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Council to vote on fire chief June 25

Hammond City Council's confirmation vote on the mayor's appointee for the fire chief position is scheduled for June 25, said city spokeswoman Lisa Lambert. Mayor Pete Panepinto nominated Daniel T. Folks on June 5.

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FATAL WRECK -- An Amite man cycling through Livingston Parish died after being struck by a vehicle early Friday.

Ronald Ridgedell, 47, was hit by Charles Barns Jr., 64, of Greensburg, who was driving a Mack truck while traveling through LA Hwy. 16 north of LA Hwy. 63. The initial investigation by Louisiana State Police revealed Ridgedell, for unknown reasons, had placed his bicycle on the north shoulder and walked into the northbound lane of LA 16. The Livingston Parish Coroner's Office pronounced him dead at the scene, authorities said. Impairment is unknown at this time on the part of Ridgedell, but an autopsy and toxicology report will be conducted by the coroner's office. Barns was properly restrained and was uninjured. He was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment, police said.

Ridgedell was wearing dark colored clothing, and there were no street lights in the area. This crash remains under investigation, troopers said.

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ROADWORK -- DOTD announced intermittent temporary flagging operations on the Randall Road Bridge and the Vitrano Road Bridge will begin Wednesday and continue through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for indicator pile oeprations. Trafic will be maintained through the work zone.

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ROAD RAGE -- Saaqid Ellis, 22, of Denham Springs, was arrested Wednesday for a road rage incident in Livingston Parish, according to information from Louisiana State Police.

The suspect is accused of driving recklessly and pointing a gun at a motorist who pulled alongside him on Interstate 12. The motorist contacted state police for help. Troopers were able to stop Ellis on I-10 eastbound at Williams Boulevard in Kenner, where Ellis was taken into custody.

Further investigation determined that Ellis, a convicted felon, was in possession of two firearms, including the one he pointed at the motorist. He was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, reckless operation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and driving with a suspended driver's license.