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News in Brief- October 17, 2018

News in Brief- October 17, 2018

Group to represent Louisiana juvenile lifers in resentencing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Public Defender Board has entered a $1 million contract with a children's rights group to represent more than 80 juvenile offenders awaiting resentencing hearings after prosecutors filed to keep them under sentences of life without parole.

The Advocate reports the board finalized the deal last week with the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights. The group will provide defense work for all of Louisiana's juvenile life-sentence cases still pending. State Public Defender Jay Dixon says the cases need the center's expertise.

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled mandatory life without parole sentences for youth offenders unconstitutional, except in rare cases. The remaining cases from the roughly 300 Louisiana inmates the ruling affected still need a court hearing to determine new sentences because of the district attorneys' opposition.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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Records: Man stole $630K in stamps to support gambling habit

KENNER, La. (AP) — A post office manager in Louisiana is accused of stealing more than $630,000 in stamps and selling them online to support a gambling addiction.

News outlets report 46-year-old Ryan Cortez was arrested Wednesday on charges including misappropriating postal funds or property. Federal prosecutors say this is one of the largest internal postal thefts in U.S. Postal Service history.

A criminal complaint says the Kenner man told authorities he stole stamps and sold them on eBay to support a gambling addiction. The complaint says Cortez said he also embezzled nearly $10,000 from a church where he worked as a treasurer. Court records say the postal service began investigating Cortez when it learned he was selling "significant quantities" of stamps through the online auction website.

Cortez has been appointed a public defender.

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Louisiana family reunited with missing dog 6 years later

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana family has been reunited with their dog that went missing six years ago thanks to a Mississippi couple who discovered the roaming pup.

WAFB-TV reported Sunday that owner Roberta Ostten says Jackson disappeared one night when he was let out of their Denham Springs home to use the bathroom. She says they searched the neighborhood but came up emptyhanded.

Patrick and Patricia Mounts, of Mississippi, recently captured the roaming dog near Denham Springs and took him to a veterinarian back in Liberty, Mississippi. The veterinarian discovered Jackson had a chip, which allowed a meetup to be organized.

Ostten's daughter, Annie Impson, says the reunion last week was surreal "because we thought he was dead and now he is back home, doing great."

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SEC fines LSU $100,000 for fans on field after Georgia win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has fined fifth-ranked LSU $100,000 for fans rushing the field after the Tigers topped then-No. 2 Georgia 36-16 over the weekend.

The league announced the fine Monday. It cited Saturday's incident as a second violation of the SEC's policy against fans on the field. The same thing occurred against Mississippi in 2014.

The SEC said fines collected against school for violating the competition-area policy are deposited in the league's post-graduate scholarship fund.

The league said a third violation could lead to a fine of up to $250,000.