Louisiana State Police

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9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

State Police Kill Man Holding Hostages In St. Joseph Bank; One Hostage Killed

St. Jospeh, La., population 1176. The small community in Tensas Parish is located about 60 miles southeast of Monroe.
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Police say the suspect was mentally ill.

Louisiana police shot and killed a man they say shot two hostages inside a bank. One of the hostages was killed.

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10:58 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Jindal Involved in Sunday Afternoon Car Crash

A State Police vehicle that was part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail crashed into a utility pole Sunday afternoon.
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Governor Bobby Jindal and his security detail were involved in a car crash in Baton Rouge at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to WBRZ-TV.

The station said the governor was riding in a black Chevrolet Suburban when a box truck sideswiped his vehicle at Nicholson Drive near Oklahoma Street. Additionally:

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5:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Southwest La. Sees Hike in Traffic Deaths

Troopers say prescription drug use contributed to the increase in traffic deaths that State Police Troop D investigated in 2012.

Sgt. James Anderson tells The American Press Troop D responded to 28 fatal crashes in which 34 people died, up from 20 people killed in crashes in 2011.

Anderson attributes the numbers in part to impaired driving.

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9:48 am
Mon January 7, 2013

5.5M Pounds of Explosive Moved at North La. Site

State police say that just over 5.5 million pounds of explosive propellant has been moved at the northwestern Louisiana industrial site where it was found to be improperly stored several weeks ago.

On Thursday, crews moved about 93,600 pounds of the material, bringing the total safely moved and stored to around 5.5 million. Officials estimated that roughly 6 million pounds was found at the site of an explosives recycler at Camp Minden in Webster Parish.

The effort was set to resume Friday morning.

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9:34 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Crescent City Connection Police Transfer to LSP

The Crescent City Connection Police Department has been transferred to Louisiana State Police as part of a restructuring of the bridge police division.

The state Department of Transportation and Development says the police department's administrative transfer to the Department of Public Safety was effective Monday.

Officials say the New Orleans-based bridge police officers will continue wearing their current uniforms and using their current marked vehicles until midnight Dec. 31. At that time, the officers will get new DPS uniforms and vehicles.

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9:26 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

State Trooper Hurt in I-10 Crash

A Louisiana State Police lieutenant was injured while getting out of his marked SUV on Interstate 10.

Trooper Melissa Matey says Lt. Robert Hodges was struck Saturday when a driver swerved onto the right shoulder in an apparent effort to avoid upcoming slowed traffic.

Hodges is being treated at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Matey says 20-year-old McCaskill, of Donaldsonville, was driving a car in the left lane of the highway. Troopers say traffic in front of McCaskill began to slow down, and he swerved into the right lane and right shoulder.

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2:04 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

2 Die in Fiery Tractor-Trailer Wreck on I-12

State police say two people died and a third was critically burned when a tractor-trailer ran off of Interstate 12, hit some trees, jack-knifed and was engulfed in flames. All three were trapped in the cab.

Trooper Nick Manale says the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office is working to identify the dead.

Manale says witnesses rescued one passenger after the 2010 Freightliner drifted off the road about 11 a.m. Wednesday west of the exit to Lacombe. But he says intense flames kept them from reaching two other adults.

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2:53 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Police Report 2 Killed in Truck Wreck

Authorities say two people died and a third was injured when an 18-wheeler in which they were riding ran off Interstate 12 near Lacombe, struck a tree and caught fire.

State police tell The Times-Picayune the injured person was taken to the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans with serious injuries.

Identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The tractor-trailer rig ran off the highway's eastbound lanes near the Lacombe exit in St. Tammany Parish.

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2:48 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Cleanup Continues at La. Explosive Company

Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish storing military propellant at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town.

The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities said they found 6 million pounds of the material improperly stored at Explo Systems Inc.

Explo contracts with the military to demilitarize explosives and other materials. The company rents space at a National Guard base in north Louisiana.

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Office of Motor Vehicles
12:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Motor vehicles commissioner resigning in August

Louisiana's motor vehicles commissioner, Nick Gautreaux, is leaving the job in August.

Gautreaux told The Advocate that he is planning a career in corporate development and governmental work, a move that will keep him closer to home and his five children in Youngsville.

A former state senator, Gautreaux took the position as commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles in December 2010. His last day will be Aug. 5, according to a spokesman for the Louisiana State Police, which oversees the office.

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