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Hurricane Laura causes extensive damage to timber industry

After Hurricane Laura ripped through Louisiana, twisting trees and downing timber, large-scale assessments of the damage the storm caused to the timber industry are just beginning. Early reports indicate that losses will be extensive.
“I don’t have the words in my vocabulary to relay the destruction this storm has caused,” said Robbie Hutchins, an area forestry agent with the LSU AgCenter.

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A bullet-damaged door on a vehicle in Eunice. (Photo courtesy of St. Landry Crime Stoppers)

Tips sought about Eunice shooting

Detective Corina Schexneider of the Eunice Police Department returned to Crime Stoppers and needs the public’s help in solving a shooting in the city of Eunice.
Officers were dispatched to shots being fired on Benoit Street at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
Shortly after, a caller notified the department that her house in the 400 block of Corn Street was struck by bullets. The victim stated that she and her family were watching TV when she heard gunshots outside of her residence.

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Police: Brother killed brother

A brother shot his brother dead in an apartment in the 800 block of South Beulah Street on Tuesday, according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
Police found Jonah Gobert, 29, crying loudly in the apartment where his brother, Benjamin Hurks, 35, was slumped over a sofa bed with a gun shot wound to the head, he said.
Police were called to the apartment at about 8 p.m.
Hurks was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative from the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office.
A .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene.

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Eunice Police Arrests

September 7
Edith Marie Mercer, 35, 1600 block of West Dudley, 700 block of Lewis, Eunice. Domestic abuse battery.
Edith M. Mercer, 35, 1600 block of West Dudley, 700 block of Lewis, Eunice. Domestic abuse battery, probation warrant and bench warrant.

September 8
Jonah Gobert, 29, 800 block of South Beulah, Eunice. Simple criminal damage to property, simple assault, and aggravated battery.
Roaul Joseph Jacobs, 34, 300 block of East Peach, Eunice. Hit and run driving.


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465 Aymond St.
Eunice, LA 70535
Phone: 337-457-3061
Fax: 337-457-3122