Wednesday, July 10, 2013
On Monday night at 11:36 p.m. St. Mary Parish Sheriff's detectives arrested 22-year-old Torrell Wayne Tillman and charged him with armed robbery. According to authorities, on Saturday at approximately 8:40 a.m. Tillman entered Teche Federal Bank on Southeast Blvd. in Bayou Vista. He claimed he was carrying an explosive device. He then proceeded to demand money from the teller and left the bank with approximately $2,400 in cash. Following an investigation, detectives developed Tillman as the suspect in the bank robbery. A warrant for his arrest was secured Monday. Detectives located Tillman at his residence in Bayou Vista. Tillman was transported to the parish jail. No bond has yet been set. The investigation is ongoing.
A NEW IBERIA MAN SHOT SUNDAY MORNING IN THE BACK IS IN STABLE CONDITIION, JULIE DARCY HAS THE STORY
(TV-10) Lafayette police are investigating a vehicle crash that left one person in critical condition. Police say it happened Monday at the 500 block of Acadian Hills Lane. A 1993 red Pontiac Sunbird was traveling south on Acadian Hills Lane when the vehicle struck a 22-year-old female pedestrian walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
THE COVE LANE ROADWAY IN LAKE CHARLES IS ONE OF THE FASTEST ROAD PROJECTS CITY OFFICIALS HAVE SEEN GO THROUGH. STREET LIGHTS ON THE SCALE OF INTERSTATE LIGHTING IS BEING ADDED TO THE PROJECT AND IT WILL ONLY COST THE CITY ABOUT $40,000 WHICH IS ABOUT 10% OF THE TOTAL COST. THE STATE WILL PAY THE REST.
(TV-10) Statewide businesses offering English and French speaking employees is hard to find, especially if you don't know where to look, but one group is looking to change that. The state-run program The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana or CODOFIL, an organization that strives to preserve Louisiana's rich, French culture, is making it a little easier for consumers to locate French friendly establishments with labels. According to Erin Stickney with CODOFIL, any business organization that promotes French in Louisiana that makes a solid effort to offer services in French will get the Franco Responsible logo. It's a logo that would be put in their window or door designating them French responsible so everyone knows that it's ok to speak French in that business. For more information on what establishments are labeled French friendly, you can go to CODOFIL's website at www.codofil.org
Assistance with school uniforms, basic supplies and shoes for low income Sulphur residents in need will be available this summer at Care Help of Sulphur. Applications are available at Care Help's Wise Penny Thrift Store, located at 200 N. Huntington St. in Sulphur. Applications will be accepted July 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and August 1 from 9 a.m to 4 a.m. at the Sulphur First Baptist Church gym, at 517 S. Huntington St.
(AP) — The manager of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge says a grass fire burned about 295 acres but was essentially out yesterday. Refuge Manager Terry Delaine (duh-LAYN') says it started Monday and was down to a few smoldering embers yesterday. He says Monday's weather was good, so it probably was started by a person — perhaps by a driver flipping a cigarette out of the window on Louisiana Highway 27. The American Press reports the fire was so smoky Monday night that fire trucks escorted drivers through the smoke. The wildlife refuge covers about 124,500 acres of marsh along the highway south of Hackberry. It was established in 1937 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds. More than 280,000 people visit it each year.
(AP) — A soybean and rice field day will be held at the Charlie Fontenot farm in St. Landry Parish on July 25. The session will begin at 8 a.m. LSU county agent Vince Deshotel said activities will include a visit to a soybean core block study consisting of 40 varieties, a soybean fungicide trial, discussion of rice variety studies and work being conducted by the Rice Research Station. The field day also will focus on methods of controlling weeds, insects and diseases in soybean and rice crops. The farm is at 2359 Louisiana Highway 360 in Palmetto.