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CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17. 

 

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

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE  MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

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

 

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

 

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

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

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

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

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 20 and end April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 shortly after 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified by the Barbe High School Resource Officer in reference to a threat from a student at the school.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned school officials had spoken with several students who advised they overheard a 16 year old boy say he wanted to kill people.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local business on Highway 90 in Lake Charles regarding a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured two men on video surveillance enter the laundromat area and break into the washer and dryers.   

 

During the investigation detectives viewed the surveillance video and observed one man, identified as Charles A. Hutchins, 56, 6151 Mark Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, keeping watch while the other man, identified as Noah Celestine, Jr., 47, 6708 Chickadee Road, Iowa, broke into the machines and stole approximately $1,800. 

 

Later the same day detectives were able to locate Celestine at a local hotel and received permission to search the room.  During the search detectives located burglary tools, as well as, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  Detectives made contact with Hutchins over the phone, who advised he would meet them at CPSO Iowa Law Enforcement Center. 

Celestine and Hutchins were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Celestine is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.   Hutchins is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Mike Canaday set Celestine’s bond at $198,000 and Hutchins’ bond at $120,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Roy Pesson and Kim Sittig are the lead investigators on this case.


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Barbe High School received a tip from a student that another student was possibly in possession of a gun.  The school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The complainant identified the student by name at which time school administrators, after viewing surveillance video, were able to locate the student in a hallway.

           

CPSO deputies arrived on scene in less than a minute and made contact with the student and after a patdown learned he did not have a gun.

           

As a precautionary measure, CPSO deputies are in the process of doing a sweep at the school.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN & WOMAN FOR 35 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & 6 COUNTS OF AGG ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

In late February Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to an animal cruelty investigation.

 

CPAS advised detectives in November 2017 that they had responded to a residence at 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, in reference to a complaint they received of dogs running loose and tearing up the neighborhood. They told detectives they made contact with the homeowner, Kimberly L. Evans, 40, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, and discovered at least 20 dogs on the property living in unsanitary conditions, without proper water or shelter. CPAS stated they wrote Evans several cruelty notices over the next several months, most of which Evans failed to address.

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives, along with CPAS and a veterinarian, arrived at the home and observed animals confined to crates, some of which contained as many as six dogs to one crate. Detectives also observed several dog carcasses outside the home as well as a possible goat carcass. When detectives attempted to make contact with the homeowner, no one answered so a search warrant was prepared on the home. Upon entering the home, detectives observed layers of fecal matter and urine covering the floors and furniture. Once inside they found several living dogs, birds, and cats inside the home. They also located a cat carcass in a laundry basket by the washer & dryer that was being consumed by maggots and two deceased birds, still inside the cage with the living birds. CPSO detectives and CPAS seized 35 living animals from the home, as well as, 6 deceased animals. Before leaving the home detectives were advised that a Hispanic male lives at the residence, but flees into the woods every time law enforcement arrives on the property.

 

On March 5 Evans, as well as, the man living at the home, arrived at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. When detectives spoke with Evans she stated she had collected the dogs from people on Facebook who were giving them away. When detectives informed her she had not addressed the living conditions of the animals after CPAS issued notices, she advised them she had misplaced the notices. When asked about the man living at the home she advised his name was “Yoni” and he was her fiancé that had been living with her for approximately 3 years.

 

When detectives spoke with the man he initially gave detectives a false name. CPSO detectives contacted U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to assist with the man, due to a language barrier. Once they arrived they were able to determine the man was actually Alfredo Sanchez, 38, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, who is a convicted felon in the U.S. illegally and has been deported previously on two occasions. Sanchez advised he and his attorney used a fraudulent name to apply for a visa.

 

Evans and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 35 counts of simple cruelty to animals; and 6 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Judge Sharon Wilson set both their bonds at $7,500.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol placed a Federal detainer on Sanchez and will be further investigating his claims in reference to obtaining a visa.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. James Leubner is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Joshua N. Wesley, 26, 5001 Pecan Acres Drive # 31, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16 year old girl he met through his place of employment.  Detectives learned Wesley initially communicated with the victim over social media, which eventually led to physical meetings. 

 

When detectives questioned Wesley, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on two occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $30,000.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by several parents of students who attend Moss Bluff Middle School in reference to threats against the school.

 

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who advised they received messages on social media from a 13 year old student stating he was going to shoot up the school. Detectives contacted school officials and were able to obtain an address for the boy. Once they arrived at the home, a consent to search was completed on the house as well as the boy’s cell phone. CPSO Forensic Detectives were called to the home and completed a forensic download on the phone, which confirmed the device was used to create the social media accounts, as well as, send the threats.

 

When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he was responsible for creating the social media accounts and sending the threatening messages. The boy was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2 counts of terrorizing.

 

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso. “ This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Louis Guy II is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregg L. Hammock, 71, Silsbee, Texas, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17 year old.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Hammock had inappropriate contact with her in 2017 while he was living in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

When detectives spoke with Hammock he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.

 

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

CAT TEAM ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED; CPSO ARRESTS SAME MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of McNabb Street in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived to execute the warrant they breached the door and one of the residents, Nathaniel J. Conner, 28, Lake Charles, grabbed his two children, ages 7 and 4, taking them hostage, in an attempt to use them as a shield from deputies.  Conner advised deputies on scene that they would have to kill him and the children because he was not going to jail.  Conner barricaded himself in a small bathroom with the two children and advised deputies he had a gun.  It was also learned Conner wrapped a towel around his head, in an attempt to protect himself in case any chemical weapons were deployed.  He also held his two children up to cover his body.  ACT-Team members requested negotiators to the scene, and throughout negotiations Conner had both children remain in a position to cover him. 

 

A short time later, while Conner was distracted, an ACT- Team member tackled Conner, allowing one of the children to escape.  Conner continued to hold the other child in his arms, which deputies were eventually able to free.  Conner continued to resist deputies and had to be subdued with less-than-lethal ammunition, at which time the second child was safely removed from the residence.     

 

During the execution of the warrant CAT Team detectives located a stolen Hi-Point rifle, that was reported stolen from Sulphur Police Department, synthetic marijuana, Promethazine-Codeine syrup, and drug paraphernalia.  Conner, along with another resident who was taken into custody when deputies first entered the home, Sierra R. Wilkerson, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Conner is charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping; resisting an officer, battery on a police officer, possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Wilkerson is charged with possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set a bond of $25,000 for Conner’s charges of kidnapping; the rest of Conner’s bond, as well as, Wilkerson’s bond is still pending.

 

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


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN THE EVENT OF FLOODING

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the opening of the gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary actions in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish. This is a precautionary measure taken by the Sheriff’s Office in the event there is considerable rain in the parish in the next few days.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “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 and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam W. Person, 29, 458 Theriot Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he entered the victim’s residence, who was an ex-acquaintance, on two occasions without permission.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered on February 9 Person entered the residence during the daytime hours, after the victim had advised him not to be on the property.  Once inside the home Person sent a photo of himself to the victim.  Again, on February 21 Person entered the residence and texted the victim stating he was inside.  When she returned home she observed a pack of cigarettes on the counter, which Person stated he left.  Deputies cleared the residence but did not locate Person. 

  

A short time later Person was located and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Person he confirmed he entered the victim’s residence on both occasions without her permission.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Person is charged with 2 counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.     

 

It is still unknown how Person gained entry into the residence. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

In the last few days, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have investigated several incidents where threats, either verbally or through social media posts, have been made at local schools around the parish.  At no time were any students in danger from these threats.  None of these cases necessitated a lockdown of the school, nor was there any cause for public alarm.

           

As of today, a 15 year old student from Sam Houston High School has been arrested.  She has been charged with terrorizing.   A warrant for terrorizing has been issued for a 13 year old boy at Vinton Middle School.  The investigations are continuing and if arrests are made, the Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the school at that time.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board are monitoring all social media sites for further threats.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and both have instituted a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.

