KSLA Investigates

  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.

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

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: OMV gets own policy wrong, denies free taxpayer service

KIRAN: Sheriff Cazes says ‘I made a mistake. I’m sorry.’ on interrogation tape

  Girl’s father furious after accused child rapist freed on bond - twice

  Proposed bill could reduce incarcerated children across state

Shreveport mayor, 3 other NWLA politicians face ethics fines

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Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Louisiana teacher on paid leave for allegedly hitting student with Off can

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

KSLA obtains police dash cam video of fatal officer-involved shooting

Watch the chase, hear the gunfire that led to Shreveport man’s death

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

How jury selection works in a Louisiana death penalty case

Since courts consider death the ultimate punishment, selecting a legally fair and proper jury takes on a heightened sense of importance in capital murder cases.

  Officials say former Bienville fire chief misused public funds

He’s working to repay thousands of dollars; whistleblower fears he is getting off easy

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

  Family member of Nathaniel Code’s victims speaks to state panel

Shreveport death penalty case at heart of debate over Louisiana executions

  EXCLUSIVE LOOK: KSLA Investigates 80 harrowing minutes

  KSLA Investigates: Confessions of a killer

  KSLA Investigates: State finds numerous violations at youth detention center following suicides

A state investigation into the Ware Youth Center uncovered a series of infractions, after two boys, a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old, committed suicide at the juvenile detention center within 72 hours of each other in early February.

  WEB EXTRA: Officers describe the harrowing moments of April 12, 2018

On April 12, 2018 just after 11:00 a.m. dozens of Shreveport police officers swarmed a home on Natalie Street in the Caddo Heights Neighborhood. For the handful of officers who were first on the scene, what unfolded during the next 80 minutes would be nothing short of harrowing.

  Payroll fraud, theft among crimes LA investigators say DeSoto deputies might have committed

A year and a half after the Louisiana Legislative Auditor launched an investigation into whether DeSoto Parish Sheriff deputies abused a ticket writing detail known as LACE, the agency finally released its official report.

  Body camera could have given answers in fatal police shooting

KSLA Chief Investigative Reporter Stacey Cameron takes a closer look at a deadly officer-involved shooting. Through a public records request, KSLA Investigates learned the officer's police unit was equipped with a dash camera, however he was not assigned a body camera.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  Shreveport Mayor taps Raymond for longer term as Chief of Police

Ben Raymond is still the top cop in the city of Shreveport, but earlier this week his job title shifted.Raymond is now the provisional Chief of Police, following Mayor Adrian Perkins decision to change his appointment status.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  Making the grade: KSLA Investigates school cafeteria inspection reports

On a recent evening, while fixing her two kids’ dinner, Tabitha Trudnak spoke about the lunches where her daughter attends school, and her confidence in the cleanliness of the cafeteria serving those meals.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  KSLA Investigates: School cafeteria health inspections

But are school kitchens and cafeteria’s as clean as they look? Wanting to find out, KSLA Investigates looked at inspection reports from the Louisiana Department of Health, covering all the public schools in each parish school district in our viewing area.

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  Grieving aunt still seeking justice in nephew’s tragic hit-and-run death

“I will not give up,” said Katie Cross. “I just want to hear something, know something.”

  Affidavit: Murder suspect “romantically involved” with slain police officer

The cousin of a suspect accused in the murder of a Shreveport police officer admitted to being present and took investigators to the murder weapon, according to SPD documents provided to KSLA Investigates.

KSLA Investigates: Mayor of Clarence calls it quits

The Mayor of a small Natchitoches parish village and the subject of multiple KSLA Investigations, Tommy Evans, has quit.

LA domestic violence services jeopardized by government shutdown

“A lot of the domestic violence services offered in Louisiana are very reliant on federal funding that originates out of the Department of Justice."

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

107-year-old NY man is the oldest working barber in the world

Anthony Mancinelli, 107, still works full time, he lives on his own, and drives himself to work every day

  Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Many are surprised to learn companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe don’t keep DNA private if you give consent for the companies to share it.

  Overturned: Case against convicted child killer moves forward

Convicted child killer Brian Horn was back in a DeSoto Parish courtroom on Thursday.

  Handicap parking abuse on the rise

According to a recent survey, 74 percent of people acknowledge seeing an able-bodied person park improperly in a spot designated for someone with disabilities.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

Zurik: State senator’s sick time use is ‘criminal,’ law expert says

A statement from from La. Sen. Wesley Bishop's public relations representative raises serious questions about use of sick leave.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

  Local mayor embroiled in controversy in new lawsuit

Nestled in Natchitoches Parish, near the intersection of Highways 84 and 71, you’ll find Clarence. A quaint village of about 500 people. But, according to residents, this sleepy village has a big problem: Tommy Evans, the mayor.

  KSLA Investigates tragic hit-and-run

A 23-year-old man with special needs, Moss loved walking everywhere, and his typical route home from work took him along Highway 6 East toward downtown.

