September 30, 2013 7:13 PM
The search for a missing Erath man is sparking the attention of law enforcement in and outside of the U.S.
20-year-old Damien Trahan was last seen leaving his job at Champagne's Supermarket in Erath a week ago. This is the first missing person's case in Erath since Police Chief... more »
December 27, 2012 6:17 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A search is on for a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office inmate who walked away from a work detail in the Alexandria area. Authorities say 31-year-old Terrell Jerrod Bryant fled Wednesday. He had been serving time for a narcotics conviction. The sheriff's office says Bryant is about... more »
November 18, 2012 10:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of an oil platform that caught fire after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week said Sunday that it has expanded its search for a missing worker, and doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is... more »
November 17, 2012 10:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after an explosion and fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico a day earlier. Four others workers were badly burned in the blaze, which evoked memories of the deadly... more »
August 1, 2012 11:26 PM
A team of specially trained K-9's are helping in the search for Mickey Shunick. But this isn't their first time in Acadiana, on their first visits the highly trained dogs scoured Whiskey Bay. Now they're back, combing areas in Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes.
"We've kind of drawn... more »
July 27, 2012 10:34 PM
A candlelight vigil for missing Duson teen Keiosha Felix is set for Sunday. Friends, family and community members will gather at 6:00pm at the park in Duson, off of 4th Street. The 15-year-old girl hasn't been seen since April 30, 2012, and three people have been arrested in connection with... more »
July 6, 2012 7:36 AM
ZACHARY, La. (AP) - The Zachary Community School District's Executive Committee has decided the school board should appoint three committees to work out the details of searching for a new superintendent. The Advocate reports Superintendent Warren Drake announced last week he plans to leave Sept. 4 to take a new... more »
June 15, 2012 9:56 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney has asked a federal judge to suppress any evidence the government obtained through a "warrantless and illegal search" of his vehicle, office and safe. In a court document filed this week, Toney argues that the search was conducted by Ouachita Parish... more »
June 10, 2012 8:43 PM
For the Shunick family, it's been an agonizing three weeks. KATC sat down with Mickey's mother, Nancy Rowe, Sunday afternoon.
"It's literally hellish, we want to know, we want her back. If she's still alive, no matter what's happened, you know we can handle that. If not, we'll handle... more »
June 8, 2012 8:19 PM
At first there were concerns the body found in Bay St. Louis could have been Mickey Shunick. But the family ruled that out early Friday, saying Mickey does not have any of the body piercings found on that female body.
"It's not my sister, so we need to keep... more »
May 31, 2012 11:39 PM
With volunteer searches for Mickey Shunick back up Thursday, after a day off, there seemed to be a renewed sense of hope at the volunteer headquarters at Blackham Coliseum. Even though no new evidence surfaced Thursday, Mickey's sister, Charlie Shunick, said she is confident her sister is out there and... more »
May 27, 2012 10:58 PM
A big development in the Mickey Shunick case with Lafayette Police confirming to KATC Sunday that they found Mickey's bicycle. It was found 30 miles away from where Mickey was last seen, beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge, at exit 127 in Iberville Parish. Investigators spent much of the day... more »
May 23, 2012 6:46 PM
The amount of donations to fuel the search for Mickey Shunick continues to grow. Volunteers said they are overwhelmed by the community support that keeps them going.
Volunteer Margaret Bearb heads up the food donations; she can barely keep up with all of the donations flowing in.
"Still... more »
May 22, 2012 7:48 PM
The search for Mickey Shunick has exploded on a national level and on social media. Before there were search parties on the ground, a Facebook campaign to find her was already in full swing.
An online team is working around the clock at the volunteer headquarters on Ryan Street.... more »
March 22, 2012 10:48 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled that evidence obtained after searching a former Monroe police officer's desk should be suppressed because the search violated the officer's expectation of privacy. Raul Johnson, the former Monroe police corporal currently under federal indictment on suspicion of selling stolen items on eBay,... more »
March 10, 2012 11:04 PM
It was quite a busy morning for law enforcement in Lafayette.
