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Sulphur police say two meth labs dismantled

Sulphur police on Friday and Saturday dismantled two meth labs, officials said.

The first was discovered Friday morning at Crossland Economy Studios, said police spokesman Mel Estess. There, officers found several products used to manufacture methamphetamine.

No arrests were made.

Officials said the second lab, which was active, was discovered Saturday and two men — David Ellis Ravia, 43 and Joseph Paul O’Quain, 38, both of Sulphur — were arrested.

They were charged with possession of a Schedule II drug, running a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $21,000. Anyone with information on the labs can call police at 527-3967.

November 7, 2010 at 3:02 am

Driver killed in single-car crash Thursday

published Oct. 15, 2010
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
One person died Thursday in a single-vehicle crash that happened at about 8:25 p.m. on Interstate 10 East just west of Sulphur, near mile marker 16, state police said.

The driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, wasn’t identified late Thursday because family members hadn’t been notified, officials said.

Sgt. James Anderson said the person’s identity and details about the crash would be released later today.

October 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Two accused in area smash-and-grab burglaries

*published Apr 29, 2010

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Calcasieu Parish authorities have arrested one man and are looking for another they say committed up to 11 smash-and-grab burglaries throughout the parish.

David St. Germain, 45, of Sulphur, was charged with four counts each of burglary, theft and property damage and one count of possession of stolen property.

Sheriff’s Office officials said St. Germain’s DNA was found at the scenes of three of the burglaries and that he took part in the burglary of a residence in Sulphur.

The break-ins reportedly took place between Dec. 24 and Feb. 6. Investigators believe the crimes stopped when the men were both arrested for other offenses.

St. Germain is in jail in West Feliciana Parish for another smash-and-grab burglary and will be brought to Calcasieu Parish after completing his sentence, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

He said St. Germain has more than 30 arrests and has been incarcerated 27 times for drug, burglary and theft charges.

Detectives are also looking for 36-year-old Charles Matthew Garrett, a native of Jackson, Tenn., who lived in Sulphur during the time of the burglaries.

He is described as a 6-foot-4, 225-pound white male, and he goes by the nickname “Tennessee.” He may have fled back to his home state, authorities said.

At a Feb. 5 news conference, Mancuso said the men stole trucks and used them to commit burglaries.

“During this time, business owners were saying they were staying at their stores to guard,” Mancuso said. “Our concern was someone was going to get hurt, so we’re pleased to bring this to an end.”

Two stores in Sulphur and Carlyss were burglarized twice.

TO SEE FOOTAGE FROM THREE OF THREE OF THE STORES, CLICK HERE.

The men reportedly rammed the front doors with a truck or broke them open with a sledgehammer.

Detectives believe the men, who caused $500,000 in damage, purposely targeted stores in rural areas.

Mancuso said detectives used mathematical formulas and incident details to develop a pattern and set up surveillance.

“We believe this led to deputies spotting them leaving a burglary in Sulphur,” he said. A chase took place, but the men escaped, Mancuso said.

“As sheriff I’ll try anything and I’ll admit I was a little skeptical when we started, but (this crime analysis method) is a tool that has been proven now. We’ll definitely continue to use it.”

If you have any information on these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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April 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Smash and grab

Two men wanted in nine Calcasieu burglaries
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on two men they believe have committed nine smash-and-grab burglaries at convenience stores.

Since Dec. 24, someone broke into the stores — all in rural areas — by either ramming the front door with a truck or breaking it open with a sledgehammer, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

He said all of the trucks used were stolen, usually at night, with the owners not discovering and reporting the thefts until the morning.

“We believe it’s two people, stealing the whole register or safe and sometimes cartons of cigarettes and store goods,” Mancuso said.

He said the suspects may be two white males in their mid-20s, but that in all of the incidents the men wore hoods or bandanas to cover their faces.

“They are hitting these places pretty quickly and sometimes moving to another store to hit,” Mancuso said.

According to Sheriff’s Office records, three stores in the Moss Bluff and Westlake areas were broken into a one-hour period on Jan. 26.

On Feb. 3 and 4, two stores in the Carlyss and Sulphur areas were hit in a two-hour period.

“We think they are purposely hitting stores in rural areas like Carlyss, LeBleu Settlement, and the areas between Moss Bluff and Westlake because they are low-traffic areas at that hour,” Mancuso said.

He said five trucks have been stolen — some personal trucks, others company or utility trucks.

“Along with the items they are taking, these suspects have caused about $500,000 worth of damage to these stores,” Mancuso said.

In some surveillance footage, the suspects drive the truck into the store and ram the checkout counter multiple times, probably to dislodge a safe, detective said.

“If you have heard anyone bragging about doing this or seen a person having extra items for no reason, please let us know,” Mancuso said.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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February 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Sulphur women sentenced for conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants in Texas

published Oct. 30, 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
Three Sulphur women were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday on charges of conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants.

Carolyn Joyce Metcalf was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and three years’ probation; Terri Lynn Fields was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and three years’ probation; and Jean Morgan Vincent was sentenced to three years’ probation.

The maximum penalty is five years in prison.

According to court documents, the women were recruited by Joan R. Comeaux, also of Sulphur, to take illegal immigrants from the southern Texas border to other locations within Texas.

About a dozen trips reportedly took place between 2005 and 2007.

Comeaux, along with one or more of the three women, would drive to Harlingen, Texas, to coordinate with drivers who did the actual transporting of illegal immigrants.

