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SEARCHING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On December 6 at approximately 6:00 a.m., an 84 year old man, while checking his mail, was struck by a car traveling southbound in the 7500 block of Choupique Rd. in Sulphur.  The car is believed to be a 2008-2013 maroon Nissan Sentra and will be missing the passenger side mirror.

 

            The victim is recovering in the hospital with a severe injury to his hand.

 

Anyone with information about this incident please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth and reference CPSO case #18-150599.

 

CPSO LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY GRADUATION

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 120th BASIC ACADEMY
Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 120th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 43 officers representing 14 agencies. These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Forty-one law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers; and two officers completed 140 of refresher training.
Kimberly Curran, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 120th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cassie Pearson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Aaron Ardoin, 1st place, Welsh Police Department
Benton Barnett, 2nd place, Sulphur Police Department
Kasey Jinks, 3rd place, Cameron Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Chelsey Gault, Lake Charles Police Department.
Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:
Austin Arnold, Joshua Butter, Kimberly Curran, Keagon Daniel, Brandon Douget, Jason Dufrene, Olivia Ferguson, Layna Gaston, Kilieyn Wing, Jacob Hood, Tyler Houston, Wilson Lemelle, Alex McKnight, Charles Marque, Blake Miller, John Montgomery, Kassie Pearson, Sony Schiro, William Sommers, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Blake Hebert, Kasty Jinks – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dylan Deville, Richard Easley– Coushatta Police Department
Frederick Stewart – Fenton Police Department
Gloria Ramirez – Harbor Police Department
Nicholas Sherman – Iowa City Police Department
Sage Benoit – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Benjamin Matte – Jennings City Police Department
Nicolas Spencer, Coy Guidry (refresher) – Lake Arthur Police Department
Brad Biles, Brandon Spooner – Lake Charles Fire Department
Chelsey Gault, Russell Mixon, III, Robert Rainwater, Hector Rivera, Silas Whalley – Lake Charles Police Department
Carrie O’Quain, Lonis Domingue (refresher) – Rayne Police Department
Benton Barnett, Adam Hanson – Sulphur Police Department
Aaron Ardoin, Justin Olmsted – Welsh 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 INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO INFIRMED

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO THE INFIRMED

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes detectives responded to a home on S. Franklin St. in Lake Charles in reference to a 17 year old boy with medical issues who was extremely thin and appeared to be malnourished.  The boy was transported to the hospital and placed into ICU. 

 

On November 21 detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.  The search revealed unused medications that were prescribed to the boy.  Detectives attempted to take Miracle Chatman, 32, into custody at which time she resisted and committed a battery on two detectives.

 

Chatman was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to the infirmed; and 2 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $14,000.

 

The 17 year old boy remains in the hospital.

 

CPSO Detectives Shelley Trahan and Leann Adams are the lead investigators on this case.

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On August 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Festival Apartments on Fruge St. in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with a corporate manager for the apartment complex who stated $600 of tenants’ rent money was missing.

 

The investigation revealed several money orders made payable to former employee, Carla K. Louis, 31, 1404 Sage Dr., Lake Charles, were located.  The money orders should have been made payable to the Festival Apartments.

 

CPSO Detective Jody Antoine, the lead investigator, discovered more money orders and cash receipts made out to Louis and were deposited in her bank account totaling $6,420.

 

Louis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on November 6 and charged with Theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Her bond was set by Judge Sharon Wilson at $5,000.

 

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

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 23 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall or nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot.  This is the thirteenth year the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service to the shoppers in the parking lot at the mall.

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs.  Also, deputies will be conducting these same checks with store clerks at businesses in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street, the Power Center on Highway 14, and the Target Shopping Center on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2018 PROPERTY TAXES

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2018 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

“We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “If you choose to pay online, there will be no lines to stand in and you will be able to pay your taxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 

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

 

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

                Magnolia Life Building                     

 

               1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

 

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

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

 

 

 

           

 

            Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

 

                  1017 Beglis Parkway, Sulphur

 

                                   Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Payments can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at this location.

 

            

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2018 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

 

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

           

 

Wednesday, December 5                                            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

 

 

Payments at these locations can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at these locations.

 

 

 

            For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax

 

 Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

 

 

            For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the

 

 Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

 

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2018 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2018.  Any payments received after December 31, 2018 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

 

 

 

CPSO Investigates Fatal Crash

 

 

 

Yesterday, Sunday, November 18 at approximately 11:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 4000 block of Navajo Trail in Vinton in reference to a one vehicle crash.

 

Evidence at the scene indicated the driver was travelling eastbound on Navajo Trail when the car left the roadway on the right side of the road and impacted with a culvert which caused the car to flip and eject the driver.

 

Richard Hammer, 34, Oakdale, LA, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Hammer was the only person in the car.

 

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

 

            CPSO Deputy Tony Jones is the lead investigator of this accident.

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 8 a hit and run occurred at the intersection of E. Burton St. and Coach Williams Dr. in Sulphur at approximately 6:00 p.m. during heavy work traffic.  The driver of the suspect vehicle, which is described as a newer model GMC pick-up truck, turned left from the stop sign on Coach Williams Dr into the path of the victim traveling east on E Burton St.  Witnesses stated the white GMC pick-up truck sustained serious damage to the driver’s side and the driver may have been injured by the collision.  The truck was last seen turning north on Woodland Dr. from W. Burton St. in Sulphur. 

 

If anyone has information about this crash please notify lead investigator Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846 with CPSO Reference Case #18-139674.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER- SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER – AND SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 14 at approximately 2:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a man, later identified as Justin D. Benoit, 32, 2440 Birdnest Cemetery Rd., Lake Charles, who arrived at a residence of a female acquaintance in Westlake in a stolen car and refused to leave.  When deputies arrived, Benoit fled the home on foot into a nearby wooded area.  

 

During the investigation it was learned Benoit had forced his way into the residence against the homeowner’s will and sexually battered her.

