Volume 139 Number 29 - Jul 19, 2012

News

Brad Pitt movie films at Destrehan Plantation
An upcoming movie starring Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Michael Fassbender filmed a scene inside Destrehan Plantation’s Mule Barn last Wednesday.

D.A. will review life sentences after Supreme Court ruling
Court says mandatory life sentences unconstitutional
District Attorney Joel Chaisson has begun research into past cases after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that giving mandatory life sentences to juveniles was unconstitutional.

Drastic improvements to East Bank levee make for safer hurricane season
Residents on the East Bank of St. Charles Parish are now much safer after recent upgrades to the levee. The levee is now 16.5 feet. While hurricane season is always a cause for concern for Louisiana residents, those living on the East Bank of St. Charles Parish have been able to breathe a sigh of relief now that they are under protection from a 100-year storm event.

Former clerk employee pleads guilty
A second former employee with the St. Charles Parish Clerk of Courts Office has pleaded guilty in connection with a ticket-fixing scheme.

Man charged with vehicular homicide after fatal Norco crash
A Kenner man was arrested for vehicular homicide more than a month after causing a crash that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man in Norco.

Record low for Mississippi River affecting local wetlands
As 55 percent of the country has been swept by one of the most severe droughts in the past 50 years, the Mississippi River has been running at a record low.

Sheriff says alarm company harrassing residents
Residents across the parish have received constant phone calls informing them that both the FBI and local police have reported an increase of burglaries in the area. But St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says the calls are nothing more than a high-pressure sales pitch for a "free alarm system."


Sports

St. Charles rec All-Stars sweep state tournament
By Jonathan Menard
Recreation All-Star teams representing St. Charles Parish swept the Babe Ruth state tournament, with five different age groups winning the championship in their respective division.

Editorial

Hagler-Hearns revisited?
By Dan Juneau
I will never forget "The War" between boxers "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns fought on April 15, 1985. I watched it at a closed-circuit big screen TV location. A state legislator from the Bayou Lafourche region was sitting in front of me. Right before the bell rang for Round One, he turned to me and asked if I wanted to put $50 on the fight but told me I would have to take Hagler.

Our View

Police need facts in our biggest city
Police in Louisiana’s biggest city, New Orleans, reportedly have started getting more personal with people at traffic and pedestrian stops. They ask for information which some people claim is none of their business.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests
From staff and wire reports
•Justin S. Ramon, 18, of 130 Pitre Drive in St. Rose, was arrested on July 12 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice and amplification of loud noise.
Arrests
From staff and wire reports
•Justin S. Ramon, 18, of 130 Pitre Drive in St. Rose, was arrested on July 12 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice and amplification of loud noise.



Lifestyles

Book Review: All Clear
From staff and wire reports
In the novel The Fault in Our All Clear by Connie Willis is a novel about historians from the year 2060 who travel back in time to World War II.

Obituaries

Vinnett
Ruben Terry Vinnett, Sr., 61, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at St. Charles Hospital.
Lemieux
Collins Joseph Lemieux, 74, a retired foreman at Jefferson Parish Drainage and Sewage, entered into eternal rest at Jo Ellen Smith Living Center on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
Catalano
Raymond P. Catalano, 80, peacefully passed away at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve with his family at his side.