Thursday, August 22, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED LAST NIGHT BY A 5-TO-4 VOTE TO DEFER A DECISION ON ALLOWING CHARTER SCHOOLS TO OPERATE IN THE DISTRICT. TWO ORGANIZATIONS, CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-A AND HERITAGE ACADEMIES, WANT TO OPEN BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE PARISH. THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS UNTIL OCTOBER 26TH TO VOTE TO ALLOW THEM TO OPERATE AS TYPE ONE CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHICH WOULD GIVE THE BOARD OVERSIGHT. REPRESENTATIVES FOR BOTH CHARTER COMPANIES SAY THAT IF THE BOARD REJECTS THEIR APPLICATION, THEY WILL APPEAL TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION TO OPERATE AS TYPE 2 CHARTER SCHOOLS, IN WHICH THE STATE WOULD HAVE OVERSIGHT.
A CAR CHASE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON INVOLVING LAKE CHARLES POLICE ENDED WITH A THREE VEHICLE CRASH AT THE INTERSECTION OF 13TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS THE CHASE BEGAN WHEN POLICE ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER A VEHICLE FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION, BUT DURING THE CHASE THEY DISCOVERED THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN STOLEN ON AUGUST TENTH. AFTER A BRIEF PURSUIT, THE DRIVER OF THE STOLEN VEHICLE CRASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE, KNOCKING IT INTO A PARKED VEHICLE. THE THREE OCCUPANTS OF THE STOLEN VEHICLE TRIED TO RUN BUT TWO WERE QUICKLY APPREHENDED AND THE THIRD PERSON REMAINS ON THE LOOSE.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE MURDER OF A 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED YESTERDAY NEAR VICTOR ROAD IN RAYNE. JULIE DARCY HAS
Fourteen candidates have signed up for the October election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana, including a former congressman. Clyde Holloway, who served three terms in the U.S. House two decades ago, registered for the election on Wednesday, only hours before qualifying ended. Holloway, now serving on the Public Service Commission, says he jumped into the race because he thought Gov. Bobby Jindal and exiting Congressman Rodney Alexander unfairly tried to rig the timeline to benefit Republican state Sen. Neil Riser, an accusation the three men have denied. Alexander is leaving to become veterans secretary for Jindal.
SOME LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE UPSET THAT SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER WAS REIMBURSED FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS HE PAID FOR AN ATTORNEY. COOPER HIRED THE ATTORNEY EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR RESEARCH INTO ALLEGATIONS THAT HE VIOLATED BOARD POLICY. THE SCHOOL BOARD’S ATTORNEY, BOB HAMMONDS, SAID THAT, IN HIS OPINION, THE BILL WAS NOT OWED. HAMMONDS SAYS THE BOARD COULD SEEK TO RECOUP THE MONEY BUT THERE WOULD BE LEGAL FEES INVOLVED.
THE CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD VOTED LAST NIGHT TO DEFER TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THEIR FORMER TENANT, AEROFRAME, FOR UNPAID BILLS. BOARD PRESIDENT LARRY AVERY SAYS THE FORMER C-E-O OF AEROFRAME ROGER PORTER ASSURED THEM THAT THE BILLS WOULD BE PAID. PORTER SAYS HE’S WORKING FIRST ON GETTING ALL THE EMPLOYEES PAID AND THEN THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF THEIR OTHER BILLS. AVERY SAYS THE BOARD DECIDED TO DEFER LEGAL ACTION BECAUSE THEY FELT IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAT THE EMPLOYEES GET THEIR MONEY AND THAT THERE BE A SEAMLESS TRANSITION TO THE INCOMING A-A-R CORPORATION.
OPELOUSAS POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTED DRUG RAIDS YESTERDAY MORNING RESULTING IN THE ARRESTS OF 15 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS. THE OPELOUSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS ASSISTED BY SEVERAL OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN CONDUCTING THE RAIDS. POLICE CHIEF PERRY GALLOW SAYS IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL NARCOTICS ROUNDUPS HE HAS OVERSEEN. GALLOW TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT THEY OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT DRUG ACTIVITIES IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy says he wouldn't support a federal government shutdown as a way to defund President Barack Obama's health care law if the move would stop payments to the military. Cassidy clarified his position Wednesday on an issue that has divided Republicans in Congress. The congressman, who is running against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, says he would prefer an up or down vote specifically on whether to pay for the federal health law's implementation. Louisiana's Republican senator David Vitter, says he will support a government shutdown rather than agree to pay for the Affordable Care Act.