 

CPSO Enforcement Division, ACT Team, K-9 Division, Detective Division; and Lake Charles City Police SWAT Team were deployed to the wooded area.  Benoit was surrounded, and several hours later surrendered without additional incident.

 

Benoit was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Sexual Battery; Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling; Possession of Stolen Things from $25,000 or more; and Resisting an Officer.  He was also arrested on several warrants which included charges of Accessory after the Fact, First Degree Murder (Jeff Davis Parish warrant); Possession of or Dealing in Firearms with Obliterated Numbers and Direct Contempt of Court.

 

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

 

CPSO Arrests Student for Gun at School

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

            Around 1:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Iowa High School in regard to a student possibly bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

 

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun was found inside.

 

            The investigation revealed at no time did the student remove the gun from the backpack while at school.

 

            The student was booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

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

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN”

Lake Charles –

 

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile?  Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker.  Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.  Sex offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in both the richest and poorest of neighborhoods.

               

So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.  “We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”  Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab.  Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database.  Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.  “If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register.  There is no cost for this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

           

During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On October 23 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in LeBleu Settlement regarding a home invasion.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the homeowner who was home alone.  She said two men, one wearing a red devil mask and the other wearing a teddy bear mask, and a woman with a scarf wrapped around her face, broke into her residence.  One of the men armed was armed with a gun.  She told deputies she attempted to fight back but the suspects threatened to shoot her.  She stated while inside her home they stole several items, including a safe.  The homeowner and a neighbor were able to give a description of the suspects, as well the suspects’ vehicle, which they fled in. 

 

Within an hour deputies were able to locate the vehicle that was described by the victim at a residence in Lake Charles.  When deputies approached the home they located four people, later identified as Kaleigh A. Shelden, 19, 4401 Gladys St.; Areona A. Ardoin, 18, 627 Fall Street; Fabian A. Green, 19, 4834 Opelousas Street, all of Lake Charles, and Michael D. Miller, 21, 3658 Outback Lane, Iowa, standing outside of the residence.  One of the women located at the residence did not enter the victim’s house but was the getaway driver.  All of the items that had been stolen from the home were recovered.

 

After detectives spoke with the four suspects they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the AT&T store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred the previous day. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on Tuesday, October 16 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an unknown man entered the store and took an I-Phone XS Max, valued at $1,099.  The suspect put the phone in his pocket and then exited the store. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun. 

 

While enroute deputies were informed by CPSO dispatchers that the complainant stated the suspect had a semi-automatic rifle and was also wearing a ballistic vest.  The complainant also stated they observed the suspect walking around the outside of the home firing rounds.  As deputies arrived at the home they witnessed the suspect, later identified as Robert L. Moreau, 36, Moss Bluff, leaving the scene in his truck.  Deputies attempted to conduct a stop on the truck, but Moreau refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit for approximately 4 miles.  After Moreau exited the truck deputies were forced to deploy their tasers and safely take him into custody. 

 

After further investigation CPSO detectives spoke with the victim who stated her and her husband, Moreau, were driving home earlier that evening when he threatened to shoot her with a pistol that was sitting in his lap.  She then advised detectives a short time after they arrived home she went outside and Moreau followed her with the pistol behind his back and then fired a shot at her and they began wrestling.  Detectives were told the couple’s three boys, ages 14, 12, and 10, exited the home in an attempt to get Moreau off the victim.  The victim then stated during the struggle the gun fell to the ground and one of the boys was able to unload the gun and get it away from Moreau.  At the same time another boy ran in the house and retrieved another gun and ordered Moreau to get off the victim.  Moreau ran back into the home at which time the victim and the three boys ran across the street to a neighbor’s home, where they stayed until deputies arrived.  The victim also stated to deputies there is approximately 30 guns inside the residence along with thousands of rounds of ammo and additional ballistic vests. 

       

Moreau was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; domestic abuse child endangerment; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a weapon; illegal discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence; illegal use of body armor during a crime of violence; and flight from an officer.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $247,000.

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING DECEASED BODY FOUND IN TRUNK OF CAR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a woman was driving around with a dead body in her trunk.  A short time later deputies located the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and conducted a stop.  While searching the car deputies located a deceased woman in the trunk of the car.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Sarah M. Parker, 24, 2553 Brackenrige Road, Moss Bluff, and the passenger, Logan T. Kyle, 22, Fort Polk, LA, an active duty solider who was the husband of the deceased woman found in the trunk. 

 

Further investigation by CPSO detectives revealed the woman had been killed by Kyle at Fort Polk.  Detectives also learned Parker was aware Kyle killed the woman and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body. 

 

Parker was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and failure to report a homicide.  Her bond is still pending. 

 

Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, who were also in the car, were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO detectives contacted the U.S. Army CID in reference to the homicide happening in Fort Polk.  They picked up Kyle, who was detained at CPSO and will be investigating the homicide.  CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & SEARCHING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On October 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 8th Street in Lake Charles in reference to an assault.

           

During the initial investigation deputies spoke with the victim who advised she was outside when two individuals, later identified as Quentin S. Hollins “Q”, 20, 716 17th Street, Lake Charles, and Miranda I. Darby, 37, 2034 11th Street, Lake Charles, arrived at her home and placed a handgun to her head.  She stated they threatened to kill everyone at the home.   The victim then told deputies that Hollins told her one of her family members owed him money and he then stated if he did not get the money he was going to return to the residence and kill everyone. 

           

Later the same day detectives located Darby at her home and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson Set her bond at $5,000. 

 

The same day Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Hollins’ arrest in the amount of $1.5 million for aggravated assault with a firearm.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Hollins’ whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the incident please call CPSO lead Detective Travis Mier at (337) 431-8034 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR PRINCIPAL TO 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

           

After further investigation detectives were advised by the victim that Sarah J. Laird, 35, Westlake, who was Jeremy’s girlfriend at the time of the incidents, was told about the inappropriate sexual contact.  Detectives then learned Sarah did not report the incidents to law enforcement.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

 

On October 4 Jeremy and Sarah were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued for Sarah’s arrest and later the same day she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 1st degree rape.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $300,000.      

