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  • New Central police chief wants just $99/month

    June 24, 2014 9:56 PM

    CENTRAL - The next top cop in Central asked the city council to cut his pay since collecting a full time salary risks his retirement. Tuesday night, the council granted Chief-elect James Salsbury's odd request with no opposition. Salsbury retired from the Baton Rouge Police Department in 2005... more »
  • Officer in wheelchair terminated, not certified to fire weapon Play Video

    June 9, 2014 10:36 PM

    BRUSLY - A school resource officer, who should have been certified to fire his department-issued weapon, was terminated by Interim Brusly Police Chief Richie Johnson because he was not able to officially carry a gun. Gill Banta was hired in December 2008 at the direction of then-Chief Jamie Whaley.... more »
  • Brusly mayor, council in disbelief over chief resignation Play Video

    April 14, 2014 9:55 PM

    BRUSLY - The mayor and city council went behind closed doors Monday night at the request of Asst. District Attorney Tony Clayton, to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct. The executive session lasted for about 45 min. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announced plans to resign from... more »
  • Plaquemine discusses indicted chief Play Video

    April 11, 2014 6:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - People in Plaquemine are not happy to have a man indicted on criminal charges patrolling their streets, and town officials said they're discussing his employment. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley was indicted Thursday by a West Baton Rouge Grand Jury on one count of felony theft and... more »
  • New mayor, chief elected in Central

    April 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday. "Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot. "Shane"... more »
  • Notice to get rid of Sorrento PD posted Play Video

    February 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    SORRENTO - The fate of a troubled police department could come down to a vote by the town council, and eventually its residents. Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert published his plan to get rid of the police chief position and the department. Two weeks ago, the previous chief, Earl... more »
  • Suit: cops purposefully looked for affair, embarrassment Play Video

    February 6, 2014 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Court documents allege police were on a witch hunt when they used a warrant to obtain the cell phone of a woman reportedly having an affair with former police chief Dewayne White. Kim McCants filed a lawsuit against the department, the city-parish government, and police officers -... more »
  • Still no insurance after Sorrento meeting Play Video

    February 4, 2014 10:28 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department Tuesday night. The Sorrento Police Department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls during the day, while the sheriff's... more »
  • Sorrento gets additional insurance quote Play Video

    February 3, 2014 6:05 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento town council has an additional insurance quote to consider ahead of their Feb. 4 council meeting. The quote, which was discussed briefly at the previous council meeting, offers liability insurance for the chief of police and his assistant for a premium of about $45,000 per... more »
  • Former LSU hospitals chief heading to Dallas

    February 3, 2014 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The one-time leader of the LSU public hospital system is heading to Dallas, to become chief executive officer of a public county hospital. Fred Cerise says he accepted the job leading Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital. Cerise headed LSU's charity hospital system, with 10 hospitals and related clinics, before... more »
  • No chief, no decision on insurance in Sorrento Play Video

    January 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders. The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table... more »
  • Ex-police chief sentenced in missing cash probe

    January 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    AMITE- Former Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge that he tampered with cash that was recovered during a burglary investigation. State District Court Judge Wayne Ray Chutz sentenced Newton to five years of probation after the former chief pleaded guilty... more »
  • Firefighters needed in Livingston Parish Play Video

    January 9, 2014 5:11 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A volunteer fire district in Livingston Parish needs twice the number of active volunteer firefighters they currently have, according to their chief. Chief Joe Koczrowski says the District 5 Fire Department need about 20 more volunteers to cover the 26 square miles in their district. Volunteers... more »
  • La. police chief arrested on malfeasance charge

    January 3, 2014 2:30 PM

    GOLDONNA- A north Louisiana police chief has been arrested on charges that include malfeasance in office. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says it arrested Goldonna Police Chief Johnny Earl Rowell on Friday as part of an investigation that involves one of the chief's relatives. The sheriff's office didn't identify the... more »
  • Baker's police chief and mayor feud over budget Play Video

    December 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    BAKER - The mayor and police chief of Baker are up in arms over the city's reduced budget. Chief Mike Knaps wants to hire new officers to fill vacant positions, but the mayor won't allow it. Right now the police department is down one patrol officer and three... more »
  • Council: No insurance, no police department Play Video

    November 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department. The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19. ... more »
  • Area police chief indicted for stealing evidence

