Monday, July 15, 2013
AT LEAST THREE MEMBERS OF THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL SAY THEY WILL NOT SUPPORT A BAN ON FLYING NON-GOVERNMENT FLAGS ON GOVERNMENT FLAG POLES. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
LEAVING A PET IN A CAR ON A HOT SUMMER DAY FOR THIRTY MINUTES OR MORE CAN BE DEADLY. SULPHUR ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR HARRY CARRUTH SAYS THEY SEE AN INCREASE IN PHONE CALLS DURING THE SUMMER FROM PEOPLE REPORTING ANIMALS LEFT IN VEHICLES. HE SAYS WHEN THEY GET A CALL, THEY TRY TO FIND THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE AND TRY TO EDUCATE THEM ON WHY THEY SHOULDN’T DO THAT. THE A-S-P-C-A SAYS THE TEMPERATURE IN A VEHICLE CAN REACH 120 DEGREES WITHIN 30 MINUTES ON AN 85 DEGREE DAY, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS CRACKED.
AN IOTA MAN WAS KILLED SATURDAY MORNING WHEN THE WELDING TRUCK HE WAS WORKING UNDER FELL ON HIM. THE ACADIA PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE PRONOUNCED STEVE POUSSON DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE TRUCK SLIPPED OFF A JACK THAT WAS ELEVATING IT. THE ACCIDENT, WHICH HAPPENED ON TULIP ROAD, WAS REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER NINE A-M SATURDAY.
Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development plans to add nearly 350 miles of cable median barriers along interstates across the state. Secretary Sherri Lebas tells The Advocate that will cover virtually every area needing the protection. The barriers are designed to keep vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic. New cable barriers are planned on interstate 10. Highway safety administrator Dan Magri says interstate 49 also will be checked.
The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has chosen its new leader from the top ranks of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The chamber of commerce announced Friday that Jason El Koubi, assistant secretary at the state economic development agency, was unanimously chosen as its new president and CEO. El Koubi will begin his new job in September. He will take over from Rob Guidry, who is retiring after 25 years as chamber president.
THE JENNINGS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT IS COMING UP IN TWO WEEKENDS. IT BEGAN IN 1994 WITH 40 TEAMS AND TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE, BUT THE NUMBERS HAVE GONE DOWN SOME WITH TWENTY TEAMS PARTICIPATING LAST YEAR AND ATTENDANCE IN THE HUNDREDS. SINCE THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN, MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL’S ATLETIC DEPARTMENT. ORGANIZER JIMMY SEGURA TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE AS MUCH FUN VISITING WITH PEOPLE AS PLAYING THE GAMES.
Registration for the United Way of Acadiana's Early Head Start-Early Learning Centers in Vermilion and Lafayette parishes begins Monday and runs through July 29. Space is limited at both sites, which provide free early childhood education programs for infants and toddlers up to age 3. Services also are available to pregnant women and families, The Advocate reports. More information on qualifications and enrollment are available by calling 534-0683.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft has requested state police detectives investigate a fatal shooting involving a Lafayette police officer. Trooper Stephen Hammons says the shooting happened Sunday around 5:40 p.m. Hammons says Lafayette officers responded to an attempted suicide complaint when they encountered 34-year-old Harold J. Bastin (BAST ihn), who was armed with a handgun.
He says an officer fired his weapon at Bastin, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner.