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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns in the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

It appears speed may be the main cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.  

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a crash near the intersection of Sutherland Road and E. Levingwood Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a car was traveling westbound on E. Levingwood Road at which time it ran a stop sign, striking an SUV that was traveling northbound on Sutherland Road.  The SUV flipped several times, before landing in the ditch.  A 6 year old female, who was unrestrained inside the SUV, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.    

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

               

The drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and the additional two juvenile passengers in the SUV sustained no injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander and Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 19, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired Dugas to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in December 2020 she paid Dugas half the money up front to cover the materials and begin work.  Dugas cashed the check from the victim the same day he received it, but did not return to the home to start repairs for over two months after giving the victim multiple excuses as to way there was a delay in construction.  The victim advised detectives in February Dugas arrived at her home for only a few hours to work and she has not been able to contact him since that time.  

           

The same day detectives received the report they contacted Dugas at which time he stated he planned on returning to do the job the following day.  Several days later he returned to the residence and worked for approximately two hours and failed to return to complete any other work.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which she previously paid for.  

           

After further investigation, on March 30 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Derek Kee for Dugas’ arrest.  On April 6, Dugas was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud over $1,500; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released the following day on a $15,000 bond.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Richard L. Hollyfield, 51, Weslake, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

On January 28, deputies performed a sex offender residence check on Hollyfield at his registered address on Gulfway Blvd. in Westlake, at which time they were advised Hollyfield had not been at the residence in over a week.  On February 1, deputies attempted to make contact with Hollyfield at his reported residence once again and were advised by a family member that he had packed his belongings and left the home approximately 5 days prior.  Hollyfield failed to report a new address to law enforcement within three days of leaving his registered address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives attempted to locate Hollyfield but were unsuccessful.  On February 3, Judge Robert Wyatt issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $10,000.  On April 3 Hollyfield was located in the Sulphur area and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Hollyfield also had a warrant through Probation and Parole.

 

Hollyfield was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  April 8, 2021

TIME:     9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

 

Roll Call

 

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on December 8, 2020

    

Old Business   

None

                                                                                

New Business:

 

1. A resolution by Tony Mancuso, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, ordering and calling for the renewal of and the continued levy and collection of an existing tax of one-quarter (1/4%) percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, the storage for use or consumption, and the lease or rental, of each item or article of tangible personal property and on all sales of services, as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about October 9, 2021, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.  The current one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax expires on September 30, 2023, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on October 1, 2023 and expire on September 30, 2033.

 

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 Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier in March the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received a complaint in reference to a convicted sex offender, Ernest J. Cheatham, Jr., 60, Lake Charles, possibly not living at his registered address. 

           

During the investigation detectives attempted to complete a home compliance check on Cheatham, at which time they were advised by the homeowner Cheatham had not been living at the home since the end of January.  During further investigation it was learned Cheatham had made contact with the New Orleans Police Department advising them he was relocating to the New Orleans area, but failed to notify local law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also discovered Cheatham had made appointments with NOPD to register, but failed to appear for his appointments. 

           

On March 29, after further investigation CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Cheatham’s arrest in the amount of $3,000 for failure to register as a sex offender.  On March 31 he was located and arrested by NOPD and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. 

           

Cheatham was convicted of indecency with a child in Houston, TX, in 2001.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to an RV park located in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned earlier that morning, between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. an unknown suspect entered the laundromat building and burglarized five commercial clothes dryers.  The suspect stole approximately $50 and approximately $800 worth of damage was caused to the machines.      

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie with a zipper front, dark colored ball cap, and tan colored shoes.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly 2019-2021 model, Chevrolet 1500, extended or quad cab pickup truck. 

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO HOST 2021 SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the 2021 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Thursday, May 13, beginning at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 8:00 a.m. and ending at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street, for a distance of approximately 3 miles.

           

The LETR for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.  The LETR is the largest year-round grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and all funds raised in the state go toward supporting Special Olympics Louisiana.  Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.    

               

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the hosting agency for the Southwest Region Torch Run, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. 

               

All law enforcement officers in the Southwest Region who are interested in participating in this year’s LETR, please contact Katelynn McKee at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 491-3791.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a possible contractor fraud case.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with David L. Babcock, 57, Bush, LA, to perform repairs to her residence for damages that were sustained during Hurricane Laura.  The victim stated she initially paid Babcock $30,000 for the work, which has not yet been completed.  The victim also stated Babcock had not performed any work since the end of January.  During further investigation detectives also learned Babcock had no contractor's license or business license under his name or business name.      

           

On March 25, when detectives spoke with Babcock he confirmed he had not performed any work on the residence in approximately 1 ½ to 2 months.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud.  He was released the following day on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 132

On March 9th at 12:30 a.m. the truck seen in this video dropped off two suspects at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. The suspects stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.

 

The suspects then drove the stolen truck through a fence at a business nearby and stole four welding machines. The stolen truck and one welding machine was later recovered in the Vinton area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin G. Joubert, 59, 6670 Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 10, earlier this year. 

 

On March 22 after further investigation, Joubert was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/151002.

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


Lake Charles –

 

On March 16, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a stop on a truck in the 2700 block of S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation. 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Draughn A. Koonce, 44, 432 W. Thomas Street, Sulphur, it was learned he was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  The deputy also discovered Koonce was in possession of marijuana. 

Koonce was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; possession of marijuana; along with a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $41,100 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

Koonce was convicted of simple rape in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

 

On March 20, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender, Jarred E. Chatman, 41, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was learned Chatman was no longer living at his last registered address and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement.  It was also learned Chatman had been working without notifying the proper authorities of his employment.  During the initial investigation Chatman fled on foot from deputies, before being apprehended and deputies later discovered Chatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

           

Chatman was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $55,500.

           

Chatman was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 and again in 2016, both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases.    


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as those who were not wearing their seatbelt.

 

One thousand four hundred twenty-one (1,421) vehicles were checked; thirteen (13) citations were issued for no seatbelt; three (3) citations were issued for improper or no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; two (2) citations were issued for expired tag; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for failure to register a motor vehicle; and one (1) citation was issued for illegal window tint.   

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Claiborne L. Bergeron, 60, Westlake, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamines); possession of CDS I (marijuana); and two traffic citations. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO ARREST HOUSTON WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Mallard Street in Sulphur in reference to two children who had been left unattended. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a one year old and a five month old had been left alone in a motel room for approximately five hours.  Motel staff discovered the children after the one year old was able to open the room door and was located in the hallway.   

 

Deputies made contact with the children’s’ mother, Shoneil J. Landry, 27, Houston, Texas, who initially tried to resist deputies during arrest by attempting to pull away from them.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $32,500.    

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening, at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a truck traveling on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur for crossing several lanes of traffic and almost causing an accident.

           

The suspect, later identified as Kristopher J. Lalonde, 47, Groves, TX, initially stopped in a nearby parking lot and exited his vehicle.  When the deputy approached Lalonde he returned to his truck and fled the scene, ultimately refusing to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit lasting approximately three blocks.  Lalonde ran a stop sign at the intersection of Attakapas Street and Quelqueshue Street in Sulphur, causing an accident which resulted with a fatality.

           

After the wreck, Lalonde was taken into custody by CPSO, where it was learned he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated flight from an officer; improper lane use; running a stop sign; turning movements required; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $41,300.  It was also learned Lalonde was wanted in Texas for a parole warrant.

           

Sulphur Police Department will be handling the wreck and any other charges associated with the fatality.  The reason SPD is required to handle the crash is because of RS32:398.  (Louisiana RS 32:398 states if an accident occurs within an incorporated city the local police department shall handle that wreck.)  

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, March 20.   

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

 

On March 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Mickey D. Williams, 42, 212 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, possibly having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the incidents took place while the victim was visiting Williams.  Detectives also learned he had taken inappropriate photographs of the victim.  When questioned by detectives, Williams confirmed the allegations.   

 

On March 16 Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13; indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 3 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.66 million.   

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.     

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle theft and theft of equipment that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 9 in Sulphur.

           

During the investigation, detectives learned at approximately 12:40 a.m. several unknown suspects arrived at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur and stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance at the hotel which showed a blue, four-door, Ford pickup truck pull into the parking lot.  Two suspects exited the truck, at which time they stole the GMC truck.   

           

During the investigation it was also learned the stolen GMC truck was used at approximately 12:45 a.m. that same morning during the commission of a theft.  The truck was used to drive through the fence of a business, also located on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  The suspects then stole four welding machines along with tools from the business.  The suspects returned at approximately 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal an excavator, but were unsuccessful. 

           

Later the same day deputies located the stolen truck, which had been abandoned, along with one of the welding machines in Vinton.  Another one of the stolen welding machines was located on the shoulder of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the thefts.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ truck please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on April 17 at the Iowa Middle School Gym located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312.

 

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and attendees will be required to wear a face mask.    

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO deputies Heather Armstrong and Thomas Clophus from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 19 law enforcement officers from across the region who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Louisville, Mississippi. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has nine deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.  Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries earlier today.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, 335 Dobbertine Road, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting.  Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2nd degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to an individual advising hospital personnel he wanted to turn himself in to law enforcement.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with Israel J. Lachica, 67, homeless.  It was discovered Lachica, who is a registered sex offender, had been living in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local 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 2nd offense.  His bond is still pending.

           

Lachica was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne Parish in 2003.  In 2007 and again in 2012 Lachica was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Bradley Lamar is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DAYCARE EMPLOYEE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a local daycare employee, Annette L. Scott, 48, 2119 Katy Street, Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised that when the mother picked up the 3 year old from daycare she had several scratches on her face.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised Scott had been terminated prior to the mother’s arrival at the daycare. 

 

After further investigation, on March 8 detectives questioned Scott about the scratches on the child, at which time she confirmed she scratched the child on the cheek.  She further advised detectives she was trying to make the child stay still for nap time.  She stated after realizing she left marks on the child she left the daycare.   

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the following day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  

 

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 

           

While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.

           

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

           

There will be an internal investigation into the incident.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Marlon R. Eaglin, 31, 2971 Highway 3059, Lot 46, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registrations requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned on February 19 Eaglin had been arrested by CPSO deputies for DWI.  During the DWI arrest Eaglin gave an address that did not match the address on his sex offender registration.  Detectives were also advised by deputies Eaglin was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement. 

 

On March 4 Eaglin reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit to complete his annual registration and confirmed to detectives he had not been living at the address listed on his registration.  He also confirmed he was driving a vehicle that was not listed on his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Eaglin was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010 in Lafayette Parish.  

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.                

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit charged convicted sex offender Earl J. Bellard, Jr., 48, Lake Charles, after it was revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on several occasions.

           

In September 2020, it was learned Bellard failed to pay his community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During the investigation, Bellard was due for a quarterly registration in November and failed to report, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned Bellard failed to pay his annual registration fees for 2020. 

 

On November 24 detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard at his registered address, but it appeared no one was living at the address listed on his sex offender registration.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard several more times and learned he had absconded from his registered address and failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again. 

           

After further investigation, on December 10, a warrant was issued for Bellard’s arrest.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Bellard, but were unsuccessful.  On February 28, LCPD made contact with Bellard at which time he was arrested on the warrant. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd and subsequent offenses; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to register and notify as a sex offender, paying fees.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $151,000 with no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole.

