April 23, 2014
Two Eunice police officers accused of not helping another officer in a fight in early April have been arrested for malfeasance in office. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz tells The Advocate that Officers Jade Weaver and Tayla Fruge, both of Eunice, were booked Monday and placed on administrative leave while the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office investigates. Weaver and Fruge each posted $2,500 bond and have been released. Guidroz says Eunice Police Chief Roland Dies asked the sheriff's office to investigate.
A JURY HAS FOUND A LAKE CHARLES MAN GUILTY OF RAPING A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND MOLESTING HER 12-YEAR-OLD FRIEND. IT TOOK THE JURY TWO HOURS AND 40 MINUTES ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO FIND 32-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL PAUL GUILLORY GUILTY. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN OCTOBER 2007 WHEN THE GIRLS WERE AT A SLEEPOVER. THE TWO, WHO ARE NOW TWENTY AND 18 YEARS OLD, TESTIFIED AGAINST GUILLORY IN THE TRIAL.
AUTHORITIES ARRESTED A LAFAYETTE MAN AND CHARGED HIM WITH 13 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AFTER A POLICE CHASE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
The Louisiana Senate has changed its mind on drones. A day after rejecting the bill, senators voted 22-16 Tuesday for Sen. Dan Claitor's proposal to restrict the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana. Claitor's bill would make it illegal to use drones to photograph people on private property without their permission, with a list of exceptions, including for law enforcement. The Baton Rouge senator said the limits would protect privacy. It heads next to the House for consideration.
The Senate unanimously agreed to rework the laws governing disputes over how to handle the clean-up of environmental damage done in drilling years ago. The bill heading to the House for debate would change the complex legal process for dealing with so-called "legacy lawsuits" that seek millions of dollars in damage claims and that the oil and gas companies claim are inhibiting energy exploration.
But Senate approval in a 37-0 vote Tuesday came only after Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, decided against trying to rewrite his bill so that the new rules would have retroactively covered dozens of long-running existing lawsuits. Adley said while he believes the measure should be retroactive, he didn't want to drag the Senate into a long, angry debate over the issue.
TWO BILLS PASSED IN THE STATE HOUSE THAT ARE DESIGNED TO TRIM THE NUMBER OF SPEEDING TICKETS ISSUED IN THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON IN ST. LANDRY PARISH. STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALAN SEABAUGH OF SHREVEPORT, THE SPONSOR OF BOTH BILLS, SAYS WASHINGTON IS FAR AND AWAY THE WORST SPEED TRAP IN THE STATE. HE SAYS WASHINGTON COLLECTED ONE-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS IN FINES AND FORFEITURES FOR THE 2013 FISCAL YEAR, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 84 PERCENT OF THEIR REVENUE. THE BILLS WOULD KEEP WASHINGTON FROM KEEPING FINES FROM SPEEDING TICKETS OF LESS THAN TEN MILES AN HOUR AND FROM ENFORCING THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE PART OF I-49 THAT IS IN THE TOWN LIMITS.
STATION FIVE FIRE FIGHTERS IN LAKE CHARLES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY MOVED TO A HOTEL SOUTH OF I-210 AFTER THE FIRE STATION WAS HIT BY A MOTORIST DRIVING A PICKUP TRUCK. IT HAPPENED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE TRUCK CRASHED INTO THE STATION AND TRAVELED AROUND THIRTY FEET BEFORE HITTING THE FIRE WALL. FIRE CHIEF KEITH MURRAY SAYS THEY RECEIVED GOOD NEWS MONDAY WHEN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AND PUBLIC WORKS OFFICIALS DETERMINED THE STATION CAN BE REPAIRED AFTER AN INSPECTION OF THE DAMAGE. HE SAYS THEY WILL BE TRYING TO GET TEMPORARY LIVING QUARTERS FOR THE FIRE FIGHTERS OUTSIDE THE STATION.
A LOCAL PARENT GROUP IS SEEKING TO RAISE MONEY TO ALLOW DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN THE HEAD START PROGRAM TO GET OUT OF THE AREA TO HAVE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES. ROGERS SULLIVAN OF THE HOLY FAMILY HEAD START PARENT CENTER COMMITTEE SAYS THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HEAD START CHILDREN IN LAFAYETTE, ST. MARTIN AND IBERIA PARISHES TO EXPERIENCE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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