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  • Baker School thefts lead to questions about superintendent Play Video

    March 30, 2015 6:53 PM

    BAKER - Baker School System Superintendent Ulysses Joseph plans to retire in May. At the same time, questions have risen about his role in the alleged illegal purchases of a former employee. Emmitt Lee Whitfield was a maintenance supervisor for the school system until his original arrest in December... more »
  • Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform

    February 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were... more »
  • Driver's licenses for immigrants spurs debate in New Mexico

    February 11, 2015 2:04 AM

    SANTA FE, N.M. - As a growing number of states allow immigrants to get driver's licenses regardless of their status, some New Mexico lawmakers are trying to move in the opposite direction. The GOP-led House of Representatives is poised to pass legislation repealing a 2003 law that offered licenses to... more »
  • Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

    January 28, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is ordering immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them. Internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press also show that agents are being told to review... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders 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 »
  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

    December 24, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security Department is using GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to keep track of some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally. The pilot program comes months after officials found that 70 percent of immigrant families disappeared after they were released into the U.S. with instructions to report back... more »
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    December 22, 2014 2:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more... more »
  • 5,000 illegals in BR could get reprieve under president's plan

    November 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city has an estimated 10,000 undocumented immigrants; half could qualify to stay under plans announced by the president Thursday. President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration allows those living in the U.S. illegally to remain in the states risk-free if they register, pay taxes and... more »
  • Flying drones near stadiums could end in jail time

    October 28, 2014 6:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators say it's illegal to fly drones or model planes near stadiums and that violators can face up to a year. The Federal Aviation Administration posted an updated notice to pilots online this week warning that drones and remotely controlled aircraft are included in a prohibition on... more »
  • Gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

    October 22, 2014 2:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security Department appears to be readying itself for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to seek work permits once President Barack Obama announces his executive action plans to change immigration rules. A draft contract proposal the government published earlier... more »
  • US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    September 26, 2014 3:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others would say only that they faced deportation. It turns out that tens of... more »
  • Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    September 12, 2014 4:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Associated Press analyzed figures from the Homeland Security Department and found the agency is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants... more »
  • Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

    August 28, 2014 2:44 AM

    A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure... more »
  • Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

    August 13, 2014 2:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An internal Homeland Security Department report says immigration officials decided on their own, strictly for budget reasons, to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013. Without consulting then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or the White House, the agency ultimately freed 2,228 people. The lack of... more »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it. Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
  • Obama to decide on immigration by end of summer

    August 3, 2014 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A senior White House adviser says President Barack Obama will make a decision by the end of the summer on how to use his authority to address immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Dan Pfeiffer called reports that Obama might delay the deportation of up to 5 million... more »
  • Jindal wants details on immigrant children in La.

    July 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here. The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in... more »
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    July 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Drop in kids crossing the border

    July 21, 2014 7:42 PM

    WASHINGTON- The number of unaccompanied kids crossing the border has dropped by about half according to the White House. Press Secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were caught along the Rio Grande border with Mexico in the first two weeks of July compared to... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    July 21, 2014 2:11 AM

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala - Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers. Smugglers, known as "coyotes," say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes... more »
  • Crime, belief they can stay drives migrants to US

    June 25, 2014 2:03 AM

    ARRIAGA, Mexico - Children and teenagers are flooding out of Central America and heading north to the Texas border, where their crossings in record numbers have sparked a bitter political debate in the United States. The Obama administration says crime at home is driving the migrants north. Congressional Republicans say... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies oppose medical marijuana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
  • Six hospitalized after smoking synthetic weed

    April 10, 2014 9:44 PM

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

    January 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A door-to-door salesman faces charges after he was warned to stop but did not, according to an arrest report. Nathaniel Moore is accused of selling magazines and doorsteps without a permit. Investigators said he knocked on doors at night. Moore said he did not know what... more »
  • Warden: guard stuffed bra to smuggle illegal items into prison

    December 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    ANGOLA- A guard at the state penitentiary is on the other side of the cell walls after she was arrested on smuggling charges. Investigators said Tuesday, LeAngela Handy was stuffing her bra with drugs and other illegal items and sneaking them into the prison. "She had her a... more »
  • Authorities hunting for bear killer

    December 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    VIDALIA- State authorities are trying to figure out who shot and killed a black bear in Concordia Parish. The bear was found over the weekend in a wooded area of the Yancey Wildlife Management Area. A necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about a week. Because... more »
  • Hundreds busted in pop-up checkpoints

    November 25, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police were watching busy roads closely for drivers who were not following traffic laws Monday. Just more than 100 people were ticketed for not wearing seat belts in three separate checkpoints: one on Dalrymple, another on LSU Avenue near Highland Road, and a third on Sherwood Forest... more »
  • Plant's ex-manager sentenced for illegal discharge

    November 6, 2013 7:49 AM

    GONZALES - A former plant manager has been sentenced to a year of home incarceration for illegally discharging wastes from the Armant Environmental Services plant, a now-closed wastewater treatment facility in Vacherie. State District Judge Alvin Turner Jr. sentenced 44-year-old Jeffrey Dabadie, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., this week.... more »
  • White: Course Choice list 'cannot be ignored'

    July 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
  • N.O. man arrested a second time for illegal dumping

    July 27, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - A New Orleans man has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for the alleged illegal dumping of solid waste in the eastern part of the city. Officers arrested 48-year-old Cecil Person on Thursday. He is accused of dumping six truckloads of construction and demolition debris in... more »
  • Sorrento cop reprimanded for parking illegally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    SORRENTO - Pictures of a Sorrento Police Officer parked in a handicapped parking spot are stirring controversy in the small Ascension Parish town. Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot isn't wasting any time disciplining the officer. ""What I'm going to do is write a letter of recommendation that he... more »
  • Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

    June 17, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says states cannot require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use... more »
  • City leaders delete proposed law about dogs

    June 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders removed an agenda item from Wednesday's Metro Council meeting that would have restricted how long a dog could be tethered. Councilman John Delgado pulled the ordinance and did not say if he would add it to an agenda later. The law would have made... more »
  • Leaders talk about law dealing with chained dogs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal. "That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't... more »
  • Illegal prescriptions making the rounds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 7, 2013 10:19 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - The use and sale of illegal prescription drugs is on the rise around the country. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi says he's seen numbers in his parish become more prevalent than marijuana and cocaine charges. "With the easy access, you don't have to go look for... more »
  • Prescription drug distribution a "serious" problem for parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Thursday morning, police arrested dozens of suspected drug dealers while many of them were still in their pajamas. Just before 6:30 a.m. Iberville Sheriff's deputies, Plaquemine Police and the state drug task force, L.E.A.D., began busting people for selling prescription drugs. "We're going to do... more »
  • ISP: Copyright alert system meant to educate, not punish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In efforts to curb illegal downloading and file-sharing on-line, a number of Internet companies are initiating an educational approach to help customers understand their actions. It's called the Copyright Alert System. Providers including AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner and Comcast, with the help of copyright holders,... more »
  • Illegal sales going on in Walker

    February 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    WALKER- Police took to social media Tuesday, warning about illegal door-to-door sales. "We have received several reports of the activity, as has the sheriff's office," the post on the Walker Police Department's Facebook read. Peddling is illegal inside city limits. "No 'permit' is available to allow anyone... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to selling teen sex online

    January 28, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 31-year-old man has been convicted of selling sex with an underage girl online. Erick Banks pled guilty Monday. Prosecutors said Banks enticed a 15-year-old to engage in acts of prostitution. Banks used ads on the website backpage.com to get clients for the teen. She... more »
  • 2 accused of illegal hunting, damaging levee

    January 16, 2013 6:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Marksville men are accused of shooting deer from a levee road in LaSalle Parish and damaging the levee with their truck. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 45-year-old Blaine McNeal and 43-year-old Keith Dauzat were booked with a charge of felony criminal damage to... more »
  • Stores selling synthetic marijuana warned check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2012 5:20 PM

