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  • Former Jindal chief of staff becoming a lobbyist

    March 6, 2014 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, says he's opening his own lobbying and consulting firm. Rainwater left the Jindal administration this week after serving most recently as chief of staff. Prior to that job, he had worked for the Republican governor as... more »
  • Duson Police Chief On Indefinite Leave

    February 21, 2014 9:17 PM

    Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew is on leave from the department indefinitely. It's a decision that came Friday morning, in a special town council meeting called by Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux. That meeting entered executive session, so the reason for Andrew's leave is not being released. When reached by phone... more »
  • Port Allen chief seeks funds for new police cars

    February 10, 2014 8:41 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The purchase of vehicles for the Port Allen Police Department will take center stage as the City Council ponders whether to amend the recently adopted 2013-14 budget in order to give Police Chief Esdron Brown more than $200,000 to replace a portion of his distressed... more »
  • Sentencing for former Jennings chief on hold

    December 31, 2013 8:13 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A sentencing date has not been set for a former Jennings police chief accused of taking drugs and money from the police department's evidence room. Fifty-three-year-old Johnny Lassiter pleaded guilty to two counts of malfeasance in November. Charges of theft over $1,500, obstruction of justice and... more »
  • Lafourche Parish schools chief to get new SUV

    October 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews will receive a new $40,668 white Ford Expedition soon thanks to the district's taxpayers. Business Manager Don Gaudet says the vehicle, which will serve as her personal and professional transportation, will be the second one purchased by the school... more »
  • Sterlington asst. police chief indicted

    May 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Sterlington Assistant Police Chief Todd Newton has been indicted by a Ouachita Parish grand jury in connection with an investigation into the sale of fake "moonshine" to minors. The News-Star reports the indictment follows a joint investigation by state and federal authorities into allegations that Newton... more »
  • ATC chief says he's saving $1M with staff changes

    October 11, 2012 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert says he expects to save $1 million budgeted to his agency, by trimming staff and making other cuts. Hebert told The Advocate that he's on track to spend roughly 85 percent of his $6.5 million annual budget... more »
  • Chief: Stolen items website a success

    October 5, 2012 10:23 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A new website launched last month by the Opelousas Police Department to help the rightful owners to recover their stolen property is producing results. Police Chief Perry Gallow tells The Daily World he personally returned the first item, a weed eater, to Diane Pellerin this week.... more »
  • Tribe's new principal chief: unify, educate

    September 24, 2012 6:48 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Unity and education can help bring federal acceptance that the Atakapa-Ishak tribe is a living entity, says its new principal chief. Edward Chretien Jr., who became the principal chief of the tribe in May, says he has applied for federal acknowledgement of the tribe, which... more »
  • Ex-fire chief faces new sex counts

    August 3, 2012 8:17 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Investigators have brought new counts of indecent behavior with juvenile girls against a former Holden fire chief arrested and booked Monday with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile girl. Lori Steele, a spokeswoman for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, tells The Advocate one of the latest... more »
  • Panels plan for Zachary school chief search

    July 6, 2012 7:36 AM

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) - The Zachary Community School District's Executive Committee has decided the school board should appoint three committees to work out the details of searching for a new superintendent. The Advocate reports Superintendent Warren Drake announced last week he plans to leave Sept. 4 to take a new... more »
  • Economic authority chief urges tax break for store

    May 15, 2012 9:11 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Economic Development Authority officials are asking the parish council to approve a tax break for a planned Kohl's department store. The Courier reports the authority wants Kohl's to benefit from breaks on sales and use taxes for the equipment it would use during construction. The... more »
  • Iberville school chief suggests new starting times

    May 15, 2012 9:06 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Iberville Parish School Superintendent Ed Cancienne has proposed a plan to reverse start times of the district's elementary and high school students in the upcoming school year. The Advocate reportsplan got a lukewarm reception from school board members Monday night. Cancienne told the board he wants... more »
  • Mamou police chief sued by ex-dispatcher

