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  • Tax preparer accused of costing state nearly $300,000 in false filings

    February 22, 2017 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana tax preparer faces fraud charges for a scheme that cost taxpayers an estimated $300,000. The Louisiana Department of Revenue reported the arrest of Melissa Cato for allegedly altering clients' state income tax returns to claim losses for businesses that did not exist. Auditors with... more »
  • IDs stolen from jailed, arrested people used in tax fraud

    February 21, 2017 10:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a southeast Louisiana woman has acknowledged filing phony tax returns using identification stolen from people who had been jailed or arrested. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says in a news release that 41-year-old Alicia Washington of Tangipahoa Parish pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and aggravated... more »
  • Former suspect in high-profile murder of college students arrested again

    February 15, 2017 5:00 PM

    SLIDELL – Ernest Felton, a former suspect in a high-profile Baton Rouge shooting that killed two college girls, was arrested in St. Tammany Parish on drug charges. Ernest Felton, 23, is charged with drug possession and a traffic violation. Authorities stopped him on I-12 and said they found a... more »
  • Ex-Saints WR Robert Meachem jailed for unpaid child support

    February 14, 2017 8:30 PM

    GRETNA - Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem is behind bars after failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony. State District Judge Adrian Adams sent Meachem to jail in Jefferson Parish on Monday for 30 days. Adams said Meachem could be released once he pays... more »
  • Former Ascension deputy arrested for battery

    February 14, 2017 6:55 PM

    ASCENSION – A former Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputy was arrested for simple battery on Tuesday afternoon. The Gonzales Police Department reported the arrest of 34-year-old James Atkins, II for one count of simple battery. The arrest is a result of an investigation following a report taken by Gonzales... more »
  • Scotlandville High student arrested for bringing loaded gun to school Play Video

    February 13, 2017 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old student at Scotlandville Magnet High School was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school just one week after a ninth-grader was arrested for firing several shots on the school's campus. The School Drug Task Force with the assistance of The East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Woman taken advantage of by contractor, asking victims come forward Play Video

    February 12, 2017 5:39 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A woman says she was taken advantage of by a contractor, filed a report with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, State Attorney General and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. When she didn't think enough was being done, she took matters into her own hands and tracked... more »
  • Women fraudulently receive thousands in disaster aid following flood

    February 9, 2017 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two women have been arrested for fraudulently receiving FEMA funding following the August flood, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry reports. Landry reports that 37-year-old Kimberly Cage and 32-year-old Leslie Munoz Licona were arrested for theft and filing or maintaining false public records. Cage allegedly applied... more »
  • 12 arrests made in murder of Tangipahoa inmate

    February 7, 2017 7:49 PM

    HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced multiple arrests were made in connection to the death of a Tangipahoa Parish Jail inmate that occurred on Jan. 30. According to Edwards, 40-year-old Tommy Joe Smith of Independence was killed less than 12 hours after being booked into the jail on... more »
  • Convicted felon busted trying to sell stolen guns to undercover police

    February 6, 2017 11:54 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs Police say a convicted felon was arrested for trying to sell stolen guns to undercover police officers. An investigation and undercover operation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Marcus Luster on Sunday afternoon. Police say two military-style semi-automatic guns, an HK 91 5.56mm rifle,... more »
  • Four arrested for kidnapping, beating Lafayette man

    February 3, 2017 4:29 PM

    ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – Louisiana State Police arrested four individuals for charges related to the kidnapping of a Lafayette man. The incident occurred on Feb. 1 when a man was taken hostage by several suspects in the Thibodaux area, according to Louisiana State Police. The man was taken... more »
  • Man arrested for stalking woman on LSU's campus

    January 26, 2017 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man was arrested for stalking a woman while on LSU's campus. Police arrested 31-year-old Nicholas Xenakis on Wednesday. The incident occurred on Wednesday around 4 p.m. when LSU Police officers were contacted about a man following a woman on campus. The woman stated that... more »
  • Report: 6 reporters among 230 people charged in DC protests