           

Bellard was convicted of simple rape in 1993 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school.  The student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Joe Mulligan and Sgt. Joe Tartaglia and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED & LATER ARRESTED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 26, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Deputy Amber Kelly, 31, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate, while on-duty.  After the initial complaint detectives interviewed Kelly and later the same day she was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso.

           

The investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; charges were accepted and on March 3, a warrant was issued for her arrest for malfeasance in office sexual conduct.  She was arrested the following day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $45,000.

           

Prior to being terminated Kelly worked as a correctional deputy at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for 5 years.

 

“I am very upset by this incident,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have an extensive hiring process to ensure we are hiring qualified and competent deputies, but unfortunately we occasionally have one that chooses to stray from the path of integrity.  These sort of actions will never be tolerated in our department and deputies will always be held accountable for their actions.”

           

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 62 COUNTS OF ID THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received several complaints from various financial institutions in reference to a possible bank fraud taking place in our area.

 

During the investigation it was learned two suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions at local convenience stores throughout the parish. 

 

Detectives also learned the suspects were purchasing gift cards with fraudulent debit cards at local grocery stores in the parish.  Detectives viewed numerous surveillance videos from the locations in which the transactions had taken place and observed the same two suspects responsible for making the fraudulent charges.  During further investigation detectives learned there was approximately 62 victims of identity theft and a total of approximately $23,000 had been stolen.  

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives learned one of the possible suspects was at a local business making ATM withdrawals and detectives were able to obtain a description of the suspect’s truck.  A short time later the truck was located at a different gas station nearby.  Detectives made contact with the suspect, Nasquier Perz-Cardona, 30, Houston, Texas, and observed him to be one of the men seen in the surveillance videos.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of bank fraud; and 62 counts of identity theft.  He was released the following day on a $46,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

Detectives believe the suspects possibly obtained the victims’ debit card numbers from a fuel pump skimming device.

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT & COMPUTER FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to Michael L. John, 31, Lake Charles, possibly using stolen credit card numbers to purchase a hotel room at a local hotel in Lake Charles. 

           

During the initial investigation it was confirmed John was using stolen credit card numbers and had fraudulently charged over $1,000 at the local hotel.  During further investigation detectives executed a search warrant on John’s room and located numerous credit cards along with a notebook containing instructions on how to obtain individuals’ credit card numbers.  Detectives also located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia inside the room.  Detectives later learned John was fraudulently modifying credit cards using an electronic tablet and then uploading them online and making transactions.

 

John was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000; computer fraud; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $18,500.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

 

CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot and Kent Castille are the lead investigators on this case.  

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  After further investigation it was also learned a woman, who had entered the store a short time earlier, is also involved in the robbery. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone has any information about this robbery or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 19 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck traveling on I-10 westbound near mile marker 12.

           

When deputies spoke with the driver, Ronnie J. Russell, Jr., 51, Crystal Beach, Texas, they could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Russell to have bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance, and incoherent speech.  During further investigation deputies also located a large bottle of vodka and a cup containing a mixed alcoholic beverage inside the truck. 

           

After Russell refused standard field sobriety testing, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which confirmed he was over the legal limit.   

           

Russell, who has 3 prior DWI arrests, was transported to a local hospital to be examined due to his level of intoxication.  Once he was released from the hospital Russell was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center where he was booked in and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for travel; and open container. 

 

He was released on February 22 on a $40,200 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio, with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, 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 Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR NUMEROUS BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July 8 and October 5, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to numerous residential burglaries in the areas of Little Drive, Portrush Drive, St. Andrews Drive, and Sassafras Way, all in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation it was learned the suspect made forced entry into the homes and stole numerous high valued items such as jewelry and purses.  The investigations revealed the suspect stole a total of over $65,000 worth of items from inside the homes. 

           

After a joint investigation, involving the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, who were also having similar burglaries in their communities, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Justin J. Andrews, 42, Sealy, Texas.  On February 9, CPSO detectives issued warrants for Andrews’ arrest. 

           

Andrews, who is currently incarcerated in Fort Bend County, Texas, is charged with 4 counts of looting; 5 counts of criminal property damage; 4 counts of theft; and simple burglary.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his total bond at $417,500.  Andrews is currently awaiting extradition to Louisiana.  

           

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

           

CPSO Detectives Kerrick Gabrial, Joshua Couch, Charles Trosclair, and John Coffman are the lead investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty or grand jury.  The caller, who claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO WELSH MEN FOR AGGRAVATED 2ND DEGREE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

           

Upon arrival, deputies learned the victim had been shot once in the abdomen.  During the investigation deputies utilized several investigative techniques and were able to locate the suspect’s car; at which time they made contact with Dymnd K. Brown, 19, and Jermain S. Harmon, 21, both of Welsh, LA.  Deputies also located a handgun and marijuana in Brown and Harmon’s possession.  

 

After further investigation both Brown and Harmon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal carrying of weapons during commission of a crime or in the presence of CDS; possession of CDS I.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both Brown and Harmon’s bonds at $240,500. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in stable condition.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Heath W. Daigle, 42, 4981 Mattie Reeves Road, Lake Charles, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation it was learned Daigle had not paid his community notifications fees, as required by his sex offender registration requirements.  Daigle also failed to report for his semi-annual registration in October 2020, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On February 9, Daigle was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and notification of a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $7,500. 

 

Daigle was convicted of crimes against nature in 1998 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & TRESPASSING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dolby Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft in progress. 

           

When deputies arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.  Deputies were able to view surveillance video from the residence and observed an unknown man stealing shingles from outside the home.  Deputies were able to obtain a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle from surveillance footage and CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

 

The following day deputies were patrolling the area where the theft occurred and located a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the theft.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Adrian A. Zermeno, 20, Houston, TX, they observed him to be the suspect seen on the video surveillance.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft under $1,000; and trespassing.  He was released on February 7 on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Deputy Travis Kilmer is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Charles Trosclair is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSB-TV Teen Talk episode with Sheriff Mancuso

Check out the new CPSB-TV Teen Talk episode with Sheriff Mancuso in reference to the rise in violence in our youth.
Sheriff Mancuso really enjoyed being interviewed by Devarius, who had some great questions to ask!

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Brandon J. Savoy, 26, 712 Magnolia Street, Westlake, having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. 

 

During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident occurred at Savoy’s residence.  It was also learned Savoy, who was babysitting the victim along with two other children, also under the ages of 13, provided them with marijuana and allowed them to smoke.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Savoy numerous times but he advised he was out of town.  Savoy also failed to show up for a scheduled interview with detectives.  After further investigation, on February 3, detectives executed a search warrant at Savoy’s residence and located marijuana along with drug paraphernalia in his bedroom.  Savoy, who home at the time, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $216,500.   

           

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd OFFENSE FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Kelly A. Francois, 47, Vidalia, LA, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Francois had been working in Calcasieu Parish for over two weeks.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd offense.  He was released on February 5 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

               

Francois was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2003 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2017 and again in 2018. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

RFQ CPSO MOSS BLUFF LEC

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RFP for Maintenance Facility extended to Tuesday February 23, 10:00 AM.

 

 

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SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO ANNOUNCES NEW CLOSEWATCH CALCASIEU APP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces the launch of a new cell phone app “CloseWatch Calcasieu,” which provides an easy, anonymous way to send in a tip to CPSO deputies about something suspicious you have seen or heard.  You can submit a tip about any specific school or location in Calcasieu Parish.

           

“You can use the CloseWatch app if you have any information you feel could help law enforcement solve or deter crime, as well as prevent potential harm,” stated Sheriff Mancuso.  “The app is free and easy to use.  You can also remain totally anonymous when submitting a tip.  Once you submit the tip it immediately goes to the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, where deputies will take appropriate steps to ensure the tip is investigated.”

           

You can download the app from your app store on your phone.  For more information on the app and how it works you can visit https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/closewatch-calcasieu-app/. 

           

“We have created this app as a tool to further prevent and deter crime in our community.  Although our department prides itself on our proactive approach to policing, our deputies sometimes rely on you to help keep our community a safe place to live.  Your tip could make a difference, so remember if you see something, send something,” finished Mancuso. 

           

The CloseWatch Calcasieu app does not replace 911, which is for emergencies that are happening right now.  

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, February 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  You must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/140642. 

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday. 

                 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile from Acadia Parish that had been located by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division. 

           

During the initial investigation the 13 year old girl advised detectives she had sexual intercourse with Blake K. Jenkins, 28, Alexandria, LA.  When detectives spoke with Jenkins he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $60,000.

           

After further investigation it was learned Jenkins had picked up the victim from her residence and transported her to Lake Charles.  Prior to picking her up Jenkins asked her several times to have sex with other men so he could obtain money for gas.  It was also learned Jenkins left the victim at the casino while he went to work and asked her to have sex with men for money while he was gone.

           

On January 28 CPSO detectives additionally charged Jenkins with 2nd degree kidnapping; and human trafficking.  Judge Tony Fazzio set an additional bond at $80,000. 

           

Assisting CPSO in this case is the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security.       

           

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender detectives learned John D. Fields, 65, 4044 Woodcrest Street, Lake Charles, a convicted sex offender, was possibly living and working in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

On January 29, Fields reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit and confirmed he had been living and working in Calcasieu Parish since November 2020 and did not complete his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.    

           

Fields was convicted of 1st degree rape in 2004 in Oklahoma.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 22 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 1200 block of Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff in reference to a truck in the ditch. 

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, James O. McKeehan, Jr., 55, 4101 Pleasant Drive, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed McKeehan to have slurred speech and unstable balance. 

 

After McKeehan 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 revealed he was over the legal limit. 

 

McKeehan, who has 4 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; and careless operation.  He was released the following day on a $20,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Cpl. Aaron Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a tip in reference to Bradley S. Courmier, 29, 1308 Ogese Courmier Road, Vinton, possibly being in possession of child pornography.  The following day detectives subsequently executed a search warrant at Courmier’s residence. 

 

On January 27 detectives made contact with Courmier who confirmed the allegations.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.

           

Assisting in this case is the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 JUVENILES IN REFERENCE TO HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a grocery store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a stabbing. 

           

The initial investigation revealed there was a fight between several young girls inside the store, at which time a 15 year old was stabbed.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died. 

After further investigation detectives arrested four females, ages 14, 13 (2 girls), and 12.  They were all booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  One is charged with 2nd degree murder and three are charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.    

 

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

 

Note: Under normal circumstances juveniles names and information are not released.  The release yesterday was an unusual occurrence and was for the safety of not only the public but the juvenile in question.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2020 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2020 property taxes notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2020 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.  You may also pay by phone by calling 1-888-877-0450.  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 or by phone, 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

1525 Cypress St., 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, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is 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 2020 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                        LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, February 9                                                 Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, February 10                                         DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, February 11                                              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 cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. 

 

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 2020 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is March 2, 2021.  Any payments received after March 2, 2021 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Walker Road in Sulphur in reference to a deceased male.  When deputies arrived they located the victim, William S. Clark, 43, Sulphur, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation it was learned the complainant, who was also Clark’s girlfriend, Kerri S. Monic, 32, 2063 Walker Road, Sulphur, was responsible for the shooting.  When Monic initially spoke with detectives she stated she was not home when the incident occurred.  She later advised detectives her and Clark were having an argument, at which time she retrieved a handgun and shot him.  During the course of the investigation detectives also learned Monic was in possession of methamphetamine.

