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  • Alabama man killed in Terrebonne Parish crash

    February 21, 2015 5:17 PM

    HOUMA - State police say a man from Alabama died in a single vehicle crash on LA 57 Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of 53-year-old Danny Thomas of Robertsdale, Al around 1:30 p.m. in Houma. Troopers say Thomas was driving north on LA 57 just south... more »
  • Weather causes New Orleans parades to shift schedule

    February 15, 2015 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Predictions of nasty weather Monday and on Mardi Gras have prompted Houma authorities to move three parades scheduled those days up to Sunday, so four were rolling. That's the number already scheduled Sunday in New Orleans, with two more Monday night and four on Mardi Gras. New... more »
  • Houma man dies in crash after hitting utility pole

    December 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    HOUMA - State police say a 37-year-old man from Houma was killed Monday morning when his pickup truck veered off La. Highway 316, hit a utility pole and ended up in drainage ditch. Gustavo Meza-Andino was driving south on Highway 316 in Lafourche Parish when for unknown reasons his truck... more »
  • Components for wind farm to be built in Terrebonne

    November 17, 2014 5:21 PM

    HOUMA - Gulf Island Fabrication in Terrebonne Parish has won a contract to build parts for a planned wind energy project off the eastern seaboard. The project is being built for the Block Island Wind Farm, a project of Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind company. The Houma Courier reports the farm... more »
  • Agents arrest fishy fisherman after bayou boat chase

    October 21, 2014 3:38 PM

    BAYOU DECADE - Agents with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said they arrested a Houma man accused of trying to conceal his catch after a Terrebonne Parish bayou boat chase early Monday morning. Agents said they first made contact with Charlie Usè, 32, on Bayou DeCade south of... more »
  • Interpreter accused of soliciting bribes from illegal immigrants

    August 11, 2014 3:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. attorney in New Orleans says a Spanish-language interpreter for the Terrebonne Parish public defender's office is accused of soliciting bribes from immigrants who arrived in this country without legal permission. Kenneth Polite Jr. says 45-year-old Trina Marie Bourg of Houma allegedly said she would use... more »
  • 4-year-old Dulac boy found dead in waterway

    August 8, 2014 4:29 PM

    HOUMA - Police said the body of a missing 4-year-old boy from Dulac was found in a waterway on Friday afternoon. The Houma Courier reports Ja-son Ross' parents realized he was missing when they woke up this morning and saw that the front door of their home was open.... more »
  • Controlled delivery leads to Houma meth bust

    June 2, 2014 11:37 AM

    HOUMA - The Terrebone Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested three men and seized about three pounds of methamphetamine after a successful controlled delivery operation on Friday. Sheriff Jerry Lapenter of the Terrebone Parish Sheriff's Office said agents intercepted a suspicious parcel en route to a residence on Grace St.... more »
  • Chief: Dog that killed little girl was a "monster"

    March 26, 2014 11:17 AM

    HOUMA - A police chief called the 130-pound pit bull that killed a Houma 4-year-old a "monster", and said counselors were working with police who responded to the scene and fatally shot the dog. Houme Police Chief Todd Duplantis told WWL-TV the scene at the apartment complex where Mia... more »
  • Father and son killed in head-on crash

    March 18, 2014 11:43 AM

    HOUMA - A 56 year-old Houma man and his 33 year-old son were killed when their car hit an 18 wheeler head on. The crash took place this morning just after 7:00 a.m. on La. Highway 316. State police say the car was being driven by Theodule Marcel and... more »
  • Fire that killed 3 children started in living room

    December 26, 2013 5:03 PM

    HOUMA, La. - A fire inspector says the blaze that killed three children from Alabama started in the living room of the mobile home in Louisiana where they were staying. Houma fire inspector Michael Millett said Thursday that a space heater may have started the fire, but there was so... more »
  • BR hospital treating family after deadly Christmas fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 25, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Burn surgeons are working to keep a mother and father alive after a house fire where three children died. Doctors said a special team is working on treating their injuries. "They're being cared for by a multidisciplinary team," said Dr. Tracee Short of Baton Rouge General.... more »
  • Three children die in mobile home fire

