KSLA Investigates

THE INVESTIGATORS: Blind zones on cars pose hidden danger for kids

A month after a 1-year-old was accidentally hit and killed in Baker, the 9News Investigators have found a hidden blind zone on cars that could put more children at risk.

Report says injured LSP cadets looked like ‘domestic abuse’ victims

DOJ to investigate allegations of La. inmates held beyond release dates

  Cold case: Who killed Tyrone Sumlin?

La. to receive $3M+ in Apple iPhone performance throttling lawsuit

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

  City of Shreveport served with $25 million settlement demand in police custodial death of Tommie McGlothen Jr.

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THE INVESTIGATORS: Report shows active hazing investigation at LSU involves alleged alcohol, physical abuse

  Man suspected of triple homicide has a long criminal history

Dog food recall expanded due to high levels of fungal toxin

Former DPSO deputy facing rape charge back behind bars

  Violence pushes Shreveport’s homicides up 112%

  Caddo judge faces questions over political opponent’s missing campaign signs

  DWI case postponed 14 times in wake of fatal wreck

After 3.5 years, victim’s friends fear that a suspected drunken driver could walk free

AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

Since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) launched to help businesses pay their employees to prevent great losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people have of course tried to exploit the program and defraud the federal government of money.

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

Tax hike and reduced benefits likely as La. runs out of money for unemployment

Louisiana is running out of the money it has saved to make unemployment payments. Without congressional action, the state will have to raise taxes on businesses and reduce weekly unemployment payouts.

  Former DeSoto Parish deputy jailer under investigation by state police following KSLA investigation

  KSLA Investigates: Will your child’s school notify you if a classmate, teacher or staffer gets COVID-19?

  Caddo assistant DA arrested on DWI charge

Livingston Parish woman tries to file for unemployment only to discover her name was fraudulently used

  Videos raise questions whether DeSoto Parish deputies used excessive force

Social club spending inspires questions for La. Sen. Bill Cassidy

  6 SPD officers accused of malfeasance in office

Grand jury indicts 8 in connection with alleged excessive use of force incident in January

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Pushing for police transparency

A police oversight expert explains what SPD should do to gain the public's trust

  McGlothen family, attorney demand transparency from SPD

The 44-year-old died while in police custody back on April 5.

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

Son of Tommie McGlothen, Jr. demands transparency.

4 SPD officers on leave; LSP reviewing McGlothen case

News of the action was disclosed after KSLA uncovered video of his last encounter with Shreveport police

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

The first frames of the grainy video show Shreveport police wrestling Tommie McGlothen to the ground under a carport on Eilleen Lane.

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

“It’s scary. We don’t know who will be infected next, or if we will be infected”

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

A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment within the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

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

A man convicted and sentenced to molestation of a juvenile is now out on a rare bond — after only three months behind bars.

  Data reveal COVID-19 clusters in NWLA nursing homes

Overall, 434 people have contracted coronavirus and 78 of them have died, the report shows

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

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Local ranchers face stampede of worry as cattle prices plummet

As meatpacking plants fight off COVID-19 outbreaks, cattle ranchers in the Red River Valley struggle to find a market for herds that have lost a third of their value.

  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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks one month since the state of Louisiana has been under a stay-at-home order. The state has received a failing grade according to data collected by a company that tracks cellphone GPS data.

Small rocks found in some Healthy Choice power bowls

About 276,872 pounds of Healthy Choice power bowls should be thrown out.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Coronavirus Pandemic: Can your landlord evict you?

A housing official fields your questions about what’s legal, what’s illegal and what you should do if threatened with eviction.

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

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Hardy pleads not guilty to murdering business partner

Hardy pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and obstruction of justice charges in the murder of his business partner, 48-year-old Garrett Wilson.

  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.