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Gramercy man sought in Lafayette shooting death

Police on Thursday issued a first-degree murder warrant for a Gramercy man wanted in a Monday shooting death at a Lafayette apartment complex. Kendrick Anthony Fobb, 28, is accused of killing Christopher Isaac, 51, at his apartment in the 200 block of Duval Street, according to the Lafayette Police Department. Police are also searching for Dontae… Continue reading →

TOPS deficit could mean cuts to higher ed funding

TOPS, Louisiana’s popular college scholarship program, is expected to cost about $19 million more this year than the state Legislature dedicated to spending on it. Leaders say that they are working to resolve the issue — they promise that students won’t be shortchanged on their individual awards — but the difference will likely translate into fewer… Continue reading →

Authorities arrest student in bomb threat at Lafayette Middle School

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Lafayette Police and K-9 units respond to a bomb threat Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Lafayette Middle School in Lafayette, La.

A Lafayette Middle School student arrested Thursday is accused of scrawling a bomb threat on a bathroom wall, leading to the school’s evacuation. A school resource officer investigating the threat Wednesday identified a student believed responsible for the writing, which had caused the school’s students to be evacuated to a nearby elementary school while police swept and… Continue reading →

Gonzales man sought in cyber-stalking case also accused of assaulting the victim in Baton Rouge workplace

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking Keith Carlin, a Gonzales man wanted on allegations of cyber stalking and accused of assaulting the victim. According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Wiley, deputies began the investigation Wednesday after receiving information that Carlin, 30, was sending harassing and threatening messages via text messaging. Deputies also learned… Continue reading →

Timothy Bazile, accused of killing his wife in 2010, claims he blacked out and doesn’t remember killing her

Timothy Bazile

In often rambling and sometimes incoherent testimony, Timothy Bazile admitted to a Baton Rouge jury Thursday that the two bullets recovered from his deceased wife’s body came from the revolver he fired inside their Pamela Drive home on June 14, 2010, but said he blacked out and has no recollection of shooting her. Bazile apologized to… Continue reading →

Five booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge between Wednesday and Thursday

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Jordan Dowling, 24, 5437 Heidi’s Place, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper lane usage… Continue reading →

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina state rolls out mobile pet shelter to save pets during disasters

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- La. Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, at lectern, speaks Thursday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center as he and other officials introduce the new mobile Disaster Pet Shelter, background, to be used in evacuating pets during emergencies.

An 18-wheeler outfitted with 55 stainless steel cages, air-conditioning and running water — reportedly the only one of its kind in the country — is now ready for its mission of rescuing and evacuating pets caught in disasters. Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and other organizations that together funded the mobile… Continue reading →

Remodeling begins on new City Pork Kitchen and Pie; target date for opening ID'd

Remodeling has started on the old Exchequer Restaurant building with plans for it to open in late summer or early fall as a third version of the popular local chain, City Pork. City Pork Kitchen and Pie at 6721 Exchequer Drive will be a restaurant and a catering/commissary kitchen for City Pork and City… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: Obama seems fond of New Orleans; speech only quickly mentioned coastal restoration

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- President Barack Obama gives remarks Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower Ninth Ward. The president met with residents and participated in a roundtable discussion as part of a week of events commemorating the10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

. Here's Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace's "Quick Take" on President Barack Obama's visit to New Orleans: 1) President Barack Obama and Mayor Mitch Landrieu seem to have quite the mutual admiration society. Landrieu thanked the president profusely and said Obama loves New Orleans and it loves him back. Obama returned the accolades. To the crowd, he… Continue reading →

Visit Baton Rouge decides not to pay Miss USA $75,000; joins state in cutting incentive payments to pageant organizers

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Contestants are introduced  in the Miss USA Pageant Sunday night in the Baton Rouge River Center.