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

    November 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that a new synthetic drug is being added to the list of illegal substances in the state. The drug, known as 25-I, "Smiles" or "N-Bomb", is being added to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act on... more »
  • Sec. State to examine social media and ballots after election

    November 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Every day people share all kinds of things through social networking, from who they're with right down to what they're about to eat. People in Louisiana, though, should think twice before snapping a pic of who they voted for today. According to Louisiana law, it... more »
  • Ilegal alien arrested for rape in Ascension Parish

    October 31, 2012 2:31 PM

    Prarieville- An illegal alien accused of raping a 72 year-old in Ascension Parish, is now behind bars. Deputies say the victim stayed overnight at a couple's home in Prarieville. The couple told investigators that an individual they only knew as "Jose" showed up to visit. The man of the... more »
  • Web site targets distracted driving

    October 11, 2012 10:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Federal leaders have set-up a website devoted to distracted driving. It's meant to curtail dangerous habits. Distraction.gov features information on the forms of distracted driving. Habits that aren't illegal, alone, but in an accident could be serious. A man in Livingston Parish faces charges after a... more »
  • FDA fights Web pharmacies selling unapproved drugs

    October 6, 2012 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its fight against counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine sold over the Internet. The agency is ordering operators of about 4,100 websites to immediately stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers. The FDA has sent warning letters to three companies... more »
  • Municipalities' taxes collected illegally

    September 19, 2012 11:01 AM

    ARCADIA- Three Bienville Parish municipalities are collecting sales taxes illegally. In recent days, officials learned the voter-approved authorizations for one-cent sales taxes collected in the municipalities of Arcadia, Gibsland and Castor have expired. And in some cases, long expired. In Gisbland, the penny sales tax should have ended in 1996.... more »
  • Club raid nets more than a dozen immigration arrests

    August 20, 2012 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested 15 illegal immigrants and three others during a raid at a Baton Rouge club this weekend. Cpl. Thomas Stubbs said Baton Rouge Police, FBI, the Homeland Security along with other state and local agencies made the arrests Saturday night at The Latin Club on... more »
  • Romney: 'Many' of suspect's weapons were illegal

    July 25, 2012 6:28 PM

    LONDON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday said many of the weapons obtained by the shooting suspect in Colorado were obtained illegally and that changing laws won't prevent gun-related tragedies. But the firearms that authorities allege James Holmes used to kill 12 people in Aurora, Colo., were obtained... more »
  • Columbia passes ordinance banning baggy pants

    July 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    COLUMBIA - Baggy pants are not welcome in the city of Columbia. WDAM-TV reports that the board of aldermen approved the prohibition this week. The new ordinance declares the wearing of low-hanging baggy pants to be indecent. People wearing pants, shorts or skirts that hang three inches or more below... more »
  • Romney says immigration decision complicates issue

    June 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    MILFORD, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama's decision to stop deporting some younger illegal immigrants will make it harder to solve the country's larger immigration problems. He did not say he would reverse the decision if elected. Romney said Friday that that the plight of... more »
  • New Obama policy will spare some from deportation

    June 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just." The president says it "makes no sense to expel talented young people" who are essentially Americans. He says... more »
  • Teen faces 9 murder charges

    April 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    PALMVIEW - A 15-year-old South Texas boy has been charged with nine counts of murder among other charges after a van he was driving crashed, killing nine of the suspected illegal immigrants packed inside. The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, appeared at a probable... more »
  • Immigration officials arrest more than 3,100

    April 2, 2012 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal officials say they arrested more than 3,100 immigrants convicted of serious crimes and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep. Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the sweep included every state and involved more than 1,900 of the agency's officers and agents. More than 1,000 of the... more »
  • Illegal Christmas bonuses? check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 15, 2011 7:31 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The fallout from former Port Allen mayor Derek Lewis's corruption scandal has trickled down to city officials. And now, the city council has uncovered financial wrongdoings stemming back to 1994. An audit recently revealed that employees unknowingly received thousands of dollars in Christmas bonuses that... more »
  • Mobile Strip Club Bus called Illegal

