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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

Lake Charles -

 

On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

 As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 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 MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 25 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a woman who had arrived with chest pains.  When deputies arrived they were notified by hospital staff that the victim had several puncture wounds to her head and face area.   

 

The investigation revealed the victim had returned to her home after attending church and her husband, Oliver Daniel, 61, Lake Charles, confronted her about being late.  Oliver then armed himself with a pair of needle nose pliers and attacked the victim, striking her 3 times on the left side of her head.  The victim advised detectives she was able to run out the front door of the residence to find a neighbor and call an ambulance.

 

Deputies responded to the home where the incident occurred and located Oliver inside.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $60,000.

 

The victim sustained moderate injuries from the attack.  She was treated and released from the hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR RUNAWAY JUVENILE WHO MAY BE WITH CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, may possibly be with Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur, who she has supposedly been meeting up with for the past month. 

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2011 in Beauregard Parish and was released from jail in January 2016.  He is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years from the date he was released from jail.

 

It was also learned Broussard has not shown up for work since Friday.  He is driving a 2015 dark gray Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 pickup truck with a Louisiana license plate.  The last known sighting of his truck was on Sunday afternoon headed westbound on I-10 in Louisiana near the LA/Texas state line.

 

A warrant has been issued for Broussard’s arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and additional charges are likely.

 

Taylor is 5’ tall weighing approximately 130 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.  Broussard is 5’ 8” tall weighing approximately 140 pounds with dirty blonde hair and green eyes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Broussard or Taylor, please contact lead investigator, CPSO Detective Greg Jordan at (337) 491-3664 during regular business hours, or 911 after regular business hours.  Anyone knowingly harboring Taylor or Broussard or withholding information from law enforcement will be subject to charges.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to a sexual battery.  Upon arrival the victim told deputies she had just left the pool and was walking through the casino when a man she did not know, who was later identified as Michael B. Reyes, 34, AZ, grabbed her by the arm and then touched her inappropriately.  She told deputies she pushed Reyes away and was able to get the attention of casino security.    

 

Reyes, who was detained by casino security prior to deputies arrival, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cody Ferguson is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 117th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 117th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-one (31) cadets representing Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, McNeese Police Department, New Llano Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Harbor Police Department, and Sulphur Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 19, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Cody I. Bertrand, Sr., 29, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old female family member.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Bertrand inappropriately touched her while she slept during the night on June 18.

 

Later the same day when detectives spoke with Bertrand he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Ronald Ware has set his bond at $20,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Cindy headed in our direction, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office and departments with non-essential personnel will be closing at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, and will resume normal schedules on Friday June 23. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including extra patrols, including watercrafts, starting tomorrow.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

Notice Of Public Meeting

Notice Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017       Time Posted: 4:00 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

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 on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

During an investigation regarding a man in an unmarked black truck with blue and white lights in the grill who had pulled a man over in the Moss Bluff area, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from DeQuincy Police Chief Michael Suchanek, as well as several other people, identifying Nikolas R. Brown, 35, Longville,  as a possible suspect.  Brown, who is a former DeQuincy Reserve officer, did not have authority to make traffic stops and was also located outside of his jurisdiction.  Reserve officers only have authority while working under direct supervision of their agency, which Brown was not.  When detectives spoke with Brown he confirmed he stopped a man in Calcasieu Parish without the authority to do so. 

 

Brown was arrested and charged with false personation and released on a misdemeanor summons.  Detectives seized his blue lights as well as several other items of police-related equipment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.  The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and Pattum began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.  

 

On May 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m., CPSO deputies spotted Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and Pattum, who was a passenger in the truck, bailed from the truck.  Pattum was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture.  Pattum was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,302,000.  A warrant had been issued by Judge Canaday for Handy’s arrest. 

 

On June 15 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Handy turned himself in at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 30, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Matthew J. Broussard, 31, 1625 Nolia Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year old girl.

 

The investigation revealed the victim, who was a family acquaintance of Broussard, was at his home when the incident occurred.  Detectives also learned there was another 13 year old girl at Broussard’s home at the time, who was a friend of the victim, who witnessed Broussard inappropriately touching her. 

 

On June 2, after further investigation Broussard, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Broussard was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2006 in Calcasieu Parish and computer aided solicitation of a minor in 2008 in Caddo Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 13 at approximately 7:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a woman causing a disturbance at a local park in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies met with a witness who stated the women, later identified as Sarah D. Breaux, 26, 1049 Lake Land Street, Lake Charles, was cursing in front of the other children at the park.  The witness also stated Breaux appeared intoxicated and had fallen in the parking lot while holding a baby.

 

Deputies located Breaux, who was irate and hollering.  When deputies spoke with her they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath.  Deputies also observed Breaux to have an unsteady balance, swaying side to side.  Deputies asked Breaux to retrieve her ID, at which time they walked to her car and when she opened the door deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.  Deputies also witnessed Breaux attempt to conceal drug paraphernalia while getting her ID from inside the car.  A search of the car revealed two partially smoked hand rolled cigarettes containing marijuana as well as several items of drug paraphernalia.  

 

Breaux performed poorly on the standard field sobriety test.  Breaux was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  While deputies were speaking with Breaux she stated that she had been drinking.  She also stated she smokes marijuana regularly in the presence of her 10 month old child who was with her at the park.  

 

The baby was released to the custody of a family member and transported to a local hospital due to witnesses observing Breaux breastfeeding the baby prior to deputies’ arrival at the park.  

 

Breaux was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of marijuana 1st offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of person under the age of 17; cruelty to a juvenile; and disturbing the peace drunk.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $10,500.

 

CPSO Deputies Sr. Cpl. Travis Mier, Cpl. Matthew Saxby, and Sr. Cpl. Adam Wentzel are the arresting deputies on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a business on Old Highway 90 in Vinton. 

 

When the deputy arrived he located the suspect, later identified as Christopher J. Dirgo, 32, GA.  When the deputy attempted to detain Dirgo he became irate and attacked the deputy in an attempt to evade arrest.  During the struggle the deputy deployed his taser, striking Dirgo, at which time Dirgo got on top of the deputy, grabbed him around the neck, choking him and causing the deputy to lose his breath.  Dirgo also began gouging the deputy’s eyes his fingers.  A second deputy arrived on scene at attempted to detain Dirgo, at which time he turned and fought with the second deputy and gouged the deputy’s eye.  Several other deputies arrived on scene and after a prolonged struggle they were able to detain Dirgo. 

 

After further investigation it was learned Dirgo had busted a glass door located on a bus parked outside of the business and then entered the business and began kicking locked doors, breaking the locks.  Deputies also located Dirgo’s truck in the parking lot, which contained a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana and a revolver.  Dirgo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer by violence; battery of a police officer; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and illegal carrying of weapons in the presence of a CDS.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The deputies were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.  Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Dixon’s arrest. 

 

On Friday, June 9, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Dixon turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $150,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.

 

When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.

 

Through further investigation detectives learned the shooting victim has been involved in an ongoing dispute with a 16 year old family member of Dixon.  It was learned earlier the same day, prior to the shooting, the 16 year old pointed a gun at the shooting victim and then fled the scene after witnesses pulled out their cellphones and attempted to video the incident.  A short time later the 16 year old, Dixon, and another unknown individual returned to the railroad tracks, at which time the shooting took place. 

 

Later the same day Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for attempted 2nd degree murder in the amount of $150,000 for Dixon’s arrest.  CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Dixon, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Dixon’s whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the shooting please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  If anyone is harboring or assisting Dixon in any way, they will be arrested and charged accordingly.  Detectives located the juvenile and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and aggravated assault with a firearm.      

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests or charges are likely.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

 

            Reviewing of previously approved minutes from last meeting, held on July 21, 2016

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Amend the Budget for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2016-2017

2.      Adopt the proposed budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2017-2018

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be distributing free safety gun locks to local residents beginning today, June 5.  The locks will be available for distribution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the CPSO Main Office, located at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles.  You will also be able to pick up a gun lock at any of our Law Enforcement Centers from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with the exception of being closed for lunch from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday:

 

            South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 7098 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center – 618 E. Center St., DeQuincy

            Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center – 115 Bronco Ln., Moss Bluff

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

            Central Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 2112 Moeling St., Lake Charles

            Carlyss Law Enforcement Center – 4525 Hwy. 27 S., Sulphur

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

            Bell City / Hayes Law Enforcement Center – 7085 Hwy 14 E, Bell City

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. Nothing is more important than keeping our children safe so I encourage everyone to pick up their free gun lock.  Together we can lock up our guns and save our children,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

The free locks will continue to be distributed until they have all been given out.  There is a limit of two gun locks per family.

CPSO NEEDS ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING VEHICLE OF INTEREST CONNECTED TO MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle.  The suspect was described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  The car, described as a black Chevrolet Camaro, possibly 2010-2014 model, was captured travelling southbound on Highway 171 heading towards I-10 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the same day of the robbery.  Detectives describe the rims on the car as black with silver or chrome trim.  The car has a possible temporary tag on the back and an unidentifiable green plate on the front.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding the Camaro or knows the owner of the Camaro seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171N, Moss Bluff, this evening at a friend’s house and charged him with robbery.  Rashall has been identified as the man who robbed the convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff this morning at around 2:00 a.m.

 

Detectives also arrested Rashall’s friend, Shawn G. Lewis, 50, 2971 Highway 3059, Moss Bluff, and charged him with accessory after the fact to robbery.  Detectives learned through the investigation that Lewis knew Rashall was wanted for robbery and gave him a place to stay, and also assisted Rashall in counting the money he stole from the convenience store.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the store on foot.

 

With the assistance from the public, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171 North, Moss Bluff.  Judge David Ritchie signed an arrest warrant for Rashall in the amount of $50,000 for simple robbery.  Rashall was previously convicted of armed robbery in 2009 and is currently on supervised probation.

 

Detectives are currently searching for Rashall and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts to please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday May 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 2900 block of Westwood Road in Westlake to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Eight hundred seventy (870) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

o   Reagan N. Hastings, 20, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of marijuana 1st offense

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

o   Jimmy L. Monceaux, 44, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and open container

o   Garrett Prunty, 26, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   Jeremy A. Bourque, 27, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   John A. Billot, 42, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense; and open container

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect, who is described as a tall, white man with dark colored hair, fled the store on foot.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph or video, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, CPSO deputies spotted Robert J. Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  The truck was in a parking lot of a closed business on Swisco Rd. in Sulphur.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and his passenger bailed from the truck.  The passenger was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture. 

 

From information received in the investigation, detectives determined the passenger, Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, was the other suspect that was not initially identified in the shooting on Sunday night.  Pattum was arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Pattum’s bond at $1,302,000.

 

Handy is still at large.  A warrant has been issued for him for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of him please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone -  or call 911. 

 

Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck was recovered from the scene last night.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, May 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a rape at a residence on Acorn Creek Trail in Sulphur.    

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim was staying the night at her friend’s residence while the friend was at work.  While she was taking a shower three men, later identified as Jose’ C. Martinez, 22, Jimmy Alvarez, 24, both of Sulphur, and Ricardo C. Valadez, 29, La Porte, TX, who were subleasing rooms inside the same residence, entered the bathroom where the victim was showering.  Martinez and Valadez entered the shower and started sexually assaulting the victim while Alvarez watched.  Detectives then learned the men forced the victim onto the bed where she was held down and raped by Martinez and Valadez while Alvarez watched.  The victim told detectives when Martinez and Valadez left the room Alvarez attempted to rape her.  She then told detectives after Alvarez left the room she was able to lock herself in the bathroom and call a friend who in turn called authorities. 

 

Martinez and Alvarez, who were located at the residence where the rape occurred, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Detectives issued an arrest warrant for Valadez, who left the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Judge Michael Canaday set all three bonds at $1.25 million.  When detectives spoke with Martinez he confirmed the victim said no numerous times, but they continued. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Valadez.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.    

        

CPSO Deputy Christopher Daigle is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and another man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.

 

The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and the other man began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.

 

The victim was struck by one of the rounds while he was in his home.  He was transported to a hospital where he is believed to be in stable condition.

 

The child was not injured.

