Public Safety

Study links blight and homicide to murders

A new study led by LSU Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Matthew Valasik is the first to show a statistical connection between homicide, blighted buildings and convenient stores in Baton Rouge.
Valasik, doctoral candidate in sociology Elizabeth Brault and his former student Stephen Martinez, who is now an investigator in the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office looked at where homicides occurred in the city in 2016. They found that nearly 25 percent of homicides in Baton Rouge takes place within the same areas that comprise about 3 percent of the city.

Shown with the marijuana seized in a traffic stop Feb. 4 are, from left, Crowley Police Capt. Chris Osborne, K-9 division; Capt Tammy Mallet, patrol division; Chief Jimmy Broussard; Capt. Malissa Wither, criminal detective division; and Capt. Troy Hebert, narcotics division and street crimes unit. (Submitted photo)

Crowley Police seize nearly 30lbs. of pot

Crowley Police officers seized nearly 30 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop here Feb. 4.
According to Police Chief Jimmy Broussard, officers conducted a traffic stop in the East Ash Street area on a vehicle being driven by Jeremy Williams, 34, of Crowley.
Officers reported that Williams was acting in a suspicious manner and that they (officers) could smell an odor of what they believed to be marijuana coming from inside the car.
A K-9 was called and alerted on the car, according to Broussard.

Tyla Meche, 34, of Church Point

Female suspect in Branch killing found in Church Pt.

The second suspect in the shooting death of a Church Point man has been located, according to Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson.
Tyla Meche, 34, of Church Point was found Thursday afternoon hiding in a residence on the Church Point Highway just north of Branch, Gibson said.
Authorities had been searching for Meche since Feb. 3 morning when she reportedly disappeared into a swampy, wooded area west of Branch with Kervee Woodard, 32, also of Church Point.
Woodard was arrested Feb. 3.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Feb. 8
Nathan Dean, 35, 100 block of Irma Drive, Lafayette. Criminal trespass (two counts). organized retail theft (two counts). Arrested by Opelousas Police Department.
Damien Lahaye, 35, 300 block of 7th Avenue, Krotz Springs. Bench warrant. Arrested by Krotz Springs Police Department.

Eunice Police dispatch radio logs

The following are excerpts from the Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs.
Feb. 7
07:19 Two people on bikes circling the Dudley area. One on a bike took something out of a Coca-Cola truck at Fred’s and took off.
08:09 Male asking for money at Bertrand’s and 2nd Street.
09:46 Stolen dirt bike in the 300 block of East Magnolia.
10:57 Wreck in the 1400 block of West Maple.
11:04 Dog not being taken care of in the 600 block of South 2nd.
12:11 Wreck at 197 Moosa Boulevard. Injuries.

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