Twenty-two year old Kevin Gildhouse and 30 year old, Tony Jackson escaped from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center just after one-thirty Saturday morning after over powering a deputy.
The men were on the run for more than... more »
March 8, 2012 10:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by an officer who arrived at a New Orleans home with a narcotics search warrant. New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the house where the shooting occurred Wednesday night had been under surveillance... more »
March 8, 2012 6:44 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Dive teams are searching Kincaid Lake for a missing man who went fishing and has not returned. Authorities say 53-year-old Bill Galloway, of Boyce, went fishing around 1 p.m. Tuesday, but never returned. Relatives say a search for him began Tuesday night about 10:30 p.m. and... more »
January 23, 2012 10:26 AM
A shooting in New Iberia injuries two victims and leaves authorities searching for the suspect.
On Sunday, January 22, around 8:19, Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting. Two victims were found on scene. One victim, a 51 year old male, sustained a gunshot wound to... more »
January 16, 2012 9:48 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The search for the next East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent is taking longer than expected and could easily stretch into February. Six semifinalists are from Baton Rouge, Del Rio, Texas; Baltimore; Conyers, Ga.; the North Carolina education department, and Charleston County, S.C The Advocate... more »
January 12, 2012 7:41 PM
Today search parties hit the streets of Breaux Bridge looking for any sign of 30 year old Casey John. She was last seen five days ago at her father's house with her boyfriend. Her family said she is schizophrenic and has been without her medicine since she went missing. Casey's... more »
December 28, 2011 11:24 PM
It's been more than a week since Lynn Landry was last seen going to his hunting camp in the Atchafalaya Basin. Relentless search parties finally found his body in the lake not far from that area.
It was a search that hoped for the best, but prepared for the... more »
November 23, 2011 10:26 PM
The search for a new superintendent in Lafayette Parish hit another snag and board members are faced with re-evaluating its final three candidates.
School Board members said they were surprised when one of the finalists, St. Mary Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard, dropped out of the running. At a special... more »
November 10, 2011 11:06 PM
Lafayette Parish School Board is almost to the point of narrowing the superintendent search down to three finalists, after a lengthy meeting Thursday night.
Thursday's special meeting was called to vote on how they would vote on the three finalists. But as soon as discussion got underway, a divide... more »
October 19, 2011 11:05 PM
It's now almost a week since State prisoner Brian Soileau escaped from the Pine Prairie Correctional Center. Now his family speaks out about their encounters with him since he's been on the run.
Traces of Brian Soileau can be found scattered throughout the woods near Pine Prairie. Wednesday morning,... more »
October 18, 2011 7:32 PM
The search for escaped inmate Brian Soileau continues into its fifth day in Evangeline Parish. Brian Soileau was a State prisoner and escaped from the Pine Prairie Correctional Center Thursday night.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau has issued an update on the search, saying State Police, the U.S. Marshal's Office and... more »
October 17, 2011 11:19 PM
The wife of escaped inmate Brian Soileau is in custody Thursday night. Anna Soileau is being held for questioning, however she isn't charged with anything.
Some family members said they believe Brian Soileau is still in his hometown of Pine Prairie, after he escaped from the correctional center there... more »
August 17, 2011 11:24 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board hammered out a plan on how it will choose a new superintendent, but that decision didn't come without a few disagreements.
It wasn't unanimous, and it wasn't simple, but the board did approve the superintendent search protocol in a 3 to 5 vote.
... more »
July 10, 2011 12:24 PM
MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing diver at approximately 3 p.m., Saturday.
