Monday, May 27, 2013
A master's degree in criminal justice offered by McNeese State University will be delivered completely online beginning in August. Dustin Hebert, executive director of the university's Dore School of Graduate Studies and the School of Extended Education, says the program is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals. The degree will focus on police, court and correctional administration, he says. Applications are being accepted now and classes will begin in August.
A 13-YEAR-OLD STUDENT FROM SCOTT IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D-C TO TAKE PART IN THE SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE. IN MARCH, DAMIEN HANDY WON THE REGIONAL SPELLING BEE SPONSORED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB OF LAFAYETTE FOUNDATION AND THE KIWANIS CLUB OF ACADIANA. THE TWO CLUBS WILL COVER ALL THE EXPENSES FOR HANDY AND HIS MOTHER. HANDY FINISHED THIRD LAST YEAR IN THE REGIONAL AND HE SAYS HE WAS DETERMINED TO WIN THIS YEAR.
A CATAHOULA MAN IS DEAD AFTER HE CRASHED HIS CAR INTO A TREE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget. For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be continued and for spending to increase on services with long waiting lists. It was the day for public testimony, as senators decide what changes they want to make to the 2013-14 budget proposal forwarded by the House. The Finance Committee will craft its version of the budget next week.
GRADUATION CEREMONIES WERE HELD AT THE CAJUNDOME SATURDAY FOR THE SENIOR CLASSES AT ALL FIVE LAFAYETTE PARISH PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED SENIORS RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAID HE AND OTHER DISTRICT OFFICIALS WERE HONORED TO BE PART OF THE GRADUATION. HE SAYS IT WAS THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS THAT DID THE HARD WORK.
AN EIGHT-UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX ON FREDRICK STREET IN SULPHUR CAUGHT FIRE YESTERDAY. THE FIRE BEGAN AT AROUND FOUR YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND IT WAS EXTINGUISHED WITHIN AN HOUR. THREE PEOPLE, INCLUDING AN INFANT, WERE TREATED FOR INJURIES AT A HOSPITAL AND RELEASED LAST NIGHT. NEIGHBORS TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS TWO PETS WERE KILLED.
A NEW IBERIA MAN IS ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT SUICIDE BY DRIVING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC FRIDAY MORNING. 48-YEAR-OLD DWAYNE P. SHAW STRUCK A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY A 37-YEAR-OLD AND WHO HAD A SIX-MONTH-OLD PASSENGER. THE MAN AND INFANT WERE TREATED FOR INJURIES AND RELEASED FROM A HOSPITAL FRIDAY AFTERNOON. SHAW ALSO SUFFERED INJURIES. HE FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING AGGRAVATED BATTERY AND AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
The Opelousas City Marshal's Office has a new weapon in its arsenal: pepper spray guns. Marshal Paul Mouton tells The Daily World that donations from local businesses have helped fund the purchase of four JPX Jet Protector pepper guns.
Mouton says he chose the weapons over stun guns — which are used by many law enforcement agencies — because of safety concerns. Stun guns typically fire wires that allow an officer to shock a subject into submission.