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  • Murder charges against Egypt's Mubarak dismissed

    November 29, 2014 6:35 PM

    CAIRO (AP) - A judge dismissed murder charges Saturday against former President Hosni Mubarak and acquitted his security chief over the killing of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising, crushing any hope of a judicial reckoning on behalf of the hundreds victims of the revolt that toppled him. Yet instead of... more »
  • Charges against bombing suspects' pals questioned

    July 6, 2014 5:38 PM

    BOSTON (AP) - In the weeks after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, prosecutors charged three of the surviving suspect's friends with obstructing the investigation or lying to authorities. More than a year later, they charged a fourth friend with deleting computer files and... more »
  • French charges for man accused of tossing kitten

    February 3, 2014 6:27 AM

    PARIS (AP) - Officials say a 24-year-old man accused of throwing a kitten high into the air and uploading a video clip of the act to his Facebook profile faces up to two years in prison and a 30,000-euro ($40,500) fine. The accused faces charges of animal cruelty Monday in... more »
  • Principal Cleared in Simple Battery Investigation

    August 23, 2013 6:28 PM

    Carencro Police say a crime was not committed by Carencro Middle School Principal Spurgeon Banyard. Police are no longer investigating an alleged case of simple battery at the school. A student, Roy Clark claims the principal scratched his face and busted his lip. A police report was filed on... more »
  • Parents Facing Charges for Children's Crimes

    June 18, 2013 6:35 PM

    Parents in Grand Coteau are facing charges for the crimes their kids are accused of. It's the police department's way of cutting down on a spike in juvenile crime since school has let out. Assistant Police Chief Mike Buck says only a handful of kids are causing problems here... more »
  • Federal charges filed alleged bank fraud scheme

    June 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Baton Rouge businessmen are charged with bank fraud in what federal prosecutors say involved over $368,000 in loans they obtained for construction of a fitness center that did not open. Court records show Matthew Scott Bernard is charged two counts of bank fraud and... more »
  • DeQuincy man faces stalking-related charges

    May 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 42-year-old DeQuincy man is facing dozens of stalking-related charges after officials allege he followed the Glenmora-area victim throughout Rapides Parish. Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk the complaint against Daniel Aaron Christensen was made on May 3, alleging that Christensen had followed the... more »
  • Officials arrest man on child porn charges

    April 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State attorney general's investigators have arrested a 30-year-old Baton Rouge man for allegedly keeping more than 25 images of child pornography on electronic devices at his home. The Advocate reports Bradley Bourque was booked Saturday on 25 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Authorities searched Bourque's... more »
  • French judges keep Strauss-Kahn pimping charges

    December 19, 2012 9:13 AM

    PARIS (AP) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn's legal problems are not over. French judges decided Wednesday not to drop pimping charges against the former International Monetary Fund chief, according to his lawyers, who had sought to have the case thrown out. They quickly vowed to appeal. Strauss-Kahn, 63, is fresh off a... more »
  • UK: PM's ex-aide, others face bribery charges

    November 20, 2012 6:00 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Officials have charged the British prime minister's former media aide and the ex-chief of Rupert Murdoch's News International with bribery offenses. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday that Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were among four people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.... more »
  • St. Amant man faces porn charges

    June 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    ST. AMANT, La. (AP) - State police and Ascension Parish sheriff's detectives have arrested a 29-year-old St. Amant man on child pornography counts. The Advocate reports detectives searched the home of Brandon Mayers on Wednesday and found several images "indicative of child pornography" on his computer. Mayers was booked into... more »
  • Toney charges search of home, car safe illegal

    June 15, 2012 9:56 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney has asked a federal judge to suppress any evidence the government obtained through a "warrantless and illegal search" of his vehicle, office and safe. In a court document filed this week, Toney argues that the search was conducted by Ouachita Parish... more »
  • Feds drop charges that ex-cop sold stolen goods

    June 4, 2012 7:07 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against a former Monroe police officer who had been accused of putting 14,000 stolen items for sale on eBay. The News-Star reports that U.S. District Judge Robert James granted a prosecution motion Friday to dismiss without prejudice all charges against... more »
  • Man faces charges in church burglaries

