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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
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


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.


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.


April 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Smash and grab

Two men wanted in nine Calcasieu burglaries

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.


February 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Sulphur women sentenced for conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants in Texas

published Oct. 30, 2009

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 Leave a comment

LC woman killed in I-10 crash

*published Oct. 19, 2009

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.


October 19, 2009 at 7:38 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

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