WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Crime Crime en-us Copyright 2021, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 2 Mar 2021 HH:03:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Arrested BRPD officer allegedly took seized drugs, gave them to a friend https://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-brpd-officer-allegedly-took-seized-drugs-gave-them-to-a-friend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-brpd-officer-allegedly-took-seized-drugs-gave-them-to-a-friend/ Crime Mon, 1 Mar 2021 5:20:44 PM Jeremy Krail Arrested BRPD officer allegedly took seized drugs, gave them to a friend

BATON ROUGE - Investigators say a Baton Rouge cop arrested for giving out drugs was caught taking department-seized marijuana by one of his fellow officers.

Arrest records obtained by WBRZ Monday said Jason Acree was charged last week after another officer caught him taking marijuana seized by BRPD and slipping it into zip-lock bags. Investigators said surveillance cameras caught the act on video. 

When his co-worker questioned Acree about the marijuana, he allegedly said he was giving the drugs to a friend who uses THC vape pens. 

Detectives were able to determine that friend's identity and executed a search warrant at his home on Feb. 23. That person told officers that Acree was a family friend who'd given him both marijuana and THC vape pens on several occasions. He added that Acree had brought him up to 10 of those pens since 2019. 

The man claimed he did not know where Acree got the drugs but said he was aware Acree worked at BRPD and that he would sometimes drive a marked police unit while delivering the marijuana. 

Officers found a plastic baggie containing marijuana and several THC vape pens while searching the friend's home.

Acree was ultimately arrested this past Friday on charges including malfeasance and possession with intent to distribute. He spent 12 years with the department, including six in the narcotics division. 

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Double shooting reported in neighborhood off Hollywood Street https://www.wbrz.com/news/double-shooting-reported-in-neighborhood-off-hollywood-street/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/double-shooting-reported-in-neighborhood-off-hollywood-street/ Crime Mon, 1 Mar 2021 4:21:01 PM WBRZ Staff Double shooting reported in neighborhood off Hollywood Street

BATON ROUGE - A shooting left two people wounded in a neighborhood Monday afternoon, the latest in rash of violent crimes in the capital city.

The gunfire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. on St. Katherine Avenue near Hollywood Street. Two people were shot, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

Both victims were taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. 

It's one of two shootings reported in the capital city around 3 p.m., with a second reported at the Triple S convenience store on N Foster Drive around that same time. One person was wounded in that shooting. 

At least three people were shot over the weekend, including two people who died Sunday evening. Another person was shot Saturday and ran for help at a library along Terrace Avenue.

Another shooting Friday left four people hurt on Paige street.

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One hurt in shooting at Triple S store in Baton Rouge https://www.wbrz.com/news/one-hurt-in-shooting-at-triple-s-store-in-baton-rouge/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/one-hurt-in-shooting-at-triple-s-store-in-baton-rouge/ Crime Mon, 1 Mar 2021 3:14:22 PM WBRZ Staff One hurt in shooting at Triple S store in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Police responded to a shooting at a convenience store, one of two shootings reported in the capital area Monday afternoon.

Both shootings happened shortly before 3 p.m.. The Baton Rouge Police Department said one person was wounded in the shooting at the Triple S store along N Foster Drive near Fairfields Avenue. 

The victim was taken to a hospital, though that person's condition is unknown. 

Details surrounding what led to the shooting are limited at this time.  

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Officials identify man found shot to death on S. 12th Street https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-identify-man-found-shot-to-death-on-s-12th-street/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-identify-man-found-shot-to-death-on-s-12th-street/ Crime Sun, 28 Feb 2021 8:37:42 PM Zandria Thomas Officials identify man found shot to death on S. 12th Street

BATON ROUGE - Authorities discovered the body of deceased man in a Baton Rouge roadway, near Mid City, on Sunday (Feb. 28) night.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, authorities received a call in regards to a body found on the curb of S. 12th Street and Charles T. Smith Drive around 7:20 p.m.

Upon arriving to the previously mentioned location, police discovered a deceased man on the pavement.

Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office later identified the man as 23-year-old Keldrick Love and said he'd sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  

Anyone with information relative to this shooting is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867(STOP).

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Person injured in shooting sought help at local library https://www.wbrz.com/news/person-injured-in-shooting-sought-help-at-local-library/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/person-injured-in-shooting-sought-help-at-local-library/ Crime Sat, 27 Feb 2021 3:12:01 PM WBRZ Staff Person injured in shooting sought help at local library

BATON ROUGE - Authorities responded to the Carver Branch Library Saturday afternoon when an injured person came into the building looking for help.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the victim was initially shot in the 700 block of Terrace Avenue around 3 p.m. where the library is also located. 

