BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the corporate owners of a now-defunct Baton Rouge convenience store to forfeit nearly $1 million in money-laundering and drug-dealing proceeds to the federal government. Katelyn & Claire Inc. and Alex T. Inc. did business as Quality Express that offered check... more »
MONROE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old West Monroe man has been ordered to pay $2,525 for killing a bald eagle in Franklin Parish last April. Jeffrey M. Miles also was ordered to serve three years of unsupervised probation and had his hunting privileges revoked for three years. U.S. Magistrate Judge... more »
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 »
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal jury has ordered Transocean to pay more than $4 million in damages to an oilfield worker injured in an offshore rig accident. The judgment entered Tuesday capped a trial for the lawsuit that 32-year-old Dan Averette filed over the July 14, 2007, accident aboard... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has directed oil giant BP to use a less toxic form of chemical dispersants to break up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two Obama administration officials confirmed the order Thursday. Some lawmakers and environmental groups have criticized use of the... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is telling operators of oil and gas wells to be prepared to shut down if ordered by the Coast Guard. The emergency order issued Tuesday applies to oil and gas wells in Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson,... more »
A Ville Platte agent has been issued a cease and desist order, summary suspension of his licenses and fine notice today for allegedly providing fraudulent proofs of insurance.
John Melvin Lavergne, 64, was served by Department of Insurance Fraud Section Investigators with an order to cease and desist from... more »