AROUND THE STATE: Louisiana teacher salaries lag other states in the South

Staff Report
Louisiana teachers were paid an average of $51,600 for the 2019-20 year.

Louisiana's average teacher salary lags

Louisiana teachers are behind most of the states in the South in average salary.

Statewide, teachers were paid an average of $51,600 for the 2019-20 school year.

Louisiana ranked 12th among the 16 states in the southern region of the United States.

The national average is $64,000.

Woman found guilty of aggravated rape, video voyeurism

A Livingston Parish jury returned a guilty verdict Dec. 3 against a woman who was accused of helping a man rape and record video of an unconscious victim.

Melanie Curtin, 42, faces a life sentence in prison for the felony conviction on the charges of aggravated rape and video voyeurism.

Prosecutors showed the jury a 17-minute video from 2014 of Curtin and the man, a former Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy, raping the victim.

The former deputy, Dennis Perkins, along with his ex-wife Cynthia, will face a combined 150 charges. Some of the crimes involve alleged rape and production of child pornography.

Police: Millions worth of drugs found

Louisiana State Police reported the arrest of a Texas man after some $2.2 million in suspected methamphetamine was discovered after a traffic stop in St. Tammany Parish.

Ricardo Guevara, 47, was stopped Dec. 1 along Interstate 12.

Over a 30-day period, troopers reported seizing more than $6 million in illegal narcotics during numerous unrelated traffic stops.