    May 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 39-year-old Alexandria man has been arrested in connection with two church burglaries. The Town Talk reports Steven Langley was arrested by the Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies and book with two counts of burglary of a religious building. The investigation began on May 23 with the... more »
  • DA drops charges against former sheriff candidate

    May 23, 2012 9:01 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - Charges against former St. Helena Parish sheriff candidate Frederick D. Bell of Kentwood for alleged insurance fraud and theft have been rejected by the district attorney's office. Assistant District Attorney Angel Monistere tells The Advocate the charges were dropped based on insufficient evidence. The 36-year-old Bell... more »
  • Hammond couple indicted on tax evasion charges

    May 16, 2012 6:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has indicted a Hammond couple on tax evasion charges in connection with a business they ran that got Medicaid funds. The Louisiana Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that Cassandra N. Dangerfield and Eric Dangerfield were indicted on felony... more »
  • Shreveport man faces bank fraud charges

    May 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport man faces charges of bank fraud, accused of a financial crime scheme that netted him more than $18,000. The Times reports 34-year-old Anthony Guidry was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on Monday after his arrest by Caddo Sheriff's Detective Bobby Herring. The sheriff's... more »
  • Opelousas Mayor Facing Ethics Violation Charges

    May 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    The Louisiana Board of Ethics is charging Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins, Sr. with allegedly violating state law because he failed to report income he received from the Louisiana Teacher Retirement System. According to Louisiana law, elected officials must file an accurate financial statement every year, reporting income received by... more »
  • Marksville couple booked on drug charges

    April 10, 2012 9:55 AM

    MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Avoyelles Parish deputies have charged a Marksville couple with multiple drug and weapons charges resulting from an investigation of alleged illegal drug trafficking. Sheriff Doug Anderson tells The Town Talk 42-year-old Wayne Dauzat and 22-year-old Tiffany Jeansonne were arrested after investigators seized a quantity... more »
  • Former Livingston official booked on drug charges

    April 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    SATSUMA, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says a former parish councilman and four other people were arrested on drug charges after a search turned up 1,700 prescription pain pills at the home of the former official. Chief Deputy Jason Ard told WBRZ-TV on Thursday that deputies found... more »
  • Man faces theft charges over iPads

    February 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Marksville police say an Avoyelles Parish School District employee was arrested on charges of theft. The Town Talk reports 42-year-old Robert Gaspard Jr. of Marksville was booked Tuesday with felony theft and malfeasance. Police say three district-owned iPads were stolen. Authorities said Gaspard allegedly sold the... more »
  • Man pleads not guilty to sex crime charges

    January 24, 2012 10:55 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 45-year-old Sulphur man accused of committing sex crimes against juveniles has pleaded not guilty in state district court. The American Press reports Damon T. Skipper was indicted on one count of aggravated rape, along with his wife, 33-year-old Janice R. Skipper, on Jan 5.... more »
  • No murder charges; man, boy fired in self-defense

    January 17, 2012 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police say two people will not be arrested after shooting three drug dealers and killing one, because they fired in self-defense. Police spokesman, Cpl. L'Jean McKneely says 25-year-old Robert Heard was shot and killed Saturday after he and two other men tried to rob 26-year-old... more »
  • Pair booked on drug and hunting charges

    December 26, 2011 9:22 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A pair of Monroe men have been arrested and accused of making illegal narcotics and claiming to be hunting. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested 32-year-old Joshua Sinclair and 19-year-old Caleb Brantley on Friday. The News Star ( ) says the men were booked into Ouachita... more »
  • Bishop Harmon acquitted of charges

    December 15, 2011 11:34 AM

    Local Pastor of True Vine Ministries, Bishop Jarvis Harmon, Sr. has, in fact, been acquitted of domestic battery charges after his trial at Lafayette City Court yesterday. The charges stem from an incident with his ex-wife, Victoria Harmon, at True Vine Ministries on September 27, 2010. On that evening,... more »
  • Rapper B.G. Indicted on Gun, Conspiracy Charges

