May 27 has been designated the resentencing date for Brian Verret, convicted last June on four counts of negligent homicide in connection with a high-speed wreck on Ambassador Caffery Parkway in September 2006. Verret, 24, is currently serving a four-year sentence in the St. Martin Parish Jail. Last week, however, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, while affirming his conviction, threw out the sentence on a technicality. The INDsider broke that story; read it here .
A spokesman for Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson’s office, meanwhile, tells The Daily Advertiser he doesn’t expect the new sentence to vary in any way from the original sentence handed out by state District Court Judge Marilyn Castle.
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.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.