Tuesday, August 27, 2013
U-L LAFAYETTE ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS YESTERDAY WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES TO TRAIN DISASTER RESPONSE PERSONNEL, WHICH COULD DRAW EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO THE SCHOOL FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. U-L’S NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE WILL TEAM WITH SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, A DIVISION OF ACADIAN AMBULANCE, TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN DEALING WITH A LARGE SCALE EMERGENCY, SUCH AS A HURRICANE. THE UNIVERSITY’S MARINE SURVIVAL TRAINING CENTER WILL PARTNER WITH AMERICAN POLLUTION CONTROL AND THE RESPONSE GROUP IN PROVIDING OILFIELD AND CHEMICAL SPILL RESPONSE TRAINING. U-S SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU OF LOUISIANA SAYS THERE ARE NO FEDERAL DOLLARS INVOLVED THE PARTNERSHIPS, BUT SHE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FIND SOME FUNDING.
A WESTLAKE MAN, WHO WAS ON PROBATION FOR A VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE IN 2004, WAS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. 58-YEAR-OLD DAVID GLEN PRATER WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND CARELESS OPERATION. HIS BOND WAS SET AT 252 THOUSAND DOLLARS. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN KIM MYERS SAYS THIS IS PRATER’S SECOND FOURTH OFFENSE D-W-I. PRATER PLED GUILTY IN 2005 TO VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE AND FOURTH OFFENSE D-W-I FOR CAUSING A THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON THE I-210 BRIDGE WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 22-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA MARTIN OF SULPHUR.
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED A DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SOUTH RAYNE ELEMENTARY. ON AUGUST 14TH, THE SCHOOL SUFFERED DAMAGE FROM A FIRE, DELAYING THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR THERE BY ONE DAY. THE DECLARATION SAYS THE FIRE HAS CREATED POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARDS FROM FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE. THE PURPOSE OF THE DECLARATION IS TO SPEED UP THE CLEANUP AND REMOVAL OF DAMAGE AND “RETURN THE SCHOOL TO NORMALCY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE”.
WELCOME WEEK CONTINUES FOR STUDENTS OF U-L LAFAYETTE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
ABOUT THIRTY MEMBERS OF UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN LAKE CHARLES SPENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON COLLECTING TRASH AROUND LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL, HENRY HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND AT THE ADJOINING SPORTS AND SOCCER FIELDS. JENNIFER SWAN SAYS IT WAS THE KICKOFF TO A NUMBER OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON PROJECTS THAT THEY HAVE PLANNED. SHE TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THEY WANT RESIDENTS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD TO KNOW THAT THEY CARE ABOUT IT. OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDE HANDING OUT BOTTLED WATER AT AN AREA PARK, ASSISTING THE ELDERLY WITH CHORES, VISITING NURSING HOMES, A YOUTH AREA WORK DAY AND A FOOD DRIVE.
THE OPELOUSAS POLICE CHIEF IS URGING THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL NOT TO MAKE ANY CUTS TO HIS DEPARTMENT, WHICH HE SAYS IS ALREADY TRYING TO DO MORE WITH LESS. THE CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO MAKE 550 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CUTS TO AVOID A DEFICIT THIS YEAR, AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS THE MOST PERSONNEL. SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE POINTED TO CITIES OF SIMILAR SIZE GETTING BY WITH LESS POLICE OFFICERS. CHIEF PERRY GALLOW SAYS OPELOUSAS MORE CHALLENGES BECAUSE OF A LOW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE, A LOW MEDIAN INCOME AND HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT, WHICH LEADS TO MORE CRIME.
A DeRidder man has been arrested on charges he stole crab traps from a fisherman in Calcasieu Lake. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said 38-year-old Robby Joe Wiley was booked into the Cameron Parish jail following his arrest last Friday. The department said its agents seized 46 crab traps along with Wiley's boat during their investigation. Wiley is accused of replacing the fisherman's lines and corks attached to the crab traps with his own.
State police say a 39-year-old New Llano man was killed in a single vehicle crash on La. Highway1211 in Vernon Parish. The accident happened late Sunday night.
Trooper Scott Moreau says a car driven by Brian Santana ran off the highway and hit a tree. Santana was pronounced dead at the scene.