Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A man who walked away from his trial in March has pleaded "no contest" to vehicular homicide in the death of a 29-year-old woman. Defense attorney Thomas Alonzo tells The Advertiser that Wade Lohse of Youngsville accepted a 20-year prison sentence Monday but avoided the chance of a life sentence. Before he was caught in Pennsylvania, Lohse posted an online video saying he had walked out of court in Lafayette because the prosecutor had threatened him with a life sentence based on the three-strikes law. Cacie Barras McGrew died last year when Lohse's vehicle hit hers head-on.
SASOL IS HOSTING TWO OPEN HOUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC ON TWO MAJOR PROJECTS THAT THEY ARE PLANNING: A GAS-TO-LIQUID AND AN ETHANE CRACKER COMPLEX. THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE IS TONIGHT AT THE RIGMAIDEN RECREATION CENTER IN MOSSVILLE AND THE SECOND OPEN HOUSE WILL TAKE PLACE IN WESTLAKE THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MANAGAN CENTER. SASOLíS PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER MICHAEL HAYES SAYS ANY ONE IS WELCOME AND THEY WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT COME FROM THE NEW COMPLEX AS WELL AS THE TYPE OF JOBS THAT WILL BE NEEDED ONCE THEY ARE ONLINE. HE TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THERE WILL BE FIVE HUNDRED JOBS CREATED WITH THE NEW COMPLEX.
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL WAS IN NEW IBERIA YESTERDAY TO ANNOUNCE A TWO MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION OF THE AMERICAN TANK COMPANY. PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER LARRY ROMERO SAYS THE EXPANSION WILL ALLOW THEM TO ADD A SECOND SHIFT. GOVERNOR JINDAL SAYS THE EXPANSION WILL RESULT IN TWENTY NEW JOBS WITH AN AVERAGE SALARY OF 32 THOUSAND DOLLARS PLUS BENEFITS, AND 27 INDIRECT JOBS. AMERICAN TANK WILL BEGIN CONSTRUCTION THIS SUMMER ON A ONE-POINT-2 MILLION DOLLAR METAL BUILDING WHICH WILL EXPAND THE OFFICE AND MANUFACTURING SPACE FROM FIVE THOUSAND TO TWENTY THOUSAND SQUARE FEET.
A COMPANY THAT OWNS 75 ACRES NEAR FORTUNE ROAD AND L-A 89 IS TAKING THE CITY OF YOUNGSVILLE TO COURT OVER THEIR DECISION IN JUNE TO ANNEX THE PROPERTY. LORENA ROSE L-L-C WANTS TO BE ANNEXED INTO BROUSSARD BECAUSE REGULATIONS THERE ARE LESS STRINGENT. IN COURT PAPERS, THE LANDOWNER SAYS IT WILL COST ABOUT TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE TO DEVELOP RESIDENTIAL LOTS IF THEY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE IN YOUNGSVILLE. WILSON VIATOR, THE MAYOR OF YOUNGSVILLE, TOLD THE ADVOCATE THAT THE PROPERTY IS PRACTICALLY SURROUNDED BY YOUNGSVILLE, AND HE DOESNíT SEE HOW THE PROPERTY CAN BE DEVELOPED WITHOUT THE CITYíS ROADS AND WATER LINES.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A MAN WHO IS BELIEVED TO HAVE COMMITTED 15 ARMED ROBBERIES IN CALCASIEU PARISH DATING BACK TO OCTOBER. BEFORE JAVON KEITH KENNERSON WAS ARRESTED, HE LED POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHICH ENDED WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A UTILITY POLE AT THE CORNER OF PRIEN LAKE AND LAKE STREET. HE THEN TOOK OFF ON FOOT, BUT WAS APPREHENDED AND PLACED UNDER ARREST. POLICE CHIEF DON DIXON TELLS K-P-L-C THAT KENNERSONíS ARREST WAS THE RESULT OF HUNDREDS OF MAN HOURS AND SIXTEEN STRAIGHT DAYS OF SURVEILLANCE AT AREA CONVENIENCE STORES.
ONE MAN IS IN JAIL ACCUSED OF COMMITTING A HOMOCIDE IN ACADIA PARISH. JULIE DARCY REPORTS
State police have released the name of a pedestrian killed while walking on La. Highway 358 in St. Landry Parish. Troopers say 29-year-old Shantel Prudhomme, of Lafayette, was killed Friday night when she was hit from behind by a car just before midnight. Prudhomme was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish coroner. Investigators are trying to determine why 34-year-old Kay Gaspard, of Opelousas, drove her eastbound pickup into the back of Prudhomme.
A charter school has never been approved in Lafayette Parish, but that may be about to change. Two national groups ó Charter Schools USA and National Heritage Academies ó have asked for permission to open a total of four charter schools in the district. Charter schools are public schools run by independent organizations with permission and oversight from state or local officials. Backers say the independently run schools give parents more options, although there are concerns that they draw money away from traditional schools.