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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

Notice Of Public Meeting

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

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

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

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

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

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

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

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

        

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The child was not injured.

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

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

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

   

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO MONITORING CALCASIEU & WEST FORK RIVERS

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


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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO TEXAS MEN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The recovered items were returned to the victim.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED RAPE

Lake Charles–

 

In October 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jason W. Miller, 42, 2349 Tuna Lane, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member, sometime between 2009 and 2010 when she was 6 years old.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On March 30 Miller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Later the same day the CPSO Warrants Division located Miller at his place of employment, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated rape.

 

Judge Thomas Quirk ordered Miller be held without bail.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

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

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, 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 careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 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. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard 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; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $1,870, being cashed at a local bank in Moss Bluff several days earlier.  It was also learned two men attempted to cash another counterfeit check but the bank denied the transaction.  The men were using fraudulent ID’s from Oklahoma and Mississippi with the names Byron Ancalade and Leonard Johns in an attempt to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these men.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 4 at approximately 1:20 p.m. an off duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working as courtesy officer at a local park in Lake Charles when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside a truck in the parking lot.  The deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Michael W. Easton Jr., 40, 4116 Weaver Road, Lake Charles.  Easton asked the deputy if he worked for the Sheriff’s Office at which time the deputy confirmed he did then walked to the back of the truck to obtain the license plate number.  Easton placed his car in reverse and backed up, striking the deputy and causing him to fall, and left the park.  The deputy stated he had to roll out of the way to stop from being run over.

 

Deputies located Easton at his residence and he was detained and transported back to the park.  Deputies spoke with a witness at the scene who confirmed the deputy’s story.  Easton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 24 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 2 year old child left unattended inside a car that was not running in a parking lot of a local casino in Lake Charles.

 

Upon arrival deputies were able to unlock the car and check on the welfare of the child.  Casino security located the child’s parents, Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, on the casino floor.  When deputies spoke with Cheto and Otieno they stated they left their son sleeping in the car while they went inside to gamble.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the child was left alone in the car for over an hour. 

 

Cheto and Otieno were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion.  Judge Ron Ware set both their bonds at $7,000.

 

The child was released to a family member.

 

CPSO Deputy Austin Wright is the arresting deputy and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


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CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $108,558 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2017.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEVERAL HOUR STANDOFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division attempted to serve Justin J. Fontenot, 36, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, an active warrant for felony theft and monetary instrument abuse at his mobile home.  When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door a couple of people ran out the house and stated Fontenot was inside the home armed with a shotgun.  Deputies immediately retreated from the residence. 

 

Minutes later deputies with the CPSO ACT-Team arrived, set up a perimeter and evacuated several mobile homes within close proximity of the scene for safety.  A negotiator attempted to make contact with Fontenot numerous times but was unsuccessful.  Due to having no contact with Fontenot deputies deployed several tactics, such as robots equipped with cameras, deploying tear gas, phone calls to Fontenot on his cell phone, and the PA system, in an attempt to allow him to safely exit the house, but all were unsuccessful.  Shortly after midnight deputies made entry into the home and located Fontenot in a bedroom with the shotgun nearby. 

 

Fontenot was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and resisting an officer with force or violence.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $35,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO AFTER SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, February 22, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bennett Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  The homeowner advised deputies that Derrick Brown, 31, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lot 19, Lake Charles, an ex-acquaintance of one of the residents in the home, was attempting to break into their home.

 

The complainant stated they were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entry into the home.  She then stated she tried to hold the door to prevent Brown from entering but was overpowered.  Once Brown opened the door she told deputies she then shot him.  Brown fled the home on foot to his car, which was parked at a cemetery behind the residence, where his friend, Diron Frank, 28, 2444 Salmon Drive, Lake Charles, was waiting for him in the car.  Once Brown arrived at his car Frank drove him to a local hospital, which does not have an emergency room, to be treated for his injuries sustained during the shooting.

 

Deputies located Brown and Frank at the hospital and provided medical assistance until Brown could be airlifted to a local hospital emergency room for treatment.  When deputies were speaking with Frank they learned he was in possession of approximately 8 grams of cocaine and a cell phone, both of which he claimed belonged to Brown. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the cell phone they recovered from Frank at the hospital was stolen during a burglary on February 20 at the same home on Bennett Rd.  It was also learned Brown used a set of keys that were also reported missing after the burglary, to gain entry into the home before the shooting.  Following the burglary on the 20th, Brown returned back to the home hours later and drove away in the victim’s 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has yet to be recovered.  Detectives were advised by several witnesses that over the past several days Brown had been stalking a resident that lived in the home on Bennett Rd. and threatened the family as well as threatened to damage their property. 