    December 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    HOUMA, La. - A fire in a mobile home has killed three children and left their father with serious burns. District Chief Lane LaMarca of the state Fire Marshal's Office says the children, one girl and two boys, were 11, 12 and 13 years of age. The fire happened... more »
  • Man dies after falling from houseboat

    December 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    GIBSON - A 54-year-old Houma man died after falling from a houseboat this weekend in Gibson. Terrebonne Parish sheriff deputies say the body of Wayne Cancienne was found Saturday in the Bluebird Canal next to the houseboat. Cancienne was there on a hunting trip. Deputies got a... more »
  • Student arrested with pellet gun

    November 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old student after they said he brought a pellet gun to Houma Junior High in Terrebonne Parish. Detectives said they found the pellet pistol inside the waistband of the student's pants. He was taken to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Justice Center and... more »
  • Houma man arrested for aggravated incest

    October 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    Morgan City- Detectives with the Morgan City Police Department, along with the Houma Police Department have arrested a man for aggravated incest. Detectives say 31 year-old Randy Paul Leblanc, from Houma, had sexual contact with an 8 year-old girl several times while the two were in Morgan City. ... more »
  • Victim's boyfriend arrested for 2010 murder

    September 9, 2013 8:53 AM

    HOUMA - A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend three years ago in Terrebonne Parish turned himself in Sunday. Deputies say Corey Galmore faces second-degree murder charges in the case. He is accused in the death of Merell Stewart back in February 2010. Galmore is being held... more »
  • Judge: Man injured by school bus wins $51000

    September 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    HOUMA - A state district judge in Houma says the Terrebonne Parish School Board must pay more than $51,000 to a man who was injured when a school bus rear-ended a Sears van he was driving. The Courier reports that although police reported minor injuries at the time, court documents... more »
  • Hunters take to the swamp for alligator season

    August 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    HOUMA - Wednesday officially marked the first day of alligator hunting season in Louisiana. A couple from West Virginia took a shot at the season with gator hunter Chris Gomez. He runs Alligator Hunt LA, which takes people out to experience life in the swamp. "It's great. It's... more »
  • Suspect arrested in 2011 fatal wreck

    August 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    HOUMA - A 28-year-old Larose man accused of causing a fatal wreck in Galliano in 2011 has been arrested in Florida. State police say Edward Farbe turned into the path of an oncoming pickup attempting to turn from La. 3235 into the Wal-Mart parking lot on Aug. 27, 2011, and... more »
  • Motorcyclist dies after crash on La. 316

    July 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    HOUMA - A 32-year-old Houma man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a pickup on La Highway 316. The accident happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Troopers say Shane Alexander was northbound when his motorcycle crossed the center line and struck a truck. Trooper Evan Harrell says Alexander, who was... more »
  • Man allegedly supplies teens with drugs at party

    July 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say a 31-year-old Houma man opened his home and drug supply to a group of teens looking for a party spot. Capt. Dawn Foret tells The Courier deputies received a tip that there was underage drinking at the party about 1 a.m. Monday and... more »
  • One dead in alleged drug feud

    July 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    HOUMA - Authorities say a 36-year-old Houma man was shot and killed in an argument over drugs. Terrebonne Parish sheriff's Capt. Dawn Foret tells The Courier Dicarie James crashed his car after being shot in the Crozier community near Dularge late Saturday night. Foret says neighbors told deputies patrolling the... more »
  • Police say man stole TV to buy drugs

    July 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    THIBODAUX - Police in Thibodaux have arrested three Houma people after they were alerted to a potential robbery. Police say they saw 30-year-old Michael Ledet frantically exiting a business and hide in a truck that Terry Darcey and Brandy Guidry were waiting in. They were told by security... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish closer to widening bridge

    June 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish residents frustrated by the Westside Boulevard Bridge will be getting relief. At Monday night's Terrebonne Parish Council meeting, The Courier reports the council voted unanimously to accept ownership of the bridge and turn it into a four-lane, two-way bridge to ease traffic. Councilman Greg Hood says... more »
  • Child predator sentenced to 99 years

    June 17, 2013 11:25 AM

    HOUMA - A Houma man has been sentenced to 99 years at hard labor after pleading guilty to eight counts of molestation of a juevenile and eight counts of production of child pornograhphy. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced that sentence today of 35 year old Scott Thomas Massey. ... more »
  • Houma businessman pleads guilty to federal charges

