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  • Woman lies to police, steals their patrol car

    September 26, 2015 11:57 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A Thibodaux woman remains jailed after lying about a killing and driving off in a sheriff's patrol car as deputies investigated. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says Loralyn Boudreaux, 34, approached deputies Thursday evening screaming about a death, telling them that the killer and victim were still... more »
  • Man, wife and dog found dead in apparent murder-suicide

    August 5, 2015 4:30 PM

    LABADIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Assumption Parish are investigating a possible murder-suicide that happened Tuesday in Labadieville. Deputies say they received a call from a Thibodaux business looking to check on the welfare of an employee who did not show up for work. Responding officers went to a home... more »
  • 2014 Thibodaux manslaughter trial set to begin Tuesday

    August 2, 2015 11:59 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. - The trial of a man charged with manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of Larose teenager is to begin Tuesday in Thibodaux. 20-year-old Neely Gardner of Galliano is charged in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Braxton Bourda of Larose. Authorities say Bourda was shot while riding his... more »
  • Convicted thief charged with cashing out again

    April 15, 2015 10:51 AM

    THIBODAUX - Police arrested a Thibodaux man after they said he was caught faking refunds at his job in order to steal money. Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii said his officers charged Dre Robertson, 21, with felony theft on Monday. Silverii said investigators were told Robertson had been... more »
  • Jurors stumped in shooting case of man mistaken as an alligator

    March 29, 2015 3:23 PM

    THIBODAUX - A 31-year-old man from Cut Off who said he shot a man he mistook for an alligator will get a new trial after a jury could not make a decision in his second-degree murder case. Sources say that after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, jurors on Saturday were deadlocked... more »
  • Louisiana police officer pleads guilty to reckless driving

    March 24, 2015 10:27 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Louisiana police officer originally charged with driving under the influence has pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Florida. Florida State Attorney's Office tells The Daily Comet Collier County Judge Vince Murphy ordered 33-year-old Varick Taylor Jr. on Monday to pay a $250 fine plus court and prosecution... more »
  • Police: Man stabbed girlfriend several times

    February 19, 2015 9:38 AM

    THIBODAUX - Police say they arrested a man after he stabbed his girlfriend several times during an argument. Kenneth Westley, 45, was booked on attempted 2nd degree murder charges. Investigators say he fled the scene immediately after the stabbing but was stopped by officers shortly thereafter. He's being held... more »
  • Teenager faces attempted murder charge

    January 21, 2015 3:27 AM

    THIBODAUX - A 17-year-old boy has surrendered to police after he allegedly shot another teenager in the torso over the weekend. Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii says the suspect was booked Monday with attempted second-degree murder and is being held in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.... more »
  • Arrested: Man responsible for hospital bomb threat

    August 27, 2014 6:30 PM

    THIBODAUX - Deputies arrested a suspect responsible for a bomb threat made at Chabert Medical Center earlier this summer. Authorities arrested Otrell Renae Every, 24, for calling the threat at the LSU Ochsner joint owned hospital in Terrebonne Parish. Investigators found the bomb threat call was made from... more »
  • Woman dies in 4 vehicle Ascension Parish crash

    May 30, 2014 6:02 AM

    SORRENTO - State police say a 41-year-old Thibodaux woman has died in a four vehicle crash in Ascension Parish. The accident happened Thursday afternoon on Louisiana Highway 70 south of Sorrento. Trooper Jared Sandifer says Tiffany Moore was southbound when she failed to slow down for traffic congestion. Sandifer says... more »
  • Father accused of dismembering son found insane

    February 14, 2014 12:38 PM

    Jeremiah Wright, who killed and decapitated his 7-year-old son Jori Lirette, was found not guilty Friday by reason of insanity, the district attorney whose office prosecuted him said. Wright will be confined at the state mental health facility in Jackson until doctors determine he is not a threat to himself... more »
  • Baton Rouge man dies in fiery motorcycle crash

    January 2, 2014 9:16 PM

    THIBODAUX- A man from Baton Rouge died on a highway in Lafourche Parish when his motorcycle crashed and caught on fire while he was pinned in the wreckage Thursday. State Police said Thomas Grems, 54, died on LA 308 just after 4 p.m. Grems was trapped between the... more »
  • Two pounds of pot found in traffic stop

