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Nursing home with history of problems once again under microscope after resident dies

Posted 2:29 PM 6/2/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS — A nursing home with a history of problems is once again at the center of controversy after a family alleges their loved one died due to the neglect she endured there.

Brad Guerin said he began documenting problem after problem at Pointe Coupee Healthcare, after visiting (More)


Business owner who settled federal racism complaint appointed by governor to elite board

Posted 10:10 AM 5/26/2023 by Chris Nakamoto and Kelly P. Kissel

BATON ROUGE - The owner of a popular Lafayette-area butcher shop that was sanctioned by a federal judge and slapped with a consent decree due to racism was recently appointed to the State Police Commission.

Mark Aubrey Cole owns Don's Specialty Meats. A Don's employee alleged he was (More)


Corruption watchdogs question move giving Council on Aging CEO full access to checkbook

Posted 6:16 AM 5/23/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - Corruption watchdogs think there are bad optics and ethical questions after the Council on Aging Board voted to allow Tasha Clark Amar to be (More)


Council on Aging boss, previously accused of swindling senior, given full control of agency's checkbook

Posted 1:40 PM 5/21/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - Employees at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging are ringing alarm bells after they said the board recently granted CEO Tasha Clark Amar sole authority to sign checks for the agency. Two signatures on expenditures are no longer required, and employees said Clark Amar needs more (More)


Police: Accused rapist beat up girlfriend who wouldn't appease his fecal fetish

Posted 2:16 PM 5/16/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - It appears the system has failed again after a man with an active arrest warrant for beating up his girlfriend managed to make three court appearances without anyone realizing he was also wanted on more charges.

That man, Corey Handy, was out of jail on bail for a rape (More)


Ex-Istrouma teacher barred from any K-12 campus as judge sets bond on rape accusation

Posted 7:10 PM 5/13/2023 by Chris Nakamoto and Kelly P. Kissel

BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish district judge Friday ordered a former Istrouma High School teacher and track coach to stay away from all K-12 schools — if he is able to post a bond and get out of jail.

District Judge Gail Ray set Johnnie Butler's bond at $32,500 after he (More)


Arrest warrant signed for Baton Rouge teacher accused of raping student on campus

Posted 2:38 PM 5/11/2023 by Chris Nakamoto and Kelly P. Kissel

BATON ROUGE - A now-fired Istrouma High School health teacher and track coach who, until last week, was also a reserve deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has a warrant for his arrest after being accused of sexually assaulting a student in a closet near the school's (More)


INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Teacher, a former reserve deputy, accused of raping student at high school

Posted 1:37 PM 5/10/2023 by Chris Nakamoto and Kelly P. Kissel

UPDATE: An arrest warrant has been signed for Johnnie Butler on a charge of third-degree rape. The warrant was signed by a judge late Tuesday afternoon.

This is a breaking update. Read the original story below. 



Trial date set for prosecutor accused of hit and run on False River

Posted 8:49 AM 5/5/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS- A prosecutor from the Lafayette area accused in a hit and run on False River is scheduled to go to trial this fall as questions loom about the (More)

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