crime

Angola 5 Trial
12:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jailhouse confession approved for Angola 5 trial

Attorneys for Angola 5 defendant David Mathis have persuaded a judge to allow them to use a jailhouse confession they say would show jurors their client had no intent to kill a prison security officer in 1999.

Mathis faces a first-degree murder trial in the stabbing and beating death of Capt. David C. Knapps.

The Advocate reports jury selection is set to begin Sept. 24 in Covington, where juries were chosen last year for three of Mathis' codefendants. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Dirty License Plates
3:09 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State police watching for dirty license plates

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Jail Hate Crime
4:59 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Black inmate accused of hate crime against whites

HOUMA — A black jail inmate has been booked with a hate crime after allegedly saying he would squirt human waste on every white inmate in his dormitory, and then doing so.

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's Maj. Malcolm Wolfe says all seven white inmates were squirted with urine and feces from a shampoo bottle. He says the waste was on the walls and on inmates' clothes, bodies and personal property — but not on any of the three African-American inmates in the dorm with them and 41-year-old Avis James Williams of Houma.

Latest News
1:48 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Lafourche councilman accuses colleague of assault

One Lafourche Parish councilman has filed an assault complaint against another after an argument during a meeting continued outside.

Lafourche sheriff's Capt. Roy Gros tells The Daily Comet that since nobody else was present and the councilmen's accounts differ, no arrest was made pending further review.

Councilman Jerry Lafont told the newspaper that Councilman John Arnold shoved him Tuesday night.

Arnold said he just put his arm up to keep Lafont out of his face.

Environment
1:46 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Cargo ship operator to pay $1.2M in pollution case

A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered the operator of a cargo ship to pay a $1.2 million criminal penalty for violating pollution laws and obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. also on Wednesday sentenced Athens, Greece-based Odysea Carriers to three years of probation.

Federal prosecutors say engine room crew members on the company's ship, Polyneos, used a hose to pump oil waste directly overboard in 2011. The ship's chief engineer allegedly tried to conceal the illegal discharges from the Coast Guard by falsifying the vessel's records.

Health Care Fraud
1:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Covington woman pleads guilty in health care fraud case

A 45-year-old Covington woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme stemming from her employment at a sleep study clinic.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Angelina Leahy entered the plea Wednesday to one count of health care fraud.

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Embezzlement
1:35 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

A woman who served as chief financial officer of a Metairie nonprofit company has pleaded guilty to a charge she embezzled nearly $250,000 from her former employer and another company official.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kelley Williams, of Terrytown, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her guilty plea Wednesday to forgery. Her sentencing is set for Nov. 7.

Williams' former employer isn't disclosed in court records, but it provides personal care attendants, transportation, education and training to people with developmental disabilities.

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Kurt Mix Trial
6:11 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ex-BP engineer loses bid to get details on charges

A federal magistrate has ruled that prosecutors aren't required to provide defense attorneys with more details regarding the charges against a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan's order Tuesday says Kurt Mix's indictment provides his lawyers with sufficient information to prepare his defense and to "avoid surprise" at trial.

Latest News
5:32 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Woman sentenced for having sex with boy

A New Orleans woman was ordered to serve two years of probation for her conviction of having sex with a 14-year-old boy in Gretna two years ago.

The Times-Picayune reports 33-year-old Kendra Greenwald eluded prison time for her July 12 conviction of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, in connection with the June 10, 2010 encounter.

The boy's mother alerted police after learning her son had sex with Greenwald. Greenwald contends the boy, now 16, forced her to have sex by threatening her and to harm her child.

Hammond Killing
9:00 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Tangipahoa authorities investigate murder

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says deputies are investigating the death of a man found stabbed inside a residence in Hammond.

Edwards, in a news release Monday, said the body of 55-year-old Elias Balnez Azua, of Tickfaw, was found early Sunday. Edwards says the victim had been stabbed numerous times.

Investigators believe the victim may have known his killer. The sheriff says they're asking anyone with information about the case to contact CrimeStoppers toll-free at 800-554-5245.

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