Tuesday, January 08, 2013
State police stopped a speeding and weaving, empty school bus just south of DeQuincy and determined that the driver was intoxicated. Sgt. James Anderson says a trooper in Calcasieu Parish saw the bus operating left of Louisiana Highway 27's centerline, about six miles south of DeQuincy, shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. When he stopped it, Anderson says the trooper determined the driver, 26-year-old Matthew O. Richard, was intoxicated. Richard, of Sulphur, was booked into the parish jail on charges of DWI with child endangerment, speeding 75 in a 55-mile per hour zone, improper lane usage, possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle and theft under $500.
TONIGHT THE LAFAYETE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE RATES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY ACADIAN AMBULANCE. IF APPROVED, THE EMERGENCY SERVICE RATE WOULD INCREASE FROM 673 DOLLARS TO 822 DOLLARS THIS YEAR AND 971 DOLLARS IN 2014, WHILE NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES WOULD RISE FROM 376 DOLLARS TO 516 DOLLARS THIS AND 657 DOLLARS NEXT YEAR. ACADIAN AMBULANCE’S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS JERRY ROMERO SAYS THE INCREASE IS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF RISING OPERATING COSTS AND A DECREASE IN REIMBURSEMENTS FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, WHICH MAKES UP ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF THEIR CLIENTS. THE EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD IN DECEMBER UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDED THE COUNCIL APPROVE THE RATE INCREASE.
IN IBERIA PARISH, TWO PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN SEPARATE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS.
A federal judge in New Orleans has scheduled a Feb. 14 hearing to decide whether to accept the Justice Department's criminal settlement with Transocean Ltd. over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean, which owned the rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the spill, agreed last Thursday to pay $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. The Switzerland-based company also agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties. Transocean can withdraw from its plea deal if the judge rejects it.
A STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING THIS AREA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AT LEAST FOUR INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES. THE CALCASIEU PARISH OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR DICK GREMILLION SAYS THE GROUND IS ALREADY SATURATED FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND’S RAIN, SO HE’S EXPECTING THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING. HE ADVISES RESIDENTS TO REMOVE OBSTRUCTIONS FROM STORM DRAINS AND GUTTERS SO THE STORM WATER CAN MOVE MORE FREELY. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST KURT KUYPER SAYS THERE COULD BE SOME SEVERE WEATHER WITH THE STORM SYSTEM AND MOST OF THE RAIN WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY.
TOMORROW EVENING THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING OF 2013 AND ON THE AGENDA IS THE SELECTION OF NEW LEADERS. BOARD PRESIDENT SHELTON COBB AND VICE PRESIDENT HUNTER BEASLEY BOTH PLAN ON SUBMITTING THEIR NAMES FOR THE SAME POSITIONS. COBB MAY RUN UNOPPOSED BUT BOARD MEMBER RAE TRAHAN IS CONSIDERING SUBMITTING HER NAME FOR CONSIDERATION TO BE THE BOARD VICE PRESIDENT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSED CONTRACT WITH A-M-I KIDS, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT, THAT WOULD RUN AN INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR TROUBLED TEENS.
TOMORROW THE ST. MARTIN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL SELECT A NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO REPLACE RICHARD LAVERGNE, WHO IS RETIRING IN JUNE. THE THREE CANDIDATES WILL BE INTERVIEWED IN A SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION SCHEDULED FOR TWO P-M TOMORROW AND THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF THE REGULAR MEETING. THE CANDIDATES ARE LOTTIE BEEBE OF BREAUX BRIDGE, WHO CURRENTLY SERVES AS DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND CHARLES S. MICHEL OF METARIE, WHO IS A SUPERVISOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR LAFOURCHE PARISH SCHOOLS. THE OTHER CANDIDATE IS DANIEL R. RAWLS OF PIERRE PART, WHO SERVES AS PRINCIPAL AT STEPHENSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies have arrested six teenagers for a fight that caused the Mall of Louisiana to be evacuated and closed Saturday night. Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks tells The Advocate the arrests included three girls, ages 13, 14 and 15, and three boys, ages 14 and 15. They were booked on several charges including disturbing the peace, simple battery and resisting an officer. Hicks said deputies are still investigating the fight that started in the food court.