• Remember 'Tootie' Bertucci? Dominican High honors her legacy of service

    Bertucci served the school for five decades.
  • Acadian ambulance involved in early-morning hit and run

    ADDIS - The Addis Police Department says an Acadian Ambulance vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash early Wednesday morning.According to Acadian officials, the ambulance was responding to an emergency on LA 1 when a gold Toyota Camry struck the back of the vehicle.The driver of the Camry, a black male with dreadlocks, drove up next to the ambulance and made eye contact with the crew before speeding off toward Plaquemine with his lights turned off. Witne
  • Mother arrested, 18-month-old rescued in Baton Rouge as part of sex-trafficking crackdown

    NOTE: The original story stated the mother was trying to sell her child. Authorities have clarified that the mother was instead attempting to commit prostitution while carrying the child.BATON ROUGE - An 18-month-old infant in Baton Rouge was among those rescued in a three-day, nationwide crackdown on sex trafficking. The FBI says Operation Cross Country XI resulted in the rescues of 84 minors and the arrests of 120 traffickers. The effort aimed at cracking down on un
  • 18-month-old rescued in Baton Rouge as part of sex-trafficking crackdown

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-month-old infant in Baton Rouge was among those rescued in a three-day, nationwide crackdown on sex trafficking. The FBI says Operation Cross Country XI resulted in the rescues of 84 minors and the arrests of 120 traffickers. The effort aimed at cracking down on underage human trafficking  ran from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15. In Louisiana, FBI Child Exploitation Task Forces in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport recovered an 18-month-old child and arre
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  • 2 Louisiana men plead guilty to importing deer

    JACKSON, MS- Two Louisiana men have pleaded guilty to importing live white-tailed deer into Mississippi.  Federal prosecutors say 75-year-old Edward L. Donaldson Jr. and 42-year-old John Jared Oertling, both of Pearl River, Louisiana, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. It is illegal to import live deer into Mississippi and against federal law to transport wildlife across state lines.  The Clarion-Ledger reports Donaldson and Oert
  • Mayor announces crime-fighting collaboration with AmeriCorps

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has announced the latest move her fight against crime in East Baton Rouge Parish.On Wednesday, the mayor's office announced the Baton Rouge ReBuilds AmeriCorps VISTA Program to help support and strengthen neighborhoods in the high-crime areas of the parish. Through the program, AmeriCorps members will maintain a presence in targeted communities and provide resources and assistance to help strengthen, organize
  • Man accused of molesting young child, released on bond

    LAFOURCHE PARISH- A man turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after he allegedly molested a young child. According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Jacob Dedon of Galliano was charged with sexual battery of a child under the age of 10.Authorities say the investigation began in late September after they received a report that Dedon had molested the child. Detectives soon obtained a warrant for Dedon’s arrest.Dedon turned himself in Tue
  • Treasurer candidate: Trouble filing report due to paralysis

    BATON ROUGE- The Democrat vying to be Louisiana's next treasurer is asking the state ethics board to waive a $2,100 fine for not filing his campaign finance report on time, saying difficulty associated with his paralysis delayed the filing.  Derrick Edwards, paralyzed from the neck down by a high school football injury, says his report was 21 days late because he had trouble finding voice-activated software compatible with submitting the finance forms electronically, as requir
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  • Authorities looking for missing Breaux Bridge woman

    ST. MARTINVILLE- Deputies from the St. Martin Parish Parish Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating a missing Breaux Bridge woman.Keshia D. Sylvester, 29, is described as a 5'2'' black woman that weighs 145 pounds.Sylvester was last seen in a white pick-up truck in the Breaux Bridge area on October 2.  Authorities say she is known to frequent the Baton Rouge and Shreveport areas.Anyone with information on Sylvester is encouraged to call 337-394-3071.
  • Son pleads guilty in 2014 murder of mother at Walker apartment

