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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013





Louisiana State Police have arrested a Delcambre police officer for allegedly altering prescriptions for pain medication. State police began an investigation of Officer Raleigh Cheramie, of Delcambre, in August after Police Chief James Broussard suspected him of changing his prescriptions. Detectives found that the 38-year-old had allegedly altered prescriptions so that he could get more than the prescribed number of pills. Detectives found seven different occasions, between March and August, in which he allegedly changed the prescription.





THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED GIVING TWO STIPENDS AT THE END OF OCTOBER TO TEACHERS THAT COULD TOTAL AS MUCH AS 900 DOLLARS. THE FIRST STIPEND OF 600 DOLLARS IS FUNDED THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION BY THE STATE. THE SECOND, WHICH IS FUNDED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WILL BE BETWEEN 200 AND 300 DOLLARS, DEPENDING ON THE PERFORMANCE OF EACH TEACHER. THE BOARD ALSO AGREED TO GIVE A 300 DOLLAR STIPEND TO OTHER EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT ON TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULES.





LAFAYETTE IS CONSIDERED HIP AND HISTORIC, ACCORDING TO CONVENTION SOUTH MAGAZINE. IN ITS SEPTEMBER ISSUE, THE MAGAZINE CHOSE ONE CITY FROM EACH OF THE 15 STATES IT COVERS FOR ITS LIST. THE ARTICLE GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT U-L LAFAYETTE, EXPLAINS WHY LAFAYETTE IS A GOOD PLACE FOR CONVENTIONS, AND REFERS TO THE A HAYS TOWN BUILDING, WHICH HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION AND ART CENTER, AS A GOOD PLACE TO MEET. BEN BERTHELOT OF THE LAFAYETTE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU SAYS THE RECOGNITION FROM THE MAGAZINE COULD PROVIDE A BOOST IN TOURISM AND CONVENTIONS.





The Jindal administration says one company submitted a proposal to help the state decide what kind of system it needs for Medicaid claims processing and eligibility determination for the more than $7 billion government health insurance program for the poor. The Advocate reports First Data is in negotiations with state health agency officials for what is described as "staff augmentation." A decision on the contract award is expected to be reached by Oct. 17. No price has been determined.





THE CHURCH POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING A LOCAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF LEAVING A PRE-K STUDENT ON A BUS FOR SEVEN HOURS. MICHAEL DUPREE HAS MORE.





THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT IS ACCEPTING INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC ON THEIR PLAN TO EXPAND I-TEN IN LAKE CHARLES. THE PROPOSED EXPANSION IS FOR THE INTERSTATE BETWEEN THE I-210 EXITS AND INCLUDES THE REPLACEMENT OF THE BRIDGE. OFFICIALS WITH THE DEPARTMENT SAY THEY WILL CONDUCT AN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY. PUBLIC INPUT WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH OCTOBER NINTH.





THE CARENCRO CITY COUNCIL YESTERDAY APPROVED SPENDING 550 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO ADD MORE ARTIFICIAL TURF AND TO RENOVATE THE DUGOUTS AT PELICAN PARK. ARTIFICIAL TURF WILL BE ADDED TO THE BASELINES AT THE FOUR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL FIELDS AND WILL BE PLACED FURTHER INTO THE OUTFIELD. MURRAY CONQUE, CHAIRMAN OF THE CARENCRO PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION, SAYS THIS WILL HELP REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS AND ALLOW BETTER DRAINAGE AFTER RAINSTORMS. THE WORK WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.





Federal authorities say an Opelousas man has pleaded guilty to his role in a robbery at the Post Office in Lawtell. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in Lafayette said Tuesday that 33-year-old Willie Jamal Reynolds pleaded guilty in connection with the robbery of a Postal Service contract route driver in August of 2011. The robbery occurred as the driver was at the Lawtell Post Office loading dock. Reynolds is to be sentenced Feb. 14 and could get up to 25 years in prison.



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