    September 6, 2013 4:43 PM

    KENTWOOD- The town's chief of police has been indicted in a case of missing evidence. Gregory Newton was indicted by a grand jury for malfeasance in office and unauthorized use of a movable. The indictment comes after a State Police investigation in December of 2012 when a person... more »
  • Gonzales Police Chief calls out councilmen Play Video

    September 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    GONZALES - The chief of Gonzales' police department recently called out members of the city council who he said were standing in the way of progress. "I don't know if they're being rebellious, I'm not sure of what direction they want to head, but I can tell you, we're... more »
  • Rescue truck insurance paid, problems loom Play Video

    August 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Insurance for a new city fire rescue truck has officially been paid. Port Allen's insurance provider confirms it received a check for $2,383 Monday. The bill has been paid in full. The truck has been stored at Station 1 since it was delivered last week.... more »
  • Fire truck fiasco: shiny truck latest victim of Port Allen drama Play Video

    August 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning. But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
  • Interim chief Dabadie named as new BRPD chief Play Video

    July 31, 2013 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden named Carl Dabadie to be the new chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department this morning. Dabadie served as interim chief before today's announcement, and prior to that served as chief of staff to former Chief Dewayne White whom Holden fired in February.... more »
  • Mayor: BRPD Chief announcement Wednesday

    July 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office said he will announce his selection for the next chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department at a press conference tomorrow morning. Holden confirmed last week that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and... more »
  • Holden: Decision on BRPD chief expected next week

    July 23, 2013 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden today said he expects to decide who will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department by this time next week. Holden confirmed today that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and Capt. Carl Dunn, all currently... more »
  • LABI chief: Jindal tax commission reversed reforms

    July 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of a powerful state business organization says Gov. Bobby Jindal has backpedaled reforms in the oversight of local tax assessors who decide property taxes. Dan Juneau, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says Jindal's appointees to the Louisiana Tax Commission appear to... more »
  • 2 top Henderson cops face charges in ticket scam

    July 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - St. Martin Parish prosecutors have filed formal charges against Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd in an investigation into an alleged illegal quota system for traffic tickets issued along Interstate 10. Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Thursday that the two men... more »
  • Town curfew extended further, ACLU calls it unconstitutional Play Video

    July 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    CLINTON - Town leaders extended a measure to reduce crime even though some groups call it imprisonment of residents. "We looked at the numbers, and it's like 60 percent less crime," Clinton Police Chief Fredrick Dunn said. Dunn, the town's mayor and council agreed to put a curfew... more »
  • Fomer Merryville Police Chief sued

    July 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    DERIDDER - Two women have sued Merryville's former police chief, accusing James Fowler of stopping their car without justification and making them submit to a strip search on the street. The American Press reported Thursday that the Town of Merryville and the Merryville Police Department are co-defendants. Merryville is... more »
  • New CEO named for state's insurer of last resort

    June 28, 2013 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's insurance commissioner has named a new chief executive to run Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run insurer of last resort. Commissioner Jim Donelon said Thursday he has named David Thomas to take the helm of the company. Thomas will replace Richard Robertson, who resigned... more »
  • Jury finds former fire chief guilty on all counts

    June 14, 2013 2:05 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A jury found former Livingston Parish fire chief Franklin Dale Church guilty on all charges today. Church was accused of nine counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Prosecutors presented graphic recorded testimony yesterday from the 13-year-old victim, who said Church would put her in a... more »
  • BR police chief scores nearly ready

    June 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The civil service exams taken last month by more than a dozen people vying to become Baton Rouge's next police chief will be graded and forwarded this week to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. That's according to State Examiner Robert S. Lawrence. Local officials had... more »
  • Entire town under curfew for summer nights

    June 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    CLINTON - A small town in East Feliciana Parish is taking a drastic measure to stop crime. The Clinton mayor, the entire city council and the police chief have decided to implement a curfew for anyone in the town. The curfew started May 30th and will last until... more »
  • Longtime LDWF enforcement chief retiring

    June 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After more than 43 years working for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Col. Winton Vidrine announced his retirement as chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division. Vidrine rose through the ranks since he was hired in 1970, starting out with no uniform, his own pickup... more »
  • People, D.A. react to Chief's statement on beating

    May 17, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Reaction is mixed after the city's top cop released a statement concerning the attack on a family in the northern part of town. Police Chief Carl Dabadie said there were serious errors in judgment after a husband, wife, and their daughter were beaten at a gas station... more »
  • BRPD Chief: Summons in gas station attack "mistake"

