Thursday, December 27, 2012
(AP) - A search is on for a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office inmate who walked away from a work detail in the Alexandria area.
Authorities say 31-year-old Terrell Jerrod Bryant fled Wednesday. He had been serving time for a narcotics conviction.
The sheriff's office says Bryant is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He also has a tattoo of a cross on his left arm and a tattoo of a knife on his right arm.
The Town Talk reports anyone with information on Bryant's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 318-473-6700 or CrimeStoppers at 318-443-7867.
(AP) - A Eunice man has been arrested for stealing copper wire out of a burned house.
Police say 57-year-old Curley Pitre, Sr. was arrested Monday for looting, which is punishable by more than 15 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
The Advertiser reports the house was heavily damaged by a fire early Christmas Eve and the property was cordoned off with yellow tape to keep trespassers away. Police say a neighbor called later that day to say someone had ignored the barricade and went into the house. When an officer arrived, they found Pitre with wire cutters in hand and several bundles of copper wire.
During questioning, police say Pitre admitted stripping wire from the house to sell.
(AP) - Progress Point, a business park planned near Acadiana Regional Airport, is on schedule, with designs expected to be complete within the next 90 days.
Mike Tarantino, president and CEO of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, tells The Advocate the park is a project of the Iberia Economic Development Authority and about $1 million in state funds have been earmarked to acquire property for the development.
Tarantino says the park, planned for about 50 acres near U.S. Highway 90 and La. 675, is being marketed as a mixed-use location for office headquarters, retail, light manufacturing, and research and development.
He says the proximity to the airport and access to U.S. 90 make the park an ideal location for businesses associated with the area's existing industries.
(AP) - Youngsville is considering new regulations to guide commercial and residential development in a once-tiny municipality that has seen its population grow by more than 400 percent over the past two decades.
Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator tells The Advocate the city has no zoning laws, and there are only a handful of regulations on new developments.
What's under consideration by the city is not zoning, he said, but rather what's called a "land-use" plan.
Conventional zoning laws designate certain areas of a city for certain types of developments - industrial, residential, commercial.
Viator said the land-use plan would not specify what should be built where, but the plan would impose requirements for buffers and green space when a new development conflicts with what's already been built.
(AP) - The LSU hospital system has notified 416 patients that their checking account numbers and other personal information has been stolen and may have been used to make counterfeit checks.
Spokesman Marvin McGraw says the information was found in the home of a former employee arrested in November.
He says the LSU Health Care Services Division began notifying patients in November, after learning about the thefts from state police.
Trooper Jared Sandifer says copies of checks scanned at LSU were used to make counterfeits. He does not know the total amount allegedly written on such checks. He says the patients live in Louisiana and 12 other states that have not been released.
Former LSU employee Pamela Reams was booked with 377 counts of identity theft. She's free on $60,000 bond.
(AP) Workers have completed a dredging project designed to improve water quality in the Atchafalaya Basin. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said yesterday that the dredging work is designed to move freshwater from the Atchafalaya River into a swamp within the Attakapas Island Wildlife Management Area in St. Mary Parish. DNR says the $184,000 project will improve water quality off the east bank of the river near Grand Lake. The Atchafalaya Basin Technical Advisory Group approved the project.