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CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest.  The suspect advised the victim if they pay the fees associated with their absence their warrant will be voided.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to report to their local jail facility and use the kiosk in the front lobby to send money to void the warrant.  In some instances of this scam, the caller may spoof their number, making it seem as they are calling from an actual law enforcement agency. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If you believe you have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SCHEDULING 2024 SUMMER REALITY CHECK SESSIONS FOR TEENS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently scheduling summer sessions for Sheriff Tony Mancuso’s Reality Check.  This one day-course is taught by qualified deputies and will give teens the knowledge and resources they need to successfully handle real-life challenges as they transition to adulthood.

            Summer classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations around the parish:

Vinton High School – June 5

 

Westlake High School – June 12

 

Hamilton Christian -June 19

 

Washington Marion - June 26

 

Iowa High School – July 3

 

Sulphur High School (9th Grade Campus) - July 10

 

 

The course is free for teenagers 14 and older and you do not have to attend the school where the course is held.  To register, or for more information please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/sheriff-tony-mancuso-s-reality-check/ For questions please contact CPSO Sgt. Leonard Brown at (337) 304-6562.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

**Update:  The driver of the truck has made contact with detectives.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, May 7, at approximately 9:00 a.m., at a convenience store located on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised a truck pulled out from under the canopy located over the gas pumps, at which time a tractor located on the trailer behind the truck, hit the canopy and caused extensive damages.  The truck, described as a white Ford single cab one ton flatbed dually, was pulling a red flatbed gooseneck trailer with a yellow front end loader tractor with a backhoe attachment.  The truck left the store and headed northbound on Highway 27.      

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect’s truck but were unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photo, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO CELEBRATES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

 

Mezzanine

CPSO ARREST TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Randy J. Spell, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Spell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Spell at a residence on Effie Nina Way in Lake Charles, at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address, and failed to register the new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.  He is also being held on a parole violation.

           

Spell was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.  He was additionally convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2016 in Cameron Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2016, 2021, and 2022 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Karel W. Smith, 58, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned Smith had not paid his annual registration fees for 2021, 2022, and 2023, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions.

           

Smith was located at his registered address and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender paying fees.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $25,000.

           

Smith was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Allen Parish is 2009. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 3 month old child being treated for multiple broken bones and malnourishment, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the investigation, detectives learned the child was primarily in the care and custody of Haiden K. Wilson, 19, Westlake, and Isabella L. Fox, 20, Lake Charles.  After further investigation on May 3, Wilson and Fox turned themselves in and were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $100,000.  Wilson was released on bond on May 8, and Fox remains incarcerated. 

           

The victim was placed in custody of a family member by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO CHARGES CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Albert L. Breaux, 44, Lake Charles, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In December 2022, Breaux failed to report for his quarterly registration update, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  Detectives later learned Breaux had absconded from his registered address in Lake Charles, and failed to notify law enforcement within three days, once again, making him in violation of his registration requirements. 

           

On January 26, 2023, detectives issued a warrant for Breaux, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  They attempted to locate Breaux, but were unsuccessful.  On May 8, detectives learned Breaux was located in St. Martin Parish, at which time he was arrested and extradited back to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $80,000.

           

Breaux was convicted of forcible rape in 2000 in Orleans Parish.          

           

CPSO Detectives Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Goodman Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect cut a wire fence to gain access to the property.  Once on the property the suspect cut and removed grounding cables that contained copper wire. 

           

During an unrelated incident, detectives made contact with Mark A. Villarreal, 31, homeless, who confirmed the whereabouts of the stolen grounding cables.  Detectives were able to locate the cables at a residence on Goodman Road in Lake Charles. 

           

Villarreal was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen property $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $6,500.   

           

The investigation is ongoing.

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION FIELD DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education field day on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The field day will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

            This field day is offered to anyone 14 years of age or older, who has completed the online hunter education course.  You must have completed the online course in the last full calendar year (365 days).  After completing the online course, you will receive a voucher that must be printed, signed, and shown to the field day instructor when you arrive.  You will not be allowed to attend if you do not have your voucher.  During this day students will complete an in-person test and live-fire exercise.  CPSO will provide firearms and ammunition so students should not bring their own.     

You must pre-register for the class by visiting LDWF (louisianaoutdoors.com)

 

            For more information om the Louisiana hunter education online course you can visit Hunter and Trapper Education | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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, April 26 on You Winn Road near John Bell Road in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a truck was traveling east on You Winn Road when it crossed the center line and struck a small SUV that was travelling westbound.   The suspect’s truck, a gray Ford F150, will have damage to the front driver side.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-41722.

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that continuously resurfaces in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

 

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR TRAFFICKING & CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 16, disclosed Derek F. Thibodeaux, Jr., 55, Sulphur, was sexually abusing her.  During the investigation the victim was able to provide detectives with details of the abuse that were corroborated during the execution of a search warrant.

           

Further investigation revealed Thibodeaux was in possession of a large number of roosters tethered to individual shelters as well as cockfighting paraphernalia.  A dog was also located at his residence, suffering from injuries to its neck, likely from being tethered for a long period of time.     

           

On April 24, Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes; aggravated cruelty to animals; and cockfighting.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1,215,000.

 

The dog was seized by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and received veterinary care.          

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR VEHICLE INVOLVED IN WRECK

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Red Davis McCollister Road and Common Street in Lake Charles in reference to a crash. 

           

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised an older model white four door sedan was traveling eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Road, when it ran a motorcycle off the roadway.  The driver was thrown from his motorcycle, causing serious injuries.

           

Deputies have attempted to locate the vehicle, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If you have any information in refence to the crash, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabrial, Jr. is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 131st BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 131st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the SWLA area.  Thirty-one officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Derick Malveaux, Sulphur Police Department, was selected class president of the 131st Basic Academy.

 

The Academic Award was awarded to Julian Elliott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Christopher Cartwright, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Koen LeBlanc, second; Jennings Police Department

Gavin Schexnider, third; Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office  

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Elizabeth Morrison, Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office

 

Physical Training was presented to Brianna Lopez, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

Gavin Schexnider– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Amberly Fontenot, Baylee Bergeron, Brianna Lopez, Gabrial Dofflemyer, Julian Elliott, Kyler Kibodeaux, Madison Mudd, Steven Stracener, Tylor Fogleman, Zoey Walters  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarod Lewing, Lisa Brady– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Collin Janise, Elizabeth Morrison– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Moriarity, Koen LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department

Anthany Duhon – Lake Arthur Police Department

Christopher Cartwright – Lake Charles Police Department

Kylie Rasmussen – McNeese University Police Department

Magnolia Nelson – Oakdale Police Department

Rosa Reynaud – Office of Juvenile Justice

Lane Breaux – Sam Houston Jones State Park Ranger

Cecil McCollough, Derick Malveaux, Jace Thebner, Kenneth Bartley, Marcus Anderson – Sulphur Police Department

Anthony Elswick – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ethan Miller – Welsh Police Department

Chase Ardoin – Westlake Police Department

                       

Doloras Woolery, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Joshua McCoy, DeQuincy Police Department, and Michael Harmon, DeRidder Police Department, 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 UPGRADES CHARGES FOR COUPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRUELTY

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

 

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained. Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time, including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

 

On April 18, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan. They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.

 

On April 19, the child was pronounced brain dead, at a hospital in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, April 21, he was officially pronounced deceased. Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million dollars each charging Edwards and Morgan, who are incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, with 2nd degree murder.

 

The investigation is continuing. CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Hillory J. Guillory, Jr., 36, homeless, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In November 2023, Guillory reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for a check-in.  At that time Guillory indicated to detectives he was aware he must complete an in-person check-in every two weeks due to his residential status.  Guillory failed to appear for his check-ins in December and January. 

           

On January 31, CPSO issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  Detectives were unable to locate Guillory at the time.  On April 17, the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Guillory on a traffic stop, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond has been set at $100,000.

           

Guillory was convicted of sexual battery in 2014 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 In July 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Snapchat account.

           

During further investigation, approximately over 20 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Charles B. Schrumpf II, 22, Sulphur.  After further investigation and the execution of numerous search warrants and subpoenas, in March 2024, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Schrumpf’s arrest.  On April 18, detectives located Schrumpf in Ruston, LA, at which time he arrested and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and transported back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography.  He bonded out later the same day on a $300,000 bond. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 starts on April 20 and ends April 27, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 20.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles. 

 

 “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,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARREST COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

           

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained.  Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time; including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

           

After further investigation, yesterday evening, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan.  They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Their bonds have been set at $750,000 each.   

           

The boy was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of his injuries.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.  He has been placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

*Update: On April 18 both suspects were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 


CPSO TO CONDUCT FREE BOATER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be conducting a boater education course on Tuesday, June 4 at Lake Charles Sail & Power Squadron, located at 3106 Kiwanis Lane in Lake Charles from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The class is free of charge and is open to any member of the public, age 10 and up.

            Louisiana law requires all persons born after January 1, 1984 to complete a LDWF approved boater education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower or a personal watercraft.

            Participants must pre-registration for this class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/192892.  Class size is limited. 

 

Lunch will be provided.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the open spillway gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary precautionary measures in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish.            

          

Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory says, “We are currently seeing flooding in the areas of Alligator Park Road, Bass Lake Road, Fountain Cemetery Road, and Jimmy Doyle Road in Starks as well as Wright Road and Steward Road in Vinton.  At this time the flooding is minimal, but we are urging residents to keep an eye on the situation.  We have high water vehicles and boats staged in the areas and are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.  We will continue to monitor the flooding situation.”

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other flood-related issues, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, April 6, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of W. Gauthier Road and Sun Meadow Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling westbound on W. Gauthier Road when it left the roadway, for unknown reasons, ultimately striking a culvert.  The driver, Thomas Swaggart, 63, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

 

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  Although impairment is not suspected, as mandated by state law toxicology testing will be performed.

           

The coroner will determine cause of death.   

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this crash.

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, grand jury, or court.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The caller also instructs the victim to meet them in person for payment. 

 

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 UPGRADES FORMER DEPUTY’S CHARGES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

On March 14, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso the same day.  Judge Clayton Davis had set his bond at $250,000.

            The investigation continued and on the evening of March 28, detectives issued an additional warrant charging Dugas, who remains incarcerated, with indecent behavior with a juvenile; malfeasance in office; 3rd degree rape; and 4 counts of possession of child pornography.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond for those charges at 1.2 million dollars 

            “I am deeply disturbed and angered by the actions of Dugas,” stated Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.  “The safety and well-being of our community, especially our children, is always our top priority.  His actions are despicable and intolerable and I am very sorry for these victims and their families, but I am proud of them for coming forward.  We have multiple safety measures in place to ensure we hire quality deputies, and unfortunately in some instances, some choose to break the laws they are there to enforce.  They will always be held accountable when they do so.  I want to assure our community and our parents that we began working swiftly as soon as we received a complaint, and Dugas had no further interaction through our office with children once the investigation began.  Detectives are investigating the claims thoroughly to ensure a complete and comprehensive investigation, just like we would in any other case.”

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Gill Drive and Koonce Road in Sulphur. 

           

The initial investigation revealed an SUV was traveling westbound on Koonce Road at which time, for unknown reasons, the SUV left the roadway near Gill Drive. The SUV struck a tree and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

The fatality is still under investigation. As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted.  The release of the identity of the driver is pending next of kin notification.  

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 23, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Terry Howard, 65, Lake Charles, asking a child, under the age of 10, to perform inappropriate actions more than one occasion. 

 

After further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Howard’s arrest.  On March 28, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is set at $750,000.

           

Howard was convicted of aggravated rape in 1981 as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2013 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2015. 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its 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.

 

 Meet and greet and the first of 7 consecutive Saturday classes will begin April 6 at the Sulphur High School 9th grade campus, located at 600 Willow Avenue.  Meet and greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 17, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a cruelty to animals compliant.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the complainant, Estevan E. Pappion, 26, Lake Charles, advised when he arrived at home and opened the door he observed one of his dogs had been shot & killed.  He further stated he did not go inside, but shut the door and called law enforcement.

           

After further investigation, Pappion stated to deputies he had shot the dog.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals; and criminal mischief.  He was later released on a $45,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.          

           

CPSO Deputy Hunter Keehnen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In December 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a car at which time they made contact with Eileenann Large, 42, Lake Charles, who was found to be in possession of multiple binders of identification cards, credit & debit cards, social security cards, insurance cards, and medical files of numerous people.  The items were seized and Large was arrested on drug charges, in which she was in possession of, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and later released on bond with additional charges pending. 

           

CPSO detectives continued their investigation in reference to the numerous personal items found to be in possession by Large.  On March 7, after numerous search warrants and subpoenas, detectives issued a warrant for Large’s arrest.  On March 12, she was located during a traffic stop, at which time numerous financial documents and mail, belonging to different people, were again located and seized. 

           

Large was arrested on her warrant and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Large she advised she has been in possession of the documents for years.  She further advised detectives she had more belongings in two storage units.  After execution of a search warrant at the storage units, detectives located several bags full of additional financial documents, mail, and other paperwork belonging to other individuals other than Large.   

           

She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft.  Judge Bobby Holmes set her bond at $75,000.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives are currently in the process of attempting to make contact with the potential victims.    

           

CPSO Deputy Seth Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot & Ken Castille are the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

During the investigation detectives learned Dugas had multiple sexually inappropriate conversations with juveniles. 

 

On March 15, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set.  

           

Prior to being terminated today, Dugas worked as a School Resource Officer and had been with the department since 2019.

           

“This type of behavior will never be tolerated at our department and our deputies will always be held accountable.  The actions of Dugas are disgusting and an embarrassment to our department and our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “As soon as we received the complaint Dugas was pulled from his school until the investigation was completed.”  

 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a possible carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

           

During the investigation it was discovered Joshua D. Dixon, II, 18, Sulphur, was having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, who was under the age of 16.  It was learned Joshua made efforts to harbor the victim at his residence and hide her from law enforcement.  Joshua also provided the girl with illegal narcotics when they were together.  Further investigation revealed Jennifer Dixon, 46, Sulphur, was helping her son (Joshua) harbor the victim, who had been reported missing, for sexual purposes.  Jennifer also made efforts to hide Joshua’s sexual relationship with the girl, from law enforcement. 

           

During the investigation, it was discovered Joshua had left the area with the victim.  On March 7, Joshua and the juvenile were located in Montana by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, at which time he was arrested and booked.  The same day Jennifer was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles performing sexual acts.  Joshua is additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of juveniles CDS law.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Joshua’s bond at $525,000 and Jennifer’s bond at $825,000.

           

Joshua is currently awaiting extradition back to Calcasieu Parish.  

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) initiated a traffic stop on I-10 eastbound, near mile marker 38.

 

During the traffic stop investigation, the deputy was conducting a search of the vehicle, at which time he located illegal narcotics. While the deputy was still inside the vehicle, the suspect entered the driver’s side and drove off, fleeing the scene with the deputy still inside, kidnapping the deputy. The deputy made verbal commands for the suspect to stop, and he did not comply, at which time the deputy fired his weapon, hitting the suspect.

 

The vehicle crashed and the suspect and deputy were transported to a local hospital.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and continuing. CPSO will investigate the drug charges, the attempted 1st degree murder of a deputy, and the kidnapping of the deputy.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

**Update: Yesterday, March 18, CPSO detectives received a tip in reference to Lewis possibly being in the Beaumont, Texas area.  Detectives made contact with the Beaumont Police Department at which time officers were dispatched and they located Lewis at a residence in Beaumont.  Lewis was taken into custody and booked into the Jefferson County Jail. 

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.    During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, who was later pronounced deceased. 

 

After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle and learned there were several individuals inside the car when the shooting occurred.  On March 4, CPSO detectives received a report in reference to a 17-year-old juvenile who had stolen a family members car and had not returned it.  It was discovered the same car was used during the shooting.  It was also discovered the juvenile’s mother, Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur, had been notified her daughter was involved in the shooting but failed to report it to law enforcement. 

           

Detectives were able to identify all four suspects in the vehicle; two (2) 17-year-old juveniles, Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles, and Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas. 

           

Yesterday, Hyatt along with the two 17-year-old juveniles, and Jones, were arrested.  Hyatt and Jones were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The two juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives issued a warrant for Lewis’ arrest. 

 

-17-year-old juvenile

unauthorized use of a vehicle

-17-year-old juvenile

Accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder

-Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur

Obstruction of justice - $100,000 bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles

2nd degree murder - $2 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas – currently wanted

principal to 2nd degree murder - $1 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

 

 This investigation has also resulted in a separate narcotics investigation, where suspected THC vape oil, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and a bag of unknown powdered substance was seized from a home on Babineaux Road in Sulphur.  The following individuals have been arrested in relation to the narcotics investigation:

 

-Briley A. Lewis, 18, DeQuincy

possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; and possession of CDS IV

-Payton B. Mott, 19, Sulphur

possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II

-Andrew B. Norwood, 21, Sulphur

Possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; possession of CDS IV; and traffic violations

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrest and charges are possible.   Detectives are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Lewis to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   Anyone found to be assisting or harboring him will be charged accordingly. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Open Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024

TIME:    1:30p.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 December 1, 2023           

Old Business  - None

            New Business:

 

1.To present a Fee Schedule, by Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, which provides for and/or outlines payment of “reasonable” copying costs for Public Records in advance, including transmission of electronic records, all in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Laws and the provisions set forth in the statutes therein;

 

and

 

2. Approve, adopt and sign Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District with reference to said Fee Schedule.  A copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of my office; and to set forth and publish/display same in the manner provided by law.

 

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.       If you wish to comment on the agenda items, please feel free to do so via email at info@cpso.com.

 

 

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CPSO INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.            

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside.  Further investigation revealed another home in the area was also struck, but no one inside the home was injured.       

           

The victim, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. 

           

“We have no reason to believe this home or family was specifically targeted during the shooting.  My heart goes out to the victim’s family; this is a sad and tragic situation where an innocent victim lost their life to a senseless crime,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Detectives are currently following up on several leads, as well as canvassing the neighborhood for further video footage and possible evidence.”

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives have developed a car of interest and are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras or anyone with information to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS BUSINESS OWNER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives arrested Jaime K. Crawford, 42, Lake Charles, owner of Lake Charles Cheer Team, after several investigations revealed she was responsible for theft.

           

During the investigations it was discovered she collected funds from clients for services that were never rendered, totaling approximately $3,900.  The victims previously requested refunds but Crawford did not comply.  It was also learned Crawford used a victim’s credit card, which was left on file at the business for monthly cheer dues, to make fraudulent charges.  The purchases, which totaled over $1,500, where made at a local veterinarian’s office, emergency animal clinic, and pet groomer.

           

When detectives spoke with Crawford, she confirmed she collected funds for services that she did not render.  She denied using a victim’s card for personal use, however the investigation revealed all charges benefited Crawford or her pet. 

           

On February 26, Crawford was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $30,000 and later allowed release on her on her own recognizance for those charges. She is still incarcerated due to unrelated warrant.

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 2023, and January 2024 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office Financial Crimes detectives investigated several cases in reference to bank fraud, forgery, and identity theft, stemming from mail that had been previously stolen. 

           

During further investigation, on February 23, detectives along with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team and Special Operations Group, served a search warrant on a home on Cedar Street in Lake Charles in reference to the cases.  During the execution of the warrant detectives made contact with two residents, Allen W. Woodard, 43, and Courtney P. Lebleu, 31, who were hiding inside the home.  Detectives located numerous identification cards, social security cards, debit & credit cards, checks, and mail inside the residence. 

