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
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
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Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.