• Gonzales supermarket honors life of employee who was killed

    Gonzales supermarket honors life of employee who was killed
    GONZALES — The Ascension Parish community gathered to celebrate the life of head cook Brenda Morris at Lamendola's Supermarket after her tragic death last month.Morris was shot and killed in June. Her husband, Sean, was arrested for second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons and eight counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.The supermarket unveiled a picture of Morris that was placed on the store's wall and a plaque with her shirt above the deli market where she worke
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America's diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America's diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died. She was 96.Westheimer died on Friday at her home in New York City, surrounded by her family, according to publicist and friend Pierre Lehu.Westheimer never advocated risky sexual behavior. Instead, she encouraged an open dialogue on previously closeted issues that affected her audience of millions.
  • Boil advisory issued in Plaquemine after busted water line

    Boil advisory issued in Plaquemine after busted water line
    PLAQUEMINE - A boil advisory was issued for Plaquemine Saturday after a water line burst, according to the Iberville Parish Government.Crews repaired a leak along Highway 75 after a busted water line resulted in an outage Saturday morning. The cause of the leak is currently unknown.Officials say the advisory will be lifted sometime next week.The outage map can be seen below:Permalink| Comments
  • Boil advisory issued in Iberville Parish after busted water line

    Boil advisory issued in Iberville Parish after busted water line
    PLAQUEMINE - A boil advisory was issued for Iberville Parish Saturday after a water line burst, according to the parish government.Crews repaired a leak along Highway 75 after a busted water line resulted in an outage Saturday morning. The cause of the leak is currently unknown.Officials say the advisory will be lifted sometime next week. All customers in Intracoastal Water System West are affected.The outage map can be seen below:Permalink| Comments
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  • Facebook lifts restrictions on Trump, giving him equal footing with Biden on the social media site

    Facebook lifts restrictions on Trump, giving him equal footing with Biden on the social media site
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook has lifted restrictions imposed on Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, placing the former president on an equal footing on the platform with President Joe Biden just days before the Republican National Convention.The social media giant had initially banned the former president from using its platforms in 2021 after his supporters stormed the Capitol. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, lift
  • SpaceX rocket accident leaves companys Starlink satellites in wrong orbit

    SpaceX rocket accident leaves companys Starlink satellites in wrong orbit
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket has failed for the first time in nearly a decade, leaving the company’s internet satellites in an orbit so low that they’re doomed to fall through the atmosphere and burn up.The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday night, carrying 20 Starlink satellites. Several minutes into the flight, the upper stage engine malfunctioned. SpaceX on Friday blamed a liquid ox
  • Multiple dead after house fire in Houma area, State Fire Marshal investigating

    Multiple dead after house fire in Houma area, State Fire Marshal investigating
    HOUMA - Multiple people are dead after a house fire in Lafourche Parish Saturday morning, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.Officials received the call of a house fire around 3:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Louise Lane.No other information is available at this time. The investigation is ongoing.Permalink| Comments
  • Five dead after house fire in Bayou Blue, cause of fire unknown

    Five dead after house fire in Bayou Blue, cause of fire unknown
    BAYOU BLUE - Five people are dead after a house fire in Lafourche Parish Saturday morning, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.Officials received the call of a house fire around 3:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Louise Lane. The age and identities of the victims have not yet been disclosed, although officials said one person escaped from the fire.“The roof was already collapsing when we got on the scene,” Bayou Blue Volunteer Fire Chief Harvey Parks said. &am
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  • Judge ends Rudy Giuliani bankruptcy case, says he flouted the process with his lack of transparency

    Judge ends Rudy Giuliani bankruptcy case, says he flouted the process with his lack of transparency
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge threw out Rudy Giuliani ’s bankruptcy case on Friday, slamming the former New York City mayor as a “recalcitrant debtor” who thumbed his nose at the process while seeking to shield himself from a $148 million defamation judgment and other debts.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane criticized Giuliani for repeated “uncooperative conduct,” self-dealing, and a lack of transparency. Th
  • Man wanted for domestic abuse, kidnapping after woman found with stab wound in roadway

    Man wanted for domestic abuse, kidnapping after woman found with stab wound in roadway
    DENHAM SPRINGS - Deputies are searching for a man wanted for charges including domestic abuse and kidnapping after finding a woman with a life-threatening stab wound in a roadway.According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Christopher Aucoin of Denham Springs is wanted for domestic abuse battery: serious bodily injury, domestic abuse: aggravated assault and second-degree kidnapping. He is also wanted by the Denham Springs Police Department for attempted second-degree murder, armed robb
  • Man wanted for domestic abuse, kidnapping after woman found in roadway with stab wound

    Man wanted for domestic abuse, kidnapping after woman found in roadway with stab wound
    DENHAM SPRINGS - Deputies are searching for a man wanted for charges including domestic abuse and kidnapping after finding a woman with a life-threatening stab wound in a roadway.According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Christopher Aucoin of Denham Springs is wanted for domestic abuse battery: serious bodily injury, domestic abuse: aggravated assault and second-degree kidnapping. He is also wanted by the Denham Springs Police Department for attempted second-degree murder, armed robb
  • EBR parents and students frustrated with school boards superintendent handling

