carencro, LA.  The following day detectives located Broussard and Thibodeaux, at which time they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day a warrant was issued for Derousselle’s arrest.  They are all charged with illegal carrying and discharging of a weapon; and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Michael Canaday set Broussard’s bond at $210,000 and Thibodeaux and Derousselle’s bond at $300,000. 

           

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Derousselle they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Lt. Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, October 1 at approximately 7:00 a.m. at the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Gillis. 

           

The investigation revealed a pickup truck was traveling southbound on Welcome Road when it ran a stop sign and struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on Topsy Road.  Upon impact the SUV was forced off the roadway.  The SUV overturned, traveled across Cryer Road and struck a stop sign before coming to rest upside down in the ditch. 

 

The suspect’s truck, described as burgundy or maroon colored with a chrome bumper, fled the scene heading eastbound on Topsy Road.  The truck will have damage to the front passenger side bumper as well as the front passenger side quarter panel. 

 

The driver of the SUV along with 3 young passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this incident please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sgts. Bryan Alexander and Casey Steech are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –
 
Earlier today, October 9, around noon deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located at 2796 Post Oak Road #28A in Sulphur, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jose L. Mosqueda, Jr., 29, Mission, Texas, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 
            
During the investigation, detectives spoke with the suspect, Oscar R. Lucero, 34, Hidalgo, Texas, who was located on scene.  He advised detectives he and the victim worked together and had gone for drinks after work prior to returning to the residence, which is where Lucero was staying while working in the area.  Lucero then tells detectives while at the residence Mosqueda attempted to stab him, at which time he shot the victim several times. 
            
After further investigation and speaking with witnesses, Lucero was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for 2nd degree murder.  His bond has not yet been set.
            
Lucero suffered a superficial laceration on his shoulder during the incident. 
            

 

CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO Cpl. Rebekah Thierry and Deputy Taylor Plaisance from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 15 law enforcement officers from across the state who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Bossier City. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has eight deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 6 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they made contact with three suspects, identified as Chances M. Robinson, 26, Kasey M. Bean, 25, and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Beaumont, Texas.  

           

The initial investigation revealed the suspects entered the store two separate times that day and stole approximately $4,600 worth of merchandise.  It was also discovered earlier the same day the suspects stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from the same store in Beaumont. 

           

Further investigation revealed Robinson and Bean were also responsible for stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the same store on Derek Drive on September 9. 

           

After speaking with detectives Robinson and Bean were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 3 counts of theft $1,000 to $5,000; and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.  Robinson was released on October 8 on a $23,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  Bean was released on October 7 on a $27,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

The 16 year old was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

 

The stolen items from the thefts on October 6 at the store in Lake Charles and Beaumont were recovered by deputies.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely.  CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 5 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a fire at a residence located at 121 Roberts Road in Starks.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a large amount of wire and protective covering had been burnt.  Due to the type of protective covering on the wire it was learned the wire belonged to a telecommunications company and had been stolen off of utility poles.

           

When detectives spoke with the homeowner, Scott A. Stains, 40, he stated he stole approximately 1,500 feet of wire.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.                

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Andrew J. McClelland, 27, 1800 N. Beglis Parkway #102 C, Sulphur, having sexual intercourse and sexually battering a girl under the age of 18, several days prior. 

           

When detectives spoke with McClelland he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $550,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, November 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/189075.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.  

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  This will likely be the last hunter’s education course offered by CPSO for the remainder of this year.  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Jessica L. Billingsly, 31, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she failed to comply with her sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Billingsley had moved on multiple occasions and failed to register her new address with law enforcement. 

 

Billingsley, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2018 in Calcasieu Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $4,500.

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

 

On October 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a truck stop in Starks in reference to trespassing.

 

During the initial investigation deputies made contact with Keith J. Manuel, 60, 379 Robert Clark Road, Starks, a convicted sex offender, and observed him to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  When deputies spoke with personnel at the truck stop they learned Manuel had been causing a disturbance inside the store.  Store personnel told deputies Manuel had been instructed to leave the property, but refused. 

 

During further investigation, while speaking with Manuel, who was convicted of sexual battery in 2001 in Calcasieu Parish, deputies learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Manuel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with remaining after forbidden; failure to register as a sex offender; and disturbing the peace drunkenness.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $3,150. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Jake Verrette is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On October 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Michael D. Cutburth, 31, Sulphur, after it was discovered he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the investigation deputies learned Cutburth had been staying at a different address than what was registered with law enforcement.

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.

