Tuesday, December 24, 2013
THERE’S BEEN AN UPDATE IN LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES. SUNDAY, LAKE CHARLES POLICE ARRESTED 22 YEAR OLD DAMIEN JERMAINE ROYSTER & 21 YEAR OLD THOMAS DEMOND PLUMBER ON ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES. ROYSTER, PLUMBER AND A THIRD SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO ROB A HOME ON NORTH FRANKLIN STREET AND IN THE PROCESS ASSAULTED A MAN AT HIS HOME. THE VICTIM FOUGHT THEM OFF AND AS THE THREE SUSPECTS FLED ONE OF THEM FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AT HIM CAUSING SEVERAL GUNSHOT WOUNDS.
A Jennings man is wanted for attempted second-degree murder. Jennings Police say Caleb Joseph Newman is accused of going to a house at the corner of 11th and Johnson Streets and firing a gun at a person. According to police no one was injured. Anyone who knows of Newman's whereabouts is asked to call Jennings Police at 337-821-5513.
An 18-year-old Lake Charles man has been charged with motor vehicle theft, aggravated flight and resisting an officer. Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Rashaun Natavius Mayne was arrested Monday after stealing a car and running from officers. "On Monday, Officer Tony Magee responded to a report of an auto theft in the 1000 block of 9th Street," Kraus said. "Approximately three hours later, Officer Magee observed the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop but (Mayne) refused to stop, leading officers on a pursuit." Kraus said Mayne was apprehended by officers Mark Fontenot and Keith Bertrand after abandoning the vehicle in the 900 block of Sycamore Street
AP — A Houston man has been sentenced to 3˝ years in prison for using counterfeit credit cards and other devices to steal thousands of dollars. U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi sentenced 33-year-old Deamioune Fansyre Caples last week and ordered him to pay restitution of $70,700 taken in the scheme. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office said that between June 21, 2012, and Jan. 13, Caples used counterfeit credit cards and other access devices at Delta Downs, L'Auberge Du Lac, and Isle of Capri casinos to access money. He stole $118,684 using the counterfeit devices. Authorities say Caples made the counterfeit access devices in Texas and traveled to Louisiana to use them.
AP — A 33-year-old man faces up to 25 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him of assaulting and robbing a postal employee. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office says Brandon Handy, of Opelousas, was found guilty last week of aggravated robbery of mail matter. Witness testimony and documents admitted into evidence at trial showed that Handy and another person wearing masks and armed with a pistol robbed a postal service contract driver on Aug. 13, 2011, at the Lawtell Post Office. Authorities say Handy grabbed the driver from behind by the neck and wrestled him to his knees while the other person took a bag of mail. Both then fled the scene. The driver was treated for injuries at an area hospital. Sentencing is set for April 11, 2014.
According to a Louisiana legislative audit released Monday morning south Louisiana Community College did not timely return Pell Grant funds calculations, perform eligibility requirements, or disable accounting access to terminated employees. The school did not return Pell Grant funds totaling $1,941 to the US Department of Education or issue Post-Withdrawal disbursements totaling $5,436 to students as required by federal regulations according to the audit. This is the sixth consecutive audit that SLCC did not perform the return of Pell Grant funds calculations timely and ensure the timely return of funds or post-withdrawal disbursement when a student withdraws. The school concurred with the audit findings and recommendations and is taking corrective actions.
A 53-year-old Vinton man is facing multiple sex crime charges, according to records from the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Jose A. Martinez was arrested Sunday morning by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and charged with three counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated rape. Bond was set at $145,000.
AP — Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to limit the costs of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions hasn't trimmed their spending. A report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office shows Louisiana has nearly the same number of boards and commissions as when Jindal took office in 2008. Their spending has increased. The auditor's report says as of June 2013, the state had 485 boards and commissions created by law or executive order. At least 257 of those panels pay per diems, salaries or travel for board members. The report says those totaled $7 million in the 2013 budget year, up $1.6 million from a year earlier. Auditors say indal's attempt to freeze money given to board members for attending meetings had no financial impact because it had too many exceptions.