 

A warrant has been issued for Handy for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000.  Detectives are attempting to identify the other man who was with Handy outside of the victim’s mobile home.

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy and identifying the other man.  They fled the scene in a maroon Ford F150 pickup truck.  It is believed the truck’s license plate is a dealer tag.  If anyone has any information about this shooting or know the whereabouts of Handy and the other man, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 or call 911.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 5:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single car accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the car driven by Bradley Joubert, 19, Deridder, was traveling west on Topsy Road when it left the roadway and struck a culvert.  Joubert, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

It is unknown if impairment is the cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Hwy 14 in Lake Charles in reference to two children being left at the store.

During the initial investigation deputies learned Krisshata Esclovon, 28, Lake Charles, had left two children, ages 9 and 10, in the store.  The complainant also told deputies that Esclovon had 2 other young children in her car when she left.  Deputies quickly learned of a possible location were Esclovon could be located.  When deputies arrived at the residence they found Esclovon lying on the couch next to an envelope containing suspected marijuana.  When deputies questioned Esclovon as to where the other children were they learned the two children, ages 1 and 4, were still in the car, which was not running and the doors were locked.  Deputies located the keys to the car and were able to get the children out of the car.

 

Esclovon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $42,500 with special condition being she can have no contact with the children until it is cleared by the Department of Child and Family Services.  Detectives were unable to obtain a statement from Esclovon due to her level of impairment. 

 

One of the children was released to his mother, the other 3, which were Esclovon’s children, were released to the custody of a family member. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy on this case.                  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 AND ISSUES WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  Upon deputies arrival they located the victim laying on the floor in a room incoherent and unable to speak due to injuries sustained during the robbery.  The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim and a women, later identified as Brittany P. Edwards, 19, Moss Bluff, had been in the motel room together prior to the incident.  Detectives also learned while Edwards was in the room with the victim she was also in contact with 3 other men through text messages, later identified as Bryson A. Goins, 23, Moss Bluff, Troylen J. Stewart, 24, Breaux Bridge, and Robert M. Hendrix, 24, Lake Charles.  It was discovered Edwards was communicating with the 3 men about executing the robbery.  When detectives viewed video surveillance at the motel they witnessed Goins, Stewart, and Hendrix standing outside the motel room where the victim and Edwards were located.  They then witnessed Edwards exit the room and the 3 men enter, at which time the suspects pistol whipped the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as some personal items.  Video surveillance also shows Goins, Stewart, Hendrix, and Edwards fleeing the scene together after the robbery. 

 

On January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $550,000 for the arrest of Edwards and Goins.  Later the same day they were both located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On April 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million for Stewart’s arrest.  On April 13 Stewart was located in Lafayette by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Stewart is also charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On January 23 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1.25 million for the arrest of Hendrix for attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. 

 

On May 19 Edwards posted bond after her charge of attempted first degree murder was dismissed and her bond was reduced to $200,000.  Goins and Stewart remain incarcerated.  Detectives attempted to locate Hendrix on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Hendrix.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Arsene Road in Lake Charles in regards to a disturbance.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who advised a women had been hit by a car but was no longer at the residence and had been transported to a local hospital.   

 

Detectives arrived at the hospital and spoke with the victim, who stated she had been arguing with Victor Ramos, 49, 1887 Arsene Road #45, Lake Charles, her live-in boyfriend.  The victim advised detectives Ramos got into his car and began backing out of the driveway and then drove forward, striking her and pinning her up against their mobile home.  The victim also told detectives Ramos dropped her off at the hospital and left. 

 

A short time later deputies located Ramos at his residence.  When deputies spoke with Ramos he advised that he and the victim were arguing and he struck her with his car.  He also told deputies he attempted to hide the car.  Deputies located the car nearby and observed damage to the front passenger side of the car, which was consistent with the statement given to detectives by the victim.  Ramos was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree battery. 

 

On May 24 detectives learned the victim died from her injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Ramos’ charges from second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Michael Canaday signed the warrant in the amount of $450,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Dewey G. Burnworth, Jr., 29, 733 W. Lyons Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old boy.  The victim advised detectives that Burnworth, who was a family acquaintance, had inappropriately touched him on several different occasions from January 2015 until February 2017 while he was at Burnworth’s home. 

 

On May 24, after further investigation, Burnworth was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday May 27. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals who are not wearing their seatbelt.  Louisiana law mandates that all passengers in a vehicle are to be buckled up, even those in the back seat.  This checkpoint will also target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a convenience store, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff, in reference to an attempted robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect encountered the store clerk outside the front entrance of the store and demanded she enter the store and give him money.  When she refused he threatened her, stating he was armed with a gun.  The clerk still did not comply and the suspect fled on foot towards Joe Miller Road.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing blue jeans, a grey hoodie, and a black mask covering his face.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 14-day campaign that starts today, May 22, and ends June 4, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives.  An additional 2,814 lives could have been spared if they had been wearing their seat belts.  This fact highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near Broussard Road and Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to a shooting.

 

When deputies arrived they located the victim, who had been shot several times, laying on the ground and immediately rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect in connection with the shooting as Artemus C. Beasley, 37, Texas.  Detectives learned Beasley and the victim are from Orange, Texas and were visiting the Vinton area when the shooting occurred. 

 

Later the same day Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for attempted 1st degree murder in the amount of $750,000 for Beasley’s arrest.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Beasley.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dunnehoo is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle. 

 

The suspect is described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 17 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a naked man in the wooded area of Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff.  When deputies arrived on scene they located Keith C. Vige, 57, 3038 Jug Says Road, Moss Bluff, in the woods who was naked and masturbating.  After further investigation it was also learned earlier Vige was on the property of a nearby residence looking for the homeowner, with the intention of having sexual intercourse with her prior to entering the woods.  Vige is not an acquaintance of the homeowner.  He confirmed to detectives that he had been visiting pornographic websites earlier in the day.

 

Vige was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and stalking.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $15,000.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Dougay was the arresting deputy on this case.  Detectives Michelle Robinson and Detective Keeba Barber are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 15 at 7:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Moss Bluff Elementary School in reference to a shooting at the school.  The initial investigation revealed a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the gun belonged to Michael L. Dugas, 50, Moss Bluff, the father of the first grader who brought the gun to school.  When detectives spoke with Michael he confirmed he purchased the weapon and advised detectives he allowed his son, Jake A. Dugas, 17, Moss Bluff, to keep the gun in a bedroom Jake shared with the first grader.  It was also discovered Michael was aware Jake kept the gun unsecured, with no gun lock or holster, in a shoe organizer that hung on the wall in the bedroom the boys shared.  During a search of the residence detectives located the transparent mesh shoe organizer hanging next to the bed where the first grader slept.  Detectives also located an unlocked fireproof safe with keypad entry inside the bedroom closet that was not being used.   

 

On May 18 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Clayton Davis for the arrest of Michael and Jake Dugas.  Michael turned himself in around 1:30 p.m. today.  He is charged with negligent injuring; and improper supervision of a minor, with a bond of $5,000.  Jake was arrested at his residence before lunch.  He is charged with negligent injuring with a bond of $2,500.    


CPSO ACT-TEAM TAKES 1ST PLACE OVERALL IN ANNUAL STATEWIDE SWAT COMPETITION

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office ACT-Team competed in the 2017 Louisiana Tactical Police Officer’s Association (LTPOA) annual SWAT competition hosted by the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department.  The teams are comprised of 6 competitors, which consist of 5 entry team members and 1 sniper.   The CPSO ACT-Team competed against numerous SWAT teams from law enforcement agencies around the state in several specialized events within the competition. 

 

During the competition ACT-Team members were required to complete numerous activities and exercises testing their technical and tactical competence, as well as, firearm and SWAT fundamentals, all while attempting to adhere to rules given during the exercises.   After two days, of no less than 5 hours each day, of grueling physical and mental tests the CPSO ACT-Team placed 1st in Rifle, 1st in Obstacle Course, 2nd in Pistol, 2nd in Shotgun and 3rd in Sniper.  Their combined overall score resulted in winning 1st place Overall SWAT Team. 

 

“I am very proud of our ACT-Team” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These deputies put a lot of time and effort into their training and competed with some of the best SWAT teams in the state.  There was nothing easy about this competition.  It was a grueling and exhausting two days but they put in the hard work and came out on top.”

 

Members of the CPSO ACT-Team are Sgt. John Reddin, Sgt. Ed Choi, Sgt. Joshua Donovan, Sgt. Jeremy Dansby, Sgt. Brandon Miller, and Captain Rick Daughenbaugh. 


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has released new details on the shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary School this morning.

 

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school.  The investigation reveals a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where it is reported he is in surgery.

 

Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held culpable for the accident due to their age.

 

When the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Early this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Moss Bluff Elementary School in regard to a shooting.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages but it has been determined a 7 year old student was accidentally shot in his classroom.  This incident was isolated to this particular classroom and no other children are in danger.

 

The student has been transported to a hospital.  His injuries are not known at this time.

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CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and to the media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2016 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

Derek Goss was also chosen as “2016 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Leona Griffin of the Corrections Division was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet.  Cpt. Rick Daughenbaugh, Lt. Kathy Johnson and Lt. Neil Gremillion were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award”.

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Mark LeBleu Road in Lake Charles in reference to an aggravated battery.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim, Danny Lejeune, 53, Lake Charles, who told them while he was working on his truck outside of his home, an acquaintance, Lucas J. Vincent, 36, Lake Charles, unexpectedly walked up to him and struck him in the head with an unknown object and then fled.  Lejeune was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted into the ICU.

 

Later the same day deputies located Vincent at a local casino and after further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated second degree battery. 

 

On May 4 detectives learned Lejeune died from his injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Vincent’s charges from aggravated second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Robert Wyatt signed the warrant in the amount of $250,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DERIDDER MAN FOR 46 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

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On April 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ivy R. Monceaux, 46, 1237 Joe Gray Road, DeRidder, possessing a cell phone that contained inappropriate images of children.  Monceaux accidentally left his cell phone at a residence in Calcasieu Parish and in attempt to find the rightful owner, the complainant discovered the inappropriate pictures on the cell phone.

 

After further investigation detectives conducted a forensic exam on the cell phone, which revealed numerous pornographic images and videos involving girls ranging in ages from approximately 16 and younger, one of which lives in Calcasieu Parish.

 

 On May 2 Judge Sharon Wilson signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Monceaux’ s arrest for 46 counts of pornography involving juveniles.  He was located later the same day and arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail.  Monceaux is currently waiting to be transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

The investigation is continuing and further charges and arrests are possible.  DHS Homeland Security Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

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CPSO to partner and host Violent Crimes, Frauds, Scams and Cons Against Senior Citizens

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe and in conjunction with the Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Wednesday, April 26.    

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-three (173) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no turn signal; and one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Larry G. Slaughter, Jr., 34, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and open container
  • Corwin L. Wilson, 34, Ville Platte, LA, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Elizabeth D. Lebleu, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Dennis O. Smith, 19, Arizona, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Chase W. Frederick, 31, Kaplan, LA, was arrested for DWI 1st; and open container
  • Joshua L. Armelin, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI 1st; and improper lane use

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles City Police and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Samuel Johnson Road in Starks in reference to a burglary.

 

Upon arrival, deputies learned a Meals on Wheels employee was making a delivery to an 83 year old man, but when they arrived at his home the door was open and they found him tied up to his bed.  When detectives initially spoke with the victim he stated he went to bed at approximately 1:00 a.m. on the 24th but was then awakened by two masked individuals tying him up to his bed.  Detectives learned the victim was tied up for approximately 7 hours.  When the victim’s family arrived at the home, they discovered two firearms, a cellphone and several other items had been taken from the residence.   

 

After speaking with the victim further detectives learned a man and women had visited his home earlier in the month and stated they were looking for a place to stay.  Detectives spoke with witnesses near the victim’s residence who stated the same two individuals were seen at the victim’s residence the day before the burglary. 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the two individuals that visited the victim’s home as Thomas C. Henson, 32, and Lea D. Pence, 33, both of Orange, Texas.  Later the same evening CPSO detectives, with the assistance with Orange Police Department, located Henson and Pence at a residence in Orange.  When detectives spoke with them they discovered Henson and Pence were in possession of the victim’s stolen cell phone, as well as other items that were taken from the home.  Henson was arrested and booked by the Orange Police Department on narcotics charges.  Pence voluntarily came to CPSO the meet with detectives.  After detectives interviewed Pence she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $117,500. 

