Report: 'Minor' disciplinary action taken for troopers' side trip
BATON ROUGE – Two of four State Police troopers connected to a questionable “side trip” while driving halfway across the country to attend a conference received minor discipline, The Advocate reported Tuesday.
The lengthy road trip from Louisiana to San Diego featured stops at the Grand Canyon and a Las Vegas resort and casino. The drive cost the state agency thousands of dollars in unnecessary overtime. Questions about the trip were first made in reporting by New Orleans' Advocate newspaper edition and WWL TV.
The Baton Rouge-based Advocate has a print edition in the Crescent City where it's also partnered with WWL; WWL and WBRZ have a news partnership, too.
Two of the troopers – identified as Thurman D. Miller and Alexandr Nezgodinsky – were issued letters of reprimand and counseling. Disciplinary action remains pending against the two other troopers.
Former State Police head Mike Edmonson retired shortly after news stories of the trip broke.
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