 

Frank was arrested at the hospital he drove Brown to for medical assistance.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,500.

 

Brown was arrested at the emergency room of the hospital where he was airlifted.  He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the shooting and once released, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brown is being charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with the intent to distribute; stalking; theft over $750; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Ware set his bond at $44,000. 

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 20 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on I-210 near Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. 

 

Deputies spoke with the driver, Travis P. Chouest, 41, 3016 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2000 in Lafourche Parish.

 

Deputies learned Chouest 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 improper display of plates.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 6, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Keith A. Buller, 48, 22433 Highway 383, Iowa, exposing himself as well as having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl, who was a family acquaintance, over 20 years ago when she was approximately 10 years old.  After further investigation Buller was arrested on February 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.    

 

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

 

In September 2016 Buller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on charges of aggravated rape stemming from a different incident.  The investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl, who was also a family acquaintance, on several occasions between 1984 and 1993, starting when she was 3 years old.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention.  The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck.  The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money.  The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino.  While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino.  The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot.  It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.

 

Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana.  He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.  Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 5, 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Robert L. Lognion, 57, 1115 Lake Ridge Lane, Lake Charles, having inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 10, while they were visiting at his home. 

 

After further investigation on February 13 detectives issued a warrant for Lognion’s arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $950,000.  On February 15 Lognion was located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Lognion was convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1995.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS 15 DURING EXECUTION OF MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH WARRANT AT LOCAL CLUB

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Detectives, CPSO Computer Forensics Detectives, CPSO Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Louisiana State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at Club Cabaret, located at 3801 Highway 90 in Westlake.   The search warrant was a result of numerous complaints of prostitution, alcohol compliance issues, illegal narcotics activity, and theft taking place at the club. 

 

The following three (3) people were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

 

· Rene O. Diaz, 33, 417 Cody Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent; possession of CDS II (Cocaine); possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to obtain sex offender ID card

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $12,000

 

· Derek L. Williams, 27, 2514 Cox Road, Westlake

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

·  Jonathan J. Mejia, 33, 1012 Cass Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

The following person was issued a summons for felony and misdemeanor charges and was released due to health conditions:

 

· Brittany R. Dunaway, 28, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and no parish bar card

 

The following eleven (11) people were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons:

 

· Bradford H. Daniels, 44, Lake Charles

Possession of marijuana

 

(The following were all issued for no parish bar card)

· Kiara M. Walters, 22, MI

· Alexandria N. Charles, 24, Lake Charles

· Candace M. Lee, 19, Sulphur

· Alyssa A. Wassel, 24, Sulphur

· Jamika L. Jones, 23, Westlake

· Glorytoglory Latigue, 27, Scott, LA

· Monique M. Guidroz, 21, Sulphur

· Carmen J. Leger, 22, Sulphur

· Camelia D. Ducote, 24, DeQuincy

· John L. Runte, 32, Sulphur


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CPSO ARRESTS 3 WOMEN AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH WESTLAKE SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

***UPDATE: Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday afternoon in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.  She is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Her bond of $150,500 was set by Judge Ron Ware.***

 

 

 

 

On January 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at an apartment on Foster Lane in Westlake. Upon arrival deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg. During the initial investigation deputies learned several women entered the residence, demanded the victim’s wallet, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim’s credit cards had been used at a local business and were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the suspects as well as the vehicle used during the shooting. Detectives followed several leads and were able to identify Crystal L. Stewart, 26, 2126 6th St., Lake Charles, Gladys A. Goodie, 27, Lafayette, Michaela F. Beam, 21, 812 ½ Celeste St., Lake Charles, and Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, as those involved in the shooting.

 

On February 2 detectives located Stewart and Goodie, along with the suspected vehicle used during the shooting, near a home on Anita Drive in Lake Charles. Later the same day they located Beam at a local motel in Lake Charles.