               

Detectives located what they believe to be the murder weapon inside Monic’s vehicle. 

 

Monic was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $515,000.     

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MISAPPROPRIATION & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an insurance check that had been forged and fraudulently cashed.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives he had contracted Dathan W. Herring, 43, Lumberton, MS, to assist him in dealing with the insurance company and contractors.  The victim then advised detectives when he received his insurance check to pay for repairs, which was also made out to the lienholder, Herring stated he could get the funds from the check faster due to the resources he had.  The victim stated Herring was supposed to cash the check by legitimate means, keep a portion as a consultation fee, and return the rest of the money.  During further investigation, it was learned Herring forged the lienholder's name on the back of the check, cashed it, and did not return any money to the victim. 

           

On January 14 when detectives spoke with Herring he confirmed he forged the signature on the back of the check and used all the funds for personal use.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractors misappropriation of payments; and forgery.  He was released the following day on a $9,000 bond by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF ROOFING SHINGLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local business on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred earlier that morning.

           

During the investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a pickup truck pulling a trailer arrive at the business and two suspects exit the truck.  The suspects then began loading up approximately $2,000 worth of roofing materials from the business.  They also observed another suspect walk up and help load the materials onto the trailer.  Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Marvin C. Paddio, 63, 1913 3rd Street Lake Charles.

           

After further investigation detectives also learned the truck seen in the surveillance footage belonged to Paddio.  A short time later detectives located Paddio, and the truck seen in the surveillance footage, at his residence and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  He was released the following day on a $7,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR NON-CONSENSUAL DISCLOSURE OF A PRIVATE IMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Sarah D. Pharis, 32, 311 W. Elizabeth Street, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed she was responsible for sending out numerous nude photographs of an acquaintance.

           

During the investigation, it was learned Pharis, who had access to the victim’s personal information, mailed out degrading letters about him to at least 30 individuals and included the nude photographs inside the letters.  It was also learned Pharis traveled to Texas to mail the letters.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 150 counts of non-consensual disclosure of a private image.  Later the same, day she was released on a $75,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

           

On January 14, after further investigation Pharis was arrested once again, after detectives learned another individual’s private images were also included in the letters she previously mailed out.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with an additional 30 counts of non-consensual disclosure of a private image.  She was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE INFIRMED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 12, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint against Sandra K. Ancelet, 48, 2221 Gaylynnn Lane, Sulphur, in reference to her stealing from an elderly and disabled man she was caring for. 

           

Family members of the victim advised detectives they learned of multiple suspicious withdrawals from the victim’s account.  During further investigation, detectives learned between September 2019 and March 2020 over $25,000 worth of suspicious checks had cleared the victim’s account.  Detectives learned over $4,000 worth of checks were made payable to Ancelet, while the remaining checks were made payable to cash. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Ancelet, who denied receiving or taking any money from the victim.  Subsequently, detectives obtained Ancelet’s banking records and learned a majority of the checks in question, over $24,000 worth, had been deposited into Ancelet’s bank account.

           

On December 8, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Ancelet’s arrest.  On January 6 Ancelet turned herself into CPSO and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $25,000 or more; and exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released a short time later on a $25,000 bond. 

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTEMPTED BURGLARY & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to an attempted burglary and property damage. 

           

During the investigation, after reviewing video surveillance, detectives learned earlier that morning, between 1:40 and 2:10 a.m. an unknown white male attempted to pry open the doors to the business.  Detectives also observed the suspect attempt to pry open a change dispenser and ice machine in an attempt to remove the currency from inside but was unsuccessful.  The suspect caused approximately $1,500 to $2,000 worth of damage.  Detectives believe the suspect was possibly picked up by someone in a dark-colored SUV or minivan.

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a possible murder.  The complainant advised dispatchers a man, she did not know, had contacted her on social media stating he had just attempted to kill someone and needed a ride.  The complainant stated the suspect gave her his exact location, which she relayed to dispatchers. 

 

Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect, Patrick T. Amos, 19, Lake Charles, covered in blood.  While speaking with deputies he stated he had just killed a family member.  Amos gave deputies the location where the victim was located, which is also where the incident occurred.  When deputies arrived they located the victim and observed her to be covered in blood and suffering from numerous lacerations to her arms, legs, and head.     

 

During further investigation when detectives spoke with Amos he stated they had been consuming methamphetamine throughout the night.  He further advised detectives he was being tormented by a demon that was inside the family member and he attempted to kill it with a large knife and then fled the scene.  Amos was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $175,000. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.

 

CPSO Deputy Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local non-profit organization in reference to a former employee, Meaghan J. Boudreaux, 31, 215 Laurent Avenue, Sulphur, who had been stealing from the organization. 

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised detectives earlier this month after Boudreaux has stopped showing up for work, an auditor reviewed the books and found several strange transactions.  During the investigation it was learned between January 2019 and November 2020, Boudreaux had fraudulently transferred over $169,000 from the organization’s account to her personal account.  It was also discovered Boudreaux had added herself to the organization’s insurance plan and supplemental insurance plan, without having the premiums deducted from her payroll.  Detectives learned the total amount Boudreaux stole from the organization is approximately $175,273. 

          

On December 12, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Boudreaux’s arrest.  On December 21 she turned herself into the CPSO Warrants Division and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $25,000 or more.  She was later released on a $50,000 bond. 

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 124th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 124th Basic Academy with 37 officers representing 15 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 502 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 37 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Jeremy LeBlanc, Lake Charles Fire Department, was selected class president of the 124th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Austen McMichael, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Koley Ravia, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Austin Mareno, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Firearms awards were presented to:

Aaron Barbee, first; Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Koley Ravia, second; Lake Charles Police Department

James Gruspier, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Koley Ravia, Lake Charles Police Department.

                Physical Training Honor was presented to James Gruspier, Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers graduating after completing 502 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Jeremy Copeland  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Meghan Antoine, Samantha Callaway, Brian Dugas, Jeffery Floyd, Coy Harrington, Dayton Laborde, Jordan Laughlin, Justin Landry, Austin Mareno, Austen McMichael, Triston Smith  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Jarrett Nunez, Logan Tingler, Devin Whittington – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Kylie Harlow, Marlon Holmes – DeRidder Police Department

Justin Trahan – Iowa Police Department

Leonard Bailon – Jennings Police Department

Lacey Vincent – Lake Arthur Police Department

Michael Carter, Jeremy LeBlanc – Lake Charles Fire Department

                        Jonathan DeJesus, John Ford, James Gruspier, Jamar Jackson, Garret Lemieux, Ethan Meaux, Koley Ravia – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Amanda Pointer, Elizabeth Scott – Merryville Police Department

Laine West– Oakdale Police Department

Malcolm Ledet – Oberlin Police Department

Javonta Flugence – Rayne Police Department

Deshawn Mouton – Sulphur Police Department

Aaron Barbee – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

                Joey Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a kidnapping. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Marcel Duger, 39, 317 S. Bowers Street, Iowa, had made entry into the home and kidnapped his girlfriend’s 8 month old baby.  A short time later, using several investigative techniques, deputies located Marcel and the baby at a home in south Lake Charles.  

 

During further investigation it was learned, Marcel, who was not related to the child, had arrived at the home in Moss Bluff and was advised he was not welcome there.  When detectives spoke with Marcel it was discovered the doors to the residence were locked.  Marcel advised deputies he was hitting and kicking the door, and later located an unlocked window, which he used to make entry into the home. 

               

Marcel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; and aggravated kidnapping of a child.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $150,000.  Marcel is also currently on parole for armed robbery. 

               

The child was returned to the mother. 

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, December 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 3100 block of Westwood Road in Westlake to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Four hundred and twelve (412) vehicles were checked; seven (7) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; two (2) citations were issued for no child restraint; and two (2) citations were issued for no insurance.

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Jason P. Johnson, Jr., 21, Lake Chares was arrested for possession of CDS II; illegal carry of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; and a traffic citation. 

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Michael J. Hennigan, 28, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 2nd offense

Patrick B. Guidry, 48, Lake Charles, was arrested for DWI; possession of marijuana; and open container

Cesar Nery, Jr., 18, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $85,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2021.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS IOWA STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Iowa High School was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned during lunch, a 16 year old boy stated if students were alerted there was a shooting that he would be responsible.  Detectives also learned the boy stated he was trigger happy and would kill as many students as he could.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.  He was also charged with possession of an electronic cigarette after he was found to be in possession of one.  

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Cpl. Mike Bergeron and Detective Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators on the case.

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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, which started Sunday, December 13, and ends January 1, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows the Christmas holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving fatalities.  According to the NHTSA in December 2018, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, December 18.  This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED 2ND DEGREE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer park off Old Deridder Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim lying in the roadway, suffering from what appeared to be two gunshot wounds.  After further investigation deputies learned a verbal argument ensued between the victim and Ivan Monceaux, Jr., 53, 2653 Old Deridder Highway #13, Lake Charles, who is an acquaintance.  During the argument Monceaux shot the victim. 

           

Monceaux was located at his residence, where he was arrested and later booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; and illegal discharge of a firearm.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $400,000.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. 

 

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

CPSO & ENTERGY EMPLOYEES COLLECT CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CALCASIEU PARISH FAMILIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with local Entergy Louisiana employees, collected toys for needy families in Calcasieu Parish for Christmas.  Together, they were able to provide gifts for over 40 families, which included over 100 children.   

           

“I am proud of our deputies,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “It has been a tough year for everyone in our community this year, but no matter what, we always come together to help others in need.  Our deputies collect toys every year, but we knew there would be more families in need this year.  We were so pleased when Entergy reached out to us wanting to participate in the toy drive.  With donations from their employees, we were able to help more families.”

          

The donations will be dispersed to families who have already been identified in the next two weeks.  


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Notice Posted: December 4, 2020             Time Posted: 3:00 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District 

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  December 8, 2020

TIME:   9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to order

            Roll Call

            Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on August 20, 2020  

            No Old Business  

            New Business:

1.      Acknowledgement that the actual cost of the parish wide Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District ad valorem property tax renewal election held on August 15, 2020, as determined by the Secretary of State of the State of Louisiana, was $121,033.13.

 

2. Approval of the Notice of Actual Cost of the August 15, 2020 Election to be published in the Lake Charles American Press shortly after this meeting.

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                           

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH BB GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish School Resource Officer was informed by several different sources that a 15 year old student possibly had a gun in his backpack.  The SRO, along with school personnel, detained the student and after a search of his backpack, a BB gun, which looked similar to a real firearm, was located. 

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.

           

CPSO School Resource Officer Cpl. Bobby Benjamin and Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4th OFFENSE DWI

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 28 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Fred Istre Road and Carlyss Drive in Sulphur in reference to a truck that crashed in the ditch. 

 

When the deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William L. Doss, 65, 4203 Carlyss Drive #75, Sulphur, she detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Doss to have unsteady balance, slurred speech, and glossy eyes.  Doss advised the deputy he was attempting to back up and turn around but backed up too far and went into the ditch.  Doss also advised the deputy he had been drinking prior to driving the truck.    

