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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 26 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Jacqueline D. Peet, 32, 472 Sharon Lane, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy. 

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he confirmed that between June and July, on approximately 25 separate incidents he and Peet had sexual intercourse.  The victim also advised detectives there were several nude photographs exchanged between him and Peet on Snapchat.

 

On August 9, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Peet’s arrest.  She was located the next day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  She was later released on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being she can have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family without court approval or for 730 days after release from jail; she can have no unsupervised contact with any minor children or contact with known drug users or convicted felons; no criminal activity; and she must be subject to random drug screens at the discretion of the court.

           

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an truck on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.    

 

 When deputies spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 40, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  During further investigation Handy advised deputies he has a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and is supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, which he did not have.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking.  During a search of the vehicle deputies located 2 bottles of vodka inside the truck.   

 

Handy was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Handy also refused.  After deputies learned Handy had 3 previous DWI arrests in the past 10 years they obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; ignition interlock device offenses; failure to signal; and operating unlawfully with a hardship license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $110,250 with special conditions being he cannot drive without permission from the courts, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Deputy David Armstrong was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, 1740 6th Avenue, Lot # 17, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017. 

 

After further investigation Laird was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On August 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a man who was refusing to leave the property.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck, matching the description given to deputies of the suspect’s truck, leaving the property.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and spoke with the driver, Ruben Moralez, 33, Alamo, Texas.  While speaking with Moralez they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Moralez stated to deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.   

 

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

 

Moralez, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $26,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

 

CPSO Cpl. Cody Grimes was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 7 year old child and an 18 month old baby left unattended inside a car in a parking lot of a local casino in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with casino security personnel who stated they observed the children inside the car with the air conditioner running.  Casino security located the children’s mother, Brooke R. Evetts, 38, Trinity, Texas, inside the casino and escorted her to the car.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the children were left alone in the car for approximately 40 minutes. 

 

Evetts was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion.  Her bond is still pending.

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Brian Batchelor is the arresting deputy and Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash.   Upon arrival deputies observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of the roadway.    

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Nolberto A. Dehoyos, 23, Del Rio, Texas, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  While speaking with deputies Dehoyos stated he drank approximately 5 or 6 alcoholic beverages, and deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside his truck.  Dehoyos refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.      

 

Dehoyos, who has two prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd ; improper lane use; and open container.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $28,000 with a special condition being he cannot drive without an ignition interlock device. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On August 5 at approximately 7:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of N. General Wainwright and General Arnold in Lake Charles when he observed a car stopped in the middle of the intersection.

 

The deputy approached the car and observed the engine was still running and the driver, Gerald D. Carrier, 41, 815 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, was sleeping with his foot on the brake.  When the deputy spoke with Carrier outside of his car, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with slurred speech and unsteady balance.    

  

Carrier failed to complete standard field sobriety testing and was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Carrier, who has five prior DWI arrests from 2012-2014, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and obstruction of public passage.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ACCESS CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detective received a report in reference to an unauthorized use of an access card.  During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance showing an unknown man using the card, the previous day at a gas station on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  Detectives also learned the same man attempted to use the card again at a grocery store on North Cities Service Highway but was unsuccessful. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives Shelli Fontenot at (337) 494-4537.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a rape.

 

When detectives spoke with the victim she stated an acquaintance, John Ledoux, 60, 861 Goos Ferry Road, Lake Charles, held her against her will and raped her the previous day.  During further investigation it was learned her injuries, as well as, evidence at the crime scene corroborated what she told detectives.    

 

Detectives located Ledoux later the same day and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and false imprisonment.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $700,000.   

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of 544 law enforcement trauma kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $37,027.00. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 22, 2018 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research (337) 491-3716.

CPSO PROCURES HIGH WATER VEHICLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has recently procured six high water vehicles that will be used for search and rescue, as well as, personnel deployment during emergency flooding incidents. 

           

“This is a substantial investment for our department but we feel it is a necessary investment because of all the flooding incidents we have been experiencing the last several years,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “In the past we have bought used military surplus vehicles but they were difficult to maintain and very unreliable in an emergency situation.  If we learned anything from Hurricane Rita, it was that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office needs to be self-reliant and our equipment must be functional in an emergency.  We cannot afford to wait for assistance from the federal government.”

           

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and will be positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on July 13 at approximately 8:30 p.m. an unknown individual removed an air compressor from the property.  It is believed they gained access into the business’ fenced yard by cutting the lock.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Eddie Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS LAFAYETTE MAN FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 19 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call at a local motel on Broad Street in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  When deputies arrived they made contact with the motel owner who stated a man entered the business, walked into the kitchen and then approached the check-in counter.  The man then reached over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash out the register drawer.  The complainant stated as he was walking in the door the suspect exited the motel and fled the scene on foot. 

           

After further investigation detectives arrived on scene and spoke with several witnesses who stated the suspect was possibly still in the area.  A CPSO K-9 arrived on scene and was able to locate the suspect, identified as Blason J. Pellerin, 41, Lafayette, LA, in a wooded area a short distance from the hotel.    

           

Pellerin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple robbery; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $12,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chad Collins is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER TEACHER FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles–

 

On May 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 55, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, for 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice after an investigation revealed he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website.  After this arrest Gaharan was no longer employed with the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

 

After Gaharan’s arrest detectives executed a search warrant on his residence and seized multiple computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  The seized items were sent to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensic Unit for examination and upon completion of the search of the items detectives found pornographic images of young females that had been downloaded on a device from the internet. 

               

On July 25 detectives obtained a warrant for Gaharan’s arrest in the amount of $750,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday.  The next day Gaharan was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of pornography involving juveniles. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area near OD Johnson Park in Lake Charles when they observed a suspicious car parked down the gravel maintenance road.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Earl C. Butler, 52, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in possession of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia.  After further talking to Butler he advised deputies he moved to Lake Charles from Patterson, LA, approximately 3 weeks ago and had not notified local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, which is also a violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Butler was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During the book-in process deputies located an additional crack rock in Butler’s pocket.  Butler is charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $9,000.  

               

Butler was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in St. Mary Parish. 

 

CPSO Deputy Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Shortridge, 40, was terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, after it was learned he was facing charges of rape in Beauregard Parish.  After his termination he was immediately transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail, where he was booked in. 

 

Prior to being terminated Shortridge worked as a detective at the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center and had been with the department for approximately 19 years.

           

“I am not only sorry for the victim, I am embarrassed for our profession. Our department has many dedicated men and women who take their oath seriously and the actions of one deputy gives them all a black eye,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard and criminal activity will not be tolerated in our department.” 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on May 23 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business by entering the back gate of the property and prying the door open with a crowbar.  Once inside surveillance showed the man picking up a portable battery charger and exiting the building. 

 

On May 25 CPSO deputies responded to the same business again in reference to a burglary and theft.  Once detectives reviewed the video surveillance they witnessed the same man return to the business on May 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m.  He again entered the back gate and used a screw driver to pry open the door.  Once inside he stole a rolling battery charger and a portable air compressor.      

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs or video contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARREST MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles.  CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  On July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for 2nd degree murder for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, Jr., 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond. 

           

On July 15, detectives learned Washington was possibly in a Toyota Tacoma that was traveling along I-210 in Lake Charles.  Detectives along with CPSO patrol deputies located the truck at approximately 10:15 p.m. on I-210 near the Enterprise Boulevard on-ramp.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and located Washington in the passenger’s seat of the truck.  After detectives spoke with the driver, Tarek K. Sonnier, 21, Crowley, they served a search warrant on the truck and located 3 bottles of Codeine. 

 

Washington and Sonnier were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Washington is charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  He has an active warrant out of Jeff Davis Parish for distribution also or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation. 

 

Sonnier is charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 3:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at a grocery store in Sulphur in reference to an obscenity complaint.  Deputies were advised by the victim that while she was loading her groceries in her car she saw a man sitting in his car next to her.  She then told deputies the man laid his seat back, pulled off his shorts and began to masturbate.  The victim was able to take a picture of the car along with the license plate before the man fled the scene.     

 

Deputies were able to locate the car traveling near the intersection of Highway 171 and Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.  Deputies conducted a stop on the car and spoke with the driver, Samuel C. Blackmon, 48, DeRidder, who was only wearing his underwear.  After detectives spoke with Blackmon he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $7,500.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy and Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and detectives believe he possibly fled the area on foot.

 

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 Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

Today, July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond.  Washington is being charged with 2nd degree murder for the murder of Colston.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Washington is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605. (or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous). Anyone withholding information regarding the whereabouts of Washington or assists Washington in evading arrest will be arrested and charged.

 

Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office also has active warrants for Washington for an incident that occurred on June 30.  Washington is wanted for distribution or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation.

 

Washington should be considered armed and dangerous.  He is known to frequent the Lake Charles and Iowa area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night, July 3, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Sulphur where a 15 year old boy, who had been brutally abused, had managed to escape to.

CPSO detectives learned the boy’s father, Thomas D. Wininger, 40, originally from Sylvester, Georgia, would punish the boy by handcuffing, hog tying and placing shock collars which caused burn marks on his ankles, sometimes for up to 12 hours a day.  The boy had facial injuries and belt marks across his back inflicted by Wininger.

 

Wininger and his girlfriend, Desirae Tomcanin, 34, originally from Pennsylvania, and the boy traveled from state to state for Wininger to work.  The boy was not in school and has not been for some time.

           

Both Wininger and Tomcanin were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and false imprisonment.

           

The boy was able to escape through the woods to a house after being uncuffed to allow a bathroom break.  The resident of the house notified law enforcement.

           

Bond has not yet been set.

           

The boy has been placed in state’s custody.

           

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

This morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

 

Colston was driving a red 2000 4-door Buick Regal Sedan.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in solving this homicide.  If anyone has any information, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  Anyone withholding information regarding this homicide may face charges.

           

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

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO BEAUMONT PD

Lake Charles -

 

Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, turned himself in to the Beaumont Police Department around 3:30 this afternoon.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Williams on June 30 for 2nd degree murder in the case of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, who was found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 26.  His bond is $1,000,000.

 

Ronald G. McLain, 57, Beaumont, who is also charged in the murder of Mr. Deville, as well as, 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle, is currently in jail in Aransas Pass, TX, where law enforcement arrested him for a home burglary on Friday, June 29.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO plans to start the extradition process to bring McLain and Williams back to Calcasieu Parish to face their charges.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on June 1 the victim left his debit card at a gas station in Lake Charles.  It was learned an unknown man took the debit card and made a fraudulent withdraw of approximately $400.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding identity of the suspect is asked to call

CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an SUV near the intersection of Pujol Road and Lebleu Cemetery Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, David M. Holt, 34, 3251 Burson Road, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance. 

 

After Holt performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  After the deputy learned Holt had a suspended driver’s license due to a prior DWI, he obtained a warrant to have Holt’s blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Holt, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; and driving under suspension.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $8,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jeremy Wolford was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred sixty-seven (267) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for open container; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for expired tag.

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Timothy D. Perkins, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and failure to ID

Jeremiah M. Spell, 32, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Gloria A. Guidry, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Larry A. Jackson, 48, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI

Lauren P. Myers, 22, DeRidder, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Chance D. Cooper, 22, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Tiffany B. Bumgarden, 37, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY & MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 30 at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

Detectives received several tips from the public and after further investigation they were able to identify the suspect as Korryon D. Carter, 32, 1110 N. Cherry Street, Lake Charles.  Detectives located discarded evidence at the scene that connected Carter to the robbery and were also able to confirm Carter was the registered owner of the car used during the robbery. 

 

On July 1 CPSO deputies located Carter’s car at an apartment complex on 5th Avenue and were then able to locate Carter inside the residence.  While inside the residence deputies located a stolen handgun, as well as, items used during the robbery.  Deputies also located a man, Braccarrie M. Reed, 22, New Orleans, LA, inside the residence and learned he was wanted for 2 counts of attempted second degree murder for a shooting that occurred on June 11 in New Orleans. 

 

Carter and Reed were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Carter is charged with armed robbery; illegal possession of stolen firearm; and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Reed is charged with resisting an officer by refusal to ID, illegal possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of marijuana 2nd offense; and introduction of contraband in penal institutions.  Carter’s bond is set at $115,000 and Reed’s bond is set at $20,000. 

  

Carter was out on supervised probation for 2010 charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug crime.   

               

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 28 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to a complaint of an intoxicated woman driving a car around the parking lot yelling at employees. 

When the deputies arrived they located the car and spoke with the driver, Christi K. Covington, 58, Montgomery, Texas, and observed her to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.  While speaking with Covington she advised deputies she had just taken medication. 

 

A deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but Covington was unable to complete the testing due to her impairment.  Covington was transported to a local hospital and the deputy obtained a warrant to have Covington’s blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Hospital personnel collected the blood sample.

 

Covington, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was transported and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd .  It was also learned Covington had an out of state detainer from Texas.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $7,500.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR BEAUMONT MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 29. 

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

While continuing their investigation, CPSO Violent Crimes detectives traveled throughout Texas and interviewed numerous individual and were able to identify Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, as another active participant in the murder of Mr. Deville. 

 

Today Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant for Williams for 2nd degree murder.  Judge Wyatt placed $1,000,000 bond on the warrant.  Calcasieu Parish Violent Crime Detectives have enlisted the assistance of Beaumont Police Department in locating Williams as it is believed he is in that area.

 

Williams and McClain enlisted the assistance of a juvenile in committing the offense.

 

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

BEAUMONT MAN WANTED FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS APPREHENDED IN TEXAS

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, through various interviews, surveillance, and other investigative techniques, CPSO Violent Crime detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. yesterday. 

 

CPSO Violent Crime detectives traveled to Aransas Pass to meet with investigators in reference to McLain's apprehension.  McLain was arrested during the commission of a home burglary following an anonymous tip.

 

McLain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Violent Crime Detectives enlisted the assistance of the following agencies to aid in the investigation and capture of McLain:

Vinton Police Department

Beaumont Police Department

Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

Houston Police Department

Texas Fusion Center

United States Marshal Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Harris Country District Attorney’s Office

Aransas Pass Police Department

Aransas County Sheriff's Office

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black ball cap with a white bull head figure on it, sunglasses, black shirt and blue jeans.

 

If anyone can identify this man and/or knows of his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR BEAUMONT MAN IN DEATH OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 2:50 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck.

 

Deville was found to be missing his cell phone.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives tracked his phone and the results put it in a nearby neighborhood on Pete Seay Rd., near where Deville’s body was found.  That morning, two homes were burglarized and at the second home, a Jeep was stolen.  Two guns were also stolen during the burglaries.  Surveillance footage from the neighborhood showed a man, later identified as Ronald G. Mclain, 57, at the 2nd home and leaving in the Jeep.  A fingerprint recovered at the homes places Mclain at both burglaries. 

 

Further cell phone tracking, surveillance, and LPR hits lead investigators to Everyday Gas Station in Beaumont, TX.  Detectives travelled to the gas station in Beaumont and found Deville’s phone dumped in a trash can.  Upon reviewing surveillance video, Mclain can be seen dumping the phone and entering the store, still wearing the same clothing he was seen wearing during the commission of the two home burglaries earlier that morning.

 

While assisting in the homicide investigation, Beaumont Police Officers made contact with a Volkswagen Passat leaving an area under surveillance as a result of the tracking of Deville’s phone.  The car, later found to be stolen out of Jefferson County, was driven by a juvenile boy.  The boy provided information determined to be relevant to the homicide investigation.  He initially intentionally misidentified Mclain as Mclain’s nephew.  Detectives interviewed Mclain’s nephew and others located at residences in the area where Deville’s cell phone was tracked.  Witnesses confirmed Mclain drove the Passat to Louisiana casinos on Monday night. Witnesses further confirmed Mclain was observed driving the stolen Jeep, was in possession of Deville’s phone, and admitted to stealing both. 

 

A search of the area near the homicide and a search of the truck revealed shoe prints believed to be worn by Mclain during the commission of the crimes.  Detectives were also able to use surveillance video from a local casino to observe Deville’s truck leaving the property, followed a short time later by the Volkswagen Passat. 

Mclain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

A warrant is out for Mclain for 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue 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 this Friday, June 29. 

               

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.

BODY OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck, a maroon Dodge Ram.

 

The initial investigation does indicate foul play. 

Deputies are asking if anyone observed Deville on the side of the interstate this morning, knows someone or saw someone with Deville, or provided a ride to a person hitchhiking or walking near I-10 or Highway 90 this morning, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

A dark green Jeep was stolen from a residence in the vicinity of the incident this morning.  It is believed to be stolen by a white male wearing a fluorescent orange or yellow shirt.  This may or may not be related; however, if someone has any information regarding this Jeep or this white male, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

Starting on June 5 CPSO deputies responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked cars in several different areas of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from some of the areas hit and witnessed several men walking around pulling on door handles.  After further investigation two of the men were identified as Treveen D. Carter, 18, 108 S. Storer Street, and David M. Deruso, Jr., 19, 801 S. Bowers Avenue, both of Iowa.

 

On June 20 CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team, and Iowa Police Department executed a search warrant at Carter’s residence.  They located Carter along with Deruso inside the home.  During the search detectives located two stolen guns along with numerous other items that had been reported stolen through CPSO and Iowa Police Department.  Detectives also located marijuana inside Carter’s closet, as well as marijuana on Deruso’s person.     

