EUNICE POLICE HAVE MADE ANOTHER ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH WEEKEND VIOLENCE. A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS ARRESTED IS BELIEVED TO BE A PASSENGER IN A CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN A HIGH-SPEED CHASE AFTER A SHOOTING SUNDAY EVENING. THE DRIVER, RAY’ZNE IVORY, WAS ARRESTED THAT NIGHT ON NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. THE FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD, WHO IS BEING HELD AS A RUNAWAY, WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.
RETIRED DISTRICT COURT JUDGE JULES D. EDWARDS THE THIRD SAYS HE PLANS TO RUN TO REPLACE FORMER LAFAYETTE CITY COURT JUDGE MICHELLE ODINET. EDWARDS LOST TO ODINET IN THE TWENTY-TWENTY ELECTION BUT ODINET RESIGNED RECENTLY AFTER VIDEO WAS RELEASED OF HER USING RACIAL SLURS. GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS HAS TO ORDER A SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL HER POSITION, WHICH IS EXPECTED IN THE COMING WEEKS. EDWARDS SAYS HE’S RUNNING TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
With the number of COVID-19 cases rising daily in Louisiana, the state Supreme Court building in New Orleans will remain off limits to the public. A December closure order had been set to expire this month. But the court announced Wednesday that it will remain closed until further notice. The statement said court filings will be accepted at the door, although electronic filing is encouraged. The court’s statement said oral arguments set for Jan. 24-26 will go on, with only the justices and attorneys in attendance. The proceedings will be livestreamed for the public.
THE MAYOR OF LAKE CHARLES HAS APPOINTED A NEW FIRE CHIEF. DELTON “D-C” CARTER HAS BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT SINCE NINETEEN-NINETY-NINE AND HAS BEEN IN THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING DIVISON AS AN INSTRUCTOR SINCE TWO THOUSAND THREE. CARTER SAYS HE HOPES TO RENEW A SENSE OF PRIDE THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. CARTER IS REPLACING KEITH MURRAY, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER THIRTY YEARS.
TWO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN A NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOOTING IN VERMILLION PARISH. CAROLINE MARCELLO REPORTS.
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THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS BEEN MONITORING AIR QUALITY IN THE AREA OF THE SCOTT CONSTRUCTION DUMP ON PITT ROAD IN SCOTT. PRESS SECRETARY GREG LANGLEY TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT WORK IS BEING DONE TO EXTINGUISH SMOLDERING SPOTS AT THE LANDFILL THAT WERE FIRST DISCOVERED IN EARLY DECEMBER. AS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION, DIRT WAS PLACED ON CRACKS WHERE SMOKE WAS ESCAPING. LANGLEY SAYS BOTH OF ITS AIR MONITORING LABORATORIES WERE AT THE LANDFILL LAST WEEKEND AND DETECTED NOTHING OF CONCERN.
A Berwick woman, who pleaded guilty to illegally taking more than $3 million from the company she worked for, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Federal authorities announced Wednesday that Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. also sentenced Karen Duhon to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $3.3 million in restitution. Duhon pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on Aug. 12. She worked as a bookkeeper at Capital Management Consultants, a family-owned company in Morgan City.
A federal court has again rejected a Louisiana pastor’s lawsuit over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ past COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge said Tony Spell’s lawsuit is moot because the restrictions long ago expired. Jackson rejected Spell’s request for damages. His ruling said there has never been a clearly established right to unrestricted religious assembly.