    May 8, 2012 8:33 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former radio dispatcher with the Mamou Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit against the city's police chief. Pamela Manual alleges she was arrested without a warrant in May 2011 and held in the town's jail for three days without food, running water and access... more »
  • Webster Parish fire chief arrested

    April 18, 2012 9:58 AM

    MINDEN, La. (AP) - Another Webster Parish fire chief has been arrested - making five parish chiefs arrested in the past five years. Tuesday's arrest of 47-year-old David W. Camp on charges of improper spending came just hours before a counterpart in a neighboring district resigned amid a criminal investigation... more »
  • Ex-school board chief indicted in theft case

    March 30, 2012 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The former executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association is accused of helping a longtime employee conceal her alleged theft of money from the statewide association. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Nolton J. Senegal Sr. of Rayne Thursday... more »
  • Jennings Police Chief & Mayor React to Documentary

    March 1, 2012 11:09 PM

    A documentary called "Dark Minds" airing on Investigative Discovery features the Jennings 8 murder case and to some, it might seem like the program drags law enforcement through the mud. After a full hour, "Dark Minds" creator M. William Phelps explored every possible theory on who killed eight women... more »
  • Youngsville chief to get power to pick assistant

    February 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - The Youngsville City Council has adopted a resolution that would give the police chief the power to appoint his second-in-command even after the city implements a fire and police civil service board. Mayor Wilson B. Viator Jr. tells The Advocate the move toward a civil service... more »
  • Mayor, police chief say be nice during Carnival

    February 9, 2012 9:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As the parade season gets underway in New Orleans this weekend, and the mayor and police chief are asking people to practice three things - common sense, common courtesy and common safety. Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday said the combination would make Mardi Gras more fun... more »
  • Del. Guard chief sees minimal cuts to Air Guard

    February 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - When Air Force officials cut almost 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, the Delaware Air National Guard should fare better than other units around the country, according to the state's Guard chief. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala... more »
  • East Baton Rouge schools chief search to take time

    January 16, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The search for the next East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent is taking longer than expected and could easily stretch into February. Six semifinalists are from Baton Rouge, Del Rio, Texas; Baltimore; Conyers, Ga.; the North Carolina education department, and Charleston County, S.C The Advocate... more »
  • Mermentau Council Seeks to Remove Police Chief

    December 12, 2011 11:21 PM

    The Mermentau police chief is in hot water, after being arrested last week in Crowley. Monday night the Mermentau Village Council heard complaints from citizens and decided what action, if any, they can take. Police Chief Amber Dubois was noticeably missing from Monday night's meeting. But she still managed... more »
  • Pine Prairie Chief Takes Temporary Job Out of State

    November 15, 2011 11:02 PM

    Pine Prairie Police Chief Todd Ortis has been out for almost a week, and his absence has stirred up mixed feelings. That's because while he's on another job, he's still collecting a pay check from the city. According to officers, Ortis has been out since last Wednesday because he... more »
  • WikiLeaks chief memoir published, against his will

    September 21, 2011 10:55 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A long-awaited memoir by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finally being published - without his approval. British publisher Canongate said Wednesday that the book, billed as an "unauthorized autobiography," will be for sale in stores and online Thursday. Last year Canongate paid Assange, 40, a large sum... more »
  • Baton Rouge chief wants 3 new posts

    September 21, 2011 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In an effort to make the Baton Rouge Police Department more accountable, Chief Dewayne White is asking the Metro Council to create three deputy chief positions. "I hope the Metro Council agrees that these positions are paramount to the success of this agency," White told... more »
  • NASCAR chief headlines security conference

    July 4, 2011 6:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NASCAR president Mike Helton will deliver a keynote address at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans. More than 400 security professionals are expected for the second annual conference, which is sponsored by the National Center for... more »
  • Chief, advocate meet over tire investigation

    June 24, 2011 9:48 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Thibodaux's police chief and a local civil rights leader say they both were satisfied after a talk about allegations of police harassment. The Daily Comet reports that the men's Wednesday meeting was prompted by accusations that city police have been targeting black residents during the search... more »
  • Former Police Chief Passes Away

