- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, La. (AP) - Progress is steadily being made with the Independence Police Department’s new police station.

The building has been framed, roofed, bricked and some wiring has been installed, but town officials are waiting to get prices on the rest of the interior work or use inmate labor.

Mayor Michael Ragusa tells The Daily Star (http://bit.ly/1h9AiGw) the building is about 55 percent complete. Police Chief Frank Edwards III said he hoped it would be completed by the end of the year.

The $300,000 station will be about 3,600 square feet, giving police more than 2,000 more square feet space to work with and get police out of the town’s former train depot.

Included in the new station would be a multi-purpose room that could be used to house misdemeanor inmates or hold city court.

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Information from: The Daily Star, http://www.hammondstar.com

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