 

All three women were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Stewart is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm, Judge Ron ware set her bond at $150,500. Goodie and Beam are being charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery; and accessory after the fact of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Ron Ware set Goodie’s bond at $125,000 and Beam’s bond at $110,000.

 

 

The investigation into the shooting is continuing and more arrests are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lance Melendy is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR THEFT & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to theft. The investigation revealed William B. Marcantel, 46, 2524 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, had stolen a checkbook from a family member and written several fraudulent checks on different occasions in January, totaling approximately $870. Marcantel was seen on video surveillance footage at a local store writing one of the checks. Marcantel was also positively identified as the person who wrote the fraudulent checks by employees at the store.

 

Marcantel was arrested on February 10 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with theft between $750 and $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud.

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO Coastal Welding

On Monday October 10th at 2:30 a.m. the person seen in these photographs entered Coastal Welding Supply on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  The suspect gained entry to the property by damaging a fence and breaking a window.

 

Once inside the suspect searched through each office and stole approximately $300.

 

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

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CPSO Construction Site Trailer

Sometime between the evening of September 11 and the morning of September 12 a construction site work trailer was broken into on Country Club Road in Lake Charles.  A Stehl 14 inch chop saw, 3 transit lasers, and a Bosch rotary hammer were taken from the trailer.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $3,700.

 

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

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CPSO Home Construction Burglaries

During the evening hours of October 4, 2016, three pallets of roofing shingles as well as a microwave and stove were stolen from home construction sites on Briar Court and Chapelwood Drive in Iowa.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane.  One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released.  The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.     

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  Charges on the driver are pending the results of toxicology report, which is mandated by state law.    

           

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR COUPLE FOR THEFT OVER $25,000

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 11, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft regarding a construction company, Powerhouse Commercial Construction, owned and operated by Ernest Anderson, 50, and Marianne Anderson, 57, both of 1588 Currie Drive, Sulphur.

 

 During the investigation detectives learned the Anderson couple was managing a construction job on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles and had been over-billing the victim’s company.  The investigation revealed the terms agreed upon for the construction job were vendor cost plus a 10% fee, but the Andersons would charge more than the actual vendor cost was then create fraudulent invoices, add the 10% fee and submit it for payment to the victim.  The total amount of fraudulent billing is approximately $230,000.

 

The investigation was conducted and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On February 2, 2017, Ernest and Marianne were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  They were arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both were charged with theft of $25,000 or more.  They were both released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Quirk.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a welfare concern.

 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two children, ages 11 and 4. When deputies spoke with the 11 year old she stated her mother, later identified as Krystal M. Green, 34, Moss Bluff, had left sometime the previous night to go to work and had not returned. She also told deputies her 13 year old brother was home but had left earlier that morning to go to school. While deputies were still on scene a family acquaintance arrived and stated that Green had called her to go check on her children and stated she had stayed at a friend’s house. Deputies were informed by more than one acquaintance that Green has left the children home alone on several other occasions.

 

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Green arrived at the home and told deputies she left her children home alone so she could go to work. After further investigation Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion. She was released later the same day on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

The children were placed in the care of a family acquaintance by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator.

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CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Yesterday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

Upon arrival deputies learned Kevin S. Edwards, 36, Orange, Texas, shot a man who was located inside the residence by shooting through the bathroom window.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.  The homeowner, who is ex-acquaintances with Edwards, suffered minor injuries to her arm from glass debris during the shooting.  There were also children located inside the home during the shooting who sustained no injuries. 

 

Detectives learned Edwards was living in Orange and later the same day, with the assistance of Texas law enforcement authorities, were able to locate him at a residence he had been staying at for approximately one week.  When detectives made contact with Edwards he agreed to come to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’ Office to speak with detectives.  While Edwards was speaking with detectives he confirmed his involvement in the shooting.  Detectives also located the assault rifle that was used during the shooting after a search of the property where Edwards was located.

 

Edwards was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $120,000.

 

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

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CPSO, CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE & SWLA CRIME LAB HOST FORENSICS DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the SWLA Crime Lab hosted a “Forensics Day” for the Calcasieu Parish Homeschool 4-H group.  Students were able to visit each agency and tour their facilities while learning firsthand the role of each agency and how they are involved during an investigation.   Students were able to view different types of equipment used at crime scenes and learned basic crime scene skills throughout the day such as collecting fingerprints and evidence, determining types of injuries, and examining and processing DNA.

 

At the end of the day students were asked to process a mock crime scene using information they had learned throughout the day.  Students were able to examine a “victim” and determine the type of injury sustained as well as collect information from “witnesses” at the scene.   They were tasked with locating, preserving and collecting evidence, as well as taking photographs and completing crime scene sketches. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Ira Breaux Road in Lake Charles.  Further investigation revealed Gene R. Castillo, 61, Ira Breaux Road, Lake Charles, had an argument with a family member and then retrieved a shot gun and shot the victim in the stomach. 

 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette and underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained during the shooting.  He remains in critical condition.  

 

Castillo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation. 

 

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

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CPSO ARREST RAGLEY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat. The suspect fled the store on foot, after breaking the door, into the wooded area near the store. After viewing surveillance footage and receiving numerous tips on the identity of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as Jeremiah T. Brantley, 22, 17788 Highway 171, Ragley. After further investigation on January 19 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $75,000 for Brantley’s arrest.

 

On January 20 the CPSO Warrants Division and ACT-Team located Brantley at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted armed robbery.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

Notice Of Public Meeting

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

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

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

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

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

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

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

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

        

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The child was not injured.

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

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

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

   

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO MONITORING CALCASIEU & WEST FORK RIVERS

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


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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO TEXAS MEN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The recovered items were returned to the victim.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED RAPE

Lake Charles–

 

In October 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jason W. Miller, 42, 2349 Tuna Lane, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member, sometime between 2009 and 2010 when she was 6 years old.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On March 30 Miller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Later the same day the CPSO Warrants Division located Miller at his place of employment, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated rape.

 

Judge Thomas Quirk ordered Miller be held without bail.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

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

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, 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 careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 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. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard 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; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $1,870, being cashed at a local bank in Moss Bluff several days earlier.  It was also learned two men attempted to cash another counterfeit check but the bank denied the transaction.  The men were using fraudulent ID’s from Oklahoma and Mississippi with the names Byron Ancalade and Leonard Johns in an attempt to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these men.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 4 at approximately 1:20 p.m. an off duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working as courtesy officer at a local park in Lake Charles when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside a truck in the parking lot.  The deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Michael W. Easton Jr., 40, 4116 Weaver Road, Lake Charles.  Easton asked the deputy if he worked for the Sheriff’s Office at which time the deputy confirmed he did then walked to the back of the truck to obtain the license plate number.  Easton placed his car in reverse and backed up, striking the deputy and causing him to fall, and left the park.  The deputy stated he had to roll out of the way to stop from being run over.

 

Deputies located Easton at his residence and he was detained and transported back to the park.  Deputies spoke with a witness at the scene who confirmed the deputy’s story.  Easton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 24 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 2 year old child left unattended inside a car that was not running in a parking lot of a local casino in Lake Charles.

 

Upon arrival deputies were able to unlock the car and check on the welfare of the child.  Casino security located the child’s parents, Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, on the casino floor.  When deputies spoke with Cheto and Otieno they stated they left their son sleeping in the car while they went inside to gamble.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the child was left alone in the car for over an hour. 

 

Cheto and Otieno were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion.  Judge Ron Ware set both their bonds at $7,000.

 

The child was released to a family member.

 

CPSO Deputy Austin Wright is the arresting deputy and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


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CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $108,558 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2017.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEVERAL HOUR STANDOFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division attempted to serve Justin J. Fontenot, 36, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, an active warrant for felony theft and monetary instrument abuse at his mobile home.  When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door a couple of people ran out the house and stated Fontenot was inside the home armed with a shotgun.  Deputies immediately retreated from the residence. 

 

Minutes later deputies with the CPSO ACT-Team arrived, set up a perimeter and evacuated several mobile homes within close proximity of the scene for safety.  A negotiator attempted to make contact with Fontenot numerous times but was unsuccessful.  Due to having no contact with Fontenot deputies deployed several tactics, such as robots equipped with cameras, deploying tear gas, phone calls to Fontenot on his cell phone, and the PA system, in an attempt to allow him to safely exit the house, but all were unsuccessful.  Shortly after midnight deputies made entry into the home and located Fontenot in a bedroom with the shotgun nearby. 

 

Fontenot was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and resisting an officer with force or violence.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $35,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO AFTER SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, February 22, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bennett Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  The homeowner advised deputies that Derrick Brown, 31, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lot 19, Lake Charles, an ex-acquaintance of one of the residents in the home, was attempting to break into their home.

 

The complainant stated they were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entry into the home.  She then stated she tried to hold the door to prevent Brown from entering but was overpowered.  Once Brown opened the door she told deputies she then shot him.  Brown fled the home on foot to his car, which was parked at a cemetery behind the residence, where his friend, Diron Frank, 28, 2444 Salmon Drive, Lake Charles, was waiting for him in the car.  Once Brown arrived at his car Frank drove him to a local hospital, which does not have an emergency room, to be treated for his injuries sustained during the shooting.

 

Deputies located Brown and Frank at the hospital and provided medical assistance until Brown could be airlifted to a local hospital emergency room for treatment.  When deputies were speaking with Frank they learned he was in possession of approximately 8 grams of cocaine and a cell phone, both of which he claimed belonged to Brown. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the cell phone they recovered from Frank at the hospital was stolen during a burglary on February 20 at the same home on Bennett Rd.  It was also learned Brown used a set of keys that were also reported missing after the burglary, to gain entry into the home before the shooting.  Following the burglary on the 20th, Brown returned back to the home hours later and drove away in the victim’s 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has yet to be recovered.  Detectives were advised by several witnesses that over the past several days Brown had been stalking a resident that lived in the home on Bennett Rd. and threatened the family as well as threatened to damage their property. 

 

Frank was arrested at the hospital he drove Brown to for medical assistance.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,500.

 

Brown was arrested at the emergency room of the hospital where he was airlifted.  He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the shooting and once released, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brown is being charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with the intent to distribute; stalking; theft over $750; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Ware set his bond at $44,000. 

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 20 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on I-210 near Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. 

 

Deputies spoke with the driver, Travis P. Chouest, 41, 3016 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2000 in Lafourche Parish.

 

Deputies learned Chouest 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 improper display of plates.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 6, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Keith A. Buller, 48, 22433 Highway 383, Iowa, exposing himself as well as having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl, who was a family acquaintance, over 20 years ago when she was approximately 10 years old.  After further investigation Buller was arrested on February 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.    

 

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

 

In September 2016 Buller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on charges of aggravated rape stemming from a different incident.  The investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl, who was also a family acquaintance, on several occasions between 1984 and 1993, starting when she was 3 years old.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention.  The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck.  The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money.  The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino.  While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino.  The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot.  It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.

 

Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana.  He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.  Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 5, 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Robert L. Lognion, 57, 1115 Lake Ridge Lane, Lake Charles, having inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 10, while they were visiting at his home. 

 

After further investigation on February 13 detectives issued a warrant for Lognion’s arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $950,000.  On February 15 Lognion was located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Lognion was convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1995.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS 15 DURING EXECUTION OF MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH WARRANT AT LOCAL CLUB

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Detectives, CPSO Computer Forensics Detectives, CPSO Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Louisiana State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at Club Cabaret, located at 3801 Highway 90 in Westlake.   The search warrant was a result of numerous complaints of prostitution, alcohol compliance issues, illegal narcotics activity, and theft taking place at the club. 

 

The following three (3) people were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

 

· Rene O. Diaz, 33, 417 Cody Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent; possession of CDS II (Cocaine); possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to obtain sex offender ID card

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $12,000

 

· Derek L. Williams, 27, 2514 Cox Road, Westlake

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

·  Jonathan J. Mejia, 33, 1012 Cass Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

The following person was issued a summons for felony and misdemeanor charges and was released due to health conditions:

 

· Brittany R. Dunaway, 28, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and no parish bar card

 

The following eleven (11) people were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons:

 

· Bradford H. Daniels, 44, Lake Charles

Possession of marijuana

 

(The following were all issued for no parish bar card)

· Kiara M. Walters, 22, MI

· Alexandria N. Charles, 24, Lake Charles

· Candace M. Lee, 19, Sulphur

· Alyssa A. Wassel, 24, Sulphur

· Jamika L. Jones, 23, Westlake

· Glorytoglory Latigue, 27, Scott, LA

· Monique M. Guidroz, 21, Sulphur

· Carmen J. Leger, 22, Sulphur

· Camelia D. Ducote, 24, DeQuincy

· John L. Runte, 32, Sulphur


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CPSO ARRESTS 3 WOMEN AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH WESTLAKE SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