    June 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The president and owner of Houma-based Cenac Towing has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission in connection with illegal campaign contributions he made to Louisiana's two U.S. senators. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans charged 57-year-old Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr., of Houma, last... more »
  • Baton Rouge teens arrested in Houma ice cream theft

    June 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    HOUMA - Police say three Baton Rouge teens and a Houma 10-year-old were arrested for allegedly stealing ice cream from a Houma school. The Courier reports the trio persuaded a 10-year-old boy to climb through a Lisa Park Elementary window Sunday and take the treats from the school's concession stand.... more »
  • 11-year-old boy found at bottom of apartment pool

    June 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies said an 11-year-old visiting family at a Houma apartment complex drowned in the facility's pool this weekend. Terrebonne Parish deputies said the victim, Al James from Gray, La., was pulled from the bottom of the swimming pool Saturday evening around 7 p.m. Detectives said... more »
  • Homelessness increases in Terrebonne

    May 27, 2013 8:50 AM

    HOUMA - The number of homeless people in Terrebonne Parish is on the rise as services statewide continue to dwindle, a survey indicates. The Courier reports that a February count shows 78 adults and 34 children in Terrebonne were either in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the streets.... more »
  • Man dies after crash to avoid golf cart

    May 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    HOUMA - State police say a man died nearly a week after he crashed his SUV in an effort to avoid a golf cart driven by a teenager who, authorities say, had been drinking. The Courier reports that 63-year-old Cleveland Towns from Montegut died Saturday. He had been hospitalized after... more »
  • Hearing to be Held on Saggy Pants Ban

    March 26, 2013 11:11 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne residents can comment April 10 before the Parish Council takes a final vote on a proposal to impose fines for anyone caught wearing pants that sag below the waist in public. The Courier reports the council voted 8-1 Monday night to advance the proposed ordinance. The ordinance,... more »
  • Saggy pants could be banned in Terrebonne Parish

    March 25, 2013 7:34 AM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish Council will consider an ordinance this week that would fine anyone with pants that sag below the waist. If approved today, the ordinance will prohibit people from wearing pants in public that hang low enough below the waistline to expose skin or underwear. Lafourche Parish... more »
  • 16 arrested in Houma prostitution sting

    March 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    HOUMA- Police say 16 men were arrested at a Houma hotel over the weekend after police allegedly linked them to contacting a prostitute through a website. Police arrested nine men on March 8 and seven men March 9 after each man gave a woman money for sexual favors. Police say... more »
  • Motorcyclist hits pole, dies in crash

    March 4, 2013 8:50 AM

    HOUMA - State police say a 33-year-old Houma resident has died, after crashing his motorcycle along LA 660. Investigators say Robb Martinez was traveling southbound Saturday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Martinez ran off the road and fell off the vehicle, before hitting... more »
  • LSP: Three killed in head-on collision

    February 18, 2013 8:43 AM

    HOUMA - Three people are dead after a crash Sunday night along LA 182 in Terrebonne Parish. State Police say 56-year-old Juan Martinez-Silva died when his SUV crossed the center line, hitting another car head-on. The driver of the car, 48-year-old Belinda Leonard, was also pronounced dead at... more »
  • Houma church rebuilding after fire

    February 4, 2013 7:30 AM

    HOUMA - Construction is expected to start soon on a new building at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and School. The Courier reports the church's century-old sanctuary at Belanger and Barrow streets in downtown Houma was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Since then, parishioners have worshiped at Grace Lutheran Church... more »
  • Edwards to lead Carnival parade in Houma

    February 1, 2013 6:43 AM

    HOUMA - Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be the grand marshal when the Krewe of Hercules parades at 6 p.m. Friday, kicking off the Carnival season in Houma. The Courier reports that Houma native and retired New York Giants football player Brandon Jacobs also will ride in the parade.... more »
  • Houma nightclub warned to clean up its act

    January 28, 2013 2:43 AM

    HOUMA - Louisiana's top alcohol enforcement official has warned a downtown Houma nightclub that whether it remains open will depend on how well it responds to public complaints about trash and disturbances. Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert on Friday gave the owner of Houma's City Club 10 days... more »
  • Corps: Morganza levee to cost $12.9 billion