           

Woodard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud, in connection with one of the cases.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  Woodard also had several active warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, and 14th JDC.  Lebleu was arrested on outstanding warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office; and contempt of court. 

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

***Update #2

 

Yesterday afternoon, February 28, Ronrika was located by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force traveling on I-10.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

***Update:

 Yesterday afternoon, February 22, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette located Deion Ben. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in on his warrant.

 

Ronrika has not yet been located. ***

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives are currently investigating a string of burglaries that have occurred throughout Calcasieu Parish, including Vinton, Carlyss, Sulphur, and Iowa.

           

During the investigations, detectives have investigated 16 burglaries from December 2022 until January 2024.  Further investigation revealed numerous similarities in the way the burglaries occurred.  It was learned the burglaries occurred during daytime hours, in rural areas where the homes are set back on the property, further from the street, making it difficult to see the backdoor or carport from the road.  Once the suspects made entry, they were inside the homes less than five minutes.  Using a specific method they mostly stole certain firearms, money, jewelry, and safes.    

           

During the complex and ongoing investigations, utilizing numerous law enforcement techniques and information collected, CPSO detectives were able to identify several suspects.  Between April 2023 and January 2024, the following suspects were arrested in connection with several of the burglaries:

-Devin D. Lawrence, 30, Lafayette (in connection with December 2022 burglaries)

4 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft $5,000-$25,000; 5 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and 5 counts of theft of a firearm

-Breanna L. Berry, 22, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple carinal damage to property; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; and theft over $25,000

-Kenny M. John-Louis, 30, Carencro (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

-Ronrika C. Ben, 39, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

 

On January 31, CPSO detectives issued an additional warrant for Ronrika, who was previously released on bond, as well as another suspect; Deion D. Ben, 29, Carencro, in relation to the burglaries which occurred in January 2024.  Judge Tony Fazzio signed the warrants with no bond, charging them with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000. 

 

In addition to the CPSO warrant, Ronrika also has active warrants out of Allen Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingtson Parish, Lafayette PD, and Probation and Parole, as well as a pick-up order by 14th JDC. 

 

CPSO Detectives with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies have attempted to locate Ronrika and Deion but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone knows their whereabouts they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or 911.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring the suspects, they will be charged accordingly.  

 

During further investigation and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, it has been learned numerous similar burglaries have been committed in areas of Louisiana and Texas.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests, charges, and warrants are likely. 

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on these cases.  Also assisting CPSO is the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Gmail account.

           

During further investigation, approximately 46 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Larry J. Burnett, 29, Sulphur.  On February 14, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Burnett’s arrest.  The following day he was located at work and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was in possession of CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 46 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $400,000.      

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a weapons complaint.

           

During the initial investigation, detectives were advised there was a verbal altercation involving two individuals in the parking lot that continued into the lobby of the restaurant.  Detectives then learned one of the individuals, later identified as Seth J. Warrior, 49, Houston, TX, exited the restaurant and reentered with a handgun, confronting the other individual and pointing the gun at him before leaving the scene.

           

After further investigation, on February 14 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Warrior’s arrest.  He was located the following day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  His bond is set at $60,000.      

           

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GUN AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at Molo Middle School in Lake Charles were notified in reference to a student who may be in possession of a handgun. 

           

During further investigation it was learned a gun, with one round in the chamber, was located in the 15 year old student’s backpack.  Further investigation revealed that at no time did the student make threats regarding the gun in his possession.     

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a firearm in a school zone; and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

             

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted with the investigation. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & JUVENILE FOR SIMPLE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 15, at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Washington Marion High School in reference to a simple battery.

 

During the investigation, it was discovered a 13 year old student and her mother, Precious Obrien, 34, Lake Charles, located another student, who was in class, and committed a battery on her. 

 

The suspects were later located and placed under arrest.  Obrien was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful disruption of school operations; contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and simple battery.  The juvenile was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  

           

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.    CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries that occurred several days prior, over the weekend.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspects cut the barbed wire on top of the fence to gain entry onto the lot.  Once on the property the suspects stole the Common Powertrain Controllers from 6 vehicles.  After reviewing surveillance from the business detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle as a white Jeep, as well as observe three suspects who were responsible for the burglaries. 

           

After further investigation, detectives contacted multiple law enforcement agencies along the Gulf Coast to see if any were investigating similar burglaries.  It was discovered the Richland Police Department in Mississippi, was investigating several similar cases involving a white Jeep. 

           

Detectives learned on January 27, law enforcement in Mississippi had initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and after subsequent search warrants were executed related to the suspects, law enforcement recovered 60 suspected stolen electrical components for vehicles; including the Common Powertrain Controllers that were stolen from the business in Lake Charles.  The suspects, Anthony G. Douglas III, 19, Kenneth D. Lewis, 19, and Javon C. Noble, 19, all of Houston, TX, were arrested and booked into the Rankin County Jail in Mississippi in connection with the burglaries in MS.   

           

After further investigation, on February 5, CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives issued warrants for Douglas, Lewis, and Noble, who are still incarcerated in Mississippi.  They are charged with 6 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property between $1,000-$5,000; 6 counts of theft between $1,000-$5,000; unauthorized entry of a place of business; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set their bonds at $66,000.      

           

CPSO VCIU Detective DiQuan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 surfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy and then instructs the victim to meet them in the area of Pithon Street and Gill Street in Lake Charles.  The suspect is then meeting the victim in person and giving a receipt for their “payment”.  It has also been reported there is a similar variation of this scam where the suspect claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.   

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Victims have reported the suspect on the phone to sound like a male of Middle Eastern descent.  The suspect meeting the victims in person is described as a black female, petite build, with the tattoo “NOLA” on her hand.  Yesterday, victims described her to have blonde hair, but today she has been described to have dark colored hair.  Detectives have canvassed the area and attempted to locate and identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful. 

 

Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.

·Verify the information before sending any money.

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

At this time CPSO has received approximately 15 calls in reference to this scam, four of these calls the victims have had their money taken.  If anyone has any information on these cases or believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) was conducting criminal patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near mile marker 42 in Iowa. 

           

The deputy made contact with the driver, Kevin D. Ricks, 27, Arlington, TX.  When the deputy attempted to speak with Ricks, he was unable to answer simple questions and showed signs of nervousness.  Upon further investigation it was discovered the passenger in the vehicle was being trafficked by Ricks for sexual purposes. 

           

Ricks was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Human Trafficking.  He also had a warrant for probation violation out of Texas.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Rodney Daigle, Jr. is the arresting deputy on this case.   CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a sexual battery.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 10, disclosed Wilmer Banegas-Velasquez, 38, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with him.  Detectives attempted to locate Velasquez but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, later the same day, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $350,000 for his arrest.

           

On February 1, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Velasquez.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery (victim under the age of 13).    

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI) for the third consecutive year.   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 48  out of approximately 4,800 forensic examiners in the nation for his productivity of digital forensic exams. Digital forensic exams are used in all types of investigations, to include violent crimes, crimes against people, and financial crimes.    

           

This award is given by the U.S. Secret Service’s NCFI to the top 50 state and local law enforcement officers trained in digital forensic examination techniques.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 90 CTS OF POSSESSION CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being posted through a social media app.

           

During further investigation, approximately 93 CSMA videos were located from an account associated with Phillip W. August, Jr., 22, Lake Charles.  On January 30, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for August’s arrest.  On February 1, he was located at his residence and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed to being in possession of the CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 90 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $450,000. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to a call in the 1000 block of Big Woods Starks Road in Starks when they were notified of a vehicle in the ditch near the 800 block.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a small SUV upside down in the ditch, submerged in the water.  Deputies, with the assistance of the Starks Fire Department, recovered the driver, Drake L. West, 23, Starks, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of the SUV was attempting to negotiate a curve when the vehicle drifted off the roadway, into the ditch.

 

The Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this accident.

CPSO RELEASES INFO IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER & FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather and flooding, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including staging high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish.  “We are prepared to handle any flood related calls we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay off the roads during periods of heavy rainfall.”    

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

Sulphur, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place during the late night hours of Friday, January 19 at a business on Common Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspects forced entry in the rear entrance of the business.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Jason Raymond is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk 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.

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been awarded $87,945 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2024, 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, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

         

During this time the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will also participate in several nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  

CPSO SHERIFF-ELECT ANNOUNCES COMMAND STAFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today, during a press briefing, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy & Sheriff-Elect Gary “Stitch” Guillory announced his newly chosen Command Staff.

 

The Command Staff is listed as follows:

Gene Pittman | Chief Deputy

Franklin Fondel | Assistant Chief Deputy, Enforcement & Investigations

Trey Mancuso | Assistant Chief Deputy, Support

Jeff Miller | Assistant Chief Deputy, Corrections

Carter Sittig | Commander, Enforcement

Casey Williamson | Commander, Special Operations

Nick Fontenot | Commander, Investigations

Casey Lafargue | Commander, Specialized Investigations

Mike Fusilier | Commander, Strategic Operations

Mike Walker | Commander, Support Services

Nicole Ory | Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Cole | Commander, Administrative Services

Brandon Strenth | Commander, Calcasieu Correctional Center

Chris Domingue | Commander, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

Cinnamon Salvador | Commander, Judicial Services

Bob Nordan | Commander, Special Services

Adrian Quintela | Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Burkhalter | Compliance Officer

Kayla Vincent | Public Information Officer

 

“I am very excited about the Command Staff we have put together.  This team has nearly 600 years of combined law enforcement service.” stated Sheriff-Elect Stitch Guillory.  “These men and women have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to law enforcement and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  I look forward to working with each of these leaders as well as the other deputies at CPSO, to continue to move in a positive direction for our department and serve our community.”

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier today at approximately 10:40 a.m., during an ongoing investigation regarding vehicle burglaries, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information regarding a possible suspect vehicle, responsible for the burglaries, located at a pawn shop on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived, they located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.  When they attempted to make contact with the occupants, the vehicle fled the scene, nearly striking one of the deputies, at which time the deputy fired a shot into the vehicle. 

           

A pursuit ensued, which ended near 5th Avenue and College Street in Lake Charles, when the vehicle crashed.  One suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.  Deputies located another individual in the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound.

           

The man was taken to a local hospital and is currently being treated.  The suspect who attempted to flee on foot, along with another suspect who was located at the business on Ryan Street were taken into custody and are currently being questioned. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and is continuing.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

 

 

UPDATE:

Two of the suspects, Joshua R. Garcia, 18, Lake Charles, who fled from deputies on foot, and Nicholas D. Kirkum, 23, Lake Charles, who was located at the business, were arrested yesterday evening and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  

 

Garcia was charged with resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $5,000

Kirkum was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is still pending. 

 

A warrant was issued for the other suspect, Dakota W. Hall, 27, Lake Charles, who is currently still in the hospital.  He is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer; aggravated flight from an officer; resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $305,000. 

 

The investigation is continuing into the vehicle burglaries and more charges are likely.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred sometime between the evening hours on December 31 and early morning hours on January 1, on Alder Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a vehicle was heading northbound on Alder Street when it struck a parked car, causing damage.  Further investigation revealed the suspect’s vehicle is a silver 2017 Ford Escape.  The SUV will have significant damage to the passenger side, front head light area.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-000097.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 1, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a woman being seen at a local hospital with severe injuries.

 

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised by the woman that her boyfriend, Derik K. Rayborn, 47, Lake Charles, killed her son and their dog at their residence off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles. She further stated she was able to escape the home and seek medical attention.

 

When deputies arrived at the home, they located Eric Bosley, 26, Lake Charles, along with the dog, deceased inside the residence from what appears to be apparent gunshot wounds. Through further investigation detectives also learned Rayborn caused the woman’s injuries.

 

A short time later, deputies located Rayborn at the hospital, while he was attempting to locate the woman. Rayborn was questioned by detectives and then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; domestic abuse serious bodily injury; aggravated cruelty to animals; interfering with emergency communication; possession or carrying of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $2,375,000.

 

The woman remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Violent Crimes Detective Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in a mobile home park located off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived at the home, they located a man and dog deceased inside the residence.  The investigation is in the preliminary stages, but it appears the incident is domestic in nature.  Detectives currently have a person of interest in custody. 

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

           

CPSO Violent Crimes Detectives Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN / VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 25 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an area on North Perkins Ferry Road just south of Poeyfarre Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident. 

 

The initial investigation revealed the pedestrian was walking northbound on N. Perkins Ferry Road when she was hit from behind by a vehicle that was traveling north, which left the scene. 

The vehicle is believed to have minor damages to the passenger side headlight area and front right quarter panel. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital.  She was treated for multiple broken bones and later released. 

Deputies have attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO Investigating Traffic Fatality

Lake Charles –

 

On December 22, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound on Nelson Road at which time the driver failed to stop at the stop sign, at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road. The truck struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on W. Lincoln Road. A passenger in the truck, Jessica R. Tarver, 34, Coushatta, LA, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital out of town to be treated for major injuries.

 

The fatality is still under investigation. The driver of the truck was cited for a stop sign violation. As mandated by state law toxicology reports were conducted, although impairment is not suspected.

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot and Sr. Cpl. Robert Henriksen are the lead investigators of this accident.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 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.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The fraudster further states if the issue is not resolved immediately, they will spend the Christmas holidays in jail.  

 

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 TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon, December 14, shortly after 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Sam Houston High School was informed that school personnel were notified by students in reference to a 14 year old who was in possession of a handgun while at school. 

 

A short time later, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the CPSO SRO apprehended the student a short distance away from the campus.  Upon a subsequent search performed a loaded firearm was located inside the student’s backpack.  At this time the investigation has revealed that at no time did the student make threats with the gun in his possession.   

           

The student was arrested and booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student in a firearm-free zone. 

           

CPSO SRO Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

     

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 12, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives were dispatched in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the Moss Bluff area. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned several vehicles were burglarized and two firearms, along with credit cards, gift cards, and cash were taken.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance and observed two suspects committing the burglaries and thefts.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the suspects as Cotrellis L. Henry, 21, Lake Charles.

           

The following day, December 13, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, at which time deputies made contact with Henry.  During a probable cause search of the vehicle deputies located one of the stolen firearms.  Henry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $126,500.

           

The investigation is ongoing.          

           

CPSO Cpl. Brendan McGroarty is the arresting deputy on these cases.  CPSO VCIU Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 13 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Moss Bluff Middle School making a threat.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 14 year old student made threats to blow up the school and shoot up the school.    After further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road near W. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  Further investigation revealed the suspect traveled to and from the store on foot, from the north. 

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES CHARTER ACADEMY STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Lake Charles Charter Academy making a threat during school. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned a 13 year old girl made threats of blowing up the school in the presence of a teacher and other students.  After further investigation she was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing. 

           

CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO LIEUTENANT TY ISTRE GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Lieutenant Ty Istre graduated from the 288th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 7.  He was one of 198 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 45 states and the District of Columbia along with those from 24 international countries, 4 military organizations, and 6 federal civilian organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Nationally, fewer than 1% of officers have the opportunity to attend this program.  Istre also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Lieutenant Ty Istre has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2008.  

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGEREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In February 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender, Paul G. Broussard, 54, Vinton, raping a woman.

           

The victim advised detectives Broussard forced her to have sex with him on two separate occasions, starting in 2021.  Detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

           

The CPDAO accepted charges and on December 6 Broussard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $300,000.

           

Broussard was convicted of sexual battery in 2010 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home off Gold Finch Way in Moss Bluff in reference to a stolen vehicle.

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised a gun and debit card were stolen along with the vehicle.  While deputies were investigating, they learned three additional vehicle burglaries occurred in the same area in Moss Bluff, where several items were stolen including electronics, cash, and tools. 

           

After further investigation, it was discovered the suspects used the stolen debit card at two different locations, one in Moss Bluff and one in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the businesses and learned the same suspects seen using the stolen card where the same individuals seen on home surveillance footage at the locations of the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle, which was seen later the same day.  When deputies conducted a traffic stop on the car they located the two women, identified as Alexis N. Yarbrough, 22, and Brooke A. Woffard, 23, both of Sulphur, who were seen on surveillance videos.  Deputies also located some of the stolen items inside the car.  Following a search of their residence, detectives were able to recover the stolen firearm. 

           

Yarbrough and Woffard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft between $1,000 - $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle; identity theft; and criminal property damage over $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Yarbrough’s bond at $143,000 and Woffard’s bond at $143,400.

           

The stolen vehicle was later located in the 900 block of Cherry Street in Lake Charles. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Jones, James Rathke, and Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on these cases.   

           

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call near the area of Claude Hebert Road in Lake Charles, just north of Mark Lebleu Road. 

           

The initial investigation revealed the driver of a small SUV was traveling on Claude Hebert Road when she struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, an 11 year old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The fatality is still under investigation; it is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing was performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & INDECENT BEHAVIOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint against Daniel S. Floyd, 38, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family member.  During the investigation, detectives learned he had been sexually abusing the girl on numerous occasions, since 2018, when she was under the age of 12.  It was also learned Floyd made the victim participate in inappropriate and sexually explicit conversations with other men on a website.   

           

On December 1, after further investigation, Floyd was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles; and 2 counts of sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $4 million. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN CRASH WITH BICYCLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 4, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a marked Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling on Topsy Road near Bill Rosteet Road in Moss Bluff when he was involved in a crash involving an individual on a bicycle.

           

The bicyclist was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  Any questions pertaining to the accident should be directed to the investigating agency, the Louisiana State Police.            

Annual Anti-Bullying Walk

Due to the chance of inclement weather the Anti-Bullying Walk has been cancelled. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Clint E. Ashworth, 45, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 15, earlier this year. 

 

After further investigation, on November 29, Ashworth was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

Notice posted on November 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  December 1, 2023

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 June 8, 2023   

No Old Business                                                                               

New Business:

 

The Law Enforcement District is purchasing the following described property from Sulphur Parks and Recreation:

The South 5 acres of the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (W/2 of NW/4 of SW/4) of Section 3, Township 10 South, Range 10 West, LESS AND EXCEPT the East 20 feet for public road right of way.

And

Any all rights to utility and drainage easement that was created in Vendor’s Lien recorded in Conveyance Book 2784, Page 565, File No. 2536942, and in said Act of Correction recorded in Conveyance Book 3577, Page 89, File No. 2918410.

 

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.

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 surfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating there is a civil issue involving them that needs to be resolved.  The caller states if they fail to resolve the issue by making a payment it will then become criminal and a warrant may be issued for their arrest.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy. 

 

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.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·Verify the information before sending any money

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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 of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 24 and will continue through Tuesday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the 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.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this 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 assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive.

CPSO CHARGE TWO WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

In July, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a report from the Children’s Safe Harbor Advocacy Center in reference to the abuse of a girl under the age of 16.  

           

During the investigation detectives learned the abuse started in 2021.  The victim disclosed a family member Alejandra Ibarra, 31, and an acquaintance of the family member, Gustavo Ramblas, 46, were sexually abusing her while they were living in Calcasieu Parish.  It was discovered Ibarra encouraged the victim to be sexually active with Ramblas, telling her he would take care of her and give her money.  The victim also disclosed on several occasions Ibarra and Ramblas would give her narcotics before sexually assaulting her.  The investigation revealed the sexual abuse along with physical abuse occurred until April 2023, when Ramblas was arrested by the Lake Charles Police Department for an unrelated incident.