           

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “Everyone is on high alert due to the past school shootings around the country.  This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.  I encourage anyone, whether it be a student, teacher, school personnel or parents to report any threats you hear about or read about on social media.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 14 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3400 block of Choupique Road in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

 

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch in the curve of Choupique Road, southeast of Gum Island Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Michael D. Tabor, Jr., 37, Vinton, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed him to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Tabor he advised he had two alcoholic beverages approximately four hours prior to the crash.      

 

After Tabor, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Tabor was released later the same day on a $8,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Scott Rosteet, Christopher Rabb and Deputies Garrett Douglas and Bradley Lamar are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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 ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Richard M. Koch, 41, Groves, TX, who was a former acquaintance.  Detectives learned the suspect arrived at the motel at which time an argument ensued between him and the victim.  Koch first attempted to hit the victim with his truck and then proceeded to get out of his truck and swing at the victim with his fist.  The victim advised he turned around to leave and Koch stabbed him one time in the back. 

 

Koch, who fled the scene, proceeded to his residence and hooked up his camper trailer to his truck.  While Koch was driving on Highway 397 in Lake Charles the camper, which was improperly secured, separated from the truck.  Koch continued driving and left the camper in the roadway.  Several minutes later deputies happened upon the camper and it was towed due to it blocking the roadway.

 

A short time later Koch arrived at CPSO to inquire on the whereabouts of his camper, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; and aggravated assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby was brought in with a brain bleed. 

 

During the investigation, detectives spoke with the babysitter, Kristian A. Rosas, 25, 1260 N. Highway 171, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old at her residence.  Rosas admitted to detectives that she intentionally struck the baby’s head against a wall.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $80,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town and is currently listed in serious condition.

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 2:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a body found in the Bayou D’Inde.

 

Deputies responded to the area by boat and confirmed there was a deceased body in the water. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the man as Gregory P. Cass, 50, Sulphur.

 

 The initial investigation does not indicate any signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time; however, the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death. 

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft from a local business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man enter the store on January 25 and load numerous tools and rolls of wire into a shopping cart.  Detectives then observed the suspect throw some of the tools over the fence in the garden department.  The suspect took two spools of wire and proceeded to the custom service desk where he fraudulently returned the wire for a gift card.  After further investigation detectives also observed another man enter the store on January 28 and proceed to load tools into a shopping cart, and also throw them over the fence in the garden department.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $3,000.

 

It is believed the two theft incidents were committed by two different men.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  Anyone with information regarding the thefts or the suspects or vehicles shown in the photographs are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

**Suspect has been identified as Anthony Keith Simmons, 49, of Lake Charles. He has been arrested and charged with hit & run driving; driving without a license; no auto insurance; failure to register motor vehicle; and alteration to a temporary tag.**

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on February 2 at approximately 5:00 a.m. at a local convenience store located at on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a silver Dodge Caliber drove into the front doors of the business.  The suspect then briefly entered the store before fleeing the scene.

 

The Dodge Caliber has damage to the front right bumper.  It also appears the front right quarter panel of the Caliber has been recently replaced and is unpainted.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Dodge Caliber or the driver in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on November 23 and 24 the suspects made several fraudulent ATM withdrawals, totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Jennings.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 1:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Deputy at Barbe High School received information from school officials in reference to a student that may be in possession of a firearm. 

           

The CPSO deputy along with the school’s administrators questioned the 15 year old boy and learned he was in possession of a firearm.  During the preliminary investigation it was learned the firearm the student possessed belonged to a CPSO deputy, who is a family member of the student, and had been taken without the deputy’s knowledge.

           

“We work hand in hand with the Calcasieu Parish School Board on a daily basis to ensure our students’ safety which is our ultimate goal,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to applaud the student who reported the possibility of a gun being on campus.  As hard as it may seem to a student to turn in another student, it is imperative, and it is your responsibility, for the safety of everyone at the school.  If you see something, say something.”

           

The juvenile was arrested and CPSO is conducting an internal investigation in reference to the firearm.     

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Hecker Road, near the intersection of Lalanne Road in Iowa.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an 18 wheeler was traveling on Hecker Road when it went off the roadway in a curve.  The truck then rolled over and caught on fire.  The driver, James E. Johosky, Jr., 59, Welsh, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on December 17 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and a woman stealing approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case at the store.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin at 491-7924.


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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 LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft at local business on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man at approximately 9:40 p.m. on January 25, stealing several items from the back of a company truck that was located at the business.  The surveillance then showed the same suspect returning at approximately 11:00 p.m. and stealing more tools from the same truck.  The stolen items include a Milwaukee corded band saw, Ridgid power pony threading machine, and numerous feet of copper wire. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the subject. 

 

Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the photograph is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.

 

During the initial investigation the 15 year old victim advised detectives Patrick T. Brown, 49, Westlake, a family acquaintance, was armed with a knife and forced her to expose herself.  The victim then advised detectives Brown began to force himself on her and put the knife to her throat.  She also stated Brown began to choke her while he pinned her to the ground and struck her numerous times in the back of the head with a blunt object.  The victim was able to get away from Brown, but sustained lacerations to her neck and hand.    

 

Detectives made contact with Brown, who was still located at the residence where the incident took place, and he was arrested and into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree rape; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $600,000.   

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff there was a 3 month old baby boy in the emergency room who had bruising throughout his entire head, eyes, ears, back, and inside his mouth, as well as, a laceration on his lip.  Hospital staff also advised deputies the injuries to the baby varied in stages of healing.     

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s father, Jordan M. Vidrine, 23, Sulphur, who admitted to striking the baby in the head but said he was aiming for a dog not the boy.  Vidrine advised detectives he was unsure how the other injuries occurred.   

 

Vidrine was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The baby boy was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Chris Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Michelle Robinson and Jacob Dore are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On November 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local elementary school in reference to a complaint of cruelty to a juvenile.  During the investigation detectives observed open cuts and bruises on the 11 year old boy’s legs, back and arms.  The child advised detectives that a family member, Lien N. Frick, 47, Lake Charles, has slapped him in the head with an open hand and whipped him with a plastic coat hanger.  Several days later detectives spoke with Frick who admitted to whipping the child with a plastic coat hanger. 

 

After further investigation the case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office and on January 3 the District Attorney’s Office accepted charges.  On January 10 detectives issued a warrant for Frick’s arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt signed in the amount of $1,500.  Frick was notified by detectives of her active warrant and on January 22 she turned herself in to CPSO.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released on bond later the same day. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:15 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Red Davis McCollister Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a head-on collision had occurred between a pickup truck and a car.  Deputies observed the truck was overturned and on fire in the ditch.

           

Evidence at the scene indicate the car was heading eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Rd. and the truck was heading westbound. The preliminary investigation reveals one of the vehicles crossed the center line for reasons unknown at this time, causing the car and the truck to collide. 

           

Wilson T. Freeman, 24, Lake Charles, the driver of the car, and Morgan N. Jordan, 19, Lake Charles, the rear passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.  The front passenger in the car was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.  The driver of the truck was able to crawl out of the truck through the windshield and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

CPSO Sgts. Ty Istre and Bryan Guth are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Corey B. Spikes, 33, 1313 Tulane Street, Lake Charles, after it was learned he violated a protective order issued by Judge Guy Bradberry on four different occasions. 

 

On December 23 deputies received a report from the victim in reference to Spikes having her cell phone service turned off, which is against the issued protective order.  On January 7 deputies received the second report in reference to Spikes being present on the property of the victim’s family business the previous day.  Later the same day deputies received another report in reference to Spikes attempting to contact the victim by a third party.  On January 10 deputies received the fourth report in reference to Spikes following the victim around and then contacting her family member stating he knew her activities throughout day.

