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Jeremy Alford

Edwards campaign expected to report $3.4M raised

Gov. John Bel Edwards raised roughly $3.4 million for his re-election campaign in 2016, his first year in office, and will soon report the total to the state Ethics Administration, according to a spokesperson for the Edwards campaign.
No further information was made available for what the Edwards campaign spent last year or how much money it actually has socked away in the bank.
Annual campaign finance reports for major offices like governor are due to the Ethics Administration by Feb. 15.

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The 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night feature film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” which will make its U.S. premiere at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a gala reception with honored guests, Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard.

Cinema on the Bayou opens Wednesday, continues through Feb. 1

The 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night feature film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” which will make its U.S. premiere at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a gala reception with honored guests, Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard.

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David Savoy, right, and Robert Guidry were re-elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Acadia Parish Police Jury without opposition during the January meeting Jan. 10. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Steve Bandy)

Acadia Police Jury re-elects Savoy as president

Election of officers highlights an otherwise routine meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury here Jan. 10.
And even that was routine with David Savoy re-elected for his third term as president and Robert Guidry re-elected for his third term as vice president. Both were elected by without opposition.
Though meeting was fairly quick — right at 30 minutes — and, for the most part, uneventful, the stage was set for possible conflict in February.

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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.

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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.”

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