GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for submitting false claims to get oil-spill recovery money. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Katisha Lombardo Deroche of Bay St. Louis was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Port of Gulfport has awarded a $47 million contract to a Louisiana company for work on the port's West Pier. The Sun Herald reports the contract went to Southern Industrial Contractors LLC of Rayville, Louisiana. The West Pier has been expanded and restored after Hurricane Katrina.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A magistrate judge has refused to move up a preliminary hearing for the only suspect in a deadly shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Magistrate Harry Cantrell's decision today came despite arguments by an attorney for 20-year-old Trung Le that Le didn't fire the first shot or the shot that killed a 21-year-old woman.
MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Rayville Public Works Director Arad Lorenzo Brown faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of malfeasance in office.Authorities allege the 50-year-old Brown used inmate labor to run his private enterprise while working as an employee with the town of Rayville.
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