Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -
Emergency workers say the current in the Black Bayou and the cold water made rescue efforts Tuesday night extremely difficult. St. Amant Volunteer Firefighters, crews from Gonzales and Ascension Sheriff Deputies were all trying to rescue sisters who were trapped underwater, off Springer Bridge Road.
Late Tuesday night, investigators say a woman was making a quick trip to the store. In the car with her were four little girls. Her daughters, Faith, 9, and Patience, 7, as well as two other girls. Somehow the car they were in left the road and ended up in the water.
Toby Ragas says he was at his home, not far from where the accident happened. He heard tires screeching, grabbed his car keys and went to see what happened. What he saw was red taillights peering from the bayou.
"I couldn't sleep last night," Ragas said. "Replaying it over and over. Maybe I could've done this, could've done that."
Ragas said he told his wife to dial 911 and he dove in the water. He says he saw a little girl surface and was able to get her back to the bank. But when he turned to go back, the car was under water.
"I could see some bubbles and the mother was pointing in that direction and right about then, I seen some fingers just poke out of the water. By the grace of God, when I reached down I was able to catch her right around the elbow and pull her up where she could catch some air," Ragas said.
Within a few minutes, Shane Rojas was the first firefighter to arrive. He saw a woman in the water who he was getting ready to rescue.
"She was shouting help my babies, help my babies. They still in the vehicle," Rojas said.
Minutes later emergency crews found the car. St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc says the car was in 20 to 30 feet of water. Emergency crews started trying to break the windows. Rojas says between 60 and 70 responders were on the bank of the bayou all taking turns going in the water.
"You hitting stuff and then air pocket came up. We had no idea what it was we busted," said Rojas.
LeBlanc said what they hit was the back window of the car. In the backseat, still buckled in were Faith and Patience. Rescuers tried CPR once they got the girls out, but it was too late.
"I spent a lot of time just praying. Just praying for those children," said Ragas.
Accounts have been set up at Capital One Bank to help the family pay for funeral expenses.
If you would like to donate, You may go to any branch of Capitol One Bank. There are two separate donation accounts, one in each of the girl's names. Faith Castilaw Donation Account or Patience Lobell Donation Account.