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  • Man arrested for kidnapping now faces rape charges

    February 10, 2015 12:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A man accused of a January aggravated kidnapping in Livingston Parish now faces an additional charge of aggravated rape, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. The new charge will be added to the charges from Jan. 24 of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping of a child... more »
  • Gonzales store manager accused of embezzlement

    October 14, 2014 2:57 PM

    GONZALES- Police have arrested a 40-year-old St. Amant woman on allegations she embezzled more than $200,000 over nearly six years from a Gonzales furniture store where she had been the manager. Police say Shannon Denyse Desira changed payroll records at the Big Ben Rent World furniture store, eliminated deductions from... more »
  • 2 teachers post bond, accused of having sex with student

    October 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    GRETNA - Two Destrehan High School teachers accused of having group sex with a student have posted $7,000 cash bonds and been released from custody. Kenner police Sgt. Brian McGregor says 32-year-old Shelly Dufresne and 24-year-old Rachel Respess left the Jefferson Parish jail early Thursday. They are accused of having... more »
  • Family accused of running $100,000+ Medicaid scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2014 10:37 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Authorities arrested eight people accused in a Medicaid scam that swindled the state out of more than $100,000. Latesha Taylor, 33, and her mother, Martha Taylor, 56, own and operate Majestic Home Care Services in Donaldsonville. The two are accused of running a scheme that included illegal... more »
  • Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

    April 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    LAS VEGAS- Authorities say a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a Las Vegas speech has been freed after being given a misdemeanor disorderly conduct summons. Prosecutors said Friday that 36-year-old Alison Michelle Ernst was freed by Las Vegas police after being questioned by... more »
  • Woman, daughters accused of theft at shelter

    September 24, 2013 8:56 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- A Belle Chasse woman and her two daughters are accused of theft from the Plaquemines Animal and Welfare Society's Belle Chasse shelter. The Times-Picayune reports 41-year-old Denise McCoy Manger, 19-year-old Tori Michelle Manger and 23-year-old Tawny Colleen Manger turned themselves in on Monday. Authorities says Denise Manger confessed... more »
  • Woman accused of DWI twice in less than 24 hours

    June 3, 2013 10:52 AM

    SLIDELL - Police in Slidell arrested a woman they said was caught driving drunk twice in less than 24 hours this weekend. Slidell Police said two of their officers stopped the same woman, 26-year-old Marjorie Portier of Carriere, Miss., early on Saturday morning and then again early Sunday. ... more »
  • Three accused of filing false Medicaid claims

    May 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with filing false Medicaid claims. Investigators said the three women, all personal care attendants, filed timesheets claiming they were working with Medicaid recipients at the same time they were actually working for another... more »
  • Shreveport contractor accused of selling marijuana

    April 18, 2013 8:58 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Shreveport contractor has been arrested after law enforcement officers reportedly found large quantities of suspected marijuana and other illegal drugs on his property. The Times reports authorities say a search of Billy Gale Keckler's home on Tuesday led to the discovery of an estimated 12 pounds of marijuana beneath... more »
  • FBI: Miss. man arrested, accused in ricin letters

    April 17, 2013 7:03 PM

    OXFORD, Miss. - A man in Mississippi has been arrested and accused of sending letters with suspected ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other leaders. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday. Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters... more »
  • Ex-sheriff's deputy accused of role in killing

    April 1, 2013 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting the deputy's alleged theft and misuse of his debit card. A 60-count federal indictment unsealed Monday charges the former deputy, Mark Hebert,... more »
  • Man accused of burning child with heater

    March 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    WEST MONROE- Deputies say a 22 year-old West Monroe man was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center after being arrested on several charges, including burning his 3-year-old child with a space heater. Authorities tell The News-Star Vincent Tyler Froust allegedly threw a woman on a bed and choked her while their... more »
  • Sheriff: Pineville woman confesses to casino theft

