IT LOOKS LIKE LAFAYETTE CITY MARSHAL BRIAN POPE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIS PROBATION BEING REVOKED OVER A CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGE. DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEITH STUTES TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT IT’S A CIVIL MATTER AND HE DOESN’T KNOW IF HE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO INTERVENE IN THE MATTER. ALSO STUTES EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT IT WOULD JEOPARDIZE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST POPE. STUTES IS PURSUING CRIMINAL CHARGES THAT INCLUDE PERJURY AND MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE.
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The Louisiana teacher whose widely viewed arrest sparked online outrage has returned to work while fallout from the incident rages on.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said he saw nothing on videos of Deshia Hargrave’s arrest that warranted her rough treatment. Meanwhile, the superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools says he, his staff and his family have received death threats over the incident. A rally of support for the teacher was planned Thursday afternoon.
The two sides essential to determining if Louisiana will have a special legislative session on taxes next month to close a $1 billion budget gap seem to be making little progress in their negotiations. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday he doesn’t “see a lot of reason to be optimistic” that he’ll reach the “agreement in principle” he’s seeking with House Republican leaders to call the session. His comments came as House GOP delegation leader Rep. Lance Harris released a statement calling Edwards’ tax plan “general talking points and vague concepts.” About $1 billion in temporary sales taxes are expiring when the new financial year begins July 1.
THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIFTED A BAN ON NEW BARS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, THAT HAD BEEN IN PLACE FOR 15 YEARS. HOWEVER, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE DOWNTOWN AREA WILL BE OVERRUN WITH NEW BARS, ACCORDING TO COUNCILMAN PAT LEWIS. HE TELLS KLFY TV ANYONE WANTING TO OPEN A NEW BAR WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH A RIGOROUS PROCESS TO GET A CONDITIONAL PERMIT. THE NEW PROCESS WILL ALLOW THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT TO KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE OVER ANY NEW BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN.
THERE WAS A SHOOTING IN WESTLAKE LAST NIGHT. POLICE RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT THE SHOOTING AT 9:20 P-M. WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE SCENE OF THE SHOOTING BEHIND PEDDLER’S MARKET ON MULBERRY STREET, THEY FOUND A MALE SUBJECT. POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY OTHER INFORMATION AT THIS TIME.
KAPLAN POLICE CHIEF BOYD ADAMS IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED TODAY. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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The Louisiana governor’s election may be nearly two years away, but Republicans hoping to keep Democrat John Bel Edwards from a second term already are sizing up the race. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says he’s considering a gubernatorial bid. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is openly studying a campaign for the job, traveling to the state capitol last week to talk with possible supporters. Also, Attorney General Jeff Landry; state Sen. Sharon Hewitt; and Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, all are considered possible contenders.