According to a Lake Charles TV news report, seven people have been arrested in connection with a pawn shop burglary and home invasion. The incidents apparently took place about two hours north of Lake Charles in Vernon Parish.
We have not seen much bipartisanship in this year’s Congress, but it has finally reared its head as the end of 2018 is just days away. A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats that include lawmakers, prosecutors and defense attorneys across the nation are getting closer and closer to passing a criminal justice reform known as the First Step Act.
When couples marry, they often vow to have and to hold their spouse for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. One Louisiana sheriff is accused of taking his wedding vows too far after he allegedly allowed her to drive a marked police vehicle though her driver’s license was suspended.
There is irony in the title of Jay Z’s debut album – “Reasonable Doubt” – and an annual concert recently promoted by the music legend. A 22-year-old Louisiana man was flown to the show as a special guest where he was cheered by concert-goers celebrating his freedom.
In many situations, white collar criminal investigations can stretch out over weeks and months and in some cases, even longer. An investigation of two women who live about 200 miles due north of Lake Charles began about six months ago, according to news reports.
Change has swept across the nation in recent years, with a number of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Those changes have yet to reach Louisiana, however. We continue to have some of the strictest drug laws in the U.S.
It is one of those calls that every parent dreads: the police are on the phone to notify you that your child has been picked up and is suspected of illegal activity. Some Louisiana parents north of Lake Charles recently received such a call after their 13-year-old boy was arrested in Caddo Parish.
News articles about alleged wrongdoing all have something in common: the person arrested always sounds guilty. Why? Because the details of arrests and evidence all come from the police or prosecutors. Naturally, those two groups are not particularly interested in other versions of events. Their jobs are to make arrests and get convictions.
Last year's sweeping reform resulted in drastic changes to Louisiana's prison population. For instance, state officials have reported that there has been a 20 percent decrease in people put in prison for nonviolent crime and a 42 percent decrease in the number of people imprisoned for drug possession.
It takes about two hours to drive northeast from Calcasieu Parish to Evangeline Parish. According to Louisiana State Police, its detectives recently arrested four women and a man on insurance fraud charges.