Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A 19-year-old Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the accidental 2015 shooting death of his 15-year-old friend.
Monday, March 19, 2018
When former Lafayette prosecutor Pat Magee got the call from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry asking him take over as director of the agency's criminal division, Magee joked that his first reaction was, "Doggone it, Jeff."
Monday, March 19, 2018
A Zachary man accused in the shocking October shooting, stabbing and beating death of his 11-month-old son pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder and cruelty charges.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Six months after his death rocked the LSU campus and spurred some state lawmakers to action, an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury that investigated the alleged hazing of 18-year-old fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver on Thursday indicted a former s…
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
A Baton Rouge man accused of instigating a confrontation that immediately preceded the 2016 shooting death of two 19-year-old Southern University students near LSU was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison by a judge who said the man might …
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
A 30-year-old Denham Springs felon pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally possessing an arsenal of firearms and an unregistered silencer, U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin reported.
A man from Baton Rouge and another from Gonzales were convicted by a federal court jury for their roles in a violent and large-scale drug trafficking organization that shipped drugs from Texas into Louisiana, U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced…
The Louisiana Supreme Court sided with charter school backers Tuesday in a lawsuit that had threatened state aid for about 18,000 students.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Harmony Center, which runs a residential facility in Baton Rouge for the developmentally disabled, is being sued by the family of a woman with Down syndrome who died in August under circumstances the family is questioning.
Monday, March 12, 2018
GONZALES — A state district judge ruled Monday that murder suspect Jacob Westbrook will be tried before an Ascension Parish jury despite legal blowback from a January news account that he had been raped in the parish jail in 2017, with the reactio…
A Baton Rouge man accused of fatally bludgeoning a 77-year-old former LSU athletics department employee in 2014 and burying him in a tomato garden will stand trial July 23, a state judge decided Monday.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Nine years after Jauve Collins was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a retired Southern University administrator as a 16-year-old, the case is heating up again as prosecutors and Collins' attorney prepare for a resentencing he…
Friday, March 09, 2018
GONZALES — The four remaining defendants in an April 2014 shootout in Ascension Parish that left one man dead and another injured will be tried by a jury in New Orleans amid concerns they wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial in Ascension.
A 40-year-old woman accused of embezzling more than $387,000 from her former Baton Rouge employer has been indicted by a federal grand jury, U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced Friday.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
A Baton Rouge man recently arrested and accused of threatening two local judges while on probation for making threats against one of them will remain in custody until a July probation revocation hearing, a judge decided Thursday.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A Baton Rouge man accused of fatally shooting a woman in 2015 and abducting her 2-year-old daughter won't be tried separately on murder, kidnapping and drug charges, a state judge decided Wednesday.
A 21-year-old Baton Rouge woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to negligent homicide in the gruesome 2014 bedsore-related death of her 82-year-old grandmother.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — A north Louisiana state judge's nomination for a federal judgeship sailed through the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning with unanimous support.
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter, who was tapped in January by President Donald Trump for a federal judgeship, failed to disclose a number of past public remarks in response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, the panel's top Democrat charged …
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected yet another appeal from condemned Baton Rouge killer Todd Wessinger, who was sentenced to die 21 years ago in the 1995 slaying of two restaurant employees during a 1995 robbery.
U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced Tuesday the indictments of dozens of defendants who authorities say were part of Baton Rouge area-based drug trafficking network, marking the beginning of the largest prosecution in known history for the Midd…
Monday, March 05, 2018
Prosecutors are asking a Baton Rouge judge to revoke Louisiana rapper Kentrell Gaulden's probation — on the heels of his out-of-state arrest on kidnapping and assault charges — and make him serve a suspended 10-year prison term for his role in a n…
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Nearly three years behind bars has left Baton Rouge automobile dealer Hamid Ghassemi financially unable to hire investigators and experts to help him defend against capital murder charges that he paid $10,000 to have his ex-wife killed in 2015, h…
A reader poses a few questions about private supervising firms that deal with people out of jail on a bail bond. We asked 19th Judicial District Court administrator Ann McCrory to address the questions, the first of which is: What is the role of t…
At 17, Brandon Fremin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Catholic High School senior signed a five-year contract to work as a reservist in intelligence for the military branch.