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on September 10 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business and stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools.  The surveillance video also showed the man inside the business for approximately 2 hours before loading up the tools in a car and leaving the scene. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to several fraudulent charges with a victim’s lost debit card. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim it was learned that around August 16 the victim lost his debit card.  Detectives learned later the same evening the card was used several times to make fraudulent purchases at a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects.  The women were observed on surveillance video being dropped off at the store in a white F-150 but were later seen leaving in a small red SUV. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the women 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 DIVE TEAM RECOVERS BODY OF WOMAN WHO JUMPED OFF OF THE I-210 BRIDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division Dive Team located the body of missing woman, Debra Kay Hughes.  Her body was recovered on the south side of the I-210 bridge today around 3:00 p.m. 

 

On Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan belonging to Hughes stopped on top of the bridge.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 27 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, while conducting an investigation, obtained a search warrant to seize the cell phone belonging to Matthew D. Hamilton, 24, 608 Alamo St., Lake Charles.  A forensic examination of the cell phone revealed numerous pornographic images involving children. Hamilton was found to be in possession of at least 44 digital images on his cell phone.

 

Hamilton was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a juvenile with multiple bruises and lacerations on her face. The girl told detectives the injuries were inflicted on her by her father, John Edward Thibodeaux, 39, 6195 N Hwy. 105, Vidor, Tx., by striking her in the face multiple times. When interviewed by detectives, Thibodeaux confirmed he struck the girl in the face on multiple occasions as a form of discipline and said he used this type of discipline on previous occasions. Detectives were able to determine that at least one of these incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish.

 

On September 27 Thibodeaux was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with 1 count of cruelty to juveniles. His bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

Detective Sergeant Ben Hare is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING MISSING WOMAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan (SUV) stopped on top of the bridge.

 

After further investigation it was learned the owner of the vehicle is Debra Kay Hughes 58, Monroe.  She is described as being 5’, weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair. Family members advised they last spoke with her during the evening of September 25 prior to deputies finding her car on top of the bridge. 

 

Due to the possibility Hughes may have jumped off of the bridge, the CPSO Marine Division has been diving and patrolling the area since Tuesday night.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting if anyone has any information related to the possible whereabouts of Hughes, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-491-3605.

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On September 22 at approximately 4:30 a.m.,  the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Cpl. Chad Booth conducted a stop on a tow truck near mile marker 23 in Sulphur traveling eastbound on I-10 for a traffic violation. 

           

When Cpl. Booth was talking with the driver of the truck, Elton J. Richard, 42, Church Point, LA, he began to act suspiciously.  Cpl. Booth asked for permission to search the truck but Richard refused.  He then deployed his trained and certified drug detection K-9 “Sam” to conduct a free air sniff around the truck and Sam provided a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from the vehicle.  A search was conducted and 27 bundles, totaling approximately 63 pounds, of powder cocaine, with an estimated street value of $870,000, was recovered from inside the truck.

           

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (cocaine) over 28 grams. 

 

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST TWO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Thursday, September 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at LaGrange High School.  During the initial investigation, detectives learned after he was kicked out of the class after a disturbance, a 15 year old student was making threats of killing everyone at school.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.  Later that day there was a social media post uploaded in reference to a possible threat at LaGrange, but after detectives investigated it was determined the post was in reference to the incident that happened earlier in the day and the student had already been arrested. 

           

The following day, Friday September 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Washington Marion High School.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a 16 year old student made a social media post threatening a bombing and/or a shooting at Washington Marion High School, as well as, Molo Middle School.  He was located at his home and arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2 counts of communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property. 

 

CPSO Detective Seth Abshire is the lead investigator on the cases.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN & WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On September 18 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Bankens Road and Buhler Station Road in Sulphur because railroad workers found a woman lying near the railroad tracks covered in mud.  When deputies arrived and spoke with the complainant he stated he located the muddy woman in the ditch and thought she was deceased, but when he approached her she sat up and he observed her to have what appeared to be a severe head injury.  The victim was transported to a local hospital, where it was discovered she had multiple fractures to her skull along with a brain bleed. 

           

The following day, while detectives were canvassing the area where the victim was found, they encountered Christina M. Russell, 27, and Joseph N. Thomas, 23, both of 146 Buhler Station Road, Sulphur, outside of their home and learned they were with the victim the day before her being found near the railroad track.  The investigation revealed the couple did not know the victim but picked her while she was walking and brought her to their home.  When detectives interviewed Russell and Thomas they both stated while the victim was at their home an argument ensued.  They stated they pushed the victim off their back porch and the victim left the home on foot.  They then advised detectives they got into a truck and Russell struck the victim with a truck while she was walking down the roadway.  They also stated Thomas exited the truck and struck the victim with a pipe and they then fled the scene; leaving the victim on the side of the roadway.  Russell was also found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone.  

           

On September 19 Russell and Thomas were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Clayton Davis set their bonds at $500,000 each. 

           

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

           

The investigation is continuing with more charges possible.

           

CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

On September 12 during the early morning hours Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to numerous complaints of vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the areas of Banbury Road, Boisclair Drive, Burgundy Drive, Delta Drive, and Elliot Road in South Lake Charles. 

 

A short time later while investigating the vehicle burglaries, deputies were attempting to locate a suspicious car in the area of the burglaries that was possibly responsible.  Deputies located the car in the area of Elliot Road and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the suspect’s car struck a utility pole near East Prien Lake Road and Common Street in Lake Charles and the suspect fled on foot.  Deputies immediately set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.   

 

During the initial investigation CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives learned the car involved in the pursuit had been stolen from the same area as the vehicle burglaries earlier that morning.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for the vehicle burglaries as William D. Dennis, 20, 2010 4th Street; Timothy D. Linan, 20, 199 N. Goodman Road; Jakhoryn M. Duhon, 21, 2509 Red Davis McCollister Road; and Robert L. Green, 22, 2026 11th Street, all of Lake Charles. 

