Monday, October 21, 2013
A suspect charged with possessing explosives told police that the homemade pipe bombs that caused the evacuation of eight homes in Carencro were intended for fishing. The Advertiser reports that police found two homemade explosives in a truck stopped on Wednesday. The pipe bombs caused the evacuation of eight homes for several hours. Two men were arrested.
AN 82-YEAR-OLD LAKE ARTHUR WOMAN WAS KILLED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT FRIDAY MORNING, SHORTLY BEFORE EIGHT. STATE POLICE TROOPER STEPHEN HAMMONS SAYS 57-YEAR-OLD GARY DAIGLE OF CHURCH POINT WAS TRAVELING EAST ON L-A 100 IN ACADIA PARISH WHEN HE UNEXPECTEDLY TURNED LEFT INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING S-U-V. THE PASSENGER SIDE OF DAIGLE’S PICKUP TRUCK WAS STRUCK AND HIS PASSENGER, GLORIA POUSSON OF LAKE ARTHUR, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY THE ACADIA PARISH CORONER. TOXICOLOGY SAMPLES WERE TAKEN FROM THE DRIVER AND SUBMITTED TO THE STATE POLICE CRIME LAB.
ST. LANDRY PARISH VOTERS ON SATURDAY APPROVED A NEW TWO CENT SALES TAX THAT WILL FUND THE LARGEST ROAD RECONSTRUCTION EFFORT IN THE PARISH’S HISTORY. THE TAX IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. PARISH PRESIDENT BILL FONTENOT EXPECTS THAT OVER THE 15 YEAR LIFE OF THE TAX, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO RESURFACE EVERY BLACKTOPPED ROAD IN THE PARISH AND EVERY IMPORTANT GRAVEL ROAD. FONTENOT WANTS TO BOND OUT A PORTION OF THE MONEY IN ORDER TO GENERATE 60 MILLION DOLLARS IMMEDIATELY, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BEGIN REPAIRING THE WORST ROADS IN THE PARISH.
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has hired Renee Amar as director of its Small Business Council. The trade lobbying group says Amar will be lead advocacy efforts on behalf of small businesses in Louisiana. Amar, a longtime lobbyist, has been state director for the National Federation of Independent Business since 2007. Before joining NFIB, Amar worked for the Louisiana Hospital Association as governmental affairs coordinator.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus and the state's third death this year from the virus. It's the second death this year in Rapides Parish from the virus. The three new cases are all dangerous infections of the brain or spinal cord, called neuroinvasive disease. Two are in Lafayette Parish.
Louisiana State Police say a man is facing vehicular homicide and other charges after a teenage passenger was killed in a one-car accident south of Lake Charles.
A news release from Louisiana State Police says 21-year-old Ryan Allen Adams of Lake Charles was driving when the accident happened Saturday at 4:21 a.m. The 2013 Honda Accord traveled off of the road and struck a metal traffic signal pole.
The front seat passenger, 18-year-old Hannah Clair McVey of Lake Charles, was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
AN ABBEVILLE FAMILY IS RECOVERING FROM A SHOCKING ORDEAL AFTER A DRUNK DRIVER RAN INTO THE SIDE OF THEIR HOME, NEARLY CAUSING AN EXPLOSION. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
The state Department of Transportation and Development has begun construction on the Interstate 210-Cove Lane interchange. In addition to the interchange, The American Press reports a roundabout will be built at the intersection of Cove Lane and West Prien Lake Road. Cove Lane will be extended north to connect with a new public roadway that will run parallel to I-210 on the north side of the highway.
The project is expected to be completed in November 2014.