 

Cutburth was convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault in 2010 and 2016 in Arkansas. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Michael Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, Micah B. Ortego, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard and they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest.  All three suspects were charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard were additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Sheena M. Garvin, 36, 245 Brown Road, Lake Charles, was also involved in one of the residential burglaries.  It was discovered Garvin contacted one of the victims under false pretenses, pretending to be interested in purchasing tickets for a fundraiser the victim was organizing.  Garvin asked the victim to meet her at a location, away from the residence, to purchase the tickets, in order to lure the victim away from the home to facilitate the burglary and theft.  When the victim arrived at the location Garvin never showed up and stopped communicating with the victim.    

           

On October 1 Garvin was interviewed by detectives and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $7,000. 

           

Detectives are still attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY


 

Lake Charles –

 

            Earlier this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m.Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a man entered the store armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance of the suspect and were able to obtain a description.  Later this morning deputies located the suspect, identified as Fernando L. Nelson, 53, 2608 General Patton Street, Lake Charles, during a traffic stop.  When deputies located Nelson he was in possession of a scarf, seen on video surveillance, and a knife.  When detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible for the Armed Robbery.  

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correcitonal Center and charged with armed robbery.  His bond is pending.

            An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  

            CPSO Detective Chris Scharp is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20 at the intersection of Parish Road and Pinecone Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck ran a stop sign at the intersection and struck a car.  The suspect then fled the scene of the accident, heading north on Parish Road.  The truck is described as a light colored Dodge Dakota, possibly 2005 model.  The truck will have damage to the front end.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 21-116330.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & SEARCHING FOR 1 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, 37, 2709 12th Street, Micah B. Ortego, 41, 7553 Tammy Lane, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., 39, 205 N. Perkins Ferry Road, all of Lake Charles, were responsible for the burglary and thefts.

           

Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Detectives executed a search warrant on Ortego’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamines. 

 

Ortego and Richard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest in the amount of $62,000.

All three suspects are charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego is additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Ortego’s bond at $28,500 and Richard’s bond at $23,500.  Ortego and Richard also have a detainer from Probation & Parole. 

           

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

Detective recovered two of the stolen firearms. 

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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CPSO ARRESTS LC MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 23 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Yosvanis L. Carballosa, 27, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, fired his handgun towards the victim’s home after an argument, causing a bullet to hit the house.  The bullet traveled through the wall of the residence and into the victim’s bedroom, where he was sleeping. 

           

Carballosa barricaded himself inside his residence when deputies arrived.  The CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) responded and was able to make entry into the home and take Carballosa into custody.

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapons; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $50,000.

           

CPSO Detectives Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 RELATED TO ATTEMPTED ATM BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on September 20, after a 3 month investigation regarding ATM burglaries in the area, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information pertaining to individuals in the Lake Charles area that may possibly be committing an ATM theft.

 

Detectives began conducting surveillance at a local bank on Nelson Road in Lake Charles, when they observed several suspects attempting to steal cash out of an ATM. A fully marked CPSO deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspects when they were leaving the bank at which time the suspects fled in a truck, which was later discovered to be stolen. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspects ultimately fled on foot from the truck.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation detectives arrested the following individuals related to the attempted ATM burglary:

 

Caleb C. Jones, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Caylon L. Johnson, 28, Houston, TX (bond $200,000)

Ajalon J. Baker, 26, Houston, TX (bond $242,500)

Araneisha D. Victor, 22, Katy, TX (bond $40,500)

Jeremy M. Spiller, 32, Galena Park, TX (bond $40,500)

 

They were all booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Jones, Johnson and Baker are charged with attempted theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25.000; and criminal conspiracy. Victor and Spiller are charged with accessory after the fact; and possession of marijuana.

 

It was also discovered Baker has a warrant out of Arkansas for ATM burglaries and Johnson, who is on parole in Texas, violated his parole by crossing state lines.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOC INMATE WHO ESCAPED SW TRANSITIONAL WORK PROGRAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, September 20, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised a Department of Corrections inmate, Desmond D. Louis, 20, who was being housed at the Southwest Transitional Work Program, had walked off his job, located at a local restaurant in Lake Charles.  Detectives have been continuously searching for Louis and last night, September 22, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information revealing Louis was live on social media. 

 

Detectives began viewing the social media feed and observed Louis to be travelling as a passenger in a car on Highway 171.  CPSO detectives began searching for Louis on Highway 171 and pulled onto the shoulder in an attempt to locate Louis.  A fully marked CPSO patrol unit observed what he believed to be the car Louis was in traveling on Highway 171 near Cobb Circle in Moss Bluff.  The deputy activated his lights and siren in to initiate a traffic stop.  The driver, later learned to be a 16 year old juvenile, pulled over in front of the detective’s unit.  CPSO detectives exited the vehicle, at which time Louis began shooting at detectives, causing detectives to fire back.

 

The car fled the scene at which time a pursuit ensued and the driver ultimately pulled over near Jillian Drive in Beauregard Parish.  It was learned Louis fled the car prior to the driver stopping.  