 

On September 15 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all 4 suspects.  Later the same day Dennis was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The following day Linan and Duhon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Dennis is charged with possession of stolen things; 9 counts of simple burglary; 8 counts of theft; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is set at $333,000. 

 

On September 16 both Linan and Duhon were arrested.  Linan is charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 7 counts of theft; and theft of a firearm.  His bond his set at $275,500. 

 

Duhon is charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 8 counts of theft; simple criminal property damage; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is set at $307,500. 

On September 19 Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 7 counts of theft; theft of a firearm; and simple criminal property damage.  His bond is set at $322,500. 

 

After further investigation VCIU detectives also obtained evidence that placed Dennis as the driver of the stolen car that was involved in the pursuit the morning of the burglaries.  Several days after Dennis was booked in he was additionally charged with driver must be licensed; reckless operation; aggravated flight from officer; flight from officer; hit and run; and theft of a motor vehicle; with an additional bond set at $19,750 by Judge Sharon Wilson.  

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO INVESTIGATES FATAL CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening, September 12th, at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to E. Burton St and Isabella Dr. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle crash.

 

Evidence at the scene indicated the car was travelling eastbound on E. Burton St. when the car left the roadway on the south side of the road and travelled approximately 300 feet before hitting a tree.

 

Natasha Pego, 35, Westlake, the driver of the car, and William Cranford, 41, Sulphur, were pronounced dead at the scene.

           

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

           

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On September 8 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a grocery store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to a suspicious circumstances.  The deputy was advised there was a man sitting in the driver seat of a running car who was vomiting and was slumped over pressing on the horn.

 

When the deputy arrived he shut off the vehicle and spoke with the man, Roger P. Koss, 39, 5945 Perry Lane, Lake Charles.  While speaking with Koss he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person.  Koss stated to the deputy that he drank a bottle of Vodka, and the deputy located a nearly empty quart of Vodka in the car.   

 

Due to Koss’ impairment and risk of falling, the officer did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Koss, who has 2 previous DWIs in the last 10 years, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  Koss was transported to a local hospital due to his level of intoxication and after released he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000 with special conditions being that he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.   

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On September 3 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the area of E. Prien Lake Road and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle accident.

 

 When the deputy arrived he located a truck in the ditch and then observed a man, later identified as George M. Morris, 27, 2465 Highway 397, Lot #217, Lake Charles, standing by a passerby’s vehicle.  When the deputy spoke with Morris he stated he had been driving the truck located in the ditch.  While speaking with Morris the deputy detected an odor of alcoholic beverages on his person.  While investigating the crash the deputy learned Morris had a suspended driver’s license for previous DWI.  It was also discovered the license plate on the truck was not registered to that truck and there was no up to date insurance coverage on the truck. 

 

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

Morris was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a motor vehicle under suspension; careless operation; no motor vehicle insurance; and switched license plate.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug screenings.

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, August 31 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 3100 block of Westwood Drive in Westlake to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Nine hundred ninety-one (991) vehicles were checked; eleven (11) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for open container; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for careless operation.

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

John S. Hooper, 55, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st offense

Thomas W. Cordle, 39, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st offense

Holly P. Harris, 18, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

A juvenile, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Sulphur Police Department and the Lake Charles City Police.  

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, August 31. 

               

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 17 at approximately 4:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  

 

            Upon arrival the victim, who was an employee at the store, told deputies he asked a man, later identified as Terrell D. Williams, 24, 211 Louie Street, Lake Charles, if he needed any help and William became upset and began yelling at the victim, at which time he stated he walked away.  The victim then told deputies he went to another aisle and continued his work duties at which time Williams pulled out a box blade knife and told him he owed him forty dollars.  The victim stated he put his hands in the air after Williams told him to give him everything in his pockets.

           

An off-duty CPSO deputy, who was working security at the store, was informed of the situation and detained Williams until on-duty deputies arrived.  Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $80,000.

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that started August 17 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed to reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

 

“Research shows an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 50 minutes.  According to the NHTSA In 2016 there were 10,497 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes; which accounted for 28% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Nelson Road and Dove Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

        

During the investigation witnesses advised detectives approximately 4 or 5 people were seen running from the scene where the shooting took place.  While still investigating the shooting CPSO received several complaints of vehicle burglaries, where guns were stolen, in the area of Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles, near where the shooting took place.  After further investigation detectives believe the two incidents are related.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from a local convenience store right after the shooting occurred, which shows a man entering the store, who they believe to be involved in both incidents. 

 

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

 

CPSO Violent Crimes Detective Randall Ravia and VCIU Detective Ben White are the lead investigators on these cases.


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER TEACHER FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO PROCURES HIGH WATER VEHICLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS LAFAYETTE MAN FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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

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


CPSO ARREST MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

Bond has not yet been set.

           

The boy has been placed in state’s custody.

           

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO BEAUMONT PD

Lake Charles -

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

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

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

               

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Vinton Police Department

Beaumont Police Department

Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

Houston Police Department

Texas Fusion Center

United States Marshal Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Harris Country District Attorney’s Office

Aransas Pass Police Department

Aransas County Sheriff's Office

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, June 29. 

               

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

               

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

The initial investigation does indicate foul play. 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

Deputy of the Year:

Carmen Green – Programs Division

Julie Fontenot – Investigations Division

Sgt. Bryan Guth – Enforcement Division

Ernest Mitchel – Civil & Law Enforcement Centers Division

Linda January - Correctional Division           

James “Trey” Thomas – Special Services Division           

Jared “Scotty” Derouen – Financial Division

Taryn Soileau –Security Enforcement Division

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE  MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Tuesday May 15, 2018 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

Lake Charles

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department

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

 

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

 

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

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

Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department

Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department

Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department

Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department

Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department

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

Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department

Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department

Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal

Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department

Garrett Trahan – Vinton Police Department

 

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

SEARCHING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On December 6 at approximately 6:00 a.m., an 84 year old man, while checking his mail, was struck by a car traveling southbound in the 7500 block of Choupique Rd. in Sulphur.  The car is believed to be a 2008-2013 maroon Nissan Sentra and will be missing the passenger side mirror.

