Official: Gonzales man kills wife, attempts to kill self

Advocate Staff Photo by David J. MitchellAscension Parish Sheriff's deputies say Gerardo Lua, 38, 13250 Roddy Road, Lot 11, Gonzales, shot his wife, Alejandra Orozco, 36, and then himself early Thursday in a mobile home, seen here, in Cobb's Trailer Park outside Gonzales. The couple's son found their bodies in the rear of the trailer. Lua remained in critical condition Thursday with a head wound. Orozco is dead, deputies said.

A Gonzales-area man who had been estranged from his wife fatally shot her in the head shortly after midnight Thursday in their mobile home, then turned the revolver on himself, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies reported. Gerardo Lua, 38, 13250 Roddy Road, Lot 11, Gonzales, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon at an area … Continue reading →

Hammond girl’s bullying leads to lawsuit against school

Video screen shot of Jeanine Holmes and her attorney Felix Sternfels, left.

The parents of a 13-year-old Hammond Catholic school student say their daughter was hospitalized because of constant bullying by two classmates and the school not only failed to take proper disciplinary action against the bullies but forced their daughter to leave the school. William and Jeanine Holmes, the girl’s parents, allege … Continue reading →

Police locate 10-year-old girl, missing since Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eriel Cottrell, 10, is reunited with her adoptive mother Angelique Cottrell, after Baton Rouge police returned the girl, who had been missing since late Tuesday after arguing with her mother about school.

The tearful embrace was instant, with the argument that tore them apart the day before having been forgotten. Angelique Cottrell bolted out of her kitchen door and grabbed her daughter, Eriel Cottrell, 10, tight, hugging her, making her promise she would never run away again after Baton Rouge missing persons detectives arrived in the Cottrell family’s … Continue reading →

Video: BRCC students work with exotic animals

Baton Rouge Community College veterinary technology students welcomed a few foreigners to class Monday. Students with the Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel showed Registered Veterinary Technician Clinical Coordinator Rebecca Wesley’s summer class a Kookaburra, a terrestrial tree kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea, a Harlequin Macaw, a cross of the Blue and Gold Macaw with … Continue reading →

Firefighters use foam to reduce tank fire

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Louisiana State Trooper Steven Long, left, and Sidney Edmonston with Industrial Emergency Services of Baton Rouge speak at the site on Linder Road in Livingston Parish where two oil tanks owned by Denbury Offshore Resources caught fire near Denham Springs Friday.

Smoke and flames from two tanks of burning crude oil at a Denbury Resources storage facility were largely extinguished around 5 p.m. Friday, though responders continued to battle occasional flare-ups in one of the tanks. Residents who had been evacuated late Thursday night from about 30 homes within a 1-mile radius of … Continue reading →