The Lafayette Police Department cast its gaze on the city’s nightlife over the weekend, arresting nine people during two traffic checkpoints and issuing 11 summonses during a crackdown on underage drinking.
Nearly 900 vehicles passed through an impaired driving checkpoint Friday on the 2300 block of Johnston Street. Of the 17 motorists pulled over for secondary testing, seven were arrested for OWI.
On Saturday night police conducted a safety checkpoint on the 600 block of Jefferson Street downtown near the Chase Bank building. More than 390 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Two dozen people were cited for seat belt violations and 50 other citations were also issued for various violations. In addition, two people were arrested — one for OWI, the other for an outstanding warrant.
Also on Saturday, the Lafayette Police Department’s Youth Services Section conducted an operation targeting underage drinking in the city. Six business were checked for compliance. One summons each was issued at Daiquiri Supreme on Johnston Street and The Bulldog on General Mouton; nine were issued at Nitetown on Jefferson. The three remaining establishments — Pilots Pub on Congress, and The Office and The Green Room, both on Jefferson — were in compliance.
None of these operations is related to the much-publicized new ordinance targeting open alcohol containers in three nightlife districts within the city of Lafayette. LPD Cpl. Paul Mouton says officers have not yet begun enforcing it because Craft wants signs alerting bar patrons to the new law placed within those districts before police begin enforcing it.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
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OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
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OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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