    May 7, 2011 11:34 PM

    A former Kaplan police chief has passed away. Thomas "Tommy" Guidry has died, after a battle with cancer. Visitation will be at Vincent Funeral Home, in Kaplan Sunday from 9 am until 10 at night.
  • 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 »
  • New police chief for NO bridge

    January 19, 2011 8:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Peter E. Maggiore has been hired as the chief of the Crescent City Connection police force. According to a Wednesday news release, Maggiore served as deputy chief for the bridge's police department since 2008. The bridge police are responsible for providing security and traffic management for... more »
  • Krotz Springs Moving Forward With New Mayor and Police Chief

    January 3, 2011 11:57 PM

    Krotz Springs officially got a new mayor and chief of police Monday night, but not before more than half of the police department resigned. New Chief Norman Mouille said the department might be shorthanded right now, but not without help. "We're going to work with Chief Mouille, train his officers,... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans tech chief pleads guilty

    November 1, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former technology chief for the City of New Orleans pleaded guilty Monday in a fraud scheme that prosecutors said brought him more than $860,000 in bribes and kickbacks, paid by a businessman to whom he allegedly steered $4 million in city contracts. Greg Meffert, at... more »
  • Former Kenner Police Chief Sal Lentini dies

    October 29, 2010 9:44 PM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - Salvador J. Lentini, who served 28 years as Kenner's police chief, has died after a long illness. A spokesman for the City of Kenner, Emile LaFourcade, says Lentini died Thursday at Canon Hospice. He was 87. Kenner's current police chief, Steven Caraway, worked under Lentini for... more »
  • LITE Chief Executive Officer Henry Florsheim leaving Lafayette

    October 25, 2010 10:42 AM

    October 22, 2010 - LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Henry Florsheim, has accepted the position of President/CEO for the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, where he will lead the chamber and direct economic development for Union County, Ark. "Leaving Lafayette is bittersweet,... more »
  • BR tech chief resigns amid kickback probe

    October 11, 2010 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge's city-parish technology director has resigned after his name surfaced in a federal probe involving an alleged kickback scheme linked to a crime-camera company. The Advocate said Mayor-president Kip Holden last week accepted Don Evans' resignation, which is effective Oct. 31. In the meantime,... more »
  • Travel advice from former Homeland Security Chief

    October 4, 2010 7:35 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says Americans planning trips to Europe need to pay close attention to the security alert for Europe. Chertoff, who headed the agency during the Bush administration,tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that the State Department's alert means tourists should take commonsense precautions,... more »
  • RESULTS Vermilion Parish Election 2010

    October 3, 2010 12:18 AM

    Election results are in for Vermilion Parish. Voters ousted the incumbent mayor in Maurice. Newcomer Wayne Theriot defeated Robert Ferguson on Saturday night. Maurice voters keep their Police Chief. Warren Rost has been in the office more than two decades. Here's a look at the final numbers:... more »
  • Departing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is Saying Goodbye to the White House

    October 1, 2010 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Departing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is saying goodbye to the White House and President Barack Obama. Without specifically mentioning the Chicago mayor's race he intends to enter, Emanuel told Obama he's "energized by the prospect of new challenges." And he said he's eager to see what... more »
  • Financial Bailout Chief Announces Resignation

    September 22, 2010 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Herb Allison, the head of the government's $700 billion financial bailout program, is resigning. Allison says in a letter to his colleagues in the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Stability that they had accomplished a great deal. He said that the bailout fund, known as the Troubled... more »
  • Pineville's New Chief of Police is to be decided in October

    September 20, 2010 10:47 AM

    PINEVILLE, La. - Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields has finished initial interviews with all seven candidates to become the city's next chief of police. Fields says, that he completed all of the interviews on Thursday and will spend this week evaluating the candidates before likely narrowing down the field to several... more »
  • Interviews Completed: Pineville Chief Decision Coming in Oct.

    September 20, 2010 8:01 AM

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields has finished initial interviews with all seven candidates to become the city's next chief of police. Fields says that he completed all of the interviews on Thursday and will spend this week evaluating the candidates before likely narrowing down the field to... more »
  • Woman Booked in Boyfriend's Death

    September 16, 2010 11:13 AM

    Ascension Parish authorities have arrested a 22-year-old woman in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. Sheriff's Chief Criminal Deputy Tony Bacala says deputies were called to investigate reports of a stabbing at a Donaldsonville mobile home park Tuesday night. When they arrived, Bacala said deputies found 38-year-old Brian Keith Norris... more »
  • UPDATE: Opelousas Girl Hit by Stray Bullet

    September 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    New Information: Police are now looking for 17 year old Casey Rubin of Opelousas. They say he is considered a person of interest. The other man they took into custody last night has been released and is not facing any charges. Meantime, the 8 year old victim is... more »
  • Investigator clears acting Houma chief

    September 10, 2010 9:18 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - A special investigator has concluded that a sexual harassment allegation against acting Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis was not warranted. Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government has chosen not to take any action against Duplantis. The parish ordered the investigation. A complaint to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity... more »
  • Youngsville's Campaign Vandals

    September 9, 2010 5:29 PM

    On October 2nd, Youngsville's voters will head to the polls and choose representatives for Police Chief, the Mayor's office and City Council. With the election under a month away, the campaign trail can be pretty hot. Take a drive through Acadiana and you can't miss them; they're campaign signs, but... more »
  • Port Allen mayor, police chief indicted

    September 1, 2010 9:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Port Allen's mayor and police chief have been indicted on federal racketeering charges for allegedly taking bribes from businesspeople. The charges against Mayor Derek Lewis and Police Chief Frederick Smith in Wednesday's 22-count indictment include violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, mail fraud... more »
  • UNO police chief hurt, 2 held in protest scuffle

    September 1, 2010 9:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two people were arrested and the University of New Orleans campus police chief was injured Wednesday in a scuffle with members of a crowd that refused to leave the administration building after a student protest against deep budget cuts. Police Chief Tim Harrington left the scene... more »
  • Burglary Boost

    August 26, 2010 6:32 PM

    Burglars are terrorizing an Iberia Pariah town. Jeanerette police and marshals are working with residents to catch the criminals. Thursday, local officials held a town hall meeting to reassure the community that they are working to keep them safe. "We hear your cry we feel your frustration, we're frustrated.... more »
  • Ex-FEMA Chief Plans Live Broadcasts in New Orleans

    August 24, 2010 8:10 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown is taking his Denver radio show on the road for live broadcasts from New Orleans in advance of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Brown will broadcast his political talk show that airs on KOA-AM Wednesday and Thursday evening. The fifth anniversary... more »
  • New Chief Plans to Cleanup NOPD, City Crime

    August 23, 2010 6:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man charged with cleaning up both the New Orleans Police Department and the city's violent crime has a plan and a warning for his officers - "if you lie, you die." In the wake an investigation that left 18 current or former officers facing federal... more »
  • Former NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe Remains in Critical Condition

    August 11, 2010 11:53 AM

    The Associated Press reports that former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe is in critical condition after the plane crash that claimed the life of former Sen. Ted Stevens. O'Keefe and his son Kevin - who also survived Monday's crash and is listed in serious condition - suffered broken bones and other... more »
  • Lafayette Board to Grade Schools Chief

    August 3, 2010 9:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board will evaluate Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's performance at its regular meeting Wednesday. Lemoine has received high marks on past evaluations. His contract is set to expire Dec. 31, the same day the current board's term expires. The school board also will take... more »
  • Monroe Police Chief Asks Court to Bar Demotion

    August 3, 2010 6:13 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe's mayor demotes the police chief to captain, and the chief asks for a court order to remain chief while he appeals the decision. Chief Ron Schleuter (SLOO-ter) has been on administrative leave since Feb. 16, after news reports revealed he had been secretly taping Mayor... more »
  • Monitoring Abbeville Police