    December 9, 2013 11:24 AM

    THIBODAUX - Police in Thibodaux recovered two pounds of marijuana after stopping a car last week. 28 year old Kendrick Townsend was arrested on possession with intent to distribute charges. Thibodaux police say they stopped Townsend on Wednesday, December 4th for traveling in the middle of the road... more »
  • Thibodaux considering saggy pants ban

    November 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    THIBODAUX - The City Council in Thibodaux is considering a ban on saggy pants. Lafourche Parish already has a ban on saggy pants. That was passed in 2007. Terrebonne Parish outlawed saggy pants in April. The council is considering an ordinance similar to what they have in those parishes. It... more »
  • Second suspect booked in Thibodaux double slaying

    October 7, 2013 2:28 PM

    THIBODAUX- Thibodaux police have arrested a second person they believe was involved in a September double shooting. 18-year-old Brian Jones, of Thibodaux, was arrested and booked with principal to the killings of 19-year-old Tre Scott and 27-year-old Jordy Williams, both of Thibodaux. Their bodies were discovered inside a parked car... more »
  • Thibodaux gearing up to replace bridge

    August 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    THIBODAUX - The Tiger Drive Bridge will close after the Labor Day holiday as replacement of the span begins. Mayor Tommy Eschete tells The Daily Comet the bridge will close Sept. 3. Construction of its replacement is expected to take about 8 months. Thibodaux businesses and residents have long complained... more »
  • Juvenile arrested after threats with replica gun

    August 19, 2013 1:10 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police arrested a juvenile in Thibodaux after they said he threatened someone with what looked like an assault rifle early Saturday morning. Police said when they tracked down the juvenile they found out the gun was actually an Airsoft rifle meant to look like an AR-15 which... more »
  • Homeless man booked with raping child in woods

    July 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police say a homeless man living in the woods near Thibodaux is accused of raping a pre-teen twice within weeks. Thibodaux Police spokesman David Melancon tells The Courier the child's gender and age are not being released because police believe it would help reveal the victim's identity. Melancon... more »
  • Police chase vehicle after pregnant woman attacked

    July 1, 2013 11:56 AM

    THIBODAUX - Thibodaux Police arrested of four females and one male after a fight led to a Police vehicle pursuit. Police say two of the women, Natasha Anderson and Laquita Duncan, attacked a pregnant woman. When police arrived, a Pontiac Grand AM fled the scene leading to the... more »
  • Police say man stole TV to buy drugs

    July 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    THIBODAUX - Police in Thibodaux have arrested three Houma people after they were alerted to a potential robbery. Police say they saw 30-year-old Michael Ledet frantically exiting a business and hide in a truck that Terry Darcey and Brandy Guidry were waiting in. They were told by security... more »
  • $3500 reward in fatal poisoning of 2 bald eagles

    June 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal investigators say someone poisoned and killed two bald eagles in Thibodaux. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are offering $3,500 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed the national birds. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Sidney... more »
  • Police find 27 pets in mobile home, arrest residents

    June 3, 2013 3:13 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police charged two people in Thibodaux with cruelty to animals and juveniles after investigators said they found dozens of pets living in a mobile home with them and two children. Investigators cited Archie Horsley Jr. and Melinda Horsley for misdemeanor cruelty to juveniles and animals after the... more »
  • Judge to rule on alleged killer's competency

    February 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    THIBODAUX- A Lafourche Parish judge is reviewing testimony and evidence about the sanity of a man accused of beheading his disabled son in 2011. Judge John LeBlanc says he will rule Thursday on whether Jeremiah Wright is competent to stand trial in the case. Wright is accused of killing... more »
  • Lafourche Parish could see tougher fireworks law

    January 28, 2013 11:29 AM

    THIBODAUX - It could prove more difficult to get and use fireworks in Lafourche Parish. The Parish Council recently upped fees vendors must pay to sell fireworks, set new rules for where stands can be located and is promising to enforce existing restrictions more vigorously than in the past. Councilman... more »
  • Lafourche council to debate longer bar hours

    January 10, 2013 7:22 AM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish Council is considering whether later bar-closing hours on the weekend would provide an economic boost or a law enforcement problem. The council will debate and ultimately vote later this month on a measure that would give Lafourche bars the option of staying open until 3... more »
  • Trial in child's death delayed

