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Six booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish from Thursday to Friday

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: Cherilyn Brister, 33, 6231 Buckeye Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.… Continue reading →

One man convicted, another indicted in separate schemes to steal government funds, U.S. Attorney says

A wide-ranging investigation into multi-million dollar fraud involving U.S. Treasury funds has resulted in the conviction of a Pennsylvania man and the indictment of a Baton Rouge man, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release. Albelk Reyes Serrata, 26, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal government funds, and Carlos L. Linares,… Continue reading →

LAGCOE accepting artist entries for 2015 oil industry exposition poster

The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is reaching out to artists interested in creating the official LAGCOE 2015 commemorative poster. The winning artist and design will be honored at a preview party before the three-day biennial event kicks off in late October. There is no limit to the number of designs an artist can submit.… Continue reading →

Loranger man booked after apple used to smoke marijuana, crystal meth, found in car with him at Amite courthouse, police report

Matthew Richard Bensemon

A Loranger man was arrested Thursday after police found drugs, needles and an apple pipe used to smoke marijuana in his car while it was parked in the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse lot, the Amite Police Department reported. To Chief Jerry Trabona, the most curious item was the apple, which he said had been bitten and hollowed… Continue reading →

Les Miles' son, Manny, commits to play football at North Carolina

. Manny Miles, the former U-High quarterback and the son of LSU coach Les Miles, has committed to play football at North Carolina. It’s unclear if Miles will play baseball, too. Manny, a two-sport athlete at U-High, had discussed the possibility of walking on at LSU for football and baseball, but he’s decided to leave Baton Rouge for a… Continue reading →

Artist behind controversial Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival poster shows off new response paintings

Photo provided by -- "Not about Color"

The artist behind the divisive Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival poster has introduced a series of response paintings that address the controversy. The festival poster depicts two black children ringed by strawberries and carrying a basket of the fruit. Their faces are featureless except for pairs of bright red lips. Some viewers said the painting resembled… Continue reading →

Zachary apartments to open in the fall

Audubon Park, a 178-unit apartment complex in Zachary, is set to open in the fall. The complex, at 1233 Mount Pleasant-Zachary Road, will have more than 20 different floorplans for units. Amenities at Audubon Park include a fitness center, dog park, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and oversized bathtubs. Rents in Audubon Park will be between… Continue reading →

Lafayette police investigating series of violent crimes, all occurring within a three-hour span Friday morning

Photo provided by Lafayette Police -- These suspects are wanted in connection with series of robberies in Lafayette.

Lafayette Police are investigating a home invasion, two attempted robberies and two armed robberies that all occurred in the span of three hours Friday morning. No arrests had been made as of early Friday afternoon and investigators are not certain if any of the incidents are related. One of the Friday robberies is believed to be connected… Continue reading →

Inspector General responds to complaints about Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been advised to avoid issuing some politically-charged statements through his taxpayer-funded office, following complaints over a news release the governor’s press office sent out this week calling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.” State law prohibits the use of public resources to “urge any elector… Continue reading →

St. George organizers turn in 4,630 more signatures, but will it be enough?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left to right, East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters administrative coordinator Patricia Fugler and administrative assistant Aimee Pourciau stamp stacks of  signatured petitions delivered by happy City of St. George supporters including movement founder Norman Browning, Josh Hoffpauir, Lionel Rainey and Dustin Yates, Thursday at the Registrar's  Office at City Hall. The count was 4,630 new signatures requesting a vote on the proposed creation of the City of St. George, from what is presently part of Baton Rouge. Better Together coalition members also delivered 810 signatures to the office, from persons seeking to withdraw their previous requests for a vote on the matter.