Coast Guard crews searched more than 37 hours, covering approximately 1,700 square miles, in an effort to locate a male diver. The Coast Guard launched the search Friday after... more »
July 8, 2011 10:30 AM
RACELAND, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputies say a man made off with cash from a Raceland bank after handling a teller a threatening note. The suspect in Thursday afternoon's robbery is described as being between 25 and 30 years old with brown hair, a brown beard and weighing... more »
June 22, 2011 9:14 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A three-member committee formed to lay the groundwork for a search for Lafayette Parish's new school superintendent may start its work this week. School Board President Mark Allen Babineaux tells The Advocate he and board members Hunter Beasley and Tommy Angelle will jump-start the search process,... more »
April 18, 2011 11:07 PM
A family in Sunset is crying out for justice, three weeks after their brother's murder. Corneil Landry was killed on March 27, but law enforcement still haven't found the suspected murderer.
Not a day goes by that Carolyn Landry-Pugh doesn't think about her baby brother.
"He was hard... more »
April 7, 2011 11:51 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With lawyers raising a new theory involving money and its role in Michael Jackson's death, a judge is summoning a third panel of prospective jurors for the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who has already screened 340 prospects and... more »
February 14, 2011 9:31 PM
A black bear could till be roaming the streets of Lafayette. Since Thursday night, when the bear was first spotted at Dulles and Ambassador Caffrey, Lafayete Police have received at least a dozen calls concerning a black bear sighting.
"He has a direction in mind where he wants to... more »
December 28, 2010 11:18 PM
It's been over a week, and still no sign of a missing 22-year-old Georgia man, who apparently fell off the Calumet River bridge in Saint Mary Parish. KATC's Maddie Garrett talked with the man's father, and now he's speaking out about the search for his son.
Mike Mills has... more »
December 21, 2010 5:48 PM
Search and rescue teams are scouring the Calumet River looking for a man who's been missing since Monday night. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office 22-year-old Lewis Mills of Georgia, LA, had fallen into the river just after 11:00 p.m. Monday.
"When officers responded, it was learned that he... more »
October 22, 2010 3:13 PM
Foster Park in Youngsville has been reopened for recreational activities. The public is advised to be careful and watchful for any sightings that are out of the ordinary, such as the large cat that was in the news yesterday. There is no evidence that the cat has been around any... more »
October 22, 2010 12:23 PM
Update : According to animal control, the bait left in the traps for the serval has not been touched. That's a good thing according to officials there. They say it means either the animal was just passing through or the owner saw the newscast and retrieved their pet. Animal Control... more »
October 21, 2010 2:09 PM
The Youngsville Police Department, in response to recommendations from Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries and Lafayette Parish Animal Control, determined that for the safety of the general public Foster Park in Youngsville shall be closed for recreational activities until further notice.
Although it is not believed to be a public... more »
October 21, 2010 12:40 PM
What is believed to be a serval cat is lurking through Youngsville neighborhoods. Law enforcement and paramedics were called after a Youngsville Police officer spotted the animal this morning. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office contacted Wildlife and Fisheries to assist Youngsville P.D in the search. The public is asked not... more »
September 24, 2010 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A single mother was killed and her 9-year-old daughter was shot multiple times during an apparent burglary attempt at their Baton Rouge home, police said Friday. Police identified the victim as Alexandra Engler, 42, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter, who was... more »
September 22, 2010 9:29 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents chose a search firm Wednesday to look for Louisiana's next higher education commissioner. The board, which governs public higher education in Louisiana, picked Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a Florida-based company, to recruit candidates for the job. Greenwood estimated the work will... more »
September 21, 2010 9:13 PM
PEARLINGTON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a 70-year-old south Mississippi man who had gone fishing didn't realize a search and rescue mission was under way for him in the Pearl River. WLOX-TV reports that people on shore cheered Tuesday morning when Walter Acker of Pearlington sailed up while divers were... more »
September 9, 2010 9:38 PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities in Texas say it is unlikely they will find alive two missing swimmers swept away by floodwaters from the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine. Authorities ended foot patrols along the swollen riverbanks Thursday and pulled back helicopters making aerial sweeps. The men were swimming Wednesday... more »
September 9, 2010 11:13 AM
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Authorities are set to resume their search for two men swept down a central Texas river by floodwaters fueled by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine. New Braunfels police Lt. John Wells said the search would resume Thursday for 28-year-old Nikos Paraskevopoulos of Alexandria, La.,... more »
September 3, 2010 7:33 PM
The sheriff's office is assisting the US Marshal's office in the search for a homicide suspect along highway 90 in southern Lafayette. Traffic is backed up as the search continues.
