DNA analysis helps solve vehicle burglaries

DNA evidence helped Carencro police solve a string of 12 vehicle burglaries, the Police Department said.

Travis Amy, 27, of Dequincy, an inmate at the J.B. Evans Correctional Institute in Tensas Parish, has been charged with vehicular burglary in the crimes.

Investigators sent blood left at the crime scenes to the Acadiana Crime Lab. The Police Department said the lab matched the DNA pattern to Amy in April. Another blood sample, taken from Amy, confirmed the match, police said.

The investigation lasted a year and half. Amy will remain at Evans until his extradition to Lafayette, police said.


‘Christmas for Kids’ at the Outreach Center

Home Bank and Stirling Properties have partnered with the Outreach Center again this year to help make Christmas special for more than 300 disadvantaged children by hosting Christmas for Kids. This year’s event will be held on the Center’s campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

It will help provide those families in need with gifts for their children on Christmas morning.

While the parents are loading up the toys collected by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, the pre-registered children 12 years of age and younger will be treated to a holiday party.

The children will have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa and make it into an ornament or a magnet to give as a gift to their parents.

For more information, call Jesse Guidry at 237-7618 or go to acadianaoutreach.org.

Part of Barry Street to close this weekend

The 100 block of Barry Street will be closed through midnight Sunday as First Baptist Church will hold Festival de Noel.

Detour routes will be made available.

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