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United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Trevor Lee Engle, 22, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael J. Juneau for possessing approximately 300 images of child pornography on a cellular phone. 

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LAFAYETTE, La. – A federal jury handed down a guilty verdict on all counts against a former Fort Polk U.S. Army soldier who sexually abused a minor beginning when the minor was under the age of 12 years old.

Ronald W. Allen Jr., 40, of Fort Polk, Louisiana, was convicted after a two-day jury trial.  The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before the defendant was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and sexual abuse of a minor.

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Court logs show a Louisiana district court judge ordered a man's mouth be taped shut for repeatedly interrupting proceedings.

The Acadiana Advocate reports Michael C. Duhon was being sentenced July 18 for theft and money laundering.

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.

A former priest in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to a child molestation charge.

The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette reported 76-year-old Michael Guidry pleaded guilty Wednesday at the St. Landry Parish courthouse. The former pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Morrow faces between five and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

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Jose Melchor Martinez, 48, a resident of Church Point and a citizen of Mexico, has been arrested after being charged by a federal criminal complaint in U.S. District Court with re-entry of a removed alien. 

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The deadline to complete the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey is this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. This is the last opportunity for homeowners impacted by the March and/or August 2016 floods to request assistance from the program, as the program will be unable to consider anyone who has not submitted a survey by the deadline.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school district says a new policy is in place for campus volunteers after there had been little guiding officials about how to register them.

The Daily Advertiser reports the Lafayette Parish School System policy establishes two levels of volunteers, those who are and aren't supervised by district personnel while interacting with students. The school board approved the policy this month.

A Lafayette man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for making threats through interstate communications to the Lafayette office of U.S. Representative Clay Higgins.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a suspect shot by Lafayette police is in stable condition.

News outlets cite a state police release that says Lafayette police officers responded to "criminal activity" Tuesday night and encountered the suspect. The release does not say what lead to police shooting at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.

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