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  • ATC issues 800+ citations during summer crackdown

    August 11, 2015 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said their agents handed out 821 citations during their third summer enforcement sweep intended to catch businesses selling to minors. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said 460 citations were for selling alcohol to minors, while 361 were for tobacco... more »
  • Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties

    May 19, 2015 1:52 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Kraft said Tuesday at the owners meetings that he... more »
  • Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

    March 30, 2015 1:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's competition committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games. In statement released Monday, the league announced that the... more »
  • Denham Springs council proposes synthetic marijuana fines

    March 11, 2015 10:00 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs may soon be able to collect money from the growing number of criminals fined for possession of synthetic marijuana. Possession of the drugs is already illegal, but money from fines goes to the local judicial district. Following public comment at the council's... more »
  • Court prodding people to pay tickets check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference. The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
  • Outrage Over the Sale of Lee Harvey Oswald's Casket

    January 31, 2015 11:53 AM

    Austin, Texas - A Texas judged ruled on Friday that the Fort Worth funeral home had to return $87,000 over the sale of Lee Harvey Oswald's casket. The coffin, the judge believes, belongs not to the funeral home, but to Oswald's brother. Judge Cosby of the District Court in... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Red-light cams fade as speed cams get green light

    December 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    NEWARK, NJ - The battleground over traffic enforcement cameras may be shifting. Nearly half of all states use cameras to track red-light or speeding violations, and some use both. But while the number of communities nationwide that use red-light cameras is gradually falling, the number of speed cameras is slowly... more »
  • Plant slapped with violations and fines following 2013 explosion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    GEISMAR - Eighteen months after a chemical plant exploded it was fined $194,000 by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for violations spanning six years. The agency found Williams Olefins violated codes and regulations 29 times. The plant was fined more than all of the plants in the Greater... more »
  • Donate food in December to ditch library fines

    November 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Next month at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, patrons with past due fines erased in exchange for non-perishable food items as the parish library pitches in to feed the less fortunate for the holidays. According to an EBRPL spokesperson, patrons can donate non-perishable food items... more »
  • NYC to stop many small-time marijuana arrests

    November 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    NEW YORK - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges under a policy city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot. Instead of being arrested on misdemeanor charges that carry potential... more »
  • THE INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Politicians told to pay fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2014 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Politicians are being warned and getting disqualified from running for office since they owe outstanding fines for ethics violations. In the next few weeks, the Louisiana Attorney General will mail payment demand letters to 20 politicians in an effort to collect debts. Four politicians are... more »
  • FTC: AT&T to pay $105M for bogus wireless charges

    October 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Telecom giant AT&T will pay a hefty $105 million to settle government charges that the company unlawfully billed wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges - a practice known as cramming. The multi-agency settlement includes $80 million in customer refunds and $20 million in... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

    September 5, 2014 4:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday that the company... more »
  • Budget group opposes bill to hike insurance fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are allegations that a law to make the roads safer is nothing more than a way to raise taxes and put money into the pockets of public safety workers. A bill awaits the governor's signature to increase fines for drivers caught without at least basic... more »
  • Hefty fines could hit drivers without insurance

    June 6, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don't maintain car insurance as required by law. Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs... more »
  • Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

    June 4, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP... more »
  • Parish to jail misdemeanor criminals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2014 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law passed in the session will allow courts to collect additional fees for bench warrants to help fund a misdemeanor jail in East Baton Rouge Parish. The law, sponsored by Dan Claitor, allows courts to collect an additional $50 or $25 at city court for bench... more »
  • Bill will require dogs in truck beds to be secure

    May 21, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want loose dogs in truck beds on Louisiana's interstates. A 30-7 Senate vote Wednesday gave final passage to a bill requiring dogs riding in the back of trucks to be humanely secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an... more »
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    May 16, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly. The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for... more »
  • Tardy construction crews face fines Play Video

    May 5, 2014 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Contractors working on state funded road projects must meet an agreed upon deadline or face fines for tardy work. The fines vary for each project, but in at least one case, the state fined a company more than $7 million for work on I-10 that went past... more »
  • $144.5M in oil spill fines to be used for La. beach

