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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $1,870, being cashed at a local bank in Moss Bluff several days earlier.  It was also learned two men attempted to cash another counterfeit check but the bank denied the transaction.  The men were using fraudulent ID’s from Oklahoma and Mississippi with the names Byron Ancalade and Leonard Johns in an attempt to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these men.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 4 at approximately 1:20 p.m. an off duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working as courtesy officer at a local park in Lake Charles when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside a truck in the parking lot.  The deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Michael W. Easton Jr., 40, 4116 Weaver Road, Lake Charles.  Easton asked the deputy if he worked for the Sheriff’s Office at which time the deputy confirmed he did then walked to the back of the truck to obtain the license plate number.  Easton placed his car in reverse and backed up, striking the deputy and causing him to fall, and left the park.  The deputy stated he had to roll out of the way to stop from being run over.

 

Deputies located Easton at his residence and he was detained and transported back to the park.  Deputies spoke with a witness at the scene who confirmed the deputy’s story.  Easton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 24 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 2 year old child left unattended inside a car that was not running in a parking lot of a local casino in Lake Charles.

 

Upon arrival deputies were able to unlock the car and check on the welfare of the child.  Casino security located the child’s parents, Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, on the casino floor.  When deputies spoke with Cheto and Otieno they stated they left their son sleeping in the car while they went inside to gamble.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the child was left alone in the car for over an hour. 

 

Cheto and Otieno were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion.  Judge Ron Ware set both their bonds at $7,000.

 

The child was released to a family member.

 

CPSO Deputy Austin Wright is the arresting deputy and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


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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 $108,558 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2017.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEVERAL HOUR STANDOFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division attempted to serve Justin J. Fontenot, 36, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, an active warrant for felony theft and monetary instrument abuse at his mobile home.  When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door a couple of people ran out the house and stated Fontenot was inside the home armed with a shotgun.  Deputies immediately retreated from the residence. 

 

Minutes later deputies with the CPSO ACT-Team arrived, set up a perimeter and evacuated several mobile homes within close proximity of the scene for safety.  A negotiator attempted to make contact with Fontenot numerous times but was unsuccessful.  Due to having no contact with Fontenot deputies deployed several tactics, such as robots equipped with cameras, deploying tear gas, phone calls to Fontenot on his cell phone, and the PA system, in an attempt to allow him to safely exit the house, but all were unsuccessful.  Shortly after midnight deputies made entry into the home and located Fontenot in a bedroom with the shotgun nearby. 

 

Fontenot was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and resisting an officer with force or violence.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $35,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO AFTER SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, February 22, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bennett Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  The homeowner advised deputies that Derrick Brown, 31, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lot 19, Lake Charles, an ex-acquaintance of one of the residents in the home, was attempting to break into their home.

 

The complainant stated they were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entry into the home.  She then stated she tried to hold the door to prevent Brown from entering but was overpowered.  Once Brown opened the door she told deputies she then shot him.  Brown fled the home on foot to his car, which was parked at a cemetery behind the residence, where his friend, Diron Frank, 28, 2444 Salmon Drive, Lake Charles, was waiting for him in the car.  Once Brown arrived at his car Frank drove him to a local hospital, which does not have an emergency room, to be treated for his injuries sustained during the shooting.

 

Deputies located Brown and Frank at the hospital and provided medical assistance until Brown could be airlifted to a local hospital emergency room for treatment.  When deputies were speaking with Frank they learned he was in possession of approximately 8 grams of cocaine and a cell phone, both of which he claimed belonged to Brown. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the cell phone they recovered from Frank at the hospital was stolen during a burglary on February 20 at the same home on Bennett Rd.  It was also learned Brown used a set of keys that were also reported missing after the burglary, to gain entry into the home before the shooting.  Following the burglary on the 20th, Brown returned back to the home hours later and drove away in the victim’s 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has yet to be recovered.  Detectives were advised by several witnesses that over the past several days Brown had been stalking a resident that lived in the home on Bennett Rd. and threatened the family as well as threatened to damage their property. 

 

Frank was arrested at the hospital he drove Brown to for medical assistance.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,500.

 

Brown was arrested at the emergency room of the hospital where he was airlifted.  He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the shooting and once released, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brown is being charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with the intent to distribute; stalking; theft over $750; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Ware set his bond at $44,000. 

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 20 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on I-210 near Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. 

 

Deputies spoke with the driver, Travis P. Chouest, 41, 3016 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2000 in Lafourche Parish.

 

Deputies learned Chouest was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and improper display of plates.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 6, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Keith A. Buller, 48, 22433 Highway 383, Iowa, exposing himself as well as having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl, who was a family acquaintance, over 20 years ago when she was approximately 10 years old.  After further investigation Buller was arrested on February 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.    

 

CPSO Detective Brent Young is the lead investigator on this case.

 

In September 2016 Buller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on charges of aggravated rape stemming from a different incident.  The investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl, who was also a family acquaintance, on several occasions between 1984 and 1993, starting when she was 3 years old.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention.  The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck.  The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money.  The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino.  While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino.  The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot.  It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.

 

Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana.  He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.  Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 5, 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Robert L. Lognion, 57, 1115 Lake Ridge Lane, Lake Charles, having inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 10, while they were visiting at his home. 

 

After further investigation on February 13 detectives issued a warrant for Lognion’s arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $950,000.  On February 15 Lognion was located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Lognion was convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1995.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS 15 DURING EXECUTION OF MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH WARRANT AT LOCAL CLUB

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Detectives, CPSO Computer Forensics Detectives, CPSO Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Louisiana State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at Club Cabaret, located at 3801 Highway 90 in Westlake.   The search warrant was a result of numerous complaints of prostitution, alcohol compliance issues, illegal narcotics activity, and theft taking place at the club. 

 

The following three (3) people were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

 

· Rene O. Diaz, 33, 417 Cody Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent; possession of CDS II (Cocaine); possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to obtain sex offender ID card

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $12,000

 

· Derek L. Williams, 27, 2514 Cox Road, Westlake

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

·  Jonathan J. Mejia, 33, 1012 Cass Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

The following person was issued a summons for felony and misdemeanor charges and was released due to health conditions:

 

· Brittany R. Dunaway, 28, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and no parish bar card

 

The following eleven (11) people were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons:

 

· Bradford H. Daniels, 44, Lake Charles

Possession of marijuana

 

(The following were all issued for no parish bar card)

· Kiara M. Walters, 22, MI

· Alexandria N. Charles, 24, Lake Charles

· Candace M. Lee, 19, Sulphur

· Alyssa A. Wassel, 24, Sulphur

· Jamika L. Jones, 23, Westlake

· Glorytoglory Latigue, 27, Scott, LA

· Monique M. Guidroz, 21, Sulphur

· Carmen J. Leger, 22, Sulphur

· Camelia D. Ducote, 24, DeQuincy

· John L. Runte, 32, Sulphur


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CPSO ARRESTS 3 WOMEN AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH WESTLAKE SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

***UPDATE: Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday afternoon in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.  She is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Her bond of $150,500 was set by Judge Ron Ware.***

 

 

 

 

On January 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at an apartment on Foster Lane in Westlake. Upon arrival deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg. During the initial investigation deputies learned several women entered the residence, demanded the victim’s wallet, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim’s credit cards had been used at a local business and were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the suspects as well as the vehicle used during the shooting. Detectives followed several leads and were able to identify Crystal L. Stewart, 26, 2126 6th St., Lake Charles, Gladys A. Goodie, 27, Lafayette, Michaela F. Beam, 21, 812 ½ Celeste St., Lake Charles, and Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, as those involved in the shooting.

 

On February 2 detectives located Stewart and Goodie, along with the suspected vehicle used during the shooting, near a home on Anita Drive in Lake Charles. Later the same day they located Beam at a local motel in Lake Charles.

 

All three women were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Stewart is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm, Judge Ron ware set her bond at $150,500. Goodie and Beam are being charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery; and accessory after the fact of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Ron Ware set Goodie’s bond at $125,000 and Beam’s bond at $110,000.

 

 

The investigation into the shooting is continuing and more arrests are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lance Melendy is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR THEFT & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to theft. The investigation revealed William B. Marcantel, 46, 2524 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, had stolen a checkbook from a family member and written several fraudulent checks on different occasions in January, totaling approximately $870. Marcantel was seen on video surveillance footage at a local store writing one of the checks. Marcantel was also positively identified as the person who wrote the fraudulent checks by employees at the store.

 

Marcantel was arrested on February 10 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with theft between $750 and $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud.

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $10,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO Coastal Welding

On Monday October 10th at 2:30 a.m. the person seen in these photographs entered Coastal Welding Supply on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  The suspect gained entry to the property by damaging a fence and breaking a window.

 

Once inside the suspect searched through each office and stole approximately $300.

 

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

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CPSO Construction Site Trailer

Sometime between the evening of September 11 and the morning of September 12 a construction site work trailer was broken into on Country Club Road in Lake Charles.  A Stehl 14 inch chop saw, 3 transit lasers, and a Bosch rotary hammer were taken from the trailer.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $3,700.

 

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

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CPSO Home Construction Burglaries

During the evening hours of October 4, 2016, three pallets of roofing shingles as well as a microwave and stove were stolen from home construction sites on Briar Court and Chapelwood Drive in Iowa.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane.  One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released.  The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.     

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  Charges on the driver are pending the results of toxicology report, which is mandated by state law.    

           

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR COUPLE FOR THEFT OVER $25,000

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 11, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft regarding a construction company, Powerhouse Commercial Construction, owned and operated by Ernest Anderson, 50, and Marianne Anderson, 57, both of 1588 Currie Drive, Sulphur.

 

 During the investigation detectives learned the Anderson couple was managing a construction job on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles and had been over-billing the victim’s company.  The investigation revealed the terms agreed upon for the construction job were vendor cost plus a 10% fee, but the Andersons would charge more than the actual vendor cost was then create fraudulent invoices, add the 10% fee and submit it for payment to the victim.  The total amount of fraudulent billing is approximately $230,000.

 

The investigation was conducted and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On February 2, 2017, Ernest and Marianne were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  They were arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both were charged with theft of $25,000 or more.  They were both released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Quirk.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a welfare concern.

 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two children, ages 11 and 4. When deputies spoke with the 11 year old she stated her mother, later identified as Krystal M. Green, 34, Moss Bluff, had left sometime the previous night to go to work and had not returned. She also told deputies her 13 year old brother was home but had left earlier that morning to go to school. While deputies were still on scene a family acquaintance arrived and stated that Green had called her to go check on her children and stated she had stayed at a friend’s house. Deputies were informed by more than one acquaintance that Green has left the children home alone on several other occasions.

 

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Green arrived at the home and told deputies she left her children home alone so she could go to work. After further investigation Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion. She was released later the same day on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

The children were placed in the care of a family acquaintance by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator.

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CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Yesterday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

Upon arrival deputies learned Kevin S. Edwards, 36, Orange, Texas, shot a man who was located inside the residence by shooting through the bathroom window.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.  The homeowner, who is ex-acquaintances with Edwards, suffered minor injuries to her arm from glass debris during the shooting.  There were also children located inside the home during the shooting who sustained no injuries. 

 

Detectives learned Edwards was living in Orange and later the same day, with the assistance of Texas law enforcement authorities, were able to locate him at a residence he had been staying at for approximately one week.  When detectives made contact with Edwards he agreed to come to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’ Office to speak with detectives.  While Edwards was speaking with detectives he confirmed his involvement in the shooting.  Detectives also located the assault rifle that was used during the shooting after a search of the property where Edwards was located.

 

Edwards was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $120,000.

 

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

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CPSO, CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE & SWLA CRIME LAB HOST FORENSICS DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the SWLA Crime Lab hosted a “Forensics Day” for the Calcasieu Parish Homeschool 4-H group.  Students were able to visit each agency and tour their facilities while learning firsthand the role of each agency and how they are involved during an investigation.   Students were able to view different types of equipment used at crime scenes and learned basic crime scene skills throughout the day such as collecting fingerprints and evidence, determining types of injuries, and examining and processing DNA.

 

At the end of the day students were asked to process a mock crime scene using information they had learned throughout the day.  Students were able to examine a “victim” and determine the type of injury sustained as well as collect information from “witnesses” at the scene.   They were tasked with locating, preserving and collecting evidence, as well as taking photographs and completing crime scene sketches. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Ira Breaux Road in Lake Charles.  Further investigation revealed Gene R. Castillo, 61, Ira Breaux Road, Lake Charles, had an argument with a family member and then retrieved a shot gun and shot the victim in the stomach. 

 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette and underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained during the shooting.  He remains in critical condition.  

 

Castillo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation. 

 

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

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CPSO ARREST RAGLEY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat. The suspect fled the store on foot, after breaking the door, into the wooded area near the store. After viewing surveillance footage and receiving numerous tips on the identity of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as Jeremiah T. Brantley, 22, 17788 Highway 171, Ragley. After further investigation on January 19 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $75,000 for Brantley’s arrest.

 

On January 20 the CPSO Warrants Division and ACT-Team located Brantley at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted armed robbery.

 

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

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Honoring Fallen Deputies

This week we honor the anniversaries of two fallen Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies.  The 5 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Randall Benoit and the 10 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Alan Inzer, who were both killed in the line of duty.

 

Deputy Randall L. Benoit served 18 years with the CPSO before he died as a result of his injuries sustained in a head-on collision in Sulphur when a car crossed the center line and struck Benoit's patrol car.

 

Deputy Alan Inzer was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of several armed burglary suspects.  He had served with the CPSO for 17 years. 

 

“Both Randall and Alan were not only employees but personal friends of mine.  Please keep his friends and family, as well as his CPSO family, in your prayers during this time,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “This is a dangerous profession and we are lucky to have such dedicated men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community.”


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CPSO ARRESTS 2 LAFAYETTE MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The suspects entered the store, wearing hoodies and bandannas concealing their faces, armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise an undisclosed amount of cash and property belonging to the clerk.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identity the two suspects as Colby A. Comeaux, 19, and Eli Celestine, 23, both of Lafayette.  On January 19, with the assistance of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Comeaux at his residence.  After detectives spoke with Comeaux he was then arrested.  The following day LPSO located Celestine, who was also arrested. 

 

They were both transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Comeaux’s bond at $500,000 and Celestine’s bond at $550,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Les Blanchard is the lead investigator on this case.  


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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Mark B. Cooley, 30, DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 7 year old girl.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation and interviewing Cooley, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On January 17 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of John Prater Road and Fred Lutz Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle accident.   

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch near the southwest corner of the intersection.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nathan P. Menart, 36, Sunset, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person as well as slurred speech.  Menart advised deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages and stopped approximately 30 minutes prior to driving.   

 

After Menart performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused and stated he had not been drinking.

 

Menart, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released on January 19 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Cpl. Anthony Williams, Cpl. Casey Steech, and Cpl. Donald Lindenman were the arresting deputies on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR CAR DEALERSHIP BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday January 15 at approximately 11:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division were conducting routine business checks when they observed the doors open at a local car dealership in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed video surveillance footage which captured four black males entering the dealership from the back, earlier the same day at approximately 8:00 a.m.  The suspects forced their way into the dealership and damaged several interior and exterior doors. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS  MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

On January 4 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding Antonio L. Clifton, 58, MS, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment or his temporary lodging information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders. Deputies were able to confirm that Clifton had been employed at with the company since August 2015. It was also learned Clifton failed to notify the authorities in Mississippi, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana.

 

After further investigation on January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Clifton’s arrest. He was located the same day at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He was released on bond the next day.

 

Clifton was convicted of sexual battery in 1996 in Mississippi.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 14 at approximately 12:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Myles Lane in Carlyss. 

 

Further investigation revealed Randall C. Reeves, 60, WI, along with the victim were involved in a verbal altercation.  After exchanging words both Reeves and the victim retrieved firearms and exchanged gunfire outside the home.  Reeves shot the victim in the back during the incident.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests are possible. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding an employee stealing from an electric company in Sulphur, where he was employed.  During the investigation detectives were informed by the company that from September 2014 until January 2017 Cody T. Lyles, 2845 Country Club Road, #1207, Lake Charles, had credited his personal credit and debit cards for company inventory.  They stated they were able to identify Lyles as the suspect due to salesman logs from when the incidents took place.       

Detectives located Lyles at the business and he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  When detectives questioned Lyles he stated when he would look in the warehouse inventory and see discrepancies, there were more in the warehouse than in the computer inventory, he would do a return on the item and receive the refund on his personal cards and the computer inventory would then match the warehouse inventory.  Detectives were able to identify three cards belonging to Lyles that had been used for the credits with a total of returned credits approximately $185,000.    

 

Lyles was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  He was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

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

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DEQUINCY ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat and chased the man out of the door into the wooded area near the store. 

 

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

 

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


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CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Mosswood Road in Sulphur in reference to a man with a gun to his head threatening suicide.

 

Upon arrival deputies located the man, identified as Austin L. Rackley, 19, Sulphur, outside holding a gun in his hand and arguing with a family member. Deputies made contact with Rackley and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun. Rackley turned toward deputies with the gun raised towards them causing deputies to fire, striking Rackley in the neck. Deputies immediately administered first aid and life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived on scene.

 

Rackley was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where his condition is listed as stable. The incident is still under investigation with a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer likely.

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to a women being raped at a local inpatient treatment facility. During the investigation the victim, who was a patient of the facility, told detectives she had gone to sleep on the previous night and was awoken by a man, later identified as Joshua J. Lewis Jr. 33, 5684 Joli Bois Drive, Lake Charles, a security guard at the facility, entering her room and having sexual intercourse with her. She then advised detectives when Lewis heard noises coming from the hallway he pulled up his pants and left her room. The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with rape.

 

On January 6 when detectives spoke with Lewis he denied raping or having sexual intercourse with the victim. He advised detectives he entered the victim’s room because she called him to go in as he passed her room in the hallway. When detectives reviewed video surveillance they observed Lewis walking down the hallway and entering the victim’s room, where the door was closed. Administrators at the facility advised detectives that their policy states that there must be two security guards together to enter a female patient’s room.

 

Lewis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.

Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint from a victim in reference to convicted sex offender George T. Spell, 52, 6066 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the victim she advised on January 5 she stayed the night at Spell’s residence and was awoken by him on top of her having sexual intercourse with her. 

 

Later the same day detectives interviewed Spell who confirmed the allegation of the rape.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape; and unlawful presence or contact of a sex offender. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $1.3 million.

 

Spell was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR EARLY MORNING ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:10 a.m., an unknown male robbed a convenience store located on Houston River Road in Sulphur.  He entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.

 

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

 

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


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CPSO LOOKING FOR WEDNESDAY'S ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The men entered the store armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

The suspects are described as black men wearing hoodies and bandanas concealing their faces.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the people of interest seen in these photographs, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead detective Lt. Les Blanchard at 491-3755 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR OBSCENITY & STALKING

Lake Charles –

 

On September 27 at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a store in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival deputies spoke with two women who stated a man, later identified as convicted sex offender David T. Uribe, 50, 220 Richard Road, Ragley, was following them around the store.

 

During the investigation detectives learned that Uribe was standing behind one of the complainants in the store staring at her. She advised detectives that she started walking away from him and he followed her. She then told detectives when she was in the checkout line she saw Uribe staring at her again with his hands inside his pants and his shirt pulled up. The victim advised detectives she could see Uribe’s pubic hair. When detectives spoke with the second complainant she had a similar story. She stated while she was shopping Uribe started following her around the store and as she would walk Uribe was right behind her watching her. She told detectives when she was in the checkout line she noticed Uribe standing by the magazine rack watching her and saying, “you are pretty.”

 

Detectives made contact with Uribe on the phone and asked him to come in and provide a statement, to which he refused. On October 27, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis for Uribe’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for 2 counts of stalking; and obscenity. Detectives continuously attempted to locate Uribe, but were unsuccessful.

 

On January 3 Uribe was arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for the active warrant. He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center the next day. Uribe has an active warrant with no bond for obscenity out of New Hampshire and will be held without bond pending his extradition.

 

Uribe was convicted of indecency with a child in 1990 in Texas. He was also convicted for the second time in 1998 for indecent exposure and 2 counts of indecency with child contact in Texas.

 

Uribe’s sex offender registration is currently out of Beauregard Parish.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles –

 

On December 6, at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Diamond Durrell’s in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.    

 

The investigation revealed a man, later identified as Steven W. Sullivan, 25, 3588 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, entered the store and began looking at jewelry that was not enclosed in a display case.  It appeared Sullivan picked up the jewelry and placed it back, but when deputies viewed video surveillance at the store is showed him placing his hands in the pocket of his hoodie.  After Sullivan left the store, employees learned that seven rings and one necklace, totaling approximately $1,600, was missing. 

 

On December 20, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry issued a warrant in the amount of $10,000 for the arrest of Sullivan.  He was located the same day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $750 to $5,000.  When deputies spoke with Sullivan he confirmed he stole the jewelry, but deputies were unable to locate the stolen property. 

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

 

The investigation in continuing.  

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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, December 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at the 900 block of W. Lincoln Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-eight (178) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seat belt in use; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for improper child restraint; and one (1) citation was issued for no insurance. 

 

Joanna L. Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS I; and possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  She was released on a summons. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles City Police.  

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CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, December 23.

 

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.

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CPSO ARREST 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a local convenience store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies learned the 3 suspects entered the store armed, where there were 2 employees and 3 children inside the store, and demanded money from the clerk. They stole an undisclosed amount of money, as well as personal items from store employees, and fled in a Hyundai Sonata.  No employee or child was injured in the robbery.

 

  After viewing surveillance footage and further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as Caylin J. Williams, 20, 3640 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles; Terry R. Shepherd, 22, 106 Jupiter Lane, Iowa; and Chad Levier, 18, 3517 McKinley St., Lake Charles. 

 

Detectives along with the CPSO Patrol Division, CAT Team, and ACT-Team located Williams at her residence on Greinwich Boulevard.  When deputies arrived at her house they located the Sonata used during the robbery.  Williams refused to exit the residence but after deputies deployed tear gas they located her hiding in the attic.  Deputies executed a search warrant on her residence and located items used during the robbery as well as items that were stolen. Shepherd was located during a traffic stop in Iowa, along with items from the robbery, and was taken into custody.  While deputies were conducting surveillance on Levier's residence in attempt to locate him, they observed him leaving his residence on McKinley Street.  Detectives conducted a traffic stop and located items that are believed to be stolen during the robbery in the vehicle.  A search warrant was executed on Levier's residence, where they also found items used during the robbery. 

 

    Williams, Shepherd, and Levier were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Williams’ bond at $150,000 and Shepherd’s and Levier's bonds at $250,000. 

 

The investigation revealed that these 3 suspects are possibly responsible for another armed robbery that happened this morning that is being handled by the Lake Charles City Police Department.

 

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

                                                                                                                    


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours of Saturday, December 17, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the areas of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners that showed 3 men on foot in the neighborhood. Detectives also observed one of the men with what appeared to be a handgun walking up to a vehicle.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on the identity of the suspects to contact the lead Detective David Doucett at 494-4583 or Detective Corey Myers at 431-8081. Detectives are also asking anyone with residential video surveillance in the area where the burglaries took place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday December 18, that feel may be useful, to contact detectives.

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, you don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

 

It is unknown at this time if the vehicle burglaries committed on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Ln. are related to these burglaries but the investigation is continuing.


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CPSO LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN VEHICLE THEFTS

Lake Charles –

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in vehicle thefts that occurred on December 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Lane in Lake Charles,

 

The investigation revealed an unknown male entered an unlocked vehicle in a driveway of a house on McCindy removing various items from the vehicle. This same man removed items from an unlocked vehicle on Hoben Lane.

After viewing the homeowner’s video from their surveillance camera, detectives can clearly see the man has in his hand what appears to be a handgun.

 

“When criminals start brandishing guns while stealing items from unlocked vehicles, that brings the crime to a whole new level,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “If you hear someone outside near your vehicle in the middle of the night, please do not approach them. Please call 911.”

 

Also Sheriff Mancuso reminds everyone, “Please, please lock your vehicle once you get out of it. And don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Thieves are really busy this time of year. Don’t become a victim. Lock your vehicle and bring your valuables inside.”

 

CPSO detectives are asking that anyone in the areas of McCindy and Hoben, which both run off Tank Farm Rd., who may have information and/or surveillance video of any suspicious activity between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on December 14, please contact lead detectives David Doucett at 494-4583 or Corey Myers at 431-8081.

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours on Wednesday December 14, in the area of McCindy Drive and Hoben Lane and again on Saturday, December 17, in the area of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners and observed images of males walking around the residences. In some of the video footage recovered the men were holding what appeared to be handguns. After further investigation and after receiving numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects detectives were able to identify the men as Tobias Andrews, 22, Cameron, Tyrese Andrews, 17, 1018 17th Street, and Keilyn Williams, 18, 2429 Anita Drive, both of Lake Charles. 

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with VICE, ACT-Team, and patrol were able to apprehend Tobias at a residence on Clearview Drive in Lake Charles. Tyrese and Keilyn were taken into custody at the 3400 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles.

 

They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center. Tobias and Tyrese are both being charged with 6 counts of theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 13 counts of simple burglary; and 6 counts of theft of a firearm. Williams is being charged with theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 5 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm. Their bonds are still pending.

 

Deputies were able to recover numerous stolen items including 2 shotguns, 1 rifle, tools, and a GMC pickup truck.

 

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information or video surveillance to contact the VCIU at 431-8053.

 

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM & TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a man shooting outside of a bar on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

The initial investigation revealed Carlos A. Soria, 30, 1122 W. Verdine St. # 63, Sulphur, was kicked out by security after fighting with other bar patrons and threatening security with a knife. Soria left and then returned a short time later, drove his car to the front of the bar, and attempted to walk to the door with an AK-47. Soria fired the gun several times and attempted to enter the bar. He was tackled by security and bar personnel, and they were able to apprehend Soria and take his gun from him. When deputies arrived on scene Soria was taken into custody without incident.

 

Soria was arrested and transferred to a local hospital due to him being severely intoxicated and complaining of injuries. After being treated by hospital personnel he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault; aggravated assault with a firearm; terrorizing; illegal use of a weapon; and possession of a firearm on premises of alcoholic beverage outlet. His bond is still pending.

 

No one was hit by the rounds during the incident.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On December 12, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Burson Road in Lake Charles in reference to a report of a suspicious man. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated James M. Downs, 45, Lake Charles, was attempting to check the mail at the residence.  She told deputies Downs had been evicted since November. 

 

When deputies spoke with Downs, a convicted sex offender, he confirmed he had not been living at his registered address for approximately 7 days and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Downs was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office and placed in a holding cell.  While in the cell deputies observed what is believed to be methamphetamine where Downs had been sitting.

 

Downs was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $6,000.

 

Downs was convicted of simple rape in 2008 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

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CPSO Arrests 2 More & Issue Warrant for 1 in Connection with Shooting in Moss Bluff

Lake Charles –

 

In conjunction with the arrests of Austin J. Jones, Deante J. Shuffer, Christopher W. Jones, and Ayana Johnson in the shooting that took place on November 30 in the 3600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, detectives have learned of 2 more people responsible.

 

With the investigation continuing after the shooting, detectives learned Gavin D. Daigle, 17, 1021 Belfield Drive, Moss Bluff, assisted in the planning and execution of the armed robbery.  Detectives learned that Daigle provided details about the victim to the suspects to aid them in the armed robbery. 

 

After viewing surveillance footage detectives were able to identify the driver of the vehicle used during the armed robbery as Kendrick K. Yaw, 19, 1905 Channel Street, Lake Charles.   

 

On December 13 detectives located Daigle at his place of employment.  On the following day detectives located Yaw at his residence.  When detectives spoke with Yaw he confirmed his involvement in the armed robbery.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  Daigle is charged with conspiracy to attempted 1st degree murder; and conspiracy to armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.  Yaw is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1.2 million.

 

Detectives have also issued a warrant for Jazmine Washington, 21, Sulphur for her connection in the shooting.  Detectives learned Washington aided one of the suspects in evading arrest.  It was also discovered Washington knowingly provided detectives with false information about the incident.  Washington is being charged with accessory after the fact of attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact of armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis signed her warrant in the amount of $75,000.  Detectives attempted to locate Washington, but were unsuccessful. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Washington.  If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please call the lead

detective, Detective Travis Lavergne at 491-3635.

 

The investigation is continuing.


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CPSO TRUSTY WALKS OFF FROM JOB BUT RECAPTURED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. inmate trusty Joseph N. Moon, 39, left his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Shop on Highway 90 in Lake Charles after stealing a CPSO unmarked pickup truck and driving off the property.  Moon qualified to be a trusty due to his non-violent offender status.

 

Detectives issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for the truck and later the same evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office located Moon driving the truck.  Moon was apprehended and taken into custody.  He is waiting to be extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

 

Moon will be charged with simple escape; and theft of a motor vehicle.

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CPSO COLLECTS TOYS FOR LIVINGSTON PARISH FLOOD VICTIMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the tragic flooding event that took place in August the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with Able Plumbing held a toy drive to collect Christmas gifts for children and families that were affected by the flooding.  The toys collected will be picked up by Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish Sheriff, tomorrow, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

 

“I am proud of our community, which always comes together to help others in need,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We were able to collect a camper full of toys that will be sent to Livingston Parish in time for Christmas.  We also held a separate toy drive and deputies donated toys and bikes to help numerous families in our own parish who are in need during the Christmas season.”  

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from store located inside a local casino.   When deputies arrived on scene casino personnel advised that four males had been identified by security staff in regards to a theft that took place the previous day.  Casino Staff stated that on December 6 the four men, later identified as Isaiah D. Williams, 2727 3rd Street, Aaron C. LeBlanc, 17, 2618 Southern Ridge, Demine L. Bryant, 19, 702 Sycamore, and Gregory P. Griffin Jr., 28, 700 North Booker, all of Lake Charles, had entered the casino clothing store and stole four shirts and two pairs of pants, totaling $1,018, by concealing the items in their pants and leaving the property.  They returned to the property on December 7, when they were recognized by casino security and detained.

 

Detectives transported the men to CPSO, where they were questioned.  During questioning Bryant admitted to taking several items.  Griffin attempted to give a false name during the investigation; he later told detectives he lied about his name due to outstanding warrants on unrelated charges. 

 

All four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $750-$5,000.  Griffin was also charged with resisting an officer by false identification.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Williams and Bryant’s bond at $10,000; LeBlanc’s bond at $12,000; and Griffin’s bond at $12,500. 

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.     


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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1300 block of West Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling westbound on W. Lincoln Road when he struck a pedestrian, Jonathan B. Guilbeau, 41, Cameron.  Guilbeau was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment on the driver is not suspected at this time.

 

The fatality is still under investigation; it has not yet been determined if Guilbeau was walking on the shoulder or in the lane of travel. 

 

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

 

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CPSO INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

            Earlier this morning at approximately 3:40, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a local night club on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  When deputies arrived they discovered three victims had been shot.  They were all transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are urged to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 491-3605.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT OF A PHARMACY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local pharmacy on Country Club Road in Lake Charles for an alarm activation.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned from video surveillance that a man broke a window at the business and gained entry inside.  Once inside he stole several prescription medications.  While breaking the window the suspect received a cut and detectives were able to collect DNA evidence at the scene. 

 

During further investigation, detectives submitted the DNA to the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab for processing.  The SWLA Crime Lab submitted the sample into Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  Detectives received notification that the DNA was a match for Brendan J. Giles, 20, 145 Victoria Drive, Lake Charles.  On December 6 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $62,000 for Giles’ arrest.  Giles was located later the same day at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft under $750; simple burglary of a pharmacy; and simple criminal damage to property.

 

CPSO Detective Roy Pesson is the lead investigator on this case. 

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INMATE TRUSTY WHO WALKED OFF JOB IS IN CUSTODY

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 10:30 inmate trustee Jonathon B. Alexander, who walked off of his Calcasieu Correctional Center trusty job at the Louisiana State Police yesterday afternoon was captured. 

 

It was learned that Alexander had stolen a hearse from a local business located on Egret Street in Lake Charles.  At approximately 9:30 this morning authorities with the Orange Police Department in Texas located the stolen hearse, abandoned.  Later the same morning Orange P.D. observed a car that had been stolen through their agency with Alexander located inside.  Alexander was apprehended and taken into custody. 

Alexander will be charged with simple escape.

 

Alexander may also be facing additional charges through the Orange Police Department.

 

The Lake Charles Police Department is handling the case of the stolen hearse.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ACTIVE WARRANTS AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was conducting surveillance on a home off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, in attempt to locate Morgan J. Lyons, 37, 622 E. Division Street, Jennings, who was wanted on two active warrants out of Jefferson Davis Parish.

 

At approximately 11:30 a.m. deputies observed Lyons leave the residence and head south. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Lyons but he did not comply and fled. Lyons continued to flee into Cameron Parish and approached the Black Bayou Bridge, where the barriers were up. He ran through the barriers and attempted to jump the bridge in his vehicle but crashed. Emergency medical personnel arrived and cleared Lyons of any injuries. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is being charged with distribution/manufacturing/possession of CDS I; distribution/manufacturing/possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon; transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses; and 2 counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) will be taking over the investigation and more charges are likely.

 

*There is no mugshot available at this time.

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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI AND SEATBELT CHECKPOINTS

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday November 23, in the 1300 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, and again Saturday November 26, in the 2900 block of Post Oak Road in Sulphur, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as, people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

Between both checkpoints nine hundred ninety-eight (998) vehicles were checked; six (6) field sobriety test was administered; eight (8) citations were issued for no seat belt in use; seven (7) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; two (2) citations were issued for driving under suspension; four (4) citations were issued for open container; three (3) citations were issued for improper child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; and one (1) citation was issued for expired license plate.

 

Jeanne D. Lusk, 45, PA, was arrested for DWI; and open container.

Patrick W. Townzen, 35, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia; and no seat belt.

Cara R. Clement, 33, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II, possession of CDS in the presence of a juvenile; and improper child restraint.

Krystal D. Carlock, 33, Leesville, was arrested on 2 active warrants.

 

All 4 were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

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

 

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THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO A DROWNING

Lake Charles –

 

 This past Sunday, December 4 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a canal at the dead end of Central Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning of a 14 year old boy.  The initial investigation revealed three boys had been in the water earlier with a 10’ boat and a kayak.  When the 14 year old attempted to pull one of the boats out of the canal as he was standing on a culvert, he slipped and fell in the water.   The current swept the boy through the culvert, which was approximately 150 feet long.  When deputies arrived they were advised by the two other boys that when the 14 year old boy fell in, they ran to the opposite end of the culvert but did not see the boy come out.  

 

The CPSO Dive Team was called out and they were able to locate the boy’s body several hundred feet from the canal where he initially fell in.  

 

CPSO Detective Christopher Melendy is the lead detective on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED INCEST AND PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Thad E. Cormier, 40, 408 Morgan Lane, Sulphur, having inappropriate images of a juvenile on his phone. 

 

On July 22, detectives received another complaint regarding Cormier, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member in October of 2005, when the girl was 3 years old.   Deputies attempted to locate Cormier for questioning but were unsuccessful.    

 

On November 8, detectives located Cormier, who was incarcerated at Sulphur City Jail on unrelated charges.  When they spoke with Cormier in reference to the inappropriate images on his phone he admitted to hiding a camera in the home and capturing videos of the girl changing clothes, approximately 2 years ago when the girl was 11 years old.  Cormier was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism and pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $100,000.

 

On December 1, while Cormier was still incarcerated, detectives spoke with him again in reference to inappropriately touching a family member and he confirmed the victim’s story.   Cormier was arrested and additionally charged with aggravated incest.  Judge Clayton Davis has set his bond at $500,000.  A new LA law has changed the crime of aggravated incest to crime against nature but he was charged under the old law because the unlawful occurrences happened prior to the new law becoming effective.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber and Charles Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.

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CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 2 at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jessica A. Bertrand, 38, 5518 Thelma Lane, Lake Charles, stating her 6 month old baby daughter was missing.

 

When Bertrand spoke with detectives she advised that on December 1, an acquaintance, Noah Celestine Jr., 46, 6708 Chickadee Circle, Iowa, was at her home. She stated they smoked methamphetamine together and then they went to the mall with her daughter. Bertrand said when they arrived at the mall she went inside while Celestine and her daughter stayed in the truck; but when she went back outside to meet him, he had left with her daughter. Bertrand stated she eventually called 911 because she did not know where her daughter was. When detectives asked Bertrand why she waited so long to call law enforcement, she did not have a reason.

 

Deputies attempted to locate Celestine, but were unsuccessful. While detectives were in the process of attempting to issue an alert for the missing baby, they received a call advising them that a baby had been dropped off at a local fire department and then transported to a local hospital. Detectives arrived at the hospital and identified the baby as the missing 6 month old girl. She was checked out by hospital staff and cleared of any injuries.

 

Deputies continued their attempts to locate Celestine and found him at a local motel where he was detained and transported to CPSO for questioning. Celestine told detectives after leaving the mall he drove around Lake Charles with the baby in his truck and later dropped her off to a friend, of whom he did not know the last name.

 

After further investigation Bertrand and Celestine were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile. Judge Lilynn Cutrer set both their bonds at $250,000. Judge Cutrer also ordered the 6 month old baby, as well as her two older siblings, be taken into state custody.

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible. Detectives are attempting to learn the whereabouts of the baby from the time Celestine dropped her off at a friend’s house to the time she arrived at the fire department.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS 2 MORE IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

In conjunction with the arrests of Austin J. Jones and Deante J. Shuffer in connection with the shooting that took place on November 30 in the 3600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, detectives have also arrested Christopher W. Jones II, 22, 2234 Tulip Street, Lake Charles.

 

After continued investigations after the shooting, detectives learned Jones was possibly staying at a local motel in Lake Charles. On December 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., when detectives arrived at the motel, they located Jones and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

 

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1.2 million.

 

On December 1, the detectives’ investigation also led them to the home of Ayana F. Johnson, 22, 2780 N. Addison Loop, Lake Charles. After a search of Johnson’s residence detectives located a stolen rifle, which is believed to have been used during the robbery. Detectives also located property that was stolen from the victim from the shooting and robbery on N. Perkins Ferry Rd. 

Detectives have information that shows Johnson knew Jones was wanted by CPSO and provided detectives with false information, further hindering their investigation.

 

Johnson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with accessory after the fact of attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact of armed robbery. She was released today on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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


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Sheriff Tony Mancuso holds press briefing in reference to yesterday's shooting on North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff

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CPSO ARRESTS ANOTHER MAN AND ISSUES WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH YESTERDAY’S SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 2600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff.  While enroute deputies learned shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the victim they learned 3 men forced their way into the residence, demanded money and shot the victim twice, once in the arm and once in the leg.  Deputies learned the suspects fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and several stolen items, to a getaway car that was parked in the vicinity of the residence.

 

After further investigation detectives followed several leads and were able to identify all three of the suspects in connection with the shooting, Austin Jones, 17, 688 Sioux Drive, Moss Bluff, Deante J. Shuffer, 18, 260 Armistead Lane, Moss Bluff, and Christopher W. Jones II, 22. 

 

Later the same day at approximately 1:00 p.m. A. Jones turned himself in to the Detectives Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  A short time later members of the CPSO ACT-Team located Shuffer walking on Anita Drive in Lake Charles.  When deputies first made contact with Shuffer he attempted to lie about his identity.  Shuffer was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Detectives were unable to locate C. Jones and issued a warrant for his arrest.  All 3 men are being charged with attempted 1st degree murder, armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Judge Clayton Davis set all their bonds at $1.2 million each. 

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 2600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff.  While enroute deputies learned shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the victim they learned 3 men forced their way into the residence, demanded money and shot the victim.  Deputies learned the suspects fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and several stolen items. 

 

After further investigation detectives followed several leads and were able to identify one of the suspects in connection with the shooting, Austin Jones, 17, 688 Sioux Drive, Moss Bluff.  At approximately 1:00 p.m. Jones turned himself in to the Detectives Division.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  His bond is still pending.

 

Deputies are actively questioning two possible suspects. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On November 21 at approximately 9:50 p.m.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a gas station on the I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles in reference to a drunk man attempting to drive off in a car.  While deputies were in route they witnessed a car, matching the description given by the complainant, running a red light near the store.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Donovan J. Boutte, 33, 2825 3rd Street, Lake Charles.

 

When deputies spoke with Boutte they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with slurred speech and unsteady balance.  Boutte could not stand on his own and was unable to perform standard field sobriety testing due to his impairment.  Boutte, who was two prior DWIs, refused to submit a breath intoxilyzer test.  It was also learned he was driving under suspension for a previous DWI. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to stop at a stop sign; and driving under suspension for prior offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $31,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Ben White and Deputy Kelsey Morris were the arresting deputies on this case.

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SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2016 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2016 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office 

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

            

            Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

            1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2016 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 6                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 7                                            Dequincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, December 8                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2016 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2016.  Any payments received after December 31, 2016 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On November 19 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a black GMC pick-up truck driving erratically near the area of Coach Williams Drive and Old Spanish Trail in Sulphur.

 

Minutes later deputies located the truck and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Derrick Randle, 17, LaPlace, for a traffic violation. Randle initially refused to stop the vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit for several miles. Once Randle stopped the truck he ignored commands from deputies and quickly put the truck in reverse and backed up, hitting a patrol car that was occupied by two deputies. Randle then drove the truck forward hitting a concrete barrier and again reversed quickly and intentionally swerved toward deputies, who were standing outside of their patrol car, nearly missing the deputies. The deputies drew their guns and fired at the truck, striking it several times, in an effort to end the threat but Randle was able to flee the scene unharmed. After fleeing Randle crashed the truck into a ditch near the 700 block of West Burton Street in Sulphur, and fled on foot.

 

After further investigation on November 20 detectives located Randle, who was still in the same clothes from the previous day. Detectives also learned Randle had stolen the truck from an apartment complex in Sulphur sometime before the incident. Randle was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted first degree murder. Judge Guy Bradberry ordered Randle be held with no bond.

 

"I am very thankful that our deputies were not injured during this incident. This is a dangerous profession and we are lucky to have such dedicated young men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "Our detectives worked tirelessly tracking every lead until they were able to identify and locate Randle, who was in town visiting his family."

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead detective on this case. This case is still under investigation and more charges are likely.

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CPSO TO CONDUCT TWO COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINTS

Lake Charles -

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting two combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoints at two separate undisclosed locations in the parish. The first checkpoint will take place on Wednesday, November 23 and the second one on Saturday, November 26.

 

Both of these checkpoints 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. These checkpoints will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

Both checkpoints are funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER OR NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 10 at approximately 2:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a trespassing complaint at a home on Seminole Drive in Moss Bluff.  When deputies arrived at the home they located Jessie D. Bolden, 50, Deridder, on the property without the owner’s permission.  When they spoke with Bolden, a registered sex offender who was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Beauregard Parish, they discovered he did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.        

              

Bolden was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and criminal trespassing.  He was released the next day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

Deputy Erroll Williams Jr. is the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

 

On November 10 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shoplifting complaint at a grocery store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles.  During their investigation deputies learned David P. Cavalier Jr., 32, Ragley, drove the suspect in the shoplifting complaint to the store.  When deputies spoke with Cavalier, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Lafourche Parish, they learned he was driving a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Cavalier was also not in possession of his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.      

                 

Cavalier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $4,000. 

 

Sr. Cpl Travis Mier is the arresting deputy on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On November 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on 934 West Street in Vinton in reference to animal cruelty.

 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the residents, Shawna E. Crochet II, 25, and Christopher D. Hilburn, 31, who gave deputies permission to search the residence. Once inside deputies located two dogs in the main living area of the home that appeared healthy. Deputies entered another room and located the severely decomposed remains of three puppies. In the room they also located two adult dogs, and four puppies, all of which were severely emaciated and dehydrated. There was no food or water located in the room with the dogs and the floors were covered in urine and feces. One of the residents stated to detectives they had not been in the room for approximately three weeks and did not know there were any dead animals in the room.

 

Crochet and Hilburn were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of simple animal cruelty; 3 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and 3 counts of failure to cremate or bury the remains of an animal. They were both released the next day on $20,000 bonds set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Control detective arrived and took all eight (8) dogs into custody. The six (6) emaciated dogs received emergency medical care, and one of the puppies died while receiving medical attention.

 

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


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CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Around 12:30 p.m. today, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an accident on Gauthier Rd. near Vermillion Dr. in south Lake Charles.   The preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a Honda Accord,  Sean Nunez, 37, swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic in front of a Ford pickup truck causing the car and truck to collide.  A pedestrian running along the side of the road was struck by both vehicles.

           

Nunez was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries from the accident. The driver of the truck and his two passengers and the pedestrian were taken to the hospital.  As of 8:00 p.m. the pedestrian and two of the passengers in the truck have been released from the hospital. One of the passengers of the truck is still in the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

           

Everyone involved in the accident are from Lake Charles.

           

The investigation is ongoing.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Ty Istre are the lead investigators of this accident.

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C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR METHAMPHETAMINE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at the residence of Aaron W. Lavergne Sr., 40, located at 7748 Alabama Avenue in Hayes, as part of an ongoing investigation targeting illegal narcotics activity in the Hayes and Bell City area. 

 

During the search of the residence detectives seized several grams of methamphetamine, 13 MDMA pills, and 25 Phentermine pills.  Detectives also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia that are normally used during the packaging process of illegal narcotics as well as thirty-seven (37) firearms.  During their investigation detectives learned the firearms were present in the home when Lavergne was distributing suspected methamphetamine from the residence.         

 

 Lavergne was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lavergne is charged with distributions of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS I (MDMA); possession of CDS IV (Phentermine); possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set his at $115,000.

 

Detectives also located Jacob P. Granger, 31, 7748 Alabama Avenue, Hayes, outside the home and in possession of methamphetamine.  He was arrested and charged with possession of CDS II (methamphetamine).  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $10,000.

 

The operation in Hayes and Bell City is ongoing and more arrests are possible.


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 115th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 115th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 39 officers representing 16 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 36 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement and 3 officers who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 39 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Kelsey Morris, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 115th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cameron Smith, New Llano Police Department

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

John Beard, first; Sulphur Police Department

Brandon McNeely, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jeffrey Strahan, third; Oakdale Police Department

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon McNeeley, Lake Charles Police Department.

 

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

 

Matt Hebert – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Plummer, Aaron Sharpe – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ami Aguillard, Jered Bellar, Artellus Bellard, Joshua Bruns, Brent Chesson, Christopher Clark, Ryan Cole, Cameron Ferguson, Kerrick Gabriel Jr., Antonio Hagans, December Martine, Kelsey Morris, Thomas Poore, Shawndrika Poullard, Michael Pousson  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Briggs, Marcus Lavergne – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Gary Spears – DeQuincy Police Department

Harmon Cox – Deridder Police Department

Julia Willis – Harbor Police Department

Colleen Stringer – Iowa Police Department

Brandon Guillory, Christopher Wallace– Jennings Police Department

Brandon McNeeley, Frank Padillia, Josh Semien – Lake Charles Police Department

Halston Mills – Merryville Police Department

Cameron Smith – New Llano Police Department

Jeffrey Strahan – Oakdale Police Department

John Beard, Anastasia Vanhoussen – Sulphur Police Department

Loy Bader, Lydia Barton – Westlake Police Department

 

Sheila Peters, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Baccigalopi, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Glenn Berry, Ward 4 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY

 Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a traffic accident near the intersection of East Burton Street and Park Lane in Sulphur.  The investigation revealed the driver of a motorcycle was traveling west on East Burton Street when for unknown reasons the motorcycle traveled off the roadway, into a ditch and striking a driveway.  Both the driver and the passenger, Heather Gary, 27, Sulphur were ejected from the motorcycle.  The driver was air lifted to a hospital in Lafayette with what is believed to be serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.  Gary was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.   Both the driver and Gary appeared to have been wearing helmets because they were located near them.  It is not known if the helmets came off during impact or if the helmets were taken off after the accident.

 

The investigation is still continuing and as mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver and the results are pending.

 

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

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CPSO BELL CITY/HAYES AND DEQUINCY LAW ENFORCMENT CENTERS WILL BE CLOSED ELECTION DAY

Lake Charles –

 

           On Tuesday, November 8, election day, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Bell City/Hayes and DeQuincy Law Enforcement Centers will be closed due to these locations being used as a polling center.  All other LEC locations will be open for normal business.   

 

            If anyone is needing assistance, please call the CPSO main office at (337) 491-3700.     

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 115th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 115th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Forty-one (41) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Harbor Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Merryville Police Department, New Llano Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 4 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO DEQUINCY MEN FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday morning, October 22 around 9:20, CPSO deputies were dispatched to a house on S. Grand Ave in DeQuincy in reference to a woman whose boyfriend wouldn’t let her leave the house.

 

The victim told investigators that Matthew T. Hayes, 29, 717 S. Grand Ave., DeQuincy, held a gun to her head during an argument and would not let her leave the house.  When Hayes went to take a shower, he gave the gun to Quinten D. Tyler, 23, who was also a resident of the house, and told him to watch the victim and shoot her if she attempted to leave.  The victim reported Tyler held the gun on his lap while Hayes was in the shower.  She was able to flee the house with her baby daughter to a neighbor’s house where she called 911.

 

When deputies arrived at the neighbor’s house, they heard a gunshot coming from the S. Grand Ave. house.  Hayes and Tyler were ordered out of the house and taken into custody.  A search warrant was obtained for the house and a handgun matching the victim’s description was recovered.  There also appeared to be a bullet hole in the ceiling of the room where the handgun was located but no spent shell casings were located during the search of the house.

 

Hayes and Tyler were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both are charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm; and False Imprisonment while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon.  Judge David Ritchie set bonds for both Hayes and Tyler at $250,000 each.

 

CPSO Deputy Michael Lavergne was the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO RECOVERS BODY OF MAN IN BLACK BAYOU

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, October 19, around 10:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Roy Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible body seen in Black Bayou.  The CPSO Marine Division along with detectives were able to locate James E. Hanson Jr., 49, 8559 Gulf Highway Lot 122, Lake Charles, unresponsive in the water.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

During the investigation deputies learned family members had not seen Hanson since he left home Sunday morning on foot.  Deputies also located Hanson’s clothing, which he was last seen wearing, and personal items laying near the water, leading them to believe the drowning is accidental. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 17 at approximately 11:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 14 and 9th Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Kirby Alfred, III, 42, 418 N. Booker Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  He also observed Alfred to have red glossy eyes and unsteady balance.  The deputy also learned that Alfred’s driver’s license was suspended for a prior DWI 2nd arrest.

 

After Alfred performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he refused to submit to breath intoxilyzer testing. 

 

Alfred was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; improper lane usage; unlawful refusal to submit to chemical test; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  He was released later the same day on a $19,500 bond set by Judge David Ritchie with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and valid driver’s license, not allowed to consume any alcohol, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tony Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Mark Lebleu Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies that her tenant, Jason P. Potter, 37, Mark Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, showed up at her residence extremely intoxicated and she allowed him in her home to sleep until he sobered up.  She then told deputies after Potter laid down in a bedroom, a few minutes later, she walked in to get a computer, at which time he grabbed her by the hair and raped her.  She stated after he raped her he fell asleep.  The victim was transported to a hospital where detectives observed several bruises to her arms, chest, legs, and back as well as other injuries consistent with rape.  

 

Deputies located Potter passed out inside the home.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $40,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Cody Ferguson and Sr. Cpl. Jeff Lognion are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO HOSTS COMMUNITY/LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a 6 week Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy for any member of the community that is 18 or older that are interested in learning about the role of law enforcement in our community.  Academy participants will receive lectures and hands-on training from CPSO deputies, the Lake Charles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office on topics such as criminal investigations, domestic violence, civil rights, gang violence, use of force, as well as, several other topics in law enforcement (there will be no written exams or tests).  According to Sheriff Tony Mancuso the purpose of this academy is to improve police and community relations and enhance the ability to address issues within our community, as well as, further the community’s role as a leader in crime reduction. 

 

Applications for the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy can be picked up at any CPSO Law Enforcement Center throughout the parish.  Applicants must be able to pass a background check to participate.  Seating is limited and applications must be turned in no later than Friday, November 11.  All sessions will take place on consecutive Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with the first session being held Tuesday, November 15, at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles. 

 

For more information contact Lt. James Steward at 491-3626 or 263-4360.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Fruge Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.  When deputies spoke with the driver she stated she was bringing the passenger, Chantz W. Nix, 21, 1612 Houston River Road, Westlake, to a home on Fruge Road where he told her was his residence.  When deputies spoke with Nix, who is a convicted sex offender, he told deputies he sometimes stays at the home on Fruge Road and at other times stays at a home on Houston River Road. 

 

After further investigation deputies learned Nix only has one of the addresses he stays at registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Nix was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000.

 

Nix was convicted of aggravated rape in 2011 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Deputy Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy in this case.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $1,870, being cashed at a local bank in Moss Bluff several days earlier.  It was also learned two men attempted to cash another counterfeit check but the bank denied the transaction.  The men were using fraudulent ID’s from Oklahoma and Mississippi with the names Byron Ancalade and Leonard Johns in an attempt to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these men.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 4 at approximately 1:20 p.m. an off duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working as courtesy officer at a local park in Lake Charles when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside a truck in the parking lot.  The deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Michael W. Easton Jr., 40, 4116 Weaver Road, Lake Charles.  Easton asked the deputy if he worked for the Sheriff’s Office at which time the deputy confirmed he did then walked to the back of the truck to obtain the license plate number.  Easton placed his car in reverse and backed up, striking the deputy and causing him to fall, and left the park.  The deputy stated he had to roll out of the way to stop from being run over.

 

Deputies located Easton at his residence and he was detained and transported back to the park.  Deputies spoke with a witness at the scene who confirmed the deputy’s story.  Easton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 24 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 2 year old child left unattended inside a car that was not running in a parking lot of a local casino in Lake Charles.

 

Upon arrival deputies were able to unlock the car and check on the welfare of the child.  Casino security located the child’s parents, Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, on the casino floor.  When deputies spoke with Cheto and Otieno they stated they left their son sleeping in the car while they went inside to gamble.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the child was left alone in the car for over an hour. 

 

Cheto and Otieno were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion.  Judge Ron Ware set both their bonds at $7,000.

 

The child was released to a family member.

 

CPSO Deputy Austin Wright is the arresting deputy and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


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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 $108,558 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2017.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEVERAL HOUR STANDOFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division attempted to serve Justin J. Fontenot, 36, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, an active warrant for felony theft and monetary instrument abuse at his mobile home.  When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door a couple of people ran out the house and stated Fontenot was inside the home armed with a shotgun.  Deputies immediately retreated from the residence. 

 

Minutes later deputies with the CPSO ACT-Team arrived, set up a perimeter and evacuated several mobile homes within close proximity of the scene for safety.  A negotiator attempted to make contact with Fontenot numerous times but was unsuccessful.  Due to having no contact with Fontenot deputies deployed several tactics, such as robots equipped with cameras, deploying tear gas, phone calls to Fontenot on his cell phone, and the PA system, in an attempt to allow him to safely exit the house, but all were unsuccessful.  Shortly after midnight deputies made entry into the home and located Fontenot in a bedroom with the shotgun nearby. 

 

Fontenot was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and resisting an officer with force or violence.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $35,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO AFTER SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, February 22, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bennett Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  The homeowner advised deputies that Derrick Brown, 31, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lot 19, Lake Charles, an ex-acquaintance of one of the residents in the home, was attempting to break into their home.

 

The complainant stated they were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entry into the home.  She then stated she tried to hold the door to prevent Brown from entering but was overpowered.  Once Brown opened the door she told deputies she then shot him.  Brown fled the home on foot to his car, which was parked at a cemetery behind the residence, where his friend, Diron Frank, 28, 2444 Salmon Drive, Lake Charles, was waiting for him in the car.  Once Brown arrived at his car Frank drove him to a local hospital, which does not have an emergency room, to be treated for his injuries sustained during the shooting.

 

Deputies located Brown and Frank at the hospital and provided medical assistance until Brown could be airlifted to a local hospital emergency room for treatment.  When deputies were speaking with Frank they learned he was in possession of approximately 8 grams of cocaine and a cell phone, both of which he claimed belonged to Brown. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the cell phone they recovered from Frank at the hospital was stolen during a burglary on February 20 at the same home on Bennett Rd.  It was also learned Brown used a set of keys that were also reported missing after the burglary, to gain entry into the home before the shooting.  Following the burglary on the 20th, Brown returned back to the home hours later and drove away in the victim’s 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has yet to be recovered.  Detectives were advised by several witnesses that over the past several days Brown had been stalking a resident that lived in the home on Bennett Rd. and threatened the family as well as threatened to damage their property. 

 

Frank was arrested at the hospital he drove Brown to for medical assistance.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,500.

 

Brown was arrested at the emergency room of the hospital where he was airlifted.  He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the shooting and once released, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brown is being charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with the intent to distribute; stalking; theft over $750; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Ware set his bond at $44,000. 

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 20 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on I-210 near Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. 

 

Deputies spoke with the driver, Travis P. Chouest, 41, 3016 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2000 in Lafourche Parish.

 

Deputies learned Chouest was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and improper display of plates.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 6, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Keith A. Buller, 48, 22433 Highway 383, Iowa, exposing himself as well as having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl, who was a family acquaintance, over 20 years ago when she was approximately 10 years old.  After further investigation Buller was arrested on February 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.    

 

CPSO Detective Brent Young is the lead investigator on this case.

 

In September 2016 Buller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on charges of aggravated rape stemming from a different incident.  The investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl, who was also a family acquaintance, on several occasions between 1984 and 1993, starting when she was 3 years old.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention.  The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck.  The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money.  The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino.  While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino.  The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot.  It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.

 

Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana.  He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.  Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 5, 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Robert L. Lognion, 57, 1115 Lake Ridge Lane, Lake Charles, having inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 10, while they were visiting at his home. 

 

After further investigation on February 13 detectives issued a warrant for Lognion’s arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $950,000.  On February 15 Lognion was located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Lognion was convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1995.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS 15 DURING EXECUTION OF MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH WARRANT AT LOCAL CLUB

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Detectives, CPSO Computer Forensics Detectives, CPSO Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Louisiana State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at Club Cabaret, located at 3801 Highway 90 in Westlake.   The search warrant was a result of numerous complaints of prostitution, alcohol compliance issues, illegal narcotics activity, and theft taking place at the club. 

 

The following three (3) people were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

 

· Rene O. Diaz, 33, 417 Cody Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent; possession of CDS II (Cocaine); possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to obtain sex offender ID card

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $12,000

 

· Derek L. Williams, 27, 2514 Cox Road, Westlake

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

·  Jonathan J. Mejia, 33, 1012 Cass Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

The following person was issued a summons for felony and misdemeanor charges and was released due to health conditions:

 

· Brittany R. Dunaway, 28, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and no parish bar card

 

The following eleven (11) people were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons:

 

· Bradford H. Daniels, 44, Lake Charles

Possession of marijuana

 

(The following were all issued for no parish bar card)

· Kiara M. Walters, 22, MI

· Alexandria N. Charles, 24, Lake Charles

· Candace M. Lee, 19, Sulphur

· Alyssa A. Wassel, 24, Sulphur

· Jamika L. Jones, 23, Westlake

· Glorytoglory Latigue, 27, Scott, LA

· Monique M. Guidroz, 21, Sulphur

· Carmen J. Leger, 22, Sulphur

· Camelia D. Ducote, 24, DeQuincy

· John L. Runte, 32, Sulphur


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CPSO ARRESTS 3 WOMEN AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH WESTLAKE SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

***UPDATE: Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday afternoon in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.  She is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Her bond of $150,500 was set by Judge Ron Ware.***

 

 

 

 

On January 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at an apartment on Foster Lane in Westlake. Upon arrival deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg. During the initial investigation deputies learned several women entered the residence, demanded the victim’s wallet, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim’s credit cards had been used at a local business and were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the suspects as well as the vehicle used during the shooting. Detectives followed several leads and were able to identify Crystal L. Stewart, 26, 2126 6th St., Lake Charles, Gladys A. Goodie, 27, Lafayette, Michaela F. Beam, 21, 812 ½ Celeste St., Lake Charles, and Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, as those involved in the shooting.

 

On February 2 detectives located Stewart and Goodie, along with the suspected vehicle used during the shooting, near a home on Anita Drive in Lake Charles. Later the same day they located Beam at a local motel in Lake Charles.

 

All three women were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Stewart is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm, Judge Ron ware set her bond at $150,500. Goodie and Beam are being charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery; and accessory after the fact of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Ron Ware set Goodie’s bond at $125,000 and Beam’s bond at $110,000.

 

 

The investigation into the shooting is continuing and more arrests are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lance Melendy is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR THEFT & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to theft. The investigation revealed William B. Marcantel, 46, 2524 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, had stolen a checkbook from a family member and written several fraudulent checks on different occasions in January, totaling approximately $870. Marcantel was seen on video surveillance footage at a local store writing one of the checks. Marcantel was also positively identified as the person who wrote the fraudulent checks by employees at the store.

 

Marcantel was arrested on February 10 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with theft between $750 and $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud.

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $10,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO Coastal Welding

On Monday October 10th at 2:30 a.m. the person seen in these photographs entered Coastal Welding Supply on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  The suspect gained entry to the property by damaging a fence and breaking a window.

 

Once inside the suspect searched through each office and stole approximately $300.

 

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

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CPSO Construction Site Trailer

Sometime between the evening of September 11 and the morning of September 12 a construction site work trailer was broken into on Country Club Road in Lake Charles.  A Stehl 14 inch chop saw, 3 transit lasers, and a Bosch rotary hammer were taken from the trailer.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $3,700.

 

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

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CPSO Home Construction Burglaries

During the evening hours of October 4, 2016, three pallets of roofing shingles as well as a microwave and stove were stolen from home construction sites on Briar Court and Chapelwood Drive in Iowa.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane.  One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released.  The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.     

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  Charges on the driver are pending the results of toxicology report, which is mandated by state law.    

           

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR COUPLE FOR THEFT OVER $25,000

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 11, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft regarding a construction company, Powerhouse Commercial Construction, owned and operated by Ernest Anderson, 50, and Marianne Anderson, 57, both of 1588 Currie Drive, Sulphur.

 

 During the investigation detectives learned the Anderson couple was managing a construction job on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles and had been over-billing the victim’s company.  The investigation revealed the terms agreed upon for the construction job were vendor cost plus a 10% fee, but the Andersons would charge more than the actual vendor cost was then create fraudulent invoices, add the 10% fee and submit it for payment to the victim.  The total amount of fraudulent billing is approximately $230,000.

 

The investigation was conducted and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On February 2, 2017, Ernest and Marianne were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  They were arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both were charged with theft of $25,000 or more.  They were both released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Quirk.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a welfare concern.

 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two children, ages 11 and 4. When deputies spoke with the 11 year old she stated her mother, later identified as Krystal M. Green, 34, Moss Bluff, had left sometime the previous night to go to work and had not returned. She also told deputies her 13 year old brother was home but had left earlier that morning to go to school. While deputies were still on scene a family acquaintance arrived and stated that Green had called her to go check on her children and stated she had stayed at a friend’s house. Deputies were informed by more than one acquaintance that Green has left the children home alone on several other occasions.

 

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Green arrived at the home and told deputies she left her children home alone so she could go to work. After further investigation Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion. She was released later the same day on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

The children were placed in the care of a family acquaintance by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator.

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CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Yesterday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

Upon arrival deputies learned Kevin S. Edwards, 36, Orange, Texas, shot a man who was located inside the residence by shooting through the bathroom window.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.  The homeowner, who is ex-acquaintances with Edwards, suffered minor injuries to her arm from glass debris during the shooting.  There were also children located inside the home during the shooting who sustained no injuries. 

 

Detectives learned Edwards was living in Orange and later the same day, with the assistance of Texas law enforcement authorities, were able to locate him at a residence he had been staying at for approximately one week.  When detectives made contact with Edwards he agreed to come to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’ Office to speak with detectives.  While Edwards was speaking with detectives he confirmed his involvement in the shooting.  Detectives also located the assault rifle that was used during the shooting after a search of the property where Edwards was located.

 

Edwards was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $120,000.

 

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

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CPSO, CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE & SWLA CRIME LAB HOST FORENSICS DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the SWLA Crime Lab hosted a “Forensics Day” for the Calcasieu Parish Homeschool 4-H group.  Students were able to visit each agency and tour their facilities while learning firsthand the role of each agency and how they are involved during an investigation.   Students were able to view different types of equipment used at crime scenes and learned basic crime scene skills throughout the day such as collecting fingerprints and evidence, determining types of injuries, and examining and processing DNA.

 

At the end of the day students were asked to process a mock crime scene using information they had learned throughout the day.  Students were able to examine a “victim” and determine the type of injury sustained as well as collect information from “witnesses” at the scene.   They were tasked with locating, preserving and collecting evidence, as well as taking photographs and completing crime scene sketches. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Ira Breaux Road in Lake Charles.  Further investigation revealed Gene R. Castillo, 61, Ira Breaux Road, Lake Charles, had an argument with a family member and then retrieved a shot gun and shot the victim in the stomach. 

 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette and underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained during the shooting.  He remains in critical condition.  

 

Castillo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation. 

 

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

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CPSO ARREST RAGLEY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat. The suspect fled the store on foot, after breaking the door, into the wooded area near the store. After viewing surveillance footage and receiving numerous tips on the identity of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as Jeremiah T. Brantley, 22, 17788 Highway 171, Ragley. After further investigation on January 19 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $75,000 for Brantley’s arrest.

 

On January 20 the CPSO Warrants Division and ACT-Team located Brantley at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted armed robbery.

 

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

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Honoring Fallen Deputies

This week we honor the anniversaries of two fallen Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies.  The 5 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Randall Benoit and the 10 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Alan Inzer, who were both killed in the line of duty.

 

Deputy Randall L. Benoit served 18 years with the CPSO before he died as a result of his injuries sustained in a head-on collision in Sulphur when a car crossed the center line and struck Benoit's patrol car.

 

Deputy Alan Inzer was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of several armed burglary suspects.  He had served with the CPSO for 17 years. 

 

“Both Randall and Alan were not only employees but personal friends of mine.  Please keep his friends and family, as well as his CPSO family, in your prayers during this time,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “This is a dangerous profession and we are lucky to have such dedicated men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community.”


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CPSO ARRESTS 2 LAFAYETTE MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The suspects entered the store, wearing hoodies and bandannas concealing their faces, armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise an undisclosed amount of cash and property belonging to the clerk.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identity the two suspects as Colby A. Comeaux, 19, and Eli Celestine, 23, both of Lafayette.  On January 19, with the assistance of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Comeaux at his residence.  After detectives spoke with Comeaux he was then arrested.  The following day LPSO located Celestine, who was also arrested. 

 

They were both transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Comeaux’s bond at $500,000 and Celestine’s bond at $550,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Les Blanchard is the lead investigator on this case.  


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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Mark B. Cooley, 30, DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 7 year old girl.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation and interviewing Cooley, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On January 17 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of John Prater Road and Fred Lutz Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle accident.   

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch near the southwest corner of the intersection.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nathan P. Menart, 36, Sunset, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person as well as slurred speech.  Menart advised deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages and stopped approximately 30 minutes prior to driving.   

 

After Menart performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused and stated he had not been drinking.

 

Menart, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released on January 19 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Cpl. Anthony Williams, Cpl. Casey Steech, and Cpl. Donald Lindenman were the arresting deputies on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR CAR DEALERSHIP BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday January 15 at approximately 11:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division were conducting routine business checks when they observed the doors open at a local car dealership in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed video surveillance footage which captured four black males entering the dealership from the back, earlier the same day at approximately 8:00 a.m.  The suspects forced their way into the dealership and damaged several interior and exterior doors. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS  MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

On January 4 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding Antonio L. Clifton, 58, MS, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment or his temporary lodging information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders. Deputies were able to confirm that Clifton had been employed at with the company since August 2015. It was also learned Clifton failed to notify the authorities in Mississippi, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana.

 

After further investigation on January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Clifton’s arrest. He was located the same day at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He was released on bond the next day.

 

Clifton was convicted of sexual battery in 1996 in Mississippi.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 14 at approximately 12:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Myles Lane in Carlyss. 

 

Further investigation revealed Randall C. Reeves, 60, WI, along with the victim were involved in a verbal altercation.  After exchanging words both Reeves and the victim retrieved firearms and exchanged gunfire outside the home.  Reeves shot the victim in the back during the incident.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests are possible. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding an employee stealing from an electric company in Sulphur, where he was employed.  During the investigation detectives were informed by the company that from September 2014 until January 2017 Cody T. Lyles, 2845 Country Club Road, #1207, Lake Charles, had credited his personal credit and debit cards for company inventory.  They stated they were able to identify Lyles as the suspect due to salesman logs from when the incidents took place.       

Detectives located Lyles at the business and he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  When detectives questioned Lyles he stated when he would look in the warehouse inventory and see discrepancies, there were more in the warehouse than in the computer inventory, he would do a return on the item and receive the refund on his personal cards and the computer inventory would then match the warehouse inventory.  Detectives were able to identify three cards belonging to Lyles that had been used for the credits with a total of returned credits approximately $185,000.    

 

Lyles was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  He was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

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

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DEQUINCY ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat and chased the man out of the door into the wooded area near the store. 

 

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

 

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


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CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Mosswood Road in Sulphur in reference to a man with a gun to his head threatening suicide.

 

Upon arrival deputies located the man, identified as Austin L. Rackley, 19, Sulphur, outside holding a gun in his hand and arguing with a family member. Deputies made contact with Rackley and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun. Rackley turned toward deputies with the gun raised towards them causing deputies to fire, striking Rackley in the neck. Deputies immediately administered first aid and life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived on scene.

 

Rackley was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where his condition is listed as stable. The incident is still under investigation with a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer likely.

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to a women being raped at a local inpatient treatment facility. During the investigation the victim, who was a patient of the facility, told detectives she had gone to sleep on the previous night and was awoken by a man, later identified as Joshua J. Lewis Jr. 33, 5684 Joli Bois Drive, Lake Charles, a security guard at the facility, entering her room and having sexual intercourse with her. She then advised detectives when Lewis heard noises coming from the hallway he pulled up his pants and left her room. The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with rape.

 

On January 6 when detectives spoke with Lewis he denied raping or having sexual intercourse with the victim. He advised detectives he entered the victim’s room because she called him to go in as he passed her room in the hallway. When detectives reviewed video surveillance they observed Lewis walking down the hallway and entering the victim’s room, where the door was closed. Administrators at the facility advised detectives that their policy states that there must be two security guards together to enter a female patient’s room.

 

Lewis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.

Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint from a victim in reference to convicted sex offender George T. Spell, 52, 6066 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the victim she advised on January 5 she stayed the night at Spell’s residence and was awoken by him on top of her having sexual intercourse with her. 

 

Later the same day detectives interviewed Spell who confirmed the allegation of the rape.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape; and unlawful presence or contact of a sex offender. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $1.3 million.

 

Spell was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR EARLY MORNING ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:10 a.m., an unknown male robbed a convenience store located on Houston River Road in Sulphur.  He entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.

 

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

 

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


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CPSO LOOKING FOR WEDNESDAY'S ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The men entered the store armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

The suspects are described as black men wearing hoodies and bandanas concealing their faces.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the people of interest seen in these photographs, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead detective Lt. Les Blanchard at 491-3755 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR OBSCENITY & STALKING

Lake Charles –

 

On September 27 at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a store in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival deputies spoke with two women who stated a man, later identified as convicted sex offender David T. Uribe, 50, 220 Richard Road, Ragley, was following them around the store.

 

During the investigation detectives learned that Uribe was standing behind one of the complainants in the store staring at her. She advised detectives that she started walking away from him and he followed her. She then told detectives when she was in the checkout line she saw Uribe staring at her again with his hands inside his pants and his shirt pulled up. The victim advised detectives she could see Uribe’s pubic hair. When detectives spoke with the second complainant she had a similar story. She stated while she was shopping Uribe started following her around the store and as she would walk Uribe was right behind her watching her. She told detectives when she was in the checkout line she noticed Uribe standing by the magazine rack watching her and saying, “you are pretty.”

 

Detectives made contact with Uribe on the phone and asked him to come in and provide a statement, to which he refused. On October 27, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis for Uribe’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for 2 counts of stalking; and obscenity. Detectives continuously attempted to locate Uribe, but were unsuccessful.

 

On January 3 Uribe was arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for the active warrant. He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center the next day. Uribe has an active warrant with no bond for obscenity out of New Hampshire and will be held without bond pending his extradition.

 

Uribe was convicted of indecency with a child in 1990 in Texas. He was also convicted for the second time in 1998 for indecent exposure and 2 counts of indecency with child contact in Texas.

 

Uribe’s sex offender registration is currently out of Beauregard Parish.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles –

 

On December 6, at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Diamond Durrell’s in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.    

 

The investigation revealed a man, later identified as Steven W. Sullivan, 25, 3588 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, entered the store and began looking at jewelry that was not enclosed in a display case.  It appeared Sullivan picked up the jewelry and placed it back, but when deputies viewed video surveillance at the store is showed him placing his hands in the pocket of his hoodie.  After Sullivan left the store, employees learned that seven rings and one necklace, totaling approximately $1,600, was missing. 

 

On December 20, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry issued a warrant in the amount of $10,000 for the arrest of Sullivan.  He was located the same day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $750 to $5,000.  When deputies spoke with Sullivan he confirmed he stole the jewelry, but deputies were unable to locate the stolen property. 

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

 

The investigation in continuing.  

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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, December 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at the 900 block of W. Lincoln Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-eight (178) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seat belt in use; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for improper child restraint; and one (1) citation was issued for no insurance. 

 

Joanna L. Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS I; and possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  She was released on a summons. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles City Police.  

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CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, December 23.

 

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.

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CPSO ARREST 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a local convenience store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies learned the 3 suspects entered the store armed, where there were 2 employees and 3 children inside the store, and demanded money from the clerk. They stole an undisclosed amount of money, as well as personal items from store employees, and fled in a Hyundai Sonata.  No employee or child was injured in the robbery.

 

  After viewing surveillance footage and further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as Caylin J. Williams, 20, 3640 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles; Terry R. Shepherd, 22, 106 Jupiter Lane, Iowa; and Chad Levier, 18, 3517 McKinley St., Lake Charles. 

 

Detectives along with the CPSO Patrol Division, CAT Team, and ACT-Team located Williams at her residence on Greinwich Boulevard.  When deputies arrived at her house they located the Sonata used during the robbery.  Williams refused to exit the residence but after deputies deployed tear gas they located her hiding in the attic.  Deputies executed a search warrant on her residence and located items used during the robbery as well as items that were stolen. Shepherd was located during a traffic stop in Iowa, along with items from the robbery, and was taken into custody.  While deputies were conducting surveillance on Levier's residence in attempt to locate him, they observed him leaving his residence on McKinley Street.  Detectives conducted a traffic stop and located items that are believed to be stolen during the robbery in the vehicle.  A search warrant was executed on Levier's residence, where they also found items used during the robbery. 

 

    Williams, Shepherd, and Levier were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Williams’ bond at $150,000 and Shepherd’s and Levier's bonds at $250,000. 

 

The investigation revealed that these 3 suspects are possibly responsible for another armed robbery that happened this morning that is being handled by the Lake Charles City Police Department.

 

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

                                                                                                                    


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours of Saturday, December 17, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the areas of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners that showed 3 men on foot in the neighborhood. Detectives also observed one of the men with what appeared to be a handgun walking up to a vehicle.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on the identity of the suspects to contact the lead Detective David Doucett at 494-4583 or Detective Corey Myers at 431-8081. Detectives are also asking anyone with residential video surveillance in the area where the burglaries took place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday December 18, that feel may be useful, to contact detectives.

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, you don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

 

It is unknown at this time if the vehicle burglaries committed on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Ln. are related to these burglaries but the investigation is continuing.


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CPSO LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN VEHICLE THEFTS

Lake Charles –

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in vehicle thefts that occurred on December 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Lane in Lake Charles,

 

The investigation revealed an unknown male entered an unlocked vehicle in a driveway of a house on McCindy removing various items from the vehicle. This same man removed items from an unlocked vehicle on Hoben Lane.

After viewing the homeowner’s video from their surveillance camera, detectives can clearly see the man has in his hand what appears to be a handgun.

 

“When criminals start brandishing guns while stealing items from unlocked vehicles, that brings the crime to a whole new level,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “If you hear someone outside near your vehicle in the middle of the night, please do not approach them. Please call 911.”

 

Also Sheriff Mancuso reminds everyone, “Please, please lock your vehicle once you get out of it. And don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Thieves are really busy this time of year. Don’t become a victim. Lock your vehicle and bring your valuables inside.”

 

CPSO detectives are asking that anyone in the areas of McCindy and Hoben, which both run off Tank Farm Rd., who may have information and/or surveillance video of any suspicious activity between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on December 14, please contact lead detectives David Doucett at 494-4583 or Corey Myers at 431-8081.

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours on Wednesday December 14, in the area of McCindy Drive and Hoben Lane and again on Saturday, December 17, in the area of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners and observed images of males walking around the residences. In some of the video footage recovered the men were holding what appeared to be handguns. After further investigation and after receiving numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects detectives were able to identify the men as Tobias Andrews, 22, Cameron, Tyrese Andrews, 17, 1018 17th Street, and Keilyn Williams, 18, 2429 Anita Drive, both of Lake Charles. 

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with VICE, ACT-Team, and patrol were able to apprehend Tobias at a residence on Clearview Drive in Lake Charles. Tyrese and Keilyn were taken into custody at the 3400 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles.

 

They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center. Tobias and Tyrese are both being charged with 6 counts of theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 13 counts of simple burglary; and 6 counts of theft of a firearm. Williams is being charged with theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 5 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm. Their bonds are still pending.

 

Deputies were able to recover numerous stolen items including 2 shotguns, 1 rifle, tools, and a GMC pickup truck.

 

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information or video surveillance to contact the VCIU at 431-8053.

 

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM & TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a man shooting outside of a bar on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

The initial investigation revealed Carlos A. Soria, 30, 1122 W. Verdine St. # 63, Sulphur, was kicked out by security after fighting with other bar patrons and threatening security with a knife. Soria left and then returned a short time later, drove his car to the front of the bar, and attempted to walk to the door with an AK-47. Soria fired the gun several times and attempted to enter the bar. He was tackled by security and bar personnel, and they were able to apprehend Soria and take his gun from him. When deputies arrived on scene Soria was taken into custody without incident.

 

Soria was arrested and transferred to a local hospital due to him being severely intoxicated and complaining of injuries. After being treated by hospital personnel he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault; aggravated assault with a firearm; terrorizing; illegal use of a weapon; and possession of a firearm on premises of alcoholic beverage outlet. His bond is still pending.

 

No one was hit by the rounds during the incident.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On December 12, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Burson Road in Lake Charles in reference to a report of a suspicious man. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated James M. Downs, 45, Lake Charles, was attempting to check the mail at the residence.  She told deputies Downs had been evicted since November. 

 

When deputies spoke with Downs, a convicted sex offender, he confirmed he had not been living at his registered address for approximately 7 days and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Downs was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office and placed in a holding cell.  While in the cell deputies observed what is believed to be methamphetamine where Downs had been sitting.

 

Downs was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $6,000.

 

Downs was convicted of simple rape in 2008 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

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CPSO Arrests 2 More & Issue Warrant for 1 in Connection with Shooting in Moss Bluff

Lake Charles –

 

In conjunction with the arrests of Austin J. Jones, Deante J. Shuffer, Christopher W. Jones, and Ayana Johnson in the shooting that took place on November 30 in the 3600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, detectives have learned of 2 more people responsible.

 

With the investigation continuing after the shooting, detectives learned Gavin D. Daigle, 17, 1021 Belfield Drive, Moss Bluff, assisted in the planning and execution of the armed robbery.  Detectives learned that Daigle provided details about the victim to the suspects to aid them in the armed robbery. 

 

After viewing surveillance footage detectives were able to identify the driver of the vehicle used during the armed robbery as Kendrick K. Yaw, 19, 1905 Channel Street, Lake Charles.   

 

On December 13 detectives located Daigle at his place of employment.  On the following day detectives located Yaw at his residence.  When detectives spoke with Yaw he confirmed his involvement in the armed robbery.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  Daigle is charged with conspiracy to attempted 1st degree murder; and conspiracy to armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.  Yaw is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1.2 million.

 

Detectives have also issued a warrant for Jazmine Washington, 21, Sulphur for her connection in the shooting.  Detectives learned Washington aided one of the suspects in evading arrest.  It was also discovered Washington knowingly provided detectives with false information about the incident.  Washington is being charged with accessory after the fact of attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact of armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis signed her warrant in the amount of $75,000.  Detectives attempted to locate Washington, but were unsuccessful. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Washington.  If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please call the lead

detective, Detective Travis Lavergne at 491-3635.

 

The investigation is continuing.


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CPSO TRUSTY WALKS OFF FROM JOB BUT RECAPTURED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. inmate trusty Joseph N. Moon, 39, left his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Shop on Highway 90 in Lake Charles after stealing a CPSO unmarked pickup truck and driving off the property.  Moon qualified to be a trusty due to his non-violent offender status.

 

Detectives issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for the truck and later the same evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office located Moon driving the truck.  Moon was apprehended and taken into custody.  He is waiting to be extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

 

Moon will be charged with simple escape; and theft of a motor vehicle.

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CPSO COLLECTS TOYS FOR LIVINGSTON PARISH FLOOD VICTIMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the tragic flooding event that took place in August the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with Able Plumbing held a toy drive to collect Christmas gifts for children and families that were affected by the flooding.  The toys collected will be picked up by Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish Sheriff, tomorrow, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

 

“I am proud of our community, which always comes together to help others in need,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We were able to collect a camper full of toys that will be sent to Livingston Parish in time for Christmas.  We also held a separate toy drive and deputies donated toys and bikes to help numerous families in our own parish who are in need during the Christmas season.”  

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from store located inside a local casino.   When deputies arrived on scene casino personnel advised that four males had been identified by security staff in regards to a theft that took place the previous day.  Casino Staff stated that on December 6 the four men, later identified as Isaiah D. Williams, 2727 3rd Street, Aaron C. LeBlanc, 17, 2618 Southern Ridge, Demine L. Bryant, 19, 702 Sycamore, and Gregory P. Griffin Jr., 28, 700 North Booker, all of Lake Charles, had entered the casino clothing store and stole four shirts and two pairs of pants, totaling $1,018, by concealing the items in their pants and leaving the property.  They returned to the property on December 7, when they were recognized by casino security and detained.

 

Detectives transported the men to CPSO, where they were questioned.  During questioning Bryant admitted to taking several items.  Griffin attempted to give a false name during the investigation; he later told detectives he lied about his name due to outstanding warrants on unrelated charges. 

 

All four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $750-$5,000.  Griffin was also charged with resisting an officer by false identification.

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Williams and Bryant’s bond at $10,000; LeBlanc’s bond at $12,000; and Griffin’s bond at $12,500. 

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.     


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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1300 block of West Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling westbound on W. Lincoln Road when he struck a pedestrian, Jonathan B. Guilbeau, 41, Cameron.  Guilbeau was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment on the driver is not suspected at this time.

 

The fatality is still under investigation; it has not yet been determined if Guilbeau was walking on the shoulder or in the lane of travel. 

 

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

 

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CPSO INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

            Earlier this morning at approximately 3:40, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a local night club on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  When deputies arrived they discovered three victims had been shot.  They were all transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are urged to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 491-3605.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT OF A PHARMACY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local pharmacy on Country Club Road in Lake Charles for an alarm activation.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned from video surveillance that a man broke a window at the business and gained entry inside.  Once inside he stole several prescription medications.  While breaking the window the suspect received a cut and detectives were able to collect DNA evidence at the scene. 

 

During further investigation, detectives submitted the DNA to the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab for processing.  The SWLA Crime Lab submitted the sample into Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  Detectives received notification that the DNA was a match for Brendan J. Giles, 20, 145 Victoria Drive, Lake Charles.  On December 6 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $62,000 for Giles’ arrest.  Giles was located later the same day at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft under $750; simple burglary of a pharmacy; and simple criminal damage to property.

 

CPSO Detective Roy Pesson is the lead investigator on this case. 

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INMATE TRUSTY WHO WALKED OFF JOB IS IN CUSTODY

Lake Charles –

 

This morning at approximately 10:30 inmate trustee Jonathon B. Alexander, who walked off of his Calcasieu Correctional Center trusty job at the Louisiana State Police yesterday afternoon was captured. 

 

It was learned that Alexander had stolen a hearse from a local business located on Egret Street in Lake Charles.  At approximately 9:30 this morning authorities with the Orange Police Department in Texas located the stolen hearse, abandoned.  Later the same morning Orange P.D. observed a car that had been stolen through their agency with Alexander located inside.  Alexander was apprehended and taken into custody. 

Alexander will be charged with simple escape.

 

Alexander may also be facing additional charges through the Orange Police Department.

 

The Lake Charles Police Department is handling the case of the stolen hearse.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ACTIVE WARRANTS AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today, at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was conducting surveillance on a home off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, in attempt to locate Morgan J. Lyons, 37, 622 E. Division Street, Jennings, who was wanted on two active warrants out of Jefferson Davis Parish.

 

At approximately 11:30 a.m. deputies observed Lyons leave the residence and head south. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Lyons but he did not comply and fled. Lyons continued to flee into Cameron Parish and approached the Black Bayou Bridge, where the barriers were up. He ran through the barriers and attempted to jump the bridge in his vehicle but crashed. Emergency medical personnel arrived and cleared Lyons of any injuries. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is being charged with distribution/manufacturing/possession of CDS I; distribution/manufacturing/possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon; transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses; and 2 counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) will be taking over the investigation and more charges are likely.

 

*There is no mugshot available at this time.

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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI AND SEATBELT CHECKPOINTS

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday November 23, in the 1300 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, and again Saturday November 26, in the 2900 block of Post Oak Road in Sulphur, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as, people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

Between both checkpoints nine hundred ninety-eight (998) vehicles were checked; six (6) field sobriety test was administered; eight (8) citations were issued for no seat belt in use; seven (7) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; two (2) citations were issued for driving under suspension; four (4) citations were issued for open container; three (3) citations were issued for improper child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; and one (1) citation was issued for expired license plate.

 

Jeanne D. Lusk, 45, PA, was arrested for DWI; and open container.

Patrick W. Townzen, 35, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia; and no seat belt.

Cara R. Clement, 33, Sulphur, was arrested for possession of CDS II, possession of CDS in the presence of a juvenile; and improper child restraint.

Krystal D. Carlock, 33, Leesville, was arrested on 2 active warrants.

 

All 4 were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

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

 

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THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO A DROWNING

Lake Charles –

 

 This past Sunday, December 4 at approximately 12:20 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a canal at the dead end of Central Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning of a 14 year old boy.  The initial investigation revealed three boys had been in the water earlier with a 10’ boat and a kayak.  When the 14 year old attempted to pull one of the boats out of the canal as he was standing on a culvert, he slipped and fell in the water.   The current swept the boy through the culvert, which was approximately 150 feet long.  When deputies arrived they were advised by the two other boys that when the 14 year old boy fell in, they ran to the opposite end of the culvert but did not see the boy come out.  

 

The CPSO Dive Team was called out and they were able to locate the boy’s body several hundred feet from the canal where he initially fell in.  

 

CPSO Detective Christopher Melendy is the lead detective on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGGRAVATED INCEST AND PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Thad E. Cormier, 40, 408 Morgan Lane, Sulphur, having inappropriate images of a juvenile on his phone. 

 

On July 22, detectives received another complaint regarding Cormier, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member in October of 2005, when the girl was 3 years old.   Deputies attempted to locate Cormier for questioning but were unsuccessful.    

 

On November 8, detectives located Cormier, who was incarcerated at Sulphur City Jail on unrelated charges.  When they spoke with Cormier in reference to the inappropriate images on his phone he admitted to hiding a camera in the home and capturing videos of the girl changing clothes, approximately 2 years ago when the girl was 11 years old.  Cormier was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism and pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $100,000.

 

On December 1, while Cormier was still incarcerated, detectives spoke with him again in reference to inappropriately touching a family member and he confirmed the victim’s story.   Cormier was arrested and additionally charged with aggravated incest.  Judge Clayton Davis has set his bond at $500,000.  A new LA law has changed the crime of aggravated incest to crime against nature but he was charged under the old law because the unlawful occurrences happened prior to the new law becoming effective.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber and Charles Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.

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CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 2 at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jessica A. Bertrand, 38, 5518 Thelma Lane, Lake Charles, stating her 6 month old baby daughter was missing.

 

When Bertrand spoke with detectives she advised that on December 1, an acquaintance, Noah Celestine Jr., 46, 6708 Chickadee Circle, Iowa, was at her home. She stated they smoked methamphetamine together and then they went to the mall with her daughter. Bertrand said when they arrived at the mall she went inside while Celestine and her daughter stayed in the truck; but when she went back outside to meet him, he had left with her daughter. Bertrand stated she eventually called 911 because she did not know where her daughter was. When detectives asked Bertrand why she waited so long to call law enforcement, she did not have a reason.

 

Deputies attempted to locate Celestine, but were unsuccessful. While detectives were in the process of attempting to issue an alert for the missing baby, they received a call advising them that a baby had been dropped off at a local fire department and then transported to a local hospital. Detectives arrived at the hospital and identified the baby as the missing 6 month old girl. She was checked out by hospital staff and cleared of any injuries.

 

Deputies continued their attempts to locate Celestine and found him at a local motel where he was detained and transported to CPSO for questioning. Celestine told detectives after leaving the mall he drove around Lake Charles with the baby in his truck and later dropped her off to a friend, of whom he did not know the last name.

 

After further investigation Bertrand and Celestine were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile. Judge Lilynn Cutrer set both their bonds at $250,000. Judge Cutrer also ordered the 6 month old baby, as well as her two older siblings, be taken into state custody.

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible. Detectives are attempting to learn the whereabouts of the baby from the time Celestine dropped her off at a friend’s house to the time she arrived at the fire department.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS 2 MORE IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

In conjunction with the arrests of Austin J. Jones and Deante J. Shuffer in connection with the shooting that took place on November 30 in the 3600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, detectives have also arrested Christopher W. Jones II, 22, 2234 Tulip Street, Lake Charles.

 

After continued investigations after the shooting, detectives learned Jones was possibly staying at a local motel in Lake Charles. On December 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., when detectives arrived at the motel, they located Jones and he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

 

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1.2 million.

 

On December 1, the detectives’ investigation also led them to the home of Ayana F. Johnson, 22, 2780 N. Addison Loop, Lake Charles. After a search of Johnson’s residence detectives located a stolen rifle, which is believed to have been used during the robbery. Detectives also located property that was stolen from the victim from the shooting and robbery on N. Perkins Ferry Rd. 

Detectives have information that shows Johnson knew Jones was wanted by CPSO and provided detectives with false information, further hindering their investigation.

 

Johnson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with accessory after the fact of attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact of armed robbery. She was released today on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

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


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Sheriff Tony Mancuso holds press briefing in reference to yesterday's shooting on North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff

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CPSO ARRESTS ANOTHER MAN AND ISSUES WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH YESTERDAY’S SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 2600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff.  While enroute deputies learned shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the victim they learned 3 men forced their way into the residence, demanded money and shot the victim twice, once in the arm and once in the leg.  Deputies learned the suspects fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and several stolen items, to a getaway car that was parked in the vicinity of the residence.

 

After further investigation detectives followed several leads and were able to identify all three of the suspects in connection with the shooting, Austin Jones, 17, 688 Sioux Drive, Moss Bluff, Deante J. Shuffer, 18, 260 Armistead Lane, Moss Bluff, and Christopher W. Jones II, 22. 

 

Later the same day at approximately 1:00 p.m. A. Jones turned himself in to the Detectives Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  A short time later members of the CPSO ACT-Team located Shuffer walking on Anita Drive in Lake Charles.  When deputies first made contact with Shuffer he attempted to lie about his identity.  Shuffer was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Detectives were unable to locate C. Jones and issued a warrant for his arrest.  All 3 men are being charged with attempted 1st degree murder, armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Judge Clayton Davis set all their bonds at $1.2 million each. 

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 2600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff.  While enroute deputies learned shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the victim they learned 3 men forced their way into the residence, demanded money and shot the victim.  Deputies learned the suspects fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and several stolen items. 

 

After further investigation detectives followed several leads and were able to identify one of the suspects in connection with the shooting, Austin Jones, 17, 688 Sioux Drive, Moss Bluff.  At approximately 1:00 p.m. Jones turned himself in to the Detectives Division.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  His bond is still pending.

 

Deputies are actively questioning two possible suspects. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

 

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On November 21 at approximately 9:50 p.m.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a gas station on the I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles in reference to a drunk man attempting to drive off in a car.  While deputies were in route they witnessed a car, matching the description given by the complainant, running a red light near the store.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Donovan J. Boutte, 33, 2825 3rd Street, Lake Charles.

 

When deputies spoke with Boutte they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person along with slurred speech and unsteady balance.  Boutte could not stand on his own and was unable to perform standard field sobriety testing due to his impairment.  Boutte, who was two prior DWIs, refused to submit a breath intoxilyzer test.  It was also learned he was driving under suspension for a previous DWI. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to stop at a stop sign; and driving under suspension for prior offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $31,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Ben White and Deputy Kelsey Morris were the arresting deputies on this case.

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SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2016 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2016 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office 

            Magnolia Life Building                     

            1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

            

            Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

            1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2016 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 6                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 7                                            Dequincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, December 8                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2016 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2016.  Any payments received after December 31, 2016 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On November 19 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a black GMC pick-up truck driving erratically near the area of Coach Williams Drive and Old Spanish Trail in Sulphur.

 

Minutes later deputies located the truck and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Derrick Randle, 17, LaPlace, for a traffic violation. Randle initially refused to stop the vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit for several miles. Once Randle stopped the truck he ignored commands from deputies and quickly put the truck in reverse and backed up, hitting a patrol car that was occupied by two deputies. Randle then drove the truck forward hitting a concrete barrier and again reversed quickly and intentionally swerved toward deputies, who were standing outside of their patrol car, nearly missing the deputies. The deputies drew their guns and fired at the truck, striking it several times, in an effort to end the threat but Randle was able to flee the scene unharmed. After fleeing Randle crashed the truck into a ditch near the 700 block of West Burton Street in Sulphur, and fled on foot.

 

After further investigation on November 20 detectives located Randle, who was still in the same clothes from the previous day. Detectives also learned Randle had stolen the truck from an apartment complex in Sulphur sometime before the incident. Randle was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted first degree murder. Judge Guy Bradberry ordered Randle be held with no bond.

 

"I am very thankful that our deputies were not injured during this incident. This is a dangerous profession and we are lucky to have such dedicated young men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "Our detectives worked tirelessly tracking every lead until they were able to identify and locate Randle, who was in town visiting his family."

 

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead detective on this case. This case is still under investigation and more charges are likely.

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CPSO TO CONDUCT TWO COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINTS

Lake Charles -

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting two combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoints at two separate undisclosed locations in the parish. The first checkpoint will take place on Wednesday, November 23 and the second one on Saturday, November 26.

 

Both of these checkpoints 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. These checkpoints will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

 

Both checkpoints are funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER OR NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 10 at approximately 2:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a trespassing complaint at a home on Seminole Drive in Moss Bluff.  When deputies arrived at the home they located Jessie D. Bolden, 50, Deridder, on the property without the owner’s permission.  When they spoke with Bolden, a registered sex offender who was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Beauregard Parish, they discovered he did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.        

              

Bolden was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and criminal trespassing.  He was released the next day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

Deputy Erroll Williams Jr. is the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

 

On November 10 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shoplifting complaint at a grocery store on Nelson Road in Lake Charles.  During their investigation deputies learned David P. Cavalier Jr., 32, Ragley, drove the suspect in the shoplifting complaint to the store.  When deputies spoke with Cavalier, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Lafourche Parish, they learned he was driving a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Cavalier was also not in possession of his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.      

                 

Cavalier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $4,000. 

 

Sr. Cpl Travis Mier is the arresting deputy on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On November 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on 934 West Street in Vinton in reference to animal cruelty.

 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the residents, Shawna E. Crochet II, 25, and Christopher D. Hilburn, 31, who gave deputies permission to search the residence. Once inside deputies located two dogs in the main living area of the home that appeared healthy. Deputies entered another room and located the severely decomposed remains of three puppies. In the room they also located two adult dogs, and four puppies, all of which were severely emaciated and dehydrated. There was no food or water located in the room with the dogs and the floors were covered in urine and feces. One of the residents stated to detectives they had not been in the room for approximately three weeks and did not know there were any dead animals in the room.

 

Crochet and Hilburn were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of simple animal cruelty; 3 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and 3 counts of failure to cremate or bury the remains of an animal. They were both released the next day on $20,000 bonds set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Control detective arrived and took all eight (8) dogs into custody. The six (6) emaciated dogs received emergency medical care, and one of the puppies died while receiving medical attention.

 

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


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CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Around 12:30 p.m. today, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an accident on Gauthier Rd. near Vermillion Dr. in south Lake Charles.   The preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a Honda Accord,  Sean Nunez, 37, swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic in front of a Ford pickup truck causing the car and truck to collide.  A pedestrian running along the side of the road was struck by both vehicles.

           

Nunez was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries from the accident. The driver of the truck and his two passengers and the pedestrian were taken to the hospital.  As of 8:00 p.m. the pedestrian and two of the passengers in the truck have been released from the hospital. One of the passengers of the truck is still in the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

           

Everyone involved in the accident are from Lake Charles.

           

The investigation is ongoing.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Ty Istre are the lead investigators of this accident.

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C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR METHAMPHETAMINE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at the residence of Aaron W. Lavergne Sr., 40, located at 7748 Alabama Avenue in Hayes, as part of an ongoing investigation targeting illegal narcotics activity in the Hayes and Bell City area. 

 

During the search of the residence detectives seized several grams of methamphetamine, 13 MDMA pills, and 25 Phentermine pills.  Detectives also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia that are normally used during the packaging process of illegal narcotics as well as thirty-seven (37) firearms.  During their investigation detectives learned the firearms were present in the home when Lavergne was distributing suspected methamphetamine from the residence.         

 

 Lavergne was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lavergne is charged with distributions of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS I (MDMA); possession of CDS IV (Phentermine); possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set his at $115,000.

 

Detectives also located Jacob P. Granger, 31, 7748 Alabama Avenue, Hayes, outside the home and in possession of methamphetamine.  He was arrested and charged with possession of CDS II (methamphetamine).  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $10,000.

 

The operation in Hayes and Bell City is ongoing and more arrests are possible.


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 115th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 115th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 39 officers representing 16 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 36 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement and 3 officers who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 39 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Kelsey Morris, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 115th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cameron Smith, New Llano Police Department

 

Firearms awards were presented to:

John Beard, first; Sulphur Police Department

Brandon McNeely, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jeffrey Strahan, third; Oakdale Police Department

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon McNeeley, Lake Charles Police Department.

 

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

 

Matt Hebert – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Plummer, Aaron Sharpe – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ami Aguillard, Jered Bellar, Artellus Bellard, Joshua Bruns, Brent Chesson, Christopher Clark, Ryan Cole, Cameron Ferguson, Kerrick Gabriel Jr., Antonio Hagans, December Martine, Kelsey Morris, Thomas Poore, Shawndrika Poullard, Michael Pousson  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Briggs, Marcus Lavergne – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Gary Spears – DeQuincy Police Department

Harmon Cox – Deridder Police Department

Julia Willis – Harbor Police Department

Colleen Stringer – Iowa Police Department

Brandon Guillory, Christopher Wallace– Jennings Police Department

Brandon McNeeley, Frank Padillia, Josh Semien – Lake Charles Police Department

Halston Mills – Merryville Police Department

Cameron Smith – New Llano Police Department

Jeffrey Strahan – Oakdale Police Department

John Beard, Anastasia Vanhoussen – Sulphur Police Department

Loy Bader, Lydia Barton – Westlake Police Department

 

Sheila Peters, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Baccigalopi, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Glenn Berry, Ward 4 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY

 Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a traffic accident near the intersection of East Burton Street and Park Lane in Sulphur.  The investigation revealed the driver of a motorcycle was traveling west on East Burton Street when for unknown reasons the motorcycle traveled off the roadway, into a ditch and striking a driveway.  Both the driver and the passenger, Heather Gary, 27, Sulphur were ejected from the motorcycle.  The driver was air lifted to a hospital in Lafayette with what is believed to be serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.  Gary was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.   Both the driver and Gary appeared to have been wearing helmets because they were located near them.  It is not known if the helmets came off during impact or if the helmets were taken off after the accident.

 

The investigation is still continuing and as mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver and the results are pending.

 

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

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CPSO BELL CITY/HAYES AND DEQUINCY LAW ENFORCMENT CENTERS WILL BE CLOSED ELECTION DAY

Lake Charles –

 

           On Tuesday, November 8, election day, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Bell City/Hayes and DeQuincy Law Enforcement Centers will be closed due to these locations being used as a polling center.  All other LEC locations will be open for normal business.   

 

            If anyone is needing assistance, please call the CPSO main office at (337) 491-3700.     

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 115th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 115th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Forty-one (41) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Harbor Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Merryville Police Department, New Llano Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 4 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO DEQUINCY MEN FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday morning, October 22 around 9:20, CPSO deputies were dispatched to a house on S. Grand Ave in DeQuincy in reference to a woman whose boyfriend wouldn’t let her leave the house.

 

The victim told investigators that Matthew T. Hayes, 29, 717 S. Grand Ave., DeQuincy, held a gun to her head during an argument and would not let her leave the house.  When Hayes went to take a shower, he gave the gun to Quinten D. Tyler, 23, who was also a resident of the house, and told him to watch the victim and shoot her if she attempted to leave.  The victim reported Tyler held the gun on his lap while Hayes was in the shower.  She was able to flee the house with her baby daughter to a neighbor’s house where she called 911.

 

When deputies arrived at the neighbor’s house, they heard a gunshot coming from the S. Grand Ave. house.  Hayes and Tyler were ordered out of the house and taken into custody.  A search warrant was obtained for the house and a handgun matching the victim’s description was recovered.  There also appeared to be a bullet hole in the ceiling of the room where the handgun was located but no spent shell casings were located during the search of the house.

 

Hayes and Tyler were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both are charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm; and False Imprisonment while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon.  Judge David Ritchie set bonds for both Hayes and Tyler at $250,000 each.

 

CPSO Deputy Michael Lavergne was the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO RECOVERS BODY OF MAN IN BLACK BAYOU

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, October 19, around 10:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Roy Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible body seen in Black Bayou.  The CPSO Marine Division along with detectives were able to locate James E. Hanson Jr., 49, 8559 Gulf Highway Lot 122, Lake Charles, unresponsive in the water.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

During the investigation deputies learned family members had not seen Hanson since he left home Sunday morning on foot.  Deputies also located Hanson’s clothing, which he was last seen wearing, and personal items laying near the water, leading them to believe the drowning is accidental. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 17 at approximately 11:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 14 and 9th Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Kirby Alfred, III, 42, 418 N. Booker Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  He also observed Alfred to have red glossy eyes and unsteady balance.  The deputy also learned that Alfred’s driver’s license was suspended for a prior DWI 2nd arrest.

 

After Alfred performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he refused to submit to breath intoxilyzer testing. 

 

Alfred was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; improper lane usage; unlawful refusal to submit to chemical test; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  He was released later the same day on a $19,500 bond set by Judge David Ritchie with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and valid driver’s license, not allowed to consume any alcohol, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tony Jones was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Mark Lebleu Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies that her tenant, Jason P. Potter, 37, Mark Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, showed up at her residence extremely intoxicated and she allowed him in her home to sleep until he sobered up.  She then told deputies after Potter laid down in a bedroom, a few minutes later, she walked in to get a computer, at which time he grabbed her by the hair and raped her.  She stated after he raped her he fell asleep.  The victim was transported to a hospital where detectives observed several bruises to her arms, chest, legs, and back as well as other injuries consistent with rape.  

 

Deputies located Potter passed out inside the home.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $40,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Cody Ferguson and Sr. Cpl. Jeff Lognion are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO HOSTS COMMUNITY/LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a 6 week Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy for any member of the community that is 18 or older that are interested in learning about the role of law enforcement in our community.  Academy participants will receive lectures and hands-on training from CPSO deputies, the Lake Charles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office on topics such as criminal investigations, domestic violence, civil rights, gang violence, use of force, as well as, several other topics in law enforcement (there will be no written exams or tests).  According to Sheriff Tony Mancuso the purpose of this academy is to improve police and community relations and enhance the ability to address issues within our community, as well as, further the community’s role as a leader in crime reduction. 

 

Applications for the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy can be picked up at any CPSO Law Enforcement Center throughout the parish.  Applicants must be able to pass a background check to participate.  Seating is limited and applications must be turned in no later than Friday, November 11.  All sessions will take place on consecutive Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with the first session being held Tuesday, November 15, at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles. 

 

For more information contact Lt. James Steward at 491-3626 or 263-4360.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Fruge Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.  When deputies spoke with the driver she stated she was bringing the passenger, Chantz W. Nix, 21, 1612 Houston River Road, Westlake, to a home on Fruge Road where he told her was his residence.  When deputies spoke with Nix, who is a convicted sex offender, he told deputies he sometimes stays at the home on Fruge Road and at other times stays at a home on Houston River Road. 

 

After further investigation deputies learned Nix only has one of the addresses he stays at registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Nix was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000.

 

Nix was convicted of aggravated rape in 2011 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Deputy Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy in this case.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 22 COUNTS OF SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a call in reference to criminal property damage at a local casino in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival the deputy spoke with casino personnel who stated they detained a man, later identified as Isaiah M. Reado, 29, 3719 Brentwood Ave., Lake Charles, for vandalizing vehicles in the casino parking lot.  The casino employees advised the deputy that Reado was seen on video surveillance walking through the parking lot pulling on door handles and keying approximately 22 vehicles.  They stated they were able to locate Reado in the parking lot and brought him to the security office until the deputy arrived. 

  

Reado was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 22 counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 to $50,000.  He was released the next day on a $44,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Chris Hathaway is the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO DEPUTY RECEIVES 2017 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Relations Officer (PRO) LT. Dan Herman, Vinton Law Enforcement Center, was one of eleven law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2017 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Lt. Herman was nominated to receive this award for his selfless acts during the flooding in March 2016 in the western part of Calcasieu Parish. 

 

During the flooding Lt. Herman lost his home, but instead of taking time off to care for his own needs he continued to work countless hours to provide assistance to other members of the community who were also being affected by the flooding.  When Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso advised Lt. Herman to take time off during the flooding, he declined and stated, “This is my community.  I will worry about myself when this is over.”  Lt. Herman’s fellow deputies said he never put himself or his family before other members of the community and continued to work nonstop in spite of his devastating loss.  “Lt. Herman is a hard working deputy who always puts others’ needs before his own.  I am so pleased he is being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization because he a very deserving recipient.  I am proud to say he works for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Lt. Herman was presented the award by Beyond the Badge Inc. on March 21 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge.  Beyond the Badge is a non-profit organization that presents this award to officers who perform acts of kindness that go beyond what is professionally required.  “I am so honored and humbled to receive this award, but I feel like any deputy in our department would have done the same thing for their community,” says Lt. Herman.”

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CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 116th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 116th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 36 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 33 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement; 2 officers who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction; and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 36 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Candice Cradeur, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 116th Basic Academy.

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Dylan Bedsole, first; Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Ake, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jarrod Coker, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Amanda Ake, Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Michael Crommelin, Joshua Dorfman, Dylan Hinton, Shuntell March, Matthew Morris, William Stephens II, Aaron Watson – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Brandon Cormier, Candace Cradeur, Ryan Fontenot, Tammy Holt, Amber Istre, Shawnee King, Courtland Lane, Samantha Soileau, Robert LeQueux Jr., Rebeka Thierry, Eric Thomas  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Troy Fontenot– Coushatta Police Department

Nathaniel Brown – Deridder Police Department

Rebeca David – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brooke Rice– Jennings Police Department

Amanda Ake, Joshua Ewing, April Ouellette – Lake Charles Police Department

                        Matt McFarland – McNeese Police Department

Sadie Chatman, Jarrod Coker, Richard Reigel – Oakdale Police Department

Andy Laney – Oberlin Police Department

Kenneth Carrigan – South Toledo Bend State Park

Dylan Bedsole – Sulphur Police Department

Wade Wingate – Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jason Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and James Marin, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses.  Rodney Irvine, DeRidder Police Department, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.   

 

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

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CPSO ASSISTANT WARDEN BRANDON STRENTH GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Calcasieu Correctional Center Assistant Warden Brandon Strenth graduated from the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on March 17, 2017.  He was one of 227 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Colombia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and eight federal civilian-organizations.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Strenth also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Assistant Warden Strenth has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jaron J. West, 23, 1401 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing an acquaintance’s two boys, ages 2 and 3, while he was babysitting them.  Upon arrival, deputies learned West had struck the children with a belt and observed bruising and cuts on both children that are consistent with over-aggressive strikes with a belt.

 

West was located the next day and when questioned by detectives he admitted to spanking the children several times on their bare buttocks and legs with a belt.     

 

West was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CPSO deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Joe Miller Road and West Armand Street in Moss Bluff.

 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a culvert, stop sign, and then utility pole which caused the truck to flip over. The driver, Dustin B. Monceaux, 45, 1200 Joe Miller Road, Moss Bluff, was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the truck.  When deputies spoke with Monceaux they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Monceaux stated that he had drank a half pint of liquor.  Deputies also located an open bottle of liquid inside the cab of the truck.

 

After Monceaux, who has 3 prior DWIs, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $51,500.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Sam Smith is the arresting deputy on this case. 

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested convicted sex offender Jimmie J. Jackson, 50, 1109 Deesport Street, Lake Charles, on an active warrant for failing to comply with his sex offender registration requirements.

 

Jackson, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1990 in Texas, is required to complete an in-person registration every ninety days according to his sex offender registration requirements.   In October 2016 Jackson was advised by the CPSO Sex Offender Division he would be due for his next in-person registration in January 2017.  Jackson failed to schedule his appointment in January and was advised he was late.  An appointment was scheduled for February 8 but Jackson failed to show up, making him in violation of his registration requirements.  On March 8 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in the amount of $10,000 for Jackson’s arrest. 

 

On March 16 deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.  When deputies arrived they located Jackson and learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 

 

Jackson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released on bond the next day.   

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CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 116th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 116th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-six (36) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, , DeRidder Police Department, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Oberlin Police Department, South Toledo Bend State Park, Sulphur Police Department, and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

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CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED FOR INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO CCC

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this month detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) received information that contraband was being introduced into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

 

The investigation revealed on five different occasions Deputy Timothy W. Walls, Jr., 26, Lake Charles, was bringing approximately 3 to 6 packs of synthetic marijuana along with tobacco into the facility since December 2016.  Detectives learned Walls had the contraband delivered to him at his apartment and would then bring it into the CCC when he arrived for work.  Detectives also discovered one incident where Walls had the contraband delivered to him at the CCC while he was on duty. 

   

On March 13 Walls was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail.  He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution; conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility; and malfeasance in office.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $125,000.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Walls worked in the Corrections Division and had been with the department for approximately 5 years.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On March 14 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a business check at a local gas station in Sulphur when he was made aware that a man, later identified as Brandon W. Dinger, 31, 790 E. Houston River Road, Sulphur, was arguing with a woman at the gas station.  When the deputy attempted to make contact with Dinger he fled the scene in a reckless manner in his truck out of the parking lot.  When the deputy attempted to conducted a traffic stop, Dinger refused to comply and traveled at a high rate of speed to his residence, where deputies were able to detain him.  It was learned that Dinger had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DWI and he also advised deputies he had drank approximately 12 beers. 

 

Dinger performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test.  Dinger, who had two prior DWI arrests, then submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior DWI; flight from an officer; and reckless driving.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $32,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Christopher Rabb was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near Kim Street and Highway 90 in Sulphur for a traffic violation after he witnessed the truck swerving in and out of the lane of travel.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Stephen J. Broussard, 36, 1558 N. Claiborne Street, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, he told deputies he had an open alcoholic container in the truck. The deputy also learned Broussard was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; careless operation; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $11,000.

 

Broussard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2011.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Scharp was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR CASHING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After a several month investigation detectives learned Leward S. Clement, 28, 2512 Davis Road, Westlake, Allen W. Woodard, 36, 239 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, James M. Downs, 45, 3283 Burson Road, Lake Charles, and Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., 44, 859 S. Cooley Road, DeQuincy, were responsible for obtaining and cashing counterfeit checks and using fraudulent IDs on several occasions between December 2, 2016 and January 12, 2017.

 

On December 2, 2016, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to an identity theft. They were advised by the complainant, who had previously lost his wallet, that someone cashed several checks against his bank account. During the investigation detectives obtained video surveillance showing Woodard cash the checks. It was also learned one of the checks was made payable to Clement. 

 

On December 8, detectives learned that two checks were stolen out of a mailbox in Lake Charles. The victim was advised by their bank that someone was attempting to cash one of the checks. During the investigation it was learned that the check was fraudulently changed to be made payable to Downs, but when he attempted to cash the check the bank denied the transaction. Detectives obtained photographs from the bank that show Downs attempting to cash the check.

 

On December 10 CPSO deputies responded to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary. During the initial investigation the victims advised that numerous pieces of jewelry, as well as, some blank checks were stolen from the home. Detectives obtained video surveillance of Downs attempting to use the stolen and forged checks at numerous local stores. It was also learned Downs pawned some of the jewelry that had been stolen during the burglary. When detectives spoke with Downs he advised them that he was given the checks by Woodard. One of the stolen checks was used to purchase a Yeti ice chest by a subject who was described by store personnel and matched the description of Woodard. It was then learned the Yeti was later pawned by Clement, who used a fraudulent ID with his photograph.

 

On January 4, detectives learned that several checks were stolen out of a delivery truck in Lake Charles. On January 6 Monceaux attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local bank but was denied. Detectives were able to obtain the check and the fraudulent ID belonging to Monceaux, which he left behind at the bank. On January 9 Clement attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a local Walmart but was denied. Detectives obtained the check and fraudulent ID with Clement’s photo from Walmart.

 

On January 10 CPSO responded to a burglary of a storage facility in Iowa. Later the same evening Clement was seen in a car that matched the description of the one leaving the scene. When detectives searched the car they located several counterfeit checks, as wells as, items that were stolen from the storage facility. Detectives also located numerous counterfeit IDs that had Clements photograph but fake names. Detectives located an ID with the same name that was used when the Yeti was pawned as well as the ID of the victim whom lost his wallet. Clement was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

One of the counterfeit checks found in the car with Clement was from a local business, and when detectives spoke with the owner on January 12 he advised that someone had already cashed three other fraudulent checks from his business. When detectives spoke with Monceaux, whose name was on one of the forged checks, he stated he was responsible for cashing one of the checks from the business.

When detectives charged and arrested Woodard, Downs, and Monceaux, they were already incarcerated at the CCC on unrelated charges.

 

Clement is charged with 3 counts of identity theft; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of simple burglary; forgery; monetary instrument abuse; illegal possession of stolen things; and theft under $750. His bond is $62,500. Woodard is charged with simple burglary; theft $750 - $5,000; 2 counts of forgery; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $33,000. Downs is charged with simple burglary; theft over $650; and 6 counts of forgery. His bond is $13,000. Monceaux is charged with 2 counts of bank fraud. His bond is $13,000.

 

The total amount of money stolen between all the incidents is approximately $13,000.

 

CPSO Detectives Edward Curol, Roy Pesson, and John Melton are the lead investigators on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

On February 9 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car. The investigation revealed Ralph L. Leblue, 52, 583 I-10 Mobile Village Road, Lot #48, Lake Charles, the driver of a pickup truck, was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane. One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released. The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report was conducted on the driver.

 

Deputies received the results of the toxicology test which resulted in a warrant being issued on March 7 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry in the amount of $827,500 for Leblue’s arrest. Later the same day the CPSO Warrants division located Leblue at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with vehicular homicide; vehicular negligent injury; careless operation of a vehicle; no insurance; and failure to register a vehicle.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Highway 109 South in Vinton in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located Michael G. Fountain, 56, Vinton, deceased in the driveway of the residence.  The initial investigation revealed Frin W. Coward, 70, 1751 Hwy. 109 South, Vinton, and the victim, who were acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain.  When detectives spoke with Coward he confirmed he shot Fountain.

 

Deputies were also advised witnesses observed a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred.  She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety.    She was unharmed.  She is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.

 

Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $1.5 million. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at a home on Falconer Lane in Lake Charles in reference to removing a man, later identified as Walter N. Robinson, convicted sex offender, 37, 1325 Mill Street, Lake Charles, from her property.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated Robinson, an acquaintance, had driven to her home earlier in the morning but she had told him to leave.  She observed Robinson’s truck still parked in the front of her residence and advised deputies he may be hiding inside the shed in front of her home.  Deputies approached the shed and located Robinson inside.  While speaking with him they learned he had been driving a truck that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Deputies also learned there was no insurance on the truck Robinson had been driving and the license plate had been switched. 

 

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; switched plates; and no vehicle insurance.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,500. 

 

CPSO Deputy Antonio Hagans and Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech are the arresting deputies on this case.     

 

Robinson was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2002 in Jefferson Parish.  

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $1,870, being cashed at a local bank in Moss Bluff several days earlier.  It was also learned two men attempted to cash another counterfeit check but the bank denied the transaction.  The men were using fraudulent ID’s from Oklahoma and Mississippi with the names Byron Ancalade and Leonard Johns in an attempt to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these men.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 4 at approximately 1:20 p.m. an off duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working as courtesy officer at a local park in Lake Charles when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside a truck in the parking lot.  The deputy approached the truck and spoke with the driver, Michael W. Easton Jr., 40, 4116 Weaver Road, Lake Charles.  Easton asked the deputy if he worked for the Sheriff’s Office at which time the deputy confirmed he did then walked to the back of the truck to obtain the license plate number.  Easton placed his car in reverse and backed up, striking the deputy and causing him to fall, and left the park.  The deputy stated he had to roll out of the way to stop from being run over.

 

Deputies located Easton at his residence and he was detained and transported back to the park.  Deputies spoke with a witness at the scene who confirmed the deputy’s story.  Easton was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 24 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a 2 year old child left unattended inside a car that was not running in a parking lot of a local casino in Lake Charles.

 

Upon arrival deputies were able to unlock the car and check on the welfare of the child.  Casino security located the child’s parents, Maureen N. Cheto, 23, and Amstrong H. Otieno, 30, both of Leesville, on the casino floor.  When deputies spoke with Cheto and Otieno they stated they left their son sleeping in the car while they went inside to gamble.  When detectives viewed surveillance footage at the casino they learned the child was left alone in the car for over an hour. 

 

Cheto and Otieno were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion.  Judge Ron Ware set both their bonds at $7,000.

 

The child was released to a family member.

 

CPSO Deputy Austin Wright is the arresting deputy and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.


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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 $108,558 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2017.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER SEVERAL HOUR STANDOFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division attempted to serve Justin J. Fontenot, 36, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, Lake Charles, an active warrant for felony theft and monetary instrument abuse at his mobile home.  When deputies arrived at the home and knocked on the door a couple of people ran out the house and stated Fontenot was inside the home armed with a shotgun.  Deputies immediately retreated from the residence. 

 

Minutes later deputies with the CPSO ACT-Team arrived, set up a perimeter and evacuated several mobile homes within close proximity of the scene for safety.  A negotiator attempted to make contact with Fontenot numerous times but was unsuccessful.  Due to having no contact with Fontenot deputies deployed several tactics, such as robots equipped with cameras, deploying tear gas, phone calls to Fontenot on his cell phone, and the PA system, in an attempt to allow him to safely exit the house, but all were unsuccessful.  Shortly after midnight deputies made entry into the home and located Fontenot in a bedroom with the shotgun nearby. 

 

Fontenot was taken into custody, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and resisting an officer with force or violence.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $35,000.  

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CPSO ARRESTS TWO AFTER SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday morning, February 22, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Bennett Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.  The homeowner advised deputies that Derrick Brown, 31, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lot 19, Lake Charles, an ex-acquaintance of one of the residents in the home, was attempting to break into their home.

 

The complainant stated they were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entry into the home.  She then stated she tried to hold the door to prevent Brown from entering but was overpowered.  Once Brown opened the door she told deputies she then shot him.  Brown fled the home on foot to his car, which was parked at a cemetery behind the residence, where his friend, Diron Frank, 28, 2444 Salmon Drive, Lake Charles, was waiting for him in the car.  Once Brown arrived at his car Frank drove him to a local hospital, which does not have an emergency room, to be treated for his injuries sustained during the shooting.

 

Deputies located Brown and Frank at the hospital and provided medical assistance until Brown could be airlifted to a local hospital emergency room for treatment.  When deputies were speaking with Frank they learned he was in possession of approximately 8 grams of cocaine and a cell phone, both of which he claimed belonged to Brown. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the cell phone they recovered from Frank at the hospital was stolen during a burglary on February 20 at the same home on Bennett Rd.  It was also learned Brown used a set of keys that were also reported missing after the burglary, to gain entry into the home before the shooting.  Following the burglary on the 20th, Brown returned back to the home hours later and drove away in the victim’s 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has yet to be recovered.  Detectives were advised by several witnesses that over the past several days Brown had been stalking a resident that lived in the home on Bennett Rd. and threatened the family as well as threatened to damage their property. 

 

Frank was arrested at the hospital he drove Brown to for medical assistance.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine).  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,500.

 

Brown was arrested at the emergency room of the hospital where he was airlifted.  He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the shooting and once released, he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brown is being charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of CDS II (Cocaine) with the intent to distribute; stalking; theft over $750; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Ware set his bond at $44,000. 

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 20 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on I-210 near Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. 

 

Deputies spoke with the driver, Travis P. Chouest, 41, 3016 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender who was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2000 in Lafourche Parish.

 

Deputies learned Chouest was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and improper display of plates.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Joshua Francis was the arresting deputy on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 6, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Keith A. Buller, 48, 22433 Highway 383, Iowa, exposing himself as well as having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl, who was a family acquaintance, over 20 years ago when she was approximately 10 years old.  After further investigation Buller was arrested on February 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.    

 

CPSO Detective Brent Young is the lead investigator on this case.

 

In September 2016 Buller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on charges of aggravated rape stemming from a different incident.  The investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl, who was also a family acquaintance, on several occasions between 1984 and 1993, starting when she was 3 years old.  

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention.  The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck.  The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money.  The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino.  While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino.  The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot.  It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.

 

Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana.  He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.  Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 5, 2016 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Robert L. Lognion, 57, 1115 Lake Ridge Lane, Lake Charles, having inappropriately touched two girls, ages 9 and 10, while they were visiting at his home. 

 

After further investigation on February 13 detectives issued a warrant for Lognion’s arrest signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $950,000.  On February 15 Lognion was located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Lognion was convicted of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1995.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS 15 DURING EXECUTION OF MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH WARRANT AT LOCAL CLUB

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 9 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice Detectives, CPSO Computer Forensics Detectives, CPSO Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Louisiana State Police, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at Club Cabaret, located at 3801 Highway 90 in Westlake.   The search warrant was a result of numerous complaints of prostitution, alcohol compliance issues, illegal narcotics activity, and theft taking place at the club. 

 

The following three (3) people were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

 

· Rene O. Diaz, 33, 417 Cody Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS I (Ecstasy) with intent; possession of CDS II (Cocaine); possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to obtain sex offender ID card

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $12,000

 

· Derek L. Williams, 27, 2514 Cox Road, Westlake

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

·  Jonathan J. Mejia, 33, 1012 Cass Street, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (Cocaine)

Judge Sharon Wilson set bond at $3,000

 

The following person was issued a summons for felony and misdemeanor charges and was released due to health conditions:

 

· Brittany R. Dunaway, 28, Sulphur

Possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; and no parish bar card

 

The following eleven (11) people were arrested and released on a misdemeanor summons:

 

· Bradford H. Daniels, 44, Lake Charles

Possession of marijuana

 

(The following were all issued for no parish bar card)

· Kiara M. Walters, 22, MI

· Alexandria N. Charles, 24, Lake Charles

· Candace M. Lee, 19, Sulphur

· Alyssa A. Wassel, 24, Sulphur

· Jamika L. Jones, 23, Westlake

· Glorytoglory Latigue, 27, Scott, LA

· Monique M. Guidroz, 21, Sulphur

· Carmen J. Leger, 22, Sulphur

· Camelia D. Ducote, 24, DeQuincy

· John L. Runte, 32, Sulphur


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CPSO ARRESTS 3 WOMEN AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR ONE IN CONNECTION WITH WESTLAKE SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

***UPDATE: Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center yesterday afternoon in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.  She is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Her bond of $150,500 was set by Judge Ron Ware.***

 

 

 

 

On January 28 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at an apartment on Foster Lane in Westlake. Upon arrival deputies observed the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg. During the initial investigation deputies learned several women entered the residence, demanded the victim’s wallet, shot him and then fled the scene. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

 

After further investigation detectives learned the victim’s credit cards had been used at a local business and were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the suspects as well as the vehicle used during the shooting. Detectives followed several leads and were able to identify Crystal L. Stewart, 26, 2126 6th St., Lake Charles, Gladys A. Goodie, 27, Lafayette, Michaela F. Beam, 21, 812 ½ Celeste St., Lake Charles, and Andrea N. Martin, 22, Lake Charles, as those involved in the shooting.

 

On February 2 detectives located Stewart and Goodie, along with the suspected vehicle used during the shooting, near a home on Anita Drive in Lake Charles. Later the same day they located Beam at a local motel in Lake Charles.

 

All three women were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Stewart is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm, Judge Ron ware set her bond at $150,500. Goodie and Beam are being charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery; and accessory after the fact of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Ron Ware set Goodie’s bond at $125,000 and Beam’s bond at $110,000.

 

 

The investigation into the shooting is continuing and more arrests are possible.

 

CPSO Detective Lance Melendy is the lead investigator on this case.


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CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR THEFT & FORGERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to theft. The investigation revealed William B. Marcantel, 46, 2524 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, had stolen a checkbook from a family member and written several fraudulent checks on different occasions in January, totaling approximately $870. Marcantel was seen on video surveillance footage at a local store writing one of the checks. Marcantel was also positively identified as the person who wrote the fraudulent checks by employees at the store.

 

Marcantel was arrested on February 10 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He was charged with theft between $750 and $5,000; forgery; and bank fraud.

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $10,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO Coastal Welding

On Monday October 10th at 2:30 a.m. the person seen in these photographs entered Coastal Welding Supply on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  The suspect gained entry to the property by damaging a fence and breaking a window.

 

Once inside the suspect searched through each office and stole approximately $300.

 

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

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CPSO Construction Site Trailer

Sometime between the evening of September 11 and the morning of September 12 a construction site work trailer was broken into on Country Club Road in Lake Charles.  A Stehl 14 inch chop saw, 3 transit lasers, and a Bosch rotary hammer were taken from the trailer.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $3,700.

 

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

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CPSO Home Construction Burglaries

During the evening hours of October 4, 2016, three pallets of roofing shingles as well as a microwave and stove were stolen from home construction sites on Briar Court and Chapelwood Drive in Iowa.

 

The value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa in reference to two men being hit by a car.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road when he crossed the center line and struck two pedestrians, who were walking in the southbound lane.  One of the pedestrians was airlifted to Lafayette where he was treated and released.  The other pedestrian, Christol Doucett, Jr., 21, Iowa, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.     

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  Charges on the driver are pending the results of toxicology report, which is mandated by state law.    

           

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

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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR COUPLE FOR THEFT OVER $25,000

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 11, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft regarding a construction company, Powerhouse Commercial Construction, owned and operated by Ernest Anderson, 50, and Marianne Anderson, 57, both of 1588 Currie Drive, Sulphur.

 

 During the investigation detectives learned the Anderson couple was managing a construction job on 5th Avenue in Lake Charles and had been over-billing the victim’s company.  The investigation revealed the terms agreed upon for the construction job were vendor cost plus a 10% fee, but the Andersons would charge more than the actual vendor cost was then create fraudulent invoices, add the 10% fee and submit it for payment to the victim.  The total amount of fraudulent billing is approximately $230,000.

 

The investigation was conducted and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On February 2, 2017, Ernest and Marianne were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  They were arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Both were charged with theft of $25,000 or more.  They were both released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Quirk.

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On February 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a welfare concern.

 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two children, ages 11 and 4. When deputies spoke with the 11 year old she stated her mother, later identified as Krystal M. Green, 34, Moss Bluff, had left sometime the previous night to go to work and had not returned. She also told deputies her 13 year old brother was home but had left earlier that morning to go to school. While deputies were still on scene a family acquaintance arrived and stated that Green had called her to go check on her children and stated she had stayed at a friend’s house. Deputies were informed by more than one acquaintance that Green has left the children home alone on several other occasions.

 

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Green arrived at the home and told deputies she left her children home alone so she could go to work. After further investigation Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion. She was released later the same day on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

 

The children were placed in the care of a family acquaintance by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator.

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CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

Yesterday morning at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a home on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

Upon arrival deputies learned Kevin S. Edwards, 36, Orange, Texas, shot a man who was located inside the residence by shooting through the bathroom window.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.  The homeowner, who is ex-acquaintances with Edwards, suffered minor injuries to her arm from glass debris during the shooting.  There were also children located inside the home during the shooting who sustained no injuries. 

 

Detectives learned Edwards was living in Orange and later the same day, with the assistance of Texas law enforcement authorities, were able to locate him at a residence he had been staying at for approximately one week.  When detectives made contact with Edwards he agreed to come to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’ Office to speak with detectives.  While Edwards was speaking with detectives he confirmed his involvement in the shooting.  Detectives also located the assault rifle that was used during the shooting after a search of the property where Edwards was located.

 

Edwards was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 1st degree murder.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $120,000.

 

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

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CPSO, CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE & SWLA CRIME LAB HOST FORENSICS DAY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office and the SWLA Crime Lab hosted a “Forensics Day” for the Calcasieu Parish Homeschool 4-H group.  Students were able to visit each agency and tour their facilities while learning firsthand the role of each agency and how they are involved during an investigation.   Students were able to view different types of equipment used at crime scenes and learned basic crime scene skills throughout the day such as collecting fingerprints and evidence, determining types of injuries, and examining and processing DNA.

 

At the end of the day students were asked to process a mock crime scene using information they had learned throughout the day.  Students were able to examine a “victim” and determine the type of injury sustained as well as collect information from “witnesses” at the scene.   They were tasked with locating, preserving and collecting evidence, as well as taking photographs and completing crime scene sketches. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Ira Breaux Road in Lake Charles.  Further investigation revealed Gene R. Castillo, 61, Ira Breaux Road, Lake Charles, had an argument with a family member and then retrieved a shot gun and shot the victim in the stomach. 

