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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013





State auditors have determined that the former University Medical Center in Lafayette overcharged patients by nearly $395,000 and misappropriated medications last year. In response, hospital officials have vowed to set up better controls and monitoring systems, and to refund any money that was not due to the hospital. The hospital was under the direction of the LSU Health Care Services division during the audit period. In a management response, LSU Health Care Services officials said the errors were mostly caused by a misunderstanding among UMC pharmacists, causing bills to go out twice for some chemotherapy medications.





AN H-I-V POSITIVE LAKE CHARLES MAN, WHO WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY NIGHT, FACES AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF INTENTIONAL EXPOSURE TO AIDS AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY THREW HIS BLOOD AT A CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY. BRIAN DOMINIC JOSEPH WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY PULLED A KNIFE AND THREATENED TO STAB MULTIPLE PEOPLE. SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN JAMES MCGEE SAYS JOSEPH WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL WHERE HE REMOVED A NEEDLE FROM HIS ARM AND ATTEMPTED TO THROW THE BLOOD ON THE DEPUTY. JOSEPH HAD BEEN RELEASED FROM JAIL IN OCTOBER WHERE HE SERVED TIME FOR INTENTIONAL EXPOSURE OF THE AIDS VIRUS FOR ALLEGEDLY SPITTING ON A LAKE CHARLES POLICE OFFICER.





STATE POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED SUNDAY NIGHT IN BREAUX BRIDGE BY AN OFF DUTY ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY. HE IS 34-YEAR-OLD KENDALL ALEXANDER, BUT THERE ARE NO NEW DETAILS BEING RELEASED ABOUT THE SHOOTING. THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT THE POTPOURI SOUTH APARTMENTS OFF OF REES STREET IN BREAUX BRIDGE. K-A-T-C IS REPORTING THAT THE OFF DUTY DEPUTY LIVED IN THE APARTMENT COMPLEX.





BP has renewed its request for a federal appeals court to permanently block settlement payments to businesses that can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Monday, BP attorneys argued that a Dec. 24 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will impose more "vast and unjustified costs" on the company unless a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overrules him. Barbier said in last week's order that BP's settlement was designed to avoid the delays that would result from a "claim-by claim analysis" of whether each claim can be traced to the spill. Earlier this month, the 5th Circuit panel ruled that Barbier erred when he initially refused to consider BP's "causation" arguments.







A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY SET FIRE TO HIS PARENT’S HOME ON ELIAS G. ROAD IN SOUTHWEST LAFAYETTE PARISH. THE MOTHER OF 24-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN JAMES BARTLETT TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT HE SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE AFTER HE HAD BEEN DRINKING ALL SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND AFTER GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH HIS FATHER. BARTLETT DENIES INTENTIONALLY SETTING THE FIRE, THOUGH HE TOLD AN INVESTIGATOR THAT HE WAS SMOKING AND MAY HAVE ACCIDENTALLY STARTED IT. THE HOME AND A VEHICLE WERE DESTROYED BY THE FIRE.





A SULPHUR MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO STEAL A CAR AT THE FIVE STAR QUICK STOP IN MOSS BLUFF MONDAY MORNING WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR LEFT THE ENGINE RUNNING WHILE HE WENT INTO THE CONVENIENCE STORE FOR A CUP OF COFFEE, ACCORDING TO CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN JAMES MCGEE. MCGEE SAYS 30-YEAR-OLD JEFFREY BROSSETTE (broh SET) THEN STOLE THE CAR, BUT DROVE IT INTO THE GAS PUMPS, THEN INTO THE STORE AND INTO A PARKED CAR. MCGEE SAYS BROSSETTE WAS DETAINED AT THE SCENE BY CUSTOMERS UNTIL DEPUTIES ARRIVED.





AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH THE BASILE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATING NEARLY 46-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN FUNDS DURING 2012. THE STATE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR’S OFFICE SAYS IN AN AUDIT THAT RENTAL REGISTERS WERE ALTERED TO COVER UP THE REMOVAL OF THE FUNDS. THE AUDIT SAYS THE TREND CONTINUED THIS YEAR, BUT SOME OF THE MONEY HAS BEEN REPLACED. ACCORDING TO THE AUDIT, THE AUTHORITY’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD CHAIRPERSON AGREED TO ALLOW THE ASSISTANT TO KEEP HER JOB AS LONG AS THE MONEY WAS REPAID BY JUNE 30TH.





Louisiana residents' personal income grew at 1.1 percent during the third quarter, good for the 24th spot in the country. That's according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The report shows Louisiana personal income rose to $189.4 billion from July 1 to Sept. 30. The bureau defines personal income as the income received by all persons from all sources.



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