Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A CITIZENíS COMMITTEE, THAT HAS BEEN MEETING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS TO CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM, HELD THEIR FINAL MEETING YESTERDAY. THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION PLAN COMMITTEE CAME TO THE CONSENSUS THAT THE BEST WAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DISTRICT NEEDS IS A COMBINATION OF A SALES AND PROPERTY TAXES THAT WOULD RAISE A PROJECTED 30 TO 35 MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR. THE COMMITTEE DETERMINED THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS AN INFUSION OF ABOUT 500 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS IF IT IS TO MEET ALL OF ITS NEEDS. THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT ARE SCHEDULED TO GO ON A RETREAT ON NOVEMBER 16TH WHERE BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE DISTRICTíS NEEDS AND THE FUNDING PROPOSALS.
THERE WAS A HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE AT DERIDDER JUNIOR HIGH YESTERDAY AFTER A STUDENT ALLEGEDLY MADE THREATS ON FRIDAY TO BRING A GUN TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND KILL AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND TWO STUDENTS. BEAUREGARD PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TIM COOLEY SAYS OTHER STUDENTS REPORTED THE THREATS. THE DERIDDER POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATED THE CLAIMS AND DEEMED THE SCHOOLS TO BE SAFE ON MONDAY. THE STUDENT IN QUESTION DID NOT ATTEND CLASSES YESTERDAY.
A SUSPECT IN THE BURGLARY OF A BUSINESS IN RURAL ST. MARY PARISH HAS BEEN BOOKED INTO THE ST. MARY PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER ON A CHARGE OF SIMPLE BURGLARY. ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFFíS OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN TRACI LANDRY SAYS DETECTIVES QUESTIONED 32-YEAR-OLD SKY MICHAEL LEGER OF FRANKLIN ABOUT THE BURGLARY OF A BUSINESS IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA NEAR CALUMET, OFF OF HIGHWAY 90. LANDRY SAYS LEGERíS ARREST WAS THE RESULT OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO ANOTHER BUSINESS BURGLARY IN THE BAYOU SALE AREA. 30-YEAR-OLD SCOTT CARTER OF NEW IBERIA WAS ARRESTED FOR THAT BURGLARY.
A national conservative group has endorsed Republican candidate Rob Maness in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, choosing him over Congressman Bill Cassidy. In announcing the endorsement Monday, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins says Maness offers the best choice to defeat Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu "because he's not a Washington insider." The Senate Conservatives Fund is a political action committee founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite. Maness, a retired Air Force colonel from Madisonville, has struggled to drum up financial support for his campaign and has been far outpaced by Cassidy.
THE ATTORNEYS FOR SETH FONTENTOT OF LAFAYETTE HAVE ASKED A JUDGE TO BAR AUTOPSY PHOTOS FROM BEING SHOWN DURING HIS FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL, WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 12TH. THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT THE PICTURES COULD PREJUDICE A JURY BECAUSE OF THEIR DISTURBING NATURE. FONTENOT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR SHOOTING TO DEATH 15-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN RIVAULT LAST FEBRUARY AND TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR WOUNDING TWO OTHER TEENAGERS. FONTENOTíS ATTORNEYS ALSO MADE A REQUEST TO BE ALOWED TO VISIT THE SCENE OF THE SHOOTING TO GATHER MEASUREMENTS AND TAKE PICTURES FOR AN INVESTIGATION.
REPORTS OF A HOSTAGE SITUATION YESTERDAY LED TO THE EVACUATION OF A BUILDING ON RYAN STREET IN LAKE CHARLES, BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE A FALSE ALARM. A WOMAN AT THE FOOD STAMP OFFICE TOLD SECURITY ABOUT WHAT SHE BELIEVED WAS A HOSTAGE SITUATION, WHICH LED THEM TO CLEAR THE BUILDING AND CALL POLICE. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS THE OFFICERS QUESTIONED THE WOMAN AND DETERMINED IT WAS A FALSE ALARM. KRAUS SAYS THE WOMAN WAS NOT CHARGED AND SHE IS SEEKING MENTAL TREATMENT.
THE EMPLOYEES OF AN OPELOUSAS PLUMBING BUSINESS ARRIVING AT WORK MONDAY MORNING FOUND A THE BODY OF A MAN IN HIS CAR. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
Seatbelt use among Louisiana motorists is up this year. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says an annual survey to determine how many people buckle up showed the percentage had risen to 82.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers following the law. That's up from 79.3 percent a year earlier, but below the national average of 86 percent. Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the safety commission, says the nationwide enforcement campaign called "Click It or Ticket" has helped boost compliance rates.