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  • Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    July 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a... more »
  • Sheriff seeks info on car in missing girl case

    July 6, 2014 2:23 PM

    CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a white Chrysler Concord that might be connected with the disappearance of a 12-year old girl. Talaija Dorsey has been missing from her home in the St. James community since Tuesday. The Advocate reports that the... more »
  • July 9 hearing set in BP employees' criminal case

    May 31, 2014 12:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has set a July 9 hearing in the manslaughter case against two BP employees charged in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 offshore rig workers. BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were indicted on 22... more »
  • 4 facing prison in drug, gun case

    May 17, 2014 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says four men have been sentenced to prison terms in connection with drug and weapon charges as a result of a joint investigation involving federal agents and New Orleans police. The probe involved crack cocaine and gun charges. All... more »
  • 6-year-old boy in drowning case against mom dies

    April 5, 2014 6:19 PM

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose mother allegedly held him underwater in a bathtub has died, four days after his younger brother drowned, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Saturday. The boy, Daniel Schlemmer, had been declared brain dead after authorities say he and his 3-year-old brother,... more »
  • 2 more to plead guilty in Desperado's case

    March 10, 2014 7:09 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The last two Desperado's employees charged in the federal drug and prostitution case have indicated they'll plead guilty. Officials say that leaves only strip club owner James Panos and his wife, Jennifer, to stand trial in May on drug distribution and racketeering charges. The Advocate reports... more »
  • Trial postponed for man in child rape case

    December 10, 2013 7:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The felony trial for a 29-year-old Carencro man has been continued until next year. Authorities say Conwell Cormier was indicted June 5 on charges of aggravated rape and intentionally exposing the victim to the AIDS virus. The victim was under the age of 5 years old... more »
  • Jury to get case against ex-cop in Katrina case

    December 10, 2013 6:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury is set to hear closing arguments in the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer charged with fatally shooting a man without justification outside a strip mall after Hurricane Katrina. Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tuesday in the case against David... more »
  • 3 prosecutors ask out of ex-BP engineer's case

    August 22, 2013 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday's request to withdraw Derek Cohen,... more »
  • Bossier City man pleads in counterfeiting case

    July 26, 2013 5:58 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A 24-year-old Bossier City man has pleaded guilty to making counterfeit $20 bills. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Dakota Mallory Robinson entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg. Finley, in a news release Thursday, said a maintenance worker saw Robinson inside his... more »
  • Authorities seek woman in Prairieville fraud case

    July 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish authorities are searched for a woman accused of illegally withdrawing money from a woman's bank account. Sheriff's deputies tell The Advocate the fugitive has been seen on surveillance video at Regions Bank in Prairieville using the victim's identification while withdrawing approximately $7,400 from the... more »
  • Trial delay in 'legally dead' kidnapping case

    June 25, 2013 9:03 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge says he is postponing the trial of a man who disappeared and was declared dead, only to resurface years later as a suspect in the slayings of his girlfriend and her daughter, because federal budget cuts are hampering the publicly funded defense team. U.S.... more »
  • Larose man indicted in child porn case

    April 17, 2013 9:17 AM

    LAROSE, La. (AP) - Federal authorities say a 20-year-old Larose man has been indicted on charges of receiving child pornography. The Justice Department tells The Council Justin Doucet was indicted by a federal grand jury last week, and the FBI arrested him Monday. Doucet is accused of receiving images and... more »
  • No ETA for sanity ruling in boy's beheading case

    February 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Attorneys don't know when a Lafourche Parish judge will rule on whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is able to help his attorneys and therefore fit to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder of 7-year-old Jori Lirette. Jeremiah Wright's attorneys have... more »
  • Calcasieu man sentenced in waste tire burning case

    December 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    A Sulphur man pled guilty Monday to one felony count of illegally disposing a substance that could endanger human health. Dwayne Conner, 22, pled guilty to knowingly burning a large pile of waste tires in the Town of Evangeline within Acadia Parish. The tire burning incident took place in May... more »
  • Is a Rapides Parish Cold Case Connected to Serial Killer?

