BR teacher accused of sex with teen boy

Ashley Dowden

A 41-year-old high-school English teacher has been arrested after police say she had sex with one of her 16-year-old male students on the campus of the small religious Baton Rouge school where she worked. “This is a complete shock to us,” said Preston Thompson, pastor at Redeemer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Riverdale Christian Academy.… Continue reading →

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Parole denied for Lennon’s killer

Associated Press file photo -- John Lennon, undated file photo

NEW YORK (AP) — A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon’s killer. It’s the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday. They say a three-member board… Continue reading →


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Candlelight vigil held in memory of Brandon Augusta

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Family friend Kay Jones carries balloons to the candlelight vigil, Friday, August 22, held by friends and family in memory of Brandon Augusta, a 15-year old native of Donaldsonville whose body was found near a Mississippi River levee in Donaldsonville. Authorities said they are treating the case as a murder investigation.

A candlelight memorial organized by residents was held Friday night in memory of Brandon Augusta of Donaldsonville. Friends, family, city and parish officials, teachers and one of Brandon’s former principals attended the event, which included music, prayers and a local gospel radio station… Continue reading →