Wednesday, November 13, 2013
THE MURDER TRIAL OF SETH FONTENOT OF LAFAYETTE IS UNLIKELY TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF THREE OTHER SCHEDULED TRIALS ON THE DOCKET FOR JUDGE KRISTIAN EARLES. ON THURSDAY, EARLES WILL HEAR MOTIONS FROM FONTENOT’S ATTORNEYS FOR A DELAY IN THE TRIAL. THEY ALSO WANT FONTENOT’S CONFESSION THROWN OUT BECAUSE HE WASN’T INFORMED ABOUT HOW MUCH TROUBLE HE WAS IN AT THE TIME. IN FEBRUARY, FONTENOT FIRED THREE SHOTS AT A TRUCK THAT SPED AWAY FROM HIS HOME, KILLING 15-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN RIVAULT AND WOUNDING TWO OTHER TEENS.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD VOTED LAST NIGHT TO SLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN THE DISTRICT. SUPERINTENDENT WAYNE SAVOY SAYS THE BOARD’S ACTION WILL GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT A RESOLUTION LIKE OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT’S HAVE DONE. SAVOY SAYS HE WANTS THE TEACHERS TO ADAPT TO THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS BEFORE BEING ASSESSED ON THEM. HE SAYS THE STATE HAS BEEN TOO QUICK IN TRYING TO IMPLEMENT IN THE NEW STANDARDS.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE HARSON SAYS HE WILL AWAIT AN INVESTIGATOR’S REPORT BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO FILE CHARGES IN THE DEATH OF 29-YEAR-OLD SCOTT THOMAS OF LEONVILLE. LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN KIP JUDICE SAYS IT COULD BE UP TO SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE RECEIVES THE INVESTIGATOR’S REPORT.
THOMAS KIDNAPPED HIS 29-YEAR-OLD GIRLFRIEND, BETHANY ARCENEAUX OF LAFAYETTE, AND WAS FOUND BY HER RELATIVES IN AN ABANDONED HOME IN DUSON. AN UNNAMED PERSON SHOT AND KILLED HIM AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY BEGAN STABBING HER. COURT RECORDS SHOW THAT ARCENEAUX FILED FOR AND RECEIVED A PROTECTIVE ORDER FROM THOMAS BECAUSE, SHE SAID, HE THREATENED TO KILL HER AND PUT A KNIFE TO HER THROAT A NUMBER OF TIMES.
After three weeks and a dwindling viewership, the fairy tale appears to be over for former Gov. Edwin Edwards' reality show. A&E announced Monday that "The Governor's Wife" has aired in its entirety. The Advocate reports the network yanked the show from its Sunday night time slot this weekend after the show lost tens of thousands of viewers. Episodes chronicling the former governor's release from parole and the birth of his son Eli aired in a block of back-to-back shows at the same time as Sunday morning church services.
RAY BOUDREAUX HAS MADE THE NEXT ROUND ON “THE VOICE”. THE LAFAYETTE SINGER MADE THE CUT FOR THE TOP 10 AS TWO OTHER CONTESTANTS IN THE SINGING CONTEST WERE CUT. ANOTHER LOUISIANA NATIVE ALSO MADE THE TOP TEN, COLE VOSBURY OF SHREVEPORT.
JAIME DAY OF LAKE CHARLES TOOK THE STAND YESTERDAY IN HER DEFENSE. DAY WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2010 FOR ALLEGEDLY ABUSING AND STARVING HER THEN NINE-YEAR-OLD STEPSON. DAY DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS AND OFFERED AN EXPLANATION FOR EACH OF THE INCIDENTS OF ALLEGED ABUSE. TODAY THE PROSECUTION WILL CROSS EXAMINE HER. DAY WAS THE EIGHTH WITNESS PRESENTED BY THE DEFENSE.
LAST NIGHT THE OPELOUSAS BOARD OF ALDERMEN VOTED TO SEND A MEASURE BACK TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE THAT PROPOSES TO CUT THE SALARIES OF THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN. MAYOR DONALD CRAVINS SAYS HE PROPOSED THE MEASURE BECAUSE OF A NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE TOLD THEM THAT THEY GET PAID TOO MUCH. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE MAYOR’S SALARY WOULD BE CUT FROM 72 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO LESS THAN 52 THOUSAND. THE ALDERMEN’S SALARY WOULD BE REDUCED FROM TWENTY THOUSAND TO 13 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
The state health department is kicking off its annual flu vaccine campaign, urging people to get prepared for flu season. The Department of Health and Hospitals is holding events Wednesday at health centers around the state, a state police office in Lafayette and the Alexandria Museum of Art to tout the campaign, with local leaders and medical officials getting vaccines at each location. In Baton Rouge, DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri will receive flu shots at the local health unit, hoping to inspire others to do the same. DHH says Louisiana typically sees increased flu activity start around January.