February 12, 2015 5:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a busy tourism season, city leaders in New Orleans are dolling out cash for extra protection.
The tourism industry is paying state police $2.5 million to stick around long after the last beads fall.
Superintendent Mike Edmonson says troopers are carefully selected from... more »
January 16, 2015 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Facing a deep budget deficit due to plunging oil prices, lawmakers on the state's joint budget committee approved a 20 percent raise for Louisiana State Police Friday.
The vote was 37-8 in favor of the raise, which will affect almost 1,000 troopers starting Monday. It's short... more »
January 13, 2015 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Despite the state facing a deficit of more than a billion dollars, Louisiana State Police is expected to get a 30 percent pay increase in salaries for nearly 1,000 troopers.
Starting pay, with benefits, would go from around $35,000 to $46,000. The increase was approved last... more »
November 30, 2014 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Cadet class #93, reported for training Sunday for the intensive 20 weeks of defensive tactics, pursuit driving, firearms and ethics training.
Upon completion the 72 cadets will earn the title to become Louisiana State Troopers.
Louisiana State Police Superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson says, "This badge... more »
November 25, 2014 1:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities in south Louisiana said they're dealing with an increasing problem near interstates this hunting season.
It's not animals that are popping up, though. It's cars and trucks parking to go after them.
State Police said Tuesday an increasing number of vehicles are parking on... more »
November 20, 2014 11:27 AM
CALHOUN - Louisiana State Police say three children and two adults from a family in Texas were killed when their vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over in northeast Louisiana. State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the car was driven by a 16-year-old who likely fell asleep at the... more »
October 31, 2014 11:21 PM
BREAUX BRIDGE- The mother of a driver implicated in a crash where two children died and a third was left in critical condition at a hospital in Baton Rouge said her son was PTSD and needed help.
Jeremy Abraham , 32, hit and killed Cornasha Flugence, 15, Kylee Henry,... more »
October 31, 2014 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Police held a press conference Friday morning following the deaths of two Breaux Bridge teens during a Thursday morning crash.
Troopers say just before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, 32-year-old Jeremy Abraham was driving his pickup truck more than twice the speed limit before hitting... more »
September 16, 2014 5:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state district judge ruled Tuesday that a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent violates Louisiana's constitution.
Judge Janice Clark issued the ruling after a hearing Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge.
State Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, filed a... more »
September 4, 2014 11:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state police retirement system board is holding a special meeting to consider its response to a last-minute retirement boost that lawmakers approved for the state police superintendent. Attorneys for the board say the pension hike for Col. Mike Edmonson wasn't properly passed. They will present their... more »
August 7, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police announced Thursday that the public now has the option to order crash photographs online at their website to make the process easier.
The photographs of crashes investigated by troopers can be ordered from the same page of the LSP website where crash reports... more »
July 30, 2014 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase. Irwin Felps, executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System, said Wednesday the system's attorneys are reviewing whether the law... more »
July 1, 2014 3:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - State Police arrested four Florida residents after narcotics agents found 20 pounds of drugs during traffic stops in West Baton Rouge Parish, a haul worth half-a-million dollars.
Troopers said 32-year-old Tavis Williams, 43-year-old Maurice Jackson, 53-year-old Cecil Saddler, and 30-year-old Wilhelmina Foster worked together to try... more »
May 16, 2014 3:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Only hours after congestion cleared from a late morning crash with serious injuries on I-10 westbound, Louisiana State Police said delays and congestion can again be expected on I-10.
LSP said they are currently working to clear a six car crash, a stalled vehicle, and a... more »
March 25, 2014 11:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police have seized over 1,000 pounds of drugs in the last few weeks during routine traffic stops, leading to multiple arrests.
Drugs seized included nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, plus MDMA and codeine. Also found were thousands of dollars in... more »
March 20, 2014 8:43 PM
GONZALEZ - A husband and wife running an inspection sticker business are accused of cutting corners and putting unfit cars on the road.
Louisiana State Police and the Department of Environmental Quality arrested Chad Ledet and Yolande Ledet for falsifying public documents. The two run Terry's Express in Gonzales... more »
March 14, 2014 12:13 PM
MONROE - State Police accused a north Louisiana man of extorting a state representative.