    December 31, 2012 8:05 AM

    THIBODAUX - A hearing to determine the competency of a man accused of beheading his son has been delayed for a third time. 31-year-old Jeremiah Wright, of Thibodaux, must be deemed mentally competent before he can stand trial on charges he decapitated 7-year-old Jori Lirette last year. Prosecutors... more »
  • Lafourche voters reject new levee tax

    December 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish votes have rejected levying a new one-cent sales tax north of the Intracoastal Waterway for flood protection. The North Lafourche Levee District's proposed new sales tax would have raised more than $8 million annually. The tax failed by a vote of 54 percent against... more »
  • Nicholls faces Southeastern tonight in River Bell Classic

    November 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    THIBODAUX - The Nicholls State University football team will close out its home schedule with a Thursday night showdown against Southeastern La. in the River Bell Classic. Kickoff at John L. Guidry Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. Before the game, Nicholls will honor its 15-member 2012 Senior... more »
  • Thibodaux lawmaker trying to call special session

    September 19, 2012 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Thibodaux lawmaker is trying to rally support for a special legislative session to revisit budget decisions made in recent months by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent, says he is sending out a letter Wednesday to House members asking them to call... more »
  • Lafourche board approves bond sale for new school

    August 2, 2012 1:52 PM

    THIBODAUX- A new Raceland Lower Elementary School is on the horizon after the Lafourche Parish School Board approved the sale of $18 million in bonds. The Courier reports the school system will borrow money for construction and pay it off using property taxes it collects over several years. The bonds... more »
  • Thibodaux to get own emergency preparedness chief

    June 10, 2012 11:08 AM

    THIBODAUX - For the first time, Thibodaux is set to have its own emergency preparedness official to coordinate the city's response to disasters. Mayor Tommy Eschete says his office interviewed seven candidates and hopes to announce the new official next week. The new official will be responsible for coordinating the... more »
  • Thibodaux councilman charged with shooting migratory birds

    May 3, 2012 8:13 AM

    THIBODAUX- A city councilman faced federal hunting charges after he shot dozens of migratory birds known as whistling birds, because he said they were causing a nuisance at a friend's house. The Courier reported that Lloyd "Chip" Badeaux was ticketed in December after killing more than the allowed amount... more »
  • Thibodaux group cleaning up bayous and parks

    April 13, 2012 8:33 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Thibodaux-based conservation group says about 1,200 volunteers took part in a recent cleanup of Bayou Lafourche. And the group is joining with the National Parks Service in Lafitte for a similar project later this month. The Barataria-Terrebonne national Estuary Program is behind the cleanup efforts. The group... more »
  • Cocaine dealer sentenced to 23 years in prison

    March 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    THIBODAUX- A Raceland man has pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and sentenced to 23 years in prison. The Comet report 33-year-old Juanches Shelby was originally charged with seven drug crimes. Assistant District Attorney Rene Gautreaux said the Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office dismissed all but one and agreed not to... more »
  • Bill would limit former lawmakers from taking state jobs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill prefiled for the upcoming Louisiana Legislative session would block former lawmakers from taking state jobs for at least two years after they leave office. Representative Dee Richard, I-Thibodaux, says recent political appointments by the governor and others are part of the "good ol' boy network."... more »
  • Police search for missing Thibodaux man

    February 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    THIBODAUX- Police continue the search for a missing Thibodaux man. Authorities are looking for 41-year-old Chad Tabor. He's described as 6'2", 280 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Tabor drives a red 2000 Ford F-150 with Louisiana License plate number B820037. Anyone with information regarding... more »
  • Banquet to aid paralyzed Thibodaux High player

    January 27, 2012 9:20 AM

    THIBODAUX - A fundraising event in Thibodaux is part of an effort to help a man paralyzed during a 2002 football game return to a California rehabilitation center. It will take $40,000 to get former Thibodaux High player Myron Wright back to the rehab center, according to The Daily Comet.... more »
  • Costly sewer problem for Thibodaux

    January 19, 2012 6:47 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A south Louisiana city faces some costly and complicated choices as it looks at ways to fix a sewer problem that officials say threatens future commercial development. A sewer pumping station in north Thibodaux, which moves sewerage to a treatment plant on the city's south side,... more »
  • Raceland man sentenced to 30 years for fatal wreck