 

On April 25, detectives were able to identify Michael N. Helmer “Mikey Irish”, 43, Orange, Texas, who was also involved in the burglary.  Detectives issued warrants on Henson, who is currently incarcerated in Orange, and Helmer for aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Henson’s bond at $155,000 and Helmer’s at $135,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Helmer.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call the CPSO lead Detective Cody Fontenot at (337) 431-8072 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

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On April 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to 3 children, ages 8 months, 10 months and 2 years old, being left alone in a room.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with a motel employee who stated she discovered the 8 month old girl wandering around on the 2nd floor balcony.  She told deputies she learned which room the child came from, and when she entered the room she located the other two girls alone.

 

At approximately 1:45 p.m., a women, identified as Logan A. Martin, 21, Jeanerette, LA, arrived at the motel and advised deputies she was responsible for the 3 young girls, one of whom was her child and the other two were family members.  She told deputies she had left the motel and had been gone for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

After further investigation Martin, who was also found to be in possession of a small plastic bag containing marijuana, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  She was released the next day on a $6,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS BOSSIER CITY WOMAN FOR COMPUTER AIDED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

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On March 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Division received information from a concerned parent in Calcasieu Parish regarding her 14 year old son receiving nude images and having sexually explicit conversations with a woman via the boy’s PlayStation 4.  The investigation revealed the parent randomly searched the boy’s account and discovered the conversations and images.  After reviewing the evidence, Vice detectives were able to positively identify the woman as Jennifer A. Smith, 34, Bossier City, LA.

 

On April 5 detectives obtained a warrant for Smith’s arrest in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  She was located on April 11 and arrested and booked into the Bossier Parish Correctional Facility.  On April 12 she was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Smith was released the next day with special conditions of bond being she can have no contact with the victim or any minor children and she cannot commit any other crimes.             

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 21 and end April 27 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 25% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 72% of pickup truck drivers and 68% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 82% of people who drive cars and 85% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY AND UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a man using an acquaintance’s credit cards and forging the acquaintance’s name on checks.

 

The investigation revealed between March 10, 2016 and January 8, 2017, Justin W. Gray, 28, 710 W. McNeese St., Lake Charles, used three of the victim’s credit card and forged the victim’s name on numerous checks. The total amount of forged checks and unauthorized use of the three credit cards is in excess of $64,000.

 

A warrant was issued for Gray on April 13 and he turned himself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office today.

 

Gray was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card; and 41 counts of Forgery.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Gray’s bond at $56,000.

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

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In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 22. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

The Lake Charles City Police and the Louisiana State Police will assist in this checkpoint.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

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On April 8 at approximately 10:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of North Perkins Ferry Road and Clark Court in Moss Bluff in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

When deputies arrived they observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of North Perkins Ferry Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nicolous F. Bellard, 38, Ragley, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy and glazed over.  They also found Bellard to be in possession of a 24 ounce can of beer.    

Bellard refused to perform standard field sobriety testing.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.

 

Bellard, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; open container; and careless operation.  He was released on April 10 on a $27,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  His special conditions of bond are he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Foster Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

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On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon arrival deputies observed marks and bruising on the 4 year old boy’s stomach, back, buttocks, legs, genitals, and face.  The child stated that a family acquaintance, Lakeith D. Morrow, 31, Iowa, whipped him with a belt because he would not go to sleep.  Detectives learned the incident happened sometime between March 31 and April 4, while the child was staying with a family member.  

   

On April 7 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Morrow’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  When detectives questioned Morrow about the incident, he confirmed he had spanked the boy with a belt.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

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On April 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who told deputies he believed that the book keeper, Joella K. Moss, 1825 9th Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing money from the company.  He advised deputies they received more than one complaint from a resident who was worried his rent payments were not being used correctly.  The complainant told deputies they began looking into the complaint and discovered discrepancies on their book keeping records, which are kept by Moss.   The complainant advised when they questioned Moss she admitted to stealing a large amount of money. 

 

During further investigation Moss told deputies she was taking money paid to the company for rent instead of depositing it into the company account.  She told deputies she had been stealing the money since October 2016.  Deputies learned Moss has stolen approximately $30,000 from the company.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 14 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Leon Price, Jr., 45, 1699 Highway 12, DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened in September 2016.

 

 On April 6 after further investigation, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million for Price’s arrest.  On April 7, with the assistance of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Price at his residence.  He was arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Price is charged with 1st degree rape.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Brent Young is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 4 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Charles Lee Fontenot, 34, DeQuincy, having sexually assaulted a 12 year old female family member.  The victim stated Fontenot has had inappropriate sexual contact with her on several occasions since she was approximately 5 or 6 years old. 

 

On April 7, after further investigation, Fontenot was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE:  A LADIES FIREARM SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP”

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 29, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

 

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

 

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

 

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

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CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Raymond P. Johnson, 31, Lake Charles, inappropriately touching one of his students on numerous occasions in May 2015 when the boy was 15 years old.  The victim advised detectives the inappropriate contact occurred when they were alone in the classroom.

 

On April 5 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Johnson’s arrest.  On April 7 Johnson was located at his residence and arrested.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO MONITORING CALCASIEU & WEST FORK RIVERS

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Division will be monitoring the Calcasieu and West Fork Rivers and public boat launch closures.  The rivers north of the Saltwater Barrier to the Calcasieu Parish line will be closed to boat traffic until the rivers return to normal.  These patrols are to provide public safety and to prevent property damage caused by unnecessary boat traffic.


The CPSO Marine Enforcement Unit asks the public to cooperate with the river and boat launch closures.         


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Joseph W. Goodwin, 46, Lake Charles, after it was learned he was no longer living at his registered address and failed to notify the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  On March 27 deputies with the Sex Offender Unit received information regarding Goodwin moving from the address listed on his most recent sex offender registration several weeks ago.  Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Goodwin’s arrest.    

 

On April 4 Goodwin was located and advised detectives he had been homeless.  Goodwin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Goodwin’s special conditions of bond are he must register a current address within 24 hours of release and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

Goodwin was convicted of sexual battery in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Sgt. Shannon Chesson is the investigator on this case.

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CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Sasol, a local industry, located at 2201 Old Spanish Trail in Westlake, in reference to an accidental death.  When deputies arrived they discovered Tyler J. Truett, 24, Sulphur, deceased.  During further investigation it appears Truett fell from scaffolding that was located several feet in the air.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local casino in reference to suspicious circumstances. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with Amber R. Richard, 26, 104 Royer Loop, Sulphur, who stated she had been raped by a man she met at the bar.  Richard was transported to a local hospital, where she became combative and struck an emergency room employee in the jaw with a closed fist. 

 

After detectives watched surveillance footage located inside the casino, they questioned Richard and discovered she had filed a false complaint of rape.  Richard advised detectives she was not raped and filed the report due to her being intoxicated. 

 

On April 3 Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with battery of emergency room personnel; and filing false public records.  Richard bonded out later the same day on a $3,500 bond.  

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles–

 

On April 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with Thaddeus D. Hunter, 54, 2037 6th Street, Lake Charles, after he was observed walking in the middle of the road on Brick Street in Lake Charles. While speaking with Hunter it was learned he was a registered sex offender and did not possess his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Hunter was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender ID requirements. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000.

 

Hunter was convicted of sexual battery in Calcasieu Parish in 1994 and was initially only required to register as a sex offender for a period of 15 years. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Sexual Predator Apprehension Team readjusted Hunter’s sex offender registration to start over in 2014 due to his repeated parole violations.

 

CPSO Cpl. Casey Steech was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO TEXAS MEN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 31 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a home on North Ledoux Road in Lake Charles.  While en route, deputies were advised by the complainant that when she arrived home she observed a man inside her home, who then took off running out the back door.  The complainant also stated a neighbor observed the man get into a truck that was parked near the home and head eastbound on Mark Lebleu Road in Iowa. 

 

The witness was able to give a description of the truck and CPSO Dispatch put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout).  A short time later a detective spotted the truck at a nearby convenience store and observed a man, later identified as Edward M. Munoz, 21, Laredo, Texas, walking towards the store.  When the detective attempted to make contact with Munoz he fled on foot into the wooded area near the store.  After a short foot pursuit Munoz was apprehended and detained.  Deputies recovered three $2 bills on Munoz, that had been stolen from the residence.  They also located three shotguns and a partially burned cigarette containing suspected marijuana inside the truck. 

 

After further investigation deputies learned another man, identified as Jose E. Delgado, 22, Austin, Texas, was also involved.  It was learned that Delgado had fled the residence on foot after the burglary. Later the same evening deputies located Delgado walking down Mark Lebleu Road in Iowa. 

 

Upon further investigation of the crime scene deputies discovered a bedroom window was broken and used as entry into the home.  Deputies also recovered several coins outside near the home that had been taken during the burglary.    

 

Munoz and Delgado were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Munoz is charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft under $750; criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; possession of marijuana; and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $38,000.  Delgado is charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft under $750; criminal damage to property; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $17,750.  Delgado is currently wanted in Texas on unrelated charges of felony larceny and is awaiting extradition.   

 

The recovered items were returned to the victim.

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

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In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

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On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

Lake Charles -

 

On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

 As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 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 MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 25 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a woman who had arrived with chest pains.  When deputies arrived they were notified by hospital staff that the victim had several puncture wounds to her head and face area.   

 

The investigation revealed the victim had returned to her home after attending church and her husband, Oliver Daniel, 61, Lake Charles, confronted her about being late.  Oliver then armed himself with a pair of needle nose pliers and attacked the victim, striking her 3 times on the left side of her head.  The victim advised detectives she was able to run out the front door of the residence to find a neighbor and call an ambulance.

 

Deputies responded to the home where the incident occurred and located Oliver inside.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $60,000.

 

The victim sustained moderate injuries from the attack.  She was treated and released from the hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR RUNAWAY JUVENILE WHO MAY BE WITH CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, may possibly be with Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur, who she has supposedly been meeting up with for the past month. 

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2011 in Beauregard Parish and was released from jail in January 2016.  He is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years from the date he was released from jail.

 

It was also learned Broussard has not shown up for work since Friday.  He is driving a 2015 dark gray Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 pickup truck with a Louisiana license plate.  The last known sighting of his truck was on Sunday afternoon headed westbound on I-10 in Louisiana near the LA/Texas state line.

 

A warrant has been issued for Broussard’s arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and additional charges are likely.

 

Taylor is 5’ tall weighing approximately 130 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.  Broussard is 5’ 8” tall weighing approximately 140 pounds with dirty blonde hair and green eyes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Broussard or Taylor, please contact lead investigator, CPSO Detective Greg Jordan at (337) 491-3664 during regular business hours, or 911 after regular business hours.  Anyone knowingly harboring Taylor or Broussard or withholding information from law enforcement will be subject to charges.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to a sexual battery.  Upon arrival the victim told deputies she had just left the pool and was walking through the casino when a man she did not know, who was later identified as Michael B. Reyes, 34, AZ, grabbed her by the arm and then touched her inappropriately.  She told deputies she pushed Reyes away and was able to get the attention of casino security.    

 

Reyes, who was detained by casino security prior to deputies arrival, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cody Ferguson is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 117th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 117th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-one (31) cadets representing Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, McNeese Police Department, New Llano Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Harbor Police Department, and Sulphur Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 19, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Cody I. Bertrand, Sr., 29, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old female family member.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Bertrand inappropriately touched her while she slept during the night on June 18.

