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  • Councilman, wife accused of making false oil spill claim

    August 6, 2015 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday which accuses Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara of illegally claiming thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said Anny and his wife face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.... more »
  • Mayor suggests councilman should resign after latest blunder check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 5, 2014 10:32 PM

    GONZALES - The mayor suggested a councilman should resign after a controversy involving politicking near voting precincts on election day. Timothy Vessel was issued a misdemeanor summons for riding a tricycle around town and violating the 600 foot zone around voting precincts where politicking is not allowed. "[He]... more »
  • Cycling councilman's signs seized

    November 5, 2014 12:43 PM

    GONZALES - Police issued a summons to a Gonzales City Council member after they said he pedaled a bike covered in political signs too close to polling places on election day. Gonzales Police said Timothy Vessel was spotted riding a three-wheeled bike covered in signs early Tuesday morning along... more »
  • Racial slurs fly at city council meeting Play Video

    June 4, 2014 10:26 PM

    AMITE - Tuesday evening's council meeting in Amite included racial slurs and finger pointing by Councilman Jonathan Foster. In an audio clip recorded by our news partner in Tangipahoa Parish, ActionNews17.com , Councilman Foster uses a racial slur to describe his fellow black council members, Emanuel Zanders and Arthur... more »
  • Investigations loom over city, residents embarrassed Play Video

    February 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    SORRENTO - A visit to the town hall by the Louisiana Board of Ethics is not sitting well with people in Ascension Parish. One resident said the mounting scandals in her town are hard to deal with. "You hope that's going to be the worst," said Jenifer Tingle,... more »
  • Councilman fined for trying to use neighbor's power

    December 11, 2013 11:43 PM

    GONZALES- A city councilman will have to pay a fine or spend a limited amount of time after he was found guilty in connection with a theft of electricity case . Timothy Vessel was accused of using his neighbor's utilities to power his property while rebuilding from a fire.... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge city councilman, SU alumnus dies

    October 14, 2013 2:34 PM

    Baton Rouge- Former Baton Rouge Metro City Councilman and graduate of Southern University, Charles Kelly, has died. Kelly, who was a councilman from 1997 to 2008, died on Saturday. Kelly was a longtime and active member of the Southern University Alumni Federation, East Baton Rouge Parish Alumni Chapter.... more »
  • People want their bumpy roads taken seriously check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    WALKER - Livingston Parish council members are at odds about a parish wide overlay project to repaved neglected roads. "I feel like it was a stab in the back," councilman Chance Parent said at a recent meeting. He was caught off guard when parish president Layton Ricks contracted... more »
  • Resolution seeking president's removal going forward

    April 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish councilman says he will not pull a resolution seeking Parish President Charlotte Randolph's resignation over ethics violations. The Courier reports the parish council will debate the resolution Tuesday. Randolph has asked state ethics authorities to reconsider the $60,000 she's been ordered to pay because she... more »
  • New councilman withdraws Katrina tour fee proposal

    January 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A newly-elected New Orleans city councilman, whose district includes the Lower 9th Ward, has withdrawn a package of ordinances that would have required tour buses to pay special fees to access the neighborhood. Councilman James Gray, who took office last month, says he needs more time to... more »
  • Councilman accused of stealing electricity check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 2, 2013 10:37 PM

    GONZALES- Newly elected city councilman Tim Vessel faces misdemeanor charges, accused of stealing electricity from a neighbor. Police said a complaint was filed against Vessel by the property owner. The owner accused Vessel of plugging an extension cord in to a the neighbor's power supply and running tools with... more »
  • Newly-elected councilman ticketed for utility theft

    January 2, 2013 4:26 PM

    GONZALES - Police ticketed a new Gonzales city councilman after they said he stole electricity from a nearby trailer park. Police issued a misdemeanor summons to Timothy Vessel on Dec. 17 for theft of utility services. According to Chief Sherman Jackson, on Nov. 30 the manager of the... more »
  • Ex-councilman now faces new charge

    August 3, 2012 3:30 PM

    KENNER - Former New Orleans City Councilman Jon Johnson - awaiting sentencing in a federal corruption case - has been booked for allegedly failing to return a rental car in 2005. The Times-Picayune reports the 63-year-old Johnson surrendered Tuesday to Kenner police. A 2006 warrant involves a car rented from... more »
  • Local councilman arrested for DWI

    July 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Authorities arrested Denham Springs City Councilman Christopher Davis Sunday morning in suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Investigators said Davis was in an accident near La. 16 and Amite Church Road and drove away from the scene. Davis was booked into Livingston Parish Jail on one count... more »
  • Former Livingston Parish councilman arrested for drugs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 5, 2012 6:12 PM

    SATSUMA - Robert Ringo's pockets were filled with nearly 1,700 oxycodone pills when deputies showed up to arrest him, according to Jason Ard of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. He bailed out of jail Wednesday night, but is back in jail tonight on a slew of drug charges. ... more »
  • Former Livingston councilman arrested on drug charges

