Port Allen man arrested for trying to solicit murder

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Port Allen – On December 16, 2014, Louisiana State Police Detectives along with several other agencies arrested a Port Allen man after they learned that he was attempting to solicit murder. The arrest came after an individual informed the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office that a man approached him earlier this week and asked him to kill two people in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Immediately upon learning of the murder solicitation, LSP Detectives began conducting undercover telephone calls to the suspect. After gaining sufficient information relating to the murder solicitation, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant through the 18th Judicial District Court charging Tommy Joe Gioele (W/M, DOB 8/7/1977) of Port Allen with LRS 14:28.1 – Solicitation of murder (2 counts). Gioele was located at his residence in Port Allen early on the morning of December 16th and placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to and booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail on the above listed charges.


Building a Legacy

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Before the first election of the town of Brusly’s Marshal in 1968, Louis J. Berthelot – a career Bell South telephone installer/repairman – was approached about running for the position.

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Old City Hall demolished

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Port Allen’s old city hall, police station and fire station at 710 N. Jefferson Ave. have been demolished, per the recommendation of an architect hired to evaluate the structures.


ERM continues Port Allen zoning ordinance overhaul

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Environmental Resources Management, the company current working on the overhaul of the city of Port Allen’s zoning ordinance, is asking the city council to consider modifying requirements for “lots of record.”

Lots of record are lots which existed prior to the zoning ordinance and do not conform to the ordinance’s lot size requirements. Lots of record are typically 25-feet wide, whereas the city’s zoning ordinance requires lot widths of 60 to 80 feet, according to Jenifer Huff and Christopher Grant of ERM.

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