    May 20, 2011 7:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted New Orleans rapper B.G. on gun and conspiracy charges. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says according to Thursday's indictment, the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Christopher Dorsey, faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and... more »
  • Lil Wayne's Guards Face Cop Impersonation Charges

    April 14, 2011 12:01 PM

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Two security guards face charges of impersonating police officers after they escorted rapper Lil Wayne to an Indiana nightclub. 43-year-old Ronald Andre Harrod and 23-year-old Larry Lee Richardson of Indianapolis wore police-type uniforms and gun belts as they escorted Lil Wayne to a Bloomington nightclub Wednesday.... more »
  • Ville Platte Agent Faces 7 Charges

    February 1, 2011 8:45 AM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - A Ville Platte insurance agent has been arrested and had his license suspended. Tuesday, 65-year-old John Melvin Lavergne was arrested by state police on seven counts of Prohibited Acts and Unfair Trade Practices. He was also served by Department of Insurance Fraud Section investigators with... more »
  • Ethics Charges Dropped

    January 23, 2011 1:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics has dismissed charges that former Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus retaliated against three employees because they were "whistle-blowers." According to Saturday's Times, Mike Dupree, deputy general counsel for the board, said a higher standard of proof required for convicting public officials... more »
  • Charges Filed in Pie-in-Face Case

    December 31, 2010 5:02 PM

    BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An anti-war protester who hit Michigan Sen. Carl Levin in the face with an apple pie has been charged with assault. An indictment filed Thursday charges Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater with two counts of assault against the Democrat while he was meeting with constituents in... more »
  • Drunk Driving Charges Still Pending for Bus Driver

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM

    Drunk driving charges are still pending for a Lafayette Parish bus driver, leaving his job up in the air. The Lafayette Parish School Board tabled the motion to return the bus driver to work at Wednesday night's meeting. Kenny Mire was arrested in October 2009 for driving while intoxicated off-duty.... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police Officer Arrest on Drug Charges

    November 11, 2010 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested one of their own officers on drug charges. An arrest warrant says Cpl. John Conrad Dauthier, a nine-year veteran of the police department, allegedly used prescriptions he obtained online to illegally receive a painkiller from five separate out-of-state pharmacies. Sgt.... more »
  • Marksville man arrested on sex charges

    October 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputies say a 52-year-old Marksville man has been arrested on sex charges involving children. Allen Chris Gintz was arrested Wednesday after Avoyelles authorities received a complaint of suspected sexual abuse involving children. Officials executed a search warrant at the Gintz's home after a... more »
  • Boyce woman faces kidnapping charges

    October 14, 2010 10:40 AM

    BOYCE, La. (AP) - Rapides Parish sheriff's officials have arrested a 27-year-old Boyce woman after she allegedly kidnapped a 1-year-old child. Thursday that Natasha Starks faces one count of simple kidnapping and simple battery. Deputies tell the newspaper that Starks allegedly forced a vehicle to stop on La. Highway 121... more »
  • DNA Match Leads to Charges in vehicle burglary

    October 7, 2010 11:21 AM

    The Opelousas Police Dept. is glad to report that two cases have been closed as a result of efficient and dedicated investigations by members of the Special Operations Section. John Hiram Buff had been in the Opelousas Police Dept. jail since July 27, 2010, for the theft of some copper... more »
  • St. Edmund Council Member is Asked to Resign

    October 6, 2010 7:23 PM

    A member of the St. Edmund Catholic School advisory council in Eunice is asked to resign in the wake of criminal charges. The incident first happened in February at a tanning salon in Lafayette. Parents at St. Edmund Catholic School said they were surprised to hear a member of... more »
  • Waterproof's ex-top cop faces corruption charges

    September 27, 2010 9:18 PM

    ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - Former Waterproof police chief Miles Jenkins faces trial on felony corruption charges and sentencing on unrelated assault charges within two days next month. Jenkins was convicted last week of hitting a woman he pulled over for speeding and the Tensas Parish sheriff's deputy who came... 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 »
  • Former NO airport director faces federal charges

    August 27, 2010 9:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former airport director at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport faces criminal charges in an alleged case of Katrina fraud. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Sean Hunter, 44, and his wife, Shauna Crowden Hunter, were charged in a bill of information Friday with conspiracy to... more »
  • 22 new Katrina fraud charges announced

