Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A 20-year-old Baker man may have been mentally ill when he allegedly told authorities last fall he had instructions from a radical group to kill police officers and civilians, his court-appointed attorneys contend.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
When Curtis King goes on trial in the 2015 killing of a Baton Rouge woman and abduction of her then-2-year-old daughter, prosecutors want to introduce evidence that the Baton Rouge man also faces charges in the 2013 death of his 6-month-old son.
Friday, February 17, 2017
A former Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate who claims a then-Angola guard sexually assaulted him eight times in 2014 — the last time after he complained to prison officials — should have been immediately moved to another prison or the officer sh…
Friday, February 17, 2017
A Baton Rouge man's second-degree murder conviction and life prison term in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's 23-month-old son was affirmed Friday by a state appeals court.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 34 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay over $1.1 million in restitution Thursday for hacking into a Georgia-Pacific plant computer system after he was fired in 2014.
A high-ranking official at the State Penitentiary at Angola has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud in connection with the theft or misuse of as much as $160,000 from a fund meant to improve recreational opportunities for prison emplo…
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge has sentenced a Texas man to the maximum term of five years in prison for his role in bribing Mississippi's former corrections commissioner. The same man also did business for years with Louisiana's corrections dep…
Update: 10:45 a.m. State District Judge William Morvant denied Troy Brown's request for a temporary restraining order, saying there was no showing of irreparable harm, but he scheduled a hearing Feb. 23 on the senator's request for a preliminary a…
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
At least five patrons at Sammy's Grill told East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies they didn't hear state district judge Mike Erwin direct a racial slur toward a black woman at the bar, a word that the judge said Tuesday he's never used.
Monday, February 13, 2017
A woman who has alleged that Mike Erwin, a Baton Rouge state district court judge, directed a racial slur toward her at a popular local eatery filed a complaint Monday against the judge, a local pastor said.
No public explanation was given in mid-November when state District Judge Trudy White embarked on a three-month leave of absence, and none was offered Monday when the Baton Rouge jurist returned to the 19th Judicial District Court from her paid hiatus.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Baton Rouge, its police chief and several officers are rebutting allegations that the owner of a North Foster Drive convenience store where police fatally shot Alton Sterling last summer was illegally detained after the shooting.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
An Orleans Parish judge on Thursday refused a request by a defendant awaiting trial in a murder case that the judge rule that Louisiana's century-old provision allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts is unconstitutional.
Facing trial next month and a mandatory life sentence if convicted of second-degree murder, a Baton Rouge woman accused of beating her 2-year-old daughter to death in 2014 rejected a prosecutor's offer Thursday to plead guilty to lesser charges in…
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
A Baton Rouge man serving a life prison term in a fatal 2011 shooting in Spanish Town was granted a new trial this week by a state appellate court that said the jury's guilty verdicts were not irrational but the man was denied his right to the law…
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist Christopher Young, who claims federal child porn charges filed against him last year are the product of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution, has failed to persuade a federal judge to discard…
Monday, February 06, 2017
A group of nonprofit and private law firms filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a court-appointed monitor to oversee Louisiana's troubled public defense system for poor people accused of crimes. The suit describes the system as woefully lacking in money…
Christopher "Big Money" Finister and six other alleged members or associates of the Gardere-area Big Money Block Boyz street gang must stand trial, a judge ruled Monday after listening to secretly-recorded cellphone calls in 2014 in which Finister…
Friday, February 03, 2017
"Justice for Jay'v'une" was the sentiment shared by family and prosecutors Friday after a jury convicted a Baton Rouge man of second-degree murder in the August 2014 beating death of his 5-year-old son.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
A recent investigative audit that said several employees of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — including longtime former warden Burl Cain — might have committed crimes has become a bit of a hot potato.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
In a fit of anger, Jay'v'une Bergin's father grabbed the 5-year-old Baton Rouge boy by an ankle and swung him, causing his son's head and face to hit a door, wall and the floor in August 2014, the deceased boy's 10-year-old sister testified Wednes…
Eight people, including four from Ascension Parish, have been charged in a wide-ranging drug investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and heroin in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, U.S. Attorney Walt Green reported Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
LIVINGSTON — A 69-year-old repeat sex offender was sentenced to 21 years in prison after prosecutors said he had sexual encounters with a 15-year-old doing yard work at his home, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
The blunt-force and other injuries found on the body of 5-year-old Jay'v'une Bergin in August 2014 were not accidental and would not have occurred from a single fall from a bed or a lone impact, a trauma surgeon testified Tuesday at the murder tri…
Monday, January 30, 2017
The trial of a 29-year-old Baton Rouge man accused in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend's infant daughter has been postponed.