  

Carter and Deruso were arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  While detectives were speaking with them they learned Carter and Deruso were responsible for over 45 vehicle burglaries in the areas of Garland Drive, Leon Drive, Red Davis McCollister Road, and Lebleu Settlement in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

Carter and Deruso were booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 30 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm, 5 counts of criminal damage to property; 16 counts of theft under $1,000; and attempted burglary.  Carter was additionally charged with possession of marijuana with intent.  Deruso was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Carter’s bond at $1,960,500 and Deruso’s bond at $1,695,000.   

 

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

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, and Greg Nall are the lead investigators on these cases. 


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. today, an ambulance was called to the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison after an inmate, Blake A. Russell, 32, was found hanging in a mop closet.  He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

           

Russell had been incarcerated since July 2017 after being charged with the 2nd degree murder in the 2009 murder of Sierra Bouzigard.

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On June 19 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in the area of Georgia Avenue in Hayes where a witness saw several men running from a vehicle after the alarm went off.  The complainant was able to give deputies a description of the car as the suspects left the area.   

 

While enroute deputies observed a car matching the description of the suspects’ car travelling on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop near Highway 397, and witnessed the men inside the car appear to be attempting to conceal items.  When deputies approached the car they observed two handguns in plain view on the driver’s and passenger’s floorboard.  Deputies spoke with the driver, Steven T. Arceneaux, Jr., 22, 1715 Pear Street, Lake Charles, and asked him to exit the car at which time they conducted a safety pat down and located a handgun in his pocket.  After speaking with the passengers, Terrence O. Tramble, 22, 1105 S. Division Street, Lake Charles, and Marshall Smith, III, 33, 1602 8th Street, Lake Charles, deputies located 4 other handguns hidden throughout the car.  Deputies were also advised by one of the passengers that all guns inside the car were stolen earlier that night, as well as some speakers, that were located inside the car.

 

Arceneaux, Tramble, and Smith were arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to speak with CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives.  During their interviews they confirmed they entered several vehicles in the LeBleu Settlement and Bell City/Hayes areas earlier that night.

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Arceneaux is charged with 4 counts simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; theft of a firearm; and illegal carry of a weapon.  His bond is $48,000; two charges of simple burglary are still pending a bond.  Tramble is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is $112,500.  Smith is charged with 6 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  His bond is $437,500.  All three bonds were set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO VCIU detective Ben White is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to upcoming renovations, effective Thursday, June 21, the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway.

           

The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

           

The drug drop box will not be available at the temporary location due to security concerns; however, the drug drop box located in the lobby of the CPSO Administration Building at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people to bring their medications for disposal free of charge.

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

***UPDATE: Whitten has been found***

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 47 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since the end of May.  Joel J. Whitten was last seen at his residence on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles.  He is described as a white male, 5’11”, 230 pounds, with shoulder length straight brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a Mardi Gras design, blue jeans, a black welder’s hat, and a black ring and cloth bracelet. 

 

Whitten is known to frequent gas stations and wooded homeless camps.  He also suffers from medical issues which require daily medication.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating Whitten.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO Detective Brandon Peresich at 491-3637.  

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

Today, June 18 around noon the Lake Charles City Police arrested Deputy Louis Boling at his home for domestic abuse battery.

           

Boling worked as correctional officer for 12 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

“I will not tolerate domestic physical violence committed by a deputy,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard.”

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 12, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Lebleu Settlement in Iowa.   

 

During the investigation detectives answered complaints at over 20 residences on Highway 3059, Mark LeBleu Road, North Ledoux Road, and Ira Breaux Road, all in Iowa.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners in the area which showed 3 men responsible for the burglaries. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detectives Finn Carlton or Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "We have been having a rash of vehicle burglaries of unlocked cars in different areas of Calcasieu Parish,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.   “We are investigating over 40 vehicle burglaries that have taken place over the last 7 days.  I am urging you to remember to lock your vehicles.  It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target.  "


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 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 November 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

2.      Amend the 2017-2018 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

3.      Adopt the proposed 2018-2019 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 5, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked vehicles in the area of Garland Drive and Leon Drive in Lake Charles. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the area which showed several individuals checking vehicles in the parking lot to see if they are unlocked.  Detectives also observed an older 4 door car, dark in color, that they believe may be involved in the burglaries.  The suspects stole a gun, as well as, several credit cards, phones, I-pads, and an undetermined amount of money from inside the vehicles. 

        

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 10:00 p.m. on W. Dave Dugas Rd. near Frey Rd. in Sulphur.

 

Based on witness statements and evidence found at the scene, it was learned that the driver of a white Dodge pick-up truck struck a man riding an electric skateboard in the road then left the scene. It is missing the driver’s side mirror and may have damage to the front left quarter panel and windshield area. 

 

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this hit and run accident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

In December 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Detective along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call at a home on Burton Street in Sulphur in reference to a deceased dog and an emaciated dog at the residence.

 

Upon arrival, the detective observed the dogs to appear as though they not been fed in a decent amount of time and they also appeared to have been eating plastic.  Both the living and the deceased dog were seized by the investigator.  After the dogs were examined by a licensed veterinarian it was learned the deceased dog showed no signs of food in its digestive tract, but they did find what appeared to be pieces of plastic in the tract.  Both dogs were also found to be infested with heartworms.  The veterinarian advised the detective that both dogs suffered from starvation. 

 

During the investigation the detective learned after the dogs’ owner passed away, they were in the care of Aquanillia R. Sibley, 27, 3226 Burton Street, Sulphur.  Sibley agreed to meet with the detective for interview, but failed to do so.  After further investigation the detective learned one witness offered to take the dogs and care for them  but Sibley refused.  Another witness stated he fed the dogs for approximately one week after the dogs’ original owner died until Sibley told him not to come back.      

    

In May 2017 the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and they accepted charges.  On May 26 a warrant was issued for Sibley’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for the charges of simple animal cruelty; and aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

On June 6, 2018, Sibley was arrested on the warrant by the Lake Charles Police Department and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She was released later that evening.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Common Street and Tallow Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with one of the passengers, Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 36, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he had been living at a home for approximately 4 months and had not registered the address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address and expiring in 2017. 

 

Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  

 

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2012 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 3 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the area of Carlyss Drive and Mona Street in Sulphur. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck flipped upside down resting partially in the ditch and the roadway.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Dustin D. Williams, 35, 5264 Rock Drive, Sulphur, they could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.  They also observed him to have slurred speech.  When the deputy questioned Williams he stated he drank approximately 6 to 7 beers. 

 

After Williams performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Williams, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Joshua Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 1 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a truck near the intersection of Ruth Street and Cypress Street in Sulphur. 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Wesley P. Vincent, 53, 426 Juniper Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and running a red light.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000. 

               

Vincent was convicted of indecency with child contact in Texas in 1999. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sgt. Mark Rosteet was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald James O. Ellis, Jr., 27, 1349 John Belle Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriately touched an 11 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened the previous night while she was staying at a family member’s home. 

 

When detectives spoke with Ellis he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN 7 HIT & RUNS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on May 18, 2018 at Cowboy’s Night Club located at 5329 Common St. in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Lincoln Navigator damaged 7 vehicles.  The Navigator has been identified as a 2003 Maroon vehicle with tan ground effects and side steps.  The vehicle is also equipped with a luggage rack and dark tinted windows.   The Navigator was occupied by 2 females and is believed to be in the Lake Charles area with possible ties to the Houston, TX area. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the vehicle in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 25, 2018, around 7:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Leon Drive in reference to a male attempting to sexually assault an elderly female as she was standing outside of her residence.  The victim was able to scream for help and the suspect ran away.

 

It was learned Lake Charles Police Department was handling a similar incident not far from this location. A coordinated effort between Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lake Charles Police Department, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, led to Richard Wayne Barras of 2537 North Flounder Drive in Lake Charles being identified as the suspect.

 

Barras was arrested and booked on one count of Attempted 1st Degree Rape. He remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $900,000 bond set by Judge Mike Canaday.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 2 COUNTS INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On May 15 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 54, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, possibly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website. 

 

After detectives completed their investigation it was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, and on May 24 Gaharan was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day the CPSO detectives located Gaharan at his home, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Thomas Quirk set his bond at $130,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Carver Street in reference to a suspicious person. 

 

Once on scene deputies made contact with Jerald J. Ardoin, 40, Lake Charles, a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 1999 in Calcasieu Parish, as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2004 and 2010.  When deputies spoke with Ardoin he stated he had been living at a home on Carver Street, which had not been registered with law enforcement.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address.  Ardoin also stated to deputies he was in possession of synthetic marijuana, which deputies then located in his pocket. 

 

Ardoin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  Ardoin also has a probation detainer that was issued in Alexandria. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was investigating a traffic accident on Big Woods Edgerly Road in Vinton.  Deputies spoke with one of the drivers, Lucas F. Stewart, 55, 5081 Gibson Loop, Starks, a registered sex offender who was convicted of 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Deputies learned Stewart was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Joshua Bruns was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

On May 17 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Sulphur Avenue in Westlake. Deputies observed the truck stopped in the lane of travel and proceeded to check on the driver, Ryan L. Navarre, 35, 6269 Chaisson Road, Lake Charles, at which time he drove off and proceeded to cross the centerline several times and run off the road.

 

When deputies spoke with Navarre they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. They also observed him to have slurred speech and unsteady balance. When the deputy questioned Navarre he stated he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.

 

After Navarre performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 


Navarre, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation. He was released the next day on a $16,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy 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 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes 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, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 18 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy made contact with Donovan Christian Lawrence, 26, Lake Charles, at convenience store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles and arrested him for trespassing.  While searching Lawrence's property the deputy located synthetic marijuana.  While the deputy was speaking with Lawrence, he began to physically resist the deputy's verbal commands and ran from the deputy.  After a brief foot chase, a struggle ensued and Lawrence gained control of the deputy after committing a battery on the deputy. 

 

The deputy attempted to gain control of Lawrence and was forced to draw his Taser.  The deputy deployed his Taser; however, Lawrence continued to physically resist and disarmed the deputy of his Taser.  At this point, the deputy physically separated himself from Lawrence and ordered him to drop the Taser.  Lawrence charged at the deputy with the Taser actively cycling, forcing the deputy to pull his duty weapon and fire a round at Lawrence.  The shot did not strike Lawrence and he continued to fight the deputy.  Lawrence was able to gain control of the firearm by biting the deputy, at which time he was able to disarm the deputy of his duty weapon.  He pointed the firearm at the deputy while threatening to kill him if he came any closer.  Lawrence again ran from the deputy while still armed with the CPSO duty weapon, as the deputy attempted to recover from the battery.  Throughout the incident, the deputy continued verbal commands. 

 

Lawrence was located by additional responding deputies and was observed attempting to dispose of the firearm.  He was taken into custody by the deputies.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of disarming a police officer; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction of justice; possession of synthetic marijuana; trespassing; battery of a police officer; injury requiring medical attention; resisting an officer; and attempted 1st degree murder.  His bond was set at $240,000.

 

The deputy was treated and released at a local hospital for his injuries.        

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the public of a phone scam that is currently going around in our area.  The scammer identifies themselves as a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and tells the person they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest.  The scammer then tells the person they need to meet in person to clear up the warrant then asks the person for their address. 

 

“This is a scam!” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Do not give personal information to any caller you do not know, never give them your financial information or send them money and never meet them anywhere.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office would never call you about jury duty.  THIS IS A SCAM!”

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 Thursday, May 17. 

 

Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 in their respective divisions:

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Bryan Guth was also chosen as “2017 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Tonya Thibodeaux was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sgt. Casey Lafargue.  Lt. Rusty Broussard, Gennie Paris and Kayla Vincent were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”


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 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN & WOMAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home in reference to suspicious circumstances. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a recently-deceased family member’s credit card had been used.

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used several times between the night of April 25th and the early morning hours of April 26th. Detectives obtained video footage from some of the stores showing a man and women using the card.

 

If anyone can identify the suspects seen in these photographs or recognize the truck being driven by the suspects please contact CPSO lead Detective Lt. James Leubner at 431-1352.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Sunday, May 6 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Casino located at 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Hyundai Veloster hit a light pole and knocked it to the ground near the traffic circle.  The Veloster is described as a late 2 door model that is equipped with a sunroof and is white or silver in color.  The car will have damage to the front grill as well as a detached front bumper on the driver’s side.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the car in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-55173.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Mack Road in Vinton regarding a burglary.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who advised that he returned home and discovered his security cameras had been smashed and he was missing a PlayStation 4, along with several games from inside his residence.

 

 During the investigation, detectives were able to retrieve video footage from the smashed cameras which identified the suspect responsible as Joshua J. Richard, 2119 Mack Road, Vinton, who was a neighbor of the victim.  

 

A short time later detectives made contact with Richard at his home, and were able to positively identify him as the suspect seen in the surveillance video.  Richard attempted to resist detectives, but was detained and arrested at which time detectives located drug paraphernalia on his person.  When speaking with detectives he admitted to breaking into the home and stealing the PlayStation 4 and games.  The stolen items were later located at Richard’s home and returned to the victim.   

 

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft under $1,000; illegal possession of stolen property; resisting arrest with force; criminal property damage; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $11,500.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 119th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 119th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 44 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 44 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Courtney Bertin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 119th Basic Academy.

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

 

Samuel Bailey, Jr., Courtney Spikes – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Austin, Bryce Badon, Minnie Bergeron, Courtney Bertin, Joshua Bertrand, Myra Brown, Kristin Clark, Crystal Duhon, Brandon Fontenot, Bradley Grant, Cornell Guidry, Maria Del Carmen Hebert, Robert Henriksen, Xavier King, Remy Miller, Carly Perkins, Devon Pesson, Crystal Stains, Hunter Stidham, Joshua VanAernam, Ethan Walls  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, Sam Clouse, Julia Courville, Phillip Gardiner, Emberly LeDoux – Lake Charles Police Department

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

Joycelyn Jackson, Lorrie Johnson, Jerron Willis – Oakdale Police Department

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

On May 1 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VICE detective responded to a local physician’s office in reference to a fraudulent prescription that was called in to a local pharmacy. 

 

During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance from the pharmacy.  After viewing the footage the detective learned on April 30 the suspect seen in the photograph attempted to pick up the prescription.  The suspect was then seen leaving in a dark colored car.

 

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph contact CPSO lead Detective Jill Feverjean at 936-1778.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 23 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a local casino in reference to a theft from an unlocked vehicle.  During the investigation detectives learned three unknown men stole two speakers as well as the faceplate off the radio from inside of the car.  The suspects were seen on surveillance footage entering the car. 

 

The suspects were also seen leaving the casino in a white Mercury Grand Marquise.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 119th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Monday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton 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 DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, April 28 around 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a disturbance at a home.  When deputies arrived they learned Deputy Tim Vezinat, 39, Lake Charles, and his pregnant wife got into a verbal altercation.  The altercation turned physical when Vezinat pulled her out of the bed of the truck and struck her several times on the head, body and arm.

           

After further investigation deputies viewed video surveillance from the home which confirmed the victim’s account of the incident.

           

Vezinat was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1 count of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment; and 1 count of domestic abuse battery of a pregnant victim.

           

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $10,000.

           

Vezinat was a supervisor in the maintenance department for 17 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday.

           

“I have reviewed the entire surveillance video and I am appalled that any man, particularly an employee of this office, would physically harm a woman, much less his pregnant wife,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Thankfully this one person does not represent the character and integrity of the men and women of this department.”

           

CPSO Barrett Savoie is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Sharon Clarke is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on River Bend Lane in Sulphur in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised by a resident of the home that a family member, William K. Foy, 23, Sulphur, had shown up at the residence intoxicated.  She stated Foy began to argue with her and attempted to take her phone out of her hands when he thought she was calling the police.  The women stated she refused to give up her phone and Foy slapped and punched her, causing her to fall to the ground, at which time he kicked her multiple times.  She then told detectives another family member entered the residence after he could hear her screaming for help.  She stated at that time Foy armed himself with a knife and a fork and swung the knife at the man, causing a laceration to his face.  Foy also stabbed the man again in the back with the fork and attempted to stab him several more times with the knife.  The man also advised detectives Foy bit him several times.  The women was able to call 911, but Foy fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Detectives attempted to locate Foy but were unsuccessful. 

 

Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $55,000 for his arrest.  Foy is charged with aggravated battery; and simple battery.  Detectives are currently searching for Foy and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company. 

 

Upon arrival, detectives spoke with management who stated they had already spoken to the employee, Sakortlyn B. Winbush, 21, 2219 Greenlawn Street, Lake Charles, and she had written a confession of stealing the money.  When detectives spoke with Winbush she stated while working at the service desk she used a manager’s code to override the computer system and print duplicate copies of money orders.  She advised detectives she would cash the money orders herself or have her family and friends cash the money orders and give her the money.  Detectives learned from January until April of this year Winbush stole over $34,000 by using duplicate money orders. 

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on April 26 on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby boy was brought in with a brain bleed.  Detectives were advised by several doctors that their examinations and tests concluded the injuries the child sustained were non-accidental. 

 

On April 27, after further investigation, detectives spoke with the baby's mother's boyfriend, McKeithan D. Frank, 21, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old prior to him being brought to ER.  Frank admitted to detectives that he struck the child’s head against the kitchen bar.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

               

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town, where he underwent emergency surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.  After several complaints detectives have learned Michael L. Derrick, 49, Westlake, LA, is attempting to scam local businesses by saying he is selling a local restaurant’s sandwiches for a fundraiser.  Derrick is possibly using fake names and claiming the money is for his family members who need surgery or are sick.  Derrick is telling the victims that they need to pay for the sandwiches upfront and he will deliver them at a later time.  THIS IS A SCAM! 

