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Crowley Police Officer Arrested
A Crowley police officer that worked in the narcotics division has been arrested.
Crowley Police Department has confirmed that Thursday afternoon, the
Acadia Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Crowley police officer,
On earlier editions of Eyewitness News, we were the first to report that Anderson was charged with malfeasance in office.
We now have new information that Anderson was also booked for the possession of hydrocodone.
We spoke to the Crowley chief of police, K.P. Gibson, who said he can't release many of the details at this point.
Gibson says Cliff Anderson was a narcotics officer and was on the force
for two years. The chief says Anderson is on administrative leave
with pay, pending the investigation.
Anderson was brought to the Acadia Parish jail, where he was booked for $50,000 bond.
10 has learned that Chief K.P. Gibson and Acadia Parish sheriff Wayne
Melancon will hold a meeting Friday to discuss the charges.
Marijuana Plant in Marshal's Office Window
To see a marijuana plant in a window sill is unusual, even more so if it's displayed in the window of a law enforcement agency.
was the situation in Ville Platte Thursday where a full grown marijuana
plant was in plain view at the city marshal's office.
This is not something you see every day.
Tommy Colomb says it should be locked up in an evidence locker.
marijuana plant...in plain view on a window sill inside Ville Platte
marshal Eddie Soileau's office and it garnered a lot of attention from
Soileau says there is a perfectly good explanation for this
situation. The marshal says his office was given marijuana seeds
as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Soileau says he had
to make sure they were indeed marijuana seeds, so he planted them and
now that the plant is grown, he uses it as an educational tool.
says this is planting season and when marijuana plants are small, they
look just like tomato plants. He says they want to show this to
parents and kids to let them know if they see something like this, to
let the authorities know.
He says they planted them, he doesn't deny that.
plant has since been removed from its perch on the window.
Soileau says it was there because it needed light and because he does
not have an evidence locker or heat lamp. Soileau is unsure if his
actions are legal, but he feels they were necessary to conduct his
He says his office doesn't do anything illegal, it runs a clean show.
because of the negative attention the plant's presence is causing,
Soileau says he will most likely turn it over to the police department
State police say there is nothing illegal about keeping the plant alive.
In fact, state police narcotics agents are assisting them in properly documenting the evidence.
Laf. chief, 3 officers, indicted
Police Chief Randy Hundley and three veteran officers have been
indicted on charges of secretly recording conversations at the desk of
the chief's secretary.
grand jury on Thursday charged Hundley, along with Capt. Mike Lavergne,
who oversees internal investigations, and two officers who worked under
him - Brian Bulter and Shannon Hundley, the chief's nephew.
gave notice Wednesday of his early retirement. Another officer targeted
in the probe, Maj. Casey Fowler. was not indicted. He filed notice of
his early retirement hours before the indictments were returned.
All five have been on leave with pay.
The chief's attorney, Jason Robideaux, said the chief has no plans to retire and will fight the charges.
Hundley has been unfairly targeted from the beginning of this
investigation. He is confident that at the end of the day, when the jury
hears both sides, he will be acquitted," Robideaux said.
Senate approves gulf coast money
Capitol Hill today the senate followed the House's lead and approved a
funding package that should send billions more in aid to hurricane
ravaged gulf coast states.
Emergency-Funding bill budgets an additional 65-billion for the wars in
iraq and afghanistan and almost 20 billion for gulf coast recovery.
The bill next heads to the President for his signature.