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Around the Westside for Oct. 15, 2014

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library, West Baton Rouge Museum and Port Allen Community Center promise tricks, treats and terribly fun activities at the organizations’ annual Halloween event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature storytelling, trick-or-treating and a magic show. Those attending… Continue reading →

Judiciary commission recommends 30-day suspension of West Baton Rouge judge for all-expenses paid hunting trip

Judge J. Robin Free

State District Court Judge J. Robin Free, of Port Allen, showed “poor judgment” and deserves to be punished for taking an all-expenses-paid trip to a hunting ranch owned by a Texas lawyer who only days earlier had settled a lawsuit in Free’s court for $1.2 million, the judge’s attorney acknowledged Monday.… Continue reading →

False River Academy teacher fired, booked on sex count involving a student

Image provided by Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office -- Nick Domingue

A private school biology teacher accused of having a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student was arrested Friday afternoon, authorities said. Nick Domingue, 27, of Ventress, surrendered and was booked into Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and oral sexual battery, said Capt. Steve… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Oct. 8, 2014

The city of Port Allen is gearing up for a host of patriotic campaigns in conjunction with its 10th annual Veterans on Parade, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in downtown Port Allen. The city is asking residents to donate supplies to the “Fill A Float” campaign; the donations will… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Oct. 1, 2014

The West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday will host its 19th annual Sugarfest — a family-oriented event that will feature live music, a Sweets Contest and culture-rich entertainment on the museum’s grounds in Port Allen. The free event spawned from a 1995 celebration of the 200th anniversary of sugar-making in Louisiana. It will feature… Continue reading →

Pointe Coupee Police Jury appoints new member

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday appointed former School Board member and local pastor Russell Polar as its District 3 representative for the next 18 months. But Polar’s appointment was not without some friction: A small faction of the jury attempted to block Polar’s appointment, which was approved at… Continue reading →

Pointe Coupee School Board asks D’Amico to rework plan for Pointe Coupee Central High

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Fordoche man dies in car crash

A man died early Sunday after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 190 and La. 81 in Pointe Coupee Parish and struck an 18-wheeler. Michael J. Jarreau, 43, of Fordoche, was headed south in a Honda Civic on La. 81 shortly after 1:30 a.m. when he came to the U.S. 190 intersection and… Continue reading →

Two killed in West Baton Rouge crash early Saturday

Two people were killed early Saturday after a man State Police suspect was speeding rear-ended a tow truck, killing the driver and passenger in the car. The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 190, west of La. 983 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said. The 2003 Acura TL,… Continue reading →

District judge faces sanctions for trip, other alleged improprieties

Judge J. Robin Free

A state district court judge is facing a possible 30-day suspension for alleged improprieties that include accepting an all-expense-paid trip from a Texas attorney whose client was awarded a $1.2 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit tried in the judge’s court. Eighteenth Judicial District Judge J. Robin Free also drew fire from the Louisiana Judiciary… Continue reading →

Iberville authorities arrest 31 on drug distribution counts

The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and Plaquemine Police Department arrested 31 people Wednesday and booked them into the parish prison on various drug-related charges. Wednesday’s roundup, “Operation Prescribed Justice Refill,” comes on the heels of Sheriff Brett Stassi’s 2013 drug sting, “Operation Prescribed Justice.” “After the first roundup, I told Iberville residents that we… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 17, 2014

The annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door for $50 each, which includes membership to Ducks Unlimited and a rib-eye steak dinner. Ducks Unlimited is a… Continue reading →

School Board to again discuss future of Pointe Coupee Central High

Advocate  Staff Photo by  Mark Saltz   August 4, 2009  Trax # 00018156a Super Search Linda D'Amico mugshot as the Pointe Coupee School Board interviews five finalist for the Superintendent job on August 4, 2009.

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has set a special meeting to determine the future of Pointe Coupee Central High following the school’s court-ordered closure this year at the request of the state’s Recovery School District. It’s expected the Sept. 22 special meeting will involve a proposal from Schools Superintendent Linda D’Amico, who previously suggested transforming… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 10, 2014

Iberville Parish is accepting photos of veterans through Oct. 10 for the parish’s Wall of Veterans display to be unveiled during Iberville’s Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11. Submit photos online at, at the Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle or at the Visitor’s Center in north Iberville.… Continue reading →

Audit: 20 guns missing, officers’ psychological evaluations missing from Brusly Police Department

The Brusly Police Department is now working with state and federal investigators to recover 13 missing firearms reported in an audit the Town Council received Monday night. The auditors, who reviewed the operations of the department between July 10, 2010, and June 30, 2014, said 20 guns were unaccounted for instead of… Continue reading →

Port Allen man killed after crashing into garbage truck

A 59-year-old Port Allen man died early Saturday after his vehicle struck the back of a garbage truck pulling into the median on La. 415, north of La. 76 in West Baton Rouge Parish. Frederick Brown Jr. was driving his 2014 Kia Soul north on La. 415 shortly before 6:30 a.m., when a 2006 Mack garbage… Continue reading →

Scott Rogers vetted by state to become foster parent

Scott Rogers

A state agency vetted and approved Scott Rogers to become a certified licensed foster parent in Louisiana and praised the TV personality two years ago for his efforts to promote foster care and adoption, records show. Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said the agency wasn’t aware Rogers was an accused child… Continue reading →

Iberville files charter school funding lawsuit

The Iberville Parish School Board has asked a state district court judge to declare unconstitutional the allocation of state and dedicated local tax dollars to independently run charter schools. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, which the board had authorized last month, lawyers assert that $4 million from the state’s school funding program has been Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 3, 2014

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Aug. 26 hired a new parish administrator in the wake of Jim Bello’s retirement. The Police Jury had nine in favor, two opposed with one abstention at its meeting last week to hire John Grezaffi as the parish’s new administrative head. Grezaffi, 62, will earn $62,661 annually.… Continue reading →

New Orleans man, 22, killed in I-10 crash near Port Allen

A New Orleans man died Sunday when the SUV he was riding in ran off Interstate 10 near La. 415 just west of Port Allen, crossed the median and rolled over several times in the opposite lanes before coming to a stop on the La. 415 entrance ramp, State Police said. The man, Reese D. Randolph, 22,… Continue reading →

Suicide note in Rogers case says ‘They broke our happy loving home’

The Iberville Parish sheriff’s office released a copy Friday of what they say was a suicide note written by Mathew Hodgkinson before he shot and killed Scott Rogers, then turned the gun on himself.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office released a copy Friday of what they say was a suicide note written by Mathew Hodgkinson before he shot and killed Scott Rogers, then turned the gun on himself. The note, apparently referring to federal authorities acting to have two children removed from the… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Aug. 27, 2014

The city of Plaquemine has ramped up its efforts to curb a littering problem along Bayou Plaquemine that officials say has become incessant. The city has had an ongoing educational campaign on littering through the city newsletter, its Facebook page and media coverage, but the amount of litter collected is increasing, rather than decreasing.… Continue reading →