PLAQUEMINE — Four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant were awarded a total of $13.6 million in damages after an Iberville Parish jury late Monday night ruled the company, several plant officials and its parent c…
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
A lawsuit the state and New Orleans have lodged against online travel agency giants Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity uses words like "disguise" and "camouflage" to complain about a scheme that the suit says has cost Louisiana nearly $23 …
Friday, September 23, 2016
A Baton Rouge man who police claim instigated a confrontation that led to the April fatal shooting of two female Southern University students denies that allegation and is sorry the young women were killed, his attorney said Friday.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Hours after a grand jury declined to indict Ernest Bernard Felton in the April 10 shooting deaths of two 19-year-old Southern University students, the 23-year-old man walked out of Parish Prison.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
NEW ROADS — Two Ventress parents were convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday in death of their 3-month-old infant, who died from severe malnutrition and dehydration in 2014.
A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to a gun charge in the 2014 killing of a West St. John High School football coach, while the suspected shooter sits in a Texas jail serving time for a robbery conviction.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Neither of the two Baton Rouge men booked on second-degree murder counts in the April 10 shooting deaths of 19-year-old Southern University students Annette January and Lashuntae Benton were indicted on murder charges Wednesday, sending East Baton…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A former executive of a shuttered Gonzales-based chain of Popeyes chicken restaurants who bought a pricey race car and renovating his Florida home with money he embezzled from the company was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison.
Monday, September 19, 2016
A Baton Rouge woman who pleaded guilty last year to a second-offense DWI that occurred a decade after she ran over and killed a toddler in a stroller while intoxicated is now free from court supervision, her attorney said Monday.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal personally encouraged the use of excessive force, interfered in internal affairs investigations and had all internal affairs documents burned, federal prosecutors allege in a new criminal court filing.
Attorneys for two Baton Rouge men jailed in the April slaying of two Southern University students argued Friday their clients' constitutional rights are being trampled by being held for more than four months without a judicial determination of pro…
Thursday, September 15, 2016
A Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist on Thursday characterized as a "crude joke" his decision to forward unsolicited videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family and clients in 2013 and 2015.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal's October trial in a sweeping probe of inmate abuse will be held in Shreveport because of the extensive media attention the case has attracted in the Lafayette area.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A former high-ranking state trooper who was fired after an alcohol-related crash in Ascension Parish is suing to get his job back, claiming the Louisiana State Police Commission that upheld his termination was illegally appointed.
Monday, September 12, 2016
A high-ranking official at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola resigned Saturday amid a long-running investigation into potentially missing or misappropriated funds from an employee recreation committee, state corrections officials have confirmed.
Monday, September 12, 2016
An Ethel businessman accused in a $3.5 million investor fraud scheme allegedly spent some of their money at fine dining restaurants, casinos, Victoria's Secret, Disney and LSU athletic events, federal prosecutors said Monday.
A judge said Monday he'll decide Oct. 14 whether a Baton Rouge man is mentally disabled and thus ineligible for execution if convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2010 shooting death of a 42-year-old single mother during a home invasio…
Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III plans to convene a grand jury to examine state auditors’ allegations that former prison official Tonia Cain directed subordinates to change or shred records showing more than $30,000 in cash wa…
Friday, September 09, 2016
A grand jury took no action this week against a Baton Rouge man arrested in the October stabbing deaths of two men who lived just down the street from him, but a prosecutor said Friday the matter could return to the panel in the "very near future."
A Baton Rouge judge has refused to do what the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could not persuade a jury to do earlier this year: rule in the school's favor in a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit filed by its first black head footbal…
Thursday, September 08, 2016
A 19-year-old man who was out on bail on a 2015 armed robbery charge when he allegedly shot and killed East Feliciana Parish School Board member Broderick Brooks in Baton Rouge was indicted Thursday in the May 23 slaying.
As if LSU football players didn't already carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, a study by LSU economists published this week found a troubling pattern of harsher judicial sentencing in a week following an unexpected loss by the Tigers.
The owner of a Baker beauty and barbering school stole more than $100,000 in financial aid funds by misrepresenting that some students were enrolled in Pell Grant-approved instructional programs when she knew the programs didn't qualify for the gr…
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
A man who was shot three times by a Baton Rouge police officer after fleeing a 2014 DWI traffic stop and then struggling for the officer's gun pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted first-degree murder in return for a 25-year prison sentence.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Prosecutors dismissed a fraud charge Tuesday against a former Baton Rouge police officer who repaid the $1,400-plus in gasoline purchases he rang up on his department-issued fuel card after resigning from the force.
