CRIME BLOTTER: Reported offenses in the Tri-parishes

Patterson still alive after hard-fought victory
November 27, 2013
Saadi: Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good book
December 3, 2013
Patterson still alive after hard-fought victory
November 27, 2013
Saadi: Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good book
December 3, 2013

Suspect charged with manslaughter

A 30-year-old south Lafourche man has seen his charge upgraded from second degree battery to manslaughter after the victim in a beating case succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities said that they were called to Big Shots Bar on 20540 La. Highway 1 in Golden Meadow in reference to a disturbance.

Once on the scene, deputies located 41-year-old Robert Youngblood, of Metairie, lying on his back – unconscious, but breathing. Authorities said the victim had a cut over his left eye and a laceration in the back of his head.

Through investigation, it was learned that Youngblood was speaking to two men, one of whom was Jacob Chauvin, 30, of 108 W. 161st St., Galliano.

According to Lafourche authorities, during the conversation, Chauvin became agitated with Youngblood and struck him in the face, which forced him to fall down a set of stairs.

Upon contact, authorities said Chauvin admitted to hitting the man and was charged with second-degree battery. He posted bail and was released.

The victim never regained consciousness and later succumbed to his injuries, which led to Chauvin being arrested again and the charge being upgraded to manslaughter.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the victim and ruled his death a homicide with the cause of death being blunt force trauma to the head.

Raceland man on probation found with drugs and body armour

A 26-year-old Raceland man didn’t have a very good time with his probation and parole officers this week.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office authorities said last Tuesday that they were checking on Brandon Grabert, of 4046 La. Highway 1, at his residence – per terms of his probation agreement on prior drug charges.

During the visit, LPSO spokesman Brennan Matherne said that authorities located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a bullet-proof vest.

Grabert was placed under arrest and taken to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. He is booked with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, as well as unlawful use of body armor. Grabert is currently being held in lieu of a $51,000 bond. But he will not be getting out of jail, regardless of the bond, as the Louisiana Probation and Parole board has a hold on Grabert.

The suspect had been released from jail just six weeks earlier on supervised probation after drug charges, which included possession of methamphetamine and steroids.

Operation ‘Thanksgiving Sweep’ nets several prostitution arrests

Seven people from three parishes were charged this week in a ‘Thanksgiving Sweep’ designed to curb prostitution within Houma’s city limits.

On Nov. 21, the Houma Police Department joined forces with the Louisiana State Police and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office for the operation. According to authorities, the initiative of the operation was to target individuals riding through Houma soliciting someone for sexual favors in exchange for money.

During the sweep, undercover officers were posed as prostitutes, during which they successfully netted seven offenders – each of whom were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

The suspects are as follows:

David Acosta, 36, of 518 Crescent Boulevard, Houma

Rigoberto Flores-Lopez, 44, of 306 West Dale St., New Iberia

Henry Casey Jr., 48, of 2891 La. Highway 311, Houma

Lonigan Valentine, 52, of 524 Redmond St., Thibodaux

Larry J. Martin, 67, of 7164 Grand Caillou Road, Dulac

Donald R. Caulder, 58, of 123 East 6th St., Larose

Darrell L. Nobles, 25, of 203 Royal St., Montegut

Houma Police investigating homicide

The Houma Police Department is currently investigating a homicide that occurred on the 200 block of Carolyn Avenue this weekend.

On Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:11 p.m., HPD said it received a call regarding a shooting.

Through investigation, authorities learned that a 66-year-old man identified as Connely Duplantis, of Gloster, Ms., was visiting with relatives when an unknown male approached and shot him.

The suspect then took off running through adjacent yards toward Mary Ann Street. The victim was taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said the investigation is in its infancy stages and the HPD is requesting that anyone with information call Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or visit

St. Mary Sheriff’s Office makes a numerous of arrests

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office was busy this week, responding to 100 complaints in a 72-hour period from Nov. 22-24.

According to authorities, the following arrests were made within the parish:

-Clayton E. Holland, 34, of 210 Francis St., Amelia, was arrested on Nov. 22 at 1:06 p.m. for violation of a protective order. According to authorities, a deputy responded to a report of a subject violating a protective order, which led to an investigation. Once on the scene, authorities learned that Holland had contacted the victim repeatedly through social networks, which led to a violation and arrest.

-A juvenile male, 15, of Jeanerette, was arrested on Nov. 22 at 1:57 p.m. for possession of Schedule I (marijuana). A deputy responded to a complaint regarding a juvenile with illegal drugs at his residence. Once on the scene, a deputy located marijuana inside the suspect’s wallet, which was in the juvenile’s possession. Upon being charged, the juvenile was released to the custody of a guardian, pending juvenile court proceedings.

-A juvenile female, 16, of Morgan City, was arrested on Nov. 22 at 10:17 p.m. for simple battery. According to authorities, a deputy witnessed a juvenile start a physical altercation with another female victim, which ended in the suspect hitting the victim several times. Following an investigation, the juvenile was arrested and charged. She was later released to a guardian pending juvenile court proceedings.

-Leo G. Vaughn, 36, of 126 Natalie Lane, Patterson, was arrested on Nov. 22 at 1:05 a.m. on charges of second-degree domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse battery, simple battery and disturbing the peace (intoxication). According to authorities, a deputy responded to a disturbance taking place on Natalie Lane in Patterson, during which it was learned that Vaughn had allegedly attacked a female victim during a verbal argument. According to authorities, the suspect knocked the woman to the floor and hit her in the face repeatedly with his fists. As another female attempted to intervene, authorities said Vaughn struck her on the side of the head. In defense of the two female victims, authorities said a male subject at the residence started stabbing Vaughn with a pocketknife until he stopped hitting the female victim. Authorities said the woman sustained fractures to her face and head. Both she and Vaughn were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Upon release, authorities arrested Vaughn on the above-mentioend charges.

Charenton man pleads guilty to assault on woman and Chitimacha tribal officer

A 38-year-old Charenton man pleaded guilty last Wednesday to assaulting a woman and Chitimacha tribal police officer.

Appearing before United States District Court Judge Richard T. Haik, suspect David Frederick pled guilty to his alleged role in the crime.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Frederick assaulted his girlfriend near her place of employment on Chitimacha tribal lands on Jan. 27.

After he was arrested and during booking, authorities said Frederick attacked a Chitimacha tribal police officer and attempted to take his handgun. A second officer entered the struggle and apprehended the suspect with pepper spray and a TASER.

Frederick faces 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release for the assault of the officer. He also faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison, a $250,000 fine and a year of supervised release for the assault, which occurred within Indian Country court.