 

After further investigation on January 18 detectives obtained 4 warrants, one for each separate report, signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for Spikes’ arrest.   

 

On January 20 Spikes was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of violation of a protective order.  He was released the following day on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being he may have no contact with the victim and no criminal activity. 

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 2 month old baby boy for a femur fracture to his right leg.

 

When detectives spoke with a family member of the baby she stated she was awakened that morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. by the baby screaming and crying, at which time she witnessed the child’s father, Terry J. Pellegrin, Jr., 32, Lake Charles, standing next to the crib.  When detectives spoke with Pellegrin he stated he doesn’t know what happened but thought the fracture was caused by the baby moving himself in the crib and getting his leg caught in the railings.  Both the family member and Pellegrin stated that prior to 12:30 a.m. the baby was moving both his legs and did not appear to have any injuries.  Detectives observed both the family member and Pellegrin to have inconsistent stories when trying to explain what occurred that morning. 

  

During the investigation the hospital performed a skeletal survey, which showed the fracture to the baby’s right leg, as well as older injuries to the skull, left leg, and ribs that were beginning to heal.  The hospital staff noted that the findings of the survey were compatible with non-accidental trauma. 

 

Pellegrin was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $500,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town where he is currently being treated. 

 

The investigation is continuing and there may be more arrests in this case.  CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

On January 25, after further investigation, the mother, Deborah Pellegrin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $400,000.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies were able to confirm that Pratt had been employed with the company since July 2017.  It was learned Pratt did notify the authorities in Texas, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana, but did not notify local authorities here in Calcasieu Parish. 

  

After further investigation on January 16 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Pratt’s arrest.  He was located on January 20 at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

Pratt was convicted of criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree in Michigan in 1995.

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 21 at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the train tracks on Highway 3256 in Lake Charles regarding a pedestrian/train accident. 

 

The investigation revealed Damon S. Long, 43, Houma, was laying partially on the tracks.  As the train was backing up, the engineer could not see Long, and he was struck by the back end of the train.  Long was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

 

CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit Detective Sgt. Sandra Gibson is the lead investigator of this incident.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 18 at approximately 11:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of Arkansas Street and Circle Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Eric L. Martinez, 35, 3707 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, and requested his identification, at which time Martinez advised he did not have any ID on his person, but provided deputies with documentation showing he was a convicted sex offender.   Deputies learned Martinez did not possess a sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies also learned Martinez was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and failure to stop.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $35,500.

 

Martinez was convicted of immoral or indecent acts in Wyoming in 2004; and violation of sex offender registration in Arizona in 2013.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Matthew Saxby and Deputy Britt Poindexter are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a victim who stated he witnessed a man driving his four-wheeler, which was previously stolen from his shop on Prater Road in Sulphur.  The victim also advised the suspect had a motor, which was also stolen from his shop, on the four-wheeler.

           

Deputies made contact with the suspect, later identified as Zachariah N. Jessie, 19, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, at an apartment complex on Lewis Street in Sulphur, at which time he was transported to the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center to speak with detectives.  Zachariah advised detectives he had more stolen items at his residence on Mathilda Drive.  Zachariah was transported by patrol to his residence where they learned his family member, Joshua M. Jessie, 17, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, was also responsible for the burglary and theft.  Once at the residence, detectives located numerous stolen items totaling approximately $10,000 from the burglary that occurred on Prater Road.  Deputies also located approximately $5,000 worth of stolen items from a burglary that occurred at a home on E. Burton Street in Sulphur, that had been previously reported; as well as stolen property from a case being investigated by Sulphur Police Department. 

 

Joshua arrived at the home, at which time he and Zachariah were arrested and transported back to CPSO West Cal LEC.  When detectives spoke with Joshua he confirmed he broke into the house on E. Burton Street, as well as, the shop located on Prater Road on several occasions with Zachariah.  Zachariah and Joshua were then transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Zachariah is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; illegal possession of stolen property; and simple criminal property damage under $1,000.  Joshua is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; and theft $5,000 to $25,000.  Both Zachariah and Joshua’s bond are set at $24,500.

           

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


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17. 

 

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

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE  MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

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

 

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

 

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

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

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

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

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 20 and end April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 shortly after 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified by the Barbe High School Resource Officer in reference to a threat from a student at the school.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned school officials had spoken with several students who advised they overheard a 16 year old boy say he wanted to kill people.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local business on Highway 90 in Lake Charles regarding a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured two men on video surveillance enter the laundromat area and break into the washer and dryers.   

 

During the investigation detectives viewed the surveillance video and observed one man, identified as Charles A. Hutchins, 56, 6151 Mark Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, keeping watch while the other man, identified as Noah Celestine, Jr., 47, 6708 Chickadee Road, Iowa, broke into the machines and stole approximately $1,800. 

 

Later the same day detectives were able to locate Celestine at a local hotel and received permission to search the room.  During the search detectives located burglary tools, as well as, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  Detectives made contact with Hutchins over the phone, who advised he would meet them at CPSO Iowa Law Enforcement Center. 

Celestine and Hutchins were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Celestine is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.   Hutchins is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Mike Canaday set Celestine’s bond at $198,000 and Hutchins’ bond at $120,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Roy Pesson and Kim Sittig are the lead investigators on this case.


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Barbe High School received a tip from a student that another student was possibly in possession of a gun.  The school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The complainant identified the student by name at which time school administrators, after viewing surveillance video, were able to locate the student in a hallway.

           

CPSO deputies arrived on scene in less than a minute and made contact with the student and after a patdown learned he did not have a gun.

           

As a precautionary measure, CPSO deputies are in the process of doing a sweep at the school.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN & WOMAN FOR 35 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & 6 COUNTS OF AGG ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

In late February Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to an animal cruelty investigation.

 

CPAS advised detectives in November 2017 that they had responded to a residence at 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, in reference to a complaint they received of dogs running loose and tearing up the neighborhood. They told detectives they made contact with the homeowner, Kimberly L. Evans, 40, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, and discovered at least 20 dogs on the property living in unsanitary conditions, without proper water or shelter. CPAS stated they wrote Evans several cruelty notices over the next several months, most of which Evans failed to address.

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives, along with CPAS and a veterinarian, arrived at the home and observed animals confined to crates, some of which contained as many as six dogs to one crate. Detectives also observed several dog carcasses outside the home as well as a possible goat carcass. When detectives attempted to make contact with the homeowner, no one answered so a search warrant was prepared on the home. Upon entering the home, detectives observed layers of fecal matter and urine covering the floors and furniture. Once inside they found several living dogs, birds, and cats inside the home. They also located a cat carcass in a laundry basket by the washer & dryer that was being consumed by maggots and two deceased birds, still inside the cage with the living birds. CPSO detectives and CPAS seized 35 living animals from the home, as well as, 6 deceased animals. Before leaving the home detectives were advised that a Hispanic male lives at the residence, but flees into the woods every time law enforcement arrives on the property.

 

On March 5 Evans, as well as, the man living at the home, arrived at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. When detectives spoke with Evans she stated she had collected the dogs from people on Facebook who were giving them away. When detectives informed her she had not addressed the living conditions of the animals after CPAS issued notices, she advised them she had misplaced the notices. When asked about the man living at the home she advised his name was “Yoni” and he was her fiancé that had been living with her for approximately 3 years.

 

When detectives spoke with the man he initially gave detectives a false name. CPSO detectives contacted U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to assist with the man, due to a language barrier. Once they arrived they were able to determine the man was actually Alfredo Sanchez, 38, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, who is a convicted felon in the U.S. illegally and has been deported previously on two occasions. Sanchez advised he and his attorney used a fraudulent name to apply for a visa.

 

Evans and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 35 counts of simple cruelty to animals; and 6 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Judge Sharon Wilson set both their bonds at $7,500.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol placed a Federal detainer on Sanchez and will be further investigating his claims in reference to obtaining a visa.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. James Leubner is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Joshua N. Wesley, 26, 5001 Pecan Acres Drive # 31, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16 year old girl he met through his place of employment.  Detectives learned Wesley initially communicated with the victim over social media, which eventually led to physical meetings. 

 

When detectives questioned Wesley, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on two occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $30,000.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by several parents of students who attend Moss Bluff Middle School in reference to threats against the school.

 

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who advised they received messages on social media from a 13 year old student stating he was going to shoot up the school. Detectives contacted school officials and were able to obtain an address for the boy. Once they arrived at the home, a consent to search was completed on the house as well as the boy’s cell phone. CPSO Forensic Detectives were called to the home and completed a forensic download on the phone, which confirmed the device was used to create the social media accounts, as well as, send the threats.

 

When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he was responsible for creating the social media accounts and sending the threatening messages. The boy was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2 counts of terrorizing.

 

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso. “ This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Louis Guy II is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregg L. Hammock, 71, Silsbee, Texas, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17 year old.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Hammock had inappropriate contact with her in 2017 while he was living in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

When detectives spoke with Hammock he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.

 

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

CAT TEAM ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED; CPSO ARRESTS SAME MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of McNabb Street in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived to execute the warrant they breached the door and one of the residents, Nathaniel J. Conner, 28, Lake Charles, grabbed his two children, ages 7 and 4, taking them hostage, in an attempt to use them as a shield from deputies.  Conner advised deputies on scene that they would have to kill him and the children because he was not going to jail.  Conner barricaded himself in a small bathroom with the two children and advised deputies he had a gun.  It was also learned Conner wrapped a towel around his head, in an attempt to protect himself in case any chemical weapons were deployed.  He also held his two children up to cover his body.  ACT-Team members requested negotiators to the scene, and throughout negotiations Conner had both children remain in a position to cover him. 

 

A short time later, while Conner was distracted, an ACT- Team member tackled Conner, allowing one of the children to escape.  Conner continued to hold the other child in his arms, which deputies were eventually able to free.  Conner continued to resist deputies and had to be subdued with less-than-lethal ammunition, at which time the second child was safely removed from the residence.     

 

During the execution of the warrant CAT Team detectives located a stolen Hi-Point rifle, that was reported stolen from Sulphur Police Department, synthetic marijuana, Promethazine-Codeine syrup, and drug paraphernalia.  Conner, along with another resident who was taken into custody when deputies first entered the home, Sierra R. Wilkerson, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Conner is charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping; resisting an officer, battery on a police officer, possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Wilkerson is charged with possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set a bond of $25,000 for Conner’s charges of kidnapping; the rest of Conner’s bond, as well as, Wilkerson’s bond is still pending.

 

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


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN THE EVENT OF FLOODING

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the opening of the gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary actions in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish. This is a precautionary measure taken by the Sheriff’s Office in the event there is considerable rain in the parish in the next few days.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “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 and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam W. Person, 29, 458 Theriot Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he entered the victim’s residence, who was an ex-acquaintance, on two occasions without permission.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered on February 9 Person entered the residence during the daytime hours, after the victim had advised him not to be on the property.  Once inside the home Person sent a photo of himself to the victim.  Again, on February 21 Person entered the residence and texted the victim stating he was inside.  When she returned home she observed a pack of cigarettes on the counter, which Person stated he left.  Deputies cleared the residence but did not locate Person. 

  

A short time later Person was located and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Person he confirmed he entered the victim’s residence on both occasions without her permission.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Person is charged with 2 counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.     

 

It is still unknown how Person gained entry into the residence. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

In the last few days, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have investigated several incidents where threats, either verbally or through social media posts, have been made at local schools around the parish.  At no time were any students in danger from these threats.  None of these cases necessitated a lockdown of the school, nor was there any cause for public alarm.

           

As of today, a 15 year old student from Sam Houston High School has been arrested.  She has been charged with terrorizing.   A warrant for terrorizing has been issued for a 13 year old boy at Vinton Middle School.  The investigations are continuing and if arrests are made, the Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the school at that time.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board are monitoring all social media sites for further threats.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and both have instituted a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.

           

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “Everyone is on high alert due to the past school shootings around the country.  This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.  I encourage anyone, whether it be a student, teacher, school personnel or parents to report any threats you hear about or read about on social media.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 14 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3400 block of Choupique Road in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

 

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch in the curve of Choupique Road, southeast of Gum Island Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Michael D. Tabor, Jr., 37, Vinton, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed him to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Tabor he advised he had two alcoholic beverages approximately four hours prior to the crash.      

 

After Tabor, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Tabor was released later the same day on a $8,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Scott Rosteet, Christopher Rabb and Deputies Garrett Douglas and Bradley Lamar are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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 ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Richard M. Koch, 41, Groves, TX, who was a former acquaintance.  Detectives learned the suspect arrived at the motel at which time an argument ensued between him and the victim.  Koch first attempted to hit the victim with his truck and then proceeded to get out of his truck and swing at the victim with his fist.  The victim advised he turned around to leave and Koch stabbed him one time in the back. 

 

Koch, who fled the scene, proceeded to his residence and hooked up his camper trailer to his truck.  While Koch was driving on Highway 397 in Lake Charles the camper, which was improperly secured, separated from the truck.  Koch continued driving and left the camper in the roadway.  Several minutes later deputies happened upon the camper and it was towed due to it blocking the roadway.

 

A short time later Koch arrived at CPSO to inquire on the whereabouts of his camper, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; and aggravated assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby was brought in with a brain bleed. 

 

During the investigation, detectives spoke with the babysitter, Kristian A. Rosas, 25, 1260 N. Highway 171, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old at her residence.  Rosas admitted to detectives that she intentionally struck the baby’s head against a wall.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $80,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town and is currently listed in serious condition.

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 2:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a body found in the Bayou D’Inde.

 

Deputies responded to the area by boat and confirmed there was a deceased body in the water. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the man as Gregory P. Cass, 50, Sulphur.

 

 The initial investigation does not indicate any signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time; however, the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death. 

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft from a local business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man enter the store on January 25 and load numerous tools and rolls of wire into a shopping cart.  Detectives then observed the suspect throw some of the tools over the fence in the garden department.  The suspect took two spools of wire and proceeded to the custom service desk where he fraudulently returned the wire for a gift card.  After further investigation detectives also observed another man enter the store on January 28 and proceed to load tools into a shopping cart, and also throw them over the fence in the garden department.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $3,000.

 

It is believed the two theft incidents were committed by two different men.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  Anyone with information regarding the thefts or the suspects or vehicles shown in the photographs are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

**Suspect has been identified as Anthony Keith Simmons, 49, of Lake Charles. He has been arrested and charged with hit & run driving; driving without a license; no auto insurance; failure to register motor vehicle; and alteration to a temporary tag.**

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on February 2 at approximately 5:00 a.m. at a local convenience store located at on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a silver Dodge Caliber drove into the front doors of the business.  The suspect then briefly entered the store before fleeing the scene.

 

The Dodge Caliber has damage to the front right bumper.  It also appears the front right quarter panel of the Caliber has been recently replaced and is unpainted.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Dodge Caliber or the driver in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on November 23 and 24 the suspects made several fraudulent ATM withdrawals, totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Jennings.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 1:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Deputy at Barbe High School received information from school officials in reference to a student that may be in possession of a firearm. 

           

The CPSO deputy along with the school’s administrators questioned the 15 year old boy and learned he was in possession of a firearm.  During the preliminary investigation it was learned the firearm the student possessed belonged to a CPSO deputy, who is a family member of the student, and had been taken without the deputy’s knowledge.

