Kenner police say a 5-year-old girl's back was gashed and both of her ankles cut when her father used her as a shield from her mother's knife attack. According to the arrest report, the wound in her back needed 22 staples, and her ankles needed a total of 11 stitches — seven in the left and four in the right.
The Times-Picayune reports 25-year-old Kenisha Caples and 44-year-old Maurice Sparkman were arrested Sunday, a day after their fight.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain.
Capt. George Bonnett, the sheriff's spokesman, says the coroner's office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Ellis. Deputies pulled the man's body from the lake Saturday afternoon. Bonnett says Ellis is believed to have been swimming in the area near the Mandeville harbor.
Toxicology tests are pending. An exact cause of death remains under investigation.
Bonnett said Monday that there were no obvious signs of foul play.
A New Orleans Police officer has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of drunk driving.
Harahan Police arrested 57-year-old Eddie Polite early Sunday after spotting him driving the wrong way down a one-way street with no headlights.
Police chief Mac Dickinson told The Times-Picayune Polite was taken into custody after he refused to take a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test. Dickinson says investigators later obtained a warrant to draw Polite's blood. Results are pending.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been given a speaking slot at Republicans' national convention later this month.
The Republican National Committee announced Jindal, once considered a possible vice presidential contender, on a list of six speakers unveiled Thursday. The list included others passed over for the running mate job, like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
The convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.
A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.
The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.
The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.
New Orleans police say a new strategy that involves undercover officers buying drugs from dealers led to the arrest of a 32-year-old murder suspect.
Police say they arrested Burnell Allen on Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Allen is accused of gunning down 21-year-old Lonnie Johnson on June 9.
Officers conducted a drug buy-bust on Tuesday in the same area where the murder took place. Detectives say they got enough information about Allen to arrest him after interviewing people detained in the drug buy-bust.
A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.
Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.
Bernette Johnson has served on the court since 1994 but supporters of fellow justice Jeffrey Victory say Johnson's first years shouldn't count. She was elected from an appeals court district and assigned to the higher court under a civil rights lawsuit settlement.
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 north Louisiana parishes as disaster areas because of drought.
He says he was notified Wednesday that four — Morehouse, Richland, Union and West Carroll — are primary natural disaster areas. The other seven — Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison and Ouachita — were named because they're are adjacent to the primary disaster area.