KSLA Investigates

  Videos raise questions whether DeSoto Parish deputies used excessive force

A series of police videos, obtained exclusively by KSLA, are raising concerns of possible excessive use of force by two deputies and a former deputy jailer with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department.

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Pushing for police transparency

  McGlothen family, attorney demand transparency from SPD

  Tommie McGlothen’s son wants answers after his Dad died, allegedly while McGlothen was in police custody

4 SPD officers on leave; LSP reviewing McGlothen case

  KSLA Investigates reveals video of Tommie McGlothen’s last encounter with police

  2 Northwest Louisiana nursing home employees allege that some COVID-19 deaths, illnesses were preventable

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KIRAN: Second woman files suit against Clerk of Court alleging sexual harassment, retaliation

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  “Freed & Furious”: Convicted child molester released on special bond 3 months into 5-year sentence

  Data reveal COVID-19 clusters in NWLA nursing homes

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

  Local ranchers face stampede of worry as cattle prices plummet

  Beef prices may keep your grocery bill high for the next few months

A large amount of beef is sitting in pastures all over the Red River Valley and probably not moving until the end of the summer.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

  Majority of Shelby County COVID-19 cases may be traced back to Tyson Foods

86 people have tested positive as of Friday, April 24th.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Louisiana receives failing grade for social distancing according to GPS data

Small rocks found in some Healthy Choice power bowls

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

  Coronavirus Pandemic: Can your landlord evict you?

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

  Hardy pleads not guilty to murdering business partner

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Woman reportedly raped at CenturyLink Center

Sources say it happened inside the arena the night of the DaBaby concert.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

Sunshine Bridge reconditioning, roadwork across state defaulted on by company with history of costly delays

Construction projects across the state awarded to Coastal Bridge, the company criticized for delayed and what some describe as “sloppy” work were stripped from the company after it defaulted on several contracts in early February, records show.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

KIRAN: Bail bonds company puts up commercial surety to bond out Melanie Curtin

Melanie Curtin, the third person arrested in connection to the disturbing Dennis Perkins child sex crime case, has posted bond.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Man who shot Bossier City mother, daughter pleads guilty to 2 counts of manslaughter

Frederick Dewayne Jackson agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for at least the next 60-years.

TikTok Challenge warnings

A new viral video challenge on social media is getting the attention of parents and fire fighters.

Protect your family from an estimated 1.6 million cars with tampered odometers

InvestigateTV has uncovered a hidden danger on the roads - one that’s illegal and potentially putting families at risk: rolled back odometers.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

Southern University, LSU report dozens of items that went missing in recent years

As the year comes to a close, staffers at public universities around Louisiana are working to complete state-required annual inventory checks to determine how many of the school’s items can’t be located.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

La. governmental agencies point fingers over accidental $26M issued in double tax refunds

The Louisiana Department of Revenue and Division of Administration (DOA) sparred over which agency was at fault over $26M of accidentally issued tax refunds in March when responding to a report released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA).

  Bossier City jailer among 11 arrested on prostitution charges

The detail was conducted Dec. 11-12 by Louisiana State Police troopers and other members of the Northwest Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force.

OIG questions whether Audubon Nature Institute used public funds for parties and Saints tailgating

The New Orleans Inspector General questions whether the Audubon Nature Institute and the Audubon Commission is following state law.

Parents warned of free child safety kit scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting parents to a scam involving nonexistent child safety kits being offered free of charge.

  Internal audit shows someone outside City Hall ordered changes in City of Shreveport’s insurance coverage

A member of Mayor Adrian Perkins’ administration may have jumped the gun, issuing directive before becoming a city employee

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Convicted cop killer testifies during penalty phase of his trial

Grover Cannon tells jurors they made “a big mistake convicting the wrong man”

THE INVESTIGATORS: La. secretary of state accused of violating state law, endorsing other candidates

Less than a week before voters head to the polls for the Non. 16 runoff election, questions have now been raised over whether Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin broke the law recently in his comments at a Republican rally in Monroe on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public about mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, being manufactured by Mexican drug cartels and distributed in North America.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

Romance scams are a growing problem in Alabama

What would you do for love? If it’s true love, your answer might be ‘anything.’

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

KIRAN: Thousands of dollars missing from fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

Co-Ed’s for Corey and Cody Gueho is an annual fundraiser held in honor of twins Corey and Cody, who were diagnosed with cancer. Frederick Gueho is their father.

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Preparing your kids for a school emergency

We spent months working to find out how often NWLA schools reported emergency drills.

THE INVESTIGATORS: More than 1,800 weapon-related incidents reported in 2018 in La. schools

It’s a scary situation that has become all too common. As weapons show up in schools more frequently across the country, the 9News Investigators have learned 1,833 weapon-related incidents were reported in schools across Louisiana in 2018.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  New software leads to “wrong arrest” of innocent woman

It happened in Bossier City; and she’s afraid another person could wind up in jail just like her

  SPD: By the Numbers

A look at the total force and number of officers placed on departmental leave.

  SPD responds to KSLA story on stolen police unit, investigation ongoing

The Shreveport Police Department has responded to questions asked about a stolen police unit discovered in East Texas.

  SPD car found in East Texas but never reported as stolen

“They apparently did not even know this car was missing,” Bowie County sheriff’s lieutenant says

  East Texas mother demands trial of man accused of killing two of her daughters 3 years ago

“We’re not seeking revenge, we’re seeking justice. We want it not to be hanging over our heads any longer; it’s just torture.”

BBB: Voice-mimicking software could be used in scams

As authorities investigate what could be the first case of scammers using voice-mimicking software for a major theft, the Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm, hoping awareness will be enough to prevent other members of the public from becoming victims.

  Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain facing 16-count federal indictment

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain now faces a 16-count federal indictment. He's accused in a kickback and bribery scheme.

  Trash dump draws complaints from residents

The pile of trash has drawn complaints from residents in Bossier Parish.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

Former superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Mike Edmonson, was reportedly cleared of any wrongdoing by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

Calculator%, Tiktok flagged among 15 apps that can be used to target minors, sheriff’s office says

In 2018, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida made national headlines after releasing a list of nine apps that predators could be manipulating to solicit children to commit sexual acts. The sheriff’s office released an updated list on July 26, 2019.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

Several children’s products recalled this summer

A.G. Jeff Landry wants to remind parents of summer safety recalls.

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

  Some Louisiana state lawmakers use campaign cash to lease high-dollar cars

“This is just Louisiana politics at its worst," professor says

  Louisiana OMV rewrites policy after KSLA investigation

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has entirely re-written a policy after a KSLA investigation revealed the state was misreading its own policy since 2015 - which forced drivers to pay for a service that should be free.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.