Investigators said 31-year-old Roy Green sent an email saying that if the representative didn't support marijuana reform , he "would personally see to it that your office and livelihood are placed into danger."
During... more »
February 4, 2014 3:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police and state traffic officials announced plans Tuesday to begin training troopers and other law enforcement and emergency personnel in a new way to handle wrecks and road closures.
Col. Mike Edmonson, LSP superintendent, said the Traffic Incident Management System would create a standard... more »
December 8, 2013 11:00 AM
ASCENSION PARISH - State police say a Mississippi man is dead after crashing his car in Ascension Parish.
Officials say 47-year-old Frankie L. Glaskox ran his car off River Road east of Hwy 22 into a ditch and struck a tree.
According to authorities, Glaskox was not wearing... more »
December 7, 2013 12:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - State police say a deadly crash on Highland near Pecue in Baton Rouge is under investigation.
Troopers say, 28-year-old Matthew J. Tucker of Pineville died of his injuries when he drifted off the road to the right, over corrected and ran off the road into a... more »
November 25, 2013 1:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - State Police raided two Port Allen massage parlors Monday after a two-month investigation into prostitution at the businesses.
Detectives said Youngs Therapy and Rainbow Therapeutic both advertised on "backpage.com," which investigators say has been known to carry ads for prosititution. Authorities said undercover agents went into... more »
November 16, 2013 4:35 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police are investigating a West Baton Rouge Parish crash involving two vehicles that left two people dead.
State police say the fatal crash happened Friday night after 11:00 p.m. on I-10 near Lobdell. Farnis Keller, Jr., was traveling I-10 east when he lost control... more »
October 1, 2013 11:39 AM
HENDERSON - Louisiana State Police have rescued a missing 5-month-old child from Florida. Officers were on the lookout for a blue Chrysler Town and Country van traveling west on I-10.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says officers stopped the van yesterday afternoon around 4:30 and found the child in the vehicle... more »
August 2, 2013 4:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana State Police says he's been briefed by the FBI and federal homeland security officials about the global travel alert that was issued by the United States. Col. Mike Edmonson said Friday that he's been assured there's no indication of any threat to Louisiana.... more »
July 1, 2013 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Local and State Police promise to be out in full force to catch people driving drunk this holiday weekend.
"We know individuals are out there driving irresponsibly," said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.
Starting Tuesday night through the Fourth of July weekend, the department... more »
May 16, 2013 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today is a day of honor and remembrance for Louisiana State Troopers, to remember those who have fallen, a memorial was held for troopers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
The name of each fallen trooper was read aloud during a memorial service... more »
March 27, 2013 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police arrested a woman accused of using her car as a battering ram and smashing it into security gates at the (new) Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge.
According to arrest records, on March 8th at 5:41 pm, Cheryl Aljuwani, 51, crashed her car into... more »
February 25, 2013 4:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Verizon Wireless users statewide could be left out in the cold during an emergency on the road.
A Verizon spokeswoman company told News 2 that a problem with their network does not allow customers to access *LSP or 577. She said the company was unaware of the... more »
October 4, 2012 1:26 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Louisiana State Police say a Gonzales man was driving drunk when he triggered a deadly crash in Prairieville last week.
Ashton Claiborne, 29, was arrested Wednesday after test results showed he was drunk at the time of the crash.
It happened Friday morning on Highway 73... more »
August 2, 2012 5:37 PM
SHREVEPORT - State Police arrested a man after they said he tried to steal an unmarked police car while three officers were inside.
"He's not one of your smarter ones," Chris Turner with the U.S. Marshals Office told KTBS-TV in Shreveport.
Trooper Matt Harris said yesterday Joshua Adam... more »
July 2, 2012 10:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State troopers haven't patrolled the interstate system in New Orleans in decades - and the police chief wants that to change. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is asking for state troopers to patrol New Orleans' busy interstate system, according to WVUE-TV. Last week Serpas told the City Council... more »
May 16, 2012 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement across the region are cracking-down on sex offenders who are skipping-out on the law.
Corey Angelo Williams was one of them. He was profiled in a series of News 2 reports over the last month. After our report, he was caught. Williams was arrested on... more »
May 4, 2012 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Better oversight of how your money is spent after a bizarre series of events.