    December 11, 2012 7:32 PM

    Authorities in Rapides Parish are searching for clues into who killed 25 year old Dorothy Rosier. About three weeks ago, hunters discovered human remains in LaSalle Parish. Using dental records, the LSU FACES Lab positively identified the remains as Rosier. Nearly three years ago, Dorothy Rosier disappeared without... more »
  • Acadiana Family Waits 28 Years for Break in Cold Case, 2 Arrests Made

    December 4, 2012 11:44 PM

    It's been 28 years of waiting for an Acadiana family, waiting for answers in the 1984 murder of Gary Kergan. Gary disappeared on November 29, 1984, and while a body was never found, Baton Rouge Police believe he was murdered. Two people were arrested just weeks later, but they were... more »
  • Documentary says inmate involved in Simpson case

    November 20, 2012 4:31 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A documentary about an inmate on Florida's death row says the convicted killer might have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson's wife and her friend. The Investigation Discovery show, "My Brother the Serial Killer," will be broadcast Wednesday. The film is a look at... more »
  • Arkansas man gets 50 years in child porn case

    November 7, 2012 6:42 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for the production of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Daniel Eugene Burris, of Huntsville, Ark., was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell of Alexandria. In addition, Drell sentenced... more »
  • Family Seeks Answers in Cold Case

    October 25, 2012 12:02 AM

    A family in St. Mary Parish is still looking for answers after their loved one was found dead over two years ago. The case has been cold ever since. Now the family of Glenn Lemoine is asking for the public's help and hope to breath new life into the case.... more »
  • Deville man gets probation in 'boxed body' case

    October 16, 2012 7:55 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A state district judge has sentenced a Deville man to three years supervised probation for killing his male companion in 2007 and hiding the body in a box until it was found the following year. But Rapides Parish prosecutor Thomas Willson tells The Town Talk Monday... more »
  • $2 Million Settlement Reached for Victim in Allison Hargrave Case

    September 10, 2012 4:52 PM

    At least a $2 million settlement has been reached between Ascension Episcopal School and a former student who was sexually abused by a former school counselor. Allison Hargrave is currently serving a 30 year sentence in federal prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a... more »
  • Baton Rouge Man Indicted in 1987 Rape Case

    August 2, 2012 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 47-year-old Baton Rouge man has been indicted in the 1987 rape of a woman at the Bellemont Hotel on Airline Highway. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on Wednesday charged Charles Jones with aggravated rape of a 32-year-old woman on... more »
  • Guilty plea in Katrina home repair case

    August 1, 2012 5:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A contractor has pleaded guilty in federal court in a plot to steal federal grant funds earmarked for a Hurricane Katrina home repair program operated by a New Orleans city agency. Richard Hall of Harvey pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy count, along with a... more »
  • Bribery defendant in Broussard case enters plea

    August 1, 2012 4:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Kenner businessman accused of bribing former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has pleaded not guilty in federal court in New Orleans. Bill Mack entered the plea Tuesday during his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles III. The Times-Picayune reports Knowles also set Mack's... more »
  • Doctors' former employee sentenced in fraud case

    July 27, 2012 8:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mandeville woman has been sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Thursday that U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon also ordered 41-year-old Jacqueline Evans Segura to repay $703,263 in restitution... more »
  • Zachary woman sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    July 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Zachary woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10.9 million for frauds committed against Medicare. The Advocate reports Chikenna Jones and her attorney, Michael A. Fiser, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady Tuesday that the... more »
  • N.O. rapper gets prison in firearms case

    July 19, 2012 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans rapper who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Christopher Dorsey, known as "BG," also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to three years of supervised release... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in embezzlement case

    July 13, 2012 6:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 69-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of theft of government funds. U.S Attorney Jim Letten's office says Robert P. McFarland entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon. McFarland, as executive director of New Orleans... more »
  • Couple wanted in animal cruelty case