***UPDATE: Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday afternoon in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.  She is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Her bond of $150,500 was set by Judge Ron Ware.***

 

 

 

 

On January 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at an apartment on Foster Lane in Westlake. Upon arrival deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg. During the initial investigation deputies learned several women entered the residence, demanded the victim’s wallet, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim’s credit cards had been used at a local business and were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the suspects as well as the vehicle used during the shooting. Detectives followed several leads and were able to identify Crystal L. Stewart, 26, 2126 6th St., Lake Charles, Gladys A. Goodie, 27, Lafayette, Michaela F. Beam, 21, 812 ½ Celeste St., Lake Charles, and Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, as those involved in the shooting.

 

On February 2 detectives located Stewart and Goodie, along with the suspected vehicle used during the shooting, near a home on Anita Drive in Lake Charles. Later the same day they located Beam at a local motel in Lake Charles.

 

All three women were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Stewart is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm, Judge Ron ware set her bond at $150,500. Goodie and Beam are being charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery; and accessory after the fact of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Ron Ware set Goodie’s bond at $125,000 and Beam’s bond at $110,000.

 

 

The investigation into the shooting is continuing and more arrests are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lance Melendy is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR THEFT & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to theft. The investigation revealed William B. Marcantel, 46, 2524 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, had stolen a checkbook from a family member and written several fraudulent checks on different occasions in January, totaling approximately $870. Marcantel was seen on video surveillance footage at a local store writing one of the checks. Marcantel was also positively identified as the person who wrote the fraudulent checks by employees at the store.

 

Marcantel was arrested on February 10 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with theft between $750 and $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud.

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO Coastal Welding

On Monday October 10th at 2:30 a.m. the person seen in these photographs entered Coastal Welding Supply on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  The suspect gained entry to the property by damaging a fence and breaking a window.

 

Once inside the suspect searched through each office and stole approximately $300.

 

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

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CPSO Construction Site Trailer

Sometime between the evening of September 11 and the morning of September 12 a construction site work trailer was broken into on Country Club Road in Lake Charles.  A Stehl 14 inch chop saw, 3 transit lasers, and a Bosch rotary hammer were taken from the trailer.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $3,700.

 

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

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CPSO Home Construction Burglaries

During the evening hours of October 4, 2016, three pallets of roofing shingles as well as a microwave and stove were stolen from home construction sites on Briar Court and Chapelwood Drive in Iowa.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane.  One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released.  The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.     

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  Charges on the driver are pending the results of toxicology report, which is mandated by state law.    

           

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR COUPLE FOR THEFT OVER $25,000

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 11, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft regarding a construction company, Powerhouse Commercial Construction, owned and operated by Ernest Anderson, 50, and Marianne Anderson, 57, both of 1588 Currie Drive, Sulphur.

 

 During the investigation detectives learned the Anderson couple was managing a construction job on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles and had been over-billing the victim’s company.  The investigation revealed the terms agreed upon for the construction job were vendor cost plus a 10% fee, but the Andersons would charge more than the actual vendor cost was then create fraudulent invoices, add the 10% fee and submit it for payment to the victim.  The total amount of fraudulent billing is approximately $230,000.

 

The investigation was conducted and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On February 2, 2017, Ernest and Marianne were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  They were arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both were charged with theft of $25,000 or more.  They were both released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Quirk.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a welfare concern.

 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two children, ages 11 and 4. When deputies spoke with the 11 year old she stated her mother, later identified as Krystal M. Green, 34, Moss Bluff, had left sometime the previous night to go to work and had not returned. She also told deputies her 13 year old brother was home but had left earlier that morning to go to school. While deputies were still on scene a family acquaintance arrived and stated that Green had called her to go check on her children and stated she had stayed at a friend’s house. Deputies were informed by more than one acquaintance that Green has left the children home alone on several other occasions.

 

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Green arrived at the home and told deputies she left her children home alone so she could go to work. After further investigation Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion. She was released later the same day on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

The children were placed in the care of a family acquaintance by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator.

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CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Yesterday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

Upon arrival deputies learned Kevin S. Edwards, 36, Orange, Texas, shot a man who was located inside the residence by shooting through the bathroom window.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.  The homeowner, who is ex-acquaintances with Edwards, suffered minor injuries to her arm from glass debris during the shooting.  There were also children located inside the home during the shooting who sustained no injuries. 

