Tuesday, October 01, 2013
A Louisiana sheriff says the wife of a man accused of killing a pastor filed a rape complaint against the pastor two days before he was killed. However, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Monday that investigators are trying to determine whether the woman's relationship with the pastor was consensual. Mancuso says the woman and pastor had exchanged text messages, and it's not yet clear whether a sexual assault took place. Woodrow Karey is charged with fatally shooting Ronald Harris Sr. during a service Friday at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles.
AN APPEALS COURT HAS OVERTURNED A DISTRICT JUDGE’S RULING TO SHUT DOWN A WEBSITE CRITICAL OF LAFAYETTE POLICE CHIEF JIM CRAFT AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE WEBSITE WAS STARTED BY CURRENT AND FORMER LAFAYETTE POLICE OFFFICERS WHO HAVE FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT. JUDGE PAT HANNA HAD ORDERED THE WEBSITE SHUT DOWN, SAYING IT WOULD HINDER THEIR ABILITY TO SEAT AN UNBIASED JURY FOR THE CIVIL TRIAL. A THREE JUDGE PANEL OF THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULED THAT HANNA COULD HAVE SELECTIVELY CENSORED THE CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE.
AN ARNAUDVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY LACED HIS GRANDMOTHER’S FOOD WITH LORTAB, SO THAT, AS SHE SLEPT, HE AND HIS FRIENDS COULD SMOKE AND MAKE CRYSTAL METH IN THE ATTIC. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE, 35-YEAR-OLD TODD RICHARD ADMITTED HE ALSO STOLE SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS HIS GRANDMOTHER GAVE HIM TO PAY UTILITY BILLS. SHE FOUND OUT THAT THE BILLS WEREN’T PAID WHEN THE WATER TO HER HOUSE WAS CUT OFF. DETECTIVES WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ACTED ON A TIP FROM AN ANONYMOUS CALLER ABOUT POSSIBLE ELDER ABUSE AND A NEIGHBOR ALSO SUSPECTED ABUSE.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked President Barack Obama to check out Louisiana's voucher program firsthand, saying the visit would make him reconsider an administration lawsuit against the program. Jindal sent a letter Monday to the White House, inviting Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to a private school in the voucher program, to meet students and their parents. Holder's Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking to bar Louisiana from awarding future vouchers to students who otherwise would attend public schools under federal desegregation orders — until getting clearance from a federal court. Jindal calls the lawsuit an attempt to force children back into failing schools to appease teacher unions.
A RESIDENT AT THE VILLA MARIA RETIREMENT CENTER IN LAKE CHARLES RECEIVED A VISIT FROM THE MAYOR YESTERDAY AS SHE CELEBRATED HER 101ST BIRTHDAY. MAYOR RANDY ROACH PRESENTED EVELYN KENDALL WITH A BIRTHDAY CARD FROM THE CITY AS WELL AS A LAKE CHARLES MUG AND OTHER GIFTS. KENDALL WAS THRILLED WITH THE BIRTHDAY PARTY AND SAYS SHE HAS NEVER FELT BETTER. SHE TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT HER PLANS GOING FORWARD ARE TO ENJOY EACH DAY AND GET EVERYTHING OUT OF IT THAT SHE CAN.
A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS ARRESTED AT AROUND TWO A-M SUNDAY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY BEGAN PUSHING A POLICE HORSE. AN OFFICER ON A HORSE ATTEMPTED TO DISPERSE A CROWD IN THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST CYPRESS. 35-YEAR-OLD JESSIE THIBODEAUX THEN BEGAN PUSHING AND SHOVING THE OFFICER’S HORSE, LEADING TO HIS ARREST. DURING THE ARREST, POLICE REPORTEDLY FOUND A SMALL BAG WITH TWO PIECES OF CRACK COCAINE ON THIBODEAUX, WITH A STREET VALUE OF FORTY DOLLARS.
AN INCIDENT TOOK PLACE LAST NIGHT AT THE ST. MARTIN PARISH JAIL INVOLVING AN INMATE AND A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A Baton Rouge judge has refused to delay the deposition of Gov. Bobby Jindal's one-time health secretary, in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Jindal administration. Former Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein is scheduled to be questioned Oct. 10. His deposition is part of a lawsuit filed by Client Network Services Inc., or CNSI, accusing the state of breach of contract for canceling the company's $200 million Medicaid contract. Jindal administration lawyers sought to stall the deposition.