All anyone knows is that it’s going to be close. Two opposing groups dropped off signatures to the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Office Thursday — one trying to clinch a vote to create the city of St. George and the other trying to stop that vote from happening. First came… Continue reading →

WBRZ-TV reporter arrested, accused of interfering with an investigation and intimidating an officer

Brett Buffington, 27, of 11959 Nicholson Drive, was booked on counts of interfering with an officer and intimidating a public official.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m. — The Police Department on Friday declined to answer any questions regarding Buffington’s arrest. Buffington, reached via Twitter, declined Friday to comment on his arrest. He deferred comment to WBRZ’s administration. Chuck Bark, WBRZ’s News Director, said Friday the station would not be commenting further on the matter. Original Story A comment made… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man uses ax to get control of police cruiser, arrested in Port Allen after short chase, police report

Deandre J. Trahan

An ax-wielding man attacked a Baton Rouge police officer Thursday night, injuring the officer before stealing his police unit and fleeing, authorities said. Police soon tracked the stolen vehicle to West Baton Rouge Parish, where spike strips helped lead to the capture of Deandre James Trahan, Baton Rouge police said. Trahan, 41, crashed the stolen… Continue reading →

Special report: New lower seam baseball has given LSU, college baseball a home run power surge

LSU's Chris Chinea (26) hits an RBI-single as Nebraska catcher Tanner Lubach reaches for the pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college baseball game Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ORG XMIT: TXDP107

“You can pucker up,” Lyn Rollins says on the broadcast, “and kiss that baby goodbye.” By the time the words left Rollins’ mouth, Danny Zardon’s home run had just — and we do mean just — cleared the left field wall at Alex Box Stadium. In fact, the solo shot didn’t even make it to the… Continue reading →

BRCC inks degree transition agreement with OLOL College

Baton Rouge Community College students who earn associate degrees in general science, business and liberal studies will be able to enroll seamlessly into complementary bachelor’s programs at Our Lady of the Lake College. Administrators for both schools formalized the agreement Wednesday. The programs allow Community College associates in: General Science to transition to… Continue reading →

Darren Sharper admits drugging women for rape in federal guilty plea in New Orleans courtroom

FILE - In this April 18, 2014 file photo, former NFL football All-Pro safety Darren Sharper appears in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Rape charges have been filed in Las Vegas against former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who already faces sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the Phoenix area. Sharpers Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared Friday, March 20, 2015,  before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault charges involving two women in January 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Darren Sharper, who won glory and a Super Bowl ring patrolling the Saints’ defensive backfield during the team’s lone championship season, admitted in federal court in New Orleans on Friday that he spent much of his early retirement drugging women with the aim of raping them. The former All-Pro safety pleaded guilty to three counts… Continue reading →

Unrestrained Texas man dies in Pointe Coupee crash

A Texas man not wearing a seatbelt was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Pointe Coupee Parish Friday morning, according to the Louisiana State Police. Devin R. Freeman, 21, of Roscoe, Texas, suffered fatal injuries around 2 a.m. after the 2011 Toyota Camry he was driving struck the rear of an 18-wheeler driven by 47-year-old Derrick L.… Continue reading →

AgCenter drills into olive oil

LSU AgCenter researchers are taking a long look at the feasibility of growing olives in Louisiana, where mild winters are a major key to commercial production. LSU and a few other southern colleges are working with olive trees, which need cold temperatures above freezing in order to flower in the spring. The… Continue reading →

With new bill, Louisiana businesses would get major tax break but cost state nearly $1 billion over time

Louisiana businesses would get a major tax break under legislation passed by the House Thursday, only a week after House members approved a state budget that would make businesses pay more. House Bill 828 phases out the corporate franchise tax over five years. The measure, approved 69-33, would cost the… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish rescinds ban on animal rescue organization; group again has full access to shelter

Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Animal Shelter

Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension has been granted full access once again to the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter after a Thursday morning meeting between the organization and parish officials. The rescue group, which finds foster and adoptive homes for cats and dogs, had been banned from the shelter since May 18 when parish officials deemed… Continue reading →

Review: From Mexican standards to unique twists, Cabo’s Grill serves it up right

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The brisket tacos at Cabo's were acceptable, but nothing special.