    September 28, 2011 7:42 PM

    Police say a mobile strip club that plowed the parking lots of Detroit Lions football games is illegal and moved to stop it from future games. Police began investigating after WDIV-TV broadcast a story about the bus this week and the Police Chief says the bus appears to be illegal.... more »
  • Jindal bans bath salt ingredients

    July 13, 2011 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal signed House Bill 12 by Rep. Ricky Templet which makes it illegal to possess the ingredients that make up bath salts and synthetic marijuana. The law was tightened after users found a loophole. Instead of banning ingredients, the previous law outlawed the finished product... more »
  • Synthetic "Dope" still for sale

    January 7, 2011 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Just one day after authorities seized thousands of dollars worth of now illegal substances known as 'bath salts,' business owners who sell other products, known as synthetic marijuana are worried if they'll be affected. The substance is similar to a product banned by the Louisiana Legislature last... more »
  • Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial

    November 24, 2010 5:11 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay - once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress - was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay... more »
  • LDWF: Call Litterbug Hotline

    November 12, 2010 5:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is urging people to call their 24-hour litterbug hotline to report people throwing trash from a vehicle, trash blowing out of a pickup truck bed, or illegal trash or dump sites. Vehicular reports should include the road location and vehicle's make,... more »
  • New Orleans vows to crack down on illegal vendors

    October 23, 2010 11:21 AM

    The city of New Orleans is cracking down on vendors illegally selling their wares outside the Superdome for Saints games. The city announced Friday that, starting this Sunday, police and city officials will issue a court summons to any vendor caught selling items without a city permit. The... more »
  • Mortgage companies accused of 'robo-signing'

    October 13, 2010 10:08 PM

    The Attorney General's Office in Louisiana is now investigating whether mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke the law foreclosing on homes. The mortgage companies are accused of robo-signing. That’s when they fail to verify the accuracy of foreclosure documents and have them improperly notarized. It’s illegal and may be... more »
  • Three La. men accused of poaching deer in Iowa

    October 12, 2010 3:06 PM

    Three men from Louisiana are facing thousands of dollars in fines after Iowa authorities say they used illegal tags and permits to hunt deer in the state. Wildlife officers filed multiple charges against Jamie Rogers of Angie, Jeffrey Talley of Baton Rouge and Michael Talley of Jennings, after several tips... more »
  • Powell says illegal immigrants do his home repairs

    September 19, 2010 3:06 PM

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that - because they fix his house. Powell, a moderate Republican, urged his party Sunday to support immigration generally because it is "what's keeping this country's lifeblood moving forward."... more »
  • Plaquemine man charged with illegally hunting alligators

    September 15, 2010 3:34 PM

    A hunting guide from Louisiana has been charged with illegally hunting alligators. Wednesday's federal indictment in Baton Rouge charges 36-year-old Gregory K. Dupont, of Plaquemine, with violating the Lacey Act, a wildlife protection law. Dupont is a licensed alligator hunter and owner of Louisiana Hunters Inc. The indictment accuses him... more »
  • Animal shelter under investigation in north LA

    September 6, 2010 12:20 PM

    The Franklin Parish District Attorney's Office says a grand jury will consider allegations that Winnsboro's animal shelter kept dogs in illegal conditions. Prosecutors got a report in July from Louisiana State Police, who were asked to investigate by the sheriff's office because city police run the shelter. The District Attorney's... more »
  • 17 admit to illegal shrimping at Sabine NWR

    September 3, 2010 10:18 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that 17 people have admitted catching large amounts of shrimp in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge and selling them commercially. It says that state wildlife agents staked out the refuge after getting numerous complaints. They watched the people catch more than the... more »
  • Man pleads guilty on drug, gun charges

    August 24, 2010 6:11 AM

    A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a firearm. Jerome Scott had been released from state custody in March after serving six years in prison for aggravated battery, but he was arrested the next month... more »
  • LaSalle Parish man arrested for illegal dumping

