Updated: 1:06 PM 10/1/2014HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies accused an Amite City Police officer of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Tangipahoa Parish. Deputies arrested Grant Carruth, 25, Tuesday on charges of second degree kidnapping, aggravated rape, sexual battery, and theft. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said his department has been investigating the... (More)
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Updated: 3:00 PM 10/1/2014NORMAN, Okla. - A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma processing plant has been released from a hospital and transferred to jail. Alton Nolen is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford. The 30-year-old is also charged with assault for allegedly attacking another... (More)
Updated: 2:40 PM 10/1/2014
WASHINGTON - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it.
The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a congressional hearing focused on recent security lapses at the White House.
Pierson had worked at the Secret Service for 30 years.
Updated: 2:16 PM 10/1/2014DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are on the lookout for a burglary suspect after he was identified through surveillance photos posted on the APSO Facebook page. Detectives said Ryan Barges, 21, is now a suspect in the burglaries of Dutchtown Middle that happened during the late night... (More)
Updated: 2:00 PM 10/1/2014WASHINGTON - Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. Gonzalez's lawyer entered the plea on behalf of his client in a proceeding Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. A three-count federal... (More)
Updated: 1:45 PM 10/1/2014WALKER - Police arrested a couple on drug and child cruelty charges after investigators said the pair was found passed out in their truck at a traffic signal with their 2-year-old boy in the back seat. Walker police said they got a call Monday afternoon from a motorist who... (More)
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Updated: 1:03 PM 10/1/2014BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services. The Board of Supervisors approved the rewritten contracts without objection Wednesday. The reworked deals are part of an effort by Gov. Bobby... (More)
Updated: 12:34 PM 10/1/2014DALLAS - The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia. Mai Wureh told The Associated Press that her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room... (More)
Updated: 12:11 PM 10/1/2014NEW YORK - Stocks are slumping in early afternoon trading, putting the market on course for its third straight day of losses. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 203 points, or 1.2 percent, to 16,839 as of 12:54 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 18... (More)
Updated: 11:41 AM 10/1/2014MONROE, CT - A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says the threat was called in to the school at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. He says the school building... (More)
Updated: 10:32 AM 10/1/2014BATON ROUGE - Parish officials are now investigating a homicide after an 82-year-old woman was found dead inside a flea-infested home. The daughter of Bessie Looney and her granddaughter are accused of watching her die without helping her. Joleslie Looney, Bessie's daughter, and Lauren Looney, Bessie's granddaughter, currently face... (More)
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Updated: 10:24 AM 10/1/2014BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs. The Democratic incumbent, locked in a tight race for re-election, is making stops at colleges in Baton Rouge, New Orleans... (More)
Updated: 10:22 AM 10/1/2014
JACKSON - State police say a 43-year-old Geismar man, who was not wearing his seatbelt, died in a one car accident on U.S. Highway 61 in East Feliciana Parish.
Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer says a car being driven by James Kent Jr. ran off the highway around 10 p.m. Tuesday and struck a tree. Sandifer says Kent was ejected from the vehicle.
Updated: 7:24 AM 10/1/2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. Despite more than three hours of questioning by lawmakers Tuesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson neglected to mention another security breach that occurred just days before a knife-carrying Army veteran climbed over... (More)
Updated: 7:24 AM 10/1/2014BATON ROUGE - After a summer of commuter confusion, transportation officials announced on Tuesday that crews will begin work to reinstall the traffic signal at the intersection of East Boyd Drive and Burbank Drive starting tomorrow. The signal was removed by crews in July with the goal to improve... (More)
Updated: 7:24 AM 10/1/2014SHREVEPORT - A Barksdale Air Force Base spokesman says heat stroke that resulted after his handler left him unattended in a car on a hot August day killed an Air Force security K-9. Second Lt. Chris Sullivan says an investigation found that Caro's Aug. 9 death was due to handler... (More)
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