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An arrest has been made in a recent burglary in Calhoun. The investigation by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies into an attempted burglary, trespassing and unauthorized use of a vehicle occurring March 13, 2019 on Garland Gin Road in Calhoun has led to the arrest of a Downsville resident.

Thomas Oliver Hamilton, age 29 of Downsville, has been arrested and booked in OCC on one count of Simple Burglary of a Vehicle, one count of Attempted Simple Burglary, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and one count of Simple Trespass.

The investigation is continuing.

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MONROE, La. – Christopher Loring, a former officer at the Richwood Correctional Center, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday for his role in a conspiracy to cover up the physical assault of five inmates by officers. Loring, 27, of Winsboro, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other officers to falsify documents with intent to obstruct and influence the investigation of a matter within federal jurisdiction.  

Nearly a dozen bronze sculptures have been stolen from a Louisiana artist. NOLA.com/the Times-Picayune reported that Covington artist Bill Binnings said he discovered the missing art and stolen tools Saturday. The original pieces were taken from his studio and foundry in Waldheim. Binnings said the sculptures were valued at around $47,000.

He said about $2,000 worth of tools were missing. Binnings says he thinks the thief knew about his studio, since it's in a rural area northeast of Covington and is behind two buildings.

A police officer and a driver have been taken to a hospital after a wreck during a police chase in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. told news outlets the wreck happened around 10 a.m. Sunday while officers were chasing a juvenile in a suspected stolen vehicle.

Coppola said preliminary information shows the officer was assisting the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office in stopping a reported stolen vehicle when the Baton Rouge officer was involved in a crash.

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A Louisiana man has been arrested after a pedestrian was struck and killed on an interstate highway.

News outlets reported that 36-year-old Christopher London of Baton Rouge has been charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a vehicle and vehicular homicide. 

Thirty-two-year-old Cyril Greene of Convent was struck around 1 a.m. Sunday while walking along I-110. Baton Rouge police said in a news release that Greene had been a passenger in a vehicle when his cellphone fell out along the road.

A woman and two children were killed and another woman and child critically injured outside the city of New Orleans in what authorities are investigating as a triple homicide a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

Deputies found the victims inside a home in Terrytown just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Rivarde said. The injured were taken to a hospital. Rivarde said authorities weren't ready to release cause of death or say whether any weapons were used, and he said no suspects have been identified yet.

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Many parents are aware of sex trafficking, but think it can never happen to their child. Pamela Samuels Young, attorney-turned-writer and advocate, wants to dispell that myth. "If your child has a cell phone, predators have direct access to them," Young says. 

Misconceptions 

Politicians and schools are now playfully competing for one Louisiana girl's college enrollment after she mistakenly applied to the wrong community college over the weekend.

Kaitlynn Lovelady mistakenly applied to Salt Lake Community College in Utah instead of South Louisiana Community College when trying to enroll in a summer class.

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A new $3 million operating room is ready to treat area hospital patients. On Wednesday, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - Monroe Medical Center cut the ribbon on a new Hybrid OR.  The new operating room is a workspace that combines imaging systems with a surgical table. 

Jonathan Pillips, COO of the Monroe Medical Center  says "By allowing clinicians to diagnose and treat in a single location, we can improve patient safety by reducing risk and delays". He says the new OR will lead to better patient outcomes and will increase efficiency. 

As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the scientific consensus that global warming is real and man-made.

A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards.

A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative ideas without fear of losing their jobs.

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