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  • Police chief loses ethics fine appeal

    March 9, 2015 12:38 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau recently, ordering he pay a $2,500 ethics fine to the state. The board ruled Ambeau failed to appeal the 2011 fine for filing his required candidate financial statement late, and... more »
  • Goodell: No decision yet on discipline for Lynch

    January 30, 2015 1:03 PM

    PHOENIX - The NFL won't decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl, commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl news conference Friday. Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasn't said much. He... more »
  • Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

    January 28, 2015 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission says TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed or even cut off consumers' mobile... more »
  • NFL fines Lynch $20,000 for obscene gesture

    January 22, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday. The league did not specify what the gesture was in the win over... more »
  • LSU fined for post-game celebration

    October 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southeastern Conference officials notified LSU Monday that the university would receive a $5,000 fine for the post-game celebration after the Tigers defeated Mississippi this weekend. Tiger fans swarmed the field after LSU upset the previously-undefeated Rebels 10-7. LSU jumped eight spots to No. 16 in the... more »
  • Yogi the Bear would object

    October 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    LONG BEACH, WASHINGTON- A woman who went to trial for feeding bears illegally has agreed to stop and pay a fine to settle her case. Doris Berryhill Parks is the first person charged under a 2012 Washington law that makes it a misdemeanor to feed wild animals. She promised... more »
  • State police: Move over or face the consequences check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 9, 2014 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders say lives are lost because drivers aren't following the law and getting out of the way when they hear sirens. "Stopping, pulling over, it's the difference between life and death," said Captain Doug Cain with the Louisiana State Police. It's an ongoing problem... more »
  • Saved by a one-armed bandit

    September 25, 2014 7:49 PM

    BERLIN, GERMANY- A man playing a slot machine in a casino was literally saved from going to jail by hitting the jackpot. Police say two of their officers were checking an arcade in the city of Bochum and discovered a man playing slots faced an arrest warrant for resisting arrest... more »
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    July 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that beginning in 2006 Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential... more »
  • Low-hanging pants illegal in Iberville beginning next week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night. The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear. "I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store,... more »
  • Sagging pants ban overwhelmingly introduced

    February 18, 2014 10:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders overwhelming supported introducing an ordinance to ban sagging pants across the parish. The proposed law was only mentioned Tuesday, per procedure, and will be voted on next month. If it is passed, people could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second... more »
  • Iberville Parish: keep your pants up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, Iberville Parish leaders will begin a discussion about if they want to ban sagging pants from the entire parish. It is been a trend in local governments for the past few years, and is on the books in places In Louisiana such as Washington, Terrebone, Acadia... more »
  • Lessening fine lines and wrinkles with Dr. Z check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 13, 2014 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Ann Zedlitz talked about a procedure to lessen fine lines and wrinkles today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. Exilis protégé costs a couple hundred bucks per procedure. For more information visit Z Aesthetic Dermatology or call 225-778-7540 to make an appointment. more »
  • Consequences in proposed parenting classes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If new parents don't participate in parenting classes, they may have to face some consequences. Representative Regina Barrow and the Family Preservation Study Group are trying to make it mandatory for pregnant women 20 years old and under to take parenting classes. Barrow says the younger... more »
  • BR mayor among politicians not paying fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 19, 2013 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden owes $2,500 to the state and has not paid up, according to the Louisiana Ethics Commission. Holden's fine is from failing to file a 2008 personal financial disclosure form properly. He's one of hundreds of public officials who owe money to the... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • People upset about $15 fine for parking on grass check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 12, 2013 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People are upset about a city law they believe should not be enforced. A number of people on Jennifer Jean Drive said they were ticketed Friday morning for parking on the grass. They have to pay the $15 fine. "I really just laughed out loud, because... more »
  • Former Plaquemines sheriff gets 46 months, $10K

    July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
  • Ex-West Feliciana juror gets fine, probation

    May 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- A former West Feliciana Parish police juror has been fined and placed on probation for five years on theft counts related to the diversion of church money to his own use. State District Judge William G. Carmichael sentenced 55-year-old John Cobb to three concurrent five-year prison terms, but... more »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents weigh in on Texas Brine $100k fine

    December 2, 2012 5:32 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH- The company blamed for the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish faces hefty fines from the state. "There needs to be more urgency to get things done. It's been quite some time since the event started. ," says John Bordreaux, Director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security... more »
  • SEC fines Mississippi $5,000 after fans rush field

    November 27, 2012 11:02 AM

    OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi has been fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference after "fans entered the competition area" following the football team's 41-24 victory over No. 25 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Saturday. Fans rushed the field after Ole Miss' victory over the Bulldogs. The win snapped the... more »
  • Judge approves FTC's $22.5M fine of Google

    November 16, 2012 6:31 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach. In doing so, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a consumer rights group's calls for tougher punishment. Illston issued her ruling late Friday, a few hours after holding a hearing... more »
  • Recall organizers fined $500 each by ethics board

    November 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Calcasieu Parish teachers who led failed recall efforts against Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley have been fined $500 each for failing to file campaign finance reports on time. Angie Bonvillian and Brenda Romero missed a deadline to file a report 45 days after... more »
  • Feds drop sex abuse case against Syracuse's Fine

