Former State Farm agent and antiques dealer Wally Romero was arrested yesterday by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office on a warrant for felony theft. Romero, 51, posted a $50,000 bond and was released. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Lafayette Police Department, which has turned the case over to District Attorney Mike Harson's office.
According to the initial arrest report, local police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Verot School Road in July after receiving a complaint of an alleged theft of property valued at $25,000. "Victim reported the suspect sold the listed item and has not provided the proceeds to her," the report states. It does not specify what type of property, listing only "miscellaneous."
The longtime State Farm agent's South College Road office was abruptly shut down in September of last year by the company, but State Farm would not comment on the matter. Romero was an enormously successful State Farm agent for about two decades and is also an antiques dealer, having once operated that business out of the same South College Road building.
On Aug. 26, Romero filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records. Often called a "mini Chapter 11," Chapter 13 is for individuals or small proprietary business owners who want to repay their creditors but are having financial problems. Romero will be able to retain his property if he repays all or a portion of his debts to creditors under a plan approved by the court.
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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