    January 26, 2017 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A newspaper is reporting that six people working as journalists were among the group of 230 people arrested in Washington after self-described anti-capitalists began breaking windows in Washington on Inauguration Day. The Associated Press had reported Sunday that lawyers said some innocent observers, including two journalists, were improperly... more »
  • Juvenile arrested for threatening to bomb East Iberville High School

    January 25, 2017 3:33 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – A juvenile was arrested on Wednesday after he threatened to bomb East Iberville High and Elementary School. The incident happened around 9 a.m. on Wednesday when a caller stated that he was coming to blow up the school. The students and teachers were evacuated while the... more »
  • Woman suspected of 1998 kidnapping of baby jailed in Florida

    January 17, 2017 8:35 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a baby girl from a Florida hospital 18 years ago and raising her as her own daughter is now being held in Jacksonville. Duval County jail records show 51-year-old Gloria Williams was booked Tuesday afternoon. Williams is being... more »
  • Two in "Felony Lang Gang" arrested for several vehicle burglaries, fraud crimes

    January 16, 2017 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two women who are affiliated with a Florida gang have been arrested for multiple vehicles burglaries that have occurred around Baton Rouge in the last month. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested 44-year-old Tina Eggleston and 20-year-old Erin Brown on several burglary, theft, forgery and... more »
  • Wanted man arrested after fleeing through Southern dorm hall, flipping officer

    January 14, 2017 1:48 PM

    BATON ROGUE - Authorities said a 20-year-old Houma man with multiple warrants through Lafourche Parish was arrested at Southern University after he attempted to flee. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 13 around 2:40 p.m., deputies assisted a local bails bondsman in apprehending the suspect,... more »
  • State Sen. Troy Brown pleads no contest to domestic abuse charge

    January 11, 2017 5:04 PM

    GONZALES – State Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic abuse batter charged Wednesday. Brown entered the plea instead of going to trial. Brown was fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, community service and three months of probation. All but two days were... more »
  • Man arrested for November shooting in St. James

    January 11, 2017 4:43 PM

    VACHERIE - The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a man Monday wanted for the murder of one man and the shooting of another. Jyran McGee is charged with the murder of Jarell Jones and attempted murder of Jeremy Smith on Nov. 13, 2016. McGee was arrested by... more »
  • Area teacher charged, fired after suspected tryst with kid in a car Play Video

    January 11, 2017 11:30 AM

    NEW ROADS – A private school teacher is facing misdemeanor attempted carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned. The female teacher was identified as Skylar Russell. Russell was fired yesterday. As WBRZ.com was first to report Wednesday, Russell teaches at False River Academy. WBRZ... more »
  • Lawmaker reaches plea deal as sex-assault trial set to start

    January 10, 2017 9:22 PM

    DALLAS - A judge has dismissed conservative commentator Glenn Beck as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school. The Dallas Morning News reports state District Judge Maricela Moore on Monday dismissed claims against Beck,... more »
  • Three arrested with counterfeit bills after shoplifting incident

    January 8, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three men were arrested after two were caught stealing items from stores inside the Mall of Louisiana. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, on Saturday Jan. 7, Baton Rouge Police and Mall Security personnel were patrolling inside the mall when they were contacted... more »
  • Suspect arrested for fatal November shooting on Jade Avenue

    January 5, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested a man on Thursday who was wanted for a fatal shooting on Jade Avenue in November. Clarence Eugene Parker, 22-year-old, was arrested for the second degree murder of 32-year-old Eric Jones. The shooting occurred on Nov. 19 in the... more »
  • 3 arrested in stadium pipeline protest released

    January 2, 2017 8:13 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Three people are out of jail after being arrested after opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline suspended a large banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game. Online records for Hennepin County Jail showed the three were released from custody Monday. A news release says... more »
  • Men broadcast kidnapping on Facebook, crash into vehicle, cut driver

    January 2, 2017 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested two men after they crashed into a vehicle, smashed it with a hammer and then cut the driver. Tony Green, 23, was arrested for attempted second degree murder, attempted simple kidnapping, aggravated damage to property, simple battery and two counts... more »
  • Singer Trey Songz arrested after concert outburst in Detroit

    December 29, 2016 1:00 PM

    DETROIT - Singer Trey Songz has been charged with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer after authorities said he threw microphones and speakers from the stage during a performance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says the 32-year-old Songz, whose real name is Tremaine... more »
  • Woman arrested for fatal hit and run on Juban Road