           

“We work hand in hand with the Calcasieu Parish School Board on a daily basis to ensure our students’ safety which is our ultimate goal,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to applaud the student who reported the possibility of a gun being on campus.  As hard as it may seem to a student to turn in another student, it is imperative, and it is your responsibility, for the safety of everyone at the school.  If you see something, say something.”

           

The juvenile was arrested and CPSO is conducting an internal investigation in reference to the firearm.     

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Hecker Road, near the intersection of Lalanne Road in Iowa.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an 18 wheeler was traveling on Hecker Road when it went off the roadway in a curve.  The truck then rolled over and caught on fire.  The driver, James E. Johosky, Jr., 59, Welsh, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on December 17 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and a woman stealing approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case at the store.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin at 491-7924.


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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 LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft at local business on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man at approximately 9:40 p.m. on January 25, stealing several items from the back of a company truck that was located at the business.  The surveillance then showed the same suspect returning at approximately 11:00 p.m. and stealing more tools from the same truck.  The stolen items include a Milwaukee corded band saw, Ridgid power pony threading machine, and numerous feet of copper wire. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the subject. 

 

Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the photograph is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.

 

During the initial investigation the 15 year old victim advised detectives Patrick T. Brown, 49, Westlake, a family acquaintance, was armed with a knife and forced her to expose herself.  The victim then advised detectives Brown began to force himself on her and put the knife to her throat.  She also stated Brown began to choke her while he pinned her to the ground and struck her numerous times in the back of the head with a blunt object.  The victim was able to get away from Brown, but sustained lacerations to her neck and hand.    

 

Detectives made contact with Brown, who was still located at the residence where the incident took place, and he was arrested and into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree rape; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $600,000.   

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff there was a 3 month old baby boy in the emergency room who had bruising throughout his entire head, eyes, ears, back, and inside his mouth, as well as, a laceration on his lip.  Hospital staff also advised deputies the injuries to the baby varied in stages of healing.     

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s father, Jordan M. Vidrine, 23, Sulphur, who admitted to striking the baby in the head but said he was aiming for a dog not the boy.  Vidrine advised detectives he was unsure how the other injuries occurred.   

 

Vidrine was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The baby boy was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Chris Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Michelle Robinson and Jacob Dore are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On November 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local elementary school in reference to a complaint of cruelty to a juvenile.  During the investigation detectives observed open cuts and bruises on the 11 year old boy’s legs, back and arms.  The child advised detectives that a family member, Lien N. Frick, 47, Lake Charles, has slapped him in the head with an open hand and whipped him with a plastic coat hanger.  Several days later detectives spoke with Frick who admitted to whipping the child with a plastic coat hanger. 

 

After further investigation the case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office and on January 3 the District Attorney’s Office accepted charges.  On January 10 detectives issued a warrant for Frick’s arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt signed in the amount of $1,500.  Frick was notified by detectives of her active warrant and on January 22 she turned herself in to CPSO.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released on bond later the same day. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:15 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Red Davis McCollister Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a head-on collision had occurred between a pickup truck and a car.  Deputies observed the truck was overturned and on fire in the ditch.

           

Evidence at the scene indicate the car was heading eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Rd. and the truck was heading westbound. The preliminary investigation reveals one of the vehicles crossed the center line for reasons unknown at this time, causing the car and the truck to collide. 

           

Wilson T. Freeman, 24, Lake Charles, the driver of the car, and Morgan N. Jordan, 19, Lake Charles, the rear passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.  The front passenger in the car was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.  The driver of the truck was able to crawl out of the truck through the windshield and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

CPSO Sgts. Ty Istre and Bryan Guth are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Corey B. Spikes, 33, 1313 Tulane Street, Lake Charles, after it was learned he violated a protective order issued by Judge Guy Bradberry on four different occasions. 

 

On December 23 deputies received a report from the victim in reference to Spikes having her cell phone service turned off, which is against the issued protective order.  On January 7 deputies received the second report in reference to Spikes being present on the property of the victim’s family business the previous day.  Later the same day deputies received another report in reference to Spikes attempting to contact the victim by a third party.  On January 10 deputies received the fourth report in reference to Spikes following the victim around and then contacting her family member stating he knew her activities throughout day.

 

After further investigation on January 18 detectives obtained 4 warrants, one for each separate report, signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for Spikes’ arrest.   

 

On January 20 Spikes was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of violation of a protective order.  He was released the following day on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being he may have no contact with the victim and no criminal activity. 

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 2 month old baby boy for a femur fracture to his right leg.

 

When detectives spoke with a family member of the baby she stated she was awakened that morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. by the baby screaming and crying, at which time she witnessed the child’s father, Terry J. Pellegrin, Jr., 32, Lake Charles, standing next to the crib.  When detectives spoke with Pellegrin he stated he doesn’t know what happened but thought the fracture was caused by the baby moving himself in the crib and getting his leg caught in the railings.  Both the family member and Pellegrin stated that prior to 12:30 a.m. the baby was moving both his legs and did not appear to have any injuries.  Detectives observed both the family member and Pellegrin to have inconsistent stories when trying to explain what occurred that morning. 

  

During the investigation the hospital performed a skeletal survey, which showed the fracture to the baby’s right leg, as well as older injuries to the skull, left leg, and ribs that were beginning to heal.  The hospital staff noted that the findings of the survey were compatible with non-accidental trauma. 

 

Pellegrin was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $500,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town where he is currently being treated. 

 

The investigation is continuing and there may be more arrests in this case.  CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

On January 25, after further investigation, the mother, Deborah Pellegrin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $400,000.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies were able to confirm that Pratt had been employed with the company since July 2017.  It was learned Pratt did notify the authorities in Texas, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana, but did not notify local authorities here in Calcasieu Parish. 

  

After further investigation on January 16 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Pratt’s arrest.  He was located on January 20 at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

Pratt was convicted of criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree in Michigan in 1995.

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 21 at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the train tracks on Highway 3256 in Lake Charles regarding a pedestrian/train accident. 

 

The investigation revealed Damon S. Long, 43, Houma, was laying partially on the tracks.  As the train was backing up, the engineer could not see Long, and he was struck by the back end of the train.  Long was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

 

CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit Detective Sgt. Sandra Gibson is the lead investigator of this incident.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 18 at approximately 11:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of Arkansas Street and Circle Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Eric L. Martinez, 35, 3707 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, and requested his identification, at which time Martinez advised he did not have any ID on his person, but provided deputies with documentation showing he was a convicted sex offender.   Deputies learned Martinez did not possess a sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies also learned Martinez was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and failure to stop.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $35,500.

 

Martinez was convicted of immoral or indecent acts in Wyoming in 2004; and violation of sex offender registration in Arizona in 2013.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Matthew Saxby and Deputy Britt Poindexter are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a victim who stated he witnessed a man driving his four-wheeler, which was previously stolen from his shop on Prater Road in Sulphur.  The victim also advised the suspect had a motor, which was also stolen from his shop, on the four-wheeler.

           

Deputies made contact with the suspect, later identified as Zachariah N. Jessie, 19, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, at an apartment complex on Lewis Street in Sulphur, at which time he was transported to the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center to speak with detectives.  Zachariah advised detectives he had more stolen items at his residence on Mathilda Drive.  Zachariah was transported by patrol to his residence where they learned his family member, Joshua M. Jessie, 17, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, was also responsible for the burglary and theft.  Once at the residence, detectives located numerous stolen items totaling approximately $10,000 from the burglary that occurred on Prater Road.  Deputies also located approximately $5,000 worth of stolen items from a burglary that occurred at a home on E. Burton Street in Sulphur, that had been previously reported; as well as stolen property from a case being investigated by Sulphur Police Department. 

 

Joshua arrived at the home, at which time he and Zachariah were arrested and transported back to CPSO West Cal LEC.  When detectives spoke with Joshua he confirmed he broke into the house on E. Burton Street, as well as, the shop located on Prater Road on several occasions with Zachariah.  Zachariah and Joshua were then transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Zachariah is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; illegal possession of stolen property; and simple criminal property damage under $1,000.  Joshua is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; and theft $5,000 to $25,000.  Both Zachariah and Joshua’s bond are set at $24,500.

