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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013





A public Mass will be held Thursday in New Orleans for artist George Rodrigue, who died Saturday of cancer at age 69. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will officiate at the service scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans' French Quarter. A graveside service and burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia. Rodrigue, who was born and raised in New Iberia, began painting scenes of life in Cajun country in the 1960s, but is perhaps best known for the "Blue Dog" that became his signature creation in the 1990s.





State authorities have suspended alcohol sales at three Lafayette businesses. Troy Hebert, commissioner of the state's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, ordered the immediate suspension of alcoholic beverage permits for Scotty's Ice House, The Keg and BED Niteclub and Lounge on Saturday. Hebert's office said Monday that The Keg and Scotty's Ice House were both cited for their 4th violation of sales of alcohol to minors. BED Niteclub was suspended because their security personnel were found openly smoking marijuana on several occasions inside the club and for multiple sales to minors.





A LAKE CHARLES MAN, WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT TO DEATH A LOCAL PASTOR, HAD HIS BOND REDUCED FROM ONE MILLION TO 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS. ON SEPTEMBER 27TH, 54-YEAR-OLD WOODROW KAREY ENTERED THE TABERNACLE OF PRAISE WORSHIP CENTER DURING A REVIVAL SERVICE AND SHOT TO DEATH THE PASTOR, RONALD C. HARRIS. KAREY WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER, BUT THE CHARGE HAS SINCE BEEN REDUCED TO MANSLAUGHTER. KAREY’S DEFENSE ATTORNEYS HAD SOUGHT A 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND FROM JUDGE CLAYTON DAVIS AND THEY TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THEY WILL GO TO THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IF KAREY IS UNABLE TO BOND OUT OF JAIL WITHIN THIRTY DAYS.





A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated for roughly 90 minutes Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer for Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Their deliberations are scheduled to resume Tuesday morning. Prosecutors claim Mix was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor.





LAST WEEKEND, A CROWLEY FAMILY’S HOME WAS ROBBED AND MOST OF THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE STOLEN. JEPPERDY CHARLES TELLS

K-A-T-C T-V THAT SHE HAD FINISHED WRAPPING ALL THE PRESENTS FOR HER THREE CHILDREN ON THURSDAY, BUT ON SATURDAY, WHEN SHE CAME HOME, ALL THE DRAWERS IN THE HOUSE WERE OPENED, THE BED OVERTURNED, AND THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR HER TWO SONS, AGES ELEVEN AND SEVEN, WERE GONE. CHARLES SAYS HER GOAL NOW IS TO MAKE SURE HER CHILDREN ARE SMILING ON CHRISTMAS DAY, THOUGH SHE’S NOT SURE HOW JUST YET. THE CROWLEY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROBBERY AND ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM.





A LAFAYETTE MAN, SUSPECTED OF HOLDING UP EIGHT CONVENIENCE STORES AT GUNPOINT OVER THE LAST MONTH, IS FINALLY IN CUSTODY. RENEE ALLEN HAS MORE.







A BRAND NEW SECURITY GATE FOR THE PORT OF LAKE CHARLES OPENS TO TRAFFIC THIS MORNING. BESIDES IMPROVING SECURITY FOR THE PORT, THE NEW GATE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR 18-WHEELERS TO ENTER THE PORT BECAUSE THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO NEGOTIATE TWO SHARP CURVES TO ENTER THE OLD GATE. THE PORT WILL ALSO HAVE A NEW COMMAND CENTER, THAT IS EXPECTED TO OPEN IN LATE FEBRUARY OR EARLY MARCH. AND IN JUNE, THE PORT AUTHORITY EXPECTS TO BE ADVERTISING FOR BIDS TO BUILD NEW ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.





State officials say they have found a way to significantly cut the cost for completing an interstate highway between New Orleans and Lafayette, although financial and political obstacles remain. A deputy secretary of the state transportation department said original plans to develop the interstate included elevating long stretches of U.S. Highway 90. Now, engineers and others have concluded the state could use more of the existing highway and still boost it to interstate standards. That would mean a reduction in cost from about $6.5 billion to around $3 billion.



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