1:30 PM Newscast Feb 26

A Jefferson Parish Correctional Center prisoner escaped from the parking lot of Ochsner Westbank Sunday and drove off in a deputy’s marked car. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says 51-year-old Leon Ruffin, who’s been in custody for second-degree murder, was being transported back to the correctional center from the hospital when he escaped. Lopinto says Ruffin pepper-sprayed the deputy to gain control of the car.

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he Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office has not released many details about the November in-custody death of Jerome Stevenson. The Stevenson’s Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump says an autopsy report shows the 26-year-old died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and stomach…

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An inmate at the time, 37-year-old John Williams of Mansura, has been charged with second degree murder. Corrections deputies, 60-year-old Byron White and 61-year-old Frank Overbey also face charges.

After several wildfires sparked over the weekend a statewide burn ban will be issued. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Legislation that would give non-felon adults the ability to legally carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training continues to sail through the Legislature. The full Senate has already approved New Iberia Senator Blake Miguez’s measure and today it received approval from the House Criminal Justice Committee…

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