    July 28, 2010 6:31 PM

    This year, Abbeville has gotten a new building for their police department and a new chief too. Now, more changes may be on the way. Chief Tony Hardy says he's received complaints about some of his officers either speeding or not working while on duty. Now, he wants to "patrol"... more »
  • Abbeville Chief Plans to Know Where Cars Are

    July 28, 2010 7:08 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Abbeville's new police chief says he's going to put GPS units in squad cars to keep tabs on whether his officers are patrolling, speeding, or idle for hours. Chief Tony Hardy, who took office three weeks ago, says he's had complaints about speeding police cars. He... more »
  • New BP Chief: Priority is Plugging Well for Good

    July 27, 2010 7:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The newly named CEO of BP says his top priority is sealing its blown oil well for good and cleaning and restoring the Gulf of Mexico. Bob Dudley said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday he does not expect any more oil to gush into... more »
  • White Castle Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty

    July 22, 2010 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - White Castle Police Chief Mario D. Brown has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge to 11 criminal charges including racketeering, bribery and wire fraud. A federal indictment issued July 7 alleges that Brown provided political favors for businessmen promoting Cifer 5000,... more »
  • Spill Chief Considering Whether To Pump Mud And Cement Through Well Cap

    July 20, 2010 5:28 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government's spill chief is considering whether to pump heavy mud and cement through BP's experimental well cap that's keeping oil from the Gulf of Mexico. Retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Tuesday that the procedure would make it easier to complete the permanent... more »
  • Former Independence Police Chief Has Escaped Prison Time

    July 16, 2010 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former Independence Police chief has escaped prison time for his role in arranging for unqualified voters to cast ballots in a February 2008 election. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday that 60-year-old Anthony P. Maurer, instead, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to... more »
  • Eunice Candidacy

    July 16, 2010 6:30 AM

    There's one less candidate for Eunice Police Chief. Bart Thibodeaux withdrew after learning he couldn't run because he works for the U-S Immigration Division. He does plan on retiring soon... and said quote.. "Thanks again..God bless..See you in four."
  • Gueydan Fire Chief Arrested

    June 28, 2010 3:34 PM

    According to LA State Police-Today, Louisiana State Police detectives, working in cooperation with Immigration Customs Enforcement agents, the Lafayette Police Department and the Vermilion Parish According to LA State Police-Sheriff's Office arrested the Gueydan fire chief for charges relating to child sex crimes. Several months ago, troopers obtained information... more »
  • Krotz Spring Chief's Husband Will Go To Prison

    June 25, 2010 8:44 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The 67-year-old husband of Krotz Springs Chief of Police Susan Lacassin has been sentenced to five years at hard labor in connection with his April 22 conviction on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Arthur Douglas Lacassin provided no statement prior to his sentencing... more »
  • Welsh: Police Chief will not Resign

    June 2, 2010 10:56 AM

    In Jeff Davis Parish, the Police Chief of Welsh says he will not resign after being accused of making a racial slur. Chief Tommy Chaisson is accused of using the slur in a text message to his estranged wife. The Welsh City Council met Tuesday night, where the mayor asked... more »
  • Eunice Policeman Resigns To Run For Chief

    June 1, 2010 5:33 PM

    A Eunice policeman has resigned to run for chief of police. Officer A.J. Frank's resignation was effective Sunday, May 30. He plans to run for chief in the October primary election. Frank could not remain an officer and seek the elected position under Civil Service regulations. Gary... more »
  • Investigation: Monroe Police Chief

    May 12, 2010 10:48 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A city board has voted to open an investigation of Monroe Police Chief Ron Schleuter. The probe ordered Tuesday by the Monroe Fire and Police Civil Service Board stems from Schleuter secretly recording a meeting he had with Mayor Jamie Mayo before Lt. Virgil Parker was... more »
  • Dilworth: Staying on as EBR Schools Chief

