Wednesday, February 06, 2013
ANOTHER PERSON HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO TAKING PART IN A BRIBERY SCHEME INSIDE THE LAFAYETTE PARISH COURTHOUSE THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO GET D-W-I’S REMOVED FROM THEIR RECORD IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH.
A 40-YEAR-OLD VINTON MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR THE THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN A MONTH AND NOW FACES 17 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED INCEST AND TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED RAPE. THE ALLEGED VICTIMS OF CHRISTOPHER S. BENOIT WERE FEMALE FAMILY MEMBERS. THE ALLEGED ATTACKS OCCURRED OVER A TWENTY YEAR PERIOD, BETWEEN 1989 AND 2009. BENOIT’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT 4-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS.
WILBERT THIBODEAUX, THE CHARENTON MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A CHITIMACHA TRIBAL POLICE OFFICER AND ANOTHER MAN AND WOUNDING TWO ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAS A HISTORY OF MENTAL PROBLEMS. THIBODEAUX’S ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER CRAIG COLWART, SAYS HIS CLIENT EXHIBITED BIZARRE BEHAVIOR TO HIS INVESTIGATOR. HE PLANS ON FILING PAPERS SEEKING A HEARING BEFORE A TWO-DOCTOR SANITY COMMISSION. COLWART SAYS THE DOCTORS CAN DETERMINE IF THIBODEAUX IS COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL AND IF HE WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN THE SHOOTING OCCURRED ON JANUARY 26TH.
Two lawmakers are proposing to open more of the governor's office to scrutiny, with a bill that would limit the expansive public records exemption currently on the books. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard of Thibodaux and Sen. Rick Gallot (GAL oh) of Ruston have filed the measure, to be considered in the legislative session that begins in April. Under existing law, most of the documents and emails in the governor's office are shielded from public view, with a broad exemption that hides anything considered part of the governor's "deliberative process." Richard's and Gallot's bill would strip that deliberative process exemption and shield only internal communication between the governor, his chief of staff and his executive counsel.
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO POSTPONE A PLANNED VOTE ON ENDING A TAX REBATE. COUNCILMAN JAY CASTILLE PROPOSED THE ORDINANCE WHICH WOULD HAVE ENDED THE PRACTICE OF ALLOWING BUSINESSES TO KEEP TWO PERCENT OF ALL SALES TAXES COLLECTED IF THEY MADE THEIR SALES TAX PAYMENT IN TIME. CASTILLE SAID LAST MONTH THAT ENDING THE REBATE WOULD BRING IN BADLY NEEDED REVENUE TO THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT. COUNCILMAN KENNETH BOUDREAX REQUESTED THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE VOTE SO THAT THEY COULD RECEIVE MORE INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.
THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS EXPECTING TOUGH BUDGET TIMES AHEAD. KARL BRUCHAUS SAYS THE CURRENT GENERAL FUND BUDGET IS 280 MILLION DOLLARS AND 84 PERCENT OF THE COSTS GOES TOWARD SALARIES AND BENEFITS. BRUCHAUS TELLS K-P-L-C
T-V THAT NEXT YEAR HE EXPECTS AN EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN BENEFIT COSTS AND THREE MILLION IN HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS. HE SAYS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS THEY’VE MADE CUTS TO THE BUDGET MAKING IT VERY LEAN AND A CHALLENGE TO FIND OTHER AREAS TO CUT.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS MADE AN ARREST IN AN ALLEGED DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAM. SOLICITERS WERE SELLING VALID MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS BUT AT AN INFLATED PRICE. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS THE SOLICITERS ALSO CLAIMED THAT THE MAGAZINES WERE BEING SOLD FOR A LOCAL FUNDRAISER OR THAT THEY WERE REFERRED BY A NEIGHBOR. 26-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY RAY DELGADO OF ORLAND, CALIFORNIA WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON A CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION BUT CHIEF GIBSON SAYS HIS WORKERS HAD APPARENTLY LEFT CROWLEY BEFORE BEING LOCATED.
A Vermilion Parish grand jury has charged a Maurice police officer with negligent homicide in a fatal crash last year that left an 83-year-old Abbeville man dead.
Assistant District Attorney Stanton Hardee told The Advocate that the panel indicted Officer Willis Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas was responding to a call Oct. 11 with his emergency lights and siren activated when a car driven by Paul Suire pulled from a side street onto U.S. Highway 167 and was hit on the driver's door by the patrol car. Suire was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish coroner.