 

Derrick has been seen driving a 2012 Nissan SUV, gray in color.   If anyone believes they may have been victimized by Derrick or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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, May 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.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A SUV THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Monday, April 9 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a maroon Nissan Armada hit a truck in the parking lot and drove off.  The driver of the Armada is described as an older female with long hair wearing glasses, and walks with a slight limp.

 

The Nissan Armada should have minor to moderate damage on the left front bumper of the SUV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the SUV or lady in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-43566.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday March 14 in the early afternoon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a dark colored 4 door Toyota Tacoma Sport backed into a SUV in the parking lot and drove off.  The Toyota Tacoma should have minor to moderate damage on the left rear corner of the truck.   

         

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Tacoma in this photo or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-033909.

 

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 20 and end April 26 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 conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

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 27% 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 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% 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.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On April 8 at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car traveling on 4th Avenue in Lake Charles after he witnessed it driving erratically down East Broad Street onto 4th Avenue, almost causing a collision.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dale P. Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as well as slurred speech.  Williams advised the deputy he had been drinking at the home in Lake Charles where he is currently living and left to go to the store.  The deputy also learned Williams was driving under suspension for 3 previous DWIs in the last 10 years.

   

Williams refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and reckless operation. 

 

Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $16,500.   

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

In the beginning of March Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives responded to several complaints in reference to victims having their credit card information stolen. 

        

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects possibly obtained the credit card information from a skimmer that may have been placed at a gas pump in the Lake Charles area.  Detectives attempted to located the skimmer, but where unsuccessful.  It was also learned the suspects used the stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards to a grocery store at numerous locations in the Louisiana and Texas areas, totaling over $3,000.  After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspects leaving the store.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding these thefts or can identify the suspects or Toyota Corolla seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives John Coffman or Austin Peloquin at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 30 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was approaching an SUV traveling eastbound on Ravia Road in Sulphur, at which time the SUV suspiciously braked to a slow rate of speed and immediately turned into a private drive.  The SUV was in the driveway for approximately one minute and then backed out and continued eastbound on Ravia Road, at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. 

When the deputy attempted to speak with the driver, the passenger, John H. Adams IV, 29, Youngstown, FL, attempted to answer all the questions directed at the driver.  The deputy instructed Adams to exit the vehicle and while speaking with him he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person, as well as, blood shot eyes.  When the deputy went to speak with the driver again it was learned they pulled into the driveway so Adams could switch from driving the SUV to the passenger seat because he had been drinking.  She also advised the deputy there was an open container of liquor and beer inside the SUV.      

 

After Adams, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and operating a vehicle while under suspension.  He was released on April 2 on a $12,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a convenience store on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  During the investigation detectives learned an unknown man stole an Iphone 5 from inside an unlocked car in the parking lot of the convenience store.  The suspect was seen on surveillance as a passenger in a white GMC Envoy. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in this photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts. 

       

During the investigation detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Ben White at 491-7962 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 6:20 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a SUV near Park Street and North Crocker Street in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Demarcus D. Mitchell, 39, 773 Henry Street, Sulphur, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. 

After Mitchell, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison inmate Ashley J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72 hour court.  While she and a deputy were standing outside of the door at the intake area of the CCC waiting to go into the building, Grundmann, whose hands and feet were shackled, escaped custody of the CPSO deputy and was able to release one of her hands from the shackles.  She ran from the deputy and got into a car, from another law enforcement agency that was left running outside the CCC intake area.  Grundmann fled in the car and led deputies on a pursuit from Highway 171 in Lake Charles into Beauregard Parish, where she eventually stopped the car and was taken into custody at approximately 8:00 a.m.      

           

Grundmann has been incarcerated since March 15 when CPSO deputies arrested her for 4 counts of possession of a legend drug; and possession of CDS IV.  She will now be charged with simple escape; theft of a motor vehicle; and aggravated flight from an officer.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by the owner of a local restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a former employee, Michael J. Darjean, 37, 502 E. Oak Lane, Lake Charles, attempting to exchange $100 counterfeit bill for U.S. currency.   He was detained by deputies as he was leaving the property and was found to be in possession of U.S. currency from the transaction, as well as, a $100 counterfeit bill. 

 

Darjean was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse.  He was released on March 15 on a $2,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Jacob P. Perry, 26, 407 Sid Lane, Moss Bluff, using counterfeit money for a purchase.  During the investigation it was discovered Perry made arrangements to meet the victim to buy a cell phone and exchanged a counterfeit $100 bill, labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender,” for the phone.  The victim was able to meet with Perry and obtain her phone back.     

           

On March 9 CPSO detectives received two more complaints on Perry in reference to identity theft and theft. 

 

During these investigations detectives learned Perry stole a family member’s cell phone, worth approximately $800, and used her personal information on PayPal to order more counterfeit money, also labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender.”  The victim learned of the order through a confirmation email and was able to stop the transaction before the payment processed.  It was also discovered another victim had their personal information stored on the stolen phone through Amazon.  Perry used the victim’s Amazon account and ordered $360 worth of gift cards at various locations.  The victim learned of the transactions and was able to cancel some of them.

 

After further investigation detectives obtained warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Perry’s arrest.  On March 15 he was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of identity theft.  His bond is set at $45,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Shellie Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a violation of a protective order.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed by the complainant that Lawrence Q. Malveaux, 32, 1009 17th Street, Lake Charles, who she has a current active protective order against, forced his way inside her residence and then fled the scene.

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives her, as well as, another man inside the home heard something at the front door at which time they cracked the door open to see if someone was outside.  She stated when the man cracked the door open, Malveaux, who was outside, pushed the door and forced his way inside the house and started hitting the man.  She then told detectives there was a short struggle inside the home between Malveaux and the other victim but then they went outside and Malveaux fled on foot behind the residence.

 

Deputies were able to locate Malveaux nearby and he was arrested and transported to a local hospital to be treated for an injury he sustained during the home invasion.  He was treated and released, at which time he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; violation of a protective order; and simple battery.  He was released on February 27 on a $9,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

On December 17 the two individuals seen in  these photographs entered a grocery store on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the suspects tole approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $1,800.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

During the morning hours of October 30 the two men seen in these photos gained access to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the two men stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.  They were seen leaving the business in the gold SUV seen in  this photograph.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

Sometime between October 28th and 30th an unknown individual entered a lay down yard near Falco Road and Gros Road in Sulphur.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift to move sections of drill pipe and dump them into the Sabine River.  The suspect also broke the rear axle of the forklift.  Over $15,000 worth of damage was incurred during the incident.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

On Wednesday January 24th around 11:30 p.m. an unknown individual fired a large caliber weapon at a home in the 2400 block of Red Davis McCollister Road in Lake Charles.

 

Several projectiles from the weapon struck the home causing over $1,000 worth of damage to the residence.  

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

Today, March 18, at approximately 4:00 a.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a mobile home park located at 1600 W. 4th Street in DeQuincy, LA in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jason Hutson, 36, Buffalo, KS, on the ground unconscious and bleeding from the head.  He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

           

Through the investigation, detectives learned Hutson was involved in a physical altercation with Andrew J, Tiner, 30, Lake Jackson, TX, who also lived in the park.  After the altercation, Hutson returned to his residence and exited with at least one firearm, an AR-15.   Moments later witnesses heard gunshots in the park.  Tiner then returned to his residence and also retrieved a firearm. He then shot Hutson from outside of his mobile home. The investigation revealed after Hutson fell to the ground, Tiner approached him, removed the rifle from him, and struck him with the butt of the rifle in the head.       Hutson was later pronounced dead at the hospital after undergoing extensive treatment.

           

Tiner was arrested on scene and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for aggravated second degree battery. Timer’s bond has not yet been set. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on East Burton Street near Evans Road in Sulphur in reference to a pedestrian being hit by a car.

 

It appears a 12 year old girl was crossing the street to board a school bus when a car traveling eastbound on Burton Street struck her. She was airlifted to a hospital out of town, where she is listed in critical condition. In accordance with Louisiana state law standard toxicology testing will be performed; however, impairment is not suspected at this time.

 

The accident is still under investigation. CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator of this accident.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECOVERS BODY OF MISSING CAMERON MAN

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the Choupique Bayou Bridge on Ellis Moss Rd. in Calcasieu Parish in reference to a body being found several feet off of the roadway.  The body has been identified as a man who has been reported missing since March 8, Kasey Welch, 44, of Cameron Parish.  No foul play is expected, however, the investigation is continuing.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS C.P.A.S. STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at the Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site (C.P.A.S).

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boy threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot up the school.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detectives Sharon Clarke and Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators in the case.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Howard W. Smith, IV, 21, 4320 Auburn Street, Apt. #1, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Smith, as well as, another man at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located 1,387 grams of concentrated THC wax, 8.5 pounds of high grade marijuana, various items of drug paraphernalia such as smoking devices and scales, a small caliber semi-automatic handgun, and $6,045.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is over $46,000.   

           

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The other man found at the home was released on a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.      

           

Smith was released on March 12 on a $8,500 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 8 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local apartment complex on W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles regarding a theft. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured a man on video surveillance, later identified as Bradley D. Spell, 31, Florida, enter the laundromat area and use a tool to break the lock on the washing machine and steal the change.

 

Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched again to the same apartment complex in reference to Spell returning and attempting to steal more change from the machines. He fled prior to deputies’ arrival but the complainant was able to give a description of Spell. A short time later he was located nearby at a business on Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Spell was detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning where he admitted to burglarizing and stealing money from the washing machines at the apartment complex on several occasions. During questioning it was also learned Spell was in possession of the tools he used to break into the machines, as well as, some stolen change. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; and possession of stolen property. Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $11,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case. CPSO Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk-in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies he believed one of his employees, Brandon C. Haywood, 27, 1849 Leo Breaux Road, Vinton, stole his debit card from his vehicle earlier the same day.  The victim also advised deputies there was two withdrawals from separate ATMs, totaling $720 from his account. 

           

After further investigation, detectives observed Haywood on video surveillance making the withdrawals from one of the ATMs.  Haywood was located at his residence, where he admitted to deputies he stole the debit card and made the withdrawals.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft under $1,000.  Haywood was released on March 12 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

           

Detectives were able to recover $627 of the stolen money from Haywood.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 9 at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car near Highway 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 39, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed a half empty bottle of alcohol in plain view on the passenger seat.  The deputy then learned Handy had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI. 

 

After Handy, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last 10 years, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Handy’s bond at $10,750 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 26 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Jacqueline D. Peet, 32, 472 Sharon Lane, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy. 

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he confirmed that between June and July, on approximately 25 separate incidents he and Peet had sexual intercourse.  The victim also advised detectives there were several nude photographs exchanged between him and Peet on Snapchat.

 

On August 9, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Peet’s arrest.  She was located the next day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  She was later released on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being she can have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family without court approval or for 730 days after release from jail; she can have no unsupervised contact with any minor children or contact with known drug users or convicted felons; no criminal activity; and she must be subject to random drug screens at the discretion of the court.

           

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an truck on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.    

 

 When deputies spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 40, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  During further investigation Handy advised deputies he has a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and is supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, which he did not have.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking.  During a search of the vehicle deputies located 2 bottles of vodka inside the truck.   

 

Handy was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Handy also refused.  After deputies learned Handy had 3 previous DWI arrests in the past 10 years they obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; ignition interlock device offenses; failure to signal; and operating unlawfully with a hardship license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $110,250 with special conditions being he cannot drive without permission from the courts, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Deputy David Armstrong was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, 1740 6th Avenue, Lot # 17, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017. 

 

After further investigation Laird was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On August 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a man who was refusing to leave the property.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck, matching the description given to deputies of the suspect’s truck, leaving the property.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and spoke with the driver, Ruben Moralez, 33, Alamo, Texas.  While speaking with Moralez they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Moralez stated to deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.   

 

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

 

Moralez, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $26,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

 

CPSO Cpl. Cody Grimes was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 7 year old child and an 18 month old baby left unattended inside a car in a parking lot of a local casino in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with casino security personnel who stated they observed the children inside the car with the air conditioner running.  Casino security located the children’s mother, Brooke R. Evetts, 38, Trinity, Texas, inside the casino and escorted her to the car.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the children were left alone in the car for approximately 40 minutes. 

 

Evetts was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion.  Her bond is still pending.

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Brian Batchelor is the arresting deputy and Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash.   Upon arrival deputies observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of the roadway.    

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Nolberto A. Dehoyos, 23, Del Rio, Texas, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  While speaking with deputies Dehoyos stated he drank approximately 5 or 6 alcoholic beverages, and deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside his truck.  Dehoyos refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.      

 

Dehoyos, who has two prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd ; improper lane use; and open container.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $28,000 with a special condition being he cannot drive without an ignition interlock device. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On August 5 at approximately 7:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of N. General Wainwright and General Arnold in Lake Charles when he observed a car stopped in the middle of the intersection.

 

The deputy approached the car and observed the engine was still running and the driver, Gerald D. Carrier, 41, 815 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, was sleeping with his foot on the brake.  When the deputy spoke with Carrier outside of his car, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with slurred speech and unsteady balance.    

  

Carrier failed to complete standard field sobriety testing and was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Carrier, who has five prior DWI arrests from 2012-2014, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and obstruction of public passage.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ACCESS CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detective received a report in reference to an unauthorized use of an access card.  During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance showing an unknown man using the card, the previous day at a gas station on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  Detectives also learned the same man attempted to use the card again at a grocery store on North Cities Service Highway but was unsuccessful. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives Shelli Fontenot at (337) 494-4537.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a rape.

 

When detectives spoke with the victim she stated an acquaintance, John Ledoux, 60, 861 Goos Ferry Road, Lake Charles, held her against her will and raped her the previous day.  During further investigation it was learned her injuries, as well as, evidence at the crime scene corroborated what she told detectives.    

 

Detectives located Ledoux later the same day and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and false imprisonment.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $700,000.   

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of 544 law enforcement trauma kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $37,027.00. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 22, 2018 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research (337) 491-3716.

CPSO PROCURES HIGH WATER VEHICLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has recently procured six high water vehicles that will be used for search and rescue, as well as, personnel deployment during emergency flooding incidents. 

           

“This is a substantial investment for our department but we feel it is a necessary investment because of all the flooding incidents we have been experiencing the last several years,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “In the past we have bought used military surplus vehicles but they were difficult to maintain and very unreliable in an emergency situation.  If we learned anything from Hurricane Rita, it was that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office needs to be self-reliant and our equipment must be functional in an emergency.  We cannot afford to wait for assistance from the federal government.”

           

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and will be positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on July 13 at approximately 8:30 p.m. an unknown individual removed an air compressor from the property.  It is believed they gained access into the business’ fenced yard by cutting the lock.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Eddie Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS LAFAYETTE MAN FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 19 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call at a local motel on Broad Street in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  When deputies arrived they made contact with the motel owner who stated a man entered the business, walked into the kitchen and then approached the check-in counter.  The man then reached over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash out the register drawer.  The complainant stated as he was walking in the door the suspect exited the motel and fled the scene on foot. 

           

After further investigation detectives arrived on scene and spoke with several witnesses who stated the suspect was possibly still in the area.  A CPSO K-9 arrived on scene and was able to locate the suspect, identified as Blason J. Pellerin, 41, Lafayette, LA, in a wooded area a short distance from the hotel.    

           

Pellerin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple robbery; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $12,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chad Collins is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER TEACHER FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles–

 

On May 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 55, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, for 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice after an investigation revealed he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website.  After this arrest Gaharan was no longer employed with the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

 

After Gaharan’s arrest detectives executed a search warrant on his residence and seized multiple computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  The seized items were sent to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensic Unit for examination and upon completion of the search of the items detectives found pornographic images of young females that had been downloaded on a device from the internet. 

               

On July 25 detectives obtained a warrant for Gaharan’s arrest in the amount of $750,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday.  The next day Gaharan was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of pornography involving juveniles. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area near OD Johnson Park in Lake Charles when they observed a suspicious car parked down the gravel maintenance road.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Earl C. Butler, 52, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in possession of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia.  After further talking to Butler he advised deputies he moved to Lake Charles from Patterson, LA, approximately 3 weeks ago and had not notified local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, which is also a violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Butler was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During the book-in process deputies located an additional crack rock in Butler’s pocket.  Butler is charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $9,000.  

               

Butler was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in St. Mary Parish. 

 

CPSO Deputy Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Shortridge, 40, was terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, after it was learned he was facing charges of rape in Beauregard Parish.  After his termination he was immediately transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail, where he was booked in. 

 

Prior to being terminated Shortridge worked as a detective at the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center and had been with the department for approximately 19 years.

           

“I am not only sorry for the victim, I am embarrassed for our profession. Our department has many dedicated men and women who take their oath seriously and the actions of one deputy gives them all a black eye,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard and criminal activity will not be tolerated in our department.” 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on May 23 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business by entering the back gate of the property and prying the door open with a crowbar.  Once inside surveillance showed the man picking up a portable battery charger and exiting the building. 

 

On May 25 CPSO deputies responded to the same business again in reference to a burglary and theft.  Once detectives reviewed the video surveillance they witnessed the same man return to the business on May 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m.  He again entered the back gate and used a screw driver to pry open the door.  Once inside he stole a rolling battery charger and a portable air compressor.      

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs or video contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARREST MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles.  CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  On July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for 2nd degree murder for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, Jr., 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond. 

           

On July 15, detectives learned Washington was possibly in a Toyota Tacoma that was traveling along I-210 in Lake Charles.  Detectives along with CPSO patrol deputies located the truck at approximately 10:15 p.m. on I-210 near the Enterprise Boulevard on-ramp.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and located Washington in the passenger’s seat of the truck.  After detectives spoke with the driver, Tarek K. Sonnier, 21, Crowley, they served a search warrant on the truck and located 3 bottles of Codeine. 