When the victim was shot he went into the library asking for help. The victim's gunshot wound is non-life-threatening.

During shooting the Carver Branch Library was also hit in the process.

No one else was hurt, but the building's glass windows were shattered due to the gunfire.  

EBR Parish Library posted on Twitter that the Carver Branch will be closed on Sunday to repair broken glass and clean up blood from the incident. 

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Police: 29-year-old killed in Sunday night shooting on Prescott Road https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-29-year-old-killed-in-sunday-night-shooting-on-prescott-road/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-29-year-old-killed-in-sunday-night-shooting-on-prescott-road/ Crime Mon, 1 Mar 2021 9:48:10 AM WBRZ Staff Police: 29-year-old killed in Sunday night shooting on Prescott Road

BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Baton Rouge are investigating the shooting death of a 29-year-old that occurred Sunday, Feb. 28.

According to representatives with the Baton Rouge Police Department, the fatal shooting took place within the 5600 block of Prescott Road around 10 p.m. and resulted in the death of Artrell Conner.

Detectives say Conner may have been shot after pulling a gun and pointing it at an individual.

According to police, Conner died at the scene.

Authorities add that the shooter was taken into custody and released pending further investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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BRPD narcotics officer arrested, accused of distributing drugs https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-narcotics-officer-arrested-accused-of-distributing-drugs/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-narcotics-officer-arrested-accused-of-distributing-drugs/ Crime Fri, 26 Feb 2021 7:42:27 PM WBRZ Staff BRPD narcotics officer arrested, accused of distributing drugs

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge police officer is facing criminal charges after a department investigation into allegations of "police corruption." 

In an internal letter to the department Friday, Chief Murphy Paul said he made the decision to arrest one of their own officers. 

A BRPD spokesperson later identified Jason Acree, 34, as the officer involved. Acree worked in the narcotics division, and he's accused of distributing drugs to someone within the city. His charges include malfeasance in office and possession with intent to distribute. 

Acree has been with the department for 12 years, including six with the narcotics division.

It's the second time in the span of a few months that a Baton Rouge police officer has faced criminal charges. In December another officer was arrested under suspicion of purchasing and receiving stolen property.

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Tax worker charged with filing fake returns, keeping refunds https://www.wbrz.com/news/tax-worker-charged-with-filing-fake-returns-keeping-refunds/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tax-worker-charged-with-filing-fake-returns-keeping-refunds/ Crime Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:54:40 AM Associated Press Tax worker charged with filing fake returns, keeping refunds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service has been charged with filing false returns and keeping parts of tax refunds for herself.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Thursday that Linda Williams, 52, prepared fake tax returns for friends and relatives that claimed more than $500,000 in false tax deductions to inflate their refunds.

Williams would then take a portion of the refunds and transfer the money to her personal bank account, prosecutors said. The deductions were related to medical expenses, charitable contributions and business expenses, prosecutors said.

“Many of these citizens were unaware of the false deductions discovered on their tax returns,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

Williams was indicted for filing 10 false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison if convicted. It was not immediately clear in Williams had a lawyer to comment on her behalf Thursday.

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Former Chamber of Commerce employee facing charges in WBR months after drug arrest in Texas https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-chamber-of-commerce-employee-facing-charges-in-wbr-months-after-drug-arrest-in-texas/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-chamber-of-commerce-employee-facing-charges-in-wbr-months-after-drug-arrest-in-texas/ Crime Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:59:19 AM WBRZ Staff Former Chamber of Commerce employee facing charges in WBR months after drug arrest in Texas

A former employee with the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce is facing new charges after the organization opened an investigation into her spending during her time there. 

According to a notice sent out to members of the chamber Friday, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and district attorney's office issued new charges against Marie Anais Brand, the former events and operations coordinator. The letter did not detail what those charges were but said the chamber discovered disparities in its finances during Brand's tenure and turned that information over to law enforcement back in November. 

Brand was previously arrested back in October in Hidalgo County, near the U.S.-Mexico border, for illegal possession of controlled substances. Brand exited her job at the chamber shortly after Brand's last arrest. 

The West Baton Rouge chamber said it is also taking additional steps to catch any additional discrepancies, including the hiring of an accountant and an independent auditor.

