November 21, 2013 3:03 PM
ST. GABRIEL - A former Department of Corrections inmate says learning sign language while behind bars changed his life.
Scott Huffman served nearly four years in Rayburn Correctional Center. He was released three months ago.
"Before prison I was wild. I was involved in drugs and drinking, selling... more »
October 15, 2013 7:51 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Barry S. Edge will serve life in prison for the murder of an Angola prison guard almost 14 years ago after a jury deadlocked on whether to sentence him to death.
The 53-year-old was found guilty Saturday of first-degree murder in the death of Capt. David... more »
October 3, 2013 7:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been charged in federal court in the beating last year of an inmate.
Gary Shine, a sergeant who has worked in the parish jail for nearly a decade, was charged in a bill of information this week with depriving an... more »
September 14, 2013 10:32 AM
HATTIESBURG - Authorities say they are on the lookout for a work center inmate who escaped by stealing a Hattiesburg city-owned van from a local park. WDAM-TV says 26-year-old Micah Lee Bolton of Beaumont is serving four years for delivery of a controlled substance in George County. Police say Bolton... more »
June 28, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Family members of an inmate who died of a ruptured ulcer in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
The suit claims deputies ignored his declining health and pleas for medical attention. The sheriff's office has... more »
June 18, 2013 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - U. S. Marshals said they caught up to a work release inmate this afternoon after the man walked off his job site Monday.
Marshals arrested Tederick Bessie, 30, around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in Baton Rouge. Authorities reported Bessie missing Monday after they said he wasn't... more »
May 30, 2013 9:29 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree.
Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in... more »
May 20, 2013 11:53 AM
MARSKVILLE - A 21-year-old inmate who escaped Friday from a work detail in Marksville has been captured. Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk that Marksville police arrested Christopher W. Roy Saturday. Deputies say Roy was found hiding in a closet. He was taken to the Avoyelles Parish Dentition... more »
April 2, 2013 9:08 AM
UNIONTOWN, Pa.- A former Pennsylvania jail inmate says he didn't sneak a cellphone into the lockup in his prosthetic leg, though he acknowledged having it for a year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Instead, 28-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, tells a judge the phone was in his cargo... more »
March 6, 2013 8:44 AM
PASCAGOULA, Miss.- Authorities have charged an inmate in the death of another prisoner at the Jackson County jail. Testimony at an initial court appearance Tuesday was that Dionte R. Jones struck Anthony Eugene Moore with a closed fist, causing Moore's head to strike a concrete floor at the Jackson County... more »
February 21, 2013 8:35 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky inmate is facing federal charges, accused of writing letters threatening the life of President Barack Obama, the first lady and their two daughters. A grand jury in Louisville on Wednesday charged Kentucky State Penitentiary Anthony D. Holliman with threatening the president and a second count... more »
February 19, 2013 5:32 PM
JACKSON - The search continued today for a work-release inmate who walked away from his job Monday.
Investigators said Frankie New, 40, left his job at Elam's Auto Service and Body Shop on Highway 10. He was last seen around 8 a.m. Monday.
This is the second time... more »
February 12, 2013 11:05 AM
CLINTON - Deputies continue to search for an inmate who officials say walked away from his work-release job Monday.
Chief Deputy Cliff Hurst with the East Feliciana Sheriff's Office says they have no leads on 21-year-old Glen Carroll III.
Hurst said deputies believe someone picked up Carroll from... more »
February 11, 2013 10:22 PM
AMITE- Authorities are searching for a man who walked away from his work release job Monday afternoon.
Glenn Carroll was serving time at the East Feliciana Parish Prison but was working at a lumberyard near Amite. Deputies said he walked off the job.
Carroll has connections across the... more »
February 11, 2013 11:02 AM
SIMMESPORT- Deputies in Avoyelles Parish are looking for a 25-year-old female inmate who went to a jail church service and then escaped. Authorities say Veronica Ann Dubois, 25, escaped from a correctional facility in Simmesport around Saturday night. Dubois is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and 120 pounds,... more »
February 7, 2013 11:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - The execution for a Desoto Parish man convicted in the death of his stepson has been put on hold by a federal judge in Baton Rouge.
