Franklin police seek 2 suspects

The Franklin Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Darien “Gerber” Mitchell.
Mitchell was developed as a suspect and is wanted on charges of attempted second degree murder, firearm or weapon in a firearm-free zone and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentality.
On Sunday at approximately 7:24 p.m., officers responded to a complaint of a shooting in the Broussard-Harris Park.

Council OKs sale of Talley property

By unanimous vote the St. Martinville City Council Monday approved the sale of just more than one acre of the old Talley property along Bayou Teche to Alcee J. “Chip” Durand Jr., owner of the St. John Restaurant adjacent to the property.
The purchase price was $104,000, its appraised market value.
City officials say the property has no current public purpose.

Simmesport Mayor Leslie Draper III (center) and Town Attorney Mary Helen Johnson inspect the fence at the former Dunbar High School while Street Superintendent Kevin Gates finds the key to the gate. The town finalized a 99-year lease agreement with the Avoyelles School Board and received the keys to the property March 15. {Photo courtesy of Town of Simmesport}

Simmesport takes over former school site

Another former school has been given a new purpose as the Town of Simmesport took possession of the former Dunbar High/Simmesport Elementary complex March 15.

“This will be a community-changer for Simmesport,” Mayor Leslie Draper III said. “It opens up so many opportunities for empowerment.”

Draper and some of his staff members did a preliminary walk-through of the site March 15, when the town was handed the keys to the property. Draper said the buildings needs some work but holds the potential “for a facility the community can be proud of.”

Chris Few settles federal lawsuit over son’s death

Parties in a federal lawsuit concerning the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy reached an undisclosed settlement late last Thursday.

The lawsuit was filed by Christopher Few and other family members of Jeremy Mardis -- a 6-year-old autistic child who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Nov. 3, 2015.

“All I can say is the matter is settled,” Few’s attorney Mark Jeansonne of Hessmer said. “The judge sealed everything. He put a pretty tight order on us” not to divulge details of the settlement.


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