    July 3, 2012 8:44 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies say arrest warrants have been issued for a Donaldsonville couple accused of abusing dogs and participating in dog fighting. The Advocate reports the warrants were issued Monday for 24-year-old Brittany Ward and 28-year-old Joseph Duncant. Deputies say the pair will be booked... more »
  • Private Investigator: Strong Lead on Suspects in Mickey Shunick Case

    June 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    It's now 19 days since Mickey Shunick disappeared while riding her bike home. In the week that followed, surveillance video of Mickey and her bike both surfaced. But those were the only two leads in the case, until now. The private investigator, hired by an anonymous donor, said that... more »
  • Ex-Miss USA Rima Fakih gets probation in DUI case

    May 9, 2012 10:47 AM

    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, has been sentenced to probation and community service in a Michigan drunken driving case. The 26-year-old former beauty queen avoided the possibility of jail time during Wednesday's hearing in Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit.... more »
  • Guilty plea in Thibodaux tire slashing case

    April 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - One of the men accused of slashing the tires of Thibodaux Police vehicles parked outside the department last year has pleaded guilty. The Daily Comet reports that Jonathan Watkins pleaded guilty to 11 counts of property damage and will serve two years in jail. The plea... more »
  • La. man gets prison in bankruptcy case

    April 19, 2012 6:51 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Maurice man who was convicted of concealing bankruptcy assets has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in Lafayette on Tuesday sentenced 52-year-old Thad Corey Theall to 27 months in prison and ordered him to repay $50,000 to... more »
  • Ex-cop on death row discusses case with judge

    April 18, 2012 6:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer who was sentenced to death for arranging a woman's killing in 1994 is distancing himself from a defense attorney's claim he has a serious mental impairment that rendered him incompetent to stand trial. Len Davis is representing himself during his... more »
  • Lafayette Murder Case To Be Featured On National TV

    April 12, 2012 12:15 AM

    A Lafayette murder case will be featured on national television this weekend. Robert Stanley was shot and killed during a home invasion and robbery back in 2005. The case went unsolved for nearly three years, until DNA evidence helped detectives make a break in the case. The ins and outs... more »
  • Holden couple sentenced in cruelty case

    April 11, 2012 8:21 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A state judge has sentenced a Holden couple to prison terms following their convictions on cruelty charges such as forcing a child to sleep while shackled to a desk. Livingston Parish prosecutor Charlotte Herbert tells The Advocate 35-year-old Donald E. Miller III and 34-year-old Lisa Stogner... more »
  • Prosecutors asked for SS number in murder case

    April 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - State Judge Mike Canaday says prosecutors must release a victim's Social Security number to defense counsel for a Lake Charles man accused of murder. The American Press reports 49-year-old Jon Wray Baumberger allegedly killed his wife, 48-year-old Treasa Mae Williams, on Dec. 5, 2010, at... more »
  • Sentencing in fraud case delayed

    April 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A judge has agreed to delay sentencing to allow a Louisiana homebuilder more time to come up with $1 million to repay the Small Business Administration. Victor Planetta, whose business is based in Slidell, La., had pleaded guilty in November to making false statements for money... more »
  • DWI Case Could Shed Light on FBI's Investigation in DA's Office

    March 27, 2012 7:27 PM

    An FBI investigation into the Lafayette District Attorney's Office could be taking shape, as several indicators point to the handling of DWI and OWI cases. KATC first reported about the FBI executing a search warrant earlier this month. District Attorney Mike Harson confirmed that search took place on February... more »
  • Jury selection begins in rape, slaying case

    March 27, 2012 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the trial of a convicted Baton Rouge sex offender accused of raping and drowning a 29-year-old Zachary woman in April 2010. The Advocate reports 45-year-old Franklin Meredith Jr. is charged with aggravated rape and second-degree murder in the slaying... more »
  • Jury convicts man in rape-kidnap case

