Monday, May 20, 2013
The Sulphur City Council has voted to use the general fund to buy four police vehicles. Mayor Chris Duncan tells The American Press that the purchases will increase the city's projected deficit by $101,250. Duncan says the general fund originally had $33,750 budgeted for a Chevrolet Tahoe, but the City Council's decision to buy four Tahoes increased the total for the units to $135,000. Police Chief Lewis Coats has said department supervisors need the SUVs to carry evidence kits, traffic cones, digital cameras and other equipment.
A LAFAYETTE MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A TRAIN JUST AFTER ONE SUNDAY MORNING. THE MAN IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT AN AREA HOSPITAL, ACCORDING TO LAFAYETTE POLICE SPOKESMAN CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON. TRAFFIC INVESTIGATORS SAYS THE MAN WAS SITTING NEAR THE TRAIN TRACKS AT THE WEST THIRD STREET CROSSING WHEN HE WAS STRUCK. MOUTON SAYS THE MAN SUSTAINED INJURIES TO HIS RIGHT KNEE, RIGHT ARM AND HEAD.
ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SAY A SHOOTING IN THE COMMUNITY OF BRANCH HAS LEFT ONE PERSON DEAD AND TWO WOUNDED. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
The first three LSU hospital privatization deals appear to use up 94 percent of the funding Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration set aside for eight such arrangements.
That was the assessment Friday of the Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan office that provided an update to the Senate Finance Committee about concerns with the 2013-14 budget. Jindal is seeking to privatize the operations of most LSU-run safety net hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured. Health department undersecretary Jerry Phillips says administration officials are aware of the budget gap and have identified funding that could draw down federal Medicaid money to fill it.
ABOUT THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT HELD AT THE LAKE CHARLES CIVIC CENTER. ARIEL CARRAWAY, A COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, SAYS THEY WERE ON PACE TO RAISE 221 THOUSAND DOLLARS. TEAMS OF PARTICIPANTS WALKED LAPS AROUND THE TRACK THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING AT SIX. THE EVENT BEGAN AT SEVEN P-M FRIDAY NIGHT WITH CANCER SURVIVORS TAKING THE FIRST LAP.
A police chief disputes claims that his officers were paid to look away during illegal drug sales and prostitution at Desperado’s. Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout tells The Advocate that officers were allowed to work at Desperado's Gentlemen's Cabaret with the understanding that they had to stay in the parking lot unless there was a disturbance inside. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday says that owner James Panos "made special arrangements with some local police officers" so illegal drug sales and prostitution activity could continue unfettered at the club. Stout says his department has made "numerous, numerous" arrests at the club, proof that officers were enforcing laws.
THE ST. LANDRY PARISH CLERK OF COURT IS WARNING RESIDENTS ABOUT A SCAM THAT COMES IN THE FORM OF A LETTER. CHARLES JAGNEAUX SAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A LETTER FROM “PROPERTY TRANSFER SERVICES” THAT TELLS THE RECIPIENT THEY NEED A COPY OF THEIR PROPERTY DEED, AND IT INCLUDES AN AMOUNT DUE OF 83 DOLLARS AND A DUE DATE. JAGNEAUX SAYS THE LETTER LOOKS OFFICIAL BUT IT’S MISLEADING. HE SAYS HIS OFFICE SUPPLIES COPIES OF DEEDS FOR A DOLLAR A PAGE, WITH THE WHOLE FEE USUALLY AMOUNTING TO NO MORE THAN FIVE OR SIX DOLLARS.
McNeese State University will offer five orientation sessions for incoming freshmen attending their first classes during the fall semester. All first-time freshmen are required to attend a one-day orientation, which includes a campus tour and other information about McNeese. The sessions will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 22, June 5, June 18, June 27 and July 10 in the F.G. Bulber Auditorium. Students must register in advance for the orientation date they plan to attend.