HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A suspect in a 2018 Louisiana killing has been arrested in Mississippi.
News outlets in both states say 23-year-old Kevon Southall of Houma was arrested early...
Port Fourchon expansion project complete
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission has completed a $12 million slip expansion project at Port Fourchon, which serves 90 percent of offshore, deepwater oil and gas...
Sheriff: Toddler found floating in Louisiana pool has died
CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — The sheriff's office of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, says a toddler found unresponsive in a Chauvin pool has died.
The Courier reports the sheriff's office says the...
Girls basketball coach pleads guilty to child sex charges
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana girls' basketball coach has pleaded guilty to three child sex charges and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Police: Suspect got stuck in mud trying to flee robbery
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a man robbed someone he met on a dating website but got stuck in the mud as he tried to flee the scene.
Group wants to bring back Mardi Gras parade crowd costumes
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Krewe of Tradition is working to bring Mardi Gras costumes back into parade crowds in a south-central Louisiana city, with a four-hour costume-making workshop Sunday at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in Houma.
Former Louisiana port official arrested for theft
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A businessman and former official for a Louisiana port has been arrested for stealing nearly $1 million from his clients, authorities said.
Kristian Gaudet, 45, of Cut Off, was charged last week with two counts of felony theft, The Courier reported .
New Milano executive chef traveled long, winding road
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The road that has led 30-year-old Thibodaux native Patrick Trahan to the position of executive chef at Milano restaurant in Houma is not a traditional one.
Trahan has gone through the heights of training under one of the luminaries of the culinary world in France to the lows of the Louisiana penal system before his hire at Milano six months ago.
Louisiana diocese to name clergy credibly accused of abuse
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says it will publicly identify all of its clergy credibly accused of child abuse.
Bishop Michael Gerard Duca says on the diocese website that releasing the list of names on Thursday will be helpful to victims and help to re-establish trust.
Food bank president gave up lucrative career to serve
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Lawrence DeHart took a new job about four months ago, one he alternately describes as "head janitor" and "professional beggar."
His actual title is president of the Terrebonne Churches United Good Samaritan Food Bank, one that DeHart has held for two years now, but one that just recently became his full-time gig.
DeHart left his previous job as a drone specialist to help feed those in need in Terrebonne Parish for roughly one-third of what he made before.
Man sentenced in killing of girlfriend’s cat with machete
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of killing a girlfriend's cat and throwing it into a bayou has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The Houma Courier reports a judge handed down the sentence to 30-year-old Cody Toups after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals Jan. 3. Prosecutors say Toups also cannot own animals for 10 years.
Southeast Louisiana area needs volunteers to count homeless
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Parishes in southeast Louisiana are preparing for a homeless count that could help get more government money to advocacy programs.
Officials are looking for volunteers to identify homeless populations in the Terrebonne-Lafourche area.
BP approves expansion of Gulf oil project
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them.
"BP's Gulf of Mexico business is key to our strategy of growing production of advantaged high-margin oil. We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through technology, productivity and exploration success," Bernard Looney, BP's Upstream chief executive, said in a news release Tuesday.
Inmates to prepare meals for Council on Aging
HOUMA, La. (AP) — After budget cuts forced Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter to end his meal service for the Terrebonne Council on Aging, the program has found a new home.
Inmates from the newly completed Lafourche Parish jail will soon be cooking meals for the organization, said Diana N. Edmonson, Terrebonne Council on Aging executive director.
Louisiana sheriff’s office to let public see new jail
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — The public is getting an opportunity next month to see Lafourche Parish's new jail.
Officials have already toured the $40 million Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex during its grand opening Dec. 19, and now residents will have a chance to walk through the facility, the sheriff's office said.
New correctional complex expected to focus on rehabilitation
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A community celebrated the opening of a correctional complex that's expected to focus on rehabilitation and reducing recidivism.
The Houma Courier reports the opening of the $40 million Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex was celebrated Wednesday. Construction of the 118,095-square-foot (10971.4-sq. meter) structure near Thibodaux began in 2016 after parish residents approved a 0.2 percent sales tax.
2 Louisiana men cited for illegal oyster harvesting
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana men have been cited for illegal oyster harvesting.
News outlets report 29-year-old John Parker and 39-year-old Richard Ainsworth were cited for taking some oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and taking oysters from a polluted area.
Bourg bull rider set for National Finals Rodeo
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The grind of 2018 has landed a local bull rider in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Bourg native Dustin Boquet competed in over 100 rodeos all around the country this past year and earned $114,587.51.
The amount of money he made qualified him for the National Finals Rodeo as one of the Top 15 bull riders in the world.
