Thursday, February 21, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL ASK THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHAT THEIR AUTHORITY IS IN DECISIONS RELATED TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR HIS JOB. BOARD MEMBER TEHMI CHAISSON WANTED TO ELIMINATE THE FUNDING FOR ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR FACILITIES, MAINTENANCE, GROUNDS AND TRANSPORTATION, WHICH IS HELD BY THAD WELCH. THE BOARD MEMBERS VOTED 5-TO-4 AGAINST MOVING THE ITEM TO THE ACTION AGENDA,BUT AGREED WITH HUNTER BEASLEY’S SUGGESTION OF ASKING THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CLARIFICATION ON THEIR AUTHORITY IN THE MATTER. WELCH WAS HIRED LAST YEAR BY SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER, EVEN THOUGH HE DOESN’T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.
THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO SELL NINE ACRES OF LAKEFRONT PROPERTY TO MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK FOR FOUR MILLION DOLLARS. THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY WANTS TO BUILD A 45 MILLION DOLLAR ENTERTAINMENT AND RESIDENTIAL FACILITY. MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK SPOKEMAN GARY DICKSON SAYS THEY ARE AS EXCITED AS CAN BE. THEY WILL PRESENT A MASTER PLAN TO THE COUNCIL BY THE END OF THE SUMMER WHICH THE COUNCIL HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE, BASED ON THEIR AGREEMENT.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE WHO ALLEGEDLY WERE MANUFACTURING CRACK COCAINE AT A RESIDENCE ON JACOBS AVENUE. NARCOTICS AGENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A SEARCH AT THE RESIDENCE AND RECOVERED MARIJUANA, COCAINE AND CODEINE, ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON. ARRESTED WERE 27-YEAR-OLD DESIRAE T. WILLIAMS AND 28-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN O. BERNARD, BOTH OF CROWLEY. THEY WERE BOOKED IN THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON DRUG POSSESSION AND MANUFACTURING CHARGES.
Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says improving the graduation rate among students with disabilities and enabling high school students to earn technical college associate degrees are among the priorities in the coming year for the state education department. White also said Wednesday that a fund will be established in the department aimed at turning around failing schools in the state.
He outlined the priorities for the coming year in a telephone news conference and in a speech in Jefferson Parish. Other priorities include developing an early childhood education network that will cover all "early learners" by 2015.
THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A LAFAYETTE TEENAGER AND INJURING TWO OTHERS REMAINS IN JAIL.
THE CAJUN COWBOYZ RESTAURANT IN IOWA CAUGHT FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING. WITNESSES TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT THE FIRE STARTED AT AROUND 1:30 THIS MORNING AND THE FLAMES REACHED AS HIGH AS TWENTY FEET IN THE AIR. THE RESTAURANT WAS RECENTLY REMODELED AND WENT UNDER THE NAMES OF BIG DADDY’S AND THE SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA CAFÉ IN THE PAST. THERE’S NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE AND THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE.
STATE SENTATOR FRED MILLS JOINED OTHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, AND RESIDENTS OF LAKE PEIGNEUR IN OPPOSING THE EXPANSION OF NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITIES AT THE LAKE. AT A PUBLIC HEARING YESTERDAY, MILLS TOLD STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICIALS THAT THE LAKE AND THE REGION HAS SUFFERED AND SACRIFICED ENOUGH. NARA CROWLEY, THE PRESIDENT OF A COALITION OPPOSED TO THE PROJECT, SAYS THE STATE CAN STOP ANOTHER NATURAL DISASTER LIKE THE SINKHOLE IN ASSUMPTION PARISH BY DENYING A-G-L RESOURCES A PERMIT TO CARVE OUT TWO NEW SALT CAVERNS FOR NATURAL GAS STORAGE. A-G-L RESOURCES HAS SAID THAT THERE IS NO RECORD OF PROBLEMS AT THEIR JEFFERSON ISLAND STORAGE AND HUB FACILITY SINCE IT OPENED IN THE ‘90’S AND THE PROPOSED EXPANSION HAS BEEN CAREFULLY STUDIED TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATIONS WHILE MINIMIZING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS.
A Lafayette man has been sentenced to five years in prison for spray-painting racial slurs on two churches and lying to a federal agent. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also on Wednesday ordered 35-year-old Brian Toriano Crimiel to pay a total of nearly $4,000 in restitution to the St. James Baptist Church and to the insurance company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. A three-count indictment accused Crimiel of defacing the two Lafayette churches in February 2011. Prosecutors said notes with "hate-filled language" also were strewn about the churches.