 

            The victim is recovering in the hospital with a severe injury to his hand.

 

Anyone with information about this incident please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth and reference CPSO case #18-150599.

 

CPSO LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY GRADUATION

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 120th BASIC ACADEMY
Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 120th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 43 officers representing 14 agencies. These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Forty-one law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers; and two officers completed 140 of refresher training.
Kimberly Curran, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 120th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cassie Pearson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Aaron Ardoin, 1st place, Welsh Police Department
Benton Barnett, 2nd place, Sulphur Police Department
Kasey Jinks, 3rd place, Cameron Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Chelsey Gault, Lake Charles Police Department.
Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:
Austin Arnold, Joshua Butter, Kimberly Curran, Keagon Daniel, Brandon Douget, Jason Dufrene, Olivia Ferguson, Layna Gaston, Kilieyn Wing, Jacob Hood, Tyler Houston, Wilson Lemelle, Alex McKnight, Charles Marque, Blake Miller, John Montgomery, Kassie Pearson, Sony Schiro, William Sommers, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Blake Hebert, Kasty Jinks – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dylan Deville, Richard Easley– Coushatta Police Department
Frederick Stewart – Fenton Police Department
Gloria Ramirez – Harbor Police Department
Nicholas Sherman – Iowa City Police Department
Sage Benoit – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Benjamin Matte – Jennings City Police Department
Nicolas Spencer, Coy Guidry (refresher) – Lake Arthur Police Department
Brad Biles, Brandon Spooner – Lake Charles Fire Department
Chelsey Gault, Russell Mixon, III, Robert Rainwater, Hector Rivera, Silas Whalley – Lake Charles Police Department
Carrie O’Quain, Lonis Domingue (refresher) – Rayne Police Department
Benton Barnett, Adam Hanson – Sulphur Police Department
Aaron Ardoin, Justin Olmsted – Welsh 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 INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO INFIRMED

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO THE INFIRMED

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes detectives responded to a home on S. Franklin St. in Lake Charles in reference to a 17 year old boy with medical issues who was extremely thin and appeared to be malnourished.  The boy was transported to the hospital and placed into ICU. 

 

On November 21 detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.  The search revealed unused medications that were prescribed to the boy.  Detectives attempted to take Miracle Chatman, 32, into custody at which time she resisted and committed a battery on two detectives.

 

Chatman was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to the infirmed; and 2 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $14,000.

 

The 17 year old boy remains in the hospital.

 

CPSO Detectives Shelley Trahan and Leann Adams are the lead investigators on this case.

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On August 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Festival Apartments on Fruge St. in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with a corporate manager for the apartment complex who stated $600 of tenants’ rent money was missing.

 

The investigation revealed several money orders made payable to former employee, Carla K. Louis, 31, 1404 Sage Dr., Lake Charles, were located.  The money orders should have been made payable to the Festival Apartments.

 

CPSO Detective Jody Antoine, the lead investigator, discovered more money orders and cash receipts made out to Louis and were deposited in her bank account totaling $6,420.

 

Louis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on November 6 and charged with Theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Her bond was set by Judge Sharon Wilson at $5,000.

 

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

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 23 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall or nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot.  This is the thirteenth year the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service to the shoppers in the parking lot at the mall.

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs.  Also, deputies will be conducting these same checks with store clerks at businesses in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street, the Power Center on Highway 14, and the Target Shopping Center on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2018 PROPERTY TAXES

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2018 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

“We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “If you choose to pay online, there will be no lines to stand in and you will be able to pay your taxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 

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

 

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

                Magnolia Life Building                     

 

               1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

 

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

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

 

 

 

           

 

            Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

 

                  1017 Beglis Parkway, Sulphur

 

                                   Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Payments can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at this location.

 

            

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2018 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

 

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

           

 

Wednesday, December 5                                            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

 

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

 

 

 

Payments at these locations can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at these locations.

 

 

 

            For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax

 

 Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

 

 

            For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the

 

 Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

 

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2018 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2018.  Any payments received after December 31, 2018 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

 

 

 

CPSO Investigates Fatal Crash

 

 

 

Yesterday, Sunday, November 18 at approximately 11:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 4000 block of Navajo Trail in Vinton in reference to a one vehicle crash.

 

Evidence at the scene indicated the driver was travelling eastbound on Navajo Trail when the car left the roadway on the right side of the road and impacted with a culvert which caused the car to flip and eject the driver.

 

Richard Hammer, 34, Oakdale, LA, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Hammer was the only person in the car.

 

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

 

            CPSO Deputy Tony Jones is the lead investigator of this accident.

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 8 a hit and run occurred at the intersection of E. Burton St. and Coach Williams Dr. in Sulphur at approximately 6:00 p.m. during heavy work traffic.  The driver of the suspect vehicle, which is described as a newer model GMC pick-up truck, turned left from the stop sign on Coach Williams Dr into the path of the victim traveling east on E Burton St.  Witnesses stated the white GMC pick-up truck sustained serious damage to the driver’s side and the driver may have been injured by the collision.  The truck was last seen turning north on Woodland Dr. from W. Burton St. in Sulphur. 

 

If anyone has information about this crash please notify lead investigator Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846 with CPSO Reference Case #18-139674.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER- SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER – AND SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 14 at approximately 2:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a man, later identified as Justin D. Benoit, 32, 2440 Birdnest Cemetery Rd., Lake Charles, who arrived at a residence of a female acquaintance in Westlake in a stolen car and refused to leave.  When deputies arrived, Benoit fled the home on foot into a nearby wooded area.  

 

During the investigation it was learned Benoit had forced his way into the residence against the homeowner’s will and sexually battered her.