    March 11, 2013 3:51 PM

    PINEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Pineville woman after they said she admitted to stealing thousands from the truck stop casino she used to work for. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested Tabitha McKee, 33, on suspicion of stealing around $68,000 from the casino. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said... more »
  • Pet salon owner accused of slamming, choking dogs

    February 22, 2013 3:47 PM

    SLIDELL - Police accused a Slidell pet salon owner Friday of slamming and choking dogs in her care in order to discipline them. Slidell Police arrested Christina Stewart, 42, in suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals after a joint investigation with the city's police and animal control divisions. ... more »
  • Teacher accused of raping mentally challenged teen

    February 14, 2013 2:12 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A 33 year-old teacher in Caddo Parish is under arrest for raping and sexually abusing a mentally challenged 17 year-old student. Authorities say Jeremy Pierce, who teaches at Port City Christian Academy touched the girl inappropriately many times on school grounds, texting her to call her out of... more »
  • Man accused biting off ear lobe pleads not guilty

    February 14, 2013 9:05 AM

    STAMFORD, Conn.- A Connecticut man accused of biting off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowing it during a fight over loud music has pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges. Twenty-seven-year-old Emilio Mendoza, of Stamford, was arraigned Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court and ordered held on $50,000 bail. The... more »
  • Ex-Mass. chemist in drug lab case heads to court

    February 4, 2013 9:06 AM

    SALEM, Mass.- A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab faces her sixth arraignment. Annie Dookhan is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on an obstruction of justice charge in Salem Superior Court. She is charged with falsely claiming she holds a master's degree in... more »
  • Man accused of beating son to death denied bond

    December 12, 2012 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state district judge has denied a request to set bail for a man accused of beating his young son to death in June. Judge Don Johnson refused to set bond Wednesday for 46-year-old Michael Anthony Robertson, father of eight-year-old Xzayvion Riley. The ruling marked the second time... more »
  • Man accused of robbing bank on election day

    November 6, 2012 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man they said robbed a bank in downtown Baton Rouge today. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested Karl Shelvin, 29, of Opelousas shortly after the robbery around 2:22 p.m. today. McKneely said Shelvin went into the State Bank and Trust at 665... more »
  • Sanity hearing delayed for man accused of beheading son

    September 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    THIBODAUX - A man accused of beheading and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son will have a sanity hearing in November rather than Friday. Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia says 31-year-old Jeremiah Wright's hearing is now scheduled Nov. 26 and 27. Mental health experts will testify about whether he has the mental... more »
  • Mother, sons accused of selling bath salts

    June 28, 2012 7:22 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - State police say a Lake Charles mother and two of her sons have been arrested on suspicion of distributing bath salts. Troopers say 48-year-old Verna Oliver, 25-year-old Daniel Oliver and 24-year-old Matthew Oliver were booked with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 controlled dangerous... more »
  • Man accused of indecent behavior with juveniles

    June 20, 2012 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a Baton Rouge man this week in suspicion of indecent behavior with juveniles, according to the Attorney General's Office. A spokesperson said Ory Sellers, 28, was arrested Tuesday as part of a joint investigation with the AG's Office, Homeland Security and the East Baton... more »
  • Accused copper thief stole from uncle check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    HOLDEN - Livingston Parish Deputies arrested two men last week for stealing power cords from FEMA trailers near Holden to get the copper inside, one of the accused thieves is the owner's nephew. Deputies arrested Colt Anthony Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James A. Hood, 23, of Holden on... more »
  • Teen accused of 2nd gator season violation

    May 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    OBERLIN, La. - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says an 18-year-old Basile man who is awaiting trial for allegedly possessing an alligator out of season has been arrested a second time on the same charge. Spokesman Adam Einck says an agent allegedly saw Michael R. Gaspard load a... more »
  • Man accused of defrauding spill victims' fund

