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  • Stores in Clinton, Independence impacted by sweep of Walmart closures Play Video

    January 15, 2016 12:51 PM

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Walmart announced the closure of 154 locations across the country Friday, including several within the state. Locally affected stores include the recently opened Clinton Walmart, which is one of the corporation’s smaller “Neighborhood Market” locations. Other stores on the list for closure in Louisiana include Walmart... more »
  • Small town shaken up after police officer's arrest Play Video

    December 30, 2015 5:48 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - A police officer's arrest in Tangipahoa Parish sent waves through the small town of Independence. Laquinton Banks, 25, faces theft, malfeasance and hate crime charges after his arrest Monday. Investigators say he stole $1,600 from non-English speaking Hispanic motorists during traffic stops. "I was stunned. I was really... more »
  • Man shoots, kills estranged wife, another person and himself

    December 16, 2015 7:23 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - The double murder-suicide that left Thomas Ransom, 35, April Ransom, 38, and Joseph Cormier, 43, dead left the community reeling. Police said Thomas Ransom was having a conversation with his estranged wife, April, inside of Angie's bar. She when she walked away from him and he then shot... more »
  • Children in state's care after double murder, suicide Play Video

    December 16, 2015 2:54 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Investigators said three children are in the state's care after their parents died in a double murder and suicide overnight in Independence. Police Chief Frank Edwards said the kids are ages 15 and younger and in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. ... more »
  • Double-murder suicide leaves 3 dead in Independence

    December 16, 2015 4:34 AM

    INDEPENDENCE- Authorities are looking into a shooting that left three people dead in Independence. Police Chief Frank Edwards says Thomas Ransom, 35, walked into Angie's Bar on Highway 51 North and fatally shot his estranged wife and another man before turning the gun on himself. Police found the gunman's... more »
  • Fatal wrong way crash on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish

    August 26, 2015 9:51 AM

    AMITE- One person has died in a two vehicle accident Wednesday on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish between Independence and Amite. Louisiana State Police have identified the victim in the accident as 22-year-old Summer Allen Graves of Amite. Police say the accident was reported about 3 a.m. Police say investigators... more »
  • Scots reject independence in historic vote

    September 19, 2014 5:29 AM

    EDINBURGH, Scotland - Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political... more »
  • Deputies investigate shooting in Tangipahoa

    September 11, 2014 9:56 AM

    INDEPENDENCE - Tangipahoa Parish deputies are searching for a gunman after a shooting in Independence. It happened around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday on Blackcat Rd. According to investigators, a green Ford Expedition stopped in front of a home before the passenger got out of the SUV and shot the 25-year-old... more »
  • Swamp People to return to Independence for filming

    August 23, 2014 7:51 PM

    INDEPENDENCE, La. - The History Channel's popular reality television show, "Swamp People," will return to Independence in September to film at Mama Mannino's Meat Market and White Tail Butcher Shop. Shop owner Angelo Mannino confirmed the details Thursday. Mannino says History Channel officials have been on him "hot and heavy"... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: Independence Play Video

    July 26, 2014 10:55 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - The Independence Tigers are hoping to turn the page on a rough season in 2013 and take strides in the right direction this fall. The Tigers were 1-9 last season, but this year they have 14 returning starters, including four on the offensive line and the entire... more »
  • Two men arrested in meth lab bust

    July 25, 2014 12:22 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Narcotics agents with the Tri Parish Task Force shut down an active meth lab and arrested two men during a planned raid of an Independence home on Monday. Deputies took 37-year-old Peter Scalia of Robert and 36-year-old William Parson of Independence into custody after a search of... more »
  • Crimea's parliament pushes for independence

    March 11, 2014 1:00 PM

    KIEV, Ukraine - Crimea's Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. That could offer a way of de-escalating the standoff between Russia and the West. The vote in Crimea's Parliament about... more »
  • Rap lyrics lead to murder, 3 arrested

    February 8, 2014 8:13 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says a third suspect turned himself in Saturday for a murder in Independence, La. Police say one person was killed during a feud that involved rap lyrics and their meaning between two groups of individuals. Officials say 19-year-old Kenneth Johnson was... more »
  • Anger management counseling for Independence mayor

    September 6, 2013 9:07 AM

    HAMMOND- Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa will enter a pre-trial diversion program, including anger management counseling, for charges stemming from August 2012 when he allegedly threatened a police officer. According to The Daily Star of Hammond, the agreement signed by Ragusa and Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall requires Ragusa to... more »
  • Town employees get probation for illegal gas, parts buys

    August 5, 2013 10:46 PM

    AMITE- Three employees of the town of Independence pleaded no contest to charges related to spending town money on personal items. John Henson, Charles Garafola, and Jeffers Cook were charged with unauthorized use of an access card. The group was accused of putting gas in personal or family vehicles... more »
  • False River stages state's largest water balloon fight Play Video

    July 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    JARREAU - Hundreds of people came out to False River to celebrate the 4th of July and take part in what could be the state's largest water balloon fight. "To be honest with you, that huge water balloon fight going on out there, if that's not the coolest thing... more »
  • Injunction denied, railroad crossings stay closed

    July 3, 2013 2:14 PM

    AMITE - A judge denied a parish's request today to reopen several railroad crossings deemed unsafe by the state Department of Transportation and Development. Tangipahoa Parish claimed DOTD didn't properly notify affected residents of the crossing closures under a 2012 law. DOTD responded that they began the closure process... more »
  • Firefighters prepare tribute for fallen soldier Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Firefighters in Independence prepared today to honor a fallen soldier killed in action recently with a special tribute. The Defense Department said Spc. Christopher R. Drake, 20, of Tickfaw was killed Sunday in Bagram, Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Today, members... more »
  • Unlicensed driver doesn't face charges in deadly crash

    May 21, 2013 10:16 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- State Police have not filed charges against a 15-year-old, unlicensed driver who investigators said crashed the car she was driving and killed a ten-year-old sibling. The driver was with her two brothers and sister, headed to baseball practice Monday when the crash happened on Highway 1054. "We... more »
  • West Feliciana sewer system nears completion

    April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday. The new system will serve... more »
  • Mayor calls arrests "political," employees still working

    April 2, 2013 9:56 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- Four city employees, arrested Tuesday, returned to work after getting out of jail. John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500. The arrests are related to an investigation by... more »
  • Four city workers accused of illegal fuel-ups

    April 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- Four town employees were arrested Tuesday, accused of using a city credit card to put fuel in personal vehicles. John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500. All work... more »
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen by Independence Day

    March 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK- The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy, that's according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The statue itself was spared damage from the late October storm, but Liberty Island, where the statue... more »
  • Tangipahoa may sell bonds to close landfill

    February 13, 2013 7:15 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish Council has introduced and set for public hearing an ordinance that would authorize the issuance of $2.4 million in bonds to pay for improvements to the parish landfill near Independence. If the measure meets with final approval at the council's next meeting, set for Feb.... more »
  • Students accused of making threats against

    February 7, 2013 11:02 AM

    INDEPENDENCE - Security was beefed up at Independence High School after two students were arrested and accused of making threats against the school. Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Mark Kolwe said Principal Hugh Wallace said the students' grandmother called the sheriff's office Tuesday after finding written threats in the boys' room... more »

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