BROUSSARD — Jersey’s Daiquiris Sports Bar had its state alcohol permit suspended after the bar was found guilty Thursday of selling alcohol to a minor, according to the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
During an administrative hearing in Baton Rouge, Commissioner Troy Hebert found the bar guilty of third-offense sale of alcohol to a minor, the agency says in a news release.
The charge stems from a July 19 ATC compliance check at the bar, 811 Albertson Parkway, during which an employee sold a beer to a 16-year-old undercover operative, the news release says.
Less than four months ago, Jersey’s agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and implement certain measures to eliminate alcohol sales to minors, the ATC news release says. Hebert on Thursday found that Jersey’s violated that consent agreement.
Hebert suspended the bar’s license for 60 days, effective noon Friday, and ordered the business to pay a $2,500 fine.
Police book man found in bank bathroom
LAFAYETTE — Police arrested a Lafayette man found Wednesday in a bank restroom where a search revealed a fake handgun hidden in a trash can, according to a Lafayette police news release.
Police were called at 10:15 a.m. to the bank in the 2200 block of West Pinhook Road about a suspicious person. When they arrived, employees told officers the man, who was in the restroom, had visited the bank on three occasions, police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in the news release.
During a search of the restroom, police recovered a fake handgun beneath a trash bag inside the trash can, Mouton said.
He said the man initially provided false information about his identity, but he later was identified as Gregory West, 26.
West was booked on attempted armed robbery and resisting by providing false information.
One caught, two sought after shots fired in city
LAFAYETTE — Lafayette police early Thursday arrested the driver of a car that carried two others suspected of firing shots near East Simcoe Street after they jumped from the vehicle.
Officers arrested Aaron Carter, 20, of Lafayette, who was driving suspiciously and sped from an area where Lafayette officers were investigating a report of shots fired at around 4 a.m., Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.
Two others in Carter’s vehicle jumped out with guns and ran into the neighborhood near East Simcoe and Sterling streets, after which police heard more gunshots, Mouton said.
He said officers searched the area with a police dog but did not find anyone.
Carter was booked on one count of flight from an officer. The investigation and search for the other two are ongoing.
Lafayette man indicted on income tax fraud
LAFAYETTE — A federal grand jury this week charged a 56-year-old Lafayette man with income tax fraud for failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.
Donald Domingues was indicted Wednesday on one count each of tax evasion and filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
Domingues reported $259,725 in income for 2007 and paid $64,909 in taxes, Finley said.
But the defendant failed to report a $351,000 sales commission he made that year, which would have upped his income to $610,725 and his tax liability to $185,959, Finley said.
If convicted, Domingues faces up to five years in prison and three years’ supervised release for tax evasion, and up to three years in prison and one year of supervised release for filing a false return, Finley said.
Man sentenced in fraud on banks, people
LAFAYETTE — An Opelousas man was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for his role in an international fraud scheme that bilked U.S. banks and people.
Nelson Durald, 49, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Haik to pay restitution to victims of the counterfeit financial instruments scheme that netted Durald $247,829, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
Durald was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in March.
Finley said the scheme ran from the end of 2011 until June 2013 and involved co-conspirators in the U.S. and other countries.
The scheme employed a phony secret shopper program in which victims cashed worthless program checks at banks and mailed a portion back to Durald and his partners, Finley said.
Arrests posted Sept. 11, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website:
- TROY ALFRED: 34, of the 600 block of Church Street, St. Martinville. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- BLAID MICHAEL ALLEMAN: 23, of the 100 block of Ridge Run Lane, Carencro. He was booked on aggravated assault, two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery and second-degree battery.
- GERALD DWAYNE CAPPS: 35, of the 6400 block of Wilson Road, Maurice. He was booked on hold for the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
- BRANDON CHITTY: 22, of the 100 block of Chantilly, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and careless driving.
- LAWRENCE JOSEPH CHRISTIAN JR.: 35, of the 100 block of Kennedy Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on improper lane change, misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated, open container of alcohol in a vehicle and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- ELIJAH CLARK JR.: 32, of the 100 block of South Manor Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on criminal trespass, distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics, distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics and sale, distribution or possession of prescription drugs without prescription.
- DWAYNE S. CONNER: 23, of the 2100 block of Ragan Road, Iota. He was booked on parole violation.
- LAMAJOR NELSON CORMIER: 30, of the 200 block of Sonnier, Lafayette. He was booked on illegal possession of stolen firearms, misdemeanor illegal carrying of weapons and possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of felonies.
- MACEY MARIE CORMIER: 18, of the 800 block of Second Street, Duson. She was booked on principal to simple burglary.
- JOEL DEMETTE: 22, of the 200 block of Bosco, Church Point. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and improper lane change.
- WARDELL DENNIS: 25, of the 2600 block of Louisiana Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on hold for the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
- DERECK JIMMIE DORSEY: 24, of the 200 block of Aymond Street, Eunice. He was booked on fugitive.
- RICHARD CRAIG DUPLICHAN: 45, of the 300 block of Pecan Grove, Scott. He was booked on having no safety belt.
- BARRETT FARABEE II: 34, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- JOHN ALLEN FELIX: 34, of the 200 block of Chester, Lafayette. He was booked on speeding 16 to 20 mph over the limit and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- LYDIA GAUTREAUX: 32, of the 1100 block of Je Pelton, Branch. She was booked on two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.
- JOHNNY WAYNE HAMILTON: 35, of the 500 block of St. Anne Street, Carencro. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant and aggravated battery.
- LARRY K. KINDLA: 48, of the 1000 block of East Fourth, Lafayette. He was booked on disturbing the peace.
- FRANK A. MABRY: 49, of the 1200 block of East Gloria Switch, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle and resisting an officer.
- PATRICK MILLER: 45, of the 100 block of Choctaw Road, Crowley. He was booked on misdemeanor issuing worthless checks and hold for St. Landry Parish.
- STEPHANIE NAPIER: 37, of the 800 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods.
- JAMES ERIC PETERS: 21, of the 200 block of Rue De Canne, Broussard. He was booked on felony illegal carrying of weapons, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance in vehicle and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
- CHARLES LEON RAM: 53, of the 100 block of Roma Drive, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on aggravated assault and simple assault.
- SHERMAN W. SOLOMON: 44, of the 200 block of Rue Royale, Lafayette. He was booked on disturbing the peace.
- BLAZE EDWARD SONNIER: 41, of the 400 block of Confederate Avenue, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- JORDAN SONNIER: 20, of the 100 block of Harrison Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on having no safety belt and two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- KRON STEVENSON: 26, of the 100 block of Stockton Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- SEAN ERIC SWAN: 35, of the 100 block of South Girouard Street, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
- FRANCIS TRAHAN: 36, of the 8000 block of Highway 343 South, Maurice. He was booked on hold for the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
- PRECIOUS L. WALKER: 26, of the 100 block of Berlin Street, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- TASHA WEST: 26, of the 200 block of Belgium Street, Lafayette. She was booked on failure to secure a driver’s license, switched license plate and two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- GREGORY M. WEST: 26, of the 200 block of Merchants Boulevard, Lafayette. He was booked on attempted armed robbery, parole violation and resisting an officer.