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St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Eddie Thibodeaux, left, assisted the news media during an event Thursday at the La. 13 railroad crossing to promote crossing safety. A Union Pacific locomotive arrived to carry reporters, photographers and law enforcement through the city. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Train crossing safety stressed

The La. 13 railroad crossing was a busy place Thursday with police, deputies and reporters and photographers on the scene.
That would normally be case if a train and vehicle had collided at the intersection, but on Thursday it was just the opposite reason — there was no wreckage and the point was to keep it that way.
The event was for Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Operation Life Saver Officer on the Train.

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Bradley Espree

Man faces 4 charges in domestic attack

A 28-year-old Eunice man faces four charges including home invasion in connection with an early morning attack Wednesday on Corn Avenue.
Police Chief Randy Fontenot said Bradley Espree, of the 1100 block of Tyrone Road, is charged with home invasion, cruelty to juveniles, aggravated battery and simple criminal damage to property.
Police were called to the incident at 1:50 a.m.
When an officer arrived the 30-year-old female victim had visible injuries, he said.
Espree is identified as a former boyfriend of the victim.

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Mamou Council to shore up budget hit by unexpected expenses

The Mamou Town Council will be voting to amend its 2017 budget and to approve a 2018 budget at its next regular meeting in December. The decision to amend the budget comes following a report by certified public accountant Michael Johnson at Wednesday evening’s regular monthly meeting.
During the last year, the town spent more than the original budgeted amount and has to move money to make up a shortfall.

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Eunice Food Bank Mary Ann Guillory says a food drive is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 food bank, 251 W. Park Ave., Eunice. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Eunice Food Bank Food Drive scheduled for Dec. 5

The annual Eunice Food Bank Food Drive is set for 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 food bank, 251 W. Park Ave., Eunice.
Director Mary Ann Guillory says the Eunice Food Bank is in dire need of everything.

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Ethics revisions seem likely

The members of an advisory committee reviewing Louisiana’s ethics laws sound optimistic, some even confident, that significant policy changes will be recommended to the Legislature—maybe even in time for the regular session that begins March 12.
A pair of legislators and key Ethics Board members are leading the committee. In separate interviews they expressed a shared interest in tweaking some of the Jindal-era “Gold Standard” policies that were adopted in 2008.


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