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February 2013 Archives

Murder defendant urged to plead guilty by convicted former girlfriend

East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty in a murder case involving Dominique Dantoni Smith, a man accused of taking the life of his former girlfriend and her 3-year-old son. In that incident, which reportedly took place at a park near Zachary in May 2008, Smith was also accused of cutting the throat of his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter.

Baton Rouge man faces third DUI charge in less than year's time

A 59-year-old man was reportedly arrested on Monday and accused of driving under the influence, making for his third DUI arrest in less than a year-s time and his second in the last two weeks. In addition to the DUI charge, he was also charged with operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.

Juvenile justice professionals seek better programs for juvenile offenders

According to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Public Health and Justice at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Louisiana incarcerates a higher percentage of young inmates with mental health needs than most other states. As the director of the institute, Debra DePrato, admits, "We don't do a very good job of keeping mentally ill kids out of the juvenile justice system."

Sex offender forced to do walk of shame in front of courthouse

We all remember reading The Scarlet Letter in high school, how Hester Prynne was sentenced to wear a badge of shame for her crime. We usually think of this sort of thing as belonging to the puritan culture of that time, but things like this still happen today. In fact, one Indiana man recently received a sentence similar to this for his crime.

Police target prostitution and human trafficking offenses during Super Bowl

Over 80 people were arrested and charged with sex crimes by federal, state and local law enforcement officials during this year's Super Bowl as part of a national initiative to target sex trafficking. The initiative, Operation Innocence Lost, has the goal of particularly targeting sex crimes involving children.

Louisiana Department of Revenue gears up to battle tax fraud

With tax season just around the corner, the IRS is gearing up-has been for awhile now-for an influx of fresh cases of income tax fraud. With the advent of nearly total electronic filing, the crime has been sharply increased, putting the federal government to work.

Randy Travis pleads guilty to drunk-driving, gets probation

On Thursday, country singing legend Randy Travis pleaded guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge connected to an incident last summer when Travis was found naked after crashing his car in Sherman. In exchange for his guilty plea, Travis received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. If he fails to complete probation successfully, he will face jail time.

Baton Rouge sees uptick in homicides in January

Only weeks after East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden announced in his annual State of the City address that murders were down 60 percent in Baton-pointing to statistics showing a decline in violent killings in the last several months of 2012. In January-police are reporting that there were 12 violent deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish. Nine of the twelve were shot as a direct result of homicide crimes, and an additional three were accidentally shot.

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