Monday, April 15, 2013
An Opelousas police officer has died in a single-vehicle wreck. State Troopers say 50-year-old Assistant Warden Peggy Sylvester died about 4:45 a.m. Sunday while on duty. Sylvester lost control of the Ford Expedition police vehicle she was driving while passing a car in the rain on Louisiana 31. The vehicle left the road, went through a ditch and hit a tree.
Senny the Senegal parrot is back at the Zoo of Acadiana. Authorities assumed the parrot was dead after a man stole it and two other birds from the privately-owned zoo and crashed fatally after a police chase. But Curtis Gonzalez of New Iberia tells The Advertiser of Lafayette that he spotted the bird on the side of a highway Friday about a mile from the accident site. He retrieved Senny by throwing his jacket over it when it landed in front of his car.
A SULPHUR TEENAGER WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING BY POLICE AT 1:22 SUNDAY MORNING WAS BACK HOME WITH HER FAMILY LAST NIGHT. THE TEEN, 17-YEAR-OLD DOVIE MELLARD, HAD RETURNED HOME AT 11:20 SATURDAY NIGHT TO CHANGE FOR THE SENIOR BREAKFAST, WHICH WAS THE LAST TIME SHE WAS SEEN BY HER FAMILY. HER MOM HAD CALLED MELLARDíS EX-BOYFRIEND TO ASK HIM TO BRING HER HOME AT 12:38 SUNDAY NIGHT, AND, WHEN SHE CALLED AGAIN 20 MINUTES LATER, THE EX-BOYFRIEND SAID HE HAD DROPPED HER OFF AT HOME A COUPLE OF MINUTES EARLIER. THAT PROMPTED A DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING BY POLICE AND THE CALCASIEU PARISH OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY USED A RINGDOWN SYSTEM IN WHICH SULPHUR RESIDENTS WERE CALLED TO ASK FOR THEIR HELP IN LOCATING MELLARD.
A small plane crashed in Acadia Parish but the pilot parachuted out and suffered only minor injuries. Acadia Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman Maxine Trahan (trah Hahn) says the Friday crash was reported around 3 p.m. in the Midland area. It involved what the pilot called an experimental "aerobatic" plane. The pilot told deputies he experienced a problem with the plane at about 2,500 feet.
TOMORROW THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON A PROPOSAL TO GIVE AN AMNESTY PERIOD FOR THOSE WITH PAST DUE PARKING AND TRAFFIC CAMERA TICKETS. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, VIOLATERS WOULD HAVE AN AMNESTY PERIOD WHERE THEY CAN PAY THE FINES WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY THE LATE FEES. ONCE THE PERIOD IS OVER, THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WOULD ENACT A COLLECTION POLICY THAT WOULD INCLUDE FILING LAWSUITS TO RECOVER THE MONEY. LAST MONTH, THE COUNCIL PUT OFF A VOTE OVER THE AMNESTY PROGRAM BECAUSE OF QUESTIONS OF HOW THE RECOVERED MONEY WOULD BE GIVEN TO REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, WHICH OPERATES THE TRAFFIC CAMERAS.
A NIGHTMARE ENDURED BY ONE IOTA FAMILY HAS PROMPTED STATE SENATOR BLADE MORRISH OF JENNINGS TO SPONSOR A BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE DOCTORíS OPINION TO PROMPT A CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION. IN 2011, THE THREE-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER OF JERRY AND AMANDA SPAETGENS (SPA jehns) DIED FROM SUDDENT INFANT DEATH SYNDROME, BUT ONE DOCTOR SUSPECTED THE CAUSE WAS SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME. THAT PROMPTED A SIX MONTH INVESTIGATION BY STATE CHILD PROTECTION AGENCIES, DURING WHICH TIME THE PARENTS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO BE WITH THER TWO OTHER CHILDREN WITHOUT SUPERVISION. AMANDA WILL TESTIFY BEFORE LAWMAKERS IN AN EFFORT TO GET THE BILL BY SENATOR MORRISH PASSED.
LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING TWO SHOOTINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE SPAN OF THIRTY MINUTES AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO EACH OTHER.
A year after Baton Rouge and Baker voters approved a property tax to improve the local bus system, some transit supporters say the Capital Area Transit System isn't making enough progress. Before the tax passed, CATS leaders promised to meet a list of deadlines as they moved to overhaul the bus system by early 2014. By then, the system has promised to add buses, reduce wait times during peak hours to 15 minutes, change the route structure to a grid system and add signs, benches and shelters at bus stops. But CATS has failed to meet several benchmarks, The Advocate reports, including erecting 10 bus shelters, operating a bus tracking system and decreasing wait times for specific routes.