 

Washington and Sonnier were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Washington is charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  He has an active warrant out of Jeff Davis Parish for distribution also or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation. 

 

Sonnier is charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 3:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at a grocery store in Sulphur in reference to an obscenity complaint.  Deputies were advised by the victim that while she was loading her groceries in her car she saw a man sitting in his car next to her.  She then told deputies the man laid his seat back, pulled off his shorts and began to masturbate.  The victim was able to take a picture of the car along with the license plate before the man fled the scene.     

 

Deputies were able to locate the car traveling near the intersection of Highway 171 and Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.  Deputies conducted a stop on the car and spoke with the driver, Samuel C. Blackmon, 48, DeRidder, who was only wearing his underwear.  After detectives spoke with Blackmon he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $7,500.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy and Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and detectives believe he possibly fled the area on foot.

 

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 Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

Today, July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond.  Washington is being charged with 2nd degree murder for the murder of Colston.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Washington is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605. (or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous). Anyone withholding information regarding the whereabouts of Washington or assists Washington in evading arrest will be arrested and charged.

 

Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office also has active warrants for Washington for an incident that occurred on June 30.  Washington is wanted for distribution or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation.

 

Washington should be considered armed and dangerous.  He is known to frequent the Lake Charles and Iowa area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night, July 3, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Sulphur where a 15 year old boy, who had been brutally abused, had managed to escape to.

CPSO detectives learned the boy’s father, Thomas D. Wininger, 40, originally from Sylvester, Georgia, would punish the boy by handcuffing, hog tying and placing shock collars which caused burn marks on his ankles, sometimes for up to 12 hours a day.  The boy had facial injuries and belt marks across his back inflicted by Wininger.

 

Wininger and his girlfriend, Desirae Tomcanin, 34, originally from Pennsylvania, and the boy traveled from state to state for Wininger to work.  The boy was not in school and has not been for some time.

           

Both Wininger and Tomcanin were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and false imprisonment.

           

The boy was able to escape through the woods to a house after being uncuffed to allow a bathroom break.  The resident of the house notified law enforcement.

           

Bond has not yet been set.

           

The boy has been placed in state’s custody.

           

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

This morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

 

Colston was driving a red 2000 4-door Buick Regal Sedan.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in solving this homicide.  If anyone has any information, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  Anyone withholding information regarding this homicide may face charges.

           

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

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO BEAUMONT PD

Lake Charles -

 

Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, turned himself in to the Beaumont Police Department around 3:30 this afternoon.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Williams on June 30 for 2nd degree murder in the case of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, who was found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 26.  His bond is $1,000,000.

 

Ronald G. McLain, 57, Beaumont, who is also charged in the murder of Mr. Deville, as well as, 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle, is currently in jail in Aransas Pass, TX, where law enforcement arrested him for a home burglary on Friday, June 29.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO plans to start the extradition process to bring McLain and Williams back to Calcasieu Parish to face their charges.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on June 1 the victim left his debit card at a gas station in Lake Charles.  It was learned an unknown man took the debit card and made a fraudulent withdraw of approximately $400.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding identity of the suspect is asked to call

CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an SUV near the intersection of Pujol Road and Lebleu Cemetery Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, David M. Holt, 34, 3251 Burson Road, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance. 

 

After Holt performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  After the deputy learned Holt had a suspended driver’s license due to a prior DWI, he obtained a warrant to have Holt’s blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Holt, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; and driving under suspension.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $8,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jeremy Wolford was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred sixty-seven (267) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for open container; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for expired tag.

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Timothy D. Perkins, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and failure to ID

Jeremiah M. Spell, 32, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Gloria A. Guidry, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Larry A. Jackson, 48, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI

Lauren P. Myers, 22, DeRidder, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Chance D. Cooper, 22, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Tiffany B. Bumgarden, 37, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY & MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 30 at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

Detectives received several tips from the public and after further investigation they were able to identify the suspect as Korryon D. Carter, 32, 1110 N. Cherry Street, Lake Charles.  Detectives located discarded evidence at the scene that connected Carter to the robbery and were also able to confirm Carter was the registered owner of the car used during the robbery. 

 

On July 1 CPSO deputies located Carter’s car at an apartment complex on 5th Avenue and were then able to locate Carter inside the residence.  While inside the residence deputies located a stolen handgun, as well as, items used during the robbery.  Deputies also located a man, Braccarrie M. Reed, 22, New Orleans, LA, inside the residence and learned he was wanted for 2 counts of attempted second degree murder for a shooting that occurred on June 11 in New Orleans. 

 

Carter and Reed were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Carter is charged with armed robbery; illegal possession of stolen firearm; and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Reed is charged with resisting an officer by refusal to ID, illegal possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of marijuana 2nd offense; and introduction of contraband in penal institutions.  Carter’s bond is set at $115,000 and Reed’s bond is set at $20,000. 

  

Carter was out on supervised probation for 2010 charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug crime.   

               

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 28 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to a complaint of an intoxicated woman driving a car around the parking lot yelling at employees. 

When the deputies arrived they located the car and spoke with the driver, Christi K. Covington, 58, Montgomery, Texas, and observed her to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.  While speaking with Covington she advised deputies she had just taken medication. 

 

A deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but Covington was unable to complete the testing due to her impairment.  Covington was transported to a local hospital and the deputy obtained a warrant to have Covington’s blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Hospital personnel collected the blood sample.

 

Covington, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was transported and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd .  It was also learned Covington had an out of state detainer from Texas.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $7,500.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR BEAUMONT MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 29. 

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

While continuing their investigation, CPSO Violent Crimes detectives traveled throughout Texas and interviewed numerous individual and were able to identify Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, as another active participant in the murder of Mr. Deville. 

 

Today Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant for Williams for 2nd degree murder.  Judge Wyatt placed $1,000,000 bond on the warrant.  Calcasieu Parish Violent Crime Detectives have enlisted the assistance of Beaumont Police Department in locating Williams as it is believed he is in that area.

 

Williams and McClain enlisted the assistance of a juvenile in committing the offense.

 

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

BEAUMONT MAN WANTED FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS APPREHENDED IN TEXAS

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, through various interviews, surveillance, and other investigative techniques, CPSO Violent Crime detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. yesterday. 

 

CPSO Violent Crime detectives traveled to Aransas Pass to meet with investigators in reference to McLain's apprehension.  McLain was arrested during the commission of a home burglary following an anonymous tip.

 

McLain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Violent Crime Detectives enlisted the assistance of the following agencies to aid in the investigation and capture of McLain:

Vinton Police Department

Beaumont Police Department

Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

Houston Police Department

Texas Fusion Center

United States Marshal Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Harris Country District Attorney’s Office

Aransas Pass Police Department

Aransas County Sheriff's Office

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black ball cap with a white bull head figure on it, sunglasses, black shirt and blue jeans.

 

If anyone can identify this man and/or knows of his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR BEAUMONT MAN IN DEATH OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 2:50 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck.

 

Deville was found to be missing his cell phone.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives tracked his phone and the results put it in a nearby neighborhood on Pete Seay Rd., near where Deville’s body was found.  That morning, two homes were burglarized and at the second home, a Jeep was stolen.  Two guns were also stolen during the burglaries.  Surveillance footage from the neighborhood showed a man, later identified as Ronald G. Mclain, 57, at the 2nd home and leaving in the Jeep.  A fingerprint recovered at the homes places Mclain at both burglaries. 

 

Further cell phone tracking, surveillance, and LPR hits lead investigators to Everyday Gas Station in Beaumont, TX.  Detectives travelled to the gas station in Beaumont and found Deville’s phone dumped in a trash can.  Upon reviewing surveillance video, Mclain can be seen dumping the phone and entering the store, still wearing the same clothing he was seen wearing during the commission of the two home burglaries earlier that morning.

 

While assisting in the homicide investigation, Beaumont Police Officers made contact with a Volkswagen Passat leaving an area under surveillance as a result of the tracking of Deville’s phone.  The car, later found to be stolen out of Jefferson County, was driven by a juvenile boy.  The boy provided information determined to be relevant to the homicide investigation.  He initially intentionally misidentified Mclain as Mclain’s nephew.  Detectives interviewed Mclain’s nephew and others located at residences in the area where Deville’s cell phone was tracked.  Witnesses confirmed Mclain drove the Passat to Louisiana casinos on Monday night. Witnesses further confirmed Mclain was observed driving the stolen Jeep, was in possession of Deville’s phone, and admitted to stealing both. 

 

A search of the area near the homicide and a search of the truck revealed shoe prints believed to be worn by Mclain during the commission of the crimes.  Detectives were also able to use surveillance video from a local casino to observe Deville’s truck leaving the property, followed a short time later by the Volkswagen Passat. 

Mclain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

A warrant is out for Mclain for 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue 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 this Friday, June 29. 

               

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.

BODY OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck, a maroon Dodge Ram.

 

The initial investigation does indicate foul play. 

Deputies are asking if anyone observed Deville on the side of the interstate this morning, knows someone or saw someone with Deville, or provided a ride to a person hitchhiking or walking near I-10 or Highway 90 this morning, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

A dark green Jeep was stolen from a residence in the vicinity of the incident this morning.  It is believed to be stolen by a white male wearing a fluorescent orange or yellow shirt.  This may or may not be related; however, if someone has any information regarding this Jeep or this white male, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

Starting on June 5 CPSO deputies responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked cars in several different areas of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from some of the areas hit and witnessed several men walking around pulling on door handles.  After further investigation two of the men were identified as Treveen D. Carter, 18, 108 S. Storer Street, and David M. Deruso, Jr., 19, 801 S. Bowers Avenue, both of Iowa.

 

On June 20 CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team, and Iowa Police Department executed a search warrant at Carter’s residence.  They located Carter along with Deruso inside the home.  During the search detectives located two stolen guns along with numerous other items that had been reported stolen through CPSO and Iowa Police Department.  Detectives also located marijuana inside Carter’s closet, as well as marijuana on Deruso’s person.     

  

Carter and Deruso were arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  While detectives were speaking with them they learned Carter and Deruso were responsible for over 45 vehicle burglaries in the areas of Garland Drive, Leon Drive, Red Davis McCollister Road, and Lebleu Settlement in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

Carter and Deruso were booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 30 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm, 5 counts of criminal damage to property; 16 counts of theft under $1,000; and attempted burglary.  Carter was additionally charged with possession of marijuana with intent.  Deruso was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Carter’s bond at $1,960,500 and Deruso’s bond at $1,695,000.   

 

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

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, and Greg Nall are the lead investigators on these cases. 


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. today, an ambulance was called to the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison after an inmate, Blake A. Russell, 32, was found hanging in a mop closet.  He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

           

Russell had been incarcerated since July 2017 after being charged with the 2nd degree murder in the 2009 murder of Sierra Bouzigard.

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On June 19 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in the area of Georgia Avenue in Hayes where a witness saw several men running from a vehicle after the alarm went off.  The complainant was able to give deputies a description of the car as the suspects left the area.   

 

While enroute deputies observed a car matching the description of the suspects’ car travelling on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop near Highway 397, and witnessed the men inside the car appear to be attempting to conceal items.  When deputies approached the car they observed two handguns in plain view on the driver’s and passenger’s floorboard.  Deputies spoke with the driver, Steven T. Arceneaux, Jr., 22, 1715 Pear Street, Lake Charles, and asked him to exit the car at which time they conducted a safety pat down and located a handgun in his pocket.  After speaking with the passengers, Terrence O. Tramble, 22, 1105 S. Division Street, Lake Charles, and Marshall Smith, III, 33, 1602 8th Street, Lake Charles, deputies located 4 other handguns hidden throughout the car.  Deputies were also advised by one of the passengers that all guns inside the car were stolen earlier that night, as well as some speakers, that were located inside the car.

 

Arceneaux, Tramble, and Smith were arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to speak with CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives.  During their interviews they confirmed they entered several vehicles in the LeBleu Settlement and Bell City/Hayes areas earlier that night.

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Arceneaux is charged with 4 counts simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; theft of a firearm; and illegal carry of a weapon.  His bond is $48,000; two charges of simple burglary are still pending a bond.  Tramble is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is $112,500.  Smith is charged with 6 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  His bond is $437,500.  All three bonds were set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO VCIU detective Ben White is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to upcoming renovations, effective Thursday, June 21, the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway.

           

The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

           

The drug drop box will not be available at the temporary location due to security concerns; however, the drug drop box located in the lobby of the CPSO Administration Building at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people to bring their medications for disposal free of charge.

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

***UPDATE: Whitten has been found***

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 47 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since the end of May.  Joel J. Whitten was last seen at his residence on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles.  He is described as a white male, 5’11”, 230 pounds, with shoulder length straight brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a Mardi Gras design, blue jeans, a black welder’s hat, and a black ring and cloth bracelet. 

 

Whitten is known to frequent gas stations and wooded homeless camps.  He also suffers from medical issues which require daily medication.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating Whitten.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO Detective Brandon Peresich at 491-3637.  

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

Today, June 18 around noon the Lake Charles City Police arrested Deputy Louis Boling at his home for domestic abuse battery.

           

Boling worked as correctional officer for 12 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

“I will not tolerate domestic physical violence committed by a deputy,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard.”

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 12, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Lebleu Settlement in Iowa.   

 

During the investigation detectives answered complaints at over 20 residences on Highway 3059, Mark LeBleu Road, North Ledoux Road, and Ira Breaux Road, all in Iowa.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners in the area which showed 3 men responsible for the burglaries. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detectives Finn Carlton or Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "We have been having a rash of vehicle burglaries of unlocked cars in different areas of Calcasieu Parish,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.   “We are investigating over 40 vehicle burglaries that have taken place over the last 7 days.  I am urging you to remember to lock your vehicles.  It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target.  "


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 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 November 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

2.      Amend the 2017-2018 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

3.      Adopt the proposed 2018-2019 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 5, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked vehicles in the area of Garland Drive and Leon Drive in Lake Charles. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the area which showed several individuals checking vehicles in the parking lot to see if they are unlocked.  Detectives also observed an older 4 door car, dark in color, that they believe may be involved in the burglaries.  The suspects stole a gun, as well as, several credit cards, phones, I-pads, and an undetermined amount of money from inside the vehicles. 

        

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 10:00 p.m. on W. Dave Dugas Rd. near Frey Rd. in Sulphur.

 

Based on witness statements and evidence found at the scene, it was learned that the driver of a white Dodge pick-up truck struck a man riding an electric skateboard in the road then left the scene. It is missing the driver’s side mirror and may have damage to the front left quarter panel and windshield area. 

 

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this hit and run accident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

In December 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Detective along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call at a home on Burton Street in Sulphur in reference to a deceased dog and an emaciated dog at the residence.

 

Upon arrival, the detective observed the dogs to appear as though they not been fed in a decent amount of time and they also appeared to have been eating plastic.  Both the living and the deceased dog were seized by the investigator.  After the dogs were examined by a licensed veterinarian it was learned the deceased dog showed no signs of food in its digestive tract, but they did find what appeared to be pieces of plastic in the tract.  Both dogs were also found to be infested with heartworms.  The veterinarian advised the detective that both dogs suffered from starvation. 

 

During the investigation the detective learned after the dogs’ owner passed away, they were in the care of Aquanillia R. Sibley, 27, 3226 Burton Street, Sulphur.  Sibley agreed to meet with the detective for interview, but failed to do so.  After further investigation the detective learned one witness offered to take the dogs and care for them  but Sibley refused.  Another witness stated he fed the dogs for approximately one week after the dogs’ original owner died until Sibley told him not to come back.      

    

In May 2017 the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and they accepted charges.  On May 26 a warrant was issued for Sibley’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for the charges of simple animal cruelty; and aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

On June 6, 2018, Sibley was arrested on the warrant by the Lake Charles Police Department and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She was released later that evening.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Common Street and Tallow Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with one of the passengers, Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 36, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he had been living at a home for approximately 4 months and had not registered the address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address and expiring in 2017. 

 

Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  

 

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2012 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 3 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the area of Carlyss Drive and Mona Street in Sulphur. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck flipped upside down resting partially in the ditch and the roadway.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Dustin D. Williams, 35, 5264 Rock Drive, Sulphur, they could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.  They also observed him to have slurred speech.  When the deputy questioned Williams he stated he drank approximately 6 to 7 beers. 

 

After Williams performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Williams, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Joshua Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 1 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a truck near the intersection of Ruth Street and Cypress Street in Sulphur. 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Wesley P. Vincent, 53, 426 Juniper Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and running a red light.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000. 

               

Vincent was convicted of indecency with child contact in Texas in 1999. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sgt. Mark Rosteet was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald James O. Ellis, Jr., 27, 1349 John Belle Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriately touched an 11 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened the previous night while she was staying at a family member’s home. 

 

When detectives spoke with Ellis he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN 7 HIT & RUNS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on May 18, 2018 at Cowboy’s Night Club located at 5329 Common St. in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Lincoln Navigator damaged 7 vehicles.  The Navigator has been identified as a 2003 Maroon vehicle with tan ground effects and side steps.  The vehicle is also equipped with a luggage rack and dark tinted windows.   The Navigator was occupied by 2 females and is believed to be in the Lake Charles area with possible ties to the Houston, TX area. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the vehicle in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 25, 2018, around 7:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Leon Drive in reference to a male attempting to sexually assault an elderly female as she was standing outside of her residence.  The victim was able to scream for help and the suspect ran away.

 

It was learned Lake Charles Police Department was handling a similar incident not far from this location. A coordinated effort between Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lake Charles Police Department, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, led to Richard Wayne Barras of 2537 North Flounder Drive in Lake Charles being identified as the suspect.

 

Barras was arrested and booked on one count of Attempted 1st Degree Rape. He remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $900,000 bond set by Judge Mike Canaday.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 2 COUNTS INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On May 15 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 54, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, possibly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website. 

 

After detectives completed their investigation it was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, and on May 24 Gaharan was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day the CPSO detectives located Gaharan at his home, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Thomas Quirk set his bond at $130,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Carver Street in reference to a suspicious person. 

 

Once on scene deputies made contact with Jerald J. Ardoin, 40, Lake Charles, a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 1999 in Calcasieu Parish, as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2004 and 2010.  When deputies spoke with Ardoin he stated he had been living at a home on Carver Street, which had not been registered with law enforcement.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address.  Ardoin also stated to deputies he was in possession of synthetic marijuana, which deputies then located in his pocket. 

 

Ardoin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  Ardoin also has a probation detainer that was issued in Alexandria. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was investigating a traffic accident on Big Woods Edgerly Road in Vinton.  Deputies spoke with one of the drivers, Lucas F. Stewart, 55, 5081 Gibson Loop, Starks, a registered sex offender who was convicted of 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Deputies learned Stewart was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Joshua Bruns was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

On May 17 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Sulphur Avenue in Westlake. Deputies observed the truck stopped in the lane of travel and proceeded to check on the driver, Ryan L. Navarre, 35, 6269 Chaisson Road, Lake Charles, at which time he drove off and proceeded to cross the centerline several times and run off the road.

 

When deputies spoke with Navarre they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. They also observed him to have slurred speech and unsteady balance. When the deputy questioned Navarre he stated he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.

 

After Navarre performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 


Navarre, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation. He was released the next day on a $16,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy 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 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes 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, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 18 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy made contact with Donovan Christian Lawrence, 26, Lake Charles, at convenience store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles and arrested him for trespassing.  While searching Lawrence's property the deputy located synthetic marijuana.  While the deputy was speaking with Lawrence, he began to physically resist the deputy's verbal commands and ran from the deputy.  After a brief foot chase, a struggle ensued and Lawrence gained control of the deputy after committing a battery on the deputy. 

 

The deputy attempted to gain control of Lawrence and was forced to draw his Taser.  The deputy deployed his Taser; however, Lawrence continued to physically resist and disarmed the deputy of his Taser.  At this point, the deputy physically separated himself from Lawrence and ordered him to drop the Taser.  Lawrence charged at the deputy with the Taser actively cycling, forcing the deputy to pull his duty weapon and fire a round at Lawrence.  The shot did not strike Lawrence and he continued to fight the deputy.  Lawrence was able to gain control of the firearm by biting the deputy, at which time he was able to disarm the deputy of his duty weapon.  He pointed the firearm at the deputy while threatening to kill him if he came any closer.  Lawrence again ran from the deputy while still armed with the CPSO duty weapon, as the deputy attempted to recover from the battery.  Throughout the incident, the deputy continued verbal commands. 

 

Lawrence was located by additional responding deputies and was observed attempting to dispose of the firearm.  He was taken into custody by the deputies.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of disarming a police officer; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction of justice; possession of synthetic marijuana; trespassing; battery of a police officer; injury requiring medical attention; resisting an officer; and attempted 1st degree murder.  His bond was set at $240,000.

 

The deputy was treated and released at a local hospital for his injuries.        

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the public of a phone scam that is currently going around in our area.  The scammer identifies themselves as a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and tells the person they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest.  The scammer then tells the person they need to meet in person to clear up the warrant then asks the person for their address. 

 

“This is a scam!” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Do not give personal information to any caller you do not know, never give them your financial information or send them money and never meet them anywhere.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office would never call you about jury duty.  THIS IS A SCAM!”

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 Thursday, May 17. 

 

Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 in their respective divisions:

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Bryan Guth was also chosen as “2017 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Tonya Thibodeaux was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sgt. Casey Lafargue.  Lt. Rusty Broussard, Gennie Paris and Kayla Vincent were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”


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 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN & WOMAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home in reference to suspicious circumstances. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a recently-deceased family member’s credit card had been used.

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used several times between the night of April 25th and the early morning hours of April 26th. Detectives obtained video footage from some of the stores showing a man and women using the card.

 

If anyone can identify the suspects seen in these photographs or recognize the truck being driven by the suspects please contact CPSO lead Detective Lt. James Leubner at 431-1352.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Sunday, May 6 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Casino located at 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Hyundai Veloster hit a light pole and knocked it to the ground near the traffic circle.  The Veloster is described as a late 2 door model that is equipped with a sunroof and is white or silver in color.  The car will have damage to the front grill as well as a detached front bumper on the driver’s side.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the car in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-55173.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Mack Road in Vinton regarding a burglary.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who advised that he returned home and discovered his security cameras had been smashed and he was missing a PlayStation 4, along with several games from inside his residence.

 

 During the investigation, detectives were able to retrieve video footage from the smashed cameras which identified the suspect responsible as Joshua J. Richard, 2119 Mack Road, Vinton, who was a neighbor of the victim.  

 

A short time later detectives made contact with Richard at his home, and were able to positively identify him as the suspect seen in the surveillance video.  Richard attempted to resist detectives, but was detained and arrested at which time detectives located drug paraphernalia on his person.  When speaking with detectives he admitted to breaking into the home and stealing the PlayStation 4 and games.  The stolen items were later located at Richard’s home and returned to the victim.   

 

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft under $1,000; illegal possession of stolen property; resisting arrest with force; criminal property damage; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $11,500.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 119th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 119th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 44 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 44 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Courtney Bertin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 119th Basic Academy.

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

 

Samuel Bailey, Jr., Courtney Spikes – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Austin, Bryce Badon, Minnie Bergeron, Courtney Bertin, Joshua Bertrand, Myra Brown, Kristin Clark, Crystal Duhon, Brandon Fontenot, Bradley Grant, Cornell Guidry, Maria Del Carmen Hebert, Robert Henriksen, Xavier King, Remy Miller, Carly Perkins, Devon Pesson, Crystal Stains, Hunter Stidham, Joshua VanAernam, Ethan Walls  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, Sam Clouse, Julia Courville, Phillip Gardiner, Emberly LeDoux – Lake Charles Police Department

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

Joycelyn Jackson, Lorrie Johnson, Jerron Willis – Oakdale Police Department

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

On May 1 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VICE detective responded to a local physician’s office in reference to a fraudulent prescription that was called in to a local pharmacy. 

 

During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance from the pharmacy.  After viewing the footage the detective learned on April 30 the suspect seen in the photograph attempted to pick up the prescription.  The suspect was then seen leaving in a dark colored car.

 

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph contact CPSO lead Detective Jill Feverjean at 936-1778.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 23 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a local casino in reference to a theft from an unlocked vehicle.  During the investigation detectives learned three unknown men stole two speakers as well as the faceplate off the radio from inside of the car.  The suspects were seen on surveillance footage entering the car. 

 

The suspects were also seen leaving the casino in a white Mercury Grand Marquise.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 119th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Monday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton 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 DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, April 28 around 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a disturbance at a home.  When deputies arrived they learned Deputy Tim Vezinat, 39, Lake Charles, and his pregnant wife got into a verbal altercation.  The altercation turned physical when Vezinat pulled her out of the bed of the truck and struck her several times on the head, body and arm.

           

After further investigation deputies viewed video surveillance from the home which confirmed the victim’s account of the incident.

           

Vezinat was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1 count of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment; and 1 count of domestic abuse battery of a pregnant victim.

           

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $10,000.

           

Vezinat was a supervisor in the maintenance department for 17 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday.

           

“I have reviewed the entire surveillance video and I am appalled that any man, particularly an employee of this office, would physically harm a woman, much less his pregnant wife,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Thankfully this one person does not represent the character and integrity of the men and women of this department.”

           

CPSO Barrett Savoie is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Sharon Clarke is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on River Bend Lane in Sulphur in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised by a resident of the home that a family member, William K. Foy, 23, Sulphur, had shown up at the residence intoxicated.  She stated Foy began to argue with her and attempted to take her phone out of her hands when he thought she was calling the police.  The women stated she refused to give up her phone and Foy slapped and punched her, causing her to fall to the ground, at which time he kicked her multiple times.  She then told detectives another family member entered the residence after he could hear her screaming for help.  She stated at that time Foy armed himself with a knife and a fork and swung the knife at the man, causing a laceration to his face.  Foy also stabbed the man again in the back with the fork and attempted to stab him several more times with the knife.  The man also advised detectives Foy bit him several times.  The women was able to call 911, but Foy fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Detectives attempted to locate Foy but were unsuccessful. 

 

Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $55,000 for his arrest.  Foy is charged with aggravated battery; and simple battery.  Detectives are currently searching for Foy and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company. 

 

Upon arrival, detectives spoke with management who stated they had already spoken to the employee, Sakortlyn B. Winbush, 21, 2219 Greenlawn Street, Lake Charles, and she had written a confession of stealing the money.  When detectives spoke with Winbush she stated while working at the service desk she used a manager’s code to override the computer system and print duplicate copies of money orders.  She advised detectives she would cash the money orders herself or have her family and friends cash the money orders and give her the money.  Detectives learned from January until April of this year Winbush stole over $34,000 by using duplicate money orders. 

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on April 26 on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby boy was brought in with a brain bleed.  Detectives were advised by several doctors that their examinations and tests concluded the injuries the child sustained were non-accidental. 

 

On April 27, after further investigation, detectives spoke with the baby's mother's boyfriend, McKeithan D. Frank, 21, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old prior to him being brought to ER.  Frank admitted to detectives that he struck the child’s head against the kitchen bar.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

               

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town, where he underwent emergency surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.  After several complaints detectives have learned Michael L. Derrick, 49, Westlake, LA, is attempting to scam local businesses by saying he is selling a local restaurant’s sandwiches for a fundraiser.  Derrick is possibly using fake names and claiming the money is for his family members who need surgery or are sick.  Derrick is telling the victims that they need to pay for the sandwiches upfront and he will deliver them at a later time.  THIS IS A SCAM! 

 

Derrick has been seen driving a 2012 Nissan SUV, gray in color.   If anyone believes they may have been victimized by Derrick or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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, May 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.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A SUV THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Monday, April 9 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a maroon Nissan Armada hit a truck in the parking lot and drove off.  The driver of the Armada is described as an older female with long hair wearing glasses, and walks with a slight limp.

 

The Nissan Armada should have minor to moderate damage on the left front bumper of the SUV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the SUV or lady in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-43566.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday March 14 in the early afternoon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a dark colored 4 door Toyota Tacoma Sport backed into a SUV in the parking lot and drove off.  The Toyota Tacoma should have minor to moderate damage on the left rear corner of the truck.   

         

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Tacoma in this photo or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-033909.

 

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 20 and end April 26 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 conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

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 27% 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 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% 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.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On April 8 at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car traveling on 4th Avenue in Lake Charles after he witnessed it driving erratically down East Broad Street onto 4th Avenue, almost causing a collision.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dale P. Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as well as slurred speech.  Williams advised the deputy he had been drinking at the home in Lake Charles where he is currently living and left to go to the store.  The deputy also learned Williams was driving under suspension for 3 previous DWIs in the last 10 years.

   

Williams refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and reckless operation. 

 

Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $16,500.   

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

In the beginning of March Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives responded to several complaints in reference to victims having their credit card information stolen. 

        

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects possibly obtained the credit card information from a skimmer that may have been placed at a gas pump in the Lake Charles area.  Detectives attempted to located the skimmer, but where unsuccessful.  It was also learned the suspects used the stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards to a grocery store at numerous locations in the Louisiana and Texas areas, totaling over $3,000.  After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspects leaving the store.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding these thefts or can identify the suspects or Toyota Corolla seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives John Coffman or Austin Peloquin at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 30 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was approaching an SUV traveling eastbound on Ravia Road in Sulphur, at which time the SUV suspiciously braked to a slow rate of speed and immediately turned into a private drive.  The SUV was in the driveway for approximately one minute and then backed out and continued eastbound on Ravia Road, at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. 

When the deputy attempted to speak with the driver, the passenger, John H. Adams IV, 29, Youngstown, FL, attempted to answer all the questions directed at the driver.  The deputy instructed Adams to exit the vehicle and while speaking with him he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person, as well as, blood shot eyes.  When the deputy went to speak with the driver again it was learned they pulled into the driveway so Adams could switch from driving the SUV to the passenger seat because he had been drinking.  She also advised the deputy there was an open container of liquor and beer inside the SUV.      

 

After Adams, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and operating a vehicle while under suspension.  He was released on April 2 on a $12,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a convenience store on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  During the investigation detectives learned an unknown man stole an Iphone 5 from inside an unlocked car in the parking lot of the convenience store.  The suspect was seen on surveillance as a passenger in a white GMC Envoy. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in this photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts. 

       

During the investigation detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Ben White at 491-7962 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 6:20 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a SUV near Park Street and North Crocker Street in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Demarcus D. Mitchell, 39, 773 Henry Street, Sulphur, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. 

After Mitchell, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison inmate Ashley J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72 hour court.  While she and a deputy were standing outside of the door at the intake area of the CCC waiting to go into the building, Grundmann, whose hands and feet were shackled, escaped custody of the CPSO deputy and was able to release one of her hands from the shackles.  She ran from the deputy and got into a car, from another law enforcement agency that was left running outside the CCC intake area.  Grundmann fled in the car and led deputies on a pursuit from Highway 171 in Lake Charles into Beauregard Parish, where she eventually stopped the car and was taken into custody at approximately 8:00 a.m.      

           

Grundmann has been incarcerated since March 15 when CPSO deputies arrested her for 4 counts of possession of a legend drug; and possession of CDS IV.  She will now be charged with simple escape; theft of a motor vehicle; and aggravated flight from an officer.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by the owner of a local restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a former employee, Michael J. Darjean, 37, 502 E. Oak Lane, Lake Charles, attempting to exchange $100 counterfeit bill for U.S. currency.   He was detained by deputies as he was leaving the property and was found to be in possession of U.S. currency from the transaction, as well as, a $100 counterfeit bill. 

 

Darjean was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse.  He was released on March 15 on a $2,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Jacob P. Perry, 26, 407 Sid Lane, Moss Bluff, using counterfeit money for a purchase.  During the investigation it was discovered Perry made arrangements to meet the victim to buy a cell phone and exchanged a counterfeit $100 bill, labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender,” for the phone.  The victim was able to meet with Perry and obtain her phone back.     

           

On March 9 CPSO detectives received two more complaints on Perry in reference to identity theft and theft. 

 

During these investigations detectives learned Perry stole a family member’s cell phone, worth approximately $800, and used her personal information on PayPal to order more counterfeit money, also labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender.”  The victim learned of the order through a confirmation email and was able to stop the transaction before the payment processed.  It was also discovered another victim had their personal information stored on the stolen phone through Amazon.  Perry used the victim’s Amazon account and ordered $360 worth of gift cards at various locations.  The victim learned of the transactions and was able to cancel some of them.

 

After further investigation detectives obtained warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Perry’s arrest.  On March 15 he was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of identity theft.  His bond is set at $45,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Shellie Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a violation of a protective order.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed by the complainant that Lawrence Q. Malveaux, 32, 1009 17th Street, Lake Charles, who she has a current active protective order against, forced his way inside her residence and then fled the scene.

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives her, as well as, another man inside the home heard something at the front door at which time they cracked the door open to see if someone was outside.  She stated when the man cracked the door open, Malveaux, who was outside, pushed the door and forced his way inside the house and started hitting the man.  She then told detectives there was a short struggle inside the home between Malveaux and the other victim but then they went outside and Malveaux fled on foot behind the residence.

 

Deputies were able to locate Malveaux nearby and he was arrested and transported to a local hospital to be treated for an injury he sustained during the home invasion.  He was treated and released, at which time he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; violation of a protective order; and simple battery.  He was released on February 27 on a $9,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

On December 17 the two individuals seen in  these photographs entered a grocery store on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the suspects tole approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $1,800.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

During the morning hours of October 30 the two men seen in these photos gained access to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the two men stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.  They were seen leaving the business in the gold SUV seen in  this photograph.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

Sometime between October 28th and 30th an unknown individual entered a lay down yard near Falco Road and Gros Road in Sulphur.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift to move sections of drill pipe and dump them into the Sabine River.  The suspect also broke the rear axle of the forklift.  Over $15,000 worth of damage was incurred during the incident.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

On Wednesday January 24th around 11:30 p.m. an unknown individual fired a large caliber weapon at a home in the 2400 block of Red Davis McCollister Road in Lake Charles.

 

Several projectiles from the weapon struck the home causing over $1,000 worth of damage to the residence.  

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

Today, March 18, at approximately 4:00 a.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a mobile home park located at 1600 W. 4th Street in DeQuincy, LA in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jason Hutson, 36, Buffalo, KS, on the ground unconscious and bleeding from the head.  He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

           

Through the investigation, detectives learned Hutson was involved in a physical altercation with Andrew J, Tiner, 30, Lake Jackson, TX, who also lived in the park.  After the altercation, Hutson returned to his residence and exited with at least one firearm, an AR-15.   Moments later witnesses heard gunshots in the park.  Tiner then returned to his residence and also retrieved a firearm. He then shot Hutson from outside of his mobile home. The investigation revealed after Hutson fell to the ground, Tiner approached him, removed the rifle from him, and struck him with the butt of the rifle in the head.       Hutson was later pronounced dead at the hospital after undergoing extensive treatment.