The change is at the State Fire Marshal's Office, where Butch Browning, who was out as the head of the agency two weeks ago, is back in.
State Police Col. Mike... more »
December 6, 2011 1:01 PM
PORT ALLEN - A high-speed chase in Port Allen this afternoon involved two stolen cars, a car crash, a foot pursuit and ended with an alleged car burglar in handcuffs, according to Louisiana State Police.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Russell Graham confirms to News 2 that a man accused... more »
October 15, 2011 3:11 PM
According to Louisiana State Police several people were injured after a car wreck on LA 16 and Lockhart Road Saturday afternoon.
Right now no word on how many people were involved, however none suffered serious injuries.
Stay with News 2 as this story develops.
September 17, 2011 1:01 PM
HAMMOND, La.- A traffic stop on Interstate 12 has resulted in the arrest of a fugitive from Florida.
Louisiana State Police say 33-year-old James Watkins, of Brooksville, Fla., was stopped about 4:30 p.m. Friday near the Tangipahoa-Livingston parish line after troopers received an alert to be on the lookout... more »
September 11, 2011 12:29 PM
UPDATE: Louisiana State Police arrested James Watts, 31, of Denham Springs after he was involved in a crash that killed a 16-year-old.
Investigators say Watts was driving 90 mph in a 45 mph zone when the crash occurred.
Watts was booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison... more »
September 9, 2011 7:01 PM
State Police are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Central.
Investigators say a car was turning onto Greenwell Springs Road at about 5:30 p.m. and was hit by an oncoming pickup.
The driver of the car was killed.
Police have not released the name... more »
July 5, 2011 5:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State Police trooper who witnessed part of a deadly encounter between police and residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina recalls ducking for cover because he thought he and other officers were under fire.
But the trooper, Michael Baron, testified Tuesday at... more »
July 1, 2011 9:09 PM
The Fourth of July weekend will be a "no refusal" holiday. Law enforcement is coming down hard on drunk driving. State Police will have check points and local police will be out in full force looking for people driving under the influence. As far as State Police are concerned, "no"... more »
June 1, 2011 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson told reporters today two trusties who managed to escape this year did so after Department of Public Safety workers missed five separate head counts.
A lengthy investigation into how Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian Pierce escaped revealed that information.
A Department... more »
May 31, 2011 3:48 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - An Ascension Parish driver has died after he was hit by a train he was trying to outrun, according to Louisiana State Police.
Trooper Russell Graham said Jeremy Brassett, 31, of Prairieville was hit by the train at a crossing on LA 70 around 6 p.m. Monday.... more »
May 31, 2011 9:23 AM
BATON ROUGE- Ten people were killed in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day weekend.
Louisiana State Police reported seven different incidents in which at least one person was killed.
In Baton Rouge, two people were killed in two single-vehicle crashes. These crashes both involved vehicles that veered off... more »
May 26, 2011 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the front runner for Baton Rouge Police Chief is State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White.
Mayor Kip Holden will announce his decision today at a 10 a.m. press conference. White, 51, is the commander of the emergency services unit at Louisiana State Police.... more »
May 21, 2011 3:37 PM
FOLSOM, La.- A man from Kentwood, La. died after after he was hit on his motorcycle, according to Louisiana State Police. The accident happened at the intersection of LA 40 and LA 1080 in St. Tammany Parish yesterday afternoon.
State Police identified the victim as 25-year-old Jared Guthrie.
... more »
May 21, 2011 9:44 AM
BATON ROUGE- The east and westbound exit ramps off I-10 at LA 975 in Iberville Parish are closed because of high water. Both exit ramps have been closed to traffic and for turn-arounds.
Interstate 10 intersects LA 975 west of Ramah at milepost 127. DOTD has placed barricades at... more »
May 8, 2011 10:59 AM
IOTA, La.- Louisiana State Police say one man was killed when two motorcycles collided in Acadia Parish.
A news release said both motorcycles were traveling north on Louisiana 91 on Saturday night and collided while riding side by side around a curve. Both motorcycles ran off the road and... more »
March 22, 2011 6:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Two trusties who escaped early in March, fled to Tennessee, and are accused of killing a man in Mississippi returned to Baton Rouge Tuesday morning.
