Friday, August 02, 2013
State police say they seized near 50 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in St. Martin Parish. Trooper Jared L. Sandifer says officers searched a car around 2:45 a.m. Thursday and found the marijuana in a duffel bag in the car's trunk. Sandifer says a drug dog was brought in to find the marijuana after the driver refused to let officers search the vehicle. He says 35-year-old Myvar Abdullah of Manvel, Texas, was booked into the St. Martin Parish jail for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
A GRAND JURY IS CHARGING A LAKE CHARLES MAN WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER FOR A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED IN JUNE AT THE MYSPACE APARTMENT COMPLEX ON IRIS STREET. 19-YEAR-OLD CODY RAY LUCERO ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED 18-YEAR-OLD EDWARD LEE WILKES. AT THE GRAND JURY HEARING, POLICE OFFICERS SAID THAT LUCERO TOLD FRIENDS HE SHOT WILKES AFTER WILKES ENTERED HIS APARTMENT THROUGH A WINDOW. SERGEANT FRANKLIN FONDEL SAYS LUCERO TOLD POLICE THAT WILKES KICKED HIM IN THE KNEE, WHICH CAUSED HIS FINGER TO HIT THE TRIGGER.
A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WAS HELD YESTERDAY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW CHEMIN METARIE PARKWAY IN YOUNGSVILLE. THE ROADWAY, WHICH CONNECTS YOUNGSVILLE WITH MAURICE, HAS NO STOP SIGNS OR TRAFFIC LIGHTS. MAYOR PRO TEM BRENDA BURLEY SAYS THE NEW PARKWAY WILL GIVE YOUNGSVILLE RESIDENTS EASY ACCESS TO HIGHWAY 90 AND COULD RESULT IN NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. MAYOR WILSON VIATOR SAYS THE OPENING OF THE PARKWAY IS HIS PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT IN HIS ELEVEN YEARS IN OFFICE.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that the 2013 fall inshore shrimp season will open on Aug. 12. The department said Thursday that the decision was based on recommendations by state biologists as well as public comments. Federal data indicates that about 26.1 million pounds of shrimp were caught in Louisiana between January and May. Some areas are still closed to commercial fishing following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
PROSECUTORS IN ST. MARY PARISH WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST A CHARENTON MAN, WHO IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING A CHITIMACHA TRIBAL POLICE OFFICER IN JANUARY. 48-YEAR-OLD WILBERT THIBODEAUX ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED 78-YEAR-OLD EDDIE LYONS AND SET FIRE TO HIS MOBILE HOME. HE THEN SHOT AND KILLED SERGEANT RICK RIGGENBACH, WHO WAS THE FIRST RESPONDING OFFICER, AND HE WOUNDED TWO ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES. YESTERDAY, THIBODEAUX CHANGED HIS PLEA TO NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY.
HOME SALES ARE UP IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. REAL ESTATE BROKER STEVE FLOYD FROM LAKE CHARLES TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT SO FAR THIS YEAR IN THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS REGION, THERE HAVE BEEN 1,055 HOME SALES. THERE WERE 16-HUNDRED HOME SALES ALL OF LAST YEAR.. HE SAYS THAT MEANS, IN THE MARKET, THERE HAS BEEN AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 17 MORE SALES PER MONTH THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.
YESTERDAY AT A SENTENCING HEARING, A JORDANIAN MAN WHO LIVED THE PAST FIVE YEARS IN LAFAYETTE, AGREED TO RETURN TO HOME AND NEVER RETURN TO THE U-S. EMAD EDIN YOUSEF ABDALLA PLED GUILTY TO RACKETEERING IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA. AS PART OF THE PLEA DEAL, ABDALLA FORFEITED 350 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH, A LUXURY CAR, AND HE AGREED TO NEVER RETURN TO THE U-S OR HE WILL FACE PRISON TIME. ABDALLA ALSO ADMITTED TO MARRIAGE FRAUD TO SKIRT U-S IMMIGRATION LAWS WITH HIS EX-WIFE, BRITNEY NICOLE BAISEY, WHO WILL BE TRIED IN COURT LATER THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR.
Federal prosecutors say a Houston man has pleaded guilty to using counterfeit credit cards and other devices to steal thousands of dollars at southwestern Louisiana casinos. In Lake Charles on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office issued a news release announcing the guilty plea of 33-year-old Deamioune (DEE mohn) F. Caples. Finley's office said that between June 21, 2012, and Jan. 13, Caples used counterfeit credit cards and other access devices at Delta Downs, L'Auberge Du Lac, and Isle of Capri casinos to access money. He stole $118,684 using the counterfeit devices.