THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE IS NOT GOING TO RELEASE THE LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE FIVE NEW LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS UNTIL AUGUST FIRST, FIVE DAYS BEFORE QUALIFYING. THAT’S FRUSTRATING CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE WHO WANT TO BEGIN DOING DOOR-TO-DOOR CAMPAIGNING. AN APPEALS COURT COULD OVERTURN AN ELECTION LAST YEAR CREATING THE NEW COUNCIL DISTRICTS AND FORCE ANOTHER VOTE BECAUSE THE COUNCIL DISTRICT LINES WERE INCORRECTLY DRAWN. SECRETARY OF STATE KYLE ARDOIN SAYS THAT IF HE RELEASES THE LIST EARLY AND THE APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS LAST YEAR’S ELECTION, IT COULD CREATE CHAOS.
THE JENNINGS CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING ANNEXING 149 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND ALONG THE INTERSTATE TEN CORRIDOR. MAYOR HENRY GUINN TELLS KLFY TV THAT IN ORDER FOR THE CITY TO GROW, THEY WOULD NEED TO EXPAND THE CITY LIMITS. HE SAYS IT WOULD BE A GREAT INVESTMENT FOR THE CITY WHICH COULD LEAD TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE VOTE ON THE ANNEXATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY COUNCIL’S JULY MEETING.
ONE MAN WAS KILLED ON HIGHWAY 96 EAST OF HIGHWAY 347 IN ST. MARTIN PARISH. MEGAN KELLY REPORTS.
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Environmental groups are challenging what they view as the Trump administration’s decision to weaken critical safety rules created after the nation’s worst offshore drilling disaster. National groups including Earthjustice and the Sierra Club and groups on the Gulf and Carolina coasts filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in San Francisco. They say the federal agency created to oversee offshore drilling safety acted before some rules took effect. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in March that the changes would eliminate unnecessary regulation while keeping safety and environmental protection.
BROUSSARD POLICE ARE SEEKING TO FIND THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE INVOLVED IN A HIT-AND-RUN IN THE CYPRESS CROSSING SUBDIVISION. THE VEHICLE WAS LAST SEEN ON A SECURITY VIDEO DRIVING NORTH ON DAVID THIBODEAUX ROAD. POLICE SAY IT IS EITHER A KIA OPTIMA OR A HYUNDAI SONATA WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE INCLUDING A MISSING PASSENGER SIDE HEADLIGHT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE VEHICLE’S LOCATION OR THE DRIVER IS ASKED TO CALL BROUSSARD POLICE AT 837-62-59.
A JENNINGS MAN IS IN JAIL FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING SACKS OF CRAWFISH FROM A WELSH FARMER. A JENNINGS POLICE OFFICER PULLED OVER 22-YEAR-OLD JOHN JARMAIN COLEMAN FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION AND FOUND ELEVEN SACKS OF CRAWFISH IN HIS VEHICLE. THERE HAD BEEN REPORTS ABOUT SACKS OF CRAWFISH STOLEN FROM A COOLER THAT SAME NIGHT. COLEMAN IS REPORTED TO HAVE ADMITTED TO THE THEFT. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE JEFF DAVIS PARISH JAIL MONDAY ON A CHARGE OF SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT OF LIVESTOCK.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO BROKE INTO A HOME NORTH OF CROWLEY WITH A CROWBAR AND ROBBED AN ELDERLY PERSON. THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THE HOME INVASION AND ROBBERY HAPPENED ON JUNE THIRD AT AROUND 12:30 A-M IN THE ELEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF BAYOU PLAQUEMINE ROAD. THE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MAN WITH A THIN BUILD WHO STOLE SEVERAL ITEMS INCLUDING A SPRINGFIELD X-D FORTY CALIBER PISTOL, A SAMSUNG GALAXY J-7 CELL PHONE AND A WALLET. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRIME IS URGED TO CALL ACADIA CRIME STOPPERS AT 789-TIPS.
Louisiana’s mid-sized and rural communities are hopeful they’ll see Uber and Lyft drivers on their streets now that lawmakers passed a measure creating statewide rules for the ride-hailing services. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law Tuesday at Nicholls State University. The Thibodaux campus is located in a region that has been seeking access to the transportation networks for years.
Uber and Lyft have only operated in a handful of markets in Louisiana, including Lafayette, Baton Rouge and the greater New Orleans area. The companies refused to continue negotiating on a municipality-by-municipality basis.