    March 22, 2012 10:53 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A Livingston Parish jury has found 25-year-old Allen Lee Martin of Ponchatoula guilty of aggravated rape and related crimes in connection with a February 2011 attack on an Albany woman. The jury of 10 women and two men also convicted Martin Wednesday on charges of aggravated... more »
  • Jury convicts man in rape-kidnap case

    March 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A Livingston Parish jury has found 25-year-old Allen Lee Martin of Ponchatoula guilty of aggravated rape and related crimes in connection with a February 2011 attack on an Albany woman. The jury of 10 women and two men also convicted Martin Wednesday on charges of aggravated... more »
  • Man sentenced in counterfeit case

    March 21, 2012 9:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Gonzales man must report to federal prison April 23 to begin a one-year sentence for using a counterfeit court document to obtain a fortune from members of his wife's family. The document bore the forged signature of deceased Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E.... more »
  • Arrested lawyer staying on case

    March 8, 2012 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish public defender arrested last month for allegedly trying to enter the state penitentiary at Angola with marijuana will continue to represent a man accused of killing two women and wounding a third at a Baton Rouge business in 2009. Fred... more »
  • New Orleans Case Puts Scrutiny on NFL Bounty Pay

    March 3, 2012 7:43 PM

    The revelations were shocking to those outside the NFL: A team paid bounties to knock opponents out of the game, including some of its biggest stars. For those who suit up, however, it sounds more like the long-accepted cost of doing business in a brutal sport/ Atlanta Falcons star Roddy... more »
  • People Close to Case: Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed

    February 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    A federal trial over the nation's worst offshore oil disaster has been delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, according to two people close to the case. The two people told The Associated Press the decision was made Sunday during a conference call between parties in... more »
  • Court to hear case over Miss. pumps project

    February 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... more »
  • Ex-official pleads not guilty in corruption case

    January 31, 2012 5:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Jefferson Parish official has pleaded not guilty to concealing federal crimes in a case spawned by a corruption probe that already has resulted in charges against a former parish president. Although 51-year-old Timothy Whitmer pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of misprision of... more »
  • Key ruling expected in Philly priest-abuse case

    January 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Will a Catholic monsignor be left to defend the sins of the Philadelphia archdiocese in the child sex-abuse scandal? A judge Wednesday may rule on whether prosecutors can use dozens of old priest-abuse allegations at Monsignor William Lynn's upcoming child-endangerment trial. Defense lawyers insist Lynn should only... more »
  • Judge pares down fees for attorneys in BP case

    January 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that people pursuing their Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims against BP outside of federal court do not have to pay fees to hundreds of lawyers working on behalf of about 120,000 claimants fighting the oil giant in court. U.S. District... more »
  • Former mayor taking case to the La. Supreme Court

    January 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn his malfeasance conviction for illegally writing checks to himself and other employees during the last hours of his administration. Defense attorney Charles Kincade tells The News-Star that the district and appeal courts failed... more »
  • City of Pineville sentenced in illegal discharge case

    January 4, 2012 12:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Pineville was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria, stemming from an illegal discharge from a pumping station that occurred in September 2008. The city entered a guilty plea back in October 2011. Following the heavy rainfall... more »
  • Another suit filed in truck stop tiger case

    January 4, 2012 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owner of a Grosse Tete truck stop has filed suit against the state of Louisiana and Iberville Parish in a last-ditch effort to keep a 550-pound tiger on display at the facility. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes two months after a Baton Rouge judge... more »
  • Katrina-Flood Lawsuit,130 Case against Army Corps to be Heard in Court

    December 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit alleging the Army Corps of Engineers ruined property in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after it built a shipping channel that turned into a conduit for storm surge during Hurricane Katrina is to be heard in court this week. A trial... more »
  • Wrongful Cremation Case Ends Without Trial

    October 31, 2011 11:25 PM

    It's been two years since two bodies were mixed up at Lafayette General Medical Center, ending with a wrongful cremation. On Monday that case came to a close in the 15th Judicial Court in Lafayette. In October 2009, 58-year-old Ruby Joseph died of a heart attack at Lafayette General.... more »
  • Possible Lead in 7 Year Cold Case

