Archive for October, 2019

Jail Cost Overruns to be Funded by Budget Surplus


Lincoln Parish Detention Center expansion construction costs that are greater than estimated will be funded by surplus funds in the jail’s operating funds, the commission that operates the jail voted this morning.

The action came after Warden Jim Tuten said that the architect’s estimate was short almost $900 thousand for the 96-bed addition to the jail. The estimate was about $2.7 million, including furniture and fixtures.

“We were about $880 thousand short of what we needed to be able to completely finance the addition. I would like to get a recommendation from the jail commission that we transfer that additional $880 thousand that’s necessary to completely fund the new building,” Tuten said.

He noted that the jail’s operating budget had a $2.5 million surplus as of September 30.

The new addition has been under discussion for the last few years.

An average of about 30 of the jail’s inmates are housed in other area jails, at a cost of about $1 thousand/day, Tuten said.

Once the money is transferred into the jail construction fund, the balance of the cost will be borrowed from the US Department of Agriculture.

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will have to approve the winning bid and authorize construction after funding is secured.

Mann’s Construction of West Monroe had the lowest responsive bid.

In other action, the commission set meetings for November and December to review and adopt next year’s budget.

Sumlin Trial Delayed until Next Year


Former State Representative William Sumlin’s trial was late yesterday afternoon delayed until next February. Sumlin’s attorney, LaValle Salomon, said that he already has a trial scheduled for next week in another jurisdiction.

The trial was originally scheduled for next week in Third Judicial District Court in Ruston.

The new trial date is Monday, February 24, 2020. Pretrial motions will be heard on 2/17, and a pretrial conference set for Friday, 2/21.

Presiding was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Conservatives Add to LA House/Senate Majority


From The Hayride
By Scott McKay

The House might have started with 63 Republican seats after qualifying. After last night’s primary, that number is more like 68. (of 105 seats total)

Republicans now control not just a supermajority in the Senate, but 27 of the 39 seats. That gives them a vote to spare beyond the two-thirds.

There is now a very real possibility that Sharon Hewitt, one of the most conservative members of the body, could be in a position to claim the Senate presidency – and coming from eight years of John Alario’s corrupt RINO misrule, that’s something akin to a cloudless dawn after an extended stormy night.

See here the complete article.

Stephen Williams Elected Sheriff


57 of 57 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%

3,594 – Randal Hermes 31%
2,153 – George Webb 18%
5,893 – Stephen Williams 51%

Total: 11,640
Unofficial Turnout: 43.9%

McBride Wins Assessor Race


47 of 57 precincts reporting – 82%
absentee reporting – 100%

6,686 – Billy Mac McBride 63%
3,996 – Walter Pullen 37%

Hazel Hunter Re-elected to LPPJ, Hammons Defeated


Police Juror — District 2
2 of 2 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%

330 – Hazel D. Hunter 74%
115 – Russell “Rusty” Strozier 26%

Police Juror — District 5
4 of 4 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%
290 – David Hammons 17%
818 – Logan Hunt 48%
607 – Brandon Milner 35%

Cook Likely Winner for Clerk of Court


Clerk of Court
38 of 57 precincts reporting – 67%
absentee reporting – 100%

8,097 – Linda Cook 85%
1,448 – Troy “T-Roy” Hughes 15%

Roberson in Runoff, Bennett Defeated


LPPJ District Four

Roberson – 656 (46%)
Cranford – 659 (46%)
Johnston – 110 (8%)

LPPJ District Three

McCullin – 471 (34%)
Franks – 467 (34%)
Bennett – 431 (31%)

Two New Lincoln Jurors Elected


District 10

Milton Melton – 404
Nancy Wilson (incumbent) – 273

District 7

Matt Pullin – 883
Tim Babcock – 542

Russell Re-Elected to LPPJ


Incumbent District 8 Police Juror Skip Russell was tonight overwhelmingly re-elected to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

With all 4 precincts reporting:

Russell – 874
Hohlt – 264