           

After further investigation, On October 31, Judge Michael Canaday issued a warrant in the amount of $2,150,000 (each) for the arrest of Ibarra and Ramblas.  They are both charged with 1st degree rape; cruelty to juveniles; and human trafficking for sexual purposes. 

On November 21, Ramblas, who was incarcerated at the Pine Prairie ICE processing center since his arrest in April, was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in.  Detectives have attempted to locate Ibarra but have been unsuccessful and believe she is evading arrest and may possibly be in the Houston, Texas area.  If anyone knows her whereabouts or has additional information related to this case they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605. 

“This is one of those cases that is really disturbing,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The abuse this child disclosed in her interviews was horrendous, and no individual, especially a child, should have to endure those things; and at the hands of family members.  We are lucky here in Calcasieu Parish to have a working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies, and nonprofits, such as the Alliance to Fight Human Trafficking in SWLA, which CPSO is a part of, to combat crimes such as these.”

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

UPDATE: On December 2, Ibarra was located by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  She was booked into the Harris County Detention Facility.     

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR FORGERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report in reference to a forgery.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the unknown suspects deposited multiple stolen and forged checks at several banking locations throughout Calcasieu Parish.  It was also discovered DeQuincy Police Department was made aware of the same incident at a bank in DeQuincy, at which time they located the suspects’ vehicle.  The suspects led DQPD officers on a pursuit, that was ultimately terminated in Texas due to unsafe conditions. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the individuals or car seen in these photos, or anyone with information related to this case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, November 25. 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In July 2022, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report from a local school in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the school was receiving calls from vendors stating they had not received payments for services they had provided to the school.  During further investigation an audit was performed at which time it was learned an employee, Anna B. Theriot, 37, Iowa, had stolen over $23,000 by making unauthorized transactions, cash disbursements, and forging checks.   

           

After a lengthy investigation, on November 14, detectives issued a warrant for Theriot’s arrest.  On November 16, Theriot turned herself in at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 7 counts of forgery.  She was released on a $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2023 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2023 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2023 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

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

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

           

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

                        Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 

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 2023 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 115 Bronco Lane, Moss Bluff

 

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 Office 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 2023 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2023.  Any payments received after December 31, 2023 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 130th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 130th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 35 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-two officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Colton Gilbert, Oakdale Police Department, was selected class president of the 130th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Katlyn Dugan, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Luke Walker, first; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Noah Veronie, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Zachary Meche, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Alex Williams, Lake Charles Police Department

Physical Training was presented to William Rogers, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Brianna Hargrove, Luke Walker– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Katlyn Dugan– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Joshua Alfred, Jerika Bradley, Dallas Coffelt, Ethan Hext, Seokyoung Jang, Katherine Lafauci, Patrick Mouton, Alex Myers, Alexis Trahan, Evan Watson, Joshua Glover  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Patrick Jacobs– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Keith Doyle, Joshua Blanchard– DeQuincy Police Department

Corey Henry– Iowa Police Department

Robert Guillory– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brian Cormier, Britani Young – Jennings Police Department

Alex Holman– Lake Charles Harbor Police

                        Zachary Meche, William Rogers, Noah Veronie, Alex Williams – Lake Charles Police Department

Casey McGlothlin – Merryville Police Department

Colton Gilbert – Oakdale Police Department

                        Marcus Daniels, Lauren Jenkins – Office of Juvenile Justice

Mason Jeane – Rosepine Police Department

Marylyn Lejeune – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

                        Trevor Duncan, Russell Lambert, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Denell Griffin, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, 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 COUPLE FOR CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to an ungovernable juvenile.  During the lengthy investigation detectives received information that the child was possibly being abused and neglected. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned family members of the child, Randy P.  Hebert, 41, and Amie J. Laughlin, 39, both of Vinton, were physically abusing her as well as withholding food as punishment.  Detectives were also advised when the victim was fed, it was low quality food, compared to what the rest of the family would eat.  

           

When detectives spoke with Hebert and Laughlin, Hebert confirmed the abuse was taking place.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $175,000.  

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday, November 8 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary alarm. 

           

When deputies arrived, they observed the front door of the business to be shattered.  During the initial investigation deputies learned 4 unknown males made entry into the business by using a large rock to shatter the door.  Upon making entry into the business the suspects stole several items from inside, before fleeing in a car.   

           

During further investigation, CPSO deputies, with the assistance of the Lake Charles Police Department, where able to locate the car near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 7th Street in Lake Charles.  After a brief foot pursuit, deputies apprehended 2 suspects, both juveniles ages 14 and 16.  It was discovered the car had been stolen from the parking lot of a hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.  Deputies located the stolen items from the business inside the car. 

           

Both juveniles were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft between $1,000 - $5,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; possession of tobacco under 18; and curfew violation. 

           

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are attempting to identify the additional 2 suspects responsible for the burglary and theft.  If you have any information related to this case you are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detectives Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ASSISTING SEARCH FOR WORK RELEASE INMATE

UPDATE: On November 11, at approximately 1:15 p.m., after further investigation, CPSO detectives located Brown at a residence on Illinois Street in Lake Charles.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, October 30, Derrick W. Brown, 38, Lake Charles, a Department of Corrections work release inmate who was housed at Louisiana Workforce in DeQuincy, walked off his jobsite at a business on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff. 

           

Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies with the assistance of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began assisting Louisiana Workforce in the search for Brown.  During the investigation, BPSO issued a warrant, signed by Judge Kerry Anderson in the amount of $250,000, for the arrest of Brown, charging him with simple escape.

           

CPSO & BPSO deputies have been unable to locate Brown and are asking the public for assistance. 

           

If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3795.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Brown, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at a local high school were advised Kenneth R. Cretchain, Jr., 19, Lake Charles, was possibly on his way to the school to pick up a student for sexual purposes.

           

SROs located Cretchain when he arrived at the school, at which time he was transported to CPSO for questioning.  During the investigation detectives learned Cretchain sent the victim lewd messages about picking her up to have sexual intercourse. 

           

After detectives spoke with Cretchain, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and criminal trespass.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,500.

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 25, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to Colby D. West, 32, Lake Charles, attempting to solicit underage boys.

           

During the investigation, detectives spoke with West, who confirmed he was attempting to solicit nude photographs from underage boys on social media sites.  After a forensic examination of West’s electronic devices, it was discovered he was in possession of child sexual abuse material. 

           

On November 7, West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.   

           

CPSO Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, November 5, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, who were working an off-duty security detail at a bar on Common Street in Lake Charles, overheard the sound of gunshots coming from the business across the street.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the learned a woman had been shot in the parking lot, but was transported to a hospital prior to their arrival.  CPSO detectives arrived on scene and began processing the scene as well as reviewing surveillance video in the area.  Further investigation led deputies to a home on N. Prater Street in Lake Charles, where they located the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. 

           

The victim was transported to a hospital out of town to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting.

           

The investigation is continuing, no arrests have been made at this time. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 30, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim advised detectives he was sexually assaulted by Brandon Z. Reid, 28, Branch, LA, on two different occasions in July.  The victim, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, further advised detectives the incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish, when Reid, a family acquaintance, was staying at their home. 

           

After further investigation, on October 27, detectives spoke with Reid, at which time he confirmed the allegations.  Reid also disclosed another incident where he sexually assaulted the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree rape; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1,075,000.  

         

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

 

Update 10/29 8:10 p.m. - Green has been located and taken into custody. 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

 

When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Artavien Green, 17, Lake Charles.  A warrant was issued signed by Judge Cynthia Guillory charging Green with 5 counts of aggravated 2nd degree battery; attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence. 

 

Detectives have exhausted numerous attempts to locate Green but have been unsuccessful. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Green, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

The victims, ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 

 

 The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

                                        

Note:

We do not routinely release the names/photos of juvenile suspects. We have exhausted all leads in attempting to locate the juvenile suspect and have not been able to make contact with known family members. 

In this case we believe it to be in the best interest of the public’s safety as well as the safety of the juvenile in question to release his identity in an attempt to locate him.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING DURING PARTY

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 


When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 


The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information related to this case to call CPSO at 491-3605. 


The victims,ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 


“We are in the process of collecting evidence and speaking to all the witnesses,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This was a party full of teenagers.  Once again we have to figure out how these weapons are getting in the hands of our kids. I am urging parents and guardians to do your part and be diligent and mindful of what your kids are doing, where they are going, and who they are hanging out with. Teen violence is a problem in our country and it is our duty as parents to know what are kids are up to.  We cannot just continue to sit by and allow this type of behavior to happen in our community.” 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR CARLYSS SHOOTING SUSPECT AFTER 2nd VICTIM DIES

Lake Charles, LA –

                         

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. 

            

Deputies arrested Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, for the shootings.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  

            

On the afternoon of October 26, CPSO detectives were advised the second shooting victim, Brittany A. Prather, 43, Sulphur, died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the shooting.  Detectives upgraded Waite’s charges to two counts of 2nd degree murder. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

          

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


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SHOOTING IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, and is in serious condition.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect, Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, fled the scene on foot.  Deputies set up a perimeter and at approximately 4:50 p.m. Waite was located and taken into custody.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  His bond is still pending.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local hospital in reference to a 4 month old baby being treated for serious head injuries, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the baby was in the care of Jordan S. Tupper, 23, Sulphur, when the injuries occurred.  When detectives spoke with Tupper he gave numerous conflicting stories on how the injuries may have “accidently” occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of injuries the baby sustained.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby suffered from non-accidental traumatic head injuries.  On October 20, after further investigation, detectives arrested Tupper and he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $950,000.    

           

Due to the severity of his injuries, the child was taken to a hospital out of town for emergency surgery.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.   

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN NARCOTICS ARREST

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN NARCOTICS ARREST

 

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On September 26, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed two search warrants as a result of an ongoing investigation involving Norvell K. Harris, 45, Lake Charles, distributing illegal narcotics in Calcasieu Parish.       

           

During the investigation detectives learned Harris was utilizing a storage unit on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles to store bulk narcotics.  Detectives secured a search warrant at the location and upon execution they seized approximately 2.5 pounds of compressed cocaine, 30 pounds of marijuana, 1.3 pounds of multi-colored MDMA tablets, 1.5 pounds of heroin, 12 grams of THC chocolate bars, 2,500 milligrams of THC gummies, 1 handgun, and drug paraphernalia items. 

           

With the assistance of the Calcasieu Parish ACT-Team, detectives also executed a search warrant at the home of Harris, on Lake Fairway Drive in Lake Charles.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives seized 2 pounds of marijuana, 33 multi-colored MDMA tablets, 1.11 grams of blue MDMA powder, 3 mushroom chocolate bars, 18.48 grams of THC edibles, 3 boxes of ammunition, 1 handgun magazine, along with drug paraphernalia items.  The total estimated street value of all illegal narcotics seized is approximately $86,000. 

           

Harris was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $315,000. 

           

Harris was previously investigated in 2014 during a joint investigation involving C.A.T. detectives and the Louisiana State Police Narcotics, where he was later convicted in federal court for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  Harris also has a detainer for the United States Marshal’s Service, as he is on federal probation until 2027. 

 

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish. 

          

 An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable 

CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Early this morning Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in reference to a deceased inmate, Keith J. Meche, 63, Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation it was learned shortly after midnight other inmates sharing a cell with Meche alerted correctional deputies that he may be in medical distress.  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury medical personnel were attending to Meche when they believe he likely went into cardiac arrest.  CPPJ employees as well as CPSO deputies attempted to revive Meche, but he was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. 

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREAT

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREAT

 

Lake Charles –

 

On September 27 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Moss Bluff Middle School making a threat earlier in the day, during school. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned an 11 year old boy told another student not to go to school the following day because he was going to blow up the school.  After further investigation detectives located the boy at his residence.  After being interviewed with a guardian present, he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing. 

          

CPSO Detective Cody Ferguson is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING NUMEROUS UNAUTHORIZED USE OF FOOD STAMP CARD CASES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Starting September 17, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives started receiving reports of the unauthorized use of food stamp cards in the Lake Charles area.

           

During the initial investigations, it has been determined the EBT cards have been compromised by skimming devices located at self-check stations at grocery stores in the area.  As of September 26, CPSO detectives are investigating cases for 29 victims, for a total loss of over $14,000.  Detectives have also learned additional cases, over 30, have occurred in the Oakdale area.

           

“We are currently in the initial phases of these investigations and no arrests have been made at this time,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “If you or your family members receive SNAP EBT benefits, you are URGED to change your PIN number immediately.  The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services has notified benefit holders, although not all households have taken action and changed their PIN.  DCFS is asking everyone to monitor their account daily by using the LifeInCheck app or by calling the number on the back of the card.”

           

If you believe you are a victim, please contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or DCFS at (225) 342-3970. 

           

CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest.  The suspect advised the victim if they pay the fees associated with their absence their warrant will be voided.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to report to their local jail facility and use the kiosk in the front lobby to send money to void the warrant.  In some instances of this scam, the caller may spoof their number, making it seem as they are calling from an actual law enforcement agency. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If you believe you have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SCHEDULING 2024 SUMMER REALITY CHECK SESSIONS FOR TEENS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently scheduling summer sessions for Sheriff Tony Mancuso’s Reality Check.  This one day-course is taught by qualified deputies and will give teens the knowledge and resources they need to successfully handle real-life challenges as they transition to adulthood.

            Summer classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations around the parish:

Vinton High School – June 5

 

Westlake High School – June 12

 

Hamilton Christian -June 19

 

Washington Marion - June 26

 

Iowa High School – July 3

 

Sulphur High School (9th Grade Campus) - July 10

 

 

The course is free for teenagers 14 and older and you do not have to attend the school where the course is held.  To register, or for more information please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/sheriff-tony-mancuso-s-reality-check/ For questions please contact CPSO Sgt. Leonard Brown at (337) 304-6562.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

**Update:  The driver of the truck has made contact with detectives.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, May 7, at approximately 9:00 a.m., at a convenience store located on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised a truck pulled out from under the canopy located over the gas pumps, at which time a tractor located on the trailer behind the truck, hit the canopy and caused extensive damages.  The truck, described as a white Ford single cab one ton flatbed dually, was pulling a red flatbed gooseneck trailer with a yellow front end loader tractor with a backhoe attachment.  The truck left the store and headed northbound on Highway 27.      

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect’s truck but were unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photo, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO CELEBRATES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

 

Mezzanine

CPSO ARREST TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Randy J. Spell, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Spell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Spell at a residence on Effie Nina Way in Lake Charles, at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address, and failed to register the new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.  He is also being held on a parole violation.

           

Spell was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.  He was additionally convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2016 in Cameron Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2016, 2021, and 2022 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Karel W. Smith, 58, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned Smith had not paid his annual registration fees for 2021, 2022, and 2023, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions.

           

Smith was located at his registered address and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender paying fees.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $25,000.

           

Smith was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Allen Parish is 2009. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 3 month old child being treated for multiple broken bones and malnourishment, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the investigation, detectives learned the child was primarily in the care and custody of Haiden K. Wilson, 19, Westlake, and Isabella L. Fox, 20, Lake Charles.  After further investigation on May 3, Wilson and Fox turned themselves in and were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $100,000.  Wilson was released on bond on May 8, and Fox remains incarcerated. 

           

The victim was placed in custody of a family member by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO CHARGES CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Albert L. Breaux, 44, Lake Charles, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In December 2022, Breaux failed to report for his quarterly registration update, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  Detectives later learned Breaux had absconded from his registered address in Lake Charles, and failed to notify law enforcement within three days, once again, making him in violation of his registration requirements. 

           

On January 26, 2023, detectives issued a warrant for Breaux, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  They attempted to locate Breaux, but were unsuccessful.  On May 8, detectives learned Breaux was located in St. Martin Parish, at which time he was arrested and extradited back to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $80,000.

           

Breaux was convicted of forcible rape in 2000 in Orleans Parish.          

           

CPSO Detectives Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Goodman Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect cut a wire fence to gain access to the property.  Once on the property the suspect cut and removed grounding cables that contained copper wire. 

           

During an unrelated incident, detectives made contact with Mark A. Villarreal, 31, homeless, who confirmed the whereabouts of the stolen grounding cables.  Detectives were able to locate the cables at a residence on Goodman Road in Lake Charles. 

           

Villarreal was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen property $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $6,500.   

           

The investigation is ongoing.

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION FIELD DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education field day on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The field day will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

            This field day is offered to anyone 14 years of age or older, who has completed the online hunter education course.  You must have completed the online course in the last full calendar year (365 days).  After completing the online course, you will receive a voucher that must be printed, signed, and shown to the field day instructor when you arrive.  You will not be allowed to attend if you do not have your voucher.  During this day students will complete an in-person test and live-fire exercise.  CPSO will provide firearms and ammunition so students should not bring their own.     

You must pre-register for the class by visiting LDWF (louisianaoutdoors.com)

 

            For more information om the Louisiana hunter education online course you can visit Hunter and Trapper Education | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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, April 26 on You Winn Road near John Bell Road in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a truck was traveling east on You Winn Road when it crossed the center line and struck a small SUV that was travelling westbound.   The suspect’s truck, a gray Ford F150, will have damage to the front driver side.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-41722.

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that continuously resurfaces in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

 

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR TRAFFICKING & CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 16, disclosed Derek F. Thibodeaux, Jr., 55, Sulphur, was sexually abusing her.  During the investigation the victim was able to provide detectives with details of the abuse that were corroborated during the execution of a search warrant.

           

Further investigation revealed Thibodeaux was in possession of a large number of roosters tethered to individual shelters as well as cockfighting paraphernalia.  A dog was also located at his residence, suffering from injuries to its neck, likely from being tethered for a long period of time.     

           

On April 24, Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes; aggravated cruelty to animals; and cockfighting.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1,215,000.

 

The dog was seized by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and received veterinary care.          

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR VEHICLE INVOLVED IN WRECK

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Red Davis McCollister Road and Common Street in Lake Charles in reference to a crash. 

           

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised an older model white four door sedan was traveling eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Road, when it ran a motorcycle off the roadway.  The driver was thrown from his motorcycle, causing serious injuries.

           

Deputies have attempted to locate the vehicle, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If you have any information in refence to the crash, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabrial, Jr. is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 131st BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 131st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the SWLA area.  Thirty-one officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Derick Malveaux, Sulphur Police Department, was selected class president of the 131st Basic Academy.

 

The Academic Award was awarded to Julian Elliott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Christopher Cartwright, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Koen LeBlanc, second; Jennings Police Department

Gavin Schexnider, third; Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office  

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Elizabeth Morrison, Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office

 

Physical Training was presented to Brianna Lopez, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

Gavin Schexnider– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Amberly Fontenot, Baylee Bergeron, Brianna Lopez, Gabrial Dofflemyer, Julian Elliott, Kyler Kibodeaux, Madison Mudd, Steven Stracener, Tylor Fogleman, Zoey Walters  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarod Lewing, Lisa Brady– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Collin Janise, Elizabeth Morrison– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Moriarity, Koen LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department

Anthany Duhon – Lake Arthur Police Department

Christopher Cartwright – Lake Charles Police Department

Kylie Rasmussen – McNeese University Police Department

Magnolia Nelson – Oakdale Police Department

Rosa Reynaud – Office of Juvenile Justice

Lane Breaux – Sam Houston Jones State Park Ranger

Cecil McCollough, Derick Malveaux, Jace Thebner, Kenneth Bartley, Marcus Anderson – Sulphur Police Department

Anthony Elswick – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ethan Miller – Welsh Police Department

Chase Ardoin – Westlake Police Department

                       

Doloras Woolery, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Joshua McCoy, DeQuincy Police Department, and Michael Harmon, DeRidder Police Department, 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 UPGRADES CHARGES FOR COUPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRUELTY

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

 

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained. Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time, including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

 

On April 18, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan. They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.

