The story that dominated headlines
In West Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, and even made political waves statewide and across the country, was Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter’s reign and fall as mayor of Port Allen, as she was elected and began serving her four-year term in January, and was abruptly recalled in November. Former Mayor Lynn Robertson was named Interim Mayor by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal until a special election can be held to elect a new mayor to complete the remaining nearly-three years of Slaughter’s term.
The Journal’s January 10 edition hosted an article titled “A new era begins,” after Slaughter was sworn into office. And nearly every week after that, Port Allen’s mayor and city council were making headlines, from the firing of the city’s CFO in February to the recall election in November and Robertson’s swearing-in in December - the real life soap opera called Port Allen politics never ceased to make news.
Brusly robbery ends in death
In the January 24 edition, the headline story, “Brusly robbery ends in death,” was likely the biggest single day of news of the year within the parish.
Ray Charles Hayes, a Port Allen man, robbed Noah’s Pharmacy in Brusly, thieving a pillowcase full of prescription drugs and cash. He then took a hostage at gunpoint and stole an Addis P.D. vehicle during his attempt to evade police custody.