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Man, 22, dead in LC shooting

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left a man dead early Monday near Chennault International Airport.

At about 3:30 a.m. deputies responded to a report of shots being fired at a mobile home park at 415 Ave. D, near Sowela Technical Community College, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Myers.

Deputies found the body of Brandon Dicks, 22, on the ground near the mobile home on Lot 16, she said. He had reportedly been shot several times.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Dicks, who didn’t live in the area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Deputy Brent Young at 439-2222.


June 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Brothers arrested in shooting death


Two brothers have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 43-year-old Lake Charles man late Monday, police said.

Darren Morgan, 30, and Jason Morgan, 29, were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Roy Edward Wyatt, said Sgt. Mark Kraus.

The shooting happened at about 11:50 p.m. in the 1600 block of Opelousas Street, near Shattuck Street, he said.

Half a dozen people were outside when an argument between two groups of child–ren and adults started over stolen property, police said.

After the argument broke up, one person returned with a gun, and witnesses recalled hearing three gunshots that fatally wounded Wyatt, Kraus said.

Darren Morgan turned himself in at about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, and Jason Morgan turned himself in just before 6 p.m., police said. Both are in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $300,000 bond each.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Detective Frank Fondel at 491-1311.


June 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Arrests in drive-by

*published Mar 21, 2010

Six suspects linked to shooting that killed 14-year-old

In announcing arrests in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl, Lake Charles police Sgt. Mark Kraus credited the community for calling in with valuable information.

Joshua Lambert and Sean Bernard Newton, both 18, and a 16-year-old boy were ar–rested in La–fayette on Monday for the March 27 drive-by shooting that killed Alexus Rank–ins, police said.

Three others — Marlin Kelly, Andre Broussard and Jarius Watson, ages not released and all of Lake Charles — were arrested Tuesday in connection with the case.

Each is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

The shooting happened at about 9:30 p.m. near the corner of Dixy Drive and Creole Street.

Nearby residents said Rankins was walking home from the mall when she was caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting and was wounded in the back of the head and neck.

“With the information we received, we learned (Lambert, Newton and the juvenile) had fled to Lafayette,” Kraus said.

They are being held in Lake Charles. There is no bond for a capital murder charge.

Kraus said the victim’s par- ents described Rankins — a seventh-grader at Oak Park Middle School — as a good student who enjoyed participating in drama club.

“She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Kraus said.

While further complimenting the public on its valuable input, Kraus described one call that he was “saddened” by.

“We got one hushed call from a woman, who said she couldn’t let her husband know she was calling because he felt they needed to stay out of the business of this case,” Kraus said.

He said he was angered by the man’s “cowardly behavior,” that is, his voluntarily keeping important information from the police.

Kraus wouldn’t say if the vehicle and gun used in the shooting were recovered. He said detectives know who the intended victim is, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Kraus said Lambert has a criminal record.

The lead investigator is detective Frank Fondel.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


March 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Neighbors: Girl in crossfire of Saturday attack


A 14-year-old remained in critical condition late Sunday after being shot Saturday evening, according to authorities.

Around 9:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting near the corner of Dixy Drive and Creole Street, said Lake Charles police Sgt. Mark Kraus.

“Our detectives have been working on tips and would like anyone with additional information to call Lake Charles police,” Kraus said.

Neighbors said they believe the teenager was caught in crossfire and was not the intended target.

Kraus said they are still trying to determine the circumstances of the shooting.

The lead investigators are detectives Kevin Thomas and Kevin Kirkum.

Anyone with information can call police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous at 439-2222.


March 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

LC man charged in two shootings


Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon on Thursday announced the arrest of a Lake Charles man who allegedly committed two separate shootings during robberies.

Dasmond Jamal Simmons, 20, was arrested Wednesday at a Broad Street hotel and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count each of attempted armed robbery and armed robbery. His bond was set at more than $1 million.