The National Finals Rodeo ends Dec. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Today’s Santa pix: Rent Santa’s lap, use your own camera
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana fundraiser is renting Santa's lap instead of selling photos of kids with the jolly old elf.
The Courier reports that the Kiwanis Club of Houma is keeping up with the digital times.
Member Joan Malbrough said in a news release that the group used to sell photo prints to raise money, but most people now want to take their own digital pictures.
Former priest convicted of raping altar boy dies in prison
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has died in prison while serving a life sentence for repeatedly raping an altar boy.
Louisiana state corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick tells The Houma Courier that 82-year-old Robert Lester "Bobby" Melancon died of natural causes this month. Melancon was convicted in 1996 of the aggravated rape of an altar boy.
NCDOT awards contracts for 2 new replacement ferries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to build two new replacement ferries to go into service in 2020.
The department said in a news release that Gulf Island Shipyards of Houma, Louisiana, will build the two ferries for just under $23 million. The two new ferries, tentatively named the Avon and the Salvo, will carry 40 vehicles each and replace the smaller Hatteras-class ferries Kinnakeet and Chicamacomico.
German exchange student fits right in with football team
HOUMA, La. (AP) — When back-up high school linebackers get into varsity football games during blowouts it usually doesn't generate much excitement from the starters watching from the sidelines.
Unless that linebacker is Terrebonne High junior Florian Thorak.
Seacor Marine: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
HOUMA, La. (AP) _ Seacor Marine Holdings Inc. (SMHI) on Monday reported a loss of $16 million in its third quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Houma, Louisiana-based company said it had a loss of 71 cents. Losses, adjusted to extinguish debt, came to 69 cents per share.
The operator of a fleet of marine support vessels posted revenue of $70.3 million in the period.
Terrebonne citrus ripening early; Plaquemines normal time
HOUMA, La. (AP) — One of the last commercial citrus growers in south Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish says he lost hundreds of trees to last winter's cold, but hopes that a good crop in his remaining trees will let him fill his orchard back up again.
"I lost between 300 to 400 trees of my trees during the winter, and I plan to plant about 300 to replace those," Terry Breaux told the LSU AgCenter.
Passion for rugby leads teen to Mexico City
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Plenty of high school students from the area head to Mexico for their senior trips at the end of each school year.
But for one local teen, his experience in Mexico over this past summer didn't feature relaxing on a beach in Cozumel or Cancun.
Instead, Reece Guidry was playing rugby in Mexico City.
Lung transplant survivor races back to recovery
HOUMA, La. (AP) — After receiving his second double lung transplant last year, just getting out of a chair took a lot out of Paul Thibodeaux.
His weight fell to 108 pounds and he was on oxygen 24 hours a day with 12-percent lung function.
Not only did the Thibodaux Police narcotics agent make a full recovery and return to duty in April he participated in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, which were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month.
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Court: No review of 100-year sentence for attempted murders
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana court is refusing to review the case of a 31-year-old man who is serving 100 years for the attempted murder of two people.
Houma Today reports the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal Wednesday denied a review of Joshua Dean's case.
The Houma man was convicted in 2008 of wounding two people in separate drive-by shootings.
Louisiana senior football player continuing father’s legacy
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Whenever he puts on his No. 74 Terrebonne High School football jersey, Johnny Carter III said he feels a source of inspiration flowing through his body.
Johnny III, a senior offensive and defensive lineman for the Tigers, said the jersey is more than a roster number.
He wears it to honor the legacy of his father — former Terrebonne High, Grambling State University and NFL football player Johnny Carter Jr. — who died from a heart attack at age 36 on July 24, 2001.
Toddler drowns in family’s above-ground backyard pool
GIBSON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana toddler has drowned in an above-ground backyard swimming pool.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says 2-year-old Cooper Burges' parents found him floating in the pool Tuesday morning, after realizing that he wasn't in his bedroom and searching the area.
Louisiana father builds his son a Star Wars Landspeeder
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Houma native and resident Mike Levron is building a working replica of a "Star Wars" Landspeeder for his son.
"Funny thing is, I am not a Star Wars fan," he said. "I've never even seen the movies."
Everything started a couple years ago when Levron began collecting small sports cars. At the time, his now 10-year-old son, Jacob Levron, an avid Star Wars fan, told him some of them looked like a Landspeeder.
Seacor Marine: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
HOUMA, La. (AP) _ Seacor Marine Holdings Inc. (SMHI) on Thursday reported a loss of $25 million in its second quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Houma, Louisiana-based company said it had a loss of $1.25.
