Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A Lafayette police officer who shot an armed man in the front yard of a home has been placed on paid administrative leave. The officer, whose name has not been released, is believed to have shot 34-year-old Harold J. Bastin outside of a residence on Sunday. Louisiana State Police is investigating the shooting. Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons, a spokesman for Troop I, said detectives on Monday were still working to piece together the events that led to the shooting.
A 22-YEAR-OLD LAKE CHARLES WOMAN FACES SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER SHE TRIED TO ESCAPE FROM AUTHORITIES. ASHONTELLE RENEE SAM WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE 800 BLOCK OF BILBO STREET. SAM HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, SIX COUNTS OF DIRECT CONTEMPT OF COURT AND TWO COUNTS OF SIMPLE ESCAPE. HER BOND HAS BEEN SET AT 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
A MAN FROM TEXAS WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN ST. LANDRY PARISH YESTERDAY. STATE POLICE SAY HE WAS TRAVELING IN AN ISUZU PICKUP SOUTH ON L-A 357 WHEN HE WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD INTO A DITCH AND FLIPPED THE TRUCK SEVERAL TIMES. THE MAN WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND WAS EJECTED. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. STATE POLICE ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE WHY HE WENT OFF THE ROAD.
BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Monday's launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims. Earlier this month, a judge appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses. BP said calls to the hotline can be anonymous and could entitle a caller to a reward if a tip leads to an indictment, recovery of money or denial of a claim.
THE NUMBER OF WEST NILE CASES CONTINUES TO RISE IN LOUISIANA AND IN PARTICULAR IN ACADIANA. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
THE AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A VERNON PARISH INMATE WHO ESCAPED FROM A JOB SITE YESTERDAY MORNING. THE INMATE, TOBIAS WILLIAMS, IS A BLACK MALE, FIVE FEET NINE INCHES TALL AND WEIGHING 165 POUNDS. WILLIAMS WAS A WORK RELEASE INMATE. ANYONE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF WILLIAM’S WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CALL THE VERNON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
CROWLEY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A RAYNE MAN AFTER THEY FOUND 80 PACKS OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND ONE GRAM OF COCAINE IN HIS VEHICLE. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS 19-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW ADAMS GAVE POLICE PERMISSION TO SEARCH HIS VEHICLE AFTER HE WAS STOPPED ON EAST ELM STREET LAST WEEK. ADAMS WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF COCAINE AND MONIES DERIVED FROM DRUG PROCEEDS. CHARGES ARE PENDING ON THE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA POSSESSION AS THEY ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE PACKETS TO CHEMICAL TESTING TO CONFIRM IT IS A BANNED SUBSTANCE.
About 2,000 students are signed up for a $2 million pilot program to expand online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. The Department of Education announced registration figures Monday for the "Course Choice" program that begins next month. Students can enroll in the courses with the state paying the costs if they attend a school graded with a C, D or F — or if they attend a school that doesn't offer the class they want to take.