Monday, February 04, 2013
THE RENOVATION OF THE DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS SPRING. PARISH LIBRARY DIRECTOR SONA DOMBOURIAN SAYS THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY HAS BEEN GUTTED AND THE ASBESTOS REMOVED, AND THE NEXT STEP IS TO TAKE BIDS ON THE RENOVATION, WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO COST AROUND TEN MILLION DOLLARS. DOMBOURIAN SAYS THE LIBRARY WILL REMAIN PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ON THE OUTSIDE BUT THE INSIDE WILL BE MODERNIZED WITH A STORY ROOM AND CRAFT ROOM FOR CHILDREN AND AN AREA OF THE LIBRARY DEDICATED TO GENEOLOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY. THE RENOVATION WILL BE FUNDED BY A TWO MILL PROPERTY TAX THAT WAS APPROVED BY VOTERS IN 2002.
Louisiana State Police say westbound Interstate 10 was closed for about eight hours near the Texas state line so a pair of huge cranes could move an overturned tractor-trailer and its load. Sgt. James Anderson says 53-year-old Donald Wayne Richardville of Catoosa, Okla., suffered moderate injuries when his truck overturned Saturday, winding up at the tree-line. The cranes had to work from the roadway. Westbound lanes were closed from 7 a.m. to nearly 3 p.m. Sunday.
A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THE BRIBERY CASE AGAINST TWO ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE DESPITE THEIR ATTEMPT TO GET THE CHARGES DISMISSED. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
State and local law enforcement officials said they are increasingly turning to automatic license plate readers to find stolen vehicles and track the movements of criminal suspects. Authorities tell The Advocate that the technology, often provided by state and federal grants, has helped solve crimes and share information across agencies. The cameras photograph thousands of vehicles a day. Capt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, says they have identified vehicles police knew were involved in bank robberies, letting officers set up and make an arrest.
IT TOOK LAFAYETTE FIRE FIGHTERS LESS THAN TEN MINUTES TO GET A HOUSE FIRE UNDER CONTROL YESTERDAY MORNING. THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE ON PATTERSON STREET MANAGED TO GET OUT SAFELY AFTER HEARING A LOUD NOISE AND SEEING SMOKE. THE HOUSE WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED BY THE FIRE AND SMOKE. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVED THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A SHORT IN AN EXTENSION CORD IN THE LIVING ROOM.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says his office is reviewing the inmate work-release program. The American Press reports that the review began after a participant shot and killed a co-worker on Nov. 30 near the restaurant where they worked. The inmate, 26-year-old Dustin Belast Pleasant, hanged himself in his cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary a week after 21-year-old Brittany Grosse was killed. Mancuso says lawyers are reviewing proposed new ideas to make sure they won't violate inmates' rights.
DANIEL PRINCE, THE MAN FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF TWO BRANCH WOMEN IN JANUARY OF 2005, WILL BE OFFICIALLY SENTENCED ON FRIDAY. ITíS EXPECTED HE WILL GET LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. PRINCE WAS IN JAIL IN 2005 ON ANOTHER CHARGE WHEN HE BRAGGED TO AN INMATE ABOUT KILLING ANGELLA MATTE AND JACKIE CAMPBELL. THE MURDER TOOK PLACE IN THE TRAILER WHERE THE TWO WOMEN LIVED. PRINCE ALLEGEDLY SET IT ON FIRE IN AN EFFORT TO COVER UP THE CRIME.
LSU's hospitals chief says employees of the public hospital system are quitting in higher numbers than expected as the Jindal administration and university leaders privatize management of many LSU-run facilities. Frank Opelka, vice president for health affairs and medical education, said Friday he's concerned about the workforce drop because the not-for-profit corporations taking over operations of many of the university's hospitals need the employees to stay. He told the LSU Board of Supervisors that he and the state health department are pressing to wrap up the privatization agreements for four south Louisiana hospitals to quickly to stabilize the work force. Employees of the university-run hospitals and clinics being privatized will face layoff and then have to reapply for their jobs with the private hospitals if they want to keep their positions.