    May 17, 2013 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police Chief Carl Dabadie said today two people connected to what he called a "brutal" attack at a Baton Rouge gas station should have been arrested, not just ticketed. "That was a mistake and an error of judgment," Dabadie said in a press release emailed this... more »
  • Acting IRS chief says it wasn't about politics

    May 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - The man who's just been forced out as acting chief of the IRS is apologizing for what he calls "the mistakes that we made and the poor service we provided." Steven Miller has been testifying today to the House Ways and Means Committee about the IRS targeting of... more »
  • Family loses everything in fire Play Video

    May 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    ST. AMANT - A knocked-over candle cost a family everything they had in a house fire, according to the St. Amant Fire Department. "The power went out between midnight and one. My husband left for work he had lit candles when the power went out. One of them got... more »
  • Senate panel rejects election of education chief

    May 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to make Louisiana's education superintendent elected by voters, rather than appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has failed to gain traction in the Senate. The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday against the proposal by Republican Sen. Bob Kostelka - but only... more »
  • List of approved BRPD chief applicants released

    April 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting: * Carl... more »
  • List of BRPD chief candidates grows to 12

    April 9, 2013 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More candidates for the Baton Rouge Police chief's office submitted their applications today, the last day they can do so. Five people, all veteran BRPD officers, applied with the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board on Monday, bringing the total to nine. An additional three... more »
  • 5 more apply for BR police chief's position

    April 9, 2013 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Five more people have applied to take the civil service exam to become Baton Rouge's next police chief. The deadline is this afternoon. The Advocate reports the new candidates - all veteran Baton Rouge police officers - brought to nine the total number of applicants seeking to... more »
  • Detective accused of warrant shopping

    April 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's Attorney Jill Craft accused Detective Cleveland "Mack" Thomas of shopping around, going judge to judge to obtain a search warrant to investigate her client. Police executed that warrant last week after a court commissioner, Nicole Robinson, finally signed it.... more »
  • Springfield mayor, police chief due in court

    March 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springfield's mayor and police chief are scheduled to be in court to face charges they conspired to hide a woman's DWI citation, according to the state attorney general's office. A grand jury indicted Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief James Jones on charges of obstruction of... more »
  • Council quits discussion about electing police chief

    March 13, 2013 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided not to discuss electing the police chief Wednesday. During the Metro Council meeting, an agenda item to talk about changing how the chief is selected was deleted. The mayor appoints the chief, but after Mayor Kip Holden's controversial decision to fire former Chief... more »
  • Fired BR police chief's appeal set for May

    March 6, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dates have been set for Fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's civil service appeal hearing. The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board's chairman, Sgt. Bryan Taylor, told attorneys Wednesday the hearing will be held May 13-15. In an email, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip... more »
  • Sorrento chief defaults to 4th term

    March 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    SORRENTO- The town's police chief will serve a fourth term, since his only opponent left the race. The election was set for April. Earl Theriot has been in the spotlight recently for making bizarre comments to WBRZ News 2 reporters, asking questions about the department's spending. Those reports... more »
  • Dabadie sworn in as interim BR police chief Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carl Dabadie has officially taken over control of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He was sworn in during a ceremony in the Metro Council chambers. The 26 year veteran of the department has served as a motorcycle officer, training center director and department chief of staff... more »
  • Dabadie sworn in as provisional BRPD chief

    February 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie Jr. took the oath today to become Baton Rouge's provisional police chief. Mayor Kip Holden swore Dabadie in. He is the son of an officer who died in the line of duty, and applied for the chief's position when Jeff LeDuff resigned in... more »
  • Interim BRPD chief to be sworn in

    February 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The interim chief for the Baton Rouge Police Department will be sworn in Tuesday amid a legal showdown between the mayor's office and the former chief. Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr., will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department until Mayor-President Kip Holden names a new chief. ... more »
  • Firing of BRPD Chief rattles Police Union Play Video

    February 22, 2013 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Union is a force led to protect one another. They represent almost 95% of all Baton Rouge Police Department employees, sworn-in and non-sworn. After Chief Dewayne White's firing, a number of union members are rattled about the decision. "I have talked with... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief files civil service appeal

    February 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dewayne White's attorney officially filed an appeal today for his removal as Baton Rouge's police chief, claiming it was done in bad faith and without just cause. The appeal to the municipal Civil Service Board of East Baton Rouge says White's termination was not done in... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief plans further appeals Play Video

