LSP Col. Mike Edmonson

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Burl Cain may be gone as Angola’s warden, but he’s far from forgotten, as the Legislative Audit Advisory Council looked into allegations of wrongdoing.


BRPD, EBRPSO

At Thursday’s community memorial service for Baton Rouge’s fallen law enforcement officers – Brad Garafalo, Matt Gerald and Montrell Jackson -- Police Chief Carl Dabadie and State Police Commander Mike Edmonson  both spoke of their heroism.

“We gather here in memory of three remarkable men,” Chief Dabadie began. “Their work put them in harm’s way every day, and they chose to serve anyway.”

“They ran to a call where there was a gunman. They ran towards it,” Col. Edmonson said, with admiration. “And when their fellow man was down, they ran towards them.”

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“Pure, unadulterated evil,” was how Governor John Bel Edwards described the killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge during a Monday press conference.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated,”

Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson stated.

He gave the media a detailed description of Sunday’s firefight between Baton Rouge  cops and deputies, and the gunman, Gavin Long – including showing photos of the multiple weapons Long brought to the attack..

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Even before he’s sworn in as governor at noon today, John Bel Edwards is having to defend some of his leadership staff selections, beginning with the re-appointment of Col. Mike Edmonson as Superintendent of Louisiana State Police.

Erstwhile supporters of Edwards took to social media to question the choice as soon as it was announced, while reporters asked Edwards if he’d been pressured by the Sheriff’s Association.

“Colonel Edmonson enjoys the support of local law enforcement across the state, not just the Sheriff’s Association but the Chiefs of Police,” Edwards responded. “And the executive directors of both of those entities did reach out to me and express their confidence in him and their desire that he continue to serve in this capacity.”

Louisiana State Police

“Steven Vincent epitomized what it meant to be a Louisiana State Trooper. When you talk about courtesy, loyalty and service – that was him!” Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson said, his voice husky with unshed tears.

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent is being laid to rest tomorrow, following a noon mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles. He was killed in the line of duty, after stopping to render assistance.


It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.

“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.

The Baton Rouge representative authored the measure increasing both the cost and expiration dates for all Louisiana drivers’ licenses. A basic license, which now costs $21.50 and is good for four years, will be going up to $32.50, and will be valid for six years.