 

CPSO Enforcement Division, ACT Team, K-9 Division, Detective Division; and Lake Charles City Police SWAT Team were deployed to the wooded area.  Benoit was surrounded, and several hours later surrendered without additional incident.

 

Benoit was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Sexual Battery; Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling; Possession of Stolen Things from $25,000 or more; and Resisting an Officer.  He was also arrested on several warrants which included charges of Accessory after the Fact, First Degree Murder (Jeff Davis Parish warrant); Possession of or Dealing in Firearms with Obliterated Numbers and Direct Contempt of Court.

 

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

 

CPSO Arrests Student for Gun at School

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

            Around 1:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Iowa High School in regard to a student possibly bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

 

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun was found inside.

 

            The investigation revealed at no time did the student remove the gun from the backpack while at school.

 

            The student was booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

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

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN”

Lake Charles –

 

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile?  Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker.  Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.  Sex offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in both the richest and poorest of neighborhoods.

               

So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.  “We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”  Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab.  Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database.  Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.  “If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register.  There is no cost for this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

           

During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On October 23 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in LeBleu Settlement regarding a home invasion.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the homeowner who was home alone.  She said two men, one wearing a red devil mask and the other wearing a teddy bear mask, and a woman with a scarf wrapped around her face, broke into her residence.  One of the men armed was armed with a gun.  She told deputies she attempted to fight back but the suspects threatened to shoot her.  She stated while inside her home they stole several items, including a safe.  The homeowner and a neighbor were able to give a description of the suspects, as well the suspects’ vehicle, which they fled in. 

 

Within an hour deputies were able to locate the vehicle that was described by the victim at a residence in Lake Charles.  When deputies approached the home they located four people, later identified as Kaleigh A. Shelden, 19, 4401 Gladys St.; Areona A. Ardoin, 18, 627 Fall Street; Fabian A. Green, 19, 4834 Opelousas Street, all of Lake Charles, and Michael D. Miller, 21, 3658 Outback Lane, Iowa, standing outside of the residence.  One of the women located at the residence did not enter the victim’s house but was the getaway driver.  All of the items that had been stolen from the home were recovered.

 

After detectives spoke with the four suspects they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the AT&T store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred the previous day. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on Tuesday, October 16 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an unknown man entered the store and took an I-Phone XS Max, valued at $1,099.  The suspect put the phone in his pocket and then exited the store. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun. 

 

While enroute deputies were informed by CPSO dispatchers that the complainant stated the suspect had a semi-automatic rifle and was also wearing a ballistic vest.  The complainant also stated they observed the suspect walking around the outside of the home firing rounds.  As deputies arrived at the home they witnessed the suspect, later identified as Robert L. Moreau, 36, Moss Bluff, leaving the scene in his truck.  Deputies attempted to conduct a stop on the truck, but Moreau refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit for approximately 4 miles.  After Moreau exited the truck deputies were forced to deploy their tasers and safely take him into custody. 

 

After further investigation CPSO detectives spoke with the victim who stated her and her husband, Moreau, were driving home earlier that evening when he threatened to shoot her with a pistol that was sitting in his lap.  She then advised detectives a short time after they arrived home she went outside and Moreau followed her with the pistol behind his back and then fired a shot at her and they began wrestling.  Detectives were told the couple’s three boys, ages 14, 12, and 10, exited the home in an attempt to get Moreau off the victim.  The victim then stated during the struggle the gun fell to the ground and one of the boys was able to unload the gun and get it away from Moreau.  At the same time another boy ran in the house and retrieved another gun and ordered Moreau to get off the victim.  Moreau ran back into the home at which time the victim and the three boys ran across the street to a neighbor’s home, where they stayed until deputies arrived.  The victim also stated to deputies there is approximately 30 guns inside the residence along with thousands of rounds of ammo and additional ballistic vests. 

       

Moreau was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; domestic abuse child endangerment; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a weapon; illegal discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence; illegal use of body armor during a crime of violence; and flight from an officer.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $247,000.

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING DECEASED BODY FOUND IN TRUNK OF CAR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a woman was driving around with a dead body in her trunk.  A short time later deputies located the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and conducted a stop.  While searching the car deputies located a deceased woman in the trunk of the car.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Sarah M. Parker, 24, 2553 Brackenrige Road, Moss Bluff, and the passenger, Logan T. Kyle, 22, Fort Polk, LA, an active duty solider who was the husband of the deceased woman found in the trunk. 

 

Further investigation by CPSO detectives revealed the woman had been killed by Kyle at Fort Polk.  Detectives also learned Parker was aware Kyle killed the woman and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body. 

 

Parker was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and failure to report a homicide.  Her bond is still pending. 

 

Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, who were also in the car, were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO detectives contacted the U.S. Army CID in reference to the homicide happening in Fort Polk.  They picked up Kyle, who was detained at CPSO and will be investigating the homicide.  CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & SEARCHING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On October 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 8th Street in Lake Charles in reference to an assault.

           

During the initial investigation deputies spoke with the victim who advised she was outside when two individuals, later identified as Quentin S. Hollins “Q”, 20, 716 17th Street, Lake Charles, and Miranda I. Darby, 37, 2034 11th Street, Lake Charles, arrived at her home and placed a handgun to her head.  She stated they threatened to kill everyone at the home.   The victim then told deputies that Hollins told her one of her family members owed him money and he then stated if he did not get the money he was going to return to the residence and kill everyone. 

           

Later the same day detectives located Darby at her home and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson Set her bond at $5,000. 

 

The same day Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Hollins’ arrest in the amount of $1.5 million for aggravated assault with a firearm.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Hollins’ whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the incident please call CPSO lead Detective Travis Mier at (337) 431-8034 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR PRINCIPAL TO 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

           

After further investigation detectives were advised by the victim that Sarah J. Laird, 35, Westlake, who was Jeremy’s girlfriend at the time of the incidents, was told about the inappropriate sexual contact.  Detectives then learned Sarah did not report the incidents to law enforcement.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

 

On October 4 Jeremy and Sarah were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued for Sarah’s arrest and later the same day she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 1st degree rape.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $300,000.      