    February 18, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said he plans to appeal today's firing at the local and state levels, after a contentious hearing between him and East Baton Rouge's mayor-president. Mayor Kip Holden did not reverse his decision today to fire White after a public... more »
  • Holden chooses to uphold BRPD chief's firing Play Video

    February 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced he will uphold his decision to fire Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. Holden made the announcement during a public hearing with White and his attorney which grew contentious at times. Holden said White made several misrepresentations during... more »
  • Police association stands behind BRPD chief Play Video

    February 14, 2013 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Magnolia State Peace Officers Association of Louisiana released a statement today supporting Dewayne White, who was recently removed from his position as Baton Rouge Police chief. The MSPOA said White had made "obvious efforts" to address concerns with crime, and they support him on a... more »
  • Mayor's office gives White letter explaining firing Play Video

    February 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office sent former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White a letter today listing more than a dozen reasons they want him fired. The letter's 14 points include accusations of nepotism, destroying potentially-sensitive documents, and leaking confidential information or making inflammatory statements to the... more »
  • Former BR Police officer concerned about union, mayor relationship Play Video

    February 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Baton Rouge Police Officer Richard Sobers retired after 25 years with the department. He says he can't remember a chief of police being terminated, unless it involved a new mayor taking office. Sobers says he heard from current police who are glad Mayor Kip Holden fired... more »
  • 26-year veteran to fill chief's responsibilities

    February 6, 2013 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr. will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department until Mayor Kip Holden names a new chief. The city fired Dewayne White Wednesday. White had been the chief since May 2011. Prior to that, he was on the State Police force. Dabadie was White's... more »
  • BRPD chief fired shortly after public appearance Play Video

    February 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dewayne White was fired from his position as the city's top police officer Wednesday. White told News 2 he received a letter around noon from city Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel that there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • Fire Chief: 1 dead in storm's aftermath in Ga.

    January 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.- Authorities say the storm that has slammed a Georgia town has killed at least one person there. The massive storm system also has been blamed for the death of a man in Tennessee. He had been taking shelter in a shed when a tree toppled onto it, killing... more »
  • DHH to create inspector general office Play Video

    January 23, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Medicare and medicaid abuse nationally costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. To help prevent abuse here, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is hiring an inspector general. DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein says recent state audits have shown a need for greater payment controls involving Medicaid.... more »
  • Kentwood Police Chief arrested in missing evidence investigation

    January 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    Tangipahoa Parish- The Chief of Police in Kentwood is in trouble with the law himself. Chief Gregory Newton turned himself in to LSP Detectives, following an investigation into missing evidence. The investigation started in December when State Police received a citizen complaint saying $2000 had been misappropriated by... more »
  • BRPD Chief to arm officers with rifles, expand BRAVE to 70802 Play Video

    January 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White announced progressive plans that will move his department forward this year. In a one-on-one interview, White said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project will expand to the 70802 zip code this year. Officers will also be outfitted with military surplus... more »
  • BRPD chief putting more officers on Patrol

    January 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief Dewayne White announced plans to put dozens more Baton Rouge Police officers out patrolling the city's streets. White said he plans to swell the Patrol division's ranks by not transferring out veteran officers once new recruits join the force. He said in the past when... more »
  • Sorrento police claim harassment by chief

    November 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    SORRENTO - Three Sorrento police officers have threatened to file suit against the town and its Police Department, alleging harassment and retaliation by Police Chief Earl Theriot. An attorney for the three officers - Catherine Gil, Tige Scott and Kermit Givens - tells The Advocate he faxed a letter to... more »
  • White: 4 districts violating anti-seniority law

    October 18, 2012 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says four school districts are not complying with a law forbidding seniority-based teacher layoffs. But officials with those districts - St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion and St. Bernard - say their systems comply with the law, by giving seniority a low priority... more »
  • Ex-Leesville police chief gets prison in gun probe

    October 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A former Leesville police chief has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 51-year-old Bobby Hickman to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Federal... more »
  • La. high court rules Johnson will be chief justice

    October 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that Bernette Johnson will be the court's next chief justice, resolving a legal dispute that wound up in federal court. The court's ruling Tuesday says Johnson's years of appointed and elected service on the court give her the seniority that entitles... more »
  • Bell given life for killing former chief's brother-in-law

