Tuesday, October 15, 2013
State police say a DeRidder man has been killed in a three-vehicle accident in Allen Parish, shortly after 6 a.m. Monday. A state police report says a 1990 Toyota 4 Runner traveling east on Louisiana Highway 112 ran off of the roadway in a slight curve. The driver, 52-year-old Michael D. Cooley of DeRidder, overcorrected and re-entered the roadway striking a westbound log truck. The driver of the log truck attempted to avoid the crash and sideswiped another log truck that was traveling east. Cooley, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
HOME SALES IN LAFAYETTE PARISH CONTINUED ON A RECORD PACE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER. A QUARTERLY MARKET REPORT FROM BILL BACQUE, THE PRESIDENT AT VAN EATON AND ROMERO, SHOWS THAT THE DOLLAR VOLUME FOR LAFAYETTE HOME SALES IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR HAS ALREADY SURPASSED THE TOTAL FROM ALL OF LAST YEAR. AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF CLOSED HOME SALES SO FAR THIS YEAR, IT IS ALMOST AT THE LEVEL OF THE TOTAL FOR LAST YEAR. BACQUE CREDITS THE OVERALL ECONOMY IN LAFAYETTE PARISH AND LOW INTEREST RATES FOR THE BOOMING HOUSING MARKET.
A MAN, WHO ESCAPED WHILE BEING PROCESSED BY ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INTO JAIL, WAS FOUND AND CAPTURED ABOUT SEVEN HOURS LATER. 21-YEAR-OLD JAVIEN DEMOUCHET (DIH moo shet) WAS ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO APPEAR FOR DRUG COURT. AN ANONYMOUS TIP TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE LED TO HIM BEING RECAPTURED. HE WAS FOUND IN THE 100 BLOCK OF CHURCH STREET IN ST. MARTINVILLE.
The attorney for a man who once pleaded guilty to attempted burglary says Louisiana's law banning felons from having guns is too loosely drawn to stand up under the newer constitutional amendment protecting the right to bear arms.
Public defender Colin Reingold told the Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday that the 1975 law is a random list including minor crimes that shouldn't cost people a fundamental constitutional right. He represents Glen Draughter (DRAW-ter), accused in April 2012 of possessing a gun after a felony conviction. State Assistant Attorney General Colin Clark argued the amendment is not retroactive and was not meant to affect earlier laws.
A LONGVILLE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS WIFE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN JOE TOLER SAYS 51-YEAR-OLD RANDAL LANGLEY SHOT HIS WIFE, 44-YEAR-OLD SHERRY LYNN LANGLEY, TWICE IN THEIR HOME SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT AROUND 1:15 AND THEN FLED THE SCENE BEFORE THE AUTHORITIES ARRIVED. TOLER SAYS RANDAL CRASHED HIS VEHICLE THAT EVENING ON NEALE OILFIELD ROAD, AND HE WAS FOUND BY MERRYVILLE POLICE OFFICERS NEXT TO HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. LANGLEY WAS TREATED FOR INJURIES AT CHRISTUS SAINT PATRICK HOSPITAL IN LAKE CHARLES AND THEN TRANSPORTED TO THE BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE WHERE HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE JAIL FACILITY.
EARLY VOTING FOR THE OCTOBER 19TH ELECTION ENDED LAST SATURDAY, BUT IN LAFAYETTE PARISH, NOBODY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. PARISH REGISTRAR OF VOTERS CHARLENE MENARD TELLS THE ADVOCATE SHE’S BEEN WORKING IN THE OFFICE SINCE 1988 AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME NOT ONE BALLOT WAS CAST DURING AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD. THE ONLY ISSUE UP FOR A VOTE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH IS FOR YOUNGSVILLE VOTERS WHO WILL DECIDE A PROPOSED FOUR PERCENT TAX ON STAYS AT HOTELS, MOTELS AND R-V PARKS. THE CITY CURRENTLY HAS NO HOTELS, BUT MAYOR WILSON VIATOR EXPECTS THAT TO CHANGE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF A 16 MILLION DOLLAR RECREATION COMPLEX.
THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF AN ACADIANA MAN IS GETTING NATIONAL ATTENTION. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dropping its RxBlue prescription drug plans in 2014, which means 13,000 seniors enrolled in the Blue plans will have to find new Medicare Part D coverage. Blue Cross notified RxBlue members by letter they will need to join another Medicare drug plan in 2014. Members can join a new plan anytime between Oct. 15 and Feb. 28. Blue Cross spokesman John Maginnis said Monday the company didn't have enough resources to meet the needs of its members and the people expected to join through the health insurance marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act.