Thursday, October 17, 2013
AUTHORITIES IN CARENCRO ARE INVESTIGATING A PIPE BOMB INCIDENT. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
MAGNOLIA L-N-G, WHICH PLANS TO BUILD A NEW PLANT IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, HAS APPLIED FOR A PERMIT TO EXPORT AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MILLION TONS OF LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THE COMPANY ALREADY HAS BEEN APPROVED TO EXPORT FOUR MILLION TONS OF L-N-G TO FREE TRADE COUNTRIES BUT THE NEW REQUEST IS FOR EXPORT TO FREE TRADE AND NON-FREE TRADE COUNTRIES. IF APPROVED, MAGNOLIA
L-N-G EXPECTS TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION IN MID 2015, AND IT’S EXPECTED TO TAKE TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE PLANT WOULD BE BUILT ON 110 ACRES OF PORT OF LAKE CHARLES PROPERTY LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HENRY PUGH BOULEVARD AND BIG LAKE ROAD.
A SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER WAS ARRESTED BY CROWLEY POLICE AFTER A SEARCH OF HIS HOME, WHICH WAS LOCATED NEAR THE ROSS HEAD START SCHOOL. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS THEY HAD BEEN WORKING THE LOCATION OF THE HOME OF 27-YEAR-OLD TYSON L WINBUSH FOR SOME TIME AND WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT AFTER FINDING PROBABLE CAUSE. OFFICERS FOUND FIVE OUNCES OF HIGH GRADE MARIJUANA, 70 CAPSULES OF MOLLY AND 118 PIECES OF CRYSTAL METH. WINBUSH FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA AND CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE AND THE MANUFACTURE OF M-D-M-A.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down a state law that made it a crime for people who aren't U.S. citizens to drive here without carrying proof of their immigration status. The divided court ruled Tuesday that the state law is pre-empted by a federal law that imposes similar requirements but carries a lighter punishment. The federal law is a misdemeanor, while the state law is a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year. Two of the court's seven justices wrote dissenting opinions.
THE MAYOR OF YOUNGSVILLE IS UPSET WITH THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED COUNCIL FOR VOTING DOWN A PROPOSED ORDINANCE THAT WOULD HAVE TRANSFERRED CONTROL OF FOSTER PARK TO THE CITY OF YOUNGSVILLE. THE ORDINANCE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED AN AREA OF LAND NEXT TO FOSTER PARK BE USED FOR EXPANSION OF GREEN T. LINDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHICH IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH OVERCROWDING. VIATOR TELLS THE ADVERTISER THAT THE COUNCIL IS HURTING CHILDREN WITH THIS VOTE. COUNCILMAN WILLIAM THERIOT SAYS IF THERE IS ANOTHER VOTE ON THE ORDINANCE, HE IS SURE IT WILL PASS IF IT CONTAINS MORE PRECISE LANGUAGE THAT SATISFIES SOME OF THE CONCERNS OTHER COUNCILMEN HAD.
TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED BY LAKE CHARLES POLICE FOR THE ARMED ROBBERY OF AN INSTACASH YESTERDAY MORNING, LOCATED ON COMMON STREET. 29-YEAR-OLD KEVIN BALLARD AND 19-YEAR-OLD CODY ALLEN STURROCK ALLEGEDLY USED A STOLEN TRUCK AS THE GETAWAY VEHICLE. POLICE SAY THE TRUCK WAS BURNED TO DESTROY EVIDENCE. THE TWO MEN COULD FACE ADDITIONAL ARSON CHARGES.
THE ST. MARTIN PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAS DECIDED NOT TO PROSECUTE A BREAUX BRIDGE SWAMP TOUR GUIDE FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. PETA, THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP, FORWARDED A VIDEO TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES SHOWING BRYAN CHAMPAGNE OF CHAMPAGNE’S CAJUN SWAMP TOURS HITTING AN ALLIGATOR ON THE HEAD WITH A BOAT OAR. THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR FOR ST. MARTIN PARISH, CHESTER CEDARS, SAID THAT, TO HIM, IT LOOKED LIKE CHAMPAGNE JUST TAPPED THE HEAD OF THE ALLIGATOR. CHAMPAGNE WAS FINED 250 DOLLARS PLUS COURT COSTS AFTER HE ADMITTED A MISDEMEANOR VIOLATION OF ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF AN ALLIGATOR.
A new report says unprecedented growth in the Lake Charles and Baton Rouge areas is likely to boost employment in Louisiana to more than 2 million jobs sometime in 2015, in spite of what it describes as plodding national growth.
Economists Loren Scott and James Richardson say that would be the most jobs ever for the state. However, they say most of Louisiana's growth will be along and south of Interstate 10 in the state's southern tier of parishes. They also note three big questions: The amount of money Louisiana will get from BP PLC oil spill payments; whether Congress changes proposed huge increases in flood insurance premiums and possible restraints on spending, especially in the federal defense budget.