 

On April 19, the child was pronounced brain dead, at a hospital in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, April 21, he was officially pronounced deceased. Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million dollars each charging Edwards and Morgan, who are incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, with 2nd degree murder.

 

The investigation is continuing. CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Hillory J. Guillory, Jr., 36, homeless, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In November 2023, Guillory reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for a check-in.  At that time Guillory indicated to detectives he was aware he must complete an in-person check-in every two weeks due to his residential status.  Guillory failed to appear for his check-ins in December and January. 

           

On January 31, CPSO issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  Detectives were unable to locate Guillory at the time.  On April 17, the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Guillory on a traffic stop, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond has been set at $100,000.

           

Guillory was convicted of sexual battery in 2014 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 In July 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Snapchat account.

           

During further investigation, approximately over 20 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Charles B. Schrumpf II, 22, Sulphur.  After further investigation and the execution of numerous search warrants and subpoenas, in March 2024, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Schrumpf’s arrest.  On April 18, detectives located Schrumpf in Ruston, LA, at which time he arrested and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and transported back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography.  He bonded out later the same day on a $300,000 bond. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 starts on April 20 and ends April 27, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 20.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles. 

 

 “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,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARREST COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

           

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained.  Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time; including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

           

After further investigation, yesterday evening, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan.  They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Their bonds have been set at $750,000 each.   

           

The boy was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of his injuries.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.  He has been placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

*Update: On April 18 both suspects were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 


CPSO TO CONDUCT FREE BOATER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be conducting a boater education course on Tuesday, June 4 at Lake Charles Sail & Power Squadron, located at 3106 Kiwanis Lane in Lake Charles from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The class is free of charge and is open to any member of the public, age 10 and up.

            Louisiana law requires all persons born after January 1, 1984 to complete a LDWF approved boater education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower or a personal watercraft.

            Participants must pre-registration for this class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/192892.  Class size is limited. 

 

Lunch will be provided.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the open spillway gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary precautionary measures in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish.            

          

Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory says, “We are currently seeing flooding in the areas of Alligator Park Road, Bass Lake Road, Fountain Cemetery Road, and Jimmy Doyle Road in Starks as well as Wright Road and Steward Road in Vinton.  At this time the flooding is minimal, but we are urging residents to keep an eye on the situation.  We have high water vehicles and boats staged in the areas and are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.  We will continue to monitor the flooding situation.”

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other flood-related issues, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, April 6, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of W. Gauthier Road and Sun Meadow Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling westbound on W. Gauthier Road when it left the roadway, for unknown reasons, ultimately striking a culvert.  The driver, Thomas Swaggart, 63, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

 

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  Although impairment is not suspected, as mandated by state law toxicology testing will be performed.

           

The coroner will determine cause of death.   

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this crash.

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, grand jury, or court.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The caller also instructs the victim to meet them in person for payment. 

 

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 UPGRADES FORMER DEPUTY’S CHARGES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

On March 14, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso the same day.  Judge Clayton Davis had set his bond at $250,000.

            The investigation continued and on the evening of March 28, detectives issued an additional warrant charging Dugas, who remains incarcerated, with indecent behavior with a juvenile; malfeasance in office; 3rd degree rape; and 4 counts of possession of child pornography.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond for those charges at 1.2 million dollars 

            “I am deeply disturbed and angered by the actions of Dugas,” stated Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.  “The safety and well-being of our community, especially our children, is always our top priority.  His actions are despicable and intolerable and I am very sorry for these victims and their families, but I am proud of them for coming forward.  We have multiple safety measures in place to ensure we hire quality deputies, and unfortunately in some instances, some choose to break the laws they are there to enforce.  They will always be held accountable when they do so.  I want to assure our community and our parents that we began working swiftly as soon as we received a complaint, and Dugas had no further interaction through our office with children once the investigation began.  Detectives are investigating the claims thoroughly to ensure a complete and comprehensive investigation, just like we would in any other case.”

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Gill Drive and Koonce Road in Sulphur. 

           

The initial investigation revealed an SUV was traveling westbound on Koonce Road at which time, for unknown reasons, the SUV left the roadway near Gill Drive. The SUV struck a tree and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

The fatality is still under investigation. As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted.  The release of the identity of the driver is pending next of kin notification.  

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 23, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Terry Howard, 65, Lake Charles, asking a child, under the age of 10, to perform inappropriate actions more than one occasion. 

 

After further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Howard’s arrest.  On March 28, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is set at $750,000.

           

Howard was convicted of aggravated rape in 1981 as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2013 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2015. 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its 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.

 

 Meet and greet and the first of 7 consecutive Saturday classes will begin April 6 at the Sulphur High School 9th grade campus, located at 600 Willow Avenue.  Meet and greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 17, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a cruelty to animals compliant.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the complainant, Estevan E. Pappion, 26, Lake Charles, advised when he arrived at home and opened the door he observed one of his dogs had been shot & killed.  He further stated he did not go inside, but shut the door and called law enforcement.

           

After further investigation, Pappion stated to deputies he had shot the dog.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals; and criminal mischief.  He was later released on a $45,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.          

           

CPSO Deputy Hunter Keehnen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In December 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a car at which time they made contact with Eileenann Large, 42, Lake Charles, who was found to be in possession of multiple binders of identification cards, credit & debit cards, social security cards, insurance cards, and medical files of numerous people.  The items were seized and Large was arrested on drug charges, in which she was in possession of, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and later released on bond with additional charges pending. 

           

CPSO detectives continued their investigation in reference to the numerous personal items found to be in possession by Large.  On March 7, after numerous search warrants and subpoenas, detectives issued a warrant for Large’s arrest.  On March 12, she was located during a traffic stop, at which time numerous financial documents and mail, belonging to different people, were again located and seized. 

           

Large was arrested on her warrant and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Large she advised she has been in possession of the documents for years.  She further advised detectives she had more belongings in two storage units.  After execution of a search warrant at the storage units, detectives located several bags full of additional financial documents, mail, and other paperwork belonging to other individuals other than Large.   

           

She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft.  Judge Bobby Holmes set her bond at $75,000.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives are currently in the process of attempting to make contact with the potential victims.    

           

CPSO Deputy Seth Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot & Ken Castille are the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

During the investigation detectives learned Dugas had multiple sexually inappropriate conversations with juveniles. 

 

On March 15, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set.  

           

Prior to being terminated today, Dugas worked as a School Resource Officer and had been with the department since 2019.

           

“This type of behavior will never be tolerated at our department and our deputies will always be held accountable.  The actions of Dugas are disgusting and an embarrassment to our department and our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “As soon as we received the complaint Dugas was pulled from his school until the investigation was completed.”  

 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a possible carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

           

During the investigation it was discovered Joshua D. Dixon, II, 18, Sulphur, was having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, who was under the age of 16.  It was learned Joshua made efforts to harbor the victim at his residence and hide her from law enforcement.  Joshua also provided the girl with illegal narcotics when they were together.  Further investigation revealed Jennifer Dixon, 46, Sulphur, was helping her son (Joshua) harbor the victim, who had been reported missing, for sexual purposes.  Jennifer also made efforts to hide Joshua’s sexual relationship with the girl, from law enforcement. 

           

During the investigation, it was discovered Joshua had left the area with the victim.  On March 7, Joshua and the juvenile were located in Montana by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, at which time he was arrested and booked.  The same day Jennifer was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles performing sexual acts.  Joshua is additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of juveniles CDS law.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Joshua’s bond at $525,000 and Jennifer’s bond at $825,000.

           

Joshua is currently awaiting extradition back to Calcasieu Parish.  

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) initiated a traffic stop on I-10 eastbound, near mile marker 38.

 

During the traffic stop investigation, the deputy was conducting a search of the vehicle, at which time he located illegal narcotics. While the deputy was still inside the vehicle, the suspect entered the driver’s side and drove off, fleeing the scene with the deputy still inside, kidnapping the deputy. The deputy made verbal commands for the suspect to stop, and he did not comply, at which time the deputy fired his weapon, hitting the suspect.

 

The vehicle crashed and the suspect and deputy were transported to a local hospital.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and continuing. CPSO will investigate the drug charges, the attempted 1st degree murder of a deputy, and the kidnapping of the deputy.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

**Update: Yesterday, March 18, CPSO detectives received a tip in reference to Lewis possibly being in the Beaumont, Texas area.  Detectives made contact with the Beaumont Police Department at which time officers were dispatched and they located Lewis at a residence in Beaumont.  Lewis was taken into custody and booked into the Jefferson County Jail. 

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.    During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, who was later pronounced deceased. 

 

After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle and learned there were several individuals inside the car when the shooting occurred.  On March 4, CPSO detectives received a report in reference to a 17-year-old juvenile who had stolen a family members car and had not returned it.  It was discovered the same car was used during the shooting.  It was also discovered the juvenile’s mother, Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur, had been notified her daughter was involved in the shooting but failed to report it to law enforcement. 

           

Detectives were able to identify all four suspects in the vehicle; two (2) 17-year-old juveniles, Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles, and Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas. 

           

Yesterday, Hyatt along with the two 17-year-old juveniles, and Jones, were arrested.  Hyatt and Jones were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The two juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives issued a warrant for Lewis’ arrest. 

 

-17-year-old juvenile

unauthorized use of a vehicle

-17-year-old juvenile

Accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder

-Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur

Obstruction of justice - $100,000 bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles

2nd degree murder - $2 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas – currently wanted

principal to 2nd degree murder - $1 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

 

 This investigation has also resulted in a separate narcotics investigation, where suspected THC vape oil, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and a bag of unknown powdered substance was seized from a home on Babineaux Road in Sulphur.  The following individuals have been arrested in relation to the narcotics investigation:

 

-Briley A. Lewis, 18, DeQuincy

possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; and possession of CDS IV

-Payton B. Mott, 19, Sulphur

possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II

-Andrew B. Norwood, 21, Sulphur

Possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; possession of CDS IV; and traffic violations

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrest and charges are possible.   Detectives are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Lewis to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   Anyone found to be assisting or harboring him will be charged accordingly. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Open Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024

TIME:    1:30p.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 December 1, 2023           

Old Business  - None

            New Business:

 

1.To present a Fee Schedule, by Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, which provides for and/or outlines payment of “reasonable” copying costs for Public Records in advance, including transmission of electronic records, all in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Laws and the provisions set forth in the statutes therein;

 

and

 

2. Approve, adopt and sign Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District with reference to said Fee Schedule.  A copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of my office; and to set forth and publish/display same in the manner provided by law.

 

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.       If you wish to comment on the agenda items, please feel free to do so via email at info@cpso.com.

 

 

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CPSO INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.            

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside.  Further investigation revealed another home in the area was also struck, but no one inside the home was injured.       

           

The victim, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. 

           

“We have no reason to believe this home or family was specifically targeted during the shooting.  My heart goes out to the victim’s family; this is a sad and tragic situation where an innocent victim lost their life to a senseless crime,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Detectives are currently following up on several leads, as well as canvassing the neighborhood for further video footage and possible evidence.”

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives have developed a car of interest and are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras or anyone with information to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS BUSINESS OWNER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives arrested Jaime K. Crawford, 42, Lake Charles, owner of Lake Charles Cheer Team, after several investigations revealed she was responsible for theft.

           

During the investigations it was discovered she collected funds from clients for services that were never rendered, totaling approximately $3,900.  The victims previously requested refunds but Crawford did not comply.  It was also learned Crawford used a victim’s credit card, which was left on file at the business for monthly cheer dues, to make fraudulent charges.  The purchases, which totaled over $1,500, where made at a local veterinarian’s office, emergency animal clinic, and pet groomer.

           

When detectives spoke with Crawford, she confirmed she collected funds for services that she did not render.  She denied using a victim’s card for personal use, however the investigation revealed all charges benefited Crawford or her pet. 

           

On February 26, Crawford was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $30,000 and later allowed release on her on her own recognizance for those charges. She is still incarcerated due to unrelated warrant.

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 2023, and January 2024 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office Financial Crimes detectives investigated several cases in reference to bank fraud, forgery, and identity theft, stemming from mail that had been previously stolen. 

           

During further investigation, on February 23, detectives along with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team and Special Operations Group, served a search warrant on a home on Cedar Street in Lake Charles in reference to the cases.  During the execution of the warrant detectives made contact with two residents, Allen W. Woodard, 43, and Courtney P. Lebleu, 31, who were hiding inside the home.  Detectives located numerous identification cards, social security cards, debit & credit cards, checks, and mail inside the residence. 

           

Woodard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud, in connection with one of the cases.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  Woodard also had several active warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, and 14th JDC.  Lebleu was arrested on outstanding warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office; and contempt of court. 

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

***Update #2

 

Yesterday afternoon, February 28, Ronrika was located by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force traveling on I-10.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

***Update:

 Yesterday afternoon, February 22, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette located Deion Ben. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in on his warrant.

 

Ronrika has not yet been located. ***

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives are currently investigating a string of burglaries that have occurred throughout Calcasieu Parish, including Vinton, Carlyss, Sulphur, and Iowa.

           

During the investigations, detectives have investigated 16 burglaries from December 2022 until January 2024.  Further investigation revealed numerous similarities in the way the burglaries occurred.  It was learned the burglaries occurred during daytime hours, in rural areas where the homes are set back on the property, further from the street, making it difficult to see the backdoor or carport from the road.  Once the suspects made entry, they were inside the homes less than five minutes.  Using a specific method they mostly stole certain firearms, money, jewelry, and safes.    

           

During the complex and ongoing investigations, utilizing numerous law enforcement techniques and information collected, CPSO detectives were able to identify several suspects.  Between April 2023 and January 2024, the following suspects were arrested in connection with several of the burglaries:

-Devin D. Lawrence, 30, Lafayette (in connection with December 2022 burglaries)

4 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft $5,000-$25,000; 5 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and 5 counts of theft of a firearm

-Breanna L. Berry, 22, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple carinal damage to property; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; and theft over $25,000

-Kenny M. John-Louis, 30, Carencro (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

-Ronrika C. Ben, 39, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

 

On January 31, CPSO detectives issued an additional warrant for Ronrika, who was previously released on bond, as well as another suspect; Deion D. Ben, 29, Carencro, in relation to the burglaries which occurred in January 2024.  Judge Tony Fazzio signed the warrants with no bond, charging them with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000. 

 

In addition to the CPSO warrant, Ronrika also has active warrants out of Allen Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingtson Parish, Lafayette PD, and Probation and Parole, as well as a pick-up order by 14th JDC. 

 

CPSO Detectives with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies have attempted to locate Ronrika and Deion but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone knows their whereabouts they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or 911.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring the suspects, they will be charged accordingly.  

 

During further investigation and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, it has been learned numerous similar burglaries have been committed in areas of Louisiana and Texas.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests, charges, and warrants are likely. 

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on these cases.  Also assisting CPSO is the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Gmail account.

           

During further investigation, approximately 46 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Larry J. Burnett, 29, Sulphur.  On February 14, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Burnett’s arrest.  The following day he was located at work and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was in possession of CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 46 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $400,000.      

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a weapons complaint.

           

During the initial investigation, detectives were advised there was a verbal altercation involving two individuals in the parking lot that continued into the lobby of the restaurant.  Detectives then learned one of the individuals, later identified as Seth J. Warrior, 49, Houston, TX, exited the restaurant and reentered with a handgun, confronting the other individual and pointing the gun at him before leaving the scene.

           

After further investigation, on February 14 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Warrior’s arrest.  He was located the following day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  His bond is set at $60,000.      

           

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GUN AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at Molo Middle School in Lake Charles were notified in reference to a student who may be in possession of a handgun. 

           

During further investigation it was learned a gun, with one round in the chamber, was located in the 15 year old student’s backpack.  Further investigation revealed that at no time did the student make threats regarding the gun in his possession.     

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a firearm in a school zone; and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

             

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted with the investigation. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & JUVENILE FOR SIMPLE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 15, at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Washington Marion High School in reference to a simple battery.

 

During the investigation, it was discovered a 13 year old student and her mother, Precious Obrien, 34, Lake Charles, located another student, who was in class, and committed a battery on her. 

 

The suspects were later located and placed under arrest.  Obrien was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful disruption of school operations; contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and simple battery.  The juvenile was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  

           

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.    CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries that occurred several days prior, over the weekend.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspects cut the barbed wire on top of the fence to gain entry onto the lot.  Once on the property the suspects stole the Common Powertrain Controllers from 6 vehicles.  After reviewing surveillance from the business detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle as a white Jeep, as well as observe three suspects who were responsible for the burglaries. 

           

After further investigation, detectives contacted multiple law enforcement agencies along the Gulf Coast to see if any were investigating similar burglaries.  It was discovered the Richland Police Department in Mississippi, was investigating several similar cases involving a white Jeep. 

           

Detectives learned on January 27, law enforcement in Mississippi had initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and after subsequent search warrants were executed related to the suspects, law enforcement recovered 60 suspected stolen electrical components for vehicles; including the Common Powertrain Controllers that were stolen from the business in Lake Charles.  The suspects, Anthony G. Douglas III, 19, Kenneth D. Lewis, 19, and Javon C. Noble, 19, all of Houston, TX, were arrested and booked into the Rankin County Jail in Mississippi in connection with the burglaries in MS.   

           

After further investigation, on February 5, CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives issued warrants for Douglas, Lewis, and Noble, who are still incarcerated in Mississippi.  They are charged with 6 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property between $1,000-$5,000; 6 counts of theft between $1,000-$5,000; unauthorized entry of a place of business; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set their bonds at $66,000.      

           

CPSO VCIU Detective DiQuan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 surfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy and then instructs the victim to meet them in the area of Pithon Street and Gill Street in Lake Charles.  The suspect is then meeting the victim in person and giving a receipt for their “payment”.  It has also been reported there is a similar variation of this scam where the suspect claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.   

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Victims have reported the suspect on the phone to sound like a male of Middle Eastern descent.  The suspect meeting the victims in person is described as a black female, petite build, with the tattoo “NOLA” on her hand.  Yesterday, victims described her to have blonde hair, but today she has been described to have dark colored hair.  Detectives have canvassed the area and attempted to locate and identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful. 

 

Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.

·Verify the information before sending any money.

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

At this time CPSO has received approximately 15 calls in reference to this scam, four of these calls the victims have had their money taken.  If anyone has any information on these cases or believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) was conducting criminal patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near mile marker 42 in Iowa. 

           

The deputy made contact with the driver, Kevin D. Ricks, 27, Arlington, TX.  When the deputy attempted to speak with Ricks, he was unable to answer simple questions and showed signs of nervousness.  Upon further investigation it was discovered the passenger in the vehicle was being trafficked by Ricks for sexual purposes. 

           

Ricks was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Human Trafficking.  He also had a warrant for probation violation out of Texas.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Rodney Daigle, Jr. is the arresting deputy on this case.   CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a sexual battery.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 10, disclosed Wilmer Banegas-Velasquez, 38, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with him.  Detectives attempted to locate Velasquez but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, later the same day, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $350,000 for his arrest.

           

On February 1, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Velasquez.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery (victim under the age of 13).    