           

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


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The 13-day campaign that starts today, May 21, and ends June 3, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17. 

 

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

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE  MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

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

 

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

 

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

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

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

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

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 119th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

Forty-four (44) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Tribal Police, DeRidder Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Reeves Police Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Sulphur Police Department, and Vinton Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SULPHUR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

          

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 20 and end April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 shortly after 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified by the Barbe High School Resource Officer in reference to a threat from a student at the school.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned school officials had spoken with several students who advised they overheard a 16 year old boy say he wanted to kill people.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local business on Highway 90 in Lake Charles regarding a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who advised they captured two men on video surveillance enter the laundromat area and break into the washer and dryers.   

 

During the investigation detectives viewed the surveillance video and observed one man, identified as Charles A. Hutchins, 56, 6151 Mark Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, keeping watch while the other man, identified as Noah Celestine, Jr., 47, 6708 Chickadee Road, Iowa, broke into the machines and stole approximately $1,800. 

 

Later the same day detectives were able to locate Celestine at a local hotel and received permission to search the room.  During the search detectives located burglary tools, as well as, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and transferred to CPSO for questioning.  Detectives made contact with Hutchins over the phone, who advised he would meet them at CPSO Iowa Law Enforcement Center. 

Celestine and Hutchins were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Celestine is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; possession of burglary tools; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.   Hutchins is charged with theft over $1,000; simple burglary; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Mike Canaday set Celestine’s bond at $198,000 and Hutchins’ bond at $120,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Roy Pesson and Kim Sittig are the lead investigators on this case.


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Barbe High School received a tip from a student that another student was possibly in possession of a gun.  The school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The complainant identified the student by name at which time school administrators, after viewing surveillance video, were able to locate the student in a hallway.

           

CPSO deputies arrived on scene in less than a minute and made contact with the student and after a patdown learned he did not have a gun.

           

As a precautionary measure, CPSO deputies are in the process of doing a sweep at the school.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN & WOMAN FOR 35 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & 6 COUNTS OF AGG ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

In late February Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to an animal cruelty investigation.

 

CPAS advised detectives in November 2017 that they had responded to a residence at 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, in reference to a complaint they received of dogs running loose and tearing up the neighborhood. They told detectives they made contact with the homeowner, Kimberly L. Evans, 40, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, and discovered at least 20 dogs on the property living in unsanitary conditions, without proper water or shelter. CPAS stated they wrote Evans several cruelty notices over the next several months, most of which Evans failed to address.

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives, along with CPAS and a veterinarian, arrived at the home and observed animals confined to crates, some of which contained as many as six dogs to one crate. Detectives also observed several dog carcasses outside the home as well as a possible goat carcass. When detectives attempted to make contact with the homeowner, no one answered so a search warrant was prepared on the home. Upon entering the home, detectives observed layers of fecal matter and urine covering the floors and furniture. Once inside they found several living dogs, birds, and cats inside the home. They also located a cat carcass in a laundry basket by the washer & dryer that was being consumed by maggots and two deceased birds, still inside the cage with the living birds. CPSO detectives and CPAS seized 35 living animals from the home, as well as, 6 deceased animals. Before leaving the home detectives were advised that a Hispanic male lives at the residence, but flees into the woods every time law enforcement arrives on the property.

 

On March 5 Evans, as well as, the man living at the home, arrived at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. When detectives spoke with Evans she stated she had collected the dogs from people on Facebook who were giving them away. When detectives informed her she had not addressed the living conditions of the animals after CPAS issued notices, she advised them she had misplaced the notices. When asked about the man living at the home she advised his name was “Yoni” and he was her fiancé that had been living with her for approximately 3 years.

 

When detectives spoke with the man he initially gave detectives a false name. CPSO detectives contacted U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to assist with the man, due to a language barrier. Once they arrived they were able to determine the man was actually Alfredo Sanchez, 38, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, who is a convicted felon in the U.S. illegally and has been deported previously on two occasions. Sanchez advised he and his attorney used a fraudulent name to apply for a visa.

 

Evans and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 35 counts of simple cruelty to animals; and 6 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Judge Sharon Wilson set both their bonds at $7,500.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol placed a Federal detainer on Sanchez and will be further investigating his claims in reference to obtaining a visa.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. James Leubner is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Joshua N. Wesley, 26, 5001 Pecan Acres Drive # 31, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16 year old girl he met through his place of employment.  Detectives learned Wesley initially communicated with the victim over social media, which eventually led to physical meetings. 

 

When detectives questioned Wesley, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on two occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $30,000.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by several parents of students who attend Moss Bluff Middle School in reference to threats against the school.

 

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who advised they received messages on social media from a 13 year old student stating he was going to shoot up the school. Detectives contacted school officials and were able to obtain an address for the boy. Once they arrived at the home, a consent to search was completed on the house as well as the boy’s cell phone. CPSO Forensic Detectives were called to the home and completed a forensic download on the phone, which confirmed the device was used to create the social media accounts, as well as, send the threats.

 

When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he was responsible for creating the social media accounts and sending the threatening messages. The boy was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2 counts of terrorizing.

 

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso. “ This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Louis Guy II is the lead investigator in the case.

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregg L. Hammock, 71, Silsbee, Texas, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17 year old.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives that Hammock had inappropriate contact with her in 2017 while he was living in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

When detectives spoke with Hammock he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.

 

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

CAT TEAM ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED; CPSO ARRESTS SAME MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of McNabb Street in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived to execute the warrant they breached the door and one of the residents, Nathaniel J. Conner, 28, Lake Charles, grabbed his two children, ages 7 and 4, taking them hostage, in an attempt to use them as a shield from deputies.  Conner advised deputies on scene that they would have to kill him and the children because he was not going to jail.  Conner barricaded himself in a small bathroom with the two children and advised deputies he had a gun.  It was also learned Conner wrapped a towel around his head, in an attempt to protect himself in case any chemical weapons were deployed.  He also held his two children up to cover his body.  ACT-Team members requested negotiators to the scene, and throughout negotiations Conner had both children remain in a position to cover him. 

 

A short time later, while Conner was distracted, an ACT- Team member tackled Conner, allowing one of the children to escape.  Conner continued to hold the other child in his arms, which deputies were eventually able to free.  Conner continued to resist deputies and had to be subdued with less-than-lethal ammunition, at which time the second child was safely removed from the residence.     

 

During the execution of the warrant CAT Team detectives located a stolen Hi-Point rifle, that was reported stolen from Sulphur Police Department, synthetic marijuana, Promethazine-Codeine syrup, and drug paraphernalia.  Conner, along with another resident who was taken into custody when deputies first entered the home, Sierra R. Wilkerson, 19, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Conner is charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping; resisting an officer, battery on a police officer, possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Wilkerson is charged with possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set a bond of $25,000 for Conner’s charges of kidnapping; the rest of Conner’s bond, as well as, Wilkerson’s bond is still pending.

 

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


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES INFO TO PUBLIC IN THE EVENT OF FLOODING

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the opening of the gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary actions in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish. This is a precautionary measure taken by the Sheriff’s Office in the event there is considerable rain in the parish in the next few days.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “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 and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam W. Person, 29, 458 Theriot Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he entered the victim’s residence, who was an ex-acquaintance, on two occasions without permission.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered on February 9 Person entered the residence during the daytime hours, after the victim had advised him not to be on the property.  Once inside the home Person sent a photo of himself to the victim.  Again, on February 21 Person entered the residence and texted the victim stating he was inside.  When she returned home she observed a pack of cigarettes on the counter, which Person stated he left.  Deputies cleared the residence but did not locate Person. 

