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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river. We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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

           

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

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO ARREST SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On January 5 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting.  During the investigation witnesses advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another person inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle. 

 

On January 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m., after the release of the still image of the suspect to the media and the public, Terrell G. Istre, Jr., 42, 808 Sugar Maple Lane, Sulphur, turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $10,000. 

 

This case is still under investigation.  CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting. 

       

During the investigation witnessed advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another individual inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck, which is described as a tan or gold late model 4 door Ford F-150 with running boards, and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle.  Witnesses at the scene also advised detectives the suspect may have been recently terminated from a local refinery. 

 

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

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO RESPOND TO TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV driven by Clayton Ashworth, 17, DeRidder, was traveling north on North Perkins Ferry road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the SUV rolled.  Ashworth, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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 on Prien Lake Road.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

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

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            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, Lake Charles

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

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

             

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

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

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

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

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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

 

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

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river. We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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

           

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

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO ARREST SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On January 5 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting.  During the investigation witnesses advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another person inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle. 

 

On January 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m., after the release of the still image of the suspect to the media and the public, Terrell G. Istre, Jr., 42, 808 Sugar Maple Lane, Sulphur, turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $10,000. 

 

This case is still under investigation.  CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting. 

       

During the investigation witnessed advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another individual inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck, which is described as a tan or gold late model 4 door Ford F-150 with running boards, and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle.  Witnesses at the scene also advised detectives the suspect may have been recently terminated from a local refinery. 

 

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

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO RESPOND TO TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV driven by Clayton Ashworth, 17, DeRidder, was traveling north on North Perkins Ferry road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the SUV rolled.  Ashworth, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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 on Prien Lake Road.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

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

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            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, Lake Charles

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

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

             

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

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

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

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

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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

 

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

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

        

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

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

       

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

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

 

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

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES HOMICIDE IN DEQUINCY

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead in this investigation.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BUGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


REPORT OF GUN ON BARBE HIGH CAMPUS PROVES FALSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river. We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive and will continue to monitor the flooding situation, and if need be, will increase our resources around the parish. If evacuations are necessary, we will also have extra patrols.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 17.   

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES BODY FOUND IN BAYOU D’INDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT FROM SULPHUR BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 15 YEAR OLD FOR BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday February 3.   

           

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

           

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

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TWO FATALITIES IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAIN ACCIDENT FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SULPHUR MEN FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

CPSO Detective Randall Gibbons is the lead investigator on this case.   


CPSO ARREST SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On January 5 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting.  During the investigation witnesses advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another person inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle. 

 

On January 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m., after the release of the still image of the suspect to the media and the public, Terrell G. Istre, Jr., 42, 808 Sugar Maple Lane, Sulphur, turned himself in to CPSO detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $10,000. 

 

This case is still under investigation.  CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a nightclub located on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a shooting. 

       

During the investigation witnessed advised detectives the suspect was inside the nightclub at which time he got into a verbal argument with another individual inside.  Detectives learned the suspect then exited the nightclub and got into his truck, which is described as a tan or gold late model 4 door Ford F-150 with running boards, and circled the parking lot.  The suspect then began shooting from his truck toward the nightclub, hitting the building and a parked vehicle.  Witnesses at the scene also advised detectives the suspect may have been recently terminated from a local refinery. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday December 22.    

           

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.  The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

           

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO RESPOND TO TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On December 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of North Perkins Ferry Road and Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the SUV driven by Clayton Ashworth, 17, DeRidder, was traveling north on North Perkins Ferry road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the SUV rolled.  Ashworth, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


CPSO IMPLEMENTS ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION AT PRIEN LAKE MALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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 on Prien Lake Road.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot.  This is the fourteenth year the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service to the shoppers in the parking lot at the mall.

 

Deputies will also be conducting visits to convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs.  Also, deputies will be conducting these same checks with store clerks at businesses in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14.

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

“We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “If you choose to pay online, there will be no lines to stand in and you will be able to pay your taxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:.