    EBR parents and students frustrated with school boards superintendent handling
    BATON ROUGE - Parents expressed frustration with how the vote for East Baton Rouge Schools' new superintendent was handled Thursday. Now, that frustration has even reached some students of schools in the parish as well.One of the parents who spoke at the board meeting Thursday night is a Baton Rouge stylist named Tonja McMillan. She has a son in East Baton Rouge schools and says she started going to these meetings after her complaints about her son's school were never addressed."I feel personal
  • Deputies spend hours sweeping apartment complex in 'swatting' call, find no evidence of crime

    Deputies spend hours sweeping apartment complex in 'swatting' call, find no evidence of crime
    ZACHARY - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office found nothing criminal after spending upwards of eight hours searching the Audubon Parks Apartment Homes for an alleged barricaded subject.The incident, which occurred last night, is called "swatting," making a fake call to emergency services to trigger a massive law enforcement response to a particular address.Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Greg Phares says these situations can be very dangerous. "It is a false call to
  • Alec Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter case dismissed in middle of trial and cannot be filed again

    Alec Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter case dismissed in middle of trial and cannot be filed again
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Friday threw out the involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin in the middle of his trial and said it cannot be filed again.Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer dismissed the case with prejudice based on the misconduct of police and prosecutors over the withholding of evidence from the defense in the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust.”Baldwin cried and embraced his attorneys after the
  • Rep. Graves discusses future of Comite Diversion plan once he leaves office

    Rep. Graves discusses future of Comite Diversion plan once he leaves office
    BATON ROUGE — It should come as no surprise that the Comite Diversion completion date has, once again, been pushed back. This time to the end of 2026."A lot of now are resigned to the fact we'd like to see it in our lifetime," said Robert Burns, who heads Concerned Citizens for Drainage Improvement. He and his group have been persistent in keeping the project at the forefront of politician's agendas, particularly with Congressman Garret Graves.They're concerned Graves' decision not to
  • DCFS restores operation to child abuse, neglect hotlines following Beryl-related outage

    DCFS restores operation to child abuse, neglect hotlines following Beryl-related outage
    BATON ROUGE — The Department of Children and Family Services announced Friday that their child abuse and neglect hotline is operational again after an outage earlier in the week caused by Hurricane Beryl.Louisianans may return to reporting child abuse and neglect to the regular toll-free hotline number, 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), and the LAHelpU Customer Service line at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578), DCFS said.DCFS said it will continue to monitor both the hotline and LAHelpU
  • $$$ Best Bets: A weekend full of footy! $$$

    $$$ Best Bets: A weekend full of footy! $$$
    Hunter McCann has this weekend's best bets for MLB matchups, Copa América, the Euros and the WNBA! FridayMLB:Dodgers @ Tigers: Dodgers MLYankees @ Orioles: u9.5 Total RunsPirates @ White Sox: White Sox MLWNBA:Mercury @ Fever: Mercury -3Aces @ Dream: u170 Total PointsLynx @ Storm: Storm -6.5SaturdayMLB:Athletics @ Phillies: Phillies -1.5Rockies @ Mets: Mets -1.5Mariners @ Angels: Mariners MLCopa América:Canada vs. Uruguay: Uruguay -1.5WNBA: Liberty @ Sky:
  • Last of 4 BRPD officers accused in 2020 abuse case booked then released

    Last of 4 BRPD officers accused in 2020 abuse case booked then released
    BATON ROUGE — The last of four Baton Rouge Police Department officers charged with malfeasance after the alleged abuse of a person in 2020 was arrested Friday and released after posting a bond, jail records show.Martele Jackson faces one count of malfeasance in office. Jail records showed his temporary detention.He and three others who worked in the now-defunct "Street Crimes" unit were indicted in June. Others indicted were Doug Chutz Jr., Troy Lawrence Sr., and Todd Thomas. A grand
  • Man arrested for claiming to be CIA, DEA agent during traffic stop formally charged

    Man arrested for claiming to be CIA, DEA agent during traffic stop formally charged
    BATON ROUGE — A man who posed as a CIA and Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been formally charged Friday with impersonating a law enforcement officer.Ray Charles Ayo, 46, was arrested on May 29 on charges of false impersonation of an officer and unlawful possession of an unauthorized peace officer badge. Ayo was pulled over by Baton Rouge Police for a traffic violation on Firewood Drive in the Wedgewood subdivision, arrest records said. While the officer was issuing
  • Two men arrested after high speed pursuit in Labadieville

    Two men arrested after high speed pursuit in Labadieville
    LABADIEVILLE - Two men were arrested after a traffic pursuit Thursday evening, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.A uniformed patrol deputy observed an eastbound vehicle on La. 398 going over 100 miles per hour and continued until pulling into a private business near Labadieville. Once the deputy made contact with the driver, Chase Anthony Cleveland, the driver was determined to be driving with a suspended driver's license.Additionally, the passenger in the vehicle, Timothy Chr
  • Federal judge wants Baton Rouge Police to have better reasons to strip-search people

