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Leslie Turk

Leslie Turk

A founding editor of both The Independent and ABiz and senior editor at The Times of Acadiana in the 1990s, Leslie has worked in the newspaper business in Lafayette for almost three decades, earning state and national honors for her investigative reporting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Acadiana Advocate, Baton Rouge Business Report and Gambit.

Aggressive policing has Lafayette panhandlers caught in a cycle of jail and homelessness

By: and - August 4, 2021

Anthony Wayne Willis sat in a cell at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for 48 days, leaving July 12 and returning to the street. His last known address was the shuttered Salvation Army shelter. And before that, the Desiard Street Shelter in Monroe. Willis is well-known to Lafayette Police. Over a period of seven months, […]