Toddler left on bus; two suspended

LAKE CHARLES — A J.D. Clifton Head Start student is out of the hospital and an investigation has been launched after the toddler was left unattended on a Calcasieu Parish school bus for several hours.

Officials said 3-year-old Darren St. Romain got on the bus with his twin brother about 7 a.m. Wednesday but did not get off with the other students when they were dropped off at school. Darren’s mother, Yessenia Williams, said the bus driver found Darren on the bus about 2 p.m.

Williams said the child was dehydrated with a lowered temperature but suffered no other health concerns.

Superintendent Wayne Savoy said the bus driver and bus monitor have been suspended, and the school system’s risk management and transportation departments will investigate the matter.

Woman charged in man’s stabbing death

ALEXANDRIA — A woman has been arrested in the stabbing death of an Alexandria man.

Alexandria police were called to a home around 5 a.m. Thursday for a disturbance.

When they arrived, they found an unresponsive man, who later died at a local hospital.

Police said Brittney Lanette Piper, 24, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on one count of second-degree murder.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

Winning Powerball ticket unclaimed

A $10,000 Powerball prize purchased in Louisiana remains unclaimed.

Louisiana Lottery officials said the winning ticket from the Aug. 8 drawing was bought at St. Charles Shell in Houma. It is scheduled to expire Feb. 4.

The winning ticket matched four of the five white numbers drawn and the red Powerball number. The winning numbers were 3, 7, 11, 15, 28 and Powerball 12.

The holder of the winning ticket has until 5 p.m. on the date of expiration to claim the prize at any of the lottery’s five regional offices or at the lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.

Two care attendants charged with fraud

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said a personal care attendant from New Orleans and one from Bastrop have been booked with unrelated charges of Medicaid fraud.

He said both Lakeiqua Green, 23, of New Orleans, and Jolonda Huff, 31, of Bastrop, are accused of submitting time sheets claiming they cared for Medicaid patients at home when the patients were hospitalized.

Caldwell said both were booked Monday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Compiled from

The Associated Press