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  • Traffic stop leads to four drug, weapons arrests

    November 20, 2014 8:52 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish deputies say they found weapons and drugs in a car after stopping it for illegally parking in a handicapped space. John Johnson, 43, was behind the wheel. According to deputies, he had several warrants for failing to appear in court. When they searched the car,... more »
  • Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

    November 19, 2014 1:55 PM

    CHICAGO - Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life. The news comes from 20-year follow-up of a study in Scotland that was the... more »
  • Fire chief arrested for having pot

    November 14, 2014 3:16 AM

    GRAND ISLE - The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the Grand Isle fire chief was among 20 people arrested after an undercover operation into drug use on the remote barrier island and recreation spot on the Gulf of Mexico. Fire Chief Aubrey "T-Black" Chaisson was arrested Thursday morning and booked with... more »
  • Medicare bought meds for dead people

    October 31, 2014 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A government watchdog agency says Medicare's prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem apparently started with a bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general... more »
  • Gonzales man arrested on drug charges

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    GONZALES- A man accused of selling heroin to narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish, is now behind bars. Detectives arrested Moses Griggs after finding him packaging heroin at his home in Gonzales. They also found four small children ranging in age from 8 to 12 years of age. ... more »
  • Expensive pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    July 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. According to new research, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined in less than... more »
  • LSU enrolling patients in new kind of drug test

    July 25, 2014 3:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster. Patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer can enroll at LSU cancer centers in New Orleans, Houma, Covington and Baton Rouge. Most such... more »
  • Group booked following shooting at party

    July 2, 2014 9:19 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies have made several arrests following an investigation into a shooting at a party in Prairieville on June 28th. Investigators say a young woman held a party in the 15000 block of Daigle Rd. while her parents were out of town. It was supposed... more »
  • Stripper scheme busted Play Video

    June 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW YORK CITY - Four New York City strippers and the a club owner have been arrested after investigators discovered they stole more than $200,000 from unsuspecting men. Prosecutors say they worked together to drug wealthy businessmen by spiking their drinks. Then the girls would run by thousands of... more »
  • 2 arrested in Baton Rouge drug bust

    June 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agents with a multi-agency narcotics task force said they made two arrests, seized drugs, cash and a handgun on Tuesday. Morrow Payton, 45, and Quinteller Jones, 36, are both charged with possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and ecstasy and additional gun charges. ... more »
  • Get rid of old meds with Drug Take Back Day Play Video

    April 24, 2014 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield will join together this weekend for the eighth annual Drug Take Back Day. Zachary Police Chief David McDavid and Robin Mayhall from BCBS joined Whitney Vann on 2une In Thursday to talk about how you... more »
  • Six hospitalized after smoking synthetic weed

    April 10, 2014 9:44 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish spent Thursday night investigating the sudden illness of six people who smoked synthetic marijuana. Investigators said the group, who smoked the fake weed at various locations and not all in one location, were treated at an area hospital. The incident was described as... more »
  • WBRSO major accused of drug, malfeasance charges

    April 8, 2014 12:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Sheriff's major faces multiple drug and distribution charges after his arrest Monday night. Authorities arrested Maj. Mervin Jerome Fontenot on suspicion of possessing oxycodone, malfeasance in office, and possessing with intent to distribute valium, codeine, and crack cocaine. Col. Richie Johnson... more »
  • Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

    March 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system. The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish... more »
  • La. asks to hide purchase site for execution drugs

    February 22, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State prison officials are asking to keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs the Louisiana State Penitentiary has stockpiled for its next execution. In court filings, the state says if it identifies how it's getting the lethal injection drugs, corrections officials may not be able... more »
  • Four arrested in Ascension drug bust

    January 7, 2014 11:59 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of four people on drug charges. Major Kevin Hanna reports the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division followed up on information that Chrystal Carter was selling illegal drugs from her home in Prairieville. That led... more »
  • Former Port Allen star Claiborne arrested on drug charges

    December 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    COLLEGE STATION, Tx - Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne after he was arrested on two drug possession charges. Claiborne was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He... more »
  • Drug bust money for police equipment

