Duson man arrested, accused in 911 hoax
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Duson man and accused him of criminal mischief following a call May 16 to the 911 center about a crash on an interstate that turned out to be a hoax, an official said.
Sheriff’s deputies initiated a criminal investigation into the call that led to the arrest of Steven S. Baty, 45. Baty acknowledged that the call was a hoax and was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
Baty, who placed the call at 12:46 p.m., reported a major crash on Interstate 10 in Scott, and said the occupants of the vehicle involved in the crash were trapped and injuries required the response of Acadian Air Med.
The fake call resulted in emergency responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Scott Police Department, Scott Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department Rescue Unit and Acadian Ambulance ground and air units showing up to help, said Capt. Craig Stansbury.
Teen driver dies in Opelousas car chase
A Lafayette teenager died when his Jeep Wrangler ran off the road and overturned while he was being chased by Opelousas police early Tuesday morning, according to State Police.
Deontei Fuselier, 15, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on La. 357 in Opelousas, according to State Police.
State Police said Fuselier and three passengers — none wearing seat belts — were thrown from the vehicle. Two of the passengers were treated for moderate injuries, and a third was listed in critical condition.
Fuselier was spotted by Opelousas police driving the wrong way on U.S. 190 about 4 a.m. Tuesday and officers pursued him after he refused to stop, State Police said.
Crop duster pilot dies in field crash
A crop duster plane crashed this morning south of Gueydan, killing the pilot, authorities said.
The pilot, Michael J. Detraz Jr., of Abbeville, whose age was not released, was killed in the crash, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a release.
Couvillon said a 911 call at 8:24 a.m. notified sheriff’s deputies of the crash in a field off Ellis Bridge Road.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board, agencies that investigate aviation crashes, have been contacted.
Man booked in carjacking case
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies early Tuesday arrested a Franklin man suspected of brandishing a shotgun to steal an unoccupied car, from which he later fled when deputies pulled him over, an official said.
Irving Phillips Jr., 29, was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on one count each of carjacking, resisting arrest by flight and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said.
Phillips was traveling on La. 182 in Franklin just after midnight Tuesday when a deputy stopped him after noticing his car had no license plate. When the car came to a stop, Phillips fled armed with the shotgun, Landry said.
The deputy pursued Phillips onto Cayce Street and then Lee Charles Street before the suspect fled into a wooded area. He was later found hiding in a Lee Charles Street residence after sheriff’s deputies and Franklin police set up a perimeter, Landry said.
By Tuesday morning, no bond had been set.
Two more suspects booked in shooting
Two additional suspects in a shooting last week on Cherry Street in Morgan City turned themselves in Saturday, while the victim remains in stable condition at a New Orleans hospital unable to communicate, an official said.
Dequante Q. Wesley, 24, and Anthony Jerrell Dixon, 20, were booked into the Morgan City jail, each on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault by drive-by shooting, Capt. James Blair said.
Wesley and Dixon allegedly were in a car with another suspect, Dewayne Poole, 27, when they fired on two men standing on Cherry Street at 11:30 p.m. May 20, Blair said.
“They were all involved,” Blair said.
The victim, James Kenner, remained Tuesday in a New Orleans hospital in stable condition. Though Kenner is awake and no longer in guarded condition, he has not been able to communicate with detectives, Blair said.
“Kenner’s condition has been upgraded to stable, however his long-term prognosis is uncertain,” according to a prepared statement on the arrests.
A man who was standing near Kenner when the shots were fired was not injured.
Poole was arrested Thursday at a residence in the Brownell Homes housing complex in Morgan city. He was booked on one count each of attempted first-degree murder and possession and felon in possession of a weapon.
However, since Poole’s arrest last week, “the investigation revealed there were two targets,” Blair said.
Poole’s bond was set at $300,000. On Tuesday morning, no bond had been set for Wesley and Dixon.
The case remains under investigation, and detectives urge anyone with information to contact authorities at (985) 384-2310.
Arrests posted May 27, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website:
- OMAR ALFARTTOOSI: 22, of the 300 block of Birch Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on simple rape.
- AARON AYRON: 22, of the 100 block of Elinora, Lafayette. He was booked on illegal carrying and discharge of weapons and possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated number.
- HAYWOOD JOSEPH BATISTE: 36, of the 300 block of Pearl Street, Lafayette. He was booked on disturbing the peace.
- DAVID CUPSTID: 51, of the 200 block of Republic Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- CALVIN DUHON: 44, of the 200 block of Winsor Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- SHIRLEY ANN FRANCIS: 45, of the 100 block of Van Buren, Lafayette. She was booked on disturbing the peace.
- MASON GUIDRY: 25, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods and criminal trespass.
- FERRON MIGUEL JACK: 44, of the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Drive, Jeanerette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
- RICO DENIEL KING: 38, of the 100 block of Eric Street, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
- JENNIFER K. KROEGER: 33, of the 100 block of Auburn Drive, Carencro. She was booked on disturbing the peace and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
- BRANDON LANTIER: 38, of the 300 block of Hilltop Circle, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; and residential parking permit violation.
- FRANK SCOTT LEMOINE: 41, of the 15375 block of West U.S. 90, Leblanc. He was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods and distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics.
- KEITHEN MATTHEWS: 22, of the 200 block of West Cedar Street, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- ZACHARY MOSIER: 23, of the 500 block of Church Street, Youngsville. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- RANDY NICHOLAS MOSS: 58, of the 100 block of Della Street, Lafayette. He was booked on aggravated battery.
- THADDEUS MOUTON: 34, of the 200 block of Masters Drive, Broussard. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- CAIN OTILLIO: 19, of the 2100 block of Rieiere Avenue, Metairie. He was booked on armed robbery and resisting an officer.
- BLAZE EDWARD SONNIER: 41, of the 400 block of Confederate Avenue, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- SIVAD EMANUAL WATSON: 25, of the 300 block of Marne Street, Lafayette. He was booked on eight counts of attempted simple burglary and resisting an officer.