    April 3, 2014 2:13 PM

    PORT FOURCHON- The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles... more »
  • Walker hires agency to collect nearly $1M check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    WALKER - Fines dating back to 1996 will are finally coming due for people who owe the city of Walker money. Court costs, fines, citation fees and more, long ignored by people across the country, will be the focus of American Municipal Services' contract with Walker, to help them... more »
  • Politicians uncovered breaking rules, not paying fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 18, 2013 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's nearly a $1 million in fines owed to the state and our own public officials and political groups are running up the bill. The Louisiana Ethics Commission fines politicians who fail to file financial reports properly. Public officials who are late or ignore deadlines can... more »
  • Zachary going after unpaid tickets

    October 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    ZACHARY- People who skipped court here can expect to be published on the Internet. The police department is listing the names, ages, and offenses of people with outstanding warrants. At the end of October, the 4,000 people on the list can expect to get a visit from police. ... more »
  • Let the Chase begin

    September 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    JOLIET, Ill. - The focus returns to the track for NASCAR after a tumultuous week of fines and docked points for Michael Waltrip Racing. Qualifying for the first of 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship races is set for later today at Chicagoland. Matt Kenseth goes into... more »
  • Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

    August 25, 2013 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants. Agency spokeswoman Jean Kelly says in a news release that $2.3 million will resolve violations from 2008 into... more »
  • Village using different approach to get unpaid fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 25, 2013 5:11 PM

    WILSON - The village of Wilson is thinking of a new approach to collect thousands of dollars in unpaid warrants. The East Feliciana Parish town has more than $90,000 in outstanding warrants, some dating back as far as the seventies. Now their police department is turning to American Municipal... more »
  • Time's running out for Clinton amnesty program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 2, 2013 5:45 PM

    CLINTON - People with outstanding fines in Clinton have less than two weeks to pay up, or be locked up. The town is offering an amnesty program to help clear more than 1,000 warrants. Offenders can either pay in full or if they choose to take part in the... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Top Ticket Violators

    May 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Parish Attorney's Office partnered with the City Clerk of Court will now withhold state income tax returns from people with outstanding parking tickets. Weekly, city court judges sign more than 200 money judgments allowing tax returns to be seized to pay off what's owed. ... more »
  • Penske fighting stiff penalties

    May 2, 2013 10:25 AM

    CONCORD, N.C. - A three-member appeals board is upholding NASCAR's penalties against Penske Racing, but team owner Roger Penske is taking his case a step further. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske's final appeal next Tuesday. Penske was issued the penalties after the cars of... more »
  • School truancy fight

    February 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    A school district in Pennsylvania that fined parents excessively for their kids' truancy approved a $265,000 settlement after it was sued. A federal judge ruled the Lebanon School district improperly fined the parents, even though state law allows truancy fines as high as $300. In some cases, the district's fines... more »
  • Plan July 6 to outline spending of BP spill fines

    February 4, 2013 10:16 AM

    HOUMA - The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6. The Courier reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a... more »
  • Is flag football ahead for NFL?

    January 29, 2013 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about when a hit is legal by NFL standards. Rules designed to make the game safer are also making players uncertain about which hits are considered clean and which ones could lead to a fine. San Francisco... more »
  • Edwards asks feds to end supervised release early

    January 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's flamboyant former Gov. Edwin Edwards says he's done his time, paid $2 million in fines and forfeitures and done everything required for his supervised release, and wants the supervision to end now. Federal prosecutors support the request. They say Edwards has served more than 18 months... more »
  • BP: Government overestimated size of spill

    January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government... more »
  • Ethics board hears appeals for fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state ethics board denied several lawmakers' appeals to have ethics fines against them waived today. The fines in dispute ranged from a few hundred dollars to $8,000, and mostly dealt with campaign finance reports which were filed late or improperly. State Senator Elbert Guillory,... more »
  • Audit reveals problems with Leeville toll bridge

    July 30, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State auditors say an electronic toll collection system implemented on the LA 1 Bridge in Leeville three years ago continues to struggle with glitches that have been preventing it from collecting some toll violations. In a financial report released Monday, the state auditor's office said the Louisiana... more »
  • Congress OK's spending BP fines on Gulf

    June 29, 2012 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Congress has voted to set aside 80 percent of water pollution fines BP PLC is expected to pay for its 2010 oil spill and spend that money on ecosystem and economic restoration in five Gulf states. The House and Senate included the provision in a transportation bill... more »
  • Last day to pay off fines before BR jail opens

    June 15, 2012 9:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day people in Baton Rouge can pay off misdemeanor fines and outstanding tickets before the city jail re-opens, and people who haven't could be arrested. Starting Monday, people found with outstanding misdemeanor warrants could wind up behind bars as part of an... more »
  • More people paying fines ahead of jail re-opening

    June 12, 2012 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Court workers in Baton Rouge saw an increase in people coming in to pay off misdemeanor tickets today, after word got out that people with outstanding fines would be arrested starting next week. The city court reported that by 3 p.m. today, 2,218 people had come... more »
  • People line up to pay fines before jail re-opens

    June 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lines formed outside city court in Baton Rouge this morning as people waited to pay off fines before the misdemeanor jail re-opens next week. After Monday, June 18, people with outstanding misdemeanor warrants in East Baton Rouge Parish could be arrested and taken to the city... more »
  • Study: Job growth if BP fines used for coast

    June 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study commissioned by two non-profit groups says thousands of jobs would be created along the Gulf Coast if money from BP oil spill penalties and other sources is dedicated to coastal restoration. The report by the research firm Mather Economics comes as Gulf interests press Congress... more »
  • Fines for overgrown yards in Denham Springs

    May 22, 2012 7:43 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Failure to mow the lawn could become expensive for Denham Springs residents. The city council adopted an ordinance Monday that provides for levying fines of up to $500 against owners of overgrown yards and lots. People who let their grass grow too tall could even face... more »
  • Terrebonne considering sunken boat removal law

    May 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    HOUMA- Terrebonne Parish officials are considering a law to crack down on owners of sunken boats who abandon the vessels and leave the parish with the bill for removal. If approved, the ordinance would authorize officials who find sunken vessels to identify the owners and issue warnings. If... more »
  • Congress punts on setting aside BP fines for Gulf

    March 30, 2012 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Congress has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill that does not include a provision to send 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Gulf states. The bill was passed Thursday after heated partisan debate. A Senate version of... more »
  • House sets aside Gulf oil spill fines for coast

    February 17, 2012 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. House has approved setting aside 80 percent of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for environmental restoration work on the Gulf Coast. Late Thursday, the House voted to add an amendment setting aside 80 percent of the fines to the Gulf Coast.... more »
  • Dog owner jailed

    February 14, 2012 12:20 PM

    DENVER - A suburban Denver man spent seven hours in jail because his daughter's service dog did not have a license. Matthew Townsend said the dog got out and he was issued a $50 dollar fine, his wife was also given a $100 dollar fine. Townsend said he... more »
  • Judge approves multimillion-dollar fine for La. refinery

    December 16, 2011 8:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The U.S. Justice Department has slapped Louisiana with the largest criminal fine the state has ever received for violating the Clean Air Act. A federal judge approved Thursday a $10 million fine and an additional $2 million in community service payments to be paid by the Pelican... more »
  • Offshore safety chief pushes for fine increase

    October 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the offshore drilling safety agency is telling Congress current fines for offshore violations need to be much stiffer. Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says the maximum civil penalty for a violation offshore should be "well into the six... more »
  • Nearly $1 million owed for ethics fines

    February 14, 2011 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - We've got an update to a News 2 report from last week. People inside political circles owe nearly $1 million dollars in outstanding fines to the Louisiana Ethics Board. More than three dozen people on the list are from EBR, Livingston and Ascension Parishes. We've tracked some... more »
  • Political candidates owe nearly $1 million in fines

    February 7, 2011 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Reports show political candidates owe nearly $1 million in fines for ethics violations, according to the Louisiana Ethics Board. Some current elected officials like Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis are on the list. He did not respond to calls about the status of the $6,000 the report... more »
  • BP says government estimate of oil flow too large

    December 3, 2010 10:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - BP is mounting a new challenge to U.S. government estimates of how much oil flowed from the runaway well deep below the Gulf of Mexico. The issue will be critical in determining the size of federal pollution fines the company will pay. Staff working for the presidential oil... more »
  • "Clean hands" ordinance seeks to clear unpaid tickets

    November 23, 2010 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council thinks they have a new solution for collecting thousands in unpaid parking fines. Mike Walker, who represents District 8, is introducing what he calls a “clean hands” ordinance. It requires anyone who wants to get a permit in the... more »
  • Failure to pay tickets in Zachary could lead to jail time

    November 1, 2010 6:28 PM

    ZACHARY - Failing to pay a ticket in Zachary could put you behind bars. Authorities there have initiated a crime crackdown, and those with outstanding warrants will pay the price. The initiative is a joint effort by Police Chief John Herty and City Court Judge Lonny Myles to... more »
  • Ascension Parish stores busted selling alcohol to minors