    November 9, 2012 10:33 AM

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Federal officials are dropping their investigation of sexual abuse claims against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. They said Friday they found no evidence to support a man's accusations that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room when the team played there.... more »
  • Taiwan co. fined $500 million for LCD price fixing

    September 20, 2012 1:25 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Taiwanese company has been fined $500 million and two of its former top executives sentenced to three years in prison for their leading roles in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy. The sentences handed down Thursday are among the harshest penalties ever given in an antitrust... more »
  • NCAA task force to oversee $60M Penn St. fine

    September 18, 2012 11:02 AM

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A new NCAA task force will come up with guidelines for how to distribute the record $60 million fine that Penn State has agreed to pay in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The money will fund programs designed to combat child sexual abuse and... more »
  • City jail operation in full effect this Monday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 15, 2012 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Monday, the city jail in downtown Baton Rouge will start filling up with people who failed to pay outstanding misdemeanor tickets and fines. "We've given enough time, given enough words of encouragement," says Constable Reginald Brown. The downtown jail will be open around the clock... more »
  • House approves copper theft bill

    April 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State House has approved HB48 which legislators hope will crack down on a growing statewide problem of copper thefts. Representative Lance Harris submitted the bill which now heads to the Senate for debate. His bill states: when a theft is more than one thousand dollars... more »
  • Fines, suspensions given for HS football brawl

    October 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state athletics association suspended 17 players and issued $1,000 fines to Parkview Baptist and Baker high schools for their actions in a fight that ended last Friday's football game early. The Louisiana High School Athletics Association issued the fines and suspensions after a morning-long sportsmanship... more »
  • Another Investment Firm Pays Fine

    June 22, 2011 7:47 PM

    Morgan Keegan & Co. joins JPMorgan Chase in paying a fine to settle fraud charges regarding investments leading up to the collapse of the housing market. Morgan Keegan was hit with $200 million today for luring buyers with false sales materials by overstating the value of mortgage investments. Yesterday JPMorgan... more »
  • FEMA trailer residents face $800 monthly fine

    May 1, 2011 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Fines of $800 a month kicked in Sunday for more than 350 Louisiana families still living in FEMA trailers. The Times-Picayune reports 40 percent of the stragglers are located in New Orleans, where city officials continue their push to levy additional fines against residents who haven't managed... more »
  • Former Jindal counsel fined by state ethics board

    April 15, 2011 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's former chief lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has been fined by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for violating state ethics law. The board decided Friday that Faircloth shouldn't have entered into a contract to represent the Louisiana Tax Commission six months after he resigned as... more »
  • Labor Dept. fines Bunkie supermarket

    March 22, 2011 11:42 AM

    BUNKIE- A Piggly Wiggly supermarket in central Louisiana has been fined nearly $35,000 for allegations the store required teenage employees to perform hazardous jobs. The Labor Department collected $34,485 in civil penalties rom the Bunkie supermarket and its owners, Paul Bellow, Marvin J. Lyons and Sunny Briant Lyons. ... more »
  • Court finds Painter in violation of restraining order

    February 24, 2011 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge found former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter in violation of his restraining order against Kelli Suire after Painter attended a funeral for Suire's aunt. Painter was initially fined $500 for the infraction but the judge suspended that and placed him... more »
  • NFL fines Farve $50K for 'failure to cooperate'

    December 29, 2010 12:23 PM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for a "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game-day hostess. The league says Commissioner Roger Goodell "could not conclude" that Favre violated the league's... more »
  • Stealing Plays Leads to Fine for Coach

    November 18, 2010 7:38 PM

    A high school in Connecticut was fined $1,000 and put on a year probation after the coach found an opponent's coded play list on the field and used it to beat the other team. Southington High coach D.J. Hernandez also has to take a sportsmanship and ethics coaching class.... more »
  • Obese McDonald's Manager wins Lawsuit

    October 28, 2010 7:34 PM

    A court in Brazil ordered McDonald's to pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained so much weight working there, he's obese after a dozen years. The unidentified 32 year old man says he was forced to sample food everyday to ensure quality remained high and that McDonald's offered... more »
  • BR man convicted of bank fraud

    October 19, 2010 4:37 PM

    A man from Baton Rouge was convicted of bank fraud today. Authorities said 47-year-old Timothy M. Strain used fraudulent money orders to pay the balance due on two vehicle loans. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said Strain was convicted on two counts of bank fraud and forfeiture and faces... more »
  • Wells Fargo Pays to End Investigation

    October 6, 2010 7:49 PM

    Wells Fargo agree to pay $24 million in fines to end an investigation by 8 states into whether the company made risky mortgage loans to customers without disclosing the toxicity of the transactions. The states charged that loans known as option adjustable rate loans, or "pick-a-payment" mortgages, were deceptive to... more »
  • American Airlines hit with Record Fine

