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Ex-officer pleads in federal court

Troy Leblanc of St. Martinville pleaded guilty to one count of “misprision of a felony” before Judge Elizabeth E. Foote of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division, on Dec. 21.
Leblanc, who reportedly resigned from the St. Martinville Police Department after entering the plea, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13 in Lafayette.
Misprision of a felony is defined as “the offense of concealing knowledge of a felony by one who has not participated, or assisted in it.”

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Property taxes overdue

With a total of $34 million in taxes payable by St. Martin Parish property owners, the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office had collected just under $28 million, or 72 percent, as of Dec. 28.
Payment is delinquent as of Jan. 1, but SMSO Deputy Darren Doré said that, due to the holidays, no interest or penalties will be charged for payments received by today, Jan. 3.

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Pontoon Bridge

THE INSTALLATION of the new height barriers restricting vehicles over 9.5 feet tall from traveling on the Butte La Rose pontoon bridge are nearly completed. The $9,000 project is funded by Parish Government and the Heart of Atchafalaya Committee with proceeds from their annual Spring Fest. E&G Custom Welding constructed the signs and installed the barriers.(Sally Angelle)

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Qualifying now underway for city election

Qualifying for the spring municipal primary election in St. Martinville opened today (Wednesday) and will continue daily through 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Local offices to be filled include mayor and five council seats.
Current officials include Mayor Thomas Nelson, serving his third four-year term; and council members Mike Fuselier of Dist. 1, Craig Prosper of Dist. 2, Dennis Paul Williams of Dist. 3, Debra Landry of Dist. 4 and Edmond Joseph of Dist. 5, elected earlier this year to complete the unexpired term of the late Romanus “Ike” Robertson.

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Former SMPD officer facing fed’l charges

Former St. Martinville police officer Codi Dodge was indicted last week in federal court here on seven counts of violations of various federal laws relating to his actions while employed by the city.
The indictment was unsealed on Dec. 19 and is related to two separate arrests executed by Dodge, 34, in 2016, when he was employed as deputy chief of investigations for the St. Martinville Police Department.
The case against Dodge is being handled in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division before Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Hanna.

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