Louisiana

Deadly tornadoes batter southern US states

Tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

On Sunday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agenda confirmed deaths across three counties.

In Louisiana, a number of homes were destroyed in the city of Monroe, with the city's official social media account initially reporting only minor injuries.

The National Weather Service said severe thunderstorms were likely through late Sunday into Monday, in particular across parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

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Storm Barry has been gathering speed over the Gulf of Mexico in recent days.

Officials say sustained wind speeds have grown to 50mph (80km/h) and may still reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall.

It is expected to bring a storm surge and heavy rainfall to the city of New Orleans - which has already seen thunderstorms and flash floods.

The National Weather Service warns that flooding from the slow-moving storm poses the greatest risk.

Hurricane Nate makes landfall in Louisiana

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida have issued hurricane warnings and evacuation orders.

Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.

The tropical storm has since strengthened and is now a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Although not as strong as last month's Maria and Irma, Nate is expected to bring strong winds and storm surges.

Girl brings note to school saying mom needs help

The woman was confined to a trailer that belonged to a family acquaintance "for at least a couple of weeks," East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis said. Her 11-year-old daughter was with her.

On Tuesday, the mother slipped a note to her daughter that she was scared and being held against her will. The girl brought it to East Feliciana Middle School and gave it to officials, Travis said.

"It's very alarming when a student shows up with a note asking for help," Travis said.

Authorities: 3 brothers, shooter killed in murder-suicide

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said the men were found dead in a driveway after an argument broke out at about 12:30 a.m. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks told the Advocate that the men were watching football and listening to music at a neighbor's house when they got into an argument over the music.

The suspected shooter was identified as Rodney Chemin, 60, and the three brothers as Joseph Allen, 57; Perry Allen, 55 and Mark Allen, 51. The four men were found dead outside Chemin's house.

3 new charges against man accused of killing state trooper

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says Kevin Daigle was booked Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Blake Brewer of Moss Bluff.

A news release says investigators believe the same shotgun was used to kill both Brewer and Senior Trooper Steven Vincent.

Daigle also was booked with stealing the truck that he had run into a ditch before Vincent found him Sunday, and with possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

Police: Trooper shot, critically injured during traffic stop

     

Other drivers stopped to help, said Sgt. James Anderson, southwest Louisiana spokesman for state police.

"As I understand it, they rendered aid to the trooper, they called for help using the trooper's radio, and they detained the suspect," he said.

He said the officer was in critical but stable condition Sunday evening, and the man accused of shooting him was also in a hospital.

Shreveport police: Officer shot, killed; manhunt ongoing

Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw says 24-year-old Thomas Lavalley was shot multiple times Wednesday night while answering a call about a suspicious person at a home in the city's Queensborough neighbourhood. Shaw says neighbors told the officer that the man inside the home was wanted. Shaw says the officer didn't know the man was armed, and he went inside and was shot.

Wife filed 2008 protective order against theater gunman

Court documents seeking the order said John Houser, "exhibited extreme erratic behavior and has made ominous as well as disturbing statements."

The documents said even though he lived in Phenix City, Alabama, he had come to Carroll County, Georgia, where they lived and "perpetrated various acts of family violence."

Houser "has a history of mental health issues, i.e., manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder" the filing said.

The Latest: Obama briefed on deadly movie theater shooting

Obama was briefed aboard Air Force One on Thursday by Lisa Monaco, his homeland security adviser, while on his way to Africa for a two-nation visit.

Obama asked his team to keep him updated on the investigation and the status of those wounded in the shooting.

He also offered his thoughts and prayers to the community of Lafayette, Louisiana, where the movie theater is located, and to the families of those who were killed.