CRIME BLOTTER: Reported offenses in the Tri-parishes

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11-year-old drowns at Houma apartment complex

An 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead this weekend after being found at the bottom of a Houma apartment complex’s pool.

On Saturday evening at approximately 7 p.m. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Chateau Creole Apartments on 273 Monarch Drive in reference to a medical emergency.

Once on the scene, deputies were informed that the boy, identified as Al James, of Gray, was pulled from the bottom of the complex’s swimming pool.

Authorities said the victim was lying on his back unresponsive on the deck of the pool.

TPSO authorities said that James was at the complex visiting with his family. Authorities said that he was one of many kids in the pool at the time of the incident.

Bayou Cane Fire Department first responders and Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene with TPSO. CPR was administered on the scene to try and revive James.

The boy was taken via ambulance to Terrebonne General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:27 p.m.

Authorities said an autopsy revealed the cause of death was an accidental drowning.


HPD traffic stop yields arrest in Houma

Two suspects are in custody this week after a traffic stop turned into a foot chase.

Last Friday, Houma Police was called to investigate a case involving a 2009 Nissan Frontier.

During investigation, officers learned that a 35-year-old male loaned his vehicle to an unknown black male during the early morning hours of the day. Authorities said the vehicle was swapped for crack cocaine.

Officers said the victim expected his vehicle back three hours after he gave it to them.

Once taking the complaint, HPD said they were patrolling near Mechanicville when they observed the vehicle on East Street near Payne Street.

Officers conducted a stop and observed two subjects inside.

The driver, Tony Celestine, 38, of 409 East St., was immediately taken into custody.

The passenger, Torey Jasper, 35, of 143 Tulane St., took off on foot and a brief foot chase ensued.

During the pursuit, officers observed Jasper discarding a weapon from his waistband, slinging it into a yard.

Jasper was taken into custody, and the weapon was located and identified as a Jimenez .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Celestine was charged with unauthorized use of a moveable vehicle.

Jasper was charged with resisting an officer by flight and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both were taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail.


Suspects in beating arrested, more sought

The Houma Police Department has two suspects in custody for their alleged roles in beating a 26-year-old man who was injured riding his bike near Roselawn and Payne streets in Houma.

On May 27 at approximately 11 p.m., HPD responded to Terrebonne General Medical Center where they came in contact with the victim who had sustained severe injuries to the face.

During investigation, it was discovered that while riding his bike, several subjects in a white Chevy Caprice exited the vehicle and confronted the victim.

The occupants of the vehicle exited with weapons, according to authorities, and knocked the victim off his bike. Once off the bike, police said the suspects beat him and kicked him.

The victim told authorities that while this was going on, they went through his pockets and removed $327 in cash.

During the beating, the victim suffered fractures to his face.

During investigation, HPD was able to learn that one of the people in the vehicle was Joey Wilson, 25, of 2632 Daniel Turner Trailer Court.

Continued investigation yielded that Wilson and three other men were responsible for the beating, according to authorities.

Wilson’s vehicle was located near Morningside Drive and Barrow Street on May 28.

Inside was the suspect and two other subjects not related to the incident.

Wilson was charged with one count of armed robbery, use of a firearm and one count of aggravated battery.

A day later, HPD updated the case, saying that they had taken another suspect into custody, 32-year-old Clifford Brown Jr., of 2623 Bryant St., Houma.

Brown was taken into custody at his residence and he is charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm and second-degree battery.

HPD is trying to identify other suspects in this incident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433.


Bayou Blue man charged with aggravated incest, wife charged as accessory

A Bayou Blue couple is each facing charges this week after an incest investigation.

Lafourche deputies learned several months ago about an alleged incident that occurred between Olen Alewine, 47, of 218 Paxton St., Bayou Blue, and a juvenile family member. During investigation, authorities also learned that Alewine’s wife Rachel, 36, knew of the incident and didn’t report it to law enforcement.

Following a lengthy investigation, Olen Alewine is charged with aggravated incest. Rachel Alewine is charged with accessory after the fact to aggravated incest.

The husband is held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

His wife is in custody on a $75,000 bond.

Both have been ordered to stay away from the victim.

Because of the nature of the case, Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre said no other details regarding the case would be released at this time.


Raceland man injures family member in shooting

Lafourche Parish authorities said this week that a Raceland man fired a rifle round, which injured a family member.

The suspect is now facing charges for his alleged role in the incident.

Last Wednesday at around 3 p.m., LPSO deputies responded to the Raceland area in reference to a shooting. Once on the scene, deputies said they came in contact with a victim who sustained minor injuries.

After investigation, authorities learned that the victim had gone to the neighborhood to visit a family member when Muhammad Abdullah, 61, of 215 Sylvester Ave., Raceland, came into contact with him.

Authorities said the two started to argue during which Abdullah allegedly grabbed a rifle and threatened to kill the victim and other family members.

Authorities said Abdullah then proceeded to shoot the rifle at the ground, which injured the victim.

Detectives speculate the injuries are from a combination of shrapnel and debris from the ground where the bullet hit.

Because of the incident’s proximity to Raceland Lower Elementary, the school was placed on lockdown for a short time but was quickly returned to normal operations when Abdullah was taken into custody.

Abdullah is charged with aggravated assault and negligent injuring. He has since been released after posting a $3,000 bond.


Suspects charged with drug-related offenses

Two suspects are in custody of the Houma Police Department after a report of suspicious activity in a home at the 100 block of Vera Street.

HPD authorities said they arrived in the neighborhood on the night of May 28. Prior to arrival, information was received that two white males were seen placing a weapon in the trunk of a car, and that they were just standing in the driveway of the residence.

Once confronted by local law enforcement, one of the suspects started walking away and was observed dropping a needle in the grass.

During this time, both suspects were taken into custody.

They were identified as Todd Bergeron, 28, of 2700 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, and Anthony Bergeron, 32, of 128 City Place Drive, Lockport.

During the investigation, authorities learned that both suspects were in possession of heroin and other articles of drug paraphernalia and prescription medication.

Investigation learned that Todd Bergeron was a convicted felon.

Todd Bergeron is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I (heroin), possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone), possession of a firearm with narcotics and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anthony Bergeron is charged with possession of Schedule IV (Clonadepam), possession of a Schedule IV (Soma), possession of Schedule I (Heroin) and possession of a firearm with narcotics.

Both suspects were taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The firearm was identified as a .410 shotgun.