 

Later the same day when detectives spoke with Bertrand he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Ronald Ware has set his bond at $20,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Cindy headed in our direction, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office and departments with non-essential personnel will be closing at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, and will resume normal schedules on Friday June 23. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including extra patrols, including watercrafts, starting tomorrow.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

Notice Of Public Meeting

Notice Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017       Time Posted: 4:00 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

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 on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

During an investigation regarding a man in an unmarked black truck with blue and white lights in the grill who had pulled a man over in the Moss Bluff area, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from DeQuincy Police Chief Michael Suchanek, as well as several other people, identifying Nikolas R. Brown, 35, Longville,  as a possible suspect.  Brown, who is a former DeQuincy Reserve officer, did not have authority to make traffic stops and was also located outside of his jurisdiction.  Reserve officers only have authority while working under direct supervision of their agency, which Brown was not.  When detectives spoke with Brown he confirmed he stopped a man in Calcasieu Parish without the authority to do so. 

 

Brown was arrested and charged with false personation and released on a misdemeanor summons.  Detectives seized his blue lights as well as several other items of police-related equipment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.  The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and Pattum began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.  

 

On May 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m., CPSO deputies spotted Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and Pattum, who was a passenger in the truck, bailed from the truck.  Pattum was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture.  Pattum was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,302,000.  A warrant had been issued by Judge Canaday for Handy’s arrest. 

 

On June 15 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Handy turned himself in at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 30, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Matthew J. Broussard, 31, 1625 Nolia Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year old girl.

 

The investigation revealed the victim, who was a family acquaintance of Broussard, was at his home when the incident occurred.  Detectives also learned there was another 13 year old girl at Broussard’s home at the time, who was a friend of the victim, who witnessed Broussard inappropriately touching her. 

 

On June 2, after further investigation Broussard, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Broussard was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2006 in Calcasieu Parish and computer aided solicitation of a minor in 2008 in Caddo Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 13 at approximately 7:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a woman causing a disturbance at a local park in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies met with a witness who stated the women, later identified as Sarah D. Breaux, 26, 1049 Lake Land Street, Lake Charles, was cursing in front of the other children at the park.  The witness also stated Breaux appeared intoxicated and had fallen in the parking lot while holding a baby.

 

Deputies located Breaux, who was irate and hollering.  When deputies spoke with her they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath.  Deputies also observed Breaux to have an unsteady balance, swaying side to side.  Deputies asked Breaux to retrieve her ID, at which time they walked to her car and when she opened the door deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.  Deputies also witnessed Breaux attempt to conceal drug paraphernalia while getting her ID from inside the car.  A search of the car revealed two partially smoked hand rolled cigarettes containing marijuana as well as several items of drug paraphernalia.  

 

Breaux performed poorly on the standard field sobriety test.  Breaux was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  While deputies were speaking with Breaux she stated that she had been drinking.  She also stated she smokes marijuana regularly in the presence of her 10 month old child who was with her at the park.  

 

The baby was released to the custody of a family member and transported to a local hospital due to witnesses observing Breaux breastfeeding the baby prior to deputies’ arrival at the park.  

 

Breaux was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of marijuana 1st offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of person under the age of 17; cruelty to a juvenile; and disturbing the peace drunk.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $10,500.

 

CPSO Deputies Sr. Cpl. Travis Mier, Cpl. Matthew Saxby, and Sr. Cpl. Adam Wentzel are the arresting deputies on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a business on Old Highway 90 in Vinton. 

 

When the deputy arrived he located the suspect, later identified as Christopher J. Dirgo, 32, GA.  When the deputy attempted to detain Dirgo he became irate and attacked the deputy in an attempt to evade arrest.  During the struggle the deputy deployed his taser, striking Dirgo, at which time Dirgo got on top of the deputy, grabbed him around the neck, choking him and causing the deputy to lose his breath.  Dirgo also began gouging the deputy’s eyes his fingers.  A second deputy arrived on scene at attempted to detain Dirgo, at which time he turned and fought with the second deputy and gouged the deputy’s eye.  Several other deputies arrived on scene and after a prolonged struggle they were able to detain Dirgo. 

 

After further investigation it was learned Dirgo had busted a glass door located on a bus parked outside of the business and then entered the business and began kicking locked doors, breaking the locks.  Deputies also located Dirgo’s truck in the parking lot, which contained a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana and a revolver.  Dirgo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer by violence; battery of a police officer; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and illegal carrying of weapons in the presence of a CDS.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The deputies were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.  Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Dixon’s arrest. 

 

On Friday, June 9, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Dixon turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $150,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.

 

When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.

 

Through further investigation detectives learned the shooting victim has been involved in an ongoing dispute with a 16 year old family member of Dixon.  It was learned earlier the same day, prior to the shooting, the 16 year old pointed a gun at the shooting victim and then fled the scene after witnesses pulled out their cellphones and attempted to video the incident.  A short time later the 16 year old, Dixon, and another unknown individual returned to the railroad tracks, at which time the shooting took place. 

 

Later the same day Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for attempted 2nd degree murder in the amount of $150,000 for Dixon’s arrest.  CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Dixon, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Dixon’s whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the shooting please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  If anyone is harboring or assisting Dixon in any way, they will be arrested and charged accordingly.  Detectives located the juvenile and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and aggravated assault with a firearm.      

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests or charges are likely.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

 

            Reviewing of previously approved minutes from last meeting, held on July 21, 2016

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Amend the Budget for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2016-2017

2.      Adopt the proposed budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2017-2018

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be distributing free safety gun locks to local residents beginning today, June 5.  The locks will be available for distribution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the CPSO Main Office, located at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles.  You will also be able to pick up a gun lock at any of our Law Enforcement Centers from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with the exception of being closed for lunch from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday:

 

            South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 7098 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center – 618 E. Center St., DeQuincy

            Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center – 115 Bronco Ln., Moss Bluff

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

            Central Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 2112 Moeling St., Lake Charles

            Carlyss Law Enforcement Center – 4525 Hwy. 27 S., Sulphur

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

            Bell City / Hayes Law Enforcement Center – 7085 Hwy 14 E, Bell City

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. Nothing is more important than keeping our children safe so I encourage everyone to pick up their free gun lock.  Together we can lock up our guns and save our children,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

The free locks will continue to be distributed until they have all been given out.  There is a limit of two gun locks per family.

CPSO NEEDS ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING VEHICLE OF INTEREST CONNECTED TO MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle.  The suspect was described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  The car, described as a black Chevrolet Camaro, possibly 2010-2014 model, was captured travelling southbound on Highway 171 heading towards I-10 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the same day of the robbery.  Detectives describe the rims on the car as black with silver or chrome trim.  The car has a possible temporary tag on the back and an unidentifiable green plate on the front.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding the Camaro or knows the owner of the Camaro seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171N, Moss Bluff, this evening at a friend’s house and charged him with robbery.  Rashall has been identified as the man who robbed the convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff this morning at around 2:00 a.m.

 

Detectives also arrested Rashall’s friend, Shawn G. Lewis, 50, 2971 Highway 3059, Moss Bluff, and charged him with accessory after the fact to robbery.  Detectives learned through the investigation that Lewis knew Rashall was wanted for robbery and gave him a place to stay, and also assisted Rashall in counting the money he stole from the convenience store.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the store on foot.

 

With the assistance from the public, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171 North, Moss Bluff.  Judge David Ritchie signed an arrest warrant for Rashall in the amount of $50,000 for simple robbery.  Rashall was previously convicted of armed robbery in 2009 and is currently on supervised probation.

 

Detectives are currently searching for Rashall and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts to please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday May 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 2900 block of Westwood Road in Westlake to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Eight hundred seventy (870) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

o   Reagan N. Hastings, 20, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of marijuana 1st offense

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

o   Jimmy L. Monceaux, 44, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and open container

o   Garrett Prunty, 26, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   Jeremy A. Bourque, 27, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   John A. Billot, 42, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense; and open container

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect, who is described as a tall, white man with dark colored hair, fled the store on foot.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph or video, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, CPSO deputies spotted Robert J. Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  The truck was in a parking lot of a closed business on Swisco Rd. in Sulphur.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and his passenger bailed from the truck.  The passenger was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture. 

 

From information received in the investigation, detectives determined the passenger, Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, was the other suspect that was not initially identified in the shooting on Sunday night.  Pattum was arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Pattum’s bond at $1,302,000.

 

Handy is still at large.  A warrant has been issued for him for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of him please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone -  or call 911. 

 

Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck was recovered from the scene last night.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, May 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a rape at a residence on Acorn Creek Trail in Sulphur.    

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim was staying the night at her friend’s residence while the friend was at work.  While she was taking a shower three men, later identified as Jose’ C. Martinez, 22, Jimmy Alvarez, 24, both of Sulphur, and Ricardo C. Valadez, 29, La Porte, TX, who were subleasing rooms inside the same residence, entered the bathroom where the victim was showering.  Martinez and Valadez entered the shower and started sexually assaulting the victim while Alvarez watched.  Detectives then learned the men forced the victim onto the bed where she was held down and raped by Martinez and Valadez while Alvarez watched.  The victim told detectives when Martinez and Valadez left the room Alvarez attempted to rape her.  She then told detectives after Alvarez left the room she was able to lock herself in the bathroom and call a friend who in turn called authorities. 

 

Martinez and Alvarez, who were located at the residence where the rape occurred, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Detectives issued an arrest warrant for Valadez, who left the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Judge Michael Canaday set all three bonds at $1.25 million.  When detectives spoke with Martinez he confirmed the victim said no numerous times, but they continued. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Valadez.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.    

        

CPSO Deputy Christopher Daigle is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and another man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.

 

The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and the other man began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.

 

The victim was struck by one of the rounds while he was in his home.  He was transported to a hospital where he is believed to be in stable condition.

 

The child was not injured.

 

A warrant has been issued for Handy for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000.  Detectives are attempting to identify the other man who was with Handy outside of the victim’s mobile home.

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy and identifying the other man.  They fled the scene in a maroon Ford F150 pickup truck.  It is believed the truck’s license plate is a dealer tag.  If anyone has any information about this shooting or know the whereabouts of Handy and the other man, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 or call 911.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 5:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single car accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the car driven by Bradley Joubert, 19, Deridder, was traveling west on Topsy Road when it left the roadway and struck a culvert.  Joubert, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

It is unknown if impairment is the cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Hwy 14 in Lake Charles in reference to two children being left at the store.

During the initial investigation deputies learned Krisshata Esclovon, 28, Lake Charles, had left two children, ages 9 and 10, in the store.  The complainant also told deputies that Esclovon had 2 other young children in her car when she left.  Deputies quickly learned of a possible location were Esclovon could be located.  When deputies arrived at the residence they found Esclovon lying on the couch next to an envelope containing suspected marijuana.  When deputies questioned Esclovon as to where the other children were they learned the two children, ages 1 and 4, were still in the car, which was not running and the doors were locked.  Deputies located the keys to the car and were able to get the children out of the car.

 

Esclovon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $42,500 with special condition being she can have no contact with the children until it is cleared by the Department of Child and Family Services.  Detectives were unable to obtain a statement from Esclovon due to her level of impairment. 

 

One of the children was released to his mother, the other 3, which were Esclovon’s children, were released to the custody of a family member. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy on this case.                  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 AND ISSUES WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  Upon deputies arrival they located the victim laying on the floor in a room incoherent and unable to speak due to injuries sustained during the robbery.  The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim and a women, later identified as Brittany P. Edwards, 19, Moss Bluff, had been in the motel room together prior to the incident.  Detectives also learned while Edwards was in the room with the victim she was also in contact with 3 other men through text messages, later identified as Bryson A. Goins, 23, Moss Bluff, Troylen J. Stewart, 24, Breaux Bridge, and Robert M. Hendrix, 24, Lake Charles.  It was discovered Edwards was communicating with the 3 men about executing the robbery.  When detectives viewed video surveillance at the motel they witnessed Goins, Stewart, and Hendrix standing outside the motel room where the victim and Edwards were located.  They then witnessed Edwards exit the room and the 3 men enter, at which time the suspects pistol whipped the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as some personal items.  Video surveillance also shows Goins, Stewart, Hendrix, and Edwards fleeing the scene together after the robbery. 

 

On January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $550,000 for the arrest of Edwards and Goins.  Later the same day they were both located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On April 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million for Stewart’s arrest.  On April 13 Stewart was located in Lafayette by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Stewart is also charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On January 23 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1.25 million for the arrest of Hendrix for attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. 