    January 7, 2012 2:08 PM

    THIBODAUX - A Raceland man has been sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in prison for a traffic wreck that killed a Thibodaux veterinarian who had been transporting animals. Authorities said James Dantin was speeding and under the influence of cocaine when he hit the back of a pickup... more »
  • Group hopes to rebuild islands for birds

    December 8, 2011 8:39 AM

    THIBODAUX - A $1 million donation is expected to help rebuild a cluster of small islands in Barataria Bay to provide nesting grounds for thousands of Louisiana birds. Representatives from Shell oil company presented the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program with the money at its management conference meeting Wednesday in Thibodaux.... more »
  • Rape trial scheduled Wednesday for ex-deputy

    November 15, 2011 11:27 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A former Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputy accused of repeatedly raping a 6-year-old relative is scheduled for trial Wednesday. The Daily Comet reports that 34-year-old David Lewellen is charged with aggravated rape. When he was arrested in August 2010, deputies said he allegedly had sex with the... more »
  • Thibodaux man wins $1million after cashier mistake

    November 10, 2011 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Robert Thibodaux showed up at the lotto offices in downtown Baton Rouge today with a van full of family and friends to pick up his $1 million lottery prize. "I went to bed Saturday night ah was a nutria, and woke up Sunday morning as mink!"... more »
  • Bus service expected in Thibodaux by month's end

    September 10, 2011 9:44 AM

    THIBODAUX, La.- The mayor of Thibodaux says expanded bus service should be available in the city before the end of the month. The City Council last year approved a two-year agreement with Good Earth Transit to expand service that is now provided at only two stops - Nicholls State... more »
  • K-9 dog dies while searching for suspect

    August 29, 2011 5:37 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 dog collapsed and died while searching for a suspect over the weekend. Sheriff Craig Webre says that "Possum" died during the search for a suspect who police said was fighting with a state trooper shortly after midnight Saturday. WDSU-TV... more »
  • Psychiatrists appointed to test Wright

    August 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    THIBODAUX - A Lafourche Parish judge has appointed two psychiatrists to consider whether a man who allegedly confessed to beheading his disabled son is able to help with his defense in the capital murder case. Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia says Judge Hugh Larose put off arraignment of 30-year-old Jeremiah... more »
  • Jeremiah Wright indicted

    August 26, 2011 3:39 PM

    THIBODAUX - A 30-year-old Thibodaux man who allegedly confessed to beheading his disabled 7-year-old son has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder. A Lafourche Parish grand jury issued the indictment charging Jeremiah Wright on Friday morning. The victim, Jori Lirette, was killed last week. Authorities... more »
  • Jori Lirette laid to rest in Thibodaux

    August 23, 2011 4:14 PM

    THIBODAUX - Hundreds gathered at St. Genevieve Church in Thibodaux to say their final goodbyes to Jori Lirette Tuesday morning. Lirette's father, Jeremiah, remains in jail. Detectives said he admitted to killing Jori last week, then decapitating him. Police say Wright was tired of taking care of Jori, a... more »
  • Funeral held for slain Thibodaux boy

    August 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    THIBODAUX - Family and friends of 7-year-old murder victim Jori Lirette gathered in Thibodaux to say their final goodbyes today. The family held a funeral mass at the St. Genevieve Catholic Church for Lirette, who was found murdered and dismembered Aug. 14. Police arrested Lirette's father, Jeremiah Wright,... more »
  • Man arrested in Thibodaux police tire slashings

    August 21, 2011 4:58 PM

    THIBODAUX, La.- A 49-year-old man remains jailed in lieu of $48,000 bond after being accused of slashing the tires of dozens of patrol cars parked outside the Thibodaux Police Department headquarters. Glenn Watkins was arrested Thursday and booked with 48 counts of simple criminal damage to property. In... more »
  • Vigil, funeral set for beheaded Thibodaux child

    August 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    THIBODAUX, La.- A candlelight vigil for a 7-year-old disabled boy who was beheaded and dismembered is planned for Sunday. A funeral for the boy is scheduled for Tuesday. The vigil will take place at 7 p.m. in Peltier Park in Thibodaux. Jori Lirette, a wheelchair-user and second-grader with... more »
  • Detectives collect evidence; people mourn murder