           

Tiner was arrested on scene and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for aggravated second degree battery. Timer’s bond has not yet been set. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on East Burton Street near Evans Road in Sulphur in reference to a pedestrian being hit by a car.

 

It appears a 12 year old girl was crossing the street to board a school bus when a car traveling eastbound on Burton Street struck her. She was airlifted to a hospital out of town, where she is listed in critical condition. In accordance with Louisiana state law standard toxicology testing will be performed; however, impairment is not suspected at this time.

 

The accident is still under investigation. CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator of this accident.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECOVERS BODY OF MISSING CAMERON MAN

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the Choupique Bayou Bridge on Ellis Moss Rd. in Calcasieu Parish in reference to a body being found several feet off of the roadway.  The body has been identified as a man who has been reported missing since March 8, Kasey Welch, 44, of Cameron Parish.  No foul play is expected, however, the investigation is continuing.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS C.P.A.S. STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at the Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site (C.P.A.S).

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boy threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot up the school.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detectives Sharon Clarke and Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators in the case.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Howard W. Smith, IV, 21, 4320 Auburn Street, Apt. #1, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Smith, as well as, another man at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located 1,387 grams of concentrated THC wax, 8.5 pounds of high grade marijuana, various items of drug paraphernalia such as smoking devices and scales, a small caliber semi-automatic handgun, and $6,045.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is over $46,000.   

           

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The other man found at the home was released on a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.      

           

Smith was released on March 12 on a $8,500 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 8 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local apartment complex on W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles regarding a theft. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured a man on video surveillance, later identified as Bradley D. Spell, 31, Florida, enter the laundromat area and use a tool to break the lock on the washing machine and steal the change.

 

Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched again to the same apartment complex in reference to Spell returning and attempting to steal more change from the machines. He fled prior to deputies’ arrival but the complainant was able to give a description of Spell. A short time later he was located nearby at a business on Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Spell was detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning where he admitted to burglarizing and stealing money from the washing machines at the apartment complex on several occasions. During questioning it was also learned Spell was in possession of the tools he used to break into the machines, as well as, some stolen change. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; and possession of stolen property. Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $11,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case. CPSO Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk-in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies he believed one of his employees, Brandon C. Haywood, 27, 1849 Leo Breaux Road, Vinton, stole his debit card from his vehicle earlier the same day.  The victim also advised deputies there was two withdrawals from separate ATMs, totaling $720 from his account. 

           

After further investigation, detectives observed Haywood on video surveillance making the withdrawals from one of the ATMs.  Haywood was located at his residence, where he admitted to deputies he stole the debit card and made the withdrawals.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft under $1,000.  Haywood was released on March 12 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

           

Detectives were able to recover $627 of the stolen money from Haywood.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 9 at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car near Highway 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 39, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed a half empty bottle of alcohol in plain view on the passenger seat.  The deputy then learned Handy had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI. 

 

After Handy, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last 10 years, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Handy’s bond at $10,750 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 26 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Jacqueline D. Peet, 32, 472 Sharon Lane, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy. 

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he confirmed that between June and July, on approximately 25 separate incidents he and Peet had sexual intercourse.  The victim also advised detectives there were several nude photographs exchanged between him and Peet on Snapchat.

 

On August 9, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Peet’s arrest.  She was located the next day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  She was later released on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being she can have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family without court approval or for 730 days after release from jail; she can have no unsupervised contact with any minor children or contact with known drug users or convicted felons; no criminal activity; and she must be subject to random drug screens at the discretion of the court.

           

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an truck on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.    

 

 When deputies spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 40, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  During further investigation Handy advised deputies he has a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and is supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, which he did not have.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking.  During a search of the vehicle deputies located 2 bottles of vodka inside the truck.   

 

Handy was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Handy also refused.  After deputies learned Handy had 3 previous DWI arrests in the past 10 years they obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; ignition interlock device offenses; failure to signal; and operating unlawfully with a hardship license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $110,250 with special conditions being he cannot drive without permission from the courts, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Deputy David Armstrong was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, 1740 6th Avenue, Lot # 17, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017. 

 

After further investigation Laird was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On August 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a man who was refusing to leave the property.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck, matching the description given to deputies of the suspect’s truck, leaving the property.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and spoke with the driver, Ruben Moralez, 33, Alamo, Texas.  While speaking with Moralez they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Moralez stated to deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.   

 

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

 

Moralez, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $26,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

 

CPSO Cpl. Cody Grimes was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 7 year old child and an 18 month old baby left unattended inside a car in a parking lot of a local casino in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with casino security personnel who stated they observed the children inside the car with the air conditioner running.  Casino security located the children’s mother, Brooke R. Evetts, 38, Trinity, Texas, inside the casino and escorted her to the car.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the children were left alone in the car for approximately 40 minutes. 

 

Evetts was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion.  Her bond is still pending.

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Brian Batchelor is the arresting deputy and Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash.   Upon arrival deputies observed a truck in the ditch on the west side of the roadway.    

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Nolberto A. Dehoyos, 23, Del Rio, Texas, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  While speaking with deputies Dehoyos stated he drank approximately 5 or 6 alcoholic beverages, and deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside his truck.  Dehoyos refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.      

 

Dehoyos, who has two prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd ; improper lane use; and open container.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $28,000 with a special condition being he cannot drive without an ignition interlock device. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On August 5 at approximately 7:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of N. General Wainwright and General Arnold in Lake Charles when he observed a car stopped in the middle of the intersection.

 

The deputy approached the car and observed the engine was still running and the driver, Gerald D. Carrier, 41, 815 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, was sleeping with his foot on the brake.  When the deputy spoke with Carrier outside of his car, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with slurred speech and unsteady balance.    

  

Carrier failed to complete standard field sobriety testing and was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Carrier, who has five prior DWI arrests from 2012-2014, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and obstruction of public passage.  His bond is still pending. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ACCESS CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detective received a report in reference to an unauthorized use of an access card.  During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance showing an unknown man using the card, the previous day at a gas station on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  Detectives also learned the same man attempted to use the card again at a grocery store on North Cities Service Highway but was unsuccessful. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives Shelli Fontenot at (337) 494-4537.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a rape.

 

When detectives spoke with the victim she stated an acquaintance, John Ledoux, 60, 861 Goos Ferry Road, Lake Charles, held her against her will and raped her the previous day.  During further investigation it was learned her injuries, as well as, evidence at the crime scene corroborated what she told detectives.    

 

Detectives located Ledoux later the same day and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and false imprisonment.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $700,000.   

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of 544 law enforcement trauma kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $37,027.00. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 22, 2018 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research (337) 491-3716.

CPSO PROCURES HIGH WATER VEHICLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has recently procured six high water vehicles that will be used for search and rescue, as well as, personnel deployment during emergency flooding incidents. 

           

“This is a substantial investment for our department but we feel it is a necessary investment because of all the flooding incidents we have been experiencing the last several years,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “In the past we have bought used military surplus vehicles but they were difficult to maintain and very unreliable in an emergency situation.  If we learned anything from Hurricane Rita, it was that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office needs to be self-reliant and our equipment must be functional in an emergency.  We cannot afford to wait for assistance from the federal government.”

           

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and will be positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on July 13 at approximately 8:30 p.m. an unknown individual removed an air compressor from the property.  It is believed they gained access into the business’ fenced yard by cutting the lock.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Eddie Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS LAFAYETTE MAN FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 19 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call at a local motel on Broad Street in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.  When deputies arrived they made contact with the motel owner who stated a man entered the business, walked into the kitchen and then approached the check-in counter.  The man then reached over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash out the register drawer.  The complainant stated as he was walking in the door the suspect exited the motel and fled the scene on foot. 

           

After further investigation detectives arrived on scene and spoke with several witnesses who stated the suspect was possibly still in the area.  A CPSO K-9 arrived on scene and was able to locate the suspect, identified as Blason J. Pellerin, 41, Lafayette, LA, in a wooded area a short distance from the hotel.    

           

Pellerin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple robbery; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $12,500.

           

CPSO Detective Chad Collins is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER TEACHER FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles–

 

On May 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 55, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, for 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice after an investigation revealed he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website.  After this arrest Gaharan was no longer employed with the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

 

After Gaharan’s arrest detectives executed a search warrant on his residence and seized multiple computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  The seized items were sent to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensic Unit for examination and upon completion of the search of the items detectives found pornographic images of young females that had been downloaded on a device from the internet. 

               

On July 25 detectives obtained a warrant for Gaharan’s arrest in the amount of $750,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday.  The next day Gaharan was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of pornography involving juveniles. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area near OD Johnson Park in Lake Charles when they observed a suspicious car parked down the gravel maintenance road.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Earl C. Butler, 52, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in possession of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia.  After further talking to Butler he advised deputies he moved to Lake Charles from Patterson, LA, approximately 3 weeks ago and had not notified local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, which is also a violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Butler was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During the book-in process deputies located an additional crack rock in Butler’s pocket.  Butler is charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $9,000.  

               

Butler was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in St. Mary Parish. 

 

CPSO Deputy Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Shortridge, 40, was terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, after it was learned he was facing charges of rape in Beauregard Parish.  After his termination he was immediately transported to the Beauregard Parish Jail, where he was booked in. 

 

Prior to being terminated Shortridge worked as a detective at the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center and had been with the department for approximately 19 years.

           

“I am not only sorry for the victim, I am embarrassed for our profession. Our department has many dedicated men and women who take their oath seriously and the actions of one deputy gives them all a black eye,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard and criminal activity will not be tolerated in our department.” 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on May 23 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business by entering the back gate of the property and prying the door open with a crowbar.  Once inside surveillance showed the man picking up a portable battery charger and exiting the building. 

 

On May 25 CPSO deputies responded to the same business again in reference to a burglary and theft.  Once detectives reviewed the video surveillance they witnessed the same man return to the business on May 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m.  He again entered the back gate and used a screw driver to pry open the door.  Once inside he stole a rolling battery charger and a portable air compressor.      

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs or video contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARREST MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles.  CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  On July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for 2nd degree murder for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, Jr., 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond. 

           

On July 15, detectives learned Washington was possibly in a Toyota Tacoma that was traveling along I-210 in Lake Charles.  Detectives along with CPSO patrol deputies located the truck at approximately 10:15 p.m. on I-210 near the Enterprise Boulevard on-ramp.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and located Washington in the passenger’s seat of the truck.  After detectives spoke with the driver, Tarek K. Sonnier, 21, Crowley, they served a search warrant on the truck and located 3 bottles of Codeine. 

 

Washington and Sonnier were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Washington is charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  He has an active warrant out of Jeff Davis Parish for distribution also or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation. 

 

Sonnier is charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 3:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at a grocery store in Sulphur in reference to an obscenity complaint.  Deputies were advised by the victim that while she was loading her groceries in her car she saw a man sitting in his car next to her.  She then told deputies the man laid his seat back, pulled off his shorts and began to masturbate.  The victim was able to take a picture of the car along with the license plate before the man fled the scene.     

 

Deputies were able to locate the car traveling near the intersection of Highway 171 and Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.  Deputies conducted a stop on the car and spoke with the driver, Samuel C. Blackmon, 48, DeRidder, who was only wearing his underwear.  After detectives spoke with Blackmon he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $7,500.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy and Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On July 15 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and detectives believe he possibly fled the area on foot.

 

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 Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

Today, July 7, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Jermaine “Dutt” Washington, 22, Welsh, with a $1,000,000 bond.  Washington is being charged with 2nd degree murder for the murder of Colston.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Washington is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605. (or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous). Anyone withholding information regarding the whereabouts of Washington or assists Washington in evading arrest will be arrested and charged.

 

Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office also has active warrants for Washington for an incident that occurred on June 30.  Washington is wanted for distribution or possession with intent of schedule CDS II; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance; flight from an officer; possession of CDS I; possession of CDS IV; and careless operation.

 

Washington should be considered armed and dangerous.  He is known to frequent the Lake Charles and Iowa area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night, July 3, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Sulphur where a 15 year old boy, who had been brutally abused, had managed to escape to.

CPSO detectives learned the boy’s father, Thomas D. Wininger, 40, originally from Sylvester, Georgia, would punish the boy by handcuffing, hog tying and placing shock collars which caused burn marks on his ankles, sometimes for up to 12 hours a day.  The boy had facial injuries and belt marks across his back inflicted by Wininger.

 

Wininger and his girlfriend, Desirae Tomcanin, 34, originally from Pennsylvania, and the boy traveled from state to state for Wininger to work.  The boy was not in school and has not been for some time.

           

Both Wininger and Tomcanin were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and false imprisonment.

           

The boy was able to escape through the woods to a house after being uncuffed to allow a bathroom break.  The resident of the house notified law enforcement.

           

Bond has not yet been set.

           

The boy has been placed in state’s custody.

           

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

This morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 90 and Jones Rd. in Lake Charles after receiving a call from LA State Police.  The car was headed was westbound.  When troopers arrived on the scene they observed people attempting to render aid to the driver of the car, Dorian Colston, 21, Lake Charles. 

 

CPSO detectives determined Colston had been shot several times.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  It is believed that Colston was shot while he was in his car and drove a short distance before crashing his car into a tree.

 

Colston was driving a red 2000 4-door Buick Regal Sedan.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in solving this homicide.  If anyone has any information, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  Anyone withholding information regarding this homicide may face charges.

           

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

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO BEAUMONT PD

Lake Charles -

 

Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, turned himself in to the Beaumont Police Department around 3:30 this afternoon.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Williams on June 30 for 2nd degree murder in the case of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, who was found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 26.  His bond is $1,000,000.

 

Ronald G. McLain, 57, Beaumont, who is also charged in the murder of Mr. Deville, as well as, 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle, is currently in jail in Aransas Pass, TX, where law enforcement arrested him for a home burglary on Friday, June 29.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO plans to start the extradition process to bring McLain and Williams back to Calcasieu Parish to face their charges.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on June 1 the victim left his debit card at a gas station in Lake Charles.  It was learned an unknown man took the debit card and made a fraudulent withdraw of approximately $400.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding identity of the suspect is asked to call

CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an SUV near the intersection of Pujol Road and Lebleu Cemetery Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, David M. Holt, 34, 3251 Burson Road, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance. 

 

After Holt performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  After the deputy learned Holt had a suspended driver’s license due to a prior DWI, he obtained a warrant to have Holt’s blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Holt, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; and driving under suspension.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $8,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jeremy Wolford was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred sixty-seven (267) vehicles were checked; twelve (12) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for open container; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for expired tag.

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Timothy D. Perkins, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and failure to ID

Jeremiah M. Spell, 32, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; possession of CDS I; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Gloria A. Guidry, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Larry A. Jackson, 48, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI

Lauren P. Myers, 22, DeRidder, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Chance D. Cooper, 22, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

Tiffany B. Bumgarden, 37, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY & MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 30 at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

Detectives received several tips from the public and after further investigation they were able to identify the suspect as Korryon D. Carter, 32, 1110 N. Cherry Street, Lake Charles.  Detectives located discarded evidence at the scene that connected Carter to the robbery and were also able to confirm Carter was the registered owner of the car used during the robbery. 

 

On July 1 CPSO deputies located Carter’s car at an apartment complex on 5th Avenue and were then able to locate Carter inside the residence.  While inside the residence deputies located a stolen handgun, as well as, items used during the robbery.  Deputies also located a man, Braccarrie M. Reed, 22, New Orleans, LA, inside the residence and learned he was wanted for 2 counts of attempted second degree murder for a shooting that occurred on June 11 in New Orleans. 

 

Carter and Reed were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Carter is charged with armed robbery; illegal possession of stolen firearm; and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Reed is charged with resisting an officer by refusal to ID, illegal possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of marijuana 2nd offense; and introduction of contraband in penal institutions.  Carter’s bond is set at $115,000 and Reed’s bond is set at $20,000. 

  

Carter was out on supervised probation for 2010 charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug crime.   

               

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 28 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to a complaint of an intoxicated woman driving a car around the parking lot yelling at employees. 

When the deputies arrived they located the car and spoke with the driver, Christi K. Covington, 58, Montgomery, Texas, and observed her to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.  While speaking with Covington she advised deputies she had just taken medication. 

 

A deputy attempted to perform field sobriety testing at the scene but Covington was unable to complete the testing due to her impairment.  Covington was transported to a local hospital and the deputy obtained a warrant to have Covington’s blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Hospital personnel collected the blood sample.

 

Covington, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was transported and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd .  It was also learned Covington had an out of state detainer from Texas.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $7,500.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR BEAUMONT MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 29. 

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

While continuing their investigation, CPSO Violent Crimes detectives traveled throughout Texas and interviewed numerous individual and were able to identify Kenneth Dawayne “Fat Rat” Williams, 32, Beaumont, as another active participant in the murder of Mr. Deville. 

 

Today Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant for Williams for 2nd degree murder.  Judge Wyatt placed $1,000,000 bond on the warrant.  Calcasieu Parish Violent Crime Detectives have enlisted the assistance of Beaumont Police Department in locating Williams as it is believed he is in that area.

 

Williams and McClain enlisted the assistance of a juvenile in committing the offense.

 

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

BEAUMONT MAN WANTED FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS APPREHENDED IN TEXAS

Acting on recent and reliable information, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Violent Crime detectives began tracking Ronald G. McLain through southeast Texas.  McLain was wanted for the murder of John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, found deceased near his truck on the shoulder of I-10 westbound near Sulphur, LA in the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Beginning Tuesday, June 26, through various interviews, surveillance, and other investigative techniques, CPSO Violent Crime detectives were able to track McLain's movements from Westlake, Louisiana, to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was captured by local authorities around 6:00 p.m. yesterday. 