    Federal judge wants Baton Rouge Police to have better reasons to strip-search people
    BATON ROUGE — A federal judge ruled Friday that the Baton Rouge Police Department's policy of strip-searching people based on mere suspicions is unconstitutional and ordered the agency to stop conducting them if the circumstances weren't appropriate.U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick said the U.S. Supreme Court has "plainly held" that probable cause is needed to go beyond the frisking or pat-down of a person being held during a temporary investigation.BRPD's policy fails to meet that sta
  • Federal judge says Baton Rouge Police strip-search policy goes too far

    Federal judge says Baton Rouge Police strip-search policy goes too far
    BATON ROUGE — A federal judge ruled Friday that the Baton Rouge Police Department's policy of strip-searching people based on mere suspicions is unconstitutional and ordered the agency to stop conducting them if the circumstances weren't appropriate.U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick said the U.S. Supreme Court has "plainly held" that probable cause is needed to go beyond the frisking or pat-down of a person being held during a temporary investigation.BRPD's policy fails to meet that sta
  • Petitions filed to remove five EBR School Board members following stagnant superintendent vote

    Petitions filed to remove five EBR School Board members following stagnant superintendent vote
    BATON ROUGE — A group of parents and school employees filed recall petitions Friday against five East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members after the district's search for a new superintendent went stagnant. The following school board members had petitions filed for their recall with the Secretary of State's office: 
    - Mark Bellue (District 1)
    - Nathan Rust (District 6)
    - Michael Gaudet (District 7)
    - Emily Soulé (District 8)
    - Patrick Martin (District 9
  • Federal court delays hearing for man accused in killing of Loranger woman and daughter

    Federal court delays hearing for man accused in killing of Loranger woman and daughter
    NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has delayed an arraignment for accused murder Daniel Callihan so prosecutors and defense lawyers can process evidence and refine potential charges to be filed in the case.Callihan, 36, is accused in Louisiana and Mississippi state courts with killing Callie Brunett, 35, at her Loranger home and kidnapping her two young daughters. Erin Brunett, 4, was found dead near Jackson, Mississippi, last month.Callihan had been due in federal court Friday on allegati
  • Paul Skenes announced as starting pitcher for National Team in MLB All-Star Game

    Paul Skenes announced as starting pitcher for National Team in MLB All-Star Game
    ARLINGTON, Texas — Former LSU pitcher Paul Skenes will be the starting pitcher for the National League at the MLB All-Star Game next week.Skenes, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will start at the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas, the Pirates announced Friday. According to LSU, former LSU players have been selected for the All-Star Game 26 times.He was previously selected for the team on Sunday.Skenes has a 1.9 earned run average and 89 strikeouts with the P
  • 2MAD: 10th Annual Hygiene for Humanity Drive

    2MAD: 10th Annual Hygiene for Humanity Drive
    BATON ROUGE - This week's 2 Make a Difference shows off two organizations trying to help those in need obtain basic necessities in the 10th Annual Hygiene for Humanity Drive.Anyone interested in highlighting someone making a difference in the community, send a name, information and a brief summary to [email protected]| Comments
  • BRFD responds to early morning fire on Saint Katherine Avenue

    BRFD responds to early morning fire on Saint Katherine Avenue
    BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge Fire responded to a house fire on Saint Katherine Avenue near Airline Highway early Friday morning, officials said.Firefighters received a call about the fire around 2:09 a.m. and found the home with fire and smoke coming from the front room of the house. Firefighters entered the house around 2:15 and contained the fire within 10 minutes.According to Baton Rouge Fire, the home sustained smoke and water damage estimated at $30,000. Investigators are still work
  • Bayou Motor Fest revving its way downtown this weekend

    Bayou Motor Fest revving its way downtown this weekend
    BATON ROUGE - The annual Bayou Motor Fest Car Show is revving its way into the weekend.The event will be 12p-6p on Saturday the 13th at the Raising Canes River Center downtown.Over 100 cars and motorcycles will be present.Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids and can be purchased online.Permalink| Comments
  • Happening today! Jambalaya lunch to benefit Friends of the Animals during the Dog Days of Summer

    Happening today! Jambalaya lunch to benefit Friends of the Animals during the Dog Days of Summer
    BATON ROUGE - It's the Dog Days of Summer! While Dr. Josh Eachus typically meets with pups available for adoption every Friday, today will be slightly different: there will be a jambalaya lunch benefitting the shelter. Come out to Towne Center for an $8 plate lunch at the Essential Credit Union. Ticket presales are available on our website, and proceeds will go toward Friends of the Animals, helping out a local shelter and their mission to find homes for every pet. You can fin
  • Detectives release video of drive-by shooting, hoping to find suspects

    Detectives release video of drive-by shooting, hoping to find suspects
    HAMMOND - Detectives released video of a drive-by shooting that left no one injured, but damaged a home and the two vehicles parked there. The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. on July 7. Security footage of the incident shows a person get out of the passenger side of a vehicle before shooting at a home near the corner of Pleasant Road Ridge Extension and Sisters Road.The two residents of the home said they heard more than ten gunshots through their walls and windows. The s

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