    WALKER - Officials say a 21-year-old has pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder of his mother at a Walker apartment complex.According to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Edward Island III of Walker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Tamila Wooley. Wooley was found dead in an apartment complex off Village Drive on Jan. 1, 2014. Police say Wooley's body was discovered by her boyfriend when he went to visit her that afternoon. The boyfriend say
  • Two killed in early morning crash on Interstate 55

    PONCHATOULA- Two people were killed in a two vehicle crash on the elevated section of Interstate 55 early Wednesday morning.The crash claimed the lives of 78-year-old Earl J. Daigle and 73-year-old Anna Nimon.Louisiana State Troopers say, the crash occurred when Daigle was driving his 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Truck northbound on Interstate 55 in the right lane.  Daigle's vehicle was hit from behind by a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 43-
  • Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.  Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the "NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem."  He adds: "Total disrespect for our great country!"  Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discus
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  • Vegas hotel worker says guard saved his life

    LAS VEGAS- A Las Vegas hotel employee who entered a hallway near the suite where a gunman was holed up says he thinks the first gunfire he heard was out the windows of the high-rise.Mandalay Bay building engineer Stephen Schuck tells TV host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air Wednesday that he thought he was hearing jackhammers.But then he realized there wouldn't be construction on a Sunday night. The shooter opened fire out the windows at a concert below Oct. 1, killing 58 peo
  • Police looking for Maryland office park shooter

    EDGEWOOD, Md. - Police are looking for a man accused of shooting five people at his workplace in northeastern Maryland, killing three.  Authorities say the suspect is armed and dangerous. They identified the man as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. They say he is driving a black 2008 GMC Acadia with the Delaware license plate PC064273.  Gov. Larry Hogan said late Wednesday morning that "the killer remains on the loose."  The governor says the
  • Jury selection starting for man charged in New Orleans cop's death

    NEW ORLEANS - Potential jurors have gathered at the criminal courthouse in New Orleans for the trial of a man accused in the 2015 killing of a police officer.  Jury selection was beginning Wednesday, with opening arguments set for Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Travis Boys.  Boys has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of Officer Daryle Holloway.  Holloway was shot while transporting Boys to jail
  • Report: Mississippi school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

    JACKSON, MS - A public school in Mississippi will soon be stripped of its Confederate namesake and named after another president who parents, students and teachers say is more fitting for the school, Barack Obama.According to a report from the Clarion Ledger, the decision to change the name of Davis Magnet IB, a predominantly black school, comes after a vote by school stakeholders on Oct. 5. School President Janelle Jefferson announced the new name, Barack Ob
  • Felon driving stolen truck fires on deputies during high-speed chase

    LAFOURCHE PARISH- Deputies from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man after he led them on a high-speed chase and fired several rounds in their direction.Authorities said that Daniel Borne was scheduled to appear in court for a jury trial on Tuesday on several charges. Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a report that Borne had allegedly stolen a truck from a residence on East 58th Street in Cut Off. The homeowner said Borne arrived
  • March trial set for bribery charges against Kenny Matassa

    GONZALES – Embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa will face bribery allegations at a March trial.The March 13th date was set at a hearing Wednesday.Matassa was indicted on charges earlier this year. He is accused of offering a bribe to get a man running for office in Gonzales to drop out of the race. Audio recordings released last year by the Pelican Post Newspaper appeared to show Matassa and another businessman in Ascension Parish offering a bribe to Wayne Lawson, a cand
  • Walker reports brown water, not dangerous

    WALKER- Due to routine water system maintenance, some residents in Walker may experience brown water.Authorities say, that the brown water is not harmful. Permalink| Comments
  • Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is again tweeting about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.The latest burst came Wednesday morning in response to the FBI's release of a heavily blacked-out draft memo from May 2016 by Director James Comey in preparation for closing the Clinton probe.Trump tweeted that the letter, whose existence was previously known, shows the FBI had exonerated "Crooked Hillary Clinton" long before the investigation was complete. A
  • Sessions says travel ban is lawful, necessary

    WASHINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending the Trump administration's travel ban as an important tool in fighting terrorism.Speaking Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he defended the legality of an executive order that seeks to block the travel to the U.S. of citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as some Venezuelan government officials and their families.In his opening statement, Sessions says "the order is lawful, necessary, a
  • Prosecutor predicts vindication in lawsuit

    NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans district attorney is predicting he and his assistants will be vindicated amid allegations that they seek arrest warrants and high bails for witnesses and victims who decline to speak to prosecutors.Leon Cannizzaro issued a statement Tuesday saying no individual person who is aggrieved by his office's policies and practices has contacted him.A federal suit filed Tuesday by civil rights groups alleges that Cannizzaro's office used tactics that resulted in vic
  • Man accused of attacking couple after social media threats

    BATON ROUGE- Officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department say a man beat his ex-girlfriend and shot her current boyfriend after threatening the couple on social media.The attack took place at a residence on Appleton Avenue on Sunday. The female victim said her ex-boyfriend Jordan White and his current girlfriend, Mikayla Harris, knocked on her door. When she opened the door, the victim said White pulled her from the residence and began to beat her.During the attack, the vic
  • Crash on I-12 West in Denham Springs leaves one dead

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Authorities are working the scene of a deadly crash in Denham Springs on 1-12 West.The single vehicle crash took place before Juban, near Colyell Creek. Authorities say, the vehicle veered off the roadway and went into the wood line.Authorities said, one person died in the crash and another person is in critical condition after being ejected from a vehicle. Permalink| Comments
  • Baker woman stabs boyfriend after finding photo of him with another woman

    BAKER- Officers from the Baker City Police Department arrested a woman who admitted to stabbing her boyfriend multiple times after seeing a photo of him with another woman on his cell phone.On Tuesday a male victim was transported to an area hospital for multiple stab wounds. When officers arrived at the scene of the attack, they found the victim's girlfriend with blood on her shirt. The girlfriend, Aquanetta Bowie, told officers that she was asleep when her boyfriend came int
  • Nice for now, watching the weekend forecast

    Temperatures will slowly climb above average through the end of the week. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend.THE FORECAST:Today and Tonight: Wednesday looks like another good one. Sunshine will fill afternoon skies as thermometers chug upward into the low 80s. Winds will be light and northeasterly. Overnight will again bring clear skies and lows in the middle 50s.     Up Next: Thursday will be sunny and a touch warmer with highs ticking just above avera
  • Bus catches fire in high school parking lot

    BATON ROUGE- A school bus caught fire just before midnight in the parking lot of an area high school.The bus fire took place at Friendship Capitol High School. Sources say, the school system was contacted about the fire.At this time, it is unclear as to what caused the fire. Check back for more details.   Permalink| Comments
  • New Orleans Prosecutors Accused of Using Fake Subpoenas

    A lawsuit accused prosecutors of menacing witnesses and jailing people who balked at demands for private meetings with the authorities.
  • Kentucky city begins moving 2 Confederate statues

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's second largest city has begun moving statutes of two Confederate statues.  The Lexington Herald Leader reports that the surprise move Tuesday evening came after the state attorney general issued a legal opinion that the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission does not have the jurisdiction to block the statues' removal.  The Lexington Fayette-Urban County Council voted in August to move the statues honoring Confederate Gen. John Hunt
  • Two vehicle crash blocks portion of Highland Road

    BATON ROUGE - A two-vehicle crash has closed a section of Highland Road near W. Polk Street.According to a News 2 crew at the scene, two vehicles appear to have collided and crashed into the front of the Metro PCS store on Highland Road.A utility pole was also struck during the crash. Entergy power was temporarily affected by the crash, but all power has since been restored, according to Entergy's website.One person was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to a local hospital, but injuries appear
  • Anti-abuse organizations speak out after recent child murders

