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Disturbing details emerge in case as second suspect in Cupcake’s murder goes before a judge

4 Va. children abducted by mother may be in danger, deputies say

Suspect accused of killing Nassau Bay police sergeant arrested

Former NM teacher who raped multiple students, convicted in second case

  Gunfire compels mother to ask city for counseling

Texas police: Officer fatally shot man who had assaulted him

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LA woman accused of setting fire to boyfriend’s house

  Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s room

  Authorities identify man found shot dead along Claiborne Parish roadway

Man found shot dead along roadway in Claiborne Parish

Affidavit: Gladewater couple’s toddler was living in home filled with animal feces, urine, trash

  Escapee wounded during officer-involved shooting in north Bossier

  SWAR prison escapee back in custody

In all, it was less than 24 hours of freedom for an Arkansas prisoner after escaping from a state lockup in Texarkana on Monday morning.

Nacogdoches ISD police officers react after child brings meth to elementary school

Tuesday, the affidavit in support of the removal of four children from the home of their mother, Shatoya Doggett, where large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy were found last week became a matter of public record in the Nacogdoches County District Clerk’s office.

One year after double murder, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office continues to review evidence

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said the office continues to follow up on leads in the death of Beverly McBride and her father Gabriel McBride.

Gunfire places ETX school on lockdown; 3 charged

Three people are charged following after an exchange of gunfire on Monday, Dec. 9, in Nash, Texas.

  Building eyed as possible new home of SPD headquarters

  Driver accused of running from wreck that killed coach

Baton Rouge man pleads not guilty to child porn, including ‘toddler erotica’

Texas Tech reports second assault on campus in two days

  Arkansas inmate escapes from work detail in Texarkana

Authorities investigating possible raffle ticket scam

  Police use witty prose to draw attention to theft suspect

Verse reminds one of “A Visit from St. Nicholas," which more commonly is known as “'Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Volunteer coach at Central High School admits to asking students for nude photographs; EBRSO investigating

Taylor Wilson, a 20-year-old volunteer high school football coach at Central High School, admitted to sending inappropriate Snapchat messages to two 16-year-old students, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

  How to spot and report animal abuse

Warning, this report includes graphic images

Huntsville police officer shot, killed during drug investigation

Huntsville police confirm the officer who was shot in the area of Levert Street and Oakwood Avenue has died.

  Do you feel safe in Shreveport?

The recent homicides in Shreveport is causing concern among people throughout the city.

Former Louisiana deputy fire marshal arrested, charged with cruelty to animals

A former Louisiana State Fire Marshal deputy is facing charges following the death of a K-9 officer.

  Coroner identifies teenager slain while sitting in sedan

The 18-year-old was shot in his head at Kingston Village Apartments

Police arrest Nacogdoches woman in connection with drugs given out at school

Nacogdoches police have arrested a woman after one of her children took methamphetamine to a local elementary school.

Hotel robbery victim dies following lengthy hospitalization

The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office has confirmed that a man has died six weeks after he was assaulted at work.

  Caddo coroner’s office identifies Frederick Street homicide victim

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has released the name of the victim in Thursday’s Queensborough shooting.

Slidell man facing over 50 charges of sex crimes against animals, children

Ian Bagley is facing a staggering list of charges, including 46 counts of sexual abuse of animals.

  Male dies following gunshot to the head; suspect sought

“As far as suspect vehicles, we are getting a mixed description of what’s being seen ..."

Child given meth by another child shares what happened at Fredonia Elementary in Nacogdoches

NISD police and Nacogdoches Police Department were called in to investigate.

  Male dies after being shot in his head during drive-by

Police are talking with several witnesses at the scene of the homicide in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man killed in officer-involved shooting incident

One person has died following an officer-involved shooting in Harrison County.

SPD working to identify vehicle burglar

Detectives with the Shreveport police department are working to identify a suspect caught on video breaking into a vehicle last month.

Five arrested, four wanted in connection with shooting at event hall in Jennings

Five people have been arrested and four are wanted in connection with the killing of 22-year-old Dakota Chaisson at an event hall in Jennings on Nov. 29, 2019.

Suspect identified in officer involved shooting in Waco

Officials have identified 28, Douglas Hill as the wanted out-of-state suspect of the officer-involved shooting in Waco early this morning.

  SPD officer, former Bossier deputy plead not guilty

A federal indictment alleges that both conspired to distribute anabolic steroids

Rep. Norton announces launch of new crime prevention effort

Local officials, law enforcement, business leaders and fraternity members gathered Wednesday morning to launch a new crime prevention initiative.

Louisiana police: Man shot into school, hid inside for hours

Police in Louisiana say they caught a man accused of shooting through the door of an elementary school with a semi-automatic weapon and hiding inside for 12 hours

Bossier native’s alleged killer may have been seen in GA

Jory John Worthen, 24, is being sought on 2 counts of capital murder for her death and the death of her 4-year-old son

Asylum seekers protest at ICE jail in Louisiana

Asylum seekers detained at an immigration jail in northern Louisiana are refusing to move into their cells in what their families say is a protest of their prolonged detention

Convicted tax evader must pay $1.9 million to IRS

Shreveport medical business owner also faces up to 6 years in prison

Troup woman gets deferred adjudication for stealing $1,500 worth of scratch-offs

A Troup woman who stole $1,574 worth of scratch-off tickets from a convenience store with which she was employed has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Jacksonville man who threatened shooting spree pleads guilty in federal court

A Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to a charge alleging he made a threat during a phone call “to go on a shooting spree because he had been misled and mistreated by his former employer.”

Report: Gregg County woman shot husband, later claimed he threatened to kill her

Penelope Ann Stoudt, 56, called 911 shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday to report that she had shot her husband, Timothy Joe Stoudt with a shotgun, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by KLTV.

  Man with fake beard, wig robs credit union on Youree Drive

It happened around 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Barksdale Federal Credit Union, in the 8800 block of Youree Drive.

John Paul Funes now in federal custody

The former head of the OLOL Foundation, John Paul Funes, has started his federal prison sentence for embezzlement. He reported to a federal prison in Indiana Monday, Dec. 2.

Sen. Wesley Bishop pleads not guilty to federal charge

Sen. Wesley Bishop pleaded not guilty Monday (Dec. 2) to a felony of making false statements to a federal agency.

Gregg County deputies investigating homicide, suspect in custody

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they are investigating a homicide Monday.

  1 arrested, another sought after home invasion in Vivian

A woman, who ran to a neighbor’s residence for help, somehow suffered a head injury

Shreveport ranked one of least safe cities in US

The study compared 182 U.S. cities across three key dimensions.

Surveillance video shows crowd fleeing after gunshots erupt on Canal Street

Surveillance video from a business shows the moments gunfire erupted on Canal Street over the weekend.

UPDATE: Weapon recovered in Canal St. shooting, shooter still on the loose

New Orleans police said a mass shooting on Canal St. that left 10 people injured was the result of a feud.

Witness recalls chaotic scene following Canal St. shooting that left 10 injured

It’s calmer on Canal Street now, but it was a much more chaotic scene there less than 24 hours ago

Someone steals trailer full of concession stand gear

Police share surveillance camera photos of pickup they suspect was involved in the theft

Family members want answers after four cousins are shot, two killed near Hardin Playground

The New Orleans Police Department says investigators are still searching for a suspect or suspects and a motive.

Man injured in Seventh Ward shooting

This is the third shooting on what has been a violent Sunday.

NOPD: 4 shot, 2 killed in New Orleans 7th Ward

The shooting happened in the 2000 block of N. Dorgenois

Woman dies following stabbing; suspect arrested

One person is in custody following a fatal stabbing on Sunday morning.

Criminologist reacts to mass shooting near French Quarter

Criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf says the state of mind someone would have to be in to openly fire a gun into a crowd, especially with police officers just feet away, is a terrifying thought.

Mayor Cantrell, NOPD Chief release statements on Canal Street mass shooting

NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson says investigation is in the very beginning stages

Suspect arrested in connection to fatal shooting at NWLA nightclub

Investigators with the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office are working to learn more about a shooting that left two people dead and others injured on Sunday morning.

Man injured in shooting; gunman still at large

Shreveport Police are investigating a shooting on Sunday morning.

BPSO: Suspect arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old

The Bossier Parish Sheriffs Office has announced an arrest in connection to the shooting death of 18-year-old Johnathan Bothwell.

Man accused of forcing a child to perform oral sex

Booking records show the 33-year-old now faces a charge of rape

  Bossier seeks public’s help in solving deadly shooting

Investigators urge the public to help provide more clues about what may have led to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old young man, just hours after Thanksgiving ended.

  Bossier City police on lookout for holiday shopping thieves

Police Department also offers tips on how to shop safely and what to do if you travel out of town

2 men face charges over accident that hurt 2 children

A car struck the girl and boy as they crossed a busy Shreveport intersection; the girl then was hit by another car

Houston area murder suspect may be in the ArkLaTex

The 24-year-old with ties to Texarkana is accused of killing a store clerk during a robbery in Sugar Land, Texas

SPD officer arrested, accused of distributing steroids

The Shreveport Police Department has confirmed that an officer is in federal custody — accused of distributing steroids.

Shooting wounds woman in car in Shreveport

Gunfire narrowly missed a toddler and the male who was driving their car, authorities say

  Car hits 2 children crossing busy intersection

Injured were a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy; and the girl also was struck by a second vehicle, authorities say

Scam artists posing as SPD officials to collect money

The number, (318) 673-6900, has been reported as being misused.

Texan wanted in PA arrested after fighting 2 LA deputies

He intensely fought the law officers for 9 minutes when they tried to arrest him during a traffic stop

  Inmate walks away from work detail

He was in jail on a probation violation, a charge of simple assault and traffic offenses and was due to be released Dec. 9

Authorities: Beauregard deputy directing traffic struck by truck

A Beauregard deputy directing traffic at the intersection of La. 112 and Three Pine Church Road was hit by a truck early Sunday morning.