 

Two passengers in the car, Keasia J. Wilfred, 19, Lake Charles, who is the owner of the car, and Dannirriah Louis, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with 2 counts of principal to attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact to simple escape.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

Detectives are currently attempting to locate Louis, who was last seen wearing no shirt and orange basketball shorts.  He should be considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Louis or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605, or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Detectives are also asking anyone who may have home surveillance in the areas to please review their footage and report any suspicious activity.

 

Louis was convicted of illegal use of a dangerous weapon in January 2020.  He was also convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and illegal carrying of a weapon in April 2020. 

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.  Assisting is the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, and the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

No injuries were sustained during the gunfire. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SULPHUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 15 year old juvenile told another student not to go to school the following day.  Detectives were further advised the boy stated he had an “item” to bring to school.  When questioned on what the “item” was detectives were advised the boy made a gun signal with his hands. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Cody Ferguson is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from an individual who stated he had located his missing cat, deceased, in his neighbor’s ditch.  He further advised detectives he believed the cat had been shot.    

           

After further investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Mandy C. Bellow, 45, 5627 Brady Joseph Lane, Bell City, had shot the cat with a pellet gun and threw it in her ditch.  On September 17 a warrant was issued for Bellow’s arrest. 

 

On September 21 she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to animals.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $65,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

ONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Mister S. Castille, 44, Jennings, LA, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered Castille entered into a contract with the victim and accepted $28,000 in payments to begin repairs on the residence, but did not possess a contractor’s license.          

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.  

           

CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF FORGERY, THEFT, & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Colby J. Richard, 28, 966 Walker Street, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for numerous cases of theft and fraud. 

           

During the investigation it was learned since July Richard has been stealing mail out of residential mailboxes in the Lake Charles and Sulphur areas in an attempt to locate checks, money orders, or credit and debit cards.  The investigation revealed Richard would alter and forge the checks he found and make a mobile deposit in order to receive the money.  It was also discovered Richard fraudulently opened accounts in numerous victim’s names and used those accounts to redeem the altered checks.   

           

On September 1, when detectives made contact with Richard he presented them with an identification card belonging to one of the victims.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 16 counts of forgery; 16 counts of bank fraud; 4 counts of identity theft less than $300; 2 counts of identity theft $300 - $500; 6 counts of identity theft $1,000 or more; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  His total bond is set at $183,000.

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are pending.  There are currently 23 identified victims and detectives are currently working to identify over 25 additional victims.  Detectives believe the victims either knew Richard or one of his acquaintances.   

           

CPSO Detectives Joshua Bruns and Shelli Fontenot are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Public Notice Extreme Emergency

September 2, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(b) that Hurricane Ida poses an extreme emergency threat for Calcasieu Parish and the State of Louisiana. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases and paying overtime while assisting in post Hurricane operations in SE Louisiana. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

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CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT AT LOCAL SCHOOLS & 1 FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 3 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to three elementary schools in Lake Charles in reference to burglaries.  Further investigation revealed several iPads and laptops had been stolen from the schools. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives released photographs of the two suspects through Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles.  On August 26 detectives received a tip identifying one of the suspects as Tyler G. Lanthier, 19, 1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles.  The same day detectives located Lanthier at his residence and were able to recover some of the stolen items from the school inside his residence.  Further investigation revealed the second suspect is a 17 year old juvenile from Lake Charles. 

           

Later the same day detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the juvenile’s residence and located two laptops that had been stolen during the school burglaries along with the keys to one of the schools.  Detectives also located a safe inside the home belonging to the homeowner, Bradley W. Dowden, 39, Lake Charles, containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an AR-15, LSD, steroids, and body armor which had been previously reported stolen through Louisiana Probation & Parole. 

           

Lanthier, the juvenile, and Dowden were all arrested.  Lanthier and Dowden were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lanthier is charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $150,000.  Dowden is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; unlawful use or possession of body armor; and possession of CDS I.  He was released the following day on a $26,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of theft $1,000 - $5,000. 

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Chris Scharp are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of River Moss Lane in Lake Charles in reference to someone laying on the side of the road. 

           

When deputies arrived they made contact with Jason D. Landry, 44, homeless, and learned he was a convicted sex offender that was currently registered in Vermillion Parish.  Further investigation revealed Landry had been living in Calcasieu Parish since August 11 and failed to report to local law enforcement within 3 days, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Landry was convicted of 2nd degree sexual battery on December 18, 1996 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile on December 24, 1996, both in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 in Vermillion Parish and again in 2013 in Lafayette Parish. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Tommy Paul is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Sex Offender Unit Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Between August 3 and 7, the suspects seen in these photographs gained access to three elementary schools in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the schools the suspects stole several iPads and laptops.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.