  

A short time later Person was located and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Person he confirmed he entered the victim’s residence on both occasions without her permission.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Person is charged with 2 counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.     

 

It is still unknown how Person gained entry into the residence. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

In the last few days, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have investigated several incidents where threats, either verbally or through social media posts, have been made at local schools around the parish.  At no time were any students in danger from these threats.  None of these cases necessitated a lockdown of the school, nor was there any cause for public alarm.

           

As of today, a 15 year old student from Sam Houston High School has been arrested.  She has been charged with terrorizing.   A warrant for terrorizing has been issued for a 13 year old boy at Vinton Middle School.  The investigations are continuing and if arrests are made, the Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the school at that time.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board are monitoring all social media sites for further threats.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and both have instituted a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.

           

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “Everyone is on high alert due to the past school shootings around the country.  This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.  I encourage anyone, whether it be a student, teacher, school personnel or parents to report any threats you hear about or read about on social media.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 14 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3400 block of Choupique Road in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle in the ditch.   

 

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch in the curve of Choupique Road, southeast of Gum Island Road.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Michael D. Tabor, Jr., 37, Vinton, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and observed him to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Tabor he advised he had two alcoholic beverages approximately four hours prior to the crash.      

 

After Tabor, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Tabor was released later the same day on a $8,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpls. Scott Rosteet, Christopher Rabb and Deputies Garrett Douglas and Bradley Lamar are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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 ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Richard M. Koch, 41, Groves, TX, who was a former acquaintance.  Detectives learned the suspect arrived at the motel at which time an argument ensued between him and the victim.  Koch first attempted to hit the victim with his truck and then proceeded to get out of his truck and swing at the victim with his fist.  The victim advised he turned around to leave and Koch stabbed him one time in the back. 

 

Koch, who fled the scene, proceeded to his residence and hooked up his camper trailer to his truck.  While Koch was driving on Highway 397 in Lake Charles the camper, which was improperly secured, separated from the truck.  Koch continued driving and left the camper in the roadway.  Several minutes later deputies happened upon the camper and it was towed due to it blocking the roadway.

 

A short time later Koch arrived at CPSO to inquire on the whereabouts of his camper, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; and aggravated assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 4 month old baby was brought in with a brain bleed. 

 

During the investigation, detectives spoke with the babysitter, Kristian A. Rosas, 25, 1260 N. Highway 171, Lake Charles, who was babysitting the 4 month old at her residence.  Rosas admitted to detectives that she intentionally struck the baby’s head against a wall.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $80,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town and is currently listed in serious condition.

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 2:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a body found in the Bayou D’Inde.

 

Deputies responded to the area by boat and confirmed there was a deceased body in the water. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the man as Gregory P. Cass, 50, Sulphur.

 

 The initial investigation does not indicate any signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected at this time; however, the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death. 

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft from a local business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man enter the store on January 25 and load numerous tools and rolls of wire into a shopping cart.  Detectives then observed the suspect throw some of the tools over the fence in the garden department.  The suspect took two spools of wire and proceeded to the custom service desk where he fraudulently returned the wire for a gift card.  After further investigation detectives also observed another man enter the store on January 28 and proceed to load tools into a shopping cart, and also throw them over the fence in the garden department.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $3,000.

 

It is believed the two theft incidents were committed by two different men.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  Anyone with information regarding the thefts or the suspects or vehicles shown in the photographs are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

**Suspect has been identified as Anthony Keith Simmons, 49, of Lake Charles. He has been arrested and charged with hit & run driving; driving without a license; no auto insurance; failure to register motor vehicle; and alteration to a temporary tag.**

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on February 2 at approximately 5:00 a.m. at a local convenience store located at on Highway 14 East in Lake Charles. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a silver Dodge Caliber drove into the front doors of the business.  The suspect then briefly entered the store before fleeing the scene.

 

The Dodge Caliber has damage to the front right bumper.  It also appears the front right quarter panel of the Caliber has been recently replaced and is unpainted.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Dodge Caliber or the driver in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on November 23 and 24 the suspects made several fraudulent ATM withdrawals, totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Jennings.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 1:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Deputy at Barbe High School received information from school officials in reference to a student that may be in possession of a firearm. 

           

The CPSO deputy along with the school’s administrators questioned the 15 year old boy and learned he was in possession of a firearm.  During the preliminary investigation it was learned the firearm the student possessed belonged to a CPSO deputy, who is a family member of the student, and had been taken without the deputy’s knowledge.

           

“We work hand in hand with the Calcasieu Parish School Board on a daily basis to ensure our students’ safety which is our ultimate goal,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to applaud the student who reported the possibility of a gun being on campus.  As hard as it may seem to a student to turn in another student, it is imperative, and it is your responsibility, for the safety of everyone at the school.  If you see something, say something.”

           

The juvenile was arrested and CPSO is conducting an internal investigation in reference to the firearm.     

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Hecker Road, near the intersection of Lalanne Road in Iowa.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an 18 wheeler was traveling on Hecker Road when it went off the roadway in a curve.  The truck then rolled over and caught on fire.  The driver, James E. Johosky, Jr., 59, Welsh, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on December 17 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and a woman stealing approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case at the store.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin at 491-7924.


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT 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 combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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 LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft at local business on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed the surveillance video which captured an unknown man at approximately 9:40 p.m. on January 25, stealing several items from the back of a company truck that was located at the business.  The surveillance then showed the same suspect returning at approximately 11:00 p.m. and stealing more tools from the same truck.  The stolen items include a Milwaukee corded band saw, Ridgid power pony threading machine, and numerous feet of copper wire. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the subject. 

 

Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the photograph is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.

 

During the initial investigation the 15 year old victim advised detectives Patrick T. Brown, 49, Westlake, a family acquaintance, was armed with a knife and forced her to expose herself.  The victim then advised detectives Brown began to force himself on her and put the knife to her throat.  She also stated Brown began to choke her while he pinned her to the ground and struck her numerous times in the back of the head with a blunt object.  The victim was able to get away from Brown, but sustained lacerations to her neck and hand.    

 

Detectives made contact with Brown, who was still located at the residence where the incident took place, and he was arrested and into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree rape; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $600,000.   

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff there was a 3 month old baby boy in the emergency room who had bruising throughout his entire head, eyes, ears, back, and inside his mouth, as well as, a laceration on his lip.  Hospital staff also advised deputies the injuries to the baby varied in stages of healing.     

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s father, Jordan M. Vidrine, 23, Sulphur, who admitted to striking the baby in the head but said he was aiming for a dog not the boy.  Vidrine advised detectives he was unsure how the other injuries occurred.   

 

Vidrine was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  His bond is still pending. 

 

The baby boy was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Chris Miller is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Michelle Robinson and Jacob Dore are the lead investigators on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On November 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local elementary school in reference to a complaint of cruelty to a juvenile.  During the investigation detectives observed open cuts and bruises on the 11 year old boy’s legs, back and arms.  The child advised detectives that a family member, Lien N. Frick, 47, Lake Charles, has slapped him in the head with an open hand and whipped him with a plastic coat hanger.  Several days later detectives spoke with Frick who admitted to whipping the child with a plastic coat hanger. 

 

After further investigation the case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office and on January 3 the District Attorney’s Office accepted charges.  On January 10 detectives issued a warrant for Frick’s arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt signed in the amount of $1,500.  Frick was notified by detectives of her active warrant and on January 22 she turned herself in to CPSO.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released on bond later the same day. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:15 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Red Davis McCollister Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a head-on collision had occurred between a pickup truck and a car.  Deputies observed the truck was overturned and on fire in the ditch.

           

Evidence at the scene indicate the car was heading eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Rd. and the truck was heading westbound. The preliminary investigation reveals one of the vehicles crossed the center line for reasons unknown at this time, causing the car and the truck to collide. 

