Tuesday, November 05, 2013
IF CONVICTED, 22-YEAR-OLD LANDON BROUSSARD COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE ALLEGED MURDER OF HIS GIRLFRIEND’S THREE-YEAR-OLD SON, JULIEN MADEIRA, LAST NOVEMBER. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
THE SONIC RESTAURANT IN KINDER WAS ROBBED SUNDAY NIGHT BY TWO WHITE MEN ARMED WITH GUNS. NO ONE WAS HARMED AND THE TWO GOT AWAY WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. POLICE CAPTAIN PAUL COURVILLE SAYS THE TWO TOLD THE EMPLOYEES THEY WOULD SHOOT THEM IF THEY DIDN’T HAND OVER THE MONEY. ONE OF THE MEN IS FIVE-11 AND APPROXIMATELY 350 POUNDS AND THE OTHER IS FIVE-10 AND 200 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE ROBBERY SHOULD CALL THE KINDER POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 738-26-HUNDRED.
THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE F-B-I IS INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE BRUTALITY BY AT LEAST ONE DEPUTY. THAT DEPUTY WAS FIRED AFTER VIDEO WAS SHOWN OF HIM ALLEGEDLY STRIKING A HANDCUFFED MAN WHILE HE WAS ON THE GROUND AND LEANING AGAINST A PATROL CAR. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED WHILE AUTHORITIES WERE CLEARING AN AREA ON HOPKINS STREET ON THE SUGAR CANE FESTIVAL WEEKEND. CAPTAIN RYAN TURNER SAYS SHERIFF LOUIS ACKAL ASKED THE F-B-I TO INVESTIGATE ANY POSSIBLE CRIMINAL MATTERS RELATED TO THE INCIDENT.
Lawmakers who say they support toughening Louisiana's educational standards are criticizing state education leaders for the way the standards have been rolled out in school districts. The comments came in a House briefing held Monday to discuss concerns that have been raised about the standards, called Common Core.
Superintendent of Education John White and the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Chas Roemer, defended the standards. But lawmakers questioned whether the state should slow down the shift to Common Core, worried the state is holding teachers and students accountable to the new standards without enough preparation.
IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO THAT THE CENTER FOR LOUISIANA STUDIES BEGAN ON THE U-L CAMPUS AT A COST OF TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE CENTER NOW HOUSES MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND HOURS OF DIGITIZED LOUISIANA MUSIC AND VIDEO, MORE THAN 15 THOUSAND HISTORIC IMAGES AND THE U-L PRESS, WHICH PUBLISHES TEN TO TWELVE BOOKS A YEAR. TOMORROW THE CENTER IS CELEBRATING THEIR ANNIVERSARY WITH FREE ACTIVITIES FOR THE PUBLIC INCLUDING A HALF DAY SYMPOSIUM AND AN OPEN HOUSE. FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT AND THE CENTER, GO ONLINE TO C-L-S-DOT-LOUISIANA-DOT-E-D-U.
LAKE CHARLES CITY OFFICIALS WANT TO TRY AGAIN TO GET VOTERS TO APPROVE A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT THAT WOULD FUND THE BUILDING OF A HOTEL AT THE CIVIC CENTER, TURNING IT INTO A TRUE CONVENTION CENTER. LAKE CHARLES IS THE ONLY LARGE CITY IN THE STATE THAT DOES NOT HAVE A FULL SERVICE HOTEL IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND MAYOR RANDY ROACH SAYS IT WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT. CHARLES HONORE OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SAYS THE PROPOSED NEW TAX WOULD ONLY COME FROM THOSE USING THE HOTEL. THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE PUTTING THE TAX ON THE BALLOT.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED A CROWLEY MAN ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER HE WAS STOPPED ON INTERSTATE TEN FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION. THE DEPUTIES SAID 24-YEAR-OLD JONATHAN OBRIAN RAY HAMILTON SEEMED EXTREMELY NERVOUS WHICH LED THEM TO ASK IF THEY COULD SEARCH HIS CAR. WHEN HE REFUSED THEM, THEY BROUGHT IN A DRUG SNIFFING DOG WHO GAVE A POSITIVE ALERT. THE DEPUTIES FOUND A HIDDEN COMPARTMENT WHICH THEY SAID CONTAINED MORE THAN FOUR POUNDS OF COCAINE AND A POUND OF MARIJUANA.
Louisiana's health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, says her department will recoup all of the money improperly paid to private companies to oversee Medicaid services for 1,700 people after they had died. An audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the Department of Health and Hospitals paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for deceased people who couldn't receive services. Kliebert says DHH has shifted from using federal Social Security records to the state's own vital records to crosscheck enrollment, to ensure that people are removed from the Medicaid rolls when they die. She says her department will recoup the money by deducting it from future payments to the private companies who are managing Medicaid medical and behavioral health services.