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Acadia Parish police jurors take action on blighted property

Acadia Parish officials now have the authority to enter private property to determine whether or not a structure on that property is derelict.
Parish police jurors have amended the Acadia Derelict Buildings Ordinance to give any inspector who has contracted with the parish to inspect buildings the authority to enter any property upon which a building is erected and perform an inspection to determine if the building meets the definition of a derelict structure.

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State asking residents for winter weather damage report

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, along with St. Landry Parish Emergency Preparedness, is asking residents who had damage due to the winter weather event to report that damage through GOSHEP’s self-reporting tool.
The self-reporting survey, located at damage.la.gov, will help local and state emergency managers collect data to move forward with the recovery process.

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Lafitte_the_Crawfish: Lafitte the Crawfish, named after Chef John Folse’s Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant, becomes the fifth crustacean to receive a pardon from Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. (Submitted photo)

Lafitte the Crawfish granted pardon

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, granted an official pardon to Lafitte the Crawfish during the Fifth Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish event.
The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux played host to this year’s event.
Started in 2017 by Lt. Gov. Nungesser and held on the first Tuesday following Mardi Gras, this annual pardoning celebrates crawfish season in Louisiana and across the Gulf South.

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Yazeid A. Shalabi

Alabama man stopped in Lawtell for license plate light violation ends up with 25 charges

A 39-year-old Mobile, Alabama, man stopped on U.S. 190 in the Lawtell area for a license plate not working ended up facing 25 counts on 12 charges, according to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
Yazeid A. Shalabi, 39, of the 1700 block of 1710 Prince Street, Mobile, Alabama, was stopped in a dark-colored SUV on Feb. 18, Guidroz stated in a news release.
The deputy stopped Shalabi’s vehicle because of the license plate light not working, Guidroz stated.
But the deputy smelled an illegal substance coming from the vehicle, he said.

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Deputy Devon Johnson with a Taser. (Submitted photos courtesy of St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office)

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Deputy John Gordon with the target.

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The weapons shown are Less Lethal Shotgun, the black one is a Taser, the orange weapon is the JPX OC “gun” and the yellow it is the Bolawrap.

Sheriff issues non-lethal devices

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz announced his deputies are now certified in the use of three non-lethal devices.
The training has taken place over the past month, he said in a news release.
“I saw a need to reallocate funds and grants to purchase additional options that are now available and issue them to my deputies for a less-than-lethal way to resolve a conflict,” he said.

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