 

CPSO Violent Crime detectives traveled to Aransas Pass to meet with investigators in reference to McLain's apprehension.  McLain was arrested during the commission of a home burglary following an anonymous tip.

 

McLain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

In Calcasieu Parish, McLain is charged with 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Violent Crime Detectives enlisted the assistance of the following agencies to aid in the investigation and capture of McLain:

Vinton Police Department

Beaumont Police Department

Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

Houston Police Department

Texas Fusion Center

United States Marshal Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Harris Country District Attorney’s Office

Aransas Pass Police Department

Aransas County Sheriff's Office

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 5:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store employees who advised a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the store in a small, 4-door, dark in color car with fog lights in the front.

 

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black ball cap with a white bull head figure on it, sunglasses, black shirt and blue jeans.

 

If anyone can identify this man and/or knows of his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR BEAUMONT MAN IN DEATH OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 2:50 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck.

 

Deville was found to be missing his cell phone.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives tracked his phone and the results put it in a nearby neighborhood on Pete Seay Rd., near where Deville’s body was found.  That morning, two homes were burglarized and at the second home, a Jeep was stolen.  Two guns were also stolen during the burglaries.  Surveillance footage from the neighborhood showed a man, later identified as Ronald G. Mclain, 57, at the 2nd home and leaving in the Jeep.  A fingerprint recovered at the homes places Mclain at both burglaries. 

 

Further cell phone tracking, surveillance, and LPR hits lead investigators to Everyday Gas Station in Beaumont, TX.  Detectives travelled to the gas station in Beaumont and found Deville’s phone dumped in a trash can.  Upon reviewing surveillance video, Mclain can be seen dumping the phone and entering the store, still wearing the same clothing he was seen wearing during the commission of the two home burglaries earlier that morning.

 

While assisting in the homicide investigation, Beaumont Police Officers made contact with a Volkswagen Passat leaving an area under surveillance as a result of the tracking of Deville’s phone.  The car, later found to be stolen out of Jefferson County, was driven by a juvenile boy.  The boy provided information determined to be relevant to the homicide investigation.  He initially intentionally misidentified Mclain as Mclain’s nephew.  Detectives interviewed Mclain’s nephew and others located at residences in the area where Deville’s cell phone was tracked.  Witnesses confirmed Mclain drove the Passat to Louisiana casinos on Monday night. Witnesses further confirmed Mclain was observed driving the stolen Jeep, was in possession of Deville’s phone, and admitted to stealing both. 

 

A search of the area near the homicide and a search of the truck revealed shoe prints believed to be worn by Mclain during the commission of the crimes.  Detectives were also able to use surveillance video from a local casino to observe Deville’s truck leaving the property, followed a short time later by the Volkswagen Passat. 

Mclain is a convicted felon as he was previously convicted of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon in Nueces County, Texas when he was a teenager and was sentenced to fifty years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

 

A warrant is out for Mclain for 2nd degree murder; 2 counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle.  His bond has been set at $680,000.

 

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue 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 this Friday, June 29. 

               

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.

BODY OF LC MAN FOUND ON SHOULDER OF I-10 NEAR SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, Tuesday, June 26 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to I-10 westbound near the mile marker 20 after receiving a call from Louisiana State Police.   Upon arrival, deputies located John Michael Deville, 68, Lake Charles, deceased near his truck, a maroon Dodge Ram.

 

The initial investigation does indicate foul play. 

Deputies are asking if anyone observed Deville on the side of the interstate this morning, knows someone or saw someone with Deville, or provided a ride to a person hitchhiking or walking near I-10 or Highway 90 this morning, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

A dark green Jeep was stolen from a residence in the vicinity of the incident this morning.  It is believed to be stolen by a white male wearing a fluorescent orange or yellow shirt.  This may or may not be related; however, if someone has any information regarding this Jeep or this white male, please contact Lt. Beth McGee at 491-3605 immediately.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

Starting on June 5 CPSO deputies responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked cars in several different areas of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from some of the areas hit and witnessed several men walking around pulling on door handles.  After further investigation two of the men were identified as Treveen D. Carter, 18, 108 S. Storer Street, and David M. Deruso, Jr., 19, 801 S. Bowers Avenue, both of Iowa.

 

On June 20 CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team, and Iowa Police Department executed a search warrant at Carter’s residence.  They located Carter along with Deruso inside the home.  During the search detectives located two stolen guns along with numerous other items that had been reported stolen through CPSO and Iowa Police Department.  Detectives also located marijuana inside Carter’s closet, as well as marijuana on Deruso’s person.     

  

Carter and Deruso were arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  While detectives were speaking with them they learned Carter and Deruso were responsible for over 45 vehicle burglaries in the areas of Garland Drive, Leon Drive, Red Davis McCollister Road, and Lebleu Settlement in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

Carter and Deruso were booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 30 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm, 5 counts of criminal damage to property; 16 counts of theft under $1,000; and attempted burglary.  Carter was additionally charged with possession of marijuana with intent.  Deruso was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Carter’s bond at $1,960,500 and Deruso’s bond at $1,695,000.   

 

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

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, and Greg Nall are the lead investigators on these cases. 


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. today, an ambulance was called to the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison after an inmate, Blake A. Russell, 32, was found hanging in a mop closet.  He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

           

Russell had been incarcerated since July 2017 after being charged with the 2nd degree murder in the 2009 murder of Sierra Bouzigard.

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On June 19 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in the area of Georgia Avenue in Hayes where a witness saw several men running from a vehicle after the alarm went off.  The complainant was able to give deputies a description of the car as the suspects left the area.   

 

While enroute deputies observed a car matching the description of the suspects’ car travelling on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop near Highway 397, and witnessed the men inside the car appear to be attempting to conceal items.  When deputies approached the car they observed two handguns in plain view on the driver’s and passenger’s floorboard.  Deputies spoke with the driver, Steven T. Arceneaux, Jr., 22, 1715 Pear Street, Lake Charles, and asked him to exit the car at which time they conducted a safety pat down and located a handgun in his pocket.  After speaking with the passengers, Terrence O. Tramble, 22, 1105 S. Division Street, Lake Charles, and Marshall Smith, III, 33, 1602 8th Street, Lake Charles, deputies located 4 other handguns hidden throughout the car.  Deputies were also advised by one of the passengers that all guns inside the car were stolen earlier that night, as well as some speakers, that were located inside the car.

 

Arceneaux, Tramble, and Smith were arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to speak with CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives.  During their interviews they confirmed they entered several vehicles in the LeBleu Settlement and Bell City/Hayes areas earlier that night.

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Arceneaux is charged with 4 counts simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; theft of a firearm; and illegal carry of a weapon.  His bond is $48,000; two charges of simple burglary are still pending a bond.  Tramble is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is $112,500.  Smith is charged with 6 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  His bond is $437,500.  All three bonds were set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austen Wright is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO VCIU detective Ben White is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to upcoming renovations, effective Thursday, June 21, the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway.

           

The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

           

The drug drop box will not be available at the temporary location due to security concerns; however, the drug drop box located in the lobby of the CPSO Administration Building at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people to bring their medications for disposal free of charge.

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

***UPDATE: Whitten has been found***

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 47 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since the end of May.  Joel J. Whitten was last seen at his residence on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles.  He is described as a white male, 5’11”, 230 pounds, with shoulder length straight brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a Mardi Gras design, blue jeans, a black welder’s hat, and a black ring and cloth bracelet. 

 

Whitten is known to frequent gas stations and wooded homeless camps.  He also suffers from medical issues which require daily medication.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating Whitten.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO Detective Brandon Peresich at 491-3637.  

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

Today, June 18 around noon the Lake Charles City Police arrested Deputy Louis Boling at his home for domestic abuse battery.

           

Boling worked as correctional officer for 12 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

“I will not tolerate domestic physical violence committed by a deputy,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard.”

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 12, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Lebleu Settlement in Iowa.   

 

During the investigation detectives answered complaints at over 20 residences on Highway 3059, Mark LeBleu Road, North Ledoux Road, and Ira Breaux Road, all in Iowa.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners in the area which showed 3 men responsible for the burglaries. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detectives Finn Carlton or Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "We have been having a rash of vehicle burglaries of unlocked cars in different areas of Calcasieu Parish,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.   “We are investigating over 40 vehicle burglaries that have taken place over the last 7 days.  I am urging you to remember to lock your vehicles.  It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target.  "


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 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 November 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

2.      Amend the 2017-2018 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

3.      Adopt the proposed 2018-2019 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, June 5, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of mostly unlocked vehicles in the area of Garland Drive and Leon Drive in Lake Charles. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the area which showed several individuals checking vehicles in the parking lot to see if they are unlocked.  Detectives also observed an older 4 door car, dark in color, that they believe may be involved in the burglaries.  The suspects stole a gun, as well as, several credit cards, phones, I-pads, and an undetermined amount of money from inside the vehicles. 

        

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the burglaries or the identity of the suspects to contact the lead VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.  "It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  You don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 10:00 p.m. on W. Dave Dugas Rd. near Frey Rd. in Sulphur.

 

Based on witness statements and evidence found at the scene, it was learned that the driver of a white Dodge pick-up truck struck a man riding an electric skateboard in the road then left the scene. It is missing the driver’s side mirror and may have damage to the front left quarter panel and windshield area. 

 

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information about this hit and run accident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

In December 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Detective along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call at a home on Burton Street in Sulphur in reference to a deceased dog and an emaciated dog at the residence.

 

Upon arrival, the detective observed the dogs to appear as though they not been fed in a decent amount of time and they also appeared to have been eating plastic.  Both the living and the deceased dog were seized by the investigator.  After the dogs were examined by a licensed veterinarian it was learned the deceased dog showed no signs of food in its digestive tract, but they did find what appeared to be pieces of plastic in the tract.  Both dogs were also found to be infested with heartworms.  The veterinarian advised the detective that both dogs suffered from starvation. 

 

During the investigation the detective learned after the dogs’ owner passed away, they were in the care of Aquanillia R. Sibley, 27, 3226 Burton Street, Sulphur.  Sibley agreed to meet with the detective for interview, but failed to do so.  After further investigation the detective learned one witness offered to take the dogs and care for them  but Sibley refused.  Another witness stated he fed the dogs for approximately one week after the dogs’ original owner died until Sibley told him not to come back.      

    

In May 2017 the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and they accepted charges.  On May 26 a warrant was issued for Sibley’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for the charges of simple animal cruelty; and aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

On June 6, 2018, Sibley was arrested on the warrant by the Lake Charles Police Department and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She was released later that evening.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Common Street and Tallow Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with one of the passengers, Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 36, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he had been living at a home for approximately 4 months and had not registered the address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address and expiring in 2017. 

 

Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  

 

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2012 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sabrina Benoit was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On June 3 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the area of Carlyss Drive and Mona Street in Sulphur. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck flipped upside down resting partially in the ditch and the roadway.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Dustin D. Williams, 35, 5264 Rock Drive, Sulphur, they could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.  They also observed him to have slurred speech.  When the deputy questioned Williams he stated he drank approximately 6 to 7 beers. 

 

After Williams performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Williams, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Joshua Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 1 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a truck near the intersection of Ruth Street and Cypress Street in Sulphur. 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Wesley P. Vincent, 53, 426 Juniper Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and running a red light.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000. 

               

Vincent was convicted of indecency with child contact in Texas in 1999. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sgt. Mark Rosteet was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald James O. Ellis, Jr., 27, 1349 John Belle Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriately touched an 11 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened the previous night while she was staying at a family member’s home. 

 

When detectives spoke with Ellis he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN 7 HIT & RUNS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on May 18, 2018 at Cowboy’s Night Club located at 5329 Common St. in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Lincoln Navigator damaged 7 vehicles.  The Navigator has been identified as a 2003 Maroon vehicle with tan ground effects and side steps.  The vehicle is also equipped with a luggage rack and dark tinted windows.   The Navigator was occupied by 2 females and is believed to be in the Lake Charles area with possible ties to the Houston, TX area. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the vehicle in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 25, 2018, around 7:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Leon Drive in reference to a male attempting to sexually assault an elderly female as she was standing outside of her residence.  The victim was able to scream for help and the suspect ran away.

 

It was learned Lake Charles Police Department was handling a similar incident not far from this location. A coordinated effort between Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lake Charles Police Department, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, led to Richard Wayne Barras of 2537 North Flounder Drive in Lake Charles being identified as the suspect.

 

Barras was arrested and booked on one count of Attempted 1st Degree Rape. He remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $900,000 bond set by Judge Mike Canaday.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 2 COUNTS INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On May 15 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 54, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, possibly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website. 

 

After detectives completed their investigation it was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, and on May 24 Gaharan was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day the CPSO detectives located Gaharan at his home, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Thomas Quirk set his bond at $130,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Carver Street in reference to a suspicious person. 

 

Once on scene deputies made contact with Jerald J. Ardoin, 40, Lake Charles, a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 1999 in Calcasieu Parish, as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2004 and 2010.  When deputies spoke with Ardoin he stated he had been living at a home on Carver Street, which had not been registered with law enforcement.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address.  Ardoin also stated to deputies he was in possession of synthetic marijuana, which deputies then located in his pocket. 

 

Ardoin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  Ardoin also has a probation detainer that was issued in Alexandria. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was investigating a traffic accident on Big Woods Edgerly Road in Vinton.  Deputies spoke with one of the drivers, Lucas F. Stewart, 55, 5081 Gibson Loop, Starks, a registered sex offender who was convicted of 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Deputies learned Stewart was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Joshua Bruns was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

On May 17 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Sulphur Avenue in Westlake. Deputies observed the truck stopped in the lane of travel and proceeded to check on the driver, Ryan L. Navarre, 35, 6269 Chaisson Road, Lake Charles, at which time he drove off and proceeded to cross the centerline several times and run off the road.

 

When deputies spoke with Navarre they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. They also observed him to have slurred speech and unsteady balance. When the deputy questioned Navarre he stated he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.

 

After Navarre performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 


Navarre, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation. He was released the next day on a $16,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy 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 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes 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, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 18 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy made contact with Donovan Christian Lawrence, 26, Lake Charles, at convenience store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles and arrested him for trespassing.  While searching Lawrence's property the deputy located synthetic marijuana.  While the deputy was speaking with Lawrence, he began to physically resist the deputy's verbal commands and ran from the deputy.  After a brief foot chase, a struggle ensued and Lawrence gained control of the deputy after committing a battery on the deputy. 

 

The deputy attempted to gain control of Lawrence and was forced to draw his Taser.  The deputy deployed his Taser; however, Lawrence continued to physically resist and disarmed the deputy of his Taser.  At this point, the deputy physically separated himself from Lawrence and ordered him to drop the Taser.  Lawrence charged at the deputy with the Taser actively cycling, forcing the deputy to pull his duty weapon and fire a round at Lawrence.  The shot did not strike Lawrence and he continued to fight the deputy.  Lawrence was able to gain control of the firearm by biting the deputy, at which time he was able to disarm the deputy of his duty weapon.  He pointed the firearm at the deputy while threatening to kill him if he came any closer.  Lawrence again ran from the deputy while still armed with the CPSO duty weapon, as the deputy attempted to recover from the battery.  Throughout the incident, the deputy continued verbal commands. 

 

Lawrence was located by additional responding deputies and was observed attempting to dispose of the firearm.  He was taken into custody by the deputies.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of disarming a police officer; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction of justice; possession of synthetic marijuana; trespassing; battery of a police officer; injury requiring medical attention; resisting an officer; and attempted 1st degree murder.  His bond was set at $240,000.

 

The deputy was treated and released at a local hospital for his injuries.        

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the public of a phone scam that is currently going around in our area.  The scammer identifies themselves as a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and tells the person they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest.  The scammer then tells the person they need to meet in person to clear up the warrant then asks the person for their address. 

 

“This is a scam!” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Do not give personal information to any caller you do not know, never give them your financial information or send them money and never meet them anywhere.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office would never call you about jury duty.  THIS IS A SCAM!”

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 Thursday, May 17. 

 

Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 in their respective divisions:

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Bryan Guth was also chosen as “2017 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Tonya Thibodeaux was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Sgt. Casey Lafargue.  Lt. Rusty Broussard, Gennie Paris and Kayla Vincent were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”


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 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN & WOMAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home in reference to suspicious circumstances. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a recently-deceased family member’s credit card had been used.

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used several times between the night of April 25th and the early morning hours of April 26th. Detectives obtained video footage from some of the stores showing a man and women using the card.

 

If anyone can identify the suspects seen in these photographs or recognize the truck being driven by the suspects please contact CPSO lead Detective Lt. James Leubner at 431-1352.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Sunday, May 6 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Casino located at 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Hyundai Veloster hit a light pole and knocked it to the ground near the traffic circle.  The Veloster is described as a late 2 door model that is equipped with a sunroof and is white or silver in color.  The car will have damage to the front grill as well as a detached front bumper on the driver’s side.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the car in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-55173.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On May 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Mack Road in Vinton regarding a burglary.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who advised that he returned home and discovered his security cameras had been smashed and he was missing a PlayStation 4, along with several games from inside his residence.

 

 During the investigation, detectives were able to retrieve video footage from the smashed cameras which identified the suspect responsible as Joshua J. Richard, 2119 Mack Road, Vinton, who was a neighbor of the victim.  