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

 Monday—Friday        8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  (open through lunch)                       

Payments can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

 Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.)

 Payments can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at this location.

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  1302 Center St., Vinton  

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            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, Lake Charles

 

Payments at these locations can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at these locations.

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES HUGE COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

 It appears speed may be a factor of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

             

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this fatality. 

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Anthony Sansone, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”  Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab.  Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database.  Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.  If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, you can also search that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty or grand jury.  The caller, who claims to be with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid PayPal card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A SUV THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Monday, April 9 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a maroon Nissan Armada hit a truck in the parking lot and drove off.  The driver of the Armada is described as an older female with long hair wearing glasses, and walks with a slight limp.

 

The Nissan Armada should have minor to moderate damage on the left front bumper of the SUV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the SUV or lady in these photos or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-43566.


CPSO LOOKING FOR DRIVER OF A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place on Wednesday March 14 in the early afternoon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located on 260 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff.

 

During the investigation, it was learned that the driver of a dark colored 4 door Toyota Tacoma Sport backed into a SUV in the parking lot and drove off.  The Toyota Tacoma should have minor to moderate damage on the left rear corner of the truck.   

         

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone recognizes the Tacoma in this photo or has any information about this incident, please call the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846 and reference case number 18-033909.

 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 20 and end April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Thursday, April 26.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On April 8 at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a car traveling on 4th Avenue in Lake Charles after he witnessed it driving erratically down East Broad Street onto 4th Avenue, almost causing a collision.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dale P. Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as well as slurred speech.  Williams advised the deputy he had been drinking at the home in Lake Charles where he is currently living and left to go to the store.  The deputy also learned Williams was driving under suspension for 3 previous DWIs in the last 10 years.

   

Williams refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and reckless operation. 

 

Judge Ronald Ware set his bond at $16,500.   

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Aaron Shelton is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

In the beginning of March Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives responded to several complaints in reference to victims having their credit card information stolen. 

        

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects possibly obtained the credit card information from a skimmer that may have been placed at a gas pump in the Lake Charles area.  Detectives attempted to located the skimmer, but where unsuccessful.  It was also learned the suspects used the stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards to a grocery store at numerous locations in the Louisiana and Texas areas, totaling over $3,000.  After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspects leaving the store.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding these thefts or can identify the suspects or Toyota Corolla seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detectives John Coffman or Austin Peloquin at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 30 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was approaching an SUV traveling eastbound on Ravia Road in Sulphur, at which time the SUV suspiciously braked to a slow rate of speed and immediately turned into a private drive.  The SUV was in the driveway for approximately one minute and then backed out and continued eastbound on Ravia Road, at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. 

When the deputy attempted to speak with the driver, the passenger, John H. Adams IV, 29, Youngstown, FL, attempted to answer all the questions directed at the driver.  The deputy instructed Adams to exit the vehicle and while speaking with him he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person, as well as, blood shot eyes.  When the deputy went to speak with the driver again it was learned they pulled into the driveway so Adams could switch from driving the SUV to the passenger seat because he had been drinking.  She also advised the deputy there was an open container of liquor and beer inside the SUV.      

 

After Adams, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and operating a vehicle while under suspension.  He was released on April 2 on a $12,000 bond; with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a convenience store on North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  During the investigation detectives learned an unknown man stole an Iphone 5 from inside an unlocked car in the parking lot of the convenience store.  The suspect was seen on surveillance as a passenger in a white GMC Envoy. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in this photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Hollan Dyer at 602-6836.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARIES AND THEFTS

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts. 

       

During the investigation detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.      

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead Detective Ben White at 491-7962 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 6:20 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a SUV near Park Street and North Crocker Street in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Demarcus D. Mitchell, 39, 773 Henry Street, Sulphur, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. 