    October 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Leandre Bell, the man convicted of killing the brother-in-law of Baton Rouge's former police chief, to life in prison today. Bell, was convicted of two counts of murder and a host of other charges, including armed robbery. Leandre Bell was formally sentenced... more »
  • 5th Circuit gets 1st black chief judge

    October 1, 2012 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has its first black chief judge. Monday is Judge Carl E. Stewart's first day as chief judge of the New Orleans-based appeals court. The Shreveport resident succeeds Judge Edith H. Jones, who stepped down from the post. President... more »
  • Chief: Officer shot at Sikh temple still critical

    August 6, 2012 10:45 AM

    OAK CREEK, Wis. - The police chief of a Wisconsin city where a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple says the suspect shot the first officer on the scene eight to nine times with a handgun at close range. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards says the suspect ambushed... more »
  • Springfield leaders plead "not guilty" to charges

    August 1, 2012 3:50 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The mayor and police chief of Springfield pleaded not guilty today in Livingston Parish to charges they conspired to lessen charges against a woman initially arrested for driving drunk. Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief James Jones entered the plea at their arraignment today on charges of... more »
  • Feds back Johnson's bid to be next chief justice

    July 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is backing Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the next chief justice of the state's highest court. In a court filing Friday, attorneys for the department's civil rights division urge a federal judge to rule that Johnson's first few years of... more »
  • Deadline moved in La. chief justice debate

    July 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court is giving its justices an extra month to weigh in on a debate over naming the court's next chief justice. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball had set a July 31 deadline for the justices to file briefs on which colleague is the "oldest... more »
  • Carencro chief seeks ruling on private duty

    July 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout wants to know if he and other chiefs can be hired to do private security, just like off-duty police officers. The Louisiana Board of Ethics postponed a decision Friday, opting to continue its analysis until next month's meeting. Board staff... more »
  • Springfield mayor, police chief indicted

    July 12, 2012 2:28 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - A Livingston Parish grand jury has indicted the mayor and police chief of a Baton Rouge suburb on charges they conspired to hide a woman's 2011 drunken driving citation. Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says Thursday's four-count indictment charges Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief James... more »
  • La. chief justice declines to discuss successor

    July 11, 2012 8:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball says the state's code of judicial conduct prohibits her from meeting with a group of community leaders to discuss their concerns about the court's impending debate over naming Kimball's successor. Several supporters of Justice Bernette Johnson, who sued... more »
  • Feds asked to review debate over La. chief justice

    July 9, 2012 4:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several black Louisiana elected officials are asking the Justice Department's civil rights division to intervene in a dispute over whether state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to become the court's next chief justice. A letter sent Monday to the head of the division's voting... more »
  • 3 judges recuse themselves from La. justice's suit

    July 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three federal judges in New Orleans have recused themselves from presiding over Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's lawsuit seeking to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is legally entitled to be the court's next chief justice. The case was transferred Friday to... more »
  • Closing arguments to begin in Bell trial

    June 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The defense rested today in the trial of Leandre Bell, the man accused of killing the brother-in-law of former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff Leduff. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin later this afternoon, and the jury could be charged after that point. Bell is... more »
  • Deadline set to weigh-in on Kimball's successor

    June 14, 2012 7:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court has set a deadline for her colleagues to weigh-in on who should succeed her in the post. Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball plans to retire in January 2013. On Wednesday, Kimball ordered any justice interested "in a legal determination"... more »
  • Thibodaux to get own emergency preparedness chief

    June 10, 2012 11:08 AM

    THIBODAUX - For the first time, Thibodaux is set to have its own emergency preparedness official to coordinate the city's response to disasters. Mayor Tommy Eschete says his office interviewed seven candidates and hopes to announce the new official next week. The new official will be responsible for coordinating the... more »
  • UN chief says UN monitors shot at

    June 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    BEIRUT - Activists in Syria are accusing government forces of carrying out a new massacre -- this time, killing nearly 80 people, including women and children. They say the victims were shot, hacked to death and burned in their homes. The report comes weeks after more than 100 people were... more »
  • Busy day for firefighters along I-10

    June 7, 2012 1:32 PM

    WHISKEY BAY - Volunteer firefighters along I-10 in Iberville Parish said today has been the busiest day of the year for them so far. Chief Walter Bagot and the Blue Bayou Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large grass fire this afternoon at an exit off I-10 at the... more »

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