Friday, December 27, 2013
AP — A Branch man is in jail after a fatal crash on Louisiana 35 north of Rayne. Louisiana State Police say 48-year-old Jody Bourque was arrested on charges of 4th offense DWI, vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular negligent injuring. Troopers say Bourque was headed south on Louisiana 35 at just before 10 p.m. Christmas night when he crossed the centerline and hit a northbound car head-on. Authorities say Bourque was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The other driver, 35-year-old Germaine Garrick, of Church Point, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in Garrick's car were transported to area hospitals with severe to minor injuries. Investigators say Bourque was impaired and had disabled ignition interlock device he was required to have installed in his vehicle.
AP — A Lake Charles man is dead after accidentally shooting himself with a gun he had recently purchased. KATC-TV reports the incident took place Thursday around 10 a.m. Police say the 20-year-old victim, identified as Erick Alexander Perez, shot himself with a .22-caliber revolver in front of a witness. According to investigators, the victim obtained the firearm only two days prior. They also say the victim was not familiar with the weapon and did not realize that it was loaded with more than one round. The investigation into his death is ongoing. Deputy Coroner Zeb Johnson tells KPLC-TV there's no evidence of foul play.
A WOMAN SITTING IN HER CAR IN THE ACADIANA MALL PARKING WAS ATTACKED YESTERDAY, JULIE DARCY HAS THE DETAILS.
CROWLEY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN WHO THEY SUSPECT FOR A MULTITUDE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. RESPONDING TO A CALL ABOUT SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS AT THE RESIDENCE ON THE 1200 BLOCK OF LUROSE DRIVE, THEY FOUND A VEHICLE WHICH WAS STOLEN IN LAFAYETTE. POLICE SET A PERIMETER AROUND THE HOUSE AND SAW 2 PEOPLE TRYING TO GO OUT THE BACK DOOR. BOTH PEOPLE HURRIED BACK INTO THE HOUSE WHEN THEY SAW THE POLICE. EVENTUALLY THE TWO WERE FOUND IN THE ATTIC. AFTER DETAINING THE SUSPECTS, OFFICERS FOUND A SECOND STOLEN VEHICLE FROM ABBEVILLE & PROPERTY FROM THE VEHICLES IN THE HOUSE. KEVIN WILSON, 21 OF CROWLEY AND GREGORY WINBUSH JR., 17 OF CROWLEY HAVE BOTH BEEN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. ALLEGRA WILSON, 18 OF CROWLEY WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTON OF JUSTICE.
THERE WAS A THREE VEHICLE CRASH ON LAKE STREET AND PRIEN LAKE ROAD WEDNESDAY NIGHT THAT INVOLVED AN OFF DUTY LAKE CHARLES POLICE OFFICER. A DRIVER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLES, PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE MARKED POLICE UNIT, LEADING TO THE CRASH. THAT DRIVER WAS TICKETED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. THE THIRD DRIVER WAS TREATED FOR INJURIES AT AN AREA HOPITAL. KPLC REQUESTED A COPY OF THE VIDEO CAPTURED BY THE POLICE CRUISER’S DASH CAMERA, BUT WAS TURNED DOWN BY THE LAKE CHARLES PD BECAUSE OF A PENDING TRAFFIC COURT CASE.
AP — A fire inspector says the blaze that killed three children from Alabama started in the living room of the mobile home in Louisiana where they were staying. Houma fire inspector Michael Millett (me-YAY) said Thursday that a space heater may have started the fire, but there was so much damage investigators may never be certain. Terrebonne Parish Coroner's Office chief investigator Danny Theriot identified the victims as 13-year-old Roxana Mejia and her brothers, 11-year-old Josue Mejia and 9-year-old Rommy Mejia. State Fire Marshal's office District Chief Lance LaMarca says another sibling, the children's parents and four other children were taken to a Baton Rouge burn unit. LaMarca says the children's father was burned rescuing one child after smoke came under his bedroom door, but was unable to get the other three.
AP — Former state fire marshal Carrol Herring has died. The State Fire Marshal's Office, in a news release Thursday, said Herring died at a Baton Rouge hospital following a long illness. He was 86 years old. Herring served as state fire marshal from 1981 until 1990, serving under governors Dave Treen, Edwin Edwards, and Buddy Roemer. Prior to his appointment, Herring worked 15 years in the Baton Rouge Fire Department and 18 years with the LSU Firemen Training Program, including 15 years as the program's director. Herring returned to lead the then-renamed LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute in 1999. He remained the program's director until his second retirement in 2005. In 2012, the institute was renamed in Herring's honor.