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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 5, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alvin Road in Sulphur in reference to gunshots heard in the area.  Deputies were also informed one of the homeowners in the area observed damage to his home consistent with a firearm projectile. 

           

When deputies arrived, they located a bullet hole in the victim’s bedroom window.  They also observed damage caused from a projectile to the closet door and a dresser in the room.  Evidence at the scene suggested the bullet came from south of the residence.  When deputies began canvassing the area they observed a man, later identified as Jacob W. Jones, 26, Sulphur, exiting his garage.  Deputies also observed a firearm laying on the ground in the garage, in plain view.  Deputies made contact with Jones, and while attempting to detain him for safety reasons he began to resist deputies.  Deputies were able to detain Jones and place him in the back of a CPSO transport van, at which time he advised deputies he fired several rounds outside of his residence while trying to protect his property from an unknown person in his backyard.  While in the van Jones was able to slip off his handcuffs.  When deputies attempted to handcuffed Jones again, he continued to physically resist deputies.

           

During further investigation, detectives spoke with a witness who advised they heard a single gunshot followed by a burst of gunshots.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Jones’ residence, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  While executing the warrant detectives located a a .300 caliber semi-automatic AR15 style rifle inside the garage as well as several spent .300 caliber shell casings outside his residence. 

           

Jones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm; aggravated damage to property; simple escape; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $102,500.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Courtney Bertin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Christopher Scharp is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Areno Road in Sulphur in reference to a stolen vehicle. 

           

During the initial investigation, the complainant advised deputies a truck was stolen from the business on November 24.  Detectives located the truck, using a GPS tracker that had been placed on the truck by the business, at a home on Sonny Todd Road in Sulphur.  Once at the home detectives made contact with a resident, Aaron P. Prestenbach, 41, Sulphur.

           

During further investigation, using the GPS tracker on the truck, it was discovered the truck was in the same location where two burglaries occurred between November 24 and 28, where numerous items including copper wiring, electrical panel components, and lead roof jacks had been stolen.

After search of Prestenbach’s residence, which is where the stolen truck was located, and surrounding property detectives recovered multiple items that had been reported stolen from the previous burglaries.  Detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were also able to confirm Prestenbach traveled to Texas on November 28 and scrapped copper wire.   

           

Prestenbach was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000; theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  He was released earlier today on an $116,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigations are continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 17 month old child being treated for a brain bleed.  The child was transported to a hospital out of town, at which time it was learned the child also sustained a skull fracture. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Logan R. Gauthier, 25, Sulphur.  Gauthier initially gave detectives conflicting stories on how the child sustained the injuries.  He later advised detectives he was responsible for causing the injuries.

           

On November 21, a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio was issued for Gauthier’s arrest.  He later turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile.  His bond is set at $225,000. 

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 128th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 128th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-nine officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and two officers completed 220 hours of transition courses.  These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Stefan Simmons, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 128th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Thomas Jenkins, Elton Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Donald Waterman, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Smith, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brandin Harper, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Maria Daraban, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Brandin Harper, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:

Cole Bradford– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Larry Bailey, Jr., Kassondra Hagen, Tyler Smith, Chance Stracner – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kasha Carpenter, Kelsye Cassell, Maria Daraban, Erin Guidry, Brandin Harper, Miguel Juarez, Kaytlen Leger, Nicholas Louviere, Stefan Simmons, Donald Waterman, Katie Watkins, Abigale Wright, Allen Wyninger - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Logan Broussard, Cole Castille – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lacey Marcile – Coushatta Police Department

Samuel Brady– DeQuincy Police Department

Thomas Jenkins – Elton Police Department

Jeanine Dugas– Iowa Police Department

Daniel Crews– Lake Charles Harbor Police Department

Cameron Rudisill – Lake Charles Police Department

Caleb Butts – Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Kristen Welch – Sulphur Police Department

Alexander Dougherty – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

 

Christopher Gallow, Jennings Police Department, Malcolm Ledet, Oberlin Police Department, and Craig Lee, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Jacob O’Connell, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond Eaves, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of August 28 and November 12 at a local refinery in Westlake.

               

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspect entered the property on both occasions and stole a total of over $25,000 worth of copper wire.  The suspect is described as a white male with a duck tattoo on his right forearm.    

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

               

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

 

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


CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

               

“For 10 years Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores, donate turkeys for deputies to hand out in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This year we had 125 turkeys that we distributed throughout the parish to those individuals who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding.  Our deputies really enjoy being able to give back to the community so we are grateful we can be a part of this.  It is a good feeling to see the surprise and excitement on the face of those people who initially thought they were going to receive a ticket.”     

           

E.P.I.C. Health and Hot Off The Press also helped provide the turkeys to members of the community.  


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 17, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team, executed a warrant at the home of Elliot J. Allison, 55, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, after a two month narcotics investigation revealed drug activity at the home.  During the investigation detectives learned Allison had distributed approximately 46 grams of cocaine from his residence.   

           

Upon execution of the search warrant, detectives located Allison, along Jacquetta N. Brown, 35, Lake Charles, and two additional men at the residence.  Once inside the residence detectives seized 1.2 pounds of powder cocaine; 17.22 grams of crack cocaine; 5 dosage units of hydrocodone; 2.2 pounds of marijuana; 36.96 grams of synthetic marijuana; equipment used to manufacture crack cocaine; and $6,493.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $23,000. 

           

Allison and Brown were arrested and  booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (marijuana); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (cocaine); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (hydrocodone); operation of a clandestine laboratory; possession of drug paraphernalia; and money laundering transactions involving proceeds of criminal activity.  Allison is additionally charged with 4 counts of distribution of CDS II; his total bond is set at $312,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set Brown’s bond at $31,500.

 

The two additional men located at the home were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons; one for possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana) and the other for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

           

During the course of the initial investigation detectives learned Allison is currently on parole until July 2027 for firearm and drug related charges.  It was also discovered Brown is on probation until October 2024 for drug related charges.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN

**UPDATE (2): 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso would like to thank Chief Wall and the Sulphur Police Department with their assistance today in the recovery of the vehicle belonging to Stephany Fong. He would also like to thank the Louisiana State Police for their assistance with traffic control during the investigation. 

 

 

According to Louisiana law, the law enforcement agency in the municipality where a crash occurred is required to be the investigating agency; therefore, the Sulphur Police Department will be handling the crash investigation. CPSO will continue their investigation regarding the missing person report along with evidence recovery.*

 

*UPDATE:  Deputies recovered Fong’s vehicle in Bayou d’Inde in Sulphur earlier this afternoon, November 21.  Fong was located inside the vehicle, deceased. The coroner’s office will determine cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. *

 

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Stephany Fong, 32, Lake Charles, who was reported missing yesterday evening. 

 

She was last seen shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, traveling northbound on Beglis Parkway in Sulphur, north of Cypress Street.  She was last seen driving her vehicle, a white, Toyota RAV4, bearing Louisiana license plate 342DDV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Fong.  If anyone sees Fong or her vehicle, or knows of her whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Herman J. Gobert, 66, Lake Charles, who was reported missing in October. 

 

He was last seen on October 1, in the area of Broad Street and Shattuck Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives have followed up on several leads and tips, but have been unable to locate him. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Gobert.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.  

CPSO DEPUTIES RAISE $10,000 BY PARTICIPATING IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

“I am so pleased to announce deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office raised $10,000 for charity by participating in No Shave November,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We had over 250 deputies participate in the fundraising and they raised over $8,000.  I was amazed at the amount of money collected and decided I would donate the additional funds to make it an even $10,000.  I am so proud of the men and women who work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, they always come together to help others in our community, they are some of the finest people you will meet – on and off the job.”

           

Half of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other half will be donated to Family & Youth, a local nonprofit that was chosen by the CPSO Support Services Division, the department that raised the most money.  Family and Youth provides affordable and professional support through programs and services dedicated to advocacy, counseling and education to members of our community.    

           

Due to the overwhelming support from deputies for this cause, Sheriff Mancuso has extended No Shave November, allowing deputies to forgo shaving until the end of December.      


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 25 and will continue through Monday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

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

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

           

Deputies will also be assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive. 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign which starts Saturday, November 19 and ends Saturday, November 26, includes the Thanksgiving holiday.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 over half of passengers who died in crashes were unrestrained.  “Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AFTER SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a bar in the 200 block of Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower back. 

           

During the initial investigation, it was discovered a physical altercation involving a large number of people ensued outside the bar at which time several shots were fired.  Deputies located a handgun along with several casings in close proximity of the victim. 

           

CPSO Deputies and detectives were able to identify and locate two of the shooters, Justin D. Wareham, 40, and John M. Lapoint, Jr., 39, both of Westlake.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Wareham is charged with aggravated battery; and illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrument while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.  Lapoint is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and illegal use of a weapon.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000. 

           

After further investigation, detectives have reason to believe the altercation and shooting was between members of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang, and members of the Misfits MC.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.  She is currently in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Deputy Conner Coleman is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


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CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On November 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to registered sex offender, Sherman D. Bell, Jr., 39, Lake Charles, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile.  During the investigation Bell confirmed to detectives he had sexual intercourse with the victim multiple times over the course of the last two years. 

 

Bell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set. 

           

Bell was convicted of rape & carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2004 in Beaumont, TX. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MEN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles, LA –

 


**Update - Andrew was arrested earlier today in Sabine Parish.***

 

On October 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Houston River Road in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.  During the initial investigation detectives spoke with David J. Dawsey, 32, Anthony J. Thomason, 30, and Andrew J. Thomason, 31, all of Westlake.  They advised deputies they observed a parked car at the store who they believed had previously shot at them with an orbeez gun.  They stated they attempted to make contact with the individuals inside the car at which time the individuals began hitting their truck and left the scene.  While deputies were still on scene CPSO Dispatch received a call at a separate location in reference to three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 17, and an 18 year old being assaulted by a man with a firearm; it was discovered these individuals were the other party involved in the initial call. 

           

During the investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance from the convenience store.  They observed Dawsey strike the window of the car occupied by the 18 year old and juveniles with a fence post multiple times.  Detectives then observed Anthony use the same fence post to break the window.  He then attempted to use the post to hit the occupants inside the vehicle while they were driving away.  Detectives also observed Andrew exit the truck, produce a firearm, and point it at the individuals inside the car. 

           

After further investigation, on November 8, detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Dawsey, Anthony, and Andrew.  They are all charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault; 4 counts of simple battery; and aggravated criminal damage to property. 

 

On November 9, Dawsey and Anthony were located; when detectives spoke with them they confirmed they caused the damages to the victim’s car.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center; their bonds are set at $33,000.  Detectives have been unable to locate Andrew.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  His bond is set at $78,000.

           

The investigation also revealed the 17 year old juvenile was shooting the orbeez gun, he was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  (An orbeez gun is a toy gun that shoots water beads that burst upon impact.)

           

CPSO Detective Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding William C. Smith, 32, Lake Charles, committing sexual battery on a juvenile.  During further investigation detectives learned of a second juvenile victim.  Detectives were able to obtain evidence corroborating the victims’ statements.   

 

On November 8, after Smith spoke with detectives, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony sexual battery; and molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $700,000. 

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2022 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2022 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2022 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

             Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2022 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Tuesday, December 6                                                 Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Wednesday, December 7                                           Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2022 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2022.  Any payments received after December 31, 2022 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 3, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Travon K. Lee, 21, MS., after an investigation revealed he was recording an individual who was using a portable restroom at a job site in Sulphur. 

           

When detectives spoke with Lee he confirmed the allegations.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  On November 5, he was released on a $40,000 bond signed by Judge Derrick Kee.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 5 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a park on August Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shots fired call. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene, they were advised by witnesses that the suspect was still in the area.  Deputies were able to locate the suspect in his car and later identified him as Donnell Stephenson, 62, Lake Charles.  When deputies initially made contact with Stephenson, they observed signs of impairment. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the suspect approached the victim, who he does not know, at the park and began yelling at him, pulled out a firearm, and fired at the victim.  The victim fled the area on foot at which time Stephenson shot at the victim’s car, disabling it.  Stephenson returned to his car and drove towards the area where the victim fled, firing more shots at the victim.  Stephenson then drove back to the victim’s car, fired a shot through the window, and stole a bag out of the car.

           

The victim was able to flee the park on foot and did not suffer any injuries from the shooting.  Further breath intoxilyzer testing revealed Stephenson was over the legal limit. 

           

Stephenson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence; illegal possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone; simple burglary; simple criminal property damage; theft under $1,000; and DWI.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $65,000. 

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $88,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2023, to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off-duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

           

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funding for the fight against cancer. 

           

“Our policy normally prohibits facial hair; other than permitted mustaches,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “For the month of November, I am suspending that policy for deputies who choose to donate and allowing them to forgo shaving while simultaneously raising money for charity.  We have also added some stipulations for the women, as well, if they would like to participate.  This is a fun way to build comradery and have friendly competition.  This will be the first year our department has participated and I am hoping it will be successful and something we can continue doing each year.”

           

CPSO deputies will be allowed to make a donation; the amount is up to them, in order to participate.  A portion of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other portion of the money will be donated to a local nonprofit, chosen by the department that raises the most money.

           

On December 1 all CPSO deputies will return to the normal grooming standards policy.  

CPSO & CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARREST MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July and October 2022, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Contractor Fraud Response Team received numerous complaints in reference to John L. Foreman, 60, Lake Charles, DBA Foreman Construction. 

           

During the investigations, it was learned the victims hired Foreman to perform repairs on their homes and made upfront payments to Foreman.  Foreman failed to complete the repairs and no work has been performed at the homes in over 45 days.  Detectives also learned on more than one occasion Foreman hired subcontractors to complete some of the work but failed to pay them.  It was also discovered, in several of the cases the repairs needed on the homes exceeded the threshold of Foreman’s contracting license.

           

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for Foreman’s arrest.  On October 25 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; 2 counts of misapplication of contractors payments; 3 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; theft $5,000 - $25,000; exploitation of the infirmed (due to one of the victim’s age); and 3 counts of failure to perform any work during a forty five day period or longer.  His total bond is set at $225,000.     

           

CPSO Detectives Matthew Fast, Allen Cormier, Jr., and Eddie Curol are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, October 26 the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office arrested CPSO Deputy Arthur Deville for 200 counts of possession of child pornography.

 

Deville worked in Airport Security and had been with the department for approximately 17 years before being terminated today.

 

“I am very disturbed by this incident,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I am also angry and embarrassed for our profession, and very sorry for the victims.  When I was made aware of the allegations, we learned Deville was willing to participate in questioning with investigators and we assisted in making arrangements for him to speak with detectives.  Criminal activity will never be tolerated in our department and I will continue to hold deputies accountable for their actions.” 

           

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is the investigating agency with the U.S. Homeland Security assisting in the investigation.  Deville’s bond has been set at $800,000.  

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

UPDATE:  He has been located and is safe.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing man, Taylor A. Mallett, 24, that was reported missing earlier today from his home in Welsh.  When Mallett left home at approximately 6:00 a.m., he stated he was headed to work in Westlake, but never arrived.  Mallett’s car was located, abandoned, near Galley Road and Joe Breaux Road in Hayes.  CPSO detectives later located the keys to his car in a wooded area near where his car was found.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mallett.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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.  “We consistently conduct address verifications for sex offenders and do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso, “It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”

               

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

 

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

               

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

 

Other Halloween safety tips include:

·         Watch out for your children and make sure they are supervised by a trusting adult at all times.

·         Keep children off the streets after dark.  If they do go out after dark, make sure they wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

·         Never let your kids go out with realistic replicas of firearms.

·         If your older children are going out alone, give them a curfew and have them tell you what route they will be taking.

·         Remind your kids to never enter a stranger’s home or accept a ride from a stranger.

·         Motorists should drive slowly and watch closely for trick-or-treaters.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alister Court in Iowa in reference to a call from a homeowner stating he observed several individuals outside his home who appeared to be attempting to steal his car. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the homeowner, Joshua G. Mouton, 32, Iowa, exited his residence and upon observing the individuals he began shooting at them, firing several rounds.  It was later discovered the individuals on the property were three juveniles who were “teepeeing” the home.  As a result of the gunfire one of the juveniles was struck in the leg, along with the vehicle they arrived at the home in, as well as a baseball cap, worn by the adult driver who drove them to the home.  It was also discovered at least one of the juveniles is an acquaintance of Mouton’s children.  Further investigation revealed Mouton is legally prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history. 

           

Mouton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; aggravated criminal damage to property; 2 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm; 3 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; illegal use of a weapon.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

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

                

CPSO Cpl. Michael Hamorski is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a Nurse Practitioner, Brennan C. Bergeron, 29, Iowa, raping a victim during an office visit at a local health care facility.

 

During the investigation, detectives executed search warrants, at which time they discovered evidence corroborating the victim’s statements.  On October 18, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Bergeron’s arrest.  The following day he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  He was released later the same day on a $650,000 bond.     

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            Between December 2021 and March 2022, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received two complaints in reference to contractor Keith Diprima, 45, of Matthews, NC with construction company DBA First Restoration of America.

            During the investigation, detectives learned one of the victim’s was sub-contracted by Diprima.  After completing the work, the victim never received payment from Diprima.  The second victim hired Diprima to do hurricane repairs on his home.  Diprima received a large down payment for the work but never completed the work and has not had contact with the victim since September 2021.  Further investigation revealed that Diprima did not possess a proper license to complete work.

            After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued on April 14, 2022 signed by Judge Fazzio with a bond set at $4,000.  A second arrest warrant was issued on July 14, 2022 and signed by Judge Canaday with a bond set at $100,000.  On October 16, Diprima turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud, failure to possess a required license for home improvement, failure to perform any work for 45 days, and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.

        CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

 

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

CPSO CHARGES 4 INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY SPREE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives received several complaints in reference to multiple vehicle burglaries and a theft of an SUV in a neighborhood off Nelson Road in Lake Charles. 

           

While deputies were on scene conducting their initial investigation, they located an abandoned vehicle, which was learned to have been reported stolen through LCPD earlier the same night.  A short time later, deputies along with VCIU detectives located the stolen SUV in an apartment complex off Ace Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), they were able to identify one of the suspect’s as a 17 year old juvenile.  Detectives issued a warrant for his arrest. 

           

On October 10, CPSO VCIU detectives were notified in reference to the same SUV being stolen again.  It was learned the suspects had stolen and kept a key fob to the vehicle.  It was later learned the suspects used the SUV to commit several vehicle burglaries along with another vehicle theft in two subdivisions, off W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles and S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  The same night it was discovered LCPD was investigating several vehicle burglaries in the Lake Charles area when they located the 17 year old juvenile CPSO had previously issued a warrant for and another possible suspect, Javante L. Bryant, 18, Lake Charles, who had unrelated active warrants through LCPD and CPSO.  LCPD was also able to recover the key fob to the stolen SUV.  They were both arrested; the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and Bryant was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

           

After further investigation, CPSO detectives along with RTCC deputies were able to confirm Bryant was involved in the vehicle burglaries and thefts on October 4 and 10.  They were also able to identify two additional suspects, Quelon F. Watt, 18, Sulphur and another 17 year old juvenile.  On October 14 VCIU detectives issued warrants for their arrest. 

 

Bryant and the juvenile who had been previously booked in are charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Watt and the other juvenile are charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Both juveniles are additionally charged with 2 counts of juvenile in possession of a handgun.  Judge David Ritchie set Bryant’s bond at $510,000 and Watt’s bond at $405,000. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Watt and the other juvenile but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone with any information to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are possible.  CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at a local night club on Common Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck was backing into a parking spot when it struck a parked car.  The driver did not stop.  He fled the parking lot, running a stop sign, and headed south on Common Street.  The truck is described as possibly blue or navy in color. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect's vehicle using several investigative techniques but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the video, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

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CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY OF A PHARMACY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 and again on May 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a pharmacy, one on Highway 171 and one on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect shattered the glass on the front doors of the drugstores and made entry inside.  Once inside the suspect was able to enter the pharmacies, at which time he stole prescription medications and then fled the scene.

           

After further investigation, detectives were able to determine one suspect was responsible for both pharmacy burglaries.  Detectives later identified the suspect as Brandon M. Hamilton, 39, Baytown, Texas.  On September 27, CPSO detectives issued warrants for his arrest.

           

Hamilton, who is currently incarcerated in Liberty County, Texas on unrelated charges, is charged with theft from $1,000 to $5,000; theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and 2 counts of simple burglary of a pharmacy.  His total bond is set at $102,500. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to obscenity that occurred on Sampson Street in Westlake. 

  

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man driving next to her honked at her and then exposed himself.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Issac W. Mullins, 21, Westlake.  After further investigation, he was arrested on September 30 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  He was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating a sexual battery complaint involving a juvenile.  The suspect, Dalton T. Arrant, 23, Sulphur, was questioned by detectives at which time he confirmed the allegations involving the victim.

 

On September 22, Arrant was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  He is charged with sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran and Detective Sonny Schiro are the lead investigators on this case.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 on Parish Road near Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an SUV was heading south on Parish Road when it struck another SUV on the rear bumper, causing damage.  The driver did not stop, and made a right turn onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway.  The SUV is described as tan or brown in color. 

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 or 491-3603 and reference case number 22-090807.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO JUVENILES AFTER FIGHT AT WASHINGTON-MARION HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 1:15 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of an incident occurring at Washington-Marion High School.         

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a fight occurred at the school between two students.  During the fight witnesses reported hearing someone mention a gun.  One of the students involved in the fight along with two other juveniles fled the school and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The three individuals who fled were quickly located near Rose Street in Lake Charles by the Lake Charles Police Department.   

           

During further investigation it was learned one of the students involved in the fight, who fled the scene, had been suspended from Washington-Marion earlier the same day for a previous fight.  It was also discovered one of the other juveniles who fled the school was not a student at Washington-Marion and previously attended LaGrange High School.  He was present during the fight and in possession of a pair of brass knuckles.  The third juvenile who fled the campus and was located by law enforcement was not involved in the altercation.     

           

Later the same evening, two of the juveniles ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The 15 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and carrying a dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property.  The 16 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and disturbing the peace by fighting.     

           

The investigation revealed there was no firearm present during the altercation at the high school. 

           

Molo Middle School was placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the proximity to Washington-Marion High School. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, September 17, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress.  Due to recent burglaries at the business, CPSO detectives previously installed surveillance cameras on the property and were alerted that morning in reference to unknown individuals on the property.

           

Upon arrival, deputies located a hole in the fence along with a bicycle lying on the ground.  While deputies were clearing the property, they observed an unknown man, later identified as Aaron P. Prestenback, 41, Sulphur, on the property.  When Prestenback observed deputies he fled the scene and led deputies on a brief foot pursuit into a nearby neighborhood, where he was quickly apprehended. 

           

During further investigation, deputies found three backpacks, located on the business’ property and along the path Prestenback fled, containing burglary tools, cut sections of copper wire, and drug paraphernalia.  When detectives spoke with Prestenback he confirmed he cut a hole in the fence and stole the copper wire.  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; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $21,500.

           

The investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify other possible suspects.       

           

CPSO Deputy Scott LaCaze is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective James Graves is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of CPSO Detective Joshua Couch.   

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Moss Bluff Middle School, located at 1104 Don Manuel Boulevard in Moss Bluff.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a juvenile that was being enticed to have sex in exchange for money.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Kentrell A. Knighten, 38, Lake Charles, sent lewd messages to the victim, who is under the age of 16, referencing a sex act and how much money she would be paid in exchange.   

           

Knighten was located and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 16, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a parish office in reference to an employee Dani R. Bailey, 39, Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised Bailey was improperly using equipment that belongs to the district.  The complainant also stated Bailey, who had access to district funds, was making personal purchases with the funds.  When detectives spoke with Bailey she confirmed she used the district’s equipment, such as lawn mowers, a chainsaw, and a floor jack, for personal use.   

           

CPSO detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The CPDAO accepted charges and on September 9, a warrant was issued for Bailey’s arrest.  On September 14 Bailey turned herself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with malfeasance in office.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

Bailey has paid back restitution to the district in reference to several personal items that were purchased using an account in the district’s name. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Nicholas L. Kastrick, 34, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents have been occurring for several years, the most recent being the previous day.      

           

Later the same day, after detectives spoke with Kastrick, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $850,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, September 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Two hundred and eight (208) vehicles were checked; eight (8) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; five (5) citations were issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; and one (1) citation was issued for expired license plate. 

                The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Alvin Parker, 45, Lafayette, arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (powder cocaine), possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana); possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

o   Mieka Rogalski, 24, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Marques Bragg, 42, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and contempt of court warrant for domestic abuse battery strangulation

o   Shawn McNabb, 25, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS IV(alprazolam)

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Chance Burnsworth, 38, Sulphur, was arrested for driving under suspension for prior DWI; and expired MVI
  • Seth Duhon, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Joshua Duhon, 30, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving under suspension; and turning movements and signals required
  • Stacy Messink, 46, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; and obstructed windshield

o   Chase Molitor, 22, Sulphur was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Khadihah Jones, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and open container

o   Schnequia Fontenot, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Maychelle Albright, 34, Orange, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles Police Department.  The checkpoint was sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.   

 

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

CPSO Marine Division Recovery

Earlier today deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division & Dive Team were conducting dive training at the Choupique Bayou Bridge in Carlyss when they recovered a truck from the water. 

It was discovered the truck was previously reported stolen in October 2017, from a business in Sulphur.

CPSO ARRESTS DEPUTY FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 2, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Ed Choi, 39, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to previous incidents of domestic abuse.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the incidents occurred several weeks prior to the complaint being filed. The investigation revealed in addition to domestic abuse, Choi also prevented the victim from leaving the residence. The investigation was conducted by detectives and the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. Earlier today the CPDAO accepted charges for domestic abuse battery; and false imprisonment.

 

After turning himself in, Choi was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons. Prior to being terminated today by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Choi worked at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy and had been with department over 6 years.

 

“Our deputies will always be held accountable for their actions,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “Choi has been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. At the time of the complaint detectives did not have enough evidence to make an arrest. Due to the incidents being reported after the fact and the involved parties already being separated there was no reason to believe any further threat of abuse would occur. Detectives conducted a thorough and complete investigation to corroborate the allegations.”

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SEX OFFENDERS FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Thaddeus D. Hunter, 60, Lake Charles, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish for approximately two months without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

On September 8 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000.

               

Hunter was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2019 and again in 2020, both in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

 

On August 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives issued a warrant for convicted sex offender, Nobryan V. McGee, 34, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered McGee purchased a vehicle in December 2021 and failed to register the information with law enforcement prior to the use of the vehicle, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

           

On August 9, CPSO deputies located McGee, at which time he attempted to flee on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit McGee was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000. 

           

McGee was convicted of simple rape in Bossier parish in 2006.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2006 and again in 2010, both in Bossier Parish. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish today, September 9.  

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3rd DEGREE RAPE

On September 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded a local hospital in reference to a call regarding a rape that occurred earlier that morning.

           

During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Jose R. Barahona, 23, Lake Charles.  Later the same day detectives located Barahona and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANTI-BULLYING WALK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Anti-Bullying Walk Saturday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater, located at 900 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles.

 

Attending the walk will be representatives from the Louisiana Youth for Excellence Program. 

           

The walk is free to the public and the first 100 students will receive a free t-shirt.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, September 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 668 N. Perkins Ferry Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and eleven (511) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker. 

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Brooke N. Vaughn, 32, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI 1st

Breanna P. Fontenot, 26, Sulphur, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

           In May, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from the McNeese Alumni Association in reference to theft of funds.

            During the initial investigation the association provided detectives with documents, including a report prepared by a forensic accounting agency detailing unusual credit card activity.  Detectives were advised by the association they noticed high expenditures that appeared to be personal in nature, by former employee Stephanie Y. Clark, 38, Lake Charles.

            During the investigation detectives learned Clark had a credit card issued to her from the association, as well as access to a credit card that had been issued to a former employee, both of which she used to make unauthorized purchases.  Detectives met with Clark at which time she admitted to approximately $50,000 in unauthorized purchases.  The detective’s investigation revealed over $200,000 in unauthorized transactions; including purchases to concerts and stores such as Poshmark, Apple, Nordic Track, Disney, and numerous others. 

            After further investigation Clark was arrested on September 2, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1st DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –
 
On August 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 14.
           
During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Hunter K. Smith, 26, Lake Charles.  On September 1, detectives located Smith at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape. 
            
Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1 million. 
            
CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on these case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –
 
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student, who attends Moss Bluff Middle School, making threats. 
            
During the initial investigation detectives learned while the 12 year old was at school he threatened to shoot other students on campus.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the boy and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 
            
CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 23, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint from the corporate office of a store located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an an employee who was stealing from the store. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the manager of the store Randy C. Seales, 44, Lake Charles, had stolen approximately $1,300 worth of groceries and merchandise from the store.  The complainant stated Seales would place items from the store in plastic bags and place them in his office until he left for the day, at which time he would bring them to his car without paying for them.

 

During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Seales taking items and either consuming them or taking them to his car without paying.  On August 29, detectives made contact with Seales at the store.  When detectives spoke with Seales he confirmed he had stolen items from the store.  Detectives learned the thefts occurred between May and August 2022. 

 

Seales was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000. He was released later the same day on a $3,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREATS

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

           On Sunday, August 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student who attends Sulphur High School, making threats on social media, to shoot other students who also attend the school. 

            During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old threatened to carry out the shooting on a specific day of the week, but did not specify if it would actually occur on school property.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the 17 year old and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

            CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead detective on this case. 

 

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

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

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, August 26, at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sam Houston High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 14 year old juvenile sent several text messages threatening a school shooting. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on the case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Perry Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.

 

During the initial investigation deputies learned following a traffic collision involving a hit and run on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, the occupants of a car involved in the wreck followed another individual involved, who was leaving the scene, to his residence. Once at the home four unknown males exited the car and demanded money from the individual who left the scene. The suspects surrounded the man, pulled him into the roadway and began hitting him while demanding payment. Witnesses advised detectives when the suspects realized they were being watched they allowed the victim to stand up and walk to his front door, while they followed him. The victim advised detectives he asked another individual inside the home to pay the suspects so they would leave. While attempting to send money using a mobile payment app one of the suspects stole the victim’s phone. It was later discovered the suspect sent multiple monetary transactions from the victim’s account to his.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as, Allen D. Johnson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Donald G Wilson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Jaden Johnson, 20, Lake Charles, and Adrian L. Brown, 21, Houston, TX. When attempting to locate the suspects, detectives located the suspect’s car, with damages consistent with the traffic crash.

 

On August 25 they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple robbery. When detectives located Allen and Donald they were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were additionally charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia; Judge Tony Fazzio set their bond at $85,000. Judge Tony Fazzio set Jaden and Adrian’s bond at $80,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. The Lake Charles City Police is investigating the actual crash.

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, August 26.   

           

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.  People are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

           

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

**Due to weather, the checkpoint has been rescheduled to Friday, September 2.**

CPSO TRANSITIONS TO ELECTRONIC MAIL FOR INMATES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently contracted with a company to provide electronic mail services to all inmates.  These changes are being made in an effort to streamline operations, improve communications, and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff, all while providing a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photographs electronically.

            Starting September 1, all inmate mail should be addressed to a location offsite, where it will be processed and scanned into the system.  The mail will be delivered to the inmates on a password-protected kiosk.  Starting September 1 all inmate mail must be sent to the following address:

            Smart Communications / Calcasieu Correctional Center OR Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

            Inmate Name / Inmate ID#

            P.O. Box 9169    

            Seminole, FL 33775-9169

           

Any mail received at the CCC after September 15, will be returned to the sender. 

Friends and family members are encouraged to subscribe to MailGuard tracker at https://www.mailguardtracker.com/; you will be able to create a free account and view delivery status, receive notifications on rejected mail, and download copies of mail that has been received and processed.  Upon the release of an inmate, they will be able to log in to their account at https://www.smartinmate.com/ and download their messages and photographs. 

Legal mail, court documents, bank statements, and publications will continue to be sent to the Calcasieu Correctional Center directly at P.O. Box 2017 Lake Charles, LA 70602. 

 

For questions please contact the Calcasieu Correctional Center at (337) 491-3763.

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Etienne Daigle Road and Raleigh Reed Road in Sulphur in reference to a man being hit by a truck. 

 

The initial investigation revealed Mark E. Brock, 61, Sulphur, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on Etienne Daigle Road when he struck a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of the northbound lane on Etienne Daigle Road.  The pedestrian, Jonathan P. Hatfield, 42, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. 

 

When deputies spoke with Brock they detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and he confirmed to deputies he had been drinking.  After Brock performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing a warrant was obtained for a blood draw for toxicology testing.

 

Brock was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 1st; and vehicular homicide. 

           

Several factors are believed to have contributed to the fatality including the area being dark with no street lights. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this case.

 

 

Note: In order for the mugshot to be released for the charge of vehicular homicide the suspect’s BAC must be greater than .20%.  Brock’s BAC is pending toxicology testing.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a nightclub, located on Highway 109 South in Vinton.

 

Once on scene deputies located the victim, suffering from gunshot wounds to his abdomen and legs.  After the initial investigation and speaking with witnesses at the scene, detectives learned Kaleb C. Harvey, 19, Nederland, Texas, and the victim were engaged in a verbal altercation outside of the establishment at which time Harvey retrieved a firearm out of his vehicle and shot the victim multiple times. Detectives learned Harvey fled the scene and was possibly headed to his home in Nederland.   

 

Later in the morning, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office located Harvey at which time he was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.  He is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital and immediately taken into emergency surgery.  He is listed in critical condition. 

 

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

 

 

Note: There is no mugshot available at this time due to Harvey not being booked in at the CCC

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School was outside the school when he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from a group of students.  Upon a subsequent search performed by the principal they located a loaded firearm along with a small amount of marijuana inside a 16 year old student’s backpack. 

           

The student was arrested and will be booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and possession of marijuana.

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this year, between March and May, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received multiple complaints in reference to Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 41, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, for possible contractor fraud.

           

During the initial investigations the complainants stated they hired Shawn and Leigh to install flooring.  The complainants advised detectives they paid for materials but Shawn and Leigh failed to provide the materials or complete the work.  Due to prior complaints, detectives were already aware that Shawn and Leigh were not licensed to complete construction work. 

           

During further investigation Shawn and Leigh confirmed to detectives they did not provide the victims the materials that were paid for.  On August 15 they were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with 6 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; 5 counts of theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 6 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  Both their bonds are set at $182,500.    

           

Shawn and Leigh were previously arrested by the Contractor Fraud Response Team for a similar incident earlier this year.  

           

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER OF 6 MONTH OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 3:45 p.m. an off-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was flagged down by a motorist, later identified as Ivy L. Lee, 22, Lake Charles, in the area of Enterprise Boulevard and Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Lee advised the deputy her 6 month old child was not breathing.  Another CPSO deputy, who was patrolling in the area, was also flagged down.  Deputies immediately began performing life saving measures on the child and she was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

           

During the initial investigation Lee gave detectives two different stories, stating the child had not been in her care.  Ivy ultimately advised detectives she drove to her place of employment on Gerstner Memorial Drive in Lake Charles, at which time she left the child in her small SUV, for approximately 5 hours.  A search of the SUV revealed suspected marijuana inside.

           

After further investigation Lee was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $1,204,000.             

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a possible carjacking.  

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the victim they were able to get a description of the SUV and put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) to other law enforcement agencies in the area. 

 

A short time later officers with the Lake Charles Police Department observed the SUV traveling on Enterprise Boulevard and initiated a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled in the SUV and led officers on a brief pursuit.  The suspect crashed the vehicle near Prien Lake Road and 4th Avenue and fled on foot.  CPSO deputies with the assistance of LCPD officers were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Jyron L. Harper, 19, Lake Charles, in the area of 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, at which time he was taken into custody.  Deputies also located a stolen firearm inside the SUV, which was previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department. 

 

During further investigation it was learned the victim met Harper on a social networking app.  The victim picked up Harper earlier that day and traveled to a park on Opelousas Street at which time Harper pointed a handgun at him and stole his SUV. 

 

Harper was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery use of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $155,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

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

 

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

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Iowa Middle School, located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES D.A.R.E. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Tracy Darbonne was presented with the 2022 D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued hard work and years of dedication to the Louisiana D.A.R.E. program.  Captain Darbonne was presented the award at the annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officer Training Conference that was held in Opelousas, LA, earlier this month.  

           

Captain Darbonne has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1994 and has been a D.A.R.E. officer for over 20 years.  During her time as a D.A.R.E. Officer she has been teaching the program to fifth and seventh grade students at schools in Calcasieu Parish.    The D.A.R.E. program educates students about violence, bullying, alcohol, and drugs and allows our deputies to build positive relationships with the students.

 

“Captain Darbonne has spent the majority of her career educating the youth in our community.  She has worked very hard to make a lasting impression on the students in Calcasieu Parish.  Captain Darbonne became the first female Captain at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and is currently the supervisor over the Youth & D.A.R.E. Division.  She leads by example and continues to instill passion to her fellow deputies, who strive to make positive interactions in the classroom,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO Arrests 1 & Issue Warrant For 2 Related To Vehicle Burglaries

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 and June 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in South Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.    

           

During the initial investigation detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), were able to locate surveillance footage from several residences and businesses located near where the burglaries occurred.  When detectives viewed the surveillance they observed three unknown men in a silver four door sedan that were responsible for the burglaries in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.

           

During their investigation, on July 4 detectives learned the Lake Charles Police Department responded a vehicle burglary on Sugarloaf Drive in Lake Charles and detained one of the suspects, later identified as Jermaine C. Obrien, Jr., 20, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned Obrien was one of the suspects seen in the surveillance footage from the burglaries that occurred on June 24 and 29.  It was also discovered Obrien has a silver four door sedan registered to him. 

           

After further investigation, on July 14 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Obrien’s arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  He was located on July 18 after a traffic stop and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of possession of a firearm by persons convicted of domestic violence; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle he was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marijuana.  He was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; and possession of marijuana.  His total bond is set at $150,000.

           

Detectives continued their investigation into the vehicle burglaries and later identified the other two suspects, Taveon E. Williams, 20, and Melchezieck J. Simon, Jr., 20, both of Lake Charles.  On July 20 detectives issued warrants for their arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Williams and Simon are charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Williams is additionally charged with 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Williams’ bond is set at $640,000 and Simon’s bond is set at $381,000.  

 

CPSO deputies attempted to located Williams and Simon but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information on their whereabouts or recognize Williams or Simon they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

 

 

Note: In accordance with newly amended R.S. 44:4.1(B)(38) and Code of Criminal Procedure Article 234 mugshots are being released for Williams & Simon.  It has been determined the release of photos will assist in apprehending the individuals. 

             

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, July 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 2903 Opelousas Street in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred and sixty (260) vehicles were checked; eight (8) field sobriety tests were administered; fifteen (15) citations were issued for no seatbelt; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; three (3) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; three (3) citations were issued for driving under suspension; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; five (5) citations were issued for open container; and one (1) citation was issued for obedience to traffic controls. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Frankie Thomas, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for obedience to traffic controls; DWI 1st; possession of CDS II (PCP)

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Latheris Thomas, 38, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; and DWI 1st

Ricky Lafleur, 50, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Eric Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Victor Vallaire. 28, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

Charles Cole, 42, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

 

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  

 

A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES LBA AWARD

Pictured in photo 1 (front) CPSO Captain Jason Alexander, CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot, CPSO Commander Nick Fontenot (back) CPSO Lieutenant James Leubner. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 Garland Prejean of CSE Federal Credit Union presents Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office a 2022 Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot was awarded the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award by the Louisiana Bankers Association.   

           

“Detective Fontenot is a hard-working deputy who is committed to investigating financial crimes for the victims in our parish.  I am so pleased she is being recognized for her hard work and commitment to our community.  Financial crimes are complex and tedious and take a dedicated investigator such as Detective Fontenot.  I am proud to say she works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.     

           

Each year the Louisiana Bankers Association recognizes outstanding law enforcement officers who assist banks with the investigation of financial crimes.  Detective Fontenot was one of two recipients to receive the award, which is nominated on by bankers from across the state.  


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education course on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191813.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784. 

  

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.  They advise the victim they have won a new car, but need to pay the taxes on the car and instruct the victim to purchase gift cards to make the payment.  The suspect’s number displays as a call coming from Jamaica.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

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

·  Verify the information before sending any money

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

 

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

SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force Tip Line

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces the creation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force tip line (337)491-SWLA (7952).

           

“We want to have an easy and anonymous way for victims or other members of the community to report possible human trafficking activity; that is why the tip line was created.  The phone line is manned 24/7 by deputies in the CPSO Real Time Crime Center who have been specially trained on how to deal with calls relating to human trafficking.  Once they have taken the information they will take appropriate steps to ensure the tip is investigated.” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “It is often times hard for victims of human trafficking to come forward; we want to assure them we are here to help and they are the reason the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force was created.”        

           

You can also submit an anonymous tip on the CloseWatch Calcasieu app by selecting “human trafficking” as the tip type.  You can download the app from your app store on your phone.  For more information on the app and how it works you can visit https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/closewatch-calcasieu-app/. 

           

When submitting a tip by calling or using the CloseWatch app please provide as much information as possible, such as the following:

·         Road names or address where the activity is occurring

·         Name(s) of the people involved

·         A description or license plate of any vehicles involved

·         Any other information you think may aid in the investigation

 

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  “Our community has needed this task force for quite some time and I’m happy to partner with the Sheriff’s Office and all involved in an effort to end human trafficking in SWLA,” stated Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight.  “I hope victims of human trafficking and members of our community are able to utilize this tip line and know that they are making a difference in our community. Human trafficking has no place in Calcasieu Parish and we will not stand for it.”  

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.    

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4th OFFENSE DWI

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 15 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a truck near the intersection of Maplewood Drive and Post Oak Road in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When deputies approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William R. Rivera, 43, Sulphur, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Deputies also observed a partially full beer bottle inside the truck. When deputies spoke with Rivera he advised he was on probation and his license was suspended due to prior DWIs. Rivera also advised deputies that he drank approximately 2 beers.

 

After Rivera performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Rivera, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in January 2022, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; and operating a vehicle while license is suspended. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,450 with special conditions being no contact with known drug users or convicted felons, no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole, no driving without an ignition interlock device; no driving without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, subject to curfew and random drug screens, and no other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll and Deputy Hedgemann Carter were the arresting deputies on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AFTER CRASH INVOLVING 2 FATALITIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 23, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Davis Road in Westlake in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeler. 

           

The investigation revealed the motorcycle and the four-wheeler were both traveling north on Davis Road when the motorcycle struck the four-wheeler from behind.  The driver of the motorcycle, along with the driver and the two passengers on the four-wheeler were all ejected.  The driver of the motorcycle, Trey Augustine, 29, Westlake, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A juvenile passenger on the four-wheeler was transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

           

On July 17, after further investigation, the driver of the four-wheeler, Heidi A. Corley, 30, Westlake, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of negligent homicide; and off road vehicles authorization for use on the shoulders of certain public roads.  She was released later the same evening on a $155,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

  

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2ND DEGREE BATTERY & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 17 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital after receiving a complaint in reference to a battery.

           

During the initial investigation CPSO Violent Crimes detectives learned the victim had been arguing with an acquaintance at which time Seth A. Barrick, 24, Lake Charles, struck the victim in the head with an unidentified object.  It was also learned Barrick stole the victim’s wallet. 

           

Later the same day deputies located Barrick.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; and armed robbery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $110,000.

           

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one (1) cargo trailer, forty-one (41) tactical mini shields, and four (4) fatal vision kits (simulated driving goggles).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $64,406.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 3, 2022 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on S. Huntington Street in Sulphur in reference to an internal theft.

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies one of the employees, Ashley E. Bourgeois, 35, Lake Charles, had been using a company credit card for her personal use.  The initial investigation revealed Bourgeois stole over $9,000 since December 2021.

           

Bourgeois, who was terminated that same day, was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released on a $7,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis the following day. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jake Schiro and Deputy Hedgemann Carter are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a home in south Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant she hired Curth J. Romero, 28, Jennings, in May of 2021 to complete electrical work at her home.  She stated she began noticing numerous items, including jewelry, collectable coins, power tools, firearms, and prescription medication, going missing from the home while Romero was working there.  During further investigation detectives learned Romero sold some of the stolen items to several pawn shops and jewelry stores in Lake Charles and Jennings.  Detectives also learned Romero may still be in possession of some of the stolen items.  Further investigation also revealed Romero was not a licensed contractor in Louisiana.  

           

With the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Romero at his residence, at which time they also recovered a large amount items that had been reported stolen by the victim. 

           

Romero was arrested and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; and residential contractor fraud failure to possess required license.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.  

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Kerrick Gabrial are the lead investigators on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANTS FOR TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary and theft of a firearm that occurred on April 2 in Sulphur. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance and were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a Nissan Pathfinder.  On April 11 detectives received a complaint in south Lake Charles in reference to another vehicle burglary, where the suspect’s vehicle was also a Nissan Pathfinder.

           

While detectives continued their investigation and attempted to locate the owner of the Nissan Pathfinder, they received several complaints in Moss Bluff on May 23 in reference to vehicle burglaries where several firearms were stolen.  Detectives were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle in the Moss Bluff burglaries as a Mercury Sable. 

           

Detectives learned Dammon D. White, 18, and Javonte A. Goodwin, 20, both of Lake Charles, had been in possession of the Pathfinder.  Detectives also learned the Pathfinder along with a Mercury Sable were parked at the residence where White and Goodwin live.  After executing search warrants and/or receiving permission to search three residences White and Goodwin had access to, detectives located 6 firearms, three of which had been reported stolen. 

           

After further investigation, on June 23 Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of White and Goodwin, who are currently incarcerated in Chamber County, Texas.  White is charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; 10 counts of theft less than $1,000; 7 counts of theft of a firearm; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property; his bond is set at $183,000.  Goodwin is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and theft less than $1,000; his bond is set at $49,000.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.  CPSO Detective James Rathke is the lead investigator on these cases.   

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191762.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO Investigating Shooting

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Lake Court Drive in south Lake Charles in reference to trespassing. 

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the complainant she advised there was a suspect outside the home refusing to leave.  The complainant then stated after the suspect attempted to gain entry into their home, her husband had shot the man. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene they immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.  The victim, Joseph Tezeno, 21, Lake Arthur, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

“This is a sad and tragic situation for both families involved.  Mr. Tezeno was a good kid that attended college locally.  Unfortunately Tezeno was believed to be under the influence and his actions, attempting to gain entry to the home more than once, caused the homeowner to fear for his life, at which time he had every right to protect his family and property,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 1st.  

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

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

 

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

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

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

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 that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

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

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

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CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 5, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alvin Road in Sulphur in reference to gunshots heard in the area.  Deputies were also informed one of the homeowners in the area observed damage to his home consistent with a firearm projectile. 

           

When deputies arrived, they located a bullet hole in the victim’s bedroom window.  They also observed damage caused from a projectile to the closet door and a dresser in the room.  Evidence at the scene suggested the bullet came from south of the residence.  When deputies began canvassing the area they observed a man, later identified as Jacob W. Jones, 26, Sulphur, exiting his garage.  Deputies also observed a firearm laying on the ground in the garage, in plain view.  Deputies made contact with Jones, and while attempting to detain him for safety reasons he began to resist deputies.  Deputies were able to detain Jones and place him in the back of a CPSO transport van, at which time he advised deputies he fired several rounds outside of his residence while trying to protect his property from an unknown person in his backyard.  While in the van Jones was able to slip off his handcuffs.  When deputies attempted to handcuffed Jones again, he continued to physically resist deputies.

           

During further investigation, detectives spoke with a witness who advised they heard a single gunshot followed by a burst of gunshots.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Jones’ residence, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  While executing the warrant detectives located a a .300 caliber semi-automatic AR15 style rifle inside the garage as well as several spent .300 caliber shell casings outside his residence. 

           

Jones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm; aggravated damage to property; simple escape; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $102,500.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Courtney Bertin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Christopher Scharp is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Areno Road in Sulphur in reference to a stolen vehicle. 

           

During the initial investigation, the complainant advised deputies a truck was stolen from the business on November 24.  Detectives located the truck, using a GPS tracker that had been placed on the truck by the business, at a home on Sonny Todd Road in Sulphur.  Once at the home detectives made contact with a resident, Aaron P. Prestenbach, 41, Sulphur.

           

During further investigation, using the GPS tracker on the truck, it was discovered the truck was in the same location where two burglaries occurred between November 24 and 28, where numerous items including copper wiring, electrical panel components, and lead roof jacks had been stolen.

After search of Prestenbach’s residence, which is where the stolen truck was located, and surrounding property detectives recovered multiple items that had been reported stolen from the previous burglaries.  Detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were also able to confirm Prestenbach traveled to Texas on November 28 and scrapped copper wire.   

           

Prestenbach was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000; theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  He was released earlier today on an $116,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigations are continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 17 month old child being treated for a brain bleed.  The child was transported to a hospital out of town, at which time it was learned the child also sustained a skull fracture. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Logan R. Gauthier, 25, Sulphur.  Gauthier initially gave detectives conflicting stories on how the child sustained the injuries.  He later advised detectives he was responsible for causing the injuries.

           

On November 21, a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio was issued for Gauthier’s arrest.  He later turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile.  His bond is set at $225,000. 

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 128th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 128th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-nine officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and two officers completed 220 hours of transition courses.  These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Stefan Simmons, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 128th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Thomas Jenkins, Elton Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Donald Waterman, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Smith, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brandin Harper, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Maria Daraban, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Brandin Harper, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:

Cole Bradford– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Larry Bailey, Jr., Kassondra Hagen, Tyler Smith, Chance Stracner – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kasha Carpenter, Kelsye Cassell, Maria Daraban, Erin Guidry, Brandin Harper, Miguel Juarez, Kaytlen Leger, Nicholas Louviere, Stefan Simmons, Donald Waterman, Katie Watkins, Abigale Wright, Allen Wyninger - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Logan Broussard, Cole Castille – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lacey Marcile – Coushatta Police Department

Samuel Brady– DeQuincy Police Department

Thomas Jenkins – Elton Police Department

Jeanine Dugas– Iowa Police Department

Daniel Crews– Lake Charles Harbor Police Department

Cameron Rudisill – Lake Charles Police Department

Caleb Butts – Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Kristen Welch – Sulphur Police Department

Alexander Dougherty – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

 

Christopher Gallow, Jennings Police Department, Malcolm Ledet, Oberlin Police Department, and Craig Lee, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Jacob O’Connell, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond Eaves, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of August 28 and November 12 at a local refinery in Westlake.

               

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspect entered the property on both occasions and stole a total of over $25,000 worth of copper wire.  The suspect is described as a white male with a duck tattoo on his right forearm.    

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

               

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

 

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


CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

               

“For 10 years Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores, donate turkeys for deputies to hand out in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This year we had 125 turkeys that we distributed throughout the parish to those individuals who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding.  Our deputies really enjoy being able to give back to the community so we are grateful we can be a part of this.  It is a good feeling to see the surprise and excitement on the face of those people who initially thought they were going to receive a ticket.”     

           

E.P.I.C. Health and Hot Off The Press also helped provide the turkeys to members of the community.  


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 17, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team, executed a warrant at the home of Elliot J. Allison, 55, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, after a two month narcotics investigation revealed drug activity at the home.  During the investigation detectives learned Allison had distributed approximately 46 grams of cocaine from his residence.   

           

Upon execution of the search warrant, detectives located Allison, along Jacquetta N. Brown, 35, Lake Charles, and two additional men at the residence.  Once inside the residence detectives seized 1.2 pounds of powder cocaine; 17.22 grams of crack cocaine; 5 dosage units of hydrocodone; 2.2 pounds of marijuana; 36.96 grams of synthetic marijuana; equipment used to manufacture crack cocaine; and $6,493.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $23,000. 

           

Allison and Brown were arrested and  booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (marijuana); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (cocaine); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (hydrocodone); operation of a clandestine laboratory; possession of drug paraphernalia; and money laundering transactions involving proceeds of criminal activity.  Allison is additionally charged with 4 counts of distribution of CDS II; his total bond is set at $312,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set Brown’s bond at $31,500.

 

The two additional men located at the home were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons; one for possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana) and the other for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

           

During the course of the initial investigation detectives learned Allison is currently on parole until July 2027 for firearm and drug related charges.  It was also discovered Brown is on probation until October 2024 for drug related charges.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN

**UPDATE (2): 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso would like to thank Chief Wall and the Sulphur Police Department with their assistance today in the recovery of the vehicle belonging to Stephany Fong. He would also like to thank the Louisiana State Police for their assistance with traffic control during the investigation. 

 

 

According to Louisiana law, the law enforcement agency in the municipality where a crash occurred is required to be the investigating agency; therefore, the Sulphur Police Department will be handling the crash investigation. CPSO will continue their investigation regarding the missing person report along with evidence recovery.*

 

*UPDATE:  Deputies recovered Fong’s vehicle in Bayou d’Inde in Sulphur earlier this afternoon, November 21.  Fong was located inside the vehicle, deceased. The coroner’s office will determine cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. *

 

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Stephany Fong, 32, Lake Charles, who was reported missing yesterday evening. 

 

She was last seen shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, traveling northbound on Beglis Parkway in Sulphur, north of Cypress Street.  She was last seen driving her vehicle, a white, Toyota RAV4, bearing Louisiana license plate 342DDV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Fong.  If anyone sees Fong or her vehicle, or knows of her whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Herman J. Gobert, 66, Lake Charles, who was reported missing in October. 

 

He was last seen on October 1, in the area of Broad Street and Shattuck Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives have followed up on several leads and tips, but have been unable to locate him. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Gobert.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.  

CPSO DEPUTIES RAISE $10,000 BY PARTICIPATING IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

“I am so pleased to announce deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office raised $10,000 for charity by participating in No Shave November,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We had over 250 deputies participate in the fundraising and they raised over $8,000.  I was amazed at the amount of money collected and decided I would donate the additional funds to make it an even $10,000.  I am so proud of the men and women who work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, they always come together to help others in our community, they are some of the finest people you will meet – on and off the job.”

           

Half of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other half will be donated to Family & Youth, a local nonprofit that was chosen by the CPSO Support Services Division, the department that raised the most money.  Family and Youth provides affordable and professional support through programs and services dedicated to advocacy, counseling and education to members of our community.    

           

Due to the overwhelming support from deputies for this cause, Sheriff Mancuso has extended No Shave November, allowing deputies to forgo shaving until the end of December.      


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 25 and will continue through Monday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

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

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

           

Deputies will also be assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive. 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign which starts Saturday, November 19 and ends Saturday, November 26, includes the Thanksgiving holiday.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 over half of passengers who died in crashes were unrestrained.  “Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AFTER SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a bar in the 200 block of Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower back. 

           

During the initial investigation, it was discovered a physical altercation involving a large number of people ensued outside the bar at which time several shots were fired.  Deputies located a handgun along with several casings in close proximity of the victim. 

           

CPSO Deputies and detectives were able to identify and locate two of the shooters, Justin D. Wareham, 40, and John M. Lapoint, Jr., 39, both of Westlake.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Wareham is charged with aggravated battery; and illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrument while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.  Lapoint is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and illegal use of a weapon.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000. 

           

After further investigation, detectives have reason to believe the altercation and shooting was between members of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang, and members of the Misfits MC.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.  She is currently in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Deputy Conner Coleman is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


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CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On November 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to registered sex offender, Sherman D. Bell, Jr., 39, Lake Charles, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile.  During the investigation Bell confirmed to detectives he had sexual intercourse with the victim multiple times over the course of the last two years. 

 

Bell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set. 

           

Bell was convicted of rape & carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2004 in Beaumont, TX. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MEN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles, LA –

 


**Update - Andrew was arrested earlier today in Sabine Parish.***

 

On October 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Houston River Road in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.  During the initial investigation detectives spoke with David J. Dawsey, 32, Anthony J. Thomason, 30, and Andrew J. Thomason, 31, all of Westlake.  They advised deputies they observed a parked car at the store who they believed had previously shot at them with an orbeez gun.  They stated they attempted to make contact with the individuals inside the car at which time the individuals began hitting their truck and left the scene.  While deputies were still on scene CPSO Dispatch received a call at a separate location in reference to three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 17, and an 18 year old being assaulted by a man with a firearm; it was discovered these individuals were the other party involved in the initial call. 

           

During the investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance from the convenience store.  They observed Dawsey strike the window of the car occupied by the 18 year old and juveniles with a fence post multiple times.  Detectives then observed Anthony use the same fence post to break the window.  He then attempted to use the post to hit the occupants inside the vehicle while they were driving away.  Detectives also observed Andrew exit the truck, produce a firearm, and point it at the individuals inside the car. 

           

After further investigation, on November 8, detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Dawsey, Anthony, and Andrew.  They are all charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault; 4 counts of simple battery; and aggravated criminal damage to property. 

 

On November 9, Dawsey and Anthony were located; when detectives spoke with them they confirmed they caused the damages to the victim’s car.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center; their bonds are set at $33,000.  Detectives have been unable to locate Andrew.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  His bond is set at $78,000.

           

The investigation also revealed the 17 year old juvenile was shooting the orbeez gun, he was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  (An orbeez gun is a toy gun that shoots water beads that burst upon impact.)

           

CPSO Detective Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding William C. Smith, 32, Lake Charles, committing sexual battery on a juvenile.  During further investigation detectives learned of a second juvenile victim.  Detectives were able to obtain evidence corroborating the victims’ statements.   

 

On November 8, after Smith spoke with detectives, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony sexual battery; and molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $700,000. 

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2022 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2022 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2022 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

             Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2022 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Tuesday, December 6                                                 Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Wednesday, December 7                                           Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2022 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2022.  Any payments received after December 31, 2022 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 3, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Travon K. Lee, 21, MS., after an investigation revealed he was recording an individual who was using a portable restroom at a job site in Sulphur. 

           

When detectives spoke with Lee he confirmed the allegations.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  On November 5, he was released on a $40,000 bond signed by Judge Derrick Kee.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 5 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a park on August Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shots fired call. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene, they were advised by witnesses that the suspect was still in the area.  Deputies were able to locate the suspect in his car and later identified him as Donnell Stephenson, 62, Lake Charles.  When deputies initially made contact with Stephenson, they observed signs of impairment. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the suspect approached the victim, who he does not know, at the park and began yelling at him, pulled out a firearm, and fired at the victim.  The victim fled the area on foot at which time Stephenson shot at the victim’s car, disabling it.  Stephenson returned to his car and drove towards the area where the victim fled, firing more shots at the victim.  Stephenson then drove back to the victim’s car, fired a shot through the window, and stole a bag out of the car.

           

The victim was able to flee the park on foot and did not suffer any injuries from the shooting.  Further breath intoxilyzer testing revealed Stephenson was over the legal limit. 

           

Stephenson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence; illegal possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone; simple burglary; simple criminal property damage; theft under $1,000; and DWI.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $65,000. 

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $88,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2023, to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off-duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

           

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funding for the fight against cancer. 

           

“Our policy normally prohibits facial hair; other than permitted mustaches,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “For the month of November, I am suspending that policy for deputies who choose to donate and allowing them to forgo shaving while simultaneously raising money for charity.  We have also added some stipulations for the women, as well, if they would like to participate.  This is a fun way to build comradery and have friendly competition.  This will be the first year our department has participated and I am hoping it will be successful and something we can continue doing each year.”

           

CPSO deputies will be allowed to make a donation; the amount is up to them, in order to participate.  A portion of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other portion of the money will be donated to a local nonprofit, chosen by the department that raises the most money.

           

On December 1 all CPSO deputies will return to the normal grooming standards policy.  

CPSO & CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARREST MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July and October 2022, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Contractor Fraud Response Team received numerous complaints in reference to John L. Foreman, 60, Lake Charles, DBA Foreman Construction. 

           

During the investigations, it was learned the victims hired Foreman to perform repairs on their homes and made upfront payments to Foreman.  Foreman failed to complete the repairs and no work has been performed at the homes in over 45 days.  Detectives also learned on more than one occasion Foreman hired subcontractors to complete some of the work but failed to pay them.  It was also discovered, in several of the cases the repairs needed on the homes exceeded the threshold of Foreman’s contracting license.

           

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for Foreman’s arrest.  On October 25 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; 2 counts of misapplication of contractors payments; 3 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; theft $5,000 - $25,000; exploitation of the infirmed (due to one of the victim’s age); and 3 counts of failure to perform any work during a forty five day period or longer.  His total bond is set at $225,000.     

           

CPSO Detectives Matthew Fast, Allen Cormier, Jr., and Eddie Curol are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, October 26 the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office arrested CPSO Deputy Arthur Deville for 200 counts of possession of child pornography.

 

Deville worked in Airport Security and had been with the department for approximately 17 years before being terminated today.

 

“I am very disturbed by this incident,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I am also angry and embarrassed for our profession, and very sorry for the victims.  When I was made aware of the allegations, we learned Deville was willing to participate in questioning with investigators and we assisted in making arrangements for him to speak with detectives.  Criminal activity will never be tolerated in our department and I will continue to hold deputies accountable for their actions.” 

           

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is the investigating agency with the U.S. Homeland Security assisting in the investigation.  Deville’s bond has been set at $800,000.  

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

UPDATE:  He has been located and is safe.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing man, Taylor A. Mallett, 24, that was reported missing earlier today from his home in Welsh.  When Mallett left home at approximately 6:00 a.m., he stated he was headed to work in Westlake, but never arrived.  Mallett’s car was located, abandoned, near Galley Road and Joe Breaux Road in Hayes.  CPSO detectives later located the keys to his car in a wooded area near where his car was found.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mallett.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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.  “We consistently conduct address verifications for sex offenders and do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso, “It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”

               

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

 

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

               

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

 

Other Halloween safety tips include:

·         Watch out for your children and make sure they are supervised by a trusting adult at all times.

·         Keep children off the streets after dark.  If they do go out after dark, make sure they wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

·         Never let your kids go out with realistic replicas of firearms.

·         If your older children are going out alone, give them a curfew and have them tell you what route they will be taking.

·         Remind your kids to never enter a stranger’s home or accept a ride from a stranger.

·         Motorists should drive slowly and watch closely for trick-or-treaters.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alister Court in Iowa in reference to a call from a homeowner stating he observed several individuals outside his home who appeared to be attempting to steal his car. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the homeowner, Joshua G. Mouton, 32, Iowa, exited his residence and upon observing the individuals he began shooting at them, firing several rounds.  It was later discovered the individuals on the property were three juveniles who were “teepeeing” the home.  As a result of the gunfire one of the juveniles was struck in the leg, along with the vehicle they arrived at the home in, as well as a baseball cap, worn by the adult driver who drove them to the home.  It was also discovered at least one of the juveniles is an acquaintance of Mouton’s children.  Further investigation revealed Mouton is legally prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history. 

           

Mouton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; aggravated criminal damage to property; 2 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm; 3 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; illegal use of a weapon.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

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

                

CPSO Cpl. Michael Hamorski is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a Nurse Practitioner, Brennan C. Bergeron, 29, Iowa, raping a victim during an office visit at a local health care facility.

 

During the investigation, detectives executed search warrants, at which time they discovered evidence corroborating the victim’s statements.  On October 18, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Bergeron’s arrest.  The following day he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  He was released later the same day on a $650,000 bond.     

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            Between December 2021 and March 2022, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received two complaints in reference to contractor Keith Diprima, 45, of Matthews, NC with construction company DBA First Restoration of America.

            During the investigation, detectives learned one of the victim’s was sub-contracted by Diprima.  After completing the work, the victim never received payment from Diprima.  The second victim hired Diprima to do hurricane repairs on his home.  Diprima received a large down payment for the work but never completed the work and has not had contact with the victim since September 2021.  Further investigation revealed that Diprima did not possess a proper license to complete work.

            After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued on April 14, 2022 signed by Judge Fazzio with a bond set at $4,000.  A second arrest warrant was issued on July 14, 2022 and signed by Judge Canaday with a bond set at $100,000.  On October 16, Diprima turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud, failure to possess a required license for home improvement, failure to perform any work for 45 days, and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.

        CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

 

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

CPSO CHARGES 4 INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY SPREE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives received several complaints in reference to multiple vehicle burglaries and a theft of an SUV in a neighborhood off Nelson Road in Lake Charles. 

           

While deputies were on scene conducting their initial investigation, they located an abandoned vehicle, which was learned to have been reported stolen through LCPD earlier the same night.  A short time later, deputies along with VCIU detectives located the stolen SUV in an apartment complex off Ace Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), they were able to identify one of the suspect’s as a 17 year old juvenile.  Detectives issued a warrant for his arrest. 

           

On October 10, CPSO VCIU detectives were notified in reference to the same SUV being stolen again.  It was learned the suspects had stolen and kept a key fob to the vehicle.  It was later learned the suspects used the SUV to commit several vehicle burglaries along with another vehicle theft in two subdivisions, off W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles and S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  The same night it was discovered LCPD was investigating several vehicle burglaries in the Lake Charles area when they located the 17 year old juvenile CPSO had previously issued a warrant for and another possible suspect, Javante L. Bryant, 18, Lake Charles, who had unrelated active warrants through LCPD and CPSO.  LCPD was also able to recover the key fob to the stolen SUV.  They were both arrested; the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and Bryant was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

           

After further investigation, CPSO detectives along with RTCC deputies were able to confirm Bryant was involved in the vehicle burglaries and thefts on October 4 and 10.  They were also able to identify two additional suspects, Quelon F. Watt, 18, Sulphur and another 17 year old juvenile.  On October 14 VCIU detectives issued warrants for their arrest. 

 

Bryant and the juvenile who had been previously booked in are charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Watt and the other juvenile are charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Both juveniles are additionally charged with 2 counts of juvenile in possession of a handgun.  Judge David Ritchie set Bryant’s bond at $510,000 and Watt’s bond at $405,000. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Watt and the other juvenile but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone with any information to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are possible.  CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at a local night club on Common Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck was backing into a parking spot when it struck a parked car.  The driver did not stop.  He fled the parking lot, running a stop sign, and headed south on Common Street.  The truck is described as possibly blue or navy in color. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect's vehicle using several investigative techniques but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the video, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

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CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY OF A PHARMACY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 and again on May 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a pharmacy, one on Highway 171 and one on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect shattered the glass on the front doors of the drugstores and made entry inside.  Once inside the suspect was able to enter the pharmacies, at which time he stole prescription medications and then fled the scene.

           

After further investigation, detectives were able to determine one suspect was responsible for both pharmacy burglaries.  Detectives later identified the suspect as Brandon M. Hamilton, 39, Baytown, Texas.  On September 27, CPSO detectives issued warrants for his arrest.

           

Hamilton, who is currently incarcerated in Liberty County, Texas on unrelated charges, is charged with theft from $1,000 to $5,000; theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and 2 counts of simple burglary of a pharmacy.  His total bond is set at $102,500. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to obscenity that occurred on Sampson Street in Westlake. 

  

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man driving next to her honked at her and then exposed himself.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Issac W. Mullins, 21, Westlake.  After further investigation, he was arrested on September 30 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  He was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating a sexual battery complaint involving a juvenile.  The suspect, Dalton T. Arrant, 23, Sulphur, was questioned by detectives at which time he confirmed the allegations involving the victim.

 

On September 22, Arrant was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  He is charged with sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran and Detective Sonny Schiro are the lead investigators on this case.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 on Parish Road near Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an SUV was heading south on Parish Road when it struck another SUV on the rear bumper, causing damage.  The driver did not stop, and made a right turn onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway.  The SUV is described as tan or brown in color. 

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 or 491-3603 and reference case number 22-090807.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO JUVENILES AFTER FIGHT AT WASHINGTON-MARION HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 1:15 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of an incident occurring at Washington-Marion High School.         

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a fight occurred at the school between two students.  During the fight witnesses reported hearing someone mention a gun.  One of the students involved in the fight along with two other juveniles fled the school and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The three individuals who fled were quickly located near Rose Street in Lake Charles by the Lake Charles Police Department.   

           

During further investigation it was learned one of the students involved in the fight, who fled the scene, had been suspended from Washington-Marion earlier the same day for a previous fight.  It was also discovered one of the other juveniles who fled the school was not a student at Washington-Marion and previously attended LaGrange High School.  He was present during the fight and in possession of a pair of brass knuckles.  The third juvenile who fled the campus and was located by law enforcement was not involved in the altercation.     

           

Later the same evening, two of the juveniles ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The 15 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and carrying a dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property.  The 16 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and disturbing the peace by fighting.     

           

The investigation revealed there was no firearm present during the altercation at the high school. 

           

Molo Middle School was placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the proximity to Washington-Marion High School. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, September 17, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress.  Due to recent burglaries at the business, CPSO detectives previously installed surveillance cameras on the property and were alerted that morning in reference to unknown individuals on the property.

           

Upon arrival, deputies located a hole in the fence along with a bicycle lying on the ground.  While deputies were clearing the property, they observed an unknown man, later identified as Aaron P. Prestenback, 41, Sulphur, on the property.  When Prestenback observed deputies he fled the scene and led deputies on a brief foot pursuit into a nearby neighborhood, where he was quickly apprehended. 

           

During further investigation, deputies found three backpacks, located on the business’ property and along the path Prestenback fled, containing burglary tools, cut sections of copper wire, and drug paraphernalia.  When detectives spoke with Prestenback he confirmed he cut a hole in the fence and stole the copper wire.  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; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $21,500.

           

The investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify other possible suspects.       

           

CPSO Deputy Scott LaCaze is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective James Graves is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of CPSO Detective Joshua Couch.   

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Moss Bluff Middle School, located at 1104 Don Manuel Boulevard in Moss Bluff.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a juvenile that was being enticed to have sex in exchange for money.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Kentrell A. Knighten, 38, Lake Charles, sent lewd messages to the victim, who is under the age of 16, referencing a sex act and how much money she would be paid in exchange.   

           

Knighten was located and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 16, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a parish office in reference to an employee Dani R. Bailey, 39, Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised Bailey was improperly using equipment that belongs to the district.  The complainant also stated Bailey, who had access to district funds, was making personal purchases with the funds.  When detectives spoke with Bailey she confirmed she used the district’s equipment, such as lawn mowers, a chainsaw, and a floor jack, for personal use.   

           

CPSO detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The CPDAO accepted charges and on September 9, a warrant was issued for Bailey’s arrest.  On September 14 Bailey turned herself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with malfeasance in office.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

Bailey has paid back restitution to the district in reference to several personal items that were purchased using an account in the district’s name. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Nicholas L. Kastrick, 34, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents have been occurring for several years, the most recent being the previous day.      

           

Later the same day, after detectives spoke with Kastrick, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $850,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, September 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Two hundred and eight (208) vehicles were checked; eight (8) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; five (5) citations were issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; and one (1) citation was issued for expired license plate. 

                The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Alvin Parker, 45, Lafayette, arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (powder cocaine), possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana); possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

o   Mieka Rogalski, 24, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Marques Bragg, 42, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and contempt of court warrant for domestic abuse battery strangulation

o   Shawn McNabb, 25, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS IV(alprazolam)

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Chance Burnsworth, 38, Sulphur, was arrested for driving under suspension for prior DWI; and expired MVI
  • Seth Duhon, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Joshua Duhon, 30, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving under suspension; and turning movements and signals required
  • Stacy Messink, 46, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; and obstructed windshield

o   Chase Molitor, 22, Sulphur was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Khadihah Jones, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and open container

o   Schnequia Fontenot, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Maychelle Albright, 34, Orange, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles Police Department.  The checkpoint was sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.   

 

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

CPSO Marine Division Recovery

Earlier today deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division & Dive Team were conducting dive training at the Choupique Bayou Bridge in Carlyss when they recovered a truck from the water. 

It was discovered the truck was previously reported stolen in October 2017, from a business in Sulphur.

CPSO ARRESTS DEPUTY FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 2, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Ed Choi, 39, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to previous incidents of domestic abuse.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the incidents occurred several weeks prior to the complaint being filed. The investigation revealed in addition to domestic abuse, Choi also prevented the victim from leaving the residence. The investigation was conducted by detectives and the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. Earlier today the CPDAO accepted charges for domestic abuse battery; and false imprisonment.

 

After turning himself in, Choi was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons. Prior to being terminated today by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Choi worked at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy and had been with department over 6 years.

 

“Our deputies will always be held accountable for their actions,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “Choi has been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. At the time of the complaint detectives did not have enough evidence to make an arrest. Due to the incidents being reported after the fact and the involved parties already being separated there was no reason to believe any further threat of abuse would occur. Detectives conducted a thorough and complete investigation to corroborate the allegations.”

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SEX OFFENDERS FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Thaddeus D. Hunter, 60, Lake Charles, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish for approximately two months without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

On September 8 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000.

               

Hunter was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2019 and again in 2020, both in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

 

On August 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives issued a warrant for convicted sex offender, Nobryan V. McGee, 34, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered McGee purchased a vehicle in December 2021 and failed to register the information with law enforcement prior to the use of the vehicle, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

           

On August 9, CPSO deputies located McGee, at which time he attempted to flee on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit McGee was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000. 

           

McGee was convicted of simple rape in Bossier parish in 2006.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2006 and again in 2010, both in Bossier Parish. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish today, September 9.  

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3rd DEGREE RAPE

On September 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded a local hospital in reference to a call regarding a rape that occurred earlier that morning.

           

During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Jose R. Barahona, 23, Lake Charles.  Later the same day detectives located Barahona and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANTI-BULLYING WALK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Anti-Bullying Walk Saturday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater, located at 900 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles.

 

Attending the walk will be representatives from the Louisiana Youth for Excellence Program. 

           

The walk is free to the public and the first 100 students will receive a free t-shirt.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, September 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 668 N. Perkins Ferry Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and eleven (511) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker. 

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Brooke N. Vaughn, 32, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI 1st

Breanna P. Fontenot, 26, Sulphur, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

           In May, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from the McNeese Alumni Association in reference to theft of funds.

            During the initial investigation the association provided detectives with documents, including a report prepared by a forensic accounting agency detailing unusual credit card activity.  Detectives were advised by the association they noticed high expenditures that appeared to be personal in nature, by former employee Stephanie Y. Clark, 38, Lake Charles.

            During the investigation detectives learned Clark had a credit card issued to her from the association, as well as access to a credit card that had been issued to a former employee, both of which she used to make unauthorized purchases.  Detectives met with Clark at which time she admitted to approximately $50,000 in unauthorized purchases.  The detective’s investigation revealed over $200,000 in unauthorized transactions; including purchases to concerts and stores such as Poshmark, Apple, Nordic Track, Disney, and numerous others. 

            After further investigation Clark was arrested on September 2, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1st DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –
 
On August 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 14.
           
During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Hunter K. Smith, 26, Lake Charles.  On September 1, detectives located Smith at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape. 
            
Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1 million. 
            
CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on these case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –
 
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student, who attends Moss Bluff Middle School, making threats. 
            
During the initial investigation detectives learned while the 12 year old was at school he threatened to shoot other students on campus.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the boy and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 
            
CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 23, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint from the corporate office of a store located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an an employee who was stealing from the store. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the manager of the store Randy C. Seales, 44, Lake Charles, had stolen approximately $1,300 worth of groceries and merchandise from the store.  The complainant stated Seales would place items from the store in plastic bags and place them in his office until he left for the day, at which time he would bring them to his car without paying for them.

 

During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Seales taking items and either consuming them or taking them to his car without paying.  On August 29, detectives made contact with Seales at the store.  When detectives spoke with Seales he confirmed he had stolen items from the store.  Detectives learned the thefts occurred between May and August 2022. 

 

Seales was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000. He was released later the same day on a $3,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREATS

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

           On Sunday, August 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student who attends Sulphur High School, making threats on social media, to shoot other students who also attend the school. 

            During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old threatened to carry out the shooting on a specific day of the week, but did not specify if it would actually occur on school property.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the 17 year old and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

            CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead detective on this case. 

 

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

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

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, August 26, at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sam Houston High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 14 year old juvenile sent several text messages threatening a school shooting. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on the case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Perry Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.

 

During the initial investigation deputies learned following a traffic collision involving a hit and run on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, the occupants of a car involved in the wreck followed another individual involved, who was leaving the scene, to his residence. Once at the home four unknown males exited the car and demanded money from the individual who left the scene. The suspects surrounded the man, pulled him into the roadway and began hitting him while demanding payment. Witnesses advised detectives when the suspects realized they were being watched they allowed the victim to stand up and walk to his front door, while they followed him. The victim advised detectives he asked another individual inside the home to pay the suspects so they would leave. While attempting to send money using a mobile payment app one of the suspects stole the victim’s phone. It was later discovered the suspect sent multiple monetary transactions from the victim’s account to his.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as, Allen D. Johnson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Donald G Wilson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Jaden Johnson, 20, Lake Charles, and Adrian L. Brown, 21, Houston, TX. When attempting to locate the suspects, detectives located the suspect’s car, with damages consistent with the traffic crash.

 

On August 25 they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple robbery. When detectives located Allen and Donald they were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were additionally charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia; Judge Tony Fazzio set their bond at $85,000. Judge Tony Fazzio set Jaden and Adrian’s bond at $80,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. The Lake Charles City Police is investigating the actual crash.

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, August 26.   

           

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.  People are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

           

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

**Due to weather, the checkpoint has been rescheduled to Friday, September 2.**

CPSO TRANSITIONS TO ELECTRONIC MAIL FOR INMATES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently contracted with a company to provide electronic mail services to all inmates.  These changes are being made in an effort to streamline operations, improve communications, and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff, all while providing a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photographs electronically.

            Starting September 1, all inmate mail should be addressed to a location offsite, where it will be processed and scanned into the system.  The mail will be delivered to the inmates on a password-protected kiosk.  Starting September 1 all inmate mail must be sent to the following address:

            Smart Communications / Calcasieu Correctional Center OR Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

            Inmate Name / Inmate ID#

            P.O. Box 9169    

            Seminole, FL 33775-9169

           

Any mail received at the CCC after September 15, will be returned to the sender. 

Friends and family members are encouraged to subscribe to MailGuard tracker at https://www.mailguardtracker.com/; you will be able to create a free account and view delivery status, receive notifications on rejected mail, and download copies of mail that has been received and processed.  Upon the release of an inmate, they will be able to log in to their account at https://www.smartinmate.com/ and download their messages and photographs. 

Legal mail, court documents, bank statements, and publications will continue to be sent to the Calcasieu Correctional Center directly at P.O. Box 2017 Lake Charles, LA 70602. 

 

For questions please contact the Calcasieu Correctional Center at (337) 491-3763.

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Etienne Daigle Road and Raleigh Reed Road in Sulphur in reference to a man being hit by a truck. 

 

The initial investigation revealed Mark E. Brock, 61, Sulphur, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on Etienne Daigle Road when he struck a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of the northbound lane on Etienne Daigle Road.  The pedestrian, Jonathan P. Hatfield, 42, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. 

 

When deputies spoke with Brock they detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and he confirmed to deputies he had been drinking.  After Brock performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing a warrant was obtained for a blood draw for toxicology testing.

 

Brock was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 1st; and vehicular homicide. 

           

Several factors are believed to have contributed to the fatality including the area being dark with no street lights. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this case.

 

 

Note: In order for the mugshot to be released for the charge of vehicular homicide the suspect’s BAC must be greater than .20%.  Brock’s BAC is pending toxicology testing.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a nightclub, located on Highway 109 South in Vinton.

 

Once on scene deputies located the victim, suffering from gunshot wounds to his abdomen and legs.  After the initial investigation and speaking with witnesses at the scene, detectives learned Kaleb C. Harvey, 19, Nederland, Texas, and the victim were engaged in a verbal altercation outside of the establishment at which time Harvey retrieved a firearm out of his vehicle and shot the victim multiple times. Detectives learned Harvey fled the scene and was possibly headed to his home in Nederland.   

 

Later in the morning, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office located Harvey at which time he was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.  He is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital and immediately taken into emergency surgery.  He is listed in critical condition. 

 

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

 

 

Note: There is no mugshot available at this time due to Harvey not being booked in at the CCC

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School was outside the school when he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from a group of students.  Upon a subsequent search performed by the principal they located a loaded firearm along with a small amount of marijuana inside a 16 year old student’s backpack. 

           

The student was arrested and will be booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and possession of marijuana.

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this year, between March and May, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received multiple complaints in reference to Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 41, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, for possible contractor fraud.

           

During the initial investigations the complainants stated they hired Shawn and Leigh to install flooring.  The complainants advised detectives they paid for materials but Shawn and Leigh failed to provide the materials or complete the work.  Due to prior complaints, detectives were already aware that Shawn and Leigh were not licensed to complete construction work. 

           

During further investigation Shawn and Leigh confirmed to detectives they did not provide the victims the materials that were paid for.  On August 15 they were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with 6 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; 5 counts of theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 6 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  Both their bonds are set at $182,500.    

           

Shawn and Leigh were previously arrested by the Contractor Fraud Response Team for a similar incident earlier this year.  

           

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER OF 6 MONTH OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 3:45 p.m. an off-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was flagged down by a motorist, later identified as Ivy L. Lee, 22, Lake Charles, in the area of Enterprise Boulevard and Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Lee advised the deputy her 6 month old child was not breathing.  Another CPSO deputy, who was patrolling in the area, was also flagged down.  Deputies immediately began performing life saving measures on the child and she was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

           

During the initial investigation Lee gave detectives two different stories, stating the child had not been in her care.  Ivy ultimately advised detectives she drove to her place of employment on Gerstner Memorial Drive in Lake Charles, at which time she left the child in her small SUV, for approximately 5 hours.  A search of the SUV revealed suspected marijuana inside.

           

After further investigation Lee was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $1,204,000.             

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a possible carjacking.  

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the victim they were able to get a description of the SUV and put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) to other law enforcement agencies in the area. 

 

A short time later officers with the Lake Charles Police Department observed the SUV traveling on Enterprise Boulevard and initiated a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled in the SUV and led officers on a brief pursuit.  The suspect crashed the vehicle near Prien Lake Road and 4th Avenue and fled on foot.  CPSO deputies with the assistance of LCPD officers were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Jyron L. Harper, 19, Lake Charles, in the area of 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, at which time he was taken into custody.  Deputies also located a stolen firearm inside the SUV, which was previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department. 

 

During further investigation it was learned the victim met Harper on a social networking app.  The victim picked up Harper earlier that day and traveled to a park on Opelousas Street at which time Harper pointed a handgun at him and stole his SUV. 

 

Harper was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery use of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $155,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

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

 

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

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Iowa Middle School, located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES D.A.R.E. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Tracy Darbonne was presented with the 2022 D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued hard work and years of dedication to the Louisiana D.A.R.E. program.  Captain Darbonne was presented the award at the annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officer Training Conference that was held in Opelousas, LA, earlier this month.  

           

Captain Darbonne has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1994 and has been a D.A.R.E. officer for over 20 years.  During her time as a D.A.R.E. Officer she has been teaching the program to fifth and seventh grade students at schools in Calcasieu Parish.    The D.A.R.E. program educates students about violence, bullying, alcohol, and drugs and allows our deputies to build positive relationships with the students.

 

“Captain Darbonne has spent the majority of her career educating the youth in our community.  She has worked very hard to make a lasting impression on the students in Calcasieu Parish.  Captain Darbonne became the first female Captain at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and is currently the supervisor over the Youth & D.A.R.E. Division.  She leads by example and continues to instill passion to her fellow deputies, who strive to make positive interactions in the classroom,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO Arrests 1 & Issue Warrant For 2 Related To Vehicle Burglaries

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 and June 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in South Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.    

           

During the initial investigation detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), were able to locate surveillance footage from several residences and businesses located near where the burglaries occurred.  When detectives viewed the surveillance they observed three unknown men in a silver four door sedan that were responsible for the burglaries in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.

           

During their investigation, on July 4 detectives learned the Lake Charles Police Department responded a vehicle burglary on Sugarloaf Drive in Lake Charles and detained one of the suspects, later identified as Jermaine C. Obrien, Jr., 20, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned Obrien was one of the suspects seen in the surveillance footage from the burglaries that occurred on June 24 and 29.  It was also discovered Obrien has a silver four door sedan registered to him. 

           

After further investigation, on July 14 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Obrien’s arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  He was located on July 18 after a traffic stop and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of possession of a firearm by persons convicted of domestic violence; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle he was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marijuana.  He was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; and possession of marijuana.  His total bond is set at $150,000.

           

Detectives continued their investigation into the vehicle burglaries and later identified the other two suspects, Taveon E. Williams, 20, and Melchezieck J. Simon, Jr., 20, both of Lake Charles.  On July 20 detectives issued warrants for their arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Williams and Simon are charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Williams is additionally charged with 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Williams’ bond is set at $640,000 and Simon’s bond is set at $381,000.  

 

CPSO deputies attempted to located Williams and Simon but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information on their whereabouts or recognize Williams or Simon they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

 

 

Note: In accordance with newly amended R.S. 44:4.1(B)(38) and Code of Criminal Procedure Article 234 mugshots are being released for Williams & Simon.  It has been determined the release of photos will assist in apprehending the individuals. 

             

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, July 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 2903 Opelousas Street in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred and sixty (260) vehicles were checked; eight (8) field sobriety tests were administered; fifteen (15) citations were issued for no seatbelt; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; three (3) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; three (3) citations were issued for driving under suspension; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; five (5) citations were issued for open container; and one (1) citation was issued for obedience to traffic controls. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Frankie Thomas, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for obedience to traffic controls; DWI 1st; possession of CDS II (PCP)

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Latheris Thomas, 38, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; and DWI 1st

Ricky Lafleur, 50, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Eric Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Victor Vallaire. 28, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

Charles Cole, 42, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

 

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  

 

A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES LBA AWARD

Pictured in photo 1 (front) CPSO Captain Jason Alexander, CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot, CPSO Commander Nick Fontenot (back) CPSO Lieutenant James Leubner. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 Garland Prejean of CSE Federal Credit Union presents Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office a 2022 Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot was awarded the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award by the Louisiana Bankers Association.   

           

“Detective Fontenot is a hard-working deputy who is committed to investigating financial crimes for the victims in our parish.  I am so pleased she is being recognized for her hard work and commitment to our community.  Financial crimes are complex and tedious and take a dedicated investigator such as Detective Fontenot.  I am proud to say she works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.     

           

Each year the Louisiana Bankers Association recognizes outstanding law enforcement officers who assist banks with the investigation of financial crimes.  Detective Fontenot was one of two recipients to receive the award, which is nominated on by bankers from across the state.  


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education course on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191813.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784. 

  

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.  They advise the victim they have won a new car, but need to pay the taxes on the car and instruct the victim to purchase gift cards to make the payment.  The suspect’s number displays as a call coming from Jamaica.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

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

·  Verify the information before sending any money

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

 

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

SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force Tip Line

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces the creation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force tip line (337)491-SWLA (7952).

           

“We want to have an easy and anonymous way for victims or other members of the community to report possible human trafficking activity; that is why the tip line was created.  The phone line is manned 24/7 by deputies in the CPSO Real Time Crime Center who have been specially trained on how to deal with calls relating to human trafficking.  Once they have taken the information they will take appropriate steps to ensure the tip is investigated.” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “It is often times hard for victims of human trafficking to come forward; we want to assure them we are here to help and they are the reason the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force was created.”        

           

You can also submit an anonymous tip on the CloseWatch Calcasieu app by selecting “human trafficking” as the tip type.  You can download the app from your app store on your phone.  For more information on the app and how it works you can visit https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/closewatch-calcasieu-app/. 

           

When submitting a tip by calling or using the CloseWatch app please provide as much information as possible, such as the following:

·         Road names or address where the activity is occurring

·         Name(s) of the people involved

·         A description or license plate of any vehicles involved

·         Any other information you think may aid in the investigation

 

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  “Our community has needed this task force for quite some time and I’m happy to partner with the Sheriff’s Office and all involved in an effort to end human trafficking in SWLA,” stated Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight.  “I hope victims of human trafficking and members of our community are able to utilize this tip line and know that they are making a difference in our community. Human trafficking has no place in Calcasieu Parish and we will not stand for it.”  

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.    

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4th OFFENSE DWI

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 15 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a truck near the intersection of Maplewood Drive and Post Oak Road in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When deputies approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William R. Rivera, 43, Sulphur, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Deputies also observed a partially full beer bottle inside the truck. When deputies spoke with Rivera he advised he was on probation and his license was suspended due to prior DWIs. Rivera also advised deputies that he drank approximately 2 beers.

 

After Rivera performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Rivera, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in January 2022, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; and operating a vehicle while license is suspended. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,450 with special conditions being no contact with known drug users or convicted felons, no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole, no driving without an ignition interlock device; no driving without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, subject to curfew and random drug screens, and no other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll and Deputy Hedgemann Carter were the arresting deputies on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AFTER CRASH INVOLVING 2 FATALITIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 23, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Davis Road in Westlake in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeler. 

           

The investigation revealed the motorcycle and the four-wheeler were both traveling north on Davis Road when the motorcycle struck the four-wheeler from behind.  The driver of the motorcycle, along with the driver and the two passengers on the four-wheeler were all ejected.  The driver of the motorcycle, Trey Augustine, 29, Westlake, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A juvenile passenger on the four-wheeler was transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

           

On July 17, after further investigation, the driver of the four-wheeler, Heidi A. Corley, 30, Westlake, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of negligent homicide; and off road vehicles authorization for use on the shoulders of certain public roads.  She was released later the same evening on a $155,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

  

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

 

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

Notice of Public Meeeting

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2ND DEGREE BATTERY & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 17 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital after receiving a complaint in reference to a battery.

           

During the initial investigation CPSO Violent Crimes detectives learned the victim had been arguing with an acquaintance at which time Seth A. Barrick, 24, Lake Charles, struck the victim in the head with an unidentified object.  It was also learned Barrick stole the victim’s wallet. 

           

Later the same day deputies located Barrick.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; and armed robbery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $110,000.

           

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one (1) cargo trailer, forty-one (41) tactical mini shields, and four (4) fatal vision kits (simulated driving goggles).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $64,406.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 3, 2022 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on S. Huntington Street in Sulphur in reference to an internal theft.

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies one of the employees, Ashley E. Bourgeois, 35, Lake Charles, had been using a company credit card for her personal use.  The initial investigation revealed Bourgeois stole over $9,000 since December 2021.

           

Bourgeois, who was terminated that same day, was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released on a $7,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis the following day. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jake Schiro and Deputy Hedgemann Carter are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a home in south Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant she hired Curth J. Romero, 28, Jennings, in May of 2021 to complete electrical work at her home.  She stated she began noticing numerous items, including jewelry, collectable coins, power tools, firearms, and prescription medication, going missing from the home while Romero was working there.  During further investigation detectives learned Romero sold some of the stolen items to several pawn shops and jewelry stores in Lake Charles and Jennings.  Detectives also learned Romero may still be in possession of some of the stolen items.  Further investigation also revealed Romero was not a licensed contractor in Louisiana.  

           

With the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Romero at his residence, at which time they also recovered a large amount items that had been reported stolen by the victim. 

           

Romero was arrested and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; and residential contractor fraud failure to possess required license.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.  

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Kerrick Gabrial are the lead investigators on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANTS FOR TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary and theft of a firearm that occurred on April 2 in Sulphur. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance and were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a Nissan Pathfinder.  On April 11 detectives received a complaint in south Lake Charles in reference to another vehicle burglary, where the suspect’s vehicle was also a Nissan Pathfinder.

           

While detectives continued their investigation and attempted to locate the owner of the Nissan Pathfinder, they received several complaints in Moss Bluff on May 23 in reference to vehicle burglaries where several firearms were stolen.  Detectives were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle in the Moss Bluff burglaries as a Mercury Sable. 

           

Detectives learned Dammon D. White, 18, and Javonte A. Goodwin, 20, both of Lake Charles, had been in possession of the Pathfinder.  Detectives also learned the Pathfinder along with a Mercury Sable were parked at the residence where White and Goodwin live.  After executing search warrants and/or receiving permission to search three residences White and Goodwin had access to, detectives located 6 firearms, three of which had been reported stolen. 

           

After further investigation, on June 23 Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of White and Goodwin, who are currently incarcerated in Chamber County, Texas.  White is charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; 10 counts of theft less than $1,000; 7 counts of theft of a firearm; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property; his bond is set at $183,000.  Goodwin is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and theft less than $1,000; his bond is set at $49,000.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.  CPSO Detective James Rathke is the lead investigator on these cases.   

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191762.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO Investigating Shooting

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Lake Court Drive in south Lake Charles in reference to trespassing. 

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the complainant she advised there was a suspect outside the home refusing to leave.  The complainant then stated after the suspect attempted to gain entry into their home, her husband had shot the man. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene they immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.  The victim, Joseph Tezeno, 21, Lake Arthur, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

“This is a sad and tragic situation for both families involved.  Mr. Tezeno was a good kid that attended college locally.  Unfortunately Tezeno was believed to be under the influence and his actions, attempting to gain entry to the home more than once, caused the homeowner to fear for his life, at which time he had every right to protect his family and property,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 1st.  

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

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

 

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

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

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

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 that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

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

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

CPSO Crime Stoppers CVS

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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Crime Stoppers Hit & Run

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 5, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alvin Road in Sulphur in reference to gunshots heard in the area.  Deputies were also informed one of the homeowners in the area observed damage to his home consistent with a firearm projectile. 

           

When deputies arrived, they located a bullet hole in the victim’s bedroom window.  They also observed damage caused from a projectile to the closet door and a dresser in the room.  Evidence at the scene suggested the bullet came from south of the residence.  When deputies began canvassing the area they observed a man, later identified as Jacob W. Jones, 26, Sulphur, exiting his garage.  Deputies also observed a firearm laying on the ground in the garage, in plain view.  Deputies made contact with Jones, and while attempting to detain him for safety reasons he began to resist deputies.  Deputies were able to detain Jones and place him in the back of a CPSO transport van, at which time he advised deputies he fired several rounds outside of his residence while trying to protect his property from an unknown person in his backyard.  While in the van Jones was able to slip off his handcuffs.  When deputies attempted to handcuffed Jones again, he continued to physically resist deputies.

           

During further investigation, detectives spoke with a witness who advised they heard a single gunshot followed by a burst of gunshots.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Jones’ residence, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  While executing the warrant detectives located a a .300 caliber semi-automatic AR15 style rifle inside the garage as well as several spent .300 caliber shell casings outside his residence. 

           

Jones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm; aggravated damage to property; simple escape; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $102,500.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Courtney Bertin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Christopher Scharp is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Areno Road in Sulphur in reference to a stolen vehicle. 

           

During the initial investigation, the complainant advised deputies a truck was stolen from the business on November 24.  Detectives located the truck, using a GPS tracker that had been placed on the truck by the business, at a home on Sonny Todd Road in Sulphur.  Once at the home detectives made contact with a resident, Aaron P. Prestenbach, 41, Sulphur.

           

During further investigation, using the GPS tracker on the truck, it was discovered the truck was in the same location where two burglaries occurred between November 24 and 28, where numerous items including copper wiring, electrical panel components, and lead roof jacks had been stolen.

After search of Prestenbach’s residence, which is where the stolen truck was located, and surrounding property detectives recovered multiple items that had been reported stolen from the previous burglaries.  Detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were also able to confirm Prestenbach traveled to Texas on November 28 and scrapped copper wire.   

           

Prestenbach was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000; theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  He was released earlier today on an $116,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigations are continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 17 month old child being treated for a brain bleed.  The child was transported to a hospital out of town, at which time it was learned the child also sustained a skull fracture. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Logan R. Gauthier, 25, Sulphur.  Gauthier initially gave detectives conflicting stories on how the child sustained the injuries.  He later advised detectives he was responsible for causing the injuries.

           

On November 21, a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio was issued for Gauthier’s arrest.  He later turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile.  His bond is set at $225,000. 

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 128th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 128th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-nine officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and two officers completed 220 hours of transition courses.  These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Stefan Simmons, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 128th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Thomas Jenkins, Elton Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Donald Waterman, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Smith, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brandin Harper, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Maria Daraban, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Brandin Harper, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:

Cole Bradford– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Larry Bailey, Jr., Kassondra Hagen, Tyler Smith, Chance Stracner – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kasha Carpenter, Kelsye Cassell, Maria Daraban, Erin Guidry, Brandin Harper, Miguel Juarez, Kaytlen Leger, Nicholas Louviere, Stefan Simmons, Donald Waterman, Katie Watkins, Abigale Wright, Allen Wyninger - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Logan Broussard, Cole Castille – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lacey Marcile – Coushatta Police Department

Samuel Brady– DeQuincy Police Department

Thomas Jenkins – Elton Police Department

Jeanine Dugas– Iowa Police Department

Daniel Crews– Lake Charles Harbor Police Department

Cameron Rudisill – Lake Charles Police Department

Caleb Butts – Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Kristen Welch – Sulphur Police Department

Alexander Dougherty – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

 

Christopher Gallow, Jennings Police Department, Malcolm Ledet, Oberlin Police Department, and Craig Lee, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Jacob O’Connell, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond Eaves, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of August 28 and November 12 at a local refinery in Westlake.

               

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspect entered the property on both occasions and stole a total of over $25,000 worth of copper wire.  The suspect is described as a white male with a duck tattoo on his right forearm.    

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

               

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

 

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


CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

               

“For 10 years Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores, donate turkeys for deputies to hand out in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This year we had 125 turkeys that we distributed throughout the parish to those individuals who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding.  Our deputies really enjoy being able to give back to the community so we are grateful we can be a part of this.  It is a good feeling to see the surprise and excitement on the face of those people who initially thought they were going to receive a ticket.”     

           

E.P.I.C. Health and Hot Off The Press also helped provide the turkeys to members of the community.  


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 17, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team, executed a warrant at the home of Elliot J. Allison, 55, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, after a two month narcotics investigation revealed drug activity at the home.  During the investigation detectives learned Allison had distributed approximately 46 grams of cocaine from his residence.   

           

Upon execution of the search warrant, detectives located Allison, along Jacquetta N. Brown, 35, Lake Charles, and two additional men at the residence.  Once inside the residence detectives seized 1.2 pounds of powder cocaine; 17.22 grams of crack cocaine; 5 dosage units of hydrocodone; 2.2 pounds of marijuana; 36.96 grams of synthetic marijuana; equipment used to manufacture crack cocaine; and $6,493.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $23,000. 

           

Allison and Brown were arrested and  booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (marijuana); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (cocaine); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (hydrocodone); operation of a clandestine laboratory; possession of drug paraphernalia; and money laundering transactions involving proceeds of criminal activity.  Allison is additionally charged with 4 counts of distribution of CDS II; his total bond is set at $312,000.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set Brown’s bond at $31,500.

 

The two additional men located at the home were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons; one for possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana) and the other for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

           

During the course of the initial investigation detectives learned Allison is currently on parole until July 2027 for firearm and drug related charges.  It was also discovered Brown is on probation until October 2024 for drug related charges.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN

**UPDATE (2): 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso would like to thank Chief Wall and the Sulphur Police Department with their assistance today in the recovery of the vehicle belonging to Stephany Fong. He would also like to thank the Louisiana State Police for their assistance with traffic control during the investigation. 

 

 

According to Louisiana law, the law enforcement agency in the municipality where a crash occurred is required to be the investigating agency; therefore, the Sulphur Police Department will be handling the crash investigation. CPSO will continue their investigation regarding the missing person report along with evidence recovery.*

 

*UPDATE:  Deputies recovered Fong’s vehicle in Bayou d’Inde in Sulphur earlier this afternoon, November 21.  Fong was located inside the vehicle, deceased. The coroner’s office will determine cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. *

 

 

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Stephany Fong, 32, Lake Charles, who was reported missing yesterday evening. 

 

She was last seen shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, traveling northbound on Beglis Parkway in Sulphur, north of Cypress Street.  She was last seen driving her vehicle, a white, Toyota RAV4, bearing Louisiana license plate 342DDV.   

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Fong.  If anyone sees Fong or her vehicle, or knows of her whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Herman J. Gobert, 66, Lake Charles, who was reported missing in October. 

 

He was last seen on October 1, in the area of Broad Street and Shattuck Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives have followed up on several leads and tips, but have been unable to locate him. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in locating Gobert.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.  

CPSO DEPUTIES RAISE $10,000 BY PARTICIPATING IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

“I am so pleased to announce deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office raised $10,000 for charity by participating in No Shave November,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We had over 250 deputies participate in the fundraising and they raised over $8,000.  I was amazed at the amount of money collected and decided I would donate the additional funds to make it an even $10,000.  I am so proud of the men and women who work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, they always come together to help others in our community, they are some of the finest people you will meet – on and off the job.”

           

Half of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other half will be donated to Family & Youth, a local nonprofit that was chosen by the CPSO Support Services Division, the department that raised the most money.  Family and Youth provides affordable and professional support through programs and services dedicated to advocacy, counseling and education to members of our community.    

           

Due to the overwhelming support from deputies for this cause, Sheriff Mancuso has extended No Shave November, allowing deputies to forgo shaving until the end of December.      


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will implement the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday shopping season, which begins Friday, November 25 and will continue through Monday, December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

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

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have been providing this service to the shoppers in our community over 15 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. 

           

Deputies will also be assisting shoppers and conducting checks in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the shopping areas on Derek Drive. 

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign which starts Saturday, November 19 and ends Saturday, November 26, includes the Thanksgiving holiday.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt. 

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 over half of passengers who died in crashes were unrestrained.  “Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AFTER SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 13 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a bar in the 200 block of Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower back. 

           

During the initial investigation, it was discovered a physical altercation involving a large number of people ensued outside the bar at which time several shots were fired.  Deputies located a handgun along with several casings in close proximity of the victim. 

           

CPSO Deputies and detectives were able to identify and locate two of the shooters, Justin D. Wareham, 40, and John M. Lapoint, Jr., 39, both of Westlake.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Wareham is charged with aggravated battery; and illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrument while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.  Lapoint is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; and illegal use of a weapon.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000. 

           

After further investigation, detectives have reason to believe the altercation and shooting was between members of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang, and members of the Misfits MC.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.  She is currently in stable condition. 

           

CPSO Deputy Conner Coleman is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


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CPSO ARRESTS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On November 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to registered sex offender, Sherman D. Bell, Jr., 39, Lake Charles, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile.  During the investigation Bell confirmed to detectives he had sexual intercourse with the victim multiple times over the course of the last two years. 

 

Bell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond has not yet been set. 

           

Bell was convicted of rape & carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2004 in Beaumont, TX. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MEN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Lake Charles, LA –

 


**Update - Andrew was arrested earlier today in Sabine Parish.***

 

On October 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Houston River Road in Westlake in reference to a disturbance.  During the initial investigation detectives spoke with David J. Dawsey, 32, Anthony J. Thomason, 30, and Andrew J. Thomason, 31, all of Westlake.  They advised deputies they observed a parked car at the store who they believed had previously shot at them with an orbeez gun.  They stated they attempted to make contact with the individuals inside the car at which time the individuals began hitting their truck and left the scene.  While deputies were still on scene CPSO Dispatch received a call at a separate location in reference to three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 17, and an 18 year old being assaulted by a man with a firearm; it was discovered these individuals were the other party involved in the initial call. 

           

During the investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance from the convenience store.  They observed Dawsey strike the window of the car occupied by the 18 year old and juveniles with a fence post multiple times.  Detectives then observed Anthony use the same fence post to break the window.  He then attempted to use the post to hit the occupants inside the vehicle while they were driving away.  Detectives also observed Andrew exit the truck, produce a firearm, and point it at the individuals inside the car. 

           

After further investigation, on November 8, detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for the arrest of Dawsey, Anthony, and Andrew.  They are all charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault; 4 counts of simple battery; and aggravated criminal damage to property. 

 

On November 9, Dawsey and Anthony were located; when detectives spoke with them they confirmed they caused the damages to the victim’s car.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center; their bonds are set at $33,000.  Detectives have been unable to locate Andrew.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  His bond is set at $78,000.

           

The investigation also revealed the 17 year old juvenile was shooting the orbeez gun, he was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.  (An orbeez gun is a toy gun that shoots water beads that burst upon impact.)

           

CPSO Detective Chris Scharp are the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY & MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding William C. Smith, 32, Lake Charles, committing sexual battery on a juvenile.  During further investigation detectives learned of a second juvenile victim.  Detectives were able to obtain evidence corroborating the victims’ statements.   

 

On November 8, after Smith spoke with detectives, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony sexual battery; and molestation of a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $700,000. 

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2022 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces 2022 property tax notices are currently being mailed.  Taxpayers can choose to pay their 2022 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

             Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

            

           CPSO Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center

           1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

Payments can be made using checks, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Cash is not accepted at this location.

 

           

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2022 property taxes on the following dates and locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Monday, December 5                                                  DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Tuesday, December 6                                                 Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Wednesday, December 7                                           Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.  For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2022 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2022.  Any payments received after December 31, 2022 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 3, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Travon K. Lee, 21, MS., after an investigation revealed he was recording an individual who was using a portable restroom at a job site in Sulphur. 

           

When detectives spoke with Lee he confirmed the allegations.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  On November 5, he was released on a $40,000 bond signed by Judge Derrick Kee.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 5 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a park on August Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a shots fired call. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene, they were advised by witnesses that the suspect was still in the area.  Deputies were able to locate the suspect in his car and later identified him as Donnell Stephenson, 62, Lake Charles.  When deputies initially made contact with Stephenson, they observed signs of impairment. 

           

During the initial investigation, detectives learned the suspect approached the victim, who he does not know, at the park and began yelling at him, pulled out a firearm, and fired at the victim.  The victim fled the area on foot at which time Stephenson shot at the victim’s car, disabling it.  Stephenson returned to his car and drove towards the area where the victim fled, firing more shots at the victim.  Stephenson then drove back to the victim’s car, fired a shot through the window, and stole a bag out of the car.

           

The victim was able to flee the park on foot and did not suffer any injuries from the shooting.  Further breath intoxilyzer testing revealed Stephenson was over the legal limit. 

           

Stephenson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence; illegal possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone; simple burglary; simple criminal property damage; theft under $1,000; and DWI.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $65,000. 

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $88,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities, from now until September 30, 2023, to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off-duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.

           

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funding for the fight against cancer. 

           

“Our policy normally prohibits facial hair; other than permitted mustaches,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “For the month of November, I am suspending that policy for deputies who choose to donate and allowing them to forgo shaving while simultaneously raising money for charity.  We have also added some stipulations for the women, as well, if they would like to participate.  This is a fun way to build comradery and have friendly competition.  This will be the first year our department has participated and I am hoping it will be successful and something we can continue doing each year.”

           

CPSO deputies will be allowed to make a donation; the amount is up to them, in order to participate.  A portion of the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the other portion of the money will be donated to a local nonprofit, chosen by the department that raises the most money.

           

On December 1 all CPSO deputies will return to the normal grooming standards policy.  

CPSO & CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARREST MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between July and October 2022, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Contractor Fraud Response Team received numerous complaints in reference to John L. Foreman, 60, Lake Charles, DBA Foreman Construction. 

           

During the investigations, it was learned the victims hired Foreman to perform repairs on their homes and made upfront payments to Foreman.  Foreman failed to complete the repairs and no work has been performed at the homes in over 45 days.  Detectives also learned on more than one occasion Foreman hired subcontractors to complete some of the work but failed to pay them.  It was also discovered, in several of the cases the repairs needed on the homes exceeded the threshold of Foreman’s contracting license.

           

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for Foreman’s arrest.  On October 25 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; 2 counts of misapplication of contractors payments; 3 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; theft $5,000 - $25,000; exploitation of the infirmed (due to one of the victim’s age); and 3 counts of failure to perform any work during a forty five day period or longer.  His total bond is set at $225,000.     

           

CPSO Detectives Matthew Fast, Allen Cormier, Jr., and Eddie Curol are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, October 26 the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office arrested CPSO Deputy Arthur Deville for 200 counts of possession of child pornography.

 

Deville worked in Airport Security and had been with the department for approximately 17 years before being terminated today.

 

“I am very disturbed by this incident,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I am also angry and embarrassed for our profession, and very sorry for the victims.  When I was made aware of the allegations, we learned Deville was willing to participate in questioning with investigators and we assisted in making arrangements for him to speak with detectives.  Criminal activity will never be tolerated in our department and I will continue to hold deputies accountable for their actions.” 

           

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is the investigating agency with the U.S. Homeland Security assisting in the investigation.  Deville’s bond has been set at $800,000.  

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

UPDATE:  He has been located and is safe.

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing man, Taylor A. Mallett, 24, that was reported missing earlier today from his home in Welsh.  When Mallett left home at approximately 6:00 a.m., he stated he was headed to work in Westlake, but never arrived.  Mallett’s car was located, abandoned, near Galley Road and Joe Breaux Road in Hayes.  CPSO detectives later located the keys to his car in a wooded area near where his car was found.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mallett.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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.  “We consistently conduct address verifications for sex offenders and do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso, “It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”

               

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

 

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

               

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

 

Other Halloween safety tips include:

·         Watch out for your children and make sure they are supervised by a trusting adult at all times.

·         Keep children off the streets after dark.  If they do go out after dark, make sure they wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

·         Never let your kids go out with realistic replicas of firearms.

·         If your older children are going out alone, give them a curfew and have them tell you what route they will be taking.

·         Remind your kids to never enter a stranger’s home or accept a ride from a stranger.

·         Motorists should drive slowly and watch closely for trick-or-treaters.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alister Court in Iowa in reference to a call from a homeowner stating he observed several individuals outside his home who appeared to be attempting to steal his car. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the homeowner, Joshua G. Mouton, 32, Iowa, exited his residence and upon observing the individuals he began shooting at them, firing several rounds.  It was later discovered the individuals on the property were three juveniles who were “teepeeing” the home.  As a result of the gunfire one of the juveniles was struck in the leg, along with the vehicle they arrived at the home in, as well as a baseball cap, worn by the adult driver who drove them to the home.  It was also discovered at least one of the juveniles is an acquaintance of Mouton’s children.  Further investigation revealed Mouton is legally prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history. 

           

Mouton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery; aggravated criminal damage to property; 2 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm; 3 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; illegal use of a weapon.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

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

                

CPSO Cpl. Michael Hamorski is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Barrett Savoie is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a Nurse Practitioner, Brennan C. Bergeron, 29, Iowa, raping a victim during an office visit at a local health care facility.

 

During the investigation, detectives executed search warrants, at which time they discovered evidence corroborating the victim’s statements.  On October 18, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Bergeron’s arrest.  The following day he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  He was released later the same day on a $650,000 bond.     

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            Between December 2021 and March 2022, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received two complaints in reference to contractor Keith Diprima, 45, of Matthews, NC with construction company DBA First Restoration of America.

            During the investigation, detectives learned one of the victim’s was sub-contracted by Diprima.  After completing the work, the victim never received payment from Diprima.  The second victim hired Diprima to do hurricane repairs on his home.  Diprima received a large down payment for the work but never completed the work and has not had contact with the victim since September 2021.  Further investigation revealed that Diprima did not possess a proper license to complete work.

            After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued on April 14, 2022 signed by Judge Fazzio with a bond set at $4,000.  A second arrest warrant was issued on July 14, 2022 and signed by Judge Canaday with a bond set at $100,000.  On October 16, Diprima turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud, failure to possess a required license for home improvement, failure to perform any work for 45 days, and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.

        CPSO Detective Eddie Curol is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

 

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

CPSO CHARGES 4 INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARY SPREE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 4, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives received several complaints in reference to multiple vehicle burglaries and a theft of an SUV in a neighborhood off Nelson Road in Lake Charles. 

           

While deputies were on scene conducting their initial investigation, they located an abandoned vehicle, which was learned to have been reported stolen through LCPD earlier the same night.  A short time later, deputies along with VCIU detectives located the stolen SUV in an apartment complex off Ace Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), they were able to identify one of the suspect’s as a 17 year old juvenile.  Detectives issued a warrant for his arrest. 

           

On October 10, CPSO VCIU detectives were notified in reference to the same SUV being stolen again.  It was learned the suspects had stolen and kept a key fob to the vehicle.  It was later learned the suspects used the SUV to commit several vehicle burglaries along with another vehicle theft in two subdivisions, off W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles and S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  The same night it was discovered LCPD was investigating several vehicle burglaries in the Lake Charles area when they located the 17 year old juvenile CPSO had previously issued a warrant for and another possible suspect, Javante L. Bryant, 18, Lake Charles, who had unrelated active warrants through LCPD and CPSO.  LCPD was also able to recover the key fob to the stolen SUV.  They were both arrested; the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and Bryant was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

           

After further investigation, CPSO detectives along with RTCC deputies were able to confirm Bryant was involved in the vehicle burglaries and thefts on October 4 and 10.  They were also able to identify two additional suspects, Quelon F. Watt, 18, Sulphur and another 17 year old juvenile.  On October 14 VCIU detectives issued warrants for their arrest. 

 

Bryant and the juvenile who had been previously booked in are charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Watt and the other juvenile are charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 - $25,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft less than $1,000.  Both juveniles are additionally charged with 2 counts of juvenile in possession of a handgun.  Judge David Ritchie set Bryant’s bond at $510,000 and Watt’s bond at $405,000. 

           

CPSO detectives have attempted to locate Watt and the other juvenile but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone with any information to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are possible.  CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at a local night club on Common Street in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck was backing into a parking spot when it struck a parked car.  The driver did not stop.  He fled the parking lot, running a stop sign, and headed south on Common Street.  The truck is described as possibly blue or navy in color. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate the suspect's vehicle using several investigative techniques but have been unsuccessful.  They are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the video, or anyone with information related to the case to contact CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

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CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH TWO COUNTS OF BURGLARY OF A PHARMACY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 and again on May 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a pharmacy, one on Highway 171 and one on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspect shattered the glass on the front doors of the drugstores and made entry inside.  Once inside the suspect was able to enter the pharmacies, at which time he stole prescription medications and then fled the scene.

           

After further investigation, detectives were able to determine one suspect was responsible for both pharmacy burglaries.  Detectives later identified the suspect as Brandon M. Hamilton, 39, Baytown, Texas.  On September 27, CPSO detectives issued warrants for his arrest.

           

Hamilton, who is currently incarcerated in Liberty County, Texas on unrelated charges, is charged with theft from $1,000 to $5,000; theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and 2 counts of simple burglary of a pharmacy.  His total bond is set at $102,500. 

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on these cases.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to obscenity that occurred on Sampson Street in Westlake. 

  

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man driving next to her honked at her and then exposed himself.  After further investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Issac W. Mullins, 21, Westlake.  After further investigation, he was arrested on September 30 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity.  He was released later the same day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating a sexual battery complaint involving a juvenile.  The suspect, Dalton T. Arrant, 23, Sulphur, was questioned by detectives at which time he confirmed the allegations involving the victim.

 

On September 22, Arrant was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  He is charged with sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran and Detective Sonny Schiro are the lead investigators on this case.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 on Parish Road near Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an SUV was heading south on Parish Road when it struck another SUV on the rear bumper, causing damage.  The driver did not stop, and made a right turn onto Sam Houston Jones Parkway.  The SUV is described as tan or brown in color. 

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in the photograph, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 or 491-3603 and reference case number 22-090807.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO JUVENILES AFTER FIGHT AT WASHINGTON-MARION HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 1:15 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of an incident occurring at Washington-Marion High School.         

           

During the initial investigation it was discovered a fight occurred at the school between two students.  During the fight witnesses reported hearing someone mention a gun.  One of the students involved in the fight along with two other juveniles fled the school and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The three individuals who fled were quickly located near Rose Street in Lake Charles by the Lake Charles Police Department.   

           

During further investigation it was learned one of the students involved in the fight, who fled the scene, had been suspended from Washington-Marion earlier the same day for a previous fight.  It was also discovered one of the other juveniles who fled the school was not a student at Washington-Marion and previously attended LaGrange High School.  He was present during the fight and in possession of a pair of brass knuckles.  The third juvenile who fled the campus and was located by law enforcement was not involved in the altercation.     

           

Later the same evening, two of the juveniles ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The 15 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and carrying a dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property.  The 16 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and disturbing the peace by fighting.     

           

The investigation revealed there was no firearm present during the altercation at the high school. 

           

Molo Middle School was placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the proximity to Washington-Marion High School. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, September 17, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress.  Due to recent burglaries at the business, CPSO detectives previously installed surveillance cameras on the property and were alerted that morning in reference to unknown individuals on the property.

           

Upon arrival, deputies located a hole in the fence along with a bicycle lying on the ground.  While deputies were clearing the property, they observed an unknown man, later identified as Aaron P. Prestenback, 41, Sulphur, on the property.  When Prestenback observed deputies he fled the scene and led deputies on a brief foot pursuit into a nearby neighborhood, where he was quickly apprehended. 

           

During further investigation, deputies found three backpacks, located on the business’ property and along the path Prestenback fled, containing burglary tools, cut sections of copper wire, and drug paraphernalia.  When detectives spoke with Prestenback he confirmed he cut a hole in the fence and stole the copper wire.  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; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $21,500.

           

The investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify other possible suspects.       

           

CPSO Deputy Scott LaCaze is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective James Graves is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of CPSO Detective Joshua Couch.   

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Moss Bluff Middle School, located at 1104 Don Manuel Boulevard in Moss Bluff.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 13, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a juvenile that was being enticed to have sex in exchange for money.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Kentrell A. Knighten, 38, Lake Charles, sent lewd messages to the victim, who is under the age of 16, referencing a sex act and how much money she would be paid in exchange.   

           

Knighten was located and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with juveniles; and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 16, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a parish office in reference to an employee Dani R. Bailey, 39, Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised Bailey was improperly using equipment that belongs to the district.  The complainant also stated Bailey, who had access to district funds, was making personal purchases with the funds.  When detectives spoke with Bailey she confirmed she used the district’s equipment, such as lawn mowers, a chainsaw, and a floor jack, for personal use.   

           

CPSO detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The CPDAO accepted charges and on September 9, a warrant was issued for Bailey’s arrest.  On September 14 Bailey turned herself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with malfeasance in office.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

Bailey has paid back restitution to the district in reference to several personal items that were purchased using an account in the district’s name. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Nicholas L. Kastrick, 34, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents have been occurring for several years, the most recent being the previous day.      

           

Later the same day, after detectives spoke with Kastrick, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $850,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, September 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

Two hundred and eight (208) vehicles were checked; eight (8) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; five (5) citations were issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for obstructed windshield; and one (1) citation was issued for expired license plate. 

                The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

  • Alvin Parker, 45, Lafayette, arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (powder cocaine), possession of CDS I (synthetic marijuana); possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

o   Mieka Rogalski, 24, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Marques Bragg, 42, Sulphur, was arrested for DWI; and contempt of court warrant for domestic abuse battery strangulation

o   Shawn McNabb, 25, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS IV(alprazolam)

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

  • Chance Burnsworth, 38, Sulphur, was arrested for driving under suspension for prior DWI; and expired MVI
  • Seth Duhon, 29, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Joshua Duhon, 30, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving under suspension; and turning movements and signals required
  • Stacy Messink, 46, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; and obstructed windshield

o   Chase Molitor, 22, Sulphur was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Khadihah Jones, 28, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and open container

o   Schnequia Fontenot, 45, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

o   Maychelle Albright, 34, Orange, was arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles Police Department.  The checkpoint was sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.   

 

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

CPSO Marine Division Recovery

Earlier today deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division & Dive Team were conducting dive training at the Choupique Bayou Bridge in Carlyss when they recovered a truck from the water. 

It was discovered the truck was previously reported stolen in October 2017, from a business in Sulphur.

CPSO ARRESTS DEPUTY FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 2, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy Ed Choi, 39, Lake Charles, after receiving a complaint in reference to previous incidents of domestic abuse.

 

During the initial investigation it was discovered the incidents occurred several weeks prior to the complaint being filed. The investigation revealed in addition to domestic abuse, Choi also prevented the victim from leaving the residence. The investigation was conducted by detectives and the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. Earlier today the CPDAO accepted charges for domestic abuse battery; and false imprisonment.

 

After turning himself in, Choi was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons. Prior to being terminated today by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Choi worked at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy and had been with department over 6 years.

 

“Our deputies will always be held accountable for their actions,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “Choi has been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. At the time of the complaint detectives did not have enough evidence to make an arrest. Due to the incidents being reported after the fact and the involved parties already being separated there was no reason to believe any further threat of abuse would occur. Detectives conducted a thorough and complete investigation to corroborate the allegations.”

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 SEX OFFENDERS FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Thaddeus D. Hunter, 60, Lake Charles, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish for approximately two months without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

On September 8 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000.

               

Hunter was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2019 and again in 2020, both in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

 

On August 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives issued a warrant for convicted sex offender, Nobryan V. McGee, 34, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered McGee purchased a vehicle in December 2021 and failed to register the information with law enforcement prior to the use of the vehicle, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

           

On August 9, CPSO deputies located McGee, at which time he attempted to flee on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit McGee was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $65,000. 

           

McGee was convicted of simple rape in Bossier parish in 2006.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2006 and again in 2010, both in Bossier Parish. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish today, September 9.  

 

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

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3rd DEGREE RAPE

On September 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded a local hospital in reference to a call regarding a rape that occurred earlier that morning.

           

During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Jose R. Barahona, 23, Lake Charles.  Later the same day detectives located Barahona and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $750,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANTI-BULLYING WALK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Anti-Bullying Walk Saturday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater, located at 900 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles.

 

Attending the walk will be representatives from the Louisiana Youth for Excellence Program. 

           

The walk is free to the public and the first 100 students will receive a free t-shirt.

 

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, September 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 668 N. Perkins Ferry Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and eleven (511) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for no seatbelt; and two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker. 

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Brooke N. Vaughn, 32, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI 1st

Breanna P. Fontenot, 26, Sulphur, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

           In May, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from the McNeese Alumni Association in reference to theft of funds.

            During the initial investigation the association provided detectives with documents, including a report prepared by a forensic accounting agency detailing unusual credit card activity.  Detectives were advised by the association they noticed high expenditures that appeared to be personal in nature, by former employee Stephanie Y. Clark, 38, Lake Charles.

            During the investigation detectives learned Clark had a credit card issued to her from the association, as well as access to a credit card that had been issued to a former employee, both of which she used to make unauthorized purchases.  Detectives met with Clark at which time she admitted to approximately $50,000 in unauthorized purchases.  The detective’s investigation revealed over $200,000 in unauthorized transactions; including purchases to concerts and stores such as Poshmark, Apple, Nordic Track, Disney, and numerous others. 

            After further investigation Clark was arrested on September 2, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

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

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1st DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –
 
On August 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 14.
           
During the investigation detectives received information identifying the suspect as Hunter K. Smith, 26, Lake Charles.  On September 1, detectives located Smith at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape. 
            
Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1 million. 
            
CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on these case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –
 
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student, who attends Moss Bluff Middle School, making threats. 
            
During the initial investigation detectives learned while the 12 year old was at school he threatened to shoot other students on campus.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the boy and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 
            
CPSO Detective Clay Planchard is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 23, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint from the corporate office of a store located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to an an employee who was stealing from the store. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the manager of the store Randy C. Seales, 44, Lake Charles, had stolen approximately $1,300 worth of groceries and merchandise from the store.  The complainant stated Seales would place items from the store in plastic bags and place them in his office until he left for the day, at which time he would bring them to his car without paying for them.

 

During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Seales taking items and either consuming them or taking them to his car without paying.  On August 29, detectives made contact with Seales at the store.  When detectives spoke with Seales he confirmed he had stolen items from the store.  Detectives learned the thefts occurred between May and August 2022. 

 

Seales was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000. He was released later the same day on a $3,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREATS

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

           On Sunday, August 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a student who attends Sulphur High School, making threats on social media, to shoot other students who also attend the school. 

            During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old threatened to carry out the shooting on a specific day of the week, but did not specify if it would actually occur on school property.  After further investigation detectives interviewed the 17 year old and he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

            CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead detective on this case. 

 

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

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

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, August 26, at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sam Houston High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised a 14 year old juvenile sent several text messages threatening a school shooting. 

           

Detectives located the boy at his residence and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on the case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Perry Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery.

 

During the initial investigation deputies learned following a traffic collision involving a hit and run on Ryan Street in Lake Charles, the occupants of a car involved in the wreck followed another individual involved, who was leaving the scene, to his residence. Once at the home four unknown males exited the car and demanded money from the individual who left the scene. The suspects surrounded the man, pulled him into the roadway and began hitting him while demanding payment. Witnesses advised detectives when the suspects realized they were being watched they allowed the victim to stand up and walk to his front door, while they followed him. The victim advised detectives he asked another individual inside the home to pay the suspects so they would leave. While attempting to send money using a mobile payment app one of the suspects stole the victim’s phone. It was later discovered the suspect sent multiple monetary transactions from the victim’s account to his.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as, Allen D. Johnson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Donald G Wilson, Jr., 21, Lake Charles, Jaden Johnson, 20, Lake Charles, and Adrian L. Brown, 21, Houston, TX. When attempting to locate the suspects, detectives located the suspect’s car, with damages consistent with the traffic crash.

 

On August 25 they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple robbery. When detectives located Allen and Donald they were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were additionally charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia; Judge Tony Fazzio set their bond at $85,000. Judge Tony Fazzio set Jaden and Adrian’s bond at $80,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. The Lake Charles City Police is investigating the actual crash.

 

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


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, August 26.   

           

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.  People are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted.

           

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

**Due to weather, the checkpoint has been rescheduled to Friday, September 2.**

CPSO TRANSITIONS TO ELECTRONIC MAIL FOR INMATES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently contracted with a company to provide electronic mail services to all inmates.  These changes are being made in an effort to streamline operations, improve communications, and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff, all while providing a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photographs electronically.

            Starting September 1, all inmate mail should be addressed to a location offsite, where it will be processed and scanned into the system.  The mail will be delivered to the inmates on a password-protected kiosk.  Starting September 1 all inmate mail must be sent to the following address:

            Smart Communications / Calcasieu Correctional Center OR Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison

            Inmate Name / Inmate ID#

            P.O. Box 9169    

            Seminole, FL 33775-9169

           

Any mail received at the CCC after September 15, will be returned to the sender. 

Friends and family members are encouraged to subscribe to MailGuard tracker at https://www.mailguardtracker.com/; you will be able to create a free account and view delivery status, receive notifications on rejected mail, and download copies of mail that has been received and processed.  Upon the release of an inmate, they will be able to log in to their account at https://www.smartinmate.com/ and download their messages and photographs. 

Legal mail, court documents, bank statements, and publications will continue to be sent to the Calcasieu Correctional Center directly at P.O. Box 2017 Lake Charles, LA 70602. 

 

For questions please contact the Calcasieu Correctional Center at (337) 491-3763.

CPSO INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Etienne Daigle Road and Raleigh Reed Road in Sulphur in reference to a man being hit by a truck. 

 

The initial investigation revealed Mark E. Brock, 61, Sulphur, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on Etienne Daigle Road when he struck a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of the northbound lane on Etienne Daigle Road.  The pedestrian, Jonathan P. Hatfield, 42, Lake Charles, was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. 

 

When deputies spoke with Brock they detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and he confirmed to deputies he had been drinking.  After Brock performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing a warrant was obtained for a blood draw for toxicology testing.

 

Brock was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 1st; and vehicular homicide. 

           

Several factors are believed to have contributed to the fatality including the area being dark with no street lights. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this case.

 

 

Note: In order for the mugshot to be released for the charge of vehicular homicide the suspect’s BAC must be greater than .20%.  Brock’s BAC is pending toxicology testing.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a nightclub, located on Highway 109 South in Vinton.

 

Once on scene deputies located the victim, suffering from gunshot wounds to his abdomen and legs.  After the initial investigation and speaking with witnesses at the scene, detectives learned Kaleb C. Harvey, 19, Nederland, Texas, and the victim were engaged in a verbal altercation outside of the establishment at which time Harvey retrieved a firearm out of his vehicle and shot the victim multiple times. Detectives learned Harvey fled the scene and was possibly headed to his home in Nederland.   

 

Later in the morning, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office located Harvey at which time he was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.  He is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $250,000.

           

The victim was transported to a local hospital and immediately taken into emergency surgery.  He is listed in critical condition. 

 

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

 

 

Note: There is no mugshot available at this time due to Harvey not being booked in at the CCC

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN AT LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School was outside the school when he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from a group of students.  Upon a subsequent search performed by the principal they located a loaded firearm along with a small amount of marijuana inside a 16 year old student’s backpack. 

           

The student was arrested and will be booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; and possession of marijuana.

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this year, between March and May, the Contractor Fraud Response Team received multiple complaints in reference to Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 41, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, for possible contractor fraud.

           

During the initial investigations the complainants stated they hired Shawn and Leigh to install flooring.  The complainants advised detectives they paid for materials but Shawn and Leigh failed to provide the materials or complete the work.  Due to prior complaints, detectives were already aware that Shawn and Leigh were not licensed to complete construction work. 

           

During further investigation Shawn and Leigh confirmed to detectives they did not provide the victims the materials that were paid for.  On August 15 they were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with 6 counts of failure to possess the required license for home improvements; 5 counts of theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 6 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  Both their bonds are set at $182,500.    

           

Shawn and Leigh were previously arrested by the Contractor Fraud Response Team for a similar incident earlier this year.  