 

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette and underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained during the shooting.  He remains in critical condition.  

 

Castillo was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation. 

 

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

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CPSO ARREST RAGLEY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat. The suspect fled the store on foot, after breaking the door, into the wooded area near the store. After viewing surveillance footage and receiving numerous tips on the identity of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as Jeremiah T. Brantley, 22, 17788 Highway 171, Ragley. After further investigation on January 19 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $75,000 for Brantley’s arrest.

 

On January 20 the CPSO Warrants Division and ACT-Team located Brantley at his residence. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted armed robbery.

 

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

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Honoring Fallen Deputies

This week we honor the anniversaries of two fallen Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies.  The 5 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Randall Benoit and the 10 year anniversary of fallen Deputy Alan Inzer, who were both killed in the line of duty.

 

Deputy Randall L. Benoit served 18 years with the CPSO before he died as a result of his injuries sustained in a head-on collision in Sulphur when a car crossed the center line and struck Benoit's patrol car.

 

Deputy Alan Inzer was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of several armed burglary suspects.  He had served with the CPSO for 17 years. 

 

“Both Randall and Alan were not only employees but personal friends of mine.  Please keep his friends and family, as well as his CPSO family, in your prayers during this time,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “This is a dangerous profession and we are lucky to have such dedicated men and women that are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our community.”


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CPSO ARRESTS 2 LAFAYETTE MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The suspects entered the store, wearing hoodies and bandannas concealing their faces, armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise an undisclosed amount of cash and property belonging to the clerk.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identity the two suspects as Colby A. Comeaux, 19, and Eli Celestine, 23, both of Lafayette.  On January 19, with the assistance of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Comeaux at his residence.  After detectives spoke with Comeaux he was then arrested.  The following day LPSO located Celestine, who was also arrested. 

 

They were both transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and aggravated battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Comeaux’s bond at $500,000 and Celestine’s bond at $550,000.

 

CPSO Detective Lt. Les Blanchard is the lead investigator on this case.  


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CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Mark B. Cooley, 30, DeQuincy, having inappropriate sexual contact with a 7 year old girl.

 

Later the same day, after further investigation and interviewing Cooley, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $100,000.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On January 17 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of John Prater Road and Fred Lutz Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle accident.   

When deputies arrived they observed a car in the ditch near the southwest corner of the intersection.  When deputies spoke with the driver, Nathan P. Menart, 36, Sunset, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person as well as slurred speech.  Menart advised deputies he had been drinking alcoholic beverages and stopped approximately 30 minutes prior to driving.   

 

After Menart performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused and stated he had not been drinking.

 

Menart, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  He was released on January 19 on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

CPSO Cpl. Anthony Williams, Cpl. Casey Steech, and Cpl. Donald Lindenman were the arresting deputies on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR CAR DEALERSHIP BURGLARY

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday January 15 at approximately 11:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division were conducting routine business checks when they observed the doors open at a local car dealership in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation, detectives reviewed video surveillance footage which captured four black males entering the dealership from the back, earlier the same day at approximately 8:00 a.m.  The suspects forced their way into the dealership and damaged several interior and exterior doors. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS  MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

On January 4 deputies with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit received information regarding Antonio L. Clifton, 58, MS, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment or his temporary lodging information, as required by law for all registered sex offenders. Deputies were able to confirm that Clifton had been employed at with the company since August 2015. It was also learned Clifton failed to notify the authorities in Mississippi, where he is currently registered, of his employment in Louisiana.

 

After further investigation on January 13 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Clifton’s arrest. He was located the same day at his place of employment and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He was released on bond the next day.

 

Clifton was convicted of sexual battery in 1996 in Mississippi.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On January 14 at approximately 12:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a residence on Myles Lane in Carlyss. 

 

Further investigation revealed Randall C. Reeves, 60, WI, along with the victim were involved in a verbal altercation.  After exchanging words both Reeves and the victim retrieved firearms and exchanged gunfire outside the home.  Reeves shot the victim in the back during the incident.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $200,000.

 

The shooting is still under investigation and more arrests are possible. 

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding an employee stealing from an electric company in Sulphur, where he was employed.  During the investigation detectives were informed by the company that from September 2014 until January 2017 Cody T. Lyles, 2845 Country Club Road, #1207, Lake Charles, had credited his personal credit and debit cards for company inventory.  They stated they were able to identify Lyles as the suspect due to salesman logs from when the incidents took place.       

Detectives located Lyles at the business and he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  When detectives questioned Lyles he stated when he would look in the warehouse inventory and see discrepancies, there were more in the warehouse than in the computer inventory, he would do a return on the item and receive the refund on his personal cards and the computer inventory would then match the warehouse inventory.  Detectives were able to identify three cards belonging to Lyles that had been used for the credits with a total of returned credits approximately $185,000.    

 

Lyles was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  He was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

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

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CPSO LOOKING FOR DEQUINCY ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a man entered the Highway 90 Express, located at 1193 Highway 12 East, in DeQuincy, armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk did not comply and pulled a bat and chased the man out of the door into the wooded area near the store. 

 

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

 

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


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CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Mosswood Road in Sulphur in reference to a man with a gun to his head threatening suicide.

 

Upon arrival deputies located the man, identified as Austin L. Rackley, 19, Sulphur, outside holding a gun in his hand and arguing with a family member. Deputies made contact with Rackley and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun. Rackley turned toward deputies with the gun raised towards them causing deputies to fire, striking Rackley in the neck. Deputies immediately administered first aid and life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived on scene.

 

Rackley was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where his condition is listed as stable. The incident is still under investigation with a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer likely.

 

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

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint in reference to a women being raped at a local inpatient treatment facility. During the investigation the victim, who was a patient of the facility, told detectives she had gone to sleep on the previous night and was awoken by a man, later identified as Joshua J. Lewis Jr. 33, 5684 Joli Bois Drive, Lake Charles, a security guard at the facility, entering her room and having sexual intercourse with her. She then advised detectives when Lewis heard noises coming from the hallway he pulled up his pants and left her room. The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with rape.

 

On January 6 when detectives spoke with Lewis he denied raping or having sexual intercourse with the victim. He advised detectives he entered the victim’s room because she called him to go in as he passed her room in the hallway. When detectives reviewed video surveillance they observed Lewis walking down the hallway and entering the victim’s room, where the door was closed. Administrators at the facility advised detectives that their policy states that there must be two security guards together to enter a female patient’s room.

 

Lewis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.

Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint from a victim in reference to convicted sex offender George T. Spell, 52, 6066 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the victim she advised on January 5 she stayed the night at Spell’s residence and was awoken by him on top of her having sexual intercourse with her. 

 

Later the same day detectives interviewed Spell who confirmed the allegation of the rape.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3rd degree rape; and unlawful presence or contact of a sex offender. 

 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $1.3 million.

 

Spell was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR EARLY MORNING ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:10 a.m., an unknown male robbed a convenience store located on Houston River Road in Sulphur.  He entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.

 

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

 

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


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CPSO LOOKING FOR WEDNESDAY'S ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown men robbed a convenience store located on Highway 397 in Lake Charles.  The men entered the store armed with a gun, pistol whipped the clerk and then stole various pieces of merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspects fled the store in a dark colored truck and headed north on Highway 397. 

 

The suspects are described as black men wearing hoodies and bandanas concealing their faces.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the people of interest seen in these photographs, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead detective Lt. Les Blanchard at 491-3755 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


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CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR OBSCENITY & STALKING

Lake Charles –

 

On September 27 at approximately 1:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a store in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival deputies spoke with two women who stated a man, later identified as convicted sex offender David T. Uribe, 50, 220 Richard Road, Ragley, was following them around the store.

 

During the investigation detectives learned that Uribe was standing behind one of the complainants in the store staring at her. She advised detectives that she started walking away from him and he followed her. She then told detectives when she was in the checkout line she saw Uribe staring at her again with his hands inside his pants and his shirt pulled up. The victim advised detectives she could see Uribe’s pubic hair. When detectives spoke with the second complainant she had a similar story. She stated while she was shopping Uribe started following her around the store and as she would walk Uribe was right behind her watching her. She told detectives when she was in the checkout line she noticed Uribe standing by the magazine rack watching her and saying, “you are pretty.”

 

Detectives made contact with Uribe on the phone and asked him to come in and provide a statement, to which he refused. On October 27, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis for Uribe’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for 2 counts of stalking; and obscenity. Detectives continuously attempted to locate Uribe, but were unsuccessful.

 

On January 3 Uribe was arrested by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for the active warrant. He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center the next day. Uribe has an active warrant with no bond for obscenity out of New Hampshire and will be held without bond pending his extradition.

 

Uribe was convicted of indecency with a child in 1990 in Texas. He was also convicted for the second time in 1998 for indecent exposure and 2 counts of indecency with child contact in Texas.

 

Uribe’s sex offender registration is currently out of Beauregard Parish.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles –

 

On December 6, at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Diamond Durrell’s in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.    

 

The investigation revealed a man, later identified as Steven W. Sullivan, 25, 3588 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, entered the store and began looking at jewelry that was not enclosed in a display case.  It appeared Sullivan picked up the jewelry and placed it back, but when deputies viewed video surveillance at the store is showed him placing his hands in the pocket of his hoodie.  After Sullivan left the store, employees learned that seven rings and one necklace, totaling approximately $1,600, was missing. 

 

On December 20, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry issued a warrant in the amount of $10,000 for the arrest of Sullivan.  He was located the same day, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $750 to $5,000.  When deputies spoke with Sullivan he confirmed he stole the jewelry, but deputies were unable to locate the stolen property. 

 

CPSO Detective Kim Sittig is the lead investigator on this case.

 

The investigation in continuing.  

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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, December 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at the 900 block of W. Lincoln Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One hundred seventy-eight (178) vehicles were checked; two (2) field sobriety tests were administered; two (2) citations were issued for no seat belt in use; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for open container; one (1) citation was issued for improper child restraint; and one (1) citation was issued for no insurance. 

 

Joanna L. Leblanc, 44, Lake Charles, was arrested for possession of CDS I; and possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  She was released on a summons. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint were Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Charles City Police.  

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CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, December 23.

 

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.

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CPSO ARREST 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a local convenience store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies learned the 3 suspects entered the store armed, where there were 2 employees and 3 children inside the store, and demanded money from the clerk. They stole an undisclosed amount of money, as well as personal items from store employees, and fled in a Hyundai Sonata.  No employee or child was injured in the robbery.

 

  After viewing surveillance footage and further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspects as Caylin J. Williams, 20, 3640 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles; Terry R. Shepherd, 22, 106 Jupiter Lane, Iowa; and Chad Levier, 18, 3517 McKinley St., Lake Charles. 

 

Detectives along with the CPSO Patrol Division, CAT Team, and ACT-Team located Williams at her residence on Greinwich Boulevard.  When deputies arrived at her house they located the Sonata used during the robbery.  Williams refused to exit the residence but after deputies deployed tear gas they located her hiding in the attic.  Deputies executed a search warrant on her residence and located items used during the robbery as well as items that were stolen. Shepherd was located during a traffic stop in Iowa, along with items from the robbery, and was taken into custody.  While deputies were conducting surveillance on Levier's residence in attempt to locate him, they observed him leaving his residence on McKinley Street.  Detectives conducted a traffic stop and located items that are believed to be stolen during the robbery in the vehicle.  A search warrant was executed on Levier's residence, where they also found items used during the robbery. 

 

    Williams, Shepherd, and Levier were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Williams’ bond at $150,000 and Shepherd’s and Levier's bonds at $250,000. 

 

The investigation revealed that these 3 suspects are possibly responsible for another armed robbery that happened this morning that is being handled by the Lake Charles City Police Department.

 

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

                                                                                                                    


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours of Saturday, December 17, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the areas of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners that showed 3 men on foot in the neighborhood. Detectives also observed one of the men with what appeared to be a handgun walking up to a vehicle.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on the identity of the suspects to contact the lead Detective David Doucett at 494-4583 or Detective Corey Myers at 431-8081. Detectives are also asking anyone with residential video surveillance in the area where the burglaries took place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday December 18, that feel may be useful, to contact detectives.

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "It is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, you don't want to make yourself or your family an easy target."

 

It is unknown at this time if the vehicle burglaries committed on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Ln. are related to these burglaries but the investigation is continuing.


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CPSO LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN VEHICLE THEFTS

Lake Charles –

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in vehicle thefts that occurred on December 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on McCindy Dr. and Hoben Lane in Lake Charles,

 

The investigation revealed an unknown male entered an unlocked vehicle in a driveway of a house on McCindy removing various items from the vehicle. This same man removed items from an unlocked vehicle on Hoben Lane.

After viewing the homeowner’s video from their surveillance camera, detectives can clearly see the man has in his hand what appears to be a handgun.

 

“When criminals start brandishing guns while stealing items from unlocked vehicles, that brings the crime to a whole new level,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “If you hear someone outside near your vehicle in the middle of the night, please do not approach them. Please call 911.”

 

Also Sheriff Mancuso reminds everyone, “Please, please lock your vehicle once you get out of it. And don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Thieves are really busy this time of year. Don’t become a victim. Lock your vehicle and bring your valuables inside.”

 

CPSO detectives are asking that anyone in the areas of McCindy and Hoben, which both run off Tank Farm Rd., who may have information and/or surveillance video of any suspicious activity between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on December 14, please contact lead detectives David Doucett at 494-4583 or Corey Myers at 431-8081.

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

During the early morning hours on Wednesday December 14, in the area of McCindy Drive and Hoben Lane and again on Saturday, December 17, in the area of Crown Lane, Seth Lane, Grayson Lane, Delord Lane, Aspen Lane, and Alder Lane in south Lake Charles the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to numerous vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from homeowners and observed images of males walking around the residences. In some of the video footage recovered the men were holding what appeared to be handguns. After further investigation and after receiving numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects detectives were able to identify the men as Tobias Andrews, 22, Cameron, Tyrese Andrews, 17, 1018 17th Street, and Keilyn Williams, 18, 2429 Anita Drive, both of Lake Charles. 

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives along with VICE, ACT-Team, and patrol were able to apprehend Tobias at a residence on Clearview Drive in Lake Charles. Tyrese and Keilyn were taken into custody at the 3400 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles.

 

They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center. Tobias and Tyrese are both being charged with 6 counts of theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 13 counts of simple burglary; and 6 counts of theft of a firearm. Williams is being charged with theft; theft of a motor vehicle; 5 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm. Their bonds are still pending.

 

Deputies were able to recover numerous stolen items including 2 shotguns, 1 rifle, tools, and a GMC pickup truck.

 

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information or video surveillance to contact the VCIU at 431-8053.

 

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on these cases.


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CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR AGG ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM & TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:20, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a man shooting outside of a bar on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

The initial investigation revealed Carlos A. Soria, 30, 1122 W. Verdine St. # 63, Sulphur, was kicked out by security after fighting with other bar patrons and threatening security with a knife. Soria left and then returned a short time later, drove his car to the front of the bar, and attempted to walk to the door with an AK-47. Soria fired the gun several times and attempted to enter the bar. He was tackled by security and bar personnel, and they were able to apprehend Soria and take his gun from him. When deputies arrived on scene Soria was taken into custody without incident.

 

Soria was arrested and transferred to a local hospital due to him being severely intoxicated and complaining of injuries. After being treated by hospital personnel he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault; aggravated assault with a firearm; terrorizing; illegal use of a weapon; and possession of a firearm on premises of alcoholic beverage outlet. His bond is still pending.

 

No one was hit by the rounds during the incident.

 

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

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On December 12, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Burson Road in Lake Charles in reference to a report of a suspicious man. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated James M. Downs, 45, Lake Charles, was attempting to check the mail at the residence.  She told deputies Downs had been evicted since November. 

 

When deputies spoke with Downs, a convicted sex offender, he confirmed he had not been living at his registered address for approximately 7 days and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Downs was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office and placed in a holding cell.  While in the cell deputies observed what is believed to be methamphetamine where Downs had been sitting.

 

Downs was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $6,000.

 

Downs was convicted of simple rape in 2008 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

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CPSO Arrests 2 More & Issue Warrant for 1 in Connection with Shooting in Moss Bluff

Lake Charles –

 

In conjunction with the arrests of Austin J. Jones, Deante J. Shuffer, Christopher W. Jones, and Ayana Johnson in the shooting that took place on November 30 in the 3600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, detectives have learned of 2 more people responsible.

 

With the investigation continuing after the shooting, detectives learned Gavin D. Daigle, 17, 1021 Belfield Drive, Moss Bluff, assisted in the planning and execution of the armed robbery.  Detectives learned that Daigle provided details about the victim to the suspects to aid them in the armed robbery. 

 

After viewing surveillance footage detectives were able to identify the driver of the vehicle used during the armed robbery as Kendrick K. Yaw, 19, 1905 Channel Street, Lake Charles.   

 

On December 13 detectives located Daigle at his place of employment.  On the following day detectives located Yaw at his residence.  When detectives spoke with Yaw he confirmed his involvement in the armed robbery.  They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  Daigle is charged with conspiracy to attempted 1st degree murder; and conspiracy to armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $750,000.  Yaw is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm, Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1.2 million.

 

Detectives have also issued a warrant for Jazmine Washington, 21, Sulphur for her connection in the shooting.  Detectives learned Washington aided one of the suspects in evading arrest.  It was also discovered Washington knowingly provided detectives with false information about the incident.  Washington is being charged with accessory after the fact of attempted 1st degree murder; and accessory after the fact of armed robbery, Judge Clayton Davis signed her warrant in the amount of $75,000.  Detectives attempted to locate Washington, but were unsuccessful. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Washington.  If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please call the lead

detective, Detective Travis Lavergne at 491-3635.

 

The investigation is continuing.


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CPSO TRUSTY WALKS OFF FROM JOB BUT RECAPTURED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. inmate trusty Joseph N. Moon, 39, left his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Shop on Highway 90 in Lake Charles after stealing a CPSO unmarked pickup truck and driving off the property.  Moon qualified to be a trusty due to his non-violent offender status.

 

Detectives issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for the truck and later the same evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office located Moon driving the truck.  Moon was apprehended and taken into custody.  He is waiting to be extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.   

 

Moon will be charged with simple escape; and theft of a motor vehicle.

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CPSO COLLECTS TOYS FOR LIVINGSTON PARISH FLOOD VICTIMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the tragic flooding event that took place in August the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with Able Plumbing held a toy drive to collect Christmas gifts for children and families that were affected by the flooding.  The toys collected will be picked up by Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish Sheriff, tomorrow, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

 

“I am proud of our community, which always comes together to help others in need,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We were able to collect a camper full of toys that will be sent to Livingston Parish in time for Christmas.  We also held a separate toy drive and deputies donated toys and bikes to help numerous families in our own parish who are in need during the Christmas season.”  

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CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR THEFT