 

A short time later detectives made contact with Richard at his home, and were able to positively identify him as the suspect seen in the surveillance video.  Richard attempted to resist detectives, but was detained and arrested at which time detectives located drug paraphernalia on his person.  When speaking with detectives he admitted to breaking into the home and stealing the PlayStation 4 and games.  The stolen items were later located at Richard’s home and returned to the victim.   

 

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft under $1,000; illegal possession of stolen property; resisting arrest with force; criminal property damage; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $11,500.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 119th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 119th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 44 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 44 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Courtney Bertin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 119th Basic Academy.

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

 

Samuel Bailey, Jr., Courtney Spikes – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Austin, Bryce Badon, Minnie Bergeron, Courtney Bertin, Joshua Bertrand, Myra Brown, Kristin Clark, Crystal Duhon, Brandon Fontenot, Bradley Grant, Cornell Guidry, Maria Del Carmen Hebert, Robert Henriksen, Xavier King, Remy Miller, Carly Perkins, Devon Pesson, Crystal Stains, Hunter Stidham, Joshua VanAernam, Ethan Walls  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, Sam Clouse, Julia Courville, Phillip Gardiner, Emberly LeDoux – Lake Charles Police Department

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

Joycelyn Jackson, Lorrie Johnson, Jerron Willis – Oakdale Police Department

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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 SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

On May 1 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VICE detective responded to a local physician’s office in reference to a fraudulent prescription that was called in to a local pharmacy. 

 

During the investigation the detective obtained video surveillance from the pharmacy.  After viewing the footage the detective learned on April 30 the suspect seen in the photograph attempted to pick up the prescription.  The suspect was then seen leaving in a dark colored car.

 

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph contact CPSO lead Detective Jill Feverjean at 936-1778.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 23 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a local casino in reference to a theft from an unlocked vehicle.  During the investigation detectives learned three unknown men stole two speakers as well as the faceplate off the radio from inside of the car.  The suspects were seen on surveillance footage entering the car. 

 

The suspects were also seen leaving the casino in a white Mercury Grand Marquise.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 119th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Monday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton 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 DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, April 28 around 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a disturbance at a home.  When deputies arrived they learned Deputy Tim Vezinat, 39, Lake Charles, and his pregnant wife got into a verbal altercation.  The altercation turned physical when Vezinat pulled her out of the bed of the truck and struck her several times on the head, body and arm.

           

After further investigation deputies viewed video surveillance from the home which confirmed the victim’s account of the incident.

           

Vezinat was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1 count of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment; and 1 count of domestic abuse battery of a pregnant victim.

           

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $10,000.

           

Vezinat was a supervisor in the maintenance department for 17 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday.

           

“I have reviewed the entire surveillance video and I am appalled that any man, particularly an employee of this office, would physically harm a woman, much less his pregnant wife,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Thankfully this one person does not represent the character and integrity of the men and women of this department.”

           

CPSO Barrett Savoie is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Sharon Clarke is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on River Bend Lane in Sulphur in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised by a resident of the home that a family member, William K. Foy, 23, Sulphur, had shown up at the residence intoxicated.  She stated Foy began to argue with her and attempted to take her phone out of her hands when he thought she was calling the police.  The women stated she refused to give up her phone and Foy slapped and punched her, causing her to fall to the ground, at which time he kicked her multiple times.  She then told detectives another family member entered the residence after he could hear her screaming for help.  She stated at that time Foy armed himself with a knife and a fork and swung the knife at the man, causing a laceration to his face.  Foy also stabbed the man again in the back with the fork and attempted to stab him several more times with the knife.  The man also advised detectives Foy bit him several times.  The women was able to call 911, but Foy fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.  Detectives attempted to locate Foy but were unsuccessful. 

 

Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $55,000 for his arrest.  Foy is charged with aggravated battery; and simple battery.  Detectives are currently searching for Foy and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a business in Lake Charles regarding an employee that was stealing from the company. 

 

Upon arrival, detectives spoke with management who stated they had already spoken to the employee, Sakortlyn B. Winbush, 21, 2219 Greenlawn Street, Lake Charles, and she had written a confession of stealing the money.  When detectives spoke with Winbush she stated while working at the service desk she used a manager’s code to override the computer system and print duplicate copies of money orders.  She advised detectives she would cash the money orders herself or have her family and friends cash the money orders and give her the money.  Detectives learned from January until April of this year Winbush stole over $34,000 by using duplicate money orders. 

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on April 26 on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 24 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby boy was brought in with a brain bleed.  Detectives were advised by several doctors that their examinations and tests concluded the injuries the child sustained were non-accidental. 

 

On April 27, after further investigation, detectives spoke with the baby's mother's boyfriend, McKeithan D. Frank, 21, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old prior to him being brought to ER.  Frank admitted to detectives that he struck the child’s head against the kitchen bar.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

               

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town, where he underwent emergency surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.  After several complaints detectives have learned Michael L. Derrick, 49, Westlake, LA, is attempting to scam local businesses by saying he is selling a local restaurant’s sandwiches for a fundraiser.  Derrick is possibly using fake names and claiming the money is for his family members who need surgery or are sick.  Derrick is telling the victims that they need to pay for the sandwiches upfront and he will deliver them at a later time.  THIS IS A SCAM! 

 

Derrick has been seen driving a 2012 Nissan SUV, gray in color.   If anyone believes they may have been victimized by Derrick or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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, May 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.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A SUV THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Monday, April 9 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a maroon Nissan Armada hit a truck in the parking lot and drove off.  The driver of the Armada is described as an older female with long hair wearing glasses, and walks with a slight limp.

 

The Nissan Armada should have minor to moderate damage on the left front bumper of the SUV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the SUV or lady in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-43566.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday March 14 in the early afternoon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a dark colored 4 door Toyota Tacoma Sport backed into a SUV in the parking lot and drove off.  The Toyota Tacoma should have minor to moderate damage on the left rear corner of the truck.   

         

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Tacoma in this photo or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-033909.

 

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 20 and end April 26 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 conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

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 27% 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 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% 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.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On April 8 at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car traveling on 4th Avenue in Lake Charles after he witnessed it driving erratically down East Broad Street onto 4th Avenue, almost causing a collision.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dale P. Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as well as slurred speech.  Williams advised the deputy he had been drinking at the home in Lake Charles where he is currently living and left to go to the store.  The deputy also learned Williams was driving under suspension for 3 previous DWIs in the last 10 years.

   

Williams refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and reckless operation. 

 

Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $16,500.   

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

In the beginning of March Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives responded to several complaints in reference to victims having their credit card information stolen. 

        

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects possibly obtained the credit card information from a skimmer that may have been placed at a gas pump in the Lake Charles area.  Detectives attempted to located the skimmer, but where unsuccessful.  It was also learned the suspects used the stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards to a grocery store at numerous locations in the Louisiana and Texas areas, totaling over $3,000.  After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspects leaving the store.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding these thefts or can identify the suspects or Toyota Corolla seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives John Coffman or Austin Peloquin at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 30 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was approaching an SUV traveling eastbound on Ravia Road in Sulphur, at which time the SUV suspiciously braked to a slow rate of speed and immediately turned into a private drive.  The SUV was in the driveway for approximately one minute and then backed out and continued eastbound on Ravia Road, at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. 

When the deputy attempted to speak with the driver, the passenger, John H. Adams IV, 29, Youngstown, FL, attempted to answer all the questions directed at the driver.  The deputy instructed Adams to exit the vehicle and while speaking with him he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person, as well as, blood shot eyes.  When the deputy went to speak with the driver again it was learned they pulled into the driveway so Adams could switch from driving the SUV to the passenger seat because he had been drinking.  She also advised the deputy there was an open container of liquor and beer inside the SUV.      

 

After Adams, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and operating a vehicle while under suspension.  He was released on April 2 on a $12,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a convenience store on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  During the investigation detectives learned an unknown man stole an Iphone 5 from inside an unlocked car in the parking lot of the convenience store.  The suspect was seen on surveillance as a passenger in a white GMC Envoy. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in this photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts. 

       

During the investigation detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Ben White at 491-7962 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 6:20 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a SUV near Park Street and North Crocker Street in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Demarcus D. Mitchell, 39, 773 Henry Street, Sulphur, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. 

After Mitchell, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison inmate Ashley J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72 hour court.  While she and a deputy were standing outside of the door at the intake area of the CCC waiting to go into the building, Grundmann, whose hands and feet were shackled, escaped custody of the CPSO deputy and was able to release one of her hands from the shackles.  She ran from the deputy and got into a car, from another law enforcement agency that was left running outside the CCC intake area.  Grundmann fled in the car and led deputies on a pursuit from Highway 171 in Lake Charles into Beauregard Parish, where she eventually stopped the car and was taken into custody at approximately 8:00 a.m.      

           

Grundmann has been incarcerated since March 15 when CPSO deputies arrested her for 4 counts of possession of a legend drug; and possession of CDS IV.  She will now be charged with simple escape; theft of a motor vehicle; and aggravated flight from an officer.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by the owner of a local restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a former employee, Michael J. Darjean, 37, 502 E. Oak Lane, Lake Charles, attempting to exchange $100 counterfeit bill for U.S. currency.   He was detained by deputies as he was leaving the property and was found to be in possession of U.S. currency from the transaction, as well as, a $100 counterfeit bill. 

 

Darjean was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse.  He was released on March 15 on a $2,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Jacob P. Perry, 26, 407 Sid Lane, Moss Bluff, using counterfeit money for a purchase.  During the investigation it was discovered Perry made arrangements to meet the victim to buy a cell phone and exchanged a counterfeit $100 bill, labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender,” for the phone.  The victim was able to meet with Perry and obtain her phone back.     

           

On March 9 CPSO detectives received two more complaints on Perry in reference to identity theft and theft. 

 

During these investigations detectives learned Perry stole a family member’s cell phone, worth approximately $800, and used her personal information on PayPal to order more counterfeit money, also labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender.”  The victim learned of the order through a confirmation email and was able to stop the transaction before the payment processed.  It was also discovered another victim had their personal information stored on the stolen phone through Amazon.  Perry used the victim’s Amazon account and ordered $360 worth of gift cards at various locations.  The victim learned of the transactions and was able to cancel some of them.

 

After further investigation detectives obtained warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Perry’s arrest.  On March 15 he was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of identity theft.  His bond is set at $45,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Shellie Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a violation of a protective order.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed by the complainant that Lawrence Q. Malveaux, 32, 1009 17th Street, Lake Charles, who she has a current active protective order against, forced his way inside her residence and then fled the scene.

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives her, as well as, another man inside the home heard something at the front door at which time they cracked the door open to see if someone was outside.  She stated when the man cracked the door open, Malveaux, who was outside, pushed the door and forced his way inside the house and started hitting the man.  She then told detectives there was a short struggle inside the home between Malveaux and the other victim but then they went outside and Malveaux fled on foot behind the residence.

 

Deputies were able to locate Malveaux nearby and he was arrested and transported to a local hospital to be treated for an injury he sustained during the home invasion.  He was treated and released, at which time he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; violation of a protective order; and simple battery.  He was released on February 27 on a $9,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

On December 17 the two individuals seen in  these photographs entered a grocery store on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the suspects tole approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $1,800.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

During the morning hours of October 30 the two men seen in these photos gained access to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the two men stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.  They were seen leaving the business in the gold SUV seen in  this photograph.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

Sometime between October 28th and 30th an unknown individual entered a lay down yard near Falco Road and Gros Road in Sulphur.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift to move sections of drill pipe and dump them into the Sabine River.  The suspect also broke the rear axle of the forklift.  Over $15,000 worth of damage was incurred during the incident.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

On Wednesday January 24th around 11:30 p.m. an unknown individual fired a large caliber weapon at a home in the 2400 block of Red Davis McCollister Road in Lake Charles.

 

Several projectiles from the weapon struck the home causing over $1,000 worth of damage to the residence.  

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

Today, March 18, at approximately 4:00 a.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a mobile home park located at 1600 W. 4th Street in DeQuincy, LA in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Jason Hutson, 36, Buffalo, KS, on the ground unconscious and bleeding from the head.  He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

           

Through the investigation, detectives learned Hutson was involved in a physical altercation with Andrew J, Tiner, 30, Lake Jackson, TX, who also lived in the park.  After the altercation, Hutson returned to his residence and exited with at least one firearm, an AR-15.   Moments later witnesses heard gunshots in the park.  Tiner then returned to his residence and also retrieved a firearm. He then shot Hutson from outside of his mobile home. The investigation revealed after Hutson fell to the ground, Tiner approached him, removed the rifle from him, and struck him with the butt of the rifle in the head.       Hutson was later pronounced dead at the hospital after undergoing extensive treatment.

           

Tiner was arrested on scene and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center for aggravated second degree battery. Timer’s bond has not yet been set. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on East Burton Street near Evans Road in Sulphur in reference to a pedestrian being hit by a car.

 

It appears a 12 year old girl was crossing the street to board a school bus when a car traveling eastbound on Burton Street struck her. She was airlifted to a hospital out of town, where she is listed in critical condition. In accordance with Louisiana state law standard toxicology testing will be performed; however, impairment is not suspected at this time.

 

The accident is still under investigation. CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator of this accident.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECOVERS BODY OF MISSING CAMERON MAN

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the Choupique Bayou Bridge on Ellis Moss Rd. in Calcasieu Parish in reference to a body being found several feet off of the roadway.  The body has been identified as a man who has been reported missing since March 8, Kasey Welch, 44, of Cameron Parish.  No foul play is expected, however, the investigation is continuing.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS C.P.A.S. STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at the Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site (C.P.A.S).

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boy threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot up the school.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detectives Sharon Clarke and Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators in the case.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Howard W. Smith, IV, 21, 4320 Auburn Street, Apt. #1, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Smith, as well as, another man at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located 1,387 grams of concentrated THC wax, 8.5 pounds of high grade marijuana, various items of drug paraphernalia such as smoking devices and scales, a small caliber semi-automatic handgun, and $6,045.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is over $46,000.   

           

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The other man found at the home was released on a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.      

           

Smith was released on March 12 on a $8,500 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 8 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local apartment complex on W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles regarding a theft. When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured a man on video surveillance, later identified as Bradley D. Spell, 31, Florida, enter the laundromat area and use a tool to break the lock on the washing machine and steal the change.

 

Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched again to the same apartment complex in reference to Spell returning and attempting to steal more change from the machines. He fled prior to deputies’ arrival but the complainant was able to give a description of Spell. A short time later he was located nearby at a business on Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Spell was detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning where he admitted to burglarizing and stealing money from the washing machines at the apartment complex on several occasions. During questioning it was also learned Spell was in possession of the tools he used to break into the machines, as well as, some stolen change. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft less than $1,000; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; and possession of stolen property. Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $11,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case. CPSO Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk-in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies he believed one of his employees, Brandon C. Haywood, 27, 1849 Leo Breaux Road, Vinton, stole his debit card from his vehicle earlier the same day.  The victim also advised deputies there was two withdrawals from separate ATMs, totaling $720 from his account. 

           

After further investigation, detectives observed Haywood on video surveillance making the withdrawals from one of the ATMs.  Haywood was located at his residence, where he admitted to deputies he stole the debit card and made the withdrawals.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft under $1,000.  Haywood was released on March 12 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

           

Detectives were able to recover $627 of the stolen money from Haywood.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 9 at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car near Highway 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 39, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed a half empty bottle of alcohol in plain view on the passenger seat.  The deputy then learned Handy had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI. 

 

After Handy, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last 10 years, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit. 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Handy’s bond at $10,750 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 26 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Jacqueline D. Peet, 32, 472 Sharon Lane, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old boy. 

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he confirmed that between June and July, on approximately 25 separate incidents he and Peet had sexual intercourse.  The victim also advised detectives there were several nude photographs exchanged between him and Peet on Snapchat.

 

On August 9, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Peet’s arrest.  She was located the next day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  She was later released on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being she can have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family without court approval or for 730 days after release from jail; she can have no unsupervised contact with any minor children or contact with known drug users or convicted felons; no criminal activity; and she must be subject to random drug screens at the discretion of the court.

           

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On August 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an truck on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.    

 

 When deputies spoke with the driver, Barry D. Handy, 40, 1579 Georgia Road, Lake Charles, they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  During further investigation Handy advised deputies he has a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and is supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, which he did not have.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking.  During a search of the vehicle deputies located 2 bottles of vodka inside the truck.   

 

Handy was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Handy also refused.  After deputies learned Handy had 3 previous DWI arrests in the past 10 years they obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; ignition interlock device offenses; failure to signal; and operating unlawfully with a hardship license.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $110,250 with special conditions being he cannot drive without permission from the courts, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Deputy David Armstrong was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, 1740 6th Avenue, Lot # 17, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017. 

 

After further investigation Laird was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On August 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a man who was refusing to leave the property.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a truck, matching the description given to deputies of the suspect’s truck, leaving the property.  Deputies conducted a stop on the truck and spoke with the driver, Ruben Moralez, 33, Alamo, Texas.  While speaking with Moralez they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  Moralez stated to deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.   

 

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

 

Moralez, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $26,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.

 

CPSO Cpl. Cody Grimes was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On August 5 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 7 year old child and an 18 month old baby left unattended inside a car in a parking lot of a local casino in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with casino security personnel who stated they observed the children inside the car with the air conditioner running.  Casino security located the children’s mother, Brooke R. Evetts, 38, Trinity, Texas, inside the casino and escorted her to the car.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the children were left alone in the car for approximately 40 minutes. 

 

Evetts was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion.  Her bond is still pending.

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Brian Batchelor is the arresting deputy and Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS