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Apr 5, 2012 11:25 AM by AP

Council member wants probe into tire slashings

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Thibodaux City Council member is pressing for a council investigation into allegations that a police department veteran paid two men to slash tires on dozens of police cars, even though the accusers have retracted the story.

Glenn Watkins and his nephew Jonathan Watkins last year accused Capt. Calvin Cooks of paying them to slash the tires, parked outside police department offices.

The Courier reports that the two men later retracted the accusation and that a months-long probe by Thibodaux police and Lafourche Parish sheriff's investigators found no proof that Cooks was involved. But Council member Constance Thompson-Johnson said she believes there are unanswered questions.

Mayor Tommy Eschete criticized the plan, but Thompson-Johnson said she'll ask for an investigation at the April 17 council meeting.

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