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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013





SETH FONTENOT, THE 18-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN LAST MONTH’S SHOOTING OF 15-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN RIVAULT AND THE ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF TWO OTHER TEENS, IS OUT ON BAIL. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.





ON APRIL 20TH, SULPHUR HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL CELEBRATION OF THE SCHOOL’S CENTENNIAL. IT WILL BEGIN AT NINE A-M WITH OPENING CEREMONIES AND THE DEDICATION OF A CLOCK TOWER AND HALL OF FAME. TWELVE GRADUATES OF SULPHUR HIGH WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME INCLUDE J.W. STINE OF THE CLASS OF 3’1, BETSY BAILEY CROUCH OF THE CLASS OF ’44, JACK HEBERT OF THE CLASS OF ’58 AND GEORGE HARDY VINCENT OF THE CLASS OF ’53. THE GYM THAT DAY WILL BE SET UP LIKE A MUSEUM WITH DISPLAYS OF MEMORABILIA, UNIFORMS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND MORE.





BEGINNING IN MAY, RESIDENTS IN THE RURAL PARTS OF ST. MARTIN PARISH WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION. PARISH PRESIDENT GUY CORMIER SAYS ST. MARTIN WAS THE ONLY ACADIANA PARISH THAT DID NOT HAVE MANDATORY GARBAGE SERVICE FOR THE RURAL AREAS. RESIDENTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH NEW 96-GALLON CONTAINERS WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR THE AUTOMATED GARBAGE TRUCKS. CORMIER SAYS THEY ARE HOPING THE PROGRAM WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WASTE THAT’S SEEN IN THE RURAL AREAS.





Treasurer John Kennedy says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year is unrealistic and unbalanced. Kennedy said in a column Monday that the state will face another round of midyear budget slashing if lawmakers approve the governor's spending plans for the 2013-14 year. The Republican treasurer says Jindal's budget includes "pretend" savings from an unfinished privatization of the LSU hospitals and anticipates "inflated prices" from property sales that won't pan out. Jindal's Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says if the dollars Kennedy criticizes were removed, cuts would be required to health care and colleges.





A LAFAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TOMORROW NIGHT WANTS TO PROPOSE A MOTION TO RATIFY ALL PERSONNEL DECISIONS MADE IN 2012. LAST MONTH, THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED TO SEEK AN OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE BOARD’S AUTHORITY IN RELATION TO A SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION THAT WAS CREATED ONE YEAR AGO. THAD WELCH, WHO HOLDS THE POSITION, DOES NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, WHICH UPSETS SOME BOARD MEMBERS, BUT SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS WELCH IS QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION AND WILL NOT REMOVE HIM. BOARD MEMBER MARK COCKERHAM PROPOSED THE RATIFICATION MOTION FOR TOMORROW NIGHT’S MEETING BECAUSE HE SAYS IT COULD TAKE SIX MONTHS BEFORE THEY GET A RESPONSE BACK FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.





SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL IN MOSS BLUFF WAS PUT ON A PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN YESTERDAY MORNING AFTER A MAN INVOLVED IN A FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BEGAN TO BEHAVE ERRATICALLY. STATE POLICE TROOP D SPOKESMAN SERGEANT JAMES ANDERSON SAYS 27-YEAR-OLD JEFFREY NIKOLAS MONCEAUX OF MOSS BLUFF REAR-ENDED A VEHICLE AND THEN ATTEMPTED TO DRIVE BETWEEN TWO OTHER VEHICLES. THE RISK MANAGER FOR THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, SKYLAR GIARDINA, SAYS MONCEAUX THEN RAN ONTO THE SCHOOL GROUNDS AND HID IN THE BUSHES, BUT WAS LATER APPREHENDED BY A SAFE SCHOOL OFFICER, WHO HANDED HIM OVER TO POLICE. MONCEAUX HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH D-W-I, CARELESS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE AND RESISTING ARREST.





THE DIRECTOR OF THE CROWLEY ANIMAL SHELTER HAS FACED HARASSMENT SINCE AN EMPLOYEE LAST YEAR KILLED A DOZEN ANIMALS, INCLUDING DECAPITATING SOME. JEHNNA LELEUX WAS NOT CONNECTED WITH THE DEATHS AND HAS EVEN RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE ACADIANA HUMANE SOCIETY, THE CROWLEY CITY COUNCIL, SECOND CHANCE PAWS AND THE L-S-U VETERINARY DEPARTMENT. BUT LELEUX SAYS SINCE THE INCIDENT, SHE HAS HAD THE WORD MURDERER SPRAY PAINTED ON HER HOUSE AND HER PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL WERE POSTED ON THE INTERNET RESULTING IN HARASSING EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS. CROWLEY MAYOR GREG JONES, WHO BROUGHT LELEUX FROM GEORGIA TO RUN THE SHELTER, IS ANGRY ABOUT THE TREATMENT SHE HAS RECEIVED AND SAYS HE’S PROUD OF THE WORK THAT SHE HAS DONE.



A Baton Rouge judge has thrown out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure laws as unconstitutional because it was contained in legislation with too many other items. Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure. On Monday, Caldwell agreed with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers that he misread part of the bill for his previous ruling.



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