    May 15, 2012 7:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a 41-year-old businessman who moved to New Orleans from Georgia after the catastrophic BP oil spill in 2010 has been charged with defrauding a compensation fund set up for victims. The Justice Department says Dwayne Smith was charged last week on one count of... more »
  • 4 accused of running card game scam

    May 1, 2012 7:46 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Authorities in Lake Charles say four men posing as business owners scammed several people out of more than $10,000 through a card game. The Calcasieu Parish sheriff said the men disguised themselves as business owners and contacted several small businesses about constructing a building in Lake Charles.... more »
  • Teacher arrested, accused of racial slur

    April 30, 2012 4:04 PM

    COLUMBIA - Police in South Carolina say a middle school teacher has been accused of dragging a student under a table during class, telling the boy "this is what the Nazis do to Jews." The 12-year-old student told police he got up to sharpen a pencil at Bluffton Middle School... more »
  • Teen charged with setting a child on fire

    April 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    SAVANNAH - A Missouri teenager accused of pouring gasoline on a 10-year-old and setting the child on fire has been charged with first-degree assault. Seventeen-year-old Joseph D. Gardner was charged Monday in Andrew County court. The 10-year-old child suffered first- and second-degree burns on his face, right arm and... more »
  • 4 accused of Medicare fraud in Baton Rouge

    April 20, 2012 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says four former employees at two Baton Rouge psychiatric clinics have been charged with mail-fraud conspiracy in connection with alleged Medicare losses that could exceed $37 million. Cazayoux says Teryl C. Vincent, Todd D. Ulmer and Nancy N. Reed, all of... more »
  • NOPD suspends officer accused of driving drunk

    April 6, 2012 6:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they have suspended an officer accused of driving drunk in an unmarked city vehicle while off duty. Police spokesman Remi Braden says Causeway Police pulled over 33-year-old Ryan Aucoin shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the 24-mile-long bridge that... more »
  • Afghans angry over removal of accused US soldier

    March 15, 2012 6:57 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan lawmakers have expressed anger over the U.S. move to fly an American soldier accused of killing 16 civilians out of the country to Kuwait. They said Thursday that the soldier should face justice in Afghanistan. They urged the Afghan government not to sign an agreement... more »
  • Bears WR Marshall accused of punching woman in NYC

    March 14, 2012 7:52 AM

    NEW YORK - New York City police say a woman has accused NFL star receiver Brandon Marshall of punching her in the face at a nightclub. The woman alleges the incident occurred at 3:50 a.m. Sunday outside the Marquee, a nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Police are investigating... more »
  • 2 men accused of selling fake pot

    March 9, 2012 7:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Baton Rouge men have been indicted on drug and weapons charges that accuse them of selling synthetic marijuana out of a convenience store. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged 51-year-old Joseph Hoa Do and 48-year-old Sang J. Vu with two counts each of possession... more »
  • Former officer accused of choking suspect

    March 7, 2012 7:12 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A former Port Allen police officer has been charged with choking a suspect during a traffic stop. A West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Jasmione Clark Tuesday on charges of second-degree battery and malfeasance for the Sept. 24 incident that prosecutors said left Port Allen resident... more »
  • Man charged with indecent behavior

    February 28, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 34-year-old man was arrested on Monday, charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl. The touching occurred at the victim's home; the police report did not mention when nor where it happened. The girl told her sister about what happened and she called police. ... more »
  • Three local men accused of hunting violations

    February 23, 2012 3:56 AM

    VIDALIA - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says three 23-year-olds from the Baton Rouge area are accused of spotlighting and other hunting violations, including driving an ATV with oversized tires on a wildlife management area. The department says Jordan Brister, of Prairieville and Richard Magee and Justin Durand,... more »
  • Accused shooter to appear in court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 16 year old charged in the shooting of Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe's son will appear in court tomorrow for a Detention Hearing. Baton Rouge Police arrested the teen last night. He was booked into the Parish Juvenile Detention Facility. Right now, it is too early to... more »
  • Accused killer Trucko Stampley shows off slang at murder trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 23, 2012 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Accused murderer Trucko Stampley used slang to address a District Court judge and potential jurors on the first day of his murder trial today. Before jurors could even enter the courtroom, Judge Bonnie Jackson said, "Good Morning, Mr. Stampley." He responded,"What up?" Judge Bonnie Jackson said,... more »
  • Man accused of killing ex-wife in Winnfield

