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Judge dismisses suit filed against annexations

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Posted: Aug 4, 2014 4:18 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 4, 2014 5:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: st. george, mall of louisiana, annexation

BATON ROUGE - A judge dismissed a suit Monday which was filed to stop recent annexations of property which are connected to the proposed city of St. George.

The judge found that former state representative Woody Jenkins, who filed the lawsuit, had no real or actual interest to bring suit against the city.

Jenkins claimed the annexations, which included some property surrounding the Mall of Louisiana, were illegal and should be put on hold. They were approved by the East Baton Rouge Metro Council a few months ago.

During testimony at the hearing, Jenkins' attorney questioned Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and BR Fire Chief Ed Smith about how the annexations would affect their coverage. Both chiefs said they would easily be able to handle adding the mall to their coverage areas.

The areas under question were part of the proposed city of St. George, which would include much of the southeast portion of the parish. Supporters of the movement claimed the annexations were filed to try and stop the incorporation attempts.

Jenkins said he would appeal Monday's ruling.

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