Wednesday, May 15, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PUT ON NOTICE THAT THEY MAY LOSE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM BY DOWNTOWN BAR OWNERS BY DEFAULT BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T RESPONDED BY THE LEGALLY REQUIRED DEADLINE. CITY PARISH ATTORNEY MICHAEL HEBERT SAYS THEY WILL LIKELY FILE COURT MOTIONS TODAY CONTESTING A DEFAULT JUDGEMENT. THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT WANTS TO IMPOSE A SECURITY FEE ON THE DOWNTOWN BAR OWNERS BECAUSE IT COSTS ABOUT 460 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR POLICE DETAILS TO KEEP WATCH OVER THE AREA. HOWEVER THE BAR OWNERS ARGUE THAT THE FEE IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL TAX IMPOSED WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA IS GOING THROUGH AN ECONOMIC BOOM THAT WILL LEAVE IT SEVERAL STEPS AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WHEN THE GREAT RECESSION ENDS. THAT’S ACCORDING TO REBECCA RYAN OF NEXT GENERATION CONSULTING, WHO HAS SPENT THE PAST YEAR PUTTING TOGETHER A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE ECONOMIC BOOM TO IMPROVE THE AREA’S QUALITY OF LIFE. RYAN COMPARED SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA TO OTHER SIMILAR AREAS SUCH AS BEAUMONT-PORT AUTHUR, LAFAYETTE, AND MOBILE. SHE FOUND LAKE CHARLES TO BE DOING BETTER IN THE AREAS OF LIFESTYLE COSTS AND QUALITY EDUCATION, BUT LAGGING IN EARNINGS, VITALITY AND AFTER HOURS OPPORTUNITIES.
CRIME STOPPERS OF ACADIA PARISH IS SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN SOLVING THE BREAK-IN OF A STORAGE UNIT THAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE SUSPECT CUT THE LOCK AT A STORAGE UNIT AT 404 SOUTH PARKERSON SOMETIME BETWEEN FIVE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND TWO-THIRTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ONCE INSIDE, THE SUSPECT STOLE A PROPANE SMOKER, THREE PROPANE BURNERS, A MAGNALITE ROASTER, TWO SEAFOOD BOILING POTS AND A CUSTOM CRACKLIN POT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL THE TIPS LINE AT 789-TIPS. ALL CALLERS CAN RECEIVE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD.
A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has urged a federal judge to sanction Justice Department prosecutors for allegedly withholding evidence. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Tuesday on whether sanctions are warranted after one of Kurt Mix's lawyers asked him to order prosecutors to turn over any evidence that could be favorable to his defense. Mix's attorney claims prosecutors failed to turn over a Coast Guard record that could rebut allegations that Mix tried to conceal data about the rate that oil was flowing from BP's blown-out well. A Justice Department attorney denied withholding evidence and offered to provide Mix's attorneys with roughly 37 million documents related to the investigation.
THE LAFAYETTE MAN, WHO FLED TOWN JUST MINUTES BEFORE HE WAS SET TO GO ON TRIAL FOR KILLING CACIE BARRAS MCGREW IN A CAR ACCIDENT, WILL REMAIN IN JAIL UNTIL HIS NEXT TRIAL DATE. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
ON JUNE TENTH, THE SULPHUR CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON INCREASING THE FEES FOR WATER, SEWER AND GARBAGE COLLECTIONS. LAST NIGHT, AN ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED THAT PROPOSES RAISING MONTHLY WATER FEES BY 52 CENTS, SEWER FEES BY 75 CENTS, AND GARBAGE COLLECTION FEES BY A DOLLAR-23. CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR KEVIN ALLEY SAYS THE LAST TIME THERE WAS A RATE INCREASE WAS NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. HE SAYS, EVEN WITH THE INCREASE, THE FEES WILL NOT FULLY COVER THE COSTS AND THE DIFFERENCE WILL HAVE TO BE PAID BY THE CITY.
THE KROTZ SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING AN OFFER BY ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF BOBBY GUIDROZ TO SUPPLY AN OFFICER FOR SECURITY IN THE TOWN’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. LAST MONTH, THE COUNCIL CONSIDERED AN OFFER BY A SECURITY COMPANY TO PROVIDE A RESOURCE OFFICER AT THE SCHOOL. AT MONDAY’S REGULAR MEETING, GUIDROZ TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT HIS DEPUTIES COST LESS THAN A SECURITY OFFICER AND HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE OUT ADDITIONAL INSURANCE. GUIDROZ ALSO OFFERED TO TAKE OVER THE TOWN’S DISPATCHING SERVICES, WHICH WOULD FREE UP MONEY TO UPGRADE SECURITY AT THE SCHOOL.
One of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico are the biggest and most plentiful in years, but the federal recreational season for red snapper keeps getting shorter. Governors of four Gulf Coast states want management turned over to states. The federal recreational season starts June 1 for 9 days off Louisiana, 12 days off Texas, 21 days off Florida and 28 days off Mississippi and Alabama. On Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries rejected a request to change the seasons in federal waters.