    December 29, 2016 11:11 AM

    LIVINGSTON – State Troopers arrested a woman for a fatal hit and run on Juban Road that occurred on Dec. 20 . Troopers arrested 49-year-old Debra Bridges for hit and run and obstruction of justice. It was determined that Bridges was the driver of a blue Ford F-150... more »
  • Man arrested after shooting on Vancouver Drive

    December 29, 2016 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – One man has been arrested after shooting at another man, who he knew for more 15 years, on Vancouver Drive. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Charlie English for charges of illegal use of weapon and attempted second degree murder. The incident occurred... more »
  • 3 arrested in Tunisia linked to Berlin suspect

    December 24, 2016 10:51 AM

    MILAN - Tunisia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested Anis Amri's nephew and two others suspected of belonging to the same extremist network. The ministry says in a statement that Amri - suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market crowd in Berlin, killing 12 - had sent his... more »
  • Terrebonne substitute teacher arrested for having sex with teens

    December 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    HOUMA – The Houma Police Department arrested a Terrebonne School System substitute teacher for having sex with three teenagers at her home. Heidi Verret, 30, was arrested for one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile and three counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. The investigation revealed... more »
  • Man booked into jail after elderly woman dies in morning crash

    December 20, 2016 3:13 PM

    ALBANY – An out-of-town man was arrested in connection with an early morning, deadly hit-and-run on I-12 Tuesday. Cody Terry, 35, of Houston, is charged with negligent homicide, felony hit -and-run, reckless operation, driving without a license and failure to register a motor vehicle. Terry was driving a sedan... more »
  • Son's feud with mother gets him arrested

    December 18, 2016 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man told sheriff's deputies he stole checks and other banking information from his mother because he was angry with her. Christopher Contois, 37, was arrested on a list of offenses Saturday after deputies finally tracked him down. Contois had been wanted for a week since... more »
  • One of two suspects in deadly home invasion arrested

    December 17, 2016 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – One of two suspects in a home invasion and murder earlier this week has been arrested. Carl Smith, 32, faces principal to murder and home invasion charges. Smith was booked into jail overnight. Investigators said Smith and an unknown shooter forced their way into a... more »
  • Driver booked in deadly Livingston Parish crash

    December 16, 2016 8:35 PM

    WALKER – Police arrested a man in connection with a deadly crash on Florida Boulevard earlier in December. Robert Kelly, 44, was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on negligent homicide and negligent injury charges along with outstanding warrants for not showing up to previous court hearings. Police said... more »
  • Fugitive charged for attempted carjacking on Government Street

    December 14, 2016 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A fugitive wanted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office for attempted robbery has been arrested for attempted carjacking on Government Street. Deondrick Bowser, 26, was arrested on charges of attempted carjacking and resisting an officer. A fugitive warrant was issued previously by EBRSO for Bowen... more »
  • Arrest in 1987 Lake Charles cold case bludgeoning

    December 14, 2016 4:44 PM

    LAKE CHARLES- Lake Charles Police Chief Donald Dixon says officers investigating a 29-year-old bludgeoning death have arrested a man who was accused of the killing in 1987 but then released. Dixon didn't say what evidence led to Wednesday's arrest of 53-year-old Harry James Richard, whose bond was set at $1.1... more »
  • Husband, wife arrested in second wife disappearance

    December 13, 2016 10:44 PM

    VISALIA, Calif. - Authorities say that a Central California man who was married to two women at the same time has been arrested on suspicion of murdering one of them, and his other wife also has been arrested in the case. The Sacramento Bee reports the Tulare County Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Suspect arrested in connection to shooting, police pursuit that ended in Brownfields

    December 11, 2016 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A suspect has been arrested in connection to shooting incident that led to a police pursuit ending in Brownfields . Officials said Donovan Davenport, 21, is accused of shooting at another vehicle on Plank Road, leading police on a pursuit and fleeing his vehicle. According... more »
  • Deputy arrested, accused of smuggling phones into jail

