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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019



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  • Other action taken at Lafourche Parish School Board, March 13, meeting

    Here is a rundown of action taken during tonight’s Lafourche Parish School Board meeting. All votes were unanimous unless indicated, and all members were present.ACTION: Approved the Land and Facilities Committee recommendations to select Weimer-Gros-Flores as the architect for the East/West Thibodaux Middle School Project. Board members Cheryl Thomas, Mary Breaud, Dennis Guillot, Clyde Duplantis, Randy Schouest and Al Archer voted against and Tina Babin abstained.ACTION: Authorized the ad...

  • Officials clash over pump station work

    A series of testy emails were exchanged between the Lafourche Parish president and district attorney last week over the ongoing Cyprien Pump Station project.In a letter to District Attorney Kristine Russell and the Parish Council, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said contractors attempted to cut an old pipeline on the property last Monday when alarms for explosive chemicals went off and workers “scrambled out of the pit to safety.”The pipeline is the last remaining obstacl...

  • News in Brief- March 20, 2019

    Louisiana abortion rate continues to fall

    NEW ORLEANS – The number of abortions performed in Louisiana dropped 8 percent from 2017 to 2018, and the abortion rate is at a 10-year low, according to numbers provided by the Louisiana Department of Health.Unofficially, 8,048 abortions were performed in Louisiana in 2018. In 2017, 8,706 unborn babies were killed by abortion.This is the fourth consecutive year abortion numbers have fallen in Louisiana.While the total number of abortions has been m...

  • New charges added for man found in possession of stolen property

    A Cut Off resident initially arrested in December 2018 has been charged with eight new counts of possession of stolen property. Sidney Ricard Sr., 49, now faces a total of 11 counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and burglary charges stemming from stolen property that was recovered in the South Lafourche area.Ricard was arrested in December when detectives found a vehicle containing stolen property at a Golden Meadow motel. At that time, Ricard was charged with two counts of Simple Burgl...

  • Lafourche D.A. Announces New Website Launch

    District Attorney Kristine Russell is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office website – www.lpda.org.The new website is part of D.A. Russell’s vision to build better communication methods with our community partners by the use of technology and social media platforms.“People have an expectation for those in public office to keep them informed,” said D.A. Russell.

  • Court rejects convicted killer’s appeal

    A 40-year-old Raceland man convicted of ordering the 2013 killing of a confidential informant will continue serving a life sentence after a court rejected his appeal.Toronzo Thompkins was convicted May 26, 2017 of the second-degree murder of Nikki Landry, 41, of Larose. The jury also found him guilty of negligent homicide in the death of Landry’s acquaintance, 54-year-old Harry Lefort, of Cut Off.The victims were shot Sept. 22, 2013, in Landry’s apartment on West Fourth Street.

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, March 14-17

    The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • Analysis: Abortion a difficult fight to pick with Edwards

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidates for Louisiana governor have tried to hammer Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards for the abortion rights policies endorsed by his party nationally. That's a problematic fight to pick with Edwards, whose anti-abortion stance is well-documented over years of legislative votes, gubernatorial bill signings, and his own personal family story.The narrative was made more difficult when statistics released last week showed the number of abortions ...

  • Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for March 20 and 28

    Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of March 20, 2019, and March 28, 2019. During these checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. Checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all moto...

  • Parish president files lawsuit over salary

    The Lafourche Parish president has sued the Parish Council over his salary.Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle filed the lawsuit in Lafourche’s 17th Judicial District Court, claiming the council failed to pay his proper salary.After Cantrelle’s salary, and a 29 percent raise, were discussed at the council meeting last month, Cantrelle filed the suit Monday, alleging the council wrongfully reduced his pay.The suit claims the council wrongly interpreted the parish ordinance. Cantrelle is ...

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