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Sugarcane is harvested on the Willis Provost farm near Kaplan. Growers report increased tonnage per acre this year, and mill operators are pleased with the sugar recovery. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Sugarcane harvest doing well at halfway point

The 2017 Louisiana sugarcane crop is meeting expectations as the harvest approaches the halfway point.
“Tonnage is good, and sugar recovery is good,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois. “For both of them to be good in the same year is rare. Everybody is really pleased.”
Last year, sugar recovery was high, setting a record, but tonnage was down.

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The St. Mary Parish Courthouse in Franklin. (File photo)

Patterson police officer sues mayor over incident started by traffic stop

A Patterson police officer has sued Mayor Rodney Grogan after a November 2016 incident where Grogan temporarily revoked the officer’s police commission card, citing ongoing insubordination, after the officer allegedly stopped the mayor for speeding.
Patterson Police Cpl. Kevin Stewart filed a lawsuit Nov. 6 against the city of Patterson and Grogan in 16th Judicial District Court, St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court records stated.
Stewart’s attorney is Laura McJimsey Randall. Grogan and the city don’t have an attorney assigned to the case in court records.

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Nikita Hebert

Eunice man, 3 others, arrested on porn charges

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has arrested four men, including a Eunice man, on nearly 250 counts of possessing child pornography.
“Keeping Louisiana children safe is a top priority for my office, and we will continue doing all we can to stop child predators,” Landry said. “Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage; every time one of these videos or images is viewed, the child is re-victimized.”

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Eunice Police dispatch radio logs

The following are excerpts from the Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs.
Nov. 16
01:50 Disturbance in the 400 block of Corn.
03:20 Juveniles messing up yard at Peach and Cane.
03:24 Open window at Burger King.
07:55 Child assaulted at Highland Elementary.
08:09 Break-in at Sunrise Apartments.
08:21 Threat reported in 100 block of East Ardoin.
08:51 Trash thrown in yard in 400 block of West Bacciochi.
09:34 Threats reported at 800 block of Beulah Apartment.
09:38 Lobby complaint about money taken off his debit card.

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Phone: 337-457-3061
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