[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect new information from Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton.]
An arrest warrant was issued for Busted in Acadiana mastermind Chris Hebert, who was a no-show for his criminal trial Monday morning, because he was hospitalized over the weekend for unknown reasons, according to his attorney. The judge, however, seemed in the dark about why the defendant and his attorney were not in court.
Hebert, 39, faces one count of stalking and two counts of cyber-stalking for allegedly threatening a female victim, Erica Roberie, several times over the phone and Internet. He was arrested in 2011 and faces up to two years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines if convicted. Read more here.
When the case came up on this morning’s criminal docket in the 15th Judicial District Court, both Hebert and his lawyer, Stephen Spring II (read more about him here), were absent. During this morning’s proceedings, court officials stated no motion had been filed by Spring for a continuance of Hebert’s criminal trial, prompting District Judge Glennon Everett to issue a warrant for Hebert's arrest.
Hebert has maintained his innocence, and has even filed a civil lawsuit alleging a conspiracy involving the Lafayette Police Department and the woman he allegedly victimized.
Spring, in an emailed response, says Hebert was "hospitalized last night," and claims the judge and prosecutor were notified of his client's condition prior to this morning's proceedings. The judge, however, gave no indication that he had been notified of Hebert's apparent medical condition.
Spring also says attorney Christopher Alexander has enrolled as co-counsel in the case and maintains that a motion for continuance was filed with the Clerk of Court's office Tuesday, five days before his client went to a local hospital. Spring did not say why he sought the continuance last week.
The IND was able to confirm that Hebert is not a patient today at Our Lady of Lourdes or either of LGMC's two local facilities.
In a telephone interview late Monday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton tells The IND that Hebert has a 10 day window to show up in court and accept his trial date, which is tentatively set for Sept. 3. That gives Hebert until next week, with his 10-day deadline expiring Friday, July 19."If he doesn't show up and accept his trial date within the 10 days, then the warrant for his arrest will become active," says Hamilton.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
Oilfield service company’s year-over-year revenues climbed 3.7 percent.
Move is part of company-wide consolidation of residential call centers.
Contentious deposition renders LOGA chief too ill to testify. Here's why.
Proposal for the upcoming legislative session would set Louisiana’s minimum wage at $10 per hour, beginning in 2015, up from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
Patrick Kane II recalls his mother awakening him 50 years ago to say his dad’s plane was missing.
His health affected by a contentious deposition last week, the LOGA chief says he can't testify (court will reconvene March 10).
Chair of the energy committee, Mary Landrieu (discussing the urgency of Keystone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird) should get the respect she deserves in Louisiana.
A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson’s long grip on the D.A.’s office.
Former W. Home Furnishings owner Rene Ward faces seven years in prison.
Stuller’s Danny Clark focuses on satisfied customers and effective employees as he settles in as the company’s president/COO.
Sterling Ford-Lincoln of Opelousas ribbon cutting and the State of the Parish address
Increases in higher-end home sales say a lot about the health of the overall market.
Who joined whom or got promoted?
World-class athlete riding high in custom bike biz.
Setting the record straight on that February story in HuffPo
Liability waivers — what you need to know before you sign
A one-man operation, Brett Gauthier is bringing the oil and gas industry into the age of digital animation.
Planning a meeting with results
Local Ad Fed’s Copywriter of the Year and recently named creative director at Russo tapped for Boston Marathon project.
Forecasts for more frigid weather drive prices to highest level in four years.
CiCi's Pizza on Johnston Street will be torn down to make way for popular bakery-café Panera Bread's first Lafayette store.
A computer services company announced Tuesday that it plans to open a new technology center in Bossier City, creating 800 new jobs and bolstering efforts to position northwest Louisiana as a center for cybersecurity work.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,332 from the previous week's average of 2,566.
Auto dealership welcomes the community to celebrate