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Washington Parish High School
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools -- What's New
Not pictured are Mayors Marshell Brumfield, Folsom; Louis Fitzmorris, Abita Springs; Barbara Gibson, Sun; Peter Gitz, Madisonville; James Lavigne, Pearl River; and Eddie Price, Mandeville; Dexter Accardo, Director of Emergency Operations for the Parish; Law Enforcement officials Charlie Biggers, Madisonville Police Department; Ronnie ,Beau, Killingsworth, Folsom Police Department; Thelma Naquin, Abita Springs Police Department; Luke Pingno, Troop L Louisiana State Police; and Benny Raynor, Pearl River Police Department.
Former Pearl River Mayor James E. Lavigne, 75, pled guilty Monday to malfeasance in office, theft over $500, and two misdemeanors, stemming from a state legislative audit that showed he used his office to benefit personally.
District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Lavigne to five years probation but reserved the right to sentence him to up to 11Â½ years in prison if the probation terms are not met. The audit found that between Feb. 17, 2012, and August 27, 2012, Lavigne used the townâ€™s credit card to purchase a 10-foot fishing boat, which he used personally. Lavigne also spent $3,679 on the same credit card to buy a gas-powered residential generator, ostensibly for use at a sewage lift station. Â The audit also found that he made personal purchases on the town credit cards to avoid paying sales taxes. Â The misdemeanors were for unauthorized use of a moveable and misdemeanor theft. Jim graduated from Washington Parish High School in 1964 and furthered his education at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Â Jim had a keen sense of fashion and was often well-dressed. When Jim moved to Seattle, WA to live with his sister and brother, he was employed by Nordstrom Department Store. After returning to Louisiana, Jim was employed by Crown Zellerbach in Bogalusa, Louisiana.Â Jim, also affectionately called â€œJimboâ€� by his siblings, had a zest for life. Jim loved his family and friends unconditionally.Â A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Hollie and former Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne on theft and malfeasance charges in October 2014.
Longtime Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne and town clerk Diane Bennett Hollie both pled guilty to theft and malfeasance charges, after an indictment against them in 2014.
Lavigne had been mayor since 1990 and was indicted on four counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of unauthorized use of a movable over $500 and theft over $500, according to the St. Tammany Parish Clerk's office. He pled guilty in September to all charges and was given a five-year probation sentence after appearing in court with an oxygen tank, needed due to increasing health problems he has faced in recent years.
Former Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne, already under indictment for theft and malfeasance, is now accused by the state Ethics Board of breaking several laws through misuse of town funds.
The Ethics Board also filed charges against former town clerk Diane Bennett Hollie, who had been indicted along with Lavigne. The charges against Lavigne, filed by the Ethics Board July 16, accuse him of violating state law by using the town's credit card for personal purchases, receiving free residential garbage pickup and improperly giving himself and town employees annual bonuses. Former Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne, already under indictment for theft and malfeasance, is now accused by the state Ethics Board of breaking several laws through misuse of town funds. The Ethics Board also filed charges against former town clerk Diane Bennett Hollie, who had been indicted along with Lavigne. The charges against Lavigne, filed by the Ethics Board July 16, accuse him of violating state law by using the town's credit card for personal purchases, receiving free residential garbage pickup and improperly giving himself and town employees annual bonuses.
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According to the The New Orleans Advocate , Pearl River, Louisiana Mayor James Lavigne had this to say at his farewell address last week: Lavigne began threatening to leave, demanding to be told who had informed the news media of the meeting.
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