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GSU President Gallot Statement on Wednesday AM Shooting



Are Louisiana’s College Presidents Now Part-Time Employees?


We were in the Ruston courtroom of the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court this afternoon, when a familiar local attorney appeared, and then disappeared into one of the buildings conference rooms – Rick Gallot.

That is not unusual, as we have often seen him representing criminal defendants in area parish courtrooms over the years.

What is different, is that he is the current President of Grambling State University (GSU), and has been since August 1, 2016.

A review of today’s criminal court docket showed that Gallot represents six clients on the court’s calendar.

See here the document.

To be fair, it appears that all the cases represented by Gallot appear to have arrest dates prior to his employment with GSU.

GSU has for years been beset with financial and academic issues.

Gallot Named GSU Prez


26 days after last president resigns, board selects new Grambling State president Rick Gallot

BY REBEKAH ALLEN | Jul 26, 2016

Attorney and former Louisiana lawmaker Rick Gallot was chosen Tuesday as the newest president of Grambling State University, a mere 26 days after the former president resigned.

The quick turn around was met with mixed reviews by a crowded room of Grambling State alumni, some who traveled from out of state and as far as Chicago to attend the University of Louisiana System Board meeting, where the decision was made.

While a few alumni said they were supportive of efforts by the board to quickly fill the leadership position, many others were frustrated that the board would seemingly put so little time and energy into selecting the president for Louisiana’s second largest public historically black university, particularly because the university has had a revolving door of presidents in the past two decades.

Area Schools Closed Due to Rain, Flooding


The following Lincoln Parish schools have announced their closings due to excessive flooding and road closures as of 0500 hours March 9, 2016.

Lincoln Parish Public Schools
Cedar Creek School
Bethel Christian School
Bethel Christian Daycare
AE Phillips Lab School
New Living Word Ministries School
Grambling State University
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston Montessori School

Kip Franklin, Director
Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
161 Road Camp Road, P.O. Box 979
Ruston, La. 71273
Office phone – 318-251-6454
Cell phone – 318-607-8311
Fax number – 318-513-6209

Warrants Issued for Alleged Accomplices in Hashway Slaying


After a prospective prosecution witness (and alleged accomplice) went missing last week, Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick was taking no chances on it happening again with two others in the Sue Hashway murder case.

Markeva Day and Robert Demps, both charged with being accessory to aggravated burglary and accessory to second degree murder, did not show up this morning in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston. Ruddick asked for and got bench warrants issued for their arrest, along with a doubling of their bail from $25 thousand to $50 thousand. Ruddick said his office had been in contact with the two.

The primary culprit in the June, 2012 crime spree is Cameron Mays, according to allegations.

Mays is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary that allegedly occurred in the Cypress Springs neighborhood where retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway was found slain. The alleged victim in the rape and kidnapping case was a Louisiana Tech student.

Another alleged accomplice, Brandon Bonton was in court today, and was scheduled for an April 25 status conference, the same day Mays is set for trial.

Presiding this morning was Divsion B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Mays Trial Delayed Until April 25


A February 22 trial for accused rapist and murderer Cameron Mays was delayed this morning until April 25, because, in the words of Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick, a critical witness for the prosecution “has dropped off the face of the earth.”

The witness, who now lives in California, had been in touch with his office until about ten days ago, Ruddick said. Then, as the trial date neared, and transportation arrangements were being made, he disappeared. Ruddick said he will need some time to have him subpoenaed, located, and brought back to Louisiana.

Mays is accused of second degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary that allegedly occurred in the Cypress Springs neighborhood where retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway was found slain in June of 2012. The alleged victim in the rape and kidnapping case was a Louisiana Tech student.

The action came at a hearing this morning in a Ruston courtroom after Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court Division B Judge Tommy Rogers denied defense motions to dismiss the charges because of delays in the case.

Ruddick said that 80% of the motions for delays in the case had been asked for by the defense.

Defending Mays is James Buckley.

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Your Betters Think You Don’t Pay Enough Taxes


A much-ballyhooed gathering of public policy “experts” were in town yesterday to tell us why you taxpayers need to do with less so that government doesn’t have to.

Here is the KTVE-TV10 report:

Officials gather to discuss numerous possibilities on how to overcome Louisiana’s $1.6 billion shortfall.

State Representative, Rob Shadoin, says it’s going to take everyone coming together whether they’re from the left or the right.

“What I am hoping is that we can come together as Louisianian’s first, and leave all the party labels outside that big tall building known as the Capital in Baton Rouge,” says Shadoin.

The Committee of 100, a group of business and university leaders from around the state, lays out a fiscal strategy.

“We have to restructure the tax code. We have to find a way to broaden the tax base. We have to find a way to flatten the tax base,” says CEO, Michael Olivier.

Here is the complete report from the Committee of 100:

Louisiana Fiscal Reform

Lincoln Parish Grand Jury Indicts Sumlin


A Lincoln Parish Grand Jury has indicted William Sumlin on charges of Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned. On December 7th, the panel charged that on or about 9/18/15 he:

committed the offense of INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE as defined by R.S.14:81 in that he: did commit any of the following acts with the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of either person:

(1) Any lewd or lascivious act upon the person or in the presence of D.F., a child under the age of seventeen, where there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons or
(2) The transmission, delivery or utterance of any textual, visual, written, or oral communication depicting lewd or lascivious conduct, text, words, or images to any person reasonably believed to be under the age of seventeen and reasonably believed to be at least two years younger than the offender.

See here the document.

Sumlin had been arrested on 10/6/15 by Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) deputies.

A long-time fixture in local area politics, Sumlin was District 12 Representative to the Louisiana House from 1983 to 1988. He has frequently campaigned on behalf of, or assisted local candidates for office, including some who are currently serving.

He was in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) court this afternoon, along with his attorney LaValle Salomon of Monroe for a status conference. Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones moved to dismiss a preliminary examination hearing, as the indictment by a grand jury negates that need.

The next court date for Sumlin is a 2/16/16 scheduling conference, set for 1:30 PM. Presiding this afternoon was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Sumlin had previously pleaded not guilty on 11/10/15.

Grambling Alumni Association’s 2013 Audit Includes Findings for Missing Funds


LLA Press Release – 8/31/15

Lack of proper accounting for funds from the Lifetime Membership Account and a donation that was never deposited were among the four findings reported for the Grambling University National Alumni Association’s 2013 fiscal year audit, made public Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

CPA Rosie D. Harper’s report also said the association had no documentation to classify deposits totaling $21,586. Association management agreed with the auditor’s recommendation to create procedures to correct this condition.

Dues paid into the Lifetime Membership Account are permanently restricted, according to the report released by the state auditor. “However, the interest earned on the Lifetime Membership account is unrestricted and can be transferred to the General Fund,” the audit said. “During 2013, $7,459 of permanently-restricted funds, respectively, were either expended or not deposited to the Lifetime Membership Account.”

Management said in response to the finding that, moving forward, the office staff person will complete and provide timely bank reconciliations for all of the association’s accounts. Additionally, the designated financial officer(s) will review and sign off on the reconciliations in a timely manner.

In the other finding that mentions missing funds, a $5,400 donation was made to the association but never deposited into the bank. The auditor recommended that the association improve its internal control policies and procedures to ensure that all funds received are deposited in a timely manner. The association agreed with the recommendation.

See here the complete report.