           

Wilson T. Freeman, 24, Lake Charles, the driver of the car, and Morgan N. Jordan, 19, Lake Charles, the rear passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.  The front passenger in the car was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition.  The driver of the truck was able to crawl out of the truck through the windshield and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

CPSO Sgts. Ty Istre and Bryan Guth are the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Corey B. Spikes, 33, 1313 Tulane Street, Lake Charles, after it was learned he violated a protective order issued by Judge Guy Bradberry on four different occasions. 

 

On December 23 deputies received a report from the victim in reference to Spikes having her cell phone service turned off, which is against the issued protective order.  On January 7 deputies received the second report in reference to Spikes being present on the property of the victim’s family business the previous day.  Later the same day deputies received another report in reference to Spikes attempting to contact the victim by a third party.  On January 10 deputies received the fourth report in reference to Spikes following the victim around and then contacting her family member stating he knew her activities throughout day.

 

After further investigation on January 18 detectives obtained 4 warrants, one for each separate report, signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for Spikes’ arrest.   

 

On January 20 Spikes was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of violation of a protective order.  He was released the following day on a $40,000 bond with special conditions being he may have no contact with the victim and no criminal activity. 

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 2 month old baby boy for a femur fracture to his right leg.

 

When detectives spoke with a family member of the baby she stated she was awakened that morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. by the baby screaming and crying, at which time she witnessed the child’s father, Terry J. Pellegrin, Jr., 32, Lake Charles, standing next to the crib.  When detectives spoke with Pellegrin he stated he doesn’t know what happened but thought the fracture was caused by the baby moving himself in the crib and getting his leg caught in the railings.  Both the family member and Pellegrin stated that prior to 12:30 a.m. the baby was moving both his legs and did not appear to have any injuries.  Detectives observed both the family member and Pellegrin to have inconsistent stories when trying to explain what occurred that morning. 

  

During the investigation the hospital performed a skeletal survey, which showed the fracture to the baby’s right leg, as well as older injuries to the skull, left leg, and ribs that were beginning to heal.  The hospital staff noted that the findings of the survey were compatible with non-accidental trauma. 

 

Pellegrin was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $500,000.

 

The baby was transported to a hospital out of town where he is currently being treated. 

 

The investigation is continuing and there may be more arrests in this case.  CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

On January 25, after further investigation, the mother, Deborah Pellegrin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $400,000.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies were able to confirm that Pratt had been employed with the company since July 2017.  It was learned Pratt did notify the authorities in Texas, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana, but did not notify local authorities here in Calcasieu Parish. 

  

After further investigation on January 16 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Pratt’s arrest.  He was located on January 20 at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

Pratt was convicted of criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree in Michigan in 1995.

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 21 at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the train tracks on Highway 3256 in Lake Charles regarding a pedestrian/train accident. 

 

The investigation revealed Damon S. Long, 43, Houma, was laying partially on the tracks.  As the train was backing up, the engineer could not see Long, and he was struck by the back end of the train.  Long was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

 

CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit Detective Sgt. Sandra Gibson is the lead investigator of this incident.

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 18 at approximately 11:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of Arkansas Street and Circle Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Eric L. Martinez, 35, 3707 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, and requested his identification, at which time Martinez advised he did not have any ID on his person, but provided deputies with documentation showing he was a convicted sex offender.   Deputies learned Martinez did not possess a sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  Deputies also learned Martinez was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and failure to stop.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $35,500.

 

Martinez was convicted of immoral or indecent acts in Wyoming in 2004; and violation of sex offender registration in Arizona in 2013.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Matthew Saxby and Deputy Britt Poindexter are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a victim who stated he witnessed a man driving his four-wheeler, which was previously stolen from his shop on Prater Road in Sulphur.  The victim also advised the suspect had a motor, which was also stolen from his shop, on the four-wheeler.

           

Deputies made contact with the suspect, later identified as Zachariah N. Jessie, 19, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, at an apartment complex on Lewis Street in Sulphur, at which time he was transported to the CPSO West Cal Law Enforcement Center to speak with detectives.  Zachariah advised detectives he had more stolen items at his residence on Mathilda Drive.  Zachariah was transported by patrol to his residence where they learned his family member, Joshua M. Jessie, 17, 901 Mathilda Drive, Sulphur, was also responsible for the burglary and theft.  Once at the residence, detectives located numerous stolen items totaling approximately $10,000 from the burglary that occurred on Prater Road.  Deputies also located approximately $5,000 worth of stolen items from a burglary that occurred at a home on E. Burton Street in Sulphur, that had been previously reported; as well as stolen property from a case being investigated by Sulphur Police Department. 

 

Joshua arrived at the home, at which time he and Zachariah were arrested and transported back to CPSO West Cal LEC.  When detectives spoke with Joshua he confirmed he broke into the house on E. Burton Street, as well as, the shop located on Prater Road on several occasions with Zachariah.  Zachariah and Joshua were then transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Zachariah is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; illegal possession of stolen property; and simple criminal property damage under $1,000.  Joshua is charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; and theft $5,000 to $25,000.  Both Zachariah and Joshua’s bond are set at $24,500.

           

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


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On June 1 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a truck near the intersection of Ruth Street and Cypress Street in Sulphur. 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Wesley P. Vincent, 53, 426 Juniper Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and running a red light.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000. 

               

Vincent was convicted of indecency with child contact in Texas in 1999. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sgt. Mark Rosteet was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald James O. Ellis, Jr., 27, 1349 John Belle Road, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriately touched an 11 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened the previous night while she was staying at a family member’s home. 

 

When detectives spoke with Ellis he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN 7 HIT & RUNS

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on May 18, 2018 at Cowboy’s Night Club located at 5329 Common St. in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a Lincoln Navigator damaged 7 vehicles.  The Navigator has been identified as a 2003 Maroon vehicle with tan ground effects and side steps.  The vehicle is also equipped with a luggage rack and dark tinted windows.   The Navigator was occupied by 2 females and is believed to be in the Lake Charles area with possible ties to the Houston, TX area. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the vehicle in this photograph or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 25, 2018, around 7:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Leon Drive in reference to a male attempting to sexually assault an elderly female as she was standing outside of her residence.  The victim was able to scream for help and the suspect ran away.

 

It was learned Lake Charles Police Department was handling a similar incident not far from this location. A coordinated effort between Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lake Charles Police Department, with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, led to Richard Wayne Barras of 2537 North Flounder Drive in Lake Charles being identified as the suspect.

 

Barras was arrested and booked on one count of Attempted 1st Degree Rape. He remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $900,000 bond set by Judge Mike Canaday.

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 2 COUNTS OF FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 2 COUNTS INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On May 15 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, James P. Gaharan, Jr., 54, 527 Division Street, Lake Charles, possibly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.  During the investigation detectives learned sometime between January and April, Gaharan and the 15 year old student engaged in sexual activity at his residence as well as another location in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned Gaharan engaged in explicit conversations with the student on an adult website. 

 

After detectives completed their investigation it was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, and on May 24 Gaharan was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day the CPSO detectives located Gaharan at his home, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; computer aided solicitation of a minor; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Thomas Quirk set his bond at $130,000.

 

CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

On May 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Carver Street in reference to a suspicious person. 

 

Once on scene deputies made contact with Jerald J. Ardoin, 40, Lake Charles, a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 1999 in Calcasieu Parish, as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2004 and 2010.  When deputies spoke with Ardoin he stated he had been living at a home on Carver Street, which had not been registered with law enforcement.  It was also learned his sex offender ID Card, which is required by law for all registered sex offenders, was no longer valid due to having an incorrect address.  Ardoin also stated to deputies he was in possession of synthetic marijuana, which deputies then located in his pocket. 

 

Ardoin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000.  Ardoin also has a probation detainer that was issued in Alexandria. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech