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A Louisiana man has been sentenced to two years' supervised probation for raping a 40-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in 2016.

The Daily Town Talk reports 63-year-old Bernard Jones pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of cruelty to the infirm.

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Authorities say a Louisiana woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter tried to kill herself and is now on life support.

Citing a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office statement, news outlets report Jasmine Victoria Anderson attempted to hang herself late last week and was hospitalized.

Anderson had been in isolation since her July 23 arrest on a charge of second-degree murder for the death of Audrey Lynn Chelette. Sheriff William Earl Hilton says the hanging attempt happened just two minutes after she was checked on.

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 Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 24-year-old Louisiana woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter.

KALB-TV reports Jasmine Anderson, of Alexandria, was arrested Tuesday for the second-degree murder of her daughter, Audrey Chelette.

Alexandria Police say Anderson was picked up Tuesday morning in Bunkie from a mental health facility and questioned before being processed into the parish jail Tuesday night.

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A former Louisiana prison warden and his ex-wife have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a corruption scheme.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office is holding nine meetings across the state in April and May to help choose locations for a new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.

Nungesser's office oversees state tourism efforts. It says the trail is planned to tell the story of Louisiana's role in the civil rights movement.

The nine meetings start April 22 in New Orleans and Hammond. They continue in Lafayette, Opelousas, Alexandria, Thibodaux, Monroe, Shreveport and Lake Charles through May 22.

The Catholic Diocese of Alexandria Louisiana named 27 clergy members accused of sexual abuse of minors. The cases occured between 1940 - 2002.  The Bishop of the Alexandria, Louisiana Diocese, David Talley, says he ordered an examination of all the files dating back to the establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches in 1853. A system of examination was established by which every file held by the Diocese of Alexandria was reviewed by two sets of examiners .  Bishop Talley says, "This evil can only be purged through a vigilant process that is transparent to the public.

Court records have been sealed from the public in the cases of two women accused in the 2018 burning death of a 6-month-old boy.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports the order to seal the cases was issued last week. Hanna Barker and Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith were indicted on first-degree murder in the death of Barker's son, Levi Cole Ellerbe.

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Health and community organizations around the state will join with the Louisiana Department of Health to shed light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Louisiana as part of NOLA HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day. Events will be held from November 30 through December 1 throughout the state to make an effort to remove the stigma surrounding these diseases and to slow the epidemic in Louisiana by sharing education about resources for testing and treatment. 

A former Louisiana police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of office, after his attempt to withdraw a guilty plea was rejected.

News outlets reported former Alexandria officer Kenneth Seth Thomas was sentenced Monday for an October guilty plea. The 43-year-old Thomas had been accused of selling drugs and having sex while on duty.

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former police officer in Louisiana who was arrested last year has pleaded guilty to one felony count of abuse of office. News outlets in Alexandria say Kenneth Seth Thomas entered the plea Monday morning. A marijuana distribution charge against the former Alexandria Police Department member was dropped. When authorities arrested the 43-year-old Thomas in September of last year, they said investigators learned that he had distributed marijuana and that, while on duty, he had sex with at least one woman. Thomas is to be sentenced Nov. 26.

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