    January 4, 2013 2:50 PM

    HOUMA - The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion. The plan released Friday includes... more »
  • FEMA to help elevate Terrebonne homes

    December 10, 2012 8:47 AM

    HOUMA - More structures in Terrebonne Parish will get a boost above future storm surges with another wave of federal grants. About $3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency money will be used to elevate 11 homes and one commercial building in Terrebonne Parish. The money comes from... more »
  • Man accused of attacking gas pump

    December 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies say a Houma man accused of attacking an uncooperative gasoline pump has been booked with criminal property damage. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies tell The Courier 27-year-old Sean Charles Oshea told officers he pulled up to the gas station at Sam's Club in Houma Sunday night and... more »
  • Fire set at Walmart in Houma

    December 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    HOUMA - A Walmart store was evacuated Sunday after a man ignited a chemical fire, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office said. WDSU reports there were no injuries. Investigators said the incident began about 4 p.m. when deputies found a container on fire with thick smoke in the air. The Sheriff's... more »
  • Terrebonne water system revamp on tap

    November 5, 2012 10:48 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne residents can expect major improvements to their water system to begin soon. The parish's Waterworks District received $20 million last week from a state bond sale to begin working on the overhaul. Al Badeaux, president of the parish water board, says the money comes from the sale... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to 8 fishing, oyster violations

    October 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 25-year-old Houma man arrested for alleged oyster and boating violations has pleaded guilty to 18 earlier charges. Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says Danny T. Billiot Jr. was sentenced to six months in jail and... more »
  • Sheriff: 2 shot to death in Houma

    September 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man and 24-year-old woman apparently have been shot to death in west Houma. The Courier reports that relatives found the bodies of Troy Hebert and Alyce Chauvin and called the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say both had bullet wounds... more »
  • Isaac may spark swarms of mosquitoes

    September 4, 2012 10:23 AM

    HOUMA - After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes. And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. The Courier reports that... more »
  • Isaac hits Terrebonne, flattens cane crops

    August 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    HOUMA- Terrebonne Parish, southwest of New Orleans, was at the eye of slow-moving Hurricane Isaac. Signs of the storm were everywhere: power outages, downed branches and flattened fields of sugar cane. Some fields look as though a tank drove over them. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois (GRAH-vwah) says growers... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish implements curfew

    August 28, 2012 12:29 PM

    HOUMA - Parish emergency managers called for a curfew in Terrebonne Parish ahead of Hurricane Isaac's landfall. The curfew begins tonight from 8 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone in violation of the curfew will be stopped and questioned by law enforcement. Parish leaders said the... more »
  • Downtown Houma to see stars this weekend

    August 24, 2012 8:47 AM

    HOUMA - The crew for a new movie, "The Butler," starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr., will be filming several shots of the area's historic buildings including Le Petit Theatre and around the courthouse. Winfrey and Whitaker will be in Houma to... more »
  • Falgout floodgate plans move forward

    August 2, 2012 1:42 PM

    HOUMA- Preliminary design is beginning on a long-awaited floodgate that could eventually help to close the Dularge levee system. Terrebonne Levee District officials voted earlier this month to move forward on a design of the West Dularge floodgate, planned to block off Falgout Canal. The floodgate is being planned as... more »
  • La. man dead after arrest in aided-suicide case

    July 19, 2012 11:40 AM

    BAYOU BLUE - A Bayou Blue man charged with helping his wife commit suicide has been found dead in Houma with what Terrebonne Parish deputies say appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Courier reports that 69-year-old Charles Joseph Fanguy was found by deputies in the yard of a... more »
  • Police arrest man for shopping scooter joyride

    July 18, 2012 4:50 PM

    HOUMA - Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk. Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday. Police say they got a call... more »
  • Pan-Am crash film set for Houma

    July 13, 2012 2:22 PM

    HOUMA - A documentary film will be shown Saturday in Houma to mark the 30-year anniversary of the crash of Pan-American World Airways Flight 759 in Kenner. The program starts at noon at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive. New Orleans filmmaker Royd Anderson directed and produced "Pan... more »
  • Terrebonne residents weigh in on tax for levees

    July 3, 2012 9:47 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish residents have given a measure of support at a public hearing in Houma to a 1/2-cent sales tax voters may be asked to approve this winter to help pay for $180 million in new levee protection. The Terrebonne Levee District said the sales tax is necessary... more »
  • Sheriff: Brothers charged after fight with machete

    June 26, 2012 3:51 PM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies charged two brothers in Terrebonne Parish with battery after a drunken brawl where they said one slashed the other with a machete. Deputies arrested John Roy Dupre Sr., 54, as well as Robert Lynn Dupre, 53, after the fight this weekend. Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois... more »
  • Dulac man arrested in death of shrimp boat captain

    June 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say it was a drug deal gone bad that prompted a Dulac man to drive to a Bayou Grand Caillou dock Sunday, shoot at one shrimper and kill another. Authorities tell The Courier that neither shrimper was involved in the alleged drug deal. Twenty-nine-year-old... more »
  • Man accused of firing at boaters

    April 10, 2012 8:29 AM

    HOUMA - A 45-year-old Houma man, angry because boaters were speeding by his home on Bayou Terrebonne, was arrested after he admitted he shot at the boats. The Courier reports Andy Cotton told police he shot his .357 magnum revolver twice at two boats with a combined 10 people on... more »
  • Roommate charged in stabbing

    March 18, 2012 10:16 AM

    HOUMA - A Houma man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his roommate with scissors during an argument. Officers found the male victim bleeding from a wound in the back of his head, another in the upper arm and four more in his upper back. The victim said his... more »
  • Woman cited after pit bull kills neighbor's dog

    February 10, 2012 8:40 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne Parish deputies say they ticketed a Houma woman after her pit bull dog leaped out of her car and killed a neighbor's small poodle. Deputies said the attack happened Tuesday evening. According to The Courier the woman told police that the pit bull jumped out of her... more »
  • Some details, no cause in NTSB report on crash

    February 8, 2012 8:44 AM

    HOUMA - A federal report on a January helicopter crash in St. Mary Parish doesn't say what caused the crash, which killed two men. The Courier reports the National Transportation Safety Board's report was released on Monday. The report says there was good weather. Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter circling... more »
  • Lafourche, Terrebonne jails make way for Mardi Gras influx

    February 6, 2012 8:38 AM

    HOUMA - Law enforcement officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are taking steps they hope will make room in the parish jails for an expected Carnival season influx. The Courier reports that both jails are at about capacity: 680 inmates in Terrebonne and 245 in Lafourche. Authorities are trying to... more »
  • Battery delays delivery of seized, auctioned car

    February 3, 2012 8:47 AM

    HOUMA - A Maserati seized from a drug dealer in Terrebonne Parish sold on eBay for $33,250, but it hasn't been turned over to its new owner yet. The sheriff's office says the sale to a Kenner man was completed Jan. 19. But, although the car was advertised as being... more »
  • Alleged burglars return to apologize, are arrested

    January 10, 2012 8:38 AM

    HOUMA - Houma police say two alleged car burglars - one in a wheelchair - were arrested after they returned to their victim's home to apologize. The Courier reports that 50-year-old William Poindexter and 48-year-old Ernest Mart, both of Houma, were booked with simple burglary and held in lieu of... more »
  • Man shoots 1, kills self after argument in Houma

    December 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    HOUMA, La - An on-the-job argument in Houma led to gunfire, with one man killing himself after wounding his co-worker. Police say it happened Wednesday morning at a house where two employees of an electrical contracting business were working. The Houma Courier reports that the shooter was identified as Michael... more »
  • Suspect dies following narcotics stop

    December 24, 2011 11:19 AM

    HOUMA, La - Authorities say Houma man has died after police shocked him with a stun gun when he was trying to swallow drugs. Terrebonne Sheriff's Office officials tell The Courier that a narcotics officer used a stun gun to subdue 27-year-old Wayne Michael Williams. Agents allegedly saw Williams exchange... more »
  • Tombs too colorful for some in Terrebonne

    December 12, 2011 8:39 AM

    HOUMA- A Terrebonne Parish councilman says he'll introduce a new ordinance in response to complaints about brightly colored tombs and grave markers at a public cemetery. Among the mostly white and gray slabs of concrete at Southdown Cemetery are a handful that are painted in a variety of splashy colors... more »
  • Houma teen charged with vehicular homicide

