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  • Another plea deal in courthouse evidence theft scheme

    August 10, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The son of former State District Judge Kay Bates pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance, possession of cocaine and obstruction related to a case against him where he was indicted for theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in 2012.... more »
  • Defendant shot, killed outside Mississippi courthouse

    August 3, 2015 11:52 AM

    CANTON, Miss. - A law enforcement official says a man fatally shot a defendant waiting outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning. Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says a suspect has been arrested and is in custody in the Madison County jail. According to an indictment forwarded to The... more »
  • Tangipahoa courthouse renovations delayed due to cost

    June 23, 2015 11:23 AM

    AMITE - Anticipated repairs and renovations to the 53-year-old Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse will be delayed once again. Parish Council Finance Director Jeff McKneely asked the Council on Monday to reject the bids on the project because they are all too expensive. McKneely says the lowest bid of nearly $348,000 is... more »
  • Former clerk pleads guilty in evidence room thefts

    June 2, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former clerk of court accused of helping steal cocaine and weapons from an evidence locker at the Baton Rouge courthouse pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of cocaine possession and principal to malfeasance in office. Debra Bell admitted in court she took the drugs from the... more »
  • Security changes at Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse

    May 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    NEW ROADS- Pointe Coupee Parish officials implemented several changes at the courthouse in New Roads in an effort to improve security. Anyone entering the courthouse, whenever court hearings are taking place, will only be able to do so at the courthouse's front entrance. Visitors will have to show identification and... more »
  • Two sentenced in courthouse cocaine conspiracy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced two people Tuesday who admitted to their parts in a conspiracy to steal and sell cocaine taken as evidence and stored in the East Baton Rouge Parish courthouse. Judge Jules Edwards sentenced Terrance Ramirez and Colt Bell for their guilty pleas to charges... more »
  • Sheriff: 2 shot outside NC courthouse on lockdown

    October 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    NASHVILLE, NC - A sheriff says two men have been shot outside a North Carolina courthouse and have non-life-threatening wounds. Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins says they were shot Tuesday morning outside the courthouse in Nashville. He says one ran inside the building and collapsed with wounds to a hand... more »
  • Prison guard fired after inmate escapes near courthouse

    September 18, 2014 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prison guard lost his job after after an inmate escaped near the 19th Judicial District Courthouse downtown. Wednesday, Clayton Holland got away from Pine Prairie corrections officers when he was being transported to East Baton Rouge. Holland escaped using a handcuff key he got... more »
  • New Livingston Parish courthouse coming along check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2014 4:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A new $20 million courthouse is nearly complete in Livingston Parish. The new building, located along Highway 63, should be complete in October so agencies can move over in December. The parish raised $18 million by selling revenue bonds. The District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Clerk of... more »
  • Bondsman chains men to courthouse

    June 19, 2014 7:10 PM

    DOTHAN, ALABAMA- A bail bondsmen chained to men two the door of a courthouse in Alabama after he posted their bail and they skipped court. Rickey Stokes says the men turned themselves into him after missing their court dates and he tried to hand them over to authorities. But court... more »
  • Judge's son faces arraignment in drug theft

    October 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three people accused of stealing items from the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office will appear before a judge Thursday for arraignment. One of the defendants, William Colvin, is the son of State District Judge Kay Bates. He's accused, along with his girlfriend Debra Bell,... more »
  • More courtrooms needed in St. Helena Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 30, 2013 5:32 PM

    GREENSBURG - In Saint Helena Parish plans are in works to make improvements to the courthouse where there's only one courtroom. The parish is part of the 21st Judicial District along with Livingston and Tangipohoa parishes. Since there's only one courtroom in Saint Helena, trials and hearings are sometimes... more »
  • Investigative Unit: judge's son has accounts frozen

    August 14, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man accused of stealing drugs and other items from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office said he made around $200,000 of the loot. He is believed to have stashed the money in numerous bank accounts, which were frozen the WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Six indicted for evidence room cocaine, gun thefts

    July 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury handed up indictments for six people, including a judge's son, in connection with a scheme which led to the theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse last year. The indictment includes charges of malfeasance in... more »
  • Man found guilty after courthouse breakout

    June 7, 2013 10:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A man who broke out of court and bolted was found guilty of manslaughter. Akeem Gailes was on trial for killing a man at a Mardi Gras parade. He was found guilty Friday evening. Thursday, he unlocked a holding cell at the courthouse and was able to... more »
  • Mistrial overturned after accused killer breaks free from court

    June 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- In a late decision, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower judge's mistrial after a man, accused of murder, broke out of court and made a run for it Thursday afternoon. Akeem Gailes was on trial for a shooting at a Mardi Gras parade earlier this... more »
  • Sheriff: Human, mechanical error led to escape check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish's sheriff said human and mechanical errors could have helped an accused murderer escape from the courthouse in Plaquemine during his trial today. Deputies said Akeem Gailes, 26, got away during a lunch break by unlocking a holding cell. Once he got out of the cell... more »
  • Snakes in a courthouse

