Hundley resigned as chief of police last month, shortly after a grand jury indicted him on three counts related to surreptitiously intercepting oral communications within the police department ("The Rise and Fall of Randy Hundley," JULY 12). He and three other officers are scheduled for arraignment July 18.
In his letter, Hundley claims city administrators and his detractors within the department conspired to force his resignation. He says he is innocent of the criminal charges he is facing; the charges stem from a complaint filed with the district attorney's office in March by Hundley's secretary, Jeanette Luque. Hundley says Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley told him that if he retired, the state police investigation into Luque's complaint would "go away." Stanley called the allegation "ludicrous," noting that he cannot order state police to halt an investigation.
Hundley also writes that an FBI probe of the bugging allegations ' conducted prior to the state police investigation ' found that no laws were violated and that the charges were part of a "political ploy to remove me from office."
If the civil service board grants Hundley's request, it would be a first. Because Hundley is now retired and no longer a civil service employee, the board may not have jurisdiction to rule on his appeal. Hundley's letter cites two Louisiana laws (which either do not exist or were incorrectly noted) related to coerced retirements. Fire and Police Civil Service Board Chairman Jason Boudreaux could not be reached for comment.
Hundley has already cashed a $38,000 check of retirement benefits to pay attorney's fees and wrote that he is motivated by his concern for community safety. "With the increase in criminal activity in our city under the current administration," he says, "I am concerned for the citizens of my city and am anxious to resume my post to combat the criminal elements plaguing our community."
So Hundley's now blaming increased crime on Joey Durel? Or is that a shot at interim chief Jim Craft? However you slice it, the whole saga's only getting more bizarre.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an ordinance for final adoption Tuesday that, if approved, would give the city the green light to take over a stretch of Verot School Road from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
The Louisiana Association of Educators filed a lawsuit challenging the $60 million in spending through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu.
The unresolved fate of the ashes left behind after Ebola waste was destroyed in Texas highlights the problem U.S. hospitals and communities could face in disposing of their own waste.
While much of the talk was about whether New Orleans could win a big game — or any game, for that matter — on the road, the conversation in the Saints' locker room was about something completely different.
State health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.
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Trying to combat the national undertones of Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is traveling the state this week on a sort of pork celebration tour, telling voters about the projects and aid she's delivered to Louisiana.
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The state treasurer won't sign financial documents needed for $200 million in borrowing or for a refinancing of existing debt until he believes they accurately explain the surplus disagreement.
Bill Cassidy voted for 97 percent of the bills signed by Barack Obama.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour.
A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.
A district judge decided Wednesday against sanctioning attorney/school board candidate Dawn Morris for her behind-the-scenes role in a lawsuit against Mark Cockerham.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, in the middle of a heavily-criticized rewrite of benefit plans.
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."
A state district judge said he will rule Friday on a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from receiving $60 million through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
Saints fans were to gather, make merry, eat/drink compliments of a new Downtown group and watch the Saints beat Carolina and claim 1st place in the NFC South. But...