Here’s to local law enforcement officials for making three arrests in the Lundi Gras killing of Lafayette cab driver Wallace Badeaux, 35. Two 19-year-old Lafayette residents, Kevin Gildhouse and Aaron Francois, are accused of robbing Badeaux for the paltry sum of $100 and then shooting him once in the head at close range. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department also arrested Gildhouse's girlfriend,18-year old Margaret Sanchez, as an accessory after the fact to first degree murder.
Wally Badeaux was a sweet guy — one of those quiet and reserved types who never seemed to get on anyone’s bad side — just a good dude. From 2003 to 2008, I drove for Dixie Cab, working the nightshift from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. I worked with Wally for the last six months I was employed there. Although I experienced many rewarding chapters during my tenure driving a cab, I also experienced almost any and every kind of maddening situation you could imagine, including being robbed at gunpoint for $64 by five guys in 2008 — one who held the gun in my face, another who pulled the keys out of the ignition of the cab so I couldn’t drive off, and three more who just stood around getting dumber by the minute. Luckily, I only lost $64. The point is this: I had my gun sitting in a bag next to me. When these guys ran off, I could’ve easily turned and fired off a few shots at them as they sprinted into the darkness, but I didn’t feel that losing $64 was worth someone’s life even if they had just robbed me. I am pretty sure Wally felt the same way. He was not vengeful person. He was just a regular guy, trying to make the best of a tough job. Like a lot of people.
I’m thankful that I have don’t have to drive a cab anymore. But I am sad for Wally, his family, and the others left behind as well as anyone working the nightshift who has to venture out into the good night, just wondering where it will lead.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.