Monday, January 07, 2013
ONE LOCAL BUSINESS IS FORTUNATE AFTER A GREASE FIRE BROKE OUT IN THEIR KITCHEN.
LAKE CHARLES FIREFIGHTERS PUT OUT A FIRE EARLY YESTERDAY EVENING AT AN ENTERGY SUBSTATION, LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF ANN AND MILL STREETS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. ENTERGY SPOKESMAN CHIP ARNOULD BLAMED A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT FAILED AS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE. HE TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT EQUIPMENT THAT IS DESIGNED TO ISOLATE FAILURES WORKED PROPERLY BY KEEPING THE PROBLEM FROM EFFECTING MORE CUSTOMERS. HE SAYS ONLY A FEW CUSTOMERS LOST POWER AND IT WAS RESTORED WITHIN AN HOUR.
CREWS WILL START ROAD REPAIRS ON U-S HIGHWAY 90 IN NEW IBERIA THIS MORNING. THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT SAYS THE RIGHT LANE OF U-S HIGHWAY 90 BETWEEN L-A 329 AND LEWIS STREET WILL BE CLOSED IN THE EASTBOUND DIRECTION. THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8 A-M AND 4 P-M. THE D-O-T-D SAYS NO DETOUR IS NECESSARY FOR THE CLOSURE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ROAD REPAIRS, VISIT D-O-T-D-DOT-L-A-DOT-GOV.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the previous week's total of 3,495. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, fell to 3,262 from the previous week's total of 3,648. New claims and continued claims were both below the level of the same week in December 2011.
WEDNESDAY IT WILL BE DETERMINED IF DESPERADOíS IN CARENCRO WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN AND CONTINUE TO OPERATE AFTER THE GENTLEMENíS CLUB WAS BUSTED FOR DRUGS AND PROSTITUTION. THE CLUB WAS RAIDED ON DECEMBER FIFTH WHICH LED TO THE ARREST OF EMPLOYEES AND OWNER JAMES PANOS. HE WAS CHARGED WITH DRUG VIOLATIONS AND BONDED OUT BUT DESPERADOíS LIQUOR LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED BY THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO CONTROL. WEDNESDAY A STATE JUDGE WILL RULE WHETHER TO UPHOLD OR TERMINATE THAT SUSPENSION.
A TRADITIONAL CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY FOR THE LOCAL NATIONAL GUARD WAS HELD IN LAKE CHARLES. LIEUTENANT COLONEL KEITH ROBINSON SUCCEEDS MAJOR JODY GUILLORY AS THE COMMANDER OF THE THIRD BATTALION 156TH INFANTRY REGIMENT OF THE LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD. ROBINSON SAYS THE BEST PART OF SERVING IN THE NATION GUARD IS THE COMMITMENT OF THE SOLDIERS WHO GET CALLS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO GO AND SERVE. ROBINSON SAYS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVISE HE HAS RECEIVED AS HE TAKES COMMAND IS TO TAKE CARE OF HIS SOLDIERS.
The Morgan City Fire Department has taken delivery on a new fire truck from Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden. Fire Chief Morris Price tells the Daily Review he picked up the truck on Dec. 27. The pumper truck replaces one that succumbed to mechanical failure several months ago. The City Council in December authorized $218,898 to buy the new truck.
The state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has voted to add the Mississippi gopher frog to Louisiana's list of endangered reptiles and amphibians and to protect Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and two pine snake species. The proposed rule change would add the three snakes to the list of reptiles and amphibians that cannot be killed or removed from the wild without a permit. Scientists don't know of any wild populations of Mississippi gopher frogs in Louisiana. The commission will take public comment on the proposals at its Feb. 7 meeting and by mail through Feb. 20.