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Court continues hearing for Reed


A pretrial motions hearing for Reginald Reed Sr., who has been accused of aggravated rape, was continued to May 8.

Reed, 58, of Hammond, made a court appearance Wednesday before 21st Judicial District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe in Amite. During the hearing, the district attorney's office gave more discovery to the public defender on the case. Reed's surety bond is $42,430.

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TROOPER NOT CHARGED -- A Louisiana state trooper who fired six shots into a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop will not be charged in the driver's death.

According to documents released Monday, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux decided the September shooting of 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc was justified.

Body camera video shows Trooper Andre Bezou grabbing the driver's doorframe as LeBlanc tries to drive off. Prosecutors said Bezou would have been dragged or tossed if he hadn't opened fire.

Sherry LeBlanc said Bezou put his own life in danger by grabbing on and didn't have the right to kill her son. An attorney is planning to sue on behalf of Coltin LeBlanc's toddler.

Lt. Nick Manale said state police will determine if Bezou will be disciplined for policy violations. He's returned to regular duty.

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NARCOTICS SEIZED -- Narcotics agents recently arrested two suspects and seized 144 assorted prescription pills, 7 grams of marijuana, 8 grams of heroin and 2 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office narcotics division and Hammond Police Departments' narcotics agents used a search warrant March 7 at a residence on Happywoods Road in Hammond after city police had made numerous controlled purchases of suspected crack cocaine.

Subsequently, 41-year-old Alvin Cyprian, 41, and Rachel Giovingo, 34, both of Hammond, were taken into custody and charged with numerous narcotics-related offenses, authorities said. City police also charged Cyprian with two counts of distribution of cocaine base "crack."

Authorities also issued a summons to Jammie Porter, 32, of Hammond for alleged simple possession of marijuana.

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COVINGTON MANSLAUGHTER -- A 57-year-old Covington man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing his estranged longtime girlfriend and burning her body.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery said Wednesday that Gary Harris was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years for manslaughter in the death of 42-year-old Nanette King and 10 years for obstructing justice.

Spokeswoman Lisa Page said Harris had been charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the reduced charges on Feb. 14. On Feb. 7, his 67-year-old brother pleaded guilty as an accessory after the fact.

Montgomery said state District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Ray Harris to five years for helping Gary Harris get away and hide evidence.

Both are from Bush.

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DEPUTY FIRED -- A St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested on charges of drug possession and fired.

Terry D. Cederholm II, 36, was fired from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office immediately after his arrest Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Cederholm was arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation.

According to the sheriff's office, he was hired for corrections work in 2007 and worked court security before transferring to criminal patrol. Cederholm left the department in 2009 and returned in 2014.