PARISH BY PARISH: New EMS facility, fake cop fights, doctor wants new trial, turkeys are angry
POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 9:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 9:27pm
Louisiana (NBC33) — EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - EMS officials broke ground today on a new command center near the airport. It'll be part of a public safety complex. The 20,000 square foot facility will house administrative staff, classrooms for training, and a paramedic substation. East Baton Rouge EMS has nearly 300 employees, and they've been saving up cash for this project for the past fifteen years.
SAINT LANDRY PARISH - A Eunice man is locked up, accused of threatening sheriff's deputies and pretending to be a cop. Detectives tell us 56 year-old Michael Washington was irate when he arrived at a substation. Washington is accused of trying to hit officers, but they won the fight. He's facing multiple charges tonight and is in the St. Landry Parish Jail.
LAFAYETTE PARISH - A Lafayette cardiologist, who's in the middle of a 10 year prison sentence, wants a federal court to throw out his conviction. Memood Patel was convicted of more than 50 counts of healthcare fraud after lying to patients and performing unnecessary heart surgeries and tests. Patel says he didn't get a fair trial or a reasonable sentence.
VERMILION PARISH - Residents in Erath say they're scared of wild turkeys wandering through their neighborhood. The police decided to allow animal control officers to pick up the turkeys, just as they would stray dogs and cats. We're told the turkeys were quite aggressive.
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