U.S. District Judge James Brady ruled Thursday that state corrections officials have given Christopher Sepulvado too little information about the... more »
January 18, 2013 7:16 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trial for the last of the five Angola inmates accused of killing a penitentiary security officer in 1999 has been set for the week of May 20. The new attorneys for inmate Barry Edge last month won a delay of the trial that was scheduled to begin... more »
November 20, 2012 12:37 PM
BOSTON - A federal judge in Massachusetts says he won't order more hair-removal treatments for a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. Judge Robert Wolf also ruled Tuesday that the gender reassignment surgery he ordered for Michelle Kosilek in September will be on hold until... more »
September 28, 2012 4:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A 38-year-old man wrongly convicted of raping and killing his step-cousin in 1997 was released Friday from Louisiana's death row after DNA tests found him to be innocent. Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Corrections, said Damon Thibodeaux was released at about 12:30 p.m.... more »
September 5, 2012 11:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - A man who walked away from his work-release job earlier this week is back in custody, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Johnathan Brumfield was arrested at a relative's house this morning after law enforcement agencies received a call from the relative.
Brumfield... more »
September 4, 2012 12:42 PM
BOSTON - A federal judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Correction to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Tuesday in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but has received... more »
August 28, 2012 5:24 PM
NEW IBERIA - Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies are searching for a juvenile inmate who escaped as he was being transported within the city of New Iberia. Sheriff Louis Ackal says the 17-year-old fled Tuesday from deputies as they were moving him from the St. James Juvenile Facility, where he was... more »
July 4, 2012 12:37 PM
LIVINGSTON - Deputies said an inmate in Livingston Parish died of natural causes while in the jail this week.
A sheriff's department spokesperson said Charles David Dunn, 47, died Tuesday in the Livingston Parish Detention Center.
Livingston Parish Coroner Dr. Ron Coe performed an autopsy and found Dunn... more »
July 3, 2012 12:33 PM
BEAVER, Pa. - Sheriff's deputies say a western Pennsylvania county jail inmate wearing an orange-and-white striped uniform tried to hail a taxi to escape from a hospital where he was taken for medical treatment. The Beaver County Times reports Tuesday that 23-year-old Holden Wooley was taken to Heritage Valley Beaver... more »
June 18, 2012 6:15 PM
LIVINGSTON - A Livingston Parish jail inmate is dead after an altercation with deputies, according to the sheriff's office.
Sheriff-elect Jason Ard said Darrin Norton, 35, was booked into the jail Saturday on charges of criminal trespassing, damaging property and resisting arrest.
Ard said Norton began acting strangely,... more »
April 27, 2012 7:56 AM
LAKE CHARLES- U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Minaldi has sentenced a federal prison inmate to five years for writing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama. Federal court documents say Carlton Neil Norah was incarcerated at the Oakdale Correctional Complex when he wrote the letter. Norah's defense attorney asked the... more »
March 15, 2012 1:40 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi death row inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Tuesday's execution based on the argument that his lawyers didn't do a good job and prosecutors discriminated during jury selection. Larry Matthew Puckett is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1995 sexual... more »
February 19, 2012 1:28 PM
METAIRIE-The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a jailer for alleging punching an inmate at the parish prison.
Col. John Fortunato, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, says in a news release that 21-year-old Jimmy Brown of Metairie has been charged with one count each of simple battery and malfeasance... more »
February 16, 2012 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - A trusty from Rayne City Jail is back in jail after a police chase in Baton Rouge last night.
Department of Corrections inmate John J. Smith, 42, is accused of stealing a City of Rayne pickup truck and fleeing to Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge Police... more »
February 9, 2012 6:57 AM
BOGALUSA - A Mississippi man who reportedly said he was never going back to prison is now doing just that. Authorities captured escaped inmate Johnny Hall Wednesday afternoon in Bogalusa. His accomplice in the escape, Mary Virginia Rhea, was also arrested. Hall escaped from two Wilkinson County Correctional Facility officers... more »
February 3, 2012 12:52 PM
BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates has gotten the best of the state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers. One of the spots on the cow in the state crest has been changed to... more »
January 7, 2012 4:59 PM
JACKSON, Miss.- Authorities are looking for a man who escaped from the Hinds County Downtown Jail Facility.
