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Crime Roundup: Sulphur man charged with sexual battery

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Marcus Heath Strahan. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Marcus Heath Strahan. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Lake Charles police are asking for the public's help in identifying this man, who is wanted in connection with a theft at  the Currie and Sons Feed Store on Nov. 11. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department) Lake Charles police are asking for the public's help in identifying this man, who is wanted in connection with a theft at the Currie and Sons Feed Store on Nov. 11. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
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A 41-year-old Sulphur man has been charged with sexual battery and second-degree battery, according to records from the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Marcus Heath Strahan was arrested Tuesday night at his home.

A family member of the alleged victim told KPLC that Strahan hit the victim with a hammer and attempted to molest her. The victim was able to escape and was treated and released from a local hospital, the family member said.

Strahan was also charged with resisting arrest by force.

His bond was set at $120,000.

 

Authorities ask for help in theft case

Lake Charles police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a theft at the Currie and Sons Feed Store on Nov. 11.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said a man, dressed in orange overalls, reached over the counter and removed cash from the register.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Larry Newingham at 337-491-1456, ext. 1218, city police at 337-491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 337-439-2222.

 

Arrest made in year-old forgery case

A Fort Polk man turned himself in last week in connection with a March 2012 incident at a Leesville bank, authorities said.

The Leesville Police Department issued a news release on Thursday that said Derek Knapp, 24, was arrested Dec. 18. Knapp has been charged with attempted theft over $1,500 and forgery. Bond was set at $17,500. Kristine Doyle is wanted on the same charges.

Knapp and Doyle tried to cash a fraudulent check, authorities said.

 

Singer teacher arrested

A Singer High art teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, authorities said.

Pamela Jackson Taylor, 28, was arrested on Monday. Bond was set at $540,000.

 

Man charged with vehicular homicide, fourth-offense DWI

A 48-year-old Branch man has been charged with vehicular homicide and fourth-offense DWI following a fatal crash on La. 35 on Tuesday, state police said.

Stephen Hammons, Troop I spokesman, said Jody Bourque caused a head-on collision that killed a Germaine Garrick, a 35-year-old Church Point woman.

"Garrick was not restrained and died as a result of the crash," Hammons said. "Two passengers in her vehicle, Mary Ann Garrick (53) and Rita Garrick (39), were transported to area hospitals. Mary Ann Garrick was not restrained and sustained severe injures. Rita Garrick was restrained and sustained minor injures. Bourque was restrained and was treated at the scene for minor injuries."

Hammons said Bourque disabled the ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Bourque was also charged with two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, disabling an ignition interlock device, driving left of center and reckless operation.

 

Arrest Reports

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests:

• George Frederick Brown, 34, Lake Charles: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, domestic abuse aggravated assault, domestic abuse battery child endangerment.

Sulphur police reported the following arrests:

• Aundrea Nicole Venable, 22, Sulphur: three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, theft.


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