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LPCC settles death suit for $225k

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has settled a lawsuit for $225,000 with the family of a man who died after spending 17 days in solitary confinement on a pair of misdemeanors his family claims he never was formally booked for.

Filed by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, the suit names Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom and Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Director Rob Reardon in the wrongful death and false imprisonment of John Horace Howard Jr. Continue reading

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Man Jailed for Traffic Ticket Dies in Cell

Man Jailed for Traffic Ticket Dies in Cell After 17 Days of Torture. Officers Watched It Happen.

It was a death sentence.

David Stojcevski, a 32-year-old resident of Roseville, Michigan, was arrested for failing to pay a $772 fine stemming from careless driving. A court ordered him to spend a month in the Macomb County jail.

Over the next 17 days of his incarceration in a brightly lit cell—where he was denied clothing—he lost 50 pounds, suffered convulsions, and eventually began to hallucinate. He died in agony, from a combination of obvious, untreated drug withdrawal and galling neglect. Continue reading

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Ville Platte man dies in collision with trailer hauling hay

A utility trailer disconnected from a truck and hit another truck head-on Tuesday morning in Evangeline Parish, causing the death of a 43-year-old Ville Platte man, according to Louisiana State Police.

Around 11:15 a.m., troopers from Troop I responded to the crash on La. Highway 1171, north of Industrial Park Road. James Erwin was driving a 2012 Ford F150 pickup southbound when it was hit by the trailer, which was carrying hay and had broken away from a 2006 Ford F250 pickup driven by a 16-year-old boy.

The boy didn’t realize the trailer had broken away until he arrived at his destination, about a mile away, according to the release.

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Toddler dies after falling out of moving vehicle

A toddler who fell out of a moving vehicle near Church Point Monday evening has died.

According to State Police, 2-year-old Mitchell Watson was riding unrestrained in the front passenger seat of 32-year-old Amber Watson’s Ford Edge. Troopers said the child fell out of the front passenger window on La. 365 north of La. 1099 in Acadia Parish.

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Two arrested in March fatal hit and run near Jeanerette

State Police arrested two people Saturday in a March 13 fatal hit and run on LA 182 east of Jeanerette in which the victim was struck by two vehicles, neither of which stopped.

 Brian Timken, 46, of New Iberia, and Kayla Norris, 25, of Franklin, were booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail, said Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, in a news release.

Timken was booked on counts of hit and run and obstruction of justice, while Norris was arrested for hit and run.

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Iberia Parish sheriff seeks FBI investigation of prisoner death at parish jail

NEW IBERIA — Criminal charges were never filed in the 2009 death of Iberia Parish inmate Michael Jones, but Sheriff Louis Ackal is now asking the FBI to investigate the case after a judge ruled excessive force led to Jones’ death.

In the civil trial of the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Jones’ parents, witnesses lodged allegations of excessive force against two of Ackal’s former deputies, brothers Wesley and Jesse Hayes, who were involved in a struggle with Jones when he died in the jail. Continue reading

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Two lawsuits filed in death Scott man who died after being shackled and pinned down by police

Minjarez lost consciousness during arrest


The mother and grandmother of two children of a Scott man who died a year ago after losing consciousness during an arrest have filed separate wrongful-death lawsuits in federal court in Lafayette on behalf of the minors.

Catherine Cortez filed suit Friday in the death of her son, Robert Minjarez Jr., a day after Heather Scanlan — the mother of the two children — filed her own lawsuit.
The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office ruled Minjarez’s death a homicide in September, citing the 30-year-old’s cause of death as asphyxia “due to face-down physical restraint by law enforcement officers,” with muscle breakdown and cocaine toxicity cited as contributing factors.

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Toyota to Pay $11.4 Million in Fatal Camry Crash

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Koau Fong Lee spent more than two years in prison after his Toyota (TM) unexpectedly sped up and crashed into another car, instantly killing two people and badly injuring three others.

On Monday, a jury in Minnesota found that Toyota was 60% responsible for the accident and ordered the automaker to pay $11.4 million to Lee, his family and victims of the crash.

The verdict, which came after a three-week trial in federal court, said the accident was caused by the car’s unintended acceleration, a problem that forced a massive recall of Toyota vehicles from 2009 to 2011.

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