The operator of a fleet of marine support vessels posted revenue of $60.7 million in the period.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is moving forward with plans to replace a bridge.
Louisiana man arrested in connection with Georgia murder
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused in a killing in Georgia and a shooting in his hometown.
Houma police tell The Courier and Daily Comet that 20-year-old Jawon Mosley of Houma was arrested early Monday on charges of attempted second-degree murder and being a fugitive.
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — The first fish weighed at a Louisiana tarpon rodeo broke a 46-year-old event record.
Houma angler Guy Cenac hauled in a tarpon weighing 208 pounds 14 ounces Thursday at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. The event's previous record was 206 pounds, set in 1972.
Weighmaster Martin Bourgeois tells The Daily Comet it was a spectacular fish and a great start to the rodeo.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of killing his infant son last year.
The Houma Courier reports 20-year-old Chase Michael Lewis was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday for second-degree murder in the death of 3-month-old Jamyri Lewis. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into the family after Lewis brought Jamyri to an area hospital last October.
Man convicted of stabbing death involving pool cue
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 36-year-old Houma man of stabbing another man to death with a pool cue.
The Courier reports the panel spent an hour untangling conflicting testimony given by witnesses who saw Walter Rosario attack 33-year-old Antonio Aguado Jr. on Sept. 18, 2016 at the Las Amigas Latinas bar in Houma. The jury found Rosario guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder.
Rosario dropped his head and cried after the verdict was read.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.
The Courier of Houma reports that the bear was spotted Saturday in a tree in the yard of Jared Theriot (TEHR'-ee-oh) in Houma.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The news of the bloody attack came from a newspaper more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away, but not unlike their own, with deep ties to their town stretching back more than a century.
At The Courier in Houma, amid the bayous that marble south Louisiana, the staff was still digesting the outburst of violence that left five dead Thursday at the Capital Gazette and shattered the community of Annapolis, Maryland.
Bridge to Independence graduates enter the workforce
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Sean Adams loves being organized. So when the Bridge to Independence graduate recently joined the Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court's Office, he said, his new job fit like a glove.
"My favorite thing to do is organizing," the 26-year-old Larose resident said. "This is my favorite job because it helped me educate myself even more about organization."
HOUMA, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been found again in Terrebonne Parish.
The Courier reports independent testing returned positive results for Naegleria fowleri, which causes fatal brain swelling and tissue destruction, in Pointe-aux-Chenes. The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District issued the notification Sunday and has temporarily switched to a different disinfectant to kill the organism.
How the crawfish became an icon of Louisiana cooking
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Crawfish were what's for dinner in Louisiana long before the Cajuns, often associated with the savory crustacean, arrived in the mid-1700s.
The Houma Indians are mentioned in French documents as early as 1682, and the new settlers said the native tribe used a red crawfish as its symbol.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comcast has announced that it will begin offering gigabit internet services to some customers in Louisiana later this month.
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school board hopes to have procedures in place for finding a new superintendent by mid-May.
The Courier reports the Lafourche School Board instructed its search committee Wednesday to develop recommendations to replace the retiring Jo Ann Matthews by May 14. Matthews plans to retire in March 2019.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Terrebonne High School has named its new head boys' basketball coach.
The Courier reports Richard Jones got the nod to become the Tigers' new coach this week.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state House Appropriations Committee voted 17-6 to advance a Louisiana operating budget for next year. The proposal approved Monday would close a $648 million shortfall mainly by cutting spending on health care programs. The full House will consider the measure Thursday.
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A judge has denied a request for a new trial for a Louisiana man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in 2012.
The Courier reports that David Brown's defense attorneys had argued that Brown was not mentally equipped to represent himself during the penalty phase of the 2016 trial when he waived his right to counsel.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The effects of global warming can be seen and touched in Louisiana, where officials have begun buying higher ground to relocate an entire town in a bayou being swallowed by higher seas.
Teacher to get kidney transplant
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Looking at the two women sitting in a fourth-grade classroom at South Thibodaux Elementary, it's easy to think they have been lifelong friends.
But Lauren Lawes and teacher Jordan Starks met just two weeks ago as both their lives changed forever.
Starks suffered from preeclampsia during her first pregnancy, giving birth to her son at 26 weeks in January 2016.
The doctors said her kidneys were depleted, one at 12 percent of its normal function.
Invasive species ‘about to bust loose’
HOUMA, La. (AP) — The invasive apple snails that have become common in the waterways of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are expected to spread as far as Calcasieu Parish this year, according to experts.
"We're sitting on the edge of something that's about to bust loose over here," said Bobby Reed, a senior fisheries adviser with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.