St. Landry Parish

The state attorney general has cleared former St. Landry Parish President Don Menard of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with a legislative auditor's investigation of the more than $16,000 in charges made on Menard's parish-issued credit card.

According to a letter faxed Tuesday to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office, The Advocate reports Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said that he sees no need in pursuing the allegations made against Menard.

Caldwell said he consider the matter closed

The FBI says it is investigating two St. Landry Parish School Board members.

While FBI spokesman Kyle Hanrahan wouldn't provide details of the investigation, The Advocate reports the sheriff's office released a report Tuesday about an FBI agent looking into allegations that John Miller and Quincy Richard were allegedly trying to extort money in exchange for their votes for a new school superintendent.

The report was apparently written to officially detail why FBI agent Jeff Goins visited the parish.

St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says he plans to take the Parish Council to court over its override of five vetoes.

He tells The Advertiser that he will ask a judge to block the ordinances until a ruling on whether they violate the home rule charter. Fontenot says matters covered by the ordinances are allotted to the president's office, and it would take a parish-wide vote to change that.

The council wants more say in how the parish is run. It has been at odds with Fontenot since he took office in January.