Monday, February 11, 2013
Lafayette police say an 18-year-old man is accused of killing one 15-year-old and shooting two others while they were in a truck outside his home in a middle-class subdivision. Cpl. Paul Mouton says Seth Fontenot of Lafayette was booked Sunday on one count of first-degree murder and two of attempted first-degree murder. He says the investigation is continuing, and investigators have not released the apparent motive. Mouton says the 15-year-olds were shot about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
THE HEAD OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE SAYS HE HOPES THE STATE LEGISLATURE CAN FIND ANOTHER SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THEM. CURRENTLY THE PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE RELIES ON FINES FROM TRAFFIC TICKETS, BUT DISTRICT DEFENDER JAY DIXON SAYS INCOME FROM TRAFFIC TICKETS WILL BE THE LOWEST IN TEN YEARS. DIXON SAYS HIS OFFICE NEEDS 2-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY, BUT THEY ARE EXPECTING TO HAVE TO OPERATE ON A ONE-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. HE SAYS ITíS GETTING TO THE POINT THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO START TURNING AWAY FELONY CASES BECAUSE IT WOULD BE UNETHICAL TO TAKE ANY MORE.
A COUPLE FROM ST. MARTINVILLE DIED SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER CRASHING THEIR CAR INTO A TREE.
A FIVE MEMBER TASK FORCE FORMED BY THE GREATER LAFAYETTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS LOOKING AT WAYS TO GIVE CITY PARISH COUNCILMEN WITHIN THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE MORE CONTROL OVER CITY ONLY AFFAIRS. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER BRUCE CONQUE SAYS NONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THEY COME UP WITH WOULD INCLUDE DECONSOLIDATION, WHICH WAS SOUNDLY DEFEATED BY VOTERS IN 2011. CONQUE SAYS THE TASK FORCE IS FOCUSING ON BRINGING A PROPOSAL BEFORE VOTERS IN THE SPRING OF 2014. FIRST THE CHAMBERíS BOARD OF DIRECTORS WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE THEM AND THEN THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO TAKE ACTION ON THEM.
James Jones has joined the Louisiana Small Business Development Center as a business consultant. The center is housed at McNeese State University. Jones has 21 years of experience in the banking industry, including work as a credit analyst, branch manager and business and commercial banker. Among his responsibilities are providing small business counseling, training and information services to small business owners or potential owners.
AN ACADIA PARISH MAN WAS SENTENCED LAST FRIDAY TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. A JURY FOUND DANIEL PRINCE GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR THE 2005 DEATHS OF ANGELA MATTE AND JACKIE CAMPBELL. PRINCE MURDERED THE TWO WOMEN AT THEIR MOBILE HOME IN BRANCH AND THEN SET IT ON FIRE IN AN EFFORT TO CONCEAL HIS CRIME. BEFORE PRONOUNCING SENTENCE, JUDGE CHRISTIAN EARLES CALLED THE MURDER CRUEL AND UNNECESSARY AND ALSO NOTED THAT PRINCE SHOWED A LACK OF REMORSE DURING THE TRIAL.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 41-year-old convicted felon after he allegedly told a friend he was going shoot up Bell City School. The sheriff's office says Warren A. LeBlanc, of Hayes, allegedly told a friend Thursday evening of his plan to attack the school. LeBlanc's friend alerted school officials Friday and they locked down the school. Deputies later found LeBlanc inside 47-year-old Thomas P. Crochet's car on Highway 90 in Iowa, along with three firearms.
Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have joined lawmakers from other catfish-producing states in calling on the Commerce Department to do more to stop a flood of imported fish products. The senators, in a letter to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, urged her to enforce an antidumping order against frozen fillets from Vietnam. Senators from Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana also signed the letter. The letter says Vietnamese imports have tripled since 2008 and now account for more than 75 percent of the U.S. market.