    January 6, 2012 6:50 AM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Winnfield police have arrested a man in the death of his ex-wife. The Town Talk reports Gregory Washington has been booked with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Jacquelyn Washington after a domestic argument got out of control. Police say the victim was found shot... more »
  • Fire chief accused of possessing child pornography

    December 30, 2011 3:01 PM

    BRIDGE CITY, La. - The chief of a volunteer fire department here has been accused of possessing child pornography. The Times-Picayune reports that Paul Jackson was arrested Thursday and booked with possession of child pornography. Jackson, 43, is the chief of the Nine Mile Point Fire Department in Bridge City.... more »
  • Two accused of pollution violations

    December 8, 2011 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of an independent oil company and his brother have been accused of illegally discharging pollutants. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says Lobdell Percy Brown III and Carr Brown surrendered to authorities on Thursday. Authorities said Lobdell Brown is chief executive of T&F Oil Co.,... more »
  • Authorities searching for accused copper thief

    September 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Authorities in West Feliciana Parish are searching for a man accused of stealing copper from a local business. They are searching off La. 965 west near Hemingbough and the River Bend nuclear power plant. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said deputies and officials... more »
  • Outdoor retailer denies discrimination allegations

    September 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    HOUSTON - A spokesperson for Bass Pro Outdoor World denied allegations in a federal lawsuit that the company has engaged in racial descrimination in their hiring practices since as early as 2005. The Equal Opportunity Commission filed the suit in U. S. District Court in Houston, claiming qualified African-Americans... more »
  • Woman accused of robbing store with vodka bottle

    July 23, 2011 5:21 PM

    THIBODAUX, La.- A 27-year-old woman has been accused of robbing a Thibodaux convenience store with an empty vodka bottle. Police told The Courier that a woman went up to a store clerk Friday and held the bottle under her shirt - as if it were a handgun. Investigators said... more »
  • Social worker arrested, accused of sex with inmate

    June 4, 2011 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A social worker at a state juvenile detention center has been booked with malfeasance in office and fired for an alleged sexual relationship with a 20-year-old inmate, according to a Baton Rouge newspaper. The Advocate reports that 39-year-old Lashonda Lang, of Baton Rouge, was a social... more »
  • LSU PD: Student accused in flag burning surrenders

    May 5, 2011 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU student accused of burning the school's American flag and damaging the campus War Memorial has surrendered to theft and arson charges, according to university police. Sgt. Blake Tabor with LSU Police said Isaac Eslava, 23, turned himself in earlier today at the suggestion of... more »
  • Ouachita band director accused of sex act on teen

    April 24, 2011 1:01 PM

    MONROE, La.- Authorities say Ouachita Parish High School band director Jon G. Lindsey has been charged with obscenity after being accused of performing a sex act on a 17-year-old boy in a car at a service station. Police reports reviewed by the News-Star said Lindsey denied performing oral sex... more »
  • Deputy accused of waving gun on school bus

    February 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy has been booked with aggravated assault for allegedly boarding a school bus and brandishing a gun at her 16-year-old son. Police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said the deputy was in uniform when she boarded the bus Thursday morning. When she got off the... more »
  • NOPD fires 2 cops accused of misconduct

    February 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Two New Orleans police officers have been fired for misconduct while on duty. The Times Picayune reports Officer Carey Dykes, a 13-year veteran, was fired this past week for numerous violations, including having sex with a woman while on the clock, sleeping while on duty and disregarding... more »

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