Wednesday, February 27, 2013
AT LAST NIGHT’S LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING, SEVERAL RESIDENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST A PLANNED PARK BY THE MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER OF ACADIANA. THE ENGINEER ON THE PROJECT REQUESTED THAT THEY BE ALLOWED TO BUILD A CHAIN LINK FENCE AROUND THE FACILITY RATHER THAN A SIX FOOT TALL SIGHT PROOF AS REQUIRED BY PARISH REGULATIONS. THAT WAS WHEN SOME RESIDENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE PARK OVER FEARS OF WHOM THE FACILITY MAY ATTRACT AND WITH QUESTIONS OF WHY THEY WEREN’T NOTIFIED ABOUT THE PARK BEFORE IT WAS APPROVED. THE PARK WILL BE GOING UP ON TELJEAN ROAD, OFF OF JOHNSTON STREET, SOUTH OF LAFAYETTE.
TWO JENNINGS MEN WERE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY THROWING A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL AT A HOME ON ROBERTA AVENUE. THE TWO, 18-YEAR-OLD KRISTOPHER WATKINS AND 17-YEAR-OLD LESLIE I. BAKER JUNIOR, HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ARSON, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SIMPLE ARSON AND MANUFACTURING OF A DELAYED INCENDIARY DEVICE. POLICE CHIEF TODD D’ALBOR SAYS TWO PEOPLE WERE IN THE HOUSE AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. HE SAYS BRICKS HAVE BEEN THROWN THROUGH WINDOWS AT THAT HOUSE ON TWO OTHER OCCASIONS AND WATKINS AND BAKER WILL FACE CHARGES IN THOSE INCIDENTS.
A PORT BARRE MAN, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN A FATAL ACCIDENT IN METARIE LAST SUMMER, IS BEING CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE. 49-YEAR-OLD ROBERT SOILEAU, WHO WAS LIVING IN METARIE AT THE TIME, WAS ALLEGEDLY INTOXICATED WHEN HIS CAR CRASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE ON MEMORIAL BOULEVARD, AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CLEARVIEW MALL. 69-YEAR-OLD JACK E. NICHOLS OF KENNER, WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN THE OTHER VEHICLE, DIED FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN THE CRASH. SOILEAUX WAS BOOKED INTO THE JEFFERSON PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN GRETNA AND HIS BOND IS SET AT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is tied to his presidential ambitions at the expense of benefits for his home state. The Democratic senator Tuesday accused the Republican governor of obstructionism. Jindal says he disagrees with the growth of the federal government health care program. He says insurance is better handled by private companies and states should be free to design health programs that suit their individual needs.
DURING SUNDAY’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY PARADE IN LAFAYETTE, A GROUP MARCHED WITH A BANNER REMINDING ATTENDEES ABOUT KEOISHA FELIX OF DUSON, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE APRIL 30TH OF LAST YEAR. VOLUNTEER ORGANIZER TAMMY CHARLES TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT SHE IS LOOKING FOR ANY OPPORTUNITY TO GET HER STORY OUT TO THE PUBLIC. SHE’S HOPING THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WILL COME FORWARD AND SHE BELIEVES SOMEBODY KNOWS SOMETHING. KIP JUDICE OF THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THAT FINDING KEOISHA IS STILL A PRIORITY BUT THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED MANY TIPS. A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD IS BEING OFFERED BY THE F-B-I IN THE CASE.
THE LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS HELD A PUBLIC FORUM IN LAKE CHARLES LAST NIGHT ON HOW CHANGES IMPLEMENTED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR ARE AFFECTING PUBLIC EDUCATION. ONE TEACHER, LIZ MILLER OF PRIEN LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SAID THE CHANGES ARE MOVING TO FAST. SHE ASKED HOW CAN THE STATE EXPECT TEACHERS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND NOT GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES TO HELP THEM DO THAT. S.J. WELCH MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KEITH LEGER SAYS HE HOPES THAT, IN THE END, IT WILL HELP TEACHERS BECOME BETTER EDUCATORS.
ACADIA PARISH CRIME STOPPERS IS ASKING FOR HELP FINDING TWO MEN WANTED FOR BURGLARY.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget relies on selling six tracts of state property around south Louisiana to remain in balance. None of the land sales are done deals.
Jindal's budget for next year assumes the state will receive $47 million from the property sales, money that the governor's using to help pay for public colleges.
Lawmakers question whether the deals will be done in time and if it's appropriate to budget dollars that aren't yet in hand.