On average, Comeaux paid the women $500 for each trip.

Metcalf said she and Fields made the trips without Comeaux at least five times in nine months.

During those trips, they drove to Houston in a personal vehicle, rented a different vehicle, and took three to eight immigrants from Harlingen to Houston.

Comeaux is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.

October 30, 2009 at 10:07 am

LC woman killed in I-10 crash

*published Oct. 19, 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
A Lake Charles woman died after being ejected from a vehicle in a Sunday afternoon accident on Interstate 10, according to State Police Troop D.

At around 2:30 p.m., Sharon Guidry, 42, of Lake Charles lost control of her utility vehicle when a tire blew out as she was traveling west between Vinton and Sulphur, said Trooper Stephen LaFargue.

She ran off the road, stuck a sign and flipped several times.

One of Guidry’s passengers, Courtney Guidry, 21, also of Lake Charles, was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

The driver and three other passengers were taken to Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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October 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Arrest made in Sulphur shooting

*published Oct. 15, 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
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.

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October 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm

CASH FOR CLUNKERS: Grinding to halt

published Aug. 25, 2009
Dealerships welcome hectic last day of rebates
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Clunkers traded for new vehicles at Mark Dodge in Lake Charles wait for their demise in a field behind the dealership. BY KAREN WINK

Clunkers traded for new vehicles at Mark Dodge in Lake Charles wait for their demise in a field behind the dealership. BY KAREN WINK

Area car dealers enjoyed a roller-coaster ride on Monday, the final day of the Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as the Cash for Clunkers program.

“It’s been crazy, but a good crazy,” said King Bolton, general manager of Bolton Ford.

Unlike some area dealerships, Bolton Ford accepted customers up to the 7 p.m. deadline.

Billy Navarre Chevrolet and Suzuki Auto Plex also accepted buyers until the deadline.

Most dealerships decided to stop on Saturday or by 2 p.m. Monday because of multiple crashes with the filing system.

The widespread system problems led the Obama administration to extend the filing deadline until noon today.

“This might be an allnighter for us,” said Doug Cosgro, Internet sales manager for Suzuki Auto Plex in Sulphur.

He said the dealership has sold about 20 cars through the Cash for Clunkers program, with the most popular models being the GSX-R crossover and XL7.

 According to sales personnel at Mark Dodge in Lake Charles, the dealership had more than 50 clunkers traded in for new cars under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS. BY KAREN WINK

According to sales personnel at Mark Dodge in Lake Charles, the dealership had more than 50 clunkers traded in for new cars under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS. BY KAREN WINK

At All-Star Pontiac, owner Jack Hebert said the dealership also sold about 20 cars through the program.

“We had some that didn’t qualify and bought cars anyway,” Hebert said. He said the dealership also sold a lot of used cars.

“The publicity of the program has sparked people’s interest and movement in general I think,” Hebert said.

For others, he said, they did appraisals of the vehicles to make sure the owners know the gas mileage and current value.

Bolton said the program also spurred consumer confidence.

“We tend to be conservative down here, so if your neighbor or friend is buying a new car, you might be more inclined to,” Bolton said.

All of the dealerships said things were only a little slow before the program started.

“We were doing OK in February and March, but this will definitely keep us from having excess inventory,” said Phillip Tarver, general manager for Lake Charles Toyota.

The next big step for dealers: waiting for government reimbursement and trashing the clunkers.

“We drain all the fluids and pour sodium silicate (also known as liquid glass) into the engine, and we run it until the motor locks up,” said Marsh Buice, general sales manager with Mark Dodge.

He said the dealership has sold about 60 vehicles through the program.

Most of the dealers said they have only been reimbursed for a few cars or none at all, but said they don’t expect that to be a problem.

“You know, we’ve done everything right and trust the government will follow through,” Bolton said.

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August 25, 2009 at 3:46 pm

CPSO: DNA links Sulphur man to Moss Bluff burglary

*published Aug. 19, 2009
Authorities believe blood at scene result of cut suffered by intruder.
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says another old case has been solved through DNA testing by the recently certified Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab.

Last week, Catlin C. Richard, 21, of Sulphur, was arrested for a June 2005 burglary in Moss Bluff. He was charged with burglary, theft and criminal property damage.

Judge Kent Savoie set his bond at $51,000.

Officials in 2005 collected samples of blood from several rooms in the burglarized house and determined the burglar had cut himself when he broke a window to get inside, authorities said.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said last week that state and FBI crime labs give priority to violent crime cases, leaving samples from other cases to languish on long waiting lists.

The area lab was certified to be a part of the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, two months ago.

On July 31, the 2005 samples were matched to Richard, and he was charged Aug. 13. At the time, he was being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on other charges.

The Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab reportedly has 50 to 60 backlogged crime scene samples to input and analyze.

When a sample is matched to a person in the database, it has to be rerun within 30 days by another analyst to confirm the match, said Cmdr. Matt Viator.

Viator said that before the area lab was nationally certified, officers here had to contract with other CODIS-certified labs if they needed a national search.

Samples that are backlogged in state and federal labs can be recalled by local law enforcement agencies to be submitted to the area lab.

CODIS is funded by the FBI and was created as a searchable national database for local DNA labs.

In addition to this latest case, CODIS hits have led to arrests for 13 other crimes: two burglaries and four rapes for the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office; one rape and five burglaries for Lake Charles police; and one burglary for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On the Net: http://www.dna.gov.

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August 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm