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Judge adds teeth to Lighthouse cleanup demands

Two recent hearings in Lamar magistrate court have resulted in a ruling from Judge William Thomas that gives Stephen Brehaut until Aug. 1 to clean up the remains of the Lighthouse Restaurant. Brehaut was convicted last year of torching the business, of which he is an owner with his aunt and sister, in mid-2012. The first hearing was initiated by Lamar code enforcement officer Wimpy Vaughan, who said Thomas gave Brehaut a week to come up with a workable plan to clear the nuisance site. On Friday, Thomas accepted Brehaut’s plan with weekly milestones to be checked by Vaughn. The plan starts immediately with getting a bulldozer and knocking down the outer walls and ends just after week 16 with putting down grass seed and pine straw. Clearing the site is one condition of Brehaut’s 20-year probation. Vaughn says, “If he doesn’t keep up, meeting the milestones, and the work stops again, we’ll be back before the judge.” Thomas potentially could order jail time for Brehaut for violating conditions of probation.

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