Monday, June 24, 2013
A case before the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals could cost St. Landry Parish about $500,000 a year in tax revenue. Parish Assessor Rhyn Duplechain and Spectra Energy, which owns natural gas storage containers drilled into a salt dome near Port Barre, agree the containers are worth $119.6 million. Duplechain ruled they are improvements, taxed at 15 percent of assessed value. Spectra argues, and the Louisiana Tax Commission has agreed, they are merely land features such as ponds and should be taxed at a 10 percent rate.
A STANDOFF WITH WELSH POLICE LASTED MORE THAN THREE HOURS SATURDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE ENDING PEACEFULLY. POLICE CHIEF MARCUS CROCHET SAYS POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF SHOTS BEING FIRED ON NORTH ADAMS STREET. CROCHET SAYS WHEN THE OFFICERS ARRIVED, THE SUBJECT FIRED SEVERAL ROUNDS BEFORE GOING INSIDE HIS HOME, WHICH LED THE OFFICERS AND JEFF DAVIS SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO SHUT DOWN A MAJOR SECTION OF NORTH ADAMS STREET. CROCHET SAYS A NEGOTIATOR MANAGED TO CONTACT THE MAN VIA CELLPHONE AND TALKED HIM INTO SURRENDERING WITHOUT INCIDENT.
THE CITY OF SCOTT IS PURCHASING LAND IN PREPARATION FOR THE EXTENSION OF APOLLO ROAD. CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW TWO MILE FOUR LANE ROAD IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR. THE ROAD, WHICH WILL EXTEND FROM CAMERON STREET TO THE INTERSECTION OF DULLES AND RUE DEBELIER, WILL PROVIDE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE FROM I-TEN INTO LAFAYETTE. MAYOR PURVIS MORRISON TELLS THE ADVOCATED THAT TRAFFIC CONSULTANTS PREDICT 15 TO TWENTY THOUSAND MOTORISTS A DAY WILL USE THE NEW ROADWAY.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has removed $4 million, slated to expand a program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled, from next year's $25 billion budget. Jindal stripped that funding with his line-item veto power, along with other money set aside for disabled services, including for a family support program, assistive technology services and regional resource centers. The governor released the list of his budget vetoes Friday and signed off on the remaining spending plans for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Also cut from the budget was money for arts grants, a requirement that local emergency preparedness offices get a share of a federal emergency management grant, and funding for continued operations of certain children's health clinics.
IT WAS A VIOLENT CLOSE TO THE WEEKEND IN CROWLEY AS TWO PEOPLE WERE MURDERED WITHIN HOURS OF EACH OTHER. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STABBING HIS ROOMATE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. 54-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL BROWN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND HIS BOND SET AT ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. BROWN’S ROOMATE, 42-YEAR-OLD GREGORY BRYANT, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE FROM A STAB WOUND TO THE CHEST. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN KIM MYERS SAYS BROWN HAS CONFIRMED THAT HE STABBED BROWN AFTER AN ARGUMENT.
A NEW VIDEO SYSTEM ALLOWS THE FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF INMATES IN THE LAFAYETTE PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER TO VISIT THEM VIA INTERNET. JULIO NAUDIN, THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SAYS THE NEW SYSTEM IS NOW UP AND USERS ARE OFFERED A TWO WEEK TRIAL. AFTER THAT THE COMPANY THAT OFFERS THE VISITS, TELMATE INMATE SOLUTIONS, WILL CHARGE FIFTY CENTS PER MINUTE. NAUDIN SAYS ONLINE VISITATION CAN BE DONE FROM ANYWHERE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK UNTIL TEN P-M.
The city of Westlake will keep its millage rates the same for 2013, but it is expected to generate an extra $3,661 this year. The American Press reports city officials voted to raise the millage rate from 6.4 to 6.6 in 2011 and then rolled it back down to 6.4 in 2012 where council members unanimously voted to keep it again for the current year. Westlake's taxable property was assessed at $25,322,400, a $572,060 increase from 2011’s assessed value of $24,750,340. The Police Department will receive 87 percent of the revenue generated from the tax, or $140,995.