 

On May 19 Edwards posted bond after her charge of attempted first degree murder was dismissed and her bond was reduced to $200,000.  Goins and Stewart remain incarcerated.  Detectives attempted to locate Hendrix on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Hendrix.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Arsene Road in Lake Charles in regards to a disturbance.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who advised a women had been hit by a car but was no longer at the residence and had been transported to a local hospital.   

 

Detectives arrived at the hospital and spoke with the victim, who stated she had been arguing with Victor Ramos, 49, 1887 Arsene Road #45, Lake Charles, her live-in boyfriend.  The victim advised detectives Ramos got into his car and began backing out of the driveway and then drove forward, striking her and pinning her up against their mobile home.  The victim also told detectives Ramos dropped her off at the hospital and left. 

 

A short time later deputies located Ramos at his residence.  When deputies spoke with Ramos he advised that he and the victim were arguing and he struck her with his car.  He also told deputies he attempted to hide the car.  Deputies located the car nearby and observed damage to the front passenger side of the car, which was consistent with the statement given to detectives by the victim.  Ramos was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree battery. 

 

On May 24 detectives learned the victim died from her injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Ramos’ charges from second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Michael Canaday signed the warrant in the amount of $450,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Dewey G. Burnworth, Jr., 29, 733 W. Lyons Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old boy.  The victim advised detectives that Burnworth, who was a family acquaintance, had inappropriately touched him on several different occasions from January 2015 until February 2017 while he was at Burnworth’s home. 

 

On May 24, after further investigation, Burnworth was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday May 27. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals who are not wearing their seatbelt.  Louisiana law mandates that all passengers in a vehicle are to be buckled up, even those in the back seat.  This checkpoint will also target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a convenience store, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff, in reference to an attempted robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect encountered the store clerk outside the front entrance of the store and demanded she enter the store and give him money.  When she refused he threatened her, stating he was armed with a gun.  The clerk still did not comply and the suspect fled on foot towards Joe Miller Road.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing blue jeans, a grey hoodie, and a black mask covering his face.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 14-day campaign that starts today, May 22, and ends June 4, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives.  An additional 2,814 lives could have been spared if they had been wearing their seat belts.  This fact highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near Broussard Road and Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to a shooting.

 

When deputies arrived they located the victim, who had been shot several times, laying on the ground and immediately rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect in connection with the shooting as Artemus C. Beasley, 37, Texas.  Detectives learned Beasley and the victim are from Orange, Texas and were visiting the Vinton area when the shooting occurred. 

 

Later the same day Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for attempted 1st degree murder in the amount of $750,000 for Beasley’s arrest.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Beasley.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dunnehoo is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle. 

 

The suspect is described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 17 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a naked man in the wooded area of Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff.  When deputies arrived on scene they located Keith C. Vige, 57, 3038 Jug Says Road, Moss Bluff, in the woods who was naked and masturbating.  After further investigation it was also learned earlier Vige was on the property of a nearby residence looking for the homeowner, with the intention of having sexual intercourse with her prior to entering the woods.  Vige is not an acquaintance of the homeowner.  He confirmed to detectives that he had been visiting pornographic websites earlier in the day.

 

Vige was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and stalking.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $15,000.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Dougay was the arresting deputy on this case.  Detectives Michelle Robinson and Detective Keeba Barber are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 15 at 7:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Moss Bluff Elementary School in reference to a shooting at the school.  The initial investigation revealed a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the gun belonged to Michael L. Dugas, 50, Moss Bluff, the father of the first grader who brought the gun to school.  When detectives spoke with Michael he confirmed he purchased the weapon and advised detectives he allowed his son, Jake A. Dugas, 17, Moss Bluff, to keep the gun in a bedroom Jake shared with the first grader.  It was also discovered Michael was aware Jake kept the gun unsecured, with no gun lock or holster, in a shoe organizer that hung on the wall in the bedroom the boys shared.  During a search of the residence detectives located the transparent mesh shoe organizer hanging next to the bed where the first grader slept.  Detectives also located an unlocked fireproof safe with keypad entry inside the bedroom closet that was not being used.   

 

On May 18 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Clayton Davis for the arrest of Michael and Jake Dugas.  Michael turned himself in around 1:30 p.m. today.  He is charged with negligent injuring; and improper supervision of a minor, with a bond of $5,000.  Jake was arrested at his residence before lunch.  He is charged with negligent injuring with a bond of $2,500.    


CPSO ACT-TEAM TAKES 1ST PLACE OVERALL IN ANNUAL STATEWIDE SWAT COMPETITION

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office ACT-Team competed in the 2017 Louisiana Tactical Police Officer’s Association (LTPOA) annual SWAT competition hosted by the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department.  The teams are comprised of 6 competitors, which consist of 5 entry team members and 1 sniper.   The CPSO ACT-Team competed against numerous SWAT teams from law enforcement agencies around the state in several specialized events within the competition. 

 

During the competition ACT-Team members were required to complete numerous activities and exercises testing their technical and tactical competence, as well as, firearm and SWAT fundamentals, all while attempting to adhere to rules given during the exercises.   After two days, of no less than 5 hours each day, of grueling physical and mental tests the CPSO ACT-Team placed 1st in Rifle, 1st in Obstacle Course, 2nd in Pistol, 2nd in Shotgun and 3rd in Sniper.  Their combined overall score resulted in winning 1st place Overall SWAT Team. 

 

“I am very proud of our ACT-Team” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These deputies put a lot of time and effort into their training and competed with some of the best SWAT teams in the state.  There was nothing easy about this competition.  It was a grueling and exhausting two days but they put in the hard work and came out on top.”

 

Members of the CPSO ACT-Team are Sgt. John Reddin, Sgt. Ed Choi, Sgt. Joshua Donovan, Sgt. Jeremy Dansby, Sgt. Brandon Miller, and Captain Rick Daughenbaugh. 


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has released new details on the shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary School this morning.

 

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school.  The investigation reveals a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where it is reported he is in surgery.

 

Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held culpable for the accident due to their age.

 

When the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Early this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Moss Bluff Elementary School in regard to a shooting.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages but it has been determined a 7 year old student was accidentally shot in his classroom.  This incident was isolated to this particular classroom and no other children are in danger.

 

The student has been transported to a hospital.  His injuries are not known at this time.

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CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and to the media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2016 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

Derek Goss was also chosen as “2016 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Leona Griffin of the Corrections Division was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet.  Cpt. Rick Daughenbaugh, Lt. Kathy Johnson and Lt. Neil Gremillion were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award”.

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Mark LeBleu Road in Lake Charles in reference to an aggravated battery.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim, Danny Lejeune, 53, Lake Charles, who told them while he was working on his truck outside of his home, an acquaintance, Lucas J. Vincent, 36, Lake Charles, unexpectedly walked up to him and struck him in the head with an unknown object and then fled.  Lejeune was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted into the ICU.

 

Later the same day deputies located Vincent at a local casino and after further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated second degree battery. 

 

On May 4 detectives learned Lejeune died from his injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Vincent’s charges from aggravated second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Robert Wyatt signed the warrant in the amount of $250,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DERIDDER MAN FOR 46 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ivy R. Monceaux, 46, 1237 Joe Gray Road, DeRidder, possessing a cell phone that contained inappropriate images of children.  Monceaux accidentally left his cell phone at a residence in Calcasieu Parish and in attempt to find the rightful owner, the complainant discovered the inappropriate pictures on the cell phone.

 

After further investigation detectives conducted a forensic exam on the cell phone, which revealed numerous pornographic images and videos involving girls ranging in ages from approximately 16 and younger, one of which lives in Calcasieu Parish.

 

 On May 2 Judge Sharon Wilson signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Monceaux’ s arrest for 46 counts of pornography involving juveniles.  He was located later the same day and arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail.  Monceaux is currently waiting to be transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

The investigation is continuing and further charges and arrests are possible.  DHS Homeland Security Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

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CPSO to partner and host Violent Crimes, Frauds, Scams and Cons Against Senior Citizens

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe and in conjunction with the Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Wednesday, April 26.    

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-three (173) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no turn signal; and one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Larry G. Slaughter, Jr., 34, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and open container
  • Corwin L. Wilson, 34, Ville Platte, LA, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Elizabeth D. Lebleu, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Dennis O. Smith, 19, Arizona, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Chase W. Frederick, 31, Kaplan, LA, was arrested for DWI 1st; and open container
  • Joshua L. Armelin, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI 1st; and improper lane use

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles City Police and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Samuel Johnson Road in Starks in reference to a burglary.

 

Upon arrival, deputies learned a Meals on Wheels employee was making a delivery to an 83 year old man, but when they arrived at his home the door was open and they found him tied up to his bed.  When detectives initially spoke with the victim he stated he went to bed at approximately 1:00 a.m. on the 24th but was then awakened by two masked individuals tying him up to his bed.  Detectives learned the victim was tied up for approximately 7 hours.  When the victim’s family arrived at the home, they discovered two firearms, a cellphone and several other items had been taken from the residence.   

 

After speaking with the victim further detectives learned a man and women had visited his home earlier in the month and stated they were looking for a place to stay.  Detectives spoke with witnesses near the victim’s residence who stated the same two individuals were seen at the victim’s residence the day before the burglary. 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the two individuals that visited the victim’s home as Thomas C. Henson, 32, and Lea D. Pence, 33, both of Orange, Texas.  Later the same evening CPSO detectives, with the assistance with Orange Police Department, located Henson and Pence at a residence in Orange.  When detectives spoke with them they discovered Henson and Pence were in possession of the victim’s stolen cell phone, as well as other items that were taken from the home.  Henson was arrested and booked by the Orange Police Department on narcotics charges.  Pence voluntarily came to CPSO the meet with detectives.  After detectives interviewed Pence she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $117,500. 

 

On April 25, detectives were able to identify Michael N. Helmer “Mikey Irish”, 43, Orange, Texas, who was also involved in the burglary.  Detectives issued warrants on Henson, who is currently incarcerated in Orange, and Helmer for aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Henson’s bond at $155,000 and Helmer’s at $135,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Helmer.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call the CPSO lead Detective Cody Fontenot at (337) 431-8072 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

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On April 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to 3 children, ages 8 months, 10 months and 2 years old, being left alone in a room.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with a motel employee who stated she discovered the 8 month old girl wandering around on the 2nd floor balcony.  She told deputies she learned which room the child came from, and when she entered the room she located the other two girls alone.

 

At approximately 1:45 p.m., a women, identified as Logan A. Martin, 21, Jeanerette, LA, arrived at the motel and advised deputies she was responsible for the 3 young girls, one of whom was her child and the other two were family members.  She told deputies she had left the motel and had been gone for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

After further investigation Martin, who was also found to be in possession of a small plastic bag containing marijuana, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  She was released the next day on a $6,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS BOSSIER CITY WOMAN FOR COMPUTER AIDED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

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On March 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Division received information from a concerned parent in Calcasieu Parish regarding her 14 year old son receiving nude images and having sexually explicit conversations with a woman via the boy’s PlayStation 4.  The investigation revealed the parent randomly searched the boy’s account and discovered the conversations and images.  After reviewing the evidence, Vice detectives were able to positively identify the woman as Jennifer A. Smith, 34, Bossier City, LA.

 

On April 5 detectives obtained a warrant for Smith’s arrest in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  She was located on April 11 and arrested and booked into the Bossier Parish Correctional Facility.  On April 12 she was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Smith was released the next day with special conditions of bond being she can have no contact with the victim or any minor children and she cannot commit any other crimes.             

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 21 and end April 27 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 25% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 72% of pickup truck drivers and 68% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 82% of people who drive cars and 85% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY AND UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A CREDIT CARD

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On March 14, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a man using an acquaintance’s credit cards and forging the acquaintance’s name on checks.

 

The investigation revealed between March 10, 2016 and January 8, 2017, Justin W. Gray, 28, 710 W. McNeese St., Lake Charles, used three of the victim’s credit card and forged the victim’s name on numerous checks. The total amount of forged checks and unauthorized use of the three credit cards is in excess of $64,000.

 

A warrant was issued for Gray on April 13 and he turned himself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office today.

 

Gray was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card; and 41 counts of Forgery.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Gray’s bond at $56,000.

