Monday, April 29, 2013
Lake Charles officials say a company that repackages petroleum coke may keep operating in spite of neighbors' complaints that fine black dust from the plant is contributing to health problems. The American Press reports that officials decided Industrial Carbon Services may operate until it exhausts its legislative options. City Administrator John Cardone says the company was recently cited for violating zoning laws by using two buildings the city had not approved. He says officials have told him that they are working to eliminate or minimize the dust.
State police say a 43-year-old Duson man was killed over the weekend in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette Parish. The accident happened Saturday on La. Highway 724. Trooper Stephen Hammons says a pickup driven by Jamie Benoit of Duson crossed the centerline and struck a car head-on. Hammons says Benoit was pronounced dead at the scene. He says the driver and three passengers in the car were taken to area hospitals with moderate injuries. A State Police spokesman says driver impairment may have been a factor in the accident.
ABBEVILLE POLICE HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN A HOMOCIDE THAT OCCURRED FRIDAY NIGHT. K-A-T-C IS REPORTING THAT 18-YEAR-OLD WALTER AUGUST OF ABBEVILLE WAS ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING AND HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER. HE’S ACCUSED OF SHOOTING 19-YEAR-OLD JAVONTAE CHARLES FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CORNER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE AND SCHLESSINGER STREET. CHARLES LATER DIED OF HIS WOUNDS WHILE BEING TREATED AT ABBEVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL.
LOUISIANA HOUSE LEADERS DEVISED A BUDGET CUTTING PLAN FORCING STEEP CUTS TO HEALTH CARE AND COLLEGES, ALL IN AN EFFORT TO GET NEXT YEAR’S 24 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET PAST PROCEDURAL ROAD BLOCKS FROM CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKERS.
A FIRE AT A VACANT HOME ON MONROE STREET IN LAKE CHARLES AT 2:30 SATURDAY MORNING SPREAD TO A NEIGHBORING HOME, DESTROYING BOTH STRUCTURES. PASTOR DONALD MACKEY, WHO LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORING HOME, SAYS HE THOUGHT HE HEARD THUNDER AND THEN HEARD A SECOND BOOM, WHICH PROMPTED HIM TO GET UP. THAT’S WHEN HE SAW THE FIRE. HE MANAGED TO GET HIMSELF AND THE TWO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE OUT THE BACK WAY. HE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT HE BELIEVES THE LORD WOKE HIM IN TIME TO GET HIM AND HIS FAMILY TO SAFETY. AN ACCOUNT FOR THE FAMILY HAS BEEN SET UP AT CHASE BANK UNDER THE PASTOR DONALD MACKEY FUND.
Louisiana's attorney general says he plans no further investigation into the death of a chimpanzee at a New Iberia research center. The Advertiser of Lafayette reports that Buddy Caldwell made his decision known in a letter to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. That group had asked for an investigation into the 2011 death of an 8-year-old research chimp. The animal had become ill while being transferred from a Maryland facility to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's research center in New Iberia. Caldwell's April 19 letter said there is no evidence to prove a violation of animal cruelty laws.
A BRANCH MAN PLED GUILTY FRIDAY TO STEALING MORE THAN 37-HUNDRED COMPUTER FILES FROM TWO BROUSSARD COMPANIES. 64-YEAR-OLD GLENN J. SOILEAU ADMITTED TO A JUDGE THAT HE USED A U-S-B STORAGE DEVICE TO ACCESS COMPUTERS BELONGING TO APPLIED ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS AND SONDEX. HE THEN GAVE THE INFORMATION TO HIS EMPLOYER, ADVANCED ELECTRONIC SERVICES, ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U-S ATTORNEY STEPHANIE FINLEY’S OFFICE. FINLEY SAYS THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFORMATION IS A GROWING PROBLEM, PARTICULARLY IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.
State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is advising horse owners to vaccinate their animals for eastern equine encephalitis and west Nile virus as mosquito season kicks in. Strain said authorities have not found cases of either disease so far this year in sweeps across the state. The diseases typically are transmitted by mosquito bites and can be spread to dogs, cats and humans in addition to horses. Strain said horse owners should contact their veterinarian for proper vaccination protocols.