    December 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    HOUMA- A Houma teen is facing vehicular homicide charges after an early morning car crash that claimed a young woman's life. It happened just before 2:30am Saturday morning. According to Louisiana State Police the victim, 18-year-old Amanda Doyle, was a passenger in 18-year-old Stephen Murphy’s pickup when he... more »
  • Jindal visits with teachers, students in Houma

    December 5, 2011 3:28 PM

    HOUMA - Gov. Bobby Jindal is visiting schools around Louisiana to talk with teachers, principals and students about ways to improve the state's education system. The governor started his visits Monday with a stop at Dularge Middle School in Houma, a high performing school in Louisiana's accountability system. Eighty-four... more »
  • Dad goes on trial for killing son

    November 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    HOUMA-A Houma man charged with killing his infant son is scheduled to be tried next month. 24-year-old Cody Bourg's trial on a second-degree murder charge is slated to start December 5th in state court in Terrebonne Parish. Bourg was arrested in October 2010 after he allegedly suffocated his 1-year-old... more »
  • Houma man killed in rollover crash

    November 24, 2011 4:47 PM

    HOUMA - State Police reported that a Houma man wasn't wearing his seatbelt when his truck ran off the road and flipped this morning, throwing him from the vehicle and killing him. Trooper Russell Graham said Michael Positerry, 47, was driving south on state highway 56 around 3 a.m.... more »
  • Capital murder case: statement OK'd for trial

    November 15, 2011 8:41 AM

    HOUMA - A Terrebonne Parish judge says jurors in a capital murder case may hear the statement a 25-year-old man gave police after he allegedly smothered his girlfriend's 10-month-old son. Judge George Larke ruled Monday after a hearing in the first-degree murder case against William Henderson of Chauvin. Henderson's attorneys... more »
  • Mistrial declared in Houma murder trial

    November 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    HOUMA - A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Houma man accused of fatally stabbing his wife during an argument in July 2010. State District Judge David Arceneaux declared the mistrial Tuesday just before opening statements were set to begin. The Courier reports 42-year-old Bernard... more »
  • Trial set for husband of woman killed in 2010

    October 25, 2011 8:30 AM

    HOUMA - A Nov. 7 trial date has been set for a Houma man charged in his wife's 2010 death. Forty-two-year-old Bernard Verrett is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kristi Verrett. The woman's body was found in Terrebonne Parish woods after she had been reported missing... more »
  • Derelict boats will be pulled from bayous

    October 23, 2011 9:26 AM

    HOUMA, La.- Dozens of rotting, abandoned boats will be hauled out of Terrebonne Parish bayous as part of a parish-wide campaign to remove aquatic blight. The Courier reported that 43 boats will be removed from Bayou Grand Caillou, Bayou Dulac, Bayou Terrebonne, Bayou Dularge and Bayou Petite Caillou beginning... more »
  • Festival goes on in where destroyed church stood

    October 17, 2011 11:56 AM

    HOUMA - An arts festival that traditionally has been hosted at the site of Houma's St. Matthew's Episcopal Church went on over the weekend, even though the historic church building is gone. The landmark church was destroyed by fire last year. But the "Just for Kids at Art" festival... more »
  • Deputy denied a chance to look at DNA evidence

    October 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    HOUMA, La. - A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy's request to see DNA evidence from the investigation that led to his conviction on a sex charge has been rejected by a state district judge. Fifty-one-year-old Glenn Brunet was convicted in 2007 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. The former... more »
  • Terrebonne president proposes parish worker raises

    September 30, 2011 8:56 AM

    HOUMA- The president of a coastal parish is proposing cost-of-living raises for most parish employees. Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet made the proposal in the budget he presented to the Terrebonne council Wednesday night. The proposed $196 million budget is about $2 million than the last budget. Claudet... more »
  • Gulf Island foresees 700 jobs in Texas, LA

    September 29, 2011 8:44 AM

    HOUMA- The CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication, a leading manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms, says the company intends to hire hundreds of workers in Louisiana and Texas as it begins work on new projects. The Houma-based company has subsidiaries in the Houma area and at Aransas Pass,... more »
  • Witnesses: teen in fatal crash never hit brakes

