Parish by Parish May 23, 2012
POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La.(NBC33) — The former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control was indicted by a federal grand jury.
Murphy Painter of Gonzales has been formally charged with computer fraud, making false statements and aggravated identity theft.
US Attorney Don Cazayoux said if Painter is convicted, he could face a maximum of 82 years in prison and fines up to more than $12 million. The 59 year old resigned from his position as head of Alcohol Tobacco Control Board in August of 2010. Painter is accused of using law enforcement databases for "non-official criminal justice purposes."
Iberville - La. State Police say there was a small chlorine release at the Georgia Gulf plant in Plaquemine. Haz Mat crews were called to the scene. They say employees were off loading chlorine from a rail car when pressure built up and triggered a relief valve. Four workers were taken to the hospital after inhaling the fumes. They were released and returned to work. The leak was contained and no one was evacuated.
Ascension- Authorities have arrested Fallon Gautreau for child desertion following an investigation into a drowning. On May 9 the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a medical emergency at a home located in Trailer Land in Prairieville. Gautreau's two year old daughter was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at the home. The investigation revealed that twenty-two year old Fallon Gautreau, mother of the two year old, left the two year old playing with other underaged children near the swimming pool while she and her mother went to the store. The child remained on life support until Friday, May 11, 2012 when the child was pronounced dead due to complications from drowning.
That's a look at what's happening parish by parish.