           

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier is the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER OF 6 MONTH OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, around 3:45 p.m. an off-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was flagged down by a motorist, later identified as Ivy L. Lee, 22, Lake Charles, in the area of Enterprise Boulevard and Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Lee advised the deputy her 6 month old child was not breathing.  Another CPSO deputy, who was patrolling in the area, was also flagged down.  Deputies immediately began performing life saving measures on the child and she was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

           

During the initial investigation Lee gave detectives two different stories, stating the child had not been in her care.  Ivy ultimately advised detectives she drove to her place of employment on Gerstner Memorial Drive in Lake Charles, at which time she left the child in her small SUV, for approximately 5 hours.  A search of the SUV revealed suspected marijuana inside.

           

After further investigation Lee was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; and possession of marijuana.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $1,204,000.             

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Opelousas Street in Lake Charles in reference to a possible carjacking.  

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the victim they were able to get a description of the SUV and put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) to other law enforcement agencies in the area. 

 

A short time later officers with the Lake Charles Police Department observed the SUV traveling on Enterprise Boulevard and initiated a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled in the SUV and led officers on a brief pursuit.  The suspect crashed the vehicle near Prien Lake Road and 4th Avenue and fled on foot.  CPSO deputies with the assistance of LCPD officers were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Jyron L. Harper, 19, Lake Charles, in the area of 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, at which time he was taken into custody.  Deputies also located a stolen firearm inside the SUV, which was previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department. 

 

During further investigation it was learned the victim met Harper on a social networking app.  The victim picked up Harper earlier that day and traveled to a park on Opelousas Street at which time Harper pointed a handgun at him and stole his SUV. 

 

Harper was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery use of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $155,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Antonio Hagans is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

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

 

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

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Iowa Middle School, located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES D.A.R.E. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Tracy Darbonne was presented with the 2022 D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued hard work and years of dedication to the Louisiana D.A.R.E. program.  Captain Darbonne was presented the award at the annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officer Training Conference that was held in Opelousas, LA, earlier this month.  

           

Captain Darbonne has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1994 and has been a D.A.R.E. officer for over 20 years.  During her time as a D.A.R.E. Officer she has been teaching the program to fifth and seventh grade students at schools in Calcasieu Parish.    The D.A.R.E. program educates students about violence, bullying, alcohol, and drugs and allows our deputies to build positive relationships with the students.

 

“Captain Darbonne has spent the majority of her career educating the youth in our community.  She has worked very hard to make a lasting impression on the students in Calcasieu Parish.  Captain Darbonne became the first female Captain at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and is currently the supervisor over the Youth & D.A.R.E. Division.  She leads by example and continues to instill passion to her fellow deputies, who strive to make positive interactions in the classroom,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO Arrests 1 & Issue Warrant For 2 Related To Vehicle Burglaries

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 and June 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in South Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.    

           

During the initial investigation detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center (RTCC), were able to locate surveillance footage from several residences and businesses located near where the burglaries occurred.  When detectives viewed the surveillance they observed three unknown men in a silver four door sedan that were responsible for the burglaries in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.

           

During their investigation, on July 4 detectives learned the Lake Charles Police Department responded a vehicle burglary on Sugarloaf Drive in Lake Charles and detained one of the suspects, later identified as Jermaine C. Obrien, Jr., 20, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned Obrien was one of the suspects seen in the surveillance footage from the burglaries that occurred on June 24 and 29.  It was also discovered Obrien has a silver four door sedan registered to him. 

           

After further investigation, on July 14 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Obrien’s arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  He was located on July 18 after a traffic stop and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of possession of a firearm by persons convicted of domestic violence; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle he was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marijuana.  He was additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; and possession of marijuana.  His total bond is set at $150,000.

           

Detectives continued their investigation into the vehicle burglaries and later identified the other two suspects, Taveon E. Williams, 20, and Melchezieck J. Simon, Jr., 20, both of Lake Charles.  On July 20 detectives issued warrants for their arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Williams and Simon are charged with 16 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; and 4 counts of theft less than $1,000.  Williams is additionally charged with 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Williams’ bond is set at $640,000 and Simon’s bond is set at $381,000.  

 

CPSO deputies attempted to located Williams and Simon but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information on their whereabouts or recognize Williams or Simon they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on these cases. 

 

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

 

 

Note: In accordance with newly amended R.S. 44:4.1(B)(38) and Code of Criminal Procedure Article 234 mugshots are being released for Williams & Simon.  It has been determined the release of photos will assist in apprehending the individuals. 

             

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

On Friday, July 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 2903 Opelousas Street in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred and sixty (260) vehicles were checked; eight (8) field sobriety tests were administered; fifteen (15) citations were issued for no seatbelt; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; three (3) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; three (3) citations were issued for driving under suspension; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; five (5) citations were issued for open container; and one (1) citation was issued for obedience to traffic controls. 

 

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Frankie Thomas, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for obedience to traffic controls; DWI 1st; possession of CDS II (PCP)

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Latheris Thomas, 38, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; and DWI 1st

Ricky Lafleur, 50, Lake Charles, arrested for open container; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Eric Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; driving under suspension; DWI 1st

Victor Vallaire. 28, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

Charles Cole, 42, Lake Charles, was arrested for no seatbelt; open container; DWI 1st

 

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

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.  

 

A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES LBA AWARD

Pictured in photo 1 (front) CPSO Captain Jason Alexander, CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot, CPSO Commander Nick Fontenot (back) CPSO Lieutenant James Leubner. 

 

Pictured in photo 2 Garland Prejean of CSE Federal Credit Union presents Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office a 2022 Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot was awarded the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award by the Louisiana Bankers Association.   

           

“Detective Fontenot is a hard-working deputy who is committed to investigating financial crimes for the victims in our parish.  I am so pleased she is being recognized for her hard work and commitment to our community.  Financial crimes are complex and tedious and take a dedicated investigator such as Detective Fontenot.  I am proud to say she works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.     

           

Each year the Louisiana Bankers Association recognizes outstanding law enforcement officers who assist banks with the investigation of financial crimes.  Detective Fontenot was one of two recipients to receive the award, which is nominated on by bankers from across the state.  


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education course on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191813.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784. 

  

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.  They advise the victim they have won a new car, but need to pay the taxes on the car and instruct the victim to purchase gift cards to make the payment.  The suspect’s number displays as a call coming from Jamaica.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

 

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

·  Verify the information before sending any money

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

 

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

SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force Tip Line

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces the creation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force tip line (337)491-SWLA (7952).

           

“We want to have an easy and anonymous way for victims or other members of the community to report possible human trafficking activity; that is why the tip line was created.  The phone line is manned 24/7 by deputies in the CPSO Real Time Crime Center who have been specially trained on how to deal with calls relating to human trafficking.  Once they have taken the information they will take appropriate steps to ensure the tip is investigated.” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “It is often times hard for victims of human trafficking to come forward; we want to assure them we are here to help and they are the reason the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force was created.”        

           

You can also submit an anonymous tip on the CloseWatch Calcasieu app by selecting “human trafficking” as the tip type.  You can download the app from your app store on your phone.  For more information on the app and how it works you can visit https://www.cpso.com/crime-prevention/closewatch-calcasieu-app/. 

           

When submitting a tip by calling or using the CloseWatch app please provide as much information as possible, such as the following:

·         Road names or address where the activity is occurring

·         Name(s) of the people involved

·         A description or license plate of any vehicles involved

·         Any other information you think may aid in the investigation

 

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  “Our community has needed this task force for quite some time and I’m happy to partner with the Sheriff’s Office and all involved in an effort to end human trafficking in SWLA,” stated Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight.  “I hope victims of human trafficking and members of our community are able to utilize this tip line and know that they are making a difference in our community. Human trafficking has no place in Calcasieu Parish and we will not stand for it.”  

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.    

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4th OFFENSE DWI

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 15 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a truck near the intersection of Maplewood Drive and Post Oak Road in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

When deputies approached the truck and spoke with the driver, William R. Rivera, 43, Sulphur, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Deputies also observed a partially full beer bottle inside the truck. When deputies spoke with Rivera he advised he was on probation and his license was suspended due to prior DWIs. Rivera also advised deputies that he drank approximately 2 beers.

 

After Rivera performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilizer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Rivera, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in January 2022, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; and operating a vehicle while license is suspended. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,450 with special conditions being no contact with known drug users or convicted felons, no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole, no driving without an ignition interlock device; no driving without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, subject to curfew and random drug screens, and no other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll and Deputy Hedgemann Carter were the arresting deputies on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AFTER CRASH INVOLVING 2 FATALITIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 23, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Davis Road in Westlake in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeler. 

           

The investigation revealed the motorcycle and the four-wheeler were both traveling north on Davis Road when the motorcycle struck the four-wheeler from behind.  The driver of the motorcycle, along with the driver and the two passengers on the four-wheeler were all ejected.  The driver of the motorcycle, Trey Augustine, 29, Westlake, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A juvenile passenger on the four-wheeler was transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

           

On July 17, after further investigation, the driver of the four-wheeler, Heidi A. Corley, 30, Westlake, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of negligent homicide; and off road vehicles authorization for use on the shoulders of certain public roads.  She was released later the same evening on a $155,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

  

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG 2ND DEGREE BATTERY & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 17 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital after receiving a complaint in reference to a battery.

           

During the initial investigation CPSO Violent Crimes detectives learned the victim had been arguing with an acquaintance at which time Seth A. Barrick, 24, Lake Charles, struck the victim in the head with an unidentified object.  It was also learned Barrick stole the victim’s wallet. 

           

Later the same day deputies located Barrick.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; and armed robbery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $110,000.

           

The victim was airlifted to a hospital out of town and is listed in critical condition. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one (1) cargo trailer, forty-one (41) tactical mini shields, and four (4) fatal vision kits (simulated driving goggles).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $64,406.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 3, 2022 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on S. Huntington Street in Sulphur in reference to an internal theft.

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies one of the employees, Ashley E. Bourgeois, 35, Lake Charles, had been using a company credit card for her personal use.  The initial investigation revealed Bourgeois stole over $9,000 since December 2021.

           

Bourgeois, who was terminated that same day, was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released on a $7,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis the following day. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jake Schiro and Deputy Hedgemann Carter are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Lukas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT & CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a home in south Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant she hired Curth J. Romero, 28, Jennings, in May of 2021 to complete electrical work at her home.  She stated she began noticing numerous items, including jewelry, collectable coins, power tools, firearms, and prescription medication, going missing from the home while Romero was working there.  During further investigation detectives learned Romero sold some of the stolen items to several pawn shops and jewelry stores in Lake Charles and Jennings.  Detectives also learned Romero may still be in possession of some of the stolen items.  Further investigation also revealed Romero was not a licensed contractor in Louisiana.  

           

With the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Romero at his residence, at which time they also recovered a large amount items that had been reported stolen by the victim. 

           

Romero was arrested and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and later transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with theft over $25,000; and residential contractor fraud failure to possess required license.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $70,000.  

           

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Kerrick Gabrial are the lead investigators on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANTS FOR TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 4 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary and theft of a firearm that occurred on April 2 in Sulphur. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance and were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a Nissan Pathfinder.  On April 11 detectives received a complaint in south Lake Charles in reference to another vehicle burglary, where the suspect’s vehicle was also a Nissan Pathfinder.

           

While detectives continued their investigation and attempted to locate the owner of the Nissan Pathfinder, they received several complaints in Moss Bluff on May 23 in reference to vehicle burglaries where several firearms were stolen.  Detectives were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle in the Moss Bluff burglaries as a Mercury Sable. 

           

Detectives learned Dammon D. White, 18, and Javonte A. Goodwin, 20, both of Lake Charles, had been in possession of the Pathfinder.  Detectives also learned the Pathfinder along with a Mercury Sable were parked at the residence where White and Goodwin live.  After executing search warrants and/or receiving permission to search three residences White and Goodwin had access to, detectives located 6 firearms, three of which had been reported stolen. 

           

After further investigation, on June 23 Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of White and Goodwin, who are currently incarcerated in Chamber County, Texas.  White is charged with 14 counts of simple burglary; 10 counts of theft less than $1,000; 7 counts of theft of a firearm; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property; his bond is set at $183,000.  Goodwin is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and theft less than $1,000; his bond is set at $49,000.

           

The investigations are continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.  CPSO Detective James Rathke is the lead investigator on these cases.   

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191762.    For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO Investigating Shooting

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Lake Court Drive in south Lake Charles in reference to trespassing. 

           

While CPSO Communications deputies were on the phone with the complainant she advised there was a suspect outside the home refusing to leave.  The complainant then stated after the suspect attempted to gain entry into their home, her husband had shot the man. 

           

When deputies arrived on scene they immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.  The victim, Joseph Tezeno, 21, Lake Arthur, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

“This is a sad and tragic situation for both families involved.  Mr. Tezeno was a good kid that attended college locally.  Unfortunately Tezeno was believed to be under the influence and his actions, attempting to gain entry to the home more than once, caused the homeowner to fear for his life, at which time he had every right to protect his family and property,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone in the area that may have security cameras to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 1st.  

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

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

 

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

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

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

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 that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

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

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

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CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

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

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 5, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Alvin Road in Sulphur in reference to gunshots heard in the area.  Deputies were also informed one of the homeowners in the area observed damage to his home consistent with a firearm projectile. 

           

When deputies arrived, they located a bullet hole in the victim’s bedroom window.  They also observed damage caused from a projectile to the closet door and a dresser in the room.  Evidence at the scene suggested the bullet came from south of the residence.  When deputies began canvassing the area they observed a man, later identified as Jacob W. Jones, 26, Sulphur, exiting his garage.  Deputies also observed a firearm laying on the ground in the garage, in plain view.  Deputies made contact with Jones, and while attempting to detain him for safety reasons he began to resist deputies.  Deputies were able to detain Jones and place him in the back of a CPSO transport van, at which time he advised deputies he fired several rounds outside of his residence while trying to protect his property from an unknown person in his backyard.  While in the van Jones was able to slip off his handcuffs.  When deputies attempted to handcuffed Jones again, he continued to physically resist deputies.

           

During further investigation, detectives spoke with a witness who advised they heard a single gunshot followed by a burst of gunshots.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for Jones’ residence, signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  While executing the warrant detectives located a a .300 caliber semi-automatic AR15 style rifle inside the garage as well as several spent .300 caliber shell casings outside his residence. 

           

Jones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm; aggravated damage to property; simple escape; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $102,500.

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Courtney Bertin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Christopher Scharp is the lead investigator on this case. 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES & THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Areno Road in Sulphur in reference to a stolen vehicle. 

           

During the initial investigation, the complainant advised deputies a truck was stolen from the business on November 24.  Detectives located the truck, using a GPS tracker that had been placed on the truck by the business, at a home on Sonny Todd Road in Sulphur.  Once at the home detectives made contact with a resident, Aaron P. Prestenbach, 41, Sulphur.

           

During further investigation, using the GPS tracker on the truck, it was discovered the truck was in the same location where two burglaries occurred between November 24 and 28, where numerous items including copper wiring, electrical panel components, and lead roof jacks had been stolen.

After search of Prestenbach’s residence, which is where the stolen truck was located, and surrounding property detectives recovered multiple items that had been reported stolen from the previous burglaries.  Detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were also able to confirm Prestenbach traveled to Texas on November 28 and scrapped copper wire.   

           

Prestenbach was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with illegal possession of stolen things; 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 - $5,000; theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  He was released earlier today on an $116,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

The investigations are continuing and more charges are possible.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a 17 month old child being treated for a brain bleed.  The child was transported to a hospital out of town, at which time it was learned the child also sustained a skull fracture. 

           

During the investigation detectives spoke with Logan R. Gauthier, 25, Sulphur.  Gauthier initially gave detectives conflicting stories on how the child sustained the injuries.  He later advised detectives he was responsible for causing the injuries.

           

On November 21, a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio was issued for Gauthier’s arrest.  He later turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile.  His bond is set at $225,000. 

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 128th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 128th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-nine officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and two officers completed 220 hours of transition courses.  These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Stefan Simmons, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 128th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Thomas Jenkins, Elton Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Donald Waterman, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Smith, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brandin Harper, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Maria Daraban, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Brandin Harper, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:

Cole Bradford– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Larry Bailey, Jr., Kassondra Hagen, Tyler Smith, Chance Stracner – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kasha Carpenter, Kelsye Cassell, Maria Daraban, Erin Guidry, Brandin Harper, Miguel Juarez, Kaytlen Leger, Nicholas Louviere, Stefan Simmons, Donald Waterman, Katie Watkins, Abigale Wright, Allen Wyninger - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Logan Broussard, Cole Castille – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lacey Marcile – Coushatta Police Department

Samuel Brady– DeQuincy Police Department

Thomas Jenkins – Elton Police Department

Jeanine Dugas– Iowa Police Department

Daniel Crews– Lake Charles Harbor Police Department

Cameron Rudisill – Lake Charles Police Department

Caleb Butts – Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Kristen Welch – Sulphur Police Department

Alexander Dougherty – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

 

Christopher Gallow, Jennings Police Department, Malcolm Ledet, Oberlin Police Department, and Craig Lee, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Jacob O’Connell, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond Eaves, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of August 28 and November 12 at a local refinery in Westlake.

               

During the investigation, detectives learned the unknown suspect entered the property on both occasions and stole a total of over $25,000 worth of copper wire.  The suspect is described as a white male with a duck tattoo on his right forearm.    

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

               

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

 

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


CPSO DEPUTIES ISSUE TURKEYS INSTEAD OF TICKETS FOR THANKSGIVING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies handed out turkeys instead of tickets prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

               

“For 10 years Caran and Harry Shaheen, owners of the 5 Star Convenience Stores, donate turkeys for deputies to hand out in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “This year we had 125 turkeys that we distributed throughout the parish to those individuals who committed minor traffic violations, such as no seatbelt or speeding.  Our deputies really enjoy being able to give back to the community so we are grateful we can be a part of this.  It is a good feeling to see the surprise and excitement on the face of those people who initially thought they were going to receive a ticket.”     

           

E.P.I.C. Health and Hot Off The Press also helped provide the turkeys to members of the community.  


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 17, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) with the assistance of the CPSO ACT-Team, executed a warrant at the home of Elliot J. Allison, 55, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, after a two month narcotics investigation revealed drug activity at the home.  During the investigation detectives learned Allison had distributed approximately 46 grams of cocaine from his residence.   

           

Upon execution of the search warrant, detectives located Allison, along Jacquetta N. Brown, 35, Lake Charles, and two additional men at the residence.  Once inside the residence detectives seized 1.2 pounds of powder cocaine; 17.22 grams of crack cocaine; 5 dosage units of hydrocodone; 2.2 pounds of marijuana; 36.96 grams of synthetic marijuana; equipment used to manufacture crack cocaine; and $6,493.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $23,000. 

           

Allison and Brown were arrested and  booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (marijuana); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (cocaine); possession of CDS II with intent to distribute (crack cocaine); possession of CDS II (hydrocodone); operation of a clandestine laboratory; possession of drug paraphernalia; and money laundering t