Feb 21, 2012 6:55 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Before the Independent Parade even rolled today, a fight sent a woman to the hospital. The daughter of the Independent Weekly Publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May was punched and knocked unconscious. Erin Fitzgerald, Fisher May's stepdaughter was punched after she started ripping stuff off of a float set to roll in the Independent Parade, Managing Editor Walter Pierce said. Fitzgerald has been released from the hospital with bruises and a black eye.
The float features a cutout of Fisher May holding a steering wheel with a banner below which reads, "Caution!!! Float driven by Cherry Fisher May." The picture and banner refer to her DUI arrest in 2010.
Lafayette police have issued three summonses, including one to Lafayette developer Glenn Stewart who is charged with disturbing the peace by fighting. Although police can't yet confirm, witnesses tell KATC Stewart punched Fitzgerald twice in the face. We're waiting on information identifying others involved. Last year Stewart bought four billboards featuring Fisher May's mug shot asking why wasn't her arrest reported in The Independent. We have not yet been able to confirm with The Independent Parade organizers whether Stewart paid for the float.
Stewart's grudge against the weekly paper began after a series of reports, including last year's April 6th cover story, "Green Acres." Stewart, among other property owners, was featured for getting an agricultural property exemption that allowed him to pay less property taxes on one of his developments, Parc Lafayette. He could claim the exemption as long as one bail of hay was cultivated on the land.