Denham Springs

A lawsuit over a Denham Springs woman's light display, which extended a middle finger to her neighbors, has been settled.

Final dismissal documents were filed in federal court this week.

Sarah Childs said she put up the roof message in November because she believed a neighbor stole her dog. She said police threatened her with fines and arrest because of the lights. She and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the city, its mayor and police.

The holidays may be over, but a Denham Springs woman wants to keep her unusual light display on her roof, showing an extended middle finger to her neighbors.

A federal judge heard testimony Monday about whether Sarah Childs should be granted an injunction, barring the city of Denham Springs and police from requiring her to remove the display. The hearing will continue next week.

The Denham Springs City Council has created a dusk-to-dawn curfew to run from Tuesday through Friday as Hurricane Isaac approaches the state.

In its original form, the proposed curfew only exempted medical, public works, city, utility and emergency personnel.

However, Councilman John Wascom asked about people going to work or to help friends.

The Advocate reports the council amended the proposal to add people with legitimate business to the exemption list.