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI) for the third consecutive year.   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 48  out of approximately 4,800 forensic examiners in the nation for his productivity of digital forensic exams. Digital forensic exams are used in all types of investigations, to include violent crimes, crimes against people, and financial crimes.    

           

This award is given by the U.S. Secret Service’s NCFI to the top 50 state and local law enforcement officers trained in digital forensic examination techniques.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 90 CTS OF POSSESSION CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being posted through a social media app.

           

During further investigation, approximately 93 CSMA videos were located from an account associated with Phillip W. August, Jr., 22, Lake Charles.  On January 30, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for August’s arrest.  On February 1, he was located at his residence and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed to being in possession of the CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 90 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $450,000. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to a call in the 1000 block of Big Woods Starks Road in Starks when they were notified of a vehicle in the ditch near the 800 block.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a small SUV upside down in the ditch, submerged in the water.  Deputies, with the assistance of the Starks Fire Department, recovered the driver, Drake L. West, 23, Starks, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of the SUV was attempting to negotiate a curve when the vehicle drifted off the roadway, into the ditch.

 

The Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this accident.

CPSO RELEASES INFO IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER & FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather and flooding, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including staging high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish.  “We are prepared to handle any flood related calls we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay off the roads during periods of heavy rainfall.”    

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

Sulphur, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place during the late night hours of Friday, January 19 at a business on Common Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspects forced entry in the rear entrance of the business.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Jason Raymond is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk 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.

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been awarded $87,945 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2024, 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, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

         

During this time the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will also participate in several nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  

CPSO SHERIFF-ELECT ANNOUNCES COMMAND STAFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today, during a press briefing, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy & Sheriff-Elect Gary “Stitch” Guillory announced his newly chosen Command Staff.

 

The Command Staff is listed as follows:

Gene Pittman | Chief Deputy

Franklin Fondel | Assistant Chief Deputy, Enforcement & Investigations

Trey Mancuso | Assistant Chief Deputy, Support

Jeff Miller | Assistant Chief Deputy, Corrections

Carter Sittig | Commander, Enforcement

Casey Williamson | Commander, Special Operations

Nick Fontenot | Commander, Investigations

Casey Lafargue | Commander, Specialized Investigations

Mike Fusilier | Commander, Strategic Operations

Mike Walker | Commander, Support Services

Nicole Ory | Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Cole | Commander, Administrative Services

Brandon Strenth | Commander, Calcasieu Correctional Center

Chris Domingue | Commander, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

Cinnamon Salvador | Commander, Judicial Services

Bob Nordan | Commander, Special Services

Adrian Quintela | Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Burkhalter | Compliance Officer

Kayla Vincent | Public Information Officer

 

“I am very excited about the Command Staff we have put together.  This team has nearly 600 years of combined law enforcement service.” stated Sheriff-Elect Stitch Guillory.  “These men and women have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to law enforcement and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  I look forward to working with each of these leaders as well as the other deputies at CPSO, to continue to move in a positive direction for our department and serve our community.”

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier today at approximately 10:40 a.m., during an ongoing investigation regarding vehicle burglaries, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information regarding a possible suspect vehicle, responsible for the burglaries, located at a pawn shop on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived, they located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.  When they attempted to make contact with the occupants, the vehicle fled the scene, nearly striking one of the deputies, at which time the deputy fired a shot into the vehicle. 

           

A pursuit ensued, which ended near 5th Avenue and College Street in Lake Charles, when the vehicle crashed.  One suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.  Deputies located another individual in the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound.

           

The man was taken to a local hospital and is currently being treated.  The suspect who attempted to flee on foot, along with another suspect who was located at the business on Ryan Street were taken into custody and are currently being questioned. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and is continuing.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

 

 

UPDATE:

Two of the suspects, Joshua R. Garcia, 18, Lake Charles, who fled from deputies on foot, and Nicholas D. Kirkum, 23, Lake Charles, who was located at the business, were arrested yesterday evening and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  

 

Garcia was charged with resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $5,000

Kirkum was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is still pending. 

 

A warrant was issued for the other suspect, Dakota W. Hall, 27, Lake Charles, who is currently still in the hospital.  He is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer; aggravated flight from an officer; resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $305,000. 

 

The investigation is continuing into the vehicle burglaries and more charges are likely.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred sometime between the evening hours on December 31 and early morning hours on January 1, on Alder Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a vehicle was heading northbound on Alder Street when it struck a parked car, causing damage.  Further investigation revealed the suspect’s vehicle is a silver 2017 Ford Escape.  The SUV will have significant damage to the passenger side, front head light area.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-000097.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 1, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a woman being seen at a local hospital with severe injuries.

 

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised by the woman that her boyfriend, Derik K. Rayborn, 47, Lake Charles, killed her son and their dog at their residence off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles. She further stated she was able to escape the home and seek medical attention.

 

When deputies arrived at the home, they located Eric Bosley, 26, Lake Charles, along with the dog, deceased inside the residence from what appears to be apparent gunshot wounds. Through further investigation detectives also learned Rayborn caused the woman’s injuries.

 

A short time later, deputies located Rayborn at the hospital, while he was attempting to locate the woman. Rayborn was questioned by detectives and then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; domestic abuse serious bodily injury; aggravated cruelty to animals; interfering with emergency communication; possession or carrying of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $2,375,000.

 

The woman remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Violent Crimes Detective Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in a mobile home park located off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived at the home, they located a man and dog deceased inside the residence.  The investigation is in the preliminary stages, but it appears the incident is domestic in nature.  Detectives currently have a person of interest in custody. 

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

           

CPSO Violent Crimes Detectives Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN / VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 25 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an area on North Perkins Ferry Road just south of Poeyfarre Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident. 

 

The initial investigation revealed the pedestrian was walking northbound on N. Perkins Ferry Road when she was hit from behind by a vehicle that was traveling north, which left the scene. 

The vehicle is believed to have minor damages to the passenger side headlight area and front right quarter panel. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital.  She was treated for multiple broken bones and later released. 

Deputies have attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO Investigating Traffic Fatality

Lake Charles –

 

On December 22, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound on Nelson Road at which time the driver failed to stop at the stop sign, at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road. The truck struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on W. Lincoln Road. A passenger in the truck, Jessica R. Tarver, 34, Coushatta, LA, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital out of town to be treated for major injuries.

 

The fatality is still under investigation. The driver of the truck was cited for a stop sign violation. As mandated by state law toxicology reports were conducted, although impairment is not suspected.

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot and Sr. Cpl. Robert Henriksen are the lead investigators of this accident.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 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.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The fraudster further states if the issue is not resolved immediately, they will spend the Christmas holidays in jail.  

 

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 TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon, December 14, shortly after 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Sam Houston High School was informed that school personnel were notified by students in reference to a 14 year old who was in possession of a handgun while at school. 

 

A short time later, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the CPSO SRO apprehended the student a short distance away from the campus.  Upon a subsequent search performed a loaded firearm was located inside the student’s backpack.  At this time the investigation has revealed that at no time did the student make threats with the gun in his possession.   

           

The student was arrested and booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student in a firearm-free zone. 

           

CPSO SRO Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

     

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 12, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives were dispatched in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the Moss Bluff area. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned several vehicles were burglarized and two firearms, along with credit cards, gift cards, and cash were taken.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance and observed two suspects committing the burglaries and thefts.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the suspects as Cotrellis L. Henry, 21, Lake Charles.

           

The following day, December 13, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, at which time deputies made contact with Henry.  During a probable cause search of the vehicle deputies located one of the stolen firearms.  Henry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $126,500.

           

The investigation is ongoing.          

           

CPSO Cpl. Brendan McGroarty is the arresting deputy on these cases.  CPSO VCIU Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 13 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Moss Bluff Middle School making a threat.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 14 year old student made threats to blow up the school and shoot up the school.    After further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road near W. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  Further investigation revealed the suspect traveled to and from the store on foot, from the north. 

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES CHARTER ACADEMY STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Lake Charles Charter Academy making a threat during school. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned a 13 year old girl made threats of blowing up the school in the presence of a teacher and other students.  After further investigation she was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing. 

           

CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO LIEUTENANT TY ISTRE GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Lieutenant Ty Istre graduated from the 288th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 7.  He was one of 198 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 45 states and the District of Columbia along with those from 24 international countries, 4 military organizations, and 6 federal civilian organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Nationally, fewer than 1% of officers have the opportunity to attend this program.  Istre also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Lieutenant Ty Istre has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2008.  

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGEREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In February 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender, Paul G. Broussard, 54, Vinton, raping a woman.

           

The victim advised detectives Broussard forced her to have sex with him on two separate occasions, starting in 2021.  Detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

           

The CPDAO accepted charges and on December 6 Broussard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $300,000.

           

Broussard was convicted of sexual battery in 2010 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home off Gold Finch Way in Moss Bluff in reference to a stolen vehicle.

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised a gun and debit card were stolen along with the vehicle.  While deputies were investigating, they learned three additional vehicle burglaries occurred in the same area in Moss Bluff, where several items were stolen including electronics, cash, and tools. 

           

After further investigation, it was discovered the suspects used the stolen debit card at two different locations, one in Moss Bluff and one in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the businesses and learned the same suspects seen using the stolen card where the same individuals seen on home surveillance footage at the locations of the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle, which was seen later the same day.  When deputies conducted a traffic stop on the car they located the two women, identified as Alexis N. Yarbrough, 22, and Brooke A. Woffard, 23, both of Sulphur, who were seen on surveillance videos.  Deputies also located some of the stolen items inside the car.  Following a search of their residence, detectives were able to recover the stolen firearm. 

           

Yarbrough and Woffard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft between $1,000 - $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle; identity theft; and criminal property damage over $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Yarbrough’s bond at $143,000 and Woffard’s bond at $143,400.

           

The stolen vehicle was later located in the 900 block of Cherry Street in Lake Charles. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Jones, James Rathke, and Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on these cases.   

           

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call near the area of Claude Hebert Road in Lake Charles, just north of Mark Lebleu Road. 

           

The initial investigation revealed the driver of a small SUV was traveling on Claude Hebert Road when she struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, an 11 year old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The fatality is still under investigation; it is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing was performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & INDECENT BEHAVIOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint against Daniel S. Floyd, 38, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family member.  During the investigation, detectives learned he had been sexually abusing the girl on numerous occasions, since 2018, when she was under the age of 12.  It was also learned Floyd made the victim participate in inappropriate and sexually explicit conversations with other men on a website.   

           

On December 1, after further investigation, Floyd was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles; and 2 counts of sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $4 million. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN CRASH WITH BICYCLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 4, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a marked Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling on Topsy Road near Bill Rosteet Road in Moss Bluff when he was involved in a crash involving an individual on a bicycle.

           

The bicyclist was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  Any questions pertaining to the accident should be directed to the investigating agency, the Louisiana State Police.            

Annual Anti-Bullying Walk

Due to the chance of inclement weather the Anti-Bullying Walk has been cancelled. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Clint E. Ashworth, 45, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 15, earlier this year. 

 

After further investigation, on November 29, Ashworth was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

Notice posted on November 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  December 1, 2023

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 June 8, 2023   

No Old Business                                                                               

New Business:

 

The Law Enforcement District is purchasing the following described property from Sulphur Parks and Recreation:

The South 5 acres of the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (W/2 of NW/4 of SW/4) of Section 3, Township 10 South, Range 10 West, LESS AND EXCEPT the East 20 feet for public road right of way.

And

Any all rights to utility and drainage easement that was created in Vendor’s Lien recorded in Conveyance Book 2784, Page 565, File No. 2536942, and in said Act of Correction recorded in Conveyance Book 3577, Page 89, File No. 2918410.

 

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.

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 surfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating there is a civil issue involving them that needs to be resolved.  The caller states if they fail to resolve the issue by making a payment it will then become criminal and a warrant may be issued for their arrest.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy. 

 

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.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·Verify the information before sending any money

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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 of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 24 and will continue through Tuesday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the 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.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this 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 assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive.

CPSO CHARGE TWO WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

In July, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a report from the Children’s Safe Harbor Advocacy Center in reference to the abuse of a girl under the age of 16.  

           

During the investigation detectives learned the abuse started in 2021.  The victim disclosed a family member Alejandra Ibarra, 31, and an acquaintance of the family member, Gustavo Ramblas, 46, were sexually abusing her while they were living in Calcasieu Parish.  It was discovered Ibarra encouraged the victim to be sexually active with Ramblas, telling her he would take care of her and give her money.  The victim also disclosed on several occasions Ibarra and Ramblas would give her narcotics before sexually assaulting her.  The investigation revealed the sexual abuse along with physical abuse occurred until April 2023, when Ramblas was arrested by the Lake Charles Police Department for an unrelated incident.

           

After further investigation, On October 31, Judge Michael Canaday issued a warrant in the amount of $2,150,000 (each) for the arrest of Ibarra and Ramblas.  They are both charged with 1st degree rape; cruelty to juveniles; and human trafficking for sexual purposes. 

On November 21, Ramblas, who was incarcerated at the Pine Prairie ICE processing center since his arrest in April, was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in.  Detectives have attempted to locate Ibarra but have been unsuccessful and believe she is evading arrest and may possibly be in the Houston, Texas area.  If anyone knows her whereabouts or has additional information related to this case they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605. 

“This is one of those cases that is really disturbing,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The abuse this child disclosed in her interviews was horrendous, and no individual, especially a child, should have to endure those things; and at the hands of family members.  We are lucky here in Calcasieu Parish to have a working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies, and nonprofits, such as the Alliance to Fight Human Trafficking in SWLA, which CPSO is a part of, to combat crimes such as these.”

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

UPDATE: On December 2, Ibarra was located by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  She was booked into the Harris County Detention Facility.     

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR FORGERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report in reference to a forgery.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the unknown suspects deposited multiple stolen and forged checks at several banking locations throughout Calcasieu Parish.  It was also discovered DeQuincy Police Department was made aware of the same incident at a bank in DeQuincy, at which time they located the suspects’ vehicle.  The suspects led DQPD officers on a pursuit, that was ultimately terminated in Texas due to unsafe conditions. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the individuals or car seen in these photos, or anyone with information related to this case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, November 25. 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In July 2022, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report from a local school in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the school was receiving calls from vendors stating they had not received payments for services they had provided to the school.  During further investigation an audit was performed at which time it was learned an employee, Anna B. Theriot, 37, Iowa, had stolen over $23,000 by making unauthorized transactions, cash disbursements, and forging checks.   

           

After a lengthy investigation, on November 14, detectives issued a warrant for Theriot’s arrest.  On November 16, Theriot turned herself in at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 7 counts of forgery.  She was released on a $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2023 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2023 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2023 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

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

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

           

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

                        Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 

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 2023 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 115 Bronco Lane, Moss Bluff

 

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 Office 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 2023 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2023.  Any payments received after December 31, 2023 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 130th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 130th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 35 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-two officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Colton Gilbert, Oakdale Police Department, was selected class president of the 130th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Katlyn Dugan, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Luke Walker, first; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Noah Veronie, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Zachary Meche, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Alex Williams, Lake Charles Police Department

Physical Training was presented to William Rogers, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Brianna Hargrove, Luke Walker– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Katlyn Dugan– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Joshua Alfred, Jerika Bradley, Dallas Coffelt, Ethan Hext, Seokyoung Jang, Katherine Lafauci, Patrick Mouton, Alex Myers, Alexis Trahan, Evan Watson, Joshua Glover  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Patrick Jacobs– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Keith Doyle, Joshua Blanchard– DeQuincy Police Department

Corey Henry– Iowa Police Department

Robert Guillory– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brian Cormier, Britani Young – Jennings Police Department

Alex Holman– Lake Charles Harbor Police

                        Zachary Meche, William Rogers, Noah Veronie, Alex Williams – Lake Charles Police Department

Casey McGlothlin – Merryville Police Department

Colton Gilbert – Oakdale Police Department

                        Marcus Daniels, Lauren Jenkins – Office of Juvenile Justice

Mason Jeane – Rosepine Police Department

Marylyn Lejeune – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

                        Trevor Duncan, Russell Lambert, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Denell Griffin, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, 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 COUPLE FOR CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to an ungovernable juvenile.  During the lengthy investigation detectives received information that the child was possibly being abused and neglected. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned family members of the child, Randy P.  Hebert, 41, and Amie J. Laughlin, 39, both of Vinton, were physically abusing her as well as withholding food as punishment.  Detectives were also advised when the victim was fed, it was low quality food, compared to what the rest of the family would eat.  

           

When detectives spoke with Hebert and Laughlin, Hebert confirmed the abuse was taking place.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $175,000.  

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday, November 8 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary alarm. 

           

When deputies arrived, they observed the front door of the business to be shattered.  During the initial investigation deputies learned 4 unknown males made entry into the business by using a large rock to shatter the door.  Upon making entry into the business the suspects stole several items from inside, before fleeing in a car.   

           

During further investigation, CPSO deputies, with the assistance of the Lake Charles Police Department, where able to locate the car near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 7th Street in Lake Charles.  After a brief foot pursuit, deputies apprehended 2 suspects, both juveniles ages 14 and 16.  It was discovered the car had been stolen from the parking lot of a hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.  Deputies located the stolen items from the business inside the car. 

           

Both juveniles were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft between $1,000 - $5,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; possession of tobacco under 18; and curfew violation. 

           

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are attempting to identify the additional 2 suspects responsible for the burglary and theft.  If you have any information related to this case you are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detectives Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ASSISTING SEARCH FOR WORK RELEASE INMATE

UPDATE: On November 11, at approximately 1:15 p.m., after further investigation, CPSO detectives located Brown at a residence on Illinois Street in Lake Charles.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, October 30, Derrick W. Brown, 38, Lake Charles, a Department of Corrections work release inmate who was housed at Louisiana Workforce in DeQuincy, walked off his jobsite at a business on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff. 

           

Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies with the assistance of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began assisting Louisiana Workforce in the search for Brown.  During the investigation, BPSO issued a warrant, signed by Judge Kerry Anderson in the amount of $250,000, for the arrest of Brown, charging him with simple escape.

           

CPSO & BPSO deputies have been unable to locate Brown and are asking the public for assistance. 

           

If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3795.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Brown, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at a local high school were advised Kenneth R. Cretchain, Jr., 19, Lake Charles, was possibly on his way to the school to pick up a student for sexual purposes.

           

SROs located Cretchain when he arrived at the school, at which time he was transported to CPSO for questioning.  During the investigation detectives learned Cretchain sent the victim lewd messages about picking her up to have sexual intercourse. 

           

After detectives spoke with Cretchain, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and criminal trespass.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,500.

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 25, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to Colby D. West, 32, Lake Charles, attempting to solicit underage boys.

           

During the investigation, detectives spoke with West, who confirmed he was attempting to solicit nude photographs from underage boys on social media sites.  After a forensic examination of West’s electronic devices, it was discovered he was in possession of child sexual abuse material. 

           

On November 7, West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.   

           

CPSO Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, November 5, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, who were working an off-duty security detail at a bar on Common Street in Lake Charles, overheard the sound of gunshots coming from the business across the street.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the learned a woman had been shot in the parking lot, but was transported to a hospital prior to their arrival.  CPSO detectives arrived on scene and began processing the scene as well as reviewing surveillance video in the area.  Further investigation led deputies to a home on N. Prater Street in Lake Charles, where they located the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. 

           

The victim was transported to a hospital out of town to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting.

           

The investigation is continuing, no arrests have been made at this time. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 30, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim advised detectives he was sexually assaulted by Brandon Z. Reid, 28, Branch, LA, on two different occasions in July.  The victim, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, further advised detectives the incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish, when Reid, a family acquaintance, was staying at their home. 

