Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Louisiana's State Inspector General has launched an investigation into allegations surrounding the State Fire Marshal's Office, the 9NEWS I-TEAM reports.
State Inspector General Stephen Street would not give any details about the investigation, what led to the probe, or when it might be completed.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning retired from his job Tuesday effective immediately. Browning says he is not the target of any investigation and resigned to take a job as a superintendent at a plant in Ascension Parish. Browning says he received the job offer several months ago and it was "too good to pass up." Browning told 9NEWS he was not aware that the Inspector General has an ongoing investigation against the Fire Marshal's Office.
The Fire Marshal's Office falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety. State Police spokesman Doug Cain confirmed a trooper has been assigned to work alongside the Inspector General's Office as they investigate "several complaints" surrounding the Fire Marshal's Office. Cain would not elaborate but pointed out that the investigation will determine if the complaints have any credibility or if they are unfounded.
State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson says Browning has been credited with making sweeping changes to the Fire Marshal's Office through reorganization and cross-training of personnel. "The citizens of Louisiana have been fortunate to have had Butch serve as their Fire Marshal," Edmonson said. "His commitment to fire safety and prevention was unparalleled."
Browning was quoted in a news release about his retirement issued Tuesday afternoon. "I leave the Fire Marshal's Office proud of our accomplishments and the dedicated service of the Office of State Fire Marshal employees with whom I've served," Browning said.
Browning was appointed to the position of State Fire Marshal in March 2008. Prior to that, he was the Fire Chief for the City of Gonzales.