A criminal court jury's weekend acquittal of three former Baton Rouge police officers in an alleged sexual incident at a BREC park in early 2014 won't derail the accuser's civil lawsuit against the men and the city-parish, her attorney said Monday.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Three former Baton Rouge police officers were acquitted Saturday night of abuse of office charges that accused one of them of coercing a young woman to perform a sex act on him at a BREC park in February 2014 while his two fellow officers allegedl…
Friday, January 27, 2017
A former Baton Rouge police officer accused of coercing a young woman to perform a sex act on him in a BREC park in 2014 while two fellow officers allegedly acted as lookouts was in the park that night for 45 minutes and returned there about an ho…
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Three ex-Louisiana State Penitentiary guards indicted last fall in the alleged beating of a handcuffed and shackled Angola inmate and an alleged cover-up of the January 2014 assault, have given up their right to a speedy trial in Baton Rouge feder…
Monday, January 23, 2017
A defunct personal care company that had offices in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Lafayette is balking at the nearly $7 million that a judge ordered it to pay in restitution last month for its 2015 conviction in a Medicaid fraud case.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A grand jury on Thursday indicted Tonia Cain, the wife of former prison warden Nate Cain, on charges of theft of $25,000 or more, malfeasance and injuring public records, according to Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Attorneys for a Baton Rouge man set to stand trial later this month in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend's 11-month-old daughter are entitled to the elementary school records of the state's star witness, the girl's brother who was 6 at the …
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Forty-two years ago, an East Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted Wilbert Jones of kidnapping a young nurse from the Baton Rouge General Medical Center parking lot, forcing her to drive to a secluded area near the then-East Baton Rouge Special Educat…
A Baton Rouge federal judge said Tuesday he is greatly troubled by allegations that state cosmetology board inspectors detain employees of Vietnamese-American nail salons during inspections of their facilities.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
City, parish and state law enforcement officials made a big splash 33 months ago when they announced the indictment and arrest of 19 alleged members and associates of the Gardere-area "Big Money Block Boyz" street gang on racketeering and other charges.
Friday, January 13, 2017
A Baton Rouge man who was arrested during last summer's Alton Sterling-related demonstrations and claimed police officers stomped and punched him has been indicted on several rape charges involving a young girl.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hosey and Shantita Colbert, parents of 17-year-old Tyrin Colbert who was strangled by his cellmate in East Baton Rouge Parish prison in February, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that claims his death was the result of the "unconstitutionally viol…
A Baker man described as an "enforcer" was sentenced this week to nearly 22 years in federal prison in a massive drug case that has netted 34 convictions and involves allegations of murder plots, using children to transport narcotics, storing coca…
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
An Ascension Parish man sentenced last month to 10 years in prison in a Medicaid fraud scheme is complaining that the jail time will make it virtually impossible for him to pay the state nearly $7 million in restitution.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
If not reversed, a decision by state corrections officials will cause a Baton Rouge man convicted in a fatal alcohol-related crash that killed a bicyclist to serve much more prison time than he should, his attorney alleges in a new court filing.
Monday, January 09, 2017
The fifth Florida person arrested following the seizure of four kilograms of cocaine in 2015 has pleaded guilty to a drug count in federal court in Baton Rouge.
An attorney for a Louisiana inmate allegedly punished for writing letters to a reporter for The Advocate filed a federal lawsuit against more than a dozen current and former state Department of Corrections officials Monday morning, alleging violat…
A funding issue that could have stalled the prosecution of two Spanish-speaking cousins accused in the 2015 robbery, abduction and slaying of an elderly Highland Road couple has been resolved, one of the men's attorneys told a state judge Monday.