- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - The Beauregard Parish Police Jury will decide next week on whether to accept a bid for the work on the historic jail that would allow the building to open for tours.

During the building committee meeting Tuesday, the American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) police jurors discussed the bids received for the work, but remained undecided on whether to move forward.

The Police Jury had anticipated spending about $150,000 on the work and, if approved, will accept a bid from Carlton Construction for just under $163,000.

The panel will make an official decision at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The Gothic-style jail, built in 1913-1914, earned the nickname “the Hanging Jail” in 1928, when Joe Genna of DeRidder and Molton Brasseaux of Sulphur were hanged for the murder of a DeRidder taxi driver.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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