    December 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    GONZALES - A sheriff's deputy was fired then arrested on charges he smuggled cell phones into the jail where he worked. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office released information about the arrest late Thursday evening. The deputy, Kevin Wald, was arrested earlier in the day after being terminated. Wald was... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested for production of child pornography, enticement of minors

    December 5, 2016 8:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans man was arrested and charged with production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of minors, according to the FBI. On Monday Dec. 5, The FBI New Orleans Division's Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Fore arrested Matthew Pere, 32, in New Orleans... more »
  • Baker man arrested after threatening victim, running from police

    December 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 21-year-old Baker man was arrested after refusing to leave a victim's apartment, threatening her, and running from police, according to authorities. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said on Friday, Dec. 2 around 1:00 p.m., officers responded to The Exchange at Baton Rouge apartment... more »
  • Man arrested for not taking 3-month-old child with broken leg to hospital

    December 2, 2016 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been arrested for not taking his three-month-old baby to the hospital to be treated for a broken leg after hitting the child's mother. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 38-year-old Terrol Watson for domestic abuse battery/child endangerment and second degree cruelty to a... more »
  • Two Gonzales men arrested for child exploitation

    December 1, 2016 12:24 PM

    GONZALES – Two Gonzales men have been arrested for child exploitation, according to the attorney general's office. Treyon Gray-Reider, 19, was arrested on one count of indecent behavior with juveniles and one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor. Sean Sherlock, 47, was arrested on 300 counts of possession... more »
  • Man wanted in Louisiana slaying arrested in Oklahoma

    November 26, 2016 2:29 PM

    OWASSO, Okla. - A man wanted in connection with a shooting death in Louisiana has been arrested in northeastern Oklahoma. The U.S. Marshals Service says 42-year-old Leland Hamm was arrested Friday in Owasso. Online records show Hamm is being held without bond in the Tulsa County jail on a fugitive... more »
  • Slidell man arrested after crashing into store; steals alcohol

    November 25, 2016 12:09 PM

    SLIDELL – One man spent Thanksgiving in jail after police say that he purposely crashed into a store to steal alcohol. Around 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, a passerby reported that a vehicle drove through the glass entrance of a store, Jack's Beverage on Old Spanish Trail in Slidell. ... more »
  • Man arrested for beating woman, raping child

    November 22, 2016 1:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One man has been arrested for allegedly beating a woman and raping a child on several occasions. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old Roberto Castro for first degree rape, sexual battery, indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of domestic abuse battery of a... more »
  • Man arrested for allegedly kidnapping, robbing victim at L'Auberge Casino

    November 20, 2016 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said 30-year-old Matthew Johnson Jr. was arrested after allegedly forcing a man to leave the L'Auberge casino with him to buy drugs and robbing him. According to The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, on Nov. 5, the victim was at the L'Auberge casino gambling... more »
  • Zachary manhunt suspect nabbed in New Orleans

    November 15, 2016 2:30 PM

    ZACHARY - The man police said prompted a wide-spread lockdown of Zachary schools earlier this month was found in the New Orleans area and arrested. Andrew Thompson was found in Westwego, a community on the west bank of the Mississippi River, Monday night. He'd been on the run since... more »
  • Bond set for Port Barre High School teacher arrested for sexual conduct with students

    November 9, 2016 5:35 PM

    PORT BARRE – The $7,500 bond has been set for a Port Barre High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly being sexual involved with three of her students. The head girls basketball coach and P.E. teacher of Port Barre High school, 29-year-old Nicole Aymond, was arrested on Nov.... more »
  • Four people arrested for Medicaid fraud

    November 7, 2016 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Four people have been arrested for Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced on Monday. Landry's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested 51-year-old Djuana Richard, 45-year-old Joseph Richardson, 45-year-old Kishawn Holmes and 45-year-old Lynette Dowell. Richard was arrested on four counts on Medicaid fraud for allegedly... more »
  • Bond denied for South Carolina slayings suspect

    November 6, 2016 11:38 AM

    WOODRUFF, S.C. - A judge has denied bond for a man charged with a 2003 quadruple slaying and more recently holding a woman captive on his property. Todd Kohlhepp appeared before a magistrate judge in Spartanburg on Sunday and was denied bond. Magistrate Judge Jimmy Henson said a circuit court... more »
  • 2 men arrested for child trafficking in N.O., 2 children rescued

    November 4, 2016 5:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit have recovered two missing children and arrested two men on charges of child trafficking. The Special Victims Unit arrested 22-year-old Andre Johnson, Jr. and 30-year-old Rodney Lavalais Jr. following two investigations. The first investigation began on Oct. 24... more »
  • Former Belle Chasse high school teacher arrested after alleged relationship with student

    November 1, 2016 10:32 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - A former teacher and coach at Belle Chasse High School was arrested for computer-aided solicitation of a minor on Oct. 24, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. Lane Pace, 24, of Zachary was arrested after school officials reported that he was possibly engaged in an... more »
  • Third suspect arrested in murder at event rental hall

    October 31, 2016 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The third suspect in a murder at the Renaissance Center earlier this month was arrested after being identified by other suspects. Alvin Donahue, 19, was booked into jail on murder charges. Investigators said Donahue was the one that fired the shots, killing Youlanda Hunter. Already, Marquise... more »
  • 24-year-old arrested for attempted murder in Wednesday morning shooting

    October 30, 2016 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 24-year-old man was arrested for attempted second degree murder in connection to a shooting that occurred on Cletus Dr. early Wednesday morning. Officials said on Oct. 26, around 12:30 a.m., police were dispatched to Cletus Dr. in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, officials... more »
  • 28-year-old arrested for three rapes in October, 2015 murder

    October 27, 2016 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A suspect has been arrested in connection with raping three people in October has been charged in a 2015 murder. 28-year-old Bryan Leduff was arrested around 6:45 p.m. Thursday in connection to the shooting death of 34-year-old Jemina Williams, according to police. Investigators say Williams... more »
  • Teen arrested after video of tryst in classroom shared among classmates

    October 26, 2016 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high school student faces felony sex charges after deputies said the teenager recorded a tryst with his girlfriend in a classroom recently. Deputies booked Jonathon Moss, 18, into jail on pornography involving juveniles and carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges. Both charges are felonies. ... more »
  • Scotlandville teacher arrested for alleged sexual conduct with student

    October 24, 2016 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A school teacher has been arrested for alleged sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student after making inappropriate comments towards her. 32-year-old Christoper Shepard was arrested for prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student. According to East Baton Rouge School officials, Shepard is employed as a... more »
  • Dump truck driver arrested after fatal three-vehicle crash in Zachary

    October 24, 2016 2:46 PM

    ZACHARY – A dump truck driver was arrested after a fatal three-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 61 and Flanacher Road. The crash resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Deante Dixon and the death of 29-year-old Gilbert Rivera. The crash occurred on Monday around 6 a.m. when Dixon... more »
  • 4th arrest made in violent crime spree between Livingston, Tangipahoa

    October 13, 2016 2:32 PM

    HAMMMOND - The latest arrest has been made in a violent crime-spree where victims were shot, killed or injured in Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish. On Friday, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 27-year-old Kacey Lee Lanier for his participation in events just hours after a 27-year-old woman was murdered.... more »
  • Man booked into jail after restaurant tirade

    October 3, 2016 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 40-year-old man was arrested after attacking a restaurant worker who accused the suspect of not paying for food. Royce Glapion was booked into jail Monday on charges of battery and theft. Glapion was arrested after an altercation at the Piccadilly on Plank Road. A... more »
  • Man arrested for forcible rape in Baker

    October 2, 2016 2:02 PM

    BAKER - A man was arrested for domestic abuse battery and forcible rape on Saturday in Baker. The Baker Police Department responded to a domestic abuse battery complaint on Saturday at a home on Daniels Street. The victim stated that the defendant, 57-year-old David Janes, had physically touched her... more »
  • Six arrested for smuggling drugs into Assumption Parish detention facility

    September 30, 2016 3:20 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE – The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office arrested six people accused of smuggling drugs into the Parish Detention Center. Sheriff's investigators initiated an investigation a few weeks ago after corrections employees reported suspicious activities outside of the facility. The investigation revealed that the contraband was being delivered to areas... more »

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