 

Doss, who was unable to complete a standard field sobriety test due to minor injuries sustained in the crash, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

           

Doss, who has three prior DWI arrests, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $12,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and must he must wear an alcohol detecting bracelet.

CPSO Deputy Tori Boone was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets for Thanksgiving.  Deputies handed out the turkeys to citizens throughout the parish who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding. 

               

The turkeys were donated to CPSO by Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores.  


CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 28 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives division received a report in reference to a local church in Iowa having unauthorized charges on their account from several different convenience stores in Calcasieu Parish.  During the initial investigation, while obtaining video surveillance from the stores where the fraudulent charges occurred, detectives also learned of another victim whose account information had been stolen and was being used by the same suspects.  When detectives reviewed the footage they observed two suspects driving in separate trucks using a card at the gas pumps and fueling a large tank located in the back of one of the trucks. 

 

After further investigation, on November 18 deputies observed one of the trucks driving on Highway 90 in Sulphur.  A traffic stop was conducted and deputies made contact with the driver, Rey A. Moreno-Comcepcion, 30, Port Arthur, TX.  While speaking with Comcepcion deputies learned he was in possession of 28 gift cards with zip codes written on the back.  It was later learned the gift cards were recoded and contained numerous individuals’ credit and debit card information.  Comcepcion advised deputies he used two of the gift cards to purchase fuel earlier that day.

 

Comcepcion was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 28 counts of identity theft; and a traffic violation.  He was released November 20 on a $28,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

During the investigation, CPSO detectives along with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recovered two skimming devices at the gas pumps of a local convenience store in Iowa and believe they are connected to these cases.  

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement 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 begins Friday, November 27 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from 10 a.m. 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 parking lot of the mall near the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Ernest Street.  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.  “This will be the fourteenth year we have organized RPM and 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 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. 

 

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. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, November 13 at approximately 10:45 a.m. at a store located on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck, pulling a flatbed trailer, drove into the parking lot making too sharp of a turn and struck a garbage truck that was parked.  The suspect then backed up and exited his vehicle to look at his trailer and fled the scene.  The truck is described as a dark colored Ford F-250 with Texas plates.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigators, Lt. Bryan Guth or Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 20-162557.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Benjamin H. Hurst, Jr., 35, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child.  During the investigation it was learned the incidents took place between 2014 and 2015, when the victim was under the age of 13. 

           

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery; and indecent behavior with juveniles.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $900,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is lead investigator in the case.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns in the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

It appears speed may be the main cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.  

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a crash near the intersection of Sutherland Road and E. Levingwood Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a car was traveling westbound on E. Levingwood Road at which time it ran a stop sign, striking an SUV that was traveling northbound on Sutherland Road.  The SUV flipped several times, before landing in the ditch.  A 6 year old female, who was unrestrained inside the SUV, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.    

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

               

The drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and the additional two juvenile passengers in the SUV sustained no injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander and Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 19, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired Dugas to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in December 2020 she paid Dugas half the money up front to cover the materials and begin work.  Dugas cashed the check from the victim the same day he received it, but did not return to the home to start repairs for over two months after giving the victim multiple excuses as to way there was a delay in construction.  The victim advised detectives in February Dugas arrived at her home for only a few hours to work and she has not been able to contact him since that time.  

           

The same day detectives received the report they contacted Dugas at which time he stated he planned on returning to do the job the following day.  Several days later he returned to the residence and worked for approximately two hours and failed to return to complete any other work.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which she previously paid for.  

           

After further investigation, on March 30 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Derek Kee for Dugas’ arrest.  On April 6, Dugas was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud over $1,500; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released the following day on a $15,000 bond.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Richard L. Hollyfield, 51, Weslake, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

On January 28, deputies performed a sex offender residence check on Hollyfield at his registered address on Gulfway Blvd. in Westlake, at which time they were advised Hollyfield had not been at the residence in over a week.  On February 1, deputies attempted to make contact with Hollyfield at his reported residence once again and were advised by a family member that he had packed his belongings and left the home approximately 5 days prior.  Hollyfield failed to report a new address to law enforcement within three days of leaving his registered address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives attempted to locate Hollyfield but were unsuccessful.  On February 3, Judge Robert Wyatt issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $10,000.  On April 3 Hollyfield was located in the Sulphur area and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Hollyfield also had a warrant through Probation and Parole.

 

Hollyfield was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  April 8, 2021

TIME:     9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

 

Roll Call

 

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on December 8, 2020

    

Old Business   

None

                                                                                

New Business:

 

1. A resolution by Tony Mancuso, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, ordering and calling for the renewal of and the continued levy and collection of an existing tax of one-quarter (1/4%) percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, the storage for use or consumption, and the lease or rental, of each item or article of tangible personal property and on all sales of services, as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about October 9, 2021, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.  The current one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax expires on September 30, 2023, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on October 1, 2023 and expire on September 30, 2033.

 

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 Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier in March the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received a complaint in reference to a convicted sex offender, Ernest J. Cheatham, Jr., 60, Lake Charles, possibly not living at his registered address. 

           

During the investigation detectives attempted to complete a home compliance check on Cheatham, at which time they were advised by the homeowner Cheatham had not been living at the home since the end of January.  During further investigation it was learned Cheatham had made contact with the New Orleans Police Department advising them he was relocating to the New Orleans area, but failed to notify local law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also discovered Cheatham had made appointments with NOPD to register, but failed to appear for his appointments. 

           

On March 29, after further investigation CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Cheatham’s arrest in the amount of $3,000 for failure to register as a sex offender.  On March 31 he was located and arrested by NOPD and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. 

           

Cheatham was convicted of indecency with a child in Houston, TX, in 2001.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to an RV park located in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned earlier that morning, between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. an unknown suspect entered the laundromat building and burglarized five commercial clothes dryers.  The suspect stole approximately $50 and approximately $800 worth of damage was caused to the machines.      

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie with a zipper front, dark colored ball cap, and tan colored shoes.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly 2019-2021 model, Chevrolet 1500, extended or quad cab pickup truck. 

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO HOST 2021 SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the 2021 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Thursday, May 13, beginning at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 8:00 a.m. and ending at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street, for a distance of approximately 3 miles.

           

The LETR for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.  The LETR is the largest year-round grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and all funds raised in the state go toward supporting Special Olympics Louisiana.  Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.    

               

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the hosting agency for the Southwest Region Torch Run, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. 

               

All law enforcement officers in the Southwest Region who are interested in participating in this year’s LETR, please contact Katelynn McKee at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 491-3791.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a possible contractor fraud case.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with David L. Babcock, 57, Bush, LA, to perform repairs to her residence for damages that were sustained during Hurricane Laura.  The victim stated she initially paid Babcock $30,000 for the work, which has not yet been completed.  The victim also stated Babcock had not performed any work since the end of January.  During further investigation detectives also learned Babcock had no contractor's license or business license under his name or business name.      

           

On March 25, when detectives spoke with Babcock he confirmed he had not performed any work on the residence in approximately 1 ½ to 2 months.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud.  He was released the following day on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 132

On March 9th at 12:30 a.m. the truck seen in this video dropped off two suspects at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. The suspects stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.

 

The suspects then drove the stolen truck through a fence at a business nearby and stole four welding machines. The stolen truck and one welding machine was later recovered in the Vinton area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin G. Joubert, 59, 6670 Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 10, earlier this year. 

 

On March 22 after further investigation, Joubert was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/151002.

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


Lake Charles –

 

On March 16, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a stop on a truck in the 2700 block of S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation. 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Draughn A. Koonce, 44, 432 W. Thomas Street, Sulphur, it was learned he was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  The deputy also discovered Koonce was in possession of marijuana. 

Koonce was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; possession of marijuana; along with a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $41,100 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

Koonce was convicted of simple rape in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

 

On March 20, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender, Jarred E. Chatman, 41, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was learned Chatman was no longer living at his last registered address and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement.  It was also learned Chatman had been working without notifying the proper authorities of his employment.  During the initial investigation Chatman fled on foot from deputies, before being apprehended and deputies later discovered Chatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

           

Chatman was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $55,500.

           

Chatman was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 and again in 2016, both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases.    


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as those who were not wearing their seatbelt.

 

One thousand four hundred twenty-one (1,421) vehicles were checked; thirteen (13) citations were issued for no seatbelt; three (3) citations were issued for improper or no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; two (2) citations were issued for expired tag; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for failure to register a motor vehicle; and one (1) citation was issued for illegal window tint.   

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Claiborne L. Bergeron, 60, Westlake, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamines); possession of CDS I (marijuana); and two traffic citations. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO ARREST HOUSTON WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Mallard Street in Sulphur in reference to two children who had been left unattended. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a one year old and a five month old had been left alone in a motel room for approximately five hours.  Motel staff discovered the children after the one year old was able to open the room door and was located in the hallway.   

 

Deputies made contact with the children’s’ mother, Shoneil J. Landry, 27, Houston, Texas, who initially tried to resist deputies during arrest by attempting to pull away from them.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $32,500.    

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening, at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a truck traveling on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur for crossing several lanes of traffic and almost causing an accident.

           

The suspect, later identified as Kristopher J. Lalonde, 47, Groves, TX, initially stopped in a nearby parking lot and exited his vehicle.  When the deputy approached Lalonde he returned to his truck and fled the scene, ultimately refusing to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit lasting approximately three blocks.  Lalonde ran a stop sign at the intersection of Attakapas Street and Quelqueshue Street in Sulphur, causing an accident which resulted with a fatality.

           

After the wreck, Lalonde was taken into custody by CPSO, where it was learned he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated flight from an officer; improper lane use; running a stop sign; turning movements required; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $41,300.  It was also learned Lalonde was wanted in Texas for a parole warrant.

           

Sulphur Police Department will be handling the wreck and any other charges associated with the fatality.  The reason SPD is required to handle the crash is because of RS32:398.  (Louisiana RS 32:398 states if an accident occurs within an incorporated city the local police department shall handle that wreck.)  

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, March 20.   

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

 

On March 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Mickey D. Williams, 42, 212 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, possibly having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the incidents took place while the victim was visiting Williams.  Detectives also learned he had taken inappropriate photographs of the victim.  When questioned by detectives, Williams confirmed the allegations.   

 

On March 16 Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13; indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 3 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.66 million.   

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.     

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle theft and theft of equipment that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 9 in Sulphur.

           

During the investigation, detectives learned at approximately 12:40 a.m. several unknown suspects arrived at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur and stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance at the hotel which showed a blue, four-door, Ford pickup truck pull into the parking lot.  Two suspects exited the truck, at which time they stole the GMC truck.   

           

During the investigation it was also learned the stolen GMC truck was used at approximately 12:45 a.m. that same morning during the commission of a theft.  The truck was used to drive through the fence of a business, also located on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  The suspects then stole four welding machines along with tools from the business.  The suspects returned at approximately 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal an excavator, but were unsuccessful. 

           

Later the same day deputies located the stolen truck, which had been abandoned, along with one of the welding machines in Vinton.  Another one of the stolen welding machines was located on the shoulder of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the thefts.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ truck please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on April 17 at the Iowa Middle School Gym located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312.

 

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and attendees will be required to wear a face mask.    