    December 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    HAMMOND - The city council in Hammond is introducing an ordinance to purchase police equipment with money from drug busts. The ordinance would use $31,000 from an account containing money seized mostly from drug dealers and narcotics arrests. It would be used to buy bulletproof shields for the police... more »
  • Hunt Correctional employee arrested

    November 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies arrested an employee of the Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel after they said he tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office accused Daron Toussant of drug charges after starting an internal investigation into his actions. Detectives got... more »
  • Tip leads to several drug arrests in Ascension

    September 26, 2013 11:46 AM

    GONZALES - Investigators said a tip to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office led to several drug arrests and the discovery of a meth lab in St. Amant. Deputies said they began investigating 27-year-old Christopher Washburn, who had an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery and other charges, after receiving a... more »
  • Postal investigators target drug trade via US mail

    September 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in the Baton Rouge area are finding more and more illegal drugs in the U.S. mail and private delivery services. The Advocate reports that drugs have been found in plastic wraps, cereal boxes, cans and even dirty laundry. Most have a California return address. Acting U.S.... more »
  • Eight arrested in drug investigation

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies arrested eight people in Livingston Parish this week as part of a drug investigation. Spokesperson Lori Steele said on Monday deputies arrested Curtis Baxter, 33, of Baton Rouge; Robert Halford, 37, of Denhams Springs; Dedrick Thomas, 32, of Walker; Denise Mann, 42, of Walker; Chad... more »
  • Drug investigation leads to multiple arrests in Ascension Parish

    September 4, 2013 2:51 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A month-long drug investigation in Ascension Parish has landed multiple people behind bars. During a traffic stop on Tuesday, detectives arrested Melana Vu and Patrick Morrison after they found Heroin and other drug paraphernalia in the car. Detectives then searched a home on Liz Road and... more »
  • 2 arrested for drug possession in Baton Rouge

    August 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A traffic stop in Baton Rouge has led to the arrest of two men for drug possession. After a search of the vehicle, officers said they found 91 Oxycodone pills and 2.6 grams of Synthetic Marijuana. Henry Thompson and Jarrett Thompson, both of Port Allen,... more »
  • Drug lord freed 12 years early

    August 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    MEXICO CITY - A drug lord walked free 12 years early after the court overturned his sentence for three murders. It all started in 1984 when two young American couples dressed in their Sunday best walked door to door in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, trying to spread... more »
  • APSO: Six arrested, one wanted in drug operation

    August 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said an undercover operation led to them taking several suspected drug dealers and others off the streets of Donaldsonville. Chief Tony Bacala said the investigation started July 25, and led to six drug arrests. Investigators said they're also looking for an seventh... more »
  • Fired deputy also a high school coach

    August 8, 2013 10:41 PM

    NEW ROADS - A fired deputy from the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office is also a non-faculty coach for a Catholic school in the area, WBRZ News 2 learned Thursday night. Joseph Reed Bueche, 51, lost his job with the sheriff's office after he was arrested on two counts... more »
  • State Police: Pointe Coupee deputy bought drugs on duty Play Video

    August 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    NEW ROADS - A deputy with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested following a drug investigation. Sheriff Bud Torres said 51-year-old Joseph Reed Bueche, of Ventress, was fired Wednesday night following his arrest. "Police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, we're supposed... more »
  • Second arrest made in deadly drug deal shooting

    August 6, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies announced a second arrest in connection with a deadly shooting during a drug deal last week. Deputies arrested Julius Thomas, 23, on suspicion of first degree murder Monday evening. They previously arrested Jarvis Fleming, 21, also on suspicion of first degree murder. Detectives... more »
  • Man arrested after drug deal shooting

    August 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's detectives arrested a 21-year-old man involved in a shooting Friday night during a drug deal, according to EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. Hicks says Jarvis Fleming of Greenwell Springs is charged with first degree murder and tampering with an electronic monitor. ... more »
  • $1.4 million of synthetic weed seized in bust

