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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Breaking News

  • Low voter turnout expected for Saturday’s election

    Saturday’s ballot will feature a runoff for state treasurer with Republican John Schroder going up against Democrat Derrick Edwards.Schroder is a businessman, former state representative and former law enforcement officer from St. Tammany Parish. Edwards is a New Orleans attorney.This is the first time in 17 years there hasn’t been an incumbent running for the position.

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, Nov. 10-12

    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 proved guilty.  

  • Analysis: Low voter turnout boosts case for elections change

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Secretary of State Tom Schedler has complained for years that Louisiana holds too many unnecessary elections, making it harder to draw interest from voters tired of repeatedly trekking to the polls. This fall's statewide election cycle is emboldening his criticism and may help his push for change.The October election drew a dismal 14 percent participation rate statewide from voters asked to select a new state treasurer and determine whether to tweak tax language...

  • Seat Belt Checkpoint Planned for Wednesday, November 15

    Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint during the daytime hours of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Lafourche Parish. During the checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and insurance. These weekly checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

  • Cut Off man arrested for second-degree rape of a teenager

    Jericho Helmer, (age 23), of Cut Off, was arrested for Second Degree Rape following an investigation which began on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 1 when a teenage girl did not come home from school.Juvenile detectives learned the girl went to a friend’s house for a while and was later given a ride by Helmer to another location. Investigators learned that at some point, Helmer allegedly forced the girl to have sexual intercourse.Following the incident, the girl went to a nearby resid...

  • Louisiana schools: 20 percent earn 'A' in grading system

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Performance scores for the state's public schools remained steady for the third year in a row, state education officials said Tuesday, with 20 percent earning an "A'' in the state grading system.Twenty-seven percent of schools earned a "B'' and another 27 percent a "C'' in the latest breakdown; 18 percent got a "D'' and 8 percent an "F."The state released scores and letter grades for individual school...

  • Committee names finalists for Nicholls’ presidency

    The Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee selected three finalists, Jay Clune, Marcheta Evans and John Doucet, to present to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System for consideration.The Board will meet Tuesday in Baton Rouge to interview the finalists and select a president."We had a productive three days introducing and, in most cases, reintroducing Nicholls State University to six qualified semifinalists," UL System President and CEO Jim Hen...

  • Millions in disputed Louisiana taxes now freed for spending

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Millions of dollars in Louisiana state taxes have been freed from an escrow account after the chemical industry lost its lawsuit challenging a 2015 sales tax change.The state treasurer's office said Wednesday that $15.9 million was transferred to state coffers from the Department of Revenue's escrow account this week. Lawmakers already have earmarked the money for a list of state expenses, though the joint House and Senate budget committee will have to sign ...

  • Meetings help residents ‘make a difference’

    Lafourche Parish residents shared ideas on everything from creating cultural and recreational opportunities to stimulating the economy Tuesday at the Mathews Government Complex.LA SAFE, or Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments, is helping six parishes – including Terrebonne and Lafourche – come up with community-focused plans to adapt to Louisiana’s changing landscape and complement the state’s Coastal Master Plan.Tuesday’s meeting was one ...

  • Raceland man arrested for rape of a child ten years ago

    Michael Lirette, Sr., (age 66), of Raceland was arrested Tuesday and charged with First Degree Rape stemming from an incident involving a juvenile which occurred approximately ten years ago.Juvenile detectives opened an investigation into Lirette in October after a teenage female victim came forward. Detectives learned Lirette allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with the child, including sexual intercourse, while the child was under the age of ten.The inappropriate contact occurred multip...

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Sunday, November 19, 2017