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Louisiana school bus driver kidnapped at gunpoint
April 14, 2014
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, a 37-year-old man shows up at his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Monday morning and boards her school bus with a firearm as she is about to start her route. The man allegedly demands at gunpoint that the woman drive to his house and then forces her inside, but he reportedly releases her as police arrive.
Bus driver charged with driving under suspension after accident
March 10, 2014
According to the Louisiana State Police, Janice Norris’ driver’s license had been suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets issued from out of state. She was arrested and transported to a detention center following the accident, in which she had backed her bus into another vehicle.
Suspect arrested in hit-and-run near bus stop
February 6, 2014
A 6-year-old boy and his older sister were crossing a street to get to their school bus stop when a motorist struck both of them and fled the scene. The boy died at the hospital. Police identified the driver of the vehicle and arrested him several hours after the incident.
School bus thefts reported in 3 states
January 27, 2014
Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.
Missouri bus company wins 3-year contract
June 4, 2013
Kansas City’s Apple Bus Co. will operate approximately 90 school buses for New Orleans-based FirstLine Schools. This is the transportation company’s first contract in Louisiana.
Bus driver on leave after train tracks incident
April 29, 2013
The driver for a Louisiana district was placed on administrative leave after receiving a citation for driving around lowered railroad crossing guards in front of an oncoming train. At least 30 students were on the bus. Officials say the train was about 200 feet from the intersection when the bus crossed the tracks.
Bill would exempt Louisiana districts from fuel tax
February 11, 2013
Under the new legislation, fuel used for school buses operated by municipal and parish school boards would not be subject to the state fuel tax. Currently, contractor-operated school buses in Louisiana qualify for a refund of three-fourths of the fuel tax.
Police: Bus driver killed in crash wasn't belted
December 12, 2012
Louisiana State Police say it is suspected that a medical condition is the primary cause of the crash, in which the driver loses control of the bus and strikes several trees and a fence before traveling down an embankment. The driver "was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead," police say.
District refines bus safety policy after student goes missing
December 10, 2012
In last Monday’s incident, the 6-year-old boy disembarks his bus at the wrong stop, but he’s found following a large-scale search. As part of the Calcasieu Parish (La.) Public School Board's new policy, children will have tags on their backpacks to ensure that they’re bus riders.
Special-needs bus driver hasn’t missed work in a decade
November 2, 2012
A factor that has reportedly influenced Patrick Dufrene’s perfect attendance is his feeling that it’s not just his job, but his responsibility to make sure that the students he transports get an education.
First Student wins Louisiana contract
March 17, 2011
Under the five-year agreement, the contractor will provide school bus service for the St. James Parish School Board beginning in April. The company will also provide all routing, maintenance and management services, and hire drivers for routes currently without a district driver.
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