PARENTS AND STUDENTS RECEIVED NOTICE OF A POSSIBLE TUBERCULOSIS CASE AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL.
THE LAKE CHARLES PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING CONVERTING THEIR EQUIPMENT OVER TO PROPANE BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST OF GASOLINE. PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR MISTER EDWARDS SAYS THEY WILL TEST THE USE OF PROPANE ON A FEW LAWNMOWERS. THE COST OF CONVERSION KITS IS EXPENSIVE… UP TO 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER LAWNMOWER AND AS MUCH AS SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS PER VEHICLE. HOWEVER, EDWARDS SAYS HE BELIEVES THEY WILL SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN BECAUSE OF THE CHEAPER FUEL.
CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED AGAINST A MAN WHO WAS SUSPECTED OF A 2010 ROBBERY OF RUSSELL’S FOOD MART IN BREAUX BRIDGE. THE JUDGE IN THE CASE PREVENTED THE PROSECUTION FROM USING A PHOTO LINEUP IN EVIDENCE AGAINST 23-YEAR-OLD STEPHAN M. BARKER, LEADING THEM TO FORMALLY DISMISS THE CHARGES ON MONDAY. THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER IN THE CASE, 35-YEAR-OLD RAYMOND J. CALAIS, PLED GUILTY IN JUNE TO PERJURY AND MALFEASANCE FOR ALLEGEDLY INFLUENCING THE STORE MANAGER TO IDENTIFY BARKER IN THE PHOTO LINEUP. BARKER WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST CALAIS AND THE CITY OF BREAUX BRIDGE FOR WRONGFUL ARREST.
The costs of many prison phone calls are set to drop over the next couple of years. The Louisiana Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to a revamped proposal that will shrink the price tag for prisoners to call home, after complaints that current rates were too high and burdensome on poor families. The PSC unanimously agreed to cut the rates charged for prison calls by about 25 percent when a prisoner is calling family, legal counsel, clergy or certain government agencies like schools. If prison officials believe they need to charge higher rates or add new fees, they'll have to make individual requests to the regulatory panel.
LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF MIKE NEUSTROM URGED THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT TO TRY A PROGRAM THAT HELPS THE MOST TROUBLED STUDENTS. THE BOARD IS CONSIDERING ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH A-M-ONE KIDS TO PROVIDE DAY TREATMENT FOR THIRTY STUDENTS THAT ARE IN DANGER OF EXPULSION. THE COST OF THE PROGRAM FOR SIX MONTHS IS 186 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE COST. BOARD MEMBER TOMMY CHAISSON SAYS HE’D LIKE TO FIND MORE FINANCIAL PARTNERS.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WAS ARRESTED LATE MONDAY NIGHT AFTER DEPUTIES FOUND THE MAKINGS OF A METH LAB IN THE TRUCK HE WAS DRIVING. 34-YEAR-OLD DANIEL B. RALLS WAS STOPPED BY DEPUTIES FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION AT THE CORNER OF ASHLAND AND WEDGEWOOD STREETS. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN KIM MYERS SAID IN A NEWS RELEASE THAT RALLS ADMITTED THAT HE HAD MARIJUANA AND SEVERAL CONTAINERS IN HIS TRUCK THAT WERE BEING USED TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE. RALLS FACES NUMBEROUS DRUG CHARGES AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT 139,500 DOLLARS.
A FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH AT CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL COULD AVOID CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR INAPPROPRIATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS WITH AN 18-YEAR-OLD FEMALE STUDENT. 48-YEAR-OLD BRYANT KEITH ORTEGO WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S DIVERSION PROGRAM, ACCORDING TO K-A-T-C T-V. IF ORTEGO COMPLETES ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM, THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM WILL BE DROPPED. DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE HARSON SAYS AN INDIVIDUAL IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE DIVERSION PROGRAM UNLESS THE VICTIM OF THE OFFENSE AGREES.
State police say a 51-year-old Marksville man being served a warrant for armed robbery was shot and killed by a member of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force. The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers say members of the task force were trying to serve the warrant on Larane Pierce. When marshals entered a building, Senior Trooper Scott Moreau say officers encountered Pierce and he was shot.