    October 6, 2011 11:37 PM

    An arrest could be made soon in the seven year murder investigation of 62-year-old Carrie Billeaud. The New Iberia Sheriff's Office confirms it has a person of interest, and have presented its case to the District Attorney's Office. But as of Thursday, Sheriff Louis Ackal said this is still an... more »
  • Woman sentenced in insurance murder fraud case

    September 23, 2011 6:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years for her involvement in an insurance scheme that led to a murder in 2004. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Thursday sentenced Maria Samuels who pleaded guilty. The scheme involved her brother and a murder-for-hire... more »
  • Testimony under way in Angola 5 case

    September 7, 2011 10:18 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A prosecutor told a jury that Angola inmate Robert G. Carley was a leader in an escape plot that led to the death of prison security Capt. David C. Knapps nearly 12 years ago. Tommy Block, lead prosecutor in the so-called Angola 5 murder trials,... more »
  • Woman sentenced in identity theft, tax crime case

    September 7, 2011 6:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Tickfaw woman convicted of identity theft and tax crimes has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old Tarshia McGary who was found guilty of falsifying Social... more »
  • Appeals court to hear Texas terror-financing case

    September 1, 2011 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five members of what was once the nation's largest Muslim charity are asking a federal appeals court to overturn their convictions and prison sentences for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is... more »
  • Suspects in Child Rape Case Claim Innocence

    June 9, 2011 11:57 PM

    Two of the eight suspects in a child molestation case in St. Landry Parish were released on $300,000 bond each this week. Now suspects Barry Giglio and Marla Giglio are pleading not guilty to the crime. State Police call this case a heinous crime, saying they believe eight adults... more »
  • Man Convicted in 1989 Rape Case

    May 13, 2011 9:03 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A jury in Lafayette has convicted a man of raping an 18-year-old girl over 20 years ago. Charles Paul Celestine faces a mandatory life prison sentence after being found guilty Thursday of aggravated rape. The victim was attacked while walking to her home on Aug. 29,... more »
  • Mom Arrested in Cancer Fraud Case

    April 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A mom who created an elaborate lie by telling people her child had cancer in order to steal money from them has been charged with multiple counts of theft, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office news release said. Jacinta K. Millikin, 42, told Wildwood... more »
  • Change of Venue Motion Denied in Manslaughter Case

    April 22, 2011 11:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The attorney for a man accused of killing his girlfriend last summer says he will continue to pursue attempts to move the upcoming trial out of Lafayette. On Thursday, state District Judge Patrick Michot denied a request for a change of venue from attorney Edward Colbert.... more »
  • Sentencing Date Set in Town of Ball Fraud Case

    April 18, 2011 7:59 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal prosecutor is asking U.S. District Judge Dee Drell to give lesser sentences to four town of Ball officials who cooperated in a disaster-fraud investigation involving former Mayor Roy Hebron. In motions filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria Jernigan asks Drell for leniency in sentencing... more »
  • Ex-Gueydan Fire Chief Sentenced in Child Porn Case

    April 16, 2011 3:19 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The former fire chief for the town of Gueydan has been sentenced in federal court for attempting to receive child pornography. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Friday that U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty sentenced 43-year-old Lindsey Troy LeBlanc to 63 months in prison for his... more »
  • Jury Search Resumes in Jackson Doctor Case

    April 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - With lawyers raising a new theory involving money and its role in Michael Jackson's death, a judge is summoning a third panel of prospective jurors for the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who has already screened 340 prospects and... more »
  • Jury in racketeering case to return Tuesday

    February 17, 2011 8:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury will resume deliberating Tuesday in the trial for a former Louisiana lawmaker charged in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and Thursday without... more »
  • Cold Case: Clinton Man Booked in 1997 Rape Case

