PARISH BY PARISH: Park reopens; call center closes; BTR bomb scare; police officer sentenced

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POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:53pm

ASCENSION PARISH - A Gonzales park is back open, just in time for tonight's tree lighting ceremony. Jambalaya Park has been closed for repairs all throughout the place, including painting, fixing electrical systems, and repairing cracks in the sidewalk. There's still a pumping station on the property, which is a remnant of the city's old wastewater treatment plant; the city is now getting ready to remove that pump. The park had been closed for about a month.

LAFAYETTE PARISH - All the employees of a call center in Lafayette will be out of a job. The more than 250 workers and managers of TransCom will be out of jobs at the end of January. The company says the workers at the Lafayette office served one client that isn't using TransCom's services any longer. A federal act required the company to give 60 days notice. TransCom runs centers in 27 countries.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Baton Rouge Police, along with EBR Sheriff's deputies and airport police shutting down the parking garage at Metro Airport for several hours this morning. That after a routine inspection of the garage turned up a suspicious device. Airport officials say they saw a car with a smashed windshield, and inside the car, what looked like dynamite with a timer attached. After the bomb squad was brought in, investigators were able to find out the device was fake. Now, they're looking for the registered owner of the car, who could face criminal charges.

ORLEANS PARISH - A former police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in covering up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. That five year sentence is the maximum. A U.S. district judge sentenced Robert Barrios. He's one of five former officers who pleaded guilty. The former officer is to report by January 9.

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