The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging continues to operate at a deficit of about $400,000 a year and a new audit out this week questions the agency’s viability due to increasing demands that outpace funding.
Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar said leaders are working to address the financial issues without affecting the seniors they serve.
At this time, there are no plans to cut back services, as is suggested in the audit.
“These are lives that we deal with,” she said.
PORT ALLEN — West Baton Rouge Parish authorities arrested 23 people Tuesday through a multi-agency, six-month drug sting titled “Mardi Gras Clean-Up.”
And Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said investigators have warrants for eight more individuals wanted on drug-related charges.
The suspects were booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail on various possession and distribution charges.
Those arrested from Port Allen were Darrel Pierre, 25, 937 Elenore St.; Ricky Murphy, 45, 1631 Rosedale Road; Erica Williams, 33, 615 S.
The leader of an organization that previously opposed attempts to create a breakaway school district decried a variety of proposals targeting the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
The president of One Community One School District, Belinda Davis, told a small group of parents Monday evening that sweeping school reforms are being proposed absent any input from parents.
What’s worse, she said, is some of the proposed legislation would remove the need for a constitutional amendment to give school district funding, taking a vote of the people out of the equation.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is parting ways with the company that has handled pest control at Orleans Parish Prison for more than a decade. The company, run by one of Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s most generous campaign contributors, recently stirred controversy with its six-figure annual billings.
The Sheriff’s Office solicited bids for a new extermination contract in the fall, about four months after The New Orleans Advocate raised questions about the cost of the services provided by DA Exterminating, which was charging about $200,000 annually to service the sprawling prison complex.
The New Orleans Pelicans are on a three-game winning streak by playing at a faster pace with Tyreke Evans in the starting lineup at small forward.
In those games, the Pelicans (26-37) have averaged 118.3 points per game in scoring 355 points, matching their highest output for any three-game stretch this season.
That can be expected to change when the Pelicans meet the Memphis Grizzlies (36-26) on Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center in a Southwest Division game.
SORRENTO —Mayor Mike Lambert told the Town Council Tuesday that city officials are working on a plan to address issues raised in an audit about thousands of dollars in delinquent utility bills and traffic fines that have gone uncollected.
Lambert said he has met with Town Attorney Matthew Percy and accountant Jacob Waguespack to discuss the plan but was unsure if it would be ready to present to the Town Council by its next meeting on March 18.
The head of the Baton Rouge fire union is facing two DWI counts, one from 2009 and another from March.
Shane Spillman, president of the Baton Rouge Association of Firefighters Local 557, was arrested March 1 on a second DWI count and was re-arrested Tuesday afternoon at his St. Amant home on a bench warrant stemming from a 2009 driving while intoxicated arrest.
The matter began with a 2011 court date on the 2009 case that Spillman failed to attend, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s.
BAKER — The Baker school system has purchased the old All-Star Chevrolet property off Plank Road for its district offices, paying $1.1 million for the 3.4 acres, which contain three buildings.
“We don’t owe a penny on it and we won’t pay a penny of interest in it. We paid cash,” School Board President Dana Carpenter said Tuesday.
The board’s lease on its offices behind Whitney Bank on Ray Weiland Drive expires March 31
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GONZALES — Two weeks after the armed robbery of the Dollar General Store, 17524 Airline Highway, Prairieville, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the robber.
The Feb. 23 incident happened around 7:30 p.m., when a tall, slender black man armed with a handgun and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask robbed the store, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said.
After the robbery, the man was seen running south on La.
After spending 30 years on death row for the murder of a Shreveport Jeweler, Glenn Ford has been released based on the discovery of new evidence. The family of the victim speaks to KSLA News 12 about their search for answers.
"It feels good, it feels real good," says Glenn Ford. Ford walked out of The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday afternoon.