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  • Sex offender accused of trying to buy child for sex

    April 29, 2016 11:26 AM

    HOUMA - State Police detectives say they arrested a man who is registered as a sex offender in Michigan after he was accused of trying to locate and purchase a child for sexual purposes. 30-year-old Wade Perkins, of Grand Isle, was booked on a charge of attempt and conspiracy... more »
  • Houma man pleads guilty to heroin distribution conspiracy

    April 28, 2016 6:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Houma man pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute with at least 100 grams of heroin. Michael Ross, 36, pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday. According to court documents, Ross was a heroin distributor in Houma area.... more »
  • Crawfish stolen from Houma business, 2 arrested

    April 26, 2016 9:12 AM

    HOUMA - Houma police say two men are accused of stealing several sacks of crawfish worth about $250 from a gas station. The Courier reports 45-year-old Richard Buck and 34-year-old Joshua Robichaux face a charge of unauthorized entry of a business. Police Chief Dana Coleman says the stolen crawfish were... more »
  • Nurse arrested for forging prescriptions

    April 25, 2016 11:51 AM

    THIBODAUX -Police reported the arrest of a Houma woman employed as a nurse for forging prescriptions. 49-year- old Vickie Ezell was arrested for unlawfully prescribing, distributing, dispensing or assisting in illegally obtaining of CDS. On Mar. 11, a pharmacy in Houma notified a Thibodaux-based doctor that suspicious prescriptions were being... more »
  • Three dead after Wednesday morning crash on LA 182

    April 20, 2016 3:25 PM

    HOUMA- An early morning crash on LA 182 left three people dead, according to Louisiana State Police. Around 2:30 a.m. Troopers from the Louisiana State Troop C responded to a crash on LA 182 near Coteau Road involving three vehicles. The crash occurred when a Honda Civic was driving westbound... more »
  • Deputies: Juvenile booked with battery in death of nun

    January 29, 2016 11:50 AM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested after he pushed an elderly nun into a wall, causing brain damage that they say may have killed her. The Courier reports the incident occurred Oct. 15 at the Louis Infant Crisis Center, which was founded and operated... more »
  • Search warrants lead to pair of child porn arrests in Terrebonne Parish

    December 9, 2015 12:25 PM

    TERREBONNE PARISH - Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men Tuesday morning accused of possession of child pornography. 26-year-old Stephen Mitchell was arrested for 10 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles after deputies searched his Jolie Oaks Blvd residence in Thibodaux. He remains in Terrebonne Parish Jail... more »
  • Florida man killed in head-on LA 3087 wreck

    November 17, 2015 12:18 PM

    HOUMA - State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA 3087 in Lafourche Parish that left one person dead early Tuesday morning. Troopers say the head-on crash happened just before 5 a.m., leaving a Florida resident dead after he proceeded up the highway in the wrong direction and... more »
  • Louisiana National Guard soldier on All-Army Boxing Team

    November 11, 2015 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana National Guard member from Houma is on the All-Army Boxing Team. The national guard says Spc. Trey Alexander won the spot by taking the 141-pound light welterweight championship at the All-Army Boxing Championships in September at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The bout went all... more »
  • Houma man sentenced to 15 years for beating stepfather

    October 31, 2015 2:50 PM

    HOUMA - A state judge has ruled that a 52-year-old Houma man should spend the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for severely beating his 82-year-old stepfather. State District Judge Juan Pickett ruled on Friday that Simon Fontenot will have no chance at probation, parole or a suspended sentence... more »
  • 4th worker died after pipeline explosion

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish coroner's office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill... more »
  • Houma woman arrested on sexual battery of juvenile charges

    September 24, 2015 5:18 PM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies in Terrebonne Parish said they arrested a Houma woman on sexual battery charges Wednesday morning. 27-year-old Misti Carrere was taken into custody by after law enforcement received an anonymous tip that indicated her whereabouts inside of an apartment on Friendswood Drive. The investigation into... more »
  • 4 arrested in Houma heroin bust

