LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS EXTENDS PHASE 2 UNTIL AUGUST 28TH
Bollinger Shipyards on Tuesday was raided by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement led and authorized by the Department of Homeland Security. Several undocumented immigrants were detained.
Reports started coming in Tuesday from locals that law enforcement and federal agents begin barricading the area surrounding Bollinger Shipyard prior to implementing their search warrant. The search led to at least 19 arrest accompanied by a helicopter, several unmarked vehicles, and a bus with federal agents.
In the past, several facilities are simultaneously raided for immigration status checks but no reports of any other facilities in the state were raided at the time of our inquiry.
No additional comment from authorities at this time as details are currently developing.
Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court Annette M. Fontana has successfully fulfilled campaign commitments and is on track to continued efficiency of the Clerk’s Office.
From Nicholls State...
Nicholls State University has named former Colonel football player and coach Jonathan Terrell (BA ‘98) as its director of athletics.
A press conference introducing Terrell as athletic director will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29.
- Brandon J Halfen, Content Manager
Lafourche Parish NAACP held a press conference today at Noon to address and Highlight Corruption and Misconduct of Thibodaux Police Dept and what they expect from local Law Enforcement in Police Reforms. “We are done dying” stated Louisiana NAACP Mike McClanahan who was also in attendance.
“People don’t talk to the police because they don’t trust them” Lafourche NAACP Burnell Tolbert stated. “They got the bad ones (cops) making the good ones look bad” referring to his statement that not all police officers are bad.
WDSU, Bayou Report and a few other reporters were in attendance.
As the world takes its anger and frustration to the streets to protest against racism and police misconduct, Thibodaux Police Department has its own share of corruption, allegedly, that needs to be addressed.
Factually, it is evident that there is a severe leadership problem that is affecting the effectivity of proper policing, community-relationship building, and “the environment is just toxic…we’re all ready to leave” as one officer stated.
In addition, such lack of leadership has caused some of the officers to lose their integrity as we have seen a few officers arrested these past few years with charges ranging from Narcotic Violations to Sexual Battery.
When you lose the trust of your officers and when you lose the trust of your community, for the safety of the Thibodaux community, maybe it is time for Chief Bryan Zeringue to resign OR maybe a call-to action for the Mayor to terminate him, effective immediately, as the Chief is an appointed position.
With the information that we have alone from several officers, in our view, it is enough for him to step aside and allow a fresh face to take over so we can begin the healing process where damaged relationships in the community - especially the black community - can begin and our officers will once again be excited about policing.
However, there are two sides to every story and maybe the Chief is waiting as it has always been his style to be reactive and to see what all misconduct he will be accused of - which one officer plans to discuss next month, July 14th, inside the Thibodaux City Council Chambers.
Recently, Captain Todd Gagnard was fired from Thibodaux Police Department after allegedly refusing to retire. There have been several conversations surrounding his actions and those of the Chief, but it wasn’t until late afternoon yesterday, June 4th, Gagnard launched a page called "I Support Captain Todd Gagnard" to present his version of events. We’ve placed his statement below regarding the alleged corruption.
This weekend we will be combing through other statements from various officers and sources. We will bring you any major developments regarding this unfolding situation.
From Captain Todd Gagnard….
I have served the public as a police officer, with integrity, for over twenty-five years. I’ve always worn my badge with the utmost pride, and have done my best to serve the public with loyalty, professionalism, and humility. On February 27th of this year, the Chief of the Thibodaux Police Department tried to force me to retire, so that police misconduct that was reported to me could be covered up. When I refused to retire, I was terminated. The Chief told me that I should have reported the police misconduct to him, and for that reason, I would have to retire or be dismissed. So, I forced him to terminate me. The Lieutenant who was the subject of the misconduct is still working for the Thibodaux Police Department. Therefore, my decision not to report the misconduct directly to the Chief was the right decision. The Chief is related to the Lieutenant in question, and has covered up his misconduct for the past five years. So, for that reason, I reported the misconduct and crimes to an outside agency.
My appeal hearing will be held inside the Thibodaux City Council chambers (310 W. 2ND Street, Thibodaux, LA 70302) on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. A time has not been set, but I will update this post as soon as a decision has been made on the time the appeal will take place.
I would like to invite my family, friends, and anyone else who is interested in what’s going on behind the doors of the Thibodaux Police Department, to attend my appeal. We plan on bringing out the corruption, so that it can be addressed. I’ve always prayed on serious situations like this, and I know I will prevail. God bless!!
Today, at the scheduled 2:30pm Press Conference, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced his updates regarding reopening Louisiana.
Governor Edwards announced Louisiana will be transitioning to PHASE 1 beginning Friday following President Trump and White House Reopening Plan for states . An announcement regarding PHASE 2 will be known within 21 days.
