The Third Circuit Court of Appeal this week sided with Marley’s Sports Bar on Jefferson Street downtown, backing a lower court’s summary judgement in a suit accusing the night spot of failing to offer adequate security for a pair of patrons who were attacked outside the bar.
Jeffery Arkell, the plaintiff, and a friend were beaten up by a group of six men, one of them wielding a baseball bat, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2006, shortly after the bar had closed. Arkell suffered stab wounds, a broken arm and a contusion to the head. The appeals court, however, ruled that Marley’s was not responsible for providing security outside its premises after closing time: “Our initial inquiry in this case is whether Marley’s owed Jeffery a duty to protect him from attack in the middle of Garfield Street after closing hours,” the Third Circuit opinion states. “The law is clear, it did not.”
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.