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BR woman slammed into police vehicles, drove wrong way on I-49 during high-speed chase https://www.wbrz.com/news/br-woman-slammed-into-police-vehicles-drove-wrong-way-on-i-49-during-high-speed-chase/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/br-woman-slammed-into-police-vehicles-drove-wrong-way-on-i-49-during-high-speed-chase/ Crime Thu, 25 Feb 2021 5:26:31 PM WBRZ Staff BR woman slammed into police vehicles, drove wrong way on I-49 during high-speed chase

OPELOUSAS - A woman from Baton Rouge allegedly took a stolen vehicle on a police chase through parts of central Louisiana, striking police vehicles and driving the wrong way down a busy interstate along the way.

The Opelousas Police Department said Rebekah Amber Ndubusisi, 27, was arrested after a person spotted her in a stolen vehicle on I-49 near Opelousas. Ndubusisi allegedly fled when officers tried to stop her, hitting several police vehicles and leading officers on an "excessively high speed" chase.

Police said Ndubusisi eventually crossed over from St. Landry Parish into Lafayette Parish, with officers from Grand Coteau Police, Sunset Police and Louisiana State Police joining the pursuit. A Grand Coteau police officer reportedly fired a shot during the chase, and authorities shut down part of I-49 after Ndubusisi turned around and began driving the wrong way on the interstate.

The chase eventually ended up back in Opelousas, where Ndubusisi was finally taken into custody.

Police said in a news release that Ndubusisi had another run-in with police a day earlier when she was found sleeping in a car with her three children. Child Protective Services put the kids in the custody of a relative.

After that encounter, Ndubusisi was placed in medical care after officers suspected she had mental health issues, but she was released Wednesday night. Authorities believe she stole the vehicle from a body shop in Opelousas where it was being detailed.

Police have not announced Ndubusisi's charges as of Thursday afternoon.

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Victim of burglary arrested after allegedly shooting, kidnapping 16-year-old suspected burglar https://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-of-burglary-arrested-after-allegedly-shooting-kidnapping-16-year-old-suspected-burglar/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-of-burglary-arrested-after-allegedly-shooting-kidnapping-16-year-old-suspected-burglar/ Crime Wed, 24 Feb 2021 7:45:11 AM WBRZ Staff Victim of burglary arrested after allegedly shooting, kidnapping 16-year-old suspected burglar

BATON ROUGE - Three 16-year-old juveniles are facing charges of vehicular burglary after a crime spree in a Baton Rouge apartment complex early Wednesday morning. One of the suspects was shot while attempting to break into a car.

Representatives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office (EBRSO) and the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) were among those who responded to the incident.

According to an official record, BRPD officers were dispatched to Jennifer Jean Drive, as this area is in BRPD's jurisdiction, and discovered a male teenager, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Officials say police rendered aid to the young man until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and rushed the teen to an area hospital where he is in reportedly critical condition, but stable. 

Police reported seeing a man named Maurice Mark at the crime scene, sitting in a vehicle. According to the official report, police took Mark into custody for questioning.

While interviewing Mark, police say he admitted to shooting the young man because the youth and an accomplice had been trying to burglarize his truck.

Mark explained, according to an official report, that he was at his sister's apartment, asleep, when a noise outside woke him up. Mark claimed he went to the window to investigate and saw two black males in ski masks breaking into his truck.

So, Mark claimed he proceeded to arm himself with a handgun, go outside, and confront the burglars.

While approaching them, Mark said he noticed one of them holding something that appeared to be a weapon, which Mark told police "could have been a screwdriver or tool." But, in the heat of the moment, Mark feared the item was a handgun.

So, Mark said he shot at one of the two burglars, and both fled.

Mark went on to tell police he chased the wounded burglar on Burbank drive, caught up with him, and demanded that he drop "his weapon," which Mark then realized was a screwdriver and not a gun.

Mark said he then demanded that the burglar lead him to where he'd stashed $10,000, which Mark said appeared to be missing from his truck.

The burglar was then allegedly forced into Mark's truck and driven to the 700 block of Jennifer Jean Drive where Mark instructed the burglar to retrieve his stolen money.

Mark apparently called 911 at this point and it was at this Jennifer Jean location where BRPD police encountered the severely injured youth and Mark, who was sitting in his truck nearby. 

