Lockport Police chief resigns after indictment – News – Houma Today – Louisiana News

Lockport Police chief resigns after indictment – News – Houma Today – Louisiana News

Lockport’s police chief resigned Tuesday after his indictment two weeks ago on eight felony charges.

Mayor Ed Reinhardt announced on the town’s Facebook page that Warren Vedros Sr. had given up the role as of noon that day.

A special meeting will be held tonight for the Town Council to appoint an interim chief, the mayor said. Assistant Police Chief Ricky Breaux will assume Vedros’ responsibilities until then.

Also at the meeting, the council will call for a special election to replace Vedros. Today is the last day to get an item on the ballot for the Oct. 14 election.

A grand jury on May 31 indicted Vedros on charges of theft, forgery, three counts of malfeasance in office and three counts of filing false public records. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish jail June 1 and released that day after posting an $80,000 bond.

The same grand jury indicted Robert Barker Jr., of Lockport, on charges of filing false public records and two counts of forgery. He was booked into the parish jail June 1 and released after posting a $30,000 bond.

According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, an audit in December uncovered a potential issue with the Police Department’s October 2015 purchase of an SUV. Vedros provided the auditor with council meeting minutes he’d allegedly altered, as well as documents Barker had allegedly forged.

The Sheriff’s Office said Vedros also reported several hundred dollars less than he received from a vendor for the Krewe of Apollo parade. In addition, he could not account for several thousand dollars missing from Lafourche Recreation District…

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