A proclamation with the full layout will be issued on Thursday.
Louisiana is OPEN for business! Well… not just yet. There are still various restrictions and phases that we all must abide by during this transition from quarantine to some sense of normalcy. As we prepare for “the new norm,” several businesses will be taking their own precautions to maintain safer, healthier entities.
During a crisis, you begin to see the true character of leaders from how they are responding, such as how employers treat their employees, or how politicians treat the business community. One of the things that has stood out during COVID-19 is the attack on small businesses – Mom and Pop stores, bars, hair and beauty salons – while Big Box stores and Big Businesses were able to continue their operations. As we begin reopening our economy, I have one simple request: support small businesses first, and support those businesses that have gone above and beyond to support our community.
Show your support for Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse, which Mike kept open at his Thibodaux location for as long as his employees were able to, or Peppers Pizza and Grady V’s, who extended an invitation for employment to local service industry workers out of work, or Rouses, who dedicated $1 Million in bonuses and benefits for their employees while being a leader for our local community.
Find your nearest barber or hairstylist – Hair Tech, Jarvis Barber Shop, Impressions – and give them your service; stop by Last Call for a Purple People Eater or Rox’s for a Fruit Loop Drink when such restrictions are lifted.
Stop by Spahr’s Seafood for lunch and Cinclare for an evening cocktail.
Take a stroll through Downtown Thibodaux on a beautiful day, and buy gift for a loved one at Luco Boutique, The Bead Hive, Dear Boutique, or Johnny’s Men's Shop.
Whatever you choose and wherever you choose, just remember small businesses are the lifeline of economic success for all of our families. And to those that were and are on the frontline and to our first responders, THANK YOU for your sacrifice and service to our community.
John R Kerry
Kerry Holdings Inc
Amik Robertson, Thibodaux native, was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders earlier today, 4/25/2020, in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Robertson, the 5 foot 8, 187 pound cornerback attended Thibodaux High School and was a dominant highlight player at Louisiana Tech University.
“Whatever it takes to be great. I trust my process. Keep fueling me….” Robertson posted on his Twitter prior to draft day and the anticipation of his name being called.
Officially the 139th pick of the NFL Draft, Robertson is the first player from Thibodaux to get drafted since 2014 the year Greg Robinson was drafted by the St. Louis Rams – now the Los Angeles Rams.
Pending the situation of COVID-19 and the final construction measures pending, Amik Robertson with his new team, Raiders, will play in a new stadium – Allegiant.
The Nicholls State University Foundation has established the Nicholls Campus Emergency Fund to "assist students in times of unique needs." For more information, go to https://www.nicholls.edu/emergency/ or click below.
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center has stated that an elderly patient has tested positive for Coronavirus.
“We are one of the best hospitals when it comes to treating infections,” says Greg Stock, Thibodaux Regional CEO.
“We are also aware there are many unknown aspects with the Coronavirus, and have taken the recommended precautions and will continue to adapt and change as necessary.”
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced that the Thibodaux Police Department is investigating a stabbing and shooting that happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. this morning. This investigation has led to an arrest.
"Today, I am issuing a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases is now more than 800.
We have taken aggressive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve; however, this is not enough. As our number of cases continues to grow, I am directing all Louisianans to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave.
I am implementing this measure to help prevent you from becoming infected or infecting someone else. People can leave their homes to do essential things like buying groceries or food, pick up medicine or go to work only if their job is essential.
If you have to go out, make sure you practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and the people around you. People are encouraged to go outside and to stay active during this time, as long as they practice social distancing.
This order is not something I take lightly, but it is necessary to protect the health, safety and well-being of our people, our communities and our way of life." - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards #lagov
Letter From Dr. Clune, Nicholls State University President
Dear Nicholls Community,
Late this afternoon, we became aware that one of our students has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the spread across our service area and the entire state—with more than 2,700 positive cases in Louisiana—this is not surprising. I know this announcement will heighten concern in an already anxious time, but the university has been preparing for the possibility of a direct impact of COVID-19. The student, who lives off-campus, is in self-quarantine, at their home and had not been on campus recently.
We offer our thoughts and well wishes to this student. Although we are engaging in social distancing and self-isolation, we still stand together as one Nicholls State University.
As a reminder, if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, do not leave your home. Self-isolation is the best way to reduce the spread of the virus.
Additionally, only essential personnel scheduled to be on campus and students who have decided to remain in their residence halls should be on campus. We recommend everyone else should stay home, per the instructions of state officials.
Please continue to visit nicholls.edu/emergency and follow Nicholls’ official social media channels to keep up with the latest information and resources.
Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University
Louisiana’s Coastal University