After losing its NBC billing and seeing its viewership plummet to an all-time low, the organization that puts on Miss USA lost $75,000 Thursday that Visit Baton Rouge had initially offered to lure the pageant back to the Capital City. Miss USA has now lost around $100,000 in incentive payments between Visit… Continue reading →

Photos: Obama shares laughs, hugs with residents and dines in New Orleans for Katrina anniversary

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- President Barack Obama gives remarks Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower Ninth Ward. The president met with residents and participated in a roundtable discussion as part of a week of events commemorating the10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

President Barack Obama visited New Orleans Thursday, August 27, 2015 to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures that flooded 80 percent of New Orleans in 2005. He plans to meet with residents, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver remarks at the Sanchez Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward.… Continue reading →

St. Landry economic development effort to focus on accentuating the positive with ‘We’re Moving Forward’ campaign

School Board, Drake plan retreat to discuss progress in EBR system and plans for the future

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent Warren Drake

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, whose nine members took office in January, is holding its first retreat, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Louisiana Technology Park, 7117 Florida Blvd. The retreat also will be the board’s first one with new Superintendent Warren Drake, who took over the state’s… Continue reading →

Louisiana contractor licensing board continues 84 Lumber investigation

Last week, 84 Lumber avoided losing its Louisiana contractor’s license, but the Pennsylvania company’s problems with state regulators aren’t over. The State Licensing Board for Contractors is now investigating whether 84 Lumber has lost lawsuits to any Louisiana construction firms and hasn’t paid those judgments, said Michael McDuff, the board’s executive director. The board… Continue reading →

In town where 'we know everybody,' tragedy crosses family lines: Slain police officer was suspect's cousin

Police Officer Henry Nelson, left, and Shameka Johnson were killed Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, when a man went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in the St. Landry town of Sunset.

The man accused of stabbing three people, one of whom died, and of then killing a Sunset police officer with his own gun before barricading himself inside a convenience store was a cousin of the slain officer, officials said. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said the officer who was killed was Henry Nelson, 51. Also… Continue reading →

President Obama highlights the work of residents, government in the region’s recovery

President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Tremé is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which borders the French Quarter just north of Downtown.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Thursday with a speech that highlighted the work that residents, local officials and his administration have done to help New Orleans recover from one of the worst disasters the nation has ever faced. At the same, he acknowledged that the rebuilding is not over,… Continue reading →

CATS offering Touchdown Express tickets to campus for LSU game days

The Capital Area Transit System is bringing back Touchdown Express for its sixth straight year, carrying riders from downtown to Tiger Stadium on game days.

The tickets are $10 round trips. They go on sale Aug. 31 and are available online at www.brcats.com and at the CATS terminal at 2222 Florida Boulevard.

You can buy tickets for all seven games… Continue reading →

In annual Herbie Awards, college football analyst says LSU could contend for national title

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

At least one college football expert thinks the LSU Tigers could find themselves among the elite four college football playoff teams at the end of the 2015 season. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, in his annual Herbie Awards, picks LSU to win the Southeastern Conference championship (over runner-up Tennessee) and contend for the national championship. Ultimately, Herbstreit picks Ohio… Continue reading →

New Orleans restaurant owners plan new eatery in old Brew-Bacher’s Grill space in Baton Rouge

A pair of New Orleans restaurant owners plan to open the Canefield Tavern, which bills itself as a Southern kitchen and bar, in the old Brew-Bacher’s Grill space on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. The Canefield Tavern is set to open by the first or second week of October at 5251 Nicholson. It will be open seven… Continue reading →

Research Park ponders nonprofit filing to allow more lobbying

The nonprofit that oversees the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge appears headed for a change in its tax-exempt status that will allow “substantial” lobbying efforts under Internal Revenue Service rules. Research Park Corp.’s executive committee voted Thursday to bring the idea before the full board. So far this year, the nonprofit has paid Courson… Continue reading →

Special report: Despite enormity of disaster, New Orleans region lacks definitive Katrina memorial

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The historic marker to one of the London Avenue canal breaches that occurred after Katrina in 2005. A house, uninhabited since the storm, is in the background.  In the decade since the flood, remembrances of varying scope, ambitions and sizes have sprung up around New Orleans and in neighboring communities, from the poignant Canal Street memorial  to the outdoor exhibit that opened this summer at the site of one of the London Avenue Canal breaches.

. In May 2007, less than two years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, a little-known state panel urged Louisiana lawmakers to build a riverfront memorial in New Orleans to commemorate the hundreds of lives lost after the levees failed. The Hurricane Katrina Memorial Commission, invoking the multimillion-dollar monuments erected in the wake… Continue reading →

Gay Louisiana prep football referee hears hateful comments on job: People here think gays 'weak,' 'perverted,' 'messed up'

A Louisiana high school football referee describes to Outsports.com in a recent blog post the kind of hateful comments he hears from others about their feelings on gay people. (AP file photo)

. "Pedophile." "There is something wrong with them." "I don't want any of that rubbing off on me" It's become commonplace for one closeted, gay Louisiana high school football official to hear disparaging comments about homosexuality, he recounts in an anonymous blog posted to Outsports.com. The site granted the official anonymity,… Continue reading →

Lawsuit: Ascension Parish Court bail system discriminates against the poor, who may languish in jail for days or weeks

Rebecca Marie Snow

Ascension Parish’s bail procedures keep poor criminal defendants accused of traffic and other petty crimes in jail for days or weeks in violation of their constitutional rights, a new class-action lawsuit brought by public interest civil rights attorneys claims. The plaintiff — Rebecca M. Snow, 33, of Gonzales — is accused of shoplifting in Gonzales.… Continue reading →

Runnels Schools headmaster ‘no longer affiliated with school,’ officials say

Conchetta Foshee, new assistant head of school at Runnels

Barely a year after changing leaders for the first time in its half century of existence, Runnels Schools is changing leaders again. The Baton Rouge private school announced Wednesday afternoon that Greg Brandao, headmaster for the past 14 months, “is no longer affiliated with Runnels.” The school’s founder, Kelly Runnels, told The… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge police cars getting new look

Photos provided by Baton Rouge Police Department -- Baton Rouge police released a photo Wednesday showing the new graphic that will appear on the department's police cars this week. ORG XMIT: BAT1508261222421281

Baton Rouge police cars are getting a new look. The Police Department on Wednesday released a photo of an updated vehicle graphic that will appear on the department’s police cars this week. Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said the previous graphic has been in use since the early 1990s, and Police Chief Carl Dabadie was… Continue reading →

Bright spot in a depressed oil and gas industry: The Bayou Companies to expand at Port of Iberia

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Facilities belonging to the Bayou Companies are seen on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at the Port of Iberia.

Another oil and gas service company will expand operations at the Port of Iberia, officials announced Wednesday. Bayou Companies is embarking on $39 million in upgrades to the pipe-coating facility at the port. The upgrades will provide specialty anticorrosion coating for deepwater pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. A new… Continue reading →

Man accused of 5th-offense DWI among two booked on DWI in Baton Rouge between Tuesday and Wednesday

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated — one on fifth-offense DWI — in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Brandon Burton, 43, 14824 Woodrow Kerr Road, Zachary,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man accused of trying to smuggle phone hidden in a wheelchair to an inmate at parish jail

A 36-year-old Baton Rouge man is accused of trying to pass a phone hidden in a wheelchair to an East Baton Rouge Parish Prison inmate. Martin Rogers told a deputy he had a wheelchair to give to inmate Sherman Mealey, whose current wheelchair was broken, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report says. The wheelchairs were supposed… Continue reading →

Medical staff at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison say they are understaffed, overworked and lack critical supplies

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

The medical staff serving the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison population is dangerously understaffed and underfunded, lacking functional equipment and routinely running out of supplies as basic as Neosporin for wound care and heart monitoring equipment. About 10 members of the medical staff appeared Wednesday before the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council, beseeching it for additional… Continue reading →

Louisiana improves ACT test scores, but still ranks below national average

Louisiana continues to rank below the national average — and near the bottom among all states — in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test. However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education department said the state’s improvement from 19.2 to… Continue reading →