           

After further investigation, on October 27, detectives spoke with Reid, at which time he confirmed the allegations.  Reid also disclosed another incident where he sexually assaulted the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree rape; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1,075,000.  

         

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

 

Update 10/29 8:10 p.m. - Green has been located and taken into custody. 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

 

When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Artavien Green, 17, Lake Charles.  A warrant was issued signed by Judge Cynthia Guillory charging Green with 5 counts of aggravated 2nd degree battery; attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence. 

 

Detectives have exhausted numerous attempts to locate Green but have been unsuccessful. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Green, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

The victims, ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 

 

 The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

                                        

Note:

We do not routinely release the names/photos of juvenile suspects. We have exhausted all leads in attempting to locate the juvenile suspect and have not been able to make contact with known family members. 

In this case we believe it to be in the best interest of the public’s safety as well as the safety of the juvenile in question to release his identity in an attempt to locate him.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING DURING PARTY

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 


When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 


The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information related to this case to call CPSO at 491-3605. 


The victims,ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 


“We are in the process of collecting evidence and speaking to all the witnesses,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This was a party full of teenagers.  Once again we have to figure out how these weapons are getting in the hands of our kids. I am urging parents and guardians to do your part and be diligent and mindful of what your kids are doing, where they are going, and who they are hanging out with. Teen violence is a problem in our country and it is our duty as parents to know what are kids are up to.  We cannot just continue to sit by and allow this type of behavior to happen in our community.” 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR CARLYSS SHOOTING SUSPECT AFTER 2nd VICTIM DIES

Lake Charles, LA –

                         

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. 

            

Deputies arrested Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, for the shootings.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  

            

On the afternoon of October 26, CPSO detectives were advised the second shooting victim, Brittany A. Prather, 43, Sulphur, died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the shooting.  Detectives upgraded Waite’s charges to two counts of 2nd degree murder. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

          

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


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SHOOTING IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, and is in serious condition.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect, Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, fled the scene on foot.  Deputies set up a perimeter and at approximately 4:50 p.m. Waite was located and taken into custody.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  His bond is still pending.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local hospital in reference to a 4 month old baby being treated for serious head injuries, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the baby was in the care of Jordan S. Tupper, 23, Sulphur, when the injuries occurred.  When detectives spoke with Tupper he gave numerous conflicting stories on how the injuries may have “accidently” occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of injuries the baby sustained.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby suffered from non-accidental traumatic head injuries.  On October 20, after further investigation, detectives arrested Tupper and he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $950,000.    

           

Due to the severity of his injuries, the child was taken to a hospital out of town for emergency surgery.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.   

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN NARCOTICS ARREST

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN NARCOTICS ARREST

 

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On September 26, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed two search warrants as a result of an ongoing investigation involving Norvell K. Harris, 45, Lake Charles, distributing illegal narcotics in Calcasieu Parish.       

           

During the investigation detectives learned Harris was utilizing a storage unit on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles to store bulk narcotics.  Detectives secured a search warrant at the location and upon execution they seized approximately 2.5 pounds of compressed cocaine, 30 pounds of marijuana, 1.3 pounds of multi-colored MDMA tablets, 1.5 pounds of heroin, 12 grams of THC chocolate bars, 2,500 milligrams of THC gummies, 1 handgun, and drug paraphernalia items. 

           

With the assistance of the Calcasieu Parish ACT-Team, detectives also executed a search warrant at the home of Harris, on Lake Fairway Drive in Lake Charles.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives seized 2 pounds of marijuana, 33 multi-colored MDMA tablets, 1.11 grams of blue MDMA powder, 3 mushroom chocolate bars, 18.48 grams of THC edibles, 3 boxes of ammunition, 1 handgun magazine, along with drug paraphernalia items.  The total estimated street value of all illegal narcotics seized is approximately $86,000. 

           

Harris was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $315,000. 

           

Harris was previously investigated in 2014 during a joint investigation involving C.A.T. detectives and the Louisiana State Police Narcotics, where he was later convicted in federal court for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  Harris also has a detainer for the United States Marshal’s Service, as he is on federal probation until 2027. 

 

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish. 

          

 An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable 

CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Early this morning Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in reference to a deceased inmate, Keith J. Meche, 63, Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation it was learned shortly after midnight other inmates sharing a cell with Meche alerted correctional deputies that he may be in medical distress.  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury medical personnel were attending to Meche when they believe he likely went into cardiac arrest.  CPPJ employees as well as CPSO deputies attempted to revive Meche, but he was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. 

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREAT

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREAT

 

Lake Charles –

 

On September 27 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Moss Bluff Middle School making a threat earlier in the day, during school. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned an 11 year old boy told another student not to go to school the following day because he was going to blow up the school.  After further investigation detectives located the boy at his residence.  After being interviewed with a guardian present, he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing. 

          

CPSO Detective Cody Ferguson is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING NUMEROUS UNAUTHORIZED USE OF FOOD STAMP CARD CASES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Starting September 17, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives started receiving reports of the unauthorized use of food stamp cards in the Lake Charles area.

           

During the initial investigations, it has been determined the EBT cards have been compromised by skimming devices located at self-check stations at grocery stores in the area.  As of September 26, CPSO detectives are investigating cases for 29 victims, for a total loss of over $14,000.  Detectives have also learned additional cases, over 30, have occurred in the Oakdale area.

           

“We are currently in the initial phases of these investigations and no arrests have been made at this time,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “If you or your family members receive SNAP EBT benefits, you are URGED to change your PIN number immediately.  The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services has notified benefit holders, although not all households have taken action and changed their PIN.  DCFS is asking everyone to monitor their account daily by using the LifeInCheck app or by calling the number on the back of the card.”

           

If you believe you are a victim, please contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or DCFS at (225) 342-3970. 

           

CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest.  The suspect advised the victim if they pay the fees associated with their absence their warrant will be voided.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to report to their local jail facility and use the kiosk in the front lobby to send money to void the warrant.  In some instances of this scam, the caller may spoof their number, making it seem as they are calling from an actual law enforcement agency. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If you believe you have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SCHEDULING 2024 SUMMER REALITY CHECK SESSIONS FOR TEENS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently scheduling summer sessions for Sheriff Tony Mancuso’s Reality Check.  This one day-course is taught by qualified deputies and will give teens the knowledge and resources they need to successfully handle real-life challenges as they transition to adulthood.

            Summer classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations around the parish:

Vinton High School – June 5

 

Westlake High School – June 12

 

Hamilton Christian -June 19

 

Washington Marion - June 26

 

Iowa High School – July 3

 

Sulphur High School (9th Grade Campus) - July 10

 

 

The course is free for teenagers 14 and older and you do not have to attend the school where the course is held.  To register, or for more information please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/sheriff-tony-mancuso-s-reality-check/ For questions please contact CPSO Sgt. Leonard Brown at (337) 304-6562.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

**Update:  The driver of the truck has made contact with detectives.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, May 7, at approximately 9:00 a.m., at a convenience store located on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised a truck pulled out from under the canopy located over the gas pumps, at which time a tractor located on the trailer behind the truck, hit the canopy and caused extensive damages.  The truck, described as a white Ford single cab one ton flatbed dually, was pulling a red flatbed gooseneck trailer with a yellow front end loader tractor with a backhoe attachment.  The truck left the store and headed northbound on Highway 27.      

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect’s truck but were unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photo, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO CELEBRATES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

 

Mezzanine

CPSO ARREST TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Randy J. Spell, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Spell was no longer living at his registered address.  Detectives made contact with Spell at a residence on Effie Nina Way in Lake Charles, at which time he stated he had not been living at his registered address, and failed to register the new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.  He is also being held on a parole violation.

           

Spell was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.  He was additionally convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2016 in Cameron Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2016, 2021, and 2022 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

On May 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Karel W. Smith, 58, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned Smith had not paid his annual registration fees for 2021, 2022, and 2023, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions.

           

Smith was located at his registered address and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender paying fees.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $25,000.

           

Smith was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Allen Parish is 2009. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 3 month old child being treated for multiple broken bones and malnourishment, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the investigation, detectives learned the child was primarily in the care and custody of Haiden K. Wilson, 19, Westlake, and Isabella L. Fox, 20, Lake Charles.  After further investigation on May 3, Wilson and Fox turned themselves in and were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $100,000.  Wilson was released on bond on May 8, and Fox remains incarcerated. 

           

The victim was placed in custody of a family member by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO CHARGES CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Albert L. Breaux, 44, Lake Charles, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In December 2022, Breaux failed to report for his quarterly registration update, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  Detectives later learned Breaux had absconded from his registered address in Lake Charles, and failed to notify law enforcement within three days, once again, making him in violation of his registration requirements. 

           

On January 26, 2023, detectives issued a warrant for Breaux, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  They attempted to locate Breaux, but were unsuccessful.  On May 8, detectives learned Breaux was located in St. Martin Parish, at which time he was arrested and extradited back to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $80,000.

           

Breaux was convicted of forcible rape in 2000 in Orleans Parish.          

           

CPSO Detectives Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Goodman Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect cut a wire fence to gain access to the property.  Once on the property the suspect cut and removed grounding cables that contained copper wire. 

           

During an unrelated incident, detectives made contact with Mark A. Villarreal, 31, homeless, who confirmed the whereabouts of the stolen grounding cables.  Detectives were able to locate the cables at a residence on Goodman Road in Lake Charles. 

           

Villarreal was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen property $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $6,500.   

           

The investigation is ongoing.

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION FIELD DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education field day on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The field day will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

            This field day is offered to anyone 14 years of age or older, who has completed the online hunter education course.  You must have completed the online course in the last full calendar year (365 days).  After completing the online course, you will receive a voucher that must be printed, signed, and shown to the field day instructor when you arrive.  You will not be allowed to attend if you do not have your voucher.  During this day students will complete an in-person test and live-fire exercise.  CPSO will provide firearms and ammunition so students should not bring their own.     

You must pre-register for the class by visiting LDWF (louisianaoutdoors.com)

 

            For more information om the Louisiana hunter education online course you can visit Hunter and Trapper Education | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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, April 26 on You Winn Road near John Bell Road in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a truck was traveling east on You Winn Road when it crossed the center line and struck a small SUV that was travelling westbound.   The suspect’s truck, a gray Ford F150, will have damage to the front driver side.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-41722.

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that continuously resurfaces in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy.  They instruct the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest. 

 THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

 

·                     Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR TRAFFICKING & CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 16, disclosed Derek F. Thibodeaux, Jr., 55, Sulphur, was sexually abusing her.  During the investigation the victim was able to provide detectives with details of the abuse that were corroborated during the execution of a search warrant.

           

Further investigation revealed Thibodeaux was in possession of a large number of roosters tethered to individual shelters as well as cockfighting paraphernalia.  A dog was also located at his residence, suffering from injuries to its neck, likely from being tethered for a long period of time.     

           

On April 24, Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes; aggravated cruelty to animals; and cockfighting.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1,215,000.

 

The dog was seized by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and received veterinary care.          

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR VEHICLE INVOLVED IN WRECK

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Red Davis McCollister Road and Common Street in Lake Charles in reference to a crash. 

           

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised an older model white four door sedan was traveling eastbound on Red Davis McCollister Road, when it ran a motorcycle off the roadway.  The driver was thrown from his motorcycle, causing serious injuries.

           

Deputies have attempted to locate the vehicle, but have been unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If you have any information in refence to the crash, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabrial, Jr. is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 131st BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 131st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the SWLA area.  Thirty-one officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Derick Malveaux, Sulphur Police Department, was selected class president of the 131st Basic Academy.

 

The Academic Award was awarded to Julian Elliott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Christopher Cartwright, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Koen LeBlanc, second; Jennings Police Department

Gavin Schexnider, third; Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office  

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Elizabeth Morrison, Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office

 

Physical Training was presented to Brianna Lopez, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

Gavin Schexnider– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Amberly Fontenot, Baylee Bergeron, Brianna Lopez, Gabrial Dofflemyer, Julian Elliott, Kyler Kibodeaux, Madison Mudd, Steven Stracener, Tylor Fogleman, Zoey Walters  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarod Lewing, Lisa Brady– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Collin Janise, Elizabeth Morrison– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Moriarity, Koen LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department

Anthany Duhon – Lake Arthur Police Department

Christopher Cartwright – Lake Charles Police Department

Kylie Rasmussen – McNeese University Police Department

Magnolia Nelson – Oakdale Police Department

Rosa Reynaud – Office of Juvenile Justice

Lane Breaux – Sam Houston Jones State Park Ranger

Cecil McCollough, Derick Malveaux, Jace Thebner, Kenneth Bartley, Marcus Anderson – Sulphur Police Department

Anthony Elswick – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ethan Miller – Welsh Police Department

Chase Ardoin – Westlake Police Department

                       

Doloras Woolery, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Joshua McCoy, DeQuincy Police Department, and Michael Harmon, DeRidder Police Department, 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 UPGRADES CHARGES FOR COUPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRUELTY

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

 

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained. Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time, including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

 

On April 18, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan. They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.

 

On April 19, the child was pronounced brain dead, at a hospital in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, April 21, he was officially pronounced deceased. Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $1 million dollars each charging Edwards and Morgan, who are incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, with 2nd degree murder.

 

The investigation is continuing. CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives began an investigation concerning convicted sex offender, Hillory J. Guillory, Jr., 36, homeless, after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

In November 2023, Guillory reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit for a check-in.  At that time Guillory indicated to detectives he was aware he must complete an in-person check-in every two weeks due to his residential status.  Guillory failed to appear for his check-ins in December and January. 

           

On January 31, CPSO issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  Detectives were unable to locate Guillory at the time.  On April 17, the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Guillory on a traffic stop, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond has been set at $100,000.

           

Guillory was convicted of sexual battery in 2014 in Calcasieu Parish.   

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 In July 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Snapchat account.

           

During further investigation, approximately over 20 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Charles B. Schrumpf II, 22, Sulphur.  After further investigation and the execution of numerous search warrants and subpoenas, in March 2024, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Schrumpf’s arrest.  On April 18, detectives located Schrumpf in Ruston, LA, at which time he arrested and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and transported back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography.  He bonded out later the same day on a $300,000 bond. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 starts on April 20 and ends April 27, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 20.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles. 

 

 “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,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARREST COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 17, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on N. Claiborne Street in Sulphur in reference to an unresponsive 4-year-old boy.

           

When detectives spoke with the father of the child, Scott A. Edwards, 26, and his live-in girlfriend, Jenna E. Morgan, 24, both of Sulphur, they gave conflicting stories on how the injuries may have occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of the injuries the boy sustained.  Hospital personnel stated the boy suffered from injuries consistent with likely ongoing abuse occurring over a period of time; including multiple brain bleeds and bruising, all at various stages of healing.

           

After further investigation, yesterday evening, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Edwards and Morgan.  They were arrested out of town, at the hospital, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  They are both charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Their bonds have been set at $750,000 each.   

           

The boy was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of his injuries.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.  He has been placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

*Update: On April 18 both suspects were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 


CPSO TO CONDUCT FREE BOATER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be conducting a boater education course on Tuesday, June 4 at Lake Charles Sail & Power Squadron, located at 3106 Kiwanis Lane in Lake Charles from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The class is free of charge and is open to any member of the public, age 10 and up.

            Louisiana law requires all persons born after January 1, 1984 to complete a LDWF approved boater education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower or a personal watercraft.

            Participants must pre-registration for this class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/192892.  Class size is limited. 

 

Lunch will be provided.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the open spillway gates at Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking necessary precautionary measures in preparation for the possibility of flooding in Calcasieu Parish.            

          

Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory says, “We are currently seeing flooding in the areas of Alligator Park Road, Bass Lake Road, Fountain Cemetery Road, and Jimmy Doyle Road in Starks as well as Wright Road and Steward Road in Vinton.  At this time the flooding is minimal, but we are urging residents to keep an eye on the situation.  We have high water vehicles and boats staged in the areas and are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.  We will continue to monitor the flooding situation.”

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other flood-related issues, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, April 6, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of W. Gauthier Road and Sun Meadow Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a single vehicle crash. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling westbound on W. Gauthier Road when it left the roadway, for unknown reasons, ultimately striking a culvert.  The driver, Thomas Swaggart, 63, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

 

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  Although impairment is not suspected, as mandated by state law toxicology testing will be performed.

           

The coroner will determine cause of death.   

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this crash.

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, grand jury, or court.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The caller also instructs the victim to meet them in person for payment. 

 

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 UPGRADES FORMER DEPUTY’S CHARGES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

On March 14, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso the same day.  Judge Clayton Davis had set his bond at $250,000.

            The investigation continued and on the evening of March 28, detectives issued an additional warrant charging Dugas, who remains incarcerated, with indecent behavior with a juvenile; malfeasance in office; 3rd degree rape; and 4 counts of possession of child pornography.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond for those charges at 1.2 million dollars 

            “I am deeply disturbed and angered by the actions of Dugas,” stated Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.  “The safety and well-being of our community, especially our children, is always our top priority.  His actions are despicable and intolerable and I am very sorry for these victims and their families, but I am proud of them for coming forward.  We have multiple safety measures in place to ensure we hire quality deputies, and unfortunately in some instances, some choose to break the laws they are there to enforce.  They will always be held accountable when they do so.  I want to assure our community and our parents that we began working swiftly as soon as we received a complaint, and Dugas had no further interaction through our office with children once the investigation began.  Detectives are investigating the claims thoroughly to ensure a complete and comprehensive investigation, just like we would in any other case.”

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Gill Drive and Koonce Road in Sulphur. 

           

The initial investigation revealed an SUV was traveling westbound on Koonce Road at which time, for unknown reasons, the SUV left the roadway near Gill Drive. The SUV struck a tree and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

The fatality is still under investigation. As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted.  The release of the identity of the driver is pending next of kin notification.  

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 23, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Terry Howard, 65, Lake Charles, asking a child, under the age of 10, to perform inappropriate actions more than one occasion. 

 

After further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Howard’s arrest.  On March 28, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is set at $750,000.

           

Howard was convicted of aggravated rape in 1981 as well as failure to register as a sex offender in 2013 and carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2015. 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its 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.

 

 Meet and greet and the first of 7 consecutive Saturday classes will begin April 6 at the Sulphur High School 9th grade campus, located at 600 Willow Avenue.  Meet and greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 17, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a cruelty to animals compliant.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the complainant, Estevan E. Pappion, 26, Lake Charles, advised when he arrived at home and opened the door he observed one of his dogs had been shot & killed.  He further stated he did not go inside, but shut the door and called law enforcement.

           

After further investigation, Pappion stated to deputies he had shot the dog.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals; and criminal mischief.  He was later released on a $45,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.          

           

CPSO Deputy Hunter Keehnen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In December 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a car at which time they made contact with Eileenann Large, 42, Lake Charles, who was found to be in possession of multiple binders of identification cards, credit & debit cards, social security cards, insurance cards, and medical files of numerous people.  The items were seized and Large was arrested on drug charges, in which she was in possession of, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and later released on bond with additional charges pending. 

           

CPSO detectives continued their investigation in reference to the numerous personal items found to be in possession by Large.  On March 7, after numerous search warrants and subpoenas, detectives issued a warrant for Large’s arrest.  On March 12, she was located during a traffic stop, at which time numerous financial documents and mail, belonging to different people, were again located and seized. 