    May 7, 2010 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent JohnBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent John Dilworth has changed his mind about leaving his job. Dilworth announced Thursday that he is rescinding the resignation that he submitted April 16. Dilworth credited his reversal to what he... more »
  • New Orleans Police Chief Announced

    May 6, 2010 12:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nashville police chief Ronal Serpas will return to his native New Orleans to become the city's new police chief. Mayor Mitch Landrieu made the announcement Thursday. The announcement comes a day after Landrieu asked the U.S. Justice Department to send a team down to... more »
  • Landrieu has Appointed an Interim Police Chief for New Orleans

    May 3, 2010 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has appointed an interim police chief. Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo is the interim Superintendent of Police until a new police superintendent can take over. Landrieu said Monday that two people remain under consideration for the top post. He hopes to have... more »
  • New Orleans: Two Confirmed Trying for Police Chief

    April 28, 2010 1:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The police chiefs for Nashville and for Washington State confirm that they're candidates for the police chief's job in New Orleans. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas are originally from southeast Louisiana - Batiste from Hammond and Serpas from New... more »
  • Jindal's Chief Campaign Fundraiser Recovering After Altercation

    April 12, 2010 6:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief campaign fundraiser is recovering from injuries she suffered in a Friday night altercation with a group of people in the French Quarter. The governor's office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion and fractured... more »
  • Head Of NOLA NAACP Chapter Resigns From Police Chief Search

    March 29, 2010 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This city's incoming mayor, the first white mayor in three decades, ran into his first hurdle on Monday when black community leaders said his handling of a police chief search was overly secretive. Until Monday, the election and transition work of Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu had... more »
  • Louisiana's Education Chief Defends Jindal

    March 24, 2010 1:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's education chief defended Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to shift $20 million in expenses paid by the state today to local school districts next year. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek says districts have fund balances and stimulus dollars available to them that can help cover... more »
  • Man found shot to death inside vehicle

    February 26, 2010 8:54 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A 31-year-old Jennings man has been found shot to death inside his vehicle parked on a vacant lot. Police reportedly found the body of Kenneth Pelican late Wednesday night in the driver's seat of a vehicle. Police Chief Johnny Lassiter said he had been shot once... more »
  • Opelousas road closed to right derailed train

    February 18, 2010 11:17 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Part of Louisiana Highway 749 - known in Opelousas as Railroad Ave. - is closed while crews work to right a derailed freight train. Jim Herring of Union Pacific Railroad Co. says the 10 cars were carrying rocks for railroad track beds when they derailed Tuesday... more »
  • Kaplan Chief Not Running Again

    January 28, 2010 11:12 AM

    KAPLAN, La. (AP) - Kaplan's police chief says he won't run for a fourth term. Chief Steve Perry has spent 12 years as police chief, and 31 in the police department, starting as a dispatcher in the early 1970s. He first ran for police chief in 1998. He says he... more »
  • No Re-election Run For Abbeville Police Chief

    January 7, 2010 6:27 PM

    With less than a month before qualifying begins for elections in Abbeville, Police Chief Rick Coleman announced he will not seek re-election. He says he has enjoyed his job but he is retiring to spend more time with family members.
  • Obama Meets with Simonton President to Discuss Energy Efficiency Issues

    December 16, 2009 9:38 AM

    PARKERSBURG, W. VA. - On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, President Obama hosted Simonton Windows® President Mark Savan and a small group of business leaders at the White House to discuss home energy efficiency issues and plans for the future. Held in the President's Private Dining Room, the intimate group of... more »
  • Officer may face disciplinary action in jail death

    December 13, 2009 8:58 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow says he'll propose disciplinary action against an officer who was on duty when an inmate was beaten to death in a cell earlier this year. Gallow also is expected to release his report next month on proposed safety measures at... more »
  • St. Landry Parish wants training facility

    October 26, 2009 8:02 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish is in line to receive $12.7 million in federal hurricane mitigation funds, and the single largest project it hopes to fund will be a multi-agency training center. Opelousas Fire Chief Lee Cahanin said $1.5 million set aside by the parish will get it... more »

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