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Judge rules Mardi Gras parade permit invalid

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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.

NO WAKE ZONE BEING LIFTED FOR LOWER ST. MARTIN PARISH

The No Wake Zone that was put into place earlier this month in Lower St. Martin Parish (Stephensville and Belle River) due to the threat of high water has been rescinded.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's office and St. Martin Government thank the public for its patience and cooperation during the potential flood event.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Tuesday, Jan. 26

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Carmouche, Kenneth, 28, 1000 block of Nany Rd., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
McCarty, Roy, 43, 1000 block of Hilda St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Savoy, Alfred, 45, 1100 block of Mustang Cr., St. Martinville; child endangerment/domestic abuse (SMSO).

City sued over Mardi Gras parade

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AT CITY COUNCIL – Baton Rouge attorney and St. Martinville native Shone Pierre offers compromises to allow the historic Mardi Gras parade to continue for its 55th year. (Karl Jeter)

The Newcomers Club, facing an attempt by the city to cancel the 55th annual Mardi Gras parade, has filed suit in federal court.
The club’s attorney, Shone Pierre, in a press release issued on Friday, Jan. 22, wrote that the lawsuit will allege a violation of the First Amendment clause protecting the right of peaceful assembly.

Transfers to change black/white ratios

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The student assignment changes that will go into effect with the 2016-17 school session are projected to move the racial makeup of several schools closer to the target set in desegregation litigation.

Judge OK with student shift

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U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote last week approved a slightly modified version of the consent order negotiated by the St. Martin School Board and plaintiffs in a decades-old desegregation case dealing with student assignments.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Jan. 25

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Allemond, Stage, 34, 1000 block of Quail Run Dr., Breaux Bridge; illegal possession of stolen things, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Batiste, Harris, 31, 300 block of Hamilton St., St. Martinville; simple criminal damage to property, domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, St. Martinville Police Department (SMPD).

IDENTITY OF PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT

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Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in a home burglary that occurred Thursday, January 21st, during the late morning hours in the Arnaudville area.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Monday, Jan. 18, through, Wednesday, Jan. 20

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Monday, Jan. 18
Alexander, Victor, 21, 900 block of Alva Dr., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, Breaux Bridge Police Department (BBPD).
Davis, Maliza, 25, 2200 block of Sawmill Rd., Breaux Bridge; domestic abuse battery, St. Martin Sheriff’s Offi ce (SMSO).

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The 2016 high school football season has reached the halfway mark and the District 5-4A campaign begins Friday for the league’s five teams.

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