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September 30, 2018 - 12:00 am


Rapist released last month arrested for trying to rape again

(Information from: The Times-Picayune,

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A rapist released from prison last month has been arrested for trying to rape a woman at knifepoint in eastern St. Tammany Parish.

The Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Derrick Cousin forcibly entered a woman's Alton-area home Friday at about 1:30 a.m., triggering a security alarm that awakened her. He headed toward her bedroom, but she held the door shut. Upon hearing her call police, authorities say Cousin fled. Times-Picayune reports investigators used surveillance recordings to identify Cousin, who was arrested at a nearby home where he had been living since being freed.

He faces charges of aggravated burglary with a weapon and attempted first-degree rape. Bond has not been set. Jail records did not show whether he has an attorney.



Amite woman pleads guilty in case of relative held captive

(Information from: The Times-Picayune,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office says an Amite woman has pleaded guilty in a case in which a woman relative was held captive — sometimes in a makeshift cage. / Times-Picayune reports the attorney's office said in a news release Friday that Bridget Lambert entered a plea on Thursday on a count of forced labor conspiracy.

She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison when she's sentenced on December 20.

The federal case involved horrific accusations of abuse against the 22-year-old autistic woman who was kept captive for nearly a year.

Lambert admitted conspiring with other family members between August 2015 to June 2016 to use force and the threat of force to make the young woman work for them.

Authorities say Lambert admitted to one time holding the woman's arms so someone else could burn her with a cigarette lighter.



Hogs for the Cause renovates home for families at hospital

(Information from: WDSU-TV,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family members from out of town who have children in the hospital now have a place to stay on the Children's Hospital campus.

WDSU reports that Hogs House officially opened Thursday.

It has 13 family suites that each have their own private bathroom. There's a common area with two family lounges and kitchen space so people can make meals.

Hogs for the Cause is a top funding source for pediatric outreach services.

The organization hosts a two-day festival held every spring featuring a BBQ competition as well as a musical lineup.

The organization has been giving out grants for more than 10 years, including to Ochsner Hospital for Children and Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

A 1920's townhouse on the campus was renovated to turn it into a housing facility.



Arrest made in shooting death of LSU player Wayde Sims

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims.

Baton Rouge police said Saturday that 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson has been charged with second-degree murder and is at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Sims was shot early Friday during a street fight caught on video near the Southern University campus.

The department is crediting the Louisiana State Police fugitive task force, the state police crime lab, Southern University police and area citizens in assisting in the investigation leading to the arrest.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva thanked area law enforcement for its "diligence and pursuit of justice."

Sims was 20 years old. The 6-foot-6 forward grew up in Baton Rouge, where his father, Wayne, also played basketball for LSU. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds a game last season.


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The Latest: Prosecution rests case in burning death retrial

(Information from: The Clarion Ledger,

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The prosecution has rested its case in the retrial of a man who is accused of burning a Mississippi woman alive in 2014.

The defense is scheduled to begin its closing arguments Sunday in the trial of 29-year-old defendant Quinton Tellis.

The judge said he expected the trial to go to the jury later that day.

U.S. Department of Justice Analyst Paul Rowlett told the jury how he used cellphone records to piece together the movements of Tellis and the 19-year-old victim, Jessica Chambers, on the night she died.

The Clarion Ledger reports Rowlett said he received location data from several cellphones that showed Tellis was with Chambers the evening of her death, contradicting his previous claims.


Quiet start to Supreme Court term amid tumult over Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the storm before the calm at the Supreme Court.

Americans watched Thursday's high court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh with rapt attention. The televised spectacle was filled with disturbing allegations of sexual assault and Kavanaugh's angry, emotional denial.

On Monday, the court will begin its new term with the crack of the marshal's gavel and not a camera in sight.

The term's start has been completely overshadowed by the tumult over Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republicans had hoped to have Kavanaugh confirmed in time for the court's first public meeting since late June, an addition that would cement conservative control of the court.

Instead, there are only eight justices on the bench for the second time in three terms, with a breakdown of four conservatives and four liberals.


Dual-threat Johnson leads Alcorn St. past Southern 20-3

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Noah Johnson threw for 138 yards and ran for 81 and Alcorn State's defense smothered Southern in a 20-3 win on Saturday night in the Jaguars' homecoming game.

Johnson entered the game ranked 13th in the country in completion percentage (.684) throwing for 660 yards and rushing for 273.

After halftime, De'Shawn Waller plunged in from a yard out to end a 4-play, 58-yard drive to give Alcorn State a 10-0 lead. Alcorn State (4-1, 3-0 Southwestern Athletic) used a short field after Leishaun Easley returned Cesar Barajas' short kickoff 23 yards to the Braves' 42-yard line. Johnson had two carries for 56 yards — 36 and 20 — to get near the goal line.

Following Martel Fontenot's 28-yard field goal for Southern (2-3, 1-1), Qwynnterrio Cole intercepted John Lampley and returned the ball for a 36-yard touchdown to pad the lead to 17-3 with 4:14 left in the third quarter.

Lampley completed 9-of-26 pass attempts for 59 yards and Devon Benn carried it 21 times for 60 yards; his longest run was 10 yards. Alcorn State outgained the Braves 381-139.


Library moves 'Drag Queen Story Time' to bigger venue

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Interest in a Louisiana library's planned "Drag Queen Story Time" is so high that the event is moving to a community college auditorium.

A notice on the Lafayette Public Library's webpage states that it's moving the Oct. 6 event from the library to South Louisiana Community College because of safety concerns resulting from an expected overflow crowd.

Libraries and book stores around the country have held programs in which men in drag read stories to children. Some drew protests.

The Lafayette event is being presented by members of a University of Louisiana-Lafayette chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity of "gay, bisexual and progressive men."

Public comments at a city-parish council meeting last month were overwhelmingly supportive. At a library board meeting last week, opponents appeared to outnumber supporters.

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