CRIME & SAFETY
Police officer placed on leave has been terminated from three departments in Acadiana
We're learning more about a Grand Coteau police officer who was fired then placed on administrative leave.
Man Shot in the Leg Last Night as He Was Walking on Frontage Road in Lafayette, Louisiana
The Lafayette Police Department was called out to the 2000 block of the NE Frontage Road around 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2023, in reference to a shooting in progress. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. During the...
Illegal firearms sales lead to conviction of Lafayette gun store owner and wife
This article contains AI-assisted content. Lafayette, Louisiana - Jeremiah Micah Deare, 37, and Sarah Elaine Fogle, 30, both of Broussard, have been found guilty on all counts after a three-day trial found the couple guilty of conspiring to deal firearms without a license, making false statements in records required to be kept by a licensed firearms dealer, and failing to file sales reports in connection with their Lafayette-based firearms business. The indictment seeks forfeiture of 619 firearms involved in these offenses.
Family of Nathan Bob distraught after learning his suspected killer was walking free
Hurt, broken, and angry are words Prejean uses when thinking about the loss of her brother. She said "his murder did not have to happen" had the bond for the suspect in his murder, not been lowered.
Traffic stop yields marijuana, firearm
Two women were arrested on a traffic stop Monday night after they were stopped by Ruston Police. Johnae Thomas, 22, of Lafayette, was stopped on Tech Farm Road by a RPD patrol supervisor about 8:30 p.m. Monday for not displaying a license plate. Thomas initially gave the name Jordan Williams, explaining she did not have her driver’s license with her. A records check failed to locate a license under that name.
'Murder for Hire' Charge Leveled Against Louisiana Man
A St. Martinville man has been arrested after an investigation into murder for hire.
APSO identifies Church Point murder victim; search continues for suspect
CHURCH POINT, La. — The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office has released the name of the victim of a deadly home invasion in Church Point the day before Thanksgiving. Sheriff K.P. Gibson said Daryl Lewis, 35, was found outside the house suffering from a gunshot wound and later died at the hospital.
Ongoing Search for Missing Boater on Mermentau River Amid Discovery of Unidentified Body
The search continues for a missing boater on Mermentau River. The 49-year-old man disappeared after a Thanksgiving deer hunting trip. Despite the discovery of a body in a nearby waterway, authorities are yet to confirm any connection. The investigation and search efforts persist.
11-year-old booked for murder in recent homicide investigation
An 11-year-old female has been arrested in connection to the homicide of 36-year-old Kameran Bedsole.
UPDATE: Car overturns on University; road is now open
For several hours Friday afternoon, University was closed between Versailles and Congress after a car hit a utility pole and overturned.
Abbeville Police Chief is asking everyone to protect/lock their ATVs
Abbeville Chief of Police Mike Hardy is reminding residents to secure ATVs properly. Hardy made the reminder after Councilman Carlton Campbell brought up an issue during a recent Abbeville City Council meeting. “I’m getting a lot of complaints about kids riding four-wheelers on the streets at 3 and 4 in...
US DEA Investigation Leads to Conviction of Fentanyl Dealer, Former Business Owner in Abbeville, Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - A former owner of ZZ's Kitchen in Abbeville, Louisiana, has been convicted for using his restaurant to store and deal fentanyl in the area. In a case that caught the attention of US Drug Enforcement Administration investigators, 41-year-old Gabriel Hawthorne worked with two others who were also indicted - Frederick Malaki Thornton and then-girlfriend Andrea Mitchell - to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Abbeville area. Court documents point to a series of incidents in March 2022 when an individual exchanged phone calls and text messages with Mitchell, with her agreeing to sell heroin to that person. Mitchell explained to authorities that Hawthorne would mix the heroin before supplying it to her to sell. That sold heroin was seized and sent to the DEA Laboratory where a positive test for fentanyl was confirmed.
Lafayette motel murder suspect kills self during standoff with federal marshals, SWAT team
Lafayette, La (KADN) -- The suspect in one of last week's deadly shootings at a Lafayette motel has died of a self-inflicted gunshot, police say. It happened during a standoff Tuesday morning. Investigators say Clifton Washington, 34, was identified as the suspect in the shooting death of Nancy Herrick, 39,...
Victim of Evangeline Thruway deadly fire identified; cause of death released
LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Fire Department has released the name and cause of death of the victim of a huge house fire on Evangeline Thruway that happened on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Fire officials identified the victim as Anthony Taylor, 28, who is originally from New Orleans but had...
Lafayette Murder Suspect Killed Himself After Cops Tried to Arrest Him.
With the two recent killings at the Plantation Inn, the hub city has logged murders this year. Nearly breaking the city’s record set in 2021 with more than a month remaining in 2023.
Arrest made for Lafayette motel murder on Thanksgiving eve
UPDATE#2 Lafayette, LA – On November 28, 2023 the suspect wanted in connection with the shooting that occurred on November 22, 2023 in the 2800 block of NE Evangeline Thruway has been arrested. The suspect arrested was Carrol A. Steno III on an arrest warrant for one count of second degree murder.
Woman is uneasy after discovering her brother’s killer is wanted for another murder
Michelle Breaux says she is sick to her stomach after finding out the person responsible for her brother's murder five years ago, has been out of our prison and is wanted for the murder of someone else.
New federal charges in Lafayette District Attorney's Office bribery scandal
Lafayette, La (KADN) -- A second person is now facing federal charges in a wide-ranging bribery investigation involving the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office. According to a bill of information filed in federal court Tuesday, Joseph Prejean, of Church Point, is accused of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. Prosecutors say he provided bribes to officials in the DA's office in exchange for favorable actions in his business dealings with the office.
Louisiana State Police Warn Against Imposter Scam Calls
LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Louisiana State Police are asking you to be cautious as another scam aimed at victimizing people is using their name to do so. The scamming business is at an all-time high in the US. AARP points out $8.8 billion was reported lost by consumers to scams and fraud in 2022. That's up 30 percent from 2021, according to newly released numbers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). That figure is also over two times more than in 2020.
UPDATE: Second man charged in Federal probe into Lafayette DA’s Office
The owner of a contractor involved in the Lafayette DA's pretrial diversion program has been formally charged in federal court, records show.