Monday, September 2, 2013
LAKE CHARLES POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL ABOUT A SHOOTING YESTERDAY MORNING AT 5:50 AT THE INTERSECTIION\ OF ST. JOHN & NORTH PRATER. THEY FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT. THE VICTIM SAID AN ARMED MAN SHOT HIM WHILE TRYING TO ROB HIM. THE POLICE INVESTIGATION LED THEM TO 20 YEAR OLD SHAQUILLE ELLIS OF GIEFFERS STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. ELLIS WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED AT HIS HOME BY MEMBERS OF THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT SWAT AT AROUND 12:30 YESTERDAY.
THE VICTIM IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL.
THERE WERE SHOOTINGS IN OPELOUSAS AND LAFAYETTE OVER THE WEEKEND. JULIE DARCY HAS THE STORIES.
(AP) — Lafayette police have released the identities of a woman found shot to death in her apartment and a man found dead in a house a mile away. The woman was 27-year-old Victoria Neely of Lafayette. Family members said she'd recently moved into an apartment after spending time in a shelter for battered women. The man, identified as a person of interest in Neely's death, was 38-year-old David Brannon of Duson. His body was found in a house after someone called in a tip to police. Police say he is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot. Police said the deaths, and the relationship of Neely and Brannon, remain under investigation.
(AP) — A woman from Turkey Creek has been booked with first-degree murder in the death of her 15-month-old daughter. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office said Ayla M. Lunch was booked Thursday in connection with the death that occurred last April. KLFY television reports that authorities say Lynch had been a suspect for some time but the arrest came after additional information was received and after several days of speaking with Lynch KATC television reports that Lynch confessed to giving the infant, Brooklyne Mann, rubbing alcohol to ingest after having a fight with her boyfriend; and that investigators say Lynch was under the influence of Lortab and methamphetamine at the time
George F. Dupuis, Mayor of Erath passed away yesterday at 1:20 p.m. at his residence in Erath. Dupuis had been battling cancer. David Funeral Home of Abbeville will be handling the arrangements.
Yesterday at 6:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 190 at Louisiana Highway 99 in Jefferson Davis Parish that claimed the life of a Lake Arthur woman. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Buick driven by 68-year-old Alice Landry of Lake Arthur was traveling north on LA 99 when Landry failed to stop at a stop sign at U.S.190. The vehicle Landry was driving was struck on the driver's side by an eastbound 2001 Mercury driven by 20-year-old Sierra Leonard of Elton. The crash severely damaged both vehicles. Although she was wearing a seatbelt, Landry was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries caused by the severe impact into the driver's side of the car she was driving. Leonard and an 11-month-old infant accompanying her were transported to a Lake Charles hospital with moderate injuries. Leonard was not wearing a seatbelt and investigators suspect the child seat was not properly installed. Routine toxicology samples were obtained from each of the drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. Parents and caregivers who want more information on the proper installation of child safety seats are encouraged to have the seat checked by a nationally certified child passenger safety technician. Each Louisiana State Police troop location serves as a fitting station. In addition, each troop will participate in National Seat Check Saturday on Saturday, September 21, 2013. This is a great opportunity to have your seat checked by a qualified technician for free. More information on child seat safety may be found online at www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS.