After more than a year of investigation, the state Attorney General's office last week handed down an indictment of Assistant District Attorney J. Floyd Johnson for allegedly abusing his wife, Lysandra, over a three-day period in May 2004.
Johnson has denied the allegations in news reports.
Police were called to a local hospital after Johnson brought his wife in for what he said were severe migraines, though she had swelling in her face and a red eye. Johnson offered to resign, but District Attorney Mike Harson instead suspended him for two weeks and ordered him to undergo anger management counseling.
Last year Harson told The Daily Advertiser that Johnson would likely keep his job even if convicted of the domestic abuse charge. The AG's office handled the investigation because Johnson works for Harson.
Since Johnson's arrest, he has continued to prosecute domestic violence cases, according to the daily paper, and is the lead prosecutor in the Alexuia Feast case, the October 2004 killing of a 13-year-old who had been removed from her Lafayette home by authorities because of allegations of abuse. ' LT
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The old adage is still taking time to sink in throughout Vermilion Parish, where Attorney General Charles Foti last week cracked down on an alleged scam that bilked 150 investors, including government officials and lawyers and judges, out of more than $1 million.
A Vermilion Parish grand jury indicted six men ' three from California and two actors with local roots (hired to conduct seminars to attract investors) ' for racketeering, criminal conspiracy and securities fraud.
Roland Peltier was one of the men indicted. A veteran officer with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department, he still believes in the product at the heart of the alleged scam ' an oilfield cleanup concoction the AG's office says is nothing more than household chemicals. Peltier invested in the product, which was marketed by Environmental Soil Services.
Peltier and former Vermilion Parish Sheriff Ray Lemaire's company, RnR Environmental, also shared office space on Jefferson Street in Abbeville with ESS. He says the company never did any work as RnR, which he calls a "holding corporation" formed for potential ventures but not for the ESS. ' LT
TIMES OF ACADIANA FIRES DON ALLEN
Veteran Lafayette writer Don Allen, whose "Out of Bounds" sports column has been published in the Times of Acadiana for approximately 19 years, was fired by the paper last week.
Times Managing Editor Doug Gruse and Times General Manager Eric Benjamin declined comment on Allen's termination. Allen also declined comment.
Allen has been a fixture of the Acadiana sports scene for decades, first making his mark as a play-by-play announcer for UL Lafayette football. He began writing for the Times as a freelancer and was promoted to full-time staff writer in the fall of 2004. Allen has also hosted sports talk shows for radio stations KBOL and KPEL. In addition to his sports column and features for the Times, he co-authored the "He Said, She Said" movie review column with Patricia Gannon, which was recently discontinued and replaced with a syndicated column by a New York-based movie critic. ' SJ
IN NEED OF A LEASH
Dogs can be the bane of a mailman's existence, especially when a canine's bite turns out to be worse than its bark. But a Houma mailman got an unexpected surprise last week when a man bit him.
According to The Courier newspaper, the postman saw a dog chained in the yard, and figured the coast was clear to deliver the mail. But when he entered the property, a barking man ran up to the mail carrier, bit him on the shoulder, and ran back inside the house.
Police arrested 20-year-old Mark D. Plumb and charged him with simple battery. "I've never heard of something like this," Terrebone Parish Postmaster Bill Frye told The Courier. ' SJ
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.