BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says a former volunteer firefighter from Longville has been sentenced to five years at hard labor for setting wildfires in woods near his home town. Brandon Lee Harris was arrested in February after a month-long investigation. Authorities say Harris told investigators he set the fires to be paid as a volunteer firefighter and for the excitement of fighting fires.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police have arrested a 25-year-old woman after a recorded jailhouse phone call caught her discussing the "hammer" with a suspect in last week's mass shooting that left two dead. Ashley Shorts is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Superintendent Philip Martin says low teacher pay has forced the Terrebonne Parish school system to hire 80 non-certified teachers, which is more than last school year.
Martin says two non-certified instructors lead gifted classes.
SORRENTO, La. (AP) - Fern Barnett, a 71-year-old great-grandmother, is running to be the next Sorrento chief of police Nov. 4. In doing so, Barnett has likely prevented the quick end to the police department that town officials have been building momentum toward for more than a year.
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