    September 23, 2011 8:40 AM

    HOUMA- The victim of a fatal car crash in Houma earlier this week has been identified as an 18-year-old from Thibodaux. The family of Garrett Velasquez believes he purposely drove his car in to a tree in Houma on Monday. Police tell The Courier newspaper in Houma that it... more »
  • Plea deal child sex case: 4 years instead of life

    September 15, 2011 8:35 AM

    HOUMA- A Houma man has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual battery, drawing a four-year prison sentence while avoiding a trial that could have put him in prison for life. The Courier reports the case involved young victims related to the suspect. Forty-one-year-old Mitchell Courteaux was arrested in... more »
  • Houma Police officer charged in bar fight

    July 16, 2011 12:02 PM

    HOUMA, La.- A Houma police officer was arrested for allegedly getting into a fight outside a bar in Thibodaux Dex Martin, who has been with the Houma police department since March 2010, and Keli Defiore, of Thibodaux, were seen on the street pushing each about 2:15 a.m. Friday morning.... more »
  • Miss. man arrested for sending nude pics to LSP

    June 24, 2011 2:44 PM

    HOUMA - A Mississippi man was arrested after Louisiana State Police said he sent nude photos of himself to an investigator posing as a child on the Internet. Authorities arrested William Britt, 53, of Brandon, Miss. on Tuesday and extradited him to Terrebonne Parish on charges of computer-aided solicitation... more »
  • Police say missing 3-year-old was killed by Houma man

    June 8, 2011 2:42 AM

    TACOMA, Wash.- Police in Washington state say they believe a man arrested in Louisiana in the death of his wife was also involved in the disappearance of his young son 28 years ago. Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum says Stanley Guidroz was never eliminated as a suspect in the 3-year-old's... more »
  • Council: Scam crews claim FEMA requires sandbags

    May 26, 2011 8:38 AM

    HOUMA- The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government says private work crews in the Gibson area have been telling elderly residents they have to sandbag their homes to get federal disaster relief. A statement on the government's website says that's false, and people should call the sheriff's office if they're approached by... more »
  • Police arrest four as a result of ongoing investigation

    April 28, 2011 8:45 PM

    HOUMA- Four people are behind bars after police investigated illegal criminal activities. Police say 34-year-old Benjamin Martinez-Correa and 27-year-old Oscar Uliser-Bortillo were arrested for possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes. An immigration hold was placed on Martinez-Correa and Uliser-Bortillo. Two more men are also behind bars as... more »
  • Car abandoned during chase hits house

    April 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    HOUMA - A driver who abandoned his car during a police chase in Houma neglected to stop the car, which ran into the front porch of a house. Police said it happened early Sunday. Patrol officers saw a car making a fast turn with tires squealing. They pursued... more »
  • Arkansas fugitives arrested in Terrebone Parish

    April 7, 2011 9:35 PM

    HOUMA- Two wanted fugitives from Arkansas were caught and arrested for possession and use of illegal drugs. Police say that earlier this week Arkansas authorities contacted the Terrebonne Sheriff Office asking for help to locate Lonnie Johnson, 41, and his wife Karen Johnson, 33, who might be hiding in... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish girl allowed to wear tux to prom

    March 28, 2011 2:15 PM

    HOUMA - A Terrebonne Parish girl will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom after all. Nason Authement, parish secondary education supervisor, says an exception to the policy that boys must wear tuxes or suits and girls must wear dresses or gowns will be made for... more »
  • Charges dropped against three former guards

    February 23, 2011 12:14 PM

    HOUMA - Charges have been dropped against three former security officers at the Terrebonne Juvenile Detention Center who had been accused of sexual misconduct with female inmates. Charges were dropped Tuesday against 37-year-old Chadwick Griffin, 28-year-old John Gathen and 39-year-old Darrin Carter. After a jury trial, 50-year-old Floyd Howard... more »
  • Cops stop ice cream truck, jail 1 on pot charge

    February 22, 2011 12:47 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A complaint that something other than ice cream was being sold from an ice cream truck in Lafourche Parish led to the arrest of a Houma man. Lafourche sheriff's deputies jailed 19-year-old Jonathan Trahan of Houma. He was booked with possession with intent to distribute... more »

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