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on September 10 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business and stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools.  The surveillance video also showed the man inside the business for approximately 2 hours before loading up the tools in a car and leaving the scene. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to several fraudulent charges with a victim’s lost debit card. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim it was learned that around August 16 the victim lost his debit card.  Detectives learned later the same evening the card was used several times to make fraudulent purchases at a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects.  The women were observed on surveillance video being dropped off at the store in a white F-150 but were later seen leaving in a small red SUV. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the women 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 DIVE TEAM RECOVERS BODY OF WOMAN WHO JUMPED OFF OF THE I-210 BRIDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division Dive Team located the body of missing woman, Debra Kay Hughes.  Her body was recovered on the south side of the I-210 bridge today around 3:00 p.m. 

 

On Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan belonging to Hughes stopped on top of the bridge.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 27 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, while conducting an investigation, obtained a search warrant to seize the cell phone belonging to Matthew D. Hamilton, 24, 608 Alamo St., Lake Charles.  A forensic examination of the cell phone revealed numerous pornographic images involving children. Hamilton was found to be in possession of at least 44 digital images on his cell phone.

 

Hamilton was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a juvenile with multiple bruises and lacerations on her face. The girl told detectives the injuries were inflicted on her by her father, John Edward Thibodeaux, 39, 6195 N Hwy. 105, Vidor, Tx., by striking her in the face multiple times. When interviewed by detectives, Thibodeaux confirmed he struck the girl in the face on multiple occasions as a form of discipline and said he used this type of discipline on previous occasions. Detectives were able to determine that at least one of these incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish.

 

On September 27 Thibodeaux was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with 1 count of cruelty to juveniles. His bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

Detective Sergeant Ben Hare is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING MISSING WOMAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan (SUV) stopped on top of the bridge.

 

After further investigation it was learned the owner of the vehicle is Debra Kay Hughes 58, Monroe.  She is described as being 5’, weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair. Family members advised they last spoke with her during the evening of September 25 prior to deputies finding her car on top of the bridge. 

 

Due to the possibility Hughes may have jumped off of the bridge, the CPSO Marine Division has been diving and patrolling the area since Tuesday night.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting if anyone has any information related to the possible whereabouts of Hughes, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-491-3605.

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On September 22 at approximately 4:30 a.m.,  the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Cpl. Chad Booth conducted a stop on a tow truck near mile marker 23 in Sulphur traveling eastbound on I-10 for a traffic violation. 

           

When Cpl. Booth was talking with the driver of the truck, Elton J. Richard, 42, Church Point, LA, he began to act suspiciously.  Cpl. Booth asked for permission to search the truck but Richard refused.  He then deployed his trained and certified drug detection K-9 “Sam” to conduct a free air sniff around the truck and Sam provided a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from the vehicle.  A search was conducted and 27 bundles, totaling approximately 63 pounds, of powder cocaine, with an estimated street value of $870,000, was recovered from inside the truck.

           

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (cocaine) over 28 grams. 

 

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST TWO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Thursday, September 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at LaGrange High School.  During the initial investigation, detectives learned after he was kicked out of the class after a disturbance, a 15 year old student was making threats of killing everyone at school.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.  Later that day there was a social media post uploaded in reference to a possible threat at LaGrange, but after detectives investigated it was determined the post was in reference to the incident that happened earlier in the day and the student had already been arrested. 

           

The following day, Friday September 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Washington Marion High School.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a 16 year old student made a social media post threatening a bombing and/or a shooting at Washington Marion High School, as well as, Molo Middle School.  He was located at his home and arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with 2 counts of communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property. 

 

CPSO Detective Seth Abshire is the lead investigator on the cases.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN & WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On September 18 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Bankens Road and Buhler Station Road in Sulphur because railroad workers found a woman lying near the railroad tracks covered in mud.  When deputies arrived and spoke with the complainant he stated he located the muddy woman in the ditch and thought she was deceased, but when he approached her she sat up and he observed her to have what appeared to be a severe head injury.  The victim was transported to a local hospital, where it was discovered she had multiple fractures to her skull along with a brain bleed. 

           

The following day, while detectives were canvassing the area where the victim was found, they encountered Christina M. Russell, 27, and Joseph N. Thomas, 23, both of 146 Buhler Station Road, Sulphur, outside of their home and learned they were with the victim the day before her being found near the railroad track.  The investigation revealed the couple did not know the victim but picked her while she was walking and brought her to their home.  When detectives interviewed Russell and Thomas they both stated while the victim was at their home an argument ensued.  They stated they pushed the victim off their back porch and the victim left the home on foot.  They then advised detectives they got into a truck and Russell struck the victim with a truck while she was walking down the roadway.  They also stated Thomas exited the truck and struck the victim with a pipe and they then fled the scene; leaving the victim on the side of the roadway.  Russell was also found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone.  

           

On September 19 Russell and Thomas were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Clayton Davis set their bonds at $500,000 each. 

           

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

           

The investigation is continuing with more charges possible.

           

CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

On September 12 during the early morning hours Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to numerous complaints of vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the areas of Banbury Road, Boisclair Drive, Burgundy Drive, Delta Drive, and Elliot Road in South Lake Charles. 

 

A short time later while investigating the vehicle burglaries, deputies were attempting to locate a suspicious car in the area of the burglaries that was possibly responsible.  Deputies located the car in the area of Elliot Road and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the suspect’s car struck a utility pole near East Prien Lake Road and Common Street in Lake Charles and the suspect fled on foot.  Deputies immediately set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.   

 

During the initial investigation CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives learned the car involved in the pursuit had been stolen from the same area as the vehicle burglaries earlier that morning.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for the vehicle burglaries as William D. Dennis, 20, 2010 4th Street; Timothy D. Linan, 20, 199 N. Goodman Road; Jakhoryn M. Duhon, 21, 2509 Red Davis McCollister Road; and Robert L. Green, 22, 2026 11th Street, all of Lake Charles. 