Before News Two's cameras, both Ricky Wedgeworth and Darian Pierce were silent. Officers who drove them from the Shelby County Jail... more »
March 12, 2011 9:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La.- Two Alabama men have been arrested in Louisiana after police stopped their vehicle on Interstate 10 and allegedly found 45 pounds of marijuana and more than $22,000 in cash bundled with the drugs.
Louisiana State Police say the driver, 31-year-old Johnny Stevenson, of Marion, Ala., and... more »
March 7, 2011 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police Troopers are still searching for two trusties who drove off the grounds of the LSP Compound Friday.
The Dodge van the men left the compound in was found over the weekend. Inside, investigators recovered the green issued clothing that the inmates wore.
Darian... more »
March 7, 2011 12:41 PM
UPDATE 4:49 p.m. - State Police say all lanes are back open from this cleanup.
DENHAM SPRINGS - Three lanes of Highway 16 are closed north of Denham Springs because of a glue spill.
Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane is closed near Miley Road.
Police... more »
March 5, 2011 1:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police located the Department of Public Safety van that two trustees used to escape from the Louisiana State Police Headquarters. Troopers found the van on US 61 south of LA 965.
Police say the trustees, Ricky Wedgeworth, 36, of Tennessee and Darian Peirce, 33, of... more »
March 5, 2011 10:36 AM
INDEPENDENCE, La.- Louisiana State Police suspect drugs, alcohol and speed were factors in a fatal crash that happened Friday night on LA 40.
State Police say Alvin Smith, 34, of Springfield, La. died after driving off the road and into a utility pole.
Troopers submitted a sample of... more »
February 26, 2011 5:39 PM
NATCHITOCHES, La.- State police in Natchitoches Parish say one person was killed and three others injured in an accident on Louisiana Highway 6.
The Friday night accident happened when the driver of a westbound Chevrolet pulled to the shoulder and attempted a u-turn in front of a westbound Ford,... more »
January 22, 2011 10:56 AM
Louisiana State Police are investigating two deadly crashes that happened Friday evening.
The first crash happened on I-55 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Investigators say 20-year-old Jerome Johnson was hit by a car while walking across the road. Several people who were with Johnson told investigators he attempted suicide by... more »
December 31, 2010 12:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Update: 4:45 p.m. Both trailers are upright, offloaded and should be towed from the area shortly.
However, I-12 will remain closed a few hours longer while cleanup crews deal with the compressor oil that leaked while the trailer was overturned.
They will also take time... more »
December 21, 2010 6:20 AM
PORT VINCENT - Louisiana State Police are investigating a hit and run crash that happened Monday around 11:30 p.m. on LA 42 east of LA 431 in Ascension Parish. The 22-year-old female is in critical condition. Troopers say a silver Toyota 4-Runner or Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner hit a pedestrian and... more »
December 20, 2010 9:06 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Louisiana State Police say James Hayes died in a crash Sunday night on LA 1 at LA 1148 in Iberville Parish. Troopers say a tractor-trailer was turning left onto LA 1 when a vehicle driven by Hayes hit the trailer and burst into flames. Hayes was not wearing... more »
December 6, 2010 12:49 PM
A pair of bail bondsmen were arrested in St. Mary parish by state troopers.
38-year-old Chad Bonvillian of Houma, and 46-year-old Bobby Jackson of New Iberia are charged with extortion, felony theft and second degree kidnapping.
Investigators say Bonvillian and Jackson posted bond for someone who failed to... more »
December 1, 2010 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - Eight State Police troopers were awarded the highest honor the agency gives for their efforts at a massive explosion and fire earlier this year.
The troopers were given the Medal of Valor after Col. Mike Edmonson said they risked their lives directing firefighters when Coco Resources... more »
November 12, 2010 10:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- It still isn't clear how effective the new law is and state police say tickets aren't the only way to make this new law work. So far 76 people across the state have been ticketed for texting while driving.