    August 26, 2010 8:17 PM

    Federal aviation regulators want a record fine of $24-million against American Airlines for maintenance lapses that caused hundreds of flights to be canceled two-years ago. American says it's unwarranted and plans to appeal. American had to cancel 3,000 flights, stranding 350,000 passengers, until wiring on planes could be fixed to... more »
  • SeaWorld fined $75,000 for whale trainers death

    August 23, 2010 12:35 PM

    Sea World Orlando has been fined $75,000 for three safety violations that led to the death of a trainer by a killer whale. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation on Monday. One of the three violations is considered "willful," or shows indifference or intentional... more »
  • Massive fish kill may lead to massive fine

    June 24, 2010 8:38 PM

    Birmingham , Alabama may be fined $3 million by the feds for one of the largest fish kills in the history of the Endangered Species Act. The fish kill happened two years ago when a city crew breached a dam and drained a spring pool that was home to one... more »
  • Man gets 2-year deferred sentence in death

    May 28, 2010 5:21 AM

    A Zachary man received a deferred two-year prison sentence for the June 2008 hit-and-run death of a St. Francisville pedestrian. Darryl Whittington will serve two years of supervised probation and pay a $1,000 fine. He pleaded no contest to hit-and-run driving after his indictment in the death of Angela Davis... more »
  • FAA to fine Continental Airlines over landing gear

    May 13, 2010 2:36 PM

    Federal aviation officials are planning to fine Continental Airlines $325,000 for operating a plane on at least a dozen flights without fixing its landing gear. The FAA said Thursday that in December 2008 the crew of a Continental Boeing 737 flying from Houston to Los Angeles saw a warning... more »
  • Southwest fined for bumping

    April 27, 2010 8:20 PM

    The king of bumping passengers, Southwest Airlines, was fined $200,000 by the Transportation Department for violating the rules on kicking passengers off flights. The agency reviewed a series of complaints and found Southwest did not promptly pay bumped passengers and give them written notice of their rights. Last year, Southwest... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in state hurricane recovery case

    April 23, 2010 5:30 AM

    A 39-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds from Louisiana's Road Home Program. Garrett Gordon Goodbee admitted buying a vacant lot in New Orleans in October 2004 to build a home on. The home was only partially built when Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005.... more »
  • House committee approves bill increasing seat belt fines

    April 13, 2010 7:45 PM

    The price you pay for not buckling-up could increase. A legislative committee approved a bill today to raise the fine for not wearing a seat belt. The bill would double the current fine and possibly save lives. Seat belt violations would increase from $25 to $50. According to a recent... more »
  • Ethics panel fines ex-Tangi board member

    April 1, 2010 6:01 AM

    An ethics panel in Baton Rouge has imposed a $2,500 fine for a man who accepted an appointment to the Tangipahoa Parish School Board just days after he stepped down from an elected position on that same board. According to the ruling released Wednesday, Danny Ridgel resigned as an elected... more »
  • Ordinance hearing set on addressing junkyards

    March 16, 2010 6:29 AM

    There will be a public hearing on April 12 to get public comment on a proposed ordinance to begin regulating junkyards in Evangeline Parish. Residents who live near the sites have complained to the police jury. The jury instructed its attorney to include a nuisance provision that would address residences... more »
  • False ad claims met with fine

    March 9, 2010 8:30 PM

    A company that advertised it could protect customers from identity-theft has to pay $12-million in fines because the claims aren't true. The Federal Trade Commission and 35 states sued the Tempe, Arizona-based Lifelock Inc. which promised it was a "proven solution" that would protect consumers from fraud for a $10... more »
  • La. woman gets 30 days, $18,000 fine for monkeys

    February 12, 2010 5:25 AM

    The lawyer for a Louisiana woman accused of keeping monkeys in a house in Mississippi says he will appeal her sentence - 30 days in jail and more than $18,000 in fines and court costs. Vicki Lorio of Baton Rouge may serve the jail term on weekends. She pleaded no... more »
  • Refinery liable for Clean Air Act violations

    February 6, 2010 9:16 AM

    A federal judge has found Murphy Oil Co. liable for 21 violations of the Clean Air Act for releasing pollutants into the air in amounts greater than allowed under state permits for the company's Meraux refinery. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance's ruling Thursday says Murphy could be fined $682,500... more »
  • Serena Williams fined for outburst

    November 30, 2009 9:12 AM

    Serena Williams has been fined $82,500 for her tirade during the U.S. Open in September. Williams lashed out at an official, using profanity and finger-pointing, after a foot-fault call at the end of her semifinal loss. She could be suspended from the tournament if she has another major offense,... more »
  • Hundreds ticketed in Texas over Ike-damaged dike

    November 17, 2009 9:34 AM

    Nearly 400 tickets have been issued to people who can't seem to stay away from a Hurricane Ike-damaged dike in Texas City near Galveston. The 5-mile-long fishing pier is closed over safety concerns since the September 2008 storm, and repairs are expected to be done by next fall. ... more »
  • Mississippi business fined

    October 5, 2009 9:33 AM

    A Gulfport, Mississippi business was hit with a $125,000 fine for failing to comply with the city's fire code. It may be the largest fine in the Gulfport history. Kevin Lock of General Lumber and Millworks says he's struggling to get by, after a city judge ordered him to... more »

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