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Judge asked to recuse self from case

Thirty-first Judicial District Judge Steve Gunnell is being asked to recuse himself from further proceedings involving Welsh mayor Carolyn Louviere’s lawsuit against alderman Colby Perry, on the grounds that he has professional and personal ties to the latter’s grandparents and uncle. According to the motion filed with the court, Louviere’s attorney Ron Richard has received […]

Worker caught using city funds for personal purchases

A man employed with the Jennings street department is facing theft and fraud charges after using a city gas card for personal reasons. According to an affidavit of arrest, Jennings resident Steven Ray Deshotel, 31, was booked into the parish jail Friday, Nov. 10, on charges including two counts of malfeasance in office, two counts […]

JDP schools earn collective ‘A’

Jeff Davis Parish has once again been deemed an “A” school district by the state Department of Education. The 2016-2017 district and school performance scores were released Tuesday. The district is now ranked as the 15th best in the state in District Performance Scores, with a score of 100.6 and an A letter grade. In […]

JDP Toys for Tots applications available

The ASSIST Agency, Inc. will be taking applications for Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) children for the annual Toys for Tots drive, sponsored by the US Marines. Children up to 12 years of age, as well as older special needs children, will be considered to receive Toys for Tots. Applicants must reside within JDP, and proof […]

Officer terminated after executive session

LAKE ARTHUR – The council here went into executive session to discuss the termination of Ptn. John Kurtz. Lake Arthur Police Chief Ray Marcantel went before the council Wednesday to request the termination of Kurtz, who has only been employed with the Lake Arthur Police Department for less than a year. Council member Auldon Robinson […]

Vendor registration open for Jennings Christmas Festival

The Jennings Christmas Festival and Art Show is scheduled for the first weekend in December and vendors, crafters and canners are encouraged to begin registering booths now. Booth fee is $40, or $50 if access to power is required. As soon as registration forms and fees are received, vendors will be assigned a space. Booth […]

LA hires new assistant police chief

LAKE ARTHUR – The police department here has promoted a recently hired patrolman to the position of assistant police chief, as per the Lake Arthur Town Council’s approval. During this month’s regular meeting, Lake Arthur Police Chief Ray Marcantel presented his request to promote patrolman Keith Broussard as the new assistant chief to the council, […]

Early voting starts Friday

Early voting for the Nov. 18 election begins Friday and four parish-wide tax renewals will be on the ballot. Meanwhile, a runoff for the office of state treasurer must be decided as well. Those wanting to cast early ballots may do so at the Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) Registrar of Voters office at 302 N. […]

Local man charged with attempted murder

Two people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the beating of another man when a confrontation about a stolen dog escalated into a physical altercation. Jennings Police Deputy Chief Danny Semmes said patrol officers were dispatched to the address of 318 N. Craig Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 24, regarding […]

JDP trick-or- treat schedules, events announced

As fall weather brings cooler temperature, and October is in full swing, Halloween, trick-or-treating schedules and fall festival events are just around the corner. Trick or treat times for Jeff Davis Parish municipalities will all be held on Tuesday evening, Oct. 31, Halloween day. In Jennings, the Halloween celebration will kick off at Founder’s Park […]

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