St. Helena Parish, Louisiana

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St. Helena Parish (French: Paroisse de Sainte-Hélène) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its seat is Greensburg. As of 2000, its population was 10,525.

St. Helena Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

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History

For the past decade, St. Helena Parish has suffered from a string of scandals involving its sheriffs. In 1997, Sheriff Eugene Holland was found guilty of misuse of government funds and property and using prison inmates for personal labor. His replacement, Chaney Phillips, served for only a year before he was convicted for fraud and money laundering that he committed while Parish Assessor. Ronald "Gun" Ficklin took over the Sheriff's office in 1998, but on 5 February 2007, Ficklin himself plead guilty on multiple counts involving his role in operating "chop shops" — reselling stolen automobiles and parts — using state prisoners to staff these activities and as a pit crew for his race car.[1][2]

Geography

The parish has a total area of 409 square miles (1,060 km²). 408 square miles (1,058 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.27% water.

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