Rocky road for I-49 Connector: questions if road design would disconnect downtown from nearby neighborhoods

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- A "Future Corridor for I-49" sign is pictured at the intersection of NE Evangeline Thruway and Louisiana Avenue Monday, November 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La.

The renewed push for the Interstate 49 Connector through Lafayette seems to be off to a bumpy start. The state Department of Transportation and Development launched an outreach effort last month to gather public input for the road design, but questions have already arisen about what’s up for discussion and what’s not.… Continue reading →

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Two men are spending Thanksgiving in Parish Prison after one of them brandished a stolen handgun at a married couple in Baker over a funny look, Baker Police said. Baker police found drugs and the stolen weapon in the men’s car after the couple, who told police they didn’t know the suspects and had no idea what prompted the incident Wednesday evening, called 911 for help. The couple told Baker Police they were standing in their driveway on East Azalea Avenue around 6:25 p.m. when a blue Mazda pulled up in front of the house. Leonard Tennart, 26, 332 Flanacher Road, Zachary, hopped out of the car without a shirt on and began flexing his muscles, according to a Baker Police report. Tennart then pulled out a handgun, racked the slide and pointed it at the couple — at which point the victims ran inside their house to call police, the report says. Baker police pulled over the Mazda, driven by Tennart, shortly afterward. During the stop, an officer noticed what appeared to be Tennart passing something along the floorboards of the car to the passenger, 34-year-old Travis Tennart, 5705 St. Gerard Ave., Baton Rouge. A search of the car turned up a stolen, loaded handgun and a small camouflage duffle bag containing a ski mask, several individually wrapped baggies of what appeared to be marijuana and a number of multicolored pills imprinted with images of birds and dolphins, the report says. Leonard Tennart was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while distributing a controlled substance, disturbing the peace, possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule one narcotic. Travis Tennart was booked on counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the two suspects are related. Bail had not been set for either as of Thursday.

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