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Thursday, April 17, 2014

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, at approximately 1:00am Wednesday Sheriff's deputies responded to a vehicle fire on Claude Road just south of Maurice. Sheriff Couvillon says that once the fire was put out by Maurice Fire Department it was discovered that two bodies were inside the vehicle. The cause of death has not yet been determined and the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Couvillon says that the Sheriff's office is working closely with the Acadiana Crime Lab, State Fire Marshal's Office, and State Police in the processing of the scene, and efforts are being coordinated with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Intelligence unit. At this time the deaths are considered suspicious.

(AP) St. Martin Parish sheriff's detectives have arrested a Breaux Bridge man in the death of an Iberville Parish man. The Advocate reports 44-year-old Mark A. Roy was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home. Sheriff's Maj. Ginny Higgins says Roy was arrested in the death of 42-year-old Avery Hastings, an employee of an environmental company that was doing work at a Plaquemine chemical plant in January. Iberville authorities were investigating the theft of an excavator at the plant in Plaquemine. During the investigation they discovered Avery's body in a sugar cane field in Rosedale, a few miles north of Plaquemine. Roy was booked on one count of second-degree murder and principal to felony theft. It was unclear whether Roy has an attorney.

(AP) State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division arrested Jason P. Mire, of Crowley, on Tuesday. The department says it received complaints from crawfish farmers in the Mowatta area about people stealing crawfish from traps in their ponds. At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Justin Sonnier was on surveillance and saw Mire allegedly taking crawfish from traps in a pond that did not belong to him. Sonnier caught Mire with 31 pounds of live crawfish, valued at about $62. The crawfish were returned to the victim's pond and Mire was booked with theft of crawfish and criminal trespassing. Bond was set at $1,000. It was not immediately known if Mire has an attorney.


(AP) The Louisiana House agreed Wednesday to ban organizations that perform abortions from distributing any information on family planning or human sexuality at public schools. Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, said his bill (House Bill 305) was in line with "Louisiana's long-standing policy of respecting the dignity of human persons, including unborn babies." "This bill assures that children in state-funded schools are not targeted by abortion providers to subtly sell abortion," he said. Planned Parenthood opposes the measure, describing it as an effort to keep comprehensive sex education out of Louisiana schools and to deny students important information to help them make responsible decisions. The House approved Hoffmann's proposal in a 91-6 vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

(AP) Teche Holding Co. shareholders will decide whether to approve IberiaBank Corp.'s acquisition of the smaller company during a special shareholders meeting on May 28 in New Iberia. Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank, of Lafayette, for each share of Teche stock. Teche shareholders would receive about $161 million worth of IberiaBank stock, based on IberiaBank's closing price Jan. 10, the last trading day before the deal was announced. The Advocate reports Teche board members already have unanimously approved the deal and recommended shareholders approve it. IberiaBank officials have said they expect the merger to close during the second quarter.

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