    February 15, 2011 9:08 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - East Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Clinton man after reopening a 1997 rape case last year. Sgt. Kevin Garig says that 46-year-old Gary Miller surrendered at the parish jail on Friday after deputies got an arrest warrant accusing Miller of aggravated rape. Garig says... more »
  • Former Opelousas Council Member/Teacher Sentenced for Child Porn

    December 1, 2010 7:54 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - After receiving a 14-year prison sentence on a child pornography charge, Larry Caillier II told a federal judge that he was innocent and that his attorneys had persuaded him to accept a plea deal. Caillier, a former Opelousas High School teacher, was accused of receiving a... more »
  • Mississippi Man Arrested in Louisiana Drug Case

    November 11, 2010 8:27 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Mississippi man at a bus station in Lake Charles, La., after they found 35 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, agents conducting a canine search of the luggage compartment found the... more »
  • Details of Quadruple Slaying

    November 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lee Roy Williams, 51, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder Tuesday, hours after a Calcasieu Parish grand jury indicted him on the charges. State District Judge Kent Savoie imposed four consecutive life sentences, a term agreed to by prosecutors and Williams' defense counsel.... more »
  • Judge's Son's Trial Postponed, wants AG Off Case

    October 27, 2010 12:28 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The trial of a judge's son has been postponed after the defendant hired a new lawyer who wants the state attorney general's office off the case. Wilford D. Carter II has pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanor offenses but his trial was delayed Monday after... more »
  • Louisiana Judge Ordered Off Attempted Murder Case

    October 22, 2010 10:51 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - State District Judge Mike Canaday ordered Judge Wilford Carter removed from attempted murder cases pending against four men accused of shooting at a police lieutenant whom Carter has publicly criticized. Canaday's ruling came Wednesday during a hearing at which Lake Charles Police Lt. Arnold Bellow... more »
  • Jan. trial set for racketeering case

    October 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new trial date has been set for the racketeering case against former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt and longtime political operative Mose Jefferson. An order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle reschedules the start of the trial for Jan. 31, 2011. The trial... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in human trafficking case

    October 20, 2010 10:03 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man from Uzbekistan who was accused of running a 14-state human trafficking ring in Kansas City has pleaded guilty to four charges under a plea agreement in which he will serve at least 10 years in federal prison. Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, 31, was facing more... more »
  • 5 indicted in DeSoto Council on Aging case

    October 13, 2010 9:54 PM

    MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - A DeSoto Parish grand jury on Wednesday indicted the former director of the DeSoto Council on Aging, three members of her family and a board member on charges they took thousands of dollars from the social-service agency and used the money for themselves. The grand jury... more »
  • 71-year-old woman indicted in murder-for-hire case

    October 7, 2010 9:39 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Caddo Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted a 71-year-old woman accused of paying someone $1,000 to kill her husband so she could sell his land. Bobbie Loretta Luttrell faces one count of first-degree murder in the July 25 death of her husband, Ernest Luttrell, 73.... more »
  • Panel: Government Thwarted Worst-Case Scenario on Spill

    October 6, 2010 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been. That finding comes from a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in history. In documents released Wednesday, the... more »
  • Calcasieu Parish judge Pulled From Murder Case

    October 4, 2010 12:16 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish judge has been pulled from a murder case because of what another judge called the "untenable discord" between him and prosecutors in the case. Judge Robert Wyatt rejected prosecutors' allegations that Judge Wilford Carter could not be fair or impartial about 33-year-old... more »
  • 2 Men Indicted in Fatal Home-Invasion Case

    October 1, 2010 8:46 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Rapides Parish grand jury indicted two Alexandria men in the Aug. 2 home invasion where the homeowner shot and killed one of the alleged would-be thieves. The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office says that the grand jury on Thursday charged 29-year-old Marlon Terrell Chaney and... more »
  • New Judge Assigned in Angola Five Case

    September 30, 2010 11:04 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish officials say a new judge has been assigned to preside over the trials of five inmates accused of killing a security officer during an escape attempt in December 1999. An order signed earlier this week by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine... more »
  • Greek Company to Pay $700,000 in Pollution Case

