PM LRN Newscall

New litter laws take effect tomorrow. Jeff Palermo has more…

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Slidell Police say a domestic disturbance lead to a fatal stabbing Sunday evening. Michelle Southern reports…:

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New laws take effect tomorrow that seek to curb the litter problem in Louisiana. One law lowers the fine for littering from $1,000 to $900. Fines for littering were doubled in 2015, which triggered jury trial provisions that made enforcement less likely. Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Susan Russell hopes reducing the fine will lead to better enforcement of litter laws.

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The law also increases the community service penalty for littering. First offense penalties double from 8 to 16 hours, and second offense increase from 16 hours to 20 hours. Russell hopes requiring litterers to pick up trash will discourage them from littering again.

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Another law requires litter prevention to be taught in schools from kindergarten through fifth grade. Russell says educating our youth is a great way to address the litter problem. She says the younger generation has to deal with waste management in ways that older people never have.

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The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has proposed adding the American Creosote Deridder, an environmentally contaminated site in Deridder, to the Superfund National Priorities Site. Greg Langley with the state Department of Environmental Quality says once this Beauregard Parish site is added to the list, it’s in line to receive federal funding that can go towards cleanup efforts.

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The state currently has 27 other Superfund sites. Langley says they don’t know when the funds will become available but this is a step in the right direction for getting the area cleaned up. He says the creosote was originally used on the timber to make it last longer and protect it from insects but…

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The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry links Creosote to blisters on the skin, damage to vital organs and stomach pains. Langley says the site in Beauregard Parish was used to treat lumber from the 1920s to the 1940s. He says it took decades to realize the negative impact of the creosote.

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Slidell Police say a domestic disturbance lead to a fatal stabbing Sunday evening. Detective Daniel Seuzeneau says officers learned that the suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Thibodeaux of Pearl River, was arguing with his fiance, and threatening to stab others in the house..:

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Seuzeneau says the uncle died at the scene, and Thibodeaux fled to Mississippi where he was caught last night…:

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Seuzeneau says the message here remains that domestic violence is a very serious issue…:

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(Thibodeaux was booked with second degree murder and more charges are expected to be filed.)


It was a deadly weekend in Baton Rouge, as multiple people have died from violence in the Capitol City. Sgt. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department says two teens were killed when a drug deal went wrong on Sunday evening.

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The victims are identified as 19-year-old Kenyi Kolok and 18-year-old Orenthean Daniels. Coppola says police are working to determine if a third suspect was involved.

A woman was found stabbed to death in a home on Sunday morning. Coppola says detectives are working to identify a suspect in the death of 41-year-old Sara Hernandez.

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Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.


A former Livingston Parish teacher admits to having a sexual relationship with a teen a student. 33-year-old Lynsie Pendarvis pleaded guilty to all charges against her and sentenced to five years. But District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says Pendarvis might not serve any time in jail…

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Perrilloux says Pendarvis is also required to participate in a two year program for sexual offenders offered by the Department of Corrections. He says because Pendarvis pleaded guilty, the victim is not required to testify in court.

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Pendarvis was arrested last June when police discovered her relationship was with a 15-year-old student at Walker Freshman High School. Perrilloux says she pleaded guilty to all charges.

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