But State Police say tickets aren’t the only... more »
November 4, 2010 9:13 AM
Louisiana State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Terrebonne Parish. It happened Wednesday night on North Hollywood Road. Troopers say Brett Himel was headed east when he ran off the road, over corrected, then swerved back onto the road and hit Mathew Bourgeois. Himel was not wearing a seatbelt.... more »
November 3, 2010 9:20 AM
BOLLINGER - Louisiana State Police investigated a deadly crash on LA 24 in Lafourche Parish. Troopers say Leonard Folse was headed south when his car rotated counter-clockwise, crossed the centerline, and hit Richard Racki. Folse was pronounced dead on the scene. State police do not know if alcohol is involved... more »
November 1, 2010 5:53 AM
MORGAN CITY - State police are investigating a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on La. Highway 997 in Stephensville that killed 19-year-old Blake Mayon. Investigators say Mayon apparently lost control of his motorcycle and skidded into the path of the van. The driver of the van was not injured. more »
October 30, 2010 9:59 AM
Interstate 10 is reopen between I-49 and LA 415.
Officials say an 18-wheeler was leaking a poisonous gas because of a loose valve. The truck was transporting Silicon Tetrafluoride, which is an inhalation hazard.
Emergency and cleanup crews are at the scene. No homes were evacuated.
News... more »
October 18, 2010 6:42 AM
State police say a 21-year-old Gonzales woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident in St. Landry Parish. The accident happened at 2:57 a.m. Saturday on La. Highway 103 northwest of Opelousas. Troopers say Tabatha Guidin's car ran off the road, hit a concrete culvert and overturned. Guidin was pronounced dead... more »
September 29, 2010 6:47 AM
Louisiana State Police are investigating a school bus-truck accident that killed a Texas man and injured two children on the bus. The accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday on La. Highway 28 east of Leesville. Investigators say a pickup driven by Jimmy D. Pollock of Newton, Texas, ran into the... more »
September 28, 2010 5:41 AM
State police are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed a 30-year-old Pollock man. It happened Monday on a Grant Parish road near Pollock. Troopers say a pickup driven by Adam B. Cochran left the roadway and hit a tree. Investigators say Cochran was not wearing a seatbelt and was... more »
September 27, 2010 7:29 AM
Louisiana State Police say one man died in a crash on LA 70, east of LA 996 in Assumption Parish. Cardell Anderson was headed westbound when he missed a curve, ran off the road, re-entered the roadway and overturned. All five people in the vehicle were ejected. Tammy Ross, a... more »
September 26, 2010 10:24 AM
A teenager was killed after falling off a trailer during a hayride. Louisiana State Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Nathan Trepagnier.
The hayride was part of the homecoming festivities for a fraternity at Nicholls State University.
Police say Trepagnier fell off the front of the trailer and... more »
September 23, 2010 5:20 AM
The head of Louisiana State Police says he has made visiting law enforcement agencies throughout the state to solidify partnerships a priority for his administration. Col. Michael D. Edmonson told about 100 Leesville residents this week that what's most important to people is for Louisiana law enforcement to work together.... more »
September 20, 2010 3:09 PM
Police arrested five people this morning in the case involving more than 17 televisions stolen from the Mumford Fieldhouse at Southern University in October 2009. Police are still searching for one person. Police arrested 19-year-old Trey Brown. 17-year-old Avughtee Jones was also involved but wasn’t arrested because he was already... more »
September 7, 2010 5:45 PM
Louisiana State Police called the "No Refusal" weekend a success. Troopers said they worked zero fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Five people died in alcohol-related accidents last year.
More than 50 law enforcement agencies took part in a program to crackdown on DWI's. The "No Refusal" campaign... more »
August 26, 2010 12:01 PM
State Police are investigating a second officer-involved shooting. A 50-year-old man was shot in New Iberia by Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputies Wednesday night. Mark Haas was fatally shot during a standoff at his home. Trooper Stephen Hammons said Haas walked out of his house, and started firing a rifle at... more »
August 26, 2010 9:13 AM
Louisiana State Police are investigating a case involving Tangipahoa Parish deputies who shot and killed a Ponchatoula man. Tangipahoa deputies say they were executing a narcotics and weapons related search warrant at a home in Ponchatoula, when the suspect 58-year-old Charles J. Meyn aka "Booby" allegedly pointed his gun and... more »
August 24, 2010 5:50 PM
New tools could help put more arsonists behind bars. The State Fire Marshal's Office unveiled six new fire and arson investigation trailers today.
"I will tell you we're not doing a good job. There are more fires across this state that are not being investigated," said Butch Browning, State... more »