As real as it gets: State investigators have arrested a 40-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of selling knock-off apparel. The state Attorney General’s Office says in a news release the handbags, watches, sunglasses and other items sold by Cheikh Tidiane Kane weren’t nearly as valuable as he claimed. Investigators say they seized from Kane nearly 1,400 counterfeit items falsely labeled as coming from the following brands: Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Chanel, Rolex, North Face and UGG. They say Kane was selling the items at the Deep South Flea Market in Baton Rouge. The Associated Press reports Kane was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Wednesday on illegal use of a counterfeit trademark. He posted $7,500 bail on Thursday and was released. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Kane.
Ready to roar: The Southern University System Foundation and its athletic department will announce plans Monday on a new sports complex called JaguarPARK. According to a press release, the park project includes the transformation of the east side of A.W. Mumford Stadium into a urban sports complex. “JaguarPARK will boast a lighted NCAA regulation soccer game field and football practice field, a soccer field house and coaching observation tower, along with javelin and discus runways,” reads a release from Southern, whose officials will outline the park plans at 8:45 a.m. at the campus football practice fields on Harding Boulevard. “JaguarPARK will be enclosed by mesh and aluminum fencing with 40 connecting brick columns, providing both permanent and annual sponsorship opportunities.”
The down low: During a week that saw the number of active U.S. oil and gas rigs fall by 11 to 894, Louisiana saw its rig count decline by three to 70. According to the latest weekly tally released by Houston-based Baker Hughes, the number of gas rigs tumbled to 668, the lowest level since September 2010. As FuelFix.com reports, the rig count has been plummeting for five months as drillers pulled back from shale plays after an oil slump began in late 2014. An estimated 941 oil-drilling rigs have been idled since the peak in October, according to Baker Hughes. Read the full story.