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO deputies Heather Armstrong and Thomas Clophus from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 19 law enforcement officers from across the region who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Louisville, Mississippi. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has nine deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.  Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries earlier today.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, 335 Dobbertine Road, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting.  Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2nd degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to an individual advising hospital personnel he wanted to turn himself in to law enforcement.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with Israel J. Lachica, 67, homeless.  It was discovered Lachica, who is a registered sex offender, had been living in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local 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 2nd offense.  His bond is still pending.

           

Lachica was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne Parish in 2003.  In 2007 and again in 2012 Lachica was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Bradley Lamar is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DAYCARE EMPLOYEE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a local daycare employee, Annette L. Scott, 48, 2119 Katy Street, Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised that when the mother picked up the 3 year old from daycare she had several scratches on her face.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised Scott had been terminated prior to the mother’s arrival at the daycare. 

 

After further investigation, on March 8 detectives questioned Scott about the scratches on the child, at which time she confirmed she scratched the child on the cheek.  She further advised detectives she was trying to make the child stay still for nap time.  She stated after realizing she left marks on the child she left the daycare.   

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the following day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  

 

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 

           

While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.

           

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

           

There will be an internal investigation into the incident.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Marlon R. Eaglin, 31, 2971 Highway 3059, Lot 46, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registrations requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned on February 19 Eaglin had been arrested by CPSO deputies for DWI.  During the DWI arrest Eaglin gave an address that did not match the address on his sex offender registration.  Detectives were also advised by deputies Eaglin was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement. 

 

On March 4 Eaglin reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit to complete his annual registration and confirmed to detectives he had not been living at the address listed on his registration.  He also confirmed he was driving a vehicle that was not listed on his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Eaglin was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010 in Lafayette Parish.  

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.                

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit charged convicted sex offender Earl J. Bellard, Jr., 48, Lake Charles, after it was revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on several occasions.

           

In September 2020, it was learned Bellard failed to pay his community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During the investigation, Bellard was due for a quarterly registration in November and failed to report, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned Bellard failed to pay his annual registration fees for 2020. 

 

On November 24 detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard at his registered address, but it appeared no one was living at the address listed on his sex offender registration.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard several more times and learned he had absconded from his registered address and failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again. 

           

After further investigation, on December 10, a warrant was issued for Bellard’s arrest.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Bellard, but were unsuccessful.  On February 28, LCPD made contact with Bellard at which time he was arrested on the warrant. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd and subsequent offenses; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to register and notify as a sex offender, paying fees.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $151,000 with no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole.

           

Bellard was convicted of simple rape in 1993 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school.  The student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Joe Mulligan and Sgt. Joe Tartaglia and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED & LATER ARRESTED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 26, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Deputy Amber Kelly, 31, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate, while on-duty.  After the initial complaint detectives interviewed Kelly and later the same day she was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso.

           

The investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; charges were accepted and on March 3, a warrant was issued for her arrest for malfeasance in office sexual conduct.  She was arrested the following day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $45,000.

           

Prior to being terminated Kelly worked as a correctional deputy at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for 5 years.

 

“I am very upset by this incident,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have an extensive hiring process to ensure we are hiring qualified and competent deputies, but unfortunately we occasionally have one that chooses to stray from the path of integrity.  These sort of actions will never be tolerated in our department and deputies will always be held accountable for their actions.”

           

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 62 COUNTS OF ID THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received several complaints from various financial institutions in reference to a possible bank fraud taking place in our area.

 

During the investigation it was learned two suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions at local convenience stores throughout the parish. 

 

Detectives also learned the suspects were purchasing gift cards with fraudulent debit cards at local grocery stores in the parish.  Detectives viewed numerous surveillance videos from the locations in which the transactions had taken place and observed the same two suspects responsible for making the fraudulent charges.  During further investigation detectives learned there was approximately 62 victims of identity theft and a total of approximately $23,000 had been stolen.  

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives learned one of the possible suspects was at a local business making ATM withdrawals and detectives were able to obtain a description of the suspect’s truck.  A short time later the truck was located at a different gas station nearby.  Detectives made contact with the suspect, Nasquier Perz-Cardona, 30, Houston, Texas, and observed him to be one of the men seen in the surveillance videos.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of bank fraud; and 62 counts of identity theft.  He was released the following day on a $46,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

Detectives believe the suspects possibly obtained the victims’ debit card numbers from a fuel pump skimming device.

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT & COMPUTER FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to Michael L. John, 31, Lake Charles, possibly using stolen credit card numbers to purchase a hotel room at a local hotel in Lake Charles. 

           

During the initial investigation it was confirmed John was using stolen credit card numbers and had fraudulently charged over $1,000 at the local hotel.  During further investigation detectives executed a search warrant on John’s room and located numerous credit cards along with a notebook containing instructions on how to obtain individuals’ credit card numbers.  Detectives also located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia inside the room.  Detectives later learned John was fraudulently modifying credit cards using an electronic tablet and then uploading them online and making transactions.

 

John was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000; computer fraud; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $18,500.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

 

CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot and Kent Castille are the lead investigators on this case.  

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  After further investigation it was also learned a woman, who had entered the store a short time earlier, is also involved in the robbery. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone has any information about this robbery or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 19 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck traveling on I-10 westbound near mile marker 12.

           

When deputies spoke with the driver, Ronnie J. Russell, Jr., 51, Crystal Beach, Texas, they could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Russell to have bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance, and incoherent speech.  During further investigation deputies also located a large bottle of vodka and a cup containing a mixed alcoholic beverage inside the truck. 

           

After Russell refused standard field sobriety testing, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which confirmed he was over the legal limit.   

           

Russell, who has 3 prior DWI arrests, was transported to a local hospital to be examined due to his level of intoxication.  Once he was released from the hospital Russell was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center where he was booked in and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for travel; and open container. 

 

He was released on February 22 on a $40,200 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio, with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, 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 Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR NUMEROUS BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July 8 and October 5, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to numerous residential burglaries in the areas of Little Drive, Portrush Drive, St. Andrews Drive, and Sassafras Way, all in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation it was learned the suspect made forced entry into the homes and stole numerous high valued items such as jewelry and purses.  The investigations revealed the suspect stole a total of over $65,000 worth of items from inside the homes. 

           

After a joint investigation, involving the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, who were also having similar burglaries in their communities, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Justin J. Andrews, 42, Sealy, Texas.  On February 9, CPSO detectives issued warrants for Andrews’ arrest. 

           

Andrews, who is currently incarcerated in Fort Bend County, Texas, is charged with 4 counts of looting; 5 counts of criminal property damage; 4 counts of theft; and simple burglary.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his total bond at $417,500.  Andrews is currently awaiting extradition to Louisiana.  

           

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

           

CPSO Detectives Kerrick Gabrial, Joshua Couch, Charles Trosclair, and John Coffman are the lead investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty or grand jury.  The caller, who claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO WELSH MEN FOR AGGRAVATED 2ND DEGREE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

           

Upon arrival, deputies learned the victim had been shot once in the abdomen.  During the investigation deputies utilized several investigative techniques and were able to locate the suspect’s car; at which time they made contact with Dymnd K. Brown, 19, and Jermain S. Harmon, 21, both of Welsh, LA.  Deputies also located a handgun and marijuana in Brown and Harmon’s possession.  

 

After further investigation both Brown and Harmon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal carrying of weapons during commission of a crime or in the presence of CDS; possession of CDS I.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both Brown and Harmon’s bonds at $240,500. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in stable condition.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Heath W. Daigle, 42, 4981 Mattie Reeves Road, Lake Charles, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation it was learned Daigle had not paid his community notifications fees, as required by his sex offender registration requirements.  Daigle also failed to report for his semi-annual registration in October 2020, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On February 9, Daigle was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and notification of a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $7,500. 

 

Daigle was convicted of crimes against nature in 1998 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & TRESPASSING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dolby Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft in progress. 

           

When deputies arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.  Deputies were able to view surveillance video from the residence and observed an unknown man stealing shingles from outside the home.  Deputies were able to obtain a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle from surveillance footage and CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

 

The following day deputies were patrolling the area where the theft occurred and located a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the theft.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Adrian A. Zermeno, 20, Houston, TX, they observed him to be the suspect seen on the video surveillance.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft under $1,000; and trespassing.  He was released on February 7 on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Deputy Travis Kilmer is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Charles Trosclair is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Brandon J. Savoy, 26, 712 Magnolia Street, Westlake, having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. 

 

During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident occurred at Savoy’s residence.  It was also learned Savoy, who was babysitting the victim along with two other children, also under the ages of 13, provided them with marijuana and allowed them to smoke.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Savoy numerous times but he advised he was out of town.  Savoy also failed to show up for a scheduled interview with detectives.  After further investigation, on February 3, detectives executed a search warrant at Savoy’s residence and located marijuana along with drug paraphernalia in his bedroom.  Savoy, who home at the time, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $216,500.   

           

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd OFFENSE FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Kelly A. Francois, 47, Vidalia, LA, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Francois had been working in Calcasieu Parish for over two weeks.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd offense.  He was released on February 5 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

               

Francois was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2003 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2017 and again in 2018. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

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SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO ANNOUNCES NEW CLOSEWATCH CALCASIEU APP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces the launch of a new cell phone app “CloseWatch Calcasieu,” which provides an easy, anonymous way to send in a tip to CPSO deputies about something suspicious you have seen or heard.  You can submit a tip about any specific school or location in Calcasieu Parish.

           

“You can use the CloseWatch app if you have any information you feel could help law enforcement solve or deter crime, as well as prevent potential harm,” stated Sheriff Mancuso.  “The app is free and easy to use.  You can also remain totally anonymous when submitting a tip.  Once you submit the tip it immediately goes to the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, where deputies will take appropriate steps to ensure the tip is investigated.”

           

You can download the app from your app store on your phone.  For more information on the app and how it works you can visit https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/closewatch-calcasieu-app/. 

           

“We have created this app as a tool to further prevent and deter crime in our community.  Although our department prides itself on our proactive approach to policing, our deputies sometimes rely on you to help keep our community a safe place to live.  Your tip could make a difference, so remember if you see something, send something,” finished Mancuso. 

           

The CloseWatch Calcasieu app does not replace 911, which is for emergencies that are happening right now.  

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, February 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  You must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/140642. 

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday. 

                 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile from Acadia Parish that had been located by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division. 

           

During the initial investigation the 13 year old girl advised detectives she had sexual intercourse with Blake K. Jenkins, 28, Alexandria, LA.  When detectives spoke with Jenkins he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $60,000.

           

After further investigation it was learned Jenkins had picked up the victim from her residence and transported her to Lake Charles.  Prior to picking her up Jenkins asked her several times to have sex with other men so he could obtain money for gas.  It was also learned Jenkins left the victim at the casino while he went to work and asked her to have sex with men for money while he was gone.

           

On January 28 CPSO detectives additionally charged Jenkins with 2nd degree kidnapping; and human trafficking.  Judge Tony Fazzio set an additional bond at $80,000. 

           

Assisting CPSO in this case is the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security.       

           

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender detectives learned John D. Fields, 65, 4044 Woodcrest Street, Lake Charles, a convicted sex offender, was possibly living and working in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

On January 29, Fields reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit and confirmed he had been living and working in Calcasieu Parish since November 2020 and did not complete his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.    