    BATON ROUGE- The violence began with 11-month-old, Jericho Smith. The infant died Saturday after being shot, stabbed and beaten by his father, Fabien Smith. The baby's father is still in jail Tuesday, facing first-degree murder charges, with no bond set.Tuesday morning, authorities in New Orleans say the 18-month-old child of a Baton Rouge City Government employee, was killed by the father.Police say Mark Hambrick confessed to stabbing and suffocating his child overnight after ‘receiv
  • Paramedic recounts saving newborn left on doorstep

    BAKER - The paramedic who responded to the initial call of a newborn baby left on a doorstep says he's never encountered anything like this in his 25 years of service."It was alarming," said Kendall Washington, a paramedic for Baton Rouge EMS.The call came in Sunday morning. According to the Baker Police Department, a 13-year-old gave birth and dropped the baby off on her neighbor's doorstep.Washington and his partner were among the first to arrive. He says the baby's core was warm but his extr
  • Woman fears rental scam cost her hundreds

    BATON ROUGE - Ads for a new home aren't what they appear. A rental-type scam may have reappeared in Baton Rouge and it's already cost one person $1,500.Jenny Wilson says she's been wrapped up in this scam since May."He didn't seem like the type of man that would actually be scamming vulnerable people out of their money," she said.Wilson responded to an ad in the classifieds on May 28, 2017. She intended to rent the Baker house described and called the number associated with the ad. Wilson says
  • WANTED: Man pulling on door handles in Ascension Parish subdivision

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Deputies are seeking a man who was spotted pulling door handles in a subdivision, apparently looking for unlocked doors.According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the man was spotted in surveillance video around the area of South Park Avenue and Southwood Village on Sept. 29. In the video, the man can be seen pulling on a car door alongside one of the homes.Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at
  • Funeral set for slain New Orleans police officer

    NEW ORLEANS- A Saturday funeral has been scheduled for a New Orleans police officer who was shot to death last week.  The police department says services for 29-year-old Marcus NcNeil are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Household of Faith Church in New Orleans, with interment following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The department says the Marcus McNeil Benefit Fund has been established at Whitney Bank to accept donations for McNeil's family.  McNeil
  • Three women wanted for theft at Ascension Parish Family Dollar

    GEISMAR - Authorities are searching for three women who stole over $100 in merchandise at an area Family Dollar.According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the three stole from the Family Dollar on Highway 74 on September 25. The three unknown females then left the scene in a black Nissan Altima with a partial license plate reading 'CAB' The sheriff's office says the thieves made off with $150 worth of merchandise.Anyone with information on this case is urged to contac
  • Stabbing, dismemberment conviction stands in Louisiana

      NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a man convicted of killing a French Quarter dancer and dismembering her body.  All seven justices initialed the "action sheet" denying the request from Terry Speaks, who is serving life in prison for the 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.  He acted as his own attorney, with another inmate preparing the document.  Speaks was convicted in 201
  • Raising Cane's announces partnership with Southern University

    BATON ROUGE - Locally-based restaurant Raising Cane's has announced a $1 million partnership with Southern University.The partnership was revealed in a news conference Tuesday, with Cane's CEO Todd Graves joined by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Councilmember Tara Wicker, Dr. Ray Belton, Southern University President-Chancellor, Alfred Harrell, CEO of Southern University System Foundation, Roman Banks, SU Athletics Director and Nathan B. Haymer, SU Band Director.The agre
  • Two teens arrested after carrying weapons at Assumption High School

    ASSUMPTION - Authorities say two 15-year-olds were arrested in Assumption Parish after they admitted to carrying weapons at school.A faculty member at Assumption High School found the .22 caliber handgun in a bathroom Monday morning. A school resource officer recovered the handgun and began interviewing staff and reviewing surveillance.The deputy was soon able to identify the suspect and brought him in for questioning. It was then that the student admitted to bringing the weapon to school. Inve
  • Teen arrested for bringing weapons, masks to Assumption High School

    ASSUMPTION - Authorities say a 15-year-old was arrested in Assumption Parish after he admitted to bringing a handgun to school.A faculty member at Assumption High School found the .22 caliber handgun in a bathroom Monday morning. A school resource officer recovered the handgun and began interviewing staff and reviewing surveillance.The deputy was soon able to identify the suspect and brought him in for questioning. It was then that the student admitted to bringing the weapon to school. Investig
  • Livingston Parish deputies complete training academy

