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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013





LAST NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL APPROVED A WISH LIST OF 32 ITEMS FOR A PLANNED PUBLIC PARK TO BE BUILT AT THE HORSE FARM ON JOHNSTON STREET, INCLUDING NATURE TRAILS, GARDENS, A FARMER’S MARKET, A DOG PARK AND MORE. KURT CULBERTSON WITH THE FIRM DESIGN WORKSHOP SAYS THE NEXT STEP IS TO MAP OUT THE PARK TO SEE WHICH ITEMS FIT AND WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD. THE LIST OF ITEMS CAME FROM PUBLIC FORUMS THAT BEGAN IN OCTOBER. ELIZABETH BROOKS, THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR LAFAYETTE CENTRAL PARK, SAYS THE MASTER PLAN FOR THE PARK SHOULD BE READY FOR THE COUNCIL BY LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER AND CONSTRUCTION COULD BEGIN BY THE FALL.





AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON FROM LAKE CHARLES WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR DEFRAUDING MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND PRIVATE INSURERS OUT OF NEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLARS. OVER A SEVEN YEAR PERIOD, DR. LYNN E. FORET INJECTED A STEROID SOLUTION INTO PATIENT’S KNEES, BUT BILLED THE INSURERS FOR THE COSTLY DRUG HYALGAN. HE PLEADED GUILTY TO FRAUD IN APRIL. JUDGE RICHARD HAIK ALSO SENTENCED FORET TO THREE YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION AND HE WAS ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN 870 THOUSAND IN RESTITUTION AND A 25 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.





A RAYNE MAN WAS INDICTED BY AN ACADIA PARISH GRAND JURY ON A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. 43-YEAR-OLD KERRY BERTRAND IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS STEPDAUGHTER, 20-YEAR-OLD SKYLAR CREDEUR, WHO WAS FOUND DROWNED INSIDE A BATHTUB AT HER FAMILY’S HOME ON AUGUST 21ST. BERTRAND WAS ARRESTED LAST MAY AFTER CREDEUR ACCUSED HIM OF MOLESTATION. SHE AND HER MOTHER FILED PROTECTIVE ORDERS AGAINST BERTRAND, WHICH HE VIOLATED MORE THAN ONCE BEFORE HER DEATH.





Jurors have told a judge that they are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a note Tuesday read aloud in court by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., jurors said they have been "at a standstill" and deadlocked for several hours. Duval instructed jurors to continue deliberating, saying it's an "important case" that could have to be tried again if they can't reach a unanimous decision. They will resume discussions Wednesday.





U-L RAGIN CAJUN FOOTBALL FANS WERE ON HAND YESTERDAY AS THE PLAYERS AND COACHES BOARDED A BUS FOR NEW ORLEANS. THE RAGIN CAJUNS WILL BE TAKING ON TULANE THIS SATURDAY IN THE NEW ORLEANS BOWL. U-L HEAD COACH MARK HUDSPETH TELLS THE ADVOCATE HE THINKS THERE COULD BE MORE THAN 65 THOUSAND FANS AT THE GAME, MAKING IT ONE OF THE BIGGEST ATTENDED BOWL GAMES. HE SAYS THAT’S AN INDICATION OF THE GREAT FAN SUPPORT THE TEAM HAS.







A LARGE CROWD OF SUPPORTERS FOR T.H. WATKINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HELPED PERSUADE THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET COMMITTEE TO REMOVE THE SCHOOL FROM A LIST OF THREE SCHOOLS THAT WERE RECOMMENDED FOR CLOSURE. THE OTHER TWO SCHOOLS ARE REYNAUD MIDDLE AND RALPH WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE BUDGET COMMITTEE REPLACED T.H. WATKINS ELEMENTARY WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY, AND THE FULL SCHOOL BOARD WILL VOTE ON THE RECOMMENDED CLOSURES IN JANUARY. THE PROPOSED CLOSING OF THE SCHOOLS IS DESIGNED TO HELP THE SCHOOL BOARD REDUCE A PROJECTED TEN MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT.





ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A 64-YEAR-OLD OPELOUSAS WOMAN, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR MONTHS, AND HER HUSBAND, WHO DISAPPEARED SUNDAY AFTER BEING QUESTIONED ABOUT HIS WIFE’S DISAPPEARANCE. CAPTAIN MEGAN VIZENA SAYS SANDRA TILLET’S DAUGHTER CALLED THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYING SHE HADN’T TALKED TO HER MOTHER SINCE JUNE AND ASKING THAT DEPUTIES CHECK ON HER. VIZENA SAYS THE HUSBAND, 59-YEAR-OLD ARTHUR TILLET, HAS BEEN DECLARED BY INVESTIGATORS AS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN HIS WIFE’S DISAPPEARANCE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE LOCATION OF TILLET IS ASKED TO CALL ST. LANDRY CRIME STOPPERS AT 948-TIPS.





Louisiana has sold $113 million in bonds to pay for continued roadwork on Interstate 49, mainly the northern section. State Treasurer John Kennedy said the bond sale happened Tuesday. The state sells bonds to investors for upfront cash to pay for construction projects, with the borrowing debt paid off over time with interest.The $113 million will be split, with $92 million slated to pay for work on I-49 North and $21 million put toward work on I-49 South.



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