           

Fields was convicted of 1st degree rape in 2004 in Oklahoma.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 22 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 1200 block of Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff in reference to a truck in the ditch. 

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, James O. McKeehan, Jr., 55, 4101 Pleasant Drive, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed McKeehan to have slurred speech and unstable balance. 

 

After McKeehan 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 revealed he was over the legal limit. 

 

McKeehan, who has 4 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; and careless operation.  He was released the following day on a $20,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Cpl. Aaron Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a tip in reference to Bradley S. Courmier, 29, 1308 Ogese Courmier Road, Vinton, possibly being in possession of child pornography.  The following day detectives subsequently executed a search warrant at Courmier’s residence. 

 

On January 27 detectives made contact with Courmier who confirmed the allegations.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.

           

Assisting in this case is the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 JUVENILES IN REFERENCE TO HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a grocery store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a stabbing. 

           

The initial investigation revealed there was a fight between several young girls inside the store, at which time a 15 year old was stabbed.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died. 

After further investigation detectives arrested four females, ages 14, 13 (2 girls), and 12.  They were all booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  One is charged with 2nd degree murder and three are charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.    

 

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

 

Note: Under normal circumstances juveniles names and information are not released.  The release yesterday was an unusual occurrence and was for the safety of not only the public but the juvenile in question.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2020 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2020 property taxes notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2020 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.  You may also pay by phone by calling 1-888-877-0450.  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 or by phone, 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

1525 Cypress St., 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, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is 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 2020 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                        LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, February 9                                                 Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, February 10                                         DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, February 11                                              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 cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. 

 

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 2020 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is March 2, 2021.  Any payments received after March 2, 2021 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Walker Road in Sulphur in reference to a deceased male.  When deputies arrived they located the victim, William S. Clark, 43, Sulphur, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation it was learned the complainant, who was also Clark’s girlfriend, Kerri S. Monic, 32, 2063 Walker Road, Sulphur, was responsible for the shooting.  When Monic initially spoke with detectives she stated she was not home when the incident occurred.  She later advised detectives her and Clark were having an argument, at which time she retrieved a handgun and shot him.  During the course of the investigation detectives also learned Monic was in possession of methamphetamine.

               

Detectives located what they believe to be the murder weapon inside Monic’s vehicle. 

 

Monic was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set her bond at $515,000.     

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MISAPPROPRIATION & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an insurance check that had been forged and fraudulently cashed.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives he had contracted Dathan W. Herring, 43, Lumberton, MS, to assist him in dealing with the insurance company and contractors.  The victim then advised detectives when he received his insurance check to pay for repairs, which was also made out to the lienholder, Herring stated he could get the funds from the check faster due to the resources he had.  The victim stated Herring was supposed to cash the check by legitimate means, keep a portion as a consultation fee, and return the rest of the money.  During further investigation, it was learned Herring forged the lienholder's name on the back of the check, cashed it, and did not return any money to the victim. 

           

On January 14 when detectives spoke with Herring he confirmed he forged the signature on the back of the check and used all the funds for personal use.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractors misappropriation of payments; and forgery.  He was released the following day on a $9,000 bond by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF ROOFING SHINGLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local business on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred earlier that morning.

           

During the investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a pickup truck pulling a trailer arrive at the business and two suspects exit the truck.  The suspects then began loading up approximately $2,000 worth of roofing materials from the business.  They also observed another suspect walk up and help load the materials onto the trailer.  Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Marvin C. Paddio, 63, 1913 3rd Street Lake Charles.

           

After further investigation detectives also learned the truck seen in the surveillance footage belonged to Paddio.  A short time later detectives located Paddio, and the truck seen in the surveillance footage, at his residence and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  He was released the following day on a $7,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR NON-CONSENSUAL DISCLOSURE OF A PRIVATE IMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Sarah D. Pharis, 32, 311 W. Elizabeth Street, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed she was responsible for sending out numerous nude photographs of an acquaintance.

           

During the investigation, it was learned Pharis, who had access to the victim’s personal information, mailed out degrading letters about him to at least 30 individuals and included the nude photographs inside the letters.  It was also learned Pharis traveled to Texas to mail the letters.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 150 counts of non-consensual disclosure of a private image.  Later the same, day she was released on a $75,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

           

On January 14, after further investigation Pharis was arrested once again, after detectives learned another individual’s private images were also included in the letters she previously mailed out.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with an additional 30 counts of non-consensual disclosure of a private image.  She was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE INFIRMED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 12, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint against Sandra K. Ancelet, 48, 2221 Gaylynnn Lane, Sulphur, in reference to her stealing from an elderly and disabled man she was caring for. 

           

Family members of the victim advised detectives they learned of multiple suspicious withdrawals from the victim’s account.  During further investigation, detectives learned between September 2019 and March 2020 over $25,000 worth of suspicious checks had cleared the victim’s account.  Detectives learned over $4,000 worth of checks were made payable to Ancelet, while the remaining checks were made payable to cash. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Ancelet, who denied receiving or taking any money from the victim.  Subsequently, detectives obtained Ancelet’s banking records and learned a majority of the checks in question, over $24,000 worth, had been deposited into Ancelet’s bank account.

           

On December 8, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Ancelet’s arrest.  On January 6 Ancelet turned herself into CPSO and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $25,000 or more; and exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released a short time later on a $25,000 bond. 

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTEMPTED BURGLARY & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to an attempted burglary and property damage. 

           

During the investigation, after reviewing video surveillance, detectives learned earlier that morning, between 1:40 and 2:10 a.m. an unknown white male attempted to pry open the doors to the business.  Detectives also observed the suspect attempt to pry open a change dispenser and ice machine in an attempt to remove the currency from inside but was unsuccessful.  The suspect caused approximately $1,500 to $2,000 worth of damage.  Detectives believe the suspect was possibly picked up by someone in a dark-colored SUV or minivan.

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a possible murder.  The complainant advised dispatchers a man, she did not know, had contacted her on social media stating he had just attempted to kill someone and needed a ride.  The complainant stated the suspect gave her his exact location, which she relayed to dispatchers. 

 

Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect, Patrick T. Amos, 19, Lake Charles, covered in blood.  While speaking with deputies he stated he had just killed a family member.  Amos gave deputies the location where the victim was located, which is also where the incident occurred.  When deputies arrived they located the victim and observed her to be covered in blood and suffering from numerous lacerations to her arms, legs, and head.     

 

During further investigation when detectives spoke with Amos he stated they had been consuming methamphetamine throughout the night.  He further advised detectives he was being tormented by a demon that was inside the family member and he attempted to kill it with a large knife and then fled the scene.  Amos was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $175,000. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.

 

CPSO Deputy Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local non-profit organization in reference to a former employee, Meaghan J. Boudreaux, 31, 215 Laurent Avenue, Sulphur, who had been stealing from the organization. 

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised detectives earlier this month after Boudreaux has stopped showing up for work, an auditor reviewed the books and found several strange transactions.  During the investigation it was learned between January 2019 and November 2020, Boudreaux had fraudulently transferred over $169,000 from the organization’s account to her personal account.  It was also discovered Boudreaux had added herself to the organization’s insurance plan and supplemental insurance plan, without having the premiums deducted from her payroll.  Detectives learned the total amount Boudreaux stole from the organization is approximately $175,273. 

          

On December 12, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Boudreaux’s arrest.  On December 21 she turned herself into the CPSO Warrants Division and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $25,000 or more.  She was later released on a $50,000 bond. 

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 124th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 124th Basic Academy with 37 officers representing 15 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 502 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 37 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Jeremy LeBlanc, Lake Charles Fire Department, was selected class president of the 124th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Austen McMichael, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Koley Ravia, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Austin Mareno, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Firearms awards were presented to:

Aaron Barbee, first; Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Koley Ravia, second; Lake Charles Police Department

James Gruspier, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Koley Ravia, Lake Charles Police Department.

                Physical Training Honor was presented to James Gruspier, Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers graduating after completing 502 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Jeremy Copeland  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Meghan Antoine, Samantha Callaway, Brian Dugas, Jeffery Floyd, Coy Harrington, Dayton Laborde, Jordan Laughlin, Justin Landry, Austin Mareno, Austen McMichael, Triston Smith  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Jarrett Nunez, Logan Tingler, Devin Whittington – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Kylie Harlow, Marlon Holmes – DeRidder Police Department

Justin Trahan – Iowa Police Department

Leonard Bailon – Jennings Police Department

Lacey Vincent – Lake Arthur Police Department

Michael Carter, Jeremy LeBlanc – Lake Charles Fire Department

                        Jonathan DeJesus, John Ford, James Gruspier, Jamar Jackson, Garret Lemieux, Ethan Meaux, Koley Ravia – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Amanda Pointer, Elizabeth Scott – Merryville Police Department

Laine West– Oakdale Police Department

Malcolm Ledet – Oberlin Police Department

Javonta Flugence – Rayne Police Department

Deshawn Mouton – Sulphur Police Department

Aaron Barbee – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

                Joey Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 21 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a kidnapping. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Marcel Duger, 39, 317 S. Bowers Street, Iowa, had made entry into the home and kidnapped his girlfriend’s 8 month old baby.  A short time later, using several investigative techniques, deputies located Marcel and the baby at a home in south Lake Charles.  

 

During further investigation it was learned, Marcel, who was not related to the child, had arrived at the home in Moss Bluff and was advised he was not welcome there.  When detectives spoke with Marcel it was discovered the doors to the residence were locked.  Marcel advised deputies he was hitting and kicking the door, and later located an unlocked window, which he used to make entry into the home. 

               

Marcel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; and aggravated kidnapping of a child.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $150,000.  Marcel is also currently on parole for armed robbery. 

               

The child was returned to the mother. 

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, December 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 3100 block of Westwood Road in Westlake to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Four hundred and twelve (412) vehicles were checked; seven (7) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; two (2) citations were issued for no child restraint; and two (2) citations were issued for no insurance.

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Jason P. Johnson, Jr., 21, Lake Chares was arrested for possession of CDS II; illegal carry of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; and a traffic citation. 

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Michael J. Hennigan, 28, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 2nd offense

Patrick B. Guidry, 48, Lake Charles, was arrested for DWI; possession of marijuana; and open container

Cesar Nery, Jr., 18, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $85,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2021.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS IOWA STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Iowa High School was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned during lunch, a 16 year old boy stated if students were alerted there was a shooting that he would be responsible.  Detectives also learned the boy stated he was trigger happy and would kill as many students as he could.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.  He was also charged with possession of an electronic cigarette after he was found to be in possession of one.  

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Cpl. Mike Bergeron and Detective Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators on the case.

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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, which started Sunday, December 13, and ends January 1, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows the Christmas holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving fatalities.  According to the NHTSA in December 2018, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, December 18.  This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED 2ND DEGREE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer park off Old Deridder Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim lying in the roadway, suffering from what appeared to be two gunshot wounds.  After further investigation deputies learned a verbal argument ensued between the victim and Ivan Monceaux, Jr., 53, 2653 Old Deridder Highway #13, Lake Charles, who is an acquaintance.  During the argument Monceaux shot the victim. 

           

Monceaux was located at his residence, where he was arrested and later booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; and illegal discharge of a firearm.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $400,000.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. 