           

Large was arrested on her warrant and transported to CPSO for questioning.  When detectives spoke with Large she advised she has been in possession of the documents for years.  She further advised detectives she had more belongings in two storage units.  After execution of a search warrant at the storage units, detectives located several bags full of additional financial documents, mail, and other paperwork belonging to other individuals other than Large.   

           

She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft.  Judge Bobby Holmes set her bond at $75,000.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives are currently in the process of attempting to make contact with the potential victims.    

           

CPSO Deputy Seth Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot & Ken Castille are the lead investigators on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 27, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy Brian Dugas, 57, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

During the investigation detectives learned Dugas had multiple sexually inappropriate conversations with juveniles. 

 

On March 15, Dugas was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set.  

           

Prior to being terminated today, Dugas worked as a School Resource Officer and had been with the department since 2019.

           

“This type of behavior will never be tolerated at our department and our deputies will always be held accountable.  The actions of Dugas are disgusting and an embarrassment to our department and our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “As soon as we received the complaint Dugas was pulled from his school until the investigation was completed.”  

 

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a possible carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

           

During the investigation it was discovered Joshua D. Dixon, II, 18, Sulphur, was having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, who was under the age of 16.  It was learned Joshua made efforts to harbor the victim at his residence and hide her from law enforcement.  Joshua also provided the girl with illegal narcotics when they were together.  Further investigation revealed Jennifer Dixon, 46, Sulphur, was helping her son (Joshua) harbor the victim, who had been reported missing, for sexual purposes.  Jennifer also made efforts to hide Joshua’s sexual relationship with the girl, from law enforcement. 

           

During the investigation, it was discovered Joshua had left the area with the victim.  On March 7, Joshua and the juvenile were located in Montana by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, at which time he was arrested and booked.  The same day Jennifer was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are both charged with trafficking of children for sexual purposes and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles performing sexual acts.  Joshua is additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of juveniles CDS law.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Joshua’s bond at $525,000 and Jennifer’s bond at $825,000.

           

Joshua is currently awaiting extradition back to Calcasieu Parish.  

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today at approximately 10:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) initiated a traffic stop on I-10 eastbound, near mile marker 38.

 

During the traffic stop investigation, the deputy was conducting a search of the vehicle, at which time he located illegal narcotics. While the deputy was still inside the vehicle, the suspect entered the driver’s side and drove off, fleeing the scene with the deputy still inside, kidnapping the deputy. The deputy made verbal commands for the suspect to stop, and he did not comply, at which time the deputy fired his weapon, hitting the suspect.

 

The vehicle crashed and the suspect and deputy were transported to a local hospital.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and continuing. CPSO will investigate the drug charges, the attempted 1st degree murder of a deputy, and the kidnapping of the deputy.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

**Update: Yesterday, March 18, CPSO detectives received a tip in reference to Lewis possibly being in the Beaumont, Texas area.  Detectives made contact with the Beaumont Police Department at which time officers were dispatched and they located Lewis at a residence in Beaumont.  Lewis was taken into custody and booked into the Jefferson County Jail. 

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.    During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, who was later pronounced deceased. 

 

After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle and learned there were several individuals inside the car when the shooting occurred.  On March 4, CPSO detectives received a report in reference to a 17-year-old juvenile who had stolen a family members car and had not returned it.  It was discovered the same car was used during the shooting.  It was also discovered the juvenile’s mother, Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur, had been notified her daughter was involved in the shooting but failed to report it to law enforcement. 

           

Detectives were able to identify all four suspects in the vehicle; two (2) 17-year-old juveniles, Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles, and Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas. 

           

Yesterday, Hyatt along with the two 17-year-old juveniles, and Jones, were arrested.  Hyatt and Jones were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The two juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives issued a warrant for Lewis’ arrest. 

 

-17-year-old juvenile

unauthorized use of a vehicle

-17-year-old juvenile

Accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder

-Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, Sulphur

Obstruction of justice - $100,000 bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Jordan L. Jones, 18, Lake Charles

2nd degree murder - $2 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

-Tyler D. Lewis, 25, Bridge City, Texas – currently wanted

principal to 2nd degree murder - $1 million bond – Judge Bobby Holmes

 

 This investigation has also resulted in a separate narcotics investigation, where suspected THC vape oil, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and a bag of unknown powdered substance was seized from a home on Babineaux Road in Sulphur.  The following individuals have been arrested in relation to the narcotics investigation:

 

-Briley A. Lewis, 18, DeQuincy

possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; and possession of CDS IV

-Payton B. Mott, 19, Sulphur

possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II

-Andrew B. Norwood, 21, Sulphur

Possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS II with intent; possession of CDS IV; and traffic violations

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrest and charges are possible.   Detectives are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Lewis to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   Anyone found to be assisting or harboring him will be charged accordingly. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Open Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024

TIME:    1:30p.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 December 1, 2023           

Old Business  - None

            New Business:

 

1.To present a Fee Schedule, by Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, which provides for and/or outlines payment of “reasonable” copying costs for Public Records in advance, including transmission of electronic records, all in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Laws and the provisions set forth in the statutes therein;

 

and

 

2. Approve, adopt and sign Ordinance No. 2024-1 of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District with reference to said Fee Schedule.  A copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of my office; and to set forth and publish/display same in the manner provided by law.

 

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.       If you wish to comment on the agenda items, please feel free to do so via email at info@cpso.com.

 

 

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CPSO INVESTIGATING OVERNIGHT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on W. Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.            

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a drive by shooting occurred in the area of W. Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive.  Multiple rounds were fired, at which time a bullet traveled through a residence, striking a woman who was inside.  Further investigation revealed another home in the area was also struck, but no one inside the home was injured.       

           

The victim, Annette D. Touvell, 65, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. 

           

“We have no reason to believe this home or family was specifically targeted during the shooting.  My heart goes out to the victim’s family; this is a sad and tragic situation where an innocent victim lost their life to a senseless crime,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Detectives are currently following up on several leads, as well as canvassing the neighborhood for further video footage and possible evidence.”

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives have developed a car of interest and are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras or anyone with information to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.  You can also submit an anonymous tip by using the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS BUSINESS OWNER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives arrested Jaime K. Crawford, 42, Lake Charles, owner of Lake Charles Cheer Team, after several investigations revealed she was responsible for theft.

           

During the investigations it was discovered she collected funds from clients for services that were never rendered, totaling approximately $3,900.  The victims previously requested refunds but Crawford did not comply.  It was also learned Crawford used a victim’s credit card, which was left on file at the business for monthly cheer dues, to make fraudulent charges.  The purchases, which totaled over $1,500, where made at a local veterinarian’s office, emergency animal clinic, and pet groomer.

           

When detectives spoke with Crawford, she confirmed she collected funds for services that she did not render.  She denied using a victim’s card for personal use, however the investigation revealed all charges benefited Crawford or her pet. 

           

On February 26, Crawford was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $30,000 and later allowed release on her on her own recognizance for those charges. She is still incarcerated due to unrelated warrant.

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between August 2023, and January 2024 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office Financial Crimes detectives investigated several cases in reference to bank fraud, forgery, and identity theft, stemming from mail that had been previously stolen. 

           

During further investigation, on February 23, detectives along with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team and Special Operations Group, served a search warrant on a home on Cedar Street in Lake Charles in reference to the cases.  During the execution of the warrant detectives made contact with two residents, Allen W. Woodard, 43, and Courtney P. Lebleu, 31, who were hiding inside the home.  Detectives located numerous identification cards, social security cards, debit & credit cards, checks, and mail inside the residence. 

           

Woodard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 - $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud, in connection with one of the cases.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  Woodard also had several active warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, and 14th JDC.  Lebleu was arrested on outstanding warrants through CPSO, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office; and contempt of court. 

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

***Update #2

 

Yesterday afternoon, February 28, Ronrika was located by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force traveling on I-10.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

***Update:

 Yesterday afternoon, February 22, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette located Deion Ben. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in on his warrant.

 

Ronrika has not yet been located. ***

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives are currently investigating a string of burglaries that have occurred throughout Calcasieu Parish, including Vinton, Carlyss, Sulphur, and Iowa.

           

During the investigations, detectives have investigated 16 burglaries from December 2022 until January 2024.  Further investigation revealed numerous similarities in the way the burglaries occurred.  It was learned the burglaries occurred during daytime hours, in rural areas where the homes are set back on the property, further from the street, making it difficult to see the backdoor or carport from the road.  Once the suspects made entry, they were inside the homes less than five minutes.  Using a specific method they mostly stole certain firearms, money, jewelry, and safes.    

           

During the complex and ongoing investigations, utilizing numerous law enforcement techniques and information collected, CPSO detectives were able to identify several suspects.  Between April 2023 and January 2024, the following suspects were arrested in connection with several of the burglaries:

-Devin D. Lawrence, 30, Lafayette (in connection with December 2022 burglaries)

4 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft $5,000-$25,000; 5 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and 5 counts of theft of a firearm

-Breanna L. Berry, 22, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple carinal damage to property; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; and theft over $25,000

-Kenny M. John-Louis, 30, Carencro (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

-Ronrika C. Ben, 39, Lafayette (in connection with November 2023 burglaries)

2 counts of aggravated burglary; simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 3 counts of simple criminal property damage; 9 counts of theft of a firearm; theft $5,000-$25,000; theft over $25,000; and 9 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

 

On January 31, CPSO detectives issued an additional warrant for Ronrika, who was previously released on bond, as well as another suspect; Deion D. Ben, 29, Carencro, in relation to the burglaries which occurred in January 2024.  Judge Tony Fazzio signed the warrants with no bond, charging them with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft less than $1,000. 

 

In addition to the CPSO warrant, Ronrika also has active warrants out of Allen Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingtson Parish, Lafayette PD, and Probation and Parole, as well as a pick-up order by 14th JDC. 

 

CPSO Detectives with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies have attempted to locate Ronrika and Deion but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone knows their whereabouts they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or 911.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring the suspects, they will be charged accordingly.  

 

During further investigation and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, it has been learned numerous similar burglaries have been committed in areas of Louisiana and Texas.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more arrests, charges, and warrants are likely. 

           

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on these cases.  Also assisting CPSO is the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTILPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Gmail account.

           

During further investigation, approximately 46 CSAM videos and images were located on an account associated with Larry J. Burnett, 29, Sulphur.  On February 14, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Burnett’s arrest.  The following day he was located at work and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was in possession of CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 46 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $400,000.      

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a weapons complaint.

           

During the initial investigation, detectives were advised there was a verbal altercation involving two individuals in the parking lot that continued into the lobby of the restaurant.  Detectives then learned one of the individuals, later identified as Seth J. Warrior, 49, Houston, TX, exited the restaurant and reentered with a handgun, confronting the other individual and pointing the gun at him before leaving the scene.

           

After further investigation, on February 14 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Warrior’s arrest.  He was located the following day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  His bond is set at $60,000.      

           

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GUN AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at Molo Middle School in Lake Charles were notified in reference to a student who may be in possession of a handgun. 

           

During further investigation it was learned a gun, with one round in the chamber, was located in the 15 year old student’s backpack.  Further investigation revealed that at no time did the student make threats regarding the gun in his possession.     

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a firearm in a school zone; and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

             

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted with the investigation. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & JUVENILE FOR SIMPLE BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 15, at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Washington Marion High School in reference to a simple battery.

 

During the investigation, it was discovered a 13 year old student and her mother, Precious Obrien, 34, Lake Charles, located another student, who was in class, and committed a battery on her. 

 

The suspects were later located and placed under arrest.  Obrien was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful disruption of school operations; contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and simple battery.  The juvenile was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  

           

The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.    CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries that occurred several days prior, over the weekend.

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspects cut the barbed wire on top of the fence to gain entry onto the lot.  Once on the property the suspects stole the Common Powertrain Controllers from 6 vehicles.  After reviewing surveillance from the business detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle as a white Jeep, as well as observe three suspects who were responsible for the burglaries. 

           

After further investigation, detectives contacted multiple law enforcement agencies along the Gulf Coast to see if any were investigating similar burglaries.  It was discovered the Richland Police Department in Mississippi, was investigating several similar cases involving a white Jeep. 

           

Detectives learned on January 27, law enforcement in Mississippi had initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and after subsequent search warrants were executed related to the suspects, law enforcement recovered 60 suspected stolen electrical components for vehicles; including the Common Powertrain Controllers that were stolen from the business in Lake Charles.  The suspects, Anthony G. Douglas III, 19, Kenneth D. Lewis, 19, and Javon C. Noble, 19, all of Houston, TX, were arrested and booked into the Rankin County Jail in Mississippi in connection with the burglaries in MS.   

           

After further investigation, on February 5, CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives issued warrants for Douglas, Lewis, and Noble, who are still incarcerated in Mississippi.  They are charged with 6 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property between $1,000-$5,000; 6 counts of theft between $1,000-$5,000; unauthorized entry of a place of business; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set their bonds at $66,000.      

           

CPSO VCIU Detective DiQuan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 surfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy and then instructs the victim to meet them in the area of Pithon Street and Gill Street in Lake Charles.  The suspect is then meeting the victim in person and giving a receipt for their “payment”.  It has also been reported there is a similar variation of this scam where the suspect claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.   

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Victims have reported the suspect on the phone to sound like a male of Middle Eastern descent.  The suspect meeting the victims in person is described as a black female, petite build, with the tattoo “NOLA” on her hand.  Yesterday, victims described her to have blonde hair, but today she has been described to have dark colored hair.  Detectives have canvassed the area and attempted to locate and identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful. 

 

Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that under no circumstance will a deputy ever ask for money or any form of payment in lieu of missing jury duty or for an active warrant.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.

·Verify the information before sending any money.

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

At this time CPSO has received approximately 15 calls in reference to this scam, four of these calls the victims have had their money taken.  If anyone has any information on these cases or believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) was conducting criminal patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near mile marker 42 in Iowa. 

           

The deputy made contact with the driver, Kevin D. Ricks, 27, Arlington, TX.  When the deputy attempted to speak with Ricks, he was unable to answer simple questions and showed signs of nervousness.  Upon further investigation it was discovered the passenger in the vehicle was being trafficked by Ricks for sexual purposes. 

           

Ricks was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Human Trafficking.  He also had a warrant for probation violation out of Texas.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Rodney Daigle, Jr. is the arresting deputy on this case.   CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a sexual battery.

           

During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 10, disclosed Wilmer Banegas-Velasquez, 38, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with him.  Detectives attempted to locate Velasquez but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, later the same day, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $350,000 for his arrest.

           

On February 1, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department made contact with Velasquez.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery (victim under the age of 13).    

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES FORENSIC EXAMINER AWARD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI) for the third consecutive year.   

           

Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 48  out of approximately 4,800 forensic examiners in the nation for his productivity of digital forensic exams. Digital forensic exams are used in all types of investigations, to include violent crimes, crimes against people, and financial crimes.    

           

This award is given by the U.S. Secret Service’s NCFI to the top 50 state and local law enforcement officers trained in digital forensic examination techniques.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 90 CTS OF POSSESSION CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In September 2023, detectives from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being posted through a social media app.

           

During further investigation, approximately 93 CSMA videos were located from an account associated with Phillip W. August, Jr., 22, Lake Charles.  On January 30, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for August’s arrest.  On February 1, he was located at his residence and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed to being in possession of the CSAM.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 90 counts of possession of child pornography.  His bond is set at $450,000. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 25, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to a call in the 1000 block of Big Woods Starks Road in Starks when they were notified of a vehicle in the ditch near the 800 block.

 

When deputies arrived they observed a small SUV upside down in the ditch, submerged in the water.  Deputies, with the assistance of the Starks Fire Department, recovered the driver, Drake L. West, 23, Starks, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of the SUV was attempting to negotiate a curve when the vehicle drifted off the roadway, into the ditch.

 

The Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the lead investigator on this accident.

CPSO RELEASES INFO IN ANTICIPATION OF INCLEMENT WEATHER & FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather and flooding, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including staging high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish.  “We are prepared to handle any flood related calls we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay off the roads during periods of heavy rainfall.”    

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3795 or 911.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY SUSPECTS

Sulphur, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place during the late night hours of Friday, January 19 at a business on Common Street in Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspects forced entry in the rear entrance of the business.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Jason Raymond is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk 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.

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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been awarded $87,945 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2024, 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, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

         

During this time the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will also participate in several nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  

CPSO SHERIFF-ELECT ANNOUNCES COMMAND STAFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today, during a press briefing, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy & Sheriff-Elect Gary “Stitch” Guillory announced his newly chosen Command Staff.

 

The Command Staff is listed as follows:

Gene Pittman | Chief Deputy

Franklin Fondel | Assistant Chief Deputy, Enforcement & Investigations

Trey Mancuso | Assistant Chief Deputy, Support

Jeff Miller | Assistant Chief Deputy, Corrections

Carter Sittig | Commander, Enforcement

Casey Williamson | Commander, Special Operations

Nick Fontenot | Commander, Investigations

Casey Lafargue | Commander, Specialized Investigations

Mike Fusilier | Commander, Strategic Operations

Mike Walker | Commander, Support Services

Nicole Ory | Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Cole | Commander, Administrative Services

Brandon Strenth | Commander, Calcasieu Correctional Center

Chris Domingue | Commander, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

Cinnamon Salvador | Commander, Judicial Services

Bob Nordan | Commander, Special Services

Adrian Quintela | Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Burkhalter | Compliance Officer

Kayla Vincent | Public Information Officer

 

“I am very excited about the Command Staff we have put together.  This team has nearly 600 years of combined law enforcement service.” stated Sheriff-Elect Stitch Guillory.  “These men and women have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to law enforcement and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  I look forward to working with each of these leaders as well as the other deputies at CPSO, to continue to move in a positive direction for our department and serve our community.”

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier today at approximately 10:40 a.m., during an ongoing investigation regarding vehicle burglaries, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information regarding a possible suspect vehicle, responsible for the burglaries, located at a pawn shop on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived, they located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot.  When they attempted to make contact with the occupants, the vehicle fled the scene, nearly striking one of the deputies, at which time the deputy fired a shot into the vehicle. 

           

A pursuit ensued, which ended near 5th Avenue and College Street in Lake Charles, when the vehicle crashed.  One suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.  Deputies located another individual in the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound.

           

The man was taken to a local hospital and is currently being treated.  The suspect who attempted to flee on foot, along with another suspect who was located at the business on Ryan Street were taken into custody and are currently being questioned. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and is continuing.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

 

 

UPDATE:

Two of the suspects, Joshua R. Garcia, 18, Lake Charles, who fled from deputies on foot, and Nicholas D. Kirkum, 23, Lake Charles, who was located at the business, were arrested yesterday evening and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  

 

Garcia was charged with resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $5,000

Kirkum was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is still pending. 

 

A warrant was issued for the other suspect, Dakota W. Hall, 27, Lake Charles, who is currently still in the hospital.  He is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer; aggravated flight from an officer; resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $305,000. 

 

The investigation is continuing into the vehicle burglaries and more charges are likely.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred sometime between the evening hours on December 31 and early morning hours on January 1, on Alder Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a vehicle was heading northbound on Alder Street when it struck a parked car, causing damage.  Further investigation revealed the suspect’s vehicle is a silver 2017 Ford Escape.  The SUV will have significant damage to the passenger side, front head light area.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone with information related to this case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 24-000097.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER & ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 1, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a woman being seen at a local hospital with severe injuries.