 

Detectives learned Edwards was living in Orange and later the same day, with the assistance of Texas law enforcement authorities, were able to locate him at a residence he had been staying at for approximately one week.  When detectives made contact with Edwards he agreed to come to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’ Office to speak with detectives.  While Edwards was speaking with detectives he confirmed his involvement in the shooting.  Detectives also located the assault rifle that was used during the shooting after a search of the property where Edwards was located.

 

Edwards was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $120,000.

 

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

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CPSO, CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE & SWLA CRIME LAB HOST FORENSICS DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the SWLA Crime Lab hosted a “Forensics Day” for the Calcasieu Parish Homeschool 4-H group.  Students were able to visit each agency and tour their facilities while learning firsthand the role of each agency and how they are involved during an investigation.   Students were able to view different types of equipment used at crime scenes and learned basic crime scene skills throughout the day such as collecting fingerprints and evidence, determining types of injuries, and examining and processing DNA.

 

At the end of the day students were asked to process a mock crime scene using information they had learned throughout the day.  Students were able to examine a “victim” and determine the type of injury sustained as well as collect information from “witnesses” at the scene.   They were tasked with locating, preserving and collecting evidence, as well as taking photographs and completing crime scene sketches. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Ira Breaux Road in Lake Charles.  Further investigation revealed Gene R. Castillo, 61, Ira Breaux Road, Lake Charles, had an argument with a family member and then retrieved a shot gun and shot the victim in the stomach. 

 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette and underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained during the shooting.  He remains in critical condition.  

 

Castillo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation. 

 

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

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CPSO ARREST RAGLEY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat. The suspect fled the store on foot, after breaking the door, into the wooded area near the store. After viewing surveillance footage and receiving numerous tips on the identity of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as Jeremiah T. Brantley, 22, 17788 Highway 171, Ragley. After further investigation on January 19 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $75,000 for Brantley’s arrest.

 

On January 20 the CPSO Warrants Division and ACT-Team located Brantley at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted armed robbery.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

Notice Of Public Meeting

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

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held on June 14, 2017

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2017

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DEQUINCY RESERVE OFFICER FOR FALSE PERSONATION

Lake Charles –           

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2ND SUSPECT IN IOWA SHOOTING

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY & DISTURBING THE PEACE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A DEPUTY

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition. 

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

CPSO DISTRIBUTES FREE GUN LOCKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

            Sulphur Law Enforcement Center – 1525 Cypress St., Sulphur

            Vinton Law Enforcement Center – 1302 Center St., Vinton

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

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

            Iowa Law Enforcement Center – 203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa

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

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

            Starks Law Enforcement Center – 4352 Hwy 12, Starks

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO IDENTIFIES SUSPECT FROM EARLY MORNING ROBBERY & ISSUES WARRANT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT MOSS BLUFF CONVENIENCE STORE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS ONE OF THE SHOOTING SUSPECTS IN THE IOWA SHOOTING

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

        

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The child was not injured.

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO INVESTIGATES ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT CONVENIENCE STORE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ROBBERY AT LOCAL CREDIT UNION

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 2 MEN IN CONNECTION WITH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


SHERIFF MANCUSO GIVES UPDATE ON SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

 

 

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CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Deputy of the Year:

Angela Ball – Programs Division

Travis Lavergne – Investigations Division

Cpl. Jason Hayes – Enforcement Division

Lt. Dan Herman – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Michael Abate - Correctional Division           

Derek Goss – Special Services Division           

Toni Corbello – Financial Division

Terry Williams –Security Enforcement Division

 

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

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CPSO CHARGES LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

   

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO MONITORING CALCASIEU & WEST FORK RIVERS

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


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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO TEXAS MEN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The recovered items were returned to the victim.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED RAPE

Lake Charles–

 

In October 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jason W. Miller, 42, 2349 Tuna Lane, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member, sometime between 2009 and 2010 when she was 6 years old.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On March 30 Miller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Later the same day the CPSO Warrants Division located Miller at his place of employment, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated rape.

 

Judge Thomas Quirk ordered Miller be held without bail.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

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

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, 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 careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 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. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard 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; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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