3:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Broussard's corruption trial delayed to Nov. 5

U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr. has postponed Aaron Broussard's trial until Nov. 5, giving the former Jefferson Parish president an extra month to prepare his defense against corruption charges. Trial had been scheduled Oct. 1.

The Times-Picayune reports Head did not go as far as the defense had wanted, to Jan. 7.

Broussard and co-defendant Tom Wilkinson, his former parish attorney, sought the delay because of Hurricane Isaac damage to the Mandeville home of Wilkinson's attorney. The government did not oppose Jan. 7, defense attorneys said, but Head settled on Nov. 5.

Latest News
1:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Brothers arrested for rape, kidnapping

Two brothers from Houma have been arrested for the alleged rape of a woman last month.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says 34-year-old Jason Smalls and 31-year-old Gary Smalls were booked Wednesday on charges of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping.

Webre says detectives learned that on Aug. 19, the men allegedly took the woman against her will to the Raceland area, where the rape occurred. Authorities say she was held there until the following day when one of the men dropped her off near her home.

Food Stamps
4:23 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

La. man gets prison for $1.2M food stamp theft

A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in food stamp benefits.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 46-year-old Vincent Edward DaPrince to 51 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Haik also ordered him to serve 50 hours of community service following his release from prison.

DaPrince pleaded guilty in April to fraud charges.

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Medicare Fraud
4:16 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Woman gets prison in Medicare fraud plot

A woman who worked as a patient recruiter for several Louisiana medical equipment companies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge also on Tuesday ordered 47-year-old Karen Rayburn to pay nearly $3.2 million in restitution.

Rayburn, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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Illegal Fish Sales
12:12 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

3-year probe of illegal fish sales ends in arrest

State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a Bridge City man for alleged commercial finfish violations, ending a three-year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.

Agents cited 26-year-old Yoan C. Hernandez on Sunday.

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Opelousas Police Department
4:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Opelousas police creating stolen items website

The Opelousas Police Department is seeking the rightful owners of everything from bicycles to television sets.

Sgt. Jody White tells The Daily World police often recover stolen property during the course of their investigations but can't always locate the rightful owners.

To make it easier for victims to recover their property, police are posting pictures of the recovered items on its website at

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9th Ward Shooting
5:13 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Man mistakenly shot by wife in Lower 9th Ward

A 57-year-old man was shot and killed by his wife today in the Lower 9th Ward, according to a press release issued by the New Orleans Police Department.

Police say the man's wife mistook him for an intruder, and shot him once. The man, whose name is being withheld by authorities pending the notification of his family members, was transported to a local hospital where he died.

7:22 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Two killed in New Orleans shootings

New Orleans police are investigating two shooting deaths.

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in the city's Hollygrove neighborhood around 11 p.m. Sunday. Police say the victim had gunshot wounds to the head and body.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, another man was found dead near the intersection of Music and Urquhart streets. Police say the victim was shot multiple times and was found lying next to a bicycle.

Police have not released the names of the two victims.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
5:44 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Suspected murder-suicide in Jefferson

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the community of Jefferson.

A statement from Sheriff Newell Normand reports said the shooting was reported Saturday morning after a man found his parents at their home.

Homicide investigators said it appears that 89-year-old Branighan shot his wife, 89-year-old Clara Branighan then turned the gun on himself.

Algiers Murder
12:47 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Man fatally shot in Algiers

Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting death in the city's Algiers neighborhood.

A city news release says the shooting happened around 9:20 p.m. Friday. The victim, whose identity was not available, was a man found with a gunshot wound to the head. The body was found on the ground, lying a bicycle.