Damien Riley, who was 15 when he fatally shot Legends Comics and Sports Cards owner Michael Kleban during a 1994 armed robbery of the Highland Road store, was resentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole by a Baton Rouge sta…
Monday, January 22, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018
More than 23 years ago, 15-year-old Damien Riley browsed through the Legends Comics and Sports Cards store on Highland Road, then aimed his gun at the back of the head of 41-year-old store owner Michael Kleban, who was sitting at the counter liste…
Friday, January 19, 2018
A public tussle between Louisiana's governor and attorney general played out in a Baton Rouge courthouse on Friday as they argued over who has ultimate authority in legal issues involving the state.
Friday, January 19, 2018
In a Baton Rouge courtroom raw with emotion, Jace Crehan was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole and his girlfriend, Brittany Monk, received a 35-year prison term for what the judge called the "diabolical" and "vigilante" killing of …
Thursday, January 18, 2018
A Walker man and his girlfriend could not be sentenced Thursday in the fatal 2015 stabbing and strangling of her convicted molester because the downtown Baton Rouge state courthouse was closed for a second straight day due to icy roads.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
A key hearing in the cases of a Baton Rouge man charged with murder, kidnapping, cruelty to a juvenile and drug offenses in separate 2013 and 2015 incidents was postponed Tuesday until March 7.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
There is no evidence that a St. Landry Parish man's intoxication was a contributing factor to a fiery 2011 interstate crash in Baton Rouge that killed five people in one car, the man's attorney has told the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
More than two decades have passed since an East Baton Rouge Parish jury decided Todd Wessinger should die for killing two Calendar's Restaurant employees during a 1995 robbery, and the Baton Rouge man is still fighting for a new trial.
Friday, January 12, 2018
In a case that drew national attention and accusations of "political correctness run amok," a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former LSU professor fired in 2015 for, among other things, using vulgar language in her classroom.
A former Baton Rouge police officer fired in 2012 for allegedly falsifying misdemeanor summonses to hike his overtime pay is asking a state judge to reverse the termination.
Attorneys for the Alton Sterling family filed a subpoena Tuesday with the state Attorney General's Office asking that they turn over documents and videos pertaining to the July 2016 officer shooting of the 37-year-old black man, in hopes of moving…
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The former executive director of the State Police Commission filed a lawsuit this week claiming she was retaliated against for challenging State Police brass and calling attention to a string of illegal campaign contributions made by commission members.
The family of a man beaten to death inside the Tangipahoa Parish Jail last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff Daniel Edwards, accusing jail staff of acting with "deliberate indifference" to an attack that one witness likened t…
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
A New Iberia man accused in a string of Baton Rouge home invasions and sexual batteries targeting mostly elderly women living alone pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Prosecutors said Tuesday they'll pursue the death penalty against Baton Rouge automobile dealer Hamid Ghassemi if he is found guilty of first-degree murder in the alleged murder-for-hire of his ex-wife in 2015.
Monday, January 08, 2018
A former co-worker of Baton Rouge automobile dealer Hamid Ghassemi won't face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the alleged 2015 murder-for-hire of Ghassemi's ex-wife, a prosecutor announced Monday.
Friday, January 05, 2018
Baton Rouge lawyer Fred Crifasi, a former law partner of retiring 19th Judicial District Judge Tony Marabella Jr., learned Friday that he'll replace Marabella when the veteran judge retires May 1.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A court order blocking Louisiana from carrying out any executions has been extended indefinitely after the death of the federal judge who issued it.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
A 34-year-old Baton Rouge man with a 17-year criminal history is headed to federal prison for more than nine years for illegal gun possession, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson reported Thursday.
Prosecutors are asking Louisiana's top court to reinstate a St. Landry Parish man's vehicular homicide conviction and eight-year prison term in a fiery 2011 road rage-related crash that killed five Ascension Parish residents, including three children.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
The three-day candidate qualifying period kicks off Wednesday for a pair of seats on the 18th and 19th Judicial District Court benches.
Monday, January 01, 2018
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Jauve Collins was just 16 when he fatally wounded 69-year-old retired Southern University administrator Henry Bellaire with a shotgun blast to the chest during an attempted armed robbery in the driveway of Bellaire's Scotlandville home in 2007.