 

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

CPSO & ENTERGY EMPLOYEES COLLECT CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CALCASIEU PARISH FAMILIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with local Entergy Louisiana employees, collected toys for needy families in Calcasieu Parish for Christmas.  Together, they were able to provide gifts for over 40 families, which included over 100 children.   

           

“I am proud of our deputies,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “It has been a tough year for everyone in our community this year, but no matter what, we always come together to help others in need.  Our deputies collect toys every year, but we knew there would be more families in need this year.  We were so pleased when Entergy reached out to us wanting to participate in the toy drive.  With donations from their employees, we were able to help more families.”

          

The donations will be dispersed to families who have already been identified in the next two weeks.  


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Notice Posted: December 4, 2020             Time Posted: 3:00 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District 

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  December 8, 2020

TIME:   9:30 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

 

            Call to order

            Roll Call

            Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on August 20, 2020  

            No Old Business  

            New Business:

1.      Acknowledgement that the actual cost of the parish wide Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District ad valorem property tax renewal election held on August 15, 2020, as determined by the Secretary of State of the State of Louisiana, was $121,033.13.

 

2. Approval of the Notice of Actual Cost of the August 15, 2020 Election to be published in the Lake Charles American Press shortly after this meeting.

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                           

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH BB GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish School Resource Officer was informed by several different sources that a 15 year old student possibly had a gun in his backpack.  The SRO, along with school personnel, detained the student and after a search of his backpack, a BB gun, which looked similar to a real firearm, was located. 

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.

           

CPSO School Resource Officer Cpl. Bobby Benjamin and Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4th OFFENSE DWI

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 28 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Fred Istre Road and Carlyss Drive in Sulphur in reference to a truck that crashed in the ditch. 

 

When the deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William L. Doss, 65, 4203 Carlyss Drive #75, Sulphur, she detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Doss to have unsteady balance, slurred speech, and glossy eyes.  Doss advised the deputy he was attempting to back up and turn around but backed up too far and went into the ditch.  Doss also advised the deputy he had been drinking prior to driving the truck.    

 

Doss, who was unable to complete a standard field sobriety test due to minor injuries sustained in the crash, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

           

Doss, who has three prior DWI arrests, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $12,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and must he must wear an alcohol detecting bracelet.

CPSO Deputy Tori Boone was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets for Thanksgiving.  Deputies handed out the turkeys to citizens throughout the parish who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding. 

               

The turkeys were donated to CPSO by Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores.  


CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 28 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives division received a report in reference to a local church in Iowa having unauthorized charges on their account from several different convenience stores in Calcasieu Parish.  During the initial investigation, while obtaining video surveillance from the stores where the fraudulent charges occurred, detectives also learned of another victim whose account information had been stolen and was being used by the same suspects.  When detectives reviewed the footage they observed two suspects driving in separate trucks using a card at the gas pumps and fueling a large tank located in the back of one of the trucks. 

 

After further investigation, on November 18 deputies observed one of the trucks driving on Highway 90 in Sulphur.  A traffic stop was conducted and deputies made contact with the driver, Rey A. Moreno-Comcepcion, 30, Port Arthur, TX.  While speaking with Comcepcion deputies learned he was in possession of 28 gift cards with zip codes written on the back.  It was later learned the gift cards were recoded and contained numerous individuals’ credit and debit card information.  Comcepcion advised deputies he used two of the gift cards to purchase fuel earlier that day.

 

Comcepcion was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 28 counts of identity theft; and a traffic violation.  He was released November 20 on a $28,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

During the investigation, CPSO detectives along with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recovered two skimming devices at the gas pumps of a local convenience store in Iowa and believe they are connected to these cases.  

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement 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 begins Friday, November 27 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from 10 a.m. 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 parking lot of the mall near the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Ernest Street.  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.  “This will be the fourteenth year we have organized RPM and 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 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. 

 

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. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, November 13 at approximately 10:45 a.m. at a store located on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck, pulling a flatbed trailer, drove into the parking lot making too sharp of a turn and struck a garbage truck that was parked.  The suspect then backed up and exited his vehicle to look at his trailer and fled the scene.  The truck is described as a dark colored Ford F-250 with Texas plates.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigators, Lt. Bryan Guth or Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 20-162557.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Benjamin H. Hurst, Jr., 35, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child.  During the investigation it was learned the incidents took place between 2014 and 2015, when the victim was under the age of 13. 

           

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery; and indecent behavior with juveniles.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $900,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is lead investigator in the case.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns in the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

It appears speed may be the main cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.  

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a crash near the intersection of Sutherland Road and E. Levingwood Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a car was traveling westbound on E. Levingwood Road at which time it ran a stop sign, striking an SUV that was traveling northbound on Sutherland Road.  The SUV flipped several times, before landing in the ditch.  A 6 year old female, who was unrestrained inside the SUV, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.    

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers, although impairment is not suspected. 

               

The drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and the additional two juvenile passengers in the SUV sustained no injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander and Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 19, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired Dugas to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in December 2020 she paid Dugas half the money up front to cover the materials and begin work.  Dugas cashed the check from the victim the same day he received it, but did not return to the home to start repairs for over two months after giving the victim multiple excuses as to way there was a delay in construction.  The victim advised detectives in February Dugas arrived at her home for only a few hours to work and she has not been able to contact him since that time.  

           

The same day detectives received the report they contacted Dugas at which time he stated he planned on returning to do the job the following day.  Several days later he returned to the residence and worked for approximately two hours and failed to return to complete any other work.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which she previously paid for.  

           

After further investigation, on March 30 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Derek Kee for Dugas’ arrest.  On April 6, Dugas was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud over $1,500; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released the following day on a $15,000 bond.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Richard L. Hollyfield, 51, Weslake, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

On January 28, deputies performed a sex offender residence check on Hollyfield at his registered address on Gulfway Blvd. in Westlake, at which time they were advised Hollyfield had not been at the residence in over a week.  On February 1, deputies attempted to make contact with Hollyfield at his reported residence once again and were advised by a family member that he had packed his belongings and left the home approximately 5 days prior.  Hollyfield failed to report a new address to law enforcement within three days of leaving his registered address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives attempted to locate Hollyfield but were unsuccessful.  On February 3, Judge Robert Wyatt issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $10,000.  On April 3 Hollyfield was located in the Sulphur area and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Hollyfield also had a warrant through Probation and Parole.

 

Hollyfield was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  April 8, 2021

TIME:     9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

 

Roll Call

 

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on December 8, 2020

    

Old Business   

None

                                                                                

New Business:

 

1. A resolution by Tony Mancuso, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, ordering and calling for the renewal of and the continued levy and collection of an existing tax of one-quarter (1/4%) percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, the storage for use or consumption, and the lease or rental, of each item or article of tangible personal property and on all sales of services, as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about October 9, 2021, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.  The current one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax expires on September 30, 2023, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on October 1, 2023 and expire on September 30, 2033.

 

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 Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier in March the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received a complaint in reference to a convicted sex offender, Ernest J. Cheatham, Jr., 60, Lake Charles, possibly not living at his registered address. 

           

During the investigation detectives attempted to complete a home compliance check on Cheatham, at which time they were advised by the homeowner Cheatham had not been living at the home since the end of January.  During further investigation it was learned Cheatham had made contact with the New Orleans Police Department advising them he was relocating to the New Orleans area, but failed to notify local law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also discovered Cheatham had made appointments with NOPD to register, but failed to appear for his appointments. 

           

On March 29, after further investigation CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Cheatham’s arrest in the amount of $3,000 for failure to register as a sex offender.  On March 31 he was located and arrested by NOPD and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. 

           

Cheatham was convicted of indecency with a child in Houston, TX, in 2001.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to an RV park located in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned earlier that morning, between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. an unknown suspect entered the laundromat building and burglarized five commercial clothes dryers.  The suspect stole approximately $50 and approximately $800 worth of damage was caused to the machines.      

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie with a zipper front, dark colored ball cap, and tan colored shoes.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly 2019-2021 model, Chevrolet 1500, extended or quad cab pickup truck. 

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO HOST 2021 SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the 2021 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Thursday, May 13, beginning at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 8:00 a.m. and ending at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street, for a distance of approximately 3 miles.

           

The LETR for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.  The LETR is the largest year-round grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and all funds raised in the state go toward supporting Special Olympics Louisiana.  Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.    

               

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the hosting agency for the Southwest Region Torch Run, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. 

               

All law enforcement officers in the Southwest Region who are interested in participating in this year’s LETR, please contact Katelynn McKee at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 491-3791.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a possible contractor fraud case.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with David L. Babcock, 57, Bush, LA, to perform repairs to her residence for damages that were sustained during Hurricane Laura.  The victim stated she initially paid Babcock $30,000 for the work, which has not yet been completed.  The victim also stated Babcock had not performed any work since the end of January.  During further investigation detectives also learned Babcock had no contractor's license or business license under his name or business name.      

           

On March 25, when detectives spoke with Babcock he confirmed he had not performed any work on the residence in approximately 1 ½ to 2 months.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud.  He was released the following day on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 132

On March 9th at 12:30 a.m. the truck seen in this video dropped off two suspects at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. The suspects stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.

 

The suspects then drove the stolen truck through a fence at a business nearby and stole four welding machines. The stolen truck and one welding machine was later recovered in the Vinton area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin G. Joubert, 59, 6670 Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 10, earlier this year. 

 

On March 22 after further investigation, Joubert was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/151002.

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


Lake Charles –

 

On March 16, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a stop on a truck in the 2700 block of S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation. 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Draughn A. Koonce, 44, 432 W. Thomas Street, Sulphur, it was learned he was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  The deputy also discovered Koonce was in possession of marijuana. 

Koonce was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; possession of marijuana; along with a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $41,100 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

Koonce was convicted of simple rape in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

 

On March 20, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender, Jarred E. Chatman, 41, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was learned Chatman was no longer living at his last registered address and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement.  It was also learned Chatman had been working without notifying the proper authorities of his employment.  During the initial investigation Chatman fled on foot from deputies, before being apprehended and deputies later discovered Chatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

           

Chatman was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $55,500.

           

Chatman was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 and again in 2016, both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases.    


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as those who were not wearing their seatbelt.

 

One thousand four hundred twenty-one (1,421) vehicles were checked; thirteen (13) citations were issued for no seatbelt; three (3) citations were issued for improper or no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; two (2) citations were issued for expired tag; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for failure to register a motor vehicle; and one (1) citation was issued for illegal window tint.   

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Claiborne L. Bergeron, 60, Westlake, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamines); possession of CDS I (marijuana); and two traffic citations. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO ARREST HOUSTON WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Mallard Street in Sulphur in reference to two children who had been left unattended. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a one year old and a five month old had been left alone in a motel room for approximately five hours.  Motel staff discovered the children after the one year old was able to open the room door and was located in the hallway.   

 

Deputies made contact with the children’s’ mother, Shoneil J. Landry, 27, Houston, Texas, who initially tried to resist deputies during arrest by attempting to pull away from them.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $32,500.    

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening, at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a truck traveling on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur for crossing several lanes of traffic and almost causing an accident.

