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  • Lafourche proposes swimming ban near launches

    August 16, 2014 1:19 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Council is expected to consider a measure Aug. 25 to outlaw swimming at or near parish-owned or operated boat launches. The Daily Comet reports the proposal provides that violators could be fined up to $500 and be jailed for 30 days. Councilman Phillip... more »
  • Sheriff in Lafourche plans to buy patrol boat

    May 3, 2014 3:51 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says it will use a $12,000 donation from oilfield exploration and production company ConocoPhillips to buy a boat and equipment for its water patrol service. The Daily Comet reports the Sheriff's Office wants to buy a 17-foot aluminum-hull boat to replace... more »
  • Motorcyclist killed in fiery crash in Lafourche

    January 3, 2014 6:56 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say a 54-year-old man died when his motorcycle was rear-ended and caught fire while stopped in heavy traffic. Trooper Evan Harrell says Thomas Grems of Baton Rouge was trapped between his 2012 Yamaha and 2002 Ford F-150 that hit him. The accident occurred... more »
  • Lafourche levee officials unveil website

    December 16, 2013 7:13 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The North Lafourche Levee District has launched a new website at www.northlafourchelevee.com . The Daily Comet reports residents can now watch live Internet streaming of the district's board and committee meetings, sign up for an email newsletter and access meeting agendas and lists of projects. The... more »
  • Raises debated as Lafourche budget vote nears

    November 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Council will decide Tuesday whether to approve a budget for next year that calls for spending $2.4 million on a 4 percent pay raise for employees. Parish President Charlotte Randolph's proposed budget would also eliminate the Parish Council's legislative auditor position, along with... more »
  • Ants conquering Terrebonne, Lafourche

    September 2, 2013 4:13 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The invasive tawny crazy ant has made its way into coastal parishes of southeast Louisiana. The Courier reported that the reddish-brown ant builds large colonies with multiple queens, and is native to the Caribbean. It made its first U.S. appearance in Florida in the 1950s. Now... more »
  • Lafourche voters could send library money to jail

    August 29, 2013 4:14 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Over the objections of the library system's director, the Lafourche Parish Council has approved a ballot measure in which voters will decide whether to redirect tax money from libraries to build a new jail. Tuesday night's vote by the council means the decision goes to voters... more »
  • An obstacle course for police dogs in Lafourche

    April 29, 2013 8:23 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is getting ready to unveil a new aid for training police dogs. A new obstacle course for K-9 deputies is to be shown off to the media on Wednesday. It's at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shooting range in Raceland. A... more »
  • Sandbags available in Lafourche, Terrebonne

    August 27, 2012 8:26 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne and Lafourche parish governments are making sandbags available to residents as Tropical Storm Lee approaches. The Houma Courier reports they are available at no charge at the following locations. - Terrebonne Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center parking lot, 346 Civic Center Blvd.; adult softball fields at... more »
  • Proposal to reduce Lafourche school board fails

    March 15, 2012 9:04 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A proposal to reduce the Lafourche Parish School Board's membership from 15 to nine failed within minutes after its introduction. The suggestion arose Tuesday as a committee discussed plans to redraw the board's voting districts, a process that happens every 10 years to account for population... more »
  • New animal-rescue group created in Lafourche

    March 7, 2012 10:41 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 28-year-old Thibodaux woman has founded a new animal-rescue group in Lafourche Parish that she says will supplement the work of the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. Dani Morgan says through the group We Stand Bayou she hopes to find people to adopt pets and volunteers to... more »
  • Lafourche, Terrebonne make way for Mardi Gras

    February 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are taking steps they hope will make room in the parish jails for an expected Carnival season influx. The Courier reports that both jails are at about capacity: 680 inmates in Terrebonne and 245 in Lafourche. Authorities are... more »
  • Will Lafourche government acquire Fourchon beach?