Friday, December 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate have put a heavy emphasis on federal judgeships in their first year in office, confirming a record number of appellate court judges and powering through hearings on…
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Shareholder claims that Cleco management flubbed last year’s $4.7 billion sale to an international consortium received new life when an appellate court reversed a decision to toss the lawsuit.
A 14-year-old driver's decision to flee law enforcement officers in an "erratic and dangerous fashion" was the sole cause of an interstate crash in Baton Rouge that killed the boy and injured several other motorists, an appeals court has ruled in …
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
An Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT team thought it had executed the perfect "no-knock" search warrant in 2013 when it forcibly entered a suspected drug house in Labadieville in the early morning hours, pulled the homeowners and some of the…
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based investment adviser has been charged with defrauding clients by using their money for personal expenses, to pay off other investors and to invest in a risky real estate venture.
Ralph Willard Savoie, a resident of Baton Rouge and Mandeville, was charged last Friday with two counts of wire fraud and one count of identity theft, federal court records show.
Friday, December 22, 2017
A woman whose sexual assault examination was not presented to a West Feliciana Parish grand jury that cleared an Angola assistant warden of raping her is accusing the parish's district attorney and sheriff of conspiring to protect her alleged rapi…
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the 2015 killing of a Honduran immigrant during an armed robbery on Tracy Avenue is asking a state judge to reconsider the 30-year prison term he gave him.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Ascension and Livingston parishes while armed with a gun, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Tuesday.
A Baton Rouge man's conviction and life prison term in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's toddler has been upheld by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Monday, December 18, 2017
A former Ascension Parish sheriff's corrections deputy will serve four years in state prison after his guilty plea earlier this fall to indecent behavior with a juvenile and multiple counts of attempted child pornography possession, prosecutors said.
A Baton Rouge man who police allege ignited a confrontation that immediately preceded the fatal shooting of two 19-year-old Southern University students near LSU in 2016 has pleaded guilty to a gun charge in the case.
Friday, December 15, 2017
A Connecticut man accused in a nationwide scheme involving hundreds of stolen identities and millions of dollars in counterfeit checks was convicted Friday by a Baton Rouge federal court jury, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said.
An Albany man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a February attack on a Baton Rouge police officer who credited a good Samaritan with saving the officer's life.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Jace Crehan, who confessed to fatally stabbing and strangling his girlfriend's convicted molester inside the man's Zachary trailer and stuffing his body into a 55-gallon container, was found guilty of second-degree murder Thursday in the brutal Ju…
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
A Walker man accused of murdering his girlfriend's convicted molester in 2015 did not testify in his own defense Wednesday, but a jury heard Jace Crehan tell a detective just days after the slaying that he strangled and stabbed Robert Noce Jr. bec…
Kenneth James Gleason, a white man accused in the shooting deaths of two black men and of firing a gun into the home of a black family in three separate September incidents, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all the charges against him.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A Walker woman testified calmly but in chilling detail Tuesday how she and her boyfriend, Jace Crehan, broke into the Zachary trailer of her convicted molester in the wee hours of July 4, 2015, and how Crehan strangled and stabbed the man to death…
Monday, December 11, 2017
The federal government failed vulnerable whale, turtle and fish species when it allowed oil companies to release their waste into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, a conservationist group argues.
GONZALES — A state district judge warned attorneys for a former Ascension Parish sheriff's detective accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl while on the job that they are running out of time to finish a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The trial of Jace Crehan in the 2015 stabbing and strangling of his girlfriend's convicted molester began Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors the second-degree murder case is about "choices and consequences," while the defense portrayed the ca…
A Louisiana private investigator has pleaded guilty to misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the candidate’s federal tax information during the presidential campaign.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Federal Senior Judge James “Jim” Brady, who settled East Baton Rouge Parish's nearly 50-year-old school desegregation case, died Saturday evening after a brief illness, according to Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson.
Friday, December 08, 2017
Law professors from four Louisiana universities are calling for the reversal of a Baton Rouge judge's ruling that upheld a 1976 state law barring felons on probation and parole from voting.