Monday, January 28, 2013
A PROGRAM WHICH TEAMS A CITY POLICE OFFICER WITH A U-L LAFAYETTE OFFICER TO PATROL OFF CAMPUS SITES WHERE COLLEGE STUDENTS GATHER RESUMED LAST WEEK. CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON OF THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE PROGRAM WAS POSTPONED IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE OF STAFFING PROBLEMS. SERGEANT BILLY ABRAMS OF THE CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS ANOTHER PATROL TEAM WILL BE FORMED SOON WITH A
U-L-L OFFICER AND A LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY. MOUTON SAYS THE PATROL TEAMS MIGHT TAMP DOWN BAD BEHAVIOR BY STUDENTS WHEN THEY GET OFF THE CAMPUS.
A NONPROFIT GROUP THAT IS SEEKING TO REVITALIZE CAMERON PARISH IS ASKING THE POLICE JURY TO FUND A 151 THOUSAND DOLLAR RESEARCH PROJECT TO SEE IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN COMING DOWN TO THE PARISH. CAMERON ANSWERS IS INTERESTED IN FUNDING PROJECTS ON STATE OWNED LAND ALONG THE CALCASIEU SHIP CHANNEL SUCH AS A HOTEL, A PUBLIC BEACH, A MARINA AND A SHOPPING CENTER. THE DIRECTOR OF CAMERON ANSWERS ROBERT KIDDER TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THEY NEED TO FIND OUT IF ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED BEFORE THEY SPEND THE MONEY. POLICE JURY PRESIDENT DARRYL FARQUE SAYS HE SUPPORTS FUNDING THE RESEARCH AND BELIEVES THE OTHER JURORS ALSO WILL VOTE FOR IT.
THE TWO ST. MARY PARISH DEPUTIES SHOT SATURDAY IN CHARENTON ARE RECOVERING.
It's not possible for every south Louisiana community to be surrounded by a levee, but one state group says there are options available to reduce the risk of flooding.
The Advocate reports a new subcommittee of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has started its task of coordinating agencies and groups and educating communities about non-levee options. The state master plan for coastal restoration and protection includes plans for more than $10 billion to be spent on "non-structural" options to reduce flood risks. Those voluntary options include: elevating homes and businesses, land use planning and assistance if a community wants to relocate.
Donald Link, a chef celebrated for his upscale Cajun cuisine, is closing a Lafayette restaurant he opened less than two years ago. The Advertiser reports that the restaurant, Cochon, will close Feb. 10. It opened in late 2011. Ruffino's Restaurant, a seafood and steak eatery, is expected to open this spring at the location currently occupied by Cochon in Lafayette.
A MERGER OF P-P-G AND GEORGIA GULF COULD BECOME OFFICIAL TODAY. ONCE IT HAPPENS THE COMPANIES WILL GO BY A NEW NAME, AXIALL CORPORATION. THE TWO COMPANIES OPERATE PLANTS IN LAKE CHARLES. ALAN CHAPPLE OF GEORGIA GULF TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT THE DEAL WILL PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH, AND WILL CREATE MORE VALUE FOR STAKEHOLDERS, SHAREHOLDERS, THEIR EMPLOYEES AND FOR THE COMMUNITY.
AN A-T-V CRASH IN IBERIA PARISH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A 35-YEAR-OLD WOMAN. THE WOMAN’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED UNTIL HER FAMILY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED. A SECOND WOMAN WAS TRANSFERRED TO A LAFAYETTE HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE INJURIES. CAPTAIN RYAN TURNER OF THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THE TWO WOMEN WERE RIDING THE A-T-V ON BREAUX ROAD AT AROUND 11 SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN THEY HIT A CULVERT AND WERE THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 19 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 3,850 from the previous week's total of 4,484. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,343 initial claims.The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 3,523 from the previous week's total of 3,434.