    October 29, 2010 3:17 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. - Workers at four stores in Ascension Parish face possible fines for selling alcohol to minors during a sheriff’s office sting operation. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said investigators with the Juvenile Division took 17-year-olds around to 17 convenience stores in the parish and had them attempt to buy... more »
  • Update: Parking Ticket Flap - News 2 Investigates

    October 28, 2010 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- It's a problem we've told you about. A city leader is concerned about the number of outstanding parking tickets in Baton Rouge and fines that are not being collected. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker says various city-parish departments are analyzing the situation. He is pushing for clear answers... more »
  • Obama urged to use spill fines to restore Gulf

    September 28, 2010 10:54 AM

    The point man on the Gulf coast's restoration recommends paying for the cleanup of the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of petroleum industry with the civil penalties collected from companies responsible for the spill. Billions of dollars will be collected. That recommendation by Navy Secretary... more »
  • Zachary could terminate speed van contract

    August 31, 2010 5:12 PM

    Some Zachary city leaders said speed van operations aren't living up to expectations. The Arizona-based company Redflex operates van and trailers in the city. It is equipped with automated cameras that record and photograph speeders. A citation is then mailed to the vehicle's owner. Some council members said... more »
  • BP could face up to $21 billion in fines

    August 3, 2010 10:31 AM

    BP could face up to $21 billion in fines stemming from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal task force says about 206 million gallons of oil gushed out of the busted rig, but more than 33 million gallons were contained. That means 172 million... more »
  • Judge disqualifies White Castle Mayor from race

    July 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown was disqualified Friday morning in a Plaquemine courtroom from next year's mayoral election. Brown owes the Board of Ethics $3,000 because of a conflict of interest. In October 2009, the Board fined Brown because he fueled town cars at a gas station at which... more »
  • Greek company to pay $1.3M in pollution case

    June 24, 2010 5:59 AM

    A Greek shipping company will pay more than $1 million in penalties and fines after one of its ships illegally discharged oil and failed to report it to authorities. Stanships Inc. of Athens, Greece, agreed to pay a $700,000 criminal penalty, a $525,000 fine and a $125,000 community service payment... more »
  • House committee approves bill increasing seat belt fines

    April 13, 2010 11:53 AM

    The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday morning that would increase seat belt fines from $25 to $50. During the debate, state safety leaders said 64 lives would be saved each year if seat belt fines were increased to $100. News 2's Mike Steele will have more... more »
  • Sanction levied against Ralph Slaughter

    March 16, 2010 6:39 AM

    Former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter has been sanctioned and ordered to pay $8,000 in fines and attorney fees. Southern Board of Supervisors lawyer Lewis Unglesby filed a motion for sanctions against Slaughter. He claimed Slaughter had filed frivolous motions to disqualify both Kelley and fellow state District Judge... more »
  • Opelousas offers ticket amnesty

    February 5, 2010 7:16 AM

    Opelousas City Court is conducting a one-month Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program for people with bench warrants in the court's traffic section. The amnesty will run February 15 through March 15 and serves as a limited opportunity to resolve warrants without fear of being placed in jail for being delinquent on... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in Baton Rouge court corruption case

    January 20, 2010 6:40 AM

    A 62-year-old Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty in federal court to felonies unearthed by an ongoing corruption investigation. Federal prosecutors say Samuel L. Wilson Sr. was involved in the fixing of at least 40 criminal and traffic cases. Wilson became the eighth person convicted in the federal investigation when... more »
  • SEC stiffens penalties for complaining coaches

    October 30, 2009 11:16 AM

    Southeastern Conference officials announced that coaches will now face stiffer penalties like fines or suspensions for complaining about officiating in the media. Commissioner MIke Slive told the Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that coaches who violate the conference's ethics rules against criticizing officials in public will face... more »
  • Saggy pants citations

    September 28, 2009 5:33 AM

    Five people have been ticketed in the two years since Lafourche Parish banned people from wearing saggy pants that publicly show the wearer's undergarments. The ban went into effect July 20, 2007. Saggy pants violators face a $50 fine for a first offense and $100 for the second. The third... more »
  • Red light cameras headed to Ascension Parish

    September 18, 2009 5:14 AM

    Last night, the Ascension Parish Council unanimously agreed to allow red light cameras in unincorporated areas. Ascension Parish still needs to decide how many cameras and where to put them. The cameras take pictures of red-light runners and the drivers get a ticket in the mail. The first ticket... more »

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