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  • LSU sprinter accused of rape

    LSU sprinter accused of rape

    Updated: 10:51 AM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - An All-American sprinter on LSU's track team has been arrested after a woman told investigators he allegedly raped her at an off-campus party. 20-year-old Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake was booked early Monday morning with forcible rape. Deputies say the 18-year-old woman told investigators that Mitchell-Blake allegedly raped her... (More)
  • After freak death, mother planning daughter's funeral on birthday

    Updated: 9:33 AM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - A mother started planning her daughter's funeral on the 21-year-old's birthday Monday. Taylor McGonigle, 21, died Sunday after being hit in the head by a column from a building in the French Quarter. Police said a drunk driver lost control and hit the column, causing it... (More)
  • Body found in burned home identified

    Body found in burned home identified

    Updated: 11:14 PM 10/20/2014

    GREENSBURG- Authorities have released the name of a woman found dead in the burned remains of a home recently . Monday, they identified the body of the 39-year-old as Marsha Allen. It was still not clear what caused her death, which has been classified as a homicide by the... (More)
  • Health department seeks end to billing rape victims

    Updated: 6:49 PM 10/20/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests. The announcement Monday from the Department of Health and Hospitals was a response to criticism from victims' advocacy groups and lawmakers, when they learned that women who have... (More)
  • Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

    Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

    Updated: 2:30 PM 10/20/2014

    HAMMOND, Ind. - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified... (More)
  • Speaks pleads not guilty to 2nd degree murder

    Speaks pleads not guilty to 2nd degree murder

    Updated: 10:36 AM 10/20/2014

    GRETNA - The 42-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering a Bourbon Street strip club dancer pleaded not guilty to the charges against him Monday. Terry Speaks also met the court-appointed attorney who'll defend him against the charges for the first time Monday. A Jefferson Parish grand jury... (More)
  • Shampine spending another weekend on the lam

    Shampine spending another weekend on the lam

    Updated: 8:26 AM 10/20/2014

    BATON ROUGE- A wanted man will enter his second weekend on the run Saturday and has managed to spend the last week without being noticed. Dennis Shampine has been running from authorities since the second week of October. He has not been seen since Friday, October 10 when a... (More)
  • Following guilty verdict, deadly drunk driver booked into jail

    Updated: 8:47 PM 10/17/2014

    BATON ROUGE - A six-person jury found Joseph Branch guilty Friday of vehicular homicide for driving drunk and killing a Baton Rouge cyclist in 2012. Prosecutors said Branch was almost four times over the legal limit when he hit and killed Nathan Crowson and injured Danny Morris on Perkins... (More)
  • Police chief says he's not worried about investigation

    Updated: 7:25 PM 10/17/2014

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Chief Scott Jones denied allegations made to a civil service commission surrounding how his department operates. Thursday, the Denham Springs Civil Service Commission began an investigation into the Denham Springs Police Department. A former officer accused the force of abuse of power and favoritism. Friday,... (More)
  • Jury being charged in deadly cycling wreck trial

    Jury being charged in deadly cycling wreck trial

    Updated: 4:39 PM 10/17/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Mike Erwin gave instructions to the jury Friday evening in the vehicular homicide trial of Joseph Branch, and deliberations should begin shortly after. Earlier Friday Danny Morris, the surviving cyclist from the 2012 crash, told jurors he's in constant pain and suffered neurological damage because... (More)

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