Friday, June 21, 2013
A 33-YEAR-OLD LAFAYETTE MAN PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND’S NINE-YEAR-OLD SON IN 2011. BY PLEADING GUILTY, RONJOEROX DAMISO HAMILTON ESCAPED A POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE AND WAS INSTEAD SENTENCED TO SERVE THE REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON. PROSECUTOR J.N. PRATHER JUNIOR SAYS THE MEDICAL EXAMINER DETERMINED THAT THE BOY, DYLAN JAMES ROYER, WAS BEATEN FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR. ROYER WAS AN ASTHMATIC AND DIED THE NEXT DAY IN A HOSPITAL.
AN INMATE WHO ESCAPED WHILE BEING BOOKED INTO THE WELSH JAIL WEDNESDAY NIGHT REMAINS ON THE LOOSE AND IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. 33-YEAR-OLD DAMIEN GUIDRY WAS ARRESTED ON A FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. GUIDRY, WHO IS 6-3 AND 192 POUNDS, HAS FAMILY IN CROWLEY AND IN TEXAS. POLICE SAY HE MAY HAVE LEFT THE WELSH AREA ON A MOTORCYCLE.
A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF STATE SENATOR ELBERT GUILLORY OF OPELOUSAS, EXPLAINING WHY HE SWITCHED TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, HAS GONE VIRAL. THE VIDEO HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN 500 THOUSAND VIEWS SINCE IT WAS POSTED FOUR DAYS AGO. GUILLORY BECAME THE FIRST BLACK REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR IN LOUISIANA SINCE RECONSTRUCTION. HE ORIGINALLY WAS A MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, BUT SWITCHED TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY WHEN HE RAN FOR OFFICE SIX YEARS AGO.
Lawmakers combing through plans to privatize LSU's hospitals are questioning incomplete financial terms, access to hospital records and the long-term impact on the state budget and patient care. The questions came up Thursday as the legislative budget committee reviewed the hospital contracts. Management of four university hospitals, including ones in Lafayette and Lake Charles, is slated to turn over to private operators next week, even though some financial details remain incomplete in the documents provided to lawmakers. The governor's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, assured lawmakers that the deals will save the state treasury money — though they are expected to use more federal financing.
THE CITIES OF LAFAYETTE AND BROUSSARD SETTLED THEIR DIFFERENCES REGARDING BROUSSARD’S LAWSUIT CHALLENGING LAFAYETTE’S PLANTATION OAKS ANNEXATION. MICHAEL DUPREE REPORTS.
THE SULPHUR PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT HELD A GRAND OPENING YESTERDAY FOR THE CITY’S SEVENTH PARK. ABOUT A HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE ON HAND FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE GROVE AT HERITAGE SQUARE, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO BE OPENED LAST DECEMBER. THE PARK HAS FOUNTAINS, LANDSCAPED WALKING PATHS, SITTING AREAS, WI-FI ACCESS AND A STAGE. POLICE JUROR FRANCIS ANDREPONT CREDITED THE DETERMINATION OF PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR NORMAN FARR FOR MAKING THE CONCEPTUAL VISION OF THE PARK A REALITY.
THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF CRYSTAL DUPUIS GREBINGER ARE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH A FOOT SEARCH FOR HER IN ST. MARTIN PARISH THIS WEEKEND. THEY ARE ENCOURAGING VOLUNTEERS TO BRING BOATS AND A-T-V’S TO HELP COMB AREAS THAT ARE HARD TO REACH ON FOOT. VOLUNTEERS WHO PLAN TO PARTICIPATE CAN RESPOND ON THE “HELP FIND CRYSTAL DUPUIS GREBINGER” FACEBOOK PAGE. GREBINGER, WHO IS A NATIVE OF BREAUX BRIDGE, WAS LAST SEEN AT THE FAITH HOUSE WOMEN’S SHELTER IN LAFAYETTE ON FEBRUARY EIGHTH.
Oil and gas companies working in the Gulf of Mexico have agreed not to use seismic surveys for the next 2 ½ years in three areas considered critical to whales and along the coast during the calving season for bottlenose dolphins. The agreement among three environmental groups, several trade groups and the U.S. Interior Department was filed Thursday afternoon in federal court in New Orleans.
Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Development Council says the 30-month period will give the government and industry time for required environmental studies and research. Eric Milito of the American Petroleum Institute says the industry agreed to the measures although it feels the risk of harm is minor.