Monday, July 8, 2013
AFTER A GOLD CHEVY IMPALA WAS STOPPED FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION BY LOUISIANA STATE POLICE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON WEST CALCASIEU-CAMERON PARISH LINE ROAD IT FLED THE SCENE. PURSUIT CONTINUED TO LA 385, WHERE THE CAR COLLIDED WITH A BLUE HONDA CR-V. ONE OF THE OCCUPANTS FROM THE IMPALA WAS CAPTURED AND TWO OTHER RAN ON FOOT, BUT WERE CAPTURED FAIRLY QUICK. THE DRIVER OF THE HONDA SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.
SCOTT POLICE RELEASE THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD PERSON FOUND FRIDAY MORNING AND A BANK ROBBER IS ON THE LOOSE, JULIE DARCY HAS BOTH STORIES
(AP) — State police say a 20-year-old Marksville man died in a single-vehicle crash in Avoyelles Parish Troopers responded to the crash Friday on La. Highway 107 in Center Point. Investigators say the crash involved a pickup driven by Christian C. Cole. They say the truck was northbound on Highway 107 when Cole lost control of the vehicle and drove off the left side of the road. The truck hit a culvert and then a tree. Troopers say Cole was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
(AP) — The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and city of Lake Charles are working with the Army Corps of Engineers in an attempt to change daily service hours at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier to keep it open at later hours for recreational boaters. The open hours were reduced in December from 16 to 12 because of a drop in federal funding to the Inland Marine Transportation System. The American Press reports the barrier's current service hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The change upset local boaters, who wanted the area to stay open later during weekends and in summer months.
(AP) — Two women have sued Merryville's former police chief, accusing James Fowler of stopping their car without justification and making them submit to a strip search on the street. The American Press reported last Thursday that the Town of Merryville and the Merryville Police Department are co-defendants. Fowler did not immediately answer a telephone message from The Associated Press at his home Friday. Calls to Town Hall were not answered. Police Chief Jason Lanier did not immediately answer a call for comment. Fowler pleaded guilty in April to abusing his office and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. The suit was filed in March, about a year after the alleged incident. Merryville and its police department asked in April for it to be moved from district court to federal court.
(AP) — Beauregard Electric Co-Op will borrow $5 million to make a prepayment on employee pensions, a move that is expected to save money for the co-op later. The American Press reports the co-op's board authorized the loan this past week. The utility's retirement plan is handled through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The $5 million prepayment will result in a 25 percent reduction in premiums for about 15 years, says finance manager Ashley Mazilly.
(AP) — A south Louisiana official says he's drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property after hearing complaints about a gay pride flag being hoisted temporarily in a local park. Andy Naquin, a Lafayette City-Parish councilman, tells The Daily Advertiser that he was contacted by a military veteran who was offended that a gay pride group flew the rainbow flag on Lafayette Consolidated Government property. Naquin says he agrees with the veteran. He also says he's working with the city-parish attorney on drafting an ordinance, but did not immediately discuss the matter with other council members. Naquin expects the ordinance would allow the flying of only American, Louisiana and Acadian/Lafayette Consolidated Government flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, on government property.