NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say the deaths of two inmates at Louisiana's maximum-security prison have triggered a shakedown and a search for smuggled drugs, authorities said. Spokeswoman Natalie Laborde at the state Department of Corrections said inmate John Hatfield, 31, was found dead at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
LA PLACE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge has entered a plea of not guilty to three felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and a misdemeanor sexual battery count. New Orleans area news outlets report that St. John the Baptist Parish Judge Jeff Perilloux (PEHR'-ih-loo) entered the plea Thursday in La Place (lah-PLAHS).
HOUSTON (AP) - A former drug dealer from Louisiana on Texas death row for the abduction, rape and slaying of a 17-year-old girl during an apparent botched drug deal 20 years ago in Houston has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected arguments 43-year-old Charles Mamou Jr. had deficient legal help at his 1999 trial for the death of Mary Carmouche.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A fish market in Louisiana has been closed after state health inspectors say they found rodents, insects and a dog living inside it. The Shreveport Times reported Wednesday that the state Department of Health has ordered the Dupont Fish Market in Shreveport to close.
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