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- Three deputies from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office recently completed the Capital Area Regional Training Academy. The deputies will be assigned to the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Along with completing their training, the deputies also won some awards. Deputy Dyllan Hodges won a fitness award, while Clyde Lawrence and Kayla Landry won the Staff's Choice award. Permalink| Comments
  • Hillary Clinton says she won't run again despite Donald Trump's urging

    Hillary Clinton said she will not run for president a third time, despite President Donald Trump urging her to do so.ABC News reports that during a recent interview with a radio station in the U.K., when asked if she will run again Clinton said, "No, I'm not going to run again."Clinton said her voice will "be magnified because I am not running."The former United States Secretary of State and presidential candidate has said before she would not make a third presidentia
  • Two charged with attempting bank heist while dressed as nuns

    TANNERSVILLE, Pa. - Two women have been charged with trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns.  Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic, appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. They're also charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey, while wearing head scarves.  The Garfield heist was Sept.
  • California becomes 1st state to ban sales from puppy mills

    SACRAMENTO, CA -California will soon implement a new statewide ban on sales of animals commercially raised in puppy mills.Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed into law bill A.B. 485, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group.The law will go into effect in 2019 and supporters have praised the move."The problem is puppy mills, and this law is specifically targeting shutting down and not supporting puppies
  • Univision goes dark for Verizon's cable customers

    NEW YORK- Univision's channels have gone dark for Verizon's 4.7 million Fios cable customers because of a contract dispute.Verizon says Univision wants payments for its networks to more than double. Verizon says this is an "excessive price increase" given "reported declining viewership." Univision says it's still attracting viewers despite industry ratings declines.Fights over channels' cost between cable companies and owners of TV networks have become more common in recent years. Channel black
  • Florida candidate: Aliens took me aboard their ship at age 7

    MIAMI- A Florida congressional candidate is standing by her claims she was abducted to an alien spaceship at age 7 but that the incident shouldn't detract from what she's done on Earth since then.  Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. She has claimed in past Spanish TV network appearances as recently as 2011 that she was taken aboard a ship with three blonde creatures that resembled Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue.  
  • FEMA grants additional $10. 4 million to area schools for flood recovery

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. John Kennedy announced Tuesday that FEMA is granting $10.4 million in Public Assistance Funds to school districts in Livingston Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish and the city of Baker.The East Baton Rouge School Board will receive $8.3 million. The Livingston Parish School Board will receive $1.1 million. Baker Schools System will receive $1 million.“The 2016 flooding didn’t just impact homes and businesses. It also devastated many schools,” Sen. K
  • Pedestrian killed on US 90 in Iberia Parish

    IBERIA PARISH- Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Department were on the scene of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian early Tuesday morning. The accident took place on US 90 eastbound near Estis Road in Iberia Parish at 1 a.m. The crash took the life of 27-year-old Gerard Robert.Authorities say, that Robert was walking in the eastbound left lane on US 90 at the same time a 2009 Ford Expedition driven by 38-year-old Joseph Silas was going in the same direction.The front of Silas'
  • White House slams decision to block travel ban

    HONOLULU - The White House is blasting a federal judge's decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing the latest version its travel ban, calling the order "dangerously flawed."  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Hawaii decision "undercuts the president's efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States."  In a separate statement, Justice Department spokesman
  • Southern California fire partially contained

    ARCADIA, Calif. - Firefighters have managed to partially corral a wildfire near Los Angeles that forced the evacuation of an historic observatory.  The blaze on Mount Wilson was 25 percent contained as of Tuesday night. Several hundred firefighters planned to work through the night battling the fire, which broke out before dawn.  Mount Wilson Observatory near the mountain peak was evacuated earlier in the day. The 30-acre blaze also threatened TV broadcast an

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