Jurors begin deliberations in Port Allen murder trial

Marcus Richardson

A West Baton Rouge Parish jury has begun deliberations in the second degree murder trial of Marcus Richardson Port Allen. Richardson is accused in the May 2012 shooting of Justin Warner, an 18-year-old student at Brusly High School, in the parking lot of the La. 1 Exxon Truck Plaza. The shooting occurred around 10 … Continue reading →

PC jurors vote to investigate employee fuel charges

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday launched a probe into its employees’ use of parish-issued fuel cards, asking the parish treasurer to obtain surveillance footage from several gas stations where employees fuel up parish vehicles. The item touched off a fiery exchange among several jurors and an attorney representing … Continue reading →

Around the Westside for July 23, 2014

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer says the splash pad, playground and skate park at the city’s Community Park is set to open Aug. 1. Myer said in a news release that the three projects, along with the construction of a walking and fitness trail, meditation garden and landscaping, are nearly complete. All components … Continue reading →

New Roads mayor downplays auditor’s concerns about revenue

An accountant urged city leaders Tuesday night to consider raising utility rates for residents in an effort to generate much-needed revenue for city coffers, which he said took a major hit last year from several capital improvement projects. The likelihood of that happening, however, seems slim after Mayor Robert Myer responded … Continue reading →

Around the Westside for July 16, 2014

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the parish’s parks and recreation department are staging a family-friendly comedy show at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Erwinville Community Center, 5110 Rougon Road. The show will feature Doug Berky, a multitalented actor, comedian and mime known for his physical comedy and improvisation. Also known internationally for the masks … Continue reading →

Iberville administrator questions charter enrollment claims

An Iberville Parish school system administrator says she’s puzzled by how the state figures the school system will be losing 376 students to a new charter school opening this year — a projection that has big financial stakes for the system. Jolain Landry, the school system’s chief financial officer, says she’s puzzled because there haven’t been … Continue reading →

Port Allen addresses high turnover rate at Police Department

The Port Allen City Council took action Wednesday night on two measures addressing concerns about the Police Department’s high turnover rate. The first measure gives Police Chief Esdron Brown authority to advertise the most recent vacancy within the department. The second sets a public hearing for a proposed ordinance that would … Continue reading →

Pointe Coupee jurors hurl insults over permit issue

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury’s decision to adopt an amended version of the parish’s building permit fee ordinance Tuesday night ignited several outbursts of accusations tossed back and forth between jurors on opposing sides of the measure. Juror Kyle Olinde was called a liar by juror Justin Cox and in … Continue reading →

Around the Westside for July 9, 2014

The annual Corey and Cody Co-Ed Softball Tournament will tee off Saturday at the Fordoche Ball Park. Corey and Cody Gueho were twins who both died from leukemia. Cody passed away in November 1995 and Corey died in September 2013. The annual tournament is held to raise money for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital … Continue reading →

Maringouin man ejected from vehicle, killed

A 56-year-old man who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt died in a single-vehicle crash along La. 977, Louisiana State Police said Monday. Izel Givens, of Maringouin, was traveling southbound on La. 977, south of La. 77 in Pointe Coupee Parish, around 11:30 a.m. Monday when he veered into the opposite lane for unknown … Continue reading →

Police seeking driver who struck child on bike in Brusly

State Police are searching for a white SUV involved in a hit-and-run with a child riding his bicycle on River Road, north of La. 989-1 in West Baton Rouge Parish on Friday afternoon, a State Police spokesman said. The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. in Brusly as a white SUV, possibly an early to mid-90s Chevrolet Tahoe … Continue reading →

Around the Westside for July 2, 2014

The Iberville Parish School System holds registration for 3- and 4-year-olds for Iberville Elementary, Dorseyville Elementary and Crescent Elementary on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the School Board’s Media Center at the Central Office. According to 2014-15 guidelines, pre-K students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 to register. Head Start … Continue reading →

Woman killed in East Feliciana crash

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A 66-year-old Jackson woman died Sunday night after her 2005 Nissan Quest left La. 10, striking several trees and a culvert west of La. 961 in East Feliciana Parish, State Police announced. Jo Ann M. Ryals was unrestrained at the time and died from her injuries, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said in news release. State … Continue reading →

McCain v. Slaughter headed for trial in Port Allen

Left, Demetric 'Deedy' Slaughter; Audrey McCain

After a protracted legal fight lasting more than a year, a state district court judge this week will hear arguments in the wrongful termination lawsuit Port Allen Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain filed against former Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter. Attorneys for McCain said the three-day bench trial, set to begin … Continue reading →

Around the Westside for June 25, 2014

A Catholic of Pointe Coupee High teacher was selected as one of two teachers in the state to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. Michael Cilano was awarded $500 and the Teacher of the Year Award for having shown outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing student interest in history. … Continue reading →

Watts looking forward to challenges as WBR superintendent

Wesley Watts

When Wesley Watts became the principal of Zachary High School four years ago, he tried remembering what it was like to be a teacher as he made his day-to-day administrative decisions. Now, as he prepares to step into his new role as the superintendent of West Baton Rouge Parish Schools, the former high school basketball … Continue reading →

AG’s office investigating Addis woman’s death

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office confirmed Wednesday that it has launched its own investigation into the death of a 59-year-old Addis woman who died suspiciously a year ago from multiple traumatic injuries. The state was asked to look over the case files surrounding Sandra Rinaudo’s death at the request of Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson, whose … Continue reading →

Sponsors pull plug on Fourth of July False River parade

Advocate file photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Boats gather on False River during the annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade in 2012.

The family who organizes and sponsors the popular False River Fourth of July Boat Parade in Pointe Coupee Parish says it is calling it quits. The reason, family members say, is new pressure from the state to obtain liability insurance and provide adequate security patrols for the safety of participants — a burden they aren’t prepared to … Continue reading →

BR man gets life sentence for Iberville slayings

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to two life sentences Friday for killing two men in 2012 and leaving their bodies in an abandoned vehicle in a field in Iberville Parish. Harry Prater, 1331 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will have to serve the life sentences consecutively, without benefit of probation, parole … Continue reading →

WBR council sets funds for parishwide fire department

The West Baton Rouge Parish Council on Thursday adopted a $1.4 million half-year budget for the newly consolidated parishwide fire department. The budget, which takes effect July 1, sets aside $422,000 in salaries for 19 firefighters and $50,000 for overtime contingencies, said parish Financial Officer Phillip Bourgoyne. “This … Continue reading →

Port Allen Council votes to increase garbage fees

Watts tells WBR School Board he can help improve school system

The fourth, and final, candidate hoping to replace West Baton Rouge Parish’s outgoing school superintendent entertained the School Board during his interview Wednesday night with a plethora of jokes and anecdotes. But Wesley Watts took a more serious tone when he talked about his passion for education and his desire to … Continue reading →