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  • DA to dismiss ticket in wreck that killed family

    November 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A northeast Louisiana prosecutor says he's dismissing the ticket issued to a Texas teenager who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing a wreck that killed five members of his family. District Attorney Jerry Jones tells The News-Star that the 16-year-old has been punished enough, and... more »
  • DeSoto Parish DA's employee arrested

    February 26, 2014 9:47 AM

    MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - A 12-year employee of the DeSoto Parish District Attorney's office has been arrested on assorted charges related to misappropriation of public funds. The Times reports 32-year-old Melanie Johnson Barber, of Mansfield, was booked Tuesday on charges of monetary instrument abuse, malfeasance and filing or maintaining false... more »
  • Inmate sues governor & DA over new informant law

    December 31, 2013 7:29 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man serving life in prison as a habitual offender is challenging a new state law that lets judges reduce sentences for prison informants who help unrelated criminal investigations. The Times-Picayune reports that 51-year-old Craig Parent contends the law violates the state constitution's separation of powers... more »
  • DA to investigate school employee misconduct

    November 19, 2013 10:12 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The results of an investigation into allegations of misconduct by two former Fenton Elementary School employees have been turned over to the district attorney's office. The investigation involves allegations of inappropriate behavior including sexual contact and distribution of alcohol involving two employees and several students at... more »
  • Days Before Murder, Warrant Was Issued For Person Of Interest

    August 23, 2013 2:36 AM

    A KATC investigation has found that just days before a young woman was murdered in Rayne, an arrest warrant was issued for her step-father, who's now considered a person of interest in her death. That man, Kerry Bertrand has not been charged with murder, but he is behind bars... more »
  • New Court Records Reveal What DA's Office Believes Happened in Shunick, Pate Murders

    August 2, 2012 11:11 PM

    A new document was filed into court today in the case of the State of Louisiana versus Brandon Scott Lavergne. Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes filed a "Disclosure, Production, Notice to Defendant, and Request for State's Discovery". In it, he outlines what information is available to the defendant's attorneys, but... more »
  • DA: No criminal act by Terrebonne sheriff

    May 30, 2012 10:25 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish district attorney says Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois did not commit a criminal act when he called a deputy and urged him to not arrest a Texas man pulled over for drunk driving. District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. said he doesn't think Bourgeois' call to... 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 »
  • Romero Sticks to Claims Against DA, Despite AG's Findings of "No Wrongdoing"

    April 18, 2012 10:38 PM

    The conflict between Iberia Parish President Errol "Romo" Romero and the District Attorney's Office continues, even after the Attorney General found no wrong-doing by the DA's office. Romero made two allegations against the DA's office. The first is that the DA is fraudulently paying for its employee's health insurance... more »
  • DWI Case Could Shed Light on FBI's Investigation in DA's Office

    March 27, 2012 7:27 PM

    An FBI investigation into the Lafayette District Attorney's Office could be taking shape, as several indicators point to the handling of DWI and OWI cases. KATC first reported about the FBI executing a search warrant earlier this month. District Attorney Mike Harson confirmed that search took place on February... more »
  • DA: Diocese Investigated Broussard for Child Abuse in Early 1990's

    March 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    New details on the former priest arrested in Duson last week, charged with allegedly molesting and raping a young boy nearly 25 years ago in Lake Charles. Investigators said they believe there are multiple victims and that the Diocese of Lake Charles knew about them. But law enforcement said the... more »
  • Sheriff: Did assistant DAs overstep commissions?

    March 12, 2012 8:52 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says district attorney's staffers may have overstepped commissions he granted them. Prator tells The Times that he gave limited commissions to an assistant district attorney and nine investigators to make misdemeanor arrests as needed in their duties. He says the commissions... more »
  • Iberia Parish President Files Formal Complaint Against DA Phil Haney

    February 28, 2012 1:18 AM

    Iberia Parish President Errol "Romo" Romero has filed a formal complaint against Phil Haney, the 16th Judicial District Attorney. The 126-page complaint was filed with numerous state agencies, including the Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Louisiana Attorney General. Among the complaints are several allegations of misconduct on the... more »
  • Former Assistant DA Disbarred

    February 12, 2012 3:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former 15th Judicial District assistant district attorney serving an 18 month prison sentence for federal tax evasion has been disbarred. The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred Joseph Floyd Johnson on Friday, making it retroactive to Dec. 7, 2010, the date of Johnson's interim suspension, according... more »
  • DA: Board Violated 'Spirit' Of Open Meetings Law

    June 2, 2011 10:32 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board might not have been in direct violation of the Louisiana Open Meetings Law, but District Attorney Mike Harson says there was a "violation of the spirit of the law." The Advertiser reports Harson spoke to the board during its regular meeting... more »
  • DA Seeking Fines From Former LHA Members

    December 21, 2010 6:10 PM

    New information tonight on the Lafayette Housing Authority.. Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson is seeking fines from former LHA members Joe Dennis, John Freeman and Leon Simmons. The fines stem from a closed-door meeting on October 26th. Harson says the three men failed to publish a... more »
  • Lafourche DA seeks death penalty in woman's death

    August 25, 2010 9:42 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against four men accused of raping and killing a Cut Off woman earlier this year. 21-year-old Esdras Garcia, 28-year-old Luis Nava, 24-year-old Jose Moreno and 20-year-old Gonzalo Cortes are accused of repeatedly raping and then... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Assistant DA Resigns Amid Probe

    July 16, 2010 9:29 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish District Attorney Michael Harson says one of his assistants has resigned amid a federal probe. Federal prosecutors filed tax evasion charges against Joseph Floyd Johnson on Tuesday. According to a bill of information filed by prosecutors, Johnson failed to file income tax returns from... more »
  • Assistant Lafayette DA Charged with Tax Evasion

    July 14, 2010 7:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against a 15th Judicial District assistant district attorney. Joseph Floyd Johnson, who has worked for the Lafayette Parish District Attorney's Office since 1995, was charged Tuesday with one count of tax evasion. According to a bill of information, Johnson... more »
  • Phil Haney Cleared of Allegations

    October 13, 2009 8:04 AM

    Iberia Parish District Attorney Phil Haney has been cleared by the state legislative auditor on some allegations. The auditor concluded the sixteenth judicial district was justified in representing the parish on legal matters dating back to 2006 and getting paid for them. The second issue involved parish workers installing culverts... more »

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