    August 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    THIBODAUX-- The makeshift memorial for murdered Jori Lirette quadrupled in size outside the boy's home in less than a day. Some pray, some leave stuffed animals or balloons, others hug and cry outside the memorial. All are trying to find a way to cope with their immense grief and... more »
  • Court papers: Wright allegedly threatened son as a baby

    August 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    THIBODAUX - The mother of a disabled boy who was beheaded on Sunday wrote - when he was less than six months old - that his father wanted him dead because the baby was suffering. Jesslyn Lirette's statement in September 2004 brought a restraining order against Jeremiah Wright from... more »
  • Lawyer appointed for man accused of decapitating son

    August 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    THIBODAUX - A judge appointed a public defender to the Thibodaux man accused of killing and dismembering his disabled son this weekend. The judge asked Jeremiah Wright, 30, several questions before appointing him Kerry Cuccia. Police say Wright confessed to investigators that he decapitated his 7-year-old son, Jori... more »
  • Psychologist weighs in on Thibodaux slaughter suspect

    August 15, 2011 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Why remains the biggest question on the minds of many captivated by the murder of 7-year-old Jori Lirette in Thibodaux. His father, Jeremiah Wright, confessed to decapitating and dismembering the child, who had cerebral palsy, heart issues, and was bound to a wheel chair, along with a... more »
  • Mother mourns decapitated son

    August 15, 2011 6:40 PM

    THIBODAUX-- The mother of a handicapped boy whose father admits to decapitating him Saturday could not choke back tears as she spoke out Monday afternoon. "I know you're in Heaven as an angel. You're a beautiful star, and you will always shine bright inside my heart," Jessilyn Lirette said... more »
  • Mother says murdered boy was her "bright star"

    August 15, 2011 2:43 PM

    THIBODAUX - The mother of a mentally-challenged boy who was found brutally murdered in Thibodaux this weekend told the media through her tears that he was "a bright shining star". Jesslyn Lirette, the mother of 7-year-old Jori Lirette, told reporters her son was a very friendly child who touched... more »
  • Man arrested in connection with killing of 7-year-old boy

    August 14, 2011 7:08 PM

    THIBODAUX- A Thibodaux man has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 7-year-old boy who was found decapitated on the side of a street Sunday. Police arrested 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, who is the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police said the child, identified as Jori Lirette,... more »
  • All Thibodaux officers asked to take lie detector tests

    August 6, 2011 4:23 PM

    THIBODAUX- Thibodaux Police Chief, Scott Silverii, says all officers in his department have been asked to take lie-detector tests. Silverii has asked outside agencies to help investigate two incidents in which a total of 54 police car tires were slashed outside police headquarters. Silverii said a man described as a... more »
  • Thibodaux man arrested on child porn charges

    August 2, 2011 2:41 PM

    THIBODAUX - A Thibodaux man is in jail after being arrested and charged with child pornography. Police arrested Blaine Granier, 21, on Thursday after a joint investigation involving Louisiana Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit, Baton Rouge City Constable's Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.... more »
  • Thibodaux man killed in motorcycle-car crash

    May 31, 2011 6:56 AM

    LAFOURCHE- A Thibodaux man is dead after a car crash in Lafourche Parish. It happened just before 9 a.m. Monday on LA-20 west of Appletree Drive. Louis Ledet Jr., 43, was killed when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a car driven by 30-year-old Toni Aucoin. Upon impact, Ledet was... more »
  • LSU faces Nicholls State in Thibodaux

    March 15, 2011 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 5 LSU (15-1) hits the road for the first time this season as the Tigers face Nicholls State (7-7) Wednesday night in Thibodaux. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Ray Didier Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri says junior right-hander Tyler Jones... more »
  • Lockport woman killed in crash

    March 9, 2011 9:49 PM

    LAFOURCHE- A woman is dead after a head-on collision Wednesday on LA 1 North in Thibodaux. Police say Robin Matherne, 44, from Lockport,was driving northbound and was hit by 34-year-old Fredrick Deboue's vehicle after he crossed the centerline heading southbound. Matherne was pronounced dead at the scene. Two... more »
  • Toll increase may lie ahead for Leeville bridge

    January 14, 2011 10:16 AM

    THIBODAUX - Toll increases may be ahead for the bridge that is the only land route to Grand Isle. Figures released Thursday by the state transportation department show that the Leeville toll bridge is not collecting enough money to meet the terms of a $164 million loan used to build... more »

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