Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert III is moving forward with a plan to build a new parish jail and administrative offices on sheriff-owned property west of Oberlin.
The American Press reports the 180-bed facility is projected to cost $8.5 million and will be built with revenues from a gaming compact with the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. Hebert says $3 million dollars, or 40 percent of the project cost, is currently available to build the facility. He says additional bond sales and other financing options are being considered to finance the remaining cost.
JULIE DARCY HAS MORE DETAILS ON THE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING SHOOTING WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 15-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN RIVAULT AND THE INJURY OF TWO OTHER 15-YEAR-OLD BOYS.
WHEN STUDENTS AT LOREAUVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RETURN TO CLASSES AFTER THE MARDI GRAS HOLIDAY, THEY WILL GO BACK TO A BRAND NEW BUILDING. THE 13 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY ON ED BROUSSARD ROAD IS ABOUT TWICE THE SIZE OF THE OLD BUILDING, ACCORDING TO PRINCIPAL GANNON DOOLEY. IT INCLUDES LARGER CLASSROOMS, A BIGGER LIBRARY AND A CAFETERIA THAT COULD SEAT THE ENTIRE STUDENT BODY. THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDING IS PAID FOR THROUGH A BOND ISSUE THAT WAS APPROVED BY VOTERS IN 2009. IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DALE HENDERSON SAYS THE FORMER SCHOOL SITE WILL BE SOLD.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WAS KILLED IN A WEEKEND ACCIDENT. KIM MYERS OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS 58-YEAR-OLD LARRY J. HICKS WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL SATURDAY NIGHT AT AROUND 9:20. MYERS SAYS SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT HICKS WAS TRAVELING WEST ON MCCOWN ROAD WHEN HE LEFT THE ROADWAY, ENTERED A DITCH AND STRUCK A CULVERT. MYERS SAYS A STANDARD TOXICOLOGY TEST WAS PERFORMED ON HICKS AND THEY ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF IT.
PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ON TRANSFORMING A HORSE FARM RECENTLY PURCHASED BY THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL INTO A PUBLIC PARK. LAST WEEK THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ACADIANA ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A NONPROFIT GROUP, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL PARK INC, WHICH WILL RAISE MONEY FOR THE PARK AND OVERSEE ITS DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT. CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL SAYS THEY ARE WORKING ON AN AGREEMENT WHERE THE GROUP LEASES THE PROPERTY FROM THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT. ALLYSON PHARR, ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS FOR LAFAYETTE CENTRAL PARK, TOLD THE ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER THAT THEY WILL HAVE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INPUT, INCLUDING THROUGH TOWN-HALL STYLE MEETINGS AND OPENING UP SEATS ON THE BOARD TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.
THE CROWLEY POLICE ARE SEEKING TO ARREST 18-YEAR-OLD KENLY MOUTON FOR A BURGLARY THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE 900 BLOCK OF MEAR STREET. MOUTON IS WHITE WITH BROWN HAIR, APPROXIMATELY FIVE-NINE AND 150 POUNDS, AND HIS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS 203 BLUE BONNET DRIVE IN CROWLEY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL 789-TIPS. ALL CALLERS TO THE TIPS LINE WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD OF UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
The executive director of the museum ship USS Orleck says he and casino representatives are working on a plan to dock the destroyer next to the Isle of Capri Casino in Westlake. Ron Williams tells the American Press the plan is to sublease land between the casino hotel and the Interstate 10 bridge from the casino. Once the lease is signed, Orleck officials will begin raising money to pay for dockside facilities. Williams says the new location will be more visible and, he hopes, will attract more visitors.
Louisiana's top court next month will hear the state's appeal of a Baton Rouge judge's ruling that Louisiana's expanded voucher program unconstitutionally diverts public funds to private and parochial schools. The Advocate reports the state Supreme Court is scheduled to entertain oral arguments March 19 in New Orleans. State District Judge Tim Kelley's Nov. 30 ruling came at the end of a three-day trial of consolidated lawsuits, filed by Louisiana's two largest teacher unions and the state's school boards association. The new expanded program began with the start of the school year in August.