Tuesday, April 09, 2013
A YOUNGSVILLE MAN, WHO HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FROM AUTHORITIES, POSTED A YOUTUBE VIDEO SAYING POLICE AND PROSECUTORS ARE TRYING TO MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE A BAD GUY. 43-YEAR-OLD WADE LOHSE FACES A CHARGE OF VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY CAUSED AN ACCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 29-YEAR-OLD CACIE BARRAS MCGREW LAST SUMMER. LOHSE CLAIMED HE WASN’T DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AND HE ALSO SAYS PROSECUTORS WOULDN’T TURN OVER EVIDENCE THAT MIGHT SHOW MCGREW WAS TALKING ON A CELLPHONE OR TEXTING. ON MARCH 25TH, PROSECUTORS AND LOHSE’S ATTORNEY WERE WORKING ON A PLEA AGREEMENT WHEN LOHSE LEFT TO PUT COINS IN A PARKING METER AND NEVER RETURNED.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is scrapping his tax swap proposal this session after running into strong opposition across the political spectrum for the sales tax hikes included in the package. But the Republican governor isn't giving up on the removal of Louisiana's income taxes on individuals and businesses. Instead, in his speech Monday as the legislative session opened, Jindal asked lawmakers to come up with a plan for getting rid of the state income tax. He didn't offer parameters for what should be included.
LEGISLATORS FROM SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA SAY THEY WEREN’T SURPRISED AT GOVERNOR JINDAL’S DECISION TO SHELVE HIS PLAN TO ELIMINATE STATE INCOME TAXES. REPUBLICAN SENATOR BLADE MORRISH OF JENNINGS, WHO HAS A PLAN TO GRADUALLY ELIMINATE STATE INCOME TAXES OVER TEN YEARS, APPLAUDED THE GOVERNOR FOR LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO, HE SAYS, WANTED HIM TO SLOW DOWN. REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE BRETT GEYMAN OF MOSS BLUFF TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT TAX REFORM WITHOUT BUDGET REFORM IS POINTLESS. REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE RONNIE JOHNS OF SULPHUR SAYS HE WISHED THE GOVERNOR HAD TALKED ABOUT HOW THEY WILL HELP THE LEGISLATURE ACHIEVE A BALANCED BUDGET BY THE TIME THE SESSION IS FINISHED ON JUNE SIXTH.
THE HENDERSON HIGHWAY BRIDGE WILL NOT BE CLOSED THIS MONTH AS ANTICIPATED. THE BRIDGE WHICH CROSSES BAYOU AMY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE CLOSED THIS MONTH FOR REPAIRS. BILL OLIVER OF THE LOUSIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT SAYS THE PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE BRIDGE, WHICH HAS BEEN DUBBED THE GATEWAY TO THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, WAS TO BE CLOSED FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS FOR THE REPAIRS.
A CITIZEN’S COMMITTEE THAT IS LOOKING AT THE FACILITY AND PROGRAM NEEDS OF LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOLS YESTERDAY REVIEWED THE NEEDS OF THE PARISH’S 23 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. PRINCIPALS AT THE SCHOOLS SUBMITTED A LIST OF FACILITY NEEDS TO THE COMMITTEE. SEVERAL PRINCIPALS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS SUGGESTED REMOVING PORTABLE BUILDINGS IN FAVOR OF PERMANENT STRUCTURES, BUT NATHAN NORRIS OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SAYS OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE HAD SUCCESS USING PORTABLE BUILDINGS AS “LEARNING COTTAGES”. THE COMMITTEE WILL PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD IN JUNE.
A PROPERTY TAX PROPOSAL WAS DEFEATED SATURDAY THAT WOULD HAVE FUNDED A NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM FOR SULPHUR. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOE ANDREPONT SAYS THE STADIUM NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. HE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT HE WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT ONLY AROUND 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE WENT TO THE POLLS. HE SAYS HE TALKED TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T VOTE WHO WERE SHOCKED THAT THE MEASURE DIDN’T PASS.
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CABOT CORPORATION WERE IN JEANERETTE MONDAY NIGHT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WANT TO LEASE THE OLD FRUIT OF THE LOOM PLANT. CABOT PLANS TO USE THE PLANT AS A WAREHOUSE FOR DISTRIBUTION OF THEIR PRODUCTS. KEN HEBERT OF CABOT CORPORATION SAYS JEANERETTE IS APPEALING GEOGRAPHICALLY BECAUSE IT IS NEAR THE HIGHWAY AND JUST TWO HOURS FROM NEW ORLEANS. A TEN YEAR LEASE BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE CITY HAS TO BE ADVERTISED FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE IT CAN BE FINALIZED.
Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan says the city is incorporating the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, located in front of the old City Hall, into the design of the planned tribute to Leo Russell Keene III. Duncan tells the American Press that the city is still in the design phase of the Keene memorial and would like to include the earlier memorial, along with others in the city. Keene, a Sulphur native, died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Duncan says once the design is complete, the project will go out for bid.