    July 21, 2010 2:16 PM

    Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have arrested a LaSalle Parish man for illegal dumping of restaurant grease and used cooking oil into state waterways. Karl W. Doughty, of Olla, allegedly intentionally dumped grease and cooking oil from his restaurant into state... more »
  • Baton Rouge charter school being investigated for litter

    July 19, 2010 10:40 PM

    A charter school in Baton Rouge is under investigation for littering. The Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School posted recruitment signs across the south end of the parish, but parish leaders say they are illegal. Residents in the Gardere and Kenilworth areas of Baton Rouge have only found... more »
  • Ex-pharmacist gets prison for prescription scam

    June 25, 2010 5:41 AM

    A former pharmacist who pleaded guilty to filling fraudulent prescriptions for an illegal Internet drug company has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Fifty-six--year-old Paul Williams owned the Grand Couteau Prescription Shoppe in his hometown, Grand Couteau. Federal prosecutors said a Panamanian company paid Williams more than $881,000 to... 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 »
  • Ex-pharmacist sentenced for prescription fraud

    June 23, 2010 6:40 AM

    The owner of a now-closed pharmacy in Grand Coteau has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for helping fill prescriptions for an illegal Internet drug company. Paul Williams Jr. also agreed to forfeit $200,000 that the business netted as its cut for filling thousands of illegal prescriptions for... more »
  • 7 postal workers charged in N.O.

    June 18, 2010 6:48 AM

    Seven postal workers have been charged in New Orleans with stealing or illegally discarding mail. The charges announced Thursday against the seven individuals are contained in four separate indictments handed up by federal grand juries. Mail theft charges were filed against 29-year-old Deshondra Simmons, of Houma; 37-year-old Tamara Bernard, of... more »
  • Iberville Parish man arrested for illegal dumping

    April 23, 2010 2:28 PM

    Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Iberville Parish man for the alleged illegal dumping of pollutants into state waterways. Authorities say Tommy M. Francise, of Plaquemine, intentionally dumped waste glycerin into state waterways, while biodiesel was being produced at his... more »
  • Allegation Vitter took illegal contribution

    April 22, 2010 8:25 PM

    A watchdog group asked the Federal Elections Commission to investigate a campaign contribution to U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana saying it was illegal and unethical. Questions have swirled around a fundraiser Vitter held with executives of U.S. Dry Cleaning Corp. since the Times-Picayune newspaper reported company executives and their... more »
  • Vitter accused of taking illegal campaign donations

    April 22, 2010 1:57 PM

    Senator David Vitter is being accused of accepting illegal campaign contributions. A Washington ethics watchdog group says Vitter took the donations from a California dry cleaning company that wanted federal stimulus money. No word on why the company gave to Vitter. more »
  • Rescue group looking for homes for pythons

    March 23, 2010 9:45 AM

    A reptile rescue group is looking for permanent homes for 21 big pythons confiscated from a snake farm near Oakdale. The Louisiana Association of Reptile Keepers says many are 16 to 19 feet long and seem healthy. Allen Parish deputies arrested David and Tammi Beauchemin - owners of High... more »
  • Couple cited for illegal possession of pythons

    March 22, 2010 11:14 AM

    An Oakdale couple was cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents have cited for allegedly possessing pythons without a permit. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office searched the home of David Beauchemin and Tawni Beauchemin after complaints alleging the Beauchemin's were illegally selling animals on the... more »
  • La. man arrested in illegal dumping case

    February 19, 2010 5:09 AM

    The director of a company that operates several wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana has been arrested on charges he allowed untreated wastewater to be illegally dumped. Joseph L. Jones of Opelousas faces 12 felony charges involving alleged violations of Plaisance Development Corp.'s water discharge permits. Jones was arrested at his... more »
  • Teacher union claims illegal activities

    October 1, 2009 10:20 AM

    A teacher union filed complaints with state authorities claiming a California company that recruits Filipino teachers to work at schools in East Baton Rouge, Caddo and Jefferson Parishes and New Orleans is operating illegally in the state. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers says the teachers were cheated out of... more »

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