    September 2, 2015 12:58 PM

    HOUMA - Narcotics agents in Terrebonne Parish say they made four arrests and seized various drugs and drug paraphernalia after they searched a a residence in Houma. Agents said they conducted a search of a home on Wilson Ave. after an earlier traffic stop gave them reason to believe... more »
  • Officials: 2 murder-suicides take place in Louisiana

    August 31, 2015 5:34 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Authorities say two apparent murder-suicides in different towns in Louisiana took place on Sunday. In Opelousas, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says deputies found two brothers killed in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night. Guidroz says it appears Joshua Miller, 27, of New Roads accidently shot and... more »
  • Amoeba detected in one Houma water system

    August 17, 2015 7:40 PM

    HOUMA - State health officials said tests recently found an amoeba in Houma's Schriever Water System, which serves around 97,000 people in Terrebonne Parish. The Department of Health and Hospitals said despite the presence of the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, the water is still safe to drink. DHH tested... more »
  • Man who killed cousin gets 50 years in prison

    August 12, 2015 11:02 AM

    HOUMA - A 35-year-old Houma man convicted of manslaughter last December has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after being billed as a habitual offender. Authorities say Lashawn Smith shot his second cousin, 27-year-old Quincy Smith, in a dispute over drug money on Dec. 31, 2010. Quincy's body was... more »
  • Couple says Houma bakery refused to bake same-sex wedding cake

    August 3, 2015 3:05 PM

    HOUMA - A Houma couple is claiming that a local bakery refused to bake them a wedding cake earlier last week because of their same-sex relationship. According to a WWL-TV report, Sarah Matherne, who was planning her wedding to her girlfriend Jenita Billiot, said she called Caro's Cakes and... more »
  • State Police investigate shooting where suspect wielded BB gun

    July 29, 2015 2:29 PM

    HOUMA - Louisiana State Police detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened just before noon on Monday near the intersection of Woodlawn Ranch Road and LA 56 in Terrebonne Parish. According to State Police, the shooting happened at the end of a chase involving a theft suspect... more »
  • Man dead after shooting involving police officers in Houma

    July 27, 2015 5:58 PM

    HOUMA - State police say a man has been killed in Houma in a shooting involving officers from three law enforcement agencies. Evan Harrell, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, said LSP, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office and Houma Police Department were involved in Monday's shooting. The shooting happened... more »
  • Meth lab set up by carpenter sets fire to apartments

    July 21, 2015 4:31 PM

    BAYOU CANE - Narcotics agents in Terrebonne Parish accused a man of causing a meth lab fire in a building he was renovating. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the apartments in the 6800 block of Main St. in Houma to investigate a fire the... more »
  • Man found guilty of beating 82-year-old stepfather

    July 13, 2015 11:20 AM

    HOUMA- A 51-year-old Houma man faces up to 15 years in prison for beating up his 82-year-old stepfather who died about five months later. The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office tells The Courier a six-person jury found Simon Fontenot guilty of aggravated second-degree battery Thursday. Fontenot was arrested on Nov.... more »
  • Houma man arrested for murder

    May 16, 2015 3:14 PM

    COCODRIE- A man is charged with second degree murder after detectives discovered a body in Terrebonne Parish. Deputies arrested Simon Quinn, 46, of Houma after detectives found Robbie Coulon, 46, dead in Cocodrie Thursday evening. Witnesses told investigators Quinn would frequently visit Coulon and had an argument with... more »
  • Million dollar skate park set to open this month in Houma

    April 5, 2015 6:46 PM

    HOUMA - Although bad weather in the past two months delayed the opening of Houma's $1.1 million skate park, officials say it should open this month. Planning and zoning director Chris Pulaski tells The Courier that contractor Larry Doiron Inc. of Morgan City has not yet set a firm date... more »
  • 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 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 »

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