    September 30, 2010 7:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Greek shipping company has been ordered to pay $700,000 in criminal penalties for violating federal pollution laws. Stanships Inc. of Athens, Greece, pleaded guilty in June to charges that one of its ships knowingly discharged oil in the Gulf of Mexico and falsified ship records... more »
  • Judge won't separate trials in burned body case

    September 28, 2010 9:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to order separate trials in the case against five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's fatal shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Former officer David Warren is charged with shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover before his body turned up... more »
  • Shreveport man arrested in Virginia runaway case

    September 23, 2010 11:05 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Shreveport man for numerous sex crimes involving a Virginia runaway. Sheriff Steve Prator says 25-year-old Kevin Lunsford was arrested Wednesday at his home where he was found with the 14-year-old girl after deputies received a tip about the teenager's... more »
  • Ex-Cop Pleads 'no contest' in Brutality Case

    September 23, 2010 4:38 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Rather than face trial for malfeasance in office, a former Eunice Police officer has entered a plea of no contest. Twenty-eight-year-old Micah C.Z. Arceneaux had been scheduled to go on trial later this week on charges of malfeasance and aggravated battery. His no contest plea, while... more »
  • Ex-cop pleads 'no contest' in brutality case

    September 22, 2010 9:03 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Rather than face trial for malfeasance in office, a former Eunice Police officer has entered a plea of no contest. Twenty-eight-year-old Micah C.Z. Arceneaux had been scheduled to go on trial later this week on charges of malfeasance and aggravated battery. His no contest plea, while... more »
  • Judge to Rule on Satonia Small Case

    September 21, 2010 9:46 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - A Caddo district judge will rule Sept. 30 on whether to acquit a Shreveport woman convicted of murder after her 6-year-old daughter died in an apartment fire while home alone with another child. Defense attorney Christopher Hatch filed the post-verdict motion Monday arguing that Satonia Small did... more »
  • Attorneys Appointed in Quadruple Slaying Case

    September 17, 2010 9:58 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Defense attorney Richard Bourke, director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, has been appointed to represent 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams in a Calcasieu Parish quadruple slaying case. The appointment came during a Thursday court hearing. There are reports that Lake Charles defense... more »
  • Bahamas drops charges in Travolta extortion case

    September 6, 2010 9:41 PM

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - A judge in the Bahamas dismissed charges Monday against two people accused of trying to extort money from John Travolta after the actor decided he no longer wanted to face the pain of a new trial stemming from the death of his teenage son on the... more »
  • Jury deadlocks in actress's LA marriage fraud case

    September 3, 2010 10:05 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday after jurors told him deliberations had grown hostile in the marriage fraud case of Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero and her husband. The couple were accused of entering a sham marriage designed to allow the soap opera star to get... more »
  • Ex-state Sen. Charles Jones convicted in tax case

    August 23, 2010 5:20 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal jury on Monday found former state Sen. Charles D. Jones guilty of tax evasion and other tax charges. Jurors took about three hours before convicting Jones, 60, of Monroe, of filing two false tax returns and one count of tax evasion. Jones, who's also... more »
  • State worker pleads guilty in disaster food case

    August 19, 2010 9:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 50-year-old woman accused of fraudulently obtaining and using disaster in a lot of trouble. Conand friends after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government money. Teresa Hawkins, of Baldwin, is the former parish manager of the... more »
  • New not guilty pleas in post-Katrina case

    August 19, 2010 9:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five current and former New Orleans police officers have pleaded not guilty to a new indictment by a federal grand jury earlier this month. The Times-Picayune reports the officers entered their new pleas on Thursday. The new indictment altered only one charge against former officer David... more »
  • Former Officer Sentenced in Civil Rights Case

    August 19, 2010 9:23 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has sentenced a former Patterson police officer, convicted in September 2009 of a misdemeanor civil rights violation, to one year in federal prison. A jury convicted 23-year-old Jeffrey Jermaine Prince for sexually assaulting a woman in May 2008 when she arrived at... more »

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