A Lafayette nonprofit foundation established in the memory of a woman murdered in 2002 by the so-called South Louisiana Serial Killer is one of two tied to a state senator given a deadline by the state treasurer to submit details on how it spent hundreds of thousands of state dollars.
Baton Rouge media are reporting that The Colomb Foundation along with Serenity 67, which have connections to state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, were given until Wednesday of next week to show how they spent more than $700,000 combined over the last six years. The bulk of the money went to The Colomb Foundation.
According to news station WBRZ:
During the 2007 legislative session, then-Representative Dorsey-Colomb sat on the House Appropriations Committee when The Colomb Foundation received $300,000 for elderly services and community outreach. Serenity 67 was given $150,000 for similar services. Neither properly documented how they spent those funds, according to the state treasurer.
Three years later, after the legislature cut out funding for most NGOs, the Lafayette-based Colomb Foundation still received another $276,694.00 from the state directed through East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Colomb Foundation was established in 2003 following the November 2002 rape-murder of 23-year-old Dené Colomb, whose body was found near Scott by a hunter. Colomb’s car was found in Grand Coteau near the cemetery where her adoptive mother, who had died a few months earlier of breast cancer, is buried. Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was linked to Colomb’s murder by DNA, although he was never tried for the crime in Lafayette. He was convicted for two murders in East and West Baton Rouge parishes and is on death row at Angola State Penitentiary.
Dené Colomb’s adoptive father, Sterling Colomb, began the foundation in her honor. He later married then-state Rep. Yvonne Dorsey.
According to its website, The Colomb Foundation offers health fairs, teen summits and activities centered around breast cancer awareness. It also owns an event center in Arnaudville that is rented for wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
DEC 11 It's the holiday season, and that means you can count on seeing some pretty crazy stuff going down at the Wal-Mart, but this story out of Marshall, Texas takes the cake. A man went in and attacked a couple of people with a hatchet. Who stopped him? A customer who started launching soup cans at him -- and connected with his noggin. The story tells us that while some folk were injured, everyone's been released from the hospital.
DEC 11 Blogger Tom Aswell joins the ranks of those looking into the "Fund for Louisiana's Future," which of course is not really aimed at improving our future. So far, it seems aimed at getting Louisiana to remove its $100,000 cap on campaign contributions, he tells us. Also, it is overseen by the same guy who tried to give us President Mitt Romney -- and he seems bent on picking our next governor.
DEC 11 Here's a post on NOLA Defender from the chef de cuisine at Delmonico's about gumbo. Chef Anthony Scanio shares childhood food memories that aren't quite a warm and fuzzy cliche -- but they certainly sound authentic. His personal story isn't just about food, it's a true New Orleans boy's upbringing. It's a cool story, and it ends with recipes for seafood gumbo and red beans.
DEC 11 Blogger Lou Gehrig Burnett writes here on Bayou Buzz about GOP efforts to mount a candidate against Sen. Mary Landrieu -- "a" being the operative word. So far, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are both in the race, and as long as the ultra-conservative Maness remains he poses a threat to the Republicans' hopes to unseat Mary. There's also a bit on what's up in Texas -- where Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of Medicaid money is causing other lawmakers some trouble.
DEC 11 Qualifying for New Orleans municipal races opens today, and Gambit's Clancy DuBos is most interested in people running against Sheriff Marlin Gusman, a frequent topic of Clancy's posts -- and a lot of other media posts as well. So far, the most interesting candidate expected to qualify is former sheriff Charles Foti. But Gusman's biggest enemy may be himself, given his 33 percent approval rating.
DEC 11 It may be the season of brotherly love, but John Maginnis is not falling for David Vitter's Christmas story. In this post, he poo-poos the very idea that Vitter and his family will spend the holidays in prayerful reflection so that they can decide if the Senator will run for governor. He also gives some predictions on what could happen if Vitter did get elected, throwing in a cautionary reference to the big ole egg laid by the GOP up in North Louisiana's recent Congressional race.
DEC 11 Well, knock us over with a rainbow-colored feather. The Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance granting equal protection to LGBT folks, this KSLA story reports. It basically forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. According to the story, city workers already have had that protection, since 2009.
DEC 11 That nice lady over in Denham Springs must still be mad at her neighbors for stealing her dog, because she's back up on her roof, making a big ole "one finger salute" in Christmas lights. This story in the Advocate even gives us a picture of the process underway, in case you are experiencing a similar situation and would like some finger-display-creation tips.
Read the Flipping Paper!
Click Here for the Entire Print Version of IND Monthly