    April 5, 2012 12:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies arrested a former Livingston Parish councilman and four other people after a search of his home turned up more than a thousand prescription painkillers. Chief Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said narcotics agents searched Robert Ringo's home in Satsuma on Sunday. They... more »
  • Shooting suspect in juvenile court today

    February 14, 2012 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 16-year-old accused of shooting the son of a councilman in the chest is expected to be arraigned in juvenile court today. Police say the teen, who is not being identified, shot Chandler Loupe's son during a drug deal and robbery and Mary Lou Drive. Two... more »
  • Accused shooter of Councilman's son in court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 8, 2012 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More details came out in juvenile court today about a shooting and drug deal that put a Metro Council member's son in the hospital. Police arrested two people this week in connection with the shooting, which happened last Friday. One of them, a 16-year-old juvenile, appeared... more »
  • Juvenile accused of shooting Councilman's son to be identified today

    February 8, 2012 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The 16-year old arrested for allegedly shooting Councilman Chandler Loupe's youngest son will appear in Juvenile Court today for a Detention Hearing. The hearing will be open to the press. At that time, the Juvenile will be identified. Loupe's son was shot Friday in the Mayfair... 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 »
  • Neighbors push for change in area where Councilman's son shot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2012 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Neighbors who live in the Mayfair subdivision are demanding changes after a shooting occurred over the weekend. The victim happened to be the 15-year old son of Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe. This afternoon, detectives charged another 15 year old who was with him for attempted possession of... more »
  • Councilman's son shot

    February 6, 2012 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGEĀ - The search continues for the gunman who shot the 15-year-old of Councilman Chandler Loupe. The shooting happened Friday night according to EBR police during a drug deal in the Mayfair Subdivision. Coucilman Loupe's son was shot in the chest and remains hospitalized. News2 Reporter Chris... more »
  • Former BR councilman cannot be criminally charged for mayoral race flier

    March 28, 2011 9:23 PM

    District Attorney Hillar Moore says no charges can be filed against a former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman who paid for a flier attacking Mayor Kip Holden during the 2008 mayor's race. The ad was mailed to thousands and showed the mayor beaten up and also accused him of having... more »
  • Tips to reduce spending touch on vehicles, garbage

    February 8, 2011 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Citizens were put in charge of cutting waste in Baton Rouge a month ago and today there are more than a hundred leads in one councilman's office to do just that. Chandler Loupe says he's had a great response, even from some people within city-parish government.... more »
  • Former EBR councilman possibly behind 2008 mayoral campaign flyer

    November 19, 2010 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A political consultant is clear of accusations he paid for a slur-campaign against the mayor of Baton Rouge. The State Board of Ethics dismissed campaign-finance violations against Scott Wilfong. But former City Councilman Darrell Glasper could face criminal charges because of fliers in the 2008 mayoral campaign... more »
  • Bossier City councilman arrested for fraud

    November 16, 2010 5:27 AM

    BENTON - A Bossier City councilman has been arrested on charges of bank fraud. Bossier City Councilman James "Chubby" Knight turned himself into police. The charges stem from an investigation into a secret shopper scam Knight claimed he was a victim of. Knight's attorney says he thinks the charges are... more »
  • Ethics complaint against BR councilman dropped

    October 15, 2010 11:18 AM

    An ethics complaint against a Baton Rouge council member has been dismissed, according to the state ethics board. A secretary for the board said the complaint against Ulysses "Bones" Addison had been dismissed last month. The board had claimed Addison hadn't filed a required campaign finance disclosure report... more »
  • Minden councilman dies

    April 2, 2010 6:05 AM

    A Minden city councilman has died after suffering a medical problem while driving home and crashing his vehicle into a building Thursday morning. Police Chief T.C. Bloxom says Rodney Seamster, who was nearing completion of his first term on the City Council, ran off the street and through a fence... more »
  • Larry Caillier's child porn trial slated for May

    March 17, 2010 6:50 AM

    Larry Caillier II is set to stand trial May 17 on federal child pornography charges. The former Opelousas High School teacher pleaded not guilty to charges of production and possession of child pornography, and attempt to coerce a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts. He was arrested Feb. 26... more »
  • Arrest warrant for Lafayette official recalled

    March 3, 2010 6:58 AM

    A warrant for Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin for missing a court hearing regarding an $8,300 debt has been recalled after the councilman met with representatives from the bank trying to collect the money. Shelvin was due in court Monday to provide documents detailing his income and assets, but failed... more »
  • Arrest warrant issued for Lafayette councilman

    March 2, 2010 6:48 AM

    A warrant was issued for the arrest of Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin. Shelvin was due in court Monday to provide documents detailing his income and assets, but failed to show up. Shelvin took out a $10,000 line of credit from Hancock Bank in 2007, but allegedly stopped payment this... more »
  • Petition aims to recall St. Landry councilman

    February 10, 2010 4:56 AM

    A recall petition has been filed against St. Landry Parish Councilman Ronald E. Buschel. The Feb. 1 filing starts the 180-day period in which the recall committee has to get at least 1,436 signatures of registered voters from Buschel's district to force a recall election. The petition does not specify... more »

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