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  • Ex-boyfriend, brother arrested in Bogalusa woman's death

    October 19, 2015 5:10 PM

    COVINGTON - The ex-boyfriend of a Bogalusa woman whose body was found in a burned-out vehicle near the village of Sun is in custody in connection with her death as is his brother. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Gary Lee Harris was booked Monday with the... more »
  • Fire investigators to look at other buses after one bursts into flames

    May 23, 2015 12:03 AM

    MORGANZA - Fire investigators will review the maintenance records and recall notifications for all 2009 International CE 200 school buses in the fleet that runs the streets of Pointe Coupee Parish after a bus mysteriously burst into flames last week . Investigators ruled the fire accidental Friday. The bus... more »
  • School bus fire under investigation

    May 12, 2015 11:55 AM

    MORGANZA - Investigators said they're looking into what happened to a school bus which caught fire in Pointe Coupee Parish overnight. Spokesperson Will Love with First Student confirmed one of their buses parked at the shuttered Pointe Coupee Central High School was burned sometime Monday evening. Love said an... more »
  • Deputies say vehicle possibly connected to woman's disappearance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 20, 2015 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's investigators released a photo Monday of a vehicle they believe might be connected to the disappearance of an East Baton Rouge woman whose luxury car was found abandoned and burned to a crisp. Deputies said the SUV in the picture was spotted near Tahereh Ghassemi's... more »
  • Woman assaulted and burned

    November 17, 2014 7:43 PM

    WITCHITA, KANSAS- A woman is in critical condition after being sexually assaulted and burned over half her body. Police say they can't interview because of her heavy medication and current condition. Firefighters responded to a call about a grass fire near Witchita State University found her with severe burns... more »
  • Body found after house fire may be homicide

    October 16, 2014 5:02 PM

    ST. HELENA PARISH - Detectives said they're treating the death of a 39-year-old woman found after a house fire Saturday as a homicide. Details are still scarce, but authorities said they will be releasing more information soon. The house was burned almost to its foundation and firefighters found... more »
  • Shot, burned body found in New Orleans

    July 1, 2014 3:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Construction workers in eastern New Orleans have found the body of a woman who had been shot and burned. The body was found in shrubbery alongside Michoud Boulevard about 4 p.m. Monday. Police said that workers who came across the body were excavating the land nearby. The... more »
  • Jackson State baseball bus burns en route to game

    May 5, 2014 4:09 PM

    MIDFIELD, Ala. - A Jackson State University bus on its way to a baseball game caught fire Monday, destroying the bus but injuring none of the people on board according to the university. A statement from JSU said the bus was taking the baseball team to a game at... more »
  • Officer and neighbor shot, burning body found

    December 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    FRANKLINTON - Deputies say a man was arrested for shooting a police officer and his neighbor before setting his mobile home on fire where the body of a woman was found. According to Chief Deputy Mike Haley, it happened Thursday night in Franklinton when the suspect robbed and shot... more »
  • Burn victim convicted of lying

    November 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    WINNSBORO- A woman who lied about being set on fire by the KKK pleaded guilty to charges in North Louisiana. Sharmeka Moffitt was sentenced to prison, but it was suspended and she is on probation. Moffitt will have to pay fine, KNOE TV reported Friday . In October... more »
  • Sentencing delayed for ex-N.O. cop who burned body

    July 17, 2013 2:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has agreed to postpone a resentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police officer who was convicted of burning the body of a man who was shot and killed by another officer following Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae's July 25 sentencing was moved Wednesday to Jan.... more »
  • Woman who claimed racial attack charged

    March 19, 2013 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 21-year-old Winnsboro woman, who police believe set herself on fire in a local park in October after claiming she was attacked by Klansmen, faces two felony charges. District Attorney Mack Lancaster tells The News-Star Sharmeka Moffitt has been booked with one count of terrorizing and one... more »
  • Officials identify 2 children killed in fire

    January 23, 2013 8:51 AM

    WEST MONROE- Ouachita Parish fire investigators have identified the two children who died in a West Monroe house fire on Monday. Investigator Curt Meachum tells The News-Star the victims were 16-month-old Josephine McMurry and 3-year-old Gwendolyn McMurry. Meachum says the girls' father, Morgan McMurry, is in a burn unit at... more »
  • Katrina burned body trials March 11, March 18

    January 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new trial will begin March 11 for a former New Orleans police lieutenant accused of covering up a police killing after Hurricane Katrina. The ex-officer accused of killing the man will be tried a week later. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set the dates Tuesday. David... more »
  • Woman attacked, burned in Winnsboro park

    October 22, 2012 12:37 PM

    WINNSBORO, La. - A woman was attacked and burned in a park on Sunday night and authorities are investigating whether race was a factor in the assault. KSLA-TV reports that Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was on a walking trail in the Civitan Park in Winnsboro in Franklin Parish when she was... more »
  • Detectives: website linked murderer to victim check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 3, 2012 6:13 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Detectives believe the website backpage.com linked a murder victim to the man investigators say killed him. Jason Mascarella, 36, is charged with second degree murder for killing Roderick White, 33. How he did it is what investigators call "heinous, violent, and twisted." Detectives said White... more »
  • Workers suffer body burns after boat explosion

    February 15, 2012 5:45 PM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish deputies responded to a medical emergency at a work dock Wednesday afternoon to find victims with burned bodies from a boat explosion. The victims were working on a wire line spud barge at A & W Wire Line Co. at the intersection of Savanne Rd.... more »
  • Family: NY woman's generosity led to burn death

    December 30, 2011 7:28 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The relatives of a Brooklyn woman torched in the elevator of her apartment building said Thursday that she was a kindhearted woman who helped a homeless man and paid with her life. Deloris Gillespie's children told reporters that the 71-year-old woman had hired Jerome Isaac to... more »
  • 4 New Orleans firefighters burned in 'flashover'

    May 21, 2011 12:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four New Orleans firefighters have been treated for serious burns they suffered while battling an early-morning fire. The four suffered what the department described as "various second- and third-degree burns to their hands, necks and ears" Saturday morning. They had answered a call about smoke... more »
  • Protest over flag burning stopped by LSU Police, crowds

    May 11, 2011 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A planned protest at LSU where an American flag was reportedly going to be burned was stopped by LSU Police after large crowds grew combative with the demonstrator. Benjamin Haas was escorted away by police after crowds on the LSU Parade Ground threw water balloons and... more »
  • American flag found burned on LSU campus

    May 2, 2011 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police at LSU are investigating the burning of the school's American flag that flew over the parade ground early this morning. LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard said police were called to the parade ground around 5:15 a.m., and found the American flag had been cut down and... more »
  • Ex-cops sentenced in killing of man after Katrina

    March 31, 2011 3:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man to death without justification after Hurricane Katrina, and his ex-colleague was given just over 17 years for burning the body. The judge said he didn't believe... more »
  • Student burned in explosion at LSU chemistry lab

    March 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student was injured when chemicals he was working with exploded and caused a fire, according to LSU media relations. Ernie Ballard said a student was working in a chemistry lab in Choppin Hall when a "flash flame" occurred, burning the student. BRPD and... more »
  • Teen burned in fire at Baton Rouge home

    February 22, 2011 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was burned in a fire this afternoon that Baton Rouge firefighters said started when a candle was knocked over. Crews were called to the fire at a structure behind a home on 4618 Winbourne Ave. around 12:45 p.m. They said the owners and a... more »

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