The inmate is identified as Robert Arnold Morgan. Reports say he escaped Saturday at 11:45 a.m.
Investigators say Morgan was last seen getting into a vehicle.
If you have seen... more »
January 6, 2012 3:14 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old inmate at the federal prison in Oakdale has pleaded guilty to making threats against President Barack Obama and his family. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Thursday that Carlton Norah entered the plea to one count of making a threat against the president... more »
September 27, 2011 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A former Baton Rouge police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded "no contest" to charges he took money from a local drug dealer.
Former BRPD Corporal Donald Bailey, 51, entered a "no contest" plea in May to felony public... more »
June 24, 2011 3:21 PM
OPELOUSAS - A St. Landry Parish prisoner who escaped custody in Lafayette Parish Thursday has been captured in Evangeline Parish, authorities said Friday.
Capt. Jimmy Darbonne, spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, said Matthew O. Keyes was captured at 10 a.m. Friday by Turkey Creek police following... more »
June 4, 2011 10:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - A social worker at a state juvenile detention center has been booked with malfeasance in office and fired for an alleged sexual relationship with a 20-year-old inmate, according to a Baton Rouge newspaper.
The Advocate reports that 39-year-old Lashonda Lang, of Baton Rouge, was a social... more »
May 24, 2011 6:31 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A state district judge has formally sentenced Jeffrey Cameron Clark to die for murdering a prison security officer. A jury chosen in St. Tammany Parish last week convicted Clark of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in the Dec. 28, 1999, beating and stabbing death of Louisiana... more »
February 9, 2011 5:49 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Inmates at the West Feliciana Jail will have to do a lot more than getting past security guards or scaling razor-wire fences if they want to break free. They will now have to make it past 24-hour infrared cameras that will monitor both the inside and outside... more »
January 25, 2011 2:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union says deputies at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail held a paranoid schizophrenic for months without giving him psychiatric medicine or treating injuries inflicted by other inmates and himself. A federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges that when 52-year-old Roger Mason was moved to a... more »
January 8, 2011 10:39 AM
NEW IBERIA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana claims the Iberia Parish jail is holding a prisoner with muscular dystrophy in inhumane conditions. In a letter Friday to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, the ACLU says 31-year-old Reginald Peters has been sleeping on a cell floor for weeks... more »
January 7, 2011 5:18 PM
SLIDELL - The search is winding down for an inmate that escaped from the West Feliciana Parish jail this past Sunday.
Authorities had concentrated efforts in St. Tammany Parish after an acquaintance of David St. Germain said he had been in the area. K9 units had tracked him to... more »
January 6, 2011 12:02 PM
SLIDELL – Authorities are searching the Slidell area for an escaped inmate from West Feliciana Parish after he was spotted this morning. Sheriff Jack Strain said they received a tip that David St. Germain was seen early Thursday morning by a woman he had been acquainted with for several years.... more »
January 3, 2011 12:39 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Authorities are warning people in West Feliciana Parish to be on their guard as they continue their search for an escaped inmate.
45-year-old David St. Germain was noticed missing from the parish jail around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe he cut or ripped open a hole... more »
December 6, 2010 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE – State Police arrested an inmate at the Avoyelles Parish jail after they said he filed several false insurance claims. 52-year-old Darryl Brady was recently booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on four counts of felony theft and six counts of insurance fraud. State Police were... more »
November 24, 2010 4:35 PM
ST. MARTINVILLE- An inmate in the Iberia Parish Correctional Center is in even more hot water after investigators said he made false statements about killing two people.
Authorities said Jeremy Richard gave a detailed confession to the St. Martinville Sheriff's Office, admitting to killing two Hispanic men and dumping... more »
October 21, 2010 11:43 AM
A manhunt in St. Martin Parish for an escaped inmate is over.
Paul Collins was arrested Wednesday night in St. Martinville after deputies pulled him from underneath a house. K9 officers were also sent out to assist the deputies after Collins initially refused to come out.
