Jury deliberations continue today in the federal trial of Dr. Mehmood Patel, a local cardiologist accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures for financial gain. Closing arguments were Tuesday, and the case went to the jury Wednesday, but no verdict was reached.
Patel faces 91 counts of health-care fraud for allegedly billing the government and private insurers for medically unnecessary surgeries from 2001 to 2004.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.