KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

Scientists call it Salvinia molesta. That ought to tell you something.
As we celebrate this Memorial Day amid argument over the proper role and place of statues and symbols, it might be useful to remember that the day was first meant to honor the Civil War dead.
After what police are calling an unprovoked shooting here Friday, a local man was treated for a gunshot wound and subsequently released, and a SWAT team in Mississippi stormed a motel room containing five persons, including the alleged shooter.

KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 14

Monday, Feb. 8
Gibson, Eldridge, 28, 900 block of St. Martin St., St. Martinville; domestic abuse battery, St. Martinville Police Department (SMPD).
Leday, Hendrick, 23, 600 block of Tina St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).

Killer of police chief's mother-in-law pleads to manslaughter

Darrin Duhon, 32, on Friday pleaded to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the death of former Breaux Bridge Chief of Police Charlie Thibodeaux’s 91-year-old mother-in-law, Mildred Hebert. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 7.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Wednesday, Feb. 10

Batiste, Rhonda, 26, 1200 block of Hebert Ave., Breaux Bridge; failure to notify law enforcement of address change, notification of sex offender and child predators (SMSO).
Dauphine, Shane, 26, 1000 block of Irma Dr., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, Louisiana State Police (LSP).

ST. MARTIN PARISH MAN WANTED FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Artegus Smith, 25, who may be residing in the 1300 block of Zin Zin Road, Breaux Bridge, LA., or the 1100 block of Orphe Guidry Road, Arnaudville, LA.
He is wanted for failure to appear in court on the following charges:

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9

Monday, Feb. 8
Gibson, Eldridge, 28, 900 block of St. Martin St., St. Martinville; domestic abuse battery, St. Martinville Police Department (SMPD).
Leday, Hendrick, 23, 600 block of Tina St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).

SUSPECT INFORMATION SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH LOCAL BAR BURGLARY

Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect as seen in the attached photos.
The suspect is wanted in connection with the burglary of Lil’s On The Teche in Breaux Bridge during the early morning hours of January 6, 2016.

Bond projects on school board agenda

A long list of projects being funded by proceeds from the 2009 and 2013 bond issues occupies a large portion of the three-page agenda for today’s (Wednesday) monthly meeting of the St. Martin School Board.
The meeting is set for 5 p.m. at the Administrative Office on Corporate Boulevard.

No Mardi Gras Parade for St. Martinville

The story of the 2016 Newcomer’s Mardi Gras parade began with a drone video of the 2015 parade crowd commissioned by the Sheriff’s Office. It ended by way of the unforeseen result of a successful challenge by the Newcomers in a Federal Court in Lafayette on Monday.

Judge rules Mardi Gras parade permit invalid

The crowd on St. Martinville's South Main after a Mardi Gras parade.

Applying what she called a legal Catch-22, U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty ruled Monday that a Mardi Gras parade permit issued by the City of St. Martinville is invalid because the ordinances under which it was issued are unconstitutional.

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Sports

FASTER THAN EVER – Team Pont Breaux, overall winners of the Chitimacha 20, display their first-in-class medals. Shown are (from left) racer director Ray Pellerin (in back); host Jackie Junca, secretary-treasurer of the Chitimacha Tribal Council; paddlers Conrad, Carson and Peyton Pellerin, and Pat Guidry; and Rick Wimberley of PSC Industrial Services, a sponsor. (Ken Grissom)

Team Pont Breaux, consisting this year of teenage triplets Carson, Conrad and Peyton Pellerin and Pat Guidry in a four-man kayak, busted their record in the Chitimacha 20 Saturday by 5 minutes and

Lifestyle

As we celebrate this Memorial Day amid argument over the proper role and place of statues and symbols, it might be useful to remember that the day was first meant to honor the Civil War dead.

Obituaries

Catahoula – A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at St. Rita Catholic Church for Myrtle B.

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