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UNIVERSITY-SEXUAL ASSAULTS

No La. policy handling sexual assaults on campuses

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report says Louisiana has no statewide policy for handling allegations of sexual assault on college and university campuses, leaving students open to varied experiences depending on which school they attend.

The stsate Board of Regents released the report Monday.

State Sen. J.P. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat who had asked for the statewide look, tells The Advocate legislation likely will be proposed during the Louisiana Legislature's 2015 session to address sexual assault on college campuses and possibly make policies more uniform.

Campus sexual assault has seen a recent spike in attention nationally, with several high-profile inquiries on the federal level.

None of Louisiana's colleges are among the 76 schools under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights over how they handle sexual assault allegations.

INJURED TODDLER

Couple arrested for delaying treatment of toddler

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies say a Bethany couple has been arrested for cruelty to a juvenile after they delayed seeking medical treatment for a toddler with a head injury.

Sheriff Steve Prator tells The Times 27-year-old Jeffrey Noble and 26-year-old Stephanie File-Malone told deputies the 15-month-old girl was injured when Noble feel asleep while feeding the child in his lap and dropped her. They said Noble then fell on top of the child.

Deputies say they waited two days to seek medical treatment for the toddler, whose head was bruised and swollen.

Prator says Noble and File-Malone were also arrested for possession of marijuana after deputies found marijuana at their home and in File-Malone's car.

It was unclear whether the couple has an attorney.

LAUNDROMAT RAPE

Man pleads guilty to 1990 rape in laundromat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Prosecutors say a 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a rape committed nearly 25 years ago.

Orleans Parish prosecutors tell NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune Darrell Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to one count of forcible rape in the October 1990 rape of a woman waiting for a bus.

They say Johnson dragged the woman into an empty laundromat, where he beat and raped her.

The woman was unable to identify her attacker, but New Orleans police detectives were able to recover DNA from the scene. Detectives matched that DNA to Johnson using a national DNA database.

COUPLE KILLED

Trial date set in double murder case

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Authorities say a 35-year-old Raceland man accused of facilitating a police informant's killing last September is set for trial Nov. 17.

Toronzo Thompkins faces two counts of second-degree murder after the target, 41-year-old Nikki Landry of Larose, and 54-year-old Harry Lefort of Cut Off, were shot to death.

While jailed, police say Thompkins learned Landry had been working as a police informant.

As an informant for the Lafourche Drug Task Force, prosecutors say Landry regularly bought drugs while wearing a hidden camera and volunteered information to police.

A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

The Courier reports state District Judge Jerome Barbera has been assigned the case.

CENTRAL SCHOOLS-DRUGS

2 students hospitalized after alleged drug use

CENTRAL, La. (AP) - School officials say two seniors at Central High School are in the hospital after apparently ingesting synthetic marijuana.

Superintendent Michael Faulk tells The Advocate the boys, ages 17 and 18, apparently used the drug while in the bathroom Monday and they went into class where "they had issues." Faulk did not elaborate.

He says at least one of them had drug paraphernalia connected with the synthetic marijuana. Both students are being recommended for expulsion in accordance with Central's student handbook.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, said Monday that detectives are still waiting to talk to the students at the hospital.

RED RIVER-SKELETON FOUND

Arkansas officials request DNA test of skeleton

FULTON, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police are working with Louisiana forensic experts to determine if a female skeleton found on a Red River sandbar is a missing Ashdown woman.

Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton tells the Texarkana Gazette authorities believe the remains could be 42-year-old Janice Northcross, who has been missing since Feb. 8. Authorities say Northcross jumped or fell in the Red River near Fulton to avoid a tractor-trailer that was skidding toward her on an icy Interstate 30 bridge.

Singleton says state police have sent DNA from the bones to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. The office will work with the county coroner and Louisiana State University forensic anthropologists.

Authorities found the skeleton last week near Fulton after dove hunters discovered a skull.

NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING

5 men shot in eastern New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting in eastern New Orleans near a gas station and convenience store that left five men injured.

Officer Frank Robertson says the five men -- ages 20, 27, 35, 54 and 60 -- were shot around 8 p.m. Monday.

Robertson says the 27-year-old was struck multiple times, while the remaining men were each shot once. He says two of the men were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance while three arrived by private vehicle.

Their conditions were not immediately available.

Robertson says evidence suggest that one of the men may have been the target of the gunfire.

CHILD'S DEATH

New Iberia man guilty in death of 4-year-old

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - A state judge has found Jamal Charles of New Iberia guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl and the injuring of her 3-year-old brother.

KATC TV reports the verdict was released Monday. Charles' bench trial ended Friday.

Investigators say Charles put the victim and her 3-year-old brother, who suffered burns, in a bathtub filled with water that was 180 degrees. Charles also is accused of beating the girl with a hammer.

Charles' sentencing is set for Oct. 14.

MELVILLE UTILITY AUDIT

Audit: About $62,000 missing from Melville utility

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state audit finds Melville is missing more than $62,000 in payments for utility services from 2012 to 2014, a number that represents roughly 12 percent of utility receipts for that period.

The state Legislative Auditor's report says the two employees who handle utility accounts for the small St. Landry Parish town deny taking any of the money.

As for where the cash is, Melville Mayor Willie Haynes III tells The Advocate the investigation has yet to locate any of it.

Haynes said the audit report will be forwarded to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office.

The mayor said the two employees still have their jobs, and the town plans to take no personnel action at this time.

LIVINGSTON-FATAL ACCIDENT

Livingston deputies find body on Albany road

ALBANY, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish deputies are searching for the driver of a vehicle that is believed to have struck and killed a man in Albany.

The Advocate reports authorities were alerted to a body in the middle of North Cafe Line Road early Sunday morning.

Deputies say they found 27-year-old Cleveland Mareal Barnes Jr., of Tickfaw, unresponsive with several visible injuries to a majority of his body.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies believe he was run over and they are now searching for information related to the incident.

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