"We received... more »
October 19, 2010 8:09 AM
East Baton Rouge Parish deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the downtown courthouse around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Demond Cook, 34, has been previously charged with 2 counts of armed robbery, and 1 count of 2nd degree kidnapping. Cook was being transported by Catahoula deputies for a motion... more »
September 25, 2010 11:44 AM
A man who spent six years on Louisiana's death row for killing a drug-dealing rival and his girlfriend has been convicted of lesser charges. A jury found Edwin Irving Harris guilty of manslaughter and negligent homicide in the deaths of Tamyra Frazier and Mister Gordon, both 19 and from Harvey.... more »
September 11, 2010 11:51 AM
An inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary who escaped and stayed on the run for four days last year has had two years tacked to his life sentence. The Advocate reported that 46-year-old Henry Smith pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Francisville to simple escape. Smith walked off the prison grounds... more »
September 10, 2010 6:31 AM
A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate who escaped and stayed on the run for four days last year had two years added to his life sentence. Henry Smith pleaded guilty in state district court in St. Francisville to simple escape and drew a two-year sentence that is to run consecutively to... more »
September 7, 2010 4:55 PM
A former employee at the Caddo Juvenile Detention Center is accused of battering an inmate. Sheriff Steve Prator said Tuesday that 56-year-old Dale Smith of Shreveport was issued a summons for simple battery following an investigation by sheriff's Detective Jackie Winston and a review by the Caddo Parish District Attorney's... more »
August 25, 2010 4:24 PM
An inmate is dead after what authorities believe to have been a heart attack. Authorities said 51-year-old Craig Tyrone Marshall, Houma, was pronounced dead around 10:17 this morning.
A correction officer found Marshall sleeping in an awkward position halfway on a sleeping mat and floor when conducting a routine... more »
August 20, 2010 9:33 AM
An inmate at the Dixon Correctional Institute was killed by electrocution Thursday afternoon. Edmond Barras was assisting a maintenance crew in repairing a generator. A foreman was supervising at the time. An autopsy is being performed today. He was originally in for 4th offense DWI. more »
July 13, 2010 6:55 AM
Attorneys continue to question potential jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Angola inmate Jeffrey Cameron Clark. The trial will be held in West Feliciana Parish, but the jurors are being chosen in St. Tammany Parish. Attorneys realized Saturday that not enough people remained in the jury pool to complete... more »
June 27, 2010 2:13 PM
For days before he died in a federal prison, an Illinois inmate named Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor. But he never got any help. An autopsy concluded that the 36-year-old prisoner suffered from no fewer than three serious illnesses - cancer, hepatitis and HIV.... more »
June 25, 2010 5:35 AM
Authorities say a prison fight led to the death of a 42-year-old inmate in the federal prison in Pollock. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Steven Prater died Thursday after he was involved in a fight with another inmate in the high-security section of the Federal Correctional Complex in Pollock.... more »
June 14, 2010 8:48 AM
A condemned Utah inmate scheduled for execution by firing squad will soon know if a Utah parole board will grant him clemency. Convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner will learn his fate today from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. The last time Utah granted clemency to a condemned man... more »
June 10, 2010 1:01 PM
Gulfport police were investigating Thursday the death of a state inmate during a mowing accident.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says the man was working for a city beautification crew and workers had to bring in a machine to lift the mower off the inmate.
The inmate's name... more »
June 2, 2010 5:50 PM
Deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish are still looking for two men who escaped from parish prison last night.
News 2's Luke Margolis gets answers on how the men broke loose. more »
May 13, 2010 10:59 AM
A worker at the Dixon Correctional Institute in East Feliciana Parish was arrested Monday after prison officials accused her of having sex with an inmate.
Officials say they set up a hidden camera to catch Faith Cuevas, 44, having a sexual encounter with an unidentified inmate. Cuevas is charged... more »
May 13, 2010 7:28 AM
An inmate at Angola serving life for killing two women has confessed to a 17-year-old killing in Florida. The Volusia County sheriff says Romalis Gordon confessed to the April 1993 slaying of Christine Lazzaro, of Rochester, N.Y., during her spring break trip to Daytona Beach.
No charges have yet... more »
May 11, 2010 3:43 PM
There's a push to make death row inmates aware that they have the right to waive their automatic appeals of their death sentence.
This comes four months after Gerald Bordelon was put to death. Bordelon molested and murdered his 12 year old stepdaughter Courtney LeBlanc in Livingston Parish in... more »
May 6, 2010 5:08 PM
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is looking for a Dixon Correction Center inmate that fled his work detail at Earl K. Long Hospital Thursday morning.
Robert Day Jr. was serving two five year sentences for possession of cocacin and simple burglary. Officials said he has family and friends... more »
April 22, 2010 4:54 AM
A body recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Mississippi River has been identified as a 31-year-old Ponchatoula man who authorities say jumped into the river Saturday night from a ship. The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says Adam Gonzales was a work-release inmate from Tangipahoa Parish whose shipmates say... more »
April 6, 2010 6:41 AM
Authorities are searching for a man who escaped from the Allen Parish Jail. Sheriff's deputies say 21-year-old Courtney L. Hobson of Oakdale escaped about 9:40 a.m. Monday by running through a door after a visitor was let in. Hobson was arrested by Oakdale police Friday on a possession of marijuana... more »
March 24, 2010 7:28 AM
The Lafourche Sheriff's Office is being sued by a man beaten up in jail last year claiming the jail's overcrowding and inability to segregate violent and nonviolent offenders caused the beating. Sheriff Craig Weber says the conditions Shane LeBlanc claimed in his lawsuit are well-known facts, but that does not... more »
March 19, 2010 7:27 AM
The city of Eunice is being offered $102,000 by the St. Landry Parish Council to settle a decades-old civil lawsuit for alleged costs of housing state prisoners in the municipal jail. Parish attorney Andrea West said the original lawsuit dates back to sometime in the early 1990s when the city... more »
February 10, 2010 7:58 AM
An inmate's family checked one state prison, then another, and finally sued a hospital in Monroe to find out where Billy Dew Jr. was. After the suit was filed, Katrina Dew learned that her son had been hospitalized for nearly a month. A state district judge ruled that LSU Medical... more »
February 5, 2010 6:29 AM
An inmate at Winn Correctional Facility who escaped custody by overpowering a guard has been convicted by a Rapides Parish jury. Courtney Paul Savoy was found guilty of simple escape. Prosecutors say Savoy and fellow inmate Jacob Shaw tried to escape while being transported to a Pineville hospital.
They... more »
November 24, 2009 3:49 PM
Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain says a September manhunt for an escapee cost the state about $500,000. Henry Smith walked off the Angola grounds while working as a trusty. He was captured five days later while hiding under a bridge a few miles from the prison.
Warden Cain... more »
October 4, 2009 7:36 PM
A Bossier Parish city jail inmate jumped out of a jail van at 55 mph and was seriously injured, Bossier Parish sheriff's spokesman Ed Basswell said Sunday.
Claude Martin James, 45, of Bossier City was listed in fair condition at LSU Hospital in Shreveport.
James was one of... more »
September 17, 2009 8:39 AM
A corrections officer at Pollock's U.S. Penitentiary has been arrested in an alleged plot to smuggle a gun and drugs into the prison for an inmate in exchange for $50,000. Brandon David Willis of Pitkin was arrested September 10 and faces a charge of bribery of a public official. more »
September 14, 2009 11:43 AM
Update: News 2 was in St. Francisville this morning when word came out that inmate Henry Smith was captured. It happened around 8 a.m. on Pickneyville Road north of Highway 66.
Tunica Hills Elementary students will go back to their regular campus on Tuesday after being sent to Bains... more »
September 14, 2009 5:23 AM
Update: 05:16:00 Tunica Hills Elementary School will be closed today as West Feliciana Deputies continue their search for an escaped Angola Prison inmate Henry Smith. Students will be bussed to other area schools.
Deputies are now offering a cash reward for information leading to Smith's arrest. Smith is a... more »
September 13, 2009 11:39 AM
A massive search continues for the Angola prison inmate, Henry Smith. He escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while working on a road cleanup detail, Thursday. More than 200 law enforcement officials around the state have joined the manhunt. Warden Burl Cain says signs indicate Smith is still in the... more »
September 11, 2009 5:12 PM
The search continues for escaped killer Henry Smith.
Smith escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while working on a road cleanup detail. Warden Burl Cain says signs indicate Smith is still in the rugged terrain near the prison.
Roadblocks are being used at major intersections on the highway... more »