    January 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The owners of a private beach in Fourchon say they will fight any attempt to expropriate the land and make it public. The Courier reports that the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission wants Lafourche Parish to make Caillouet Land Co. sell a 44-acre tract at... more »
  • Meth labs on the increase in Lafourche

    October 6, 2011 8:36 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says it's dealing with an increase in methamphetamine production in the parish. Sheriff's Office spokesman Brennan Matherne tells The Daily Comet that the number of labs shut down has increased since last year. Exact figures were not available. The office recently... more »
  • Lafourche panel to hear '95 death case

    September 22, 2011 9:26 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Prosecutors are taking evidence about a stabbing death that happened 16 years ago to a Lafourche Parish grand jury. Thirty-three-year-old Sonny Guidry was arrested last month in the death of 73-year-old Enola Boudreaux. The woman was found stabbed to death in her home in Cut Off... more »
  • Lafourche permit chief holds on to job

    July 13, 2011 9:45 AM

    MATTHEWS, La. (AP) - The head of Lafourche Parish's building permit office will keep his job. Frank Morris was hired less than a year ago to bring the parish's permitting office into compliance with state law. But several council members have criticized Morris, saying he has been inflexible and unwilling... more »
  • Lafourche vocational magnet school may be in works

    July 7, 2011 9:34 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish school officials are considering a new school that would draw students from around the parish. Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews tells The Daily Comet that system officials are pondering a plan to build a vocational magnet high school. The school would be built in a... more »
  • Firm hired to map Lafourche's future

    June 21, 2011 9:49 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A firm has been picked to design and guide Lafourche Parish's growth over the next two decades. Parish President Charlotte Randolph says Brown & Danos of Baton Rouge was picked from a field of three finalists. Contract negotiations are under way and should be finished by... more »
  • Lafourche fireworks OK for 4th - for now

    June 15, 2011 9:56 AM

    MATTHEWS, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish officials are considering a ban on the sale and use of fireworks because of the increased fire hazard posed by a prolonged dry spell. But, for now, it looks as though fireworks will still be legal in the parish on Independence day. Lafourche Parish... more »
  • Drought blocks fireworks sales in Lafourche

    June 7, 2011 10:01 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - No fireworks for Lafourche Parish residents this Fourth of July. Thanks to the drought, parish president Charlotte Randolph has issued a ban on the use and sale of fireworks throughout the parish. The ban, which will be in effect through July 4th, was issued because of... more »
  • Lafourche DA seeks death penalty in woman's death

    August 25, 2010 9:42 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against four men accused of raping and killing a Cut Off woman earlier this year. 21-year-old Esdras Garcia, 28-year-old Luis Nava, 24-year-old Jose Moreno and 20-year-old Gonzalo Cortes are accused of repeatedly raping and then... more »
  • Several Areas of LA's Waters Reopened to Commercial Fishing in Lafourche, Terrebonne, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes

    August 16, 2010 11:21 AM

    Several areas of Louisiana's state waters were reopened Saturday, August 14 to commercial fishing in Lafourche, Terrebonne, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, showing more progress for Louisiana's fishing industry. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ( LDWF) in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered an emergency... more »
  • 2 arrested in Lafourche Parish, cash and drugs seized

    August 12, 2010 9:19 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - An undercover sting in Lafourche Parish has resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of cash and thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs. The parish sheriff's office said Thursday that 29-year-old Keitha Gabriel and 27-year-old Stephan Singleton, both of Raceland, are being... more »
  • Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Allegedly Raping a 6-Year-Old Girl

    August 11, 2010 12:14 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested on allegations that he raped a 6-year-old girl. The Daily Comet reports 33-year-old David Lewellen, of Thibodaux, was booked Tuesday night with aggravated rape. He is being held at the Lafourche jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.... more »
  • Missing Lafourche Teen Found Dead in Wrecked Car

    June 15, 2010 10:13 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says a 19-year-old reported missing after he failed to return home in a borrowed car was found dead, in the car, in the marsh. Sgt. Lesley Hill Peters, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said that Michael Wells' body was found Sunday... more »
  • Oil Washes Ashore in Lafourche Parish

    May 20, 2010 6:07 PM

    Photos provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries depict images of oil as it washes ashore Elmer's Island today in Lafouche Parish. LDWF biologists, stationed at the Fisheries Lab in Grand Isle, conduct daily field surveys of Elmer's Island, Grand Terre, Port Fourchon and Grand Isle beaches, documenting... more »
  • Corps puts about $11 M in stimulus money into La

    October 15, 2009 7:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is spending about $11 million in stimulus money on dikes along the Calcasieu River, navigation floodgates in Lafourche Parish and on the Morganza to the Gulf levee project. The corps says $9.3 million is being spent on repairing foreshore dikes on... more »
  • Officials Receive Complaints About Phone Solicitors

    October 12, 2009 2:26 PM

    In recent days the Lafayette Police Department has been contacted by residents regarding phone solicitation from an organization identified as "Puppy Patrol". The police department has no knowledge of the organization, nor if it is affiliated with any law enforcement agency in the area. Residents of Lafourche Parish were warned... more »

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