Monday, December 17, 2012
Louisiana authorities say a Port Barre woman has been killed in a hit-and-run crash. State police say in a news release that 58-year-old Betty J. Noel died in the crash Saturday on Louisiana 742. Investigators are looking for the vehicle involved. They believe it could be a light-colored pickup truck which could be damaged on the right front bumper or on the right side.
Cutting daily service at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier from 16 hours to 12 hours would significantly affect thousands of boats that use the waterway, residents told the Army Corps of Engineers at a public meeting earlier this week. The American Press reports the Army Corps' Chris Accardo said the corps' proposal would reduce the hours from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. He said the 12-hour shift was chosen because more commercial and recreational boats use the lock during that period. The changes would be effective Dec. 31.
THERE WERE FOUR INCIDENTS IN LAFAYETTE LAST WEEK WHERE A MAN TOOK A CAR FROM A WOMAN AT GUNPOINT. THE LATEST OCCURRED SATURDAY AFTEROON ON JOHNSTON STREET NEAR THE BLACKHAM COLISEUM. THE WOMAN WAS WALKING TO HER CAR WHEN AN ARMED MAN DEMANDED HER PURSE, KEYS, AND WALLET. HE DROVE AWAY IN HER VEHICLE WHICH WAS LATER RECOVERED NEAR UNIVERSITY AND CAMERON STREET. LAFAYETTE POLICE BELIEVE AT LEAST TWO OF THE ROBBERIES WERE COMMITTED BY THE SAME PERSON.
A federal judge has scheduled a status conference to discuss a request to postpone the trial of two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the April 2010 deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule on Tuesday's request for a trial delay by attorneys for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine. Instead, Duval is scheduled to discuss the matter with defense attorneys and prosecutors during a telephone call today. An indictment accuses Kaluza and Vidrine of disregarding high pressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble before BP's well blowout.
AN ACADIANA LANDMARK BUSINESS WILL BE CLOSING ON CHRISTMAS EVE. CUSTOMERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO GO IN AND BROWSE FOR MUSIC AT FLOYD’S RECORD SHOP IN VILLE PLATTE, THOUGH THE COMPANY’S WEBSITE, FLOYD’S RECORD SHOP-DOT-COM, WILL CONTINUE. FLOYD’S BEGAN PRODUCING RECORDS IN THE LATE FIFTY’S AND EVEN HAD A VINYL PRESSING PLANT THAT WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE IN 1994. OWNER FLOYD SOILEAU SAYS PEOPLE TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 167 USED TO STOP OFF IN VILLE PLATTE BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD OF HIS STORE. MORE THAN 37-HUNDRED RECORD STORES HAVE CLOSED IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, ACCORDING TO ALMIGHTY RESEARCH MARKETING.
A Sulphur man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing four churches. The American Press reports that 35-year-old Daniel Wayne Duplechin is accused of breaking statues at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church and Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church. The two Sulphur churches sustained more than $100,000 in damage Friday night. Duplechin also allegedly broke windows at two other churches in Sulphur.
THERE WILL BE A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN ACADIANA FOR THE VICTIMS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS FROM THE SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is using a mix of cuts, one-time patches and hiring freeze savings to close a nearly $166 million budget gap. Cuts are planned to doctors and hospitals that care for Medicaid patients. Programs that provide hospice care for the poor and disabled and dental benefits to pregnant women will be eliminated. Public colleges will be hit with a $22 million drop in state funding.