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Louisiana teacher accused of kicking 5-year-old student in head

If you drive due east of Lake Charles on Interstate 10 for a little bit more than an hour, you will arrive in Lafayette. A special education teacher in Louisiana’s fourth-largest city was recently arrested on a charge of simple battery.

Early morning traffic stop ends in Louisiana drug-dealing charges

If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 200 miles, you will come to Bossier Parish. According to a news report, a patrol deputy with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office recently made an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 20 for improper lane usage.

Louisiana man on tricycle facing multiple drug charges

If you drive east of Lake Charles for about three hours, you will come to Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. The town of about 14,000 is home to Nicholls State University, rival to McNeese State, of course. Thibodaux is also home to a 29-year-old man who was arrested recently on drug charges after law enforcement officers found him riding a tricycle.

“Contaminated Memories”: a look at mistakes and misinformation in criminal justice

The acclaimed Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” examined the case of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. Penny Beerntsen, the woman who had been brutally assaulted, had incorrectly identified Avery as her attacker. DNA evidence later proved that another man had actually been the assailant.

Former Lake Charles police officer indicted for excessive force

Many of our regular readers know that a former Lake Charles police officer was recently indicted for allegedly using excessive force while making an arrest. Forty-four-year-old Robert Hammac is accused of assault with a Taser nearly two years ago.

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