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The Louisiana State Police Troop I have identified the motorists suspected of running down three juveniles, killing two and critically injuring the third, as 32 year old Jeremy J. Abraham of Breaux Bridge.
City officials are asking trick-or-treaters to stay away from the part of town where two school children were killed and a third seriously injured by a motorist Thursday morning. A candlelight vigil has been announced for 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Judge Carl Williams Park on West Bridge Street.

Jim Bradshaw

There have been many ambitious plans for the Vermilion River since Europeans first began to settle on its banks, but one of the most ambitious was proposed in 1918 by an organization known as the Atchafalaya‑Teche‑Vermilion Company of Lafayette. Its plan was to create a continuous navigable channel from Bayou Courtableau in St.

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Two children confirmed dead, one in critical condition

An early morning accident killed two children and seriously injured another this morning. According to LSP spokesman Jared Sandifer, three children were walking to school on Martin Street when they were struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound.


St. Martin Parish arrests for Thursday, Sept. 4

Kelvin Batiste, 20, 100 block of Cypress Gardens, St. Martinville; attempted 1st degree murder (SMSO).
Kerry Brasseaux, 43, 1000 block of Broussard Rd., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (LSP)/
Leroy Broussard, 33, 1000 block of Hilda Calais Rd., Cecilia; disturbing the peace (SMSO).

2 more arrests in shooting on Russo Milazzo

Thursday morning, Sept. 4, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force arrested a St. Martinville man in connection with the Aug. 18 home invasion and shooting Russo Milazzo Road.
Kelvin Batiste, 20, was arrested at an Apartment Complex in Baton Rouge.

Judge dismisses residency suit in Breaux Bridge race

Howard "Doc" Alexander

District Judge Keith Comeaux Wednesday, Sept. 3, dismissed a suit by one Breaux Bridge City Council candidate against another contending that the defendant does not live within the city limits and therefore does not meet the residency requirement.

New Breaux Bridge City Council districts in effect

Map of District A. See PDF below for larger view.

One of the candidates in the Nov. 4 election was doing legwork in a neighborhood north of I-10 and got some unexpected push-back from a voter she was counting on.
“But I kinda like Bimmie,” said the voter.

Residency issue surfaces in Breaux Bridge council race

QUALIFYING – Breaux Bridge City Council District B member Howard “Doc” Alexander qualifies to run for a sixth term, assisted by St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court Becky Patin (left) and Deputy Clerk Tricia Hammon. (Sally Angelle)

Only two of the five City Council seats here are up for grabs Nov. 4 – the others were reelected unopposed – but one of these contests is already starting to throw sparks.

Most St. Martin candidates go unchallenged

Out of 50 local elective offices whose terms are expiring, you’re only going to have to vote on 19 of them. The rest will march into office unopposed.
After the qualifying period Aug. 20-22, candidates were locked-in. Those with no opposition were, in essence, elected.

St. Martin School Board’s budget shows deficit

OPEN FOR BUSINESS — St. Martin Schools Supt. Dr. Lottie Beebe and school board president Russel Foti (partially hidden) use a pair of giant scissors to cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the official opening of the system’s new Administrative Office in Breaux Bridge on Aug. 20. The 17,847 square foot facility, designed by Architectural & Engineering Consultants Inc., will house all of the board’s central office operations. M.D. Descant Inc. of Bunkie was general contractor for the $3.16 million project located on a 6.5-acre site on Corporate Blvd. purchased from Pellerin Insurance at a cost of $440,000.(Henri C. Bienvenu)

The preliminary school board budgets for the fiscal year 2014-15 unveiled during last week’s meeting of the school board’s finance committee showed anticipated deficits in three major funds.
The final budgets must be adopted and submitted to state officials by the end of September.

Parish Council seeks to head off RV park problem

The problem of small RV parks serving as permanent residences was a major issue of discussion at the Aug. 19 Public Works Committee meeting of the St. Martin Parish Council.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Friday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 24

Friday, Aug. 22
Kedrick Broussard, 19, 300 block of Bridge St., St. Martinville; attempted 1st degree murder (SMSO).
Quincy Charles, 30, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Michael Eudy, 30, 1000 block of Weatherford, Breaux Bridge; OWI, no seat belt Louisiana State Police (LSP).



TDT Director Trey Snyder awards Denise D’Abundo of Baton Rouge $100 for her third-place finish in the solo double-blade class, racing against men. Under changes for 2015, she would have received $200 for third place, plus another $200 for being the first woman in that class.

Female paddlers will get some extra love from Tour du Teche starting with next year’s race.

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