Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A former Jennings police chief who remained on the force after he stepped down as chief in 2010 has been arrested on suspicion he removed items from the department's evidence room. Louisiana State Police told The Advocate that 52-year-old Johnny Lassiter was arrested Friday and is being held in the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on $100,000 bond. State police say Lassiter faces one count each of theft over $1,500, malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and injuring public records. According to a state police news release, Lassiter resigned Jan. 8.
MONDAY U-S ATTORNEY STEPHANIE FINLEY ANNOUNCED THAT BARNA HAYNES HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY AND IS NOW COOPERATING WITH FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS DETERMINED THAT A BARN NEAR BREAUX BRIDGE WAS DESTROYED SUNDAY BY AN EF-ONE TORNADO. THE BARN, LOCATED THREE MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF BREAUX BRIDGE, WAS DAMAGED BY DEBRIS AND TWO MOBILE HOMES SUFFERED MODERATE TO MINOR DAMAGE. THIS WAS THE SECOND TORNADO TO HIT THE BREAUX BRIDGE AREA. LAST THURSDAY, ANOTHER EF-ONE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG THE GRAND POINTE HIGHWAY AND ST. CHARLES STREET, DAMAGING APPROXIMATELY THIRTY HOMES AND BUSINESSES.
A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. moved it to June 10 after conferring with defense attorneys and prosecutors on Monday. Duval agreed to give both sides more time to prepare. The indictment accuses Mix of deleting text messages to a supervisor and a contractor to prevent them from being used in a federal grand jury probe.
Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.
The $15.4 million that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has paid to outside lawyers accounts for about two-thirds of his total spending. While Louisiana took a much harder hit than other states during and after the disaster, that spending far exceeds the contract work paid by Caldwell's counterparts.
A former state court judge has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in 14th Judicial District Court. The American Press reports 62-year-old Greg Lyons of Lake Charles faced 13 counts, but pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of theft over $500 and was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $192,000 in restitution. Lyons was also ordered to get treatment for a gambling addiction.
Lyons served as judge for 18 years before returning to private practice in 2001.
THE SCHOOL STAFF AND POLICE ARE ADJUSTING THEIR PROCEDURES AT THE
N-P MOSS PREPARATORY ACADEMY IN LAFAYETTE AFTER THE ALLEGED RAPE OF A FEMALE STUDENT LAST WEEK. THREE POLICE OFFICERS STAY AT THE SCHOOL WHICH HOUSES THE SCHOOL DISTRICTíS ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA BILLEAUDEAU SAYS THE OFFICERS WILL ASSIST STAFF IN MONITORING AREAS OF THE CAMPUS AND ADJACENT FACILITIES, SUCH AS THE DOMINGUE RECREATION CENTER, WHICH IS BEING USED FOR P-E CLASSES WHILE THE GYM IS BEING RENOVATED. THE DOMINGUE RECREATION CENTER IS THE LOCATION OF THE REPORTED RAPE.
CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON ANNOUNCED THAT THE DEPARTMENTíS NARCOTICS DIVISION ARRESTED A TOTAL OF SIX PEOPLE AFTER EXECUTING TWO SEPARATE SEARCH WARRANTS LAST THURSDAY MORNING. AT THE FIRST RESIDENCE, LOCATED AT 820 WEST SECOND STREET, A VARIETY OF DRUGS WERE FOUND AND THREE PEOPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG POSSESSION AND WEAPONS CHARGES: 29-YEAR-OLD QUENTIN BATISTE, 21-YEAR-OLD ABIGAIL ARLEDGE, AND 49-YEAR-OLD CORNELIUS WHEELER. THE SECOND SEARCH WAS CONDUCTED AT 513 JACOBS AVENUE WHERE ANOTHER TWO ADULTS AND A 14-YEAR-OLD JUVENILE WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES INCLUDING 19-YEAR-OLD DENZEL K. MCINTYRE AND 42-YEAR-OLD ERIKA FONTENOT.