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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013





THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BECOME ONE OF SIX AGENCIES IN THE STATE TO EARN NATIONAL ACCREDITATION. POLICE CHIEF JIM CRAFT SAYS THE DEPARTMENT HAD TO BRING THEIR POLICIES IN LINE WITH 450 STANDARDS SET BY THE COMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCMENT AGENCIES. CRAFT BELIEVES THAT AS THE DEPARTMENT ADHERES TO THESE STANDARDS, IT WILL RESULT IN BETTER WORK BY POLICE OFFICERS AND HELP THE DEPARTMENT AVOID LAWSUITS. THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE TO BE REACCREDITED EVERY THREE YEARS.





A THIRD GRADE CLASS AT FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAKE CHARLES HAVE BEEN SACRIFICING RECESS TIME TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP BRING AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER. TEACHER AMY ANDREWS FOUND OUT ABOUT A NATIONAL COMPETITION STARTED BY THE AMY’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION AND, WITH HER FATHER-IN-LAW, BUILT A LEMONADE STAND FOR HER CLASS. SHE TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT STUDENTS VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP RECESS TIME TO SELL LEMONADE AS WELL AS COOKIES AND CANDY. SO FAR, THE CLASS HAS RAISED 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS. THEY WILL CONTINUE OPERATING THE STAND UNTIL APRIL 26TH.





NARCOTICS AGENTS WITH THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ON MONDAY ARRESTED AN ALLEGED DRUG DEALER. THE AGENTS CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION IN THE ONE THOUSAND BLOCK OF SHELTON AVENUE IN NEW IBERIA. THEY FOUND TEN GRAMS OF POWDER COCAINE, 289 XANAX PILLS AND MONEY THAT ALLEGEDLY WAS COLLECTED FROM DRUG TRANSACTIONS. 42-YEAR-OLD MARK COLBERT WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED IN THE IBERIA PARISH JAIL ON NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES.





STATE LAWMAKERS ARE CONTINUING TO REVIEW THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID IN LOUISIANA.





THE PARENT OF A CARENCRO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS IN THE SCHOOLS AND SHE’S HOPING OTHER PARENTS WILL JOIN HER CRUSADE. DEBBIE DUGAS SAYS A LACK OF DISCIPLINE IN THE CLASSROOMS IS PREVENTING HER DAUGHTER FROM LEARNING. THOUGH SHE SAYS HER DAUGHTER HAS NOT BEEN PERSONALLY BULLIED, SHE TELLS THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT HER DAUGHTER EXPERIENCES “HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, GRAPHIC, SEXUAL STATEMENTS”. SHE SAYS SHE PLANS ON ATTENDING THE NEXT LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND WILL HOST A PARENTS MEETING ON APRIL THE ELEVENTH IN CARENCRO.





SENATOR DAVID VITTER IS HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE THIS MORNING IN LAKE CHARLES. THE OPEN HOUSE WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 8:45 TO 9:45 AT HIS OFFICE, LOCATED AT 949 RYAN STREET, SUITE E. IN A NEWS RELEASE, VITTER SAYS HE CONSIDERS MEETING WITH LOUISIANANS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF HIS JOB. HE SAYS OPEN HOUSES ALLOWS HIM TO FIND OUT WHAT ISSUES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO HIS CONSTITUENTS.





A NEW SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM KNOWN AS POLICE WATCH HELPED STOP A BURGLARY AT A BUSINESS IN OPELOUSAS. TWO MEN BROKE INTO THE PROGRESSIVE TRACTOR COMPANY AND TRIED TO STEAL A 16 THOUSAND DOLLAR A-T-V. A SILENT ALARM WAS TRIPPED WHICH PRODUCED A LIVE VIDEO FEED TO THE OPELOUSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND POLICE OFFICERS CAUGHT THE MEN WHILE THE BURGLARY WAS IN PROGRESS. PROGRESSIVE TRACTOR IS ONE OF SIX OPELOUSAS BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SIGNED UP FOR POLICE WATCH, WHICH COSTS AT LEAST 69 DOLLARS A MONTH.





Gov. Bobby Jindal's leader on his tax rewrite says the plan would shift $500 million in tax costs from individuals to businesses. Tim Barfield, executive counsel for the Department of Revenue, says companies will benefit from the simplicity and stability of the rewritten tax laws. Lawmakers questioned Tuesday whether the increased tax costs would get passed on to those companies' customers. Barfield acknowledged that could happen.



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