           

The suspect, later identified as Kristopher J. Lalonde, 47, Groves, TX, initially stopped in a nearby parking lot and exited his vehicle.  When the deputy approached Lalonde he returned to his truck and fled the scene, ultimately refusing to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit lasting approximately three blocks.  Lalonde ran a stop sign at the intersection of Attakapas Street and Quelqueshue Street in Sulphur, causing an accident which resulted with a fatality.

           

After the wreck, Lalonde was taken into custody by CPSO, where it was learned he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated flight from an officer; improper lane use; running a stop sign; turning movements required; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $41,300.  It was also learned Lalonde was wanted in Texas for a parole warrant.

           

Sulphur Police Department will be handling the wreck and any other charges associated with the fatality.  The reason SPD is required to handle the crash is because of RS32:398.  (Louisiana RS 32:398 states if an accident occurs within an incorporated city the local police department shall handle that wreck.)  

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, March 20.   

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

 

On March 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Mickey D. Williams, 42, 212 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, possibly having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the incidents took place while the victim was visiting Williams.  Detectives also learned he had taken inappropriate photographs of the victim.  When questioned by detectives, Williams confirmed the allegations.   

 

On March 16 Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13; indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 3 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.66 million.   

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.     

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle theft and theft of equipment that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 9 in Sulphur.

           

During the investigation, detectives learned at approximately 12:40 a.m. several unknown suspects arrived at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur and stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance at the hotel which showed a blue, four-door, Ford pickup truck pull into the parking lot.  Two suspects exited the truck, at which time they stole the GMC truck.   

           

During the investigation it was also learned the stolen GMC truck was used at approximately 12:45 a.m. that same morning during the commission of a theft.  The truck was used to drive through the fence of a business, also located on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  The suspects then stole four welding machines along with tools from the business.  The suspects returned at approximately 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal an excavator, but were unsuccessful. 

           

Later the same day deputies located the stolen truck, which had been abandoned, along with one of the welding machines in Vinton.  Another one of the stolen welding machines was located on the shoulder of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the thefts.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ truck please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on April 17 at the Iowa Middle School Gym located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312.

 

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and attendees will be required to wear a face mask.    

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO deputies Heather Armstrong and Thomas Clophus from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 19 law enforcement officers from across the region who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Louisville, Mississippi. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has nine deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.  Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries earlier today.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, 335 Dobbertine Road, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting.  Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2nd degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to an individual advising hospital personnel he wanted to turn himself in to law enforcement.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with Israel J. Lachica, 67, homeless.  It was discovered Lachica, who is a registered sex offender, had been living in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local 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 2nd offense.  His bond is still pending.

           

Lachica was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne Parish in 2003.  In 2007 and again in 2012 Lachica was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Bradley Lamar is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DAYCARE EMPLOYEE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a local daycare employee, Annette L. Scott, 48, 2119 Katy Street, Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised that when the mother picked up the 3 year old from daycare she had several scratches on her face.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised Scott had been terminated prior to the mother’s arrival at the daycare. 

 

After further investigation, on March 8 detectives questioned Scott about the scratches on the child, at which time she confirmed she scratched the child on the cheek.  She further advised detectives she was trying to make the child stay still for nap time.  She stated after realizing she left marks on the child she left the daycare.   

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the following day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  

 

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 

           

While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.

           

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

           

There will be an internal investigation into the incident.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Marlon R. Eaglin, 31, 2971 Highway 3059, Lot 46, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registrations requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned on February 19 Eaglin had been arrested by CPSO deputies for DWI.  During the DWI arrest Eaglin gave an address that did not match the address on his sex offender registration.  Detectives were also advised by deputies Eaglin was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement. 

 

On March 4 Eaglin reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit to complete his annual registration and confirmed to detectives he had not been living at the address listed on his registration.  He also confirmed he was driving a vehicle that was not listed on his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Eaglin was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010 in Lafayette Parish.  

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.                

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit charged convicted sex offender Earl J. Bellard, Jr., 48, Lake Charles, after it was revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on several occasions.

           

In September 2020, it was learned Bellard failed to pay his community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During the investigation, Bellard was due for a quarterly registration in November and failed to report, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned Bellard failed to pay his annual registration fees for 2020. 

 

On November 24 detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard at his registered address, but it appeared no one was living at the address listed on his sex offender registration.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard several more times and learned he had absconded from his registered address and failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again. 

           

After further investigation, on December 10, a warrant was issued for Bellard’s arrest.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Bellard, but were unsuccessful.  On February 28, LCPD made contact with Bellard at which time he was arrested on the warrant. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd and subsequent offenses; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to register and notify as a sex offender, paying fees.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $151,000 with no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole.

           

Bellard was convicted of simple rape in 1993 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school.  The student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Joe Mulligan and Sgt. Joe Tartaglia and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED & LATER ARRESTED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 26, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Deputy Amber Kelly, 31, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate, while on-duty.  After the initial complaint detectives interviewed Kelly and later the same day she was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso.

           

The investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; charges were accepted and on March 3, a warrant was issued for her arrest for malfeasance in office sexual conduct.  She was arrested the following day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $45,000.

           

Prior to being terminated Kelly worked as a correctional deputy at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for 5 years.

 

“I am very upset by this incident,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have an extensive hiring process to ensure we are hiring qualified and competent deputies, but unfortunately we occasionally have one that chooses to stray from the path of integrity.  These sort of actions will never be tolerated in our department and deputies will always be held accountable for their actions.”

           

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 62 COUNTS OF ID THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received several complaints from various financial institutions in reference to a possible bank fraud taking place in our area.

 

During the investigation it was learned two suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions at local convenience stores throughout the parish. 

 

Detectives also learned the suspects were purchasing gift cards with fraudulent debit cards at local grocery stores in the parish.  Detectives viewed numerous surveillance videos from the locations in which the transactions had taken place and observed the same two suspects responsible for making the fraudulent charges.  During further investigation detectives learned there was approximately 62 victims of identity theft and a total of approximately $23,000 had been stolen.  

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives learned one of the possible suspects was at a local business making ATM withdrawals and detectives were able to obtain a description of the suspect’s truck.  A short time later the truck was located at a different gas station nearby.  Detectives made contact with the suspect, Nasquier Perz-Cardona, 30, Houston, Texas, and observed him to be one of the men seen in the surveillance videos.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of bank fraud; and 62 counts of identity theft.  He was released the following day on a $46,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

Detectives believe the suspects possibly obtained the victims’ debit card numbers from a fuel pump skimming device.

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT & COMPUTER FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to Michael L. John, 31, Lake Charles, possibly using stolen credit card numbers to purchase a hotel room at a local hotel in Lake Charles. 

           

During the initial investigation it was confirmed John was using stolen credit card numbers and had fraudulently charged over $1,000 at the local hotel.  During further investigation detectives executed a search warrant on John’s room and located numerous credit cards along with a notebook containing instructions on how to obtain individuals’ credit card numbers.  Detectives also located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia inside the room.  Detectives later learned John was fraudulently modifying credit cards using an electronic tablet and then uploading them online and making transactions.

 

John was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000; computer fraud; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $18,500.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

 

CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot and Kent Castille are the lead investigators on this case.  

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  After further investigation it was also learned a woman, who had entered the store a short time earlier, is also involved in the robbery. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone has any information about this robbery or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 19 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a truck traveling on I-10 westbound near mile marker 12.

           

When deputies spoke with the driver, Ronnie J. Russell, Jr., 51, Crystal Beach, Texas, they could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Russell to have bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance, and incoherent speech.  During further investigation deputies also located a large bottle of vodka and a cup containing a mixed alcoholic beverage inside the truck. 

           

After Russell refused standard field sobriety testing, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which confirmed he was over the legal limit.   

           

Russell, who has 3 prior DWI arrests, was transported to a local hospital to be examined due to his level of intoxication.  Once he was released from the hospital Russell was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center where he was booked in and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for travel; and open container. 

 

He was released on February 22 on a $40,200 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio, with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, 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 Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR NUMEROUS BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July 8 and October 5, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to numerous residential burglaries in the areas of Little Drive, Portrush Drive, St. Andrews Drive, and Sassafras Way, all in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation it was learned the suspect made forced entry into the homes and stole numerous high valued items such as jewelry and purses.  The investigations revealed the suspect stole a total of over $65,000 worth of items from inside the homes. 

           

After a joint investigation, involving the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, who were also having similar burglaries in their communities, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Justin J. Andrews, 42, Sealy, Texas.  On February 9, CPSO detectives issued warrants for Andrews’ arrest. 

           

Andrews, who is currently incarcerated in Fort Bend County, Texas, is charged with 4 counts of looting; 5 counts of criminal property damage; 4 counts of theft; and simple burglary.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his total bond at $417,500.  Andrews is currently awaiting extradition to Louisiana.  

           

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

           

CPSO Detectives Kerrick Gabrial, Joshua Couch, Charles Trosclair, and John Coffman are the lead investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty or grand jury.  The caller, who claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO WELSH MEN FOR AGGRAVATED 2ND DEGREE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

           

Upon arrival, deputies learned the victim had been shot once in the abdomen.  During the investigation deputies utilized several investigative techniques and were able to locate the suspect’s car; at which time they made contact with Dymnd K. Brown, 19, and Jermain S. Harmon, 21, both of Welsh, LA.  Deputies also located a handgun and marijuana in Brown and Harmon’s possession.  

 

After further investigation both Brown and Harmon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal carrying of weapons during commission of a crime or in the presence of CDS; possession of CDS I.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both Brown and Harmon’s bonds at $240,500. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in stable condition.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Heath W. Daigle, 42, 4981 Mattie Reeves Road, Lake Charles, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation it was learned Daigle had not paid his community notifications fees, as required by his sex offender registration requirements.  Daigle also failed to report for his semi-annual registration in October 2020, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On February 9, Daigle was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and notification of a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $7,500. 

 

Daigle was convicted of crimes against nature in 1998 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.     

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & TRESPASSING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dolby Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft in progress. 

           

When deputies arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.  Deputies were able to view surveillance video from the residence and observed an unknown man stealing shingles from outside the home.  Deputies were able to obtain a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle from surveillance footage and CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

 

The following day deputies were patrolling the area where the theft occurred and located a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the theft.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Adrian A. Zermeno, 20, Houston, TX, they observed him to be the suspect seen on the video surveillance.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft under $1,000; and trespassing.  He was released on February 7 on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Deputy Travis Kilmer is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Charles Trosclair is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & CONTRIBUTING TO DELINQUENCY OF JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Brandon J. Savoy, 26, 712 Magnolia Street, Westlake, having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. 

 

During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident occurred at Savoy’s residence.  It was also learned Savoy, who was babysitting the victim along with two other children, also under the ages of 13, provided them with marijuana and allowed them to smoke.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Savoy numerous times but he advised he was out of town.  Savoy also failed to show up for a scheduled interview with detectives.  After further investigation, on February 3, detectives executed a search warrant at Savoy’s residence and located marijuana along with drug paraphernalia in his bedroom.  Savoy, who home at the time, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $216,500.   

           

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd OFFENSE FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Kelly A. Francois, 47, Vidalia, LA, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Francois had been working in Calcasieu Parish for over two weeks.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd offense.  He was released on February 5 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

               

Francois was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2003 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2017 and again in 2018. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.  

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