Thursday, December 5 2013 11:58 AM EST2013-12-05 16:58:53 GMT
Investigators are trying to find a woman who may have details about a deadly crash. Louisiana State Police said their investigation into a wreck near Convent the day before Thanksgiving revealed one witnessMore >>
Investigators are trying to find a woman who may have details about a deadly crash. A witness told them a woman was driving a car behind one of the cars involved in the crash.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 8:43 AM EST2013-12-05 13:43:23 GMT
SACRAMENTO, CA (CNN) - Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets. But these aren't just any triplets, they're extremely rare babies. They were conceived naturally without the help of fertilityMore >>
Hannah and Tom Hepner are the proud parents of triplets.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 10:56 AM EST2013-12-05 15:56:05 GMT
One Louisiana sheriff said his department will continue to target those who sell alcohol to minors. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported two convenience store clerks accused of underage alcoholMore >>
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported two convenience store clerks accused of underage alcohol sales were arrested Tuesday night.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 12:53 PM EST2013-12-05 17:53:56 GMT
No injuries have been reported after a helicopter makes a hard landing in Port Fourchon Thursday morning. According to Port Fourchon harbor chief John Callais, the chopper was transporting people offshoreMore >>
No injuries have been reported after a helicopter makes a hard landing in Port Fourchon Thursday morning.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Murphy Painter, the former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control appeared in federal court Wednesday for his arraignment hearing.
Painter entered a not guilty plea in the case where he's accused of using his power and access to spy on people, mostly women. Painter showed up with a new attorney.
His former attorney, Frank Holthaus, said the new attorney underhandedly slipped in and took over the case without him knowing it. Holthaus was allowed to withdraw from the case and Timothy Meche was allowed to enroll electronically. A hearing scheduled for Thursday was cancelled.
Last week, a judge released Painter on his own recognizance, allowing him to remain free throughout his trial.
The 59-year-old was indicted on computer fraud, making false statements and aggravated identity theft by a grand jury on May 23.
The Office of the State Inspector General said it investigated Painter following a complaint from a former ATC employee. Inspector General Stephen Street said Kelli Suire claimed Painter was stalking her. He said investigators later found Painter used state and Federal Bureau of Investigations databases to get personal information about Suire and her attorney, Jill Craft.
US Attorney Don Cazayoux said if Painter is convicted of the above charges, he could face a maximum of 82 years in prison and fines up to more than $12 million.
The indictment alleges Painter made false statements to FBI agents. He is accused of using law enforcement databases for "non-official criminal justice purposes." The indictment also claims Painter exceeded his authorized access and obtained person identification information on several people throughout the area.