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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013





JENNINGS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A DOUBLE HOMOCIDE DISCOVERED OVER THE WEEKEND.





A FIFTH PERSON HAS PLED GUILTY IN AN ONGOING FEDERAL PROBE INTO THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE CONCERNING BRIBES PAID FOR FAVORABLE TREATMENT IN D-W-I CASES. 61-YEAR-OLD SANDRA DEGEYTER, A FORMER CASE MANAGER AT ACADIANA OUTREACH CENTER, HAS PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY, AND COULD GET UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. DEGEYTER ADMITTED SHE ACCEPTED CASH IN EXCHANGE FOR FALSIFYING CERTIFICATES THAT SHOWED CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS COMPLETED COURT-MANDATED COMMUNITY SERVICE AT ACADIANA OUTREACH. ONE OTHER ACADIANA OUTREACH CENTER EMPLOYEE AND THREE EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAVE ALSO PLED GUILTY TO DIFFERENT CHARGES RELATED TO THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.





MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN LOUISIANA ARE ON THE VERGE OF A FINANCIAL CRISIS, ACCORDING TO LOUISIANA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT RICHARD, WHO SPOKE AT A FORUM ORGANIZED BY THE GROUP IN BREAUX BRIDGE YESTERDAY. RICHARD SAYS COSTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES HAVE RISEN BUT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE FORMULA THE STATE USES TO ALLOCATE PER PUPIL FUNDING, KNOWN AS THE MINIMUM FOUNDATION PROGRAM, HAS STAYED THE SAME. AS A RESULT, RICHARD SAYS THE EIGHT ACADIANA PARISH SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE LOST 62 MILLION DOLLARS. RICHARD SAYS HIS GROUP WILL PUSH THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE FUNDING IN THEIR NEXT SESSION.





A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breeches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness at a trial involving another Gulf Coast catastrophe: the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Bea is an expert witness for the plaintiffs who sued BP PLC and other companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He will share his theories about what caused BP's Macondo well to blow out in 2010, provoking a rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spewed an estimated 172 millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf. Bea's testimony was scheduled for the second day of the trial, which could result in BP being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages.





DEVELOPER ROGER LANDRY HAS AGREED TO PURCHASE THE OLD SEARS RETAIL SITE, AT THE CORNER OF RYAN AND DIVISION STREETS IN LAKE CHARLES. LANDRY WILL PAY A LITTLE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS AND, UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT, HE HAS 15 DAYS TO CLOSE ON THE DEAL. LANDRY WANTS TO BUILD A FOUR STORY, TWENTY MILLION DOLLAR COMPLEX AT THE SITE. THE TOP THREE FLOORS WOULD HOUSE APARTMENTS AND THE BOTTOM FLOOR WOULD HAVE RETAIL SPACE AND SOME COURTYARD APARTMENTS.





NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MELINDA VOORHIES SPOKE YESTERDAY TO THE UPPER LAFAYETE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION ON HOW THEY CAN BE INVOLVED IN HELPING CHANGE THE CULTURE AT THE SCHOOL. VOORHIES SAYS THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCORE HAS RISEN NEARLY ELEVEN POINTS SINCE 2008 AND THE OVERALL A-C-T SCORE HAS GONE UP FOUR POINTS OVER THE LAST YEAR. SHE SAYS NORTHSIDE HAS ALSO SEEN FEWER DISCIPLINE AND ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS. VOORHIES ASKED THE MEMBERS OF THE FOUNDATION TO NOT GET INVOLVED JUST THROUGH DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS, BUT BY COMING ON TO THE CAMPUS AND BEING ROLE MODELS AND MENTORS TO THE STUDENTS.





TWO MEN FROM HOUSTON WERE ARRESTED AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY STOLE A VEHICLE FROM CLIFF’S TOWING SERVICE IN CROWLEY. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS IN A NEWS RELEASE THAT 20-YEAR-OLD’S JULIAN SOSA AND JAMES K. SOSA JUNIOR HAD COME TO RETRIEVE THEIR VEHICLE BUT WERE TOLD A HOLD HAD BEEN PLACED ON THEIR VEHICLE. LATER WHEN THE BUSINESS OWNER WAS IN THE OFFICE, HE HEARD A LOUD CRASH AND LOOKED OUT TO SEE THE CAR BEING DRIVEN THROUGH THE FENCE. GIBSON SAYS STATE POLICE TROOPERS SPOTTED THE VEHICLE LATER ON I-TEN IN JEFF DAVIS PARISH AND WERE ABLE TO GET THE DRIVERS TO PULL OVER WITHOUT INCIDENT.





U.S. District Court Judge Frank Polozola, the federal judge who presided over the trial that sent former Gov. Edwin Edwards to prison for corruption charges, has died. He was 71. Chief Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana, Brian Jackson, says Polozola died late Sunday. Jackson says he doesn't know Polozola's immediate cause of death, but the judge had been battling cancer for many years.



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