Meanwhile, EBRSO deputies were sent to Armstrong Apartments along Burbank Drive, which is within EBRSO's jurisdiction and where Mark originally saw the alleged burglary take place from the window of his sister's apartment. 

The wounded 16-year-old, still hospitalized for his gunshot injury, is facing 15 counts of vehicle burglary-- seven of those charges are from a previous incident.

Mark, the vehicle owner/burglary victim who shot the suspect, is facing charges of simple kidnapping for taking the injured juvenile in his car to retrieve his stolen items before calling 911.

Another one of the suspects is being charged with at least one vehicle burglary from today and had stolen credit cards on his person from a previous theft that occurred on Feb. 18.

Charges are pending for the third suspect, but EBRSO added that all three teens have previously been arrested for breaking into cars.

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Man wanted in Alabama slaying is captured in Louisiana https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-in-alabama-slaying-is-captured-in-louisiana/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-in-alabama-slaying-is-captured-in-louisiana/ Crime Thu, 25 Feb 2021 8:58:57 AM Associated Press Man wanted in Alabama slaying is captured in Louisiana

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve captured a man wanted in an Alabama slaying.

The search for Gamaliel Walker ended this week in Louisiana, where he was captured, police records show.

Walker was wanted in Mobile, Alabama, as part of a murder investigation, Al.com reported. Police have not released details of the killing.

Walker was being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in New Orleans. It wasn’t known Thursday whether Walker has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard facing felony charges https://www.wbrz.com/news/crowley-police-chief-jimmy-broussard-facing-felony-charges/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/crowley-police-chief-jimmy-broussard-facing-felony-charges/ Crime Thu, 25 Feb 2021 6:35:58 AM Associated Press Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard facing felony charges

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — A state grand jury Wednesday handed up an indictment against Crowley Police Chief Allen James “Jimmy” Broussard on felony charges of malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and injuring public records.

Broussard’s attorney, Bill Goode, told KATC-TV he’s confident his client will be cleared.

“I’m confident Chief Broussard is innocent of any wrongdoing, and we will resolve this case in his favor,” Goode said. “It’s going to take a while, but I am confident he ultimately will be found not guilty.”

Broussard was arrested after the indictment was released but has since bonded out of jail, his attorney, Goode said.

According to the indictment, Broussard committed the felonies in Acadia Parish from Jan. 1, 2020 to Oct. 31.

For the obstruction of justice charges, the indictment states that Broussard tampered with evidence to distort a criminal investigation. The indictment also states that he attempted to injure public records by the “intentional removal, mutilation, destruction, alteration, falsification, or concealment of any record.”

Goode said he hasn’t seen the indictment, but he knows his client.

“I’ve dealt with a lot of chiefs of police, I do a lot of civil service work,” Goode says. “I’ve actually only dealt with two chiefs who cared more about the people than they do themselves, and Jimmy Broussard is one of them. He’s a wonderful man, and he cares.”

An arraignment has been scheduled for May, Goode said.

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Man allegedly shot ex-wife to death inside her Roseland home https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-allegedly-shot-ex-wife-to-death-inside-her-roseland-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-allegedly-shot-ex-wife-to-death-inside-her-roseland-home/ Crime Wed, 24 Feb 2021 5:40:59 PM WBRZ Staff Man allegedly shot ex-wife to death inside her Roseland home

ROSELAND - A man is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife at her home after the two got into an argument Tuesday.

The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office said Jason Saizan, 55, shot Chrsit Lee Jones, 49, inside her home along LA 1058 Tuesday evening. Deputies discovered her body after receiving a call about the shooting a short while later. 

When sheriff's deputies took Saizan into custody early Wednesday morning, he told them he shot Jones after a dispute inside the home. No other details were immediately available.

Saizan was booked into the parish jail on a charge of second-degree murder.

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Former Bossier Parish Community College comptroller sentenced to five years for fraud https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-bossier-parish-community-college-comptroller-sentenced-to-five-years-for-fraud/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-bossier-parish-community-college-comptroller-sentenced-to-five-years-for-fraud/ Crime Wed, 24 Feb 2021 9:43:40 AM Associated Press Former Bossier Parish Community College comptroller sentenced to five years for fraud

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former community college comptroller in Louisiana has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $270,000 after pleading guilty in what prosecutors say was years of fraud.

Carol Bates, former comptroller at Bossier Parish Community College was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. in Shreveport, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said in a news release.

“Abuse of high trust is among the worst things a public employee can do,” Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street said in the news release. “Ms. Bates engaged in a deliberate and complex scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from an institution of higher learning, with no regard for the significant harm it would cause.”

Bates pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit wire fraud from 2013 through 2016. The 45 fraudulent refunds totaled $286,987.08, according to the news release.

Bates’ sister, Audrey Williams, and two people who got refunds — Faith Alexander and Marquise Perry — also have pleaded guilty. Prosecutors said the sisters recruited nine students and former students to get refunds to which they were not entitled. Some weren’t even enrolled when they got refunds, prosecutors said.

The sisters got between half and two-thirds of each payment.

It said Alexander received eight refunds totaling $45,482.65 from 2014 through 2016 and Perry received seven refunds totaling $49,524.65 from 2015 through 2016.

Perry, 36, was sentenced in December to five years of supervised probation and was ordered to repay all of the money she was paid under the scheme. Alexander’s sentencing is scheduled March 22 and Williams’ has not been set, prosecutors said.

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Verdict vacated; bond request next for ex-NFL star's killer https://www.wbrz.com/news/verdict-vacated-bond-request-next-for-ex-nfl-star-s-killer/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/verdict-vacated-bond-request-next-for-ex-nfl-star-s-killer/ Crime Wed, 24 Feb 2021 6:57:33 AM Associated Press Verdict vacated; bond request next for ex-NFL star's killer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for the man who fatally shot former NFL star Will Smith in 2016 said Tuesday that he’ll seek the man’s release on bond now that a Louisiana appeals court has officially vacated his manslaughter conviction by a non-unanimous jury.

Cardell Hayes has long insisted he fired in self-defense when he shot Smith during a confrontation following a traffic crash. At trial, the jury in 2016 voted 10-2 to convict Hayes of manslaughter in Smith’s death and attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith’s wife.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court later declared such non-unanimous verdicts unconstitutional. The high court threw out Smith’s convictions in January and sent the case back to the state. The state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal formally vacated the convictions and sentences Friday, officially sending the case back to district court in New Orleans.

Defense attorney Eric Santana said Tuesday he plans to seek Hayes’ release on bond while prosecutors mull their next move, which could mean a new trial. Santana said it was unclear, due to factors including pandemic restrictions at district court, when he would seek Hayes’ release.

District Attorney Jason Williams’ office did not immediately respond to an emailed query Tuesday. Last month, following the Supreme Court ruling in the Hayes case, his office issued a release saying the Hayes case and another, lesser-known, split-verdict case “will receive thorough review and a decision in the coming weeks on the best way to proceed under the law to deliver justice.”

Smith, a 34-year-old father of three, was a defensive leader on the Saints team that lifted spirits in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He helped carry the team to a winning season in 2006 and a Super Bowl victory in 2010.

Hayes, 33, who owned a tow-truck business, had played semi-pro football and is the father of a young son.

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Man accused of three murders released from jail due to lack of evidence https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-accused-of-three-murders-released-from-jail-due-to-lack-of-evidence/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-accused-of-three-murders-released-from-jail-due-to-lack-of-evidence/ Crime Tue, 23 Feb 2021 4:24:24 PM Chris Nakamoto Man accused of three murders released from jail due to lack of evidence

BATON ROUGE – A man accused of murdering three people did his own legal work from a jail cell, successfully arguing he should be released after a delay in court procedure.

Dexter Collins was released from jail custody recently, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned, after showing what equates to formal charges – called a bill of information – were not filed within 60 days of arrest as required by law.

An accused hit man, Collins has been implicated in three different murders dating back to 2008.  He was arrested for the April 2017 murder of Lorenzo Dixon. Investigators said five months later he killed David Walker. While he was in jail on those charges, Baton Rouge Police announced they solved a 2008 cold case. Collins was also charged with the 2008 murder of Tangie Swanson.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said although there was probable cause for Collins to be arrested by police, prosecutors found evidence fell short of formal charges.

"We believe there is sufficient probable cause to base his arrest on those," Moore said. "Our review which is more detailed is based on beyond a reasonable doubt and a 12-0 verdict we face."

Collins was released from custody without restrictions. His release from parish prison states, "general release."

"Surely we see people over and over and over again shooters and multiple shooters," Moore said. "People who have killed and killed in the past may kill again. It's that five percent and six percent that drive all of the crime for the country and Louisiana."

Moore said although the investigation remains open, there is not enough evidence right now to prosecute Collins. Although investigators believe Collins is responsible for three murders, cutting him loose could make the streets a little more dangerous now.