The shootings happened two days apart — March 4 and 6 — and one man was left paralyzed, Dixon said.

On the night of the first shooting, Dixon said, officers responded to a 911 call about a person who had been shot and was driving himself to the hospital.

“The victim had been shot five times near the 1500 block of Merganser Street,” Dixon said. “He told investigators that a shoot-out took place after someone attempted to rob him of drugs and money.”

Dixon said that at the time police had no suspect.

Two days later, a man was shot in the 2300 block of See Street.

“He told detectives that he rode with Simmons to the location and Simmons shot him in the back,” Dixon said.

He said the man is paralyzed from the waist down. “He is still being treated, but right now doctors say the prognosis isn’t good,” Dixon said.

He said Simmons claimed to have sold the gun on the street, and Dixon asked for the public’s help in recovering the weapon.

“If anyone purchased the gun or was asked to hide it for (Simmons), you can turn it in, no questions asked,” Dixon said. “We need to compare the weapon to shells at the scenes.”

Anyone with information on the gun’s location can call Detective Frank Fondel at 491-1311.


March 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Arrest made in Sulphur shooting

*published Oct. 15, 2009

SULPHUR — Sulphur police have arrested a man in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting in which two people were shot, one of whom was a woman who was six months pregnant.

Linus Cahee, 21, of Sulphur, was charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count each of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said spokesman Mel Estess.

Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $335,000.

The shooting reportedly happened at about 8:45 p.m. near the corner of Alice and Elm streets.

“Detectives believe Cahee approached the front of the vehicle and opened fire on the occupants,” Estess said. “The woman was shot in the abdomen, and a male in the back seat was shot twice in the left arm and back.”

He said a third occupant was not injured. The mother and child and all of the occupants are expected to recover fully, Estess said.


October 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Police arrest 6 over ambush

*published Sept. 7, 2009

Dixon: Attack on LCPD lieutenant was assassination attempt

Lake Charles police have arrested six men for the Sept. 2 attack on a police lieutenant as he was leaving work at a community policing substation.

Police have arrested Brandon Andra Trahan, 33, of 17618 Lasting Rose Drive in Houston; Edmond Lawrence Jr., 23, of 1617 12th St.; David Dwayne Royster, 22, and Joshua Wayne Royster, 23, both of 1712 8th Ave.; Anthony James Aaron, 23, of 1505 Hunter Drive; and Eddie Joseph Banks, 23, of 1725 13th St.

The men were arrested over the past three days and each faces a single charge of attempted first degree murder. Judge David Ritchie set their bonds at $2 million each.

At around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, Lt. Arnold Bellow was leaving his office in the 2400 block of Anita Drive when he was fired upon by up to six men, said Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon.

“Lt. Bellow returned fire, took cover and was not injured,” Dixon said. “These cowards clearly had no regard for human life whatsoever.”

Dixon called the attack a “deliberate attempt on Lt. Bellow’s life.” He said residences surrounding the scene were hit by bullets from the shootout.

Bellow is now under 24-hour police protection.

Dixon said he believes the attack was the result of recent investigations by Lt. Bellow that “severely disrupted narcotics trafficking” in the Carshop area of Lake Charles — mainly Progressive and Tulip streets and 9th and 10th avenues.

“Search warrants in the past few weeks have led to arrests and seizures of narcotics, drying up the drug trafficking in the area,” Dixon said.

He said the people arrested were major suppliers of drugs in that area.

Other agencies that contributed to the investigation are the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Bellow has been with the department for 22 years and was most recently working in the community policing division, which works with neighborhood watch groups.

He previously worked as a patrol officer and with the narcotics task force.

Dixon did not say how many of the attackers were armed or how many guns have been recovered or the types used.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and we asked anyone who had contact with the six men to come forward or to call the lead detective, Franklin Fondel, at 302-8207 or 491-1456, ext. 1219,” Dixon said.

To hear the news conference, CLICK HERE.


September 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

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