Monday, December 16, 2013
DeRidder residents have a new set of trash rules to live by, with fines of up to $150 facing offenders. The American Press reports the City Council approved a new ordinance Dec. 9 as part of an ongoing push to clean up the town. The new law says residents can put trash cans at curbside after 3 p.m. the day before collection and must remove them by 9 p.m. on collection day. Violators face a warning on the first offense.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says George Rodrigue is leaving a legacy larger than the "Blue Dog" paintings that made the artist famous. Rodrigue, who was born and raised in New Iberia, died of cancer Saturday in Houston. He was 69. Jindal says Rodrigue's work "is iconic and uniquely Louisiana," making the artist an ambassador for the state.
The Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority will expand its board to seven members, Chairman John Arceneaux says. The act creating the authority in the 1970s calls for five volunteer board members to govern the nonprofit trust. The Advertiser reports that City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux asked for two additional board members because no minorities serve on the board. In a vote Tuesday, the trustees voted to expand the board, but did not specify the new positions should be earmarked for minorities, Arceneaux says.
Entergy Corp. and Louisiana Public Service Commission staff members have agreed to the rates that more than 2 million electricity customers in the state will pay monthly for the next five years. The Advocate reports the PSC's five-elected members will be asked to vote on the "stipulated settlement" today. A typical residential customer of Entergy Louisiana would be asked to pay about 50-cents more to the $97.76 per thousand kilowatt hours of electricity used, starting in December 2014. The typical residential customer buys about 1,300 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
State police say a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson Davis Parish has killed a man from Welsh. It happened Friday afternoon on a road just south of Interstate 10 in Welsh. A Troop D news release says a 1993 Toyota Corolla driven by 82-year-old Harold J. Daigle was traveling east on the south I-10 Frontage Road. Daigle failed to yield the right of way to a dump truck traveling north on Hoke Road.
LAFAYETTE POLICE HAVE MADE FOUR ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED SATURDAY AFTERNOON. A WOMAN WAS WALKING HOME ON ENA STREET WHEN, SHE SAYS, A CAR WITH FOUR MALES PULLED UP ALONGSIDE HER. ONE OF THE OCCUPANTS GOT OUT AND POINTED A GUN AT HER, DEMANDING HER PURSE. HE THEN FLED ON FOOT. AFTER AN INVESTIGATION, THE POLICE ARRESTED THE ALLEGED GUNMAN, WHO IS 15-YEARS-OLD, AND THE THREE MALES IN THE VEHICLE, WHO RANGED IN AGE FROM 16 TO 21.
Sgt. Lance Devillier of Lawtell has been twice named Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent of year. The Daily World reports that Devillier recently was presented with that honor by the Shikar-Safari Club International during a ceremony in Baton Rouge. The Shikar-Safari Club International is a group of hunters interested in exchanging ideas about the sport. Earlier this year, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement division named Devillier its 2013 agent of the year, citing him for outstanding work in investigating DUI cases involving boats.
A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix didn't testify at his trial, which started two weeks ago. During the trial's opening statements, defense attorney Joan McPhee told jurors that Mix deleted the texts from his iPhone "for the most innocent of reasons" and didn't hide anything from the grand jury.