 

On September 15 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all 4 suspects.  Later the same day Dennis was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The following day Linan and Duhon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Dennis is charged with possession of stolen things; 9 counts of simple burglary; 8 counts of theft; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is set at $333,000. 

 

On September 16 both Linan and Duhon were arrested.  Linan is charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 7 counts of theft; and theft of a firearm.  His bond his set at $275,500. 

 

Duhon is charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 8 counts of theft; simple criminal property damage; and theft of a firearm.  His bond is set at $307,500. 

On September 19 Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 7 counts of theft; theft of a firearm; and simple criminal property damage.  His bond is set at $322,500. 

 

After further investigation VCIU detectives also obtained evidence that placed Dennis as the driver of the stolen car that was involved in the pursuit the morning of the burglaries.  Several days after Dennis was booked in he was additionally charged with driver must be licensed; reckless operation; aggravated flight from officer; flight from officer; hit and run; and theft of a motor vehicle; with an additional bond set at $19,750 by Judge Sharon Wilson.  

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO INVESTIGATES FATAL CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening, September 12th, at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to E. Burton St and Isabella Dr. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle crash.

 

Evidence at the scene indicated the car was travelling eastbound on E. Burton St. when the car left the roadway on the south side of the road and travelled approximately 300 feet before hitting a tree.

 

Natasha Pego, 35, Westlake, the driver of the car, and William Cranford, 41, Sulphur, were pronounced dead at the scene.

           

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

           

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On September 8 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a grocery store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to a suspicious circumstances.  The deputy was advised there was a man sitting in the driver seat of a running car who was vomiting and was slumped over pressing on the horn.

 

When the deputy arrived he shut off the vehicle and spoke with the man, Roger P. Koss, 39, 5945 Perry Lane, Lake Charles.  While speaking with Koss he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person.  Koss stated to the deputy that he drank a bottle of Vodka, and the deputy located a nearly empty quart of Vodka in the car.   

 

Due to Koss’ impairment and risk of falling, the officer did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Koss, who has 2 previous DWIs in the last 10 years, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  Koss was transported to a local hospital due to his level of intoxication and after released he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000 with special conditions being that he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings.   

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On September 3 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the area of E. Prien Lake Road and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle accident.

 

 When the deputy arrived he located a truck in the ditch and then observed a man, later identified as George M. Morris, 27, 2465 Highway 397, Lot #217, Lake Charles, standing by a passerby’s vehicle.  When the deputy spoke with Morris he stated he had been driving the truck located in the ditch.  While speaking with Morris the deputy detected an odor of alcoholic beverages on his person.  While investigating the crash the deputy learned Morris had a suspended driver’s license for previous DWI.  It was also discovered the license plate on the truck was not registered to that truck and there was no up to date insurance coverage on the truck. 

 

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

Morris was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a motor vehicle under suspension; careless operation; no motor vehicle insurance; and switched license plate.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000 with special conditions being he cannot consume any alcoholic beverages, he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, no other criminal activity, and he must be subject to random drug screenings.

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, August 31 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 3100 block of Westwood Drive in Westlake to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Nine hundred ninety-one (991) vehicles were checked; eleven (11) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for open container; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for careless operation.

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

John S. Hooper, 55, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st offense

Thomas W. Cordle, 39, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st offense

Holly P. Harris, 18, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

A juvenile, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Sulphur Police Department and the Lake Charles City Police.  

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, August 31. 

               

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 17 at approximately 4:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  

 

            Upon arrival the victim, who was an employee at the store, told deputies he asked a man, later identified as Terrell D. Williams, 24, 211 Louie Street, Lake Charles, if he needed any help and William became upset and began yelling at the victim, at which time he stated he walked away.  The victim then told deputies he went to another aisle and continued his work duties at which time Williams pulled out a box blade knife and told him he owed him forty dollars.  The victim stated he put his hands in the air after Williams told him to give him everything in his pockets.

           

An off-duty CPSO deputy, who was working security at the store, was informed of the situation and detained Williams until on-duty deputies arrived.  Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $80,000.

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that started August 17 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aimed to reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

 

“Research shows an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 50 minutes.  According to the NHTSA In 2016 there were 10,497 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes; which accounted for 28% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

               

Laird was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

The children were released to a family member.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Nelson Road and Dove Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

        

During the investigation witnesses advised detectives approximately 4 or 5 people were seen running from the scene where the shooting took place.  While still investigating the shooting CPSO received several complaints of vehicle burglaries, where guns were stolen, in the area of Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles, near where the shooting took place.  After further investigation detectives believe the two incidents are related.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from a local convenience store right after the shooting occurred, which shows a man entering the store, who they believe to be involved in both incidents. 

 

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

 

CPSO Violent Crimes Detective Randall Ravia and VCIU Detective Ben White are the lead investigators on these cases.


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER TEACHER FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO PROCURES HIGH WATER VEHICLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS LAFAYETTE MAN FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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

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


CPSO ARREST MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ISSUES ARREST WARRANT IN HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

Bond has not yet been set.

           

The boy has been placed in state’s custody.

           

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN EAST LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO BEAUMONT PD

Lake Charles -

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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

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

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

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

               

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Vinton Police Department

Beaumont Police Department

Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

Houston Police Department

Texas Fusion Center

United States Marshal Service

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Harris Country District Attorney’s Office

Aransas Pass Police Department

Aransas County Sheriff's Office

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, June 29. 

               

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

               

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

The initial investigation does indicate foul play. 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CSP INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is still pending and more charges are possible.     


CPSO WEST CAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER TO TEMPORARILY RELOCATE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

The renovations are expected to last 6-8 months.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

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

 

Lake Charles –

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

LCPD is the investigating agency.

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

 

            No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1.      Adopt the Millage Rates for 2018

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

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

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

        

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ELDERLY FEMALE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS  

 

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

Deputy of the Ye