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

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In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 22. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

The Lake Charles City Police and the Louisiana State Police will assist in this checkpoint.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

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On April 8 at approximately 10:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of North Perkins Ferry Road and Clark Court in Moss Bluff in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

When deputies arrived they observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of North Perkins Ferry Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nicolous F. Bellard, 38, Ragley, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy and glazed over.  They also found Bellard to be in possession of a 24 ounce can of beer.    

Bellard refused to perform standard field sobriety testing.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.

 

Bellard, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; open container; and careless operation.  He was released on April 10 on a $27,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  His special conditions of bond are he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Foster Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

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On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon arrival deputies observed marks and bruising on the 4 year old boy’s stomach, back, buttocks, legs, genitals, and face.  The child stated that a family acquaintance, Lakeith D. Morrow, 31, Iowa, whipped him with a belt because he would not go to sleep.  Detectives learned the incident happened sometime between March 31 and April 4, while the child was staying with a family member.  

   

On April 7 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Morrow’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  When detectives questioned Morrow about the incident, he confirmed he had spanked the boy with a belt.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

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On April 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who told deputies he believed that the book keeper, Joella K. Moss, 1825 9th Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing money from the company.  He advised deputies they received more than one complaint from a resident who was worried his rent payments were not being used correctly.  The complainant told deputies they began looking into the complaint and discovered discrepancies on their book keeping records, which are kept by Moss.   The complainant advised when they questioned Moss she admitted to stealing a large amount of money. 

 

During further investigation Moss told deputies she was taking money paid to the company for rent instead of depositing it into the company account.  She told deputies she had been stealing the money since October 2016.  Deputies learned Moss has stolen approximately $30,000 from the company.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

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On December 14 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Leon Price, Jr., 45, 1699 Highway 12, DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened in September 2016.

 

 On April 6 after further investigation, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million for Price’s arrest.  On April 7, with the assistance of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Price at his residence.  He was arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Price is charged with 1st degree rape.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Brent Young is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

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On April 4 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Charles Lee Fontenot, 34, DeQuincy, having sexually assaulted a 12 year old female family member.  The victim stated Fontenot has had inappropriate sexual contact with her on several occasions since she was approximately 5 or 6 years old. 

 

On April 7, after further investigation, Fontenot was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE:  A LADIES FIREARM SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP”

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 29, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

 

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

 

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

 

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

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CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

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On March 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Raymond P. Johnson, 31, Lake Charles, inappropriately touching one of his students on numerous occasions in May 2015 when the boy was 15 years old.  The victim advised detectives the inappropriate contact occurred when they were alone in the classroom.

 

On April 5 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Johnson’s arrest.  On April 7 Johnson was located at his residence and arrested.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO MONITORING CALCASIEU & WEST FORK RIVERS

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Division will be monitoring the Calcasieu and West Fork Rivers and public boat launch closures.  The rivers north of the Saltwater Barrier to the Calcasieu Parish line will be closed to boat traffic until the rivers return to normal.  These patrols are to provide public safety and to prevent property damage caused by unnecessary boat traffic.


The CPSO Marine Enforcement Unit asks the public to cooperate with the river and boat launch closures.         


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Joseph W. Goodwin, 46, Lake Charles, after it was learned he was no longer living at his registered address and failed to notify the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  On March 27 deputies with the Sex Offender Unit received information regarding Goodwin moving from the address listed on his most recent sex offender registration several weeks ago.  Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Goodwin’s arrest.    

 

On April 4 Goodwin was located and advised detectives he had been homeless.  Goodwin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Goodwin’s special conditions of bond are he must register a current address within 24 hours of release and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

Goodwin was convicted of sexual battery in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Sgt. Shannon Chesson is the investigator on this case.

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CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

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Earlier today at approximately 10:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Sasol, a local industry, located at 2201 Old Spanish Trail in Westlake, in reference to an accidental death.  When deputies arrived they discovered Tyler J. Truett, 24, Sulphur, deceased.  During further investigation it appears Truett fell from scaffolding that was located several feet in the air.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS

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On February 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local casino in reference to suspicious circumstances. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with Amber R. Richard, 26, 104 Royer Loop, Sulphur, who stated she had been raped by a man she met at the bar.  Richard was transported to a local hospital, where she became combative and struck an emergency room employee in the jaw with a closed fist. 

 

After detectives watched surveillance footage located inside the casino, they questioned Richard and discovered she had filed a false complaint of rape.  Richard advised detectives she was not raped and filed the report due to her being intoxicated. 

 

On April 3 Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with battery of emergency room personnel; and filing false public records.  Richard bonded out later the same day on a $3,500 bond.  

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

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On April 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with Thaddeus D. Hunter, 54, 2037 6th Street, Lake Charles, after he was observed walking in the middle of the road on Brick Street in Lake Charles. While speaking with Hunter it was learned he was a registered sex offender and did not possess his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Hunter was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender ID requirements. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000.

 

Hunter was convicted of sexual battery in Calcasieu Parish in 1994 and was initially only required to register as a sex offender for a period of 15 years. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Sexual Predator Apprehension Team readjusted Hunter’s sex offender registration to start over in 2014 due to his repeated parole violations.

 

CPSO Cpl. Casey Steech was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO TEXAS MEN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

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On March 31 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a home on North Ledoux Road in Lake Charles.  While en route, deputies were advised by the complainant that when she arrived home she observed a man inside her home, who then took off running out the back door.  The complainant also stated a neighbor observed the man get into a truck that was parked near the home and head eastbound on Mark Lebleu Road in Iowa. 

 

The witness was able to give a description of the truck and CPSO Dispatch put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout).  A short time later a detective spotted the truck at a nearby convenience store and observed a man, later identified as Edward M. Munoz, 21, Laredo, Texas, walking towards the store.  When the detective attempted to make contact with Munoz he fled on foot into the wooded area near the store.  After a short foot pursuit Munoz was apprehended and detained.  Deputies recovered three $2 bills on Munoz, that had been stolen from the residence.  They also located three shotguns and a partially burned cigarette containing suspected marijuana inside the truck. 

 

After further investigation deputies learned another man, identified as Jose E. Delgado, 22, Austin, Texas, was also involved.  It was learned that Delgado had fled the residence on foot after the burglary. Later the same evening deputies located Delgado walking down Mark Lebleu Road in Iowa. 

 

Upon further investigation of the crime scene deputies discovered a bedroom window was broken and used as entry into the home.  Deputies also recovered several coins outside near the home that had been taken during the burglary.    

 

Munoz and Delgado were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Munoz is charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft under $750; criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; possession of marijuana; and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $38,000.  Delgado is charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft under $750; criminal damage to property; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $17,750.  Delgado is currently wanted in Texas on unrelated charges of felony larceny and is awaiting extradition.   

 

The recovered items were returned to the victim.

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

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On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

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In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

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On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

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On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

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On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

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On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

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On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

 As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 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 MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 25 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a woman who had arrived with chest pains.  When deputies arrived they were notified by hospital staff that the victim had several puncture wounds to her head and face area.   

 

The investigation revealed the victim had returned to her home after attending church and her husband, Oliver Daniel, 61, Lake Charles, confronted her about being late.  Oliver then armed himself with a pair of needle nose pliers and attacked the victim, striking her 3 times on the left side of her head.  The victim advised detectives she was able to run out the front door of the residence to find a neighbor and call an ambulance.

 

Deputies responded to the home where the incident occurred and located Oliver inside.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $60,000.

 

The victim sustained moderate injuries from the attack.  She was treated and released from the hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR RUNAWAY JUVENILE WHO MAY BE WITH CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, may possibly be with Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur, who she has supposedly been meeting up with for the past month. 

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2011 in Beauregard Parish and was released from jail in January 2016.  He is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years from the date he was released from jail.

 

It was also learned Broussard has not shown up for work since Friday.  He is driving a 2015 dark gray Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 pickup truck with a Louisiana license plate.  The last known sighting of his truck was on Sunday afternoon headed westbound on I-10 in Louisiana near the LA/Texas state line.

 

A warrant has been issued for Broussard’s arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and additional charges are likely.

 

Taylor is 5’ tall weighing approximately 130 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.  Broussard is 5’ 8” tall weighing approximately 140 pounds with dirty blonde hair and green eyes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Broussard or Taylor, please contact lead investigator, CPSO Detective Greg Jordan at (337) 491-3664 during regular business hours, or 911 after regular business hours.  Anyone knowingly harboring Taylor or Broussard or withholding information from law enforcement will be subject to charges.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to a sexual battery.  Upon arrival the victim told deputies she had just left the pool and was walking through the casino when a man she did not know, who was later identified as Michael B. Reyes, 34, AZ, grabbed her by the arm and then touched her inappropriately.  She told deputies she pushed Reyes away and was able to get the attention of casino security.    

 

Reyes, who was detained by casino security prior to deputies arrival, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cody Ferguson is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 117th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 117th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-one (31) cadets representing Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, McNeese Police Department, New Llano Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Harbor Police Department, and Sulphur Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 19, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Cody I. Bertrand, Sr., 29, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old female family member.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Bertrand inappropriately touched her while she slept during the night on June 18.

 

Later the same day when detectives spoke with Bertrand he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Ronald Ware has set his bond at $20,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Cindy headed in our direction, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office and departments with non-essential personnel will be closing at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, and will resume normal schedules on Friday June 23. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including extra patrols, including watercrafts, starting tomorrow.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

Notice Of Public Meeting

Notice Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017       Time Posted: 4:00 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

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 on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

During an investigation regarding a man in an unmarked black truck with blue and white lights in the grill who had pulled a man over in the Moss Bluff area, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from DeQuincy Police Chief Michael Suchanek, as well as several other people, identifying Nikolas R. Brown, 35, Longville,  as a possible suspect.  Brown, who is a former DeQuincy Reserve officer, did not have authority to make traffic stops and was also located outside of his jurisdiction.  Reserve officers only have authority while working under direct supervision of their agency, which Brown was not.  When detectives spoke with Brown he confirmed he stopped a man in Calcasieu Parish without the authority to do so. 

 

Brown was arrested and charged with false personation and released on a misdemeanor summons.  Detectives seized his blue lights as well as several other items of police-related equipment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.  The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and Pattum began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.  

 

On May 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m., CPSO deputies spotted Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and Pattum, who was a passenger in the truck, bailed from the truck.  Pattum was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture.  Pattum was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,302,000.  A warrant had been issued by Judge Canaday for Handy’s arrest. 

 

On June 15 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Handy turned himself in at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 30, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Matthew J. Broussard, 31, 1625 Nolia Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year old girl.

 

The investigation revealed the victim, who was a family acquaintance of Broussard, was at his home when the incident occurred.  Detectives also learned there was another 13 year old girl at Broussard’s home at the time, who was a friend of the victim, who witnessed Broussard inappropriately touching her. 

 

On June 2, after further investigation Broussard, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Broussard was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2006 in Calcasieu Parish and computer aided solicitation of a minor in 2008 in Caddo Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 13 at approximately 7:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a woman causing a disturbance at a local park in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies met with a witness who stated the women, later identified as Sarah D. Breaux, 26, 1049 Lake Land Street, Lake Charles, was cursing in front of the other children at the park.  The witness also stated Breaux appeared intoxicated and had fallen in the parking lot while holding a baby.

 

Deputies located Breaux, who was irate and hollering.  When deputies spoke with her they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath.  Deputies also observed Breaux to have an unsteady balance, swaying side to side.  Deputies asked Breaux to retrieve her ID, at which time they walked to her car and when she opened the door deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.  Deputies also witnessed Breaux attempt to conceal drug paraphernalia while getting her ID from inside the car.  A search of the car revealed two partially smoked hand rolled cigarettes containing marijuana as well as several items of drug paraphernalia.  

 

Breaux performed poorly on the standard field sobriety test.  Breaux was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  While deputies were speaking with Breaux she stated that she had been drinking.  She also stated she smokes marijuana regularly in the presence of her 10 month old child who was with her at the park.  

 

The baby was released to the custody of a family member and transported to a local hospital due to witnesses observing Breaux breastfeeding the baby prior to deputies’ arrival at the park.  

 

Breaux was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of marijuana 1st offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of person under the age of 17; cruelty to a juvenile; and disturbing the peace drunk.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $10,500.

 

CPSO Deputies Sr. Cpl. Travis Mier, Cpl. Matthew Saxby, and Sr. Cpl. Adam Wentzel are the arresting deputies on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a business on Old Highway 90 in Vinton. 

 

When the deputy arrived he located the suspect, later identified as Christopher J. Dirgo, 32, GA.  When the deputy attempted to detain Dirgo he became irate and attacked the deputy in an attempt to evade arrest.  During the struggle the deputy deployed his taser, striking Dirgo, at which time Dirgo got on top of the deputy, grabbed him around the neck, choking him and causing the deputy to lose his breath.  Dirgo also began gouging the deputy’s eyes his fingers.  A second deputy arrived on scene at attempted to detain Dirgo, at which time he turned and fought with the second deputy and gouged the deputy’s eye.  Several other deputies arrived on scene and after a prolonged struggle they were able to detain Dirgo. 

 

After further investigation it was learned Dirgo had busted a glass door located on a bus parked outside of the business and then entered the business and began kicking locked doors, breaking the locks.  Deputies also located Dirgo’s truck in the parking lot, which contained a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana and a revolver.  Dirgo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer by violence; battery of a police officer; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and illegal carrying of weapons in the presence of a CDS.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The deputies were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.  Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Dixon’s arrest. 

 

On Friday, June 9, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Dixon turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $150,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital in reference to a patient arriving at the hospital that had been shot.

 

When deputies arrived at the hospital they spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim was shot on the railroad tracks near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.  The witnesses also stated Octavious T. Dixon, 18, 1612 13th Street, Lake Charles, as well as two other individuals, approached the victim on the railroad tracks and Dixon then shot the victim with a handgun.   All three suspects fled the scene.

 

Through further investigation detectives learned the shooting victim has been involved in an ongoing dispute with a 16 year old family member of Dixon.  It was learned earlier the same day, prior to the shooting, the 16 year old pointed a gun at the shooting victim and then fled the scene after witnesses pulled out their cellphones and attempted to video the incident.  A short time later the 16 year old, Dixon, and another unknown individual returned to the railroad tracks, at which time the shooting took place. 

 

Later the same day Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for attempted 2nd degree murder in the amount of $150,000 for Dixon’s arrest.  CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Dixon, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Dixon’s whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the shooting please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  If anyone is harboring or assisting Dixon in any way, they will be arrested and charged accordingly.  Detectives located the juvenile and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and aggravated assault with a firearm.      

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests or charges are likely.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

 

            Reviewing of previously approved minutes from last meeting, held on July 21, 2016

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Amend the Budget for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2016-2017

2.      Adopt the proposed budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 2017-2018

 

 

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 Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be distributing free safety gun locks to local residents beginning today, June 5.  The locks will be available for distribution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the CPSO Main Office, located at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles.  You will also be able to pick up a gun lock at any of our Law Enforcement Centers from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with the exception of being closed for lunch from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday:

 

            South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 7098 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center – 618 E. Center St., DeQuincy

            Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center – 115 Bronco Ln., Moss Bluff

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

            Central Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center – 2112 Moeling St., Lake Charles

            Carlyss Law Enforcement Center – 4525 Hwy. 27 S., Sulphur

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

            Bell City / Hayes Law Enforcement Center – 7085 Hwy 14 E, Bell City

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. Nothing is more important than keeping our children safe so I encourage everyone to pick up their free gun lock.  Together we can lock up our guns and save our children,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

The free locks will continue to be distributed until they have all been given out.  There is a limit of two gun locks per family.

CPSO NEEDS ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING VEHICLE OF INTEREST CONNECTED TO MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle.  The suspect was described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  The car, described as a black Chevrolet Camaro, possibly 2010-2014 model, was captured travelling southbound on Highway 171 heading towards I-10 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the same day of the robbery.  Detectives describe the rims on the car as black with silver or chrome trim.  The car has a possible temporary tag on the back and an unidentifiable green plate on the front.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding the Camaro or knows the owner of the Camaro seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171N, Moss Bluff, this evening at a friend’s house and charged him with robbery.  Rashall has been identified as the man who robbed the convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff this morning at around 2:00 a.m.

 

Detectives also arrested Rashall’s friend, Shawn G. Lewis, 50, 2971 Highway 3059, Moss Bluff, and charged him with accessory after the fact to robbery.  Detectives learned through the investigation that Lewis knew Rashall was wanted for robbery and gave him a place to stay, and also assisted Rashall in counting the money he stole from the convenience store.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the store on foot.

 

With the assistance from the public, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Ryan K. Rashall, 31, 2679 Highway 171 North, Moss Bluff.  Judge David Ritchie signed an arrest warrant for Rashall in the amount of $50,000 for simple robbery.  Rashall was previously convicted of armed robbery in 2009 and is currently on supervised probation.

 

Detectives are currently searching for Rashall and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts to please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday May 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 2900 block of Westwood Road in Westlake to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Eight hundred seventy (870) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

o   Reagan N. Hastings, 20, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of marijuana 1st offense

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

o   Jimmy L. Monceaux, 44, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and open container

o   Garrett Prunty, 26, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   Jeremy A. Bourque, 27, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense

o   John A. Billot, 42, Ragley, was arrested for possession of marijuana 1st offense; and open container

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local convenience store on Hwy 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store and was able to steal the cash register drawer, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect, who is described as a tall, white man with dark colored hair, fled the store on foot.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph or video, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, CPSO deputies spotted Robert J. Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning.  The truck was in a parking lot of a closed business on Swisco Rd. in Sulphur.  When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles.  Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and his passenger bailed from the truck.  The passenger was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture. 

 

From information received in the investigation, detectives determined the passenger, Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, was the other suspect that was not initially identified in the shooting on Sunday night.  Pattum was arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Pattum’s bond at $1,302,000.

 

Handy is still at large.  A warrant has been issued for him for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000. 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of him please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone -  or call 911. 

 

Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck was recovered from the scene last night.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, May 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a rape at a residence on Acorn Creek Trail in Sulphur.    

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim was staying the night at her friend’s residence while the friend was at work.  While she was taking a shower three men, later identified as Jose’ C. Martinez, 22, Jimmy Alvarez, 24, both of Sulphur, and Ricardo C. Valadez, 29, La Porte, TX, who were subleasing rooms inside the same residence, entered the bathroom where the victim was showering.  Martinez and Valadez entered the shower and started sexually assaulting the victim while Alvarez watched.  Detectives then learned the men forced the victim onto the bed where she was held down and raped by Martinez and Valadez while Alvarez watched.  The victim told detectives when Martinez and Valadez left the room Alvarez attempted to rape her.  She then told detectives after Alvarez left the room she was able to lock herself in the bathroom and call a friend who in turn called authorities. 

 

Martinez and Alvarez, who were located at the residence where the rape occurred, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Detectives issued an arrest warrant for Valadez, who left the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Judge Michael Canaday set all three bonds at $1.25 million.  When detectives spoke with Martinez he confirmed the victim said no numerous times, but they continued. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Valadez.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.    

        

CPSO Deputy Christopher Daigle is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA.  Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home.  The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and another man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly.

 

The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun.  Both Handy and the other man began shooting at the home.  The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.

 

The victim was struck by one of the rounds while he was in his home.  He was transported to a hospital where he is believed to be in stable condition.

 

The child was not injured.

 

A warrant has been issued for Handy for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000.  Detectives are attempting to identify the other man who was with Handy outside of the victim’s mobile home.

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Handy and identifying the other man.  They fled the scene in a maroon Ford F150 pickup truck.  It is believed the truck’s license plate is a dealer tag.  If anyone has any information about this shooting or know the whereabouts of Handy and the other man, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 or call 911.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 5:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single car accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the car driven by Bradley Joubert, 19, Deridder, was traveling west on Topsy Road when it left the roadway and struck a culvert.  Joubert, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

It is unknown if impairment is the cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Hwy 14 in Lake Charles in reference to two children being left at the store.

During the initial investigation deputies learned Krisshata Esclovon, 28, Lake Charles, had left two children, ages 9 and 10, in the store.  The complainant also told deputies that Esclovon had 2 other young children in her car when she left.  Deputies quickly learned of a possible location were Esclovon could be located.  When deputies arrived at the residence they found Esclovon lying on the couch next to an envelope containing suspected marijuana.  When deputies questioned Esclovon as to where the other children were they learned the two children, ages 1 and 4, were still in the car, which was not running and the doors were locked.  Deputies located the keys to the car and were able to get the children out of the car.

 

Esclovon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $42,500 with special condition being she can have no contact with the children until it is cleared by the Department of Child and Family Services.  Detectives were unable to obtain a statement from Esclovon due to her level of impairment. 

 

One of the children was released to his mother, the other 3, which were Esclovon’s children, were released to the custody of a family member. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy on this case.                  

CPSO ARRESTS 3 AND ISSUES WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  Upon deputies arrival they located the victim laying on the floor in a room incoherent and unable to speak due to injuries sustained during the robbery.  The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim and a women, later identified as Brittany P. Edwards, 19, Moss Bluff, had been in the motel room together prior to the incident.  Detectives also learned while Edwards was in the room with the victim she was also in contact with 3 other men through text messages, later identified as Bryson A. Goins, 23, Moss Bluff, Troylen J. Stewart, 24, Breaux Bridge, and Robert M. Hendrix, 24, Lake Charles.  It was discovered Edwards was communicating with the 3 men about executing the robbery.  When detectives viewed video surveillance at the motel they witnessed Goins, Stewart, and Hendrix standing outside the motel room where the victim and Edwards were located.  They then witnessed Edwards exit the room and the 3 men enter, at which time the suspects pistol whipped the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as some personal items.  Video surveillance also shows Goins, Stewart, Hendrix, and Edwards fleeing the scene together after the robbery. 

 

On January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $550,000 for the arrest of Edwards and Goins.  Later the same day they were both located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On April 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million for Stewart’s arrest.  On April 13 Stewart was located in Lafayette by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Stewart is also charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.  On January 23 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $1.25 million for the arrest of Hendrix for attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. 

 

On May 19 Edwards posted bond after her charge of attempted first degree murder was dismissed and her bond was reduced to $200,000.  Goins and Stewart remain incarcerated.  Detectives attempted to locate Hendrix on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Hendrix.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Arsene Road in Lake Charles in regards to a disturbance.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who advised a women had been hit by a car but was no longer at the residence and had been transported to a local hospital.   

 

Detectives arrived at the hospital and spoke with the victim, who stated she had been arguing with Victor Ramos, 49, 1887 Arsene Road #45, Lake Charles, her live-in boyfriend.  The victim advised detectives Ramos got into his car and began backing out of the driveway and then drove forward, striking her and pinning her up against their mobile home.  The victim also told detectives Ramos dropped her off at the hospital and left. 

 

A short time later deputies located Ramos at his residence.  When deputies spoke with Ramos he advised that he and the victim were arguing and he struck her with his car.  He also told deputies he attempted to hide the car.  Deputies located the car nearby and observed damage to the front passenger side of the car, which was consistent with the statement given to detectives by the victim.  Ramos was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree battery. 

 

On May 24 detectives learned the victim died from her injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Ramos’ charges from second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Michael Canaday signed the warrant in the amount of $450,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Dewey G. Burnworth, Jr., 29, 733 W. Lyons Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old boy.  The victim advised detectives that Burnworth, who was a family acquaintance, had inappropriately touched him on several different occasions from January 2015 until February 2017 while he was at Burnworth’s home. 

 

On May 24, after further investigation, Burnworth was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday May 27. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals who are not wearing their seatbelt.  Louisiana law mandates that all passengers in a vehicle are to be buckled up, even those in the back seat.  This checkpoint will also target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a convenience store, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff, in reference to an attempted robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect encountered the store clerk outside the front entrance of the store and demanded she enter the store and give him money.  When she refused he threatened her, stating he was armed with a gun.  The clerk still did not comply and the suspect fled on foot towards Joe Miller Road.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing blue jeans, a grey hoodie, and a black mask covering his face.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 14-day campaign that starts today, May 22, and ends June 4, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives.  An additional 2,814 lives could have been spared if they had been wearing their seat belts.  This fact highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near Broussard Road and Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to a shooting.