Inmates found incompetent to stand trial will now be admitted promptly to a mental hospital for treatment under an agreement between the state health agency and several advocacy groups, the groups announced Tuesday.
Monday, September 05, 2016
Until a nameless storm that many are simply calling "the flood of 2016" came along, Hurricane Katrina held the distinction as the extreme weather event that closed the 19th Judicial District Court in downtown Baton Rouge for the longest amount of …
A jury did not err in finding the state transportation agency at fault for a freak 2004 accident in which a woman was severely injured when her car struck an out-of-service traffic signal wire that had been hanging for decades under Interstate 12 …
Friday, September 02, 2016
The firing of a Gonzales police officer in 2013 following his arrest on simple battery and domestic violence counts, was overturned by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Thursday.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The operator of a Greenwell Springs company pleaded guilty to bank fraud and four other federal charges Wednesday in connection with loans applications he filed with banks, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.
A 29-year-old Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to just under three years in federal prison Wednesday after admitting she prepared numerous fraudulent tax returns, stealing $102,000 in tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Attorney General's …
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Saying the St. Landry Parish man cut short the lives of two young Ascension Parish women and three boys by an estimated 322 years, a state judge sentenced David Leger to eight years in prison Wednesday for his role in a deadly and fiery alcohol-, …
Monday, August 29, 2016
Baton Rouge police did not use excessive or unreasonable force in their June 2015 stun gun-involved subduing of a Zachary man who died from what the coroner later called drug intoxication, the city-parish contends in court documents.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Two years after the Metro Council fired her, a state appellate court is set to hear former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper's appeal of the dismissal of her defamation lawsuit against Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe and the city-parish.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A former East Baton Rouge Parish code enforcement officer and inspector proclaimed his innocence this week to a state charge that accuses him of trying to shake down a Greenwell Springs Road business.
A 68-year-old Baton Rouge woman was put on probation for two years Thursday and ordered to repay more than $38,000 in stolen federal housing assistance funds.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
A Baton Rouge man with a long history of threatening court buildings in Baton Rouge was sentenced to nearly eight years in federal prison Wednesday for making bomb threats against both the state and federal courthouses in the city in 2013.
A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday for his role in a multistate enterprise that trafficked heroin disguised as more expensive oxycodone pills.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The rape trial in Baton Rouge of former "Sons of Guns" reality TV personality and ex-Red Jacket Firearms owner Will Hayden has been pushed back to December.
Monday, August 22, 2016
A portable air conditioner consisting of an ice chest, fan and duct has a "high potential for success" in helping to drop the extreme heat indexes on Louisiana's death row that threaten three ailing condemned killers, an air conditioning expert ap…
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Calling it "junk science," attorneys for a Baton Rouge man accused in the alleged beating death of his 8-year-old son in 2012 want a judge to exclude bite mark evidence from the first-degree murder case.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The federal fraud trial of politically connected Mandeville businessman Raymond Reggie has been pushed back from next week to next June in Baton Rouge at the request of his latest attorneys.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
For a second time, lawyers argued to judges of a Baton Rouge state appellate court over the issue of whether charter schools should be considered public schools and continue to receive a share of the roughly $60 million allocated annually by the s…
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
A Baton Rouge man who was set to stand trial next week in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend's infant daughter on Tuesday received a new trial date of Jan. 30.
A Baker woman accused of bilking Louisiana to the tune of $1 million-plus in a Medicaid fraud scheme was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison by a state judge who said she is one of the reasons law-abiding citizens pay higher taxes.
Monday, August 08, 2016
A perturbed federal judge said Monday it's "maddening" that, after three years of litigation and more than $1 million in legal fees, the state may have found ways — including so-called low-tech Cajun coolers — to reduce sweltering heat indexes on …
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
A 20-year-old man, who according to a prosecutor fired his gun at the victim without provocation, was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting death of an 18-year-old St. Gabriel man outside a Baton Rouge grocery store.
A Florida man is awaiting sentencing Nov. 17 following his conviction this week in Baton Rouge federal court for his role in a Gulf Coast drug-trafficking ring.