We’re not snobs about chain restaurants, because they wouldn’t become chains unless people liked the original restaurant’s fare. But we still like a stand-alone restaurant that adds its own flair to familiar dishes. So it is with Cabo’s Grill in Zachary. Not everything we tried there was a home run — the baseball analogy is appropriate because… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Ironic Bobby Jindal uses Louisiana to defend Rand Paul rant; when was last time he worried about us?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during his prayer rally, "The Response", at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Did Gov. Bobby Jindal cross a line when he issued a gubernatorial news release claiming that Rand Paul — one of many, many politicians standing between him and the Republican Party’s next presidential nomination — is “unsuited to be Commander-In-Chief” because he blamed Republicans for the rise of Islamic State militants?… Continue reading →

Southern University trims its president-chancellor candidate list down to three

Pictured from left, Ivory Toldson, Ray Belton and Barrett Hatches

A White House official specializing in historically black colleges, a health care CEO and a campus chancellor make up the diverse group in the running to become the Southern University System’s new president and chancellor. A search committee tasked with finding the HBCU system’s next leader held interviews for several hours in a Baton Rouge hotel on… Continue reading →

Residents of street in Zachary subdivision evacuated after underground gas line ruptures

Some residents of a Zachary subdivision were evacuated Thursday after an underground gas line ruptured. Residents who live on the street where the line ruptured in High Plains Crossing subdivision off Highway 64 were evacuated, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Zachary Fire Department, Baton Rouge Hazmat and the East… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Council to take up proposed raises for justices of the peace, constables

Livingston Parish justices of the peace and constables will receive their first salary bump in a decade if an ordinance introduced Thursday receives Parish Council approval next month. The council unanimously supported introducing the measure, which would increase each official’s pay from $325 to $500 per month, effective June 1. The officials… Continue reading →

Live updates: LSU vs. Lehigh baseball resumes after lengthy rain, lightning delay

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro and head coach Paul Mainieri talk near the dugout during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Get live updates and analysis from Lehigh vs LSU baseball in the opening round of the Baton Rouge regional at Alex Box Stadium...… Continue reading →

Louisiana House approves construction spending plan

The House on Thursday approved a construction spending plan that includes $330 million more in projects than dollars available. The measure, House Bill 2, won House approval 99-0. It next faces action in the Senate. Most of the discussion focused on amendments aimed at adding even more projects to the list, including a failed bid to… Continue reading →

Gonzales police seek man in check fraud scheme

Alton Francewar

Gonzales police are looking for a man who made six company checks out to himself and cashed them in different municipalities, for a total of about $9,000, Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken, of the Gonzales Police Department, said. Alton Francewar Jr., 34, whose last known address was 48414 Whiskey Lane, Tickfaw, cashed one check worth $980 in… Continue reading →

Proposals would boost fees on Louisiana drivers, car buyers

Louisiana’s motorists could be hit with $79 million in fee hikes if budget-balancing proposals under consideration by state legislators become law. Senators have attached a $60 million annual fee increase on two measures — House Bills 445 and 833 — that would have drivers paying $50 more in title fees when they buy… Continue reading →

Federal funds used to get Common Core into states, influence classroom instruction, former U.S. Department of Education official testifies

The U.S. Department of Education coerced Louisiana and dozens of other states into adopting Common Core academic standards and assessments by dangling grant money in front of them, a former department official testified Thursday in Baton Rouge federal court. “They have mightily influenced instruction in the classroom,” Williamson Evers, now an education policy expert, said of… Continue reading →

Cellcontrol expands driver-safety efforts through Transunion

Cellcontrol, a Baton Rouge high-tech company at the Louisiana Technology Park on Florida Boulevard, is expanding its driver-safety efforts by partnering with credit-reporting giant TransUnion. Cellcontrol, formed in 2009, develops and markets technology that blocks cellphone use by people behind the wheel of a car or truck. “TransUnion will provide sales and marketing to the (property-and-casualty)… Continue reading →

Justice Dept. looking at some of Baton Rouge-based Amedisys’ hospice operations in Massachusetts

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating some of Baton Rouge-based home nursing giant Amedisys Inc.’s hospice operations in Massachusetts. The company reported Thursday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts had subpoenaed records for 53 hospice patients. Amedisys received the subpoena on May 21. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also requested documents related to the company’s hospice… Continue reading →