Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Former Merryville police chief James Fowler has pleaded guilty to abusing his office by falsifying arrest documents after going to Texas to find drugs on a woman whom he had released after a traffic stop. The Beauregard Daily News reports that Fowler pleaded guilty Monday in Beauregard Parish court. He was given a suspended three-year prison term, 60 days in jail, three years on probation and $1,500 in fines. Louisiana State Police booked him in August on charges of malfeasance in office, abuse of office, and filing or maintaining false public records.
AN AMERICAN BANK AND TRUST BRANCH ON MOSS STREET IN LAFAYETTE WAS ROBBED AT AROUND 9:40 YESTERDAY MORNING. A WHITE MAN, BETWEEN 5-5 AND 5-7 WITH DARK HAIR, AND WEARING A MASK, ENTERED THE BANK, FIRED A SHOT AND FORCED HIS WAY TO THE BACK OF THE BUILDING. HE LEFT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY AND TOOK A BANK EMPLOYEE’S VEHICLE, WHICH WAS LATER FOUND IN THE 100 BLOCK OF COMFORT LANE. OSSUN ELEMENTARY AND NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL WERE PUT IN TO LOCKDOWN SHORTLY AFTER THE ROBBERY BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE BANK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATIION ABOUT THE ROBBERY OR THE ROBBER’S IDENTITY IS ASKED TO CALL 232-TIPS.
FIVE PEOPLE FROM THE ACADIANA AREA COMPETED IN AND FINISHED THE BOSTON MARATHON BEFORE TWO BOMBS EXPLODED NEAR THE FINISH LINE. JENNIFER CASTILLE AND KATHRYN JARRELL OF OPELOUSAS BOTH FINISHED THE MARATHON AND WERE RECEIVING THEIR MEDALS WHEN THE BOMBS WENT OFF. CASTILLE SAYS THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A PRANK AT FIRST UNTIL THEY SAW THE SMOKE. TWELVE PEOPLE FROM OPELOUSAS CAME TO THE RACE TO SUPPORT THE TWO RUNNERS BUT WERE UNHARMED, THOUGH THE WOMEN SAID THERE WERE SOME FRANTIC MOMENTS WHEN THEY BRIEFLY COULDN’T LOCATE ONE MEMBER OF THEIR GROUP.
Senators opened their budget hearings with questions raised about financing plans proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to balance next year's budget. Members of the Senate Finance Committee heard Monday from analysts with the Legislative Fiscal Office about the 2013-14 budget proposal. Fiscal office analysts say the governor's budget appears to overestimate the savings that will be generated by a new tax fraud initiative and might have underestimated how much money it will cost to operate the LSU hospitals under anticipated privatization deals. Jindal's commissioner of administration, Kristy Nichols, says she's confident the dollars used in the budget will be available for spending.
The chairman of the House tax committee says Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to repeal Louisiana's income taxes won't win passage this session. At Rep. Joel Robideaux's urging, the Ways and Means Committee on Monday deferred all plans to take a vote on the proposals. Robideaux, a Republican, says House members weren't supportive of the measures, largely because of budget concerns. After the meeting ended, Jindal said the tax repeal is the best thing the state could do to create new jobs in the state.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CAME TO THE FIRST UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF LEESVILLE FOR A COMMUNITY MEETING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ARMY. THE DEPARTMENT IS HAVING TO REDUCE THEIR FORCES BY 94 THOUSAND AND THEY ARE EVALUATING EACH OF THEIR 21 POSTS. THEY ARE CONSIDERING REMOVING 5,300 TROOPS AND CIVILIANS AT FORT POLK, BUT OTHER OPTIONS ARE TO INCREASE THE TROOP LEVEL BY ONE THOUSAND, OR KEEP IT THE SAME. THE CROWD CHEERED WHEN THE MAYOR OF LEESVILLE TOLD THE DEPARTMENT OF ARMY AT THE MEETING THAT THE MOST LOGICAL AND COST EFFECTIVE MOVE THE ARMY CAN MAKE IS TO INCREASE THE TROOP LEVEL.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD TOMORROW NIGHT WILL CONSIDER A REQUEST BY ACADIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LINDA NANCE TO RESTAFF THE SCHOOL. NANCE WANTS TO IMPLEMENT TEAM TEACHING IN WHICH TEACHERS WORK WITH THE SAME STUDENTS AND WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN LESSONS THAT ADDRESS STUDENT’S WEAKNESSES. NANCE SAYS SHE WANTS TO HIRE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WORKING WITH HIGH POVERTY STUDENTS WITHIN THE TEAM TEACHING MODEL. THE SCHOOL’S STATE ACCOUNTABILITY GRADE HAS GONE FROM AN 85-POINT-1 IN THE 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR TO 76-POINT-2 LAST YEAR, WHICH IS JUST ABOVE A FAILING GRADE.
GUNSHOTS FILLED THE AIR IN NEW IBERIA LEAVING THREE PEOPLE WOUNDED AND RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.