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The theft and malfeasance case against Kinder Police Chief Gary Pelican is expected to be turned over to the state attorney general's office. Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom (NEE sum) tells The American Press that he will ask to be recused from the case because of a conflict of interest. Nesom says an attorney in his office represents a Pelican family member in a private matter. Pelican, 52, was arrested by state police in January on theft and malfeasance charges after an audit turned up what appeared to be excessive fuel purchases by the Police Department.

LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A 21-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A DITCH AT GIRARD PARK SUNDAY MORNING. FRIENDS OF ALEXANDRIA SHELTON OF LAFAYETTE WERE CONCERNED WHEN SHE DIDN’T MEET UP WITH THEM AS PLANNED AND, WHEN THEY CALLED HER CELL, A MAN ANSWERED, SAYING HE FOUND THE CELL IN THE PARK. THE FRIENDS CALLED POLICE WHO CONDUCTED A SEARCH, WHICH LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF HER BODY. CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON OF THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE CAUSE OF DEATH REMAINS UNCLEAR, AS THERE WERE NO VISIBLE WOUNDS.

A BICYLIST IN NEW IBERIA WAS KILLED SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN TRYING TO CROSS EAST ST. PETER STREET. LT. ANTHONY GREEN WITH THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT AROUND 10:20 SATURDAY NIGHT. THE BICYLIST, 38-YEAR-OLD TONY “THIRD GEAR” PARKER ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE STREET, BUT PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF A JEEP S-U-V DRIVEN BY 22-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDER J LIVINGSTON OF NEW IBERIA. GREEN SAYS LIVINGSTON WAS NOT CITED, BUT THEY ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF TOXICOLOGY TESTS TO DETERMINE IF HE WAS IMPAIRED.

A SULPHUR WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 90 YESTERDAY MORNING. STATE POLICE SAY 42-YEAR-OLD LAURA K. STARK SMITH WAS TRAVELING EAST ON HIGHWAY 90 NEAR SULPHUR WHEN SHE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT A DRIVEWAY, CAUSING HER VEHICLE TO FLIP END OVER END. SMITH, WHO WASN’T WEARING HER SEATBELT, WAS PARTIALLY EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. TOXICOLOGY SAMPLES WERE TAKEN FROM SMITH AND SUBMITTED FOR ANALYSIS.

THE COUNCIL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FRENCH IN LOUISIANA IS EXPANDING THEIR MISSION TO DEVELOP MORE PROFESSIONAL AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR FRENCH SPEAKING LOUISIANANS. THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHARLES LARROQUE SAYS IN AN EMAIL THAT IN ORDER TO DO THAT, THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE OF A FRENCH SCHOOL-TO WORK PERSPECTIVE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND IN THE COMMUNITIES. CODOFIL PRESIDENT WILLIAM ARCENEAUX SAYS HE AND LARROQUE WILL BE AIMING TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS. HE TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT THEY WANT TO ENCOURAGE FRENCH-SPEAKING TOURISM IN THE STATE BY REACHING OUT TO FRANCO-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES.

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN IN CONNECTION WITH A PAWN SHOP BURGLARY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.

South Louisiana Community College's first study-abroad program will begin this summer in Paris. Program director Olivier Chatelain de Pronville tells The Advertiser the session will offer students a culturally important experience. The four-week session will include morning classes in the French language and afternoon visits to cultural sites. More information about the summer-study program is available by contacting de Pronville at 521-9064.

Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones is recovering from surgery and remains in serious condition after being shot Friday night by another former LSU football player. Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats says Jones, a Sulphur native, was shot Friday night at an apartment complex there by 36-year-old Brandon Winey. Coats says the 24-year-old Jones went to the apartment complex to visit a woman and that Winey arrived shortly later to visit the same woman. Police say Winey shot Jones in the abdomen during a fight.


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