THE SEARCH CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND FOR MISSING LAFAYETTE TEEN DAISY LYNN LANDRY. JULIE DARCE HAS MORE.
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LAKE CHARLES POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE MAN WHO COMMITTED BATTERY ON TWO WOMEN AND SHOT ONE OF THEM. WILL ANTONIO CELESTINE ON TUESDAY MANAGED TO ESCAPE ARREST BY FLEEING IN A CAR AND ON FOOT. POLICE ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE FROM THE GULF STREAM MOBILE HOME PARK AFTER IT WAS DETERMINED THEY HELPED CELESTINE EVADE CAPTURE. HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHERE CAN BE FOUND IS ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 439-2222.
THE FAMILY OF A VILLE PLATTE WOMAN, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN APRIL, ARE HOLDING A RALLY AND MARCH TO END VIOLENCE IN THE CITY. KATHY WESTON WAS AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER WHO GOT CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE DURING A SHOOTING. HER COUSIN, SHERMAIN ARVIE, TELLS KATC THAT THEY ARE TIRED OF ALL THE CRIME IN VILLE PLATTE AND THEY WANT THE CITY TO BE THE WAY IT USED TO BE. THE MARCH BEGINS AT ONE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT HARGROVE PARK, TRAVELS TO NORTH CHATAIGNIER AND JACKSON STREETS, WHERE WESTON WAS SHOT, AND ENDS AT GLORIA FRANK PARK.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law 10 bills that he says make up the “most extensive, complete package of criminal justice reform” in Louisiana’s history.
Surrounded by a bipartisan group of beaming lawmakers, the Democratic governor signed the 10 bills Thursday. Lawmakers embraced one another and posed for selfies with jubilant activists as they listened to a live jazz band that had been brought into a reception hall for the occasion. After the heavily negotiated laws go into effect in the coming months, Edwards predicts the state prison population will fall by about 10 percent over the next decade, resulting in millions in savings.
Louisiana lawmakers could end their special session early, as the Senate tries to speed passage of a nearly $29 billion operating budget without changes that would force extra votes. The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 8-3 to send the proposal, exactly as it passed the House, to the full Senate for consideration in a Friday debate. If senators don’t rewrite or tweak the spending plan, that will be the last stop before heading to the governor. The budget proposal, which keeps most agencies free of cuts, narrowly passed the House after several Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the chamber’s GOP leadership.
A LAFAYETTE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING IN THE 400 BLOCK OF CLAUDIA STREET SUNDAY. 25-YEAR-OLD GLENN R. CARROLL IS ACCUSED OF FIRING SHOTS AT A GROUP OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF A HOME. HE ATTEMPTED TO FLEE POLICE BEFORE HE WAS CAPTURED ON TUESDAY. CARROLL FACES THREE COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
A FATHER AND SON HAVE BEEN INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING OF GAGE MECHE AT MOSS BLUFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ONE MONTH AGO. A STUDENT BROUGHT THE GUN TO SCHOOL, WHICH FELL OUT OF HIS BACKPACK AND, WHEN ANOTHER STUDENT PICKED IT UP, IT ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED AND MECHE WAS SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN. 50-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL DUGAS OF LAKE CHARLES WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF IMPROPER SUPERVISION OF A MINOR BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN AND ONE COUNT OF NEGLIGENT INJURING. HIS SON, 17-YEAR-OLD JAKE DUGAS, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF NEGLIGENT INJURING.
THE ST. LANDRY PARISH GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN OVER THE ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL BUILDING IN ARNAUDVILLE AFTER A LEGAL BATTLE AND PARISH PRESIDENT BILL FONTENOT SAYS NOW THEY ARE REFURBISHING IT. HE SAYS IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REHABILITATE THE 27 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW CLIENT TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE BUILDING OR TO RENT IT. FONTENOT SAYS RIGHT NOW THE MOST LIKELY OCCUPANT IS A FRENCH IMMERSION GROUP THAT WANTS TO TURN IT INTO AN INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.