    August 26, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina a few days away, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced the latest round of fraud cases arising from the storm. Letten outlined charges Thursday against 22 people accused of bilking government agenciquaor aid programs out of amounts ranging from $2,000... more »
  • Charges Dropped on Jockque Ewing Randell

    August 26, 2010 2:11 PM

    A No True Bill for aggravated rape was filed by the Grand Jury, determining that the evidence did not support a criminal charge against Jockque Ewing Randell, 29, Opelousas LA. On August 24, 2010, the St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th... more »
  • Rod Blagojevich Brother Dismissed of Charges

    August 26, 2010 2:02 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to go back on trial in early January, but he will stand alone as a defendant this time after prosecutors dismissed all corruption charges against his brother on Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said Rod Blagojevich's retrial will... more »
  • Man Arrested For Burglary Charges

    August 19, 2010 6:06 PM

    On August 19, 2010 officers with the Carencro Police Department responded to a burglary in progress call in the 100 block of St. John Street. Upon arrival officers located a black male suspect who was in the process of allegedly burglarizing a home. The suspect fled the area on foot... more »
  • Apple Manager Indicted in CA on Kickback Charges

    August 15, 2010 3:39 PM

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - A manager at Apple Inc. has been indicted by a federal grand jury in an alleged kickback scheme involving suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories. Authorities say 37-year-old Paul Shin Devine was arrested on Friday on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. The Sunnyvale... more »
  • Couple Face Charges After Bank Robbery

    August 6, 2010 8:49 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Police say a homeless man and his pregnant girlfriend are accused of leaving her 3-year-old special-needs child alone in an Alexandria motel room while they went to commit a bank heist. Police booked 36-year-old Jason Jackson, from Jefferson Parish, with armed robbery and three counts of... more »
  • Murder Charges Filed in Fatal Home Invasion

    August 4, 2010 9:30 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two men accused of home invasion are also booked with second-degree murder because the home's resident shot and killed their alleged accomplice. Alexandria police said that 19-year-old Marlon Chaney and 20-year-old Warren O'Connor face the charge because they were attempting armed robbery when 24-year-old Darwin Johnson... more »
  • Charges Filed in Fatal Boating Accident

    July 16, 2010 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested the operator of a boat for his role in the deaths of three of his passengers on Lake Maurepas during the Memorial Day weekend. 25-year-old Blake Carronna was booked Tuesday on three counts of negligent homicide. Agents say... more »
  • Deputy Booked With More Than 500 Charges

    June 13, 2010 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy was booked Saturday on hundreds of counts of evidence tampering, weapons violations and drug offenses. State Police said Louis Lambert, 47, was arrested Friday afternoon. He was booked at the Assumption Parish Jail. The arrest capped a three-month investigation into... more »
  • Elementary Teacher Arrested on Drug Charges

    May 25, 2010 9:24 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Fairview Elementary School teacher resigned and was arrested after bringing illegal prescription drugs to school. The American Press reports 38-year-old Kelly McMichael Fontenot of Ragley was booked with two counts of possession of a Schedule IV drug, one count of possession of... more »
  • Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

    May 20, 2010 9:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 41-year-old New Orleans contractor charged with two counts of felony theft for work he didn't do for Hurricane Katrina victims pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 10 years on each count. Kevin Meadows was also ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution during Wednesday's plea... more »
  • Opelousas Man Booked On Drug Charges

    May 6, 2010 1:05 PM

    An Opelousas man was booked into jail on drug charges after a tip was called into Lafayette metro narcotics. Chad Pitre was arrested at a home on Racca Road in Youngsville. Agents say Pitre was found with 8 grams of meth, 2 grams of marijuana and muscle relaxers. ... more »
  • Rayne Man Arrested for Multiple Charges

    May 3, 2010 1:57 PM

    During the early night of April 30, 2010, Rayne Police Officers observed Brian A. Henny, 25, who was wanted for possession of property stolen from area residents and/or businesses. Brian Henny attempted to flee from officers and after an electronic control device was deployed, was taken into custody. When arrested,... more »
  • Suspect In Slayings Of 11 Women Indicted On New Charges

