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Monday, March 04, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013





Carencro fire officials say a house fire has killed a 28-year-old man. Authorities say Shawn Woods was the only person home when the fire was reported about 5:40 a.m. Sunday. He lived with his father, who was not home. The Lafayette and Carencro Fire Departments and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the fire.





LAKE CHARLES POLICE, USING D-N-A EVIDENCE, HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN THE APRIL 2012 ARMED ROBBERY OF A TIGER NATION STORE. ON FRIDAY, 41-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL SHUPP OF SPRING, TEXAS WAS APPREHENDED AND HAS SINCE BEEN CHARGED WITH SEVERAL OFFENSES INCLUDING ARMED ROBBERY AND THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE. AFTER HOLDING UP THE TIGER NATION STORE WITH A HANDGUN, SHUPP ALLEGEDLY STOLE A VEHICLE TO MAKE HIS GETAWAY. LAKE CHARLES POLICE COLLECTED D-N-A EVIDENCE FROM THE SUSPECT IN THE VEHICLE AND LAST THURSDAY WERE NOTIFIED THAT THERE WAS A POSITIVE MATCH.





IN ST. LANDRY PARISH, SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES CHARGED A EUNICE MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF A 19 MONTH-OLD CHILD.





Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana won't be able to fully capitalize on the world's growing demand for American commodities unless a port can accommodate the new mammoth vessels transporting goods globally. He tells The News-Star that rising global demand for American commodities and Louisiana's geographic position could contribute to a decades-long economic boom for Louisiana. The Southern United States Trade Association says a record $25 billion worth of agriculture commodities was shipped from Louisiana ports in 2012. Strain says that could quickly rise by 30 percent if Louisiana had a port that could handle the 1,200-long ships that will be able to get through the Panama Canal once an expansion is complete next year.





TOMORROW THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE THAT WILL ESTABLISH AN AMNESTY PERIOD REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF LATE FEES AND OTHER PENALTIES RELATED TO UNPAID PARKING TICKETS AS WELL AS RED LIGHT RUNNING AND SPEEDING VIOLATIONS. AS OF NOW THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 11,800 UNPAID PARKING TICKETS, 64-HUNDRED UNPAID RED LIGHT RUNNING TICKETS, AND 11,800 UNPAID SPEEDING TICKETS. ALL OF THESE FINES TOTAL 3-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS THAT IS OWED TO THE CITY. IF APPROVED, THE EXPECTED DATE TO SUSPEND LATE FEES IS PROPOSED TO GO FROM THE ORDINANCE APPROVAL DATE TO APRIL 30TH.





TRAFFIC WAS SHUT DOWN ON I-210 FOR A FEW HOURS SATURDAY AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH THAT OCCURRED AT AROUND 8:30 THAT MORNING. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS OF THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE DRIVER OF A PONTIAC MINIVAN, MICHAEL CARTER OF DERIDDER, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND STRUCK A GUARDRAIL ON THE MEDIAN. HE AND A PASSENGER, NIKKI REED OF LAKE CHARLES, WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE INJURIES. THE CRASH OCCURRED ON THE EASTBOUND SIDE OF I-210 AT THE HOLLY HILL ROAD OVERPASS.





FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A WAREHOUSE FIRE AT THE ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN NEW IBERIA. IT WAS REPORTED THE FIRE STARTED WHEN AN INCANDESCENT LIGHT SHATTERED AND SPARKS IGNITED PLASTIC ON THE WAREHOUSE FLOOR. CREWS WERE ABLE TO GET THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL IN A TIMELY MANNER AND THE STRUCTURE IS STILL INTACT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.





Louisiana's social services department has banned the spending of welfare money on cigarettes, alcohol and lottery tickets. The new regulations were issued Friday by the Department of Children and Family Services. They also include restrictions that prohibit the use of a welfare electronic benefit card at liquor stores, gambling sites and strip clubs, as required under federal law. Social services officials say they are relying on businesses and the public to report suspected violations.



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