Louisiana

Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Louisiana police officer preparing to go to work.

KSLA-TV reports that Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said Tuesday that 38-year-old Glenn Frierson, 26-year-old Trevon Anderson and 22-year-old Lawrence Pierre will be charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Officer Chateri Payne who was heading to work the night shift when shot.

Raymond has said Payne, who graduated from the academy Nov. 16., died within hours of being shot outside a home while in uniform last Wednesday night.

German chemical giant BASF will shut down a Louisiana manufacturing plant in April, affecting 54 workers.

BASF Southeast Region Communications Manager Blythe Lamonica says despite making "significant capital investment" in the Zachary-based facility, the company has decided to close it. BASF acquired the site from Novolyte Technologies in 2012.

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The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is hosting their 3nd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday, January 26. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Hub, 201 Washington Street in Monroe. Many local restaurants will be serving their signature dishes, accompanied by music, activities for people of all ages, and a silent auction. An all inclusive ticket is $40, that features a hand-crafted bowl that was made by a local artist. A $20 ticket is for those who would only like to enjoy the activities.

Netflix has bought the rights to a movie set in a century-old southwest Louisiana landmark called the Gothic Hanging Jail , even though it was filmed on the other side of the state.

Charlie Shotwell plays the title role in "Eli," about a boy being treated for a rare disease at a clinic in a haunted prison. It will be on the streaming service sometime this year, but no date has yet been set, Netflix spokeswoman Sabryna Phillips said in an email Monday to The Associated Press.

Funeral arrangements have been set for a recently graduated Louisiana police officer who was fatally shot shortly before a night shift.

News outlets report a public viewing and family hour service for 22-year-old Chateri Payne will be held Friday, while her funeral will take place Saturday morning at Summer Grove Baptist Church.

The Shreveport officer was shot multiple times Jan. 9 as she was in uniform leaving for work. Police haven't publicly identified suspects or a motive. Payne graduated from Shreveport's police academy on Nov. 16.

A Louisiana man is heading to prison after a judge sentenced him to 89 years behind bars for his role in a violent restaurant robbery that killed a 21-year-old woman.

Young restaurant manager Taylor Friloux was stabbed to death on June 29, 2016, as two men ambushed employees taking out trash at a Raising Cane's restaurant in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner.

About $1,000 was stolen from the store's safe. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports one of the suspects, 21-year-old Gregory Donald, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and other crimes.

New Orleans police say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested on a negligent homicide charge in the death of a 9-year-old girl.

Police spokesman Gary Scheets says in an emailed statement that the two were related, but other information about the boy cannot be released because he's a juvenile.

Police said in an earlier news release that the girl was in a residence when she was shot about 11 p.m. Saturday in the upper torso. She died later at a hospital.

The New Orleans coroner's office in a news release Monday identified the slain girl as Alisia Williams.

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.

The Thibodaux man was arrested in August. He was accused of grabbing the cat from inside his girlfriend's home and throwing it into Bayou Lafourche.

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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners are having their 9th annual January gardening seminar and seed swap. On January 19, 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM at the West Monroe Convention Center, bring seeds to trade or just come for fun. The registration fee is $20, pre-registration is preferred. The legendary seed saver, John Coykendall will present "Seeds of the Past" as the keynote speaker and joining him will be Dr.

When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles' pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining.

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