 

During the initial investigation, deputies were advised by the woman that her boyfriend, Derik K. Rayborn, 47, Lake Charles, killed her son and their dog at their residence off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles. She further stated she was able to escape the home and seek medical attention.

 

When deputies arrived at the home, they located Eric Bosley, 26, Lake Charles, along with the dog, deceased inside the residence from what appears to be apparent gunshot wounds. Through further investigation detectives also learned Rayborn caused the woman’s injuries.

 

A short time later, deputies located Rayborn at the hospital, while he was attempting to locate the woman. Rayborn was questioned by detectives and then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; domestic abuse serious bodily injury; aggravated cruelty to animals; interfering with emergency communication; possession or carrying of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $2,375,000.

 

The woman remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Violent Crimes Detective Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 4:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in a mobile home park located off Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived at the home, they located a man and dog deceased inside the residence.  The investigation is in the preliminary stages, but it appears the incident is domestic in nature.  Detectives currently have a person of interest in custody. 

 

The investigation is ongoing, the coroner will determine cause of death.

           

CPSO Violent Crimes Detectives Tyler Houston is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN / VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 25 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an area on North Perkins Ferry Road just south of Poeyfarre Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident. 

 

The initial investigation revealed the pedestrian was walking northbound on N. Perkins Ferry Road when she was hit from behind by a vehicle that was traveling north, which left the scene. 

The vehicle is believed to have minor damages to the passenger side headlight area and front right quarter panel. 

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital.  She was treated for multiple broken bones and later released. 

Deputies have attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO Investigating Traffic Fatality

Lake Charles –

 

On December 22, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound on Nelson Road at which time the driver failed to stop at the stop sign, at the intersection of W. Lincoln Road. The truck struck an SUV that was traveling eastbound on W. Lincoln Road. A passenger in the truck, Jessica R. Tarver, 34, Coushatta, LA, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital out of town to be treated for major injuries.

 

The fatality is still under investigation. The driver of the truck was cited for a stop sign violation. As mandated by state law toxicology reports were conducted, although impairment is not suspected.

 

CPSO Sgt. Cody Fontenot and Sr. Cpl. Robert Henriksen are the lead investigators of this accident.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office 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.  The caller, who may claim to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy, instructs the victim to either purchase a prepaid card or make a payment using a Bitcoin kiosk to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  The fraudster further states if the issue is not resolved immediately, they will spend the Christmas holidays in jail.  

 

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 TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon, December 14, shortly after 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Sam Houston High School was informed that school personnel were notified by students in reference to a 14 year old who was in possession of a handgun while at school. 

 

A short time later, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the CPSO SRO apprehended the student a short distance away from the campus.  Upon a subsequent search performed a loaded firearm was located inside the student’s backpack.  At this time the investigation has revealed that at no time did the student make threats with the gun in his possession.   

           

The student was arrested and booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student in a firearm-free zone. 

           

CPSO SRO Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

     

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 12, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives were dispatched in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the Moss Bluff area. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned several vehicles were burglarized and two firearms, along with credit cards, gift cards, and cash were taken.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance and observed two suspects committing the burglaries and thefts.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the suspects as Cotrellis L. Henry, 21, Lake Charles.

           

The following day, December 13, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle, at which time deputies made contact with Henry.  During a probable cause search of the vehicle deputies located one of the stolen firearms.  Henry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $126,500.

           

The investigation is ongoing.          

           

CPSO Cpl. Brendan McGroarty is the arresting deputy on these cases.  CPSO VCIU Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 13 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Moss Bluff Middle School making a threat.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 14 year old student made threats to blow up the school and shoot up the school.    After further investigation he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted in the investigation.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Nelson Road near W. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  Further investigation revealed the suspect traveled to and from the store on foot, from the north. 

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES CHARTER ACADEMY STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a student who attends Lake Charles Charter Academy making a threat during school. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned a 13 year old girl made threats of blowing up the school in the presence of a teacher and other students.  After further investigation she was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing. 

           

CPSO Detective Mika Miguez is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO LIEUTENANT TY ISTRE GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Lieutenant Ty Istre graduated from the 288th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 7.  He was one of 198 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 45 states and the District of Columbia along with those from 24 international countries, 4 military organizations, and 6 federal civilian organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Nationally, fewer than 1% of officers have the opportunity to attend this program.  Istre also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Lieutenant Ty Istre has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2008.  

CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGEREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In February 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender, Paul G. Broussard, 54, Vinton, raping a woman.

           

The victim advised detectives Broussard forced her to have sex with him on two separate occasions, starting in 2021.  Detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

           

The CPDAO accepted charges and on December 6 Broussard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $300,000.

           

Broussard was convicted of sexual battery in 2010 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home off Gold Finch Way in Moss Bluff in reference to a stolen vehicle.

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised a gun and debit card were stolen along with the vehicle.  While deputies were investigating, they learned three additional vehicle burglaries occurred in the same area in Moss Bluff, where several items were stolen including electronics, cash, and tools. 

           

After further investigation, it was discovered the suspects used the stolen debit card at two different locations, one in Moss Bluff and one in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the businesses and learned the same suspects seen using the stolen card where the same individuals seen on home surveillance footage at the locations of the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle, which was seen later the same day.  When deputies conducted a traffic stop on the car they located the two women, identified as Alexis N. Yarbrough, 22, and Brooke A. Woffard, 23, both of Sulphur, who were seen on surveillance videos.  Deputies also located some of the stolen items inside the car.  Following a search of their residence, detectives were able to recover the stolen firearm. 

           

Yarbrough and Woffard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft between $1,000 - $5,000; theft of a motor vehicle; identity theft; and criminal property damage over $1,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Yarbrough’s bond at $143,000 and Woffard’s bond at $143,400.

           

The stolen vehicle was later located in the 900 block of Cherry Street in Lake Charles. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives James Jones, James Rathke, and Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on these cases.   

           

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call near the area of Claude Hebert Road in Lake Charles, just north of Mark Lebleu Road. 

           

The initial investigation revealed the driver of a small SUV was traveling on Claude Hebert Road when she struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, an 11 year old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The fatality is still under investigation; it is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing was performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & INDECENT BEHAVIOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint against Daniel S. Floyd, 38, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family member.  During the investigation, detectives learned he had been sexually abusing the girl on numerous occasions, since 2018, when she was under the age of 12.  It was also learned Floyd made the victim participate in inappropriate and sexually explicit conversations with other men on a website.   

           

On December 1, after further investigation, Floyd was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles; and 2 counts of sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $4 million. 

           

CPSO Special Victims Unit Detective Eric Perry is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN CRASH WITH BICYCLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 4, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a marked Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling on Topsy Road near Bill Rosteet Road in Moss Bluff when he was involved in a crash involving an individual on a bicycle.

           

The bicyclist was transported to a hospital out of town with serious injuries.  Any questions pertaining to the accident should be directed to the investigating agency, the Louisiana State Police.            

Annual Anti-Bullying Walk

Due to the chance of inclement weather the Anti-Bullying Walk has been cancelled. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Clint E. Ashworth, 45, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 15, earlier this year. 

 

After further investigation, on November 29, Ashworth was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case.

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

Notice posted on November 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

 

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  December 1, 2023

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 June 8, 2023   

No Old Business                                                                               

New Business:

 

The Law Enforcement District is purchasing the following described property from Sulphur Parks and Recreation:

The South 5 acres of the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (W/2 of NW/4 of SW/4) of Section 3, Township 10 South, Range 10 West, LESS AND EXCEPT the East 20 feet for public road right of way.

And

Any all rights to utility and drainage easement that was created in Vendor’s Lien recorded in Conveyance Book 2784, Page 565, File No. 2536942, and in said Act of Correction recorded in Conveyance Book 3577, Page 89, File No. 2918410.

 

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.

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 surfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating there is a civil issue involving them that needs to be resolved.  The caller states if they fail to resolve the issue by making a payment it will then become criminal and a warrant may be issued for their arrest.  The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and use a name of a current CPSO deputy. 

 

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.  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

·Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·Verify the information before sending any money

·Never send money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. 

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

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 of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 24 and will continue through Tuesday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the 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.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this 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 assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive.

CPSO CHARGE TWO WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Lake Charles, LA –

In July, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a report from the Children’s Safe Harbor Advocacy Center in reference to the abuse of a girl under the age of 16.  

           

During the investigation detectives learned the abuse started in 2021.  The victim disclosed a family member Alejandra Ibarra, 31, and an acquaintance of the family member, Gustavo Ramblas, 46, were sexually abusing her while they were living in Calcasieu Parish.  It was discovered Ibarra encouraged the victim to be sexually active with Ramblas, telling her he would take care of her and give her money.  The victim also disclosed on several occasions Ibarra and Ramblas would give her narcotics before sexually assaulting her.  The investigation revealed the sexual abuse along with physical abuse occurred until April 2023, when Ramblas was arrested by the Lake Charles Police Department for an unrelated incident.

           

After further investigation, On October 31, Judge Michael Canaday issued a warrant in the amount of $2,150,000 (each) for the arrest of Ibarra and Ramblas.  They are both charged with 1st degree rape; cruelty to juveniles; and human trafficking for sexual purposes. 

On November 21, Ramblas, who was incarcerated at the Pine Prairie ICE processing center since his arrest in April, was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in.  Detectives have attempted to locate Ibarra but have been unsuccessful and believe she is evading arrest and may possibly be in the Houston, Texas area.  If anyone knows her whereabouts or has additional information related to this case they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605. 

“This is one of those cases that is really disturbing,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The abuse this child disclosed in her interviews was horrendous, and no individual, especially a child, should have to endure those things; and at the hands of family members.  We are lucky here in Calcasieu Parish to have a working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies, and nonprofits, such as the Alliance to Fight Human Trafficking in SWLA, which CPSO is a part of, to combat crimes such as these.”

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

UPDATE: On December 2, Ibarra was located by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  She was booked into the Harris County Detention Facility.     

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR FORGERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report in reference to a forgery.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the unknown suspects deposited multiple stolen and forged checks at several banking locations throughout Calcasieu Parish.  It was also discovered DeQuincy Police Department was made aware of the same incident at a bank in DeQuincy, at which time they located the suspects’ vehicle.  The suspects led DQPD officers on a pursuit, that was ultimately terminated in Texas due to unsafe conditions. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to identify the suspects but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the individuals or car seen in these photos, or anyone with information related to this case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

 

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO TO CONDUCT SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

During participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a seatbelt checkpoint at undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, November 25. 

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

 

This checkpoint is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In July 2022, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report from a local school in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the school was receiving calls from vendors stating they had not received payments for services they had provided to the school.  During further investigation an audit was performed at which time it was learned an employee, Anna B. Theriot, 37, Iowa, had stolen over $23,000 by making unauthorized transactions, cash disbursements, and forging checks.   

           

After a lengthy investigation, on November 14, detectives issued a warrant for Theriot’s arrest.  On November 16, Theriot turned herself in at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 7 counts of forgery.  She was released on a $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2023 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2023 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2023 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

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

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

           

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

                        Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (open through lunch)

 

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 2023 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 115 Bronco Lane, Moss Bluff

 

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 Office 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 2023 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2023.  Any payments received after December 31, 2023 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 130th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 130th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 35 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area.  Thirty-two officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Colton Gilbert, Oakdale Police Department, was selected class president of the 130th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Katlyn Dugan, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Luke Walker, first; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Noah Veronie, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Zachary Meche, third; Lake Charles Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Alex Williams, Lake Charles Police Department

Physical Training was presented to William Rogers, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Brianna Hargrove, Luke Walker– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Katlyn Dugan– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Joshua Alfred, Jerika Bradley, Dallas Coffelt, Ethan Hext, Seokyoung Jang, Katherine Lafauci, Patrick Mouton, Alex Myers, Alexis Trahan, Evan Watson, Joshua Glover  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Patrick Jacobs– Coushatta Tribal Police Department

Keith Doyle, Joshua Blanchard– DeQuincy Police Department

Corey Henry– Iowa Police Department

Robert Guillory– Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brian Cormier, Britani Young – Jennings Police Department

Alex Holman– Lake Charles Harbor Police

                        Zachary Meche, William Rogers, Noah Veronie, Alex Williams – Lake Charles Police Department

Casey McGlothlin – Merryville Police Department

Colton Gilbert – Oakdale Police Department

                        Marcus Daniels, Lauren Jenkins – Office of Juvenile Justice

Mason Jeane – Rosepine Police Department

Marylyn Lejeune – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

                        Trevor Duncan, Russell Lambert, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Denell Griffin, Coushatta Tribal Police Department, 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 COUPLE FOR CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In June 2023, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to an ungovernable juvenile.  During the lengthy investigation detectives received information that the child was possibly being abused and neglected. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned family members of the child, Randy P.  Hebert, 41, and Amie J. Laughlin, 39, both of Vinton, were physically abusing her as well as withholding food as punishment.  Detectives were also advised when the victim was fed, it was low quality food, compared to what the rest of the family would eat.  

           

When detectives spoke with Hebert and Laughlin, Hebert confirmed the abuse was taking place.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $175,000.  

           

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


CPSO INVESTIGATING BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday, November 8 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary alarm. 

           

When deputies arrived, they observed the front door of the business to be shattered.  During the initial investigation deputies learned 4 unknown males made entry into the business by using a large rock to shatter the door.  Upon making entry into the business the suspects stole several items from inside, before fleeing in a car.   

           

During further investigation, CPSO deputies, with the assistance of the Lake Charles Police Department, where able to locate the car near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 7th Street in Lake Charles.  After a brief foot pursuit, deputies apprehended 2 suspects, both juveniles ages 14 and 16.  It was discovered the car had been stolen from the parking lot of a hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.  Deputies located the stolen items from the business inside the car. 

           

Both juveniles were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with theft between $1,000 - $5,000; simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; theft of a motor vehicle; resisting an officer by flight; possession of tobacco under 18; and curfew violation. 

           

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are attempting to identify the additional 2 suspects responsible for the burglary and theft.  If you have any information related to this case you are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detectives Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ASSISTING SEARCH FOR WORK RELEASE INMATE

UPDATE: On November 11, at approximately 1:15 p.m., after further investigation, CPSO detectives located Brown at a residence on Illinois Street in Lake Charles.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, October 30, Derrick W. Brown, 38, Lake Charles, a Department of Corrections work release inmate who was housed at Louisiana Workforce in DeQuincy, walked off his jobsite at a business on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff. 

           

Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies with the assistance of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began assisting Louisiana Workforce in the search for Brown.  During the investigation, BPSO issued a warrant, signed by Judge Kerry Anderson in the amount of $250,000, for the arrest of Brown, charging him with simple escape.

           

CPSO & BPSO deputies have been unable to locate Brown and are asking the public for assistance. 

           

If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3795.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Brown, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at a local high school were advised Kenneth R. Cretchain, Jr., 19, Lake Charles, was possibly on his way to the school to pick up a student for sexual purposes.

           

SROs located Cretchain when he arrived at the school, at which time he was transported to CPSO for questioning.  During the investigation detectives learned Cretchain sent the victim lewd messages about picking her up to have sexual intercourse. 

           

After detectives spoke with Cretchain, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and criminal trespass.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,500.

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 25, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to Colby D. West, 32, Lake Charles, attempting to solicit underage boys.

           

During the investigation, detectives spoke with West, who confirmed he was attempting to solicit nude photographs from underage boys on social media sites.  After a forensic examination of West’s electronic devices, it was discovered he was in possession of child sexual abuse material. 

           

On November 7, West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.   

           

CPSO Detective Jeff Atkinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, November 5, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, who were working an off-duty security detail at a bar on Common Street in Lake Charles, overheard the sound of gunshots coming from the business across the street.

           

When deputies arrived on scene the learned a woman had been shot in the parking lot, but was transported to a hospital prior to their arrival.  CPSO detectives arrived on scene and began processing the scene as well as reviewing surveillance video in the area.  Further investigation led deputies to a home on N. Prater Street in Lake Charles, where they located the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. 

           

The victim was transported to a hospital out of town to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting.

           

The investigation is continuing, no arrests have been made at this time. 

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 30, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim advised detectives he was sexually assaulted by Brandon Z. Reid, 28, Branch, LA, on two different occasions in July.  The victim, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, further advised detectives the incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish, when Reid, a family acquaintance, was staying at their home. 

           

After further investigation, on October 27, detectives spoke with Reid, at which time he confirmed the allegations.  Reid also disclosed another incident where he sexually assaulted the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree rape; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1,075,000.  

         

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

 

Update 10/29 8:10 p.m. - Green has been located and taken into custody. 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 

 

When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Artavien Green, 17, Lake Charles.  A warrant was issued signed by Judge Cynthia Guillory charging Green with 5 counts of aggravated 2nd degree battery; attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence. 

 

Detectives have exhausted numerous attempts to locate Green but have been unsuccessful. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.  If anyone is found to be assisting or harboring Green, they will be charged accordingly. 

 

The victims, ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 

 

 The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

                                        

Note:

We do not routinely release the names/photos of juvenile suspects. We have exhausted all leads in attempting to locate the juvenile suspect and have not been able to make contact with known family members. 

In this case we believe it to be in the best interest of the public’s safety as well as the safety of the juvenile in question to release his identity in an attempt to locate him.

CPSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING DURING PARTY

Last night around midnight Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Bruce Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting. 


When deputies arrived they learned several individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds. During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a party at the home when a fight broke out. At some point a firearm was produced and 6 people were shot. 


The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information related to this case to call CPSO at 491-3605. 


The victims,ages 15, 16(2), 17(2), and 19 were all transported to a hospital for treatment.  One of the victims is listed in critical condition. 


“We are in the process of collecting evidence and speaking to all the witnesses,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This was a party full of teenagers.  Once again we have to figure out how these weapons are getting in the hands of our kids. I am urging parents and guardians to do your part and be diligent and mindful of what your kids are doing, where they are going, and who they are hanging out with. Teen violence is a problem in our country and it is our duty as parents to know what are kids are up to.  We cannot just continue to sit by and allow this type of behavior to happen in our community.” 

CPSO UPGRADES CHARGES FOR CARLYSS SHOOTING SUSPECT AFTER 2nd VICTIM DIES

Lake Charles, LA –

                         

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. 

            

Deputies arrested Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, for the shootings.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  

            

On the afternoon of October 26, CPSO detectives were advised the second shooting victim, Brittany A. Prather, 43, Sulphur, died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the shooting.  Detectives upgraded Waite’s charges to two counts of 2nd degree murder. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

          

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


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR SHOOTING IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trailer off Highway 27 in Carlyss in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  One of the victims, Cole A. Sandifer, 39, Sulphur, was located deceased inside the home.  The other victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, and is in serious condition.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect, Jonathan J. Waite, 22, Sulphur, fled the scene on foot.  Deputies set up a perimeter and at approximately 4:50 p.m. Waite was located and taken into custody.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a firearm.  His bond is still pending.

           

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

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local hospital in reference to a 4 month old baby being treated for serious head injuries, as a result of suspected child abuse. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the baby was in the care of Jordan S. Tupper, 23, Sulphur, when the injuries occurred.  When detectives spoke with Tupper he gave numerous conflicting stories on how the injuries may have “accidently” occurred; none of which were consistent with the extent of injuries the baby sustained.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby suffered from non-accidental traumatic head injuries.  On October 20, after further investigation, detectives arrested Tupper and he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $950,000.    

           

Due to the severity of his injuries, the child was taken to a hospital out of town for emergency surgery.  The child remains in ICU in critical condition.   

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Sonny Schiro is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.