 

When deputies arrived they located the victim, who had been shot several times, laying on the ground and immediately rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect in connection with the shooting as Artemus C. Beasley, 37, Texas.  Detectives learned Beasley and the victim are from Orange, Texas and were visiting the Vinton area when the shooting occurred. 

 

Later the same day Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for attempted 1st degree murder in the amount of $750,000 for Beasley’s arrest.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Beasley.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dunnehoo is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery. 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union.  Upon deputies arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect to an area where it is believed he possibly left in a vehicle. 

 

The suspect is described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, with his face covered. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 17 at approximately 2:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a naked man in the wooded area of Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff.  When deputies arrived on scene they located Keith C. Vige, 57, 3038 Jug Says Road, Moss Bluff, in the woods who was naked and masturbating.  After further investigation it was also learned earlier Vige was on the property of a nearby residence looking for the homeowner, with the intention of having sexual intercourse with her prior to entering the woods.  Vige is not an acquaintance of the homeowner.  He confirmed to detectives that he had been visiting pornographic websites earlier in the day.

 

Vige was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and stalking.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $15,000.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Dougay was the arresting deputy on this case.  Detectives Michelle Robinson and Detective Keeba Barber are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 15 at 7:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Moss Bluff Elementary School in reference to a shooting at the school.  The initial investigation revealed a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the gun belonged to Michael L. Dugas, 50, Moss Bluff, the father of the first grader who brought the gun to school.  When detectives spoke with Michael he confirmed he purchased the weapon and advised detectives he allowed his son, Jake A. Dugas, 17, Moss Bluff, to keep the gun in a bedroom Jake shared with the first grader.  It was also discovered Michael was aware Jake kept the gun unsecured, with no gun lock or holster, in a shoe organizer that hung on the wall in the bedroom the boys shared.  During a search of the residence detectives located the transparent mesh shoe organizer hanging next to the bed where the first grader slept.  Detectives also located an unlocked fireproof safe with keypad entry inside the bedroom closet that was not being used.   

 

On May 18 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Clayton Davis for the arrest of Michael and Jake Dugas.  Michael turned himself in around 1:30 p.m. today.  He is charged with negligent injuring; and improper supervision of a minor, with a bond of $5,000.  Jake was arrested at his residence before lunch.  He is charged with negligent injuring with a bond of $2,500.    


CPSO ACT-TEAM TAKES 1ST PLACE OVERALL IN ANNUAL STATEWIDE SWAT COMPETITION

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office ACT-Team competed in the 2017 Louisiana Tactical Police Officer’s Association (LTPOA) annual SWAT competition hosted by the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department.  The teams are comprised of 6 competitors, which consist of 5 entry team members and 1 sniper.   The CPSO ACT-Team competed against numerous SWAT teams from law enforcement agencies around the state in several specialized events within the competition. 

 

During the competition ACT-Team members were required to complete numerous activities and exercises testing their technical and tactical competence, as well as, firearm and SWAT fundamentals, all while attempting to adhere to rules given during the exercises.   After two days, of no less than 5 hours each day, of grueling physical and mental tests the CPSO ACT-Team placed 1st in Rifle, 1st in Obstacle Course, 2nd in Pistol, 2nd in Shotgun and 3rd in Sniper.  Their combined overall score resulted in winning 1st place Overall SWAT Team. 

 

“I am very proud of our ACT-Team” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These deputies put a lot of time and effort into their training and competed with some of the best SWAT teams in the state.  There was nothing easy about this competition.  It was a grueling and exhausting two days but they put in the hard work and came out on top.”

 

Members of the CPSO ACT-Team are Sgt. John Reddin, Sgt. Ed Choi, Sgt. Joshua Donovan, Sgt. Jeremy Dansby, Sgt. Brandon Miller, and Captain Rick Daughenbaugh. 


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has released new details on the shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary School this morning.

 

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school.  The investigation reveals a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.  The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up.  The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student.

 

The victim was transported to a hospital where it is reported he is in surgery.

 

Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held culpable for the accident due to their age.

 

When the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.

 

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Early this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Moss Bluff Elementary School in regard to a shooting.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages but it has been determined a 7 year old student was accidentally shot in his classroom.  This incident was isolated to this particular classroom and no other children are in danger.

 

The student has been transported to a hospital.  His injuries are not known at this time.

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CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and to the media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2016 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

Derek Goss was also chosen as “2016 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Leona Griffin of the Corrections Division was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet.  Cpt. Rick Daughenbaugh, Lt. Kathy Johnson and Lt. Neil Gremillion were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award”.

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Mark LeBleu Road in Lake Charles in reference to an aggravated battery.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim, Danny Lejeune, 53, Lake Charles, who told them while he was working on his truck outside of his home, an acquaintance, Lucas J. Vincent, 36, Lake Charles, unexpectedly walked up to him and struck him in the head with an unknown object and then fled.  Lejeune was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted into the ICU.

 

Later the same day deputies located Vincent at a local casino and after further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated second degree battery. 

 

On May 4 detectives learned Lejeune died from his injuries.  The following day detectives upgraded Vincent’s charges from aggravated second degree battery to manslaughter.  Judge Robert Wyatt signed the warrant in the amount of $250,000.  

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS DERIDDER MAN FOR 46 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ivy R. Monceaux, 46, 1237 Joe Gray Road, DeRidder, possessing a cell phone that contained inappropriate images of children.  Monceaux accidentally left his cell phone at a residence in Calcasieu Parish and in attempt to find the rightful owner, the complainant discovered the inappropriate pictures on the cell phone.

 

After further investigation detectives conducted a forensic exam on the cell phone, which revealed numerous pornographic images and videos involving girls ranging in ages from approximately 16 and younger, one of which lives in Calcasieu Parish.

 

 On May 2 Judge Sharon Wilson signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Monceaux’ s arrest for 46 counts of pornography involving juveniles.  He was located later the same day and arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail.  Monceaux is currently waiting to be transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

The investigation is continuing and further charges and arrests are possible.  DHS Homeland Security Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

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CPSO to partner and host Violent Crimes, Frauds, Scams and Cons Against Senior Citizens

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe and in conjunction with the Buckle Up In Your Truck Campaign, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Wednesday, April 26.    

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-three (173) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no turn signal; and one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension. 

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Larry G. Slaughter, Jr., 34, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and open container
  • Corwin L. Wilson, 34, Ville Platte, LA, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Elizabeth D. Lebleu, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Dennis O. Smith, 19, Arizona, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Chase W. Frederick, 31, Kaplan, LA, was arrested for DWI 1st; and open container
  • Joshua L. Armelin, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI 1st; and improper lane use

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles City Police and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Samuel Johnson Road in Starks in reference to a burglary.

 

Upon arrival, deputies learned a Meals on Wheels employee was making a delivery to an 83 year old man, but when they arrived at his home the door was open and they found him tied up to his bed.  When detectives initially spoke with the victim he stated he went to bed at approximately 1:00 a.m. on the 24th but was then awakened by two masked individuals tying him up to his bed.  Detectives learned the victim was tied up for approximately 7 hours.  When the victim’s family arrived at the home, they discovered two firearms, a cellphone and several other items had been taken from the residence.   

 

After speaking with the victim further detectives learned a man and women had visited his home earlier in the month and stated they were looking for a place to stay.  Detectives spoke with witnesses near the victim’s residence who stated the same two individuals were seen at the victim’s residence the day before the burglary. 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the two individuals that visited the victim’s home as Thomas C. Henson, 32, and Lea D. Pence, 33, both of Orange, Texas.  Later the same evening CPSO detectives, with the assistance with Orange Police Department, located Henson and Pence at a residence in Orange.  When detectives spoke with them they discovered Henson and Pence were in possession of the victim’s stolen cell phone, as well as other items that were taken from the home.  Henson was arrested and booked by the Orange Police Department on narcotics charges.  Pence voluntarily came to CPSO the meet with detectives.  After detectives interviewed Pence she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $117,500. 

 

On April 25, detectives were able to identify Michael N. Helmer “Mikey Irish”, 43, Orange, Texas, who was also involved in the burglary.  Detectives issued warrants on Henson, who is currently incarcerated in Orange, and Helmer for aggravated burglary; theft of a firearm; theft over $750; cruelty to the infirmed; and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Henson’s bond at $155,000 and Helmer’s at $135,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Helmer.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call the CPSO lead Detective Cody Fontenot at (337) 431-8072 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to 3 children, ages 8 months, 10 months and 2 years old, being left alone in a room.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with a motel employee who stated she discovered the 8 month old girl wandering around on the 2nd floor balcony.  She told deputies she learned which room the child came from, and when she entered the room she located the other two girls alone.

 

At approximately 1:45 p.m., a women, identified as Logan A. Martin, 21, Jeanerette, LA, arrived at the motel and advised deputies she was responsible for the 3 young girls, one of whom was her child and the other two were family members.  She told deputies she had left the motel and had been gone for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

After further investigation Martin, who was also found to be in possession of a small plastic bag containing marijuana, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of child desertion; and possession of marijuana.  She was released the next day on a $6,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS BOSSIER CITY WOMAN FOR COMPUTER AIDED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Division received information from a concerned parent in Calcasieu Parish regarding her 14 year old son receiving nude images and having sexually explicit conversations with a woman via the boy’s PlayStation 4.  The investigation revealed the parent randomly searched the boy’s account and discovered the conversations and images.  After reviewing the evidence, Vice detectives were able to positively identify the woman as Jennifer A. Smith, 34, Bossier City, LA.

 

On April 5 detectives obtained a warrant for Smith’s arrest in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  She was located on April 11 and arrested and booked into the Bossier Parish Correctional Facility.  On April 12 she was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Smith was released the next day with special conditions of bond being she can have no contact with the victim or any minor children and she cannot commit any other crimes.             

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 21 and end April 27 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 25% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 72% of pickup truck drivers and 68% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 82% of people who drive cars and 85% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY AND UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a man using an acquaintance’s credit cards and forging the acquaintance’s name on checks.

 

The investigation revealed between March 10, 2016 and January 8, 2017, Justin W. Gray, 28, 710 W. McNeese St., Lake Charles, used three of the victim’s credit card and forged the victim’s name on numerous checks. The total amount of forged checks and unauthorized use of the three credit cards is in excess of $64,000.

 

A warrant was issued for Gray on April 13 and he turned himself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office today.

 

Gray was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card; and 41 counts of Forgery.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Gray’s bond at $56,000.

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 22. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

 

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

The Lake Charles City Police and the Louisiana State Police will assist in this checkpoint.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 8 at approximately 10:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of North Perkins Ferry Road and Clark Court in Moss Bluff in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

When deputies arrived they observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of North Perkins Ferry Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nicolous F. Bellard, 38, Ragley, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy and glazed over.  They also found Bellard to be in possession of a 24 ounce can of beer.    

Bellard refused to perform standard field sobriety testing.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.

 

Bellard, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; open container; and careless operation.  He was released on April 10 on a $27,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  His special conditions of bond are he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Foster Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon arrival deputies observed marks and bruising on the 4 year old boy’s stomach, back, buttocks, legs, genitals, and face.  The child stated that a family acquaintance, Lakeith D. Morrow, 31, Iowa, whipped him with a belt because he would not go to sleep.  Detectives learned the incident happened sometime between March 31 and April 4, while the child was staying with a family member.  

   

On April 7 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Morrow’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  When detectives questioned Morrow about the incident, he confirmed he had spanked the boy with a belt.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who told deputies he believed that the book keeper, Joella K. Moss, 1825 9th Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing money from the company.  He advised deputies they received more than one complaint from a resident who was worried his rent payments were not being used correctly.  The complainant told deputies they began looking into the complaint and discovered discrepancies on their book keeping records, which are kept by Moss.   The complainant advised when they questioned Moss she admitted to stealing a large amount of money. 

 

During further investigation Moss told deputies she was taking money paid to the company for rent instead of depositing it into the company account.  She told deputies she had been stealing the money since October 2016.  Deputies learned Moss has stolen approximately $30,000 from the company.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.

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