Tuesday, April 23, 2013
JURY SELECTION BEGINS TODAY IN THE TRIAL OF DANIEL HARMON OF LAFAYETTE, WHO IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AND MURDERING 19-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINE MARIE WOOD ON JULY 25TH, 1989. HARMON WAS ARRESTED IN 2006 BECAUSE OF D-N-A EVIDENCE THAT LINKED HIM TO THE CRIME. HARMON WAS SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL TWO YEARS AGO, BUT A JUDGE DECLARED A MISTRIAL BECAUSE HARMON FAILED TO MAKE AN ON-THE-RECORD WAIVER OF HIS RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL. ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROGER HAMILTON SAYS HE EXPECTS THE TRIAL TO LAST UNTIL NEXT WEEK.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE CHIEF DON DIXON SAYS A TWO DECADE OLD RAPE CASE HAS BEEN SOLVED. HE SAYS THE 1992 CASE WAS REOPENED WHEN THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS CALLED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 2011 TO SEE IF PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE. DIXON SAYS SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS FROM THE TWO VICTIMS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA CRIME LAB WHICH FOUND A D-N-A MATCH WITH 45-YEAR-OLD DARWIN HUTCHINSON, WHO IS CURRENTLY AT THE ANGOLA STATE PENITENTIARY SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR A 1999 RAPE. HUTCHINSON PLED NOT GUILTY MONDAY TO THE NEW CHARGES AND WILL GO TO TRIAL ON OCTOBER 15TH.
CHITIMACHA TRIBAL POLICE OFFICER SERGEANT RICK RIGGENBACH WAS HONORED AT A VICTIM’S RALLY HELD IN FRONT OF NEW IBERIA CITY HALL LAST NIGHT. THE GROUP VOICES OF INNOCENT CITIZEN’S EMPOWERED PUTS ON THE ANNUAL RALLY AND CATALENE THERIOT SAYS THEY DECIDED TO HONOR RIGGENBACH THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF HIS BRAVERY. 48-YEAR-OLD WILBERT THIBODEAUX OF CHARENTON IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING RIGGENBACH AND WOUNDING TWO ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES IN JANUARY. THIBODEAUX PLED NOT GUILTY LAST FRIDAY TO SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND HE AWAITS A SANITY HEARING TO DETERMINE HIS MENTAL COMPETENCE TO STAND TRIAL.
The Louisiana Senate has overwhelmingly agreed to a new abortion restriction that would require doctors to be present when the abortion pill is administered.
Senators voted 32-2 Monday for a bill that would prohibit doctors from remotely administering the pill via video hookup, a process criticized as "telemedicine abortion." Breaux Bridge Sen. Fred Mills, sponsor of the bill, says it will protect women's health. No one spoke against the proposal in the Senate. It heads next to the House.
A CRASH IN BROUSSARD LEFT ONE PERSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
PORT OF LAKE CHARLES OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT A NEW INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEE HOUSING FACILITY WILL BE BUILT ON PROPERTY THEY OWN OFF OF L-A 397, A MILE SOUTH OF I-TEN. SEVERAL NEW PROJECTS ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN AN ECONOMIC BOOM FOR LAKE CHARLES INCLUDING AN INFLUX OF UP TO 15 THOUSAND TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN A THREE TO FIVE YEAR PERIOD. PORT OF LAKE CHARLES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BILL RASE SAYS THE 70 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY WILL HOUSE UP TO FOUR THOUSAND WORKERS AND WILL HAVE SEVERAL DINING OPTIONS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMPLEX IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN 400 JOBS.
AN ESTHERWOOD MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL FOR ALLEGEDLY MAKING A BOMB THREAT AT THE CROWLEY WALGREEN’S STORE. A MANAGER AT WALGREEN’S CALLED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYING A CUSTOMER TOLD THEM THAT THEY BETTER FIND A BOMB BEFORE IT DETONATED, BUT HE LEFT BEFORE OFFICERS ARRIVED. THERE WAS NO BOMB, BUT CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS THEY TAKE BOMB THREATS SERIOUSLY EVEN THOUGH THE MAJORITY ARE FALSE. 32-YEAR-OLD SY SUIRE WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF TERRORIZING.
A court-appointed claims administrator can continue making payments to businesses affected by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico while BP appeals a judge's decision in a dispute over the payouts. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected BP's request for a stay of an April 5 order by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. Barbier refused to block what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses that claim the spill cost them money. The 5th Circuit agreed Monday to expedite BP's appeal of Barbier's ruling.