After Mitchell, who has 2 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; and a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $15,500 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

CPSO Deputy Jeremy Wolford is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO INMATE ESCAPES BUT QUICKLY RECAPTURED

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison inmate Ashley J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72 hour court.  While she and a deputy were standing outside of the door at the intake area of the CCC waiting to go into the building, Grundmann, whose hands and feet were shackled, escaped custody of the CPSO deputy and was able to release one of her hands from the shackles.  She ran from the deputy and got into a car, from another law enforcement agency that was left running outside the CCC intake area.  Grundmann fled in the car and led deputies on a pursuit from Highway 171 in Lake Charles into Beauregard Parish, where she eventually stopped the car and was taken into custody at approximately 8:00 a.m.      

           

Grundmann has been incarcerated since March 15 when CPSO deputies arrested her for 4 counts of possession of a legend drug; and possession of CDS IV.  She will now be charged with simple escape; theft of a motor vehicle; and aggravated flight from an officer.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR COUNTERFEIT MONEY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by the owner of a local restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a former employee, Michael J. Darjean, 37, 502 E. Oak Lane, Lake Charles, attempting to exchange $100 counterfeit bill for U.S. currency.   He was detained by deputies as he was leaving the property and was found to be in possession of U.S. currency from the transaction, as well as, a $100 counterfeit bill. 

 

Darjean was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse.  He was released on March 15 on a $2,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The $100 was returned back to the restaurant.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MONETARY INSTRUMENT ABUSE & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Jacob P. Perry, 26, 407 Sid Lane, Moss Bluff, using counterfeit money for a purchase.  During the investigation it was discovered Perry made arrangements to meet the victim to buy a cell phone and exchanged a counterfeit $100 bill, labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender,” for the phone.  The victim was able to meet with Perry and obtain her phone back.     

           

On March 9 CPSO detectives received two more complaints on Perry in reference to identity theft and theft. 

 

During these investigations detectives learned Perry stole a family member’s cell phone, worth approximately $800, and used her personal information on PayPal to order more counterfeit money, also labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender.”  The victim learned of the order through a confirmation email and was able to stop the transaction before the payment processed.  It was also discovered another victim had their personal information stored on the stolen phone through Amazon.  Perry used the victim’s Amazon account and ordered $360 worth of gift cards at various locations.  The victim learned of the transactions and was able to cancel some of them.

 

After further investigation detectives obtained warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie for Perry’s arrest.  On March 15 he was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with monetary instrument abuse; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of identity theft.  His bond is set at $45,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on these cases.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION & VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 22 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Shellie Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a violation of a protective order.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed by the complainant that Lawrence Q. Malveaux, 32, 1009 17th Street, Lake Charles, who she has a current active protective order against, forced his way inside her residence and then fled the scene.

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives her, as well as, another man inside the home heard something at the front door at which time they cracked the door open to see if someone was outside.  She stated when the man cracked the door open, Malveaux, who was outside, pushed the door and forced his way inside the house and started hitting the man.  She then told detectives there was a short struggle inside the home between Malveaux and the other victim but then they went outside and Malveaux fled on foot behind the residence.

 

Deputies were able to locate Malveaux nearby and he was arrested and transported to a local hospital to be treated for an injury he sustained during the home invasion.  He was treated and released, at which time he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; violation of a protective order; and simple battery.  He was released on February 27 on a $9,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Detective Kevin Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.  

Crime Stoppers CPSO 121

On December 17 the two individuals seen in  these photographs entered a grocery store on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once inside the suspects tole approximately 19 bottles of perfume and cologne from a display case.  The value of the stolen items is approximately $1,800.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 120

During the morning hours of October 30 the two men seen in these photos gained access to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the two men stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.  They were seen leaving the business in the gold SUV seen in  this photograph.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 119

Sometime between October 28th and 30th an unknown individual entered a lay down yard near Falco Road and Gros Road in Sulphur.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift to move sections of drill pipe and dump them into the Sabine River.  The suspect also broke the rear axle of the forklift.  Over $15,000 worth of damage was incurred during the incident.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 118

On Wednesday January 24th around 11:30 p.m. an unknown individual fired a large caliber weapon at a home in the 2400 block of Red Davis McCollister Road in Lake Charles.

 

Several projectiles from the weapon struck the home causing over $1,000 worth of damage to the residence.  

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.