Tuesday, May 07, 2013
A Lafayette-based industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Monday that Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result of the company's improper payment and record-keeping practices. The department said Hutco impermissibly excluded "per diem" wages when calculating employees' overtime premiums. The employees eligible to recover back wages from Hutco include welders, electricians, painters, forklift operators and warehouse personnel.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A HOME ON MOELING STREET SATURDAY MORNING. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS DURING A GATHERING AT THE HOME, THE DOORBELL RANG AND TWO MEN CARRYING GUNS AND DRESSED IN ALL BLACK WITH RED BANDANNAS DEMANDED MONEY FROM EVERYONE. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS BEGAN FIRING HIS WEAPON, HITTING TWO PEOPLE, BEFORE THEY FLED THE SCENE. THE WOUNDS SUFFERED BY THE TWO VICTIMS WERE NOT LIFE-THREATENING.
THE ST. MARTINVILLE EARLY LEARNING CENTER WAS BURGLARIZED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS. ST. MARTINVILLE POLICE CHIEF PAULA SMITH SAYS BOTH BURGLARIES ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION. ST. MARTIN PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT RICHARD LAVERGNE SAYS THE OFFICE WAS TARGETED IN THE SECOND BURGLARY. HE SAYS THE THIEVES STOLE MONEY FOR STUDENT TROPHIES AND FUNDS RAISED BY STUDENTS TO PAY FOR AN END-OF-YEAR TRIP.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has blasted bipartisan House budget negotiations as a secretive, back-door attempt to raise taxes on Louisiana businesses and residents. The governor's criticism Monday came as lawmakers in the House moved ahead with the building blocks of a budget compromise that Jindal opposes because it would raise new dollars for state spending. Jindal hasn't been included in the negotiations. The House Ways and Means Committee advanced eight proposals to limit the tax breaks doled out by the state, as part of the talks between Republicans and Democrats over a budget deal.
LAFAYETTE MOTORISTS MIGHT EXPERIENCE DELAYS THIS MORNING.
A SULPHUR WOMAN, WHO ATTENDED THE BOSTON MARATHON TO WATCH HER DAUGHTER RUN, IS SEEN IN AN F-B-I SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE BOMBING SUSPECTS. IN FACT, MARIE CASTILLO TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT, IF IT WEREN’T FOR HER DAUGHTER’S FRIEND, SHE MAY HAVE BEEN HARMED BY THE BOMB. CASTILLO SAYS SHE FOUND A PLACE TO WATCH HER DAUGHTER FINISH THE RACE BUT HER DAUGHTER’S FRIEND INSISTED THEY MOVE TO ANOTHER SPOT TO GET A BETTER PICTURE. CASTILLO SAYS AS THEY WERE MOVING THEY HEARD THE BLAST AND TURNED BACK TO SEE THE SMOKE.
RAYNE POLICE MADE AN ARREST OF A MAN WHO WAS WANTED IN BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI FOR STEALING A VEHICLE. POLICE CHIEF CARROLL STELLY SAYS OFFICERS SPOTTED A STOLEN VEHICLE PARKED ON THE SIDE OF A LOCAL BUSINESS AND WAITED TO SEE IF SOMEONE WOULD COME BACK TO THE VEHICLE. THE OFFICERS THEN SPOTTED GARY BERRY OF BILOXI APPROACHING THE VEHICLE WITH A LOCAL RESIDENT. POLICE BELIEVE THAT BERRY TRIED TO SELL THE VEHICLE TO THE LOCAL RESIDENT.
Although no manufacturer exists in Louisiana, the House backed a proposal that would allow gun buyers and sellers to circumvent any federal firearm ban if the gun was manufactured in the state. The proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto would create the "Louisiana Manufactured Firearms and Ammunition Act," providing for state licensing and regulations instead of federal oversight. The bill was approved 75-20, primarily along party lines with Republicans supporting and members of the Legislative Black Caucus in opposition. It heads to the Senate.