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  • Parents, leaders approve of drug money for school security Play Video

    December 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security. The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations. "The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Distribution Day!"

    December 12, 2013 6:44 PM

    Except for kids that were cold at the bus stop most of us survived the recent episodes. School counselors inform us that some kids wear a Pat's Coats for Kids-coat to school in August. Without home air conditioning, some children don their coat to adjust to the change and shed... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Family talks about karma for theft suspect Play Video

    November 15, 2013 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The brother of a disabled man who had $50,000 stolen from him is livid with the accused crook. Dustin Gant, 31, is accused of stealing from a 58-year-old man diagnosed with Alzheimer's . "I just wanted to physically hurt the guy," the victim's brother told... more »
  • Questions raised about $12,000 tab on city credit card Play Video

    September 4, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A city-issued credit card is causing a rift in Metro Council. Council members get $50,000 for their district's budget each year. It includes salaries for assistants, office supplies and any other items they might need for district operations. Councilwoman Tara Wicker says the mayor's office... more »
  • Village using different approach to get unpaid fines Play Video

    July 25, 2013 5:11 PM

    WILSON - The village of Wilson is thinking of a new approach to collect thousands of dollars in unpaid warrants. The East Feliciana Parish town has more than $90,000 in outstanding warrants, some dating back as far as the seventies. Now their police department is turning to American Municipal... more »
  • City leaders call for investigations, answers into missing bus money Play Video

    July 24, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A closer look into the Capital Area Transit System reveals neglect of an ongoing problem. The fareboxes some blame for three-and-a-half years worth of lost money were bought and put to use seven years ago. According to CATS administrators, the software hasn't been updated since then.... more »
  • Woman booked with stealing $103K from restaurant

    June 4, 2013 8:47 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- A 38-year-old Terrytown woman has been booked with felony theft for allegedly stealing over $103,000 from the Belle Chasse restaurant she managed. The Times-Picayune reports Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Kristen Carroll on Friday. Sheriff Lonnie Greco said Carroll was employed there from July 2011 until June 2012.... more »
  • "24 Years of Coat Distribution"

    December 13, 2012 7:09 PM

    Thursday morning's 30 degree low marked the coldest this season. As noted in previous columns, school counselors inform us that some kids wear a Pat's Coat for Kids-coat to school in August. Without home air conditioning, some children don a coat to adjust to the change and shed them once... more »
  • Syrian opposition group: Death toll tops 17,000

    July 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    BEIRUT - An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of... more »
  • More than 32,000 ordered to flee Colo. wildfire

    June 27, 2012 8:16 AM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than 32,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as a fast-moving wildfire spreads into the Colorado Springs city limits. El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said Wednesday that at least six subdivisions are included in the evacuation orders, along with residents of the Air... more »
  • Dow closes above 13,000

    February 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average today closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis. The Dow closed up 23 points to finish at 13,005. It's up more than 6 percent this year, mostly because of enthusiasm about... more »
  • $10K worth of cigarettes stolen in Baton Rouge

    November 17, 2011 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are trying to identify the man pictured here after he was caught on camera stealing almost $10,000 worth of cigarettes. Detectives say he walked into the Circle K at 1910 Brightside at 4:30 a.m. September 21st and took four boxes of cigarette cartons. He... more »
  • Traffic stop leads to drug bust, $40,000 seized

    January 6, 2011 5:34 PM

    AMITE- A man from Tangipahoa Parish is behind bars after police found several pounds of pot and thousands in cash in his vehicle. Authorities say Jerry Robinson Jr. was arrested after a traffic stop led deputies to seven pounds of marijuana in the console of his pickup truck. ... more »
  • Woman claims $30,000 top prize from scratch-off

    November 19, 2010 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A woman from Iberville Parish is $30,000 richer after playing the "Crazy Crossword" scratch-off. Penny King says she decided to play the scratch-off after sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office with her children. After her appointment, she stopped at a Louisiana Lottery retailer to... more »
  • Business park spending audit

    October 28, 2010 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Regional Business Park misspent nearly $60,000 in federal grants and didn't properly record another $95,000, according to a legislative audit. The company also paid $2,000 to a consulting firm that is owned by its executive director, Roy Mack Sr. It's a violation of state... more »
  • Woman brings fake $10,000 to bank

    October 20, 2010 1:06 PM

    A $10,000 bill? The staff at a Massachusetts bank just wasn't buying it. The suspicious staffers quickly determined that the bill a woman brought into the Lowell bank was a fake. Michael Gallagher, risk management director at Enterprise Bank, tells The Sun of Lowell that it is... more »
  • Gold Bar Stolen

    August 19, 2010 8:25 PM

    Police in Key West, Florida say two thieves broke into a museum and stole a gold bar from the shipwreck of a Spanish galleon worth $550,000. The FBI is also on the case of the theft from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Security video shows the thieves breaking into a... more »
  • Baton Rouge man pleads guilty in ATM case

    July 28, 2010 6:32 AM

    A Baton Rouge man accused of stealing more than $200,000 from ATMs has pleaded guilty. Larry Harrington admitted that he used his job as an ATM technician to sabotage machines owned by Hancock Bank and Regions Bank in Gonzales. After he serviced those machines, Harrington told the judge, he would... more »
  • BR woman arrested on 39 counts felony theft

    June 29, 2010 4:25 PM

    A woman was arrested yesterday after a nearly five-month investigation into her fraudulent activities while working as an office manager at Advance Chiropractic in Baton Rouge. Louisiana State Troopers began the investigation after receiving a complaint from the Office of Disciplinary Council in February. The complaint centered on suspected criminal... more »
  • Ex-claims adjuster sentenced

    June 3, 2010 6:21 AM

    A former claims adjuster has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from a worker's compensation group in Lafayette. Edward Paul Verdin, of Franklin, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering. Over a two-year period, prosecutors say Verdin diverted over $297,000 from the Louisiana Oilfield... more »
  • Southwest fined for bumping

    April 27, 2010 8:20 PM

    The king of bumping passengers, Southwest Airlines, was fined $200,000 by the Transportation Department for violating the rules on kicking passengers off flights. The agency reviewed a series of complaints and found Southwest did not promptly pay bumped passengers and give them written notice of their rights. Last year, Southwest... more »
  • Dow Jones takes a tumble

    February 8, 2010 8:26 PM

    A tough day on Wall Street after the Dow ended below 10,000 and sparked new questions about the health of the global financial system. At the close of business, the Dow was down 104 at 9,908. The S&P 500 was off 9, and the Nasdaq was down 15. more »
  • Priest plays poker in televised card game

    December 22, 2009 8:34 PM

    A priest from South Carolina missed the big jackpot but won $100,000 for his church playing in a televised poker tournament that can be seen this weekend. The Rev. Andrew Trapp of Myrtle Beach says he hopes his participation gives viewers a "fun twist" on their perceptions of priests. Trapp... more »

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