Conviction in federal court here this week for auto insurance fraud yielded five years in prison and $193,074.86 in restitution for a Breaux Bridge man. Oliver Lockett, 44, and two New Iberia men were convicted of staging automobile accidents to collect insurance payments.
The Abbeville Progress reported the sorry news a century ago, on Dec. 19, 1914. Authorities in the Vatican had made public an effort by Pope Benedict I to bring about a Christmas truce to at least interrupt the fighting during World War I.

Ramsey Alexander

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ramsey Willis Alexander, 29, Breaux Bridge for the following: Failure to Appear in Court for Theft of $1500 or more

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No Willie Francis Drive in the works for St. Martinville

Nary Smith

The City Council put a stop to any further consideration of renaming a street to honor Willie Francis, a teenager sent to the electric chair in the 1940s not once but twice for the death of a local pharmacist.

ONE SHOT DURING ST. MARTINVILLE HOME INVASION

Shortly before midnight on Monday, Aug. 18, deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a home invasion on Russo Milazzo Road outside St. Martinville.
According to witnesses, three black male subjects kicked the door in and subsequently shot a male occupant inside the home.

Henderson Lake going down until November

Recreational and commercial activities on the artificially impounded waters of the lake include hunting, fishing, bird-watching and just sight-seeing – all negatively impacted by great stands of hydrilla that grow up from the bottom of the shallow lake and impede boat traffic. (Sally Angelle)

In an effort to control the growing problem of hydrilla in Henderson Lake, St. Martin Parish Government will lower the level of the lake.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 17

Thursday, Aug. 14
Clifton Bonner, 23, 700 block of Albert St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (BBPD).
Fredrick Carmouche, 28, 1000 block of Bill Clause Dr., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Danielle Drum, 27, 1300 block of Ches Broussard, Breaux Bridge; domestic abuse battery (SMSO).

UPDATE: Courthouse complex evacuated because of gas leak

St. Martin Sheriff's Office employees (foreground) gather over a block away from the roaring break of a natural gas line near their offices. (Ken Grissom)

UPDATE: A natural gas leak near the St. Martin Courthouse was capped without incident Monday afternoon.
Office workers in the courthouse and annex got some sunshine and off early.

UPDATE: Bomb scare evacuates parts of Henderson

UPDATE: State Police explosive experts determined that the suspicious object that led to the evacuation of parts of Henderson Monday morning was a flashlight and other objects apparently combined to mimic a pipe bomb.

Man dies in one-car wreck in Breaux Bridge Sunday

A wrecker drives away with the vehicle being driven by Daniel Benoit, 52, of Breaux Bridge, who died in a one-car crash shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office said Benoit was traveling east on Hebert Avenue in Breaux Bridge when he veered left off the roadway and struck a tree.

Do you know these men?

The Breaux Bridge Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying two men wanted for theft at Wal-Mart in Breaux Bridge.
The subjects allegedly stole a Samsung 55” Television and left the business in a white four door Mazda.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Aug. 11, through Wednesday, Aug. 13

Monday, Aug, 11
Alex Alexander, 24, New Iberia; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Johnn Boutte, 38, 400 block of Willis Dr., St. Martinville; probation violation, aggravated incest, Louisiana State Police (LSP).
Dwayne Clay, 36, 1000 block of Joe Leblanc Rd., Breaux Bridge; probation violation (SMSO).

New Iberia man drowns near Catahoula boat landing

Shortly before 6:00 p.m. Saturday, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a possible drowning at the Catahoula Boat Landing. Upon deputies arrival, they were informed that Marques K. Bogan, 21, New Iberia was swimming with friends and failed to surface.

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Sports

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.

Obituaries

Funeral services are pending for Viola Thibodeaux, 94, who passed away on Monday, December 08, 2014, at J. Michael Morrow Memorial Nursing Home.

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