Friday, October 18, 2013
TWO MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A PIPE BOMB THAT WAS FOUND DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN CARENCRO. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A WISCONSIN WATER FRONT PLANNER DELIVERED A PRESENTATION TO THE GROUP CAMERON ANSWERS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF DEVELOPMENT IN CAMERON PARISH. ED FREER OF MADISON, WISCONSON SAYS THERE’S MUCH POTENTIAL IN THE PARISH BUT IT’S UP TO THE COMMUNITY TO DECIDE WHAT THE NEXT GENERATION WILL INHERIT. LAURA LEACH, THE CHAIRMAN OF CAMERON ANSWERS SAYS SHE THERE WILL BE A HOTEL EVENTUALLY IN THE PARISH AS WELL AS SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF HOMES. SHE ALSO HOPES TO SEE A RESORT AND POSSIBLY A WHOLE DEVELOPMENT ON MONKEY ISLAND.
EVANGELINE PARISH AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECTED KILLER FROM MEXICO WHO IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. 29-YEAR-OLD JAVIER CHAVEZ GONZALEZ IS WANTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING TO DEATH 31-YEAR-OLD EZEQUIEL SOTO OF MAMOU SATURDAY. GONZALEZ WAS SPOTTED GETTING OUT OF HIS VEHICLE ON I-49 IN CARENCRO OVER THE WEEKEND AND ON SUNDAY HE WAS SEEN IN LAFAYETTE. HE WAS LAST SEEN IN ACDIA PARISH. EVANGELINE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN CAPTAIN MIKE PERRY WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO APPROACH GONZALEZ IF THEY SEE HIM, BUT CALL THE LOCAL POLICE OR SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that he's creating a nonprofit to push conservative policy ideas, a move that could bolster a possible 2016 presidential bid by positioning him as an intellectual leader for the Republican Party. The Louisiana governor said conservatives have done a good job of talking about what they don't like, but haven't done enough to offer recommendations on issues such as health care, energy and education. He said his organization "America Next" will try to fill that gap. By setting up his own nonprofit organization, Jindal can raise his national profile for a possible presidential bid — though the governor sidestepped talk of any White House interest.
SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS ASKED THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD FOR ONE MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH WILL GO TOWARD A NEW 17 MILLION DOLLAR BUILDING. THE STATE HAS PROMISED THE SCHOOL 15 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, BUT ONLY IF THE SCHOOL RAISES THE OTHER TWO MILLION. S-L-C-C HAS TOLD THE SCHOOL BOARD THAT, IF THEY MAKE THE DONATION, A NEW WING WOULD BE ADDED TO THE EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY, ENABLING IT TO EXPAND TO ONE THOUSAND STUDENTS. CURRENTLY 250 STUDENTS GO TO THE EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY ON THE S-L-C-C CAMPUS, WHERE THEY CAN EARN AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE WHILE GETTING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE SHOT A DOG YESTERDAY WHILE SEARCHING FOR THREE SUSPECTS IN A HOME BURGLARY CASE. THE OFFICERS SEARCHED FOR ONE OF THE SUSPECTS IN THE 17-HUNDRED BLOCK OF O’BRIAN STREET. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS ONE OFFICER WAS ON HIS STOMACH SEARCHING UNDER A HOUSE WHEN A PIT BULL CAME AT HIM FROM UNDER THE HOME. KRAUS SAYS THE OFFICER SHOT THE DOG ONCE AND TASED IT ONCE. ANIMAL CONTROL WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE AND TRANSPORTED THE DOG TO A VETERINARIAN, BUT IT DIED DURING SURGERY.
AN ERATH MAN WAS ARRESTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY ON WARRANTS FOR THEFT AND SIMPLE BURGLARY. ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF MARK HEBERT SAYS AN INVESTIGATION INTO A SEPTEMBER THEFT AT A PATTERSON BUSINESS LED THEM TO ISSUE THE ARREST WARRANTS FOR 30-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER J. DYSON. HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE SEVERAL HUNDRED GALLONS OF FUEL AND A VEHICLE. DYSON WAS BOOKED INTO THE IBERIA PARISH JAIL ON WEDNESDAY AND LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE ST. MARY PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has reworked the state's construction budget, pulling money from ongoing projects and redirecting it to help pay for $105 million in new projects to start this year. The Bond Commission agreed to the reshuffling Thursday — but only after Treasurer John Kennedy blasted the approach as a mockery of setting priorities for spending the state's limited money for construction work. Nearly $80 million was reallocated from projects already underway to instead start new ones. Jindal's facility planning chief Mark Moses says some projects had more money than they could use this year.