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Former Ville Platte Police detective sentenced for role in burglary

Former Ville Platte Detective Nathaniel Savoy was sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016 for falsifying a police report to cover up his own involvement in a “conspiracy to burglarize” a local Ville Platte business.
His plea of guilty came just one and a half months before the Department of Justice released a report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal “investigative holds” on individuals during the years of 2012-2014.

Questioned Ville Platte Police procedures discussed

VMayor Jennifer Vidrine, for the first time, publicly addressed the Department of Justice’s report citing the Ville Platte Police Department for performing illegal investigative holds”at a City Council meeting on Jan. 17.
Vidrine said, “When I read this report, it rocked me to my core. It hurt my heart to know that Ville Platte citizens were going through this. I see where actions were taken in the name of the law, but it violated the heart of the law, which was justice. This is not who were are.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor may steer clear of legislative elections

As January reaches its midpoint, Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t decided who he might support in the Legislature’s upcoming special elections in north and south Louisiana.
It’s possible that the governor, a Democrat, could potentially avoid the races for these legislative seats altogether, especially since all of them are located in districts that lean conservative.
Edwards made a small handful of endorsements last year, helping Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome get elected but falling short on his other nods for the U.S. Senate, Congress and Public Service Commission.

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards appoints St. Landry Parish residents to boards, commissions

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions on Jan. 13.

Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District
The Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District provides a source of fresh water from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche primarily for drinking water purposes. The district maintains the Bayou Lafourche waterway to clear any obstructions that may restrict the flow of water.

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