    April 25, 2013 7:56 PM

    JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI- Snakes slithering into the Hinds County Courthouse pose no threat but they give the workers the creeps. Five have been found in the county circuit clerk's basement office this month. One worker says the largest was as big around as her finger but she didn't stop to measure.... more »
  • County prosecutor killed near Texas courthouse

    January 31, 2013 11:17 AM

    KAUFMAN, Texas - Authorities say an assistant district attorney has been shot and killed near the North Texas county courthouse where he worked. The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. Thursday outside a building across from the main Kaufman County courthouse. Authorities say they are seeking two suspects in the... more »
  • Security improvements made to 19th JDC evidence room check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Security changes have been made to the evidence room of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, after 48 pounds of cocaine went missing. Two courthouse employees, William Colvin and Debra Bell, were arrested. Investigators said they stole the cocaine and distributed it on the streets of Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Announcement planned after cocaine arrests

    December 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police planned a press conference today to discuss the arrest of workers accused of stealing drugs from the Baton Rouge courthouse. Last week police arrested William Colvin and Debra Bell, both of whom worked in the Clerk of Court's office, in suspicion of stealing a large... more »
  • Livingston courthouse plans up in limbo

    November 5, 2012 10:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish opened a courthouse annex last week, but its plans for a complete new courthouse remain in limbo. The Advocate reports bids received last month on a proposed $18.4 million courthouse exceed the amount the parish has bonded for the building, and officials are scrambling to find... more »
  • Funding gap in plans to build new Livingston Parish courthouse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 11, 2012 5:32 PM

    LIVINGSTON - People working on plans for a new Livingston Parish courthouse are considering changes to meet a $2 million funding gap. Bids for the project came in earlier this month. Architects involved in the plans say great steps were taken to make the project affordable, and options were... more »
  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in gunfire near Texas courthouse

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM

    BEAUMONT, Texas - Police say one person has been killed and three others wounded after a gunman opened fire in front of a Southeast Texas courthouse. Beaumont police say the man suspected in Wednesday's shootings near the Jefferson County Courthouse has been injured and captured. Officer Doug Kibodeaux declined to... more »
  • Courthouse Shooting

    September 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    Authorities in Crawford County, Arkansas say immediate security steps are being taken after a gunman stormed the historic courthouse on Tuesday and shot and wounded a judge's receptionist. The courthouse has six entrances, none with metal detectors and no guards. The detectors are only at the front doors of the... more »
  • Move begins to new Baton Rouge courthouse

    November 9, 2010 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers have begun the process of moving files, supplies and furniture from the current courthouse to the new 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge. The new courthouse will feature 27 courtrooms, security upgrades and other amenities. Some of those include extra space for potential jurors... more »
  • 2nd person arrested for helping escapee

    October 20, 2010 11:47 AM

    A second person has been arrested for allegedly helping Damon Cook escape custody before a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning. Hilton Hayes, 28, was arrested and charged with Principal to Simple Escape and Accessory to Simple Escape. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies believe Hayes gave Cook a ride after he... more »
  • Authorities say Cook overpowered guards, escaped restraints

    October 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    Authorities say a man about to be sentenced to life in prison was able to overpower a deputy and get out his restraints before escaping into downtown Baton Rouge. Demond Cook was being taken to court in Baton Rouge by Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s deputies when he made his escape this... more »
  • EBRSO searching for escaped inmate

    October 19, 2010 8:09 AM

    East Baton Rouge Parish deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the downtown courthouse around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Demond Cook, 34, has been previously charged with 2 counts of armed robbery, and 1 count of 2nd degree kidnapping. Cook was being transported by Catahoula deputies for a motion... more »
  • Public defender shortage in federal court

    July 27, 2010 5:13 PM

    Baton Rouge federal courthouse officials may be looking for outside help for public defender work. The caseload at the courthouse has increased by 23% from June to July. That's mostly due to an ongoing Medicare takedown, where 31 people have been indicted. Many will need a court-appointed attorney to... more »
  • Livingston buys church building for court

    July 2, 2010 9:55 AM

    Livingston Parish has purchased a church to house a new courtroom. Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be torn down to create additional courthouse parking. Grimmer said... more »
  • St. Mary Parish deputies arrest suspect at courthouse

    September 30, 2009 8:51 AM

    St. Mary Parish deputies didn't have to go far to nab a suspect, as they arrested a Jeanerette man Tuesday while he conducted business at the parish courthouse. 44-year-old Joey Viltz was charged with making calls to 911 with no emergency. Deputies said while Viltz was in the courthouse... more »

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