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A group of at least 30 concerned citizens toured the 4th Floor -- the former parish jail -- in the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse on Sept. 4. Another tour was held this past Saturday. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Tours of Avoyelles Courthouse 4th Floor show condition of former jail

Some say there is no need for a new Justice Center to house the courtrooms and judges’ offices because there is an entire floor going unused in the current 91-year-old courthouse.

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Shera LaPoint reflects at the memorial marker where the body of Donna Gonsoulin Prudhomme was discovered in 1991. LaPoint worked on the team that eventually used DNA to find Prudhomme’s family members. That led to authorities being able to identify Prudhomme, who had been known for the past 28 years as “Janet Doe.” She was honored for her work with an award from the League City (Texas) Police Department. {Photo courtesy of Shera LaPoint}

Bunkie genealogist aids in Texas mystery

Everyone loves a good mystery, and “cold case” mysteries are especially compelling.



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