"Everyone has to use caution wherever they are," Moore said. "People know what goes on. We need help from the people. So sure, I think everyone should always be cautious dealing with someone they know.”

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Six arrested in deadly shootout stemming from drug deal; victim tied to recent string of package thefts https://www.wbrz.com/news/six-arrested-in-deadly-shootout-stemming-from-drug-deal-victim-tied-to-recent-string-of-package-thefts/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/six-arrested-in-deadly-shootout-stemming-from-drug-deal-victim-tied-to-recent-string-of-package-thefts/ Crime Tue, 23 Feb 2021 1:23:10 PM WBRZ Staff Six arrested in deadly shootout stemming from drug deal; victim tied to recent string of package thefts

HOLDEN - Six people are facing charges after a drug deal led to a deadly shooting in Livingston Parish last month.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrests Tuesday, more than a month after the Jan. 21 shootout along LA 1036 in Holden. One person was killed in the shooting, identified as 19-year-old Javin Augillard of Gonzales. 

Officials said a group of people drove out from Ascension Parish to a house in Livingston Parish for a drug deal, but gunfire broke out after a disagreement. Aguillard was shot, along with a woman inside the home. 

The department announced the arrests of the following five people Tuesday afternoon. 

-Colton Boudreaux, 21 of Holden, LA
-Davalynn Rose, 19 of Holden, LA
-Jaheim Miller, 18 of Gonzales, LA
-Gregory Magee, 19 of Gonzales, LA
-Ashtin Ursin, 19 of Gonzales, LA

Among the suspects, Boudreaux is the only person charged with second-degree murder.

Deputies said 19-year-old Jeremiah Preston of Gonzales was also wanted on several charges related to the shooting. He was captured and booked into jail just hours later Tuesday.

Investigators also confirmed Preston and Augillard were charged in a string of package thefts in the Ascension area in December.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 225-686-2241.

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Guard caught carrying drugs inside lunch bag at state prison, officials say https://www.wbrz.com/news/guard-caught-carrying-drugs-inside-lunch-bag-at-state-prison-officials-say/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/guard-caught-carrying-drugs-inside-lunch-bag-at-state-prison-officials-say/ Crime Mon, 22 Feb 2021 4:55:32 PM WBRZ Staff Guard caught carrying drugs inside lunch bag at state prison, officials say

ST. GABRIEL - A corrections officer at the Elayn Hunt prison was arrested over the weekend after she was caught carrying contraband inside the facility.

The Department of Corrections said Damesha Johnson, 28, of Baton Rouge was arrested Saturday after a shakedown at the prison in Iberville Parish. 

Prison employees found 206 Gabapentin pills, 4.1 ounces of synthetic marijuana, 9 book pages soaked in synthetic marijuana, .9 ounces of methamphetamine, and 11 Suboxone strips inside her lunch bag. Guards also searched Johnson's vehicle, which was parked on prison property, and found two knives, five .45 caliber bullets and an empty AR-15 magazine.

Johnson, who's worked at the prison since April 2017, was placed on leave pending the investigation. She was booked into the Iberville Parish jail on several drug-related charges.

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Fugitive led deputies on chase through Gonzales in stolen vehicle https://www.wbrz.com/news/fugitive-led-deputies-on-chase-through-gonzales-in-stolen-vehicle/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/fugitive-led-deputies-on-chase-through-gonzales-in-stolen-vehicle/ Crime Mon, 22 Feb 2021 2:30:36 PM WBRZ Staff Fugitive led deputies on chase through Gonzales in stolen vehicle

GONZALES - A man wanted on charges including attempted murder out of Terrebonne Parish was arrested over the weekend after he fled Ascension authorities in a stolen vehicle. 

The pursuit happened around 3 a.m. Sunday when deputies got word the stolen vehicle was stopped at a gas station in Gonzales. Both sheriff's deputies and Gonzales police chased the driver until he lost control and crashed near Airline Highway and LA 621.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Tevin Jackson of Houma, ran away on foot but was later captured. When officers searched Jackson, they found heroin, methamphetamine and a weapon with a high-capacity magazine. 

Deputies learned he was also wanted by the Terrebonne's Sheriff's Office for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was booked into the Ascension jail for possession of stolen property over $25,000, aggravated obstruction of a highway, aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, traffic signal violation, driving on a divided highway, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while in presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and fugitive from another agency.

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