Tuesday, September 10, 2013
An 80-year-old Abbeville woman is dead after she was accidentally hit by a car her husband was driving. The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Police tell KATC-TV that the 81-year-old driver dropped the woman off in the driveway of their home before trying to back into the driveway. Investigators say the man hit his wife before striking a fence.
SEPARATE AUDIT REPORTS FOR THE CITY OF OAKDALE FOR 2011 AND 2012 WERE REFILED BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL REPORTS CONTAINED WRONG OR MISLEADING INFORMATION. THE REPORTS RELEASED MONDAY FOUND LATE PAYMENTS OF PAYROLL TAXES AND CREDIT CARD DEBT, RESULTING IN PENALTIES OF MORE THAN 31 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE AUDIT ALSO REVEALED THAT SOME EMPLOYEES WERE OVERPAID FOR VACATION AND SICK LEAVE. AND THE TOWN APPEARED TO BE DEFECIT-SPENDING IN BOTH 2011 AND 2012, ACCORDING TO THE AUDIT.
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER TWO MAJOR AMENDMENTS TO NEXT YEARíS BUDGET, WHICH IS UP FOR ADOPTION AT A SPECIAL MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT. THE FIRST BY COUNCILMAN KENNETH BOUDREAUX WOULD GIVE ALL CITY PARISH EMPLOYEES A THREE PERCENT PAY RAISE. THATíS A HALF PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE RAISE PROPOSED BY CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL, AND IT WOULD COST AN ADDITIONAL 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE OTHER PROPOSED AMENDEMENT IS TO SPEND AROUND 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE YEARLY AT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT TO HIRE FIVE MORE NURSES AND TWO MORE CLERKS.
U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has become the third member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to say he opposes U.S. military intervention in Syria. Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, announced his decision Monday to vote against President Barack Obama's proposal after a closed-door briefing with other members of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden and senior Obama administration officials. Boustany says the use of chemical weapons in Syria was deplorable. But he says Obama's proposal to use a military strike doesn't contain a broader diplomatic strategy and will fail to get a political settlement accomplished in Syria.
A MANHUNT IS UNDERWAY FOR A SHOOTING SUSPECT RAYNE POLICE CONSIDER ARMED AND DANGEROUS. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A DRY CREEK MAN WAS INDICTED YESTERDAY FOR A TRIPLE MURDER IN FEBRUARY OF 2011. AT THE TIME, FIREFIGHTERS FOUND THE BODIES OF 40-YEAR-OLD PATRICIA KREUZBERGER AND HER DAUGHTERS, TEN-YEAR-OLD MYA AND FIVE-YEAR-OLD NICHOLE, IN THEIR CHARRED DRY CREEK HOME. LATER, THE CORONER DETERMINED THAT THE THREE DID NOT DIE IN THE FIRE AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL RULED THAT THE FIRE WAS INTENTIONALLY SET. A NEIGHBOR AND ACQUAINTANCE, 21-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER L. BOUNDS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ARMED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND AGGRAVATED ARSON.
A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON YESTERDAY FOR THE AGGRAVATED RAPE OF A TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL. 52-YEAR-OLD ALCIDE HYPOLITE WAS CONVICTED LAST MONTH AFTER A TWO-MONTH TRIAL. INVESTIGATORS SAID THAT, IN FEBRUARY OF 2009, HYPOLITE ASSAULTED THE GIRL, WHO WAS SLEEPING AT HIS HOME AFTER A SUPER BOWL PARTY. THE DEFENSE TOLD JUDGE MARILYN CASTLE THAT THEY WILL APPEAL.
Notices to 443,000 taxpayers begin going out this week, notifying them that they may be eligible for the state's tax amnesty program. The program runs from Sept. 23 through Nov. 22. It gives delinquent taxpayers the opportunity to get caught up on their tax bills without penalties and with only half the interest charges they would otherwise owe on the debt. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said Monday that a web-based program for people to pay their back-owed taxes will be available and should take most taxpayers no more than 10 minutes to complete.