KATC has learned that people accused of harboring the man are being brought to the Broussard police department for... more »
August 16, 2010 4:54 PM
Officials searched for over five hours in the St. Martin Parish town of Cade for a suspected robber.
The manhunt got underway mid-morning along Captain Cade Road and Highway 182. It forced the lock-down of a local school. A neighbor actually saw the suspect run from the scene into... more »
May 13, 2010 6:34 PM
Lafayette, La. - The board of directors of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) announced today that it has begun a search for a replacement for its executive director Jacqueline Lyle, who will move to the role of creative director. "For the past 20 years under Jackie Lyle's direction,... more »
April 26, 2010 10:28 AM
At Least 10 people were killed by a nearly mile wide tornado that swept through central Mississippi over the weekend. Hundreds of homes were also destroyed as the tornado forged a path of destruction across the state into Alabama. Rescuers and survivors searched the debris Sunday for anyone who might... more »
April 23, 2010 6:20 PM
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is calling off its search for 11 workers missing since an explosion on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast. Rear Adm. Mary Landry calls it a very difficult decision. The Coast Guard said Friday crews had spent three days searching a... more »
March 3, 2010 5:41 PM
UPDATE: Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon stated that at approximately 4:30 p.m. today Steven Dietz was captured at a motel in Beaumont, Texas. According to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon several law enforcement agencies met at the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office early this morning in an effort to re-capture Steven... more »
February 23, 2010 12:48 PM
On February 18, 2010, at approximately 9:00 am, the victim reported that four men identifying themselves as police officers came to his apartment at 1400 North Bertrand Drive. The first male was white and approximately 6'3" and 200 lbs. He told the victim they had a report of drugs activity... more »
January 22, 2010 5:23 PM
The reward has been increased for help finding a murder suspect out of Vermilion Parish.
Jamaal Diggs is wanted in connection with the death of D'Jacqney Mitchell back in December. Diggs has been on the run since then. Police say they heard last week he was in Virginia and... more »
January 13, 2010 6:01 PM
Two alleged armed robbers are behind bars, but the search continues for a third.
Police arrested 20-year-old Willie Reynolds and John Coleman for the armed robbery of a Hattiesburg, Mississippi couple.
The three got away with the victim's car and cash. Police recovered the couple's car on Tuesday... more »
January 11, 2010 4:23 PM
Lafayette Police are on the lookout for an armed robber.
Police were called to the 3000 block of Pinhook Road, where an armed robbery occurred at the Circle K convenience store. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money, lottery tickets and a pack of cigarettes.
... more »
December 22, 2009 3:52 PM
The FBI and Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Marcelle Drive in hopes of finding a wanted drug dealer, but their search came up empty handed.
An anonymous tip lead authorities to the street for 30-year-old Courtland Malbrough, one of 13 people... more »
November 25, 2009 3:24 PM
Identity Sought in Unauthorized Credit Card Use
Between the dates of November 8, 2009 and November 9, 2009, there were 2 vehicle burglaries and 1 residential burglary inside of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Horseshoe Drive. The suspect(s) stole several credit cards from the victims. It... more »
November 11, 2009 12:56 PM
The Morgan City Police Department was investigating a complaint of an individual passing counterfeit currency in the Morgan City area. The bills were in $20.00 and $100.00 denominations. Investigators developed 66-year-old Gary Click as a suspect and conducted a search of his home. During the search Investigators located and seized... more »