Friday, March 02, 2018
GONZALES — An Ascension Parish man found intoxicated in his car one fall morning in 2016 was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after his fifth conviction for driving while intoxicated, prosecutors said Friday.
The likelihood of people being arrested and facing jail time if caught smoking marijuana in Baton Rouge will now depend, in large part, on whether they are inside city limits and which law enforcement agency catches them.
The family of a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man killed on Florida Boulevard during a September high-speed chase between Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies and another man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office and the fleein…
Thursday, March 01, 2018
A west-central Louisiana man described by a Baton Rouge judge as a "good Samaritan who turned out to be anything but good" was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for raping an intoxicated woman he picked up outside a local restaurant after a…
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The defense attorney for indicted former narcotics agent Chad Scott on Wednesday accused the U.S. Justice Department of trying to conceal misconduct on the part of the government agents who investigated Scott's New Orleans-based federal drug task force.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A Baton Rouge-based state appeals court wrestled Tuesday with the thorny legal question of whether felons on probation and parole should be allowed to vote in Louisiana.
Monday, February 26, 2018
A Baton Rouge judge on Monday refused to reconsider the 35-year prison term he gave Brittany Monk for her role in the savage 2015 beating, strangling and stabbing death of her convicted molester in his Zachary trailer.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Former prison warden Nate Cain and his ex-wife are asking a federal judge to throw out information key to their indictments for making fraudulent purchases on the Avoyelles prison's dime, arguing that the evidence was illegally obtained.
Friday, February 23, 2018
A federal judge in Baton Rouge has halted construction of the Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline planned through the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, granting the request of environmental groups opposed to the project.
A Baton Rouge man was convicted Friday of fatally shooting a 29-year-old man and wounding his wife while the couple sat in a car in the driveway of an Evangeline Street home in 2013.
Veteran New Orleans defense attorney Mike Fawer told a Baton Rouge judge Friday he will represent jailed contractor Matthew Morris, who is accused in East Baton Rouge and several other parishes of defrauding victims of the catastrophic 2016 flooding.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast sued Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration on Friday over the group's longstanding request for permission to perform abortions in New Orleans, saying the state Health Department has violated its constitutional rights …
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Four teenagers are under indictment on second-degree murder counts in the October shooting death of a man during an armed robbery on Rhoda Drive.
The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of its priests have been dismissed from a lawsuit that claimed a teenager confessed to him in 2008 that a church parishioner was sexually abusing her, but the priest did not stop or report the alleged abuse.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed Thursday that claims he repeatedly propositioned an employee over a decade and retaliated against her after she rejected his advances.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A Baton Rouge woman who survived being shot 13 times in a 2013 shooting that claimed her husband's life testified Wednesday that Jermaine Ruffen was the only person who fired into their parked car on Evangeline Street that night, though she initia…
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The oft-feuding Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry agreed Tuesday that Landry's office will represent the state in the Edwards administration's opioid lawsuit against 17 pharmaceutical companies.
Monday, February 19, 2018
The war of words between Louisiana's attorney general and a former state senator over who should represent Louisiana's contractor licensing board rages on in state district court in Baton Rouge.
The Louisiana parole board on Monday denied freedom to 71-year-old Henry Montgomery, a Baton Rouge man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy whose case was central in a U.S. Supreme Court decision that juvenile offenders be given a chance at release.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
The new nominee to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana received plaudits Friday from an array of people contacted who have supervised him, opposed him in court or presided over his cases.
GONZALES — A former Ascension Parish sheriff's detective admitted Thursday to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a plea agreement with prosecutors that will garner him one year in state prison.
Prosecutors trying to decide whether to retry a former Louisiana State Penitentiary guard on a charge of beating an Angola inmate cannot interview jurors on why they failed to reach a verdict on that charge while finding him guilty of covering up …