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Elected official calls colleague a "liar"

1 year ago February 20, 2014 Feb 20, 2014 Thursday, February 20 2014 Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:32:55 PM EST in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ROADS - An elected official in Pointe Coupee Parish is called his colleague a liar following a WBRZ report that aired Wednesday evening.

Late Wednesday night, Police Juror Justin Cox sent an email to his colleagues saying, "This is an embarrassment for the police jury caused by Juror Ted Nelson."

The report centered around holes that are next to Lester Jeanpierre's yard. For five years, he's been trying to get something done about the spots, which are up to six feet deep. During News 2's investigation Wednesday, Police Juror Ted Nelson said he was aware of the issue, but couldn't do anything because of what happened when they tried to work on Jeanpierre's property.

"Mr. Jeanpierre ran everyone off the property," Juror Ted Nelson said. "I can't fix it if you don't let me on the property."

But News 2 was never able to document who was run off the property. Cox said he checked with State DOTD and the Department of Public Works, and there is no record of anyone being run off of the property. When we confronted Nelson and told him that Jeanpierre said he didn't run anyone off, Nelson said, "Well, maybe he didn't."

"This video shows how this man (Nelson) will lie without any hesitation," Cox wrote in the email.

News 2 contacted Police Jury President Melanie Bueche. Bueche said she stands behind Ted Nelson, but declined to do an on camera interview.

"The president of the Police Jury can make sure he follows policy and procedure of work orders," Cox said.  "She is the sole appointing authority to different utility chairmanships. She has the authority to take him away causing citizens less problems like you saw last night."

Cox's email went on to say, "I will now ask for a resolution to encourage President Mel Bueche to remove Nelson from the committees that he sits on. The jury has been held hostage long enough by the tactics of Juror Ted Nelson. What other evidence do you need to make the right decision?"

Cox said he'll put this issue before the Police Jury in March. If you would like to read the email Cox sent, click here.

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