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DELCAMBRE — Sag your britches somewhere else, this Cajun-country town has decided.

Mayor Carol Broussard said he would sign an ordinance the Town Council approved this week setting penalties of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for being caught in pants that show undergarments or certain parts of the body.

Albert Roy, the council member who introduced the ordinance, said he thought the fine was steep and should be in the $25 range, but he still favored the measure.


1 escapee caught; 2nd man still free

SWAN LAKE — An escaped prison inmate once accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son was recaptured yesterday, but a man who fled with him was still on the loose, authorities said.

Kelly A. Frank was arrested along a highway in northwestern Montana after six days on the run, Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said.

Montana State Prison Warden Mike Mahoney said he was told that Frank was arrested at a cabin that may belong to the family of the other fugitive, William J. Willcutt, who had been serving time for burglary. He said Frank would be arraigned in Lake County on escape charges and other charges related to burglaries and thefts while the two were missing.

U.S. Forest Service workers had spotted Frank and Willcutt on Tuesday bathing in a creek in the Flathead National Forest near Swan Lake in northwestern Montana, authorities said.

The two inmates escaped Friday while working at a Montana State Prison ranch near Deer Lodge, about 120 miles south of Swan Lake.


Eminent domain restricted to blight

MOUNT LAUREL — In a victory for private property rights, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that local governments can’t seize land against the owner’s wishes simply because the property is underused.

The court ruled unanimously that only “blighted” areas are authorized under the state constitution and that the Legislature did not intend for eminent domain to be used when the sole basis is that the property is “not fully productive.”

Government watchdogs have argued for years that eminent domain is being used too liberally by governments nationwide to advance development. The backlash has grown since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that a Connecticut town could take over private homes on behalf of a real-estate developer.

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