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Labor Day influences efforts of state troopers

The risks of drinking and driving are well-known, but some people still need to be reminded of these dangers as Labor Day approaches. Many people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be drinking during this holiday because a number of businesses are closed to allow people to celebrate. These celebrations can contribute to a recipe for disaster when combined with getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, though, and law enforcement agencies across the state are aware of this. That is why there will be a crackdown on drinking and driving during the holiday weekend.

Sentences determined for couple accused of health care fraud

A former couple from Slidell, Louisiana, has been sentenced in a case filed against them by the federal government. According to reports, the 60-year-old woman and her 63-year-old former husband were accused of fraud charges related to health care, specifically targeting Medicare. She has been sentenced to five years in prison, while he was sentenced to 15 years. The U.S. District judge presiding over the case ruled that the couple will have to repay $17.1 million -- the figure they allegedly defrauded the Medicare program for - in restitution, and they must also forfeit $9.2 million.

New ordinance may make sleeping in public places a crime

It seems that Terrebone Parish, Louisiana, has seen a considerable rise in its homeless population over the past year. A count performed in February indicated that there were 78 adults and 34 children residing on the streets, in transitional housing or in emergency shelters. Reports indicate that these figures are 16 times higher than they were last year for the parish. Since then, many people have complained about these individuals sleeping in parks and accosting individuals who walk by. The Public Services Committee is considering an ordinance to make sleeping in parks and other public places a misdemeanor. It is expected that the committee will approve this ordinance and many are up in arms about this.

DEA may be using illegal surveillance tactics

Recent reports have revealed that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration may have been using debatably unconstitutional tactics to help law enforcement agencies around the country locate and arrest individuals reportedly involved in drug crimes. If these reports are true, then many criminal charges and arrests may have been based on illegal investigations. Depending on how this plays out, it could eventually lead to some hope for those that have been convicted and sentenced based on investigations that were instigated by the DEA.

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