Oct 6, 2010 11:35 AM by Katie Durio

Acadia Parish Fighting Grass Fires and Crime

Sheriff Melancon is once again reminding residents that effective October 3, 2010, the entire State of Louisiana has been put under a burn ban. All residents are to refrain from any activity that could initiate a fire.

Tuesday afternoon the Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a fire in the woods on Ben Monic Drive near Jennings. The Evangeline Fire Department handled the incident.

Sheriff's Office also received a call concerning a grass fire near Anne Drive in Egan. The Egan Fire Department handled the incident.

Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon stated that his office is investigating the following incidents:

-A complaint involving identity theft from a resident on Finwood Drive near Crowley.

-An attempted burglary of a residence on Stage Coach near Crowley. Nothing was taken in the incident.

-Following a brief investigation by deputies, 23 year old Brandon Trahan of Swift Street, Morse was charged with DWI. According to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon his office received a complaint that a pick-up truck was inside the cemetery on top of a grave. Upon arrival at the scene the vehicle had left and was located at his residence on Swift Road. Heavy damage was reported to the gravesite. The investigation continues.

-32 year old Charles Durand was arrested and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary following a brief investigation. According to Sheriff Melancon, Det. Jeff Stewart accompanied by members of the Narcotic Strike Force executed a search warrant at a residence on N Avenue K in Crowley. Several items taken from a burglary, that occurred at business earlier in the day, was located in the residence. Additional information was received and Det. Stewart was able to recover a generator that was also taken during the burglary. Amber Vincent, age 26, of Crowley was charged with possession of stolen property. District Judge Glenn Everett set bond Durand at $20,000 and on Vincent at $7,500.

Sheriff Melancon is asking everyone to contact his office if you witness anything suspicious anywhere in the parish.
Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 788-8700 or 789-tips.




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