Latest Houma News

Seat belt stop turns into chase, man in bayou, drug arrest

Aug. 13, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A man stopped for not using his seat belt drove off from a traffic stop, struck a vehicle with his pickup truck during a chase, and then jumped into a bayou, authorities say. Byron Nevis, 32, of Houma was fished out of Bayou Lafourche and arrested Monday in Lafourche Parish on charges...

Community takes a Night Out Against Crime

Aug. 10, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Earl Woods Jr. said he was tired of criminals using his neighborhood in Marydale as a safe haven, so he did something about it. "When I first moved back here five years ago, half the street lights weren't on in this neighborhood," Woods said. "There was only one four-way stop sign....

Parish's surplus auction probe closed for lack of evidence

Aug. 6, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — An investigation looking into suspected malfeasance during a 2017 parish auction has been closed due to lack of evidence. The Houma Courier reports the Lafourche Parish Council requested an investigation into alleged improprieties during the auction but sheriff's documents say the...

Man killed in nightclub shooting; no charges filed yet

Aug. 4, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old man has been killed in a shooting outside a Louisiana nightclub, but no charges have been filed yet. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Andrew Naquin and another man started a fight in the parking lot of Vino's Night Club in Houma after it closed...

Louisiana school district retains interim superintendent

Aug. 2, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school district's board has voted to keep its interim superintendent in place indefinitely while the current chief is on medical leave. The Courier reports the Lafourche Parish School Board voted unanimously last month to retain Central Lafourche High School Principal...

Inmates cleaning up hurricane debris

Jul. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

DULAC, La. (AP) — It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. As the area cleans up from Hurricane Barry, Terrebonne Parish inmates such as Trent Folse have been dealing with the blistering heat to collect debris left behind in the storm. "There's been a lot of trash," Folse said (Wednesday) at the...

No retrial for man officers threatened to beat during arrest

Jul. 18, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial for a Louisiana man who was filmed being detained by officers screaming and threatening to fight him. The Houma Courier reports Christopher Verdin Jr. also was ordered to pay about $2,100 in court costs. Cellphone video of the 2017 arrest was posted...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

Antique store a labor of love for former prosecutor

Jul. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — After a career in the legal profession, some of that as a Lafourche Parish prosecutor, Diana Sanders has found a new calling. Sanders opened an antique store, Back In The Day, 825 Jackson St., Thibodaux, in July 2018 essentially as a hobby in her retirement. While opening a business...