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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recycling could be a thing of the past for several Lafayette Parish schools. For years, recycling services were free, but starting next month, schools will have to foot the bill. Every year, Lafayette High recycles more than 120,000 gallons of material, that's more than 10,000 gallons each month. Jonathan Dewitt with Progressive Waste says transportation and labor costs have gone up and they can't continue "free" service.





ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS AND SEVERAL BEAUREGARD PARISH RESIDENTS ARE HOPING THE AUTHORITIES WILL SHUT DOWN A PUPPY BREEDING BUSINESS IN RAGLEY AND CHARGE THE OWNERS WITH CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. ON JULY 24TH, CATHY AND RICKY GREENE VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERED 22 OF THE DOGS, ONE OF WHICH DIED AFTER SURGERY TO TREAT A URINARY INFECTION. SHERIFF RICKY MOSES TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PRESS CHARGES FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. ANN DUHON, WHO LIVES ABOUT 200 YARDS FROM THE BUSINESS, IS UPSET THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN SHUT DOWN, BECAUSE OF THE PUNGENT ODORS THAT EMINATE FROM IT.





A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WAS ARRESTED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WHEN HE BROKE INTO A HOUSE IN CROWLEY. THE HOMEOWNER CALLED 9-1-1 TO REPORT THE BREAK-IN AT AROUND TWO A-M, AND POLICE ARRESTED 47-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL RENEE MATTHEWS, CHARGING HIM WITH HOME INVASION. ON MONDAY, MATTHEWS AND SEVERAL COMPANIONS HAD ASKED THE HOMEOWNER IF THEY COULD DO YARD WORK. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON WARNED RESIDENTS TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN HIRING STRANGERS TO DO WORK AROUND THE HOUSE.





Louisiana's unclaimed property program is free and state Treasurer John Kennedy says residents should beware of an email scam that directs recipients to pay a fee in order to make a claim. Kennedy says the scam surfaces every few years. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, taxpayers nationwide are receiving emails appearing to originate from a regional auditor of the association. Kennedy says so-called finders who search for unclaimed property for a fee do not have access to information that an individual can't find for him or herself for free through the department's website or toll free hotline.





A DOZEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN LAFAYETTE PARISH WERE RECIPIENTS OF THE GOLD AWARD WITH DISTINCTION THROUGH THE HEALTHIER U-S SCHOOL CHALLENGE. THE SCHOOLS RECEIVED THE AWARD BY SERVING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES RATHER THAN FRIED FOODS AND INCREASING NUTRITION EDUCATION, TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES AT THE SCHOOLS. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 66 SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA THAT RECEIVED THE GOLD AWARD. THE TWELVE WINNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN LAFAYETTE PARISH WERE BROADMOOR, CARENCRO HEIGHTS, CHARLES M. BURKE, DUSON, J. WALLACE JAMES, KATHARINE DREXEL, LIVE OAK, MYRTLE PLACE, PLANTATION, PRAIRIE, RIDGE, AND WESTSIDE.





THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES IS PROJECTING A 2-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT FOR THE UPCOMING 2013-14 FISCAL YEAR, WHICH LED COUNCIL MEMBERS TO DISCUSS WAYS OF GENERATING NEW REVENUE. CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR KAREN HARREL SAYS SHE PROJECTS SALES TAX REVENUES TO INCREASE THIS YEAR, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO COVER THE DEFICIT. SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS THINK ITS TIME TO BEGIN COLLECTING A FEE FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION. A MONTHLY FEE OF FIVE DOLLARS WOULD GENERATE ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.





THE RAYNE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN SOLVING AN ARSON THAT DAMAGED THE GYM AT SOUTH RAYNE ELEMENTARY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 44-year-old Oberlin woman who died Sunday in a 4-wheeler accident at a private Tioga park.

The Town Talk reports the woman, Angelle Durio, died at the park on La. Highway 3225 after the accident around 11 a.m. Authorities say witnesses were performing CPR on the victim, which Rapides deputies and volunteer firefighters took over until Acadian Ambulance personnel arrived. Detectives say it appears Durio lost control of the 4-wheeler on a bridge, and it overturned.



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