Zurik: State senator pocketing money while calling in sick

Documented proof has been discovered that a Louisiana state senator may be breaking the law.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

  Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

  The Price of Life: Trauma surgeon, shooting survivor reflect on gun violence

After a shooting, KSLA unfortunately has to often report a piece of information that’s become all too common: “the victim was taken to the hospital where they later died.”

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

  Convicted sex offender accused of failing to register his food truck business

Social media posts indicate he took Geaux Eat all over the ArkLaTex, including trips into Bossier and DeSoto parishes, as well as travels to Texas and Arkansas.

KSLA Investigates | DeSoto Parish D.A. barred from investigating possibility of law enforcement misconduct

At one point in time, the top two law-enforcement officials in DeSoto Parish, former Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle and District Attorney Gary Evans, believed members of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office committed crimes.

Bossier City Marshal’s office refusing to get involved in DeSoto Parish political fight

KSLA Investigates obtained court records that show the Chief Judge in DeSoto Parish has asked law enforcement outside his district to help access cell phones seized from District Attorney employees.

  Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

  Possible grand jury probe into DeSoto Parish LACE program placed on hold

A possible grand jury probe into how DeSoto Parish officials ran a ticket-writing program has been placed on hold, for now.

  KSLA Investigates: Unfulfilled Justice - Part III

Evelana Smith wants the public to understand that her son’s life meant something to the people who loved him. And she is convinced that someone has key information that could help police solve the homicide.

  KSLA Investigates: Unfulfilled Justice - Part II

Three women live with a reality most parents fear to imagine. They recently buried young sons. And two threads connect their heartache. No one has been arrested for killing their sons. And since Day One, they've felt all but ignored by the Shreveport Police Department.

  KSLA Investigates: Mother’s Pain, Unfulfilled Justice

After meeting with the prosecution team that handled her son’s case, a woman became convinced that lawyers presented a weak case to the grand jury, hoping to avoid a trial, because her son was homeless and struggled with drugs.

  Dramatic dash cam video shows fatal shooting by deputy city marshal

KSLA News 12 has obtained new video showing the heart-pounding moments before 41-year-old Bobby Wallace was shot and killed by Shreveport Deputy city marshal Derrek Brown in early August

  The “No-No” List: Louisiana’s Rejected License Plates

For many, cars are a four wheeled extension of who we are, where we’re going and what we love. They’re a mechanical form of personal expression with plenty of flair. But, the cherry on top of all the automotive creativity can often be found on a 12 by 6 piece of aluminum.

  Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

  Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

  Prior charge against alleged FB Live killer dismissed

KSLA Investigates obtained criminal files against Johnathan Tremaine Robinson from the Caddo district attorney’s office. During a thorough examination of the records behind five of Robinson’s most recent arrests, one case stood out.

  You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

  Man convicted of kidnapping, killing 12-year-old boy gets new trial

A man convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death will get a new trial. The Louisiana Supreme Court overturned the conviction and sentence for Brian Douglas Horn.

  New evidence in rape case against Mystikal delays bond hearing

Arguments over the request to reduce the bond of the rapper Mystikal never took place on Wednesday, as his attorney learned that investigators have new evidence.

Stephen F. Austin kicks off 2018 season with investigation into ex-coach looming

When the Lumberjacks kickoff the 2018 football season against Mississippi State Saturday, September 1, they'll do so with an interim head coach and several lingering questions surrounding former head coach Clint Conque.

  SPD officer arrested on his 2nd DWI charge in about 4 months

This is the second time in about four months and the third time in almost three years that 29-year-old Daniel Meyers has been arrested on a DWI charge.

State worker overseeing DeSoto registrar of voters' office

An agent with the Louisiana secretary of state's office is stationed in the DeSoto registrar of voters' office following the retirement and arrest of Deborah Stewart.

  Appellate judges question legality of DeSoto DA's LACE program

After hearing arguments for 40 minutes, a three-judge panel of the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal now will decide whether the DeSoto Parish district attorney is violating the Constitution and state law regarding the way his office is distributing funds from a traffic ticket diversion program.

  Judge makes key ruling in Amanda Carney wrongful death lawsuit

A court victory has been won by the father of Amanda Carney, the 18-year-old girl killed during a prison escape from David Wade Correctional Center.

  KSLA Investigates: yard sale dangers

No matter how good the deal seems, there are certain used items sold in yard sales and by other means that could be dangerous to bring into your home. Here are some that could pose a threat to your and your family's safety.

  KSLA Investigates: The Day Amanda Carney Died

It was a life full of promise, but a year ago today, Amanda Carney's life was taken during a violent prison escape at the David Wade Correctional Center in Claiborne Parish.

  KSLA INVESTIGATES: Are raw food diets safe for your pets?

It's a growing trend. Ditch the packaged dry and wet foods and put your pet on a diet of raw food. But could that be putting you and your pet at risk?

  Audit reveals DeSoto Parish traffic diversion program reduced funds to criminal justice system

A new state legislative audit found the 42nd Judicial District used a traffic diversion program so much it reduced the amount of money going into DeSoto Parish's criminal justice system.