Thursday, September 12, 2013
LAFAYETTE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED SALVADOR PEREZ IN CONNECTION WITH DEFACING THE 9-11 MEMORIAL IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD AT FORT POLK YESTERDAY TO MARK THE TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9-11 TERRORIST ATTACK. THE SERVICE AT WARRIOR MEMORIAL PARK BEGAN AT 9:03 A-M , THE TIME WHEN FLIGHT 93 WENT DOWN IN SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA. BEFORE THAT, CHAPEL BELLS RANG TO MARK DIFFERENT EVENTS OF THAT DAY, BEGINNING AT 7:46 A-M WHEN THE NORTH TRADE CENTER TOWER IN NEW YORK CITY WAS ATTACKED. THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER AND FORT POLK, BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM HICKMAN, SAID IN A SPEECH THAT OUR LIVES WERE IRREVOCABLY CHANGED ON THAT DAY.
BY A 9-TO-4 VOTE LAST NIGHT, THE IBERIA PARISH COUNCIL AGREED TO A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD ALLOW VOTERS TO DECIDE IF THREE-FOURTHS OF A MILL COULD BE REALLOCATED FROM THE LIBRARY TO HELP FUND A NEW 26 MILE LEVEE PROJECT. A SIX MILL PROPERTY TAX SUPPORTS THE LIBRARY SYSTEM, BUT THEY ONLY USE 4-POINT-5 MILLS. THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL CALLED FOR REALLOCATING ONE-POINT-5 MILLS, BUT AFTER AN IMPASSIONED SPEECH BY THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR TO ALLOW THEM TO KEEP THE FULL SIX MILLS, COUNCILMAN BERNARD BROUSSARD PROPOSED REDUCING THE AMOUNT TO THREE-FOURTHS. REPRESENTATIVES JEFF LANDRY AND SIMONE CHAMPAGNE WARNED THE COUNCIL ABOUT THE DANGERS OF NOT HAVING A LEVEE SYSTEM TO PROTECT THE PARISH FROM A HURRICANE.
The Legislature's financial analysts say Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the LSU-run hospital network is bringing in $39 million less than expected for the current budget year. This year's budget was built on estimates provided to lawmakers by the Jindal administration that private hospital managers would lease the facilities for more than $140 million. In a new publication, the Legislative Fiscal Office says that the leases so far are expected to generate about $101 million. Jindal's commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, says the report doesn't tally the full lease payments planned this year for the New Orleans, Shreveport and Monroe hospitals.
A GROUP THAT WANTS TO OPEN TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LAFAYETTE NEXT AUGUST HAS PURCHASED EIGHT ACRES OF PROPERTY IN NORTH AND SOUTH LAFAYETTE PARISH. JAY AUGUSTINE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-A SAYS THEY WANT TO OPEN ONE SCHOOL IN THE COURET FARMS DEVELOPMENT IN UPPER LAFAYETTE AND IN SUGAR MILL POND IN YOUNGSVILLE. IF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE APPROVED BY THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, THEY WOULD RECEIVE SOME OF THE PARISH’S PER PUPIL FUNDING. IF THE SCHOOL BOARD DENIES THEIR REQUEST, THEY CAN GO TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND EDUCATION FOR APPROVAL, AND THE SCHOOL BOARD WOULD NOT HAVE ANY OVERSIGHT OF THE NEW SCHOOLS.
JEFF DAVIS SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ON DRUG CHARGES. 21-YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS ANDERSON OF BALDWIN AND 19-YEAR-OLD TAMISHA JAMES OF LAKE CHARLES WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND CARRYING A WEAPON IN THE PRESENCE OF DRUGS. SHERIFF’S SPOKESMAN CHRIS IVEY SAYS THE DEPUTIES MADE THE ARREST AFTER FINDING SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA, OXYCODONE, AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE. HE SAYS JAMES WAS ALSO CARRYING A 22 CALIBER PISTOL AND A DRUG SCALE.
THE VERMILLION PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE NAME OF A SHOOTING VICTIM IN ERATH. 27-YEAR-OLD STEVEN JUDE MICHAEL GAUTHREAUX OF NEW IBERIA WAS SHOT AND KILLED MONDAY NIGHT DURING A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION INSIDE A RESIDENCE ON OLLIE ROAD IN ERATH. THE MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT GAUTHREAUX IS 36-YEAR-OLD RANDALL C. LOWERY. HE IS BEING HELD IN THE VERMILLION PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER ON A CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.
Eight World War II veterans from Louisiana have received the French government's highest medal, the Legion of Honor. They include a soldier in the "Ghost Army" that tricked the Germans, one who led 55 days of fights behind enemy lines in Normandy and one who died after his medal was struck. Consul Jean-Claude Brunet (broo-nay) presented the medals Wednesday. Among those who received the medal was Joseph Latiolais (LATCH-ee-uh-LAY) of Breaux Bridge. More than 100 veterans who served in France during World War II were honored in similar events this year around the country.