Terrica Williams assumes role as Baton Rouge city constable: ‘I kept God in the middle of my campaign’

Terrica Williams assumes role as Baton Rouge city constable: ‘I kept God in the middle of my campaign’

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Terrica Williams, right, her grandmother Ella Brooks, seated, and Baton Rouge City Court Division D Judge Yvette Mansfield Alexander, left, pose for a photo after Alexander swore in Williams as the new Baton Rouge City Council, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in the City Court building. (Travis Spalding/The Advocate)

The Advocate | January 1, 2019

Five years after making a claim of gender discrimination against the Baton Rouge City Constable’s office, Terrica Williams returns to the agency on Wednesday, taking on the role of constable.

Williams, who previously worked in the constable’s office from 2009 to 2013, is taking the top spot from Constable Reginald Brown, who served in the office since 2001 and did not seek re-election. Williams, a Democrat, was elected Dec. 8 in a runoff against Republican candidate Gordon “Trey” Bargas.

“I’m excited. I’m so ready to get back to what I love doing,” said Williams, 46. “Just walking through the halls, I feel comfortable, at ease and know this is a great opportunity for myself and the employees.”

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FEMA scales back flood insurance underwriting that Congress thought it had fixed

FEMA scales back flood insurance underwriting that Congress thought it had fixed

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Residents wade through high water on Catalina Street in Monticello subdivision as flood waters rise in August 2016. A new study shows private insurers could help reduce the cost of flood insurance. (Staff photo/The Advocate)

The Advocate | December 27, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will not issue new flood insurance policies or renew existing ones that lapse, upsetting members of Congress who believed they took steps last week to ensure continuation of the National Flood Insurance Program despite a partial government shutdown.

Claims made under NFIP policies in effect before midnight Dec. 21, when the federal shutdown began, will be honored for as long as funds are available, according to a statement on FEMA’s website.

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Joy, tears abound at East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

Joy, tears abound at East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

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Tkiyah Hamilton, 6, left, makes a selection with Dep. Pashion Norman, right, in the toy section during the “Shop with a Cop” event at the Target store located on Millerville Road Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate)

The Advocate | December 11, 2018

Mary Ransom was overwhelmed with tears watching her 6-year-old granddaughter, Tkiyah Hamilton, select Barbie dolls and Baby Alive accessories from the shelves of a Target store Tuesday during the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event.

It was a happy day after a year of hardship for Ransom and her five granddaughters. Ransom’s daughter, Laquana Whitfield, was killed Nov. 26, 2017. Whitfield’s ex-boyfriend, Taurus Ike Hamilton, the father of four of her daughters, is accused of killing her and three others in a two-parish shooting spree.

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

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A Houston PRIDE festival-goer waves an LGBTQ Pride flag Saturday, June 23. (Megan Ross/News21)

News21 | August 15, 2018

This article is the result of an 8-month investigation by News21 in conjunction with our reporting partner, ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. The story delves into the LGBTQ community’s distrust in law enforcement and the barriers that exist to having an LGBTQ bias crime recorded by law enforcement and later prosecuted. Personal accounts from victims of alleged hate crimes and anti-LGBTQ harassment are featured.