Friday, November 22, 2013
A grand jury has refused to indict an Acadia Parish man who had been arrested in connection with the defacing of a 9-11 monument in downtown Lafayette. The incident happened last Sept. 11 at the monument, which includes scale models of the twin towers destroyed in the 2001 attacks. Police arrested 35-year-old Salvador Perez of Rayne in the incident. But a grand jury on Thursday rejected criminal charges. KATC-TV reports that police could still pursue charges if they get more evidence in the case.
A JENNINGS WOMAN WHO POLICE REPORTED AS MISSING HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS ALIVE AND WELL. EARLIER YESTERDAY, THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPUTY CHIEF DANNY SEMMES SAID THAT 42-YEAR-OLD KIMBERLY DIRKS DUHON WAS LAST SEEN ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15TH WHEN A CO-WORKER DROPPED HER OFF IN THE SHANKLAND AVENUE AREA AFTER WORK. AUTHORITIES SAY THAT LAST NIGHT DUHON CONTACTED HER FAMILY. SEMMES SAYS DUHON HAD GONE OFF BY HERSELF IN THE PAST, BUT NEVER WITHOUT STAYING IN CONTACT WITH HER FAMILY.
ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAVE ARRESTED A LAKE CHARLES MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE ABDUCTION AND BATTERY OF A BREAUX BRIDGE WOMAN. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
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A new poll shows support for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana has dropped amid the problem-plagued rollout of the Democrats' health care overhaul. According to the survey released Thursday by Southern Media and Opinion Research, approval of Landrieu's job performance has deteriorated to 46 percent.
Fifty-four percent of those polled said they'd be less likely to vote for the Democratic senator's re-election next year because of her vote for President Barack Obama's health law. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the election picture is gloomy for Landrieu, but could improve if problems lessen with the health law implementation.
LAFAYETTE POLICE YESTERDAY RELEASED 9-1-1 CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO ON NOVEMBER SIXTH DESCRIBED THE KIDNAPPING OF BETHANY ARCENEAUX BY 29-YEAR-OLD SCOTT THOMAS. TWO DAYS LATER, FAMILY MEMBERS FOUND WHERE ARCENEAUX WAS BEING HELD IN AN ABANDONDED HOUSE IN DUSON, WHERE THEY SHOT AND KILLED THOMAS. AUTHORITIES SAY THAT THEY WILL NOT CHARGE THE FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE IT WAS LIKELY DONE IN DEFENSE OF ARCENEAUX. THE CALLERS TO 9-1-1 DESCRIBED HOW ARCENEAUX WAS ASSAULTED BY THOMAS AND THROWN INTO HIS VEHICLE AT A DAYCARE CENTER, LOCATED IN THE 500 BLOCK OF MADELINE AVENUE IN LAFAYETTE.
A VOTE BY THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY ON NEW FLOOD PROTECTION RULES HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO DECEMBER 19TH. THE PROPOSED RULE WOULD AFFECT NEW CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENTS IN AREAS THAT FEMA HAS RULED BAD FLOOD ZONES, REQUIRING A ONE FOOT ELEVATION. THE PROPERTY OWNER’S FLOOD INSURANCE WOULD BE REDUCED. PARISH ADMINISTRATOR BRYAN BEAM SAYS THE JURY PUSHED BACK THE VOTE SO THEY COULD GET MORE FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC.
THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS RESPONDED TO A REQUEST FOR AN OPINION BY THE EVANGELINE PARISH POLICE JURY AS TO WHETHER A SPECIFIC TYPE OF ROOSTER IS INCLUDED IN THE STATE BAN ON COCKFIGHTING. 73-YEAR-OLD JIM DEMOURELLE OF VILLE PLATTE HAD PETITIONED THE JURY FOR A LICENSE FOR A COCKFIGHTING OPERATION USING BIRDS THAT ARE NOT OF THE SPECIES GALLUS GALLUS, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY NAMED IN THE STATE’S COCKFIGHTING BAN LAW. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ISSUED AN OPINION THT THE CLEAR INTENT OF THE BAN IS TO PROHIBIT THE FIGHTING OF ROOSTERS. DEMOURELLE TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT HE PLANS TO KEEP PUSHING FOR A LICENSE, BUT IS NOT SURE OF HIS NEXT MOVE.
New federal statistics say homelessness in Louisiana has dropped by 58 percent in Louisiana, and by 73 percent in the New Orleans-Jefferson Parish area. Friday's figures are from a national survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that says the number of homeless people declined nationally for a third straight year. Louisiana's homeless population dropped from 12,482 in 2010 to 5,226 this year; In New Orleans and Jefferson, the total number dropped from 8,725 to 2,337.