PARISH BY PARISH: Bourbon Street shootings, Angola drug charges, church thieves, post office closing

Parish by Parish

POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 7:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:08pm

ORLEANS PARISH - More than two dozen people are hurt, and two are dead after a string of shootings overnight in New Orleans. 13 people were hurt in two separate shootings on Bourbon and Canal Street. Police say two men opened fire on each other, hitting eight other people with gunfire. One of the victims died at the hospital. Two other shootings happened within hours of each other in other parts of the city. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has is a "culture of violence." Meanwhile, the city's police superintendent Ronal Serpas says last night’s incidents are rare and the department is not "sitting on its hands."

WEST FELICIANA PARISH - An Angola employee is facing drug charges. That after sheriff's deputies say he tried to bring marijuana into the penitentiary. According to reports, 33 year-old Derrick Cavalier tried to get through the front gates with almost 30 ounces of weed. It's thought to have happened Saturday afternoon. We're told Cavalier has been working at Angola for several years. He's charged with trying to introduce contraband into a penal institution and possession with intent to distribute.

LIVINGSTON PARISH - Two 100 pound concrete slabs with the Ten Commandments are stolen from a Denham Springs church. It happened late last week at the First United Methodist Church. They've been at the church for the last several years. The church's pastor says he'll give the thief an entire bible if he or she brings back The Commandments. Call the church if you have any information.

LAFAYETTE PARISH - A public hearing is set for later this month. That's when the postal service will have a better idea of whether or not shut down a mail processing and distribution center in Lafayette. USPS wants to shut that place down and move operations to Baton Rouge. A spokesman says it'd save the USPS more than $7 million a year. It's just one of more than 250 mail processing centers under the microscope. The Postal Service will make a decision on the Lafayette center early next year.

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