    April 1, 2010 12:56 PM

    CLEVELAND (AP) - A prosecutor says a suspect in the slayings of 11 women in Cleveland has been indicted on new charges involving an attack on another woman. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason tells The Associated Press that 50-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) was charged Thursday with the rape, felonious assault... more »
  • William Broussard Indicted On Shooting Charges

    March 25, 2010 11:17 AM

    UPDATE: William Roger Broussard has been indicted in the case involving a shooting on Friendship Street in Lafayette. -------------------------------- A local man is in custody this morning charged with 2nd Degree Murder, following a shooting at 216 Friendship Street. On Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 7:51pm, police responded... more »
  • Opelousas man arrested in illegal dumping case

    February 19, 2010 6:21 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The director of a company that operates several wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana has been arrested on charges he allowed untreated wastewater to be illegally dumped. The state Department of Environmental Quality said 57-year-old Joseph L. Jones, of Opelousas, faces 12 felony charges involving alleged violations... more »
  • Charges Downgraded For Alleged Killer Denna Decuir

    January 11, 2010 5:00 PM

    A Vermilion Parish woman learned her fate for the alleged killing of her ex husband. Today, 45-year-old Denna Decuir plead guilty to a manslaughter for the January of 2009 killing of 60 year Milton Decuir. Decuir was originally on trial for second degree murder but the charges were downgraded... more »
  • More Burglary Charges For Crowley Men

    December 22, 2009 9:10 AM

    Additional charges have been filed on 2 Crowley men in connection with a rash of vehicle and residential burglaries. Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson stated, " Our investigators are continuing their investigation into the string of burglaries which led to the arrest of Brock Simon and Dustin Ashworth last... more »
  • Opelousas Man Arrested On Drug Charges

    December 10, 2009 5:19 PM

    On Thursday 12-10-2009 the Opelousas Police Department's Crime Suppression Team along with the SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 607 East Jefferson Street in reference to drugs being sold from that residence. Officers located approximately 30 crack rocks with a street value of $600.00 as well as a small... more »
  • Eunice teen arrested after high-speed chase

    November 13, 2009 12:06 PM

    Eunice Police arrested 18-year-old Corey Pitre for a multitude of charges. Officers say Pitre is charged with illegal possession of stolen things, 2 counts of flight from an officer, driving wrong way on divided highway or roadway, 3 counts of running a stop sign, driving on shoulder, reckless operation of... more »
  • Lawyer: Colorado balloon boy parents to plead guilty

    November 12, 2009 2:38 PM

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The attorney for a Colorado father who reported his son floated away in a helium balloon says his client and the boy's mother could spend time in jail. Lawyer David Lane says both parents will plead guilty to some charges in the case. He earlier... more »
  • Ville Platte deputy arrested on drug charges

    October 30, 2009 9:20 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested on drug charges. Deputy Chris LeJeune of Ville Platte was arrested this week as part of a joint operation between the St. Landry and Evangeline Parish sheriff's offices. Jimmy Darbonne with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Man given 50-year term in deputy shooting

    October 16, 2009 7:47 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old Lafayette man has been sentenced to 50 years in the 2007 shooting of a Vermilion Parish patrol officer. Kenneth Clark was sentenced Wednesday on one count of attempted first-degree murder. A trial jury found Clark guilty Aug. 19. The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department said... more »
  • Two Youngsville Dog Owners Sue LSPCA

    October 15, 2009 5:36 PM

    Two Youngsville dog breeders are suing the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Floyd and Guy Boudreaux faced dog-fighting charges last year and 57 of their dogs were confiscated and euthanized. Both were acquitted of the crime and are now seeking an undisclosed amount for loss... more »
  • Allen Parish DA to Conclude Charges in Ledet Case

    September 24, 2009 8:41 AM

    A decision is expected soon in the case involving zydeco musician Rosie Ledet. The Allen Parish district attorney is expected to decide whether charges will be filed within the week. Rosie Ledet could be charged with unlawful disposal of human remains. She's accused of giving birth to what is thought... more »

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