Monday, January 21, 2013
THE LATE ALTON “TONY” CHAISSON WILL BE HONORED TODAY DURING MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR DAY CEREMONIES IN LAFAYETTE. CHAISSON WAS THE FIRST BLACK MEMBER OF THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, AND HIS SON, TEHMI CHAISSON, CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE BOARD. YESTERDAY AN M-L-K DAY PARADE WAS HELD IN LAFAYETTE. HUNDREDS LINED THE PARADE ROUTE, WHICH BEGAN AT THE CORNER OF WILLOW AND EVANGELINE THRUWAY AND ENDED AT THE M-L-K CENTER.
A LAKE CHARLES DEFENSE LAWYER HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PUBLIC DEFENDER GIDEON AWARD BY THE LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS. KING ALEXANDER HAS SERVED AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR SEVEN YEARS AND HEADED THE ASSOCIATION’S AMICUS COMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS. ALEXANDER SAYS HE IS HUMBLED TO RECEIVE THE AWARD. HE SAYS THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE IN CALCASIEU PARISH HAD A STRING OF SUCCESSES LAST YEAR, WHICH HE CALLED A TEAM EFFORT.
An Opelousas Police sergeant has been arrested, accused of distributing prescription pain medications to inmates in the city jail. Louisiana State Police, with help from the Opelousas Police Department, Friday arrested 51-year-old Sgt. Kenneth Edwards on two counts each of distribution of narcotics, doctor shopping and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. State police began investigating a complaint from Chief Perry Gallow about Edwards last October. State police say detectives determined that Edwards obtained the same type of pain medication from different area doctors then allegedly brought the narcotics into the jail and distributed them to inmates on at least two different occasions.
The U.S. Commerce Department says it is investigating subsidies in seven nations for frozen warmwater shrimp. Gulf of Mexico shrimp processors had asked for the investigation of subsidized imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. David Veal, executive director of the Coalition of Shrimp Industries, tells The Times-Picayune that it will be months before any decision on whether to impose duties to offset those subsidies. Investigators won't look at programs for fresh, breaded, cold-water, or other types of shrimp.
LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH OFFICIALS ARE ANTICIPATING THEY WILL HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT WITH THE TOWN OF BROUSSARD THIS TUESDAY.
State health officials say they have found a private operator to run the LSU hospital in Lake Charles that provides safety net care for the uninsured. The Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday that management of LSU's W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center will be turned over to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. The arrangement, according to DHH, is similar to privatization plans for the operations of LSU's hospitals in New Orleans, Houma and Lafayette. The privatization arrangement needs approval from LSU's governing board.
STATE TROOPERS ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CRASH OVER THE WEEKEND IN ACADIA PARISH. 53-YEAR-OLD DONNA SAENZ OF SAMPSON, ALABAMA WAS TRAVELING WEST ON L-A 365 IN THE OVERNIGHT HOURS OF SATURDAY MORNING AND FAILED TO YIELD TO A STOP SIGN WHEN CROSSING HIGHWAY 35. HER VEHICLE WAS STRUCK BY A TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVEN BY 41-YEAR-OLD BARRY GOTREAUX OF VILLE PLATTE. SAENZ WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVING AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL, WHILE GOTREAUX SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.
The city of Sulphur will soon advertise for bids to update signals at two main intersections as part of a long-term plan to improve traffic flow. The City Council approved authorization for the ads to begin Feb. 21 to change signals at the intersections of Huntington and Cypress streets and Darbonne and Ruth streets.
Public works director John Bruce tells The American Press the changes will include a left-turn signal at the Huntington and Cypress streets intersection and motion detectors at both intersections.