    August 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes announced a recent drug bust netted $1.4 million in synthetic marijuana. Deputies arrested Kalid J. Jaber of Chalmette for speeding around 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 1. Investigators said after they had issues with his story, they checked... more »
  • Student left in DEA cell to get $4 million from US

    July 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    SAN DIEGO - The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case. Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left... more »
  • A-Rod suspension still in the air

    July 30, 2013 10:24 AM

    NEW YORK - It is still anybody's guess as to when, or if, Major League Baseball will try to suspend Alex Rodriguez. The latest piece of news indicates baseball may try and suspend the Yankees third baseman under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would... more »
  • Man accused of driving on Xanax, tried to toss pills

    July 29, 2013 1:49 PM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Hammond man after they said he was driving under the influence of the prescription drug Xanax. Deputies arrested James M. Jackson Jr., 52, after they said he was driving erratically Sunday night and tried to toss the pills he was taking after he... more »
  • Jail releases mug shot of LSU baseball signee

    July 26, 2013 12:35 AM

    BARTOW COUNTY, Ga.- The sheriff of this county, north of Atlanta, released the booking photo, or more infamously known as "mug shot," of LSU baseball signee Dylan Cade Williams. Williams, of Rydal, Ga., was booked Tuesday on counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 drugs, trafficking Ecstasy,... more »
  • LSU baseball signee arrested in Georgia

    July 25, 2013 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Georgia say a signee with the LSU baseball team is one of seven men arrested on drug charges. Bartow County deputies say Dylan Cade Williams, of Rydal, Ga., was booked Tuesday on counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 drugs, trafficking Ecstasy, and... more »
  • Ohio police department using fake drug checkpoints

    June 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Police in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights know they're not allowed to use checkpoints to search drivers and their cars for drugs. So they're trying the next best thing: fake drug checkpoints. Police recently posted large yellow signs along Interstate 271 that warned drivers that... more »
  • Felon booked in Kenner home-grown marijuana case

    June 12, 2013 3:07 PM

    KENNER - Allegations about a home-based marijuana growing operation have led to the arrest of a Kenner man on drug and weapon charges. Kenner police said they received an anonymous tip about marijuana being grown at a residence. Detectives searched the home Tuesday and found 32 marijuana plants, plus 18... more »
  • Complaints lead to drug bust in Ascension

    May 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    GONZALES - An investigation into alleged drug activity landed two people in jail in Ascension Parish. Sheriff deputies discovered marijuana, cocaine and other drug-related items upon searching a home in the 12000 block of Beartrand Babin Rd. They later arrested 48-year-old Sherri Babin, and 52-year-old John Artigue on... more »
  • BRAVE, narcotics agents make big busts Play Video

    May 2, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Police BRAVE unit and Narcotics Division made nine arrests and seized a variety of drugs, guns and cash during recent busts in the city. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said a series of searches and a traffic stop Wednesday netted nearly $80,000 in... more »
  • APSO: Former Voodoo player caught with marijuana

    April 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    GONZALES - Authorities arrested a former arena league football player on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after they said he was caught with marijuana in Ascension Parish. Around 3:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Sheriffs narcotics detectives, DEA agents and Baton Rouge City narcotics detectives arrested Brian Coulter, 27, in the... more »
  • NFL group, company teaming up for brain drug test

    April 24, 2013 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - A potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries may be tested in retired professional football players, who are the focus of concern over blows to the head. Neuralstem, Inc., of Rockville, Md., said Wednesday it is working with the National Football League Alumni Association to study the feasibility... more »
  • Mathieu responds to report he failed 10+ drug tests

    April 12, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former LSU standout Tyrann Matiheu issued a response this afternoon to a report that he told an assistant NFL coach he'd failed more than ten drug tests before being kicked off the Tiger football team. Mathieu said the quote didn't accurately reflect the discussions he had... more »
  • Report: Mathieu told NFL he'd failed 10+ drug tests

    April 12, 2013 12:51 PM

    PHOENIX, Ariz. - According to reports, former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu told an assistant NFL coach that he'd failed more than ten drug tests at LSU before he was kicked off the team. USA Today reported Mathieu told the unnamed coach he "stopped counting" once he got to ten... more »
  • Task force: Drug "big timer" busted, 100 lbs. of pot taken Play Video

    April 11, 2013 4:16 PM

    BAKER - Police said they broke the back of a large drug operation Thursday. Three people were arrested and about 100 pounds of marijuana was seized along with other drugs and guns. Chief Mike Knaps said narcotics officers arrested Lawrence LeBlanc, Stefanie Davis, and Elzy Hollis on several... more »
  • Father and son arrested on drug charges

    April 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    ST. AMANT - Authorities in Ascension Parish arrested a father and his son on drug charges this week. Narcotices agent searched the home of Audie Decoteau, 51, and Austin Decoteau, 17, on April 8 after receiving complaints about drug activity there. Detectives said they found marijuana and other... more »
  • Drug probe leads to discovery of homemade bomb

    April 5, 2013 6:42 PM

    MORGAN CITY - St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert says a man from the Bayou Vista community was arrested after narcotics detectives found a bomb at a residence. The Daily Review reports that the detectives were looking into allegations of drug activity at the residence when they found the explosive... more »
  • Woman arrested for possession of heroin

    March 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    ST. AMANT - A woman in Ascension Parish was arrested on drug charges. Miranda Argrave, 33, was arrested after deputies seized heroin, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in her home in St. Amant, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre. The arrest comes after deputies received complaints about... more »
  • Jindal seeks release for nonviolent drug offenders

    February 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to let some nonviolent drug offenders out of prison early if they complete an intensive treatment program. The governor says he believes his proposal would reduce the likelihood prisoners would end up back in jail, and also cut prison operating costs. The measure... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 12, 2013 Play Video

    February 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 12, 2013 - The older you are, the happier you are now. But when it comes to overall satisfaction with life, older people may not have as much of that. A study from Florida State University... more »
  • Alcohol and Drug Center looking to expand Play Video

    January 31, 2013 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge area Alcohol and Drug Center is expanding. The facility has been at its current location for 40 years and is quickly outgrowing its space. With a waiting list which runs 600 people deep, many who need help are turned away. To accommodate... more »
  • Vijay Singh withdraws from Phoenix Open

    January 31, 2013 10:31 AM

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Phoenix Open, a day after saying he used deer-antler spray. Singh cited a back injury in pulling out Thursday before the first round. The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine said... more »
  • Husband and wife face child porn, drug charges

    January 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    LORANGER - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish arrested a Loranger couple after investigators said they found drugs and child pornography in their home. Deputies arrested Richard W. Dunnington, 51, and his wife Lisa Fay Dunnington, 50, yesterday after a search of their residence. Investigators said they found several... more »
  • Readers of Armstrong book sue over denial of drug use

    January 24, 2013 3:46 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Readers of Lance Armstrong's two books detailing his cycling accomplishments are suing the disgraced athlete and his publishers because of his denials of drug use. A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Sacramento on Tuesday by several consumers who bought the best-selling books, including Rob Stutzman,... more »
  • Multiple arrests made in Ascension Parish drug investigation

    January 18, 2013 2:30 PM

    Gonzales- A week long investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has landed multiple people behind bars. During a search of Craig Encalade Jr.'s home in Gonzales, detectives placed him under arrest after they found heroin in Encalade's pocket. Detectives also found more heroin and marijuana, along with... more »
  • Man wanted for murder cornered in Lafayette area

    January 11, 2013 10:18 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Local police and other law enforcement agencies believe they had a man wanted for murder in Baton Rouge, cornered in a field. Ruben Van Dyke is accused of killing Brannon Counts on Hollywood Street Thursday night. Authorities in the Lafayette area said Van Dyke crashed his car... more »
  • Suspect identified in deadly shooting, crash

    January 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified an Alexandria man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting last night in Baton Rouge. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Ruben Van Dyke, 30, was wanted for his involvement in the death of Brannon Counts, 32. McKneely said Counts was shot in the parking... more »
  • FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

    January 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue rules are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a... more »
  • Ecstasy suspect to be in federal court Friday

    December 27, 2012 7:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An alleged coordinator for an Ecstasy organization in Vietnam is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday to answer charges that he conspired to send more than 1.1 million tablets of the illegal drug from Canada to Baton Rouge. Vinh Van Trinh was arrested Dec. 3 in... more »
  • Students arrested after loaded gun found at school

    December 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies on the School Drug Task Force arrested two East Baton Rouge students today after a gun was found in a garbage can outside Park Forest Middle School. Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks with the EBR Sheriff's Office said the two 8th grade students, ages 13 and... more »
  • Study: Drug coverage to vary under health law

    December 4, 2012 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says basic prescription drug coverage could vary dramatically from state to state under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That's because states get to set benefits for private health plans that will be offered starting in 2014 through new insurance exchanges. The study out Tuesday... more »
  • Calmes given 30 months in jail for money laundering

    November 29, 2012 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge sentenced Denham Springs businessman Kevin Calmes to 30 months in prison and a $25,000 fine today after his conviction on money laundering charges, according to the U. S. Attorney's Office. In August, a federal jury found Calmes guilty on five of the eight... more »
  • Pa. boys, 7 and 10, took LSD they found on street

    November 28, 2012 4:38 PM

    EASTON, Pa. - A prosecutor says two Pennsylvania brothers who were rushed to a hospital in September inadvertently took liquid LSD from a bottle of breath mint drops they found on the ground near their home. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Wednesday that investigators determined the boys ingested... more »
  • Stores selling synthetic marijuana warned Play Video

    November 16, 2012 5:20 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish is aggressively targeting the sale of synthetic marijuana. This comes after a number of students were sent to the hospital for using the synthetic drug. The synthetic drug is used as a marijuana-type substance, it's marketed and sold in stores as incense or potpourri. ... more »
  • Tennis federation mulls anti-doping step

    November 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    PARIS - The International Tennis Federation might copy blood-testing measures used by cycling to weed out drug cheats. ITF anti-doping manager Stuart Miller told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the federation is working toward more blood and out-of-competition drug testing on players. Roger Federer and Andy Murray... more »
  • State Fair drug arrests: 3 carnies, 5 others

    November 12, 2012 10:30 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw say a drug operation at the Louisiana State Fair netted three carnival workers and five fair-goers. Drug agents made the arrests on Saturday. Seven were booked with possessing a drug; 41-year-old Timothy Haley of Hawkins, Texas, was... more »
  • New synthetic drug banned in Louisiana Play Video

    November 9, 2012 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials today banned a new synthetic drug which is blamed for at least one death in Louisiana. The compound, called 25i, was added to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. State health officials, lawmakers, and law enforcement made the announcement at the State Police crime lab.... more »
  • BRPD: Handcuffed man escapes during drug arrests

    October 18, 2012 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a man handcuffed during an investigation into suspected drug dealers in Baton Rouge managed to escape, and is still on the loose. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said police are searching for Dandre Brown, 23, who escaped during the investigation at Marino's Food Mart on Weller... more »
  • Drug shows promise for people with mild Alzheimer's

    October 8, 2012 7:33 PM

    Two studies to test an experimental drug to treat mild cases of Alzheimer's seem to show that doctors are on the right track by trying to clear the sticky deposits that clog's patient's brains. The combined results from testing of the drug suggest it might modestly slow mental decline. Taken... more »
  • Mental hospital closing could affect BR region Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston. The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
  • Lawmakers to hear from 'gun-walking' investigator

    September 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The report on the bungled federal gun-trafficking probe known as Fast and Furious is the subject today at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report faults the Justice Department for mistakes made in an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach... more »
  • BRPD: Alvin Dark death an overdose

    September 14, 2012 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a man found dead in Baton Rouge this morning died of a drug overdose. Officers were called out to 4915 Alvin Dark this morning, and found a man dead inside. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said they were still investigating, and would know more about... more »
  • Livingston deputies arrest ten suspected drug dealers Play Video

    September 13, 2012 5:44 PM

    SPRINGFIELD- Teams of deputies targeted 19 suspected drug dealers in Livingston Parish. More than half the suspects had been arrested by noon. Deputies said most of the targets are considered mid- to high-level dealers in the parish. Investigators said the cases are solid because they involve certified informants or... more »
  • DEA, Mexico target methamphetamine production

    August 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Administration and the government of Mexico are pledging increased cooperation in attacking illegal methamphetamine production. Under a newly announced agreement, the DEA and Mexico will bolster intelligence sharing and joint law enforcement training efforts. Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in seizures of clandestine methamphetamine... more »
  • Student arrested with gun at school

    August 21, 2012 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the School Drug Task Force arrested a 16-year-old they said was caught with a loaded gun in their book bag today in East Baton Rouge Parish. EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said the 11th grader at McKinley High School was confronted by administrators about... more »
  • Gov't: Medicare drug plan premiums stable for 2013

    August 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's an economic indicator of sorts for seniors: The Obama administration says the average premium for basic Medicare drug coverage will stay the same next year, $30 a month. That's the third year in a row of little or no change. In addition, Medicare recipients with high prescription... more »
  • "Billy the Exterminator" pleads not guilty to drug charges

    July 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - William "Billy" Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator," has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in his home state of Louisiana. Bretherton and his wife, Mary, were arrested in June on drug possession charges in Bossier Parish when they surrendered to police... more »
  • Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming

    July 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    Study results for three experimental drugs for Alzheimer's are expected in the coming months after more than a decade of failed attempts to find a way to slow down the disease. There is no known cure for Alzheimer's. Current medicines just temporarily ease symptoms of the mind-robbing disease. Results are... more »
  • Man wanted for drug possession in Baton Rouge

    June 25, 2012 2:25 PM

    East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for Donovan Jackson, 37, of 822 Terrace Street after they discovered 31.8 grams of crack cocaine inside his home on June 19th. Jackson was not home at the time the search warrant was executed. Anyone with information concerning this incident or... more »
  • 'Billy the Exterminator' faces La. drug charges

    June 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say William "Billy" Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator," has been arrested in Bossier City, La., on drug possession charges. City spokesman Mark Natale says a warrant was issued last week for Bretherton and his wife, Mary, after items recovered from... more »
  • Senators reject drug testing of welfare recipients

    May 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't require a random sample of welfare recipients to submit to drug tests, after a Senate committee refused to support the idea. The proposal by Republican Rep. Sherman Mack, of Livingston, has been criticized as being the equivalent of class warfare. A Senate judiciary committee voted... more »
  • Bill that drug tests welfare recipients stalls

    May 29, 2012 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation requiring that some welfare recipients submit to random drug tests stalled in a Senate committee after members left the meeting before a vote could be taken. The House-passed bill by Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, would require that 20 percent of adults receiving aid from the Family... more »
  • Authorities searching for escaped trusty

    May 22, 2012 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trusty arrested for drug charges walked away from an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department facility today, according to a department spokesperson. Casey Rayborn Hicks said Raymond Ballard, 45, walked off the EBRSO substation in Central. Ballard was arrested in April in suspicion of cocaine... more »
  • Police arrest 2, seize drugs and pirated movies

    May 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    ZACHARY- Zachary police have arrested a 12-year-old on drug charges and a Zachary man on numerous counts involving pirated movies. Police Chief David McDavid said officers booked 57-year-old Gary Sloate with 950 counts of illegal use of counterfeit trademarks, 31 counts of prohibited sound reproduction without consent, one count of... more »
  • House backs drug testing for welfare recipients

    May 16, 2012 6:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to require drug testing of welfare recipients, amid charges from opponents that the mandate equals class warfare by targeting poor mothers. The proposal was sent to